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Daily Postcard: Moonset Sunday Over Ashley Pond

on December 4, 2017 - 4:52am

Daily Postcard: The moon sets early Sunday morning over Ashley Pond. Photo by Marc Bailey

2017 Youth Shakespeare Festival Santa Fe Dec. 9

on December 3, 2017 - 6:34am
Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe is is hosting its second annual Youth Shakespeare Festival Santa Fe 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 9, at New Mexico School for the Arts at 275 E 275 E. Alameda St. in Santa Fe.
 
Seven Santa Fe Schools and Upstart Crows of Santa Fe perform scenes from Shakespeare's plays. 

Students from Academy of Technology and the Classics, Capital High, Monte del Sol Charter, New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe High, Santa Fe Indian School, and Santa Fe Prep have been brushing up their Shakespeare since September.

Daily Postcard: Dramatic Sunrise Over Pajarito Acres

on December 3, 2017 - 6:04am

Daily Postcard: A dramatic sunrise is spotted Tuesday above Pajarito Acres. Photo by Douglas Reilly

Earth Treasures Show Rocks On Today And Sunday

on December 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

The Annual Earth Treasures Show attracted a large crowd today at the Los Alamos Masonic Temple. The Show continues all day Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from

State Gets $455M In Interior Energy Disbursements

on December 2, 2017 - 2:42pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Thursday that New Mexico’s energy production disbursements, through the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), totaled $455 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017).
 
This represents a significant increase of $86.5 from the previous year’s total. The funds are derived from energy and minerals produced on Federal and Indian lands, as well as U.S. offshore areas.
 
“Under President Trump’s American Energy Dominance agenda, we’ve increased energy funds by a billion dollars nationally, and by

Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on December 2, 2017 - 10:57am
NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to allow Los Alamos County to replace an irreparably damaged water line from the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir to the townsite of Los Alamos. 
 
This activity would occur on small segments of land within the Los Alamos County 100-year floodplain. The majority of this project occurs on property owned by the U.S. Forest Service. A segment of this project occurs on U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) administered land in Technical Area (TA) 62.
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations

Amateur Naturalist: The Mathematical Symmetry Of Pine Cones

on December 2, 2017 - 7:55am
The shape of the pinecone bracts create eight spirals going outward and counter clockwise. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
The Mathematical Symmetry of Pine Cones
By ROBERT DRYJA
Amateur Naturalist
 
 
The shape of the pine cones lying on the ground below a tree provides a kind of predictability that is the complete opposite to predicting the youthfulness or maturity of a tree. A cone grows overlapping bracts that protect the developing seeds within. When the seeds mature, the bracts open. The seeds then may flutter away to germinate or become food for some animal or insect.
 
What

Young Explorers: Winter Camps For School Age Kids

on December 2, 2017 - 7:45am
Children explore and learn during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children participate in hands-on activities during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children investigate the diversity of garden habitat during the NMMNHS Winter Camps. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Keep your young explorers engaged and active this winter for one or all of the day-long Young Explorers Winter Camps at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. 
 
The camps start Dec. 18 and run through Jan.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Paints Sky Over Los Alamos

on December 2, 2017 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: The sunrise paints the sky Thursday over Los Alamos. Photo by Jim Gourdoux

Stick Structures Pose Hazards On Santa Fe National Forest ... So Who’s Building Them And Why?

on December 1, 2017 - 3:13pm

One of several stick structures found on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

A SFNF recreation specialist inspects a stick structure near Aspen Vista. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They also are concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

This week, employees from the

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