Environment

Experience Mars InSight Landing At NMMNH&S

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NASA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE NASA exploration landings on Mars are always exciting events, and the next one will touchdown Nov. 26, 2018.
 
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will host a landing party that day from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about the latest mission to study the interior of Mars during a live NASA broadcast. Mars-related hands-on activities, videos, and local solar system experts will also be available.
 
Mars InSight will arrive on Mars at around 1 p.m. MST, Nov. 26. The lander will plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere,

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Era Of Megafires: Evening Of Film, Fire, Discussion

SFFC News:
 
The Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition, the Forest Stewards Guild, North 40 Productions, New Mexico Counties, and the City of Santa Fe are pleased to bring the Era of Megafires to Santa Fe.
 
The rise of highly destructive megafires — wildfires over 100,000 acres — has become one of today’s most pressing and complex problems, threatening our communities, homes, businesses and even our very way of life. Facing the reality of this issue is daunting, but like all wicked problems, through education and action we can change the way fire comes to our forests and communities.

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Purgatory Kicks Off Ski Season Saturday Nov. 17

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PURGATORY News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.  Purgatory Resort opens for ski season Saturday, Nov. 17 with top to bottom skiing and snowboarding on the frontside of the mountain.  
 
Lifts 1 and 2 will begin daily operations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 17 with access to the trails Westfork, El Diablo, Upper & Lower Demon, and the Bank, which also will offer several terrain park features.  
 
“We’re very excited to start the ski season at Purgatory Resort with top to bottom skiing on the six-pack this Saturday,” stated James Coleman, managing

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SFNF: Gallinas Watershed Piles Burn Planned Today

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 500 acres of Piles beginning today, Nov. 13, in the Gallinas Watershed adjacent to E.V. Long Campground.
 
Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through Jan. 31. Fire managers plan to treat about 150 acres a day.
 
Smoke may be visible from Panderies, Las Vegas, and along I-25 north and south of Las Vegas.
 
Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers

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Arrests On Federal Borderlands Increase By Nearly 4,000 Percent Under Trump/Zinke Surge Operations

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that in the first six months of a pilot program to provide an increased Interior law enforcement presence on identified Interior lands along the US-Mexico border, arrests of illegal aliens entering the United States increased by nearly 4,000 percent.
 
In May of 2018, Secretary Zinke directed a Border Support Surge initiative, which coordinated law enforcement officers from the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Border Patrol to execute high

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Finding Evidence Of Coronado At Historic Site

Clay Mathers finds a Spanish bridle fragment at Coronado Historic Site. Photo by Matthew Barbour

Caret-headed nails. Photo by Clay Mathers

NMHS News:

BERNALILLO ― Major archaeological news is being reported from the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo. An ongoing archaeological metal detector survey of the site revealed, for the first time, tangible evidence that the expedition of Vázquez de Coronado was present at this site.

Although archaeological and historical research has been focused on the Coronado Historic Site and its Pueblo of Kuaua for nearly 140 years, previous excavation,


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SFNF: La Cueva Prescribed Burn Slated For Today

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 372 acres beginning today, Nov. 13, in the La Cueva area, seven miles northwest of Pecos.
 
Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through Feb. 28.
 
Smoke may be visible from the communities of La Cueva, Glorieta, Canada da Los Alamos, La Joya, Apache Canyon, Upper Pecos Canyon, Pecos, Rowe, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Watershed.
 
These communities can expect the smoke to settle and possibly impact the

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USDA Announces Investments To Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure And Increase Grid Resilience

USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett Nov. 8 announced that USDA is investing $1.6 billion in 46 rural electric utility infrastructure projects to improve electric reliability and resilience in 24 states.
 
“Reliable and affordable power is an underpinning for economic development and quality of life,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in building prosperity in rural communities through the sustainment and modernization of rural electric infrastructure.”

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Snowy Scenes Around Los Alamos Today

Snow scene this morning at the VFW on Trinity Drive. The National Weather Service predicts the storm is clearing and will be followed by sunny skies Tuesday and a high of 34. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Snow scene this morning on the grounds of Mesa Public Library. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Snow scene this morning on Rose Street near Oppenheimer Tower. Photo By Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snowplows this morning clearing Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A man clears the parking area this morning at Chapel Apartments near Rose Street. Photo by


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Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.347 Million For Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project will receive a total of $4.347 million from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) fiscal year 2019 budget.  
 
The project, when complete, will deliver a reliable water supply to Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, Grady, Elida, Melrose, Portales, Texico, and Roosevelt and Curry counties. An additional $7.65 million will be allocated to other projects along the Rio Grande, for Isleta Pueblo, and the Carlsbad area.

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More Than A Foot Of Fresh Snow Falls On Sipapu

Today’s storm brought more than a foot of snow to Sipapu Ski Resort … 13 inches to be exact. Sipapu has received a total of 31 inches so far this season with 25 inches falling in the past two weeks. Sipapu continues to make snow in preparation for the kick off of ski season as crews work to open more and more terrain for the season. Sipapu will once again be the first ski resort in New Mexico to open for the ski season. Opening day is this Friday, Nov. 16. For more information, visit Sipapu.ski. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort


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Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 6 p.m. Today

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect through 6 p.m. today as snow continues falling in the area including this home in the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of snowfall today in the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Jemez Ranger District Plans Piles Burn In December

Fire managers plan ignitions on piles between Dec. 1, and Feb. 28, 2019 on the Jemez Ranger District to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on piles between Dec. 1, and Feb. 28, 2019 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews plan to treat up to 1,123 acres of piles located three to eight miles northeast of


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Daily Postcard: Scenes From Bosque Del Apache

Sandhill Cranes in flight Friday morning at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The 31st Annual Festival of the Cranes gets underway Wednesday, Nov. 14 and includes more than 140 events, drawing photographers, birders and wildlife enthusiasts from around the country to celebrate the return of the Sandhill Cranes to their winter home. To get to the refuge, drive south on I-25 past Socorro to exit 139 (San Antonio), go east 0.25 miles on US 380 to the flashing signal at the village of San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, and drive south nine miles to the Visitor Center on the right.


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