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

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

 

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.

The Albuquerque


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AGU: South Napa Earthquake Linked To Summer Groundwater Dip

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

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

NMDOT News:
 
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

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Update: Fire In Valles Caldera At 495 Acres

Courtesy/VCNP

 

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


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

Courtesy photo
 
NMDCA News:
 
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

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BLM Hosts NASA Astronaut At Wild Rivers June 20

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. Don Pettit, a veteran astronaut aboard both the NASA Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, previously

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PEEC: Hands-On Science Activities June 20

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! is a hands-on museum based in Albuquerque

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Valles Caldera Open To Visitors Despite Fire

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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

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

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
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

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WIPP Breaks Ground For New Ventilation System

WIPP News:
 
CARLSBAD U.S. Department of Energy officials joined with local Southeast New Mexico community leaders Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new and improved underground ventilation system for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
The Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS) is key to increasing waste shipments to WIPP by allowing mining, waste emplacement, rock bolting and maintenance activities to occur simultaneously.
 
“In my first trip to WIPP as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, I am pleased to have

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PEEC: Chick Keller To Lead Wildflower Walk June 18

Wildflower expert Chick Keller. Courtesy/Thomas Graves Photography
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 18 with Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller who will lead his monthly Wildflower Walk.
 
Wildflower Walks are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.
 
Attendees

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Chamisa Elementary School And Cortex & Co. Salon Win 2018 Business Recycler Of The Year Awards

COUNTY News:
 
The Business Recycler of the Year award is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board.
 
The Business Recycler of the Year Award is a great avenue to promote recycling in the community and get more businesses participating in the recycle program. To become eligible, a business is nominated by a member of the community for contributing to recycling and waste reduction. The nominees are required to submit a brief overview about how their business recycled and reduced waste. This information

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Chamberlin, Waterbury, Wilmot Tie For Top Predictor

Scene from the ACRR weekly pace race Tuesday at East Park. Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Becky Chamberlin, Valerie Waterbury, and Zeke Wilmot all were 3 seconds off their predicted time in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race at East Park.  
 
Other accurate predictors were: Zach Medin with a 5 second differential, 7-year-old Adrian Medin at 6 seconds off, Aaron Jackson and Jason Waterbury tied at 15 seconds, and Ted Williams with a 16 second differential.
 
In the 1 mile run 8-year-old Anders Medin was the best finisher at 8:22 and Priscila Rose was the first female

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Update: Fire In Valles Caldera Burns 426 Acres

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 426 acres. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Fire in the Valles Caldera. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

VCNP News: 

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 426 acres and is located in the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and northern boundary.

Resources consist of more than 100 fire personnel. The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3 Team is on scene and expected to take command at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The Valle Grande


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