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Daily Postcard: Valles Caldera Reflections

on August 10, 2017 - 6:22am

Daily Postcard: Reflections of a good day at Valles Caldera. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome Interior Department Announcement On Sabinoso Wilderness Access

on August 9, 2017 - 4:28pm

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján welcomed an announcement from the Department of the Interior (DOI) that Secretary Ryan Zinke intends to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres, known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch, that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico to be included as part of the wilderness.

Last year, the Wilderness Land Trust purchased the Rimrock Rose Ranch in order to donate the land to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so it can be added to the

Hailstorm Strikes White Rock This Afternoon

on August 9, 2017 - 3:48pm

A brief but powerful hail storm struck White Rock at about 1:15 p.m. today. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

DOI Repeals Defective Federal Mineral Valuation Rule

on August 9, 2017 - 10:09am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  To create more workable oil, gas and mineral valuation regulations and avoid costly litigation, the Department of the Interior announced the repeal of the Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule (Valuation Rule) which had created confusion and uncertainty regarding how companies report and pay royalties on energy and other mineral resources from federal onshore and offshore areas and American Indian lands.
 
The repeal of the Valuation Rule, published today in the Federal Register and effective on September 6, 2017,

PEEC Provides Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

on August 9, 2017 - 8:20am

Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a guided, family-friendly backpacking trip Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry. This family backpacking adventure will last two days and one night.

Adults and families are invited to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation.

The trip location will be determined nearer to

Daily Postcard: Deer Family Visits Quemazon Residence

on August 9, 2017 - 6:21am

Daily Postcard: A deer that spent time at a residence last week in Quemazon returned with her family. Courtesy photo

Bandelier Launches Restoration And Replacement Projects In Frijoles Canyon This Fall

on August 8, 2017 - 8:52am

These ladders leading to Alcove House are among the ones that will be replaced. Courtesy/NPS Photo

BANDELIER News:

 
For anyone who has ever wondered if the ladders leading up the cliffs in Bandelier National Monument are replaced regularly, the answer is yes. And the proof will be easily seen this fall, when the park maintenance and preservation crews will replace the long ladders leading up to Alcove House, as well as the shorter ones that provide access to the smaller caves in the cliffs. As might be expected, that means that the ladders will occasionally be closed during the work.
 

Santa Fe National Forest Declares Cow Fire Out

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out at noon Monday.

The fire started July 18 in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash Fire. Natural drainages and the rocky landscape helped fire crews contain the small fire to around seven acres. The Cow Fire also received a significant amount of monsoonal moisture.

Smoke should no longer be visible from the Cow Fire, which was about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos.

Fire updates are posted on the New

Logan Beary Needs Help Bulking Up For Winter

on August 8, 2017 - 8:01am

Young orphan Logan Beary came to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay to ensure he gains enough weight for winter. He will join Blue Beary as they learn how to become full grown bears before their release back into the wild. Logan Beary is perfectly healthy, but requires about $4,000 in food before he can be released later this year. The community is being asked to consider donating to Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation to help get Dr. Ramsay the food she needs to get these bears nice and fat before winter. Photo by James Robinson

LAHS Student To Speak At Nature Center

on August 8, 2017 - 7:41am

Lillian Petersen

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Los Alamos High School Student Lillian Petersen at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 as she presents her research on climate change.

Peterson has conducted three award-winning science fair projects that analyze fluctuating temperatures and precipitation rates, as well as how present-day extremes may impact crops in the future.

Peterson will give a basic overview of the science behind climate change and the correlations between CO2 and temperature for the past 800,000 years.

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