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The Bear Went Over The Mountain ... To Smell What He Could Smell

on August 17, 2017 - 10:14am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
By CHERYL BELL
Wildlife Chair
Pajarito Chapter Sierra Club

Forgive me for altering the words of this song. Perhaps the author didn't know that bears don't see terribly well, but wow can they smell! Los Alamos residents have been reporting an uptick in bear activity in town. Why? The short answer is “Humans.” That's right. Humans and our smells. I find it ironic that we label bears as “problem” “nuisance” “habituated” when in reality, we have created and perpetuated the problem. And we are the solution to keeping our property safe and bears alive.

We

Ojitos Fire On SFNF Provides Opportunity To Use Fire For Resource Benefit

on August 17, 2017 - 7:02am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District with a focus on using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The 330-acre Ojitos Fire is on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness where fire managers are using natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to limit the fire’s spread. The fire’s growth has been limited by monsoonal moisture and topography, which includes drainages, cliffs and patches of bare soil. 
 
Over the

Daily Postcard: Flowers In Bloom In Los Alamos

on August 17, 2017 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Flowers in bloom around Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Bandelier Honors Youth Work Crews

on August 16, 2017 - 3:47pm

Members of the 2017 Bandelier Conservation Corps, Bandelier Preservation Corps, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

A graduation ceremony at Bandelier National Monument recently honored three youth crews organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for their 10 weeks of summer work. 

The Bandelier Conservation Corps worked on trails in the park, the Bandelier Preservation Corps stabilized ancient stone walls in the archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew did trail building and improvement near Abiquiu Lake and at Ghost Ranch.

A Mountaineer’s Story: Big Wall Climbing

on August 16, 2017 - 2:50pm

Join adventurer Forest Altherr for a rockin’ presentation about his climbing experiences in Yosemite. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Community members and especially stone monkeys are invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22 to hear from adventurer Forest Altherr about his rock climbing experiences in Yosemite.

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 cover information about upcoming outings.

Altherr has been exploring the cracks, crevaces and faces of Yosemite's largest granite slabs

Science On Tap: What’s Shocking About Lightning

on August 16, 2017 - 2:18pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

Attend Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square to learn the shocking truth about lightning.

Lightning strikes the earth more than one billion times each year, causing thousands of fatalities worldwide, and costs nearly a $1 billion in damages in the U.S. alone.

When strong updrafts cause layers of positive and negative charge to develop in the atmosphere, lightning discharges occur to restore the balance of the Earth’s electrical state.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Fills Sky From White Rock

on August 16, 2017 - 6:40am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise seen along Estante Way in White Rock. Photo by James Gourdoux

LANL: Unique Imaging Of Dinosaur’s Skull Tells Evolutionary Tale

on August 15, 2017 - 4:19pm

A 3D image of Bistahieversor sealeyi, which was found in the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico and Imaged at Los Alamos' unique facilities. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Collaboration creates highest-resolution scan of a large tyrannosaur skull

Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done.

Udall Delivers Keynote Address At New Mexico WRRI’s Annual Water Conference: 'Federal Water Policy And New Mexico: Our Progress And The Challenges Ahead’

on August 15, 2017 - 4:05pm

Discusses his legislation to improve water policy for New Mexico communities, including the 2017 New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

SOCORRO — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered the keynote address at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.

In his address, entitled "Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead," Udall discussed the current water challenges facing New Mexico, including climate change, innovative solutions and opportunities for making

Bandelier Hosts Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show Aug. 18-20

on August 15, 2017 - 3:39pm
Navajo rugs on display at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Courtesy/Hubbell Trading Post
 
NPS News:
 
From Friday, Aug.18, through Sunday, Aug. 20, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting the Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show.
 
It will be presented from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the park Visitor Center. Authentic Navajo rugs will be available for sale in a wide array of designs and prices, straight from the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona. Hubbell's trader, Edison Eskeets, will present rug talks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on August 15, 2017 - 3:23pm

COUNTY News: 

The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Agenda

1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approval of the June 15, 2017 and July 20, 2017, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: John Bliss 
5. BOARD BUSINESS
How Jemez House Thrift Store Contributes to Sustainability in a Mighty Way Presenters: John

NIST: ‘W’eird Signals: Listening In On The Eclipse

on August 15, 2017 - 3:12pm
Earth's ionosphere. Courtesy/NASA
 
NIST News:
 
Two years ago, I had never heard of the WWVB radio station. Today, it’s one of my favorites, but that’s not because it broadcasts a pleasant mix of Top 40 hits. (It doesn’t.) 
 
WWVB is a low-frequency station, operated by NIST, that provides precise time information to radio-controlled clocks across North America.

Supernova Hunters: ‘Get Them Young’

on August 15, 2017 - 9:30am

Bright blue dot: Supernovae such as SN 2017cbv appear as "stars that weren't there before," which is why multiple images taken over time are necessary to reveal their true identity. SN 2017cbv lies in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy called NGC 5643 that lies about 55 million light-years away and has about the same diameter as the Milky Way (~100,000 light-years). Data are from the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Supernova Project and the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey. Courtesy/B.J. Fulton/Caltech)

UA News:

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See Distant Worlds At Nature Center Aug. 18-19

on August 15, 2017 - 7:20am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The new film Distant Worlds – Alien Life, which premiered last month, will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. 
 
There will not be a show Friday, Aug. 18, but the astronomy shows will return the following Friday with an eclipse update and night sky show by Dr. Galen Gisler at 7 p.m. Aug. 25.
 
Not only does Distant Worlds – Alien Life investigate the conditions required for life, beginning with the planets and moons in our Solar System, but it also ventures out to some of the newly-discovered and

Daily Postcard: Rainbow Monday In White Rock

on August 15, 2017 - 1:54am

Daily Postcard: The view out the back door of a home in White Rock at about 7:30 p.m. Monday. Photo by Steve Stringer

Mountain Bike Director Hired For Purgatory Resort, Pajarito Mountain And Other MCP Resorts!

on August 14, 2017 - 9:16am
Hogan Koesis
 
MCP News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Officials with Mountain Capital Partners (MCP) has announced the appointment of Hogan Koesis as its new Mountain Bike Director for its collection of resorts, including Purgatory Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, and Hesperus Ski Area. 
 
The new position was created at MCP to spearhead its efforts to improve the mountain bike offerings at its various resorts, to help build mountain bike parks, and to catapult Purgatory back into the spotlight of mountain bike championship events and world class riding.

Broad Support For Ten Commandments Monument Reflected In Numerous Briefs At Supreme Court

on August 14, 2017 - 9:05am
Alliance Defending Freedom News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Supreme Court has received numerous friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a New Mexico city’s ability to allow citizens to display a Ten Commandments monument among other historical monuments on public property.
 
The briefs filed in City of Bloomfield v. Felix include support from the attorneys general or governors of 23 states, 24 members of Congress, and a variety of legal experts, religious groups, and others.

Last month, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico, asked the high

Logan And Blue Beary Bulk Up For Winter

on August 14, 2017 - 8:13am
Logan the recently orphaned bear and Blue Beary who broke her elbow when hit by a car in mid July are bulking up nicely ahead of winter. Dr. Kathleen Ramsay and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation thank the Los Alamos community for its generosity in donating funds to help these bears prepare for release later this year. To contribute, visit www.landofenchantment.org or mail donations to Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, PO Box 957, Santa Cruz, NM, 87567. Photo by James Robinson

Youth Resiliency Committee Meets Today

on August 14, 2017 - 8:12am

Udall To Keynote US Global Leadership Coalition Conference And NM Water Conference

on August 14, 2017 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be the keynote speaker at a forum on national security and economic prosperity with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and at the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.
 
He also will lead a roundtable discussion at Kirtland Air Force Base with leaders of the N.M.

AGU: Human-Caused Warming Likely Leads To Recent Streak Of Record-Breaking Temperatures

on August 14, 2017 - 7:12am
Rising global temperatures are linked to more extreme weather events, such as heat waves, floods, and droughts. Courtesy/Luis Iranzo Navarro-Olivares
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  It is “extremely unlikely” 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.  
 
Temperature records were first broken in 2014, when that year became the hottest year since global temperature records began in 1880. These temperatures were then surpassed in 2015 and 2016, making last year

Zinke Supports Acceptance Of 3,595 Acres Of Wilderness For Sportsmen's Access To Sabinoso In New Mexico

on August 14, 2017 - 7:10am
Courtesy photo
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following a ​trip to New Mexico, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced he and the Department - through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - intend to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres (formerly known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch) that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness to be included as part of the wilderness​.
 
If approved, the donated land will provide public access to the 16,000-acre Sabinoso Wilderness, which is wholly surrounded by non-federal land.

Daily Postcard: Low Clouds In Evening Sky

on August 14, 2017 - 6:32am

Daily Postcard: Clouds float low in the sky looking toward Los Alamos from Santa Fe. Photo by Scot Rygh

Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Voices Deep Concern Over RFP For Lab Management Contract

on August 13, 2017 - 10:19am

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler chats with Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales prior to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board meeting Friday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

From left, Jack Jekowski, RCLC board members, Taos County Commissioner Mark Gallegos, Taos Councilor Darien Fernandez and Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Draft Solicitation for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Site Management and Operating Contract as presently proposed has

NMED Releases ‘Boil Water Advisory’ For Vallecitos MDWCA Water System In Rio Arriba County

on August 13, 2017 - 9:53am

NMED News:
  • Vallecitos’ Customers Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau is announcing a “boil water advisory” for the Vallecitos Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (MDWCA).

Vallecitos MDWCA was required to issue the advisory Aug. 12, 2017 after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the Vallecitos MDWCA water distribution system. New Mexico Drinking Water Regulations require Vallecitos MDWCA to notify their water system consumers of this finding. 

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