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PEEC: Dr. Jonathan Dowell Presentation Tuesday

on April 10, 2017 - 4:58pm
PEEC News:
 
Dr. Jonathan Dowell of ReefNews, will make a 40-minute presentation, "Life on the Reef," with colorful pictures and stories about the amazing creatures that make up the coral reef.
 
Since 1997, Dr. Dowell has photographed thousands of creatures while visiting reefs from the Netherlands Antilles to the Marshall Islands. You'll see a Goby cleaning the teeth of a Moray Eel, Groupers that would swim up and look you in the eye, Angelfish in all the colors of the rainbow, and even giant Sharks.
 
Dr.

Previously Announced Prescribed Burn in Santa Fe Watershed Is A Go For Tuesday

on April 10, 2017 - 4:22pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – After careful consideration of current and forecasted conditions, including winds, weather and relative humidity, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of a favorable window to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed Tuesday, April 11.

Hand and aerial ignitions on the 340-acre treatment area, located approximately 3 miles east of the City of Santa Fe between the Nichols and McClure Reservoirs, should be completed by 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Daily Postcard: Hiking Near River On Blue Dot Trail

on April 10, 2017 - 7:42am

Daily Postcard: The scene during a recent hike near the river along the Blue Dot Trail in White Rock. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Bears Are Back In Town!

on April 9, 2017 - 7:13am

Courtesy/LEWF

By Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation

It is one of the most wonderful times of the year and the bears are back in town after a long winter rest. The bears are beginning to prepare to regain the weight lost during their hibernation. That means the community will start seeing them around local neighborhoods looking for easy sources of food.

This paw print found by Ty Horak is estimated to come from a 350 lb. bear. Courtesy/LEWF

Bears always come with some fear ... fear of the predator in one's back yard ... so the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation is sharing some

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott And Dr. Olivia Carril Share Science Project Data

on April 9, 2017 - 7:09am

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

Find out what scientists are learning about the ecosystems in Bandelier.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott and Dr. Olivia Carril will discuss findings in recent science projects conducted in our local national monument including the first-ever survey of native bees in Bandelier, and likely the first systematic survey ever conducted on the Pajarito Plateau.

Dr. Olivia Carril. Courtesy photo

It is estimated that there are between 1,000 and 1,400 bee species in New

Daily Postcard: Deer Visits 48th Street

on April 9, 2017 - 6:40am

Daily Postcard: Early Friday morning this deer and another were spotted in a yard on 48th Street. Photo by Donna Reil

Plein Air Painting Throughout Jemez April 28-May 5

on April 8, 2017 - 6:36am
Dick Wimberly. Courtesy photo
 
Marylin Whitman. Courtesy photo
 
ART News:
 
Keep your eyes open if you're in the Jemez Spring area from April 28 -May 5.
 
There will be 60 Plein Air artists from the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico organization, exploring and painting throughout the area.
 
Plein air painting is simply painting outdoors, although painting in the open air is anything but simple.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Tuesday From Quemazon

on April 8, 2017 - 6:26am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Tuesday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC: ‘Racing To Extinction’ At Reel Deal April 13

on April 7, 2017 - 7:50am
Movie poster for ‘Racing To Extinction’. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater will show at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, “Racing Extinction”, an undercover documentary exposing the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them from mass extinction.

This film is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available at the Reel Deal Theater.

Produced by Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award®-winning film The Cove, Racing Extinction brings a voice to the thousands

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Colors Clouds Orange

on April 7, 2017 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: Thursday's sunrise colors the clouds orange over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Laboratory Earth Day Trails Tour Open To Public

on April 6, 2017 - 6:11pm

Participants in last year’s spring tour. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In celebration of Earth Day, the Trails Management Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a hiking tour the morning of April 14 at Lower Water Canyon and Lion’s Cave Trails.

Laboratory archeologist and biologists will provide information about the landscape and its cultural and biological resources as well as geology.

The 3.5-mile hike has an overall gradual 300-foot elevation change and is estimated to take three hours to complete.

Council Proclaims Clean Up Los Alamos Day April 29

on April 6, 2017 - 5:12pm

From left, Environmental Sustainability Board Member James Robinson, Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and County Councilor Antonio Maggiore hold up a proclamation for Clean Up Los Alamos Day, which is April 29. The proclamation was made during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

WIPP: Preparations Continue For TRU Waste Shipments

on April 6, 2017 - 9:09am
Idaho State Trooper and commercial vehicle enforcement officer Tony Anderson speaks to attendees March 27 at the kick-off of the WIPP Road Show for the western corridor shipping route at Fort Hall, Idaho. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
In preparation for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) is supporting “road shows” sponsored by state and tribal authorities along the transportation routes to WIPP.
 
Shipments to WIPP were suspended in February

Daily Postcard: Hoarfrost Forms On Rusty Fence Rail

on April 6, 2017 - 7:22am

Daily Postcard: Hoarfrost forms on a rusty fence rail in Los Alamos. According to weather.com, hoarfrost is a white coating of needle-like ice crystals that form on a surface by sublimation of atmospheric water vapor. Photo by Marc Bailey

Spring Wildflower Hike With Craig Martin Saturday

on April 5, 2017 - 9:52am
View of the Rio Grande from Red Dot Trail. Photo by Paul Arendt

Desert Verbena is one of the many wildflowers often bloombing on this hike. Photo by Craig Martin
 
PEEC News:
 
The Red Dot Trail is especially beautiful this time of year a surprising number of plant species that bloom in early spring.
 
Saturday, April 8, Craig Martin, co-author of Plants of the Jemez Mountains, will lead a three-mile hike down the Red Dot Trail and identify flowers found along the way.
 
The hike will traverse the canyon from rim to river and promises to yield as many as 30 species in bloom.

What A Day!

on April 4, 2017 - 11:18pm

April showers turned into snow, wind and cold temperatures today throughout Los Alamos including along Diamond Drive near the golf course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow and windy conditions caused riders to walk their bikes this afternoon on Diamond Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC: Gardening For Backyard Birds Workshop Thursday

on April 4, 2017 - 3:42pm
A mother Brewer’s Blackbird surveys the area from the top of a conifer. Photo by Bob Walker
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to know how to attract more birds to your back yard?
 
The Los Alamos Master Gardeners are working with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to offer a free talk centered around creating a wildlife-friendly landscape from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Master Gardeners Carolyn Mangeng and Bob Walker will share how to make your back yard gardens a haven for native birds and wildlife.
 
This presentation, part of the Master

NASA: Star Discovered In Closest Known Orbit Around Likely Black Hole

on April 3, 2017 - 4:59pm
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Alberta/A.Bahramian et al.; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss 
 
NASA News:
 
Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a likely black hole and a companion star.
 
This discovery was made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as NASA's NuSTAR and CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA).
 
The close-in stellar couple — known as a binary — is located in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae, a dense cluster of stars in our galaxy

Could Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Alien Probes?

on April 3, 2017 - 4:39pm
 
CFA News:
 
CAMBRIDGE, MA ― The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success.
 
However, newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. Specifically, these bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies.
 
"Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we

Updated Map For Motorized Travel On Santa Fe National Forest Now Available

on April 3, 2017 - 11:47am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Updated Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) that show all forest roads and trails open to motor vehicle travel on the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National Forest are now available in both electronic and hardcopy formats.

National forests are required to designate a system of roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use by class of vehicle and, when necessary, by time of year.  Public motor vehicle traffic is prohibited on all routes not shown on the MVUM.

AGU: Last Remnant Of North American Ice Sheet Likely To Disappear In 300 Years

on April 3, 2017 - 10:33am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The last remaining piece of the vast ice sheet that once covered North America is doomed to vanish in the next few centuries, a new study finds.
 
Rising temperatures in the Arctic have caused the Barnes Ice Cap to melt at an extraordinary pace, and nothing short of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can prevent it from completely disappearing, according to a new study modeling the ice cap’s behavior.
 
Under a business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions scenario, the study’s authors project the ice cap will disappear within the next 300 years.

Rehabilitated Bobcat Growing Strong

on April 3, 2017 - 8:59am

This rehabilitated bobcat rescued in the area is growing stronger every day under the care of Dr. Kathleen Ramsay of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation. The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a North American cat that appeared during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1.8 million years ago (AEO). Containing 12 recognized subspecies, it ranges from southern Canada to central Mexico, including most of the contiguous United States. The bobcat populations are vulnerable to local extinction by coyotes and domestic animals.

Daily Postcard: Crisp Morning And Beautiful Sunrise

on April 3, 2017 - 7:52am

Daily Postcard: Crisp Morning with another beautiful sunrise from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Southwest Jemez Mountains Forest Restoration Project Hosts Annual Public Meeting April 12-13

on April 2, 2017 - 7:55am

The Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project covers 210,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains, 110,000 of which are within Santa Fe National Forest boundaries. Courtesy/SWJM

SWJM News:

SANTA FE – Members of the public are invited to the 2017 “all hands” meeting for a comprehensive update on the largest landscape-scale forest restoration project in New Mexico April 12-13, 2017, at the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC).

The Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project is a long-term collaborative effort to restore

Griggs: Rotary Works For Clean Water And Sanitation On Lake Atitlán, Guatemala March 2017

on April 2, 2017 - 6:22am

Villa Tangara, Panajachel, Guatemala. Photo by David Griggs/ladailypost.com

 

By DAVID GRIGGS

Foreign Correspondent

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

A friend recently told me that Rotary clubs in the US and Canada raise money, and in Central America the Rotary clubs spend it.

 

Since retiring, I have spent four winters in Guatemala. After seeing the wonderful programs that are supported down here by Rotary, I joined a club on Lake Atitlán. I have attended annual regional Project Fairs, first in Antigua, Guatemala, and subsequently in Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.

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