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  • Fire reported in the Jemez Ranger District

    A small fire in the Jemez Ranger District located near Battleship Rock has been contained, fire officials said.

    “They kept it at three acres which is pretty phenomenal work on their part,” said Santa Fe National Forest Spokesperson Julie Anne Overton. “Our firefighters did a great job.”

    Fifty-five firefighters from three area companies helped combat the fire. 

    “That’s actually quite a bit for a three-acre fire but because of its location and the difficulty of the terrain, they opted to call in quite a few resources,” Overton said.

    The fire started sometime Sunday evening. The cause of the fire is still classified as human-caused and is still under investigation.

    Small plumes of smoke from the fire could still be seen from NM 4 at 2 p.m. Monday. Due to the wind, the smoke mostly kept in the trees as helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft dumped fire suppressant from above.

    Firefighters fighting the blaze plan to stay on the scene until 9 p.m. tonight.

    “They will then get back there tomorrow morning to monitor and complete the mop up,” Overton said.

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  • Marathon runner recovering from bear attack

    A woman running the 2016 Valles Caldera Runs in the Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos who was attacked by a black bear Saturday is recovering from serious injuries to her head, neck and body.

    Wildlife officers tracked and euthanized the female bear Sunday that was responsible for the attack.

    State law requires any wild animal that attacks or bites a human be euthanized and tested for rabies. The bear will be sent to Española for testing, said department spokesman Karl Moffatt.

    The bear had three young cubs that officers are trying to capture and place in the care of the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española, Moffatt said.

    Game and Fish officials said they were able to track the bear through a GPS collar it was wearing for a study about wild bears.

    State law requires any wild animal that attacks or bites a human be euthanized and tested for rabies, Moffatt said.

    The woman was released Sunday, according to the La Cueva Fire Department officials.

    Runners and volunteers working an aid station nearby came to her aid, according to a social media update from organizer Kristen Kern.

    “EMTs took her to La Cueva where she was flown to UNM hospital," Kern said

  • 'Rare, dangerous' heat headed to parts of Western US

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a dry heat, Phoenix residents like to say about Arizona's hot weather. That bravado may vanish as the thermometer flirts with 120 degrees this weekend.

    Phoenix won't be alone in the oven. A strengthening ridge of high pressure lifting out of Mexico is on course to also scorch other parts of Arizona and Southern California, bringing potentially record-shattering temperatures.

    Though accustomed to triple digits, the upcoming heat spell is a rarity in Phoenix, a desert metropolis of 1.5 million people, raising concerns of heat stroke.

    Temperatures are predicted to hit 118 degrees in Phoenix on Sunday and peak at 119 degrees Monday. Such heat is "rare, dangerous and deadly," according to a National Weather Service warning.

    "This is extreme even for our standards," said Matthew Hirsch, a weather service meteorologist in Phoenix.

    The hottest day on record in Phoenix occurred June 26, 1990, when the thermometer reached 122 degrees.

    Extreme heat is likely to become more common, scientists say, blaming man-made greenhouse gas pollution.

  • Community Calendar 6-17-16

    TODAY
    Fuller Lodge Art Center PULSE exhibit day of celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteer Appreciation PULSE preview from 12:30-2 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave.

    Igor & the Red Elvises at 7 p.m. at Ashely Pond, Gordon Concert Series.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show FROM 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Rockhound Geology Outing: Shark’s Tooth Ridge at 8 a.m. at the Nature Center. Find fossilized shark’s teeth embedded in sandstone. Cost is $10 for individuals and $20 for families; PEEC members save $2 for individuals and $4 for families. More information at peecnature.org.

    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Art Center to hold day of celebration today

    Fuller Lodge Art Center will celebrate the marriage of art and music with its newest exhibit PULSE.
    The Art Center will host a day of celebration today that will include an exhibit preview and a volunteer appreciation event.
    Over 40 artists will be on display, many of whom have assigned a piece of music to accompany their artwork. QR codes will show side by side with the art so that anybody with a cell phone can scan the code and listen to the artist’s soundtrack.
    In the Portal Gallery, White Rock artist Britton Donharl will be opening her solo show, 101 Faces. Britton has used a plethora of media to bring faces, both real and imagined, to life.
    During the opening reception, the Fuller Lodge Art Center will stop all of the music and have a moment of silence for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.
    Also on Friday at the Art Center and in the Pajarito Room at the Fuller Lodge, the New Mexico Garden Clubs, District 2 members of Floral Designers, Los Alamos Garden Club, and Summit Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower show THE PULSE OF Life to coincide with the opening of PULSE.
    From 8-inch-tall miniature floral sculptures to large-scale horticulture exhibits, both buildings will be filled with greenery.

  • Written terms: The first step toward avoiding disputes

    BY FINANCE NEW MEXICO

  • Not your parents’ national parks but beautiful just the same: Happy 100!

    We’re celebrating the centennial of the national park system this year, and this week the First Family visits Carlsbad Caverns. I hope they enjoy it as much as my family has.
    For many of us growing up, the family vacation meant a road trip. Sometimes the destination was a national park. I saw the caverns the first time as a kid and passed it along when my son was old enough to understand what he was seeing. He loved it.
    New Mexico has its share of treasures: Carlsbad Caverns, Bandelier, El Malpais, White Sands, Fort Union, Aztec Ruins, Capulin Volcano, Chaco Canyon, El Morro, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Manhattan Project, Pecos, Petroglyph, Salinas Pueblo Missions, Valles Caldera.
    When we think of the national parks and monuments, it’s with a brush of nostalgia, but issues of 2016 will elbow their way in to the party.
    As we know, Carlsbad Caverns was without its elevators until recently. Congress has underfunded the National Park Service for years, and the backlog of deferred maintenance has reached $11.9 billion; in New Mexico, it’s $113 million -- $44.4 million just at Carlsbad. Many sites are understaffed.
    And yet our tourism industry counts on the 1.6 million visitors to New Mexico’s national parks and the $88.8 million they spent. The parks also provide 1,400 jobs here.

  • Unitarian Church to hold vigil for Orlando victims

    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting at 7 p.m. tonight at 1738 North Sage St.
    The names of the dead will be recited and prayers for peace will be offered. The church will also take up a special collection for the relief fund for the surviving families. All are invited to attend.
    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is a congregation that welcomes people of diverse beliefs who share a common vision of a fair, just planet where all people are valued, according to its website. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome. Call 662-2346. 1738 for information.

  • San Miguel County pays out $38,000 to email scam

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — San Miguel County is out $38,000 after a sophisticated email scam persuaded the county finance supervisor to transfer the funds to an outside account.

    The Las Vegas Optic reports that New Mexico State Police is working to figure out who is behind the email, which made it appear that Les Montoya instructed finance supervisor Melinda Gonzales to transfer the money to pay a consultant.

    The false email appeared to have been sent from Montoya's iPhone.

    Montoya says that if policies and procedures had been followed, the money would not have been transferred.

    Similar scams were sent to multiple counties and school districts in the state. Employees from San Miguel County, Zuni Public Schools and Deming Public Schools initiated transfers to the scammers totaling over $100,000, though the schools were able to stop the process.