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Countdown On For Ski Season At Pajarito Mountain!

on September 20, 2017 - 12:31pm
Pajarito fall colors starting to show. Photo by Marci Partin
 
Photo by Marci Partin
 
 
SKI PAJARITO News:
 
With fall in the air, now is the time to view the changing colors and enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Pajarito Mountain this Friday through Sunday!  
 
Pajarito is hosting its popular, annual festival, Ullr Fest Saturday, Sept. 23. New this year, there will be FREE mountain bike lessons, a meet and greet with Pajarito’s new mountain bike director Hogan Koesis, and a free guided hike as part of the annual event’s festivities. 
 
Ullr Fest celebrates the coming winter by featuring New Mexico

Heinrich Questions Inaccuracies In Department Of Interior Monument Report, Confirms Local BLM Managers Were Not Part Of Review Process

on September 20, 2017 - 10:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 19 in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) raised concerns with the Department of Interior’s (DOI) report on national monuments and highlighted the lack of involvement from local land managers in the review process.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich questioned John Ruhs, Acting Deputy Director of Operations at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on Secretary Zinke’s recommendations to the president regarding

Bear Spotted At Lunchtime Around Local Condos

on September 20, 2017 - 9:40am

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A resident spotted this bear while walking home for lunch at noon Tuesday via Trinity Drive. The bear was rummaging through trash cans and meandering around the condominiums at Oppenheimer and Short Drive. Photo by Cecilia Rivenburgh

Photo by Cecilia Rivenburgh

Deer Creek Fire On Jemez Ranger District To Be Managed For Resource Benefit

on September 20, 2017 - 9:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Deer Creek Fire on Peggy Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Deer Creek Fire started Sept. 15 on Peggy Mesa in the old San Diego prescribed burn area and adjacent to the site of this summer’s lightning-caused Peggy Fire. Objectives for managing the Deer Creek Fire include:
  • mitigating the risk of high-intensity destructive wildfires by reducing excess fuels, including fuelwood slash and bug kill in the piñon/juniper and

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 20

on September 20, 2017 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The “Catch of the Week” section of the State Game and Fish Department’s weekly fishing report has a story to tell. With the exception of a brown trout caught in the Chama River below El Vado Lake, the big fish that were caught were warmwater species such as bass and catfish. The warm weather we’ve been experiencing has kept the fall fishing season from taking off.

That should change soon. The temperatures in the higher elevations are already dropping into the 30’s and it was actually below freezing Sept. 18 in Angel Fire.

NNSA Partners With Kazakhstan Research Institute To Remove All Of Its Highly Enriched Uranium

on September 20, 2017 - 6:50am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in partnership with the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has repatriated the last remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the institute’s VVR-K reactor.
 
“This final removal will make INP HEU-free, ensuring that a bad actor can never acquire material from the site for a nuclear weapon,” said Dave Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Colors Los Alamos Sky

on September 20, 2017 - 5:57am

Daily Postcard: A recent sunset paints a dramatic picture in the sky over Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

County: Be Bear Aware

on September 19, 2017 - 4:14pm

This bear was spotted earlier this month roaming around Andanada Street and El Corto in Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hanson

COUNTY News:

Bears continue to make their way into residential areas due to lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.

If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. However, bears that are accustomed to eating human food are more likely to become habituated and are more prone to have dangerous human encounters. Here are some safe practices for managing trash to minimize encounters with bears:

  • Keep your family, neighbors, pets, and

Quorum Notice: Environmental Sustainability Board

on September 19, 2017 - 9:32am

COUNTY News:

Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend a Recycle Audit, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 in White Rock.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken. 

The meeting is open to the public.

Special Astronomy And Climate Show And New Film At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on September 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Chick Keller will share relationships between climate and astronomy during a presentation Sept. 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is planning a special planetarium show and presentation by Chick Keller at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
 
PEEC is also bringing in a new full-dome film Aurora Storm that will play in at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. The Saturday and Sunday screenings include three films, Aurora Storm, SunStruck and SolarQuest. 
 
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