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Soot Covered Screech Owls Rescued From Fireplace

on August 6, 2017 - 11:56am
Covered in soot, a mother screech owl and her fledglings are spotted trapped inside a fireplace at a home in Pajarito Acres. Photo by J. Schillig
 
With all the soot removed from her feathers and a solid meal in her stomach, this mother owl is released near where she was rescued in Pajarito Acres. She sits in a tree for a while listening for her fledglings and waiting for her rescuers to leave the area. Photo by Corry Clinton
 
By CORRY CLINTON
Los Alamos

Friends noticed some strange noises coming from the fireplace of their home June 26 in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

Udall Marks Second Anniversary Of Gold King Mine Spill With Calls For Action From EPA, Congress

on August 6, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement marking two years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the Gold King Mine spill in Southern Colorado and severely contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers.
 
An EPA-supervised crew released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, Aug. 5, 2015, into Cement Creek — which flows into the Animas and San Juan rivers — while working at the Gold King Mine in Colorado.
 
Udall released the following statement:
 
“Two years have passed

Protect Yourself And Family From Mosquito Bites

on August 6, 2017 - 6:19am

CDC News:

Use Insect Repellent

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients at right. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Tips for Everyone

  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Tips for Babies & Children

  • Always follow instructions when applying insect

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Aug. 8

on August 6, 2017 - 6:16am
Enjoy activities with Melissa Mackey at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Tuesday, Aug. 8, is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Families can enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities 6-7 p.m. with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center is open until 8 p.m. for exploring exhibits.
 
The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all. Next month’s Family Night is Sept. 12.
 
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Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Spotted In Nest

on August 6, 2017 - 6:11am

Daily Postcard: This hummingbird nest is spotted in a tree in Quemazon, complete with a baby bird inside. Photo by Jennifer, Andy and Nathan Seirp

New Mexico Celebrates Wine Heritage Around State

on August 5, 2017 - 4:47pm
Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed August 2017 as New Mexico Wine Month, and the New Mexico Tourism Department has a number of ways New Mexicans can venture into vino in celebration.

“New Mexico wineries are key to both the tourism and agricultural industries in our state,” Martinez said. “The industry is increasingly robust and is fueled by a new generation of innovative winemakers – and it helps to show all New Mexico has to offer.”

New Mexico boasts more than 60 wineries across the state that open their doors for tastings and tours most of the

DOE Completes Cleanup At Los Alamos Canyon Sites

on August 5, 2017 - 7:09am
Project team members were transported by crane in a special personnel platform to and from one of the cleanup sites on a narrow canyon shelf. Courtesy/DOE
 
DOE News:
 
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) have completed the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite.
 
The contaminated soil was primarily associated with legacy outfalls and surface disposal from the Manhattan Project and early Cold War research and

Daily Postcard: Deer Visit Los Alamos Neighborhood

on August 5, 2017 - 6:35am

Daily Postcard: A deer grabs a bite to eat Friday afternoon from a tree near Sandia and 40th Street. Photo by Delbert Romero Jr.

Deer spotted Friday afternoon at the corner of Sandia and 40th Street. Photo by Delbert Romero Jr.

A deer gets ready to cross the road at the corner of Sandia and 40th Street. Photo by Delbert Romero Jr. 

UPDATE: Hummingbird Monitoring Research Aug. 12

on August 4, 2017 - 6:34am
Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photo by Bob Walker
 
Update: The time of the first session is changed to 7:30 a.m. Aug.12.
 
PEEC News:
 
Curious about the effects of climate change on hummingbird populations? Researcher Bob Walker will lead two groups, one at 7:30 a.m. and one at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, to the hummingbird monitoring site in Bandelier National Monument.
 
This location is one of a network of sites in the Western U.S. that tracks the impact of climate change on the movement and behavior of hummingbirds. To join one of the groups, visit peecnature.org to register.

PEEC: Guided, Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

on August 4, 2017 - 6:00am
Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Have you wanted to go backpacking, but didn’t have the gear or experience? Well, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has the adventure you’ve been waiting for!

Adults and families will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16
Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 will then be spent hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry.

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