SFNF’s Española District Office Moves To New Location

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest’s (SFNF’s) Española Ranger Station is making a move. 

After 21 years at 1710 N. Riverside Dr., the Española District Office is relocating about 5 miles south to 18537 US 84/285, Suite B. The telephone number – 505.753.7331 – remains the same.

The office on Riverside will be open to the public Monday and Tuesday next week, but closed Jan. 29-31 for the actual move. The office will reopen for business Monday, Feb. 3 in its new location.

“We’ve had a great run on Riverside and are looking forward to continuing to serve the public from our new office just


PEEC: Biking In Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Jan. 28

Matt and Becky Hardy discuss their experience participating in an annual ride through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to hear about Matt and Becky Hardy’s participation in an annual bicycle tour through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem at the January Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. This event is free to attend and open to the public. 

Since 2013, the Greater Yellowstone


SFNF: Public Comment On Proposed Recreation Fees

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is looking for public input on proposed changes to the management of the developed recreation program.

These changes will impact campgrounds and day-use sites on all five national forests in New Mexico – the Carson, Gila, Lincoln and Santa Fe National Forests and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

Several different management options are being considered, including raising fees at some recreation sites, charging new fees at other sites, eliminating or repurposing some developed recreation sites, and collaborating


NWS: Today’s High Near 38; Tonight’s Low Around 22

The National Weather Service forecasts early morning fog around the area today followed by mostly sunny skies. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 and tonight’s low around 22. Courtesy/NWS


More Homes Built In Mirador Subdivision On NM 4

View of the growing number of homes under construction Monday in the Mirador Subdivision (A-19-A) under development along N.M. 4 in White Rock. The developer is Site A-19-A-1 Acquisition Group LLC with Principal Adam Thornton, a Los Alamos native, his RayLee Homes partners and their representatives. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/ladailypost.com


AGU: Air Pollution From Oil And Gas Production Sites Visible From Space

OMI NO2 map and NOx emission estimates.(a) Absolute changes in OMI tropospheric NO2VCDs between 2007 and 2018 for the continental U.S. Green boxes denote major U.S. oil and gas production regions. The insets show the NO2 VCD change between 2007 and 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, over the Permian basin. (b) 2015 FOG NOx emission estimates for the areas outlined in (a) ©2019 American Geophysical Union. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

Oil and gas production has doubled in some parts of the United States in the last two years, and scientists can use satellites to see impacts of that trend: a significant


Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Announces Early Endorsements For Environmental Champions


ALBUQUERQUE — The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club Friday issued its early 2020 endorsements of incumbent legislators who are leading environmental champions, including Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos.

“The candidates on this list have sponsored critical environmental legislation and have outstanding voting records over the last three years on pro-environment bills. They have proven they are committed to protecting our climate, water, land and wildlife here in New Mexico,” said Richard Barish, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter political chair. 



DPU Reminds Residents To Keep Meters Clear Of Snow

DPU reminds residents to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters. Courtesy photo

DPU News:

With the recent snowfall in Los Alamos, officials with the Department of Public Utilities would like to remind customers to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters.

This will ensure that DPU can bill customers on actual meter reads rather than estimating reads.

Meter Technician Supervisor Edgar Castillo asks customers to check gates if meters are in the backyard. 

“Make sure your gate can open and close without obstruction of snow and ice,” he said. “Clearing your meters of snow


Watch ‘These Are the Voyages’ At Nature Center Tonight!

PEEC News:
The community is invited to watch “These Are the Voyages” at 7 p.m. today in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin, or walk the decks of the Enterprise? With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is now a possibility. We will highlight three such endeavors with an outer space theme: Stargate Network, The Orville – Interactive Fan Experience, and the Virtual Enterprise D Recreation at this event. Join Peter Polko for an introduction to these


SFNF Waives Fees In Honor Of Martin Luther King Day

Scene from Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/Kyle Maxwell

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

All SFNF offices will be closed Jan. 20 for the federal holiday, resuming regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Fees will be waived at SFNF sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the recreation.gov system. Since many recreation sites on the SFNF are closed for the winter, visitors are encouraged


NWS: High Near 39; Tonight’s Low Around 17

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 39 with patchy freezing fog before 9 a.m. and a 40 percent chance of snow showers, possibly mixing with rain after noon, then gradually ending. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight mostly  clear with a low around 17. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts additional snowfall around the state today. Courtesy/NWS