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Bandelier Hosts Artists For Fire Science & Art Collaborative

East Jemez Landscape Futures project Artists in Residence Shawn Skabelund and Kathleen Brennan. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument will host artists Kathleen Brennan from Taos and Shawn Skabelund from Flagstaff, Ariz., through April 19.

Brennan and Skabelund are artists in residence as part of the East Jemez Landscape Futures project (EJLF), which aims to address conservation challenges posed by recent severe droughts, fires, and floods that affected many local communities in the eastern Jemez Mountains.

The goal of the EJLF project is for land managers, local


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Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects that may begin should conditions allow over the next two months of April and May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. Burn days may not necessarily be consecutive as they

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SFNF: Abandoned Campfires Raise Fire Danger

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A rash of unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest over Easter weekend put visitors, fire crews and the forest at unnecessary risk.

Fortunately, none of the six to seven identified campfires at the Redondo Campground and along Forest Road 376 sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. But as the New Mexico fire season nears, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Visitors to national forests are asked to follow campfire safety procedures (http://bit.ly/2pudJRz)


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Court Grants EPA Delay In Smog Standards Battle

EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A federal court granted a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to delay court proceedings over the more protective 2015 smog standards.
 
The agency had requested the delay to give it additional time to review those standards. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the EPA’s request in a summary order.
 
Attorneys for public health and environmental organizations think the delay is likely an indication that the federal government will seek to stop defending or

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WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
 
The shipment from Idaho is an important milestone for WIPP and for DOE host communities that have had to store TRU waste since WIPP suspended operations in February 2014 when a truck fire and unrelated radiological event temporarily closed the facility.
 
“To see shipments arriving again at WIPP is celebrated not only by the WIPP workforce and the Carlsbad community but also by our DOE host

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Los Alamos Nature Center Open Today

Pasqueflowers, also known as Easter flowers, are one of the signs of spring that can be found on local trails this time of year. Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center to find a trail and learn more about local flora and fauna. Photo by Terry Foxx

PEEC News:

This weekend is a great time to enjoy nature and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center is open on Easter 1-4 p.m. today, Easter Sunday and the community is invited to stop by to look for signs of spring.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open on holidays except: Thursday holidays, July 4th, Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1. The nature


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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument Closed April 16-17

BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management is announcing that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near White Rock is closing Easter Sunday, April 16 and Monday, April 17.
 
These closures will allow members of the Cochiti Pueblo exclusive access to the monument for traditional cultural and religious activities. The Monument will reopen to the public Tuesday, April 18 during its regular hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the entrance gate closing at 6 p.m.
 
For more information, contact Rio Puerco Field

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Find PEEC’s Special Earth Day Section In Thursday’s Los Alamos Daily Post Print Edition And Online

Staff Report

Earth Day is April 22 and PEEC has an exciting celebration planned. Read about it in the special section in this week’s Los Alamos Daily Post.

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Click here to read the special Earth Day Section and learn about all of the PEEC Earth Day Celebration events!


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Los Alamos Tours Friedman Recycling Center

Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule models some paraphernalia that ended up at the Friedman Recycling Company in Albuquerque. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Regional Manager Robert Taylor speaks to visitors from Los Alamos who toured the Friedman Recycling Company Friday in Albuquerque. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

One of the first things you will see at the Friedman Recycling Company in Albuquerque is a giant hill of trash. It is a massive mosaic of every discarded item imaginable. It doesn’t seem


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Pajarito Greenhouse Bursts With Blooms April 26

Dave Fox prepares to open his Pajarito Greenhouse April 26. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When Pajarito Greenhouse owner Dave Fox enters the room, the conversation immediately turns to plants. “When are you going to open that greenhouse?,” a woman asks. “Do you have any pansies?” He advises another woman to spray corn gluten on goatheads or puncture vines to suffocate the seeds so that they can’t germinate.

The answer to the most frequently asked question once Spring arrives in the area is that Pajarito Greenhouse in White Rock will open


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Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Completed

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire crews completed the 340-acre prescribed fire Tuesday afternoon in the Santa Fe Watershed.
 
Transport winds from the south are expected to continue into the evening, pushing the smoke north of Santa Fe. Moisture, including higher humidity and the possibility of scattered showers, is moving into the area and is expected to further mitigate the smoke with minimal impact on the Santa Fe metro area.
 
The prescribed burn in the Watershed was designed to protect the City of Santa Fe and its water supply by mitigating the risk of high-intensity

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Daily Postcard: Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Spring is here and hummingbirds are beginning to appear around town like this Black-chinned Hummingbird spotted Sunday at a home on Barranca Mesa. Its velvety black chin is bordered by a thin strip of iridescent purple only visible when light hits it just right. Black-chinned Hummingbirds are exceptionally widespread, found from mountain forests to deserts. Many winter along the Gulf Coast. These tiny birds often perch at the very top of a bare tree branch. They have a low-pitched humming sound produced by their wings. Source: allaboutbirds.org. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan


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NASA’s MAVEN Mission Reveals Mars Has Metal In Its Atmosphere

AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. 
 
The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of Mars.
 
“MAVEN has made the first direct detection of the permanent presence of metal ions in the ionosphere of a planet other than Earth,” said Joseph Grebowsky of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and lead author of a new

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Los Alamos Nature Center Features Weekend Films

 
PEEC News:
 
Dr. Galen Gisler will reveal the stories behind star colors at 7 p.m., Friday, April 14, in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sea Monsters, a film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life, will play in planetarium. The film follows fossil hunters to remote locations as the hunters excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time.
 

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