Environment

2018 State Water Plan Draft Released

ISC News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), in collaboration with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (OSE), has released the 2018 Draft New Mexico State Water Plan.
 
The State Water Plan provides important information about the state’s water resources and strategies to plan for the state’s water future. For the first time, a public review and comment period has been incorporated for the Draft State Water Plan.
 
The ISC began working on the State Water Plan in April 2017, following the completion of the last Regional Water Plan. This draft

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Los Alamos County Drops To Stage I Fire Restrictions … Local Trails Now Open!

COUNTY News:

Effective immediately, Los Alamos County has dropped from Stage III to Stage I Fire Restrictions, opening the Los Alamos County Trail Network and open spaces.

Northern New Mexico’s extreme drought conditions that led to Stage III Restrictions should soon see some much-needed relief with the seasonal monsoons beginning across the state. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, as well as fuel moistures. Los Alamos County Fire Department asks that everyone please continue to use extreme caution and


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Celebrate ScienceFest At Nature Center July 11-15

Join Jason Reiss at 7 p.m., Friday to learn about his journey from playing video games as a kid in Los Alamos to growing up to work as a Level Designer on popular video games for Gearbox Software. Courtesy/PEEC
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center is celebrating ScienceFest Wednesday through Sunday with events for all ages including an Electric Vehicle Show Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC
 

PEEC News:

The community is invited to celebrate ScienceFest all week long at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The nature center is hosting different science-themed events every day, Wednesday through Sunday


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County Environmental Services Department Launches First Yard Trimming Roll Cart Collection Today

COUNTY News:

Today is the day the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Department launches is first yard trimming roll cart collection.

Starting today, the brown cart will be picked up every other week alternative to the blue recycling on each resident’s scheduled trash day (that will not change).

Direct questions to solidwaste@lacnm.us.

SCHEDULE:


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Santa Fe National Forest Reopens Monday!

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will lift the closure order and stage 2 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Monday, July 9 for the first time since entering full forest closure June 1.
 

The forest remained closed for public safety and forest health reasons until conditions improved to acceptable levels, according to forest leadership.

“We noticed conditions starting to improve two weeks ago when moisture levels increased due to higher humidity,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said. “The recent rain is the beginning of what


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Amateur Naturalist: Scenes 3 & 4 – The High Country Of Cerro Grande Peak

Many trees survived on the eastern flank in the low intensity burn of 2000. There also had been more time for plant growth compared to the burn in 2011. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Scene 1 of the play, “A Hike to the Top” began at the base of Cerro Grande peak where logging and an intense forest fire burn occurred. Scene 2 presented the less fire damaged conifer and aspen forest on the way to the top of Cerro Grande peak. Scene 2 came to a close when the conifer and aspen forest reached the grassy meadowlands. Scene 3, the meadowlands, is well on the way to the top of Cerro Grande

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Hear From Local Astronomers At Nature On Tap July 9

 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Creative District for Nature on Tap, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, at UnQuarked Wine Bar.
 
Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers in a discussion about recent updates in astronomy. The panel features Erica Fogerty, Steve Becker, Joyce Guzik and Paul Arendt who will discuss topics like asteroid near misses, meteorites and dark matter. Audience members are welcome to ask any astronomy-related questions.
 
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org

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AGU: Freak Rockfall Accident In China

The aftermath of the rockfall accident in Shimian County. Courtesy/Chengdu Business Daily
 
AGU News:
 
The Chengdu Business Daily has a report of a freak rockfall accident that occurred June 30 in Shimian County in Sichuan Province, China.
 
At the time a bus was driving on the S217 Provincial Road between Chengdu and Wuhu, carrying 38 people. The coach was struck by a large boulder. It appears that the boulder penetrated, and became wedged through, the windscreen of the coach. The driver, Zhao Jianguo, a 44-year-old native of Chengdu, was pinned in his seat and killed.

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Join The ‘Dark Side’ At Fort Union National Monument

NPS News:
 
Fort Union National Monument announces its next Star Party of the year, weather permitting, Saturday night July 14.
 
New Mexico is renowned for its enchanting landscape and open skies. Throughout history, mankind has turned their eyes to the celestial bodies of the night sky in awe and wonder. The stars found in the dark sky have helped humanity to traverse the land and sea, prepare for the coming changes in seasons, and to inspire the imagination. Come and join the “Dark Side” at Fort Union National Monument as we explore the night sky with the telescope and naked eye, to discuss

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Daily Postcard: Silver-Haired Bat Spotted At Bandelier

Daily Postcard: A Silver-haired bat is spotted hanging out at Bandelier. Eons ago when ancestral bats sought the shelter of darkness as protection from predators their future reputation as creatures of mystery and evil was born. Hampered by this reputation and numerous misconceptions, these flying mammals have encountered a new and even more dangerous enemy: Man. Thirteen species of bats live within Bandelier National Monument. The most commonly seen species is the Mexican Free-tailed bat. Frequently a colony of these bats roosts in the cave above Long House on the Main Loop Trail. In 1986,


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Bandelier’s Tsankawi Closed For Road Work July 10

The entire Tsankawi Unit will be closed to all public use Tuesday, July 10, due to road pavement work on N.M. 4. Photo by Sally King/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Superintendent Jason Lott announced today that the entire Tsankawi Unit in Bandelier will be closed to all public use Tuesday, July 10, due to road pavement work on N.M. 4.
 
Since the construction work area will block access to the parking area for Tsankawi, this closure is being put into place to mitigate safety concerns for commuters, visitors and the construction workers. Tsankawi is expected to re-open Wednesday, July 11.

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Possible Bear Prints Spotted In La Senda

White Rock resident Louis Borges spotted prints on his property in La Senda that appear to be from a bear. He said that four years ago a bear killed several of his goats. He mentioned that he also has bee hives on his property. He wants to alert community members of the possibility of a bear in the area. Photo by Louis Borges

White Rock resident Louis Borges spotted prints on his property in La Senda that appear to be from a bear and wants to alert community members of the possibility of a bear in the area. Photo by Louis Borges


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Los Alamos Fire Chief Commends Community

LAFD Chief Troy Hughes

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes reports that the Independence Day celebration came and went without any fire incidents, thanks to voluntary cooperation from community members in giving fireworks a “pass” during the extreme drought conditions Los Alamos is facing.

“We could not have been more pleased with the community’s response to our plea last week to keep the 4th of July fireworks-free,” Hughes said. “Overall, we observed very few instances of fireworks used in private celebrations. It was a peaceful, quiet day and that’s great news! I would just like


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ScienceFest Features January Storm And Auto Electric

January Storm. Courtesy photo
 
Auto Electric. Courtesy photo
 
LASF News:
 
Don’t miss January Storm and Auto Electric as they perform at the ScienceFest Discovery Day Beer/Wine Garden noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 14 on the Fuller Lodge patio.
 
January Storm will play popular classic songs noon to 3 p.m. and Auto Electric, a classic rock band, plays 3-6 p.m.
 
Libations will be available for purchase until 6 p.m. from Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, Tractor Brewing Company and UnQuarked Wine Room.
 
The 2018 Los Alamos ScienceFest is July 11-15, with the biggest

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Public Astronomy Dark Night July 14

Pajarito Astronomers News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:30 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, July 14 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park,.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. A thin crescent Moon, Mercury, Venus, a brilliant Mars, Jupiter and its moons, and Saturn and its rings will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
The public

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21 Children Have Died In Hot Cars In U.S. This Year

KAC News:
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA Already this year there have been 21 confirmed child vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. Every year on average, 37 children die in hot cars in the U.S. Last year 43 young children died.
 
These tragedies are predictable and preventable. KidsAndCars.org is urging parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant.
 
KidsAndCars.org president and founder Janette Fennell said, “We always see an increase in child injuries and deaths around holidays. It is devastating to know that there are families all across America right now holding their

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