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Daily Postcard: View Of ‘Strawberry Moon’

Daily Postcard: View of the ‘Strawberry Moon’ at 1:30 a.m. today from White Rock. The full Strawberry Moon will appear at 1:12 p.m. today, according to solarsystem.nasa.gov. As seen from the northern hemisphere, the Strawberry Moon —so-called because it’s harvest time for the soft fruit—will be the latest-rising, and among the largest-looking full Moons of 2020. The fact that this is the nearest full Moon to the Summer solstice—when the Sun is at its highest in the sky—means this Strawberry Moon is one of the latest rising, and lowest full Moons of the year. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


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Heinrich, Tonko Lead Call For Inclusion Of Clean Energy Workforce Support In COVID-19 Economic Packages

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) are urging congressional leaders to prioritize a clean energy recovery plan in upcoming economic relief and recovery packages to deal with the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sen. Heinrich and Rep. Tonko led a bicameral letter signed by 57 members calling on Congress to take action to support the clean energy industry to both address the climate crisis and revitalize the American job market and economy.

The lawmakers’ call for urgency comes as nearly 600,000 clean energy


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Bandelier Increases Recreational Access To Frijoles Canyon

Bandelier is increasing recreational access beginning Monday to Frijoles Canyon. Frijoles Canyon.

BANDELIER News:

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Bandelier National Monument is increasing recreational access to Frijoles Canyon.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

During this first phase,


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Santa Fe Botanical Garden Reopens Museum Hill Site June 13

Lavender daisy blooming at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Courtesy/Santa Fe Botanical Garden

SF Botanical Garden News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Botanical Garden will open its Museum Hill site to members only June 11-12 and to the public June 13.

The new hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. and all visitors must make reservations in advance, including members (member reservations are free).

The plants have worked all year to produce their best show and they’ve missed their fans (and compliments!). To keep visitors, volunteers and staff safe, the Garden updated their policies.

For the best visitor experience,


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Snyder: Camp Hamilton – A Place Of Colorful History

Camp Hamilton as it looked circa 1951. Courtesy/Paul Bombardt

Camp Hamilton as it looks today. Courtesy/Craig Martin

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

Two weeks ago I wrote about Camp May, the getaway for senior boys at the Los Alamos Ranch School (LARS), but there was also another camp, one primarily used by the younger boys. Camp Hamilton has a longer, more detailed history.

In 1918, the year after the Ranch School was founded, a man known only as F. Coomer leased a bit of land from the U.S. Forest Service to build a two-room log cabin in Pueblo Canyon east of the Otowi Pueblo site. Coomer


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AGU: Ocean Uptake Of CO2 Could Drop As Carbon Emissions Are Cut

In recent decades, the oceans have been soaking up greater and greater amounts of carbon dioxide each year. We can’t count on that trend to continue forever, says a new study. Courtesy/Caleb Jones/Unsplash

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Volcanic eruptions and human-caused changes to the atmosphere strongly influence the rate at which the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide, according to a new study published this week in the journal AGU Advances.

The ocean is so sensitive to changes such as declining greenhouse gas emissions that it immediately responds by taking up less carbon dioxide.

The authors


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Community Invited To Jemez Riders Cleanup Event Saturday

Jemez Riders News:

The Jemez Riders are organizing a cleanup event 8 a.m. to noon for this Saturday, June 6th.

Volunteers will be located at both the Anderson Overlook and the Y Parking Area handing out supplies.

There will be safety vests, trash bags, trash grabbers, gloves, sunscreen, water and donuts available.

Jemez Riders Atomic City, USA t-shirts will be given to the first 10 volunteers who show up to help out.

For those not able to volunteer, be patient when traveling down the Main Hill Road on Saturday morning. 8:00 – 12:00.


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New Mexico Fishing Report: June 3

A double-crested cormorant feeding on a rainbow trout at Tingley Beach. Courtesy/NMGF

NMGF News:

In this time of change, the Department would like to encourage anglers to continue COVID safe practices; it is a great time to mend equipment, stock tackle boxes and prepare for upcoming fishing trips.

In the weekly fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg of Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, we will continue to share tips and tricks to help you be ready and to safely go on your next adventure.

Check out the latest stocking report

With state parks reopening,


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PEEC: Explore Wildlife Conservation, Habitat Enhancement And Mountain Lion Tracking On Pueblo Of Santa Ana

Glenn Harper with a GPS-collared deer on the Pueblo of Santa Ana, one of the subjects the Pueblo used to learn deer and elk habitat use and movement on the Pueblo. Learn more about wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement projects happening on Santa Ana Pueblo at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 9. Courtesy/Glenn Harper

PEEC News:

Learn about habitat enhancement and restoration projects happening on the Pueblo of Santa Ana at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 9 in a live-streamed talk from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Glenn Harper, Range and Wildlife Division Manager for the Pueblo of Santa Ana’s


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Los Alamos County Moves To Level II Fire Restrictions

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Fire Department Fire Marshal Wendy Servey announced today that she is proceeding to Level II Fire Restrictions for Los Alamos County, effective immediately.

Servey said the decision was made in partnership with LAFD’s Wildland Division after reviewing the potential threat of wildfire.

“While Los Alamos has enjoyed a few rain showers in the past week, there is still a significant threat from wildfire, coupled with ongoing drought conditions and an increase in dry lightning strikes in forested areas,” Servey said, noting that there are currently active fires burning


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National Trails Day® Takes Place Saturday June 6

American Hiking Society News:

America’s Largest Trails Event Continues to Preserve Trails and Fight for Access to Green Spaces During Pandemic

Silver Spring, MD – This Saturday—June 6—people in every state will celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®.

During the pandemic, people across the country have been realizing and appreciating the powerful health benefits of spending even a few minutes outside every day. Yet, racism rears its head even in the outdoors, evident not only in the fact that people of color, especially Black folks, are often not safe outdoors but also,


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