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NIST: Why You Should Water Your Christmas Tree

on December 5, 2017 - 8:01am
A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried out Christmas tree fire burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate. Courtesy/NIST
 
Courtesy/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 200 home fires each year start with a Christmas tree. In these videos, Click here, NIST fire researchers demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs.

Daily Postcard: Hiking Along Otowi Trail

on December 5, 2017 - 7:41am

Daily Postcard: A view of Barranca Mesa on a recent hike along the Otowi Trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Los Alamos Young Racers Attend UNM Ski Race Camp

on December 4, 2017 - 3:46pm

Young ski racers from Los Alamos, Taos and Santa Fe attended the UNM Ski Team sponsored race camp last weekend at Red River Ski Area. Courtesy photo

LANL FY2017 Hazardous Waste Facility Noncompliance Numbers Decline

on December 4, 2017 - 3:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 

Los Alamos National Laboratory had 25 noncompliance reports under its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit from the New Mexico Environment between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, according to a report filed Nov. 28 with state.

The number is down from 100 instances in 2016 and 400 in 2015. The report also states that there were no releases from a permitted unit that could have posed a threat to human health or the environment.

Noncompliance issues included containers not labeled “hazardous waste”, failure to protect two containers

Pearce Statement On Final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Plan

on December 4, 2017 - 3:27pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released their final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program’s plan:
 
“I appreciate the Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt at greater collaboration with local governments and communities as they finalized this plan, unfortunately the plan itself continues to fall short.

Strong Support For Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

on December 4, 2017 - 3:16pm
ESC News:
 
BOULDER, Colo.  Of the more than 100,000 comments submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on the Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan, more than 99 percent were in support of recovery, according to wildlife conservation organizations who reviewed the comments submitted this summer.
 
“We wanted to be able to definitively say that the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is important to Americans, and we can,” Hailey Hawkins, Southern Rockies Field Representative for the Endangered Species Coalition said.

PEEC: Learn To Grow Penstemons Tuesday

on December 4, 2017 - 9:18am
Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Gardener and scientist Larry Deaven will share stories, tips and photos for getting a penstemon garden started. This special presentation is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and free and made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
Deaven has been growing penstemons for more than 40 years, and he began work on the nature center penstemon gardens in 2015. He received a special projects grant from the American Penstemon Society in 2016 to help support garden construction.

Daily Postcard: Moonset Sunday Over Ashley Pond

on December 4, 2017 - 4:52am

Daily Postcard: The moon sets early Sunday morning over Ashley Pond. Photo by Marc Bailey

2017 Youth Shakespeare Festival Santa Fe Dec. 9

on December 3, 2017 - 6:34am
Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe is is hosting its second annual Youth Shakespeare Festival Santa Fe 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 9, at New Mexico School for the Arts at 275 E 275 E. Alameda St. in Santa Fe.
 
Seven Santa Fe Schools and Upstart Crows of Santa Fe perform scenes from Shakespeare's plays. 

Students from Academy of Technology and the Classics, Capital High, Monte del Sol Charter, New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe High, Santa Fe Indian School, and Santa Fe Prep have been brushing up their Shakespeare since September.

Daily Postcard: Dramatic Sunrise Over Pajarito Acres

on December 3, 2017 - 6:04am

Daily Postcard: A dramatic sunrise is spotted Tuesday above Pajarito Acres. Photo by Douglas Reilly

Earth Treasures Show Rocks On Today And Sunday

on December 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

The Annual Earth Treasures Show attracted a large crowd today at the Los Alamos Masonic Temple. The Show continues all day Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from

State Gets $455M In Interior Energy Disbursements

on December 2, 2017 - 2:42pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Thursday that New Mexico’s energy production disbursements, through the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), totaled $455 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017).
 
This represents a significant increase of $86.5 from the previous year’s total. The funds are derived from energy and minerals produced on Federal and Indian lands, as well as U.S. offshore areas.
 
“Under President Trump’s American Energy Dominance agenda, we’ve increased energy funds by a billion dollars nationally, and by

Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on December 2, 2017 - 10:57am
NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to allow Los Alamos County to replace an irreparably damaged water line from the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir to the townsite of Los Alamos. 
 
This activity would occur on small segments of land within the Los Alamos County 100-year floodplain. The majority of this project occurs on property owned by the U.S. Forest Service. A segment of this project occurs on U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) administered land in Technical Area (TA) 62.
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations

Amateur Naturalist: The Mathematical Symmetry Of Pine Cones

on December 2, 2017 - 7:55am
The shape of the pinecone bracts create eight spirals going outward and counter clockwise. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
The Mathematical Symmetry of Pine Cones
By ROBERT DRYJA
Amateur Naturalist
 
 
The shape of the pine cones lying on the ground below a tree provides a kind of predictability that is the complete opposite to predicting the youthfulness or maturity of a tree. A cone grows overlapping bracts that protect the developing seeds within. When the seeds mature, the bracts open. The seeds then may flutter away to germinate or become food for some animal or insect.
 
What

Young Explorers: Winter Camps For School Age Kids

on December 2, 2017 - 7:45am
Children explore and learn during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children participate in hands-on activities during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children investigate the diversity of garden habitat during the NMMNHS Winter Camps. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Keep your young explorers engaged and active this winter for one or all of the day-long Young Explorers Winter Camps at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. 
 
The camps start Dec. 18 and run through Jan.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Paints Sky Over Los Alamos

on December 2, 2017 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: The sunrise paints the sky Thursday over Los Alamos. Photo by Jim Gourdoux

Stick Structures Pose Hazards On Santa Fe National Forest ... So Who’s Building Them And Why?

on December 1, 2017 - 3:13pm

One of several stick structures found on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

A SFNF recreation specialist inspects a stick structure near Aspen Vista. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They also are concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

This week, employees from the

Daily Postcard: Hiking At Natural Arch In Los Alamos

on December 1, 2017 - 7:13am

Daily Postcard: A family hikes near the Natural Arch along Mitchell Trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Daily Postcard: Birds Visit Quemazon

on November 30, 2017 - 3:37am

Daily Postcard: An array of birds visit a residence Thursday morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

Bandelier Main Loop Trail Closed For Helicopter Work

on November 29, 2017 - 2:24pm
Helicopter carrying thousand-pound bags of dirt and rocks for work on the Frey Trail in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
In late October, a portion of the Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument was closed for safety during a 3-day operation in which more than 150,000 pounds of dirt and rocks were helicoptered to the Frey Trail for use in trail reconstruction. 
 
This project will continue Monday, Dec. 4, weather permitting, and is expected to last 4-6 days.

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 29

on November 29, 2017 - 2:20pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather remained unseasonably warm and dry last week. There are reports of changes in the weather for this coming week. Temperatures may drop to what would be normal for this time of year.
 
The fishing picked up at Abiquiu Lake last week and there were finally reports of trout being caught. This could be due to the recent stocking of fingerling rainbow trout. Larger predatory fish can be attracted to the area where these fish were stocked.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Opposes Elimination Of Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

on November 29, 2017 - 6:17am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A proposal by its Chairman Sean Sullivan to eliminate the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) is being opposed by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, according to Executive Director Andrea Romero.

In a June 29 letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Sullivan proposed the elimination of the DNFSB calling it “a relic of the Cold War era defense establishment.

Daily Postcard: Pleurotus Ostreatus On Elm

on November 29, 2017 - 4:31am

Daily Postcard: Pleurotus Ostreatus (oyster mushroom) growing on elm tree logs in Los Alamos. This common edible mushroom was first cultivated in Germany as a subsistence measure during World War I and is now grown commercially around the world for food. Source: wikipedia.com. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Jemez Ranger District Plans Vallecitos Burn

on November 28, 2017 - 1:09pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to resume the Vallecitos prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District. 
 
Ignitions could begin as early as today on the final 91-acre unit in the Vallecitos treatment area adjacent to the East Fork trail head and N.M. 4.   
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Daily Postcard: Autumn Sky On North Mesa

on November 28, 2017 - 8:19am

Daily Postcard: The autumn sky reflects on cars parked Sunday on North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

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