Environment

Community Weighs In On Camp May Water Pipeline

Los Alamos resident Ed Birnbaum offers his thoughts on the Camp May Water Pipeline project. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

Will the proposed Camp May Water Pipeline project offer aid to Pajarito Ski Area  and resources to help fight wildfires or is it just the first building block for condos and other major developments on the mountain?

 

During a public meeting hosted by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Thursday night at UNM-LA, citizens voiced their support, questions and skepticism


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NMED Releases Draft 2018 Strategic Plan For Kirtland Air Force Base Fuel Cleanup Project

NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) releases its draft 2018 Strategic Plan for the Kirtland Air Force Base aviation fuel cleanup project for public comment.
 
The draft 2018 Strategic Plan, and Strategic Plans for 2015, 2016 and 2017, can be accessed from the NMED website here: https://www.env.nm.gov/kafbfuelplume/kafb-fuel-plume-documents/.
 
Written comments on the draft 2018 Strategic Plan will be accepted through April 6, 2018, and should be sent electronically to dennis.mcquillan@state.nm.us.

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AGU: 2017 North American Wildfire Pollution Comparable To Moderate Volcanic Eruption

Dense smoke clouds linger above Canada’s Lake Athabasca Aug. 14, 2017, around which several major fires raged. These fires burned so intensely that smoke drafted several miles high, straight into the stratosphere; an effect usually seen in moderate volcanic eruptions, rarely fires. Credit/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
Compare volcanoes to wildfires, and it’s no competition. In many cases, volcanoes are vastly more powerful, and their eruptions’ effects on climate are much more pronounced. But in August 2017, the tables turned.
 
The 2017 North American fire season was one of the most

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PEEC: Explore Swirls At Family Night March 13

Enjoy activities about swirls in nature with Melissa Mackey at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Photo from Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
 
PEEC News:
 
Tuesday, March 13, is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
This free program allows kids to enjoy an evening of exploring swirls in nature with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring the exhibits.
 
Children will make marble race tracks to take

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Zinke Partners With ​Congress To Fix National Parks

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke​
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke​ joined ​​U.S. ​Senator​s​ Lamar Alexander (R-TN)​ and Angus King (I-ME)​, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and ​others to introduce a bipartisan bill to rebuild ​America’s National Park​s.
 
The proposed ​bill would​ use up to $18 billion in revenue derived from energy produced on federal lands and waters to​ establish a special fund within the Treasury specifically for “National Park Restoration”. The bill ​follows

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Heinrich Offers Online Resources To Help New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With wildfire season underway, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is helping New Mexicans prepare and stay safe with the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center that provides information on how to protect our communities from the devastating effects of wildfires.
 
The online resource center includes active wildfire information, prevention and safety tips, resources for businesses, and more.
 
Heinrich also released a 30-second public service announcement

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Second Renewable Energy Festival Scheduled For Earth Day Weekend At Northern New Mexico College

NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA  After a hugely successful first run, the Renewable Energy Festival returns for a second year on Earth Day weekend, April 20-21, at Northern New Mexico College in Española.
 
The festival kicks off Friday, April 20, with music and dance performances that celebrate Northern New Mexico’s rich heritage of respect for the environment and sustainable practices.
 
Saturday, April 21 features educational seminars, hands-on demonstrations and activities on a wide variety of renewable energy topics for the entire family. The day will also include

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Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn Now March 7

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) delayed the start of the East Rowe Mesa area prescribed burn to Wednesday, March 7. 
 
The treatment is designed to improve wildlife habitat and promote forest health. As weather conditions permit, the East Rowe Mesa prescribed burn could continue into April.
 
Up to 5,000 acres of the 22,000-acre project area are expected to be treated in the East Rowe Mesa

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Los Alamos Winter Farmers Market March 8, April 12

Apple goods from Montoya’s farm. Courtesy photo
 
LAFM News:
 
Just a one more winter market after this week’s market, which is 8 a.m. to noon. Thursday March 8 then April 12. Both are at the Fuller Lodge.
 
This month at market:
  • New vendor- Goat Cheese, Feta, Cheve, Goat Milk, Keifer
  • Montoya’s – Apples, dried apples, Cider, Snowcones, Roasted Green Chile,
  • Jams & Jellies, Tortillas.
  • Rodriguez Farm- Chico’s Chile, Pinto Beans, Bean mixes.
  • Ranch de Iris- Chile pods, Winter squash, Organic seeds, Starts

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Kirtland Fire Contained, Crews Mopping Up

KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE  The fire on an eastern range in a remote area of the base has been contained and is under control.
 
The fire is no longer burning, but crews remain on the scene to monitor potential hotspots to ensure they don’t reignite.
 
Firefighters were busy clearing brush and assessing the area Monday. The area affected was assessed via aerial surveillance at about 100 acres. 
 
Fire crews were assisted overnight by winds turning in a favorable direction, helping to contain the fire.
 
The fire began Sunday just

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This Week At Pajarito

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.

Current Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.

Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
 
March 17 at Pajarito will be the 70th Annual Skiesta. Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch. Since it’s very humble beginnings,

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Fire Officials Report Status Of Fire On Kirtland

KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE  Officials have assessed the status of the brush fire burning in a remote area in the eastern training ranges.
 
Overnight winds turned in a favorable direction, helping to contain the fire. Firefighters were then able to address the fire from the west.
 
Current estimate is less than 200 acres.
 
Crews will be augmented today by the U.S. Forest Service, including helicopter support. A well water source is located near the fire’s main staging point.
 
The fire began just before 4 p.m. Sunday.
 
No injuries have been

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Events Planned At New Mexico Historic Sites

NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE ― New Mexico Historic Sites will host the following series of public events this spring:
 
Saturday, March 24 … 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • New Mexico Art Auction
  • Coronado Historic Site
All cultures art auction of old and new pottery, furniture, glass, paintings, textiles, toys, musical instruments, sculptures and much more. All profits go to support Kuaua Pueblo at Coronado Historic Site. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, the event will start with a preview of auction items between 9 a.m. and noon. The auction begins at 1 p.m. at

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Rock Formations In Pueblo Canyon

The guardians of Pueblo Canyon stand tall in the Sunday morning sunshine. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Unusual rock formations in Pueblo Canyon almost look man-made. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

New Mexico True blue sky Sunday morning in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com


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NM Delegation Welcomes Interior Department Decision To Cancel Oil And Gas Lease Sale In Chaco Region

News from the Offices of U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham responded to news Friday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will cancel a planned oil and gas lease sale in the Greater Chaco region.

More than 450 protests were filed over the planned March 8 sale, and after hearing from the delegation and many other New Mexicans, Zinke has agreed to halt the sale and return to a joint planning process


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Nature Center Talk: Jean Dewart On Pacific Crest Trail

Jean Dewart on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Jean Dewart will share her story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, where she covered 235-miles in Oregon.
 
Regardless of all the difficulties in this endeavor, Jean spent six months training with multiple experimental loads in her backpack, pouring over route maps, and planning resupply positions. Not only will her presentation cover the stories of the trail, but Jean will also share how to prepare for such a hike.
 
Jean is a Los Alamos hiker,

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Weekly Fishing Report: March 4

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
Despite the cold temperatures that New Mexico had last week, most lakes did not refreeze and have open water for bank fishing. The exception is Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton. It iced over and is closed to fishing.
 
If the weather warms up this week as it is forecast to do, the ice may melt and Lake Maloya will once again have open water for bank fishing. Call ahead to 575.445.5607 to check on conditions.
 
The snowstorms last week helped a little bit to increase the snowpack. Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado is

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