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Heinrich: Opening Up Arctic Ocean To Drilling Poses Serious Risks

on April 29, 2017 - 8:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Trump’s executive orders removing protections and moving to reopen risky offshore drilling, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to introduce the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act, a major piece of legislation to permanently protect the Arctic from offshore drilling.

The legislation would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic Ocean planning

Canceled: Clean Up Los Alamos Day!

on April 29, 2017 - 8:26am

 

COUNTY News:
 
Due to inclement weather, today's Clean Up Los Alamos trash pick up event and luncheon will be postponed until Saturday, May 13. 
 
The Eco Station is open and will accept residential trash material for FREE today as part of Clean Up Los Alamos Day.
 

Daily Postcard: Second Snow Day Hits Los Alamos

on April 29, 2017 - 8:19am

Daily Postcard: A second day of snow falls on Los Alamos and White Rock smothering annual springtime events such as Clean Up Los Alamos Day and the Dog Jog at Rover Park in White Rock as well as the Rotary Club's yearly garden clean up at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier Seeks Summer Youth Work Crew Applicants

on April 28, 2017 - 6:28pm
Bandelier Preservation Corps crew with National Park Service preservationists. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
For several summers, crews of young people have done valuable service for Bandelier National Monument, working on trails, archeological sites, and other projects. 
 
The Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps are organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and supervised by park staff. Both crews are now seeking applicants for this summer.
 
Bandelier Conservation Corps members will work on trails and other park improvements, performing

Star Workshop And Phantoms At Planetarium

on April 28, 2017 - 6:18pm
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center is ending the month with a star workshop at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28 and an exciting astronomy film Phantom of the Universe at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30.
 
The Friday star workshop is a family-friendly two-hour program that starts by charting the major constellations in the planetarium. Then, weather permitting, participants will practice identifying objects and constellations outside the nature center. Educator Jon Lorenz will weave Greek and Southwest Native American star legends of the visible constellations in view.

Scenes From Pajarito Green House Grand Opening

on April 28, 2017 - 6:13pm

Owner Dave Fox at the opening Wednesday morning of his newly remodeled and well stocked Pajarito Greenhouse at 238 Rio Bravo Dr. Photo by Carl Newton

Where Green thumbers can plan with the pros. Photo by Carl Newton

Vegetable plants with space for future deliveries. Photo by Carl Newton

The floral version of 6-packs. Photo by Carl Newton

Something for every garden. Photo by Carl Newton

Pretty pansies. Photo by Carl Newton

Layout of remodeled greenhouse. Photo by Carl Newton

Flats and hanging baskets. Photo by Carl Newton

Controlled climate for tomato plants. Photo by Carl Newton

Winter Returns To Los Alamos ... For A Few Hours!

on April 28, 2017 - 5:00pm

This morning Los Alamos got a surprise snowstorm as shown here on Central Avenue. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Cars get a thick coating of snow during this morning's snowstorm. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The eagle sculpture at the entrance to Cental Park Square is dusted with with snow. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A wintery scene this morning in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

An unusual snow scene in late April is spotted this morning outside the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Central Avenue

Forest Service Plea To Visitors: Put Out Your Campfire

on April 28, 2017 - 11:09am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For the second weekend in a row, irresponsible campers left multiple unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). 
 
Luckily, 11 still-burning campfires were discovered and extinguished before they could spark or spread.
 
But with the fire danger level on the SFNF at HIGH and most of northern and central New Mexico under a fire weather watch, it takes very little for a campfire to become a human-caused wildfire, putting lives and property at unnecessary risk. 
 
Current conditions include temperatures

New Mexicans March For Climate, Jobs And Justice

on April 28, 2017 - 10:54am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
New Mexicans are invited to take to the streets Saturday, April 29, to call for a strong government response to the global climate crisis.
 
People’s Climate Marches are planned in the state’s largest three cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. New Mexicans will join more than 100,000 people nationwide in more than 300 cities, representing a growing popular movement for climate justice.
 
From the disruption of ecosystems, a loss of biodiversity, an increase in extreme weather, rising seas, and the spread of new diseases, to resource scarcity that exacerbates

PEEC: Explore A Different Way Of Living

on April 28, 2017 - 10:09am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing a discussion course to Los Alamos developed by the Northwest Earth Institute. 
 
A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World is a six-week discussion course that explores ways to live more deliberately and sustainably. This course meets at the Los Alamos Nature Center 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 4-June 8. This free course is open to the public. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.
 
In our fast-paced, complex world, more and more people are wondering how to slow down, be

More Snow Falls In Los Alamos And White Rock

on April 28, 2017 - 9:36am

Snow is coming down this morning around Los Alamos including the Woodland Avenue area. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Snow is covering a woodpile and bench this morning at a home on Woodland Avenue. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Snow continues to fall this morning in White Rock including the Aster Street area. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexicans Invited To Watch Archaeologists Hand Excavate Kuaua Pueblo Site

on April 28, 2017 - 9:25am
Excavations of Kuaua Ruins at Coronado Historic Site. Courtesy/NM Historic Sites, Department of Cultural Affairs
Painted kiva at Coronado Historic Site. Photo by John Cutler. Courtesy/NM Historic Sites, Department of Cultural Affairs

 

STATE News:

  • Dig Expected to Produce Thousands of Artifacts Dating to the 1500s

Bernalillo – New Mexicans have a rare opportunity to watch archaeologists on a live dig at the Coronado Historic Site off U.S. 550 in Bernalillo. The Dig Kuaua!

Tales Of Our Times: New Mexico Was Steered By Geologic History And Climate

on April 28, 2017 - 7:39am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

NM Was Steered by Geologic History and Climate

Once upon a time, shallow seas covered large areas of what has become New Mexico. The ancient seas deposited huge reserves of coal, oil and gas that have been useful to the state’s economy. As the climate dried, an assortment of settlers was drawn to the region. With dry air also came rare vistas and long-range visibility.

Early ones on the scene were Native Americans, who in time were called Indians. In time, others who came would be called ranchers.

Daily Postcard: Hollyhocks Bloom In Los Alamos

on April 28, 2017 - 7:34am

Daily Postcard: Hollyhocks are in bloom around in Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

White Rock Demonstration Garden Officially Opens!

on April 27, 2017 - 4:08pm

The Los Alamos County Green Team snips the ribbon Wednesday morning to officially open the demonstration garden in White Rock. From left, Alex Archuleta, Jason Wardlow Herrera, Robert Martinez, Bryan Aragon, Jonathan Henley, Ben Gonzales, Dan Erickson, Jeff Humpton, Matthew Allen, Lee Cole, Angelica Gurule and Kirsten Bell. Photo by Vint Miller/LAC

The demonstration garden officially opened Wednesday in White Rock. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Last summer, the Los Alamos County Green Team was commissioned to create a waterwise

Improvements At Bandelier Include 55 Parking Spaces

on April 27, 2017 - 11:02am
Part of the new Cottonwood Parking Area at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Bandelier has 55 new parking places close to the Visitor’s Center in the heart of the park. The new spaces are on a narrow, paved road across Frijoles Creek from the existing parking lot and a newly-constructed bridge joins the two areas. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Locals and return visitors alike will be surprised to see the many recent

Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input On Fire Management Plan

on April 27, 2017 - 8:13am
Prescription fire underway in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BNM News:
 
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. 
 
The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan.

Daily Postcard: Sunday Sunrise Over Pajarito Acres

on April 27, 2017 - 8:02am

Daily Postcard: Sunday sunrise spotted from La Senda Road in Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo by Jaret McDonald

$15 Million In Improvements Across Five Mountains!

on April 26, 2017 - 4:24pm
SKI News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation. 
 
James Coleman, managing partner of  Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado;  Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hesperus Ski Area, west of Durango; and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures,

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Jemez Cave

on April 26, 2017 - 4:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) this week issued a closure order prohibiting the public from entering Jemez Cave and closing public access to user-created trails that lead to the cave as well as the area immediately surrounding it. This closure order, which replaces one initially issued in 2012, is effective until May 1, 2019, unless it is rescinded earlier.

Jemez Cave is located on the Jemez Ranger District in the Soda Dam Geologic Special Interest Area adjacent to N.M.

LANL: Managing Disease Spread Through Accessible Modeling

on April 26, 2017 - 7:23am

The research draws on Los Alamos’ expertise in computational modeling and health sciences and contributes to the Laboratory’s national security mission by protecting against biological threats. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lower computing requirements and streamlined data analysis support public-health decision making

A new computer modeling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision making.

“In a

Daily Postcard: Large Moth Spotted On Barranca Mesa

on April 26, 2017 - 7:13am

Daily Postcard: A large moth is spotted outside the front door of a Barranca Mesa home on a brick wall that for some reason attracts moths. Its body is about 1.5 inches long. It appears to be in the silkmoth (Hyalophora) family. Photo by Ken Hanson

BLM Seeks Comments On Analysis Of Southeastern New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Parcels For September Sale

on April 25, 2017 - 2:54pm
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking input on the analysis of 60 parcels in southeastern New Mexico for the September 2017 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The parcels are located in Eddy, Chaves, Quay, Curry, Lea, and Roosevelt counties.
 
The draft environmental assessment (EA) analyzes a range of alternatives for the sale and is available for review online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and- minerals/oil-and- gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico. Comments will be accepted through May 12, 2017.
 
Public comments are an important

Coyote Ranger District Prescribed Burns Postponed

on April 25, 2017 - 2:52pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have postponed the previously announced Mesa Poleo and Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) prescribed burns that were tentatively scheduled for this week due to forecasted weather, including high winds and precipitation.
 
Fire managers closely monitor conditions before, during and after prescribed burns. If conditions change and are no longer optimal for prescribed burning, plans are cancelled or postponed.

Sixty Plein Air Artists Draw Beauty Of Jemez Springs

on April 25, 2017 - 6:59am
Maryann McGraw paints a Valles Caldera plein air. Courtesy photo
 
ART News:

Sixty artists will be plein air painting April 28–May 4 throughout the Jemez Valley.

Those works will then be exhibited at Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery commencing with an artists reception 1-3 p.m., May 6. Paintings from the “Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) Spring Paint-Out and Show” will be exhibited at the gallery through May 24 and will be available for sale.

The art of plein air painting is making a comeback and the village of Jemez Springs is excited to host the event.

“Jemez Springs provides

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