Environment

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 27

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The shorter days and cooler temperatures are stirring the trout from their summer doldrums and fishing conditions are improving throughout Northern New Mexico.
 
The aspens are starting to show some color and bull elk will likely be bugling in the mountains. Fall is the best time of the year to be enjoying the beautiful outdoors in New Mexico.
 
The State Game and Fish Department continues to stock thousands of rainbow trout and some very big trout averaging over 18 inches in size were stocked last week. Streamflows continue

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Ted Romero Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

People of all ages participate in the weekly pace Tuesday on the trails behind the Aquatic Center. Courtesy photo

Pace Race participants. Courtesy photo 

 
ACRR News:
 
Ted Romero was the best predictor in the weekly pace Tuesday on the Bridge Loop on the trails behind the Aquatic Center with a 7 second differential in his prediction.
 
Other accurate predictors were Ryan Smeltzer at 18 seconds off, Aaron Jackson with a 18 second difference as well as the best finisher in the 3 mile race at 24:03, Adam Stainer at 30 seconds off, and Chris Michel recording a 56 second differential.

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Student Geology Adventure In Jemez Thursday

EDUCATION News:

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is partnering with the Geological Society of America (GSA), New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Valles Caldera National Preserve, the San Diego Riverside Charter School and the Jemez Valley Middle School on a field project designed to raise awareness of the importance of earth science.

Thursday, Sept. 17, eighth grade students and educators will participate in a guided full school day field trip examining the local geology of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, AGI’s


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Bandelier Celebrates Year Of Bird Global Big Day Oct. 6

Great horned owl at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 
Bandelier National Monument will be celebrating the Year of the Bird in October with Global Big Day #2 Oct. 6.  
 
Meet at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. for a bird walk down the Falls Trail to kick off this important bird day. Please wear comfortable shoes/boots and bring water and binoculars if you have them. Contact the Bandelier Visitor Center for more information at 505.672.3861 ext 517.
 
Global Big Day is an international birding event to collect data on migrating birds. These counts are very important for scientists

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AGU: Ocean Research And Education Are Foundations For Economic Growth

AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Scientific research in Earth and space sciences advances our understanding of our world and contributes to strong global economies, security, and public health and safety.
 
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced a revision to its position statement, “Ocean Research and Education Are Foundations for Economic Growth.” The revision calls upon public and private entities to “forge cooperation and make bold investments that enable scientific discovery and solutions in ocean science to support the global economy.”
 
The statement

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Heinrich To Be Featured Speaker At National Clean Energy Week Symposium

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. At 4:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. MT, today, Sept. 26, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the son of a utility lineman and one of just a few engineers in Congress, will be a featured speaker at the National Clean Energy Week Policy Makers Symposium to discuss his vision for America’s clean energy future.
 
Through his role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Heinrich has advocated for growing the clean energy economy in New Mexico. His efforts to secure

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NIST: Quantum Information Science – Making The Leap

The first fully programmable and reconfigurable quantum computer module developed in 2016 by scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute, a partnership of NIST and the University of Maryland. The pioneering device takes advantage of the unique properties offered by trapped ions to run any algorithm. Quantum computers promise speedy solutions to some difficult problems, but building large-scale, general-purpose quantum devices is a problem fraught with technical challenges. Courtesy/E. Edwards/JQI and S. Debnath/IonQ
 
NIST News:
 
Quantum information science will contribute

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Game Commission Meets Oct. 5 In Albuquerque

NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet Friday, Oct. 5, in Albuquerque to review final biennial review of state listed and endangered species and the fiscal year 2018 report on depredation and nuisance abatement.
 
The meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s new Northwest Regional Office located at 7816 Alamo Road NW, in Albuquerque.
 
Other agenda items include:
  • A ceremonial opening and tour of the new Northwest Regional Office.
  • Subsequent discussions for potential rule changes on hunting and fishing

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Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Update

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed a 545 acre prescribed burn Monday in the Santa Fe Watershed, about three miles east of the City of Santa Fe, to help protect the watershed from high intensity wildfire.
 
Prescribed burning is not planned in the watershed again until the spring.
 
The 545 acre prescribed burn was conducted in proximity to Nichols and McClure Reservoirs. Parts of a 450 acre area northeast of Nichols Reservoir received treatment, as did parts of a 500 acre area just south of McClure Reservoir.
 
Historically,

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Pajarito Astronomers Hold Dark Night Oct. 6

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6:30 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Oct. 6 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening.

There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.


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Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Mid-September Update

Courtesy/USDA
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin ignitions today on the Cedar Springs prescribed burn to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality, winds and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 500 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the Cedar Springs area. The total prescribed burn area is 1,454 acres.
 
Forest Roads 6 and 7 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged

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Western Caucus Urges Repeal Of WOTUS

 
CWC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 20, members of the Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements calling for full repeal of the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule through the final conference report of the Farm Bill or through the passage of the Department of the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of 2019:
 
Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (OR-02): “In my meetings throughout rural Oregon, farmers, ranchers, and property owners have repeatedly expressed their

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NMGF Investigates Fish Die Off In Pecos River

NMGF is investigating a fish die off in the upper Pecos River. Courtesy photo

NMGF News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die off in the upper Pecos River from the village of Pecos to Cowles.

The die off is affecting brown and rainbow trout and is being attributed to stress induced by low water conditions and poor water quality throughout late summer and early fall. Most of the fish observed were adult brown trout and a few rainbow trout.

The department expects more fish to die through the fall as brown trout undergo spawning stress and flows continue


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SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Update

Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire Managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest completed the French Mesa prescribed burn Thursday.
 
The objective was met by the total of 3,580 acres that were successfully treated.
 
The prescribed burn was conducted to improve wildlife forage and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open to the public, but travelers are advised to take extreme caution when entering into or near the burn areas. The burn areas can be hazardous due to the risk of falling

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SAR Hosts Computer Scientist Leah Buechley For A Creative Thought Forum Lecture Oct. 11

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SAR News:
 
SANTA FE The School for Advanced Research (SAR) has announced the next lecture in its second annual Creative Thought Forum series.
 
Computer scientist Leah Buechley presents “Connecting Science, Technology, and Culture in Education” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.
 
Buechley is a founder and former science director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s High-Low Tech research group. From 2009 to 2014 the MIT research group developed projects like interactive wallpaper, circuit

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AGU: New Study Suggests Martian Moon May Have Come From Impact On Home Planet

Phobos seen from Mars surface captured by the Curiosity rover in 2014. Courtesy/NASA / JPL / MSSS / Justin Cowart CC-BY-3.0
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins.
 
The dark faces of the moons resemble the primitive asteroids of the outer solar system, suggesting the moons might be asteroids caught long ago in Mars’ gravitational pull. But the shapes and angles of the moons’ orbits do not fit this capture scenario.
 
A fresh look at 20-year-old data from

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Native Fish Restoration Activity Planned Oct. 10-21

NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE Native fish restoration efforts on Whitewater Creek is scheduled for Oct. 10-21.
 
As part of the Whitewater Creek Native Fish Restoration Project, the department will remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek to allow restoration of Gila trout and other native fish to their historic range.
 
This portion of the project starts at the Gila National Forest boundary below the Catwalk National Recreation Trail parking area and continues upstream to the headwaters.
 
The department will apply rotenone based products – CFT Legumine® and Prentox®

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