Amateur Naturalist: Two Weeks Of Flowering Beauty

A lawn with a field of dandelions at their peak. Yellow flowers are the front while balls of the white seed are toward the back. Photo by Bob Dryja

A closer view of dandelion flowers and their balls of seed. Photo by Bob Dryja

Los Alamos

The green lawns of spring time are perfect for the growth of dandelions. A well-kept lawn has fertile soil just inches below the grass. The lawn also may be well-watered and the grass mowed so as to be too tall. Dandelion seeds emerge in the early spring. They float easily in the air and then settle between grass blades to grow. What is a good setting for grass Read More

Don’t Feed The Wildlife!

NMG&F Conservation Officer Ariel Perraglio

Los Alamos Daily Post

When it comes to feeding the wildlife, Los Alamos is facing a problem and is grappling with how to effectively resolve it.

For most of the Los Alamos County Councilors during the May 16 work session, the solution is education.

New Mexico Game and Fish (NMG&F) Conservation Officer Ariel Perraglio reported during the work session that in the past year she has received more than 70 emails and phone calls regarding negative wildlife and human interaction in Los Alamos. In comparison, Read More

NCRTD Plans To Transition To Zero Emission Fleet


The North Central RTD is committed to being an environmentally conscious and sustainable partner. One component of this goal is to reduce its carbon footprint through zero emission buses (ZEBs). The transition plan evaluates the current and planned facilities to determine how ZEBs can be accommodated, financial and funding efforts, and how the NCRTD workforce can support a zero-emission fleet.

The District plans on incorporating charging stations at various current and planned facilities across the state. The recently constructed Española facility was built with this in Read More

New Mexico Environment Department Releases Quarterly Performance Report Highlighting Accomplishments, Water Investments

Environment Cabinet Secretary James Kenney

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released the third-quarter update of its fiscal year 2023 (FY23) performance assessment report that offers the public, stakeholders, and legislators the opportunity to track the department’s progress in protecting public health and the environment between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2023.

The report also provides insights on budget and staffing challenges impacting performance. 

Accomplishments highlighted in the report include NMED’s work during the 2023 legislative session Read More

Weekly Fishing Report: June 7, 2023

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Fishing conditions have changed only a little from last week’s report. Streamflows continue to drop, although the major rivers are still running high and above normal.

Fenton Lake State Park is open for camping. Lake is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Camping by reservation only. It is heavily-stocked with rainbow trout. It also has some wild brown trout and some Rio Grande cutthroat trout from earlier stockings. It was stocked June 1 with 952 rainbow trout. Only two cutthroat trout may be kept as part of the five fish daily limit at Fenton. For more information Read More

Office Of Natural Resources Trustee Finalizes Restoration Plan For Injuries From 2015 Gold King Mine Release

Cedar Hill Boat Ramp on the Animas River built with Gold King Mine Settlement funds. Courtesy/ONRT

New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) released the final Natural Resource Restoration Plan # 2 for the 2015 Gold King Mine Release. The final restoration plan commits funding for 10 natural resource restoration projects using $12 million recovered from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA contractors for injuries in New Mexico resulting from the 2015 release of acid mine drainage Read More

Early Morning Scenic View From Truck Route

Early morning view recently from the Truck Route. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Early morning view recently from the Truck Route. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Early morning view recently from the Truck Route. Photo by VaLynn Purvis Read More

Posts From The Road: Wickenburg, Arizona

Wickenburg: A mural on the wall of a downtown business depicts Wickenburg’s western roots and how settlers arrived in the area on foot, by horse, by wagon, or later by train. The Wickenburg community embraces its western heritage. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Thanks: This sculpture entitled ‘Thanks For the Rain’ by Joe Beeler sits in a park area adjacent to the Desert Caballero Western Museum in Wickenburg, Ariz. The historic downtown area of the city is filled with sculptures, murals and other artwork depicting Wickenburg’s history. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

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U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón’s New Poem To Fly Into Space Aboard NASA’s Europa Clipper Set To Launch In October 2024

U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón


U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón is revealing a new poem that will fly into space aboard NASA’s Europa Clipper mission on a year’s long journey to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.

The poem, first shared publicly during a special reading at the Library of Congress, will be engraved on the spacecraft set to launch in October 2024.

Now members of the public are invited to add their names to fly with the poem — like a message in a bottle from Earth — traveling billions of miles as the mission investigates whether the ocean thought to lie beneath Europa’s Read More

Zero Waste: The 3 Sisters Companion Planting Method And Why You Should Try It

Ryan Ramaker with the fourth sister. Courtesy/LAC

ZERO WASTE TIP: Start simple … meaning if you chose to make a 3-Sisters garden or apply its principles, don’t go all out the first time. Find a small space to do some experimenting.

Zero Waste Team

So, there I was, chugging along, getting an Associates Degree in applied science, when I stumbled across the Sustainable Technologies degree at Santa Fe Community College and got to thinking: I could spend the rest of my life learning about Sustainability! Although I didn’t switch my major, I’m still in love, and delight in the joy Read More

Rotary: James Wernicke Speaks About Kilimanjaro Climb

During the May 23 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, Rotarian James Wernicke walked members through his January 2022 adventures in Tanzania during which he and his father climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Located in northeastern Tanzania, near the Kenya border, Mt. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano, the highest mountain on the African continent. Together father and son summited Mt. Kilimanjaro’s highest peak, Uhuru, at 19,371 ft. Sporting a Tanzania shirt, Wernicke described the week-long climb and the challenges and exhilaration of trekking through five habitat zones along the Machame Read More


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