Environment

Governor Announces Record Levels Of Energy Diversification In New Mexico

Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced, for the first time ever, in the first two months of 2018 renewable energy accounted for over 30 percent of the state’s electricity generation.
 
This diversification of New Mexico’s energy sector can be attributed to the Governor’s “all of the above” energy policy plan which was unveiled in 2015 – New Mexico’s first energy policy in nearly 25 years. ​
 
“This balanced and diverse mix of energy generation is proof our ‘all of the above’ approach to harnessing

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Daily Postcard: Rabbit Chases Raven From Yard

Daily Postcard: Time and again this rabbit chased off this raven from a yard Saturday morning on Andanada Street in Los Alamos. After each chase the raven would fly off and then come back for more. The rabbit seemed to be defending its turf as it does tend to stop by every morning to nibble on the grass. Photo by Ken Hanson

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Fort Union Offers Tour By Full Moonlight May 28

Courtesy photo
 
FUNM News:
 
WATROUS Fort Union National Monument is sponsoring a guided tour of the fort by full moonlight at 8:30 p.m., Monday evening, May 28.
 
This will be an opportunity for visitors to experience the tranquility of Fort Union by the beauty of moonlight!
 
A park ranger will lead this lovely evening tour, and bring together the history of the fort and stories from the stars. This is a free program and will last till 10 p.m. The evening stroll along the park trail will be about one mile in length over flat terrain. Visitors should bring water, a light jacket,

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Update On Alamo Fire Near Bandelier

Start Date: May 23

Cause: Lightning

Size: 15 acres

Containment: 70%

Fuel: Grass, dead and down trees

Weather: South winds 15-20, gusts to 35 mph

Situation: Fire is burning within the Las Conchas burn area. Firefighters work to secure containment lines by extinguishing hot spots along the perimeter of the fire.

Smoke/Air Quality: Local communities may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds.


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Daily Postcard: Bears Spotted On Cañon De Valle Trail

Daily Postcard: During a hike Saturday along the Cañon de Valle Trail and hearing a scratching sound about 50 feet away, these two bear cubs were spotted climbing a tree. The cubs climbed while mama bear stood guard at the base of the tree. Photo by Don Lepsch 

Map showing location of bear sightings along the Cañon de Valle Trail. Courtesy/LA TrailsApp


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Join In Summer Fun With History Adventures

Courtesy photo
 
LAHM News:
 
History Adventures, the children’s summer program presented by the Los Alamos History Museum, begins June 5. Hands-on history activities that will have kids moving, making, thinking, sharing and learning will take place every Tuesday morning in June and July. History Adventures is free, and no registration is required.
 
Children going into 1st–3rd grade can participate along with their caregivers 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the lawn at Fuller Lodge at 2132 Central Ave.
 
This summer the History Museum is excited to partner with the Youth

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AGU: Climate Change May Lead To Bigger Atmospheric Rivers

AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study shows that climate change is likely to intensify extreme weather events known as atmospheric rivers across most of the globe by the end of this century, while slightly reducing their number.
 
The new study, published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, projects atmospheric rivers will be significantly longer and wider than the ones we observe today, leading to more frequent atmospheric river conditions in affected areas.
 
“The results project that in a scenario where greenhouse

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Martin Heinrich Receives Solar Champion Award

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich receives the Solar Champion Award, May 23, from the SEIA. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was presented the Solar Champion Award by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) for his unwavering efforts to ensure that the federal government continues policies and programs that allow the solar industry to grow in New Mexico and across the United States.
 
“I am honored to receive the SEIA Solar Champion award. Solar power presents a major opportunity to create jobs and investment

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Holy Ghost Canyon Road Closes For Repairs

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For public safety reasons, Forest Road 122 of Holy Ghost Canyon will close to vehicle access primarily for major road repairs beginning May 30.
 
The gate to the Holy Ghost Canyon will close to the public for about three weeks, which places the anticipated reopening around mid-June.
 
The Holy Ghost Campground, Trailhead and Group Area is located in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and will be inaccessible by vehicle during the closure period.    
 
“Safety is our top priority, therefore

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Valles Caldera Hosts Fiesta En El Valle June 9

View of the Valle Grande from the main entrance to Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 9, the Valles Caldera National Preserve will be hosting the first Fiesta en el Valle near the Valle Grande Entrance Station.
 
Get ready to experience the majesty of the Valles Caldera and learn a new skill at this free family-friendly event.
 
If you have ever wondered what to do if you encounter wildlife, wanted to learn how to fly fish, or needed one more reason to finally visit the Valles Caldera, this is the event for

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Alamo Fire Evening Update

SFNF News:

The Alamo Fire in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest is 60 percent contained. Lightning sparked the fire Wednesday near Forest Road 289 within a half mile of the southern border of Bandelier National Monument. It has burned 15 acres of grass and dead and down trees.

Resources on scene include two Type 6 engines with eight personnel. The fire intensity is low and burning within the Las Conchas burn area. Due to the presence of many snags, it is unsafe for personnel to utilize direct suppression strategies. Crews successfully constructed a fire line in the early morning


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Scouts Clean Up Sipapu―Ready To Kick Off Summer May 26

Courtesy/Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
 
SIPAPU News:
 
This past Saturday, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort hosted the third annual Mountain Community Clean Up Day with the Boy Scouts of America Great Southwest Council. Boy Scout Troop 3 from Albuquerque, NM participated in this year’s event.
 
Troop 3 helped clean up the mountain in the Carson National Forest by combing the trails to pick up trash that’s accumulated over the winter ski season.
 
In all, the volunteers picked up more than 70 pounds of trash. The Scouts even found a few treasures, including Mardi

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Lightning Sparks Alamo Fire Near Bandelier

Type 1 helicopter on scene Wednesday at the Alamo Fire underway near Bandelier. Photo by Brian Nelson

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire Wednesday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

  • Alamo Fire: May 24
  • Start Date: May 23
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 15 acres

Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Forest Road 289 near Bandelier Park.

Weather: Mostly sunny/winds 3-7, gusts to 10 mph.

Situation: Resources on scene include 3 engines and a 12-person hand crew, type 1 helicopter.

Smoke/Air Quality: Local communities may be impacted by smoke because of


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Teralene Foxx And Craig Martin Publish Volume 2 Of ‘Plants Of The Jemez Mountains’

Teralene Foxx and Craig Martin show off both volumes of ‘Plants of the Jemez Mountains’. Volume 2 has just been published. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Those tireless Living Treasures and environmental heroes Teralene Foxx and Craig Martin are at it again—encouraging people to get outside and learn about the world around them, while also adding to the store of knowledge about our area. The two just published “Plants of the Jemez Mountains, Volume 2, Flowering Plants”. It follows “Plants of the Jemez Mountains,


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Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division Offers New Brush Collection Program

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division is offering new roll carts for yard trimmings to residents. Courtesy photo/LAC

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

Beginning in July, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division is upgrading its quarterly brush program with a new system.

 

Not only is this a new program for the County, but also for the state. Los Alamos is the first community in New Mexico to implement a curbside yard trimming roll cart collection program.

 

Residents can register online for the new


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Secret Gardens Of White Rock Discovered: Take 2018 Master Garden Tour June 2

Marjorie and Robert Selden made a high desert paradise on an empty lot at their home in Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Courtesy/Marjorie and Robert Selden

 

This is how the lot looked when Robert and Marjorie Selden began their home and garden adventure in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy/Marjorie and Robert Selden

 

 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos 2018 Master Garden Tour this year will focus on White Rock. The tour is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2 and includes five stops.

This will be the last chance to see two of the most beautiful gardens


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Secretary Zinke Proposes Expansion Of Hunting And Fishing Opportunities At 30 Of America’s National Wildlife Refuges

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Monday announced a proposal to open more than 248,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges.
 
Opportunities include places like Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois and Wisconsin, and deer hunting in Philadelphia at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge being proposed for the first time. The proposal also outlines expanded hunting and

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BLM Releases 2018 Hunting And Recreation Maps

BLM News:
 
SANTA FE The Bureau of Land Management is announcing the update of its free mobile maps of New Mexico.
 
These maps are designed for big-game hunting and recreational use, and were built through a partnership with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
 
These maps provide up-to-date spatial information throughout the state to help users navigate public lands. This unique BLM program allows users to store maps on their mobile devices and access them regardless of cellular coverage.
 
The free CarryMap Application for iOS and Android devices is available at

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