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Alamo Fire In Bandelier Grows To 40 Acres

on August 6, 2019 - 7:56pm

A lightning-caused fire reported Sunday has consumed approximately 40 acres in the Bandelier Wilderness. Courtesy/BNM

Courtesy/BNM

BNM News:

A lightning-caused fire was reported Sunday afternoon in the Bandelier Wilderness.

The fire has been low, slowly creeping in the grass and occasionally torching individual juniper trees. Rain was received at the fire site Sunday evening and again early this morning.

Weather forecasts predict that afternoon thunderstorms will continue in the area throughout the week

Due to the remoteness of the area and the rugged terrain, park managers will be

Conejos Fire Grows To 225 Acres

on August 6, 2019 - 7:16pm

Firing operations add low-intensity flames to the Conejos Fire to reduce dead and down fuels and improve forest health. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drier-than-expected Monday gave fire crews the opportunity to resume firing operations and complete an additional 40 acres on the east side of the Conejos Fire.

The plan for today, Aug. 6, is to take advantage of a break in the weather to continue firing operations today and Wednesday as conditions allow to remove heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the Conejos Fire perimeter.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Governor Announces Intent To Pursue PRC Reform

on August 6, 2019 - 6:59pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

ALBUQUERQUE – Speaking at an energy summit hosted by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich in Albuquerque, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced she will include measures to reform the Public Regulation Commission on the agenda for next year’s legislative session scheduled to begin in January.

In the months leading up to the legislative session, the governor will work with legislators, members of the business and conservation communities and other stakeholders on this legislation.

“It’s clear that reform is urgently needed to help

Heinrich, Keller Conclude Electrifying 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future

on August 6, 2019 - 6:28pm

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – With nearly 200 local officials and participants from across New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-N.M.) and City of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, along with the State of New Mexico, Bernalillo County, Rocky Mountain Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded the 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future.

This year’s Energy Summit brought local, state, tribal, and federal officials together with non-profit organizations to spark discussions on policy recommendations, and

SFNF Monitors Another Lightning-Sparked Fire On Pecos/Las Vegas District

on August 6, 2019 - 5:37pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring the lightning-caused Alamitos Fire near Forest Road (FR) 375, 2 miles north of the community of La Cueva within a previously treated fuel break.

While the monsoonal weather patterns are bringing a fair amount of moisture to the area, fire managers are considering strategically adding low-intensity fire to the ground to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including community protection, reduced risk of wildfire and improved forest health.

Depending on weather

YMCA: Dances Of India Showcase Aug. 8

on August 6, 2019 - 5:35pm

NWS: Today’s High Near 85; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on August 6, 2019 - 7:24am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 85 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon and tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Flower Display On Kilby Street

on August 6, 2019 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: Flower display in the yard of a residence on Kilby Street in White Rock. Photo by Annette Maes-Livermore

Conejos Fire Grows To 185 Acres

on August 5, 2019 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Scattered thunderstorms in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend put a fair amount of moisture on the Conejos Fire, but not enough to extinguish it.

Fire managers released some of the resources assigned to the fire over the weekend.

The plan is to wait out the monsoonal weather patterns over the area now and, if the moisture is followed by a drying trend, resume firing operations later in the week to complete an 800-acre block.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4

EPA Appoints Ken McQueen Region 6 Administrator

on August 5, 2019 - 4:34pm

Ken McQueen

EPA News:

DALLAS, Texas -–– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today the appointment of Ken McQueen of New Mexico to become regional administrator for Region 6.

McQueen will oversee environmental protection efforts in the states of New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas and in 66 Tribal Nations. He has extensive experience in public service and industry working in the south central region of the United States on water, natural resource and energy issues.

McQueen will join the agency having most recently worked as New Mexico

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on August 5, 2019 - 7:03am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View From Pajarito Mountain Sunday

on August 5, 2019 - 6:57am

Daily Postcard: View during a hike Sunday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

View during a hike Sunday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

View during a hike Sunday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

Lunch With A Leader: Global Warming Express Aug. 20

on August 4, 2019 - 10:46am
LWVLA News:
 
The League of Women Voters' Aug. 20 Lunch with a Leader community event is 11:45 a.m. in Mesa Public Library and will feature Genie Stevens from the Global Warming Express.
 
Stevens was born in New York City and grew up surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, on Cape Cod and then, Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University in Canada, Emerson College in Boston, Harvard University in Cambridge and the University of New Mexico for studies in Theatre Direction, Education, Psychology and Cross-Cultural Communication.
 
Stevens has lived, for the most part, in New Mexico since

Excitement Is In The Air In Alamogordo In September

on August 4, 2019 - 7:25am
NMT News:
 
ALAMOGORDO This September, in addition to the wide array of attractions available year-round, Alamogordo will be buzzing with excitement as the 28th Annual Balloon Invitational and the Otero County Fair and Rodeo bring their unique offerings to locals and visitors of all ages.
 
The Annual Balloon Invitational takes place Saturday, Sept. 7 at Ed Brabson Balloon Park in Alamogordo and continues Sunday, Sept. 8 at White Sands National Monument. The Otero County Fair and Rodeo opens Wednesday, Sept. 18 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22.
 
“Alamogordo is known as a

Historic Santa Fe Foundation Announces Launch Of Mac Watson Register Fellowship Honoring Contributions

on August 4, 2019 - 7:09am
Alan ‘Mac’ Watson. Courtesy/HSFF
 
HSFF News:
 
Historic Santa Fe Foundation Board of Directors and staff launch the Mac Watson Register Fellowship in honor of the many contributions that Watson has made to the historical and architectural preservation of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.
 
Historic Santa Fe Foundation recognizes his dedication and service as a volunteer and on the Board of the Foundation and many other preservation efforts.
 
Alan ‘Mac’ Watson, a Santa Fe native, received an AB in English Literature from Dartmouth College and an MA and a PhD from the University of New

NWS: Today’s High Near 77; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on August 4, 2019 - 6:52am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 77 with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly after noon and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Big Baby Hummingbird Stays In Nest

on August 4, 2019 - 6:36am
Daily Postcard: This big baby hummingbird had no siblings and seems to have decided never to leave home while the broods in three other nests at this Los Alamos residence had two siblings each and have all left home. Photo by Ben Tobias

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 5

on August 3, 2019 - 9:14am
COUNTY News:
 
Diamond Drive Paving
 
Star Paving is working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before High School begins Aug. 14. 
 
Asphalt milling and paving work continue the Week of Aug. 4. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction; Work will occur Sunday starting at 6 p.m. and continue throughout the night all week.

AGU: US Infrastructure Unprepared For Increasing Frequency Of Extreme Storms

on August 3, 2019 - 6:47am
Hurricane Florence’s unprecedented rainfall caused extensive damage to infrastructure in North and South Carolina after it made landfall in fall of 2018. Courtesy/U.S. Air Forces Central Command
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Current design standards for United States hydrologic infrastructure are unprepared for the increasing frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms, meaning structures like retention ponds and dams will face more frequent and severe flooding, according to a new study.
 
Extreme weather events are on the rise, but U.S.

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 55 Acres

on August 3, 2019 - 6:38am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire crews were able to put some low-intensity fire on the ground late Thursday in spite of recent moisture.
 
Fire managers are planning to continue firing operations on the Conejos Fire as long as weather will allow. 
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: Estimated at 55 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

NWS: Today’s High Near 80; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 3, 2019 - 6:36am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of southwest and south central New Mexico this afternoon through evening. Slow storm motions may lead to locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Turn Around, Don't Drown! Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Butterfly Sits On Echinacea Flowers

on August 3, 2019 - 6:21am

Daily Postcard: Butterfly sitting on an Echinacea flower recently in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Evening Scene Over Red Elvises Concert At Pond

on August 2, 2019 - 10:10pm
The music was fun and the sunset beautiful this evening at the Red Elvises Concert at Ashley Pond Pavilion. Photo by Rick Reiss

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 45 Acres

on August 2, 2019 - 8:57am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE A thunderstorm that dropped significant moisture on the north end of the Conejos Fire Wednesday delayed operations planned for Thursday. Fire managers are monitoring conditions on the ground for a window to begin firing operations.
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: 45 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

Phys.Org: Black Bears Adapt To Life Near Humans By Burning The Midnight Oil

on August 2, 2019 - 8:53am
Easy dinner pickings. Courtesy/Florida Fish and Wildlife
 
By KATHY ZELLER
phys.org news

Amid reports that human activities are pushing many wild species to the edge of extinction, it’s easy to miss the fact that some animal populations are expanding.

Across North America, a number of species that were reduced by overhunting and loss of forested habitat in the 1800s are rebounding. This sometimes results in wildlife living near populated areas.

In a recent study, my colleagues and I analyzed one of these comeback species: American black bears (Ursus americanus). In the early 1900s, black bears

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