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Conditions Look Good For Virgin Mesa Prescribed Burn

on May 2, 2017 - 6:15am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Virgin Mesa prescribed burn this week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The plan is to use hand and aerial ignitions Wednesday to treat a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Daily Postcard: Yellow Butterfly In Pajarito Acres

on May 2, 2017 - 4:56am

Daily Postcard: This yellow butterfly was spotted resting near a rain capture device at a Pajarito Acres home in White Rock. Photo by Carl Newton

DOE Awards Technical Assistance Contract For Los Alamos Field Office To S&K Logistics LLC

on May 1, 2017 - 7:33pm

DOE EM News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Management – Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) awarded a Requirements Contract, utilizing Fixed Price and Time and Materials Task Orders, to S&K Logistics LLC, a certified small business of St. Ignatius, Montana, to provide technical and business support services.

The contract will have a maximum value of $17.4 million over five years.

S&K will provide support in the following areas: records management, project controls, training, safeguards and security, safety, quality assurance, property management, community relations,

County Seeks Business Recycler Of The Year Nominees

on May 1, 2017 - 4:44pm

COUNTY News:

 Los Alamos County Environmental Services is calling for nominations for the 2017 Business Recycler of the Year Award.

The contest is open to Los Alamos County businesses of all sizes, including nonprofit, for profit, schools and government entities. Send nominations to solidwaste@lacnm.us.

Provide:

  • Business name;
  • Point of contact;
  • Phone number; and
  • Brief description, including
    • Impact on the community;
    • Innovative policies; and
    • Commitment to recycling or sustainability.

Note: the information provided will be used for the evaluation and voting process.

The nomination period will be

Bear Mauling Doesn't Deter VCNP Trail Run

on May 1, 2017 - 8:58am

PEER News:

Washington, D.C. — Just months after a female runner was mauled by a black bear during a race through a national park, that same park has approved a new trail race through bear country, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  

Despite admitting adverse impacts on wildlife and danger to participants, the park gave summary approval for a new race concluding that any problems would be “minimal.”

In June 2016 during a half-marathon through Valles Caldera National Preserve, a woman runner in her 50s scared a black bear cub up

PEEC: Lions And Hikers And Bears, Oh My!

on May 1, 2017 - 8:38am
Black bears are frequently seen in the local mountain community and it is important to know how to safely live and hike among these large mammals. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak, one of the leading experts in large carnivore behavior, will share tips for hiking safely in bear country. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Bear sightings are common in our mountain town.

Daily Postcard: Cooper’s Hawk Spotted Sunday

on May 1, 2017 - 6:55am
Daily Postcard: This Cooper’s Hawk was spotted Sunday morning in a tree growing in the backyard of a Los Alamos home. Photo by Jeannene Hanson

Caution: Deer Crossing Along Canyon Road

on April 30, 2017 - 10:32pm
Winter worn deer are commonly spotted crossing Canyon Road and in danger of being hit by motorists. Photo by Linda Goforth
 
Deer on Canyon Road. Photo by Linda Goforth
 
By LINDA GOFORTH
Los Alamos

Please be very careful of your speed traveling on Canyon Road. I see people going 40 though the speed limit is 35 and under, especially going through the curves.

These winter worn deer are commonly crossing Canyon Road, especially in the periods of time when there is more traffic.

They are worn and their mothers try to guide them, but even she can miss the confusing cues of tires and

Letter To The Editor: Reply To Reply To Sen. Heinrich

on April 30, 2017 - 9:45pm

By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos

 

I read James Griffin's reply to Sen. Martin Heinrich in utter disbelief (letter). Sure, a 42,000 gallon spill is a drop in the proverbial oceanic bucket.
 
But as far as the risks of drilling offshore, and especially in the harsh waters of the Arctic, it's not the often but small disasters that will kill you. Like Fukushima, it's the big ones.
 
I will utter two phrases and let readers judge for themselves:
 
1. Exxon Valdez shipwreck.
 
2. Deepwater Horizion Oil Spill.
 
 

Father And Daughter Build Tall Snowman

on April 30, 2017 - 9:37pm

Taking advantage of that ton of snow dumped over White Rock Saturday, Makenna Harris, 7, and her dad Steve Harris spent about 45 minutes building this tall snowman in their yard on Glenview Drive in White Rock. Photo by Steve Harris

Using leftover Easter eggs for the eyes and nose, Makenna and her dad Steve Harris put the finishing touches on their extra tall snowman Saturday on Glenview Drive in White Rock. Janette Harris, wife of Steve and mother of Makenna, said there was still plenty of snow left to shovel after the snowman was built. Photo by Steve Harris

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