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.

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.

Get It While You Can

By Jennifer Olson

JEMEZ SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET

I talked with Walter today and learned this Saturday will be the last time you will be able to get fresh plucked produce for a while. He says it’s just getting too cold.

This Saturday he will have kale, lettuce, chard, spinach, turnips, beets, lots of choys, Chinese cabbage, carrots, radishes and you’ll just have to go see for yourself what else. But there probably will be yogurt, kim chee, strawberry, as well as quince preserves. And if you buddy up real nice you might get some baby greens that have been thinned. There will also be James’ honey available and Shirley will bring some eggs. Just think – one stop shopping.

He also said the hoop house is worth seeing right now, and would remind you of Spring, and winter is not even officially here. So get yourself to the Bodhi on Saturday between 9 and 11, thank Walter and Hosen for creating this for us. Be sure to wear your smile and have a merry time.

Happy holidays to all.

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.

U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital is Reckless and Deeply Irresponsible

Rabbi Alissa Wise
Deputy Director, JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE

President Trump just declared that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and will move forward with plans to move the U.S. embassy there.

I have faith that one day, we’ll be strong enough to bend U.S. foreign policy toward justice— but this is really going to test it.

Because this is a reckless, deeply irresponsible decision: for Palestinians, Israelis, and all of us. And it’s on us to stand up.

Click here to tell your Congressperson: recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is wrong.

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Hike Up Mesa de Las Casas

By Stan Renfro
JEMEZ HIKING
Mesa de Las Casas
At 10 a.m., on Friday, December 8, I will lead a hike up Mesa de Las Casas, leaving from the intersection of Camino Corto and Vista Hermosa, located above the Trailhouse store.
Bring water and food, and don’t forget that the weather may get colder than it is, and may surprise us. The journey takes about five hours, and is precipitous.

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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After “Tax Reform” Time for “Welfare Reform”

By R.W.

Why do people who do not belong to the small wealthy elite, people who depend on Social Security or other supplements to their income, people who are dependent on government supported health care and people whose children are enrolled in public education vote for politicians who promise to blitz these very programs, why do they vote for a propagandized ideology and against their own interests.

This new tax bill sets the stage to further reshape American society by deepening inequality. While nearly 41 million Americans live below the poverty line, with nearly one in five children living in poverty, this legislature promises to stuff the coffers of corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Corporation profits are now peaking at near their highest levels in history. The richest 1 percent of Americans receive 20 percent of overall national income, double the level in 1980 and the highest level in nearly a century. Income for the top 1 percent has risen more than four times faster than for the middle-class, nearly tripling since 1980.

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Our Democracy Depends on Secure Elections

Sent and written by Martin Heinrich  (D-New Mexico) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)

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Our democracy hinges on protecting Americans’ ability to fairly choose our own leaders, and this requires public confidence that the voting results announced on election night are legitimate and reflect the actual votes cast in each state.

As members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, we are helping to lead the Senate’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Each member of our committee remains committed to uncovering the full extent of Russia’s operations and ensuring that we create protections against similar actions from foreign actors going forward.

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Look at December 2017 in the Red Rocks

Photos R.W.

Last day this year for these asters and datura?

It feels like a front coming through today. Fierce winds are rattling whatever’s been left out to rattle and forecasts call for temperatures to drop to seasonable levels, or perhaps below, over the next few days. No more flowering gardens with bees and butterflies buzzing in still, warm air. It’s been nice while it lasted.

I realize, of course, that that Red Rocks (aka Banana Belt) has a somewhat different climate than some other parts of the Jemez and nearby areas, and that many folks have had their first frost a long time ago, but here is a sad farewell to a long flowering season from down our way.

This visitor dropped by yesterday.

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Stick Structures; We Are Not Alone

By R.W.

Since there were so many searching, probing and perceptive entries on the Jemez Post Facebook page concerning the issue of Stick Structures in the National Forests, I feel compelled to clear the matter up.

Yes, there were some good comments, and yes, some were reaching the heart of the matter, which is not surprising, since the answer to the mystery is quite simple.

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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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Gardening in December

By Jennifer Olson

JEMEZ SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET

Welcome back everyone. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. I made sure to give thanks for all of you who support our local farmers market – plus those who don’t. This is just too wonderful a place not to be grateful for everything.

So here in this wondrous land of plenty, Walter keeps coaxing those veggies right out of the ground. And guess what? There’s enough to share. So get yourself to the Bodhi this Saturday, between 9 and 11, and take advantage of this cornucopia of healthy goodness.

Be sure to wear your smile and express your gratitude for this nutritious and delicious fresh produce, grown right in your back yard and the only effort needed from you is getting there to get it!! What more could you ask for?

How to get Started on Your Own Penstemon Garden

By Sandra West

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

On Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., gardener and scientist Larry Deaven will share stories, tips, and photos to get you started on your own penstemon garden. This special presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center is free and made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).Continue reading

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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