.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Fire column was flamingly arrogant

-A A +A

We were shocked to read the self-righteous, condescending “ViewPoint” column written by Kathleene Parker in Sunday’s paper entitled “Understanding Fire Dynamics.”
While Ms. Parker clearly has knowledge of the fire history of New Mexico, her writing suggests that this knowledge is purely academic, which is where the problems with her piece arise.
She got off to a bad start by questioning when mountain homeowners will “get it.”  As mountain homeowners, we find that remark incredibly offensive. We all “got it.” We had cleared and thinned for years, and had large defensible spaces around our homes.  Our neighbors did too.
The residents of Cochiti Mesa, Crager Ridge, Hadden Ridge and the La Cueva Volunteer Fire Department did intensive mitigation work, spending days and weeks of their own time to clear and cut, year after year. The National Forest land was not ours to thin and thus was beyond our control.
The Forest Service did some thinning around the eastern, southern, and southwestern perimeter of Cochiti Mesa but not areas north and west where our homes were. The thinning did not slow down the fire, although extensive thinning by homeowners in flat areas on top of Cochiti Mesa may have helped change the wind patterns of the fire somewhat.


If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
info
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:



Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday