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Sunday Update: Rain Provides Relief ... Keeps Fire On Valles Caldera At 495 Acres

on June 17, 2018 - 2:46pm

Rain aides firefighters in keeping blaze at 495 acres overnight on the Valles Caldera. Photo by John McHale/


VCNP News:

Saturday’s rain aided firefighting efforts and kept the San Antonio Fire at 495 acres on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The lightning-caused fire is burning within the northwest area of the Preserve. Fire activity was moderate with spots of creeping flames and smoldering timber. The historic cabin within the fire perimeter and the weather station and natural gas pipeline near the fire remain intact and unaffected by the fire.

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AGU: South Napa Earthquake Linked To Summer Groundwater Dip

on June 17, 2018 - 7:25am
Surface ruptures from the August 2014 South Napa earthquake run through a vineyard near Buhman Road, Napa Valley, California. Courtesy/Dan Ponti, US Geological Survey
Plate Boundary Observatory GPS station P199 overlooks the Sonoma Valley, California. Data from the station demonstrated contraction in the valley during the summer, which contributes to seasonal stress on the fault that ruptured in the magnitude 6.0 South Napa Earthquake in 2014. Courtesy/UNAVCO
AGU News:
A summertime expansion in the Earth’s crust caused by changes in groundwater may have triggered the magnitude-6.0

New Mexicans Encouraged To Ride Public Transit And Dump The Pump June 21

on June 17, 2018 - 7:11am
SANTA FE Thursday, June 21, public transit providers from throughout the nation will be encouraging people to Dump the Pump and Ride Public Transit to get them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.
To encourage New Mexicans to do their part, transit agencies from throughout northern and central New Mexico will converge 6-9 a.m., June 21, at the South Capitol Rail Runner Station in Santa Fe, for coffee, donuts and giveaways.
Come join NM Rail Runner Express, Santa Fe Trails, North Central Regional Transit District (Blue Bus), NMDOT Park & Ride, Rio Metro

Daily Postcard: Scenic View From Kimberly Lane

on June 17, 2018 - 7:08am

Daily Postcard: Scenic view Saturday evening from Kimberly Lane in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Update: Fire In Valles Caldera At 495 Acres

on June 16, 2018 - 4:58pm



VCNP News:

  • Moisture slows San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera


The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 495 acres and is within the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and the northern boundary.

Firefighters were able to establish hand line along the north and southwestern flanks of the fire. In addition, air support dropped retardant lines along the fire perimeter. Today’s forecasted rain and higher humidity are expected to aid in firefighting efforts.

The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3

Santa Fe’s Museum Hill Closes For Special Event July 19

on June 16, 2018 - 9:35am
Courtesy photo
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, which oversees the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, announces both museums will be closed to the public effective at noon, Thursday, July 19 for a special private event.
In addition, all other museums and facilities on Museum Hill will be closed to the public for the special private event during the same period.
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Museum of International Folk Art will reopen to the public at 10 a.m.

BLM Hosts NASA Astronaut At Wild Rivers June 20

on June 16, 2018 - 9:32am
BLM News:
TAOS The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office invites the public to attend a presentation by NASA astronaut Don Pettit 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 at the Wild Rivers Visitor Center Amphitheater. 
He will give a presentation about his time in space, followed by a question and answer session.
Since the days of the Apollo missions, the Río Grande del Norte National Monument has been a training ground for NASA astronauts.

PEEC: Hands-On Science Activities June 20

on June 16, 2018 - 9:11am
Families can enjoy hands-on science activities from the Explora! Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The community is invited to the Los Alamos Nature Center to participate for hands-on activities from the Explora! Science Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20.
This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings series, which is sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.
This Summer Family Evening event is a great way for people of all ages to delve hands-firsts into nature, science, and more. Explora!

Valles Caldera Open To Visitors Despite Fire

on June 16, 2018 - 8:58am

Santa Fe National Forest Espanola District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker, left, VCNP Chief of Interpretation & Education Kimberly DeVall and VCNP Superintendent Jorge Silva-Banuelos watch smoke Friday afternoon from the San Antonio Fire from a spot along San Antonio Creek. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A tree burns Friday afternoon in the San Antonio Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve as Los Alamos Daily Post staff were escorted close to the fire area. Photo by John McHale/


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Udall Advances Strong Investments For New Mexico In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

on June 16, 2018 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, advanced major funding for New Mexico’s public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
The full Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved Udall’s bill in a committee business meeting Thursday.
Udall successfully fought to keep the