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PEEC Nature Center And Century Bank Sponsor 2022 World-Famous Backcountry Film Festival Jan. 21-23

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Plateau’s premier environmental education museum is teaming up with one of New Mexico’s original financial institutions to bring the famous Backcountry Film Festival into Los Alamos living rooms again this year, Jan. 21-23.

The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by the Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of all things snowy, winter and wild. This year’s backcountry skiing and adventure short films aim to inspire audience members across the world through stories about the impact and importance of our planet’s winter wildlands.

The Pajarito Environmental Read More

Daily Postcard: Homer And Edna Eating Lettuce At Pond

Beloved geese Homer and Edna are fond of romaine lettuce. This woman said she has been feeding the geese for a couple of years. There is another resident who said he has been feeding Homer romaine lettuce, bread and cracked corn every morning for 14 years. Photo by Don Lepsch Read More

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 18, 2022

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The good news this week is that Eagle Nest Lake has been opened for ice fishing. Arguably the best lake in the state among anglers who like to fish through the ice, it had resisted freezing thick enough to where it was safe to fish.

As stated in last week’s Fishing Report, this is a good time to visit Southern New Mexico, where temperatures are milder. The State Game and Fish Department conducts a Winter Trout Stocking Program which stocks catchable-size rainbow trout in most of the small lakes and streams in Southern New Mexico. Most of these Read More

NMDOT Releases Wildlife Corridors Action Plan Draft


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) is releasing the Draft Wildlife Corridors Action Plan for public review.

The plan has been prepared in accordance with New Mexico Senate Bill 228, the Wildlife Corridors Act (Act).

The Act, signed into law by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in 2019, directed the NMDOT and the NMDGF to develop the plan for NMDOT roads statewide.

The plan identifies wildlife-vehicle collision hotspots that pose a particularly high risk to the traveling public. Read More

Daily Postcard: Abert’s Squirrel Snacking At Bandelier

Daily Postcard: An Abert’s Squirrel is spotted sitting on a log while enjoying a delicious snack at Bandelier National Monument. The main food source for these little squirrels is parts of the Ponderosa pine including cones and growing tips. They also eat a variety of mushrooms. Photo by Sally King Read More

Lawmakers To Consider Proposed Green Amendment

State Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez

By Scott Wyland
The Santa Fe New Mexican

The proposed Green Amendment that would make a clean and healthy environment a constitutional right for New Mexicans will be taken up in the legislative session with strong Democratic backing and virtually zero Republican support.

The partisan divide is no surprise to anyone familiar with the effort to make the state constitution a backstop for environmental protection.

Advocates say it would compel the state to enforce current laws and enable it to draw on constitutional authority when regulations don’t adequately Read More

Governor, EMNRD Announce Pre-Filing Of Clean Future Act

NMED Secretary James Kenney


SANTA FE — The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Friday announced that House Bill 6, the Clean Future Act has been pre-filed by Rep. Nathan Small.

The bill will be sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Siah Correa Hemphill. This bill requires New Mexico to have net-zero emissions by 2050, among other things, and is a governor’s priority bill.

Led by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, the Clean Future Act (CFA) would establish New Mexico’s emissions reductions targets in statute.

Specifically, the CFA establishes Read More

National Nuclear Security Administration Reaches Pivotal Milestone On Los Alamos Plutonium Pit Production Project

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has reached a pivotal milestone on the Los Alamos Pit Production Project, approving the start of construction of the Decontamination and Decommissioning Subproject.

The D&D Subproject is the first of five subprojects to begin construction under the effort to restart plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a project known as LAP4.

The D&D Subproject involves clearing out existing equipment and gloveboxes to make way for new pit-manufacturing equipment Read More

Daily Postcard: Beautiful Day At Bandelier

Daily Postcard: View from a tour of Ponderosa to Upper Crossing and down Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Due to increased COVID-19 transmission rates, the visitor center at Bandelier has reduced indoor services. The visitor center and museum are open to limited numbers wearing masks, the theater remains closed. All trails are open. The park café in Frijoles Canyon is closed until March 1, 2022. Photo by Sally King Read More

Animal Of The Day: Handsome California Quail

Wildlife Foundation News:

Today’s Animal of the Day is the California Quail – a handsome, round soccer ball of a bird with a rich gray breast, intricately scaled under parts, and a curious, forward-drooping head plume.

Its stiffly accented Chi-ca-go call is a common sound of the chaparral and other brushy areas of California and the Northwest.

Often seen scratching at the ground in large groups or dashing forward on blurred legs, California Quail are common but unobtrusive. They rush to cover if scared, so approach them gently.

Cool Facts

The California Quail digests vegetation with the help Read More

State, Los Alamos And Sandia National Laboratories Execute Agreement On Development Of Zero-Carbon Hydrogen


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD), Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and Environment Department (EMNRD) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories to build a zero-carbon hydrogen economy not only in New Mexico but across the United States.

The MOU leverages their respective areas of expertise to deliver timely, material and efficient transformation of energy systems to achieve economic prosperity, reach net zero emissions by 2050 economy wide, Read More

AGU: North Pole Solar Eclipse Excites Auroras On The Other Side Of The World

Energy and particles from the sun interact with gases in the atmosphere to create stunning light shows called auroras, like this instance of the Southern Lights seen from the International Space Station in 2012. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A solar eclipse over the Arctic created changes in auroras in both of Earth’s hemispheres due to connections through the planet’s magnetic field, according to a new study.

The new work could help scientists predict changes in the near-Earth environment that can interfere with satellite communication.

June 10, 2021, the moon’s shadow darkened Read More

Cornell Land Trust Grants To Protect Birds Now Available

Wetland habitat at Pines and Prairies Land Trust Yegua Knobbs Preserve in Texas. Photo/Petra Harrison-Garza Keulen


ITHACA, NY— The Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative (LTBCI) is once again offering multiple year-long grants for land trust projects that enhance private lands for birds and help land trusts reach conservation goals.

The deadline for proposals is March 1, 2022. Awarded grants will be distributed at the end of May or early June. Learn how to apply. 

“Thanks to our generous funders we can award 14 grants to land trusts across the country in 2022,” said Cornell Read More

Los Alamos Kiwanis Hold Aluminum Collection Saturday

Scene of a previous Kiwanis aluminum can collection. The next collection is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15 in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church on Diamond Drive (near Sullivan Field). Courtesy/Kiwanis


The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will be collecting and buying aluminum cans to be sent for recycling.

The collection event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15 in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church on Diamond Drive (near Sullivan Field).

The community is encouraged to bring those aluminum cans accumulating over the holidays and help support Kiwanis Read More