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Valles Caldera Buildings Remain Intact

on June 6, 2013 - 10:05pm

Structure protection is underway at the Valles Caldera as the Thompson Ridge Fire approached the Historic Ranch section of the Valles Caldera. So far firefighters have protected all buildings on the Preserve. All public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve remains closed to the public due to increased fire activity from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

The Best Offense Is a Good Defense. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Old Growth Protection. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Another structure saved at the Valles Caldera.

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 6

on June 6, 2013 - 9:17pm

The Thompson Ridge Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Thompson Ridge Fire Update
Thursday June 6, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 12,171; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 5 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 23 crews, 36 engines, 8 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 816 Available air support: 3 air tankers, 7 helicopters.

Summary: Yesterday and last night, lower temperatures and slightly higher humidity created

Letter to the Editor: So Much Anger Toward Fires

on June 6, 2013 - 1:24pm
By Jaret McDonald
Los Alamos

To all of our friends here in New Mexico: Once again we are under attack with Mother Natures finest criminals.
So much anger and depression toward the two big fires, once again taking our mountains and subjecting us to a life we didn't expect.
We have a place for anyone out of place and hearts feel for all of us. Remember that life will begin again and will come back.
We understand that it might take a "few" years, but it will come back. New Mexico is great but the people are what make it amazing. Keep your heads up ... We will prevail!

House Passes Luján Amendment to Increase Funding for Wildfire Preparedness and Preventative Measures

on June 6, 2013 - 11:05am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District offered an amendment late last night to the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act to increase funding for grant programs that help communities prepare for wildfires.

The amendment passed the House with broad bipartisan support by a 287 to 136 vote this morning. Below are Representative Luján's remarks from last night. Click here<> to watch Luján's speech.

"Madam Chair, in what has been one of the worst

Help With The Hard Stuff: 'Be An Informed Shopper For Your Legal Services'

on June 6, 2013 - 10:12am

Part 9 (of 10)–“Be An Informed Shopper For Your Legal Services

Last column looked at some of the reasons agreements fail. This column notes some forms of legal services variously called “cutting edge” law or a “comprehensive law” movement, which try to better address the reasons agreements fail, especially the reasons of shallow peace, and lack of informed consent.

Remember, all forms of legal services, conventional or innovative, are very human, to me meaning that the practical, on-the-ground reality can be very different from the