Environment

‘Know Before You Go’ Into Wilderness Areas

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) officials urge the public to be prepared and operate safely in wilderness areas.

“Almost every year there are people that require rescue because they weren’t prepared before entering into wilderness areas,” said Diane Prather, Santa Fe National Forest staff officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator. “Individuals were rescued Saturday in a wilderness area because they were lost.  Proper preparation can help hikers avoid the situation and not put rescuers at risk.”

Wilderness areas are managed by the USDA Forest Service to provide


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Local Expert Chick Keller Leads Wildflower Walk

Wildflower expert Chick Keller is leading a wildflower walk for PEEC at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21. Attendees will meet at the nature center and carpool to the trailhead. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller is leading his second Wildflower Walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21.

These monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks


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AGU: Triennial Earth-Sun Summit – Onsite Information; Potentially Newsworthy Presentations

A solar prominence captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in August 2012. Courtesy NASA/SDO/AIA/Goddard Space Flight Center
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union’s Space Physics and Aeronomy Section (AGU/SPA) and the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) will meet next week for the second Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS), which runs 20-24 May 2018 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spain Leesburg, Virginia.
 
Included in this advisory:
  1. About the meeting and scientific program
  2. Press registration
  3. Press room

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PEEC: Enjoy A Community Picnic At Los Luceros Historic Site May 20

 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Los Alamos Nature Center, New Mexico Historic Sites and the Amigos de Los Luceros for a community picnic and activities at the beautiful Los Luceros Historic Site. This free event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 20.
 
Families can arrive at Los Luceros anytime after 11 a.m. to enjoy their lunch and explore the property. Families also can participate in a variety of activities, a bird walk and tour of the beautiful site.
 
This event is the second in the Culture and Nature series that the Los Alamos Nature Center is partnering on. The series of events brings

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AGU: Sounds Of Melting Glaciers Could Reveal Shrinkage Speed

This recording captures 30 seconds of underwater sound produced by the melting of Hans Glacier in Hornsund fjord, pictured here. Recordings can be heard here. Courtesy/Oskar Glowacki
 
This recording captures thirty seconds of underwater sound produced by an iceberg in close proximity to the underwater microphone. Recordings can be heard here. Courtesy/Oskar Glowacki
 
AGU News:
 
Scientists could potentially use the racket made by melting glaciers to estimate how fast they are disappearing, according to a new study of audio recordings captured in the waters of an Arctic

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Weekly Fishing Report: May 16

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The State Game and Fish Department continued to stock more bigger-than-average rainbow trout last week in selected waters around Northern New Mexico. Because streamflows remain very low for this time of year and the water temperatures in lakes are at an optimum point for both trout and warmwater species, now is a great time to go fishing.
 
Lots of nice trout and increasing numbers of bass and walleye are being landed by anglers.
 
The fishing for smallmouth bass at Abiquiu Lake was good and the bass are cruising in shallow

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Environment New Mexico Is Working In Los Alamos And Elsewhere To Take On Waste That’s Killing Wildlife

ENM News:
 
Environment New Mexico is deploying dozens of door-knockers this summer, including in Los Alamos, to help educate New Mexicans about the plastic waste that is killing our wildlife.
 
“Nothing that we use for a couple of minutes should pollute our waterways for centuries,” said Sanders Moore, director of Environment New Mexico.
 
Polystyrene — the stuff we call styrofoam — is one of the worst kinds of plastic waste, often used for cups and food containers. Americans throw away an estimated 70 million polystyrene cups every day. About a third of that plastic

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Explore Ancient Astronomical Myths And Discoveries With Paul Arendt At Los Alamos Nature Center

Paul Arendt presents a talk Friday in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Paul Arendt to discover ancient ideas and myths that early cultures created to explain the patterns and behaviors of the sky. This planetarium show is 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Arendt also will examine how Babylonian and Greek astronomers determined specific properties of the Earth, Moon and Solar System. He will explain astronomical theories that originated in the Western World up to the time of Newton.

Arendt has a Ph.D. in Physics


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Los Luceros Historic Site Open Third Sunday Of Month Through Fall

View of the Rio Grande from Los Luceros historic property. Photo by Gene Peach
 
NMDCA News:
 
ALCALDE From ancient pueblo settlements to Spanish colonial haciendas, Los Luceros Historic Property has provided a bountiful life for people through the centuries.
 
This summer, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ Historic Sites division invites you and your family to enjoy the Los Luceros Historic property.
 
“New Mexican’s are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the Río Grande or under the shade of the historic apple orchard,’ Patrick Moore, Director

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From Paleontology To Pupfish … Oddities Of White Sands Win Second Annual Pitch Competition

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NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department hosted its second annual Travel Tank, a “Shark Tank” style pitching competition that brings tourism professionals from all over the state face-to-face with top-tier travel writers for the chance to win media coverage for their unique story idea.
 
“Building upon last year’s momentum, Travel Tank 2.0 was great,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said. “Our tourism industry came to the table with some fantastic story ideas to pitch to travel writers, and I can’t wait to see the coverage our partners

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Mick Rich: Building New Mexico’s Energy Future

By MICK RICH
Republican Candidate for US Senate
 
I strongly advocate a full spectrum energy policy for New Mexico, tapping all our natural and intellectual resources. Here’s why.
 
New Mexico has abundant energy: New Mexico is the seventh-largest supplier of energy to America. Our oil production grew 17 percent in 2016 alone, making New Mexico America’s third-largest oil producer. We provide four percent our nation’s natural gas, and two percent of its coal. Although we have no nuclear power plants, we have the second-largest uranium reserves in the nation.
 
New Mexico produces

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Udall Secures Commitment From Zinke To Improve Public Input Process For Leasing Public Land

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), secured a commitment from DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke to improve public input while considering lease sales on public land, after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) updated its guidelines to severely limit public input.
 
Questioning Zinke about BLM’s new guidelines for considering lease sales on public lands Udall said, “In January, BLM issued new guidance about how to conduct

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Scenes From Farmers Market Thursday

The Los Alamos Farmers Market is held each Thursday morning in the parking lot adjacent to Mesa Public Library. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford


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Los Alamos Neighborhood Awakens To Bears In Tree

Three bears are spotted hanging out this morning in a tree behind a Woodland Road in Los Alamos. The two young bears climbed to the top and seemed to be content to stay there, while the agitated mother continued her quest to reach them. Four hours later the bears remain in the tree. According to the Los Alamos Police Department, New Mexico Game & Fish Department officials were notified but said to just leave the bears alone. A NMG&F spokesperson said community members should call 888.248.6866 during regular business hours or LAPD Dispatch at 505.662.8222 after hours. Photo by Maire


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DOE Moving Forward With Key WIPP Upgrades

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DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is moving forward with a key infrastructure upgrade at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico to enable increased progress in DOE’s mission to address the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.
 
Assistant Energy Secretary for Environmental Management Anne White approved the start of construction for a $288 million underground ventilation system at WIPP. The Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation

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PEEC: Three Days Exploring Geology Of Sierra Blanca

View of Sierra Blanca Peak from Lookout Mountain, one of the stops on an upcoming geology tour from PEEC and Fraser and Cathy Goff. These features form part of the roof of Three Rivers Stock. The tour will take place from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 and explore the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and local geology experts Fraser and Cathy Goff are offering an exciting three-day field trip to examine the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central

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Western Tanager Spotted Sunday In Los Alamos

This Western Tanager was spotted Sunday in the backyard of a residence near Canyon Glen Road in Los Alamos. According to allaboutbirds.org, these birds live in open woods all over the west, particularly among evergreens, where they often stay hidden in the canopy. Nevertheless, they’re a quintessential woodland denizen in summertime, where they fill the woods with their short, burry song and low, chuckling call notes. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

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