21 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist


SANTA FE — Twenty-one New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending Friday, Jan. 22, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period. 

Those school buildings are:


  • Hope Christian Elementary
  • Menaul School


  • Cobre High


  • Bloomfield High


  • Hillcrest Preschool


  • Mesa Elementary


  • Deming Public Schools-Administration Office


  • Farmington Municipal Schools — Plant Op


  • College Lane Elementary
  • Houston Middle


  • Jemez Valley Elementary


AFRL Astronomer Observes New Asteroid Satellite

Dr. Jack Drummond on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea telescope site. Courtesy/AFRL

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — “I was wrong,” said Air Force Research Laboratory researcher, Dr. Jack Drummond, when looking back to his early research on asteroids and their orbiting moons.

Drummond is an astronomer at AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate Starfire Optical Range (SOR) on Kirtland Air Force Base. First as a government civil servant, and now as a Leidos contractor supporting AFRL, he has spent decades studying the solar system, and his research has often focused on asteroid satellites.

Just what


SFNF Pecos/Las Vegas District Begin Prescribed Burns

With recent snow, SFNF fire managers are implementing previously announced prescribed burns on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. Courtesy image

SFNF News:

SANTA FE —  With recent snow, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of favorable conditions, including snowpack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, to implement previously announced prescribed burns on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.

The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District hopes to complete the La Cueva and Rowe Mesa prescribed burns to reduce


Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 22

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Parks remain open for day use only with no overnight camping. They are reserved for New Mexico residents only.

Heron Lake State Park is open. Recent photos show that Heron Lake is frozen over. It opened for ice fishing Jan. 11 at the Dam Site Recreation Area. The kokanee salmon snagging season is over. The best fishing will be for rainbow trout with the possibility of catching a lake trout. Call (575).588.7470 for conditions.

El Vado Lake State Park is closed for the season. The only area open at El Vado is the Dam Day Use Area.


Mountaineers Feature Antarctic Explorations Jan. 26

France Córdova in the ice-free dry valleys of Antarctica will discuss ‘The Best Journey in the World’ at the Jan. 26 virtual meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Courtesy/NSF

Los Alamos Mountaineers

The November Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting continues in its electronic format, consistent with the needs of this special time.

The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. As usual, the Mountaineers meeting is held in collaboration with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This month, the meeting features a talk by France Anne Córdova entitled “The Best Journey in


N3B, Triad Cooperate To Ship Radioactive Waste To WIPP

Jan. 14 marks the first comingled TRU waste shipment by N3B and Triad to WIPP. Courtesy/N3B

N3B/Triad News:

N3B and Triad have successfully partnered to combine transuranic (TRU) waste shipment for additional efficiency.

The shipment, loaded at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Radioassay and Nondestructive Testing (RANT) facility at Technical Area 54, comingled legacy and new generation radioactive waste, resulting in more efficient shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Jan. 14 marked the first comingled shipment by N3B and Triad to WIPP.

By comingling loads,


New Mexico Takes Leadership Role In Recreation Economy

San Andres Canyon in Lincoln National Forest, White Sands National Park in background. Photo by Meghan Curry

Outdoor Recreation Director Axie Navas


SANTA FE — Outdoor Recreation Director Axie Navas has been elected to chair an organization of 13 states where developing and protecting recreation opportunities are now a policy priority, New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced Tuesday.

The Confluence of States is a bipartisan agreement between states to promote and grow the outdoor economy in the United States.

The Confluence