You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 (SCLAN Press Release) The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) is pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding from Gilead Sciences Inc. for initiatives under the theme “Transforming Lives through Innovation: Implementation of high-impact prevention programs for adolescents, young men and women”. The Grant will facilitate the establishment of the SCLAN Secretariat that will be housed in Belize, and two demonstration projects in Belize and Guyana. The Secretariat will be tasked with the oversight of projects, resource mobilization, information sharing and coordination of the Network’s activities across the region. Dr. Ramon Figueroa, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Health of Belize looks on as Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Chair of SCLAN signs the grant document Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Chair of SCLAN states that, “This grant comes at a time when the need for sustainable health initiatives for the well-being of our vulnerable population is at an all-time high. We are very fortunate that the views and objectives of SCLAN are well aligned with those of Gilead Sciences Inc.” The demonstration project in Belize will take place in a Southern District that is experiencing high rates of new HIV infections. It is envisioned that through the implementation of innovative strategies made possible by the Grant, there will be a reduction of new HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by 2020. Activities will complement those already being implemented in the country’s national response to HIV/AIDS/TB. An important feature will be the sensitization, introduction and rollout of PrEP as a further initiative in the prevention of new HIV infections. In Guyana the demonstration project will allow for the implementation of a programme similar to PEPFAR’s DREAMS – Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, Safe – which was successfully launched in Sub-Saharan Africa. It encompasses HIV testing, treatment and prevention, with social protection interventions to keep girls in school, for economic development, ending gender-based violence and linking men and boys to health services. The partnership with Gilead Sciences Inc. will help these countries meet their goals. The Projects in both countries will target females and males (16-24 years), in and out of school, for activities toward the achievement of a productive and healthy future for themselves and their families. They will be engaged in initiatives related to decision-making and negotiation skills, increasing their knowledge of HIV/AIDS/TBprevention, and the acquisition of skills to prevent and manage sexual and domestic violence. The creation of SCLAN as a non-governmental organization was endorsed by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Inter-Sessional Meeting in Guyana in February 2017. It was formally established last September, with H.E. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, being elected Chair. SCLAN’s mission is a Caribbean free from HIV, gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy and cervical cancer, with long term goals set forth by the global community including former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Every Woman, Every Child GlobalInitiative and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030). Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) Appoint Executive Director(SCLAN Press Release) The Executive Directors of the Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) are pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Dragone as the new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2019. Ms. Dragone will be responsible for leading the Coordinating Mechanism beginning with the implementation of the project…January 29, 2019In “Belize”CariWaC ADVANCES – First Ladies/Spouses Network formally launchedFirst Ladies and Spouses of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) launched its network,” Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN)” to tackle issues related to the health and well being of women, adolescents and children in the Caribbean. SCLAN is the advocacy and action platform to advance…September 6, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”SCLAN joins PANCAP in hosting side event at 73rd session of UN General Assembly(SCLAN Press Release) The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN), in collaboration with the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), hosted a Side Event on Pressing Forward for the Health and Wellbeing of Women, Children and Adolescents at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York on Monday,…October 18, 2018In “Belize”Share this on WhatsApp
DETROIT – The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has named to its team former director of the Frankfurt International Motor Show, Dr. Kunibert Schmidt. The announcement, which is effective immediately, was made by Rod Alberts, executive director, NAIAS. Alberts said Schmidt will bring years of valuable, international auto show experience to NAIAS. “Kunibert Schmidt is a highly creative, and respected individual, and one of the true all-stars in the business of international motor shows,” said Alberts. “Under his direction, the Frankfurt show became one of the largest and most important in the world. As a result, in one way or another, we’ve all learned from the Frankfurt show.” After 32 years with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which presents the Frankfurt show biennially, Schmidt retired in early 2010 as managing director. He also served as a member of the VDA Management Board for 19 years. He joins the NAIAS as an industry consultant, and is responsible for representing the Detroit show to manufacturers, media, suppliers and other important audiences in Europe. Schmidt, who is based in Berlin, has and continues to be a consultant to global Tier One automotive supplier Schaeffler. Former German Transport Minister and current VDA President Matthias Wissmann said Schmidt has earned an impeccable reputation in the automotive industry. “Dr. Schmidt is an individual who is highly regarded and respected around the world by auto manufacturers and suppliers, as well as the automotive press,” said Wissmann. “These are the very people who are critical to the success of motor shows here and abroad. His addition to the Detroit team will also come as good news to German manufacturers, which continue to look to the North American International Auto Show for critical worldwide product introductions.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
Daily Postcard: A buck reaches high for apples on a tree early Thursday evening at a residence on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. ClarkThese bucks are going after the low lying fruit that has dropped on the ground from an apple tree at a residence Thursday on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. ClarkBucks with velvet racks spotted sniffing around for apples Thursday on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. Clark
Scene from ScienceFest at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photoBy Independent We Stand:Los Alamos Main Street and Metzger’s Hardware are featured in the recent edition of Independent We Stand.The small southwestern community of Los Alamos, New Mexico, is probably best known for the government lab. The lab brings people from distant cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to town, but Metzger’s Hardware and Los Alamos Main Street work to give those New Mexico transplants — and longtime locals — a reason to stay.“This town is a little different from others in that we’ve got a good many people who work at the laboratory who are out-of-towners,” explains David Jolly, general manager of Metzger’s Hardware and president of Los Alamos Main Street. “Getting people connected to the downtown is difficult.”Metzger’s and Los Alamos Main Street are up for the challenge. The Do it Best Corp. member store just celebrated its 70th anniversary with a commemorative logo that reflects the community’s roots. Los Alamos has branded itself as the place “Where Discoveries Are Made” in honor of the town’s famous lab, and many of the Main Street organization’s programs and events come with a scientific flair. The town’s annual ScienceFest draws crowds of around 10,000 people, locals and visitors alike. The event features interactive demonstrations and science competitions, as well as music, food and kid-friendly activities. For Jolly, it’s all about getting people to enjoy the downtown experience.“Main Street is like the front door of any community,” he says. “If you’re living in a small town and you want a good quality of life, that starts at Main Street.” Metzger’s Hardware is located along Central Avenue, the main street in downtown Los Alamos.As a leader in the local business community and in the Main Street organization, Jolly knows that the stakes for his work are high.“If we’re not careful, we’re going to wind up in a place where you wake up on a Sunday morning, and your toilet’s leaking, and your Amazon Prime membership isn’t going to look too good when it takes two days to get the part to fix it,” he says. “People rely on their local businesses, but they just don’t realize how much.”It’s not just in emergency situations where local businesses make all the difference. Metzger’s Hardware gives back to the local community by supporting the everyday things that matter to Los Alamos residents.“We’re the ones who are supporting the local softball team, supporting the local high school,” Jolly says. “Nobody at Amazon sends a check to the local high school every year for upkeep on the football stadium.”Together, Metzger’s Hardware and Main Street Los Alamos make their small-town community feel like home for its out-of-town residents. The work they do sustains the community now and for generations of scientists, softball players and high school students to come.About Independent We StandIndependent We Stand is sponsored by STIHL Inc., a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. Visit www.STIHLUSA.com.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photoSTATE News:SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced three measures Wednesday to safeguard against COVID-19 and strengthen insurance protections for New Mexicans.Encouraging Medicaid Enrollment“Right now, 56,000 New Mexicans are uninsured and eligible for Medicaid — including children who may be eligible even if their parents are not. Even if we weren’t facing a public health emergency, we would want to enroll those folks. Given the current situation, it’s all the more important that we help every New Mexican get insured,” Lujan Grisham said.The Governor referred New Mexicans to the Human Services Department’s website to sign up.The state Human Services Department is also working to take advantage of every federal opportunity to expand New Mexicans’ access to health care. This includes encouraging federal officials to allow New Mexico to provide Medicaid at higher income levels.Free Treatment Coverage for Child Care Workers Diagnosed with COVID-19In addition, the governor announced that the state will pay the cost of premiums so that uninsured child care workers who test positive for COVID-19 (and their immediate household members) who are not eligible for other coverage will be able to enroll in the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool (NMMIP) — the state’s high-risk pool — and receive comprehensive health care coverage until they recover. “This new rule applies to all child care workers who test positive, along with their immediate household members, regardless of income or immigration status,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.NMMIP is chaired by New Mexico’s Superintendent of Insurance; it provides comprehensive health coverage for people who have significant medical conditions, are uninsured, and are not currently eligible for other coverage (such as Medicaid or Medicare). The board of NMMIP held an emergency meeting March 6 and voted to include COVID-19 as one of its covered conditions, which triggers expedited enrollment. NMMIP does charge premiums to enrollees. The state of New Mexico will cover the premium costs for all uninsured child care workers with COVID-19 and their immediate household members who obtain coverage through NMMIP. Under emergency rules issued by the Superintendent of Insurance, deductibles and copayments are waived for treatment of COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia through NMMIP. Uninsured New Mexicans who are not eligible for Medicaid or other insurance today may be able to sign up for comprehensive health insurance coverage through NMMIP if they pay their own premiums. The amount of the premium varies based on age, where in New Mexico you live and whether you are a smoker. More information about NMMIP is available at https://nmmip.org/ Directing Agencies to Develop Child Care Plan for First Responders and Other Key Personnel The governor also instructed the Early Childhood Education and Care Department, Children, Youth, and Families Department, and Department of Public Safety to work with child care providers and ensure that child care services are available to first responders, health care professionals and other essential workers in the fight against COVID-19 – with no income eligibility threshold. Right now, ECECD is surveying key industries involved in this fight to identify precisely who those people are.“Child care is also an essential and valuable service, but we may need to limit it to those who are working to mitigate and contain the spread and meet New Mexicans’ most urgent needs. Everyone else should be at home. This is how we protect our children, our families, our early childhood workforce, and New Mexico as a whole,” the governor said.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Courtesy photoSTATE News:SUNLAND PARK – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino announced today that the Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation is making a commitment of $2 million to assist New Mexicans.The Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation was endowed by the longtime owner of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, the late Stanley E. Fulton. The gift will go to the All Together NM Fund, which will oversee the distribution of the gift to local charities and food banks in the areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. “I am immensely grateful every single day when I hear stories of generosity and compassion from all across the state as we grapple with this pandemic,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “This gift is a significant one – and it will make a significant difference in our efforts to shore up local charities and food insecurity amid this crisis. New Mexicans everywhere are stepping up for their neighbors, for their communities. It is an inspiring reminder that, even amid dark circumstances, the light of our people will shine through.”Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino General Manager Rick Baugh said, “In times like these, it is important that we all come together as New Mexicans to help those that are most vulnerable. Mr. Fulton was extremely generous to New Mexico during his lifetime, and we are pleased to see that legacy of generosity continue.”The Fulton family now operates Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. “Dad would be pleased to know that the foundation he established is following his lead in giving back to this great state,” said Mike Fulton, son of the late Stan Fulton. ABOUT SUNLAND PARK RACETRACK & CASINO:The Park is the premier horse racing & gaming destination in New Mexico and is located across the state line from El Paso, Texas. The facility is known for its events and live entertainment, as well as a state-of-the-art horse track, sensational casino floor, incredible restaurants, new hotel, and superior customer service. More information is available at: www.sunland-park.com.ABOUT ALL TOGETHER NM FUND:The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations spearheaded and coordinates the fund. Its member organizations are the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the Taos Community Foundation. Together, they work with the larger philanthropic community across New Mexico. They also consult with the State of New Mexico to determine the most urgent needs to be addressed through grantmaking.
Tara, a quasi-canine creature alleged to be a Pomeranian puppy, has proven herself to be an adept hunter, specializing in shoelaces and pants cuffs, although she has also attacked larger prey. Tara (aka ‘Terror’) is 10 weeks old and when riding in an automobile, she is only happy when riding on a shoulder (shown). Tara also is happy when lifting spirits around Los Alamos. She is a member of the Chris Lovejoy family on Sycamore. Photo by Chris Lovejoy
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Michael Naranjo examines the monumental plaster sculpture, End of the Trail. A film crew captures the historical meeting as part of the documentary ‘Dream Touch Believe’. 2019. Courtesy/EDDEconomic Development Department News:Native American Filmmakers receive grants to help open new doors into the film industryRecipients of the newly created Senator John Pinto Memorial Fund (SJP) for Native filmmakers include members from several tribal affiliations, exploring topics including missing women, ancient healing, modern day culture clashes, and entrepreneurship, New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) Director Amber Dodson announced today.The 2019 legislation provided $100,000 for SJP in honor of the late Senator John Pinto and his relentless support for the Native American Film Industry. Twenty $5,000 grants were awarded to Native film students and filmmakers living and working in New Mexico. Funds can be used toward pre-production, production, and post-production.Grantees must be registered members of one of the tribes or pueblos of New Mexico.“All of these filmmakers expressed an enduring need to be the bearers of their own stories, and no longer accept the inconsistency of having stories told about their culture from an outsider’s viewpoint,” EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said. “That’s the legacy of Senator John Pinto and why we are honored to highlight this work.”“Supporting diversity in the film industry is vital to expanding diversity on a larger scale, as film is a cornerstone of our culture and history. Each of these filmmakers has an essential story to tell, and the Senator John Pinto Memorial Fund awards will help bring these stories to the screen,” NMFO Director Amber Dodson said. “We are immensely thankful to the late Senator John Pinto and his granddaughter Senator Shannon Pinto, and truly thrilled to support diverse storytelling and filmmaking in New Mexico.”The following projects were approved for SJP funds:Chindi, submitted by Robert Mesa (Navajo and Soboba)“Chindi” tells a futuristic story about a woman in the year 2050 who sends her deceased husband’s mobile devices to a company that recreates an AI version of him using his data. However, after a few days she begins to feel like something is dangerously amiss.Diyin ~ Holy Project, submitted by Carrie House (Diné)“Diyin ~ Holy Project” is House’s creation of an indigenous Diné self-narrative. It is a personal and spiritual journey through the multimedia fine art of the filmmaker’s late brother, Conrad House. The film will be an experimental documentary of the deep revelations of Carrie and Conrad’s spiritual connection with the Holy People, within Navajo worldview.Dream Touch Believe, submitted by Jenna Winters (Santa Clara Pueblo)“Dream Touch Believe” is the story of Santa Clara Pueblo sculptor Michael Naranjo. As a young man, Naranjo lost his eyesight in the Vietnam War, but not his vision. The sculptor fought critics, social and racial stereotypes, and a disability to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a world-renowned sculptor.Naranjo is Winters father. “For me, this is not a passion project. Preserving this story is my duty,” Winters said.Feeding Po’Pay, submitted by Geoffrey Kie (Pueblo of Laguna)“Feeding Po’Pay” is a journey to learn of Pueblo lifeways through an Indigenous Food Revolution. This project will be an expansion upon Kie’s initial film, which was a peek into the food insecurity that exists in his community. As a Pueblo person, Kie seeks to encourage passion, fight, and resilience among his people, especially in the youth.Heroes of the West, submitted by Lydell Mitchell (Diné)“Heroes of the West” tells the story of two Navajo kids in 1987 Albuquerque. Jason and Donny are just two nerdy kids from the wrong side of the tracks that have been best friends since kindergarten. After discovering a precious resource in the boys’ school bathroom during lunch, they fight to keep their claim and team up with a ragtag group of kids in order to make things right. Mitchell says that his work shows modern indigenous peoples navigating an alien world.Homeopathy for Native America (working title), submitted by Leahn Marie Cox (Navajo)This film seeks to show Cox’s view of the parallels between Homeopathy and Native American traditional healing wisdom. Understanding these parallels, Cox explains, can re-inspire interest in Native forms of healing and can help find solutions for highly traumatized and impoverished communities.Just Kids, submitted by Forrest Goodluck (Diné)“Just Kids” is a film based in Albuquerque. It follows the lives of three young men, best friends in high school, just coming back from their first year of college. It’s a coming-of-age story about culture and a look at how we form our own identity. Goodluck draws on his experience growing up in Albuquerque and the people in his life to lovingly create this film that explores the characters’ journeys.Lloyd “Kiva” New: An American Entrepreneur, submitted by Nathaniel Fuentes (Santa Clara Pueblo)A feature documentary about Lloyd “Kiva” New, focusing on the years that established him as the first Indigenous fashion designer with the “Kiva” Brand and as an indigenous entrepreneur.Marlon, submitted by Kevin Brown (Navajo)“Marlon” is the heartbreaking tale of an older, sensitive Native American artist trying to find his path. It’s based on a true story, a story often overlooked in today’s society, and it provides no easy answers.“Re-Indigenizing Minds” submitted by Colleen Gorman (Diné)“Re-Indigenizing Minds” is a series, hosted by Roger Cultee and Colleen Gorman, which teaches a unique Indigenous perspective of the cosmos using sacred calendars, geometry, art, math, science, and knowledge shared across Native cultures. Gorman brings her experience as both artist and teacher to this project.River Bank, submitted by Charine Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo)“River Bank” is a Pueblo Narrative Short Film about two fictional characters from the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Gonzales describes it as a “Robin Hood story where Tisha and Saya give to the River and the River gives back to the people.”Rez Dogs, submitted by Steven Tallas (Navajo)“Rez Dogs” is a coming-of-age feature film about young people dealing with the problems of living on the reservation, and later coming to the realization that the reservation would always be home. The film was made on a low budget with funds received through a Facebook fundraising campaign. The SJP grant will be used to complete post-production on the film.Rude Girl, submitted by Joshua Zunie (Zuni Pueblo)“Rude Girl” tells the story of Oaklynn, a half Native American and half white teenager, dealing with self-identity issues. She connects with her grandmother in an enchanted desert called Summerland to become a superhero and face a longtime bully.Three Generations: A Family of Artists, submitted by Dawning Pollen Shorty (Taos Pueblo/Sioux and Diné)Dawning Pollen Shorty was raised at Taos Pueblo in the shadow of the Taos Mountain. Her mother (Track family) is Taos Pueblo/ Sioux and her father (Shorty family) is Diné. “Three Generations” is a short documentary film that chronicles the lives and histories of the Track/Shorty family through almost one hundred years. The family still continues a tradition of inspiration and creation that has stretched through three generations working as models, potters, sculptors, painters, and musicians.Together, submitted by Stanley Bain Jr. (Navajo)“Together” follows Kelly and Mason, both alcoholics, one in recovery and the other still falling prey to his deadly addiction. When Mason reaches out for help, they reconnect one night after months apart.Bain explains his approach as a filmmaker: “Being a filmmaker provides the opportunity to tell a good story with great characters to provide that escape, or even make an impact beyond that escape, on someone’s life, as it did for me.”Yazhi Boy, submitted by Daniel Edward Hyde (Navajo and Belizean)“Yazhi Boy” is a comedy about an unemployed Navajo millennial who sets off on a spiritual quest in the Chuska Mountains as civilization crumbles in the world down below.Exploring the unique experience of the Navajo Millenial, “Yazhi Boy” considers how one might find their own path toward traditional culture, while still following the time-honored tradition of adaptation.“Thank you to the New Mexico Film Office and all those who helped make this a reality. I appreciate all the applicants and encourage their continued participation,” Sen. Shannon Pinto said. “Congratulations to the Native American filmmaker awardees, I hope your endeavors lead to extraordinary experiences and long-lasting relationships that change lives for you and the underrepresented communities.”“I am very grateful to [Senator] John Pinto for creating this grant for Native American filmmakers in New Mexico,” filmmaker Leahn Marie Cox (Homeopathy for Native America) said. “It takes effort to appreciate traditional indigenous knowledge in the world today. I do not lament this, but see this serious challenge as unique and demanding.”The SJP applications were reviewed by judges Chris Eyre, Nanobah Becker, Ramona Emerson, and Beverly Morris.
By T. DOUGLAS REILLYLos AlamosTomorrow, Thursday July 16, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the Trinity Test of The Gadget in southern New Mexico. This morning I heard on the radio of a ceremony in Santa Fe to highlight the cause of the Downwinders in the Tularosa Basin who believe strongly that their health and that of their parents and siblings was seriously damaged by the fallout from Trinity.I know the group has produced a video that was premiered several months ago by the Santa Fe chapter of Global Zero. Monday’s Report from Santa Fe, hosted by Lorene Mills, was an interview with Tina Cordova, the director of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium.Our congressional delegation has voiced strong support for the Downwinders. To be sure, the Downwinders could never be convinced that they weren’t affected by the test. I should add that the New Mexico Department of Health has said the rate of cancers in the basin is the same as that in similar parts of New Mexico.Actually, the Downwinders were Not Downwind of the Trinity fallout. Los Alamos and the Army conducted extensive monitoring of the radiation and fallout from Trinity. This shows that the wind took the fallout cloud to the northeast, not south toward the Tularosa Basin. Should anyone be interested, there’s a declassified report sent to Gen. Groves detailing the results of these measurements.Incidentally, I’ve always found the Spanish name of the test location very interesting, El Jornado de los Muertos, The Journey of Death. This was a short cut on the Camino Real; its lack of water meant many travelers died of thirst.In a little over two weeks, we come to Aug. 6, 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima, and three days later, the bombing of Nagasaki with Fat Man, the same design as The Gadget. The morality of these acts has been argued ever since. I don’t believe President Truman had any other choice; as he said, “I never lost any sleep over that decision”.Secretary of War Harold Stimson has said that the estimated loses if we had attacked mainland Japan, were one-half to one million USA and allied soldiers and 8 to 10 million Japanese. In other words, these two acts actually saved millions of lives both allied and Japanese.As a docent at our History Museum, I’ve had several encounters with old soldiers who related stories like this: “I was on a troop ship off the coast of Japan awaiting the order to launch the assault. One day on deck, the Skipper came over the PA and said, ‘gentlemen, please go to the port side of the ship and watch our shadow as we turn 180o and head home. Some new bombs were dropped on Japan and it has surrendered. This terrible war is finally over.’” Then the man says, “I’ve always wanted to come to Los Alamos because some folks here may have helped save my life!”War is Hell! The nature of the weapon that kills a person is really unimportant. As Gandhi once said, “the dying care not whether their killer comes from a democratic nation or from a despotic dictatorial one”. I believe in the same sense, they don’t feel happier that they’re dying by a so-called conventional weapon.
SFNF News:The Medio Fire has burned 3,422 acres off the Rio en Medio Trail on the Española Ranger District about 7 miles north of Santa Fe and is now 54 percent contained.Friday’s rain is limiting the size of burnout operations that were planned along the western flank. In response, crews will take a more direct suppression approach along the slow-moving fire’s edge. Lightning sparked the Medio Fire Aug. 17 and 283 fire personnel are on the scene. Operations: During Friday’s burnout operations, light white smoke was observed with a few areas that experienced higher intensity burning as the fire moved through small patches of mixed conifer. Late afternoon rains dampened fire activity along the western edge, allowing crews to complete a handline closer to the fire’s edge. A small spot fire was discovered Friday along the northern perimeter near the Rio Nambe; ground crews and aviation assets will continue to assess and respond to this spot fire today. The fire is expected to continue to slowly burn through the remaining vegetation on the northeast into the 2011 Pacheco Fire burn scar. Existing containment lines along the southeast perimeter continue to hold. Containment along the southernmost perimeter has reduced the threat of the fire moving across the 102 road.Community Meeting: The IMT hosted a virtual community meeting yesterday, with over 200 participants viewing the live video. A recording of the meeting is now available at https://facebook.com/santafeNF/. No account is required to view the video. The next virtual community meeting will be held tonight at 6 pm on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Facebook page. American Sign Language interpretation and live-captioning services are provided. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org. A recording will be posted immediately following the live meeting. Weather: Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop once again this afternoon around the fire area. Temperatures will be slightly cooler today with an increase in humidity throughout the day as these storms develop. Expect gusty and erratic winds from thunderstorms during the afternoon.Closures and Restrictions: Santa Fe County has implemented a burn ban. Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in effect on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk for human-caused wildfire under the current dry weather conditions. There is also a closure order in effect prohibiting members of the public from entering the restricted area, including all Forest Service lands, roads and trails, within an area that is roughly defined by the Rio Nambe Trail #160 on the north, the Borrego Trail #150 and Forest Road 412 on the east, Forest Road 102 on the south and back up the forest boundary line on the west to meet the Rio Nambe Trail #160. Fire managers are asking the public to exercise caution and avoid all areas that could be impacted by the Medio Fire. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Medio Fire. Smoke: Updated smoke and air quality information is available at https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/SantaFe. Less smoke is expected today due to the increased moisture from the recent rain. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/.