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Thompson Ridge Fire on The Valles Caldera - Update June 6 at 9 p.m.

on June 6, 2013 - 11:16pm

Valles Caldera National Preserve June 5. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Thompson Ridge Fire
June 6, 2013 9 p.m.

Acres: 12,900, Start date: May 31, 2013, Cause: Downed powerline Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, Containment: 10 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 25 crews, 49 engines, 23 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 1,015; Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Summary: Crews continue to work day and night shifts to take advantage of a narrow window of favorable weather to conduct burnout operations along the

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.

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Finalists Announced!

on June 6, 2013 - 9:24pm
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

The judges have ruled and the six Cliburn Competition finalists have been announced. The result met our expectations with one curious surprise.

I have been smitten with Russian Nikita Mndoyants since hearing his performance in the preliminaries via the Cliburn’s web stream. Mndoyants, 24, has made a clear statement about his artistic intentions. He is a musical storyteller.

Udall: Americans Deserve More Transparency on Phone Record Collection

on June 6, 2013 - 9:18pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement today on news reports that government agencies have collected extensive information on Americans' phone records:
 
"The news that the government issued a blanket order for Americans' phone records is deeply disturbing and exactly why I voted against the Patriot Act in 2001. It's also why I have opposed reauthorization of similar provisions without adding civil liberties protections - protections that require agencies to explain specifically what information it thinks it needs to see and why.
 
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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

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

on June 6, 2013 - 11:05am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

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<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=579fTTs_gLM&feature=youtu.be> to watch Luján's speech.

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

'Run the Caldera' Cancellation Impacts 450-plus Participants

on June 6, 2013 - 10:40am

VCNP News:

The Thompson Ridge Fire has forced the cancellation of the annual Run the Caldera Marathon event.

Mike Lippiatt from the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce said that more than 450 participants had registered up to the time the event was cancelled earlier this week.

Lippiatt addressed the short and longterm impact the cancellation of Run the Caldera may have on the local economy.

"It is impossible to quantify the loss of revenue due to the event being cancelled but the impact to our local businesses is quite significant," Lippiatt said in a news release.

Luján Encourages DHS to Use National Labs Rather than Build Duplicative Capabilities

on June 6, 2013 - 8:49am

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor late last night in an exchange with the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. John Carter, to encourage the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to utilize the national labs rather than waste money on duplicative capabilities.

Rep. John Carter

The exchange occurred during debate on the Fiscal Year 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Below are their remarks. Click here<

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