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Bandelier Hosts Artists For Fire Science & Art Collaborative

on April 18, 2017 - 8:21am

East Jemez Landscape Futures project Artists in Residence Shawn Skabelund and Kathleen Brennan. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument will host artists Kathleen Brennan from Taos and Shawn Skabelund from Flagstaff, Ariz., through April 19.

Brennan and Skabelund are artists in residence as part of the East Jemez Landscape Futures project (EJLF), which aims to address conservation challenges posed by recent severe droughts, fires, and floods that affected many local communities in the eastern Jemez Mountains.

The goal of the EJLF project is for land managers, local

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 17, 2017 - 4:29pm
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects that may begin should conditions allow over the next two months of April and May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve.

SFNF: Abandoned Campfires Raise Fire Danger

on April 17, 2017 - 12:32pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A rash of unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest over Easter weekend put visitors, fire crews and the forest at unnecessary risk.

Fortunately, none of the six to seven identified campfires at the Redondo Campground and along Forest Road 376 sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. But as the New Mexico fire season nears, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Visitors to national forests are asked to follow campfire safety procedures

Daily Postcard: Turtle Sunbathes At Ashley Pond

on April 17, 2017 - 6:31am
Daily Postcard: A turtle living in Ashley Pond is spotted sunning itself on the rocks. Photo by Ken Hanson

Bandelier's First Astronomy Program Of Season April 22

on April 16, 2017 - 9:33am
Bandelier National Monument's first astronomy program of the season is 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. The community is invited to join them for a Ranger talk, followed by viewing the universe through giant telescopes! Courtesy/National Park Service

Court Grants EPA Delay In Smog Standards Battle

on April 16, 2017 - 8:01am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A federal court granted a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to delay court proceedings over the more protective 2015 smog standards.
 
The agency had requested the delay to give it additional time to review those standards. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the EPA’s request in a summary order.
 
Attorneys for public health and environmental organizations think the delay is likely an indication that the federal government will seek to stop defending or weaken implementation of the smog standards.
 

WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

on April 16, 2017 - 7:24am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
 
The shipment from Idaho is an important milestone for WIPP and for DOE host communities that have had to store TRU waste since WIPP suspended operations in February 2014 when a truck fire and unrelated radiological event temporarily closed the facility.
 
“To see shipments arriving again at WIPP is celebrated not only by the WIPP workforce and the Carlsbad community but also by our DOE host communities that support the

Los Alamos Nature Center Open Today

on April 16, 2017 - 7:18am

Pasqueflowers, also known as Easter flowers, are one of the signs of spring that can be found on local trails this time of year. Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center to find a trail and learn more about local flora and fauna. Photo by Terry Foxx

PEEC News:

This weekend is a great time to enjoy nature and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center is open on Easter 1-4 p.m. today, Easter Sunday and the community is invited to stop by to look for signs of spring.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open on holidays except: Thursday holidays, July 4th, Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1.

Daily Postcard: Cedar Waxwings Crowd Local Birdbath

on April 16, 2017 - 6:55am
Daily Postcard: A small flock of cedar waxwings are spotted Thursday morning crowded around a birdbath at a Los Alamos home. Photo by Ken Hanson

Woodpecker Hammers Dead Tree At Bandelier

on April 15, 2017 - 10:30am

A woodpecker spotted at Bandelier National Monument … ‘In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.’ –Robert Lynd. Courtesy/National Park Service

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument Closed April 16-17

on April 15, 2017 - 6:05am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management is announcing that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near White Rock is closing Easter Sunday, April 16 and Monday, April 17.
 
These closures will allow members of the Cochiti Pueblo exclusive access to the monument for traditional cultural and religious activities. The Monument will reopen to the public Tuesday, April 18 during its regular hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the entrance gate closing at 6 p.m.
 
For more information, contact Rio Puerco Field Office Manager John Brenna at 505.761.8700.

Daily Postcard: Tulips Brighten Local Parking Lot

on April 15, 2017 - 5:55am

Daily Postcard: Colorful tulips brighten the parking lot Friday near the Verizon store in Smith's Marketplace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Find PEEC’s Special Earth Day Section In Thursday’s Los Alamos Daily Post Print Edition And Online

on April 14, 2017 - 1:35pm

Staff Report

Earth Day is April 22 and PEEC has an exciting celebration planned. Read about it in the special section in this week's Los Alamos Daily Post.

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Click here to read the special Earth Day Section and learn about all of the PEEC Earth Day Celebration events!

Los Alamos Tours Friedman Recycling Center

on April 14, 2017 - 7:34am

Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule models some paraphernalia that ended up at the Friedman Recycling Company in Albuquerque. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Regional Manager Robert Taylor speaks to visitors from Los Alamos who toured the Friedman Recycling Company Friday in Albuquerque. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

One of the first things you will see at the Friedman Recycling Company in Albuquerque is a giant hill of trash. It is a massive mosaic of every discarded item imaginable.

Pajarito Greenhouse Bursts With Blooms April 26

on April 14, 2017 - 7:11am

Dave Fox prepares to open his Pajarito Greenhouse April 26. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When Pajarito Greenhouse owner Dave Fox enters the room, the conversation immediately turns to plants. “When are you going to open that greenhouse?,” a woman asks. “Do you have any pansies?” He advises another woman to spray corn gluten on goatheads or puncture vines to suffocate the seeds so that they can’t germinate.

The answer to the most frequently asked question once Spring arrives in the area is that Pajarito Greenhouse in White Rock will open

Daily Postcard: Blue Dot Trail

on April 14, 2017 - 6:53am

Daily Postcard: Scene from a recent hike along the Blue Dot Trail in White Rock. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Completed

on April 13, 2017 - 10:16pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire crews completed the 340-acre prescribed fire Tuesday afternoon in the Santa Fe Watershed.
 
Transport winds from the south are expected to continue into the evening, pushing the smoke north of Santa Fe. Moisture, including higher humidity and the possibility of scattered showers, is moving into the area and is expected to further mitigate the smoke with minimal impact on the Santa Fe metro area.
 
The prescribed burn in the Watershed was designed to protect the City of Santa Fe and its water supply by mitigating the risk of high-intensity wildfire in the

Daily Postcard: Black-Chinned Hummingbird

on April 13, 2017 - 7:21am

Spring is here and hummingbirds are beginning to appear around town like this Black-chinned Hummingbird spotted Sunday at a home on Barranca Mesa. Its velvety black chin is bordered by a thin strip of iridescent purple only visible when light hits it just right. Black-chinned Hummingbirds are exceptionally widespread, found from mountain forests to deserts. Many winter along the Gulf Coast. These tiny birds often perch at the very top of a bare tree branch. They have a low-pitched humming sound produced by their wings. Source: allaboutbirds.org. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

NASA's MAVEN Mission Reveals Mars Has Metal In Its Atmosphere

on April 12, 2017 - 6:13pm
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. 
 
The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of Mars.
 
"MAVEN has made the first direct detection of the permanent presence of metal ions in the ionosphere of a planet other than Earth," said Joseph Grebowsky of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and lead author of a new study detailing MAVEN’s results.
 
"Because metallic

Los Alamos Nature Center Features Weekend Films

on April 12, 2017 - 7:11am
 
PEEC News:
 
Dr. Galen Gisler will reveal the stories behind star colors at 7 p.m., Friday, April 14, in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sea Monsters, a film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life, will play in planetarium. The film follows fossil hunters to remote locations as the hunters excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m.

Heinrich Seeks Permanent Reauthorization Of Land And Water Conservation Fund

on April 12, 2017 - 5:45am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. 
 
“The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of our most treasured

Daily Postcard: Through Tragedy, Life Remains

on April 12, 2017 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: Through Tragedy, Life Remains. Photo by Alex Masucci

Local Young Adult Patrollers Ski Silverton Mountain

on April 11, 2017 - 5:02pm
Members of the Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Ski Patrol and advisors show their exuberance over the weekend on the streets of Silverton, Colo., from left, Ethan Aulwes, Kai Coblentz, Steve Maez, Elyse Phillips, Eric Schaller and Justin Holmes. Photo by David Phillips
 

 

View of the front side of Silverton Mountain from the lift. Some members of the Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Ski Patrol hiked all the way to the Billboard, the microwave reflector barely visible in the clouds. Photo by Eric Schaller

 
Young Adult Patrollers Elyse Phillips and Ethan Aulwes hike out of the bottom of

SFNF: Spring Prescribed Burns Planned

on April 11, 2017 - 8:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct prescribed burns during a window that opens April 17 and ends May 21.

That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.

Primary targets are a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa and 400 acres on the West Mesa treatment area a half mile north of Virgin Mesa off Forest Road 607.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Daily Postcard: Great Horned Owls

on April 11, 2017 - 7:09am
Daily Postcard: On a road trip from Los Alamos to southern Colorado last week this female owl was spotted perched in a tree. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
Daily Postcard: On a road trip from Los Alamos to southern Colorado this male owl was spotted last week perched in a tree. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

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