Environment

Scenes From Pajarito Mountain Ski Area This Afternoon

Scene this afternoon from Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy/webcam

Scene this afternoon from Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy/webcam

Scene this afternoon from Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy/webcam

Scene this afternoon from Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy/webcam Read More

As New Mexico Water Trust Fund Dries Up, Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth Champions Bill To Infuse It With $250M

Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, exits the Senate floor Thursday. Wirth is sponsoring a bill to appropriate $250 million from the general fund to the Water Trust Fund. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

By DANIEL J. CHACON
The Santa Fe New Mexican

A state fund that has helped finance dozens of water infrastructure projects around New Mexico since it was created nearly two decades ago is drying up.

The State Investment Council has been sounding the alarm for years, warning the so-called Water Trust Fund, which it manages, could be depleted within 15 years without an additional Read More

LANL: MSGP Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Added To Electronic Public Reading Room

LANL News:

Per regulatory requirements, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announces new documents have been added to the LANL Electronic Reading Room.

The document(s) have been submitted to fulfill one or more requirements of the Los Alamos National Laboratory:

          • MSGP Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for: TA-03-0038 Metal Fabrication Shopsn (Link)

You may view these documents and many others at LANL’s Electronic Public Reading Room. Read More

Posts From The Road: Chloride, New Mexico

Monte Cristo: The Monte Cristo building in Chloride, New Mexico stands tall but not as a saloon or a dance hall but as a gallery and gift shop for visitors to shop in when visiting Chloride today. The building has been completely restored and upgraded to meet current standards. The structure also served as a school for a short time and possibly other had uses over its 143 year life span. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Doodle Dum: The Doodle Dum Cobblestone house in Chloride is a newer addition to Wall Street, the main street in Chloride, as it was not constructed until about 1920. The house was Read More

Daily Postcard: Red-tailed Hawk Sits Atop Tree At Bandelier

Daily Postcard: Driving to or from Bandelier National Monument, it is not unusual to see a large bird sitting upon a telephone pole or at the top of a tree such as this Red-tailed Hawk spotted Saturday. If the bird’s head is a rich chocolatey brown, the wings a dark mottled brown, and the belly pale with a darker band, the bird you see is almost certainly a Red-tailed. Should that bird take flight while you pass by the identification could be confirmed by the bird spreading its distinctive red tail. Red-tails are among the biggest Buteo hawks in North America, second only to the Ferruginous Hawk. They’re Read More

Valles Caldera Moves To Online Permits For Backcountry

The Valles Caldera National Preserve has ample snow for skiing and snowshoeing … drive to the Cabin District and go from there, or ski from N.M. 4. Courtesy/VCNP

CALDERA ACTION News:

The managers at the Valles Caldera National Preserve have come up with a new system for issuing permits to visit the “backcountry” at the Valles Caldera. You will now have to reserve your drive into the Caldera beyond the cabins on recreation.gov, a national public land reservation system.

Starting now, the “backcountry” is the area accessible by road beyond the Cabin District which is the group of cabins on Read More

Daily Postcard: Snowshoeing At Valles Caldera

Daily Postcard: The Valles Caldera National Preserve has plenty of snow for skiing and snowshoeing as shown here Thursday. Visitors may drive to the Cabin District and go from there or ski from N.M. 4. The managers at the Valles Caldera have come up with a new system for issuing permits to visit the ‘backcountry’  to reserve a drive into the Caldera beyond the cabins, visit recreation.gov, a national public land reservation system. Courtesy/VCNP Read More

Shaun Sanchez Named New SFNF Forest Supervisor

SFNF Supervisor Shaun Sanchez

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region welcomes Shaun Sanchez, who has been selected as Forest Supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).

Sanchez comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he was the Deputy Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

In his new role, he 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.

“Shaun’s experience and expertise will be an asset to the forest,” Southwestern Regional Read More

State Legacy Fund Would Help Draw Federal Dollars To Conservation Programs In New Mexico

Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth

By SCOTT WYLAND
The Santa Fe New Mexican

At least a billion dollars in federal conservation money is available to aid New Mexico in everything from restoring watersheds and protecting imperiled species to helping ecosystems better withstand climate change.

The state is missing out on most of it because it lacks matching funds.

Some state leaders, environmental groups and businesses hope the Legislature will approve a $75 million fund to draw federal money to a medley of state conservation programs among a half-dozen agencies. 

A bipartisan bill to establish Read More

Angelica Gurule Strives To Achieve Environmental Stewardship As Los Alamos County Sustainability Manager

County Sustainability Manager Angelica Gurule. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County has made a lot of commitments to environmental sustainability – whether it is reaching carbon neutrality by 2040, implementing a municipal food compost program or installing electric vehicle charging stations. As the County’s new Sustainability Manager, Angelica Gurule is helping to make good on these commitments.

Gurule was promoted to the position last year. Previously, she served as Environmental Services Read More

Rotary Hears From PEEC Executive Director Jillian Rubio

Jillian Rubio, executive director of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during the holiday season.  Photo by Linda Hull

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

As the December holidays approached, Jillian Rubio, the new Executive Director of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC,) took time from her hurried hours to speak to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Currently, Rubio said, she is working with staff on strategic planning, asking “Who do we want to be?” and “With whom do we want to partner?” “Partnerships Read More

TWST Competes In SuperG At Purgatory Mountain Resort

Cullen McLean (6th grader at Mountain Elementary School) earns a 2nd place finish missing the top of the podium by three hundredths of a second. Teammates Axel Vaskas earns the 4th place finish and Malik Boukahlfa earns the 10th place finish. Courtesy photo 


Isaac Olson takes the top spot on the podium followed by Aksel Boukhalfa in 2nd place, and Sasho McDowell (8th grader Los Alamos Middle School) earns 4th place in the Super G. Courtesy photo

By PAULA KNEPPER
Coach
Los Alamos Youth Mountain Bike Team

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Southern Series of the Rocky Mountain division Read More

County: Public Land Solutions To Hold Stakeholder Meeting

COUNTY News:

Public Land Solutions is coming to Los Alamos to host a stakeholder meeting 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31, at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square.

They will be conducting stakeholder outreach and collecting input on how and where people are recreating in New Mexico.

With this information, combined with their research and expertise, they will  develop recommendations for improving existing recreation assets and create new ones to meet  community goals regarding the local quality of life, outdoor access and economic development in the state. 

Public Land Solutions is a non-profit Read More

Conservation Groups Express Dismay At Agency Removal Of Wandering Wolf Asha

WEG News:

SANTA FE — Female Mexican gray wolf 2754, named Asha by schoolchildren, was captured in northern New Mexico by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, to be held in captivity with potential for re-release into the wild at a later date.

This puts an end to the wolf’s historic journey further north and east than any wolf since reintroduction began in 1998 and northward into the southern Rocky Mountains.

Conservation groups had urged agencies to allow Asha to continue her peaceful journey through suitable habitat of her choosing. The groups offered to assist with proactive outreach Read More

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