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Daily Postcard: Big Buck Eats Bird Seed On Sandia

on February 4, 2017 - 3:38am

Daily Postcard: A young buck is spotted eating seeds from a back yard birdfeeder on Sandia Street. Photo by Peggy Goldman

Daily Postcard: February Sunset Over Los Alamos

on February 3, 2017 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: February begins with balmy temperatures and an amazing sunset over Los Alamos as seen Wednesday from the Smith's Marketplace shopping center. Photo by Marc Bailey

BLM And Forest Service Announce 2017 Grazing Fee

on February 2, 2017 - 11:06am
BLM News:
 
The Federal grazing fee for 2017 will be $1.87 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.87 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2016 public land grazing fee was $2.11.
 
An AUM or HM – treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes – is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.

Houston Deploys Jemez Analytics to Ensure Public Safety at Super Bowl LIVE

on February 2, 2017 - 10:46am

SECURITY BUSINESS News:

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Jemez Technology’s Eagle-i Edge® advanced video analytics solution for real-time threat detection and tracking has been deployed as an integral part of the security technology selected by The City of Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security to protect the more than one million fans expected to experience the 10-day Super Bowl LIVE event at the city’s 12-acre Discovery Green Park.

Jemez Technology was founded by former scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, bringing decades of national security experience to its

Heinrich Supports Confirmation Of Ryan Zinke For Interior Secretary, Highlights Success Of National Monuments In New Mexico

on February 2, 2017 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, right, meets Jan. 10 with Interior Secretary Nominee Ryan Zinke. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.   U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted Jan. 31 in support of Secretary of the Interior nominee U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources business meeting.
 
“While we are clearly not going to agree on every issue, I believe its very important to have a Westerner in this role -- particularly one who is committed to keeping public lands in public hands,” Heinrich said.
 
Earlier this month,

Youth Beginning Photography Class For 1st-3rd Graders At Los Alamos Nature Center

on February 2, 2017 - 9:35am
Acorn Woodpeckers frequently visit the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Mrs. Magelssen
 
PEEC News:
 
Retired school teacher Mrs. Magelssen will teach a beginning photography class for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
This beginning photography class will encourage children to discover the basics of composing good photographs through hands-on experience. Camera equipment will be provided. Students will identify pictures that are pleasing to the eye, take pictures of flowers and wildlife at the nature center.
 

Enjoy The Outdoors This Winter At Bandelier

on February 2, 2017 - 9:14am
View from the end of the Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail, January 2017. Courtesy/NPS
 

Trailhead area for Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail and Sawyer Mesa Trail, along State Route 4 near the junction with Forest Road 289. Courtesy/NPS

 

BANDELIER News:
 
This is an ideal time for enjoying winter in and around Bandelier National Monument, with snow at higher elevations and lots of sunny days.
 
Anyone comfortable in winter conditions can readily find a number of opportunities available in the park.

Benson: Unlike Phil, Gus Is A Rodent's Rodent

on February 2, 2017 - 9:03am
By JODY BENSON, Chair
Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club

Thursday, Feb 2, demarcates the point in the calendar halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox. In simpler times, (prior to anthropogenic green-house gases causing climate change with the resulting unpredictability of atmospheric conditions) on this day—Groundhog Day—it would be up to the groundhog to partner with his shadow to determine the weather for the next six weeks.

Here in New Mexico, as many of you already know, we do not have groundhogs. Rather we have gophers.

Story Of Texas (And Now New Mexico) Punxatawney Phil

on February 2, 2017 - 8:21am
Since his arrival in Los Alamos in October, Punxatawney Phil has been spotted all over town. Here he checks out the view on Central Avenue with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy photo
 
Punxatawney Phil sees his shadow this morning so he's predicting another six weeks of winter. Courtesy photo
 
By JULIE HABIGER
Los Alamos
 
My father Lawrence Strouts spends his winters in a retirement community in south Texas, and the idea of celebrating Groundhog Day with residents there came about many, many years ago.

House Committee To Review ‘Bear Bill’ Thursday

on January 31, 2017 - 9:57am

Karen Williams of Los Aamos

STATE News:

House Bill 109, WILD ANIMAL BITE & ATTACK PROCEDURES, is on the agenda for review Thursday by the House State Government, Indian and Veterans' Affairs Committee. This is the bill created by runner Karen Williams of Los Aamos who was attacked by a mother bear protecting her cubs when Williams came too close while running a marathon near the Valles Cadera.

The mama bear was subsequently located and killed so the brain could be tested for rabies.

Daily Postcard: A Winter's Morning In Los Alamos

on January 31, 2017 - 5:40am

Daily Postcard: A winter's morning in Los Alamos. Photo by Donna Reil

County Spring & Summer Field User Meeting Feb. 15

on January 30, 2017 - 10:34am
COUNTY News:
 
The Spring & Summer Field User meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Parks Division Conference Room, 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5.
 
Attendees should bring all schedule requests and a copy of the organization’s Liability of Insurance naming Los Alamos County as additional insured, to the meeting. Mandatory attendance is required. Anyone unable to attend should designate someone to attend in their place.
 
Direct questions to Kim Trujillo at 505.662.8159. Forms can be obtained on the County website at www.lacnm.us.

First GPS Data Release To Boost Space-weather Science

on January 30, 2017 - 9:32am

An image illustrating the six orbital planes in which GPS satellites (‘navigational satellites’ or ns) fly around Earth. This configuration shows the orbits just before the start of this solar cycle’s biggest geomagnetic storm, which occurred March 17, 2015. The darkest orbital lines indicate the position of the satellites in that moment; the lightest lines indicate where they were 12 hours prior. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

Today, more than 16 years of

DOE Releases Draft RFP For Moab UMTRA Technical Assistance Contract (TAC) Procurement

on January 29, 2017 - 8:01am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Technical Assistance Contract (TAC), in Moab, Utah.
 
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) and Time-and-Material task orders, is anticipated.
 
The Final RFP is established as a total U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program set-aside with a five year ordering period.

Daily Postcard: Icy Waters Flow At IHM

on January 29, 2017 - 7:56am

Daily Postcard: Icy waters flow Saturday afternoon in the fountain in front of IHM at 3700 Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Hiking Along Las Conchas Trail

on January 28, 2017 - 7:59am

Daily Postcard: Hiking along the Las Conchas Trail. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Skier Alex Mueller Shares Adventures In Antarctica

on January 26, 2017 - 4:01pm

One of Alex Mueller's shots of the landscape in Antarctica. Mueller shared a number of his photos during Los Alamos Mountaineers' meeting Tuesday night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Alex Mueller 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Alex Mueller was in a meeting at Lawrence Livermore when he got a call; a friend asked if he would like to take the ski trip of a lifetime. So in November 2014, Mueller packed his bags, picked up his skis, flew on a plane to Argentina before boarding an ex-Russian ice breaker vessel to Antarctica.  

Mueller was among 70 travelers who

Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva Visits Los Alamos Jan. 27

on January 26, 2017 - 8:54am

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva

POLITICAL News:

  • Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva Speaks Friday at Fuller Lodge

Washington, D.C. – As House Republicans vow to eliminate federal protection for multiple national monuments across the West, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will head to New Mexico Jan. 25-27 to tour several federally protected sites, meet with key lawmakers, and connect with conservation, sportsmen and business leaders to form a united front in what is expected to be a frontline state in the fight over the future of our public lands.

The trip, Grijalva said, is about

Extreme Space Weather-Induced Electricity Blackouts Could Cost U.S. More Than $40 Billion Daily

on January 26, 2017 - 7:57am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, according to a new study.
 
Previous studies have focused on direct economic costs within the blackout zone, failing to take into account indirect domestic and international supply chain loss from extreme space weather.
 
“On average the direct economic cost incurred from disruption to electricity represents only 49 percent of the total potential macroeconomic

Obama Environmental Legacy Will Benefit People And Places Of New Mexico For Years To Come

on January 26, 2017 - 7:44am
ENVIRONMENT News:
 
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” this proverb may well have guided President Obama over the past eight years as he protected our landscapes and led the world to limit the worst impacts of global warming.
 
From the Climate Action Plan to investing in renewable energy and fuel economy standards and forging the historic Paris Climate Agreement, President Obama’s unprecedented leadership on cutting global warming emissions will ensure a brighter future for our planet and all of us who call it home.
 
With 2016 in the

BLM Announces Selections For Leadership Positions

on January 26, 2017 - 7:36am
Kristin Bail 
 
BLM News:
 
The Bureau of Land Management has announced two key leadership positions:
 
Kristin Bail will serve as the agency’s acting director; and
Jody L. Hudson has been selected as the assistant director for Human Capital Management.
 
Previous BLM Director Neil Kornze stepped down Jan. 20 with the transition to the new administration. Hudson succeeds Carole Carter-Pfisterer who retired from the BLM last month.
 
“Kristin is a thoughtful, effective leader. The BLM family will be in good hands under her leadership,” Kornze said.  
 
In her most recent

Daily Postcard: Back Yard View From Pajarito Acres

on January 26, 2017 - 7:35am

Daily Postcard: The back yard view from a home in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Bob Reedy 

Pajarito Mountain: Stunning, Snowy, Scenic...

on January 25, 2017 - 12:16pm

It's a beautiful bluebird day at Pajarito Mountain after this latest cycle of storms that left the ski area with 47 inches of snow over the past seven days and 8 inches in the past 24 hours. The base depth is 60 inches and the skiing is fantastic! Pajarito is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Ablaze Over Los Alamos

on January 25, 2017 - 9:26am

Daily Postcard: Blazing sunrise viewed Jan. 17 over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Heinrich Secures Agreement From Trump Administration To Not Vacate Management Of Nuclear Stockpile

on January 24, 2017 - 9:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured an agreement from the Trump Administration that it would not vacate the management of the nation's nuclear stockpile.

"I'm pleased the Trump Administration listened to my concerns and agreed to maintaining continuity in the leadership of the NNSA during the transition. The administration came dangerously close to allowing the management of our nation's nuclear stockpile to go on auto-pilot," Heinrich said.

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