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Help Sought For Care Of Injured Red-tailed Hawks

on February 16, 2017 - 6:48am

Red-tailed hawks. Courtesy/LEWF

LEWF News:

Cottonwood Rehab is in need of help from the Los Alamos community for the care of four injured red-tailed hawks that arrived at Cottonwood Rehab in the last three weeks.

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay is caring for two of the hawks at her home under intensive care. The other two hawks have graduated to outdoor cages. The cost of rehabbing these raptors is around $15/day for food and medication. With a normal rehab time table of about three months, Cottonwood Rehab needs $1,000 to $1,500 to get these hawks back into the wild.

To help, visit

LANL Hosts Public Meeting At Fuller Lodge March 8

on February 15, 2017 - 4:12pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory will hold a public meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 8 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on a hazardous waste permit modification request to add storage units at Technical Area 55 at the Laboratory.

The proposed permit modification is available for public review weekdays 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Environment Department – Hazardous Waste Bureau, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1, in Santa Fe.

Copies also are available at the Los Alamos Hardcopy Public Reading Room 9

Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In VCNP This Month

on February 15, 2017 - 7:06am
In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel
 
PEEC News:
 
The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter.
 
The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and will be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Ice Melts As Season Draws To Close At Local Rink

on February 14, 2017 - 4:47pm

As the days grow warmer the ice is beginning to melt at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. This happens each year around this time explains Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson. The rink typically closes for the season near the Presidents Day weekend or the week after. 'The user groups work with us very well this time of year. It is always safety first certainly, and sometimes we reschedule activities for later in the day as needed,' Wilson said. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos ice rink. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos ice rink.

History Of Cosmic Distance Measurements And Black Holes At Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on February 14, 2017 - 10:36am
 
PEEC News:
 
How do we know how far away the Sun is, or the stars?
 
Dr. Paul Arendt will discuss answers to this and other questions and explore the history of cosmic distance at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
 
This is the first show in a two-part series exploring the cosmic distance scale and the age of the Universe. The second show in this series is the following Friday, Feb. 24, where Dr. Rick Wallace continue the journey started by Dr. Paul Arendt in a show called Aging the Universe.
 
The film Black Holes will take attendees on a

Environmental Sustainability Board Presents Brush/Bulk Recommendations To Council 6 p.m. Today

on February 14, 2017 - 6:52am

COUNTY News:

The Environmental Sustainability Board is presenting its recommendation for the Brush/Bulk Item quarterly collection program to the Los Alamos County Council at the 6 p.m. Council meeting today in Council Chambers.

The members of the ESB and staff from Los Alamos County Environmental Services spent more than a year collecting data and community input to put this proposal together for the County Council to review.

The intent of this plan is to satisfy the challenges presented to the ESB board, while addressing concerns about the current program and its future.

The meeting is

Daily Postcard: Full Moon Rising Over Sangres

on February 14, 2017 - 5:47am

Daily Postcard: A full moon rises above the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as seen Friday night from Anderson Overlook in Los Alamos. Photo Lynn Wysocki-Smith

Photo Lynn Wysocki-Smith

Photo Lynn Wysocki-Smith

Snowy Scenes From Overnight Storm In Los Alamos

on February 13, 2017 - 4:25pm

Fuller lodge. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Fuller lodge. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

View of Jemez Mountains from Canyon Road. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

View of Los Alamos from Quemazon community. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Ashley Pond. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Nature Center Open Valentine's Day And President's Day

on February 13, 2017 - 10:37am
Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
This month is a great time to fall in love with nature or just rekindle this relationship, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help.
 
The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Valentine's Day, a great day to visit the animals or use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a good Valentine's Day hike.
 
The nature center also will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. President's Day.

Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on February 13, 2017 - 10:11am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for new site stewards. Site stewards work in assigned areas to monitor archaeological and historical sites for evidence of deterioration due to natural causes or vandalism. 

Steward responsibilities include visits to sites on a regular assigned basis (usually once a month, weather and roads permitting), to report damage or significant changes. This is a great way to get outdoors and become more familiar with the forest’s cultural resources. The next formal training is a full-day session Saturday, April 8.

The program hopes to

Morning Snow Scenes From White Rock

on February 13, 2017 - 7:38am

A layer of snow from an overnight storm blankets the area this morning including the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow scene in the Pinon Trails neighborhood this morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow scene in the Pinon Trails neighborhood this morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Camel Rock Has Lost Its Mouth

on February 12, 2017 - 9:20am

Apparently from natural causes, the mouth has dropped off Camel Rock, the popular landmark visible along the interstate north of Santa Fe on U.S. Route 84/285 near Pojoaque. Photo by Kateri Morris
Camel Rock. Photo by Kateri Morris
 

Camel Rock as it used to look with its mouth intact. Courtesy/wikipedia

Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In Valles Caldera

on February 11, 2017 - 8:16am
In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel

PEEC News:

The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes. The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m., Feb. 18 and be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Offers Extended Hours

on February 11, 2017 - 8:07am
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is offering extended hours for winter recreation today. Normal operational hours, currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be extended until 9:30 p.m. with the entrance gate closing at 10 p.m.
 
The Valle Grande Entrance Station and a contact station positioned among historic cabins will be open and available for warming. The Valle Grande Bookstore, managed by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will be renting snowshoes and poles and selling gifts and books.

Bandelier Asking For Public Comments On Project

on February 11, 2017 - 7:56am
Sketch of proposed tri-plex housing unit, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) at Bandelier National Monument is soliciting input on an Environmental Assessment for a project that proposes to construct two tri-plex housing units for temporary employees, and two group campsites for work crews, in the park's Mesa Housing Area. 
 
The tri-plexes would replace four NPS-owned trailers which were set up in 1982 to be used for office space and housing for temporary employees.

Daily Postcard: Lenticular Clouds At Sunset

on February 11, 2017 - 7:05am

Daily Postcard: Lenticular clouds at sunset Thursday above the mountains around Taos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Daily Postcard: Bucks Linger On Lawn In Barranca

on February 10, 2017 - 6:44am

Daily Postcard: A pair of bucks linger on the lawn of a home Wednesday on Barranca. Photo by Anthony Pollington

Republican Lawmakers Meet With NM Environment Secretary Tongate On New Food Handling Regulations

on February 9, 2017 - 9:07pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Republican members of the House and Senate met Wendesday with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Secretary Butch Tongate to discuss the department’s new food handling regulations.
 
Lawmakers expressed concerns about the impact the regulations would have on community groups, businesses and nonprofit organizations in their districts.
 
The new regulations require anyone who handles food at a public function to have a food handler card. The requirement applies to any location where food is served, including movie theaters and community fundraisers.

Amateur Naturalist: A Small Patch Of Yellowstone In New Mexico

on February 9, 2017 - 6:08am
A vertical column of rock in Sulfur Creek canyon. Photo by Bob Dryja
 
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: A small patch of Yellowstone in New Mexico
By Robert Dryja
 
The Valles Caldera is approximately thirteen miles across. It is so large that several volcanic peaks rose up in it after its creation 1.2 million years ago.
 
Hot lava still exists beneath the caldera. This is most evident areas that have warm springs and ponds that are bubbling with hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide gases. The water can be acidic and the smell of rotten eggs fills the nearby air.

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Feb. 14

on February 9, 2017 - 5:59am
Young kids engage in fun activities with Melissa Mackey at the Nature Center where there is something new each month. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The community is invited to enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities 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 and thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.

ESB Presents Recommendation Regarding Brush & Bulk Item Collection Program To County Council Feb. 14

on February 8, 2017 - 9:29am

Example of a bulky brush pile ready for pickup. Courtesy image

COUNTY News:

At the Feb. 14 Los Alamos County Council meeting, the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) will present its findings and recommendation regarding the Brush and Bulk Item Collection Program.

The following recommendations will go before County Council for review and approval:

Final Recommendation:

  • Collect brush only utilizing an “Organic Yard Trimming Roll-Cart,” and offer a paid scheduled collection for bulk items.

Alternative A:

  • Collect brush only on a quarterly basis and offer a paid scheduled collection of

Daily Postcard: North Mesa Sunrise

on February 8, 2017 - 6:34am

Daily Postcard: The sunrise lights the sky Tuesday over North Mesa. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Daily Postcard: Night Falls On The Jemez

on February 6, 2017 - 5:22am

Daily Postcard: The night sky during a camp out Saturday in the Jemez. Photo by Christopher Clark/ladailypost.com

Outfitter/Guide Applications For SFNF Special Use Permits Due Feb. 15

on February 4, 2017 - 5:02am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Commercial guides and outfitters seeking 2017 special use permits to operate on Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) lands must submit proposals by Feb. 15, 2017, for priority processing. 
 
A special use authorization or permit is required when any use or activity on National Forest System lands charges an entry or participation fee and/or where the primary purpose is the sale of a good or service, regardless of whether it produces a profit. 
 
Examples of activities requiring a special use authorization include hunting, hiking, skiing, and other outfitted uses,

Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets Feb. 9

on February 4, 2017 - 5:02am
LAGA News:
 
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meets at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb 9, at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.
 
The presentation will be given by Ron Smith and it is entitled "Understanding Genealogical DNA Test Results and One User's Experience with the Different Tests."

The traditional no-host social dinner will start at 5:30 p.m., that evening at China Moon Restaurant.

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