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Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Grows to 170,272 Acres

on May 30, 2012 - 10:27pm

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Raging fire is visible from Forest Road 141. Photo by Steven Meister, Mt. Tayloyr Hotshots. Courtesy/USFS Gila National Forest

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire has grown to 170,272 acres, which makes it the largest fire in New Mexico history. Last summer's Las Conchas fire burned 156,293 acres.

The fire has continued to spread in all directions as it remains active on more than 95 percent of the perimeter.

Firefighters are working on the line around the fire to provide the buffer needed to minimize the spread.

Burnout operations on the north side of the

Quality New Mexico Accepting Applications for 2012 NM Performance Excellence Awards

on May 29, 2012 - 9:52pm

QUALITY NEW MEXICO News

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2012 NM Performance Excellence Awards. The awards, which will be awarded next spring, include:

  • Piñon Recognition, commitmentto performance excellence
  • Roadrunner Recognition, progress toward performance excellence
  • Zia Award for Performance Excellence, best-in-class results

Organizations wishing to participate in the awards program must send in an intent to apply form by June 15. It can be obtained at  www.qualitynewmexico.org. 

Applications are due on July 20. 

The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards, modeled

Thousands Cycle Through Red River Rally

on May 29, 2012 - 6:52am

Photo by Gary Warren

Nearly 30,000 motorcycle riders rallied at Red River over the Memorial Day weekend.

The annual springtime event jump starts the tourist season in the Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado region.

Red River is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its scenic location and mild climate.

Centrally located in the north central mountains of New Mexico, Red River is the closest resort area to Texas and Oklahoma, as well as a short drive from Southern Colorado.

At 8,750 feet above sea level, Red River is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and

Elk's Lodge Hosts Memorial Day Events

on May 28, 2012 - 7:00pm

Marilynn and Barry Smith stop at the grave of a deceased friend at Guaje Pines Cemetery during today's Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the Los Alamos Elk's Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Three Cub Scouts listen as James Hay delivers his speech at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Salvador Zapien

James Hay, Commission for the Governor's Commission on Disability and disabled U.S. Army Sargent, delivers a speech at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Steven Aumack of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 waits for the

Healing Field Honors Soldiers with 1,000 Flags

on May 28, 2012 - 5:02pm

The Healing Field in Questa, a few miles north of Taos, is the site of a Memorial Day service today. There are 1,000 flags in the field honoring all who have served for America's freedom. Photo by Gary Warren

The Healing Field in Questa, N.M. Photo by Gary Warren
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Memorial Day 2012 Observed

on May 28, 2012 - 7:22am

In Memorium

Have you ever looked, really looked, at a soldier's face? Sometimes it's young, barely an adult the hopes of youth still painted in its features.

Sometimes it's old older than faith, older than wisdom, older than time. And sometimes ... sometimes it's a bit of both all at once.

Sometimes it's gritty and pained, remembering the face of another who has fallen.

Sometimes it's laughing, pleased to have a moment of peace. Most of the time it's proud because it knows, oh yes it knows, the world is a different place a better place because of it.

Next time you look at a soldier's

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Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Update

on May 27, 2012 - 8:40pm

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Fire Facts:

Date Started: 05/16/2012Number of Personnel: 907 personnel including
Location: Approximately 15 miles E of Glenwood, NM11 hotshot crews, 10 hand crews
Cause: LightningEquipment: 39 Engines, 19 Water Tenders, 6 Dozers
Size: 122,388Aircraft: 5 Helicopters
Percent Contained: 0Injuries to Date: Five

Special Announcement The Gila National Forest has reported a new fire approximately 15 miles northeast of Reserve near Aragon, N.M.

Fire crews and helicopters are providing assistance with initial attack efforts on the Wagon Tongue Fire.

For more information on

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PERA’s $5 Billion Hole Draws Member Concern

on May 26, 2012 - 12:52pm

A room full of PERA members pack into Monday's meeting in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

People jammed into the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) meeting in Santa Fe Monday with many more turned away for lack of space.

The agenda item that drew the massive crowd is proposed cuts and changes to the retirement plan affecting thousands of employees across the state and hundreds in Los Alamos.

PERA’s assets declined by a staggering $6 billion during the global financial market downturn of 2008-09.

Although PERA’s assets have increased since the downturn – a $5

Evacuation of Mogollon Underway

on May 26, 2012 - 9:13am

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Situation:  An evacuation of Mogollon has been ordered by the Catron County Sheriff's Office effective noon today.

Evacuees will be sheltered at the Glenwood Community Center located on Community Center Road with their small pets.

Large animals can be relocated to a temporary animal collection center at the residence of County Commissioner Hube McKeen.

Tony Sciacca’s Southwest Type 1 Fire Management Team has assumed command of the complex as of this morning.

The Incident Command Post is now set up and located at the Reserve Fair Grounds.

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Bandelier Temporary Bridge

on May 25, 2012 - 9:54am

Temporary bridge installed Thursday at Bandelier National Monument. Photo Courtesy.
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