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Daily Postcard: Irises In Bloom At Ashley Pond Park

on June 28, 2017 - 6:18am
Daily Postcard: Irises are blooming at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Weekly Fishing Report: June 27

on June 27, 2017 - 8:52pm
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The State Game and Fish Department has been liberally stocking lakes and streams in Northern New Mexico with good-sized rainbow trout averaging over 16 inches in size. Anglers looking to catch a big, hatchery-raised rainbows should have a great time this summer.

The news this week is the opening date for fishing the Shuree Ponds on the Valle Vidal. The opening date for fishing these ponds is Saturday (July 1). Fishing at Shuree is limited to artificial flies and lures with a single, barbless hook.

Pearce Voices Priorities Of New Mexico Resources

on June 27, 2017 - 11:51am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. voiced New Mexico land and resource priorities Monday at the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
“New Mexico is rich with natural wonders and abundant resources. From natural resource production, to the management and maintenance of federal lands, New Mexican’s are greatly affected by decisions that come out of the Department of the Interior.

Ranch School Evening At Fuller Lodge July 13

on June 27, 2017 - 8:24am
Historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamsos. Courtesy photo


A nostalgic rendition of childhood summers, but with cocktails, and no curfew. Join this fast-growing trend, enjoy an old fashioned Ranch School evening at Fuller Lodge during ScienceFest 2017.

Each $50 ticket includes dinner and a complimentary drink (cash bar). The night features music, guitar and campfire songs, a rootbeer float station, gourmet s’mores (toasted on the campfire - weather permitting), and lawn games. Adults only.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be a silent and live auction of props from WGN’s

Scenes From Y Summer Camp And iCARE Camp

on June 27, 2017 - 5:57am

Y Camp kids creating their Superhero identities. Courtesy photo

Y Camp’s laser maze. Could you make it out? Courtesy photo

Y News:

Y Summer Camp at the Los Alamos Family YMCA runs through July 28 and includes sports, wellness activities, eco-activities, science, group games, dramatic arts, arts and crafts, service projects, guest speakers, swimming, free play, field trips and much more.

Y Camp (Grades K-6th) Y Camp reinforces learning all summer long with fun, interactive reading, science and arts projects.

Kids get the opportunity to explore a specialized theme each week during the

Exploding Universe Talk And Film At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on June 26, 2017 - 4:11pm
PEEC News:
Ever wonder what types of cosmic events shaped the Universe? Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the importance of novae and supernovae Friday, June 30, after a presentation of the film Exploding Universe. This special show is at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
Exploding Universe, a film that uncovers the cosmic events that shaped the Universe, will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2 in the planetarium. The film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it.
The Los

Los Alamos County Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

on June 26, 2017 - 3:50pm

LAFD News:

By order of the Los Alamos Fire Department and effective immediately, Los Alamos County is under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

These restrictions are slightly less restrictive than Stage 2, which went into effect last week due to extreme fire danger. Weekend rainfall has helped ease the wildfire threat; however, LAFD will continue to monitor fire weather conditions and adjust as needed. Restrictions may increase or decrease, depending upon weather conditions developing over the next week.

Under Stage 1, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building,

Yellowstone Grizzly Bears: Conservation Success, Uncertain Future

on June 26, 2017 - 9:04am
ESC News:
Derek Goldman, Northern Rockies representative for the Endangered Species Coalition released the following statement regarding the Yellowstone grizzly bear:
“Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, the Yellowstone grizzly bear has made a remarkable comeback from near extinction, and we want to see this conservation success story endure for future generations. However, we are concerned that the 2016 draft rule and management plans failed to set enforceable conservation standards throughout the Yellowstone grizzly bears’ range.
“We don’t want to see grizzly bear expansion

Scientists Solve Mystery Of Unexplained 'Bright Nights'

on June 26, 2017 - 7:12am
The different layers of Earth’s airglow can be seen from the International Space Station as it orbits Earth. The very thin green layer above the bottom of the window occurs 95 kilometers (59 miles) above Earth’s surface; the red region above is a different type of airglow. The rectangle represents the portion of the airglow measured in a single WINDII image. Courtesy/American Geophysical Union
AGU News:

Large Hail Stones Shower Down On Los Alamos

on June 25, 2017 - 4:48pm

Large hail stones shower down this afternoon thoughout Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

NWS: Numerous Severe Storms Through Tonight

on June 25, 2017 - 3:50pm
Storm clouds form this afternoon over downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Hail pummels downtown Los Alamos this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

National Weather Service News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports scattered to numerous severe thunderstorms throughout most of central and eastern New Mexico and the entire !-25 corridor from Socorro to Albuquerque to Raton as well as the I-40 corridor in eastern New Mexico.


Timing – Continental Divide to Rio Grande Valley (RGV): Early afternoon through early evening with the most

AGU: Extraordinary Storms Cause Massive Antarctic Sea Ice Loss In 2016

on June 25, 2017 - 6:39am
American Geophysical Union
A series of unprecedented storms over the Southern Ocean likely caused the most dramatic decline in Antarctic sea ice seen to date, a new study finds.
Antarctic sea ice – frozen ocean water that rings the southernmost continent – has grown over the past few decades but declined sharply in late 2016. By March of 2017 – the end of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer – Antarctic sea ice had reached its lowest area since records began in 1978.
In a new study, scientists puzzled by the sudden ice loss matched satellite images of Antarctica with

Udall Statement On One-Year Anniversary Of Landmark Chemical Safety Reform

on June 25, 2017 - 6:36am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Thursday on the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law Udall’s landmark bipartisan legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul the nation’s broken chemical safety program:
“A year ago, Republicans and Democrats came together with President Obama to sign into law the most sweeping environmental legislation in over 20 years, the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Daily Postcard: Flowers Flourish In Pajarito Acres

on June 25, 2017 - 6:19am

Daily Postcard: Flowers are flourishing in gardens around Pajarito Acres such as this one on La Senda Road. Photo by Jaret McDonald

NNSA On Improper Shipment Sent From LANL

on June 24, 2017 - 5:04pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been informed by Los Alamos National Laboratory that proper procedures were not followed in shipping small quantities of special nuclear material to both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Savannah River National Laboratory last week.

The shipments should have been made using commercial ground cargo services, and were packaged and containerized for this mode of transportation.

Final Cajete Fire Update

on June 24, 2017 - 12:25pm

Aftermath of the Cajete Fire in the Jemez. Photo by David Ponton/

SFNF News:

This will be the final update issued on the Cajete Fire winding down in the Jemez.

Under the leadership of Type 3 Incident Commander Matt Armantrout, firefighters today are mopping-up hot spots, gridding for residual heat and addressing fire suppression repair needs, including removing hazardous trees along N.M. 4.

Crews and overhead personnel are being demobilized and re-assigned to other incidents.

Crowd Gathers For Georgetown Theologian, Professor John Haught Lecture At Fuller Lodge

on June 24, 2017 - 6:17am

A crowd turned out Thursday at Fuller Lodge to hear Professor John Haught lecture on ‘Science, Religion, And Cosmic Purpose’. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum News:

A crowd gathered at Fuller Lodge Thursday evening to hear Georgetown Theologian, Professor John Haught, lecture on “Science, Religion, and Cosmic Purpose”.

Professor Haught addressed the question of whether the universe may reasonably be said to have a purpose. Professor Haught said that evolution has shown us that there is a cosmic drama or story and it is still unfolding.

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Energy Secretary To Maintain LANL’s Plutonium Mission

on June 23, 2017 - 9:52am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Thursday on the U.S. Department of Energy’s budget and priorities, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Secretary Rick Perry to maintain Los Alamos National Lab’s (LANL) plutonium mission into the future.

Sen. Heinrich also emphasized that safety must be the number one priority to ensure LANL’s central role in the nation’s stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security.

VIDEO: Heinrich Secures Commitment From Secretary

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Over Los Alamos

on June 23, 2017 - 8:05am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise today over Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Introduces Bill To Increase Access To Federal Lands

on June 23, 2017 - 7:47am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce introduced a bill Tuesday to increase access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting.
The Make Public Lands Public Act will amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund to increase public access to federal lands by maintaining and restoring existing roads, trails, and rights of way.
“In New Mexico and across the west, private, state, and federal lands are intermingled, resulting in a checkerboard issue that diminishes access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and

PEEC: Summer Family Evening Offers Hands-on Fun

on June 23, 2017 - 7:46am
Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center June 28 for an evening of hands-on experiments courtesy of Explora Museum. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Investigate nature through hands-on activities at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. The Explora Museum of Albuquerque will share a variety of nature experiments that teach conservation principles. This event is part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.

 This Summer Family Evening is a great way to delve hands-first into nature with the Explora Museum.

The Curious Case Of The Warped Kuiper Belt

on June 23, 2017 - 7:36am
A yet-to-be-discovered, unseen ‘planetary mass object’ makes its existence known by ruffling the orbital plane of distant Kuiper Belt objects, according to research by Kat Volk and Renu Malhotra of the UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. The object is pictured on a wide orbit far beyond Pluto in this artist's illustration. Courtesy/Heather Roper/LPL
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — An unknown, unseen “planetary mass object” may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research on the orbits of minor planets to be published in the Astronomical Journal.
This object

Three Mountaineers’ Stories: Staycation Ideas June 27

on June 23, 2017 - 7:17am
One of the magnificent views from San Juan Basin. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Everyone looking for ways to make summer exciting and accessible is invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, June 27, to hear a trio of talks about staycation ideas.
The presentation begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Members of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will share three of their favorite local expeditions. To start, Sue Barns guidesthe audience through the San Juan Basin.

Cajete Fire Investigation Targets Abandoned Campfire Violator And Unauthorized Drone Operator

on June 22, 2017 - 4:53pm
Trees ravaged in the Cajete Fire caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton,
Cajete Fire devastation caused by an abandoned campfire June 15 in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton,
Los Alamos Daily Post

When some 40 residents of Jemez Mountain communities attended their final meeting with Cajete Fire officials Tuesday night in La Cueva, they expressed relief and gratitude for the containment of the fire without loss of human life, animals or damage to homes.

County's Revised Stage II Fire Restrictions

on June 22, 2017 - 4:52pm


By order of the Los Alamos Fire Department effective immediately, Los Alamos County is under Stage II Fire Restrictions per the County Fire Prevention Code, Title 22. The Kiwanis Fireworks Show for the 4th of July is still scheduled.

The following acts are prohibited under Stage II Restrictions until further notice:

  • Building or maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, or stove fire on public or private land. Propane grills can be used.
  • Smoking.  Smoking is allowed in vehicles, homes, and on paved/cleared surfaces only.
  • Using fireworks, explosives or other