Environment

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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Officials Weigh In On EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resignation

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA News:

A variety of officials released statements today following President Donald Trump’s announcement via Twitter that he has accepted the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: “Scott Pruitt’s tenure at EPA was an utter disgrace. He should have been fired long ago. Pruitt embodies everything about the ‘swamp’ that President Trump claimed he wanted to end – and the fact that Pruitt was kept around this long shows that the president never cared about rooting out corruption or self-dealing


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Mud Slide Closes US 64 From Eagle Nest To Cimarron

NMSP News Alert:

Eagle Nest – State Police and the New Mexico Department of Transportation are working a large mud slide on US Highway 64 near Eagle Nest.

US 64 is closed from mile post 287 before Eagle Nest to mile post 309 in Cimarron. DOT is working to clear the roadway. There is currently no estimate of how long the closure will last.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area or seek an alternate route.


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NNSA Awards $10 Million To Texas A&M University

NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has designated a new Center of Excellence to be led by Texas A&M University in the area of Low Energy Nuclear Science as part of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program.
 
“These grants are instrumental in developing the next generation of scientists in areas of relevance to the stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense

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Albuquerque Bonsai Club Santa Fe Show Sept. 15-16

Albuquerque Bonsai Club President Bill Wawrychuk with his 60-year-old Common Box Wood tree. Courtesy photo
 
BONSAI CLUB News:
 
SANTA FE Albuquerque Bonsai Club announces the clubs first Bonsai Show in Santa Fe. The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16 in The Pavilion at Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
 
The show is free with admission to the gardens at 715 Camino Lejo, 505.471.9103.
 
Albuquerque Bonsai Club is dedicated to the learning and continuation of bonsai as a living art form. The club was formed in 1975. The show features trees on display from

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Heinrich Conservation Measures Clear Senate

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced the passage of several conservation measures that he has championed to improve the health and resiliency of New Mexico’s forests and watersheds.
 
The measures were included in the 2018 Farm Bill, which passed the Senate with an 86 to 11 vote.
 
Included in the Farm Bill are provisions from Heinrich’s bipartisan Restoring America’s Watersheds Act to improve the health of watersheds on national forest

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What’s Up At Farmers Market This Week

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LAFM News:
 
What’s up at the Farmer’s Market open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday?
 
Beef, Yak, Bison, Lamb, Honey, Apple Cider, early apples, cherries, apricots, mulberries, tomatoes, potatoes, chard, kale, lettuce, eggs, cut flowers, vinegars, Goat Milk Soaps, Beans dried and fresh green beans, purple and Yellow, Squash, Onions, Garlic, dried chile, ristras, sage decorations, Kettle corn, Sharpening Service, weavings, native plants, quiche, pies, tarts, cookies, cinnamon breads, burritos, tacos by Mr. Tortas, egg dishes, brioche, salad greens,

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Road Closure At Woodland Road July 4

COMMUNITY News:
 
Today, 2-9 p.m., there will be a road closure at the end of Woodland Road adjacent to Club Road due to a family event and block party.
 
Access to Woodland can be made by traveling up Arizona and cutting through Country Lane.
 
Please be advised that your route may take 1 minute longer, and there may be more children than usual running around the area.

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White Rock Artist Market Saturday

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ART News:
 
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, July 7, is another fantastic opportunity to shop and support local artisans at the White Rock Artist Market outside the White Rock Visitor Center at 115 NM 4.
 
This summer marks the 6th annual series of Artist Markets featuring new and returning artisans from Los Alamos County and Northern New Mexico.
 
Items for sale include fused glass works, paintings, handmade gift cards, natural beauty products, handmade pine needle baskets, various types of beautiful jewelry, and more!
 
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Weekly Fishing Report: July 4

By GEORGE MORSE

Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

The closure of Santa Fe National Forest and Carson National Forest remains in effect this week due to the extreme fire danger. All recreational activities, including fishing, are prohibited on National Forest lands. Lakes, rivers and streams on National Forest lands are closed to fishing.

While New Mexico has seen its share of wildfires so far this season, the neighboring state of Colorado is getting hammered by wildfires right now.

For weeks the 416 Fire has been burning north of Durango and has burned 52,778 acres. It is 37-percent contained.


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Explore July Night Skies At Planetarium

Paul Arendt discusses what will be visible in the night sky during July at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to visit the planetarium in the Los Alamos Nature Center for an interactive tour of the heavens.

 Paul Arendt is presenting a talk at 7 p.m. Friday, July 6 that focuses on Mars and the other planets that will be visible this month.

July’s tour of the sky will focus on Mars, as it will be nearer to Earth than at any time in the past 15 years. Additionally, Arendt will show the audience when and where they will be able to see Mercury, Venus,


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YMCA 5K Fun Run Wednesday

 
THE 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

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