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Smoke Billows In The Jemez This Morning

on August 25, 2019 - 9:48pm
Smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara
Another view of smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara

‘Innovation’ Word Of The Day For Air Force

on August 25, 2019 - 6:22am
KAFB News:
ALBUQUERQUE The Air Force Research Laboratory Tech Engagement Office honored AFRL scientists and engineers who are moving technology out of the laboratory into industry for commercialization purposes.
This was the second year for the AFRL New Mexico Innovation Awards event. It was held Aug. 9 at the University of New Mexico Science and Technology Park where AFRL in partnership with UNM now occupies more than 3,000 square feet of office and innovation laboratory space.
“The Tech Engagement Office facilitates and encourages the growth of technical transfer,” Director

SFNF: Managers Plan More Activity On Cueva Fire

on August 25, 2019 - 6:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drying trend and increase in fire behavior have given fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) an opportunity to add additional acres to the Cueva Fire by using aerial ignitions to consume unburned fuels within the planning unit.

Crews from New Mexico State Forestry will continue to work on securing the fire perimeter.

During this period, increased smoke will be visible and may impact surrounding areas.

Posts From The Road: Loneliest Road In America

on August 25, 2019 - 6:18am

Nevada Highway 50 is known as‘The Loneliest Road in America’. The road spans just over 400 miles across the state but travelers pass through only six towns. Three of those towns are located near the California border leaving only three small towns between Fallon, Nev. and the eastern border of Nevada, a distance of over 300 miles. Drivers travel more than 17 mountain ranges on the drive making it fell like a roller coaster with miles of straight road between passes. The route of the road follows the same path as the Pony Express during in the 1860s.

AGU: Rising Summer Heat Could Soon Endanger Travelers On Annual Muslim Pilgrimage

on August 25, 2019 - 6:17am
The Kaaba at al-Haram Mosque during the start of Hajj. Courtesy/Al Jazeera English – Al-Haram mosque, CC BY-SA 2.0
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Over two million Muslim travelers just finished the annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, traveling during some of the country’s hottest weather.
New research finds pilgrims in future summers may have to endure heat and humidity extreme enough to endanger their health.

USDA Invests in Energy Efficiency Improvements ... Seven Businesses In New Mexico Among Recipients

on August 25, 2019 - 6:14am

USDA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Bette Brand has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants for projects in all staates and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions.

“Lowering energy costs helps rural businesses improve their bottom line create jobs,” Brand said.

Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fall 2019: Fire And Fuels Program Kick-Off

on August 25, 2019 - 6:07am
FSG News:
SANTA FE The Forest Stewards Guild’s Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) Fall Fire and Fuels program kicked-off the 2019 field season with a crew member training.
Sixteen FSYC crew members ages, 18 to 25, attended the three-day training Aug. 19-23, at Cottonwood Gulch Foundation’s basecamp in Thoreau, N.M. The two crews are now spend the following 11-weeks working on U.S Forest Service (USFS) lands and learning from USFS specialists.
The FSYC program is a work-earn-learn program for young women and men to help restore New Mexico’s forests and watersheds.

NWS: Today’s High Near 87; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on August 25, 2019 - 5:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 87 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

NM Natives Karmela Martinez; Jeremy Toulouse To Lead HSD Income Support & Child Support Divisions

on August 24, 2019 - 11:11am

Karmela D. Martinez
HSD News:
SANTA FE Human Services Department (HSD) Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. announces the advancements of two leaders promoting from within the department: Karmela D. Martinez as director of the Income Support Division (ISD) and Jeremy A. Toulouse as director for the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED).

Karmela D. Martinez, director of the Income Support Division (ISD) is a long-term HSD employee who began working for the department in 2003 as a family assistance analyst and has worked in multiple roles within HSD.