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PEEC Organizes Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Tour

on October 13, 2017 - 9:34am
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Sunday, Oct. 22, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center offers a guided tour of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve south of Santa Fe. The tour is free and will be led by Natali Steinberg who has been a docent at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve for thirteen years. 
 
Advance registration is required at www.peecnature.org
 
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden's Leonora Curtin Wetland is a 35-acre preserve that includes a rare natural cienega (marsh in Spanish). It hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife,

NMDOT Is Ready For Winter Weather

on October 13, 2017 - 8:08am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Department of Transportation crews are prepared to clear the roads and highways as the state begins to experience the winter weather season. Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from over a million pass miles.
 
“Our crews across the state are ready to respond to winter weather so we can keep the traveling public safe,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “If you must get behind the wheel during winter weather conditions please take the necessary precautions and give our crews plenty of room to do their job.

Meow Wolf: Freak Or Treat Halloween

on October 13, 2017 - 7:58am
Courtesy image
 
MEOW WOLF News:
 
SANTA FE  Meow Wolf continues the tradition of maximalist Halloween celebration with Freak or Treat: a multi-tentacled series for guests to experience all together or à la carte. 
 
Freak or Treat will have five nights of performances, a first-ever “Trick or Treat” inside the exhibition and three nights of music designed to appeal to your inner dance monster.
 
Live Halloween Performances:
  • 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30
  • Free with the cost of admission
If you liked last year’s House of Halloween you’ll want to return for Freak or Treat.

Daily Postcard: Morning Frost On Hummingbird Feeder

on October 13, 2017 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: A bit of frost Tuesday morning covers a local hummingbird feeder. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Fun, Food And Gifts At PEEC-nic Sunday

on October 12, 2017 - 8:36am
Chick Keller helps a child safely view the sun at last year’s PEEC-nic. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites you to take part in their fall party 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. PEEC’s annual membership meeting, fondly called PEEC-nic, is open to the public, not just members, and it’s free!
 
To celebrate PEEC has special activities planned, including hands-on activities for kids and adults, a chance to meet PEEC’s live animals, delicious desserts, and sun viewing through PEEC’s solar telescope, with the help

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' Issued By Mora Inn And RV Park Water System

on October 12, 2017 - 7:35am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required "boil water advisory" for the Mora Inn and RV Park Water System in Mora County.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System was required to issue the advisory Monday after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is required to notify their water system users of this finding.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is a non-transient non-community public

Conservation Voters New Mexico Statement On Rollback Of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

on October 12, 2017 - 7:10am
NMCV News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a proposed rule to revoke the Clean Power Plan.
 
In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:
 
“It is critical that we take action to address climate change and the Clean Power Plan is a very positive step in the right direction. Administrator Pruitt’s efforts to revoke the Clean Power Plan will harm New Mexicans.
 
“The Clean Power Plan positively impacts clean air for communities across New Mexico.

Daily Postcard: Fall Colors On Pajarito Mountain

on October 12, 2017 - 6:50am

Daily Postcard: Fall Colors on Pajarito Mountain viewed from Pipeline Road. Photo by Mark Schraad

Pearce Supports EPA Decision On Clean Power Plan

on October 11, 2017 - 12:20pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). 
 
“In New Mexico, and across the country, we’ve seen businesses close up shop and coal miners put out of work due to the crippling regulatory costs of this rule.

PCA Expresses Concern With Pajarito Mountain Land Privatization Arrangement In The Works

on October 11, 2017 - 9:41am

PCA News: 

The Pajarito Conservation Alliance, (PCA) a 501(c)4 non-profit community organization focusing on information, advocacy, and volunteer work to protect the ecosystems and outdoor experience of the Pajarito Plateau, is concerned about a new arrangement in the works that would completely privatize Pajarito Mountain, contrary to citizens’ prior understanding. See https://pajarito.org/news/201 7/10/4/pajarito-mountain-land- privatization.

PCA members sent the following letter to the Los Alamos County Council Oct. 2 expressing that concern:

Dear Dr. Izraelevitz and Councilors:

I

Explore New Mexico’s Ancient Past During International Archaeology Day

on October 11, 2017 - 8:28am
Center for New Mexico Archaeology, Photo by Chris Nail
 
MIAC News:
 
Learn about New Mexico’s fascinating 12,000-year cultural heritage through hands-on activities and demonstrations during International Archaeology Day, Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology.
 
Doors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to New Mexicans interested in digging deep into the past.
 
Come throw an atlatl (spear-thrower), shoot bows and arrows, make yucca fiber-string, watch pottery firings, learn about coil basketry, and talk with archaeologists.

Study: 2017’s Greenest Cities In America

on October 11, 2017 - 7:30am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With October being National Energy Awareness Month and New York recently becoming the first city to unveil a plan that upholds the Paris Climate Agreement among nearly 250 cities that pledged to do so, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017's Greenest Cities in America.

To determine which cities promote a “green” lifestyle, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 22 key indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability.
 
The data set ranges from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to green job

Daily Postcard: Butterflies, Bees And Arachnids

on October 11, 2017 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: A butterfly spotted on a flower in a rock pile Saturday afternoon. Photo by Kei Davis

Daily Postcard: A bee buzzing around on a Saturday afternoon. Photo by Kei Davis

Daily Postcard: An arachnid doing what it does on a Saturday afternoon. Photo by Kei Davis

Final Day To Register For Los Alamos EcoChallenge

on October 10, 2017 - 2:16pm
 
ECOCHALLENGE News:
 
Are you ready to make some positive changes in your life, and have some friendly, fun competition to inspire you?
 
There’s just one day left before the EcoChallenge starts Oct. 11 and runs until Oct. 25. For two weeks, participants choose challenges that improve wellness, help the community and reduce environmental impact, showing that even small actions can add up to real change!
 
There are now 13 teams registered in Los Alamos, including teams from the Middle School, the First United Methodist Church, LAC Green Team, the Chamisa Family Green Team, the

Pajarito Mountain Extends Bike & Hike Weekends

on October 10, 2017 - 12:28pm
Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Peter Dickson
 
PAJARITO News:
 
Experience the Beautiful Fall Colors, and Participate in the Pajarito Trailfest, Sat. Oct 21!
 
Pajarito Trailfest is Sat., Oct. 21, a trail run and mountain bike event benefiting the University of New Mexico Ski Team and Southwest Nordic Ski Club Trail Initiative. There will be a 10k, 25k, 1.5k, and 3k running events. New at this year's event is a mountain bike "mini tour." 
 
To register and for more information, click here, or log on to Pajarito's website (skiPajarito.com) for additional information.
 
Pajarito has

COUNTY: Wildfire Science On Tap Thursday

on October 10, 2017 - 12:26pm
COUNTY News:
 
This week is Fire Prevention Week and next Friday, Oct. 20, the Reel Deal Theater will join the nation in opening the film, “Only the Brave,” the story of the heroes who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the deadliest wildland fires in history, located outside Prescott, Ariz., which claimed the lives of 19 of the 20 hotshots June 30, 2013.
 
In recognition of this focus on fire prevention and protection, the Los Alamos Creative District is hosting a special “Wildfire Science On Tap” 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at UnQuarked – The Wine Room in Los Alamos.
 
LAFD

Bandelier Welcomes Artist In Residence For October

on October 10, 2017 - 6:25am
Lisa Grossman, Bandelier National Monument's Artist in Residence in October. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier National Monument is happy to introduce this month's Artist in Residence, Lisa Grossman. In the two weeks she will be here, she is planning to work on a series of oil and watercolor landscapes. She wants to investigate progressions, such as the evolution of light and shadow across the land and archeological sites, and the effects of wind, weather, and dramatic forces of nature.
 
Grossman was born and raised in western Pennsylvania and moved to Kansas City in 1988 to

Fall Prescribed Burns On Jemez Ranger District

on October 10, 2017 - 6:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable fall conditions to conduct prescribed burns as early as Monday, Oct. 16. 
 
That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
 
The primary target is a planned broadcast burn on the 1,950-acre Stable unit located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva. 
 
Additional projects fire managers are considering for this fall include:

PEEC: Another Night Sky Observation In Valles Caldera

on October 10, 2017 - 6:15am
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer another free chance to observe the night sky from the Valles Caldera this fall. 
 
Saturday, Oct. 14, VALL will open the gates at 6:30 p.m. for this special, free event and close the gates at 8 p.m. to reduce light pollution and enjoy star gazing until 10 p.m. PEEC astronomers and VALL park rangers will point out constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with the help of telescopes and lasers.
 
The Valles Caldera offers some of the darkest

Daily Postcard: Fall Afternoon In Guaje Canyon

on October 10, 2017 - 5:48am

Daily Postcard: Fall afternoon at the old reservoir area in Gauje Canyon. Photo by Josh Smith

Snow And Freezing Temps Moving Into Area

on October 9, 2017 - 9:17am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service has announced that the vast majority of impactful weather this week is expected to move into the area this afternoon through Tuesday morning. 

Weather details:

  • A quick hitting fall system will bring colder temperatures and snow to northern New Mexico. Snow should begin by early afternoon across the Sangre de Cristo mountains and Raton Pass. 
  • One to 3 inches of snow is possible around Raton Pass where at least minor impacts to I-25 are anticipated.
  • Two to 4 inches of snow are expected above 9,000 feet, with local amounts over 5 inches

Lawmakers Announce $2.5 Million In Federal Funding For Raton Water Treatment Plant

on October 9, 2017 - 9:09am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Friday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded funds, totaling $2.58 million, to help the City of Raton in northern New Mexico upgrade its Water Treatment Plant.
 
“The Raton Water Treatment Plant has served the City of Raton well since 1947 but it is long past time for the system to be upgraded and repaired,” Luján said.

Stars And Mysteries Oct. 14-15 At PEEC

on October 9, 2017 - 7:47am
 
PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m., Oct. 13 Steve Becker will reveal the celestial objects in our night sky. Then, the fascinating planetarium film Mysteries of the Unseen World will play at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15. 
 
These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
During the Friday, Oct. 13 show, Steve Becker will point out the constellations, planets, and other celestial objects visible in the October night sky.

Rotary Learns About New Mexico Wildlife Center

on October 9, 2017 - 5:02am

Scott Bol, New Mexico Wildlife Center volunteer, holds Maxwell, a bald eagle, a permanent resident of the Center. Bol gave a presentation recently to the Los Alamos Rotary Club at Cottonwood on the Greens where he explained that Maxwell is believed to be almost 30 years old and suffered irreparable wing damage from a gunshot wound. Courtesy photo

Eye-to-eye with Maxwell of the New Mexico Wildlife Center. Courtesy photo

Daily Postcard: Autumn Comes To Bathtub Row

on October 9, 2017 - 4:42am

Daily Postcard: Autumn leaves color the landscape this week along Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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