Environment

Lightning Sparks ‘375 Fire’ Near Glorieta Lookout

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire today in the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, west of Forest Road 375 and 1.5 miles east of the Glorieta Lookout:

  • Start Date: June 4
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Location: Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. West of Forest Road 375 and 1.5 miles east of the Glorieta Lookout.
  • Size: Half an acre
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Fuel: Ponderosa pine and grass understory
  • Weather: North, northwest winds 8-15 mph
  • Situation: The fire behavior is low to moderate. 

Resources on scene include one engine, and one helicopter. Firefighters are utilizing


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Nature Center Suds & Shows: ‘Mars Attacks!’ Thursday

‘Mars Attacks!’ shows at nature center at 7 p.m., Thursday. The doors open at 6 p.m. and drinks will be available from Pajarito Brewpub. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy drinks before the show at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Watch “Mars Attacks!” at 7 p.m., Thursday in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2600 Canyon Road.

This event is the first in the nature center’s summer movie and beer night series Suds & Shows. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and beer and wine will be available from the Pajarito Brewpub at a cash bar.

The community is invited to bring a picnic dinner, buy drinks


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Pacheco Canyon Forest Resiliency Project Decision Issued; Tesuque Pueblo Governor Voices Support

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) officials made a decision June 1 to proceed with the Pacheco Canyon Forest Resiliency Project on the Santa Fe National Forest. The decision to proceed with project activities follows more than a year of environmental analysis and collaboration with local, state and federal agencies, Tribal governments and non-governmental organizations.

The project area consists of approximately 2,042 acres of National Forest System lands surrounding tribal lands along Pacheco Canyon Road. The high tree density in the project area increases the risk


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Police And Fire Officials Investigate Lock Cutting At Entrance To Los Alamos Reservoir

One of two locks vandalized over the weekend at the Los Alamos Reservoir entrance gate. The second lock, which was completely severed has been turned over to the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland points out a Santa Fe National Forest sign, which clearly indicates that the reservoir area is closed to the public. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna places additional caution tape at the reservoir entrance to discourage people from going


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Tom Wyant Speaks At Rotary About Local Snakes

White Rock resident Tom Wyant spoke recently at a Rotary Club meeting, describing ways to identify local snakes. Here he holds a bull snake. Bull snakes are non-venomous and are very powerful constrictors who eat small mammals, helping regulate the rodent population. Wyant is a popular speaker about snakes and also removes and rescues them. Residents may enlist his services by calling 505.672.1981; they may also call the non-emergency number at the Los Alamos Police Department, 505.662.8222. Photo by Rob Metcalf

A prairie rattlesnake was part of a program presented recently


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County Environmental Services: Recycle Right

COUNTY News:

There are many actions each of us can take to reduce our environmental impact and support a clean community. One of the easiest actions to take every day is to recycle.

Did you know, Los Alamos residents recycle approximately 23 percent of all household trash; unfortunately, the contamination rate is a whopping 17 percent. That’s why Environmental Services invites residents to visit their booth and sharpen their recycle skills at the following events in June:

  • June 9 at Chamber Fest 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
    • At 11 a.m., Business and Education Recycler of the Year winners announced;
  • June 13

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Valles Caldera Postpones Fiesta En El Valle Until September Due To Stage III Fire Restrictions

VCNP News:

 

JEMEZ SPRINGS — With Valles Caldera National Preserve and surrounding public land under Stage III fire restrictions, National Park Service (NPS) officials have decided to cancel the June 9 Fiesta en el Valle and reschedule the event for Saturday, Sept. 8.

 

“Public safety is paramount,” said Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “This event was anticipated to draw in a large crowd. In the event of a wildfire, it would have been difficult to evacuate everyone safely.” 

 

Under the increased fire restrictions, the Valle Grande entrance station and bookstore


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Update: Ute Park Fire Grows To 31,930 Acres … Remains At Zero Percent Containment

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION:

Severe thunderstorms are predicted for the Ute Park Fire and the surrounding area throughout today. Up to 1” of rain and 30 mph winds from the south are expected to impact the area. Flash flooding is expected. Precipitation may help limit fire activity in the short term, but critical fire weather conditions are expected to return. Firefighters are prepared to respond to new starts within the area as wide-spread lightning is expected today as well.

Ute Park Fire, Colfax County

Start Date and Time: May 31, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.
Start Location: Near Highway 64


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Ute Park Fire Update: 30,000 Acres Burned … Zero Percent Contained

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION:

Ute Park in Colfax County has been evacuated due to increased fire activity south of the community and crews are preparing for storms expected in the area today. 

Ute Park Fire, Colfax County
Start Date and Time: May 31, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.
Start Location: Near Highway 64 in Ute Park between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Latitude:  36.551389
Longitude: -105.121125
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Grass, Pinyon Juniper and Mixed Conifer
Acres Burned: 30,000
Ownership(s): State
Structures Threatened:


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More Scenes From 2018 Master Garden Tour

Paul and Nancy Arendt and friends Saturday visiting one of the five homes in White Rock on the 2018 Master Garden Tour that also included the grounds of the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. Photo by Felicia Orth

A garden path to a great view. Photo by Felicia Orth

Larry Deaven giving penstemon tour at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Felicia Orth

Scene from the 2018 Master Garden Tour Saturday. Photo by Felicia Orth

Scene from the 2018 Master Garden Tour Saturday. Photo by Felicia Orth

View of one part of the PEEC penstemon gardens. Photo by Felicia Orth

Blue buckle penstemon.


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County Celebrates National Trails Day

In recognition of National Trails Day, Los Alamos County Recreation Leader Eric Hill hosts a booth Saturday afternoon at the Canyon Rim Trailhead. The Los Alamos County Fire Department issued Stage III Fire Restrictions Friday, which prohibits access to unpaved trail systems within the County; however, Hill pointed out that paved trails are still available for use. Local paved trails include the Canyon Rim Trail, La Mesa Trail near East Park and the paved area at Overlook Park in White Rock. Hill provided bottled water, otter pops, buttons and other items to trail users. He said this is the first


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Los Alamos Middle School Students Collect Data At East Jemez River For Watershed Watch Project

 Josh Duran, left, Megan Rains, Miranda Lopez, Lindsey Thalman, Zayda Rodriquez and Karl Sinkula. Courtesy photo
 
From left, Elizabeth Adams, Ashley Hammond, Senna Luke, Carlos Herrera from Riversource, Inc. and Andrew Johnson. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Teachers who work at Los Alamos Public Schools truly go above and beyond to provide fun and informative lessons for their students. Megan Rains, a 7th grade science teacher at Los Alamos Middle School, is one such teacher.
 
In the fall and spring semesters of this school year, Rains took a group of students

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Governor Declares June Great Outdoors Month

Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — For the third year in a row, Gov. Susana Martinez has declared June as Great Outdoors Month in New Mexico.
 
Great Outdoors Month was established to help Americans celebrate the educational, economic and health benefits of active, fun, outdoor activities through a month of events that include National Trails Day, National Marina Day and the Great American Campout.
 
“I’m thrilled to once again declare June as Great Outdoors Month in our beautiful Land of Enchantment,” Martinez said. “This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate

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Christian Church Hosts Pet Palooza June 12-14

Snake watch during a Pet Palooza at at 92 East Road. Courtesy photo
 
PET News:
 
The Christian Church is hosting its annual Pet Palooza for families with children June 12, 13 and 14, at 92 East Road in Los Alamos.
 
Each evening will focus on different animals with fun activities, Bible stories, crafts, snacks, balloon animals and more. Tuesday, June 12 is Farm Animals night, Wednesday, June 13 is Wild Animals night and Thursday, June 14 is Pets or Domestic Animals night.
 
The evenings also will host helpful information from community participants.
 
To learn more, visit

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Ute Park Wildfire Update: 27,290 Acres Burned

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION
 
New Mexico Wildfire Update for June 2:

Ute Park Fire, Colfax County

Start Date and Time: May 31, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.
Start Location: Near Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron
Latitude:  36.551389
Longitude: -105.121125
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Grass, pinyon juniper and ponderosa pine
Acres: ~27,290 acres (based on infrared flight)                           


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Scenes From 2018 Master Garden Tour

Scene from the 2018 Master Garden Tour today, featuring five gardens in White Rock and the grounds of the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. Master Gardener Cas Mason is originally from Yorkshire. Her White Rock garden in arid New Mexico might be the envy of any English gardener. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Labeling in the Mason garden in White Rock means, with some work,  you too can do this at home. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
An alluring Ghost honeysuckle thrives in the Mason Garden in White Rock. It was first discovered

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FREE Fishing Day In New Mexico Today

Jamie Chisum Bermudez at Sipapu Resort. Courtesy photo
 
SIPAPU News:
 
VADITO  Today is FREE fishing day throughout New Mexico, which means no license is required to fish Jun. 2, 2018.
 
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort also is hosting its popular FREE fly fishing clinics with Solitary Angler every Saturday this summer.
 
At 10:30 a.m., every Saturday (with the exception of June 23) through Sept. 1, Solitary Angler’s certified instructors provide a free 90-minute “Quick Start” fly casting class to the public at Sipapu. Sipapu is centrally located in the heart

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