Environment

Bear Spotted Roaming Near Roundabout This Morning

While on a morning walk today, local resident Amy Storey spotted this young bear at the top of the roundabout, near Chamisa. It quickly ran off when yelled at it, she said, but headed toward Barranca Mesa. “I noticed lots of garbage cans outside, not in the garage, tomorrow is pick up for this area so probably some are smelly,” she said. “Can everyone remind neighbors to keep cans in the garage until the morning of garbage day? Please don’t make me get a bullhorn and be the ‘Garbage Can Monitor’ … it’s time for us to do our part to protect bears … be good humans!” Photo by Amy Storey

 

 


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Video: Udall Calls On Committee To Oppose Nancy Beck Nomination Due To Anti-Consumer, Worker Safety Record

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), questions Dr. Nancy B. Beck, the Trump administration nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission, during a hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Screenshot/LADP

Scene of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), questioning Dr. Nancy B. Beck, nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission, during a hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Screenshot/LADP

U.S. SENATE News:  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned Dr. Nancy B. Beck, the Trump administration


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Purgatory Activities, Mountain Bike Trails Open Saturday

Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride on Lift 1 at Purgatory Resort. Ride round-trip, or hop off at the top and enjoy the breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort

PURGATORY News:

DURANGO, Colo. — Purgatory Resort opens Saturday, June 20 for the summer season.

The resort will be open for daily activities through Aug. 16. Weekend operations will run Aug. 22 to Oct. 4, with the resort open on Labor Day as well.

New this season, Purgatory will offer two activity sessions daily: a morning session 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and an afternoon session 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Summer activities will


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Be Bear Aware: Keeping Our Black Bears Safe

This black bear was photographed in Water Canyon in the summer of 2016. Photo by Craig Martin

By JENNA STANEK
PEEC Volunteer

Los Alamos County is home to a unique subspecies of black bear, the New Mexico black bear (Ursus americanus amblyceps).

The New Mexico black bear is the official state animal of New Mexico and occurs in Colorado, New Mexico, western Texas, eastern Arizona and southeastern Utah.

Grizzly bears, also called brown bears, no longer occur in New Mexico. The color of the black bear can vary from black, brown to cinnamon. Cinnamon colored black bears are the most common color we see


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Victory Garden On Bathtub Row Opens To Public Saturday

Historical Society News:

The community is invited to visit the new victory garden, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, on the east side of the Hans Bethe House at 1350 Bathtub Row, 

Learn about victory gardens in Los Alamos, take home a seedling, a few seeds and get growing. The garden is open to the public daily.

Social distancing and wearing masks will be practiced at this event.

The Los Alamos Historical Society began planning a demonstration victory garden in the fall of 2018. With the support of Enterprise Bank & Trust, Los Alamos Home Improvement – ACE True Value Hardware, Los Alamos Landscaping,


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State Land Office; Partners Offer Drought Resource Webinars

SLO News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), in partnership with the Quivira Coalition (QC), the Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (CEWL) and the Western Landowners Alliance (WLA), will offer a three-part webinar series for grazing lessees and agricultural producers with information and resources related to drought management.

The series will focus on New Mexico, but information and resources are relevant to other Southwestern states, and all are welcome to attend.

“New Mexico farmers and ranchers provide an invaluable service to our state, and we want to return the favor


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NMDOH, NMED Issue Smoke Advisory For Most Of State

NMDOH News:
SANTA FE –The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Environment Department today issue a smoke advisory for the Rio Grande Valley from Taos to Las Cruces and all surrounding communities from 9 p.m. through noon tomorrow, June 19 due to smoke from multiple wildfires burning in Arizona and southwest New Mexico.
Smoke from wildfires may cause people to have more severe reactions if they are infected with COVID-19.
If you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. Learn more about how smoke affects those sick with

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AGU: Utah’s Arches Continue To Whisper Secrets

Nate Richman, field assistant, sets up a nodal seismometer atop a natural stone arch. Photo by Paul Geimer

The top of a natural stone arch with seismometers. Photo by Paul Geimer

AGU News:

Two new studies show what can be learned from a short seismic checkup of natural rock arches and how erosion sculpts some arches—like the iconic Delicate Arch—into shapes that lend added strength.

A study published in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters begins with thorough measurements of vibrations at an arch in Utah, and applies those measurements to glean insights from 17 other arches with minimal


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U.S. Senate Passes Bill For Land & Water Conservation Fund

NMW News:

ALBUQUERUQE — The United States Senate has passed legislation co-sponsored by Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to fully and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

S.3422, the Great American Outdoors Act, would also provide funds to address the maintenance backlog for the National Park Service (NPS) and other federal public land agencies.

“The Senate’s passage of this legislation is a bright spot during an otherwise difficult time, as we are now one step closer to realizing the full potential of the nation’s premier conservation program,” said Mark Allison, executive


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EM Nevada Transfer Of 70 Sites To DOE Office Of Legacy Management Nearing Completion

The DOE Office of Legacy Management is set to assume long-term stewardship responsibility for 70 sites — represented by the yellow dots in this map — on the Nevada Test and Training Range where the EM Nevada Program completed environmental corrective actions in accordance with the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

LAS VEGAS, Nev — The EM Nevada Program and DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) are nearing completion of a transfer of long-term stewardship responsibilities for 70 sites on the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), including the Tonopah Test


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