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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/

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

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Lessons Learned in Fort Worth

on June 12, 2013 - 8:40am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Lessons Learned in Fort Worth

The fine folks at the Los Alamos Daily Post have let me chew up a lot of digital space over the past 10 days writing about an event in (gasp!) Texas. I have been known to grouse about our local media covering off-the-hill arts events at the expense of local efforts. So what’s going on here? What does the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have to do with us?

The most obvious answer is, of course, that the Los Alamos Concert Association will be presenting one of the three

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



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


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.


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


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

U.S. Chimpanzees May Be Recognized as ‘Endangered’

on June 11, 2013 - 12:31pm

Flo, 55, is is the eldest surviving chimp in Alamogordo. Courtesy photo

APNM News:

Proposed Rule Affirms Public Outcry and New Mexico Leadership for Chimps

ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service today released a proposed rule to classify all chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) as endangered.

Under the Endangered Species Act, this would end the current ‘split-listing’ which allows chimps in captivity in the United States to be sold and bred for use in biomedical research, the entertainment industry, and the exotic pet trade.

“This long-awaited ruling shows the intrinsic value of