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BLM: Annual Adjustment To Drilling Permit Fee

on October 2, 2017 - 7:40am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As directed by Congress, the Bureau of Land Management will adjust the fee it charges to process oil and gas drilling permits on public and Indian lands for inflation, effective Oct. 1. That adjustment will increase the fee by $180, to $9,790.
 
The non-refundable processing fee is collected when an oil and gas operator submits a drilling permit, called an Application for Permit to Drill, and is required whether or not a particular permit is subsequently approved.

Geology Outing With Patrick Rowe Oct. 14

on October 2, 2017 - 6:20am
A Pebble Pup and parent show off what they found while exploring the windmill site with Patrick Rowe last fall. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Local geologist Patrick Rowe will lead an outing to the Cabezon Peak area in search of geological treasures at two sites Saturday, Oct. 14.

Participants can expect to find minerals and marine fossils at the windmill site, and Shark’s Tooth Ridge is aptly named for the fossilized teeth from five species of Cretaceous Period sharks that the group will find.

Daily Postcard: Clouds Over Los Alamos

on October 2, 2017 - 5:08am

Daily Postcard: Clouds floating in the sky Thursday over Los Alamos. Photo by Michael Perkins

Need A Reason To Support Public Lands? Here’s 8,000

on October 1, 2017 - 2:22pm

NPLD News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of National Public Lands Day, Trout Unlimited is celebrating by releasing 8,000 reasons public lands are important.

The responses come from individuals from across the country who signed a petition in support of keeping public lands in public hands and gave their own personal reasons why these lands matter to them.

The petition will be sent to the White House and members of Congress and caps off a month-long celebration of public lands which features thirty public land locations throughout the country. “30 Great American Places” highlighted some of

Daily Postcard: Bobcat Visits Barranca Mesa

on October 1, 2017 - 6:01am

Daily Postcard: A bobcat visits a backyard Saturday on Barranca Mesa. Elusive and nocturnal, bobcats are roughly twice as big as the average housecat. Though the bobcat prefers rabbits, it also hunts insects, chickens, geese and other birds, small rodents and deer. Source: wikipedia.com. Photo by Ann Funsten

Year Of The Bear: 13 Cubs Inundate Cottonwood Rehab

on September 30, 2017 - 11:06am

One of 13 bears that have recently inundated the Cottonwood Rehab Center. The Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation is seeking the public’s assistance to help feed and care for these bears during their rehabilitation. Photo by James Robinson/LEWF

A bear undergoing rehabilitation at the Cottonwood Rehab Center. Photo by James Robinson/LEWF

LEWF News:

SANTA CRUZ – The Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, a New Mexico not for profit organization, is seeking the public’s assistance in response to an inundation of Black Bears overwhelming one of its partner organizations.

New Mexico True

PEEC: Earth Art Workshop Oct. 8

on September 30, 2017 - 5:59am
Earth art photo by Liz Martinea. Courtesy/PEEC

Green to Yellow Leaves by Andy Goldsworthy. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Sunday, Oct. 8, local artist and educator Liz Martineau will offer an Earth Art Workshop for adults and children at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Based on the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, Earth Art provides participants inspiration to create their own works of art using natural materials. The workshop is $8 for individuals and $10 for a pair of artists working together. Advance registration is available at www.peecnature.org.
 
Earth Art is a form of

It's A Good Time For Seeing Tarantulas In Bandelier – And Lots Of Other Places In New Mexico

on September 30, 2017 - 5:47am
Tarantulas found in the Bandelier National Monument area. Courtesy/NPS Photo
 
NPS News:
 
Around here, in Bandelier National Monument and many other parts of New Mexico, everyone starts noticing tarantulas about this time of year. 
 
Autumn is the time when males mature and start out on their quest to find a mate. This exposes them to many dangers, from hawks and skunks, which want to eat them, to fast-moving cars, to people who just find them creepy and may think they should be squashed. 
 
Tarantulas have been around for more than 16 million years, and comprise more than 900

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Demands Answers From EPA’s Scott Pruitt On ‘Privacy Booth,’ Chartered Flights

on September 30, 2017 - 5:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, demanded answers from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about his potentially excessive spending of taxpayer money.
 
Media reports indicate that the EPA is devoting $25,000 in taxpayer money to build a “privacy booth for the administrator,” despite EPA already having a fully functioning Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) for use by the administrator.

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Reservoir

on September 30, 2017 - 5:32am

Daily Postcard: View of Los Alamos Reservoir. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Amateur Naturalist: Growth Of Ponderosa Trees

on September 29, 2017 - 3:44pm
A mature ponderosa stops growing upward but its horizontal branches continue to grow, becoming twisted and thicker. Photo by Robert Dryja 
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Growth of Ponderosa Trees
By Robert Dryja
 
The Aquatic Center was constructed 30 years ago. The construction involved landscaping that extended about one hundred feet out from the building. 
 
There may have been only one large ponderosa tree that was not cut down as part of the clearing of land behind the Aquatic Center. It now is a mature tree. It has a flat top since it has stopped growing upwards.

Tales Of Our Times: Essential Truth Requires Assembly

on September 29, 2017 - 3:35pm

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water


Essential Truth Requires Assembly

The sharpest picture we have of how humans relate to others is the familiar parable of the six blind men and the elephant.

Generations of us learned from the imagery of the blind men. The meanings of it remain vivid today. One blind man touched a side and said an elephant is like a wall. One felt the tail and said an elephant is a rope. One felt a tusk and said an elephant is a spear. A leg made one say an elephant is a pillar.

Hunt Over For A ‘Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi’

on September 29, 2017 - 10:49am

Researchers from LANL and several other institutions have characterized a sample of ‘mystery’ fungus and found its home in the fungal tree of life. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tree of life still holds mysteries in the fungal world – millions of them

In a step toward bridging the gap between fungal taxonomy and molecular ecology, scientists from several institutions including Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a sample of “mystery” fungus collected in North Carolina and found its home in the fungal tree of life.

“Working estimates tell us that there should be more than 5 million

Daily Postcard: Fog Over Pajarito Mountain

on September 29, 2017 - 6:09am

Daily Postcard: Dense fog moves in Thursday evening at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Josh Smith

WIPP Monitoring Potential Rock Fall

on September 28, 2017 - 9:58pm

WIPP News:

CARLESBAD Highly-sensitive ground monitoring instrumentation in Panel 7, Room 6, of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground is indicating increasing ground movement rates.

This area has been prohibited to personnel access for more than a year, meaning no one has entered the area. The increased rates of movement are a sign of ground (rock) instability and indicate a possible rock fall will occur. Based on current instrumentation readings and experiences from Panel 7, Room 4, last year, the likelihood of a rock fall in Room 6 is increasing.

Rock falls are not uncommon

Sevanto Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 28, 2017 - 9:21am
Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Sanna Sevanto was the top predictor as well the fastest female finisher on the 3 mile trail course in the weekly pace race held on the trails behind the Aquatic Center. 
 
She had a 22 second difference under her predicted time from her actual time of 27:20. Other accurate predictors were: Tamara Jurado at 24 seconds off, Ryan Smeltzer with a 32 second differential and the top finisher on the 3 mile course with a time of 23:47, Zach Medin recorded a 33 second difference, and Laura Woodroffe was 44 seconds off.
 
On the 1 mile paved course Citla Nava was

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 28

on September 28, 2017 - 9:19am
By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
It’s definitely beginning to feel like fall. I’ve had reports of bull elk bugling and the leaves on the aspen trees are beginning to turn. Time to be outdoors and experience the beauty of fall here in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
 
Before getting started on the fishing report, I’d like to make a comment on something that has been bugging me for a long time.

Nature Center Talk: Sally King Presents Bandelier’s Recent Pika Population Research

on September 28, 2017 - 8:34am

An adult pika perched on a rock. Photo by Sally King/NPS

PEEC News:

What does the future hold for pikas in the Jemez Mountains? Bandelier Interpretive Ranger Sally King will share results from recent research on the elusive American Pika at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

This presentation is free thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Bandelier National Monument.

King will discuss the natural history of this remarkable critter and share photos and newly released data from studies conducted at Bandelier.

Enjoy Bandelier And Other Public Lands With No Entrance Fee On National Public Lands Day Saturday

on September 28, 2017 - 6:45am
Take a walk to see Ancestral Pueblo dwellings on Bandelier's Main Loop Trail. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day (Sept. 30) is generally billed as the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
 
Saturday, Sept. 30, thousands of people will do volunteer work such as trail maintenance and litter pickup, while others make a special point of taking the day to enjoy the public lands that belong to everyone. To celebrate this special day, many federal lands, and some state parks as well, offer free admission.
 
At Bandelier

PEEC Brings New Film To Planetarium

on September 28, 2017 - 6:42am
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing a new full-dome planetarium film to the Los Alamos Nature Center this weekend.
 
The new film Dark Matter Mystery premieres at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and be accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Joyce Guzik. This new movie will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
 
What do astronomers mean when they say 27% of the observable universe is made of dark matter, and only 5% is the visible matter that we can see?

Geology Outing With Patrick Rowe To Windmill Fossil Site And Shark’s Tooth Ridge Oct. 14

on September 28, 2017 - 6:42am
A Pebble Pup and parent show off what they found while exploring the windmill site with Patrick Rowe last fall. Pebble Pups is a geology club for youth ages 6 to 10. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Saturday, Oct. 14, local geologist Patrick Rowe will lead an outing to the Cabezon Peak area in search of geological treasures at two sites.
 
Participants can expect to find minerals and marine fossils at the windmill site, and Shark’s Tooth Ridge is aptly named for the fossilized teeth from five species of Cretaceous Period sharks that the group will find.

BPU, Council Weigh Finance Options For Replacing White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant

on September 28, 2017 - 6:17am

At left, DPU Deputy Manager Jack Richardson and DPU Manager Tim Glasco present finance options available for replacement of the White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Sept. 21 BPU and Council joint meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

BY KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

The wastewater treatment plant in White Rock needs to be replaced and a discussion on how to finance the project was held during the Los Alamos County Council and Board of Public Utilities (BPU) joint work session Tuesday, Sept.

Cuba Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns This Fall

on September 28, 2017 - 6:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Oct. 10 and Dec. 31, 2017.
 
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Cuba District:
  • Diego treatment area, 386 acres north of the community of Gilman and east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp;
  • La Jara treatment area, 338 acres northeast of the community of La Jara; and
  • Cedar Springs

ESB Tables Roll Cart Ordinance To Seek More Input

on September 28, 2017 - 6:13am

A local resident speaking during public comment at the Environmental Sustianability Board meeting Sept. 21 holds up motion detected lights that she uses to dissuade bears from visiting her home. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

Members of the community turned out for the Environmental Sustainability Board meeting Sept. 21. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

The proposed amendments to the Los Alamos County ordinance for preventing wildlife getting into trash cans ignited a firestorm of debate within the

Daily Postcard: Ashley Pond Fountain

on September 28, 2017 - 5:47am

Daily Postcard: Ashley Pond Fountain in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Nicholas Seet

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