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Daily Postcard: Full Moonrise Over Sangre De Cristos

on August 8, 2017 - 6:28am

Daily Postcard: A full moonrise shines over the Sangre de Cristos as seen Sunday from White Rock. Photo by Rebecca Shankland

Mama Bear And Cubs Spotted Dumpster Diving

on August 7, 2017 - 8:50pm
Bear spotted this morning near Urban Park. Photo by Jim Nesmith
 
By JIM NESMITH
Los Alamos
 
For the past couple of weeks, a mama bear and her two cubs have been dumpster diving all of the trash cans near Urban Park, 41st Street in particular. They usually limit their carousing to the wee hours of the morning but there have been two incidents in the last week where they were still in the neighborhood when it became light.
 
This morning, a little after 9 a.m., I received a call from my daughter that the two cubs were in a tree next to our house. She couldn't see the mama bear.

Join Local Expert Chick Keller For Wildflower Walk

on August 7, 2017 - 1:33pm

Wildflower expert Chick Keller, left, leads wildflower walks for PEEC. Photo by Thomas Graves Photography

Coneflowers (Rudbeckia laciniata). Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify local wildflower species in bloom on the Pajarito Plateau. Wildflower Walks are free, and no advance registration is required.

Wildflower Walks take place one Monday a month, but the viewing season is coming to a close. Don’t miss the next outing Sept.

Secretary Of Interior On Sage-Grouse Report

on August 7, 2017 - 12:17pm

Greater Sage-Grouse. Courtesy/fws.gov/greatersagegrouse

Office of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke received a report from the Department of the Interior Sage-Grouse Review Team (DOI Team) regarding possible plan and policy modifications to complement state efforts to improve Greater Sage-Grouse conservation and economic development on public lands.

The report is the final product required by Secretarial Order 3353 “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States” issued June 7, 2017. The

Celebrate Perseid Meteor Shower At Valles Caldera

on August 7, 2017 - 11:07am

Perseid meteor shower. Courtesy/SPACE.com

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera National Preserve will celebrate the height of the Perseid meteor shower with a star party Saturday, Aug. 12. The preserve’s main gate will reopen 8-11 p.m. for this free event.

The star party will take place near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Park staff and volunteers will provide short talks and telescopes for viewing. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal telescopes, blankets, and chairs for their stargazing pleasure.

Bear Spotted In Tree On 41st Street This Morning

on August 7, 2017 - 9:59am

A bear is spotted this morning climbing in a tree on 41st Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Jim Nesmith

Secretary Zinke Recommends No Modifications To Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

on August 7, 2017 - 8:51am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Aug. 4, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is no longer under review​ and that he will recommend that no modifications be made to the monument.
 
The monument was under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order
 
“Today I’m announcing that​ Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument’s review process has concluded and I am recommending no changes be made to the monument​,” ​​Zinke said.

DOE, Industry, Community Representatives To Join 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on August 7, 2017 - 8:03am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Senior DOE officials, industry executives and community representatives from across the U.S. are set to participate in the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
Planned participants include:
  • Jim Owendoff, Acting Assistant Energy Secretary for EM
  • Roger Jarrell, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for EM
  • Stacy Charboneau, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations
  • Ralph Holland, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management

Heinrich: Outdoor Recreation Is An Economic Force

on August 7, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, highlighted the strength of New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy.
 
According to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $9.9 billion in consumer spending annually and employs 99,000 people in New Mexico. 
 
“Outdoor traditions—both new and old—are not only integral to our

Daily Postcard: Sunday Sunrise

on August 7, 2017 - 5:20am

Daily Postcard: Sunday sunrise from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

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