Magdalena Ranger Districts to open personal firewood season

July 24th, 2014 at 9:28 pm by under Latest Posts

The Magdalena Ranger District will open their personal use firewood season on Friday, August 1, 2014. The season will run through February 2015, weather permitting. The cost for a personal use permit is $10 per cord, with a 2-cord minimum purchase (8 cord maximum).

The District is issuing two types of permits:

  • Dead Wood: Any juniper species, piñon pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and Engelmann spruce may be cut, but cannot be larger than 14 inches in diameter      (43 inches around) or less at stump height. Please note that if a tree has any green on it, even one branch, it is considered green.
  • Green (Live) Wood: You may cut any green juniper species and piñon pine trees that are 14 inches in diameter (43 inches around) or less at stump height.

Please be aware that cutting of any size of hardwood trees (i.e. oak, cottonwood, sycamore, maple, box elder, walnut etc.) is not permitted with either permit.

Permits may be purchased at:

Magdalena Ranger District

U.S. 60  &  Kelly Road in Magdalena

Hours: Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 575.854.2281

Cibola National Forest and Grasslands Supervisor’s Office

2113 Osuna Rd. NE; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hours: Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 505.346.3900

For additional information, please call the Magdalena Ranger District at 575.854.2281.


APD to provide free VIN etching

July 24th, 2014 at 9:16 pm by under Latest Posts

Albuquerque police will be available Saturday July 26, 2014 to provide free VIN etching for vehicles.

APD says VIN etching is a good way to deter auto thefts and can be done in minutes to each window.

They say it discourages thieves from taking apart your vehicle and selling the parts because the VIN number will be placed on every window.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. in the rear parking lot at Sportsmen’s Warehouse and will run through 2:30 p.m.

If you wish to participate in the event remember to bring current registration with you.


We Will Have To Wait For More Rain

July 24th, 2014 at 8:59 pm by under Weather

We are looking at a dry and warm forecast over the next couple of days but then there will be some major-league changes. Temperatures will top out tomorrow in the mid 90s with mostly sunny skies across most of the state. The best chance for showers if we see any will be across the Northwest plateau in southwestern Colorado. Saturday we will keep the dry weather going with highs in the high 90s here in the metro area and triple digit heat all across the south.

By late in the day Saturday and Sunday high-pressure will move out of the state and set up to our west. This will open the door for a series of cold fronts to recharge the atmosphere with moisture Sunday and Monday.

Beyond that more moisture should stream in and we should be looking at a pretty wet set up throughout most of next week. Just how wet? Well, long-term models over the next week show we could see 4+ inches of rain across the north. Check it out.

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Captain Fantastic to begin filming in NM

July 24th, 2014 at 8:57 pm by under Latest Posts

Another movie is about to begin filming in New Mexico.

Captain Fantastic will star Viggo Mortensen from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The New Mexico Film Office says production will take place in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Mesilla next month.

At least 75 New Mexico crew members will be employed as well as more than 200 extras.

Captain Fantastic is about a father who is so devoted to teaching his six children how to live and survive off the grid, that he moves them deep into the forests of the Pacific Northwest.


Following the High

July 24th, 2014 at 12:07 pm by under Weather

Most of the state continues to dry out today, with the exception of the Four Corners and Northern Mountains. The high that’s been sitting over Colorado the past couple of days will make it’s move into New Mexico. Flow around the high will allow for moisture to wrap around through Arizona and into the northern part of the state. The northwest and Northern Mountains will be favored for the most storms, with isolated storms elsewhere.

The drying trend continues through Friday and Saturday. Storms will still continue over areas like the higher terrain, but most locations will remain dry as temperatures heat up. Highs in Albuquerque will reach the mid 90s by Saturday. Across the south and east, triple digit heat is expected.

By Sunday, the high will shift back to the west. This will allow the door to open for fronts to enter the state. The first arrives late Saturday and could fire a couple of storms in the far northeastern corner of the state. The second moves in Sunday allowing for a much better round of storms northeast. As the front makes progress through the Santa Fe and Albuquerque metro areas, a strong canyon wind is likely to develop Sunday night.

The high continues to sit west early next week allowing for regular round of moisture to keep storms going through the workweek.

High pressure over the state will limit storms through the next couple of days.

High pressure over the state will limit storms through the next couple of days.