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Daily Postcard: Bufflehead Duck Joins Recently Arrived Cinnamon Teal At Ashley Pond

on March 10, 2017 - 6:49am

A Bufflehead Duck, right, joins the recently arrived Cinnamon Teal Duck Thursday at Ashley Pond. Thanks to the efforts of former County Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre, Ashley Pond has become an inviting destination for ducks and birds of all stripes during their migrations. McIntyre played a major role in the design and implementation of the popular Ashley Pond Park improvements in downtown Los Alamos. Find information about Bufflehead ducks here and Cinnamon Teal ducks here. Photo by Greg Kendall
Longtime local resident Homer the Goose jumps for joy at the sight of his colorful new

Bandelier Assists Fire Investigation Class March 14-16

on March 9, 2017 - 10:28pm

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 

Bandelier National Monument and the East Jemez Interagency Fire Center will be assisting March 14-16 with the field portion of a wildland fire investigation class that includes exercises examining common ignition types.
 
To provide hands-on experience for the class members, instructors will ignite very small sample fires, totaling approximately 5 acres, on a portion of Bandelier just across State Highway 4 from the Fire Center.
 
Smoke may be visible from N.M. 4, White Rock, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe and surrounding areas.
 

Environmental Justice Moral Monday At State Capitol

on March 9, 2017 - 9:51am

STATE News:
  • New Mexicans impacted by environmental injustice in their communities bring their voices to the State Capitol

 

SANTA FE -- About 50 community leaders impacted by environmental justice issues in New Mexico will be connecting with their decision makers in the State Capitol on Monday, March 13 as part of Environmental Justice (EJ) Moral Monday. The citizens’ advocacy  day is intended to highlight various EJ issues impacting our air, land, water and health.


Environmental justice communities and organizations from across New Mexico will be participating at the event held at the

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talk Explores ‘The Mystery Of Detonation’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:44pm

The ‘Mystery of Detonation’ lecture will focus on various kinds of explosions, what is needed for detonation and current experiments and modeling of detonations.

LANL News:

David Moore, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Shock and Detonation Physics group, will discuss the science behind detonation and explosions during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “The Mystery of Detonation” beginning March 14 in Santa Fe.

“The speed and destructiveness of explosive events, and the accompanying opaque layers of products and intermediates, make the experiments

Daily Postcard: Sunset From Canada Bonita Trail

on March 7, 2017 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: View of the setting sun last weekend during a hike along the Canada Bonita Trail. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Wind Kicks Up Dust Cloud On Main Hill Road

on March 6, 2017 - 8:32pm

Heavy wind kicks up a dust cloud and slows traffic at about 9 a.m. today on the Main Hill Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Coyote Killing Contests Bill Passes Key Committee

on March 5, 2017 - 9:19am

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Sen. Jeff Steinborn passed bipartisan legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee Saturday to end the practice of coyote killing contests in New Mexico.

“Today New Mexico is one step closer to banning inhumane coyote killing contests. This blood sport serves no purpose in the management of coyotes other than killing for the sake of killing. It’s time to make these contests a thing of the past,” Sen. Steinborn said.

This bill now goes to the senate floor for final passage and then, if passed, to the House for consideration in that body.

Amateur Naturalist: The World Of Acorn Woodpeckers And Pygmy Nuthatches

on March 5, 2017 - 7:03am
A dead ponderosa pine stands in the snow-covered forest floor of Acid Canyon. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
An Acorn Woodpecker stores acorn seeds in the trunk of a dead ponderosa tree. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Eight eggs in a Pygmy Nuthatch nest. Photo by Priscilla Stuckey, PhD
 
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
 
February occurs in the depth of winter. The temperature may fall to about 20 degrees at night and rise to only slightly above freezing during the day.
 
Snow lasts for days on the ground when it is in the shadow of forest trees or canyon walls.

Forest Service Seeks Comment On Restoration Projects

on March 4, 2017 - 7:22am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest is inviting members of the public to provide comments by March 16, 2017, on two proposed forest restoration projects in the mountains near Santa Fe. 
 
Both projects are part of a larger multi-agency collaborative, the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFFC), which takes a landscape-scale approach to improving forest resilience and mitigating wildfire risk near the City of Santa Fe.
  • The Hyde Park Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project is located in forests east of the community of Hyde Park Estates, near Hyde Park Memorial State

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