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PEEC: Guided Eight-Mile Hike In White Rock Canyon

on February 14, 2018 - 8:16am

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, upriver

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on February 14, 2018 - 8:06am
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 Work

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

on February 14, 2018 - 7:55am
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 in

Purgatory Resort Gets 15 Inches – It's A Powder Day!

on February 14, 2018 - 7:47am
Scene Tuesday at Purgatory Resort. Photo by Scott Smith
 
SKI News:

Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo., received 15 inches of snow over the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the past three days and 95 percent of its trails are now open as a result of all this fresh powder.

Another 14 inches is in the forecast for today and Thursday.

Purgatory has great activities planned for Valentine's Day, including a special prix fixe dinner at Purgy's, and an Alpenglow Snowshoe Tour.

Cebollita Prescribed Burn Starts In March

on February 14, 2018 - 7:40am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin a broadcast prescribed burn in March in the Cebollita area to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
As weather conditions permit, the Cebollita prescribed burn could take place anytime between March 1 and March 17.
 
Up to 1,900 acres of hazardous fuels could be treated in the Cebollita area by hand and aerial ignitions.

BLM: Revision To Methane Waste Prevention Rule

on February 14, 2018 - 7:19am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As part of President Trump’s Executive Order 13783 promoting energy independence [Section 7 (6)(iv)] from March 28, 2017, to review and modify federal regulations that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and energy development, the Bureau of Land Management today announced a proposal to revise the 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the venting and flaring rule).  
 
The proposed rule would eliminate duplicative regulatory requirements and re-establish long-standing requirements that the 2016 final rule sought to replace.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Spotted Through Trees At Pond

on February 14, 2018 - 6:56am
Daily Postcard: Sunrise spotted through the trees at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Bandelier Hosts Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19

on February 13, 2018 - 10:35am

Bandelier staff and visitors will be looking for birds Friday during the Great Backyard Bird Count. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 

This weekend, Feb. 16-19, is the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count, which in 2018 is part of the Year of the Bird.
 
Anyone who would like to participate can watch birds at home or come out to three locations at Bandelier National Monument - or both. Sightings become part of observations to help track population density, health, and movements of birds worldwide.
 
Everyone is encouraged to count the birds in their backyard (or another favorite location) for at

PEEC: Aliens And Asteroids Feb. 16-17

on February 13, 2018 - 7:02am
Chick Keller
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to learn about the probability of finding life outside of Earth or how likely we are to be hit by an asteroid?
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, join Chick Keller in a discussion discussion and exploration of the Drake Equation, used to estimate the number of communicating civilizations in the cosmos. At 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, the full-dome film Incoming! will play on the planetarium dome.
 
Both of these shows take place in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
What is the likelihood that other extraterrestrial civilizations are trying to

Secretary Zinke Prioritizes Conservation And Big Game Migration Corridors

on February 13, 2018 - 6:52am
DOI News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY Friday​, at the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah,​ U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3362, which will improve habitat quality and western big game winter range and migration corridors​ for antelope, elk, and mule deer​.
 
​The order fosters improved collaboration with states and ​private landowners and facilitates all parties ​using the best available science to inform development of guidelines that helps ensure that robust big game populations continue to exist.
 
The order seeks to improve

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