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Bandelier Open Thanksgiving & Celebrates OptOutside

on November 18, 2017 - 8:42am
Bandelier invites visitors to take a walk on the Main Loop Trail and celebrate OptOutside Friday, Nov. 24. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Many locations throughout the area will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, but Bandelier National Monument will be open, with Visitor Center hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every year many visitors, some with their Thanksgiving guests, come to enjoy the park in the morning while the turkey is cooking, or in the afternoon to walk off some of their holiday feast.
 
Then Friday, Nov. 24, the park will join in the growing nationwide observance of OptOutside.

Fire Crews Monitor Prescribed Burn Unit In Santa Fe Municipal Watershed

on November 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Ignitions underway Thursday in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

Picture-perfect outcome of prescribed burn in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
Needle cast and duff adjacent to the prescribed burn unit. This is the type of fuel the prescribed burn is designed to eliminate. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire crews conducted both aerial and on-the-ground surveys Friday of the 248-acre unit within the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed that was treated with prescribed fire yesterday.

Daily Postcard: Blue Bird Hangs Around Quemazon

on November 18, 2017 - 7:08am

Daily Postcard: A blue bird spotted this week hanging around Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC Receives Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award From EEANM

on November 17, 2017 - 8:48am
PEEC is one of five award recipients at this year’s Environmental Literacy Summit, and received the only award given to an organization. PEEC educators Denise Matthews and Siobhan Niklasson are fifth and sixth from the left. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) bestowed its first Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) of Los Alamos.
 
Siobhan Niklasson, PEEC’s Director of Education, accepted the award last Thursday, Nov.

Daily Postcard: Buck Visits Quemazon

on November 17, 2017 - 6:52am

Daily Postcard: A buck pays a morning visit to a home in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Eco Station And Overlook Convenience Center Closed For Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 23 And Nov. 24

on November 16, 2017 - 9:39am

COUNTY News:

The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.

There will be no residential or commercial trash and recycling collection service provided Thursday, Nov. 23 or Friday, Nov. 24.

Residents whose normal trash day falls on one of those days should place their materials out Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Keller: What Weeds Really Are

on November 16, 2017 - 8:48am
By CHICK KELLER, Curator
Jemez Mountains Herbarium
 
In response to a resent letter to the editor (link) with questions about weeds and what to do about them, here are some answers:

First – a weed to me is any group of plants growing where you don’t want them, or crowding out other more desirable plants.

Second – not all weeds are invaders from other places. Most are natives.

Third – these are very important plants for restoring disturbed areas. I call them nature’s “first responders”. They are almost all annuals (must grow from seeds each year as last year’s die and don’t come back).

Their job is

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Tonight

on November 16, 2017 - 7:45am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today in Suite 110 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda: 
 
1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
 
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
 
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • Approval of the Oct. 19, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: John Bliss
 
5. BOARD BUSINESS
  • Eco Challenge Presentation of Award Winners Presenters: Susan Barns
  • Review and Discuss the Environmental Sustainability Plan Presenters: Philo Shelton
  • Discuss Collection

Daily Postcard: Half Moon Shines Through Clouds

on November 16, 2017 - 5:44am

Daily Postcard: Half the moon shines through the clouds Tuesday night over Los Alamos. Photo by Robert Beberniss

WIPP Marks Milestone With 12,000th Safe Transuranic Waste Shipment

on November 15, 2017 - 10:57am
The 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant arrives at the facility from EM’s Idaho Site late Nov. 9. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently received its 12,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal since opening in 1999.
 
“We are all very proud of receiving the 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste and contributing to the Department’s cleanup mission.” said Todd Shrader, manager of the Carlsbad Field Office.  
 
Since the underground repository’s opening, WIPP drivers have safely

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