Environment

National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $195 Million In Economic Benefit

NPS News:

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,449,307 visitors to national parks in the state of New Mexico spent $156,200,000 in the state in 2021.

That spending resulted in 2,076 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $195,700,000.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists at the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The report shows $20.5 billion of direct spending by more than 297 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 322,600 jobs Read More

Bear Spotted Strolling Grounds At Little Forest Playschool

This bear has been spotted over the last two days strolling around the grounds of Little Forest Playschool at 3880 Villa St. Photo by Dora Chen

This bear has been spotted over the last two days strolling around the grounds of Little Forest Playschool at 3880 Villa St. Photo by Dora Chen Read More

Registration Opens For Family Y’s Earth Service Crew Environmental Education And Volunteer Service Program

YMCA News:

Registration is open for The Family YMCA’s Earth Service Crew (YESC) environmental education and volunteer service program for middle-school aged youth.

YESC meets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursdays, from June 20-July 29. Registration, on a weekly basis, closes when spaces are filled. 

The program empowers youth to be effective, responsible global citizens by providing opportunities for environmental education and action, leadership development and cross-cultural awareness.  

During the summer, youth learn tool safety, trail maintenance, ecological restoration, Read More

Environment Department To Offer 200 Free Bacteria Test Kits For Hermits Peak & Calf Canyon Fire Response

NMED News:

LAS VEGAS & TAOS — As part of the New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) ongoing emergency response efforts, NMED is providing free bacteria tests kits for residents who rely on private wells for their drinking water.

Impacted residents can pick-up a free test kit July 6 at the NMED Taos field office at 145 Roy Road, in response to the recent Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires.

After a wildfire, private wells can be contaminated and unsafe to use for drinking water and other purposes.

“As a result of the widespread destruction inflicted by the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires, Read More

SFNF Begins Implementation Of Riparian Restoration

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will begin implementation of the first two riparian restoration projects approved under the 2021 riparian restoration decision signed by the Santa Fe, Carson and Cibola National Forests to improve watershed health, water quality and riparian habitat in Northern New Mexico.

Work on the Rito Peñas Negras project on the Cuba Ranger District near Deer Lake will be completed in two phases.

In the first phase, the SFNF will place instream stabilizers built onsite with natural materials into approximately 6 miles of the stream to stabilize Read More

County Eco Station/Convenience Center Closed July 4

The County Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed Monday July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Additionally, there will be no residential or commercial trash and yard trimming collection service provided Monday, July 4. If the observed date falls on your normal collection day place your materials out Wednesday, July 6. Courtesy/LAC Read More

Two Does And A Buck Spend Time On Sycamore Street

A handsome young buck scans the neighborhood in search of the best grazing area early Wednesday afternoon on Sycamore Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A pair of does relax early Wednesday afternoon on the sloped front yard of a residence on Sycamore Street. They are keeping an eye on a young buck grazing a short distance away. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A buck grazes early Wednesday afternoon in the front yard of a residence on Sycamore Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A pair of does and a buck spend time early Wednesday afternoon in the front yard of Read More

LAPD: Crash On Truck Route – Motorists Should Avoid Area

The scene of a single vehicle crash that occurred a short time ago this morning on the Truck Route about one mile east of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). Police report no injuries. Los Alamos police are asking motorists to avoid this area and seek alternate routes to allow first responders to clear the scene. Roads around the community are wet and slick due to rain and motorists are urged to slow down and drive with extra caution. Courtesy/LAPD Read More

Mountaineers: Lesser Known Hikes In Northern New Mexico

The Medanales Arroyo with threatening storm clouds. Courtesy/Eric Björklund

By WILLIAM PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos Mountaineers

The Los Alamos Mountaineers are back in person! The Tuesday, June 28 Mountaineers meeting will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center, held in collaboration with PEEC. There also will be a virtual adjunct.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m., and features a presentation on “Lesser Known Hikes in Northern New Mexico” by Eric Björklund. There are many well-known, and well-visited, outings in our neighborhood. However, there also is a lot that lies off the beaten path, in Read More

New Mexico Environment Department Transforms Public Participation Through Easy-To-Use Website Tools & Design

NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney

NMED News:

SANTA FE — It has never been easier for New Mexicans to participate in the public comment process for matters that impact their community.

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) launched its Public Comment Portal as an easy-to-use method to accept public comments and documents. This is the latest functional improvement to NMED’s on-going efforts to make the agency and its actions more accessible to all New Mexicans.

“We continue to invest in making the Environment Department more accessible for all New Mexicans – including the public’s Read More

Posts From The Road: Art In Downtown Sheridan

Summit CEO’s: The Summit CEO’s sculpture by J. C. Dye features two bighorn rams. The work has been on display in downtown Sheridan, Wyo. since 2003. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Autumn’s Challenge: Autumn’s Challenge by Chris Navarro is dedicated to Willian ‘Bill’ Morris who was a director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

While visiting Sheridan, Wyo. we wanted to explore the historic downtown area of the town. We were in Sheridan a year ago and wanted to return to the town of about 18,000 Read More

Tales Of Our Times: Wildland Firefighting Enjoys Potent Aids To Better Decisions

Tales of our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

The Cerro Pelado Fire recently threatened nearby mountains, canyons, and their resident assets in Northern New Mexico.

Over 45,000 acres burned. For three straight weeks, wildland firefighters averaged two one-hour meetings a week in town, which gave town dwellers a close look at the ins and outs of wildland firefighting.

Wildland fires have much the look and feel of war zones, with one epic difference: Mother Nature is in charge. Though she can be harsh, nature is not a source of fake clues. Diversionary ploys are Read More

SFNF Personal-use Fuelwood Permit Sales Start Monday

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will begin selling personal-use fuelwood permits when offices open 8 a.m. Monday, June 27.

Permits can be purchased in person at forest headquarters in Santa Fe and the offices in Española, Coyote and Cuba. The Jemez District will initially sell permits over the phone.

Since the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is still under a fire closure order, the Pecos and Las Vegas offices will begin fuelwood permit sales at a later date to be determined.

The SFNF postponed sales of personal-use fuelwood permits this year due to active wildfires in Read More

Pajarito Astronomers Dark Sky/Night Program Tonight!

The Triangulum Galaxy. Photo by Jeremy Best

Pajarito Astronomers News:

Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Divisions have partnered up with the Pajarito Astronomers for the Dark Sky/Night program.

Anyone with an interest in star gazing and the chance to look for stars through a telescope is invited to come out tonight, June 25, to Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Arrive at nightfall for viewing, or around sunset for setting up. If arriving at night and approaching Spirio Field, please use parking lights.

Bring a red flashlight for safety.

This gathering is weather Read More

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