Environment

Rio Fire Ignited Saturday In Abiquiu Is 50 Percent Contained

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION News:

The Rio Fire in the community of Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County sparked by ditch burning is now 50 percent contained. The fire was reported around 2 p.m. Saturday, and burned on both sides of the Rio Chama Bosque. 

Today resources from the Forestry Division and Rio Arriba County will continue to secure the perimeter of the fire and mop up hot spots.

No structures are threatened at this time and there are no evacuations.

Smoke may continue to be seen in the area. Individuals sensitive to wildfire smoke should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health


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Variety Of Birds Gather At Warbler Pond On Barranca Mesa

A variety of birds gather Friday at the warbler pond of a residence on Barranca Mesa including this male Cassin’s Finch. The Cassin’s Finch is a resident of mountains and conifer forests in the west. Little roving flocks wander through the woods, often feeding on buds and seeds high in the trees. The complicated song of the male often includes brief imitations of other birds. Source: Audubon.org. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A Townsend’s Solitaire joins other birds Friday at the warbler pond on Barranca Mesa. This bird sits upright and sings from prominent perches at all times of the year. Source:


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VCNP: Light Pollution, The Environment, And Us…

Moths flock to man-made light sources, like this outdoor light, instead of orienting to the moon. This is just one example of how artificial light can interrupt the natural behaviors of wildlife. Photo by Mohibul Hoque

By KELLI HOUSLEY
Valles Caldera National Preserve
(With contributions from Monique Schoustra and Starr Woods) 

Humans and animals have always relied on the stars for seasonal awareness, navigation, and understanding. But increases in artificial lighting and light pollution cost us our connection to the past and produce devastating effects on our own health and our environment.


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LAFD Knocks Out Fire In Canyon Beyond Sioux Street

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) crews knocked out a fire burning this afternoon in the very bottom of the canyon behind Sioux Street. Deputy Chief Steve Dawald told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the fire grew to about half an acre and firefighters had it controlled within about 15 minutes. Battalion Chief Ben Stone told the Post that the fire is now completely out and Sioux Street is open to traffic. He added that investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire so the trail will be closed this evening. County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger said in a news release this afternoon

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Environmental Services: Which Batteries To Throw, Recycle

County Environmental Services News:

The recycling world can be confusing as the rules change often. One item that confuses a lot of people is which battery can be recycled and which battery can be tossed in the trash.

This article covers what can and cannot be thrown in the trash, a little background as to why, and where to take batteries that need to be recycled.

In the past, single-use batteries commonly found in households (AA, AAA, 9V, D-cell, Etc.) could not be thrown in the trash mainly because they were created with chemicals and metals that were hazardous.

Now, single-use alkaline batteries


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LANL Pollution Solutions: Taraka Dale Explains How Lab Technologies Could Solve Global Plastic Problems

Bottle Consortium. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Earth Week is April 16-22, and New Mexicans are coming out of their collective COVID-19 cocoons to find they’ve wracked up even more plastic waste in the form of old take-out containers and used PPE.

Now what?

Los Alamos biochemist Taraka Dale is offering a free, public talk, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, April 19, via Webex on how Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Smart Microbial Cell Technology could not only accelerate the breakdown of existing plastics but also engineer bio-friendly ones in the future.

Dale is the Lab’s team lead for the new BOTTLE Consortium,


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PEEC, Historical Society, County Library: Growing Together

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos County Library System and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are teaming up to bring programs about gardening to the community. There will be a series of five workshops, lectures, and events in April and May. 

Gardening and farming have always been part of life on the Pajarito Plateau, from Ancestral Puebloans to Homesteading Farms to Victory Gardens of WWII and the Master Gardeners and hobbyists of today.

In 1944, the community created a space for victory gardens east of the Fuller Lodge lawn. These


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Scenes From Family Softball Game In White Rock

Sys Hansana and daughter Vivien Hansana keep a close eye on the action as Ryker Black stands ready to hit an incoming pitch during a rousing family softball game outside a residence Wednesday on Rover Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Ryker Black, left, and Sys Hansana watch Vivien Hansana smack the ball during a family softball game Wednesday in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Lara Black throws the ball for son Ryker Black during a family softball game Wednesday at a residence on Rover Boulevard. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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Spring Colors Bloom On Barranca Mesa

Yellow Oregon grape flowers begin to open recently on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A  purple vinca major blooms recently on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A dandelion pushes through rocks into the sun recently on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan


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New Mexico Technology Company Verus Research Expands With New R&D Facility Site In Northeast Albuquerque

Verus Research expanding with new research site in Northeast Albuquerque. Courtesy/Resolut RE

VERUS RESEARCH News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Verus® Research, a New Mexico-based team of scientists and engineers specializing in advanced research and development, announces the expansion and buildout of a new research facility in Northeast Albuquerque.

The fast-growing technology company will move into the empty big-box retail space, formerly Babies R Us, at 45 Hotel Circle NE in August.

In addition to the new 41,240 square feet of research and office space, Verus Research will maintain its multi-floor


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DCA: Watch Pottery Demonstration, Learn About New Mexico’s Early Literary Tradition, Hike Organ Mountains

DCA News:

Explore the latest online programming from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

DCA is bringing the state’s unique blend of cultures into homes through its museums, historic sites and cultural institutions.

Watch pottery demonstrations, learn about New Mexico’s early literary traditions, take a hike in the Organ Mountains and more through virtual programs available to the public.

This week includes three programs:

  • The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture will continue its monthly pottery demonstration series via Zoom April 14. This next episode will feature

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Daily Postcard: Robin Spends Time At Backyard Pond

Daily Postcard: An American Robin appears Tuesday morning to sip water from a backyard pond on Barranca Mesa confirming that spring is here! Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

Robin spends time Tuesday at a backyard pond on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

Robin spends time Tuesday at a backyard pond on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan


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Community Invited To Rose Pruning Workshop April 17

 
Carlos Valdez, second from right, conducts a rose pruning workshop. Courtesy/LAGC
LAGC News:
The Los Alamos Garden Club (LAGC) invites the public to attend a rose pruning workshop with Carlos Valdez from the County Extension Office.
This is an excellent workshop for anyone interested in learning how to properly prune roses. Valdez will teach attendees how to prune, clean and care for roses.
Participants should wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Gloves will be necessary and anyone with pruners should bring them. It

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SFNF Reminder On Campfire Safety To Prevent Wildfires

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) reminds visitors about the importance of campfire safety and preventing human-caused wildland fires.

Abandoned campfires remain the leading cause of human-caused wildfires.

An ongoing drying trend across the SFNF has fire managers concerned about an early start to the 2021 fire season. The dry winter and spring conditions combined with strong winds have already brought wildfire season to many parts of New Mexico.  

With warmer temperatures and more people getting out to explore the Santa Fe National Forest, visitors are urged to


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