Environment

The Edge Effect Art Installation Opens At Bandelier

The Edge Effect: re-Imagining the East Jemez Landscape is now open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 6 in the Historic Fire Lookout Tower at Bandelier National Monument. The installation is by artists Kathleen Brennan and Shawn Skabelund. Photo by Kathleen Brennan
 
PEEC News:
 
The Edge Effect: re-Imagining the East Jemez Landscape is now open inside the Historic Fire Lookout Tower at Bandelier National Monument. The art exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through May 6.
 
Kathleen Brennan and Shawn Skabelund are the artists behind The Edge

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Jimenez: Preserving LWCF Will Keep Public Spaces Safe, Available For Kids

By JAMES JIMENEZ
Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
 
Our children need nature. To grow up healthy, kids need a clean, beautiful, and accessible outdoors where they can play and discover the amazing world around them.
 
Spending time with family while connecting with nature brings tremendous health and educational benefits to children. Fortunately, New Mexico has numerous spectacular and historically and socially significant outdoor areas and we must do all that we can to protect them.
 
Much of New Mexico’s array of scenic beauty has been enhanced and protected

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AG Balderas Celebrates Earth Day, Asks New Mexicans To Join His Fight To Protect State’s Environment

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE  In recognition of Earth Day, Attorney General Hector Balderas highlighted the continuing efforts of the Office of the Attorney General to protect the environment, and also provided suggestions on how residents can help preserve New Mexico’s pristine natural environment.

 

“New Mexico’s natural beauty is unmatched by any state and I will continue to protect our pristine environment for generations to come,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Our Consumer and Environmental Protection


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Scenes From PEEC 2018 Earth Day Festivities

Scene from Saturday’s Earth Day festivities at Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday’s Earth Day festivities at Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation Chair James Robinson who also is a candidate for Los alamos County Council, holds an owl at Saturday’s Earth Day festivities at Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday’s Earth Day festivities at Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo


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Third Annual Run 4 Your Life 5K May 5

 
RACE News:
 
The 3rd Annual “Run for Life!” 5K Run/1 Mile Walk is Saturday, May 5. The registration fee is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $5 under 12 and $20 per person for groups of eight or more adults. Packet pick up begins at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. May 5.
 
Both the 5K Run and 1 mile walk will begin and end at the cul-de-sac at the top of Santa Clara Peak Rd, in Español, (just past MVD and Magistrate Court).
 
The course will be run on 31 Mile Road and is an off-road, packed dirt course, taking in beautiful views and panoramas of the Santa Fe & Jemez Mountains and

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Daily Postcard: Rare Sighting Of Cedar Waxwings

Daily Postcard: Seven Cedar Waxwings are spotted on a big watering tub behind a home Saturday in Pajarito Acres. The yellow tip on the tail is visible, on two, and one can see the red wax on their wing tips, which gives them their name. These birds are almost never seen in the local area. Photo by Robert Reedy 


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Mountaineers Talk: Exploring Iceland On Skis April 24

During the April Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, Andy Thien will give a presentation about his two-week skiing trip on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula. Courtesy/Andy Thien
 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a presentation by adventurer Andy Thien. His presentation is Tuesday, April 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
The Los Alamos Mountaineers’ meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. Thien’s talk will start by 7:15 p.m.
 
After reading about the backcountry skiing on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, Andy

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NMED Announces Public Comment Period On Draft Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

NMED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking public comment on the Draft Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The plan summarizes the State’s goals for the allocation of approximately $18 million towards eligible projects.

Eligible projects are required to mitigate the excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions caused by Volkswagen’s use of illegal defeat devices in certain diesel vehicles in years past.

Following the public comment period and prior to the State’s review of applications received for the eligible mitigation projects, NMED will finalize the plan


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Bandelier: Free Entrance Launches National Park Week And Art Exhibit Opening At Fire Tower April 21

Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument, Historic Fire Tower. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier announces that entrance fees will not be collected this Saturday, April 21, to kick off National Park Week. 
 
According to Superintendent Jason Lott, “It’s a great time to visit Bandelier before temperatures and visitation rise.” Bandelier provides opportunities for short walks to see archaeological sites, long hikes out into the Bandelier Wilderness, bird watching, taking photos of plants,

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Bureau Of Geology Teams Up With Museum Of Natural History & Science To Protect Groundwater

New well for groundwater monitoring drilled April 10, 2018. Photo by Sara Chudnoff
 
Photo by Sara Chudnoff
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Join us from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 26 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to experience how groundwater is being monitored across the state and to hear how decision makers and collaborators are moving to protect New Mexico’s groundwater future. Keynote speakers will include Senator Mimi Stewart, Senator Howie Morales and Representative Gail Armstrong.
 
This year in New Mexico,

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DOI Awards $17.68 Million Contract For Dam Work

DOI News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah  The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation Wednesday awarded a $17.68 million contract to Weeminuche Construction Authority of Towaoc, Colo., which is 100 percent owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, for modification work at Steinaker Dam near Vernal, Utah.
 
“This award represents the Administration’s commitment to infrastructure improvement, public safety, and supporting the tribe in building its economy,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.
 
Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman noted

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LANL Wildland Fire Manager Discusses Drought

Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny L’Esperance addresses the crowd gathered at Science on Tap Monday at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Participants in Monday evening’s Science on Tap event listen to a wildland fire presentation. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I don’t think I’m going to surprise anybody when I tell you what the current conditions are,” Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny


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Spend Earth Day Working On Los Alamos Trails April 22

Celebrate Earth Day by helping to improve local trails with PEEC and Los Alamos County. Meet at 9 a.m. April 22 at East Park. Volunteers will work in Graduation Canyon and on the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail. This photo shows volunteers removing fencing in Acid Canyon, below the nature center in 2017. Photo by Thomas Graves
 
PEEC News:
 
Celebrate Earth Day by working to improve local trail systems! Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos County for a spring workday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 22 in Graduation Canyon and on the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail.

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NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Completes Analysis Of Sitewide Environmental Impact Statement

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has completed and posted a Supplement Analysis for the 2008 “Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico” (SWEIS).

The document provides an analysis of changes in operations at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since the publication of the 2008 SWEIS, which covered the period from 2008 through 2017.

It also evaluates the continued adequacy of the 2008 SWEIS for the future of LANL operations from 2018 through 2022.

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Weekly Fishing Report: April 19

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The fickle spring weather has been something anglers have to deal with here in Northern New Mexico. Some days the wind blows so hard fishing is difficult at best. On others the wind is quite tolerable and may actually help the fishing by stirring up the water a bit. Mornings are usually less windy than afternoons, but Tuesday the wind was already blowing in the morning.
 
Last week there was a spike in the streamflow on the Rio Grande April 11 where the flow nearly tripled in just two days. This had me scratching my head. I found out the

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National Parks Adventure Premieres On PEEC’s New Planetarium Projector April 21

Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center is bringing the National Parks Adventure to its planetarium at 2 p.m., April 21 after the Earth Day festival and will be the first full-dome film to be shown on the new planetarium projector.
 
The power of America’s national parks is undeniable. Millions have packed up the family to hike through impossibly lush forests, to gaze upon towering cliffs and deep-plunging canyons, to witness the breathtaking arcs of natural history, and, to share moments of wonder amid the protected treasures of this land.
 

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