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Morse: The Brown Trout In New Mexico

on July 11, 2017 - 10:09am
Brown trout, like this 25-incher from the Rio Chama, thrive and reproduce naturally in many of New Mexico’s rivers and streams. Photo by George Morse
 
By GEORGE MORSE 
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After nearly 50 years of angling in New Mexico, I have seen a lot of changes in the fishing regulations concerning the number of fish an angler could keep (the daily limit). The first year I moved here (1968) the daily limit was a very liberal 12 fish-per-day for trout.
 
A few years later, there was an interesting change in the bag limit.

Daily Postcard: Major Downpour Hits White Rock

on July 11, 2017 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: A major downpour strikes at about 5:30 p.m. Monday in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

BLM Helium Sales Generate $115 Million For Taxpayers

on July 10, 2017 - 8:40am
BLM News:
 
AMARILLO, Texas  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that $115 million generated from the 2016 sale and auction of crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve is being transferred to the U.S. Treasury.
 
The Federal Helium Reserve is a resource owned by the American people and managed by the BLM’s Amarillo, Texas, Field Office. The helium revenues were received in accordance with the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, which provided for market-based pricing and competitive auctions for the sale of Federal helium.
 
The BLM's Federal Helium Program has returned over

Star Party: Fort Union National Monument July 22

on July 10, 2017 - 8:38am
Courtesy photo
 
FUNM News:
 
WATROUS  Fort Union National Monument announces its next Star Party, weather permitting, Saturday night July 22.
 
New Mexico is renowned for its enchanting landscape and open skies. Throughout history, mankind has turned their eyes to the celestial bodies of the night sky in awe and wonder. The stars found in the dark sky have helped humanity to traverse the land and sea, prepare for the coming changes in seasons, and to inspire the imagination.
 
We once again invite you to join the “Dark Side” at Fort Union National Monument as we explore the summer

PBS Science Café: Invisible Universe Revealed

on July 9, 2017 - 7:44pm

Hubble launched in 1990 and has taken fascinating images like this one since then. Courtesy/NASA

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium is hosting presentation on one of NASA’s most ambitious experiments. After watching NOVA: Invisible Universe Revealed, Dr. Rick Wallace of Los Alamos will discuss the astronomical significance of the Hubble’s findings, including cosmic expansion and supermassive black holes. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to uncover the invisible mysteries of our Universe.

Wallace has a Ph.D.

Military Order of World Wars Hosts Picnic July 18

on July 9, 2017 - 6:47am

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting of the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) is Tuesday, July 18. The meeting also is the MOWW annual picnic at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Shack on North Mesa.

This Month's speaker is LANL scientist Rick Wallace. He will discuss the astronomical significance of the sun, summer solstice and its resulting seasons. He also will talk about eclipses, especially the one Aug. 21 that will cross the United States.

Note the change in location for this month only. The Posse Shack on North Mesa Road.

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center July 11

on July 9, 2017 - 6:46am

Melissa Mackey

PEEC News:

Tuesday, July 11, is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities 6-7 p.m. with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring the exhibits.

The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.

Next month’s Family Night is Aug. 9.

For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC),

CDC: Protect Your Child’s Skin From The Sun

on July 9, 2017 - 6:45am
 
Courtesy photo
 
CDC News:
 
Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life.
 
Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
 
Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened. Cover up.

LANL: A Universal Biosensor For Infectious Disease

on July 7, 2017 - 12:06pm

LANL News:

With increased travel and globalization, the spread of new diseases has become a threat to global health—and global security. Whether in a rural village or an urban medical clinic, healthcare workers need diagnostics that provide answers then and there, for any disease, in order to effectively treat individual patients or widespread outbreaks.

That’s why Harshini Mukundan and her team at Los Alamos National Laboratory are working to develop a universal biosensor.

“If we are able to mimic the body’s immune recognition in the laboratory, we could have a universal strategy for the

Leuser Ecosystem And Tropical Rainforest Heritage Of Sumatra Remains ‘World Heritage at Risk’

on July 7, 2017 - 10:14am
Waterfall. Courtesy photo
 
TRHS News:
 
KRAKOW, POLAND  The 41st World Heritage Committee session has voted unanimously to retain the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS) on the List of World Heritage In Danger due to threats facing its globally significant rainforests.
 
Panut Hadisiswoyo, founder and director of the Orangutan Information Centre, and civil society spokesperson at the World Heritage Committee meeting issued the following statement:
 
“The World Heritage Committee has confirmed the need to take decisive action to address current and emerging threats facing

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Will Be Unavailable For Visitation For Three Days

on July 7, 2017 - 8:40am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in cooperation with the Pueblo de Cochiti (Pueblo), announces that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (Monument) will be unavailable for public visitation July 13 and 14, as well as July 25.
 
These three days and future days will allow the BLM to assess and work on special projects within the Monument, ultimately providing visitors with a more enjoyable recreation experience, and the Pueblo will have access to the Monument on days that are significant to them.
 
The Monument was created in 2001 with a provision that

Summer Family Evening: Aparejo Burro Packing

on July 7, 2017 - 8:19am

Learn about the Aparejo Packing System July 12 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, part of the Summer Family Evening program sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. Photo by Sue Barns

PEEC News:

Ever wonder what it would be like to meet burros up close? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. July 12 to find out.

Thanks to a sponsorship from Del Norte Credit Union, the Aparejo Packing System will demonstrate the old Spanish-style packing system on live burros. Meet the friendly mules face-to-face and learn about their work as cargo-movers along the trails of the Southwest.

NMVC: The Real Value Of Our Public Lands

on July 6, 2017 - 8:19am
James Jimanez at a waterfall. Courtesy photo
 
 
By JAMES JIMANEZ
Executive Director 
New Mexico Voices for Children
 
Camping is one of this nation’s great equalizers. Whether you camp with the latest, most expensive gear, or you hang a tarp and sleep in the bed of a pickup truck, there is a camping style to fit most every budget.
 
It continues to be, for many families, one of the cheapest ways to vacation and enjoy the great outdoors. Camping is becoming an equalizer in a different way, as more and more racial and ethnic minorities are pitching tents.
 
A recent survey showed

Environmental Services Seeks To Raise Rates

on July 6, 2017 - 8:12am
Public Works Director Philo Shelton speaks June 27 to County County Council about raising refuse, recylcing and solid waste facility fees for residential and commerical customers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule discusses increased rates June 27 at the County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The Environmental Services Division is operating in the red and to change this, Public Works proposes a rate ordinance that would result in increased refuse, recycling and

Letter To The Editor: Response To Pearce's 'Regulation'

on July 6, 2017 - 7:44am
By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos
 
I think most people would agree with at least one sentence of Rep. Steve Pearce’s recent op-ed in the Los Alamos Daily Post, i.e., “The United States must do more to cut off the ability of criminal enterprises to launder money through anonymous shell companies.”
 
The complication is that he wants to accomplish this without imposing any “… burdens on the back of new businesses or the financial institutions that fund them.”
 
The question is, how can you cut off money laundering without imposing additional regulations and/or costs on either businesses or

Daily Postcard: Thunderheads Over White Rock

on July 5, 2017 - 7:35am
Daily Postcard: Thunderheads fill the sky Sunday evening over White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

NMSP: Positive Identification Made For Missing Hiker Paris Shane Wallace

on July 4, 2017 - 10:28am
NMSP News:
  • The Office of the Medical Investigator has confirmed and positively identified the body recovered in the below search and rescue mission as that of Paris Shane Wallace.
 
On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, 2017, New Mexico State Police officers were contacted by Mitzi Wallace of Clifton, Colorado, who wanted to report her husband was missing. Mrs. Wallace stated her husband, Paris Shane Wallace, 52, had gone hiking in the Espanola/Taos, NM area. Her last contact with him was the day prior, June 13, 2017, around 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Wallace stated she expected Mr.

Four Local Experts Discuss Recent Discoveries In Astronomy At Nature On Tap Thursday

on July 4, 2017 - 8:40am
PEEC News: 
 
The community is invited to discuss the latest findings in astronomy Thursday at Nature on Tap.
 
Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Joyce Guzik, Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler and Dr. Steve Becker will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, the upcoming solar eclipse, NASA's latest probes, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows.
 
Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science. PEEC is hosting Thursday's talk 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.
 
Joyce

Appeals Court Defends Oil And Gas Waste Rule

on July 4, 2017 - 8:24am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
In a win for children’s health and climate protection, a federal appeals court in Washington D.C. has blocked the Trump Administration’s suspension of EPA standards that keep the oil and gas industry’s pollution out of the air children breathe.
 
"This ruling means that hundreds of new wells in New Mexico will have to capture methane, a natural resource that belongs to all Americans. This is a gas that is being extracted from public lands and is simply wasted by private companies.

Los Alamos Triatomics Announces Upcoming Activities

on July 4, 2017 - 7:53am
SPORTS News:
 
Thanks to everyone who raced, volunteered or both at last Sunday's Atomic Man Duathlon. Here is a schedule for upcoming activities.
 
1.) Tuesday Night Time Trials-Next Tuesday there will not be a time trial on the July 4th holiday. The next time trial will be Tuesday July 11 on the White Rock to top of Ancho Canyon course at 6 p.m. 
 
Meet at 5:50 p.m., on the bike path at the intersection of Monte Rey Drive North and State Road 4 to get your name on the list.

July Night Sky Show And We Are Stars Film At Nature Center This Weekend

on July 4, 2017 - 7:51am
 
PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, July 7, the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium will host an interactive tour of the heavens. Dr. Paul Arendt will discuss several recent solar system phenomena announced by NASA, as well as deep sky objects that can be observed this month. This program is ideal for stargazers who want to learn more.
 
Paul Arendt has a Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio State University. In addition to working in commercial manufacturing, he dedicated his career to Applied Research and Development at LANL.

Northern New Mexico National Forests Announce Funding Opportunity For Land And Water Quality Improvements; Applications Due July 31

on July 4, 2017 - 7:51am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Up to $680,000 in funding is available to Tribal and local governments, small businesses, non-governmental organizations and Forest Service field units for projects that benefit forest ecosystems and land and water quality on the Cibola, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests.
 
The money is available through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, a federal law that sends millions of dollars into local communities for education, law enforcement, roads and other programs.

Video Highlights Importance Of National Monuments

on July 3, 2017 - 8:59am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released a video highlighting the economic impact that national monuments have had in their states and across the country.
 
In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rescinding national monument designations made by President Obama under the Antiquities Act.

Amateur Naturalist: The Growth Of Ponderosa

on July 3, 2017 - 8:17am
One tall ponderosa tree with a square silhouette dominates over the other large but conical shaped trees. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Growth of Ponderosa
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
A 60-foot wide area was created behind the Aquatic Center when it was constructed in 1988. It therefore would be reasonable to expect to see similar sized ponderosa pine trees that are nearly 30 years old. Assumedly the trees would have started to grow throughout this level area after the construction was completed. 
 
Instead 81 small size ponderosa trees are growing.

Senators Introduce Strongest Legislative Package Of Sportsmen’s Priorities In Years

on July 3, 2017 - 8:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Only hours ahead of their departure for the Fourth of July recess, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and a bipartisan group of senators introduced S. 1514, a strong package of bills that would benefit fish and wildlife habitat nationwide, while funding critical watershed restoration efforts in the Mid-Atlantic and improving access for recreational shooters on public lands.

The legislation would:

  • Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act—a grant program through which each federal dollar invested is matched an average of

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