Environment

Rio Chama Through SFNF Remains Closed

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) officials remind everyone that the entire Forest is closed to the general public.
 
The Rio Chama Corridor is closed to all public use, with the exception of permitted commercially outfitted and private boaters that launch from El Vado Ranch (Cooper’s Ranch) and take out at either Chavez Canyon or Big Eddy. Additionally, Forest Road 151 is closed to the public except for BLM-permitted float trips, private land owners and their guests.
 
“We’ve had members of the general public access, or try to access, the Rio Chama

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Weekly Fishing Report: June 14

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The weather continues to be hot and dry across New Mexico. Streamflows are running very low everywhere.
 
The same waters that were closed to fishing last week remain closed to fishing this week. Santa Fe National Forest remains closed to recreational activities. This includes all streams in the Jemez Mountains, Fenton Lake State Park, the Seven Springs Brood Pond and San Gregorio Lake.
 
Over on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Morphy Lake State Park is closed. The Pecos River north of the town of Pecos is

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Fox Spotted Sitting In Tree In Quemazon

This fox was spotted Monday May 14 sitting in a tree in Quemazon. Photo by Paul Tobash

Fox sitting in a tree May 14 in Quemazon. Photo by Paul Tobash

Fox sitting in a tree May 14 in Quemazon. Photo by Richard Dutch

Fox sitting in a tree May 14 in Quemazon. Photo by Richard Dutch


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Celebrate Father’s Day With Culture And Nature Picnic

The third Culture and Nature community picnic is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 17 at Los Luceros Historic Site. To celebrate Father’s Day, families can participate in a fishing workshop and enjoy their own picnics. Other activities include a Curanderismo presentation and tours of the property. Courtesy/PEEC

 

PEEC News:  

 

Celebrate Father’s Day by learning to fish at a family fishing workshop. Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, New Mexico Historic Sites and Amigos de Los Luceros for this fun and free community event and picnic at Los Luceros Historic


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Ute Park Fire: Final Update … 92 Percent Contained

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION:
 
This is the final update to be issued on the Ute Park Fire, which is now 92 percent contained.
 
Acres: 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont Scout Ranch)
Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10 p.m.
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: NM State
Fuels: Grass, Piñon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Resources: 244 personnel, 4 crews, 2 helicopters, 8 engines and 4 water tenders
 
Management of the Ute Park Fire will transition from the Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management

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Los Alamos County Council Approves Proclamation Restricting Sale And Use Of Certain Fireworks

Newly appointed Los Alamos County Council Morrie Pongratz presents a proclamation Tuesday evening to Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilors approved a proclamation Tuesday evening during their regular meeting declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks.

Under the


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Soaring Gas Prices Lead Drivers To ‘Dump The Pump’

APTA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Gasoline prices are on the rise, which sets the stage for more people to participate June 21 in this year’s annual Dump the Pump Day.
 
Public transportation agencies nationwide will be encouraging commuters in their community to try public transit to avoid high gas prices.
 
The average annual savings is $10,160 for a person who switches his or her daily commute from driving to taking public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) June Transit Savings Report. This is the highest transit savings

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Join Michelle Harkey And Sandra West For A Women’s Experiential Hiking Series

Michelle Harkey, Mental Health Counselor, Body-Connection Coach and massage therapist. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The next outing in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s new outdoor program, Inside-Outside Adventures is coming up June 16.
 
Inside-Outside Adventures is a series of experiential outings for women led by Body-Connection Coach Michelle Harkey and Posture Alignment Coach Sandra West. Registration for the June 16 hike closes on June 8.
 
Harkey and West designed the outings to use natural settings and outdoor activities to facilitate

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LAFD Asks Council To Restrict Certain Fireworks

Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilors are slated to vote this evening at their regular meeting on a proclamation declaring extreme fire conditions exist in the County and imposing restrictions on the use of fireworks.

If adopted, the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including helicopters, aerial spinners, missile type rockets, stick type rockets, chasers and firecrackers will be prohibited starting June 12 for 30 days in accordance with state statutes and the County Code.


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Heinrich, Heller Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Repeal Tariffs On Solar Panels

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced a bipartisan bill to repeal President Trump’s decision to impose up to 30 percent tariffs on imported solar cells and panels that jeopardize tens of thousands of American solar jobs.
 
Under the Protecting American Solar Jobs Act, duties and tariffs would default back to previous rates and allow companies that imported any affected solar products under this new tariff to receive retroactive reimbursement.
 
“President Trump’s decision to impose

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Forest Seeks Underprivileged Youth For Opportunities

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seeks youth to develop who are 18 years of age or older, and interested in natural resource protection.
 
In exchange, students will acquire potential life-changing experiences that can lead to life-long careers.
 
The SFNF, in partnership with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, will take approximately 15 students on a week-long learning adventure in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, August 5 to 12.
 
“The goal is to expand their horizons and show how other forests manage their resources, which can be in

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Secretary Zinke Announces $720,660 For New Mexico To Support Parks And Outdoor Recreation

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $720,660 in revenues available through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) will be distributed to New Mexico for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants that support outdoor recreation and conservation projects.
 
These funds, which are made up of non-taxpayer dollars from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues, are part of $61.6 million being awarded to the 50 states, the Territories, and the District of Columbia. The

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Governor Proclaims Monsoon Awareness Week

Gov. Susana Martinez proclaims June 10-15, 2018 as ‘Monsoon Awareness Week’ in New Mexico. Courtesy/NWS

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed June 10-15, 2018 as “Monsoon Awareness Week” in New Mexico.

The National Weather Service (NWS) and New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) conduct the annual campaign to promote awareness of life-threatening weather hazards that affect New Mexico during the Summer Monsoon season.

During Monsoon Awareness Week in New Mexico, we will focus on a series of informational projects to promote awareness.


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Los Alamos Nature Center Is Looking For Volunteers

PEEC volunteers. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center, the non-profit that operates the Los Alamos Nature Center, is seeking volunteers.
 
The nature center is short-staffed for volunteers in the following areas:
 
  • Docents for the gift shop;
  • Assistants for educational programs;
  • Outreach;
  • Data-entry; and
  • Gardeners.
 
Volunteers are matched with jobs based on their interest and skillsets and scheduling is flexible to meet individual needs.
 
Contact PEEC’s Visitor Services Manager Christa Tyson at 505.662.0460

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Daily Postcard: Spanish Broom Explodes In White Rock

Daily Postcard: A Spanish broom bush explodes Sunday in the front yard of a home in White Rock. Spanish broom is native to the southern Mediterranean region of Europe, including Spain, Morocco, the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores and was first introduced to North America in 1848. Source: USDA. Photo by Shari Mills


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Ute Park Fire At 77 Percent Containment

NMDF News:

The Ute Fire has burned 36,740 acres including 26,387 acres on the Philmont Scout Ranch and is now 77 percent contained.

The fire began at 2 :10 p.m., May 31 on Highway 64 in Ute Park between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 
Jurisdiction: NM State
Fuels: Grass, Piñon Juniper, Mixed Conifer
Resources: 445 personnel, 10 crews, 7 helicopters, 12 engines, 1 dozer, and 5 water tenders

There is a Red Flag Warning noon until 8 p.m. today for expected erratic winds gusting up to 35 mph. Wind from the west will not be a concern for fire perimeter


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DOE Releases RFP For EM Consolidated Technical Support Services

DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Thursday issued a Final Request for Proposals (RFP) for EM Consolidated Technical Support Services for the continuation of a wide range of technical services currently being performed on task orders that were issued under IDIQ contracts.
 
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed-Price and Time-and-Material task orders, is anticipated. The Final RFP is established as a competitive U.S. Small Business

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Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night June 16

PA News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 16 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. A crescent Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and its moons, and Saturn and its rings will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the spring and summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
The public is invited and encouraged

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