Environment

Bandelier Announces Bird Of The Month For May

The bird of the month for May is the Yellow-rumped warbler. Photo by Ranger Sally King/NPS

BANDELIER News:

The bird of the month for May is the Yellow-rumped warbler. These small birds are known for their yellow rump that can be seen as they fly away. There are two subspecies included in this designation, one is the Myrtle with a white throat and typically seen in the east. The other is the Audubon’s, which has a yellow throat and is typically seen in the west. Keep an eye on the Bandelier Facebook page for pictures and more information about this bird.

Bandelier is celebrating the Year


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Beautiful & Bounteous: Bees & Butterflies Of Bandelier

Dr. Olivia Carril and Roy Michelotti will present a talk about native bees and butterflies May 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo/Olivia Carril

PEEC News:

The community is invited to learn more about local bees and butterflies, their biology and behavior, at a talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Dr. Olivia Carril is conducting research to discover what native bees live at Bandelier National Monument and will share her findings at this free talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Additionally, local butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will be speaking about basic butterfly biology and behavior.


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Scenes From LANL Sustainable Fair Thursday

A crowd checks out the vendor booths at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Business Department’s sustainability fair Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Sustianable Acquisition Lead for LANL Maryrose Montalvo said 14 vendors participated in the fair, which showcased businesses’ sustainable products and services. She explained the participating vendors have blanket order agreements with the laboratory. While the businesses offer a wide range of products and services, they were able to promote their green services and products during the fair. The event was open to the public


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PEEC: Wildflower Walk With Chick Keller April 30

Wildflower expert Chick Keller, right, leads wildflower walks for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric
 
Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller
 
PEEC News:
 
At 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 30, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead his first Wildflower Walk of the season.
 
These monthly outings will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and

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Tales Of Our Times: Legalistic Briar-Patch Aggravates Business Risk

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Legalistic Briar-Patch Aggravates Business Risk
 
A briar-patch of legalities has grown up around corporations in the last 200 years of our nation. That briar-patch is a luring threat to business. The perennial question is how closely does a corporation model a person, as opposed to being a strictly legal structure. The issue arose once again in the US Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United case.
 
Yet, 2010 did not start the question that has long blurred corporate efforts to minimize

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BLM Implements Fire Restrictions

BLM News:
 
ROSWELL  Due to current and projected fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management Roswell Field Office has enacted fire restrictions for the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area and the Lincoln Tracts, parcels of BLM-managed public lands in and around the community of Lincoln.
 

PROHIBITIONS:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites, or within fully enclosed stoves with a ¼” spark-arrestor type screen, or within fully enclosed grills, or in stoves

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SAR President’s Lecture: Elizabeth Kolbert June 1

SAR News:
 
SANTA FE  The School for Advanced Research (SAR) announces its annual President’s Lecture.
 
This year’s lecture, The Fate of the Earth with speaker Elizabeth Kolbert, is co-presented June 1 by The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker, is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Holt, 2014). There have been five mass extinctions over the last half a billion years.
 
In her book, Kolbert presents evidence

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On The Job In Los Alamos: County Green Team

On the job in Los Alamos are members of the Los Alamos County Green Team picking up trash Wednesday along the Canyon Rim Trail by Los Alamos Canyon in preparation for Clean Up Los Alamos Day. Filling four 30-gallon trash bags, from left, Community Services Department Senior Management Analyst Kirsten Bell, Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule, Environmental Services Division Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda and Public Works Senior Office Specialist Jocelyn Warner. Clean Up Los Alamos Day is Saturday morning and concludes with a volunteer appreciation luncheon noon


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NNSA Awards $7 Million Cooperative Agreement To University Of Texas At Austin

NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has designated a new Center of Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program. 
 
“These grants ensure a pipeline of world-class scientists trained in areas of relevance to our stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs. 
 
The University

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AGU: Winter Wave Heights, Extreme Storms On The Rise In Western Europe

Waves crashing onto Chesil Beach in Dorset during the winter of 2013/14. Courtesy/Tim Poate, University of Plymouth
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Average winter wave heights along the Atlantic coast of Western Europe have been rising for almost seven decades, according to new research.
 
The coastlines of Scotland and Ireland have seen the largest increases, with the average height of winter waves more than 10 millimeters (more than 0.4 inches) per year higher than in 1948. That is more than more than 0.7 meters (2.3 feet) in total.
 
That has also led to increased wave

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New Mexico Wildlife Center Celebrates ‘Year Of The Bird’

Swainson’s Hawk. Photo by Izuru Toki
 
NMWC News:
 
ESPAÑOLA  New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) invites the community to its celebration of the first semi-annual World Migratory Bird Day, at 11 a.m., May 12.
 
Visitors will enjoy wildlife presentations, watch raptors eating up close, meet Linda Compton, the author of “Winged Gifts of Grace,” at her book signing, eat from the nacho bar, and watch children while they have fun engaging in arts and crafts activities.
 
Professional and amateur photographers will display and sell beautiful images of birds, as well.

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PEEC: Experiential Outings With Michelle Harkey And Sandra West May 12

Michelle Harkey, Mental Health Counselor, Body-Connection Coach and massage therapist. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s new outdoor program, Inside-Outside Adventures is a series of four experiential outings for women let by Body-Connection Coach Michelle Harkey and Posture Alignment Coach Sandra West.
 
Each hike will have activities that surround a theme from a different part of Brené Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace

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Native American And Faith Leaders Oppose Rollback Of BLM Methane Waste Standards

IP&L News:
 
A group of Native American and faith leaders delivered a letter April 19 signed by more than 500 clergy and faith leaders from 40 states to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing weakening the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. April 23 was the deadline for public comment on the proposal.
 
Methane that is leaked, vented, and flared on our shared public lands creates public health hazards, alters our climate, and wastes valuable natural gas. This letter was signed in response to the Trump administration’s recent suspension

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No Prescribed Burns On SFNF While In Fire Restrictions

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to overall dry conditions across the forest fire managers announce they will not conduct prescribed burns on the Santa Fe National Forest while in fire restrictions.
 
Monsoon rains forecasted in July could, however, allow fire restrictions to be lifted sometime in the summer. If that happens, and if conditions allow, prescribed burns could resume as well. 
 
SFNF officials remind the public that the entire SFNF is currently under Stage I fire restrictions, however the public can still access and enjoy the forest. To ensure

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NIST Team Shows Tiny Frequency Combs Are Reliable Measurement Tools

Composite photo of the test bed for NIST’s chip-based optical frequency synthesizer. A key component, NIST’s frequency comb on a chip, is mounted in the set-up on the lower left. A sample output of the programmable synthesizer, an optical frequency spectrum, is shown at middle-right. The synthesizer components provide for further integration into easily portable packages. Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

In an advance that could shrink many measurement technologies, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners have demonstrated the first miniaturized


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French Mesa Prescribed Burn On Hold

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to unfavorable moisture levels and weather conditions, fire managers at the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) placed the French Mesa prescribed burn on hold.
 
Additionally, forest service personnel would like the public to report any suspicious activity in the Mesa Poleo area where there were two arson fires this year, and in any other areas within the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest by calling the Coyote Ranger District office at the phone number located at the bottom of the news release.
 
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Weekly Fishing Report: April 25

By GEORGE MORSE 
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
With streamflows running low for this time of year and the State Game and Fish Department making heavy stockings of rainbow trout throughout Northern New Mexico, the fishing has been very good for anglers.
 
With the exception of those days when the wind is blowing hard, the mild weather has made for good conditions.
 
Los Alamos anglers have several good choices in the nearby Jemez Mountains. Fenton Lake has been heavily-stocked with rainbow trout this spring. Most recently, the Department stocked 2,201 rainbow

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