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No New Growth On Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight

on June 15, 2013 - 12:57pm

The sun sets Friday looking west from the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond toward the direction of the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 24,032; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 75 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 13 crews, 29 engines, 29 water tenders, 3 dozers; Total personnel: 763 and Available air support: 5 helicopters.

Summary: Last night fire activity was minimal, and there was no new growth on the fire.

Udall Named Chair of Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee

on June 15, 2013 - 11:32am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has been named Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.

Udall was named the new to lead the subcommittee by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Chair of the full Appropriations Committee. He succeeds Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who passed away June 3, 2013.

“As Chairman I look forward to the responsibility of ensuring taxpayers dollars are spent wisely and the interests of hardworking families in New Mexico are protected,” Udall said.

Thompson Ridge, Jaroso, Tres Lagunas Fire Updates

on June 14, 2013 - 11:57am

Storm clouds fill the sky looking west from N.M. 4 toward the Thompson Ridge Fire late Thursday afternoon. The fire is now 75 percent contained. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 24,032; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 75 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 15 crews, 35 engines, 29 water tenders, 5 dozers; Total personnel: 833 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 4 helicopters.

Summary: Fire activity last night was minimal,

Learn to Backpack at Bandelier

on June 14, 2013 - 7:36am

Bandelier Backcountry. Photo by Sally King/BNM

BANDELIER News:

Join Bandelier staff and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for the second annual Introduction to Backpacking course.

This three part course will be offered Tuesday June 18, Thursday June 27, and Saturday and Sunday July 20 and 21. We encourage anyone who wants to experience Bandelier’s backcountry beyond day hikes to attend. Both beginner backpackers and those with experience are welcome to participate in this exciting event.

Tuesday, June 18: The Los Alamos Mountaineers and Bandelier staff will offer a presentation uncovering the basics

Thompson Ridge Fire 75 Percent Contained

on June 13, 2013 - 9:28pm

Valles Caldera. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

The Thompson Ridge Fire is now 75 percent contained. The fire started May 31, 2013.

It is burning on the Valles Caldera National Preserve about two miles northeast of La Cueva.

The fire is in steep rugged terrain and is burning mixed conifer and ponderosa pine. The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Bea Day, assumed management responsibility for the fire Sunday June 2, 2013.

Information

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginFriday May 31, 2013 approx. 2 p.m.

Los Alamos County to Receive $83K in PILT Payments for Police, Fire and Schools

on June 13, 2013 - 1:57pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced counties in New Mexico will receive approximately $34 million through the 2013 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.
 
A full list of the funding by county is included below.
 
PILT is administered through the Department of the Interior and provides funding for mostly rural counties that have a limited ability to levy taxes due to the amount of federal property in their jurisdiction, including Bureau of Land Management land, national parks and forests and military bases.

NM Transportation Commission Meets In Portales

on June 13, 2013 - 10:14am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The policy making body of the New Mexico Department of Transportation will meet Thursday, June 20 in Portales.

The meeting will be 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Portales Memorial Building, 200 East 7th St.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Presentation and request for approval of projects to be funded in Fiscal Year 2014 by the Local Government Road Fund Program
  • Vote on Amendment 8 of the Fiscal Year 2012-2015 Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP)
  • Donation of NMDOT Rest Area Right-Of-Way to the BLM

Time will be allotted for public comment.

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Thompson Ridge Fire Behavior Expected To Be Moderate Today

on June 13, 2013 - 10:02am

The Thompson Ridge Fire at the Valles Caldera. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,946; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 60 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 16 crews, 42 engines, 33 water tenders, 5 dozers; Total personnel: 885 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Firefighters took advantage of favorable conditions to conduct burnout operations along the containment line on the southwest flank of the fire

Udall Calls for Independent Probe Into NSA Data Collection

on June 13, 2013 - 7:58am

U.S. SENATE:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today led a bipartisan call for an independent investigation into the National Security Agency’s (NSA) phone records and data collection programs by a key privacy and civil liberties panel originally recommended by the 9/11 Commission and strengthened through Udall’s efforts in the House of Representatives.
 
Udall sent a bipartisan letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, asking it to “make it an urgent priority to investigate the programs mentioned above and determine whether they (1) are conducted within the

NM Delegation Introduces Bill to Strengthen STEM Fields

on June 13, 2013 - 7:56am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce announced Wednesday that they have introduced a bill to strengthen the nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and training programs in New Mexico and the U.S.
 
The STEM Support for Teachers in Education and Mentoring (STEM²) Act includes a package of initiatives designed to improve student interest and performance in STEM skills.

Thompson Ridge Fire: Today's Aerial Operations Success Allows Firefighters To Go Direct Tonight With Hand Ignition

on June 12, 2013 - 9:20pm

Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire Evening Update

Acres: 22,900; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 60 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 16 crews, 42 engines, 33 water tenders, 5 dozers; Total personnel: 885 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Weather so often dictates what we do and how we do it.

New Mexico State EOC Situation Report

on June 12, 2013 - 7:35pm

NMEOC News::

The New Mexico State Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor incidents across the state including multiple wildfires.

Below is a summary of each incident:

Power Outage - City of Albuquerque
Incident: Multiple power outages around the city since approximately 9:30 p.m. June 10. Affected Population: Initially 1,900. Power was restored to all areas by 5 a.m./June 12
. Affected Area: Selected areas of the population base of the City of Albuquerque. Situation Overview: CABQ EOC partially activated at approximately 9:05 a.m.

Thompson Ridge Fire Map Shows 981 Acres Burned Tuesday

on June 12, 2013 - 11:29am

Thompson Ridge Fire progression map showing the 981 acres that burned Tuesday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Jaroso Fire Seen From Santa Fe

on June 12, 2013 - 10:23am

The massive plume from the Jaroso Fire seen Tuesday evening in Santa Fe near 599 and Camino La Tierra. Photo by Danny Gallant

Thompson Ridge; Jaroso Fire Updates - Morning of June 12

on June 12, 2013 - 9:46am

Thompson Ridge Fire

Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire late Tuesday afternoon looking west over the ball fields at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

Acres: 22,852; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 50 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 20 crews, 48 engines, 34 water tenders, 6 dozers; Total personnel: 991 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Last night crews experienced minimal fire

Udall Encouraged by Vote to Begin Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate

on June 12, 2013 - 8:09am

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Tuesday after voting to begin debate on the comprehensive immigration reform legislation, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act:
"I was very encouraged with the strong, bipartisan vote to restart the debate on comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Senate.
 
"We still have a long way to go before immigration reform becomes law, and as it progresses in the Senate I will be looking to make sure it supports New Mexico's interests as a border state.

Bandelier Seeks Public Comment on Draft Transportation Alternatives

on June 11, 2013 - 4:08pm

Atomic City Transit shuttle bus picking up passengers recently at the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center. Courtesy/BNM

 

BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.

More than three decades of studies and workshops have documented transportation and congestion management challenges in Bandelier National Monument, including traffic congestion at the monument entrance and a lack of adequate parking in Frijoles Canyon.

Tres Lagunas Fire Update - June 11

on June 11, 2013 - 12:56pm

Courtesy/SFNF

Tres Lagunas Fire Update - June 11

Acres: 10,237 Cause: Human Start Date: May 30, 2013; Containment: 70 percent; Location: 10 miles North of Pecos; Fuels: Timber; Total personnel: 783 and Terrain: steep, rugged.

Summary

Today’s Actions: Mop up, backhauling of equipment, and fire line rehabilitation will be the focus of today’s operations. Mop up includes extinguishing or removing burning material near containment lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned.

Jaroso Fire Update - June 11

on June 11, 2013 - 12:45pm

Courtesy/SFNF

Jaroso Fire Update

Time/Date Reported: June 10, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.; Location: Espanola Ranger District within the Pecos Wilderness, approximately six miles southeast of Borrego Mesa; Legal Description: T19N, R11E, Sec 1; Cause: Lightning; Fuels: Fire is burning in mixed conifer, heavy dead and down fuels with pockets of bug-killed trees.

Note: There is a 1,300-acre area of downed timber caused by a wind event six years ago directly south and east of the fire that is of concern because of additional fuel for fire to consume quickly.

Size: 360 acres, according to infrared

50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act: New Mexico Women Make 79 Cents For Every Dollar Men Earn

on June 11, 2013 - 11:25am

Women overall and across ethnic lines continue to earn less than men. Courtesy/U.S. Census

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District is calling for Congressional action to help close the remaining wage gap between men and women.

"When the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, women earned 59 cents for every dollar earned by men. Now, women in New Mexico make 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a discrepancy which affects not only women, but their families as well.

Thompson Ridge Fire Update - June 11

on June 11, 2013 - 9:11am

Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire looking west over Ashley Pond Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

Acres: 21,871; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 50 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 20 crews, 49 engines, 32 water tenders, 5 dozers; Total personnel: 1,003 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Very active fire behavior was observed yesterday within the perimeter and will continue today due to

New Mexico’s Mike Sather Appointed to Malcolm Baldrige Judges’ Panel

on June 11, 2013 - 6:52am

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Dr. Mike Sather, Director of the VA Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center in Albuquerque, was appointed for a three year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Judges’ Panel for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. 

The appointment was effective March of 2013. The Panel of twelve judges meet three times during the award cycle to discuss the Award process, select Award applications to receive site visits and, ultimately, recommend Award recipients to the Secretary of Commerce.

Dr.

Lightning Ignites New Fire in Espanola Ranger District

on June 10, 2013 - 3:58pm

Jaroso Fire News:
Fire Name: Jaroso Fire
Time/Date Reported: June 10, 1:45 p.m.
Location: Pecos Wilderness, approximately six miles southeast of Borrego Mesa.
Legal Description: T19N, R11E, Sec 1
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Mixed conifer, heavy dead and down fuels
Size: 3 acres
Percent Contained: 0
Resources: 4 reppellers,various district resources, 1 hotshot crew, smokejumpers
Today’s Weather: Hot, 77-82 degrees, above normal temperatures, isolated dry thunderstorms expected today
Structures/threats: No structures in Pecos Wilderness
Evacuations: N/A
Road Closures: N/A
Summary:

New Mexico Republican Politicians Land in Hoosgaw

on June 10, 2013 - 3:25pm

Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, Dr. JR Damon, Albuquerque City Counselor Janet Arnold-Jones and U.S. Rep. Steve Pierce, with New Mexico Republican Party Chair John Billingsly standing in the back, wait to bail out of the politician pokey during Saturday's Santa Fe Federated Republican Women’s picnic. Photo by P. Orlando Baca

GOP News:

New Mexico Republican Politicians Land in Hoosgaw
By BETTY ELLINGTON-SMITH

Saturday at a Santa Fe Federated Republican Women’s picnic, some prominent politicians were “arrested” on trumped up charges and thrown into a Jail called the “Politician Pokey.”

Forward Progress of Thompson Ridge Fire at South Mountain Stopped - N.M. 4 Reopens

on June 10, 2013 - 2:48pm

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Photo depicts surface fire of which the low intensity removes excess fuels, preserving the crowns of the trees. Monsoon season will yield a new crop of grass. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Thompson Ridge FIre Update

Acres: 21,089; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 40 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 21 crews, 49 engines, 31 water tenders, 4 dozers; Total personnel: 1,014 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6

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