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Dave Fox To Present NM 126 Paving Petition Tuesday

on August 27, 2017 - 7:47am

An unpaved stretch of N.M. 126, which runs from La Cueva to Cuba. Courtesy photo



Los Alamos Daily Post


CB FOX owner Dave Fox explains that his involvement in the local tourism industry began with a t-shirt. He said in 1959, then Laboratory Director Norris Bradbury scribbled a picture of an atomic bomb on a napkin at Sparky’s restaurant. That image was put on a t-shirt that the department store sold to tourists.


Fast forward to 2014. Fox said road work on Central Avenue was finally completed and a re-opening celebration was held.

Bear Spotted Swimming In Reservoir Saturday

on August 27, 2017 - 7:31am
A large adult brown bear was spotted about 2 p.m. Saturday swimming and walking up the bank under the rope swing at the reservoir (barely visible at far end toward the right). ‘Not a great photo of him, but people should be aware that at least one bear is active there.’ Photo by Lynn Strauss

Daily Postcard: Deer Spotted Munching Geraniums

on August 27, 2017 - 7:12am

Daily Postcard: Deer spotted eating geraniums Saturday in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Pamala Pritchard

Daily Postcard: Deer spotted sipping water from a bird bath Saturday in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Pamala Pritchard

EPFL: Urban Butterflies Under Threat Of Extinction

on August 26, 2017 - 9:11am

Small white butterfly (Pieris rapae). Photo/©Magali Deschamps-Cottin



According to an École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) study, butterflies living in urban areas face the threat of consanguinity and potential extinction. The research drew on the fields of genetics and urban development to quantify the trend across an entire city.

“Our research illustrates what is probably a widespread phenomenon: a drastic reduction in biodiversity in urban areas.

Daily Postcard: View Leaving Los Alamos Friday

on August 26, 2017 - 7:53am

Daily Postcard: Pink clouds color the sky to the east spotted Friday when leaving Los Alamos. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million For Restoration Projects In Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln National Forests

on August 25, 2017 - 9:40am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests.
The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S.

Sierra Club Talk On Partnership Parks In 21st Century

on August 25, 2017 - 9:29am


The Sierra Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The speaker is Charles Strickfaden who will present a talk on “Partnership Parks in the 21st Century—Building a National Park from Nothing” ... The Manhattan Project National Historical Park (with a perspective by Valles Caldera National Preserve staff).

Visitors take for granted the seamless relationships of Los Alamos museums and NPS staff and volunteers for the new operation, what led up to this and what is behind making all this look so easy in setting up a new park unit?


Tales Of Our Times: Foes Find There Is No Free Lunch

on August 25, 2017 - 7:50am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Foes Find There Is No Free Lunch

Should we worry about the national debt? Should we cut down a mountainside full of trees to meet current needs? The questions together are a curious pair.
Or more to the point, how curious is it never to hear the questions asked together? They are but two forms of the same question: How do we husband assets so as to maintain capabilities for those who come later? The puzzle is posed.

Bandelier Waives Entrance Fee On Founders Day

on August 25, 2017 - 7:43am
Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized Feb. 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day. 

“After an eventful first century, the agency now cares for 417 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural and natural areas in the country,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

Daily Postcard: Storm Clouds Over North Mesa

on August 25, 2017 - 6:46am

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds paint a dramatic picture in the sky Wednesday above North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds in the sky Wednesday above North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds in the sky Wednesday above North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

DNA Detectives Crack Case On Biothreat Look-alikes

on August 24, 2017 - 4:51pm

Principal investigator Jean Challacombe, left, assisted by Cheryl Gleasner who runs the sequencing machines, and who participated in the sequencing of most, if not all, of the Francisella genomes sequenced at Los Alamos. The device shown is an Illumina NextSeq 500, used in high-throughput sequencing in the laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Distinguishing virulent from harmless bacteria could aid biological surveillance

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are improving the identification of the bacterium that causes tularemia (“rabbit fever”) and considered a “Category A”

AGU: Elevated Zinc And Germanium Levels Bolster Evidence For Life On Mars

on August 24, 2017 - 4:39pm
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows a site with a network of prominent mineral veins below a cap rock ridge on lower Mount Sharp. The APXS instrument on Curiosity discovered unusual material in these veins that has the highest germanium concentrations found in Gale Crater. Courtesy/NASA
AGU News:
New data gathered by the Mars Curiosity rover indicates a potential history of hydrothermal activity on the red planet, broadening the variety of habitable conditions once present there, scientists report in a new study.
Researchers found

DOE Releases Final RFPs For Low-Level Waste / Mixed Low-Level Waste Disposal Procurement

on August 24, 2017 - 6:16am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) has issued a final Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste (LLW/MLLW) Disposal procurement.
This effort will require contractors to safely dispose of LLW/MLLW; Section 11e.(2) byproduct material; technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring radioactive material (TENORM); and sealed sources.
The government expects to award one or more indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts in response

NMED Confirms Santa Fe County-West Sector Water Is Lifting Precautionary ‘Boil Water Advisory’

on August 24, 2017 - 6:15am

NMED News:
  • 2,690 Customers are no Longer Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming that the precautionary “boil water advisory” for the Santa Fe County West Sector Water System is being lifted.

Santa Fe County West Sector Water System issued the precautionary advisory Tuesday after a 16.0-inch transmission line was ruptured causing water delivery to the affected area to be disrupted. Repairs have been completed, the system was adequately flushed, and water service has been restored to customers.

Daily Postcard: Unusual Colors Fill Evening Sky

on August 24, 2017 - 6:02am

Daily Postcard: Unusual colors fill the Tuesday evening sky over Los Alamos. Photo by Josh Smith

Visit Eight National Parks In NM Fee Free Friday

on August 23, 2017 - 3:03pm

Descend into the cool cave climate at Carlsbad Caverns, the iconic national park known for its cave systems, which are laced with remarkable pinnacles and spires of rock. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

All of New Mexico's 15 parks and monuments that are a part of the National Park Service will be "fee free" Friday in celebration of the NPS's 101st birthday.

Eight of the 15 properties, which include Bandelier National Monument, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Gila Cliff Dwellings National

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Keynotes 2017 Wildlife Corridor And Connectivity Summit

on August 23, 2017 - 2:38pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich speaking Aug. 22 at the 2017 Wildlife Corridor and Connectivity Summit in Taos. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Wildlife Corridor and Connectivity Summit hosted Aug. 22 by the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Colorado Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited.
The summit focused on U.S.

NMED Confirms Precautionary ‘Boil Water Advisory’ For Santa Fe County-West Sector System

on August 23, 2017 - 10:35am
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming a precautionary “boil water advisory” for the Santa Fe County West Sector Water System.
Santa Fe County West Sector Water System issued the precautionary advisory Tuesday after a 16.0-inch transmission line was ruptured causing water delivery to the affected area to be disrupted.
No bacteriological contamination has been detected at this time, however, the line break and outage create potential pathways for contamination.

New Mexico To Receive More Than $1 Million For Native, State Wildlife Conservation Projects

on August 23, 2017 - 8:48am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced $199,754 in funding to New Mexican Native tribes and more than $840,000 to New Mexico state wildlife agencies through the Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) program and the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program.
The funds, which are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, give support for a diverse array of species and habitats across the country.
The Pueblo of Tesuque will receive $199,754 for mule deer management and the habitat enhancement program.
“The work of New Mexican Native

NWTF Supports Tooke As New Forest Service Chief

on August 23, 2017 - 7:41am
NWTF News:
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation strongly supports Secretary Sonny Purdue’s announcement of Tony Tooke as the new chief of the USDA Forest Service.
“Tony is a phenomenal choice for chief of the Forest Service,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “As someone who has dedicated a career to working for our public lands, he understands the importance of the Forest Service and truly values its partners and the role of active forest management.”
Took has worked for the Forest Service since age 18, and is currently the regional forester for the Southern Region.

Nature Center Will Be Open Labor Day Weekend

on August 23, 2017 - 7:37am
This fox has been seen by a variety of visitors and PEEC staff. Check the wildlife viewing area to look for the fox and enjoy the squirrel and chipmunk antics. Photo by Beth Cortright
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature will be open this holiday weekend, including Labor Day.
It is free to stop by the nature center and see the animals, explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits and play areas, and spend time in the Wildlife Observation Area. 
For those who are looking for a fun way to explore the outdoors, the nature center has information about hikes and has the Passport to the

Congressional Delegation Urges Interior Secretary To Honor New Mexicans’ Views, Leave Monuments Alone

on August 23, 2017 - 7:28am
Congressional Delegation News:
ALBUQUERQUE  As the deadline nears for U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to complete his review of national monuments created under the Antiquities Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged him one more time to respect the wishes of thousands of New Mexicans who cherish Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments, and leave them intact.
“The voices of New Mexicans could not be clearer – our national monuments are vitally important to our history

Daily Postcard: Daffodil Brightens Garden

on August 23, 2017 - 6:01am

Daily Postcard: This pastel peach colored daffodil brightens a local garden. Photo by William Mead

PEEC: Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry Adopts Nature Center Gardens

on August 22, 2017 - 4:12pm

Dr. Bill Nichols of Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry in his newly adopted nature center gardens. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry has adopted the three mesa gardens at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This generous gift will help the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) maintain the gardens for a full year. The three mesa gardens include a pollinator garden, a native plant garden, and a water-wise garden. The gardens are in full bloom right now, making it a perfect time to visit the nature center and take in the flowers.

Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry (LACD)

Los Alamos Folks Travel Far Afield For Solar Eclipse

on August 22, 2017 - 10:25am

Los Alamos residence gather for a total eclipse party in Sun Valley, Ida., from left, Larry Maassen, Bill Heinz, Chris Ortega, Bill McArthur, Stan Heinz, Jennifer McArthur, JoAnn Heinz and Helen Ortega. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen

James Gourdoux of Los Alamos traveled to Oregon to view the solar Monday witnessed and experienced the eclipse in the ‘totality’ zone in Madras. Photo by James Gourdoux

In Madras, Ore., Monday when wildfire smoke from 30 miles away blew in, the partially eclipsed sun took on a reddish glow. Photo by James Gourdoux