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Los Alamos Fire Department Wildfire Fuels Reduction Mitigation Project Gets Underway

on April 22, 2019 - 6:43pm

Map of the project area. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department will begin work this week on an important wildfire fuels reduction project that will provide much-needed mitigation in several areas of Los Alamos.

LAFD has received grant funding for the project, which will include the following areas: Ponderosa Estates Range Road, North Horse Stable Bench, Walnut Bench, Villa Bench, Lower Loma Linda, Camino Redondo and Camino Uva.

Starting Tuesday, April 23, LAFD crews will begin mitigation work in the Camino Uva area, which includes marking trees to be thinned, chainsaw work

Zia Waste Owner Teaches Students At Mountain Elementary About Recycling, Compositing And Worms

on April 22, 2019 - 5:58pm

Zia Waste owner Tiffany Pegoda gives first graders at Mountain Elementary School an education on recycling and composting as well as vermiculture during an April 10 presentation. Students also were given the chance to play the Zia Waste Sort Game, which can be found at https://youtu.be/BN0btD8Bd_c. Courtesy photo

Zia Waste owner Tiffany Pegoda demonstrates to students at Mountain Elelmentary School the proper way to recycle. Courtesy photo

Students check out a container filled with 500 worms and vermicast and vermitea soil. Courtesy photo

SFNF Postpones Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn

on April 22, 2019 - 12:28pm

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/NFS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are postponing the prescribed burn on Rowe Mesa originally planned for this week, primarily due to forecasted weather with showers and thunderstorms expected later today through Wednesday.

Fire managers may reschedule the 293-acre East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn when conditions on the ground, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, are more favorable. The Rowe Mesa unit is east of N.M. 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos and south of I-25.

Prescribed fires

Particles, Tugging Tides May Affect Extraterrestrial Life

on April 22, 2019 - 12:19pm
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Since its discovery in 2016, planetary scientists have been excited about TRAPPIST-1, a system where seven Earth-sized rocky planets orbit a cool star.
 
Three of the planets are in the habitable zone, the region of space where liquid water can flow on the planets' surfaces. But two new studies by scientists in the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory may lead astronomers to redefine the habitable zone for TRAPPIST-1.
 
The three planets in the habitable zone are likely facing a formidable opponent to life: high-energy particles spewed from

Weekly Fishing Report: April 22

on April 22, 2019 - 8:59am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather last week went from warm to terrible in a hurry. A week ago Tuesday was warm and like spring. The next day, Wednesday, the wind was howling and it was miserable.
 
Thursday the wind let up just a little, but the cold temperatures that moved in stung your face if you were a spectator at a softball game.
 
Snow showers moved in and out all day, letting you know winter was not quite ready to let go. Friday was still pretty chilly with lingering rain and snow showers.
 
Saturday the weather was cool but clearing

NWS: Today’s High Near 60, Tonight’s Low Around 39

on April 22, 2019 - 8:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 60 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low near 39. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Omega Bridge Frames Rising Moon

on April 22, 2019 - 7:48am

Daily Postcard: The Omega Bridge frames the moon rising Thursday above the evening alpenglow. Alpenglow is an optical phenomenon that appears as a horizontal reddish glow near the horizon opposite of the Sun when the solar disk is just below the horizon. This effect is easily visible when mountains are illuminated, but can also be seen when clouds are lit through backscatter. Source: wikipedia.com. Photo by Marc Bailey

SFNF Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour May 18

on April 21, 2019 - 7:42am
Rock art on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
 
Rock art on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest offers Site Stewards Saturday, May 18, to explore two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa.
 
The petroglyphs are unique in both design and location. Both panels are easily accessible, but the trip will require carpooling in high-clearance vehicles.
 
Sunscreen, snacks, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.
 
The Glorieta Rock Tour is free and open to the public, but if you plan to attend

NWS: Today’s High Near 66, Tonight’s Low Around 42

on April 21, 2019 - 7:14am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 66 with a chance of isolated sprinkles after noon and tonight’s low near 42. Courtesy/NWS

Earth Day Festival At Los Alamos Nature Center April 27

on April 20, 2019 - 10:29am

Fun and entertainment for all ages will be available at PEEC’s Earth Day Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 27 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

Scene from previous PEEC Earth Day Festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) signature event, the annual Earth Day Festival, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

The festivities include delicious food, the debut of the new Passport to the Pajarito Plateau, fun activities and exciting entertainment.

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