Environment

Weekly Fishing Report: April 6, 2021

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The temperatures are rising. In Southern New Mexico, the temperatures are now reading consistently in the 80-degree range. Here in Northern New Mexico temperatures are climbing into the 70’s and spring runoff has begun. It will be several weeks before it peaks.

For two out of the last three years streamflows and water temperatures during the summer have reached dangerous levels for the survival of trout in New Mexico. Low streamflows and high water temperatures can prove fatal to trout, which are adapted to cold water. Once the water temperatures


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Interior Secretary Haaland To Visit Utah To Discuss Bears Ears And Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland

DOI News:

WASHINGTON — This week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will travel to Utah to discuss stewardship of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

During her time in Kane and San Juan counties, she will see the national monuments and meet with Tribes, elected federal, state and local leaders, and other stakeholders.

Consistent with Executive Order 14008, the Interior Department is leading a review of the boundaries and management conditions of the two national monuments.

To date, administration officials from


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Daily Postcard: Condensation Trails Lace Sky Monday

Daily Postcard: Looking up during the drive down the hill to Santa Fe Monday the sky is laced with condensation trails. Contrails or vapor trails are line-shaped clouds produced by aircraft engine exhaust or changes in air pressure, typically at aircraft cruising altitudes several miles above the earth’s surface. Contrails are composed primarily of water, in the form of ice crystals. The combination of water vapor in aircraft engine exhaust and the low ambient temperatures that exist at high altitudes allows the formation of the trails. Source: Wikimedia Foundation. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


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PEEC Hosts DPU Manager Philo Shelton In Live-Streamed Talk Reviewing County Sustainability Goals For Community

Join PEEC and DPU Manager Philo Shelton for a live-streamed presentation 7 p.m. Wednesday to review Board of Public Utilities FY22 Environmental Sustainability Goals, including community survey results. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to hear the latest updates on Los Alamos County’s sustainability goals at a live-streamed talk hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Utilities Manager Philo Shelton will give this presentation and review the Board of Public Utilities FY22 Environmental Sustainability Goals, including the


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Mexican Spotted Owl Protected In Los Alamos Cleanup

The Mexican spotted owl, which finds a home in Northern New Mexico’s canyons and forests, is a threatened species that N3B strives to protect. Courtesy/Don Ulrich, taken in Flagstaff, Ariz.

N3B News:

To protect a treasured ecological species of Northern New Mexico, Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) recently began its annual task of modifying legacy waste cleanup activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) ahead of the Mexican spotted owl breeding season.

N3B cleans up hazardous and radiological waste generated at LANL during the Manhattan Project and Cold War eras for the


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Rotary Club Of Los Alamos: Brittney Woodrum Talks About Her Adventures Raising Money For ‘ShelterBox’

Brittney Woodrum climbed all 58 of Colorado’s Fourteeners to raise money for ShelterBox USA. Courtesy/Rotary

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“I’d never hiked a Fourteener until last summer,” confessed Rotary Club guest speaker Brittney Woodrum as she spoke March 30 to members from her home in Leadville, Colo. (“Fourteener” is the name given to Colorado’s mountain peaks of 14,000 feet or higher.)

Why is her inexperience noteworthy? Because Woodrum went on to hike all of Colorado’s 58 Fourteeners in just 76 days in July, August and September 2020.

Woodrum, a Rotary Peace


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SFNF Española District Pacheco Canyon Burn Underway

The SFNF Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn underway on the Española Ranger District is visible this afternoon from Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of optimal conditions today to conduct the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District.

Smoke management is a key part of the planning and implementation of prescribed burns. The SFNF manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and


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Cone Zone: Week Of April 5, 2021

COUNTY News:

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors.

For more information, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.  

Public Works Projects: 

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass 

AUI, Inc. of Albuquerque will continue work to construct the Canyon Rim Trail Underpass.


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New Mexico Museum Of Natural History & Science Hatches ‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs And Babies’ Online Exhibition

Baby Protoceratops at Tiny Titans Dinosaur Eggs and Babies exhibit at NMMNHS. Courtesy/NMMNHS 

NMMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — A new online exhibit has emerged from a popular installation currently on view at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS).

Visitors to the museum’s website can now take a virtual tour of the in-person exhibition “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies”, which boasts New Mexico’s young dinosaurs from the late Cretaceous period, such as the Bisti Beast, Pentaceratops, and Parasaurolophus, includes unique fossils, and addresses how dinosaurs


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Valles Caldera Seeks Public Input On Management Zoning

NPS News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The National Park Service wants to hear from the public as it considers a zoning approach to help guide future planning and management decisions at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

“Public and tribal feedback and engagement are important at this early phase and will help guide how we define and plan future management at Valles Caldera National Preserve,“ Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “Our goal is to preserve and protect fundamental resources and values within the park while enhancing sustainable visitor access, experiences, and opportunities.”  


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Happy Easter Los Alamos!

Happy Easter Los Alamos! Flowers are beginning to bloom throughout the community including white and lavender crocuses spotted Saturday morning near Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Greg Noeninckx


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SFNF Española District Postpones Pacheco Canyon Burn

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – After assessing conditions today, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) decided to postpone the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District for at least a day.

Ignitions, which are expected to take one day, could begin as early as tomorrow.

Fire managers will look at several factors, including snowpack on the north-facing slopes, fuel moisture levels, air quality, ventilation, wind direction and weather forecasts, before making the decision to proceed with the burn. 

The Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn unit is


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Los Alamos Nature Center Reopens Monday April 12

Los Alamos Nature Center reopens with limited hours beginning April 12. Photo by Patrick Coulie

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) announces that the Los Alamos Nature Center will reopen Monday, April 12.

There is a lot that goes into figuring out how to follow the state-mandated COVID-19 safe practices while still allowing for a fun and educational experience for visitors.

If all conditions stay the same as they are now, the nature center will open a limited number of hours and days: 1-5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Debbie Cress Named Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor

SFNF Supervisor Debbie Cress

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Southwestern Region Regional Forester Michiko Martin has announced the selection of Debbie Cress to take the helm of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) as its new Forest Supervisor.

Cress has been serving as deputy forest supervisor on the SFNF. In her new role, she will oversee the management, conservation and enhancement of 1.6 million forested acres across six counties in the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountain ranges.

“Debbie has played an important leadership role on the Santa Fe National Forest since she joined the forest in January 2020,”


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LARES Task Force Seeks Members For Subcommittees

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Resiliency, Energy and Sustainability Task Force (LARES) is seeking letters of interest to appoint up to 15 community members to serve on the following subcommittees:

  • Natural Gas Reduction
  • Electrical Demand & Supply
  • Transportation & Mobility
  • Community Planning & Zoning
  • Waste, Consumption & Natural Resources

There are five subcommittees with two – three task force members on each subcommittee. There will be a representative of the main Task Force, chairing each subcommittee and providing a report back to the main Task Force.


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Daily Postcard: Broad-Winged Hawk Spotted In White Rock

Daily Postcard: A broad-winged hawk is spotted perched in a tree where it scared away small birds Thursday afternoon in White Rock. The broad-winged hawk is a small raptor with stocky build, wide wings and hooked bill. It has a mottled brown head and upperparts that can feature tints of copper. It has a short, squared tail with bands of black and white, yellow legs and white underparts streaked with brown. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Broad-winged hawk spotted in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


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