Environment

70th Annual Skiesta At Pajarito March 17

Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

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, Skiesta has been a wacky spring event that celebrates the unique mountain culture of Los Alamos and the wonderful sport of skiing (all types—snowboarding included!).

This year there will be beer from six New Mexico Craft Breweries, a costume contest,


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Celebrate How Presidents Shaped National Parks

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is on a small island in the Potomac River. Congress approved funds in 1960 and the memorial was dedicated Oct. 27, 1967. Courtesy/NPF

National Park Foundation:

As we observe Presidents Day, the National Park Foundation remembers the leaders who helped shape the nation’s public lands.

The lessons of conservation and protection passed down by these trailblazing Presidents have given us the beautiful parks that we know and love.

For example, President Lincoln set aside a large section of the Yosemite Valley for public use – the first time that had ever been done


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PEEC: Analemma Dilemma And Phantoms Of The Universe At Los Alamos Nature Center This Weekend

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Akkana Peck and David North will share why noon isn’t really noon, why the solstice and the earliest sunset are on different days, and other anomalies of Earth’s orbit at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Peck and North will investigate how anomalies of the Earth’s orbit affects life on Earth (and on other planets). They are enthusiastic lunar observers. North popularized the term “shallow sky” for observing objects in our solar system (as opposed to “deep sky” observing of galaxies and nebulae), while Peck runs


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SFNF: President’s Day Holiday Closure, Feb. 19

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of President’s Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Feb. 20.
 
In honor of President’s Day, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Feb. 19.
 
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System. Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed for

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President’s $1 Billion Budget Proposal For BLM Supports Access To Public Lands For Multiple Uses

BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In keeping with the Administration’s goal of securing America’s energy dominance, President Trump has proposed a $1 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Bureau of Land Management that will provide resources to promote energy development on public lands while expanding access to recreation and conservation areas.
 
The President’s proposal provides resources to support the Administration’s goals and meets the BLM’s multiple-use and sustained yield mission in other areas. The budget focuses on the BLM’s field operations, including being

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NMED Accepting Grant Applications For Scrap Tire, Illegal Dumping, And Recycling

NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is now accepting applications for 2018-2019 Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Fund grants for scrap tire management, illegal dumping abatement, and recycling projects.
 
Municipalities, counties, solid waste authorities, cooperative associations (as defined in the RAID Act), land grant communities, pueblos, tribes, and nations are eligible for funds totaling $900,000. Two-thirds of the fund is available for scrap tire projects, and one-third is available for other projects. Ineligible entities

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Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to install a permanent fire break across the canyon bottom, which includes approximately 300 feet of the 100-year floodplain.
 
The proposed work will occur in Portrillo Canyon in Technical Area (TA) 36. The purpose of this work is to further reduce wildfire risk in upper Potrillo Canyon from the Lower Slobbovia firing site operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental

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NMED Secretary Tongate And AG Balderas On Lawsuits Against Gold King Mine Contractor Ruling

NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Wednesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Butch Tongate released a joint statement regarding a federal judge’s ruling that lawsuits filed by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor will proceed:
 
“We are pleased that our lawsuit against EPA’s contractor, Environmental Restoration LLC, will proceed, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navajo Nation to recoup the damages done to our environment, cultural sites,

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Nature Center Talk: Photographing Wildfires Feb. 20

Wildland firefighter silhouetted by flames. Photo by Kristen Honig
 
PEEC News:
 
Kristen Honig will discuss her observations, show her photographs, and present a brief, behind the scenes look at what it is like to be a wildfire photographer at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Honig’s wildfire photos have been recognized by National Geographic and featured in magazines and publications, including Popular Science, Outside Magazine, High Country News, Wildland Firefighter Magazine, Fire Management Today and in the novel On the Burning Edge.

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Pajarito Mountain Gets 5 Inches Of Fresh Snow!

Pajarito Mountain received several fresh inches of snow overnight. Photo by George Duke

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos received 5 inches of powder Wednesday night to freshen up the slopes.
 
Pajarito is open today through Monday, Feb. 19 for the holiday weekend.
 
Children seven and younger, in fourth and fifth grades or age 70 and older, can ski for free. Lift tickets are $24 for everyone else.
 
For more information, visit https://www.pajarito.ski/.

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PEEC: Guided Eight-Mile Hike In White Rock Canyon

Thunderbird Rock. Photo by Paul Arendt

 

PEEC News:

 

Saturday, Feb. 17, Paul Arendt will lead an eight-mile loop hike connecting the Red Dot Trail to the Blue Dot Trail in which participants will see petroglyphs, springs and the beauty of White Rock Canyon in the winter.

 

This rugged outing begins at 9 a.m., and takes the group about six hours to complete the loop. Space is limited, and registration is required for this hike, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

 

Arendt, a local hiker and mountaineer, will lead the group down the Red Dot Trail,


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Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

COUNTY News:
 
The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in Suite 110 at the Muncicipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda

1. Call to Order – Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Agenda

4. Approval of Minutes

  • Approval of the Jan. 18, 2018, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: James Robinson

5. Board Business  

  • Review and Approve FY19 ESB Work Plan Presenters: James Robinson
  • Discuss the 2018 Business Recycler of the Year Presenters: Angelica Gurule
  • Update from County Council

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BCBSNM Awards Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grant To PEEC And New Mexico Wildlife Center

Smiles are abundant at Nature Playtimes programs. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) have received a Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico Healthy Kids Health Families (HKHF) grant for the popular, free Nature Playtimes program.
 
The grant will ensure that PEEC can continue to provide this program to the community every Monday morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.
 
The grant also provides funds for the NMWC to begin a pilot program of Nature Playtimes at its facility

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