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Sand Dune Lizard Escapes Endangered List

on June 13, 2012 - 9:57am
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides to forego adding the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard to the Endangered Species List. Courtesy/FWS
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to forego adding the Dunes Sagebrush (Sand Dune) Lizard to the Endangered Species List.
The Senators, who learned of the decision this morning, have been actively engaged with the administration as it determined whether listing the lizard was the best course of action based on science and in light of collaboration at the local level

Colorado Peak and Bear Springs Fires are History!

on June 12, 2012 - 8:50pm

SFNF News:

Below you will find an evening fire update for the Colorado Peak and Bear Springs fires:

Colorado Peak: 246 acres,100 percent contained. The Colorado Peak fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe NF; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport

Bear Springs: 622 acres, 95 percent contained. No change. The Bear Springs fire is located on the Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe NF; 6 miles NE of Ponderosa and 6 miles SE of Jemez Springs.


Los Alamos Day at NM History Museum Saturday

on June 12, 2012 - 7:29am

On Saturday afternoon, June 16, the New Mexico History Museum and its Los Compadres del Palacio support group will host a visit to the Museum for all Los Alamos County residents.  

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m., with an informal reception at the Museum.

At  2:15 p.m., Los Alamos visitors are invited to participate in a tour of the St. Johns Bible exhibition led by Tom Leech, head of the Palace Press.

They can also visit other exhibits in the Museum, including those in the Palace of the Governors. Museum admission will be free 1-5 p.m. for Los Alamos visitors.

During the afternoon

Fire and Water: The Las Conchas Fire

on June 11, 2012 - 11:03pm

Column by State Representative Jim Hall

On June 4 and 5, I attended a conference “Impacts and Lessons Learned from the Las Conchas Fire,” sponsored by New Mexico’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR-- 

NM EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation, and this year their focus was to research the impacts of climate change on Northern New Mexico water resources.

The Las Conchas Fire broadened their focus to the environmental impacts of wildfire--with water and water quality as an important subtext. 

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex

Fire Restrictions Tighten Tuesday

on June 11, 2012 - 10:21pm

Santa Fe – Due to increasing fire danger and resources fully engaged on multiple wildfires, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis and State Forester Tony Delfin today announced additional restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfires and open-fires would be extended to cover all non-municipal, non-federal and non-tribal lands throughout the State of New Mexico.

The restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m., Tuesday June 12.

“Recent high temperatures and low humidity levels have dried out forest and wildland vegetation significantly throughout the State of


Flag Day Celebrated at Bataan Memorial Saturday

on June 10, 2012 - 12:24pm

The 17th annual Flag Day celebration was held Saturday at the Bataan Memorial in Santa Fe. Photo by N.S. Mills

Military officials spoke to the crowd gathered at Saturday's Flag Day event in Santa Fe. Photo by N.S. Mills

Photo by N.S. Mills

Photo by N.S. Mills







Caldera Work Party Helps Calves Stay with Herd

on June 10, 2012 - 9:26am

A work party coming from the visitor center and another from the highway are separated by elk herd as Saturday's fence tear-down endeavor got underway at the Valle Caldera National Preserve. Forty people from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque with organizations including Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Sierra Club, Wild Earth Guardians and the New Mexico Environment Department joined Caldera Chief Scientist Bob Parmenter to remove fences built for sheep in the 1930s. These fences have hindered elk movement.

N.M. 4 Paving Work Moves North

on June 10, 2012 - 8:03am

Paving was underway on the north side of N.M. 4 last week as the roadway project begins to wind down. Photo by TK Thompson

Park and Ride Issues Rider Alert

on June 7, 2012 - 11:17pm


Park and Ride has issued a Rider Alert summarizing additional Blue Route adjustments, tentativley scheduled to begin June 18.

Riders are asked to review the Rider Alert and the Draft Schedule and provide comments by noon Tuesday, June 12.

Comments may be sent to

Review proposed changes and draft bus schedule at

In response to input from riders, departure times will be changed on the following runs of the Blue Route:

• Los Alamos 20th and Central stop has been re-named Mesa Public  Library to more accurately