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SF Animal Shelter Waives Adoption Fees Through July 4

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SFAS News:
 
SANTA FE Do you want to be a hero to a homeless dog or cat this July 4th holiday? Starting today through July 4, Best Friends Animal Society is giving pet lovers an opportunity to “Pay It Forward” by covering the $25 adoption fee for a future family at more than 260 of its network of rescues and shelters across the country, including the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
 
“If you get excited when a stranger pays for your coffee, imagine the joy you’ll bring to someone who is ready to adopt their next best friend and finds out the adoption fee has been covered,” said Julie

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East Jemez Road Commuters Face Traffic Delays

Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc. crews worked through the weekend on East Jemez Road. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com 

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Commuters to and from Los Alamos are noticing delays along NM 4 and East Jemez Road since road improvement work recently commenced.

Work is expected to continue through October on several sections of highway from east of the Omega Bridge to the Totavi service station on NM 502 under a $7 million contract with Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road work is being funded under a settlement agreement


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The Map Of Time: Self-Guided Tour At Abiquiu Inn

EOT News:
 
ABIQUIU — The Map of Time is a self-guided tour at the Abiquiu Inn. An ornate, hand-drawn map (available for $10 at the Abiquiu Inn, Ghost Ranch, and the O’Keeffe Museum Visitor’s Center) serves as the initial key, by which visitors can discover—and then unlock the meaning within—more than 20 installations hidden throughout the Abiquiu Inn campus.
 
The way the visitor decodes the map and installations will serve to inform and assist their interpretation of a nearby exhibition of primary, archival historical sources describing the ongoing history of Abiquiu and surrounding

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Daily Postcard: Hairy Woodpecker Feeds Nestlings

Daily Postcard: A Hairy Woodpecker is spotted feeding her nestlings Sunday morning in a tree at a home on Camino Cereza in Los Alamos. One of the two nestlings visible in the tree fluttered out of camera shot. According to the Audubon Society, in its feeding, the Hairy Woodpecker does more pounding and excavating in trees than most smaller woodpeckers, consuming large numbers of wood-boring insects. Photo by Andy Phelps


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Rotary Treehouse At Nature Center Takes Shape

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Laura Loy, Rotary Service Director Oliver Morris, his children Ty Morris and Sierra Morris visit the new treehouse Friday afternoon being built at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Checking out the side of the treehouse under construction at the nature center Friday, from left, Laura Loy, Ty Morris, Sierra Morris and Oliver Morris. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

As Rotary Club of Los Alamos


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SFNF, Valles Caldera Closures Remain Despite Rains

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – While the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and Valles Caldera National Preserve (Preserve) have received some rain, fire danger is still high to extreme.

For the SFNF, forest conditions mean the forest-wide closure remains in effect until much more significant and widespread precipitation is received. 

The Preserve, managed by the National Park Service, will remain in partial closure. 

“It typically takes several rain events over time before the moisture saturates the ground well enough for vegetation to sufficiently hydrate,” said Kimberly DeVall, spokesperson


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Jemez Springs All-Day 4th Of July Event To Include Animated Light Show In Lieu Of Fireworks

JEMEZ SPRINGS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Village of Jemez Springs is hosting an all day Independence Day celebration starting at 10 a.m., July 4 with a parade and continuing until the evening with a special animated light show set to music beginning at 8:30 p.m., in lieu of fireworks.
 
Several local nonprofits will benefit from sales at the event including:
  • Jemez Valley Animal Amigos;
  • Jemez Helping Hands; and
  • Friends of the Jemez Springs Public Library.
“We invite visitors to beat the heat and crowds that you’d find in larger cities and experience a memorable 4th of July in the cool mountain

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Daily Postcard: New Born Dragonfly On Todd Loop

Daily Postcard: A new born dragonfly emerges Thursday morning in the yard of a residence on Todd Loop in White Rock. Photo by Cathe Ragsdale

 

By SARAH ZIELINSKI
smithsonian.com

Flying insects are usually annoying. Mosquitoes bite you, leaving itchy red welts. Bees and wasps sting. Flies are just disgusting. But there’s something magical about dragonflies.

Fourteen fun facts about dragonflies:

1 ) Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago. Modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, but fossil dragonflies have been found


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NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch Explains How ‘Doubt And Denial As Challenges To, And In, Teaching Climate Change’ … Fuller Lodge 7 p.m. Today!

EDUCATION News:

Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), will be speaking at 7 p.m. today, June 22,  in Fuller Lodge.

Sponsored by the Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education (cese.org)

Scientists overwhelmingly agree about the occurrence, causes and consequences of climate change. But the public is not so sure. And science education is suffering as a result.

Reviewing recent controversies over the place of climate science in state science standards and summarizing the results of a recent rigorous


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BLM Seeks Bids For New Public Off-Range Pastures For Wild Horses And Burros

BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management announced Wednesday that it is seeking proposals for new public off-range pastures that provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses removed from Western public lands while also allowing for regular public visitation.
 
Wednesday’s announcement is part of the BLM’s effort to address the growing overpopulation of wild horses and burros on public rangelands. As of March 1, 2018, the wild horse and burro population on public lands was estimated at 81,951 animals, which is more than triple the number of animals the

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Thursday Update: Fire At Valles Caldera 39% Contained

VCNP News:

Firefighters continue to make progress in their work to contain the San Antonio Fire that has been active over the past week on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Containment is a direct action where crews remove vegetation next to the fires edge, creating a fireline.

With no additional fuel to consume, the fire remains within the established fireline. Containment describes how much progress (percentage) crews have made hacking and digging a perimeter around a blaze.

While the perimeter-based size hasn’t changed in several days, the scattering of the smaller fires inside


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EM Assistant Secretary White Helps Break Ground For New Ventilation System At WIPP

EM Assistant Secretary Anne White, fourth, from left, joins in the groundbreaking of a new underground ventilation system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant last week. Courtesy photo
 
 DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD EM Assistant Secretary Anne White joined local community leaders here last week to break ground for a new and improved underground ventilation system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).  
 
The system will significantly increase airflow in the WIPP underground, permitting simultaneous mining, waste emplacement, rock bolting, and maintenance activities.

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NMTA Celebrates National Dump The Pump Day

 NMTA News:
 
SANTA FE Today is the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day—a day dedicated to showcasing the benefits of riding public transit, including cost-effectiveness, saving commuters money and convenience.
 
In celebration of the national initiative, the New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA) has partnered with transit agencies from around the state to encourage New Mexicans to utilize public transit instead of relying on a personal vehicle.
 
According to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) June Transit Savings Report, individuals

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LANL: Study Confirms Beetles Exploit Warm Winters To Expand Range

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Devin Goodsman
 
LANL News:
 
A new study by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists and colleagues confirms that increasing minimum winter temperatures allow beetles to expand their range but reveals that overcrowding can put the brakes on population growth.
 
“It has long been predicted that warming winters will allow range expansion. This is the first large dataset that demonstrates that warmer winter temperatures are likely allowing mountain pine beetles to establish outside of their native range,” said Devin Goodsman, a Los Alamos postdoctoral

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Wednesday Update: Firefighters Hurt At Valles Caldera

Scene Friday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

VCNP News:

Two firefighters were injured by a falling tree while working on the San Antonio Fire Tuesday afternoon on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Fire personnel responded quickly to the incident, and patients were airlifted to an area hospital.

The firefighters’ injuries were evaluated and treated by medical staff at the hospital. Both firefighters were released from the hospital following treatment early this morning.

“This incident again emphasizes that firefighting is a dangerous


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Jemez Valley Bands Together To Promote Visitation with Campaign Despite Forest Closure

JEMEZ SPRINGS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Jemez Valley businesses in Sandoval County and the Sandoval County Tourism Division are launching a new campaign, “Jemez Springs is Happening,” to remind visitors that businesses in the Jemez Valley are still open, despite the June 1 closure of the Santa Fe National Forest because of high fire danger.
 
“The Jemez Valley, which encompasses Cañon all the way to La Cueva, should be at its busiest time of year. But any time a forest closure happens, it can have an impact on visitation in any community,” Village of Jemez Springs Mayor Roger Sweet said.

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5K Fun Run & Walk July 4

 
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run Wednesday, July 4.
 
The 5K is open to all ages that want to walk, run, or jog in this festive event. Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in Kid, Youth, Adult, Adult 60+, Stroller (with a kid), and Dog Jogger. The best Costumed Participant will win Bagels-for-a-Year from Ruby K’s. All participants will get the annual Fun Run t-shirt and are eligible to win one of many great door prizes.
 
The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th St. to Canyon

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