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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

Rock Snot and Whirling Disease also Formidable Foes for Wildland Firefighters

on June 10, 2013 - 7:10am

'Rock Snot' (Didymosphenia geminata), is an invasive (non-native) algae. Courtesy photo

Tres Lagunas Fire Update

  • Engines and water tenders must be decontaminated before leaving the fire

PECOSFirefighters on the Tres Lagunas Fire are now ramping down their fire suppression efforts and transitioning to “mop up” operations.

But before being released from the fire, all water handling equipment, such as engines and water tenders, must be decontaminated.

“The decontamination process is not standard procedure, but it is becoming more common as we travel from fire to fire,” said Mark Catron,

Thompson Ridge Fire Update June 9 Evening

on June 9, 2013 - 10:38pm
Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Thompson Ridge Fire Update
June 9, 2013 evening

Acres: 20,700; 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 helicopters.

Summary: Today there was a small amount of rainfall near the northeast area of the fire.

N.M. 4 Road Closure Update

on June 9, 2013 - 1:09pm

VCNP News:

N.M. 4 is closed from New Mexico Highway 126 to New Mexico Highway 501.

There will be no deliveries from USPS, FedEx and UPS during this closure.

Only full time residents of Cochiti Mesa and properties accessed from Forest Road 268 and Forest Road 289 will be able to go to and from their properties along N.M. 4 to Highway 501.  

Only full time residents of Sierra los Pinos and properties accessed from Forest Road 10 will be able to go to and from their properties along N.M. 4 to SR 126. They will not be able to proceed east on N.M.

N.M. 4 Closed at SR 126 to SR 501 Junction

on June 9, 2013 - 11:39am
Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire visible driving west from Pojoaque early Saturday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Thompson Ridge Fire Update
June 9, 2013

Acres: 20,687; 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, 52 engines, 35 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 1,023  and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Summary: Fire intensity increased significantly along the slopes just west

Summer Driving Tips For Hot Weather

on June 9, 2013 - 7:44am
STATE FARM News:
 
As the temperatures heat up in New Mexico - it’s important to prepare for traveling the state's roads and highways.
 
A bit of planning and some simple steps can help save time, money, headaches avoid disasters on the road.
 
Have the car checked out to make sure it is fit for summer:
  • Check the air conditioning. You may want to have a professional inspect the entire system;
  • A service professional should inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses;
  • Check the cooling system, and if necessary, get it serviced; and
  • Check the air pressure in all tires, including

Thompson Ridge Fire Estimated Containment Date is June 10

on June 8, 2013 - 9:17am

Gov. Susana Martinez

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

The Thompson Ridge Fire started May 31, 2013. It is located on the Valles Caldera National Preserve about two miles northeast of La Cueva.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will be in attendance at a public meeting scheduled for the Thompson Ridge Fire at 4 p.m. today, Saturday, June 8. The meeting will be at the Fire Station in Sierra los Pinos, south of N.M. 4 on FR 10. The Arizona Central West Zone team will be present to give an update on the fire.

The fire is in steep rugged terrain and is burning mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

NM Delegation Introduces Bill to Protect Special-Ed Funding

on June 8, 2013 - 7:26am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation have introduced a bill to protect New Mexico’s future special education funding.

This week, the Department of Education ruled that New Mexico underfunded its share of the cost of educating students with special needs for the state fiscal year 2011. It determined New Mexico did not meet its financial obligations for special education spending by $34 million.

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states must maintain their share of special education spending through a "maintenance of effort" (MOE)

Letter to the Editor: Protect Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks

on June 7, 2013 - 1:19pm

By Kay Ortega
Los Alamos


We are all proud of the characteristics that make us unique; we should have the same pride for the characteristics that differentiate New Mexico from other states.

One such feature is the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks, a series of mountain ranges in the southern part of our state. This unique habitat provides a stunning backdrop for the New Mexican wilderness and the city of Las Cruces.

Unfortunately, Congressman Steve Pearce’s HR 995 will reduce the amount of protected land and remove protection from this valuable area.

Alert: Heavy Police Presence to Limit Public Activity, Travel on N.M. 4 from Jemez Springs to Los Alamos and Highway 126 to Cuba

on June 7, 2013 - 12:54pm

SFNF News Alert:

Public Advisory: We would like to encourage everyone to limit activity and travel on N.M. 4 from Jemez Springs to Los Alamos and Highway 126 to Cuba due to heavy fire traffic in and around the Thompson Ridge Fire. 

Heavy police presence from the Sandoval and New Mexico State Police Departments will be in the area to monitor traffic.

For more information regarding the fire please visit www.inciweb.org or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire. Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and

Biologists Rescue Trout Threatened by Tres Lagunas Fire

on June 7, 2013 - 11:46am
Game and Fish biologists remove cutthroat trout in Macho Creek threatened by the Tres Lagunas Fire. Courtesy photo
 
NMGF News:

 PECOS – Fisheries biologists with the Department of Game and Fish and the Santa Fe National Forest removed 49 Rio Grande cutthroat trout from a small creek threatened by the Tres Lagunas Fire this week, ensuring the pure strain of native fish will survive if the fire threatens its watershed.

A crew of 10 hiked two miles up Macho Creek, about three miles southwest of Terrero, and used electroshocking equipment to stun and net the trout.

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Udall and Heinrich: Prevent Fires From Downed Power Lines

on June 7, 2013 - 11:14am

Downed power line illustration. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.Following news that recent fires in New Mexico were caused by downed power lines, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are encouraging cooperation between utility companies and federal agencies to keep trees away from power lines and reduce the risk of wildfires.
 
Downed power lines have caused several wildfires, including the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge fires currently burning in northern New Mexico.
 
In letters to the U.S.

Thompson Ridge Fire Burning on Redondo Peak Thursday

on June 7, 2013 - 10:57am

The Thompson Ridge Fire burning on Redondo Peak just west of Los Alamos taken after sunset Thursday, June 6. Photo by Momo Vuyisich/WildWestGallery.com

Thomas Ridge Fire Images on the Valles Caldera

on June 7, 2013 - 10:48am

Spot fires from the Thompson Ridge Fire at Headquarters Wednesday evening at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jim ODonnell

An Air Crane passes Headquarters with a fresh load of water from the Jemez River. Photo by Jim ODonnell

A closeup of the understory burn from the Thompson Ridge Fire Wednesday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jim ODonnell

An Air Crane siphons water from the Jemez River. Photo by Jim ODonnell

A healthy underbrush burn on the west side of the Valle Wednesday. Photo by Jim ODonnell

 

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