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AccuWeather Predicts Harvey’s Losses Reach $190 Billion Or 1 Percent Of Nation's GDP

on September 2, 2017 - 1:10pm

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HSNW News:

Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder, president, and chairman of AccuWeather, and sometimes called the “father of commercial meteorology,” predicted Wednesday, 30 Aug., that “The total losses from this storm would reach $190 billion or 1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), countering the expected growth in the economy for the rest of this year.”

This is the costliest and worst natural disaster in American history,” Myers said. “Business leaders and the Federal Reserve, major banks, insurance companies, etc.

Valle Grande Fog, Wildflowers And Orbwebs With Dew

on September 2, 2017 - 7:09am

Early morning fog lifts from the Valle Grande, revealing a dew-covered grassland with orb webs strung from shrubby cinquefoil, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A. Ponton/

Bluebell with dew in the Valle Grande, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A. Ponton/

Bluebell and a sneaky aster with dew in the grassland of the Valle Grande, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A. Ponton/

Orb web with dew in the early morning in the Valle Grande grassland, Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by David A.

The Mighty Bighorn ... Help Keep Them Strong

on September 2, 2017 - 7:05am
U.S. Forest Service
I stood motionless, afraid to even blink let alone breathe. His bulbous eye focused on the off-colored rock sitting before him. His 220-pound frame was sleek and well-defined but nothing compared to what it would be in a few months when he bulked up to begin defending his right to breed.
The Rocky Mountain bighorn ram standing before me was already a fine specimen, he was soon going to be a fierce competitor as well.

Mission To The Asteroid Belt

on September 2, 2017 - 6:12am
Dawn Space Probe Exhibition at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has opened a new, one-of-a-kind exhibition about NASA’s Dawn space probe and the amazing discoveries it has made during its 10-year journey through the solar system.
This temporary addition to the space science area will be available through mid-2018.
Dawn traveled to and explored Ceres and Vesta, the largest objects in the main asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Daily Postcard: Wild Rose Hips In Bandelier

on September 2, 2017 - 6:02am

Daily Postcard: Wild rose hips growing in Bandelier. Photo by Chris Judson

Bear Takes A Stroll On Yucca Street

on September 1, 2017 - 6:47pm
A bear takes a stroll along a stone wall Sunday afternoon on Yucca Street. The bear walked from Yucca toward the Mitchell trailhead at Arizona Avenue. Photo by Wolfgang Runde

Bear takes Sunday afternoon stroll. Photo by Wolfgang Runde

SFNF: Closure Order For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Extended For Safety Reasons

on September 1, 2017 - 3:59pm

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the closure of a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety as fire crews continue to work on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Dec. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section, and

Top Campsites For Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend

on September 1, 2017 - 7:33am
Labor Day is just a few days away, and public campgrounds, hotels, and Airbnbs are almost fully booked up, creating fierce competition for the last available spots.
Enter Hipcamp []—a startup that solves this problem by creating new campsites on beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches. Hipcamp has just compiled a list of their top 100 unbooked campgrounds across the nation under $100. 

Each campground linked below contains multiple discrete campsites:

Tips To Keep Bears Away From Your Property

on September 1, 2017 - 6:07am
Black bear. Courtesy/NMDG&F
Two bears climb a tree recently on Villa Street near Aspen School. Photo by Nancy Johnson
Corporal - Albuquerque Supervisory District
N.M. Department of Game and Fish

“I have a bear visiting my property and getting into my trash and birdfeeders.” This is how most phone calls regarding bear activity start. And believe me, there have been plenty of them in recent weeks and I anticipate many more in the weeks to come. 

I have heard many residents say they have seen more bears this summer in town than in recent years.

Daily Postcard: An Afternoon At Fenton Lake

on September 1, 2017 - 5:06am

Daily Postcard: Afternoon clouds gather Sunday over Fenton Lake. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

World Futures: Cyber (Part Two)

on August 31, 2017 - 10:07am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we started by recalling the power outage in White Rock, noting that it was an inconvenience. But what if it had lasted longer, significantly longer? What if the affected area was much larger, perhaps the entire county of Los Alamos? What other inconveniences would you have suffered? The grocery store would have been closed. But it could have opened with candle light.

Of course, you would have to pay with cash or check since the credit/debit card machines would not run.

Nature Center Presents Charles Strickfaden Talk Sept. 5

on August 31, 2017 - 8:53am
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PEEC News:
The community is invited to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 to hear a talk by Charles Strickfaden, site manager of the developing Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This free talk is a Sierra Club event, and all are welcome to attend.
Visitors often take for granted the collaboration required to start a national park. Thanks to Strickfaden’s work; however, Los Alamos museums have partnered with the National Park Service to preserve local history.

LANL: Superconductivity Research Reveals Potential New State Of Matter

on August 31, 2017 - 7:35am
Filip Ronning at work in his lab. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A potential new state of matter is being reported in the journal Nature, with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. The ability to find similarities and differences among classes of materials with phenomena such as this helps researchers establish the essential ingredients that cause novel functionalities such as superconductivity.

The high-magnetic-field state of the heavy fermion superconductor CeRhIn5 revealed a so-called electronic

SFNF Crews Continue To Monitor, Manage Ojitos Fire

on August 31, 2017 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, taking advantage of favorable windows to use low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
Since July 7 when lightning struck a tree in the 90,000-acre Rio Chama block that has been cleared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest restoration, fire crews have added fire to the ground on both sides of Forest Road (FR) 468 and on the west side of the fire perimeter to remove hazardous

Daily Postcard: Roses Bloom On Walnut

on August 31, 2017 - 6:42am

Daily Postcard: Red roses are blooming at a home on Walnut Street. Photo by Chris Clark/

LANL: Machine-learning Earthquake Prediction In Lab Shows Promise

on August 30, 2017 - 1:18pm

LANL researchers have developed a two-dimensional tabletop simulator that models the buildup and release of stress along an artificial fault. In this image, the simulator is viewed through a polarized camera lens, photo-elastic plates reveal discrete points of stress buildup along both sides of the modeled fault as the far (upper) plate is moved laterally along the fault. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Listening to faultline’s grumbling gives countdown to future quakes

By listening to the acoustic signal emitted by a laboratory-created earthquake, a computer science approach using machine learning

Groups Call On Japan Not To Dump Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean

on August 30, 2017 - 9:24am
BN News:
TAKOMA PARK, Md. — Beyond Nuclear has signed onto a new letter from marine wildlife, environmental and conservation groups calling on authorities in Japan to avoid at all cost the dumping of hundreds and thousands of tons of radioactively contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.
Currently, Japanese utility, TEPCO, is planning to release 777,000 tons of waste containing radioactive tritium into the Pacific Ocean from its stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear site.

NNSA Removes All HEU From Ghana

on August 30, 2017 - 7:50am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in cooperation with Ghana, China, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), repatriated approximately one kilogram of Chinese-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s National Nuclear Research Institute in Accra, Ghana Aug. 28.
This shipment removes the last known HEU from Ghana, making it the 32nd country plus Taiwan to become HEU-free.

Bjorklund Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 30, 2017 - 7:49am
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ACRR News:
Mark Bjorklund was the top predictor in the weekly pace race held under rainy conditions on the Lower Water Canyon Trail with a 4 second error. 
Other accurate predictors were: Sanna Sevanto with a 5 second difference and the fastest female on the 3 mile course at 26:05, Ryan Smeltzer recorded a 18 second error off his first place 3 mile time of 23:12, Ning Xu had a 33 second differential, and David Kratzer had a 35 second error.
On the 1 mile course Alexandra Cunningham was the best finisher at 10:57 and her brother Ian Cunningham was the first male

Daily Postcard: Colorful Clouds

on August 30, 2017 - 6:30am

Daily Postcard: Colorful clouds spotted Monday from Pajarito Acres. Photo by Jaret McDonald

Daily Postcard: Colorful clouds spotted Monday from Pajarito Acres. Photo by Jaret McDonald

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Labor Day

on August 29, 2017 - 10:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The SFNF expects a large number of visitors for the final holiday weekend of the summer season. If you plan to visit the forest, please follow “Leave No Trace” principles:
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors.   

Final Summer Drawing Class Of 2017 With Local Artist Lisa Coddington Sept. 7

on August 28, 2017 - 8:44am
Hummingbird and Wild Four O'clocks by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington is returning to teach a one-day workshop on drawing using botanical and natural subjects at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is great for all skill levels. The workshop runs 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Register to learn techniques for creating realistic, still life and nature-inspired art.
Participants will explore pencil techniques that portray plants and animals.

Discover Nature Above, Below And On The Ground; Sept. 17 Nature Walk On SFNF

on August 28, 2017 - 8:13am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Find out more about the butterflies and birds, wildflowers, rocks and geology on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) on a nature walk with Forest Service staff and volunteer experts Sunday, Sept. 17. 
The Sept. 17 event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Group Campground in Pecos Canyon, is part of the SFNF’s conservation education program to help people of all ages better understand their connection to nature and encourage responsible recreation and stewardship of public lands. 
Tying in to the National Forest Foundation’s “It’s All Yours”

Daily Postcard: Fawns Frequent Pajarito Acres Home

on August 28, 2017 - 6:35am
Daily Postcard: Two fawns spotted earlier this month frequenting a residence in Pajarito Acres are most recently seen eating some of the bushes at the home in White Rock. Photo by Robert Reedy
Daily Postcard: A doe is spotted nursing one of her fawns at the residence in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Robert Reedy

Hummingbirds Flock To Sweet Water Dispenser

on August 27, 2017 - 8:11am

Hummingbirds are spotted flocking around a sweet water dispenser Saturday at a home on Trinity Drive. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Hummingbirds drink from a sweet water dispenser Saturday at a home on Trinity Drive. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Hummingbirds drink from a sweet water dispenser Saturday at a home on Trinity Drive. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Hummingbirds drink from a sweet water dispenser Saturday at a home on Trinity Drive. Photo by Jennifer Bartram