Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires, May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022, Daily Update, 08:00AM Acres: 312,230 | Containment: 47% | Total personnel: 3,009 Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Under investigation | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass […]

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires, May 27, 2022

Xbox Acquiring Activision is Going to Be Huge for Classic Call of Duty Games and Xbox Game Pass

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard in what will amount to the largest acquisition in the history of the video game industry – assuming it goes through. There are still some hurdles that need to be cleared before Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is approved, but if it goes through…

Xbox Acquiring Activision is Going to Be Huge for Classic Call of Duty Games and Xbox Game Pass

Destiny 2 Glitch Allows For Infinite Legendary Shards

Destiny 2’s Season of the Haunted is being regarded as a great release for all the additions it brought, such as the new Leviathan patrol zone that players can explore or the Solar 3.0 update. Because there are plenty of new weapons to craft and materials to obtain to do so, Destiny 2 fans usually…

Destiny 2 Glitch Allows For Infinite Legendary Shards

Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update Thursday, May 26, 2022

INCIDENT STATISTICS: Current Size: 45,605 Acres Current Containment: 92% Start Date: April 22, 2022 Cause: Unknown Total personnel: 434 WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR There will be warmer weather over the fire area today with sunny skies in the morning. There is zero percent chance of precipitation, and the maximum temperature will reach into the low […]

Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update Thursday, May 26, 2022

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Implements Additional Fire Restrictions Due to Extreme Fire Danger 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 24, 2022 Contact: Laura Steele, Acting Chief Ranger, 575-236-1426, laura_steele@nps.gov CARLSBAD, New Mexico — Extreme fire danger continues to affect Carlsbad Caverns National Park. As a result, effective May 25, the following  additional restrictions are in effect: Closure of Carlsbad Caverns Wilderness Area and all backcountry areas to day use. This includes access to all permit […]

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Implements Additional Fire Restrictions Due to Extreme Fire Danger 

Amended Stage II Fire Restrictions for Gila National Forest – Effective May 24, 2022

Gila National Forest Amends Stage II Fire Restriction Order Silver City, NM, May 24—With the Gila National Forest experiencing a very active fire season during unprecedented drought conditions, forest leadership has taken steps to decrease the chances of additional human-caused wildfires.  The forest has amended the stage two fire restriction order, implemented initially on May […]

Amended Stage II Fire Restrictions for Gila National Forest – Effective May 24, 2022

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires, May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022, Daily Update, 08:00AM Acres:  312,057| Containment: 46% | Total personnel: 3,091 Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Under investigation | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass Highlights: […]

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires, May 26, 2022

Another Public Shooting, Another Day in America

By Dylan R.N. Crabb

SOURCE: American Gun Facts, <https://americangunfacts.com/gun-ownership-statistics/>.

19 students and 2 teachers killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The gunman is 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.

“The suspect purchased two AR-15-style rifles on May 22, two days before the massacre and six days after his birthday (ABC News, 2022).”1

Acquaintances of Ramos have described him to ABC News as “a weird kid” suggesting anti-social behavior and a reputation as an outcast, a state not uncommon among younger Americans particularly males.

“The shooter was able to make entry into a classroom, barricaded himself inside that classroom, and . . . just began shooting numerous children and teachers that were in that classroom, having no regard for human life (Lt. Christopher Olivarez, Texas Department of Public Safety, 2022).”2

I am honestly desensitized to news stories like this because I have read too many of these headlines. No population that tolerates this kind of public violence every year, every month, sometimes every day, should be considered “civilized.” Will our politicians do anything about this gun violence? Probably not? Will a majority of Americans continue voting for these politicians? Probably.

There is no question that the United States of America has an issue with guns. Just by numbers alone: there are approximately 329.5 million people in the U.S. (U.S. Census, 2020)3 and the number of firearms is estimated to be over 400 million between military, police, civilians (American Gun Facts, 2022) with approximately 98% of those firearms in civilian hands.4 The simple fact that this country is saturated with firearms leads to the inevitable outcome of more crimes involving firearms.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 sets a national standard for the purchase of firearms – rifles can be purchased at 18 years of age while handguns can be purchases at 21 years of age (Shirin Ali, The Hill, 2022).5 An amending piece of legislation in 1993, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, federally mandated background checks from licensed firearm dealers. However, regulations (including age restrictions) vary between states (which seems to contradict the age restriction set in the Gun Control Act of 1968). Some states have a lower age limit on handguns, some states have no limits on firearm possession. Considering the age limit for alcohol purchases is set at 21 years of age I think the age limit on firearm purchases should at least match that for alcohol purchases since alcohol consumption has a tendency to make one more violent by impairing judgment and unleashing inhibitions. There also must be a consistent standard for firearm purchases and possession enforced by the national government.

1ABC News, <https://abc7.com/elementary-school-shooting-texas-shooter-salvador-ramos-uvalde-tx/11893076/>.

2National Public Radio, <https://www.npr.org/2022/05/25/1101175912/uvalde-texas-shooting-victims-4th-grade-classroom>.

3Data Commons, <https://datacommons.org/place/country/USA?utm_medium=explore&mprop=count&popt=Person&hl=en>.

4American Gun Facts, <https://americangunfacts.com/gun-ownership-statistics/#:~:text=See%20Owning%20Gun-,How%20Many%20Guns%20in%20America%3F,120%20firearms%20per%20100%20citizens.>.

5The Hill, <https://thehill.com/changing-america/resilience/smart-cities/3493244-the-legal-ages-for-buying-a-gun-in-the-us/>.

Forest Service BAER Team Begins Post-Fire Assessment of Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires

BAER Information: 707-853-4243 FOREST SERVICE BAER TEAM BEGINS POST-FIRE ASSESSMENT OF HERMITS PEAK AND CALF CANYON FIRES The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has established a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team to begin the assessment of National Forest System (NFS) lands impacted by the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires on the east side […]

Forest Service BAER Team Begins Post-Fire Assessment of Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires, May 21, 2022

May 21, 2022, Daily Update, 08:00AM Acres: 308,971| Containment: 40% | Total personnel: 2,707 Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Under investigation | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass Highlights: […]

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires, May 21, 2022

This year’s spring season started rough for New Mexico. Two wildfires (one of which partially started from a controlled burn conducted by the U.S. Forestry Service) have since merged into what is not the largest wildfire in the continental United States. More than two thousand firefighters and personnel are working to contain the fire which is currently being reported at 40% containment. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes throughout San Miguel County and Mora County with no timeline as of yet for when they will be able to return.

When this fire is adequately contained I would like to see my fellow citizens in New Mexico push our state government to hold the U.S. Department of Agriculture at least partially accountable for this wildfire. Perhaps some investigations from the NM Attorney General into why the Forestry Service for the Santa Fe National Forest was conducting a controlled burn during the dryest and windiest time of year. Perhaps some investigations into the the Forestry Services criteria for conducting controlled burns.