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Daily Postcard: Thursday's Sunrise Casts Golden Hue

on August 4, 2017 - 5:23am
Daily Postcard: The sunrise Thursday casts a golden hue across the sky in White Rock. Photo by Jim Gourdoux

Sen. Martin Heinrich Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix In Senate Bill

on August 3, 2017 - 10:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As wildfire season rages across the West, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today urged the Senate to pass a wildfire funding fix included in new legislation to address funding for floods and other natural disasters.

He joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee.

A wildfire funding fix similar to the Wildfire Disaster Funding

Evening Programs At Bandelier Aug. 3-20

on August 3, 2017 - 7:36am
Courtesy photo
 
BNM News:
 
In between thunderstorms, it's great to be out under the stars on August evenings, and Bandelier will be offering many evening programs over the next two weeks. 
 
They're presented at the amphitheater at Juniper Campground, weather permitting, and both campers and non-campers are welcome.  
 
Upcoming topics include: 
  • 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8/3  Night Sky – talk and telescope viewing 
  • 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8/4  Leaping Lizards!  (reptiles)  
  • 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 8/5  Imagining Wilderness    
  • 8 p.m. Sunday 8/6  Songs of the Night (night sounds)  
  • 8 p.m.

Daily Postcard: Afternoon Walk Along Rio Grande

on August 3, 2017 - 6:16am

Daily Postcard: Afternoon walk Sunday along the Rio Grande. Photo by Robert Beberniss

NASA: Total Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

on August 2, 2017 - 2:46pm

Total solar eclipse Aug. 21. Courtesy/NASA

NASA News:

All of North America will be treated Monday, Aug. 21, to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights ... a total solar eclipse.

This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Ore. to Charleston, S.C. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

NASA created this website (link) to provide a guide to this amazing

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: All Those Ponderosa Seeds

on August 2, 2017 - 10:08am
Pairs of seeds about to flutter out of a pine cone. Photo by Nancy Castillo
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
 
A number of cones are lying on the ground beneath the dominant Ponderosa pine tree growing  behind the Aquatic Center. 
 
A very patient seed counter found that ponderosa trees may produce from 7,000 to 11,500 viable seeds for a year. This is before birds and squirrels begin to eat them. The seeds are enclosed in a wing and so may flutter away from the parent tree. Birds and squirrels also may carry away and store some seeds without eating them.    
 
As an

Home Country By Slim Randles: Space Blanket

on August 2, 2017 - 8:10am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
This is going to be good, Dud thought, bringing his new tarp out to the car.
 
There it was on that computer site. How to camp out with just a single tarp. I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time now. Amazing what you can find on the internet.
 
He couldn’t get Anita to go with him, because she just didn’t have the same outdoor curiosity that Dud had. Hey, it’s kinda scientific in a way, you know.
 
The tarp was kinda pricey, but it was worth it.

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunrise Spotted From Potrillo

on August 2, 2017 - 6:32am

Daily Postcard: A colorful sunrise is spotted Friday from Potrillo Drive in White Rock. Photo by Jim Gourdoux

WIPP Strategic Planning Workshop Aug. 8

on August 1, 2017 - 12:12pm

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Interested stakeholders are invited to attend an Aug. 8 workshop on strategic planning for transuranic waste operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) through Fiscal Year 2050.

The workshop is 9-11 a.m. at the AECOM Office, One Park Square, 6501 Americas Parkway NE in Albuquerque.

The workshop is being held in response to requests from stakeholders wanting to learn more about WIPP’s strategic planning process in the areas of site infrastructure, waste emplacement rates, mining, and

Night Skies And Asteroids At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on August 1, 2017 - 11:46am

PEEC News:

Dr. Galen Gisler will provide an interactive tour Friday, Aug. 4 of the planets, star patterns, constellations and deep sky objects that may be observed throughout August. He also will include information about the solar eclipse. This show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Incoming!, a film that traces the paths of comets and asteroids, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Aug. 5-6. The film takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth—as well as those still pending!

The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open

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