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The Scoop Behind The Crane...

on June 13, 2017 - 7:37pm

A crane heads down Trinity Drive Monday toward the CenturyLink Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Map of the legacy clean up area. Courtesy image

Staff Report

The purpose of the large crane that made its way up the Main Hill Road Monday evening and over to the CenturyLink Building on Trinity Drive is to clean up an area of decades old contaminated dirt.

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus explained today that the crane has been brought it to remove legacy waste along the side of the canyon behind the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building

Scenes From Hike On Canada Bonita Trail

on June 13, 2017 - 6:03pm

A scene of  a very green ski hill spotted during a hike Thursday on the Canada Bonita Trail. Photo by Patricia Rathbone

A scene of  wild irises spotted during a hike Thursday on the Canada Bonita Trail. Photo by Patricia Rathbone

New President, Project Manager Bruce Covert Takes Helm For Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC At WIPP

on June 13, 2017 - 2:28pm

Bruce Covert

WIPP News:

Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), the AECOM-led management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), has a new president and project manager this week. Bruce Covert has replaced Phil Breidenbach who, for the past two years, has led NWP efforts to safely recover the facility and resume WIPP transuranic waste emplacement operations.

“I want to thank Phil for his hard work and leadership.

Small Streams And Tributaries Have Good Fishing

on June 13, 2017 - 2:10pm

Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

With the temperatures soaring here in the Espanola Valley and the big rivers still swollen with runoff, escaping the heat and finding good fishing in flowing water was a challenge. There are several viable options for local anglers. Head to the high country and fish the smaller headwater streams and tributaries where runoff has peaked and the water levels are falling.

Los Alamos-based anglers can head to the Jemez Mountains where the water is dropping fast.

Worry About Aging Belgian Nukes

on June 13, 2017 - 2:06pm

Tihange 2 nuclear reactor. Photo by Michielverbeek - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5747203

By Homeland Security News Wire:

More micro-cracks have been discovered at the Belgian Tihange 2 nuclear reactor near the German border. safe. The worries in Germany about radiation leaks from the old reactor are strong.

Last year, the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is on the other side of the Belgian-German border, purchased iodine tablets for distribution to the public in the event of radiation leak.

Bear Tears Apart Suet Feeder At Los Alamos Home

on June 13, 2017 - 1:26pm

This black bear visited a Los Alamos residence around 7:50 p.m. Sunday. Apparently bears like suet. It tore apart the suet feeder and then moved on to a nyjer-seed feeder and a bird house. The bird house is six feet above the ground; obviously this bear can reach that high. So people should keep their bird feeders at least 6.5 feet above the ground. Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Daily Postcard: Sky View From Los Alamos

on June 13, 2017 - 12:22pm

Daily Postcard: Sky View From Los Alamos. Photo by Avery Neal

USDA Seeks Applications To Help Socially Disadvantaged Ag Producers And Rural Business Owners

on June 11, 2017 - 6:27am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rural Development Acting Deputy Undersecretary Roger Glendenning announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help socially disadvantaged agricultural producers and rural business owners.
 
“These grants help ensure that rural business owners have what they need to succeed in today’s competitive, global economy,” Glendenning said. “According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses employ more than half of all U.S. workers. Their success is vital to the nation’s economy.”
 
USDA is awarding up to $3 million in grants

Daily Postcard: Friendly Face On Area Trail

on June 11, 2017 - 6:23am

Daily Postcard: A relatively new face carved in a rock along an area trail. Photo by Lori Kelley

Physicist Speaks On 'No Wonder You Wonder!'

on June 10, 2017 - 7:26am
Cover of 'No Wonder You Wonder!' by Claude Phipps. Phipps will speak Thursday, June 15 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

Claude Phipps

LIBRARY News:

What holds a satellite up while it goes around the earth? Why can’t you travel back in time? These are just two of the many questions explored by Claude Phipps in his book “No Wonder You Wonder!” published by Springer International in 2016. Phipps will speak at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m., Thursday, June 15 in the Upstairs Rotunda. The talk will be followed by a book-signing.

Phipps has degrees from MIT and Stanford, and has spent his

Youth Invited To Share Art For Pollinator Party

on June 10, 2017 - 7:25am

A pollinator visits a flower. Photo by Katherine Eagleson 
 

NMWC News: 

 

New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) invites area youth, K-12, to create a piece of "hangable" art centered on the theme "pollinators." All media accepted. Winners receive free admission to NMWC's Pollinator Party on July 8 to view their art hanging in the center!

 

New Mexico Wildlife Center will hold a special celebration in honor of pollinators – bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, bats, moths and more – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  July 8 at NMWC, 19 Wheat St. in Espanola. Fun activities will include:

 

  • Kids’ Art Station –

Udall, Heinrich: $13 Million From U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers For Flood Control And Water Quality Projects

on June 10, 2017 - 7:21am

U.S. SENTATE News:

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has provided $13 million for flood management, water infrastructure, and environmental restoration projects throughout New Mexico.

The funding comes at the request of Udall and Heinrich following passage in May of the Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, which funds the government through September.

Daily Postcard: Quemazon Rainbow

on June 10, 2017 - 7:06am

Daily Postcard: A rainbow shines Tuesday over Los Alamos as seen from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

State Engineer Issues Order Protecting Ranchers’ Water Rights ... Begins Issuing Licenses

on June 9, 2017 - 5:52pm

STATE News:
  • Engineer’s office begins issuing licenses affirming ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Engineer issued an order to protect ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest.

The Engineer’s office has begun issuing licenses pursuant his order to ranchers that confirm the ranchers’ longstanding beneficial use of water to sustain their livestock. Last year, certain watering areas were closed off in Lincoln National Forest after a potentially endangered mouse was discovered.

“One of my top priorities is to protect the water

Reminder: Gilman Tunnels Are Temporarily Closed

on June 9, 2017 - 5:44pm
The Gilman Tunnels on FR 376 are closed. Courtesy/NPS
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) reminds visitors heading out for a weekend break that the Gilman Tunnels on Forest Road (FR) 376 are closed to motorized and foot traffic while crews remove loose rock and stabilize the cliff walls around the tunnels.
 
The work should be completed by mid-August.
 
“We regret that the timing for this work happened during our busy recreation season, but the safety of the public is always our first priority,” Jemez District Ranger Brian Riley

County To Host Community Bike Ride

on June 9, 2017 - 5:02pm

Route Map: ‘Dump the Pump Day’ celebrates bicycle transportation, starting at 11:30 a.m., Thursday from the Ashley Pond Pavilion. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

More than 150 public transit systems and organizations are celebrating the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 15. Los Alamos County will take it one step further by asking its residents to Dump the Pump and Bike It, Walk It or Bus it.

Invite your family, bring your friends and join us on a three-mile Community Ride. The ride was originally scheduled for Bike to Work Day May 19, but was postponed due to snow.

Summer Family Evenings At The Los Alamos Nature Center – Rattlesnake Museum

on June 9, 2017 - 1:21pm
Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center on June 14 to learn more about snakes and other reptiles. Photo by Bob Myers
 
PEEC News:
 
Living in New Mexico means sharing the outdoors with many different kinds of reptiles.
 
To help explain how humans can cohabitate with our scaly neighbors, join Bob Myers, Director of the International Rattlesnake Museum, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. He will bring reptiles from the museum and be available to share his knowledge. This event is part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.

Sipapu Fishing Clinics, Saturdays Through Sept. 2

on June 9, 2017 - 7:34am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
 
SIPAPU News:
 
VADITO  Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort is once again hosting its popular weekly series of free fly fishing clinics with Solitary Angler. 
 
Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. through Sept. 2 (with the exception of July 22) Solitary Angler certified instructors provide a free 90-minute “Quick Start” fly casting class to the public at Sipapu.
 
Participants receive one-on-one, hands-on instruction during the free Saturday clinics.

Daily Postcard: Butterfly Shows Off Colorful Wings

on June 9, 2017 - 7:12am

Daily Postcard: A butterfly shows off its colorful wings as it rests on a tray in the early morning sunshine Thursday in the garden of a home on Walnut Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Dogs Welcome On Santa Fe National Forest ... But Owners Have Responsibilities

on June 8, 2017 - 2:29pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Last week, a visitor to the Santa Fe National Forest was resting on a rock by the trail after hiking up Tesuque Peak Road from the Aspen Vista Picnic Site. 
 
His idyllic afternoon took a turn for the worse when an 80-pound pit bull – running free – charged him with teeth bared. The hiker had the wherewithal to thrust his walking stick between his face and the dog’s jaws. Then the dog took another try, knocking the 74-year-old 150-pound man off the rock. 
 
Fortunately, bruises and cuts from the fall were the extent of his injuries, but it could have been much

Scenes From Senior Appreciation Night At Los Alamos Nature Center

on June 8, 2017 - 7:43am

Rosa the Milk Snake had a lot of admirers gathered at the Los Alamos Nature Center during last week's Senior Appreciation Night. Photo by Felicia Orth

The vinegaroon even made friends! Photo by Felicia Orth

Illuminating Octavius the tarantula. Photo by Felicia Orth

Rick Wallace, the Planetarium volunteer who ran fractal shows all night during last week's Senior Approciation Night event at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Felicia Orth

Leo Rose, facilitated the graduates holding the vinegaroon, a large fierce-looking arachnid that does not bite, although its feet pinch a little as it

Train It New Mexico Offers Vegetation Management

on June 8, 2017 - 6:59am

TINM News:
 
Train It New Mexico would like to extend an opportunity to attend a two-day training on vegetation management June 12-13 at the Days Inn, 2900 Cerrillos in Santa Fe. 
 
In the training, several modules will provide an understanding of the importance of working with mechanical operations to obtain the best results when using herbicide to enhance parks, airports, public spaces, and many other areas. 
 
We go over the identification of weeds, including identification of weeds from infancy through maturity.

Fishing Report: Conditions Deemed Fair-To-Good

on June 8, 2017 - 6:43am

The fishing on the Chama River below El Vado Dam is fair-to-good. Courtesy Photo​

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rio Grande and streams flowing out of the Sangre de Cristo mountains are still running high. The Pecos River may be your best bet. Despite heavy flows, the fishing has been fair to good. Fly fishers should go with nymphs or San Juan worms. Flows in the Red River are still heavy. The Red River above Questa received a stocking of bigger-than-average trout last week.

Streams in the Jemez mountains are in better condition as the runoff has already peaked and streams are

Exploring The White Place Near Abiquiu

on June 7, 2017 - 2:23pm
Scene from the White Place near Abiquiu. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
All throughout Northern New Mexico are hidden natural wonders that will reward someone willing to seek them out and expend a little shoe leather.
 
In the beautiful landscape surrounding the small village of Abiquiu lie many of these little pockets of unique formations sculpted over the eons by the relentless effects of wind and water.
 
Abiquiu is known around the world as the home of the late artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Master Gardener Plant Sale Saturday

on June 7, 2017 - 1:55pm

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