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Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest's Cuba Ranger District

on February 24, 2015 - 7:41am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District this week.

The La Jara prescribed pile burns, a remaining total of 56 acres, may continue through March 30, only if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Legislation To Expand State’s Voyeurism Law Passes House Floor With Unanimous Vote

on February 24, 2015 - 7:33am

Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Legislation that would crack down on sexual predators attempting to secretly view or record a person’s intimate areas has passed the House floor by a bipartisan vote of 59-5.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-San Juan County, will now go the State Senate. 

“We have the right to our privacy and must make sure these rights are protected,” said Clahchischilliage, of Kirtland, the bill’s sponsor. “This legislation will help protect New Mexico’s families from predators. I look forward to a vote by the Senate.”

Letter To The Editor: Death By Democracy At The Roundhouse

on February 23, 2015 - 6:57pm
By LOIS RUDNICK
Santa Fe

This is a tale of two hearings at the Roundhouse: House Bill 44, which required background checks for all purchasers of firearms at gun shows; and HB 189, which loosens requirements for gun safety for concealed weapons permits.

The hearings I attended were a microcosm of the dangers our democracy faces. They demonstrated what paralyzes politics in New Mexico and the nation because of Republican partisan gridlock and the ownership of representatives by Big Money. The NRA is at the top of the list in terms of the reach of their power and dollars.

NWS Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook

on February 23, 2015 - 7:51am

NWS image. ScreenShot/LADP

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued the following hazardous weather outlook for portions of North and Central New Mexico.

DAY ONE ...TODAY AND TONIGHT:

WIND CHILLS READINGS BETWEEN 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO WILL BE COMMON ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO THIS MORNING.

SNOW WILL CONTINUE TODAY. LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOWFALL AREA WIDE THIS MORNING WILL DECREASE THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE BECOMING FOCUSED ACROSS THE NORTHWEST THIRD OF THE STATE TONIGHT.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SNOWS WILL BE ACROSS THE NORTHERN

Winter Weather Advisory Through Monday Morning

on February 22, 2015 - 2:06pm
NWS image. ScreenShot/LADP NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through 11 a.m. Monday for the surrounding areas.

Winter Weather Advisory:

A MAJOR COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH INTO TO WESTERN NEW MEXICO THIS AFTERNOON. AT THE SAME TIME...WEST WINDS ALOFT WILL BRING PERIODS OF MOISTURE AND ATMOSPHERIC LIFT TO THE REGION. THE COMBINATION OF THESE FEATURES WILL PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATING SNOW OVER NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...WITH LIGHTER AMOUNTS FARTHER SOUTH AND WEST. SNOW MAY

Letter to the Editor: Just A Heads Up To Be Aware

on February 22, 2015 - 10:44am
By JOHN STEPHENSON
Los Alamos
 
Understand that this is speculation. It's just a heads up to be aware. I thought I should let people know. I had a door to door salesman come by my White Rock home Friday trying to get me to switch from Dish to Direct TV.
 
I listened to him. I asked questions. We got quotes on his smartphone. I never let him inside. He wanted me to make a decision based on his chicken scratching on notebook paper. I gave him a water and went inside to Google the company. CORTZCOM. Very little information. None good. I declined. He became irritated and shaky.
 
All he got from me

Legislation That Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors Passes House Floor

on February 22, 2015 - 9:05am

Rep. Monica Youngblood

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The State House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would make it illegal for minors to buy e-cigarettes.

“It is important that we do not have our kids falling victim to a vaping addiction,” said Rep. Monica Youngblood, the bill’s sponsor.

Currently, state law does not prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, while 39 other states do. This legislation will prevent minors anywhere in New Mexico from buying e-cigarettes.

“This is commonsense change that will go a long way to protect our kids.

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