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New Mexicans March For Climate, Jobs And Justice

SIERRA CLUB News:
 
New Mexicans are invited to take to the streets Saturday, April 29, to call for a strong government response to the global climate crisis.
 
People’s Climate Marches are planned in the state’s largest three cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. New Mexicans will join more than 100,000 people nationwide in more than 300 cities, representing a growing popular movement for climate justice.
 
From the disruption of ecosystems, a loss of biodiversity, an increase in extreme weather, rising seas, and the spread of new diseases, to resource scarcity that

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PEEC: Explore A Different Way Of Living

 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing a discussion course to Los Alamos developed by the Northwest Earth Institute. 
 
A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World is a six-week discussion course that explores ways to live more deliberately and sustainably. This course meets at the Los Alamos Nature Center 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 4-June 8. This free course is open to the public. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.
 
In our fast-paced, complex world, more and more people are wondering

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More Snow Falls In Los Alamos And White Rock

Snow is coming down this morning around Los Alamos including the Woodland Avenue area. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Snow is covering a woodpile and bench this morning at a home on Woodland Avenue. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Snow continues to fall this morning in White Rock including the Aster Street area. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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New Mexicans Invited To Watch Archaeologists Hand Excavate Kuaua Pueblo Site

Excavations of Kuaua Ruins at Coronado Historic Site. Courtesy/NM Historic Sites, Department of Cultural Affairs
Painted kiva at Coronado Historic Site. Photo by John Cutler. Courtesy/NM Historic Sites, Department of Cultural Affairs

 

STATE News:

  • Dig Expected to Produce Thousands of Artifacts Dating to the 1500s

Bernalillo – New Mexicans have a rare opportunity to watch archaeologists on a live dig at the Coronado Historic Site off U.S. 550 in Bernalillo. The Dig Kuaua! hand-excavation of the Kuaua Pueblo will be performed by the Office of Archaeological Studies May 15 through June


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Tales Of Our Times: New Mexico Was Steered By Geologic History And Climate

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

NM Was Steered by Geologic History and Climate

Once upon a time, shallow seas covered large areas of what has become New Mexico. The ancient seas deposited huge reserves of coal, oil and gas that have been useful to the state’s economy. As the climate dried, an assortment of settlers was drawn to the region. With dry air also came rare vistas and long-range visibility.

Early ones on the scene were Native Americans, who in time were called Indians. In time, others who came would be called ranchers. A later group, known as


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White Rock Demonstration Garden Officially Opens!

The Los Alamos County Green Team snips the ribbon Wednesday morning to officially open the demonstration garden in White Rock. From left, Alex Archuleta, Jason Wardlow Herrera, Robert Martinez, Bryan Aragon, Jonathan Henley, Ben Gonzales, Dan Erickson, Jeff Humpton, Matthew Allen, Lee Cole, Angelica Gurule and Kirsten Bell. Photo by Vint Miller/LAC

The demonstration garden officially opened Wednesday in White Rock. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Last summer, the Los Alamos County Green Team was commissioned


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Improvements At Bandelier Include 55 Parking Spaces

Part of the new Cottonwood Parking Area at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Bandelier has 55 new parking places close to the Visitor’s Center in the heart of the park. The new spaces are on a narrow, paved road across Frijoles Creek from the existing parking lot and a newly-constructed bridge joins the two areas. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Locals and return visitors alike will


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Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input On Fire Management Plan

Prescription fire underway in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BNM News:
 
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. 
 
The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan. Now Bandelier is re-opening the public comment period in order to include

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$15 Million In Improvements Across Five Mountains!

SKI News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation. 
 
James Coleman, managing partner of  Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado;  Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area 

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SFNF Issues Closure Order For Jemez Cave

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) this week issued a closure order prohibiting the public from entering Jemez Cave and closing public access to user-created trails that lead to the cave as well as the area immediately surrounding it. This closure order, which replaces one initially issued in 2012, is effective until May 1, 2019, unless it is rescinded earlier.

Jemez Cave is located on the Jemez Ranger District in the Soda Dam Geologic Special Interest Area adjacent to N.M. 4. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Jemez Cave is culturally significant to the


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LANL: Managing Disease Spread Through Accessible Modeling

The research draws on Los Alamos’ expertise in computational modeling and health sciences and contributes to the Laboratory’s national security mission by protecting against biological threats. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lower computing requirements and streamlined data analysis support public-health decision making

A new computer modeling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision


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Daily Postcard: Large Moth Spotted On Barranca Mesa

Daily Postcard: A large moth is spotted outside the front door of a Barranca Mesa home on a brick wall that for some reason attracts moths. Its body is about 1.5 inches long. It appears to be in the silkmoth (Hyalophora) family. Photo by Ken Hanson


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BLM Seeks Comments On Analysis Of Southeastern New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Parcels For September Sale

BLM News:
 
SANTA FE  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking input on the analysis of 60 parcels in southeastern New Mexico for the September 2017 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The parcels are located in Eddy, Chaves, Quay, Curry, Lea, and Roosevelt counties.
 
The draft environmental assessment (EA) analyzes a range of alternatives for the sale and is available for review online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and- minerals/oil-and- gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico. Comments will be accepted through May 12,

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Coyote Ranger District Prescribed Burns Postponed

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have postponed the previously announced Mesa Poleo and Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) prescribed burns that were tentatively scheduled for this week due to forecasted weather, including high winds and precipitation.
 
Fire managers closely monitor conditions before, during and after prescribed burns. If conditions change and are no longer optimal for prescribed burning, plans are cancelled or postponed. Fire crews on the Coyote Ranger District

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Sixty Plein Air Artists Draw Beauty Of Jemez Springs

Maryann McGraw paints a Valles Caldera plein air. Courtesy photo
 
ART News:

Sixty artists will be plein air painting April 28–May 4 throughout the Jemez Valley.

Those works will then be exhibited at Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery commencing with an artists reception 1-3 p.m., May 6. Paintings from the “Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) Spring Paint-Out and Show” will be exhibited at the gallery through May 24 and will be available for sale.

The art of plein air painting is making a comeback and the village of Jemez Springs is excited to host the event.

“Jem


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Smart Design With Suzette: The Garagenous Zone

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Garages have a way of going from (relatively) organized to complete chaos in no time at all. It then becomes a glorified shed. But, let’s face it, garage organization can be daunting and overwhelming. However, if you have a game plan, it can be a piece of cake. In this column, I will help you get started, give options for storage, safety, going green and other tips that you might not have heard before.

The Best Reason to Tackle This Project

If you’re like most of us, your car is a five-figure investment that you can’t do without. Why leave it outdoors, where it can suffer damage


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Earth Day Activities Include Local Solar Array Tours

Power Scheduler and Energy Manager for Los Alamos County Jordan Garcia, far left, led a tour of the County’s solar array Saturday morning. The tour was part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day festivities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A tour of the County’s solar array Saturday morning as part of Earth Day activities shows rows of solar panels constructed in 2011. It was explained during the tour that there is one 400 kilowatt panel, five that emit 100 kilowatts, and 10 that that emit 10 kilowatts. In total, the array generates one megawatt.


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WIPP’s Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

Members of the WIPP Red Team prepare to begin the field portion of the mine rescue competition recently in Carlsbad.  Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue teams (Red and Blue) recently competed in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Association Competition in Carlsbad.
 
The WIPP Red Team came away with top honors, being named the Overall Contest Champion and taking first in the field competition, and WIPP Blue Team members (Heath Fowler and Nico Dominguez) won the team technician category.

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