Environment

Scenes From Recent Trip On Ring Road In Iceland

A penguin stands alone on a small iceberg spotted by Los Alamos Daily Post photographer and videographer Nate Limback during his recent 8-day trip traveling the Ring Road in Iceland. Limback shares his photos of the wildlife, landscapes, waterfalls and icebergs he encountered along the 825 mile road. The Ring Road is the nickname of Route 1, Iceland’s main motorway. Since most of Iceland’s interior is uninhabitable wilderness, this highway only goes around the populated coastal areas. The Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Dyrhólaey cliffs and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon


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State Office Of Natural Resources Seeking Project Ideas To Restore Resources Harmed By 2015 Gold King Mine Disaster

ONRT News:

The New Mexico Office of the Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) is seeking ideas from the public for restoration projects to be funded through a proposed $1 million settlement with the mining defendants in litigation following the 2015 Gold King Mine release.

The mining defendants include Sunnyside Corporation and its parent companies, Kinross Gold Corporation and Kinross Gold, U.S.A., Inc. This outreach is an important step toward restoring natural resources affected by the release. 

In August 2015, a blowout at the Gold King Mine in Colorado released millions of gallons of water


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Fort Union National Monument Candlelight Tours Aug. 7

Six mule Army wagon at Fort Union National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

Fort Union National Monument announces Candlelight Tours, which will be offered  7:30-9 p.m., Saturday Aug. 7 in Waltrous, some 28 miles north of Las Vegas, N.M.

The event is free to the public.

During this evening event, visitors will be guided through the fort, and, through a series of vignettes performed by costumed actors and interpreters, will discover the intimate and compelling stories of those that once lived and worked at the fort.

Tour times are 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Flash photography is allowed


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Gifted Gardeners Bring Joy To Passersby In White Rock

‘We often walk past this beautifully cared for garden along N.M. 4 in White Rock. Many thanks to the gifted gardeners whose skills let us all enjoy this sight. As fairly new residents of this delightful town we love discovering the many lovely views, whether it is the mountains, the parks or the gorgeous gardens. What a treat!’ Andy and Linda Light of White Rock. Courtesy photo


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Daily Postcard: Rufous Hummingbird In White Rock

Daily Postcard: Adult male Rufous Hummingbird spotted Friday afternoon in White Rock. Rufous Hummingbirds have the hummingbird gift for fast, darting flight and pinpoint maneuverability. They are pugnacious birds that tirelessly chase away other hummingbirds, even in places they’re only visiting on migration. Like other hummers, they sip nectar and eat insects, taking them from spider webs or catching them in midair. Source: Cornell University. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Rufous Hummingbird spotted Friday afternoon in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Rufous Hummingbird spotted Friday


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White Rock Community Garden Now A Monarch Waystation

Monarch feasts on a butterfly bush the White Rock Community Garden. Courtesy/WRCG

Common milkweed among golden coreopsis at the White Rock Community Garden. Courtesy/WRCG

COMMUNITY News:

In 1992, Dr. Orley “Chip” Taylor, of the University of Kansas, founded Monarch Watch, which strives to provide the public with information about the biology of Monarch butterflies, their spectacular annual migration from Canada to Mexico, and how to use Monarchs to further science education in primary and secondary schools.

Currently, the organization engages in research on Monarch migration biology,


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Luján Votes To Confirm Jill Hruby As NNSA Administrator

Jill Hruby

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after voting to confirm Jill Hruby as administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA):  

“As a former Director of Sandia National Laboratories, Jill Hruby brings strong experience to the role of NNSA Administrator. I look forward to working together to support the critical mission work of our National Laboratories, including Sandia and Los Alamos, which play an essential role in maintaining our national security.”


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Lift-Served Mountain Biking Opens At Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Express, Lift 1, for lift-served mountain biking opens today, July 22. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort

PURGATORY News:

Purgatory Resort announces the opening of Purgatory Express (Lift 1) for lift-served mountain biking today, July 22.

Purgatory installed 14 new Deason Built MTB carriers for increased capacity and efficiency to safely transport riders and their equipment to Durango’s only lift-served downhill mountain bike flow trail.

Purgatory’s Bike Park features podium-quality terrain for all abilities and serves as the gateway to over 400 miles of high alpine singletrack


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Daily Postcard: Mountain Lion Relaxes In Tall Tree

Daily Postcard: A mountain lion relaxes on the branch of a tall pine tree Wednesday in the area of Acid Canyon in Los Alamos. The mountain lion—also known as the cougar, puma, panther or catamount—is a large cat species native to the Americas. Mountain lions can breed year-round. Females usually give birth every two years. Litters can range in size from one to six cubs. The young may stay with their mother for as long as 26 months, but usually separate after about 15 months. In the wild, a mountain lion can live up to 10 years. In captivity, they can live up to 21 years. Source: National Wildlife Federation


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Daily Postcard: Pair Of Bucks Graze At Local Home

Bucks stop for a snack at a residence this morning on Futura Drive in White Rock. Photo by Diane Ortiz

One of the bucks grazes this morning at a residence on Futura Drive in White Rock. Photo by Diane Ortiz

One of the bucks munches on the lawn of a residence this morning on Futura Drive in White Rock. Photo by Diane Ortiz


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Jimenez And Hedges: Orphaned Oil And Gas Wells

James Jimenez

By CAROL HEDGES and
JAMES JIMENEZ  

The physical and economic health of our states depends on fair and responsible management of publicly owned resources — everything from our school buildings to our state and national parks.

But because of the broken federal oil and gas leasing system, our schools have received less-than-promised funding and discarded oil wells are polluting our cherished public lands. Thankfully, several of our leaders in Washington are working to put our communities and public lands first and manage our transition away from fossil fuels.    

In January,


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Heinrich, Blunt Introduce Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 to invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and Tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America.

“Protecting America’s fish and wildlife habitat means conserving the creatures we love before they ever become imperiled,” Heinrich said. “After all, our children deserve to inherit the full breadth of American wildlife, from bumble


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Meet Goats And Rattlesnakes At Nature Center Wednesday!

Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday for a Summer Family Evening featuring adult and baby goats from Gypsy Mountain Ranch and Second Bloom Farm and reptiles and snakes from the American International Rattlesnake Museum. Del Norte LOV Foundation sponsors this event. Photo by Joyce Gurule

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) for a Summer Family Evening 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This event will be a double Summer Family Evening and feature both reptiles from the American International Rattlesnake Museum and


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Energy Secretary Recognizes Exceptional Project Management At Los Alamos National Laboratory

Members of the ECCCE project team stand in front of some of the cooling equipment they installed at the Strategic Computing Complex at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under budget.

The team responsible for managing the Exascale Class Computing Cooling Equipment (ECCCE) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized last week by the Secretary of Energy with an Achievement Award. Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under


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