Final Update on the Guadalupe Fire in the Jemez

JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT, SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

 

The human caused Guadalupe Fire near Forest Road 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest that burned 6.3 acres is now 100 percent contained.

The fire consumed mostly logging slash and pre-made piles, but produced enough thick smoke to be visible from as far as Rio Rancho. It was first reported to the Jemez Ranger District office on Friday, Dec. 8 at 12:27 p.m. and was contained on Sunday, Dec. 10.

County’s El Zocalo Center Hosting Rural Economic Development Forum

SANDOVAL COUNTY

The last in a series of forums focusing on economic development in rural central New Mexico communities will take place in Bernalillo on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

This forum will focus on the challenges, barriers, smart goals, and assets to formulate a concise framework for the drafting of a regional economic development plan. The meeting is part of a collaborative effort among officials from Sandoval, Los Alamos and Bernalillo Counties.

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O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction (Bear Lake) Finds “Forever Home” at the New Mexico Museum of Art

NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART

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In honor of the New Mexico Museum of Art Centennial year celebration, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation made permanent its long-term loan of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction (Bear Laketo the Museum. With this move, the 1931 O’Keeffe piece, becomes part of the Museum of Art’s permanent collection.  The painting is currently on display in the Governor’s Residence.

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New Tool Helps Residential Consumers Understand Transactions for Rooftop Solar Energy Systems

By New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG Balderas is seeking comments from the public, consumer protection advocates and industry representatives.
As a component of his consumer protection initiatives, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has released a draft of a powerful tool aimed at helping New Mexico consumers better understand purchasing solar power systems for their homes: Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.

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December Events at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts


Brown Bag it with MoCNA: IAIA Artist-in-Residence Talk

Friday, December 8 | 12noon-1:30pm
2nd Floor MoCNA Project Lab

 

Bring your lunch and join IAIA Artists-in-Residence as they discuss their artistic practice. All artists conclude their month of participation in the IAIA Artist-in- Residence program on the IAIA campus with this event. Featuring IAIA A-i-R artists, Athena LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe), Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), Jason Reed Brown (Koyukan Athabascan)and Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway).
This event is free to the public.

Connecting Tribal Communities to High-Speed Internet

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

For some Americans today, logging on to the internet is as easy as going home and turning on the lights. And access to high-speed internet is becoming increasingly essential for economic and educational opportunities. However, in parts of New Mexico, and especially in tribal communities, a lack of access to high-speed broadband internet is leaving far too many of our children unable to learn and compete on an even playing field.

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Update on the Guadalupe Fire

The latest report on the Guadalupe Fire has it at 6.2 acres and 40 percent contained. By 6 p.m. fire crews had established a line around the fire, said Forest Service spokesman Bruce Hill.

John Fredlund wrote on the Jemez Post Facbook page:  USFS was all over it and they are doing a great job. LCVFD was asked to bring water, and they put us to work patrolling/improving the line. I am optimistic that they caught it and will be able to keep it inside the lines – keep fingers crossed.

It has been determined that the fire was human caused by someone setting it in the logging slash and pre-made piles. These are not the same as the stick structures reported to be appearing on the Jemez Ranger District (and Sasquatch is not a suspect).

Wildfire Breaks Out in the Jemez

An uncommon event this time of the year, a wildfire has broken out in the Jemez.

First reported today at 12:27 p.m., the wildfire, now named the Guadalupe Fire, broke out near Forest Road 376 on the Jemez Ranger District, consuming about 2 to 3 acres so far. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and it is mostly burning through logging slash and pre-made piles.

The fire is producing heavy smoke which is which visible as far south as Rio Rancho, and starts to loom as an alarming site for travelers approaching the Jemez along U.S. Highway 550.

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N.M. Highway 4 Still Slick And Dangerous In The Mountains

NMROADS warns travelers on N.M. Highway 4 going north toward Los Alamos and Bandelier that the roads in the higher elevations remain icy in shaded areas and wet in other areas,and are expected to freeze with lower temperatures after sunset.. Visibility is good during daylight hours, but watch out for ice, drive with caution and obey all posted traffic signs. This event will be updated on the NMROADS site as conditions change.

Shooting at Aztec High School

The Farmington Daily Times reports that two Aztec High School students were shot to death this morning by another student who was later shot by police officers. The families of the victims were notified immediately and most other families had heard from their students. There were no other injuries reported.

Schools in Farmington, Kirtland, Shiprock and Bloomfield have been placed in lockdown.

“Our hearts break for the victims and their families. We pray for the survivors, and are grateful to the brave first responders for their heroic actions on the scene,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas in a statement. “We have offered Office of the Attorney General resources to support the victims, the Four Corners community, and first responders during this horrific tragedy

Difficult Driving Conditions in Jemez Area

New Mexico Roads warns of difficult driving conditions on US 550, mile marker 30-35 ( north of San Ysidro). Roads are icy. Visibility is limited due to light snow. Please drive with caution and obey all posted traffic signs. This event will be updated as conditions change.

The icy roads on this stretch, mile markers 30-40 (north of San Ysidro), have led to multiple crashes.  As mentioned above, roads in this area are icy and visibility is limited due to light snow. Drivers are warned to watch for emergency response vehicles and snow plows and to reduce speed.

Difficult Driving Conditions are also occurring on NM 4, between mile markers 24-46 (from just above Jemez Springs to the Los Alamos County Line) – Roads are snow packed and icy. Visibility is limited due to light snow. Please drive with caution and obey all posted traffic signs.

Big Kill Filming in New Mexico

NEW MEXICO FILM OFFICE

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the action western feature “Big Kill” produced by Big Kill, LLC and Archstone Pictures will begin principal photography mid-November through mid-December. Production will take place in Santa Fe.

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Stick Structures in Santa Fe National Forest; Who’s Building Them and Why?

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They are also concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

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Another Dog Caught in a Trap in the Jemez

By R.W.

 A dog being walked by a couple of Jemez folks ran into an animal trap set in an arroyo beside a designated road, on Forest Road 376, about half a mile north of the Gilman Tunnels.
They were alerted to the animal’s distress when it began shrieking and jumping around in panic. It was easily within view and quickly released by its owners. They observed that there was fresh blood sprinkled all over the trap (not the dog’s), and a chunk of meat a few feet away such that an animal would have to step on the trap to get to the meat.

This dog was not too badly injured, but there have been ugly incidents in the past with terrible consequences for people’s pets, traumatic for both the animals and their owners.

Some time ago Patti Foy, local resident, had an experience with her dogs, walking them in the Jemez, who became injured in traps set near a road. She wrote an informative article, which is worth revisiting, in which she gives useful information for people who might find themselves in a similar situation.

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Jemez Ranger District Has Applied Vallecitos and Joaquin Prescribed Burns

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Taking advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have moved forward with previously announced prescribed burns to help reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the 2018 fire season.

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Further Helicopter Work Will Cause Temporary Closure of Main Trail at Bandelier 

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

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In late October, a portion of the Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument was closed for safety during a 3-day operation in which more than 150,000 pounds of dirt and rocks were helicoptered to the Frey Trail for use in trail reconstruction.  This project will continue on Monday, December 4, weather permitting, and is expected to last 4-6 days.  This part of  the project is planned for about 225 loads of construction materials, at about a thousand pounds per load, carried by transport bags on a sling under the helicopter. The dirt will be used to fill in worn tread on the trail, while the stones are for use in the rockwork along the way.

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Balderas Opposes Trump’s Proposal to Dramatically Increase Entrance Fees at National Parks

By New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Joining a bipartisan coalition of 11 attorneys general, Attorney General Hector Balderas today expressed his strong opposition to the National Park Service’s (NPS) proposal to dramatically increase entrance fees at 17 national parks. Under the proposal, the per vehicle entrance fee during the five-month peak season would increase to $70 from $25 or $30. Motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian entrance fees would also increase by double or more.

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Stars and Mysteries in the Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

Sandra West

NATURE CENTER PLANETARIUM

On Friday, December 1st at 7 PM, Paul Arendt will project the December night sky on the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium dome and introduce neighboring galaxy, planets, and other celestial objects visible without telescopes. Then, the fascinating planetarium film Mysteries of the Unseen World will play in the planetarium on December 2nd and 3rd at 2 PM. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

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The Jemez Post

By R.W.

The Jemez Post had another of its familiar “offline” incidents over the last few days.  It has miraculously recovered and normal posting will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Apologies to all who were awaiting announcements and news releases.

Government to Government Relations

By Benny Shendo
PUEBLO OF JEMEZ Tribal Administrator

Governor Joseph A. Toya, Tribal Administrator Benny Shendo Jr. , Councilman Dr. Raymond Loretto and Grants and Contracts Coordinator Jeri Loretto attended the quarterly meeting of the Self-Governance Tribes Advisory committee in Washington, DC on Oct. 23-27. The Pueblo of Jemez is the only tribe in New Mexico that has exercised its authority to take control of its programs from Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Jemez Ranger District Plans Vallecitos Prescribed Burn

Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

 

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to resume the Vallecitos prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District.

Ignitions could begin as early as Tuesday, Nov. 28, on the final 91-acre unit in the Vallecitos treatment area adjacent to the East Fork trail head and NM Highway 4.

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Udall, Luján Address Health Issues for Urban Native Americans

U.S. SENATOR TOM UDALL AND U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BEN RAY LUJÁN

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and U.S. Senator Tom Udall.

 

U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services directly on reservation lands, Tribally run facilities, and urban Indian nonprofit run facilities. All three types of facilities are available in New Mexico.

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Bandelier Concession Closed Until March

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

The retail and food and beverage concession operation at Bandelier National Monument will be closed beginning November 21 and is expected to reopen in March 2018. There is currently no other food and beverage option at the monument. Other park services, including the trails and Visitor Center, remain open as scheduled. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/band.

Three New Exhibitions Open at Newly-Refurbished Museum of Art

NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART

Laura Gilpin, Campo Santo at El Valle, 1961, gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 × 7 5/8 in

 

The New Mexico Museum of Art launches its Centennial year celebration Saturday, November 25, after being closed more than two months for a significant renovation.  Three new exhibitions opened as New Mexico’s first Museum sets out on its second century.

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Expanded Schedule for Bugg Lights Opening Night

RAIL RUNNER EXPRESS

Join us on Saturday, November 25 for the opening night of the Bugg Lights display at the Harvey House Museum in Belen. This free, family-friendly event will feature a dazzling array of holiday lights, beautifully decorated trees, and whimsical characters at the Harvey House, as well as a parade and holiday festival on Belen’s Main Street!

Expanded Schedule & Free Shuttles! Visitors from north of Belen are encouraged to take the Rail Runner. There will be an additional southbound train for the event, as well as free shuttles.

See the Special Schedule

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