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Friday Fire Restrictions Affect 21 Counties

NM State Forestry Wildland News:

Due to high fire danger across parts of the state, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis and State Forester Tony Delfin today announced restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfire and open-fires for all or portions of 21 counties.

The restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m. Friday, June 8.

“Very high fire danger exists across much of western and parts of central New Mexico,” Delfin said. “I’m urging all residents in the areas affected to follow the restriction guidelines to protect lives and property in their communities.”


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Colorado Peak Fire 80 Percent Contained

SFNF News:

Colorado Peak Fire: 245 acres (decrease in size due to better mapping), 80 percent contained. The Colorado Peak fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport

Bear Springs Fire: 622 acres, 90 percent contained. The Bear Springs fire is located on the Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; six miles northeast of Ponderosa and six miles southeast of Jemez Springs.

The Santa Fe National Forest had no new fires today. Red flag conditions — hot, dry and windy conditions are expected tomorrow.


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Colorado Peak Fire 65 Percent Contained

SFNF News:

Colorado Peak Fire reported at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport has burned 269 acres (decrease due to better mapping) and is now 65 percent contained.

Firefighters worked through the night to contain the fire. Sparse, patchy fuels and an aggressive fire fight have helped to contain the fire.

A decrease in fire activity has also decreased smoke. Minimal smoke is expected today.

For information on how to protect yourself from smoke visit: https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh_alerts/.

The public can obtain fire information via the following:


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Letter to the Editor: What Happens When Mike Grabs George by the Ego?

My friend Mike grabbed me by the ego, put me hard up against reality, and forced me to face my shortcomings.

Conceptually, the dialogue went something like this: “George,” he said, “you guys look like you’re hiding something. You can’t just say that signing those petitions will cost people their right to vote on the Charter Amendments. You have to explain it.” 

“But Mike,” I wailed, “this is a complicated issue. I can’t put all that information in a $68 dollar ad or a leditter. People have to do some of their own research.” 

“George,” he replied, twisting my rationality, “don’t tell me


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See Lola Run

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

Everyone should see a German film at some point, right, so why not now?

This month the library screens “Run Lola Run” (1998, rated R), the classic German thriller about a woman who has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks before her boyfriend gets killed. It’s literally run, run, run — until the film ends a mere 81 real-time minutes later.

The movie is unabashedly action-packed, the kind of film that if it were a text would never contain an adverb. It wastes no time with wistful peering into landscapes and complex expressions of existential


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Kiwanis Club Presents Educational Scholarships

The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduate Jin Park Tuesday. Park will attend Stanford University to pursue a degree in economics and computer science. He is joined by his mother Monica Park and Kiwanis Club President Kristy Keane. The Kiwanis Club recognizes graduating seniors with financial support for their commitment to the community. The Club meets Tuesday’s at noon at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Sharon Stover

 

 

 

 

 


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Scenes of Movies in the Park and Farmers’ Market

A crowd gathers Wednesday for the first night of “Movies in the Park” put on by the Los Alamos County Recreation Department. The first movie was “Tangled” and it was shown at Rover Park in White Rock. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Onions and radishes from Rodriguez S&J Farms are in ample supply at today’s Los Alamos Farmers’ Market. Several Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmers’ Market from 9-11 a.m., Thursday June 14 to visit with citizens about current projects, issues and other topics. The market is downtown in


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Extreme Fire Danger Conditions Surround Forest

SFNF News:

The fire danger on the Santa Fe National Forest is currently EXTREME. During times of extreme fire danger, fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

FIRE DANGER DESCRIPTIONS

A fire danger rating is established locally for each public land unit in the Southwest Area. These danger ratings are based on fuel types (i.e. grass, brush, slash, or timber), fuel moisture content (i.e. 10-hour fuel sticks), weather (i.e. precipitation, relative humidity, temperature, cloud cover, etc), station elevation, among others. Each afternoon


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PLACE President Rolls Out Community’s Wish List

During a public meeting Wednesday at UNM-LA, Board President Chris Velasco of PLACE (Projects Linking Art Community & Environment), discusses the components that Los Alamos residents and community leaders said in previous meetings that they want to see in a catalytic project developed for downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Salvador Zapien

 President Chris Velasco explains that PLACE is a nonprofit that builds sustainable communities. To learn more, visit http://welcometoplace.com/ Photo by Salvador Zapien 

President Chris Velasco of PLACE said that local feedback


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Judge Finds Probable Cause in Infant Abuse Case

Defendant Tyrell Abney during a brief break in court proceedings at the Justice Center Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

During a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Magistrate Court, Judge Pat Casados found probable cause that Tyrell Abney of Los Alamos commited the crime of child abuse in the first degree last month against his infant son.

Abney, 18, faces a mandatory 18 years in prison if convicted.

It came out during the hearing that although originally reported to be 11 weeks old when the alleged abuse occurred May 16 at the family’s Gold


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Colorado Peak Fire Captured Across the County

Colorado Peak Fire shot Wednesday from Overlook Park in White Rock. The fire was reported at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday in the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport and had grown to 360 acres as of the last report issued Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish the next update on this fire as soon as it is received from the forest service, which should be soon. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Colorado Peak Fire shot Wednesday from Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo


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Canyon Rim Trail: June 5, 2012

PAJARITO RAMBLER…

Column by Nina Thayer

Bone dry. Los Alamos is bone dry and there are only a few wildflowers to be found. 

But I will gladly share a “secret trail” and the wildflowers I found there this morning.

 A friend and I are both recovering from recent knee replacement surgery, so we strolled at a leisurely pace the lovely new Canyon Rim Trail that parallels N.M. 502 entering town. 

We parked at the eastern trailhead immediately across the road from the Coop. There is no sign but one turns right (south) into the paved parking lot between two yellow and black striped poles. 


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Colorado Peak Fire – Evening Update

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST News
Colorado Peak Fire
Evening Update

Fire Name: Bear Springs

Time/Date Reported: 2:36 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Location: Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport

Legal Description: T17N, R7E, Sec 30

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Fuels: Piñon/juniper, slash and brush. The Caja del Rio plateau has open, patchy vegetation.

Size: 360 acres

% Contained: 0

Resources Committed: 156 personnel including: 3 Type 1 crews, 4 Type 2 crews, 3 engines, 2 Type 1 helicopters, and 2 dozers.

Today’s


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Bear Springs Fire: Firefighters Execute Successful Burnout Operation Today

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST News
Bear Springs Fire
June 6, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Summary: The relatively low intensity burnout tactic used today was very successful, leaving no significant pockets of unburned fuel and no spot fires. Residual spot fires from last night’s operations were detected and suppressed. The burnout was very clean, resulting in little to no impact to natural and cultural resources. At times, smoke was voluminous due to burning in heavy fuels, but areas with lighter fuels produced very little visible smoke.

Enough progress was made today that some crews will be released tomorrow,


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Breaking News: Fire 8 miles south of White Rock

This fire is now visible from Los Alamos.

 

Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management Information
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Below is fire information regarding the Colorado Peak Fire that was discovered today. The fire is located in the Caja del Rio on the Santa Fe National Forest between Cochiti and Santa Fe.

Today residents from north of Albuquerque to Santa Fe will see smoke. Fuels on the ground are dry due to the lack of moisture and are creating a fair amount of smoke. The Colorado Peak Fire is at 50 acres and moving north. Firefighters and a helotanker are entroute.

Colorado Peak Fire, Espanola


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Ideas Sought for White Rock Visitor Center’s Artwork

The “Strange Trio” sculpture by Tommy Hicks may be moved from Ashley Pond to White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
APPB News:
 
The Art in Public Places Board (APPB) is beginning to research and discuss possible artwork for the new White Rock Visitor Center.
 
The Board has scheduled a special meeting in White Rock from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday June 12 in the White Rock Town Hall.
 
The public is invited to attend the meeting at which the APPB will be asking for input and suggestions for appropriate artwork for the new tourist center.
 
The board also is exploring the possibility of re-locating

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Pete Amahl Trio Plays Downtown Friday

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer. Courtesy

By Russ Gordon

Things are happening this summer in Los Alamos. You haven’t noticed? Well, just follow me a minute.

The Friday night concerts have been having great crowds. Our first show was May 18 at the Kite Fest and we had about 600 folks out there.

The Red Elvises concert on May 25 drew around 2,500 people and last week’s Laurie Lewis bluegrass/folk concert drew about 1,500 folks. OK? We got more.

Last Friday was the start of what is called on Facebook as “Los Alamos Friday Night.” Check out the site.

Some businesses are staying open late


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Strong Kids Classic Honors Ed Griggs

FAMILY YMCA News:
As part of the Family YMCA Annual Campaign, its 2012 Golf Tournament is set for a 1 p.m., Shotgun Start/Scramble Held at Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday, June 9. Registration is now full for this year’s event.

The Family YMCA’s third Annual Strong Kids Classic Golf Tournament has changed its official name to the Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic to remember long-time Y friend and golf community member, Ed Griggs.

“Ed was a great man and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to honor him in this way,” YMCA Executive Director Linda Daily said.

Matt Schmidt,


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Bear Springs Fire June 6 Update

SFNF News:

Firefighters hope to gain the upper hand on the Bear Springs Fire with burnout operations today.

The fire, which began at 6:36 p.m. June 3 is burning in the Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, six miles northeast of Ponderosa and six mile southeast of Jemez Springs.

A lightning strike caused the fire, which has burned 400 acres of mixed conifer and ponderosa pine to date.

The fire is 10 percent contained as 190 personnel including four Type 1 crews, three Type 2 crews, three engines, one Type 1 helicopter, three Type 3 helicopters, two water tenders and two dozers battle the


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How Voters Ranked Local Candidates

Unofficial vote tallies hang on the window in the lobby of the Justice Center Tuesday night. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

By Carol A. Clark

Voters placed Kristen Henderson on top of the six-person race to fill three vacancies on the Los Alamos County Council, according to Tuesday’s unofficial election results. Henderson, a Democrat and an attorney who works as a Realtor for REMAX received 1,077 primary election votes.

Marc Clay of Los Alamos National Laboratory came in second with 1,061 votes. He is a Republican who coaches middle and high school sports and is a graduate of Leadership Los


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