Environment

Hidden Valley Fire Lowers Fuel Loads On 585 Acres

Smoke from the Hidden Valley Fire spreads in layers Sunday through the forest and hills on the west side of the Valle Grande at twilight. © 2018 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

 

VCNP News:  

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Firefighters completed firing operations Sunday on the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire. Through the successful management of this naturally caused fire, the preserve was able to safely decrease fuel loads on 585 acres of forest on South Mountain and reduce the risk of undesired fire behavior in the future.

“We’re grateful for all the firefighters’ hard


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Los Alamos MainStreet Thanks Community & Visitors For Success Of ScienceFest 2018!

Scene from the 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest July 11-15 in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest July 11-15 in downtown Los Alamos.
Courtesy photo

Scene from the 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest July 11-15 in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos MainStreet News:
 
The 11th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest attracted attendees from near and far throughout the 5-day festival that took place July 11-15. The July 14 Discovery Day event had the largest number of exhibitors in the event’s history.
 
Attendees came to

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Update: Venado Fire Burns 1,071 Acres

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed 1,071 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

 

Start Date: July 20

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,071 acres

Location:  Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Low-level moisture is moving toward the Venado Fire, increasing the chance for precipitation. Possible thunderstorms may bring lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds.

Resources on scene: Four interagency hotshot crews, one type


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Hidden Valley Firing Operations Finishing Today

Smoke visible today from downtown Los Alamos of the Hidden Valley Fire burning in the VCNP. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladilypost.com

VCNP News: 

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Firing operations to manage the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire are expected to be completed today. Favorable conditions Saturday allowed firefighters to treat an additional 150 acres on the south and southwest portions of South Mountain, for a total of approximately 450 acres.

Smoke from management operations will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area and may linger in surrounding


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Update: Venado Fire Burns 450 Acres

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed 450 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

Start Date: July 20

Cause: Lightning

Size: 450 acres

Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 Percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Light winds, clear skies

Resources on scene: Three hotshot crews, one helicopter with bucket, one dozer, two engines

Situation: The fire is in a remote location on Mesa Venado and in an adjacent drainage area, one mile and a half north of Deer Creek Landing,


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Los Alamos Mountaineers Presentation On Adrenaline-Pumping New Zealand Adventure Tuesday

Martin Staley will talk about his adventure-filled trip to New Zealand Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Earlier this year, Martin Staley traveled to New Zealand for an adrenaline-pumping adventure across both islands. He will give a presentation about his incredible journey Tuesday during this month’s meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

His talk is at the Los Alamos Nature Center after the regular Mountaineer’s meeting at 7 p.m., which will cover information about upcoming outings. Staley’s talk starts by 7:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


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NMED Offers To Hold Public Information Meetings

NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is proposing to repeal 20.2.20NMAC – Lime Manufacturing Plants – Particulate Matter.
 
There are no lime manufacturing plants in New Mexico, and only one hydrator, the Lhoist NA lime hydrating plant in Belen in Valencia County.
 
This rule regulates PM, which encompasses: Total Suspended Particulate matter (TSP); PM10 (particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers); and PM2.5 (particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers).

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Udall On Proposed Changes To Endangered Species Act

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act:
 
“The Trump administration’s determination to dismantle bedrock environmental protections, turn a blind eye to science, and roll over for special interests apparently knows no bounds. Without the Endangered Species Act, the bald eagle, the gray whale, the grizzly

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Local Expert Chick Keller To Lead Wildflower Walk

Wildflower expert Chick Keller is leading a wildflower walk for PEEC at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

Learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau with Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller who is leading a walk highlighting local wildflowers at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 23.

These monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller selects a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance


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Wildland Firefighters From Hidden Valley Fire At Valles Caldera Dine In Los Alamos Saturday Evening

Members of Arizona’s San Carlos Southwest Wildland Firefighters T2 I.A. crew came to Los Alamos Saturday evening and ate dinner at Dominoes Pizza. Crew members said temperatures at the Valles Caldera National Preserve are much easier on them than the 114 degrees in their hometown this week. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

The Acoma Fire crew from Grants, which has been fighting the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire at Valles Caldera National Preserve came to town Saturday evening for dinner at the local McDonalds. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com


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BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions For Farmington, Taos

BLM News:

FARMINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management Farmington District Office will rescind current fire restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. July 23, 2018. The fire restrictions will no longer be in effect on BLM-managed lands within the following counties: San Juan, Rio Arriba, Taos, Santa Fe, McKinley, Sandoval, Colfax, Union, Mora, Harding, Quay, and San Miguel within the Farmington District.

These fire restrictions have been in effect since June 6.

Due to recent precipitation reducing fire danger, the BLM joins other Federal agencies in lifting fire restrictions. Visitors will once


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Alert: Managed Hidden Valley Fire Underway

Smoke seen this morning on a drive along the Valle Grande. There are signs posted stating it is a managed burn – do not report. Officials are managing the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire to benefit resources within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. For the duration of this fire the South Mountain and Hidden Valley areas of the preserve will be closed to the public. Photo by Marc Bailey


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Udate: Lightning Sparks Venado Fire In Jemez Ranger District

UPDATE: The Venado FIre on the Jemez Ranger District has grown to 50 acres. Due to fire behavior, Forest Road (FR) 376 is closed from Gilman Tunnels to the intersection of FR 488 and FR 376. Area day trip visitors are being notified by USDA Forest Service law enforcement to leave the area. One heavy air tanker is inbound, 1 helicopter with bucket is inbound with one on order, 1 single engine air tanker is inbound with 3 more on order, an additional hot shot crew is inbound, and 1 dozer is inbound. The fire is in a remote location on Mesa Venado and in an adjacent drainage area, 1 mile and a half north of Deer


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New Mexico Legislative Council Files Complaint To Halt Transfer Of State Park To Game & Fish Department

NMLC News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Legislative Council has filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief with the First Judicial District Court in an effort to halt the transfer of ownership of the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park from the Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department (State Parks Division) to the Department of Game and Fish.
 
The claim states that the Defendants acted in excess of their authority and violated the separation of powers doctrine established by Article III, Section 1 of the New Mexico Constitution. Defendants include Ken McQueen,

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Udall Joins Raptor Release Near Taos Sunday

The American Kestrel is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Ceremony will celebrate the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act

TAOS – U.S Sen. Tom Udall will speak at the release of an American Kestrel at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Sunday near Taos. 

The release is sponsored by New Mexico Rivers and Birds and the Santa Fe Raptor Center. Taos Pueblo Governor Gilbert Suazo will bless the ceremony.

The ceremony celebrates the 5 year anniversary of the Rio Grande del Norte


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Holy Ghost Canyon Road To Close For Repairs Beginning July 23

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For public safety reasons, Forest Road 122 of Holy Ghost Canyon will close to vehicle access beginning July 23 primarily for major road repairs.
 
The gate to the Holy Ghost Canyon will close to the public for about three weeks, which places the anticipated reopening on or about Aug. 10.
 
The Holy Ghost Campground, Trailhead and Group Area is located in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and will be inaccessible by vehicle during the closure period.    
 
“Safety is our top priority, therefore

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Mars Comes Into Focus At NMMNHS

These two images show Mars through a telescope before and after the dust storm. Courtesy/Christophe Pellier
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE In the coming weeks, the planet Mars will be closer to the Earth than it will be again for decades.
 
For its First Friday evening event Aug. 3, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will offer information about the Red Planet and a possibility to see it through telescopes. With the extension of Da Vinci — The Genius through Aug. 29, this also will be the final First Friday offering reduced admission prices before the

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