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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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NMDOH: Wildfire Smoke Health Hazards

Wildfire smoke can present hazards to people’s health. Courtesy image

NMDOH News:

With the Ute Park Fire burning in Colfax County, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are monitoring air quality in areas of Northern New Mexico affected by smoke from the wildfire, including Cimarron, Eagle Nest, and Raton.

Over the weekend, NMED set up air quality monitors in Raton and Cimarron. A third monitor is being placed in the Eagle Nest-Angel Fire area today by the US Forest Service.

The monitors will allow the State to gather information about air quality


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Amateur Naturalist: Exploring Cerro Grande Peak – Scene 2 The Forest

An open ponderosa forest appears during a hike to the top of Cerro Grande peak. Stumps with flat, cut-off tops do not appear in this area, suggesting that logging did not occur. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Amateur Naturalist: Exploring the Cerro Grande Peak
Scene 2 The Forest  
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
We have been following a play called “A Hike to the Top”. Scene 1 of this play is set at the level base of the Cerro Grande Peak. It presents the impact of forest fire, draught, bark beetles and logging. Scene 2 is much pleasanter.
 
Scene 2 starts in open ponderosa forest. The Cerro

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Sen. Heinrich Honored By National Park Trust

Sen. Heinrich at the National Park Trust’s 18th Annual Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award Reception, June 13. Courtesy/National Park Trust
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was honored by the National Park Trust with the 18th Annual Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for his outstanding efforts to support and advocate for the protection of America’s public lands and encouraging kids to experience the great outdoors.
 
He was recognized for championing the bipartisan Every Kid Outdoors Act

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Scenes From Fire Burning In Valles Caldera

A large tanker drops a load of slurry on the lightning-caused fire late Thursday afternoon that has burned more than 100 acres in the Valles Caldera backcounty. Updates on this fire will be published as they become available … check back for more photos from the scene. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A small helicopter helps direct the air drops by the tanker and checks results of the drop. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

As Thursday draws to a close the tanker heads for the runway to prepare for another day. The air drops help to put the fire to sleep for the night. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Daily Postcard: Century Plant Blooms In White Rock

Daily Postcard: A century plant blooms at a residence on Bryce Street in White Rock. Although it is called a century plant, it typically lives only 10 to 30 years. It has a spread around 6–10 feet with gray-green leaves of 3–5 feet long, each with a prickly margin and a heavy spike at the tip that can pierce deeply. Near the end of its life, the plant sends up a tall, branched stalk, laden with yellow blossoms, that may reach up to 30 feet tall. Its common name derives from its semelparous nature of flowering only once at the end of its long life. The plant dies after flowering, but produces


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