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Forward Progress of Thompson Ridge Fire at South Mountain Stopped - N.M. 4 Reopens

on June 10, 2013 - 2:48pm

Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Photo depicts surface fire of which the low intensity removes excess fuels, preserving the crowns of the trees. Monsoon season will yield a new crop of grass. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Thompson Ridge FIre Update

Acres: 21,089; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 40 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 21 crews, 49 engines, 31 water tenders, 4 dozers; Total personnel: 1,014 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6

Rock Snot and Whirling Disease also Formidable Foes for Wildland Firefighters

on June 10, 2013 - 7:10am

'Rock Snot' (Didymosphenia geminata), is an invasive (non-native) algae. Courtesy photo

Tres Lagunas Fire Update

  • Engines and water tenders must be decontaminated before leaving the fire

PECOSFirefighters on the Tres Lagunas Fire are now ramping down their fire suppression efforts and transitioning to “mop up” operations.

But before being released from the fire, all water handling equipment, such as engines and water tenders, must be decontaminated.

“The decontamination process is not standard procedure, but it is becoming more common as we travel from fire to fire,” said Mark Catron,

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Three Finalist, Three Concertos

on June 10, 2013 - 7:06am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN

Three Finalist, Three Concertos

Something unique in my concert-going experience happened last night. Cliburn Competition finalist Nikita Mndoyants played his own cadenzas.

A cadenza is a virtuosic solo interlude inserted into a movement of a concerto, an opportunity toreally show off. In the good old days, when pianists were trained to do this, they often improvised elaborate cadenzas on the spot. Composers usually wrote cadenzas for their pieces and those the ones most frequently performed.

Mndoyants has

Thompson Ridge Fire Update June 9 Evening

on June 9, 2013 - 10:38pm
Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Thompson Ridge Fire Update
June 9, 2013 evening

Acres: 20,700; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 40 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 21 crews, 49 engines, 31 water tenders, 4 dozers; Total personnel: 1,014 and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Summary: Today there was a small amount of rainfall near the northeast area of the fire.

N.M. 4 Road Closure Update

on June 9, 2013 - 1:09pm

VCNP News:

N.M. 4 is closed from New Mexico Highway 126 to New Mexico Highway 501.

There will be no deliveries from USPS, FedEx and UPS during this closure.

Only full time residents of Cochiti Mesa and properties accessed from Forest Road 268 and Forest Road 289 will be able to go to and from their properties along N.M. 4 to Highway 501.  

Only full time residents of Sierra los Pinos and properties accessed from Forest Road 10 will be able to go to and from their properties along N.M. 4 to SR 126. They will not be able to proceed east on N.M.

N.M. 4 Closed at SR 126 to SR 501 Junction

on June 9, 2013 - 11:39am
Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire visible driving west from Pojoaque early Saturday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Thompson Ridge Fire Update
June 9, 2013

Acres: 20,687; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 40 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 21 crews, 52 engines, 35 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 1,023  and Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Summary: Fire intensity increased significantly along the slopes just west

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Final Three Finalists Display Their Talents

on June 9, 2013 - 7:47am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
 
Final Three Finalists Display Their Talents

The weather in Fort Worth has been one of many very pleasant surprises during the Cliburn Competition. The oppressive heat and humidity one expects at this time of year have been blessedly absent.

The Bass Performance Hall, however, maintains the arctic chill typical of every interior space in the city. No wonder the Cliburn’s back stage “mom” keeps a heating pad on hand, reportedly clutched like a teddy bear by the competitors before each performance.

The

Moscow Hosts International Drug Enforcement Conference

on June 9, 2013 - 7:45am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Government of Russia, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), presided over the 30th Annual International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) June 5-7.

The conference brought together high-level drug law enforcement officials from more than 100 countries throughout the world. IDEC typically focuses on issues such as global drug trafficking organizations, precursor chemical control, the nexus between drugs and terrorism, financial facilitators, demand reduction, and intelligence sharing across multi-national law enforcement agencies.

Summer Driving Tips For Hot Weather

on June 9, 2013 - 7:44am
STATE FARM News:
 
As the temperatures heat up in New Mexico - it’s important to prepare for traveling the state's roads and highways.
 
A bit of planning and some simple steps can help save time, money, headaches avoid disasters on the road.
 
Have the car checked out to make sure it is fit for summer:
  • Check the air conditioning. You may want to have a professional inspect the entire system;
  • A service professional should inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses;
  • Check the cooling system, and if necessary, get it serviced; and
  • Check the air pressure in all tires, including

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