The Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire

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Image from Gila Forest on Flickr.

The Gila Fire is now the Whitewater Baldy Complex fire, named after the Whitewater and Baldy fires merged. It’s currently 15% contained and has burned 217,988 acres. It’s the largest fire in the US and the largest in New Mexico state history.

It was almost a year ago that I was posting about the Wallow fire in Arizona, which burned more than twice what the Whitewater Baldy Complex fire has burned. The Wallow fire produced a lot of smoked that end up in Albuquerque. So far Albuquerque has been spared most of the smoke from the Whitewater Baldy Complex fire.

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Cat And Person Survive Lost Over 3 Weeks In New Mexico Forest

Apparently I am not the only one who has considered taking their cat camping with them.

Temperatures dropped below freezing almost every night, but somehow, some way, Margaret Page and her cat survived 3½ weeks in an isolated and rugged region of a southwestern New Mexico national forest.

Tucked away in a blue sleeping bag for warmth and set up near a creek for drinking water, Page and her cat named Miya lived on just a handful of supplies, rescue workers said Friday. The nearest town – tiny Dusty, N.M. – was 10 miles away.

Authorities said the 41-year-old Page, who has a history of mental illness, was found Wednesday emaciated and malnourished but well-hydrated.

“Her cat was in better shape than she was,” New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue incident commander Marc Levesque said. “Her cat was also hunting. (Page) ran out of food a while back.”

What Movies Represent New Mexico

Movies By State

On social networking site Reddit, user subtonix posted a map of the US which shows movies that represent each state. I saw it reposted too many places to not comment on it. Some good movies represented some states well, like Raising Arizona for Arizona but New Mexico was not well represented by the movie The Tao of Steve.

I never heard of The Tao of Steve so I put it in my Netflix queue and moved it to the top. Generally I found the movie too predictable, kind of slow and didn’t care about the characters. Other than the movie taking place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I didn’t see how it had anything to do with New Mexico. The characters and story could have taken place anywhere and it wouldn’t have made any difference to the movie.

There’s several other movies I think would make better representation of New Mexico with the top of the list being The Milagro Beanfield War. While the movie is not a true accounting of any story, I think it represents something that could really happen. Wikipedia describe the film.

Filmed on location in Truchas, New Mexico, the film is set in the fictional rural town of Milagro, with a population of 426. In keeping with the northern New Mexico setting that it is depicted as being a part of, Milagro is a predominantly Hispanic and Catholic town, with a largely interrelated population.
The picture tells of one man’s quixotic struggle as he defends his small beanfield and his community against much larger business and New Mexico state political interests.

There are several other movies that could do a better job. Listed are a few: White Sands, Gas Food Lodging, Wild Wild West, Wyatt Earp, Young Guns. What suggestions do you have?

Rita Evacuees Camp Free At NM State Parks

This is a great idea. All the states should do this.

Evacuees of Hurricane Rita will not be charged a fee to stay at any of New Mexico’s 32 state parks. New Mexico State Parks Director Dave Simon says the usual 14-day limit on stays, electrical fees and charges for campgrounds will be waived for as long as neccesary.