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Chamisa Green Team Organizes Waste Free Lunches

on May 11, 2017 - 3:53pm
The Chamisa Green Team. Top row from left, Dilynn A., Louis G., Zoe B. and Ava S. Bottom row,  Kylie A., Ella M. and Jen Bennett of Los Alamos Co+op Market, Natalie C and Rebecca B. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Chamisa Elementary students finished their week long challenge of bringing a waste free lunch to school Friday, April 28.

Led by teacher Megan Lee, the Green Team an environmentally-minded club comprised of fourth grade students at Chamisa, successfully deployed a one day event in February. More than 175 students participated by bringing a waste free lunch.

Daily Postcard: Morning Glow Spotted From Quemazon

on May 11, 2017 - 6:52am

Daily Postcard: The glow of the sun spotted lighting the sky Sunday morning from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell 

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Sunday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell 

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry Praises National Laboratories During Los Alamos Visit

on May 10, 2017 - 6:54pm
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks with the media this afternoon following his talk with Laboratory employees at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Energy Secretary Rick Perry during his press conference today at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Energy Secretary Rick Perry met with media representatives Wednesday afternoon after he had toured Los Alamos National Laboratory and addressed lab employees.

Bandelier Shuttles Begin Operating Season Sunday

on May 10, 2017 - 5:34pm
One of the Atomic City Transit shuttle buses that will carry visitors from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument May 14 to Oct. 15 this year. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
It's been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument. There have been many days when it was very noticeable that there's just not enough parking in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, and visitors and rangers alike wished the shuttles were running.
 
Now the waiting is over - the shuttles will start back up this Sunday, May 14. On the same day, the Bandelier Visitor Center hours will lengthen to 9 a.m.

Eat And Celebrate Nature Like A Bear And Experience The Great Outdoors At Bandelier National Monument

on May 10, 2017 - 1:39pm
PEEC News:
 
Los Alamos is the perfect destination to get back to the great outdoors this May, with unique and exciting activities, as well as scenic and unforgettable outdoor trails for hiking, biking, exploring history and more.
 
This May, celebrate nature and one of its most incredible creatures at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Bear Festival.

Udall: Senate Rejects Repeal Of Commonsense Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

on May 10, 2017 - 9:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate voted 49-51, defeating a measure to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Udall helped lead the fight against the repeal.
 
"This is a victory for taxpayers and school children in New Mexico — because we were able to fend off this dangerous repeal, New Mexico will continue to benefit from the BLM's commonsense steps to prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas, create

Nature Center Talk: Unusual Wildlife Of Madagascar

on May 10, 2017 - 8:32am

This leaping lemur, diademed sifaka, is endemic to specific regions of eastern Madagascar. Photo by Martin Cooper

PEEC News:

Local photographer Martin Cooper will share photos from his three-week visit to Madagascar, which covered four ecosystems and gave him the chance to capture images of wildlife including lemurs, chameleons, and endemic birds that are unique to the island. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Madagascar has been biologically isolated from Africa and

Southwest Nordic Ski Club And Santa Fe National Forest Celebrate 30 Years Of Partnership

on May 9, 2017 - 6:41pm
SFNF Recreation Specialist Jennifer Sublett presents Partnership Award to Clay Moseley. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  It has been 30 years since David Platts first “adopted” the trail to Canada Bonita with the intent to create a first-rate Nordic course for the Junior Nordic Team in Los Alamos. 
 
That was the beginning of a long and successful partnership between the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).
 
In honor of their 30-year collaboration, the SFNF recently presented the Southwest Nordic Ski Club with a Partnership Award and recognized

Interior Department Releases List Of Monuments Under Review, Announces Formal Public Comment Period

on May 9, 2017 - 3:16pm
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  The Department of the Interior announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Department released a list of monuments under review under the President’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017.
 
A public comment period is not required for monument designations under the Antiquities Act; however, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump both strongly believe that local input is a critical component of federal land

Community Plant Swap Unitarian Church May 14 & 20

on May 9, 2017 - 6:56am

Daily Postcard: Light Show Fills Sky Over Ashley Pond

on May 9, 2017 - 6:40am

Daily Postcard: A light show fills the sky Saturday night over Ashley Pond. Photo by Paul Jaramillo Sr.

LANL: Data Analysis Could Trigger New Shale Gas Revolution

on May 8, 2017 - 7:53pm

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Manipulating ‘tail production’ could yield huge long-term gains while minimizing environmental impacts

Extensive data mining and analysis of 20,000 shale gas wells has revealed how “refracturing” existing wells with new technology could transform them from diminished producers into high-performers long after their initial peak production period has ended.

“Our analysis could potentially aid in reducing the number of new wells to be drilled,” said Richard Middleton, lead author of the study by a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists.

County Council Proclaims May Bear Month

on May 8, 2017 - 8:30am

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presents James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

During Tuesday's Council meeting, Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presented James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County.

Proclamation

WHEREAS: Los Alamos is blessed with an

Mysteries In Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on May 8, 2017 - 7:33am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

To prepare for the upcoming Bear Festival, this Friday there will not be an evening planetarium show. However, there will be fun for the whole family at the Los Alamos Nature Center Saturday, May 13, including New Mexico's first Bear Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a full-dome planetarium show at 2 p.m. of Mysteries of the Unseen World. This full-dome film, which allows viewers to discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum, also will play at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open regular hours this month:

Letter To The Editor: Response To Nebel

on May 8, 2017 - 6:57am
By DONALD A. NEEPER
Portola Valley, Calif. 
(Los Alamos resident 1968-2014)

I was a signatory to the letter published in the May 4 edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), in which 18 retired LANL scientists expressed concern regarding federal plans to suppress scientific research and monitoring related to environmental protection and public health.

In the May 6 edition of the Daily Post, Richard Nebel responded thoughtfully, pointing to the productivity of private industry, the bureaucratic ineptness of government, and the feelings of laborers (link). However, he missed the essence of

Daily Postcard: Snake Slithers Into Local Birdhouse

on May 8, 2017 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: A snake is spotted Saturday morning slithering into a birdhouse in the garden of a home on Sioux Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Marion Good

Step Into Spring With Santa Fe National Forest

on May 7, 2017 - 5:39am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) invites the public to reconnect with nature and learn more about local trees, wildflowers and geology by “stepping into spring” with Forest Service staff and volunteer experts Sunday, May 21.
 
The May 21 event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Trailhead just before the Holy Ghost Campground in the Pecos Canyon, is part of the SFNF’s conservation education program to help people of all ages better understand their connection to natural resources and how to conserve those resources for future generations.
 

Daily Postcard: Deer Nibbles Seeds In Western Area

on May 7, 2017 - 5:27am

Daily Postcard: A deer is spotted nibbling seeds Saturday morning in Western Area. Photo by Julie Smith

PEER: The Thin Green Line Patrolling National Parks Is In Danger Of Snapping ...

on May 6, 2017 - 2:53pm

PEER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of rangers protecting the national parks and their visitors is steadily shrinking even as new parks are added and the number of park visitors balloons to new records, according to figures posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Aggravating its diminishing resources, the National Park Service’s (NPS) law enforcement program is adrift because it does not possess any real planning capacity, budgetary stability or overall leadership.

Figures released by NPS to PEER indicate that the number of permanent law enforcement

Celebrate New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month: Walking Tour Of Ancestral Pueblo Site

on May 6, 2017 - 2:03pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest invites you to celebrate New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month by joining a Forest Service archaeologist Friday, May 19, for a walking tour of the Ancestral Pueblo site of Poshuouinge along the banks of the Rio Chama near Abiquiu.
 
Poshuouinge is a Tewa word that translates as “village above the muddy river.” The 23-acre site is a large Classic Period pueblo occupied from ca.

Udall At 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit

on May 6, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivers remarks Tuesday at the Department of Energy Tribal Energy Office’s 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered remarks Tuesday at the Department of Energy Tribal Energy Office’s 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit.
 
In his remarks, Udall spoke about the importance of nurturing strategic partnerships to help achieve Tribal energy independence by investing in renewable energy sources.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise At Saint Peters Dome

on May 6, 2017 - 6:18am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise at Saint Peters Dome on the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains. Photo by Jaret McDonald

Saint Peters Dome

Saint Peters Dome is the highest of the small group of 8,000-foot peaks on the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains rising above Cochit Lake, Cochiti Pueblo and the Rio Grande River. It serves as the foundation for a watchtower from which forest management can keep an eye out for fires in the eastern portions of the Jemez Mountains.

This peak as well as the rest of the Jemez Mountains were once part of a massive supervolcano that collapsed around a million

Daily Postcard: Purple Flowers On Barranca Mesa

on May 5, 2017 - 6:44am

Daily Postcard: Purple flowers bloom on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Amateur Naturalist: Arrival Of Spring Along Ranch School Trail

on May 4, 2017 - 3:31pm
A whiptail lizard warming itself in the sunshine. Photo by Robert Dryja
 

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

The winter snows in Acid Canyon have largely melted away by mid-March. Only a few patches of ice remain the bottom of the canyon in its narrowest section and where it remains shaded throughout the day.  he Ranch School trail going down Acid Canyon similarly is largely free of snow.  

Mountain lover and Kinnikinnick are evergreen plants growing along the trail and no longer have snow around them. Their leaves are as green as at the start of winter.

First Bear Festival May 13

on May 4, 2017 - 3:25pm
New Mexico’s First Bear Festival May 13 at Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak

PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation (LEWF), New Mexico’s first Bear Festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. There will even be a scent dog demonstration to show the abilities of a dog’s nose. A bear’s nose is about seven times better than a Bloodhound’s nose, allowing bears to smell about 2,100 times better than humans!

Last summer, black bears made headlines in Los

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