Environment

Weekly Fishing Report: June 27

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
Carson National Forest has closed most of its lands today due to extreme fire danger. The Camino Real Ranger District is already closed as a precaution due to the Sardinas Canyon Fire. The El Rito, Canjilon, Tres Piedras and Questa Ranger Districts closed today.
 
The Jicarilla Ranger District west of Dulce will remain open under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.
 
All recreational activities are prohibited. Forest Service campgrounds, trails and roads will be closed. County and State roads not under the Forest Service’s

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San Antonio Fire in Valles Caldera 75% Contained

FIRE UPDATE:

  

Jemez Springs — The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve is now 75 percent contained and remains at 416 acres. There has been no significant growth, but interior hot spots are a concern. Crews will continue to mop up the hot spot within the mixed conifer and aspen.

 

After a fire, the first priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources. The stabilization work begins immediately and may continue for up to a year. The longer-term rehabilitation effort to repair damage


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AGU: Coldest Place On Earth … Even Colder Than Scientists Thought

Persistent winds shape the surface of East Antarctica’s snow into small dune forms called ‘sastrugi’. Courtesy/Ted Scambos, NSIDC/University of Colorado-Boulder
 
Blowing snow conditions at a camp site near Vostok Station in Antarctic summer. Courtesy/Ted Scambos, NSIDC/University of Colorado-Boulder
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica’s ice sheet reach temperatures of nearly minus 100 degrees Celsius (minus 148 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter, a new study finds.
 
The results could change scientists’ understanding of

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SFCC Announces EPA Environmental Job Training Program Information Session July 19

SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College will present an information session on the New Mexico Environmental Job Training Program at 6 p.m. July 19 in Room 212 on the campus, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
The five-week intensive training is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 12 at the college. An Environmental Protection Agency grant will cover the training costs for unemployed, underemployed or low-income applicants who are accepted into the program.
 
Graduates of the program will receive federal and state recognized certifications such as, but

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Sardinas Canyon Fire Burns 500 Acres Near Taos

The smoke plume from the Sardinas Canyon Fire visible Tuesday evening from Los Alamos. The fire ignited Sunday afternoon 18 miles southeast of Taos. Photo by Elena Giorgi

Scene from the Sardinas Canyon Fire burning near Taos in the Carson National Forest. Courtesy/NMFI

FIRE UPDATE:

As of Tuesday evening the Sardinas Canyon Fire has consumed about 500 acres and is burning 18 miles from Taos.

Acres: Approximately 500 acres

Percent Containment: 0 percent

Start Date: June 24, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Jurisdiction: Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District


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Annual Fireworks Show At Overlook Park Is Canceled

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced today that the Fire Department has reached a decision regarding the annual Independence Day celebration sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

“Unfortunately, the long-range forecast does not indicate that we are going to receive any significant rainfall anytime soon,” Hughes said. “Therefore, we have reached the difficult decision that we will not issue the permit that would allow the fireworks display to proceed on July 4. We continue to be at extreme fire danger conditions and the risk is too great. While we know that many will be disappointed


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PEEC: Raptors; Owls At Nature Center Wednesday

Meet rescued raptors and owls from the New Mexico Wildlife Center Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to visit the Los Alamos Nature Center 6:30 p.m., Wednesday to meet raptors and owls from the New Mexico Wildlife Center.
 
Families also will have an opportunity to learn about local habitats, responsible rehabilitation and what to do if they find an injured animal. This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings series, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.
 
The New

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Carson National Forest Closing Wednesday

CNF News:

TAOS — The Carson National Forest (CNF) will implement Stage 3 Restrictions over most of the forest, effective 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 27.

Effectively immediately, the Camino Real Ranger District is closed. This immediate closure of the Camino Real District is strictly precautionary, the Sardinas Canyon Fire is not threatening structures nor is it expected to do so.

The remainder of the closure, which includes the Questa, Tres Piedras, El Rito and Canjilon District goes into effect 6 a.m., Wednesday. This partial closure will remain in effect until the forest receives significant


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SF Animal Shelter Waives Adoption Fees Through July 4

Courtesy/SFAS
 
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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