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2008-10-01 12:00:14

By STACI MATLOCK Smoke from a large prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed was expected to settle in Santa Fe through midmorning today. A helicopter contracted by the Santa Fe National Forest dropped pingpong-size balls -- filled with a substance that exploded upon impact -- around portions of 1,600 acres on the north side of the watershed Friday. The Forest Service started the burn around noon, and smoke rapidly filled the skyline over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains....

2008-09-22 09:00:30

By Journal Staff Report A prescribed burn is scheduled to begin in the Jemez Mountains on Monday. The burn area is located on Peggy Mesa directly east of Pajarito Peak, approximately 8 miles northwest of Jemez Pueblo and 7 miles southwest of Jemez Springs. The burn, which could run through Oct. 3 as weather permits, is meant to take advantage of good fall weather and ideal burning conditions, according to a Santa Fe National Forest press release. The broadcast burn will be done by...

2008-09-15 15:00:17

By Journal Staff Report Burning of piles of forest-thinning material in the Santa Fe Watershed is expected to start this week, if the weather remains dry, according to the National Forest Service. The burning may take as long as 10 days to complete. The prescribed burn project area is south of Hyde Park Road and Black Canyon campground. Smoke from the burn will be "very visible" from Santa Fe, the Forest Service said. "This is a good time of year for burning, not only because...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

The U.S. Supreme Court may have just upheld our constitutional right, as individuals, to own guns, but in just the past four months, gun owners in northern New Mexico have found themselves facing increasing restrictions on where they can use them. Two federal agencies have closed big swathes of public land in the Santa Fe area to target shooting. The closures follow the 2001 closing of much of the Caja del Rio west of Santa Fe, and areas where shooting is banned now include the La Cienega...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By STACI MATLOCK SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST Use: Routes to favorite undeveloped campgrounds remain largely intact More than half the existing roads on the Santa Fe National Forest will be closed to motorized use of all types and some user-created dirt bike trails will be shut down under a proposal released Thursday by the agency. But off-road enthusiasts, ranchers, wood cutters, hunters and campers will still have enough roads to access their favorite spots on the 1.5 million-acre...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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