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Scientists Discover Cause Of Sea Level Hot Spots

on August 13, 2017 - 7:32am
The Indian River Lagoon, where salinity increases helped researchers discover a hot spot. Courtesy/NASA Kennedy Space Center
Sea level rise hot spots — bursts of accelerated sea rise that last three to five years — happen along the U.S. East Coast thanks to a one-two punch from naturally occurring climate variations, a new University of Florida study shows.
After UF scientists identified a hot spot reaching from Cape Hatteras to Miami, they probed the causes by analyzing tidal and climate data for the U.S. eastern seaboard. The new study, published

Daily Postcard: Storm Clouds Over Los Alamos

on August 13, 2017 - 7:03am

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds fill the sky earlier in the week over Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Collared Lizard Guards Onion Patch In White Rock

on August 12, 2017 - 7:46am

This collared lizard that residents affectionately call Lizzy has been guarding the family onion and chives patch for weeks at a home on Rio Bravo in Pajarito Acres in White Rock. The family reports that Lizzy hunts every day for grasshoppers and butterflies near sunset, and avoids encounters with various birds (roadrunners and towhees) and a resident bull snake (about 6-feet long). Photo by Patrick Neher

Lizzy the collared lizard has taken up residence at a home in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Patrick Neher

Lizzy gets in some afternoon rock climbing at her new home in Pajarito Acres.

Galactic Winds Push Researchers To Probe Galaxies At Unprecedented Scale

on August 12, 2017 - 6:53am
A density projection of a cool cloud getting destroyed as it is exposed to an outflow’s hot wind. Rather than getting pushed, the simulation shows the cold material instead becomes gradually heated until it is fully incorporated into the hot wind. Courtesy/Evan Schneider, Princeton University
OLCF News:
When astronomers peer into the universe, what they see often exceeds the limits of human understanding. Such is the case with low-mass galaxies—galaxies a fraction of the size of our own Milky Way.
These small, faint systems made up of millions or billions of stars, dust, and gas

Heinrich, Tillis Lead Letter To U.S. International Trade Commission Opposing Tariffs Harming Solar Industry

on August 12, 2017 - 6:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with a bipartisan group of senators, are urging the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to not impose tariffs that would negatively affect the American solar industry.
In a letter to Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, the lawmakers—who both represent states that have a growing solar industry—expressed their deep concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The ITC will hold a public hearing on the

Daily Postcard: Sunrise From Walnut Street

on August 12, 2017 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: A sunrise Friday lights the sky from Walnut Street. Photo by Chris Clark/

Summer Concert Is On Tonight … Rain Or Shine!

on August 11, 2017 - 5:26pm

Dale Watson and the Lonestars perform at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond regardless of the weather. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos County Summer Concert is on tonight regardless of whether it continues to rain!

Country music star Dale Watson and his band the Lonestars from Austin, Texas perform at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park.

Watson has been dubbed by the Austin Chronicle as the “silver pompadoured, baritone beltin’, Lone Star drinkin’, honky-tonk hellraiser.” He also plays rockabilly and Texas swing.

Bandelier Law Enforcement Rangers Offer Reward For Information On Elk Poaching

on August 11, 2017 - 3:28pm
NPS News:
Between the evening of Aug. 3 and morning of Aug. 4, an elk was poached within Bandelier National Monument. 
Evidence was collected at the scene and some parts of the poached elk were taken by the suspects. 
The incident occurred along N.M. 4 near milepost 44 near Cerro Grande. The elk was on the south side of the road. If you observed a vehicle stopped along the road during this time, Bandelier law enforcement rangers want to know about it. 
If you have any information you believe may be related, call 505.672.3861 extension 401 or 402. Bandelier National Monument

Northern New Mexico National Forests Extend Application Deadline For SRS Funding To Aug. 14

on August 11, 2017 - 2:56pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe National Forests have extended the deadline to apply for funding under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act to Aug. 14, 2017. 
Up to $680,000 is available to tribal and local governments, small businesses, non-governmental organizations and Forest Service field units for ecosystems and land and water quality projects that benefit the three forests in Northern New Mexico. 
Title II funding directs millions of federal dollars into local communities for education, law enforcement, roads

Daily Postcard: Sunset With Moon Spotted Sunday

on August 11, 2017 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: A sunset with the moon is spotted Sunday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Notice: Possible Quorum Of Environmental Sustainability Board Members At County Fair Saturday

on August 10, 2017 - 6:44am


A quorum for the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board may be present 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Ashley Pond during the Los Alamos County Fair.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken.

Daily Postcard: Valles Caldera Reflections

on August 10, 2017 - 6:22am

Daily Postcard: Reflections of a good day at Valles Caldera. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome Interior Department Announcement On Sabinoso Wilderness Access

on August 9, 2017 - 4:28pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján welcomed an announcement from the Department of the Interior (DOI) that Secretary Ryan Zinke intends to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres, known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch, that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico to be included as part of the wilderness.

Last year, the Wilderness Land Trust purchased the Rimrock Rose Ranch in order to donate the land to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so it can be added to the

Hailstorm Strikes White Rock This Afternoon

on August 9, 2017 - 3:48pm

A brief but powerful hail storm struck White Rock at about 1:15 p.m. today. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

DOI Repeals Defective Federal Mineral Valuation Rule

on August 9, 2017 - 10:09am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  To create more workable oil, gas and mineral valuation regulations and avoid costly litigation, the Department of the Interior announced the repeal of the Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule (Valuation Rule) which had created confusion and uncertainty regarding how companies report and pay royalties on energy and other mineral resources from federal onshore and offshore areas and American Indian lands.
The repeal of the Valuation Rule, published today in the Federal Register and effective on September 6, 2017,

PEEC Provides Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

on August 9, 2017 - 8:20am

Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a guided, family-friendly backpacking trip Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry. This family backpacking adventure will last two days and one night.

Adults and families are invited to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation.

The trip location will be determined nearer to

Daily Postcard: Deer Family Visits Quemazon Residence

on August 9, 2017 - 6:21am

Daily Postcard: A deer that spent time at a residence last week in Quemazon returned with her family. Courtesy photo

Bandelier Launches Restoration And Replacement Projects In Frijoles Canyon This Fall

on August 8, 2017 - 8:52am

These ladders leading to Alcove House are among the ones that will be replaced. Courtesy/NPS Photo


For anyone who has ever wondered if the ladders leading up the cliffs in Bandelier National Monument are replaced regularly, the answer is yes. And the proof will be easily seen this fall, when the park maintenance and preservation crews will replace the long ladders leading up to Alcove House, as well as the shorter ones that provide access to the smaller caves in the cliffs. As might be expected, that means that the ladders will occasionally be closed during the work.

Santa Fe National Forest Declares Cow Fire Out

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out at noon Monday.

The fire started July 18 in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash Fire. Natural drainages and the rocky landscape helped fire crews contain the small fire to around seven acres. The Cow Fire also received a significant amount of monsoonal moisture.

Smoke should no longer be visible from the Cow Fire, which was about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos.

Fire updates are posted on the New

Logan Beary Needs Help Bulking Up For Winter

on August 8, 2017 - 8:01am

Young orphan Logan Beary came to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay to ensure he gains enough weight for winter. He will join Blue Beary as they learn how to become full grown bears before their release back into the wild. Logan Beary is perfectly healthy, but requires about $4,000 in food before he can be released later this year. The community is being asked to consider donating to Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation to help get Dr. Ramsay the food she needs to get these bears nice and fat before winter. Photo by James Robinson

LAHS Student To Speak At Nature Center

on August 8, 2017 - 7:41am

Lillian Petersen

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Los Alamos High School Student Lillian Petersen at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 as she presents her research on climate change.

Peterson has conducted three award-winning science fair projects that analyze fluctuating temperatures and precipitation rates, as well as how present-day extremes may impact crops in the future.

Peterson will give a basic overview of the science behind climate change and the correlations between CO2 and temperature for the past 800,000 years.

Daily Postcard: Full Moonrise Over Sangre De Cristos

on August 8, 2017 - 6:28am

Daily Postcard: A full moonrise shines over the Sangre de Cristos as seen Sunday from White Rock. Photo by Rebecca Shankland

Mama Bear And Cubs Spotted Dumpster Diving

on August 7, 2017 - 8:50pm
Bear spotted this morning near Urban Park. Photo by Jim Nesmith
Los Alamos
For the past couple of weeks, a mama bear and her two cubs have been dumpster diving all of the trash cans near Urban Park, 41st Street in particular. They usually limit their carousing to the wee hours of the morning but there have been two incidents in the last week where they were still in the neighborhood when it became light.
This morning, a little after 9 a.m., I received a call from my daughter that the two cubs were in a tree next to our house. She couldn't see the mama bear.

Join Local Expert Chick Keller For Wildflower Walk

on August 7, 2017 - 1:33pm

Wildflower expert Chick Keller, left, leads wildflower walks for PEEC. Photo by Thomas Graves Photography

Coneflowers (Rudbeckia laciniata). Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify local wildflower species in bloom on the Pajarito Plateau. Wildflower Walks are free, and no advance registration is required.

Wildflower Walks take place one Monday a month, but the viewing season is coming to a close. Don’t miss the next outing Sept.

Secretary Of Interior On Sage-Grouse Report

on August 7, 2017 - 12:17pm

Greater Sage-Grouse. Courtesy/

Office of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke received a report from the Department of the Interior Sage-Grouse Review Team (DOI Team) regarding possible plan and policy modifications to complement state efforts to improve Greater Sage-Grouse conservation and economic development on public lands.

The report is the final product required by Secretarial Order 3353 “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States” issued June 7, 2017. The