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Bandelier Assists Fire Investigation Class March 14-16

on March 9, 2017 - 10:28pm

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 

Bandelier National Monument and the East Jemez Interagency Fire Center will be assisting March 14-16 with the field portion of a wildland fire investigation class that includes exercises examining common ignition types.
 
To provide hands-on experience for the class members, instructors will ignite very small sample fires, totaling approximately 5 acres, on a portion of Bandelier just across State Highway 4 from the Fire Center.
 
Smoke may be visible from N.M. 4, White Rock, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe and surrounding areas.
 

Environmental Justice Moral Monday At State Capitol

on March 9, 2017 - 9:51am

STATE News:
  • New Mexicans impacted by environmental injustice in their communities bring their voices to the State Capitol

 

SANTA FE -- About 50 community leaders impacted by environmental justice issues in New Mexico will be connecting with their decision makers in the State Capitol on Monday, March 13 as part of Environmental Justice (EJ) Moral Monday. The citizens’ advocacy  day is intended to highlight various EJ issues impacting our air, land, water and health.


Environmental justice communities and organizations from across New Mexico will be participating at the event held at the

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talk Explores ‘The Mystery Of Detonation’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:44pm

The ‘Mystery of Detonation’ lecture will focus on various kinds of explosions, what is needed for detonation and current experiments and modeling of detonations.

LANL News:

David Moore, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Shock and Detonation Physics group, will discuss the science behind detonation and explosions during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “The Mystery of Detonation” beginning March 14 in Santa Fe.

“The speed and destructiveness of explosive events, and the accompanying opaque layers of products and intermediates, make the experiments

Daily Postcard: Sunset From Canada Bonita Trail

on March 7, 2017 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: View of the setting sun last weekend during a hike along the Canada Bonita Trail. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Wind Kicks Up Dust Cloud On Main Hill Road

on March 6, 2017 - 8:32pm

Heavy wind kicks up a dust cloud and slows traffic at about 9 a.m. today on the Main Hill Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Coyote Killing Contests Bill Passes Key Committee

on March 5, 2017 - 9:19am

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Sen. Jeff Steinborn passed bipartisan legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee Saturday to end the practice of coyote killing contests in New Mexico.

“Today New Mexico is one step closer to banning inhumane coyote killing contests. This blood sport serves no purpose in the management of coyotes other than killing for the sake of killing. It’s time to make these contests a thing of the past,” Sen. Steinborn said.

This bill now goes to the senate floor for final passage and then, if passed, to the House for consideration in that body.

Amateur Naturalist: The World Of Acorn Woodpeckers And Pygmy Nuthatches

on March 5, 2017 - 7:03am
A dead ponderosa pine stands in the snow-covered forest floor of Acid Canyon. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
An Acorn Woodpecker stores acorn seeds in the trunk of a dead ponderosa tree. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Eight eggs in a Pygmy Nuthatch nest. Photo by Priscilla Stuckey, PhD
 
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
 
February occurs in the depth of winter. The temperature may fall to about 20 degrees at night and rise to only slightly above freezing during the day.
 
Snow lasts for days on the ground when it is in the shadow of forest trees or canyon walls.

Forest Service Seeks Comment On Restoration Projects

on March 4, 2017 - 7:22am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest is inviting members of the public to provide comments by March 16, 2017, on two proposed forest restoration projects in the mountains near Santa Fe. 
 
Both projects are part of a larger multi-agency collaborative, the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFFC), which takes a landscape-scale approach to improving forest resilience and mitigating wildfire risk near the City of Santa Fe.
  • The Hyde Park Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project is located in forests east of the community of Hyde Park Estates, near Hyde Park Memorial State

Youth Summer Job Applications Close March 13

on March 3, 2017 - 7:48pm

Trail work crew getting busy last year. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

  • Y Bandelier Corps (YBC) Starts Work In June 

Applications for summer employment with The Family YMCA’s Bandelier Corps trail crew closes at 10 p.m., March 13. Hiring for this program is restricted to those ages 16-24.

Application packets and job descriptions are available on the Y’s website at www.laymca.org, at the YMCA 1450 Iris St., and at the Los Alamos and Espanola YMCA teen centers. Two reference forms, within the packet, are required if youth did not work for the Y last year.

Burn Planned On Jemez Ranger District Sunday

on March 3, 2017 - 7:31pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  If conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn Sunday, March 5 on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring

Udall Statement On His Vote To Confirm Rick Perry As Secretary Of Energy

on March 3, 2017 - 2:40pm
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on his vote to confirm former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as U.S. Secretary of Energy.
 
Udall is a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, which writes the budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
 
"New Mexico's economy and the jobs of thousands of New Mexicans are deeply connected to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Nature Center Hosts Wild Songbird Rehabilitation Talk

on March 3, 2017 - 9:30am

A gentle hand nurtures a wild songbird. Courtesy Photo​

PEEC News:

Would you like to know how to help a bird in need? At 7 p.m. March 7, Sally Fitzgibbon, Carol Taschek, and Jo Ferdinand, who have more than 15 years of combined experience caring for birds, will share the art of rehabilitating songbirds in Los Alamos. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
For years people have helped injured wildlife heal and return home. Fitzgibbon, Taschek and Ferdinand will cover how to know whether a bird needs help and how to care for songbirds that need a helping hand.

Memorial To Protect Chaco Canyon Advances

on March 2, 2017 - 10:36am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE  Feb. 28, a memorial introduced by Representative Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) that reaffirms New Mexico’s commitment to protect Chaco Canyon’s tribal, cultural and historical sites unanimously passed the House State Government, Indian and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
 
HM 70 requests that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) study be completed before any new leases or exploration on the national historic park and other federal lands in Chaco Canyon are issued.
 
“This is a huge step forward for Native America and others seeking to protect historical and

Udall Statement On Confirmation Of Ryan Zinke As Secretary Of The Interior

on March 2, 2017 - 10:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Udall joined the Senate in voting 68-31 to confirm Zinke. 
 
“The Department of the Interior is an agency of enormous significance to the lives of New Mexicans, Native Americans, and people across the

DPU’s Environmental Compliance Specialist Katelyn Mahoney Digs County Infrastructure

on March 2, 2017 - 10:13am
Los Alamos County DPU Environmental Compliance Specialist Katelyn Mahoney in her office Tuesday at the Municipal Building. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After being employed by a contractor in Albuquerque and focusing on air quality, Katelyn Mahoney returned to familiar territory at Los Alamos County.

Nine months ago Mahoney, a Los Alamos native, was hired as the Environmental Compliance Specialist in the County’s Department of Public Utilities.

Zinke Sworn In As 52nd Secretary Of The Interior

on March 2, 2017 - 8:27am

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

DOI News:

5th-generation Montanan pledges to uphold President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ryan Zinke (pronounced Zink-EE) was confirmed and sworn in Wednesday as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior.

The Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Zinke the morning of March 1, 2017, and he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building later that evening. Zinke is the first Montanan to serve as a cabinet secretary and also the first U.S. Navy SEAL in the cabinet.

“I am honored and humbled to

Rotary Club Seeks Young Leaders For Week-Long Camp

on March 1, 2017 - 4:28pm
ROTARY News:
 
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is seeking young leaders with an interest in attending a week long camp in the Manzano Mountains in July. (Boy’s Camp: Sunday, July 16 to Saturday, July 22, Girl’s Camp: Saturday, July 22 to Friday, July 28).
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been specifically designed by Rotary District 5520 for the students in New Mexico.

Local GOP Features Paul Gessing On Public Policies Of Climate Change ... UNM-LA Building 5 Thursday

on March 1, 2017 - 12:02pm

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites all Republicans to attend its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (Building 5) at UNM-LA.

Light refreshments will be served followed by a presentation by Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation on the public policies of Climate Change.

"Please join us for what is sure to be an informative evening," RPLA Chair James Robinson said.

Join March For Science At State Capitol April 22

on March 1, 2017 - 11:47am

MARCH FOR SCIENCE News:

The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress, and prosperity. They unite April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.

“The March for Science is a celebration of science, and of public engagement with science, but it’s not only about scientists,” says march organizer Daniel Larremore.

CVNM: Community Solar Gardens Act Puts Community In Charge Of Energy Choices

on March 1, 2017 - 8:36am
CVNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUEThe Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 338, Roybal Caballero) passed in the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee in the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday on a 5-4 vote.
 
In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNMEF) program Juntos: Our Air, Our Water community leaders released the following statements:
 
“Where I live there are many people with asthma. Solar energy would help reduce air pollution and improve the health of families in my neighborhood,” said Victor Nevarez, Juntos Westgate youth leader.
 
“We need

Sipapu Picks Up 7" Of Fresh Snow

on March 1, 2017 - 8:19am
Sipapu. Photo by John Paul Bradley
 

Sipapu. Photo by John Paul Bradley

 

SKI News: 
 
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort received 7 inches of fresh snow overnight Monday. The mid-mountain base is 42”.
 
Every day, kids 6 and younger, 4th graders, 5th graders and guests ages 40, 60 or 70 years and better ski free. 
 
Upcoming Events at Sipapu:

Parents Ski Free Week, Feb. 27-March 4
Hawaiian Days, March 4-5
14th Annual Cardboard Derby, March 11
13th Annual Pond Skimming Contest, March 18
Yeti Club: A Ski and Ride Club, March 20-24

Daily Postcard: Sangre de Cristo Mountains

on March 1, 2017 - 7:43am

Daily Postcard: A view of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains from Buckman Mesa. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier Featured In National Park Service ‘Getaways’

on February 28, 2017 - 3:30pm

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo and cliff homes along the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS

 

Visitors at reconstructed Ancestral Pueblo home along the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) website includes a section called National Park Getaways, in which a different NPS area is featured each month. 
 
Beginning Wednesday, March 1, Bandelier National Monument will be the highlighted park, with a writeup and lots of photos, all done by local rangers. The section can be found at https://www.nps.gov/

Daily Postcard: Cirrus Clouds Over Los Alamos

on February 28, 2017 - 7:06am

Daily Postcard: Cirrus clouds early Saturday afternoon decorate the sky over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

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