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Retired LANL Scientists: Attacks On Science, EPA Are Foolhardy, Dangerous

on May 4, 2017 - 10:11am

By retired LANL scientists: Chris Barnes, Ph.D.; Fairley Barnes, Ph.D.; James Bradbury, Ph.D.; James Cost, Ph.D.; Margaret Cox, Ph.D.; Larry Deaven, Ph.D.; Terry Foxx; Mikkel Johnson, Ph.D. and Laboratory Fellow; Charles F. (Chick) Keller, Ph.D.; Arvid S. Lundy; F.J. (Jeff) Martin; Caroline (Cas) Mason, Ph.D.; Rodney (Rod) Mason, Ph.D.; Donald A. Neeper, Ph.D.; Cheryl Rofer; Marvin VanDilla, Ph.D.; David Watkins, Ph.D. and Mike Williams, Ph.D.

On April 22, New Mexicans across the state stood up for scientific integrity in the face of attacks on the role of science in our daily lives.

That

Daily Postcard: Creatures Emerge In Warm Weather

on May 4, 2017 - 7:18am

Daily Postcard: Insects are emerging around town with the onset of warmer weather. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Bandelier Announces 2016 Economic Benefits: $12.5 Million Locally; $35 Billion Nationwide

on May 3, 2017 - 6:47pm

Ancestral Pueblo cavate in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
Ancestral Pueblo village of Tyuonyi in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service (NPS) had a big year in 2016. Besides being the Centennial of its establishment, parks nationwide broke records for visitation, with more people than ever going to these places that are often called America's jewels. Having started with Yellowstone, there are now 417 areas, with at least one in every state.

A recent study brought to light the economic benefits that these

Daily Postcard: Sunset Over North Mesa

on May 3, 2017 - 8:26am

Daily Postcard: A sunset colors the sky Monday over North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

PEEC: Start Off May With A Bird Walk Saturday

on May 2, 2017 - 1:01pm
Enjoy nature and learn about local birds from bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds you see and hear every day.
 
At 7 a.m., Saturday, May 6, join long-time Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon for hike in Lower Water Canyon. This is the perfect opportunity for adults and children who can hike up to five miles to get outside and admire local species of birds. Sightings may include the Black-throated gray warbler and Hepatic tanager.
 
Joe Fitzgibbon has always been passionate

Udall On Interior And Environment Funding In Bipartisan Budget Agreement

on May 2, 2017 - 6:16am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the finalized bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government through September. 

“This bill is a strong, bipartisan agreement, and I thank lawmakers and staff on both sides of the aisle for their hard work to achieve a workable compromise.

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

Letter To The Editor: Reply To Senator Heinrich

on April 30, 2017 - 8:23pm
By JAMES GRIFFIN
Los Alamos

Sen. Martin Heinrich predicts doom if drilling in the arctic for oil is permitted (link). He uses amazing statistics from the Department of Interior to back up this claim.

Evidently there is a 75 percent chance of a 42,000-gallon spill. Let's pretend to be rational. Assume this to be true. How large is the arctic?

Will 42,000 gallons have any impact! No!

US underwater drilling for oil began in 1891, approximately 126 years ago. Notice that the oceans are devastated.

Resilient Spring Flowers

on April 30, 2017 - 6:46am

Resilient spring flowers spotted around Los Alamos following the snow storm that blew through the area Saturday. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Plows Clear Truck Route

on April 30, 2017 - 6:41am

At least three plows where spotted along the truck route clearing the road during Saturday's snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Wintery Cap And Shawl On Mesa Public Library Girl

on April 30, 2017 - 6:08am
Daily Postcard: Wintery Cap and Shawl on Mesa Public Library Girl on fine ‘Spring’ morning taken at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29. Photo by Craig Idler

Letter To The Editor: Help The Hummingbirds Tonight

on April 29, 2017 - 9:27pm
By PETER HEIMDAHL
Los Alamos

Tonight (Saturday), the temperature will drop to 25 degrees in Los Alamos, which will be very hard on hummingbirds.

It may help them if people who have hummingbird feeders take the feeders inside tonight after dark (when hummingbirds go into their nightly stupor). Then bring the feeders back outside just before dawn (when the birds wake up) so the hummingbirds will have something warm to feed on.

Just don't forget to bring the feeders out by 6 a.m. Sunday!

 

Hummingbirds Gather For Breakfast

on April 29, 2017 - 9:09pm

Several hummimgbirds gather for breakfast this morning at a Los Alamos home. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Thirsty Hummingbird Braves Morning Snow

on April 29, 2017 - 6:48pm
A hummingbird ventures out in the snow this morning to sip sweet water from a container hanging on the deck of a Los Alamos home. Photo by Hiro Teshima

Letter To The Editor: We Can’t Ignore Oil And Gas Pollution’s Harm To Our Tourism Industry

on April 29, 2017 - 5:49pm
By Ron Trujillo
Santa Fe City Councilor for District 4,
and
Amber Espinosa-Trujillo, Grant Manager
Library Services and Technology Act Federal
New Mexico State Library
 
Our state is known for breathtaking views, unique public lands and ancient cultures within reach.
 
Tourists choose New Mexico as a destination because of ample opportunities to experience these assets. We’ve built a bustling and successful tourism industry that depends on our state being in its natural state – an industry that injected $6.1 billion into New Mexico’s economy and supported 89,000 jobs in 2014.

Glorious Snow Scene Captured In White Rock

on April 29, 2017 - 9:42am

A glorious snow scene captured this morning in a yard in White Rock. Photo by George Kyrala

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