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BLM And Forest Service Announce 2018 Grazing Fees

on January 31, 2018 - 7:30am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.
 
The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87.
 
An AUM or HM—treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes—is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.

Super Blue Blood Moon Spotted At Golf Course

on January 31, 2018 - 7:20am

The Super Blue Blood Moon spotted early this morning from the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Hiro Teshima

Super Blue Blood Moon Spotted Overnight From North Mesa

on January 31, 2018 - 6:45am

Super Blue Blood Moon spotted overnight from North Mesa. Photo by Andy Phelps

Daily Postcard: Colorful Ashley Pond Sunrise

on January 31, 2018 - 6:00am

A colorful sunrise Tuesday morning reflects on the water in Ashley Pond. Photo by Karen Kendall

PEEC: Night Skies And Black Holes Feb. 2-3

on January 30, 2018 - 5:22am

 

 

PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, Paul Arendt will introduce celestial objects in the February night sky along with some recent discoveries in astronomy. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, the full-dome film Black Holes will play in the planetarium. Both of these shows take place in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
During the night sky show, images of celestial objects will be projected onto the planetarium dome. Bring questions and curiosity to this astronomy show.
 
Ever wonder what it would be like to voyage through the galaxies in search of black holes?

Daily Postcard: Bluebird Perches In Birch Tree

on January 30, 2018 - 4:56am

Daily Postcard: A bluebird perches on the branch of a birch tree Monday in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Amateur Naturalist: Winter Greenery Of Ranch School Trail

on January 29, 2018 - 10:16am
Mountain lover growing in the snow and shade. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Conifers stand out in the winter because they remain green. Deciduous trees such as gambol oak shed their leaves. However some of the plants underfoot along the Ranch School trail remain green all winter. Others will remain green well into the start of winter.
 
Mountain lover is a plant that remains green all winter. The name reflects its preferred habitat in the mountains. It can be seen toward the bottom of the Ranch School trail, deep in the shade of the spruce and fir trees.

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 29, 2018 - 9:24am
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.
 
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
 
The Feb. 3, USASA Southwest Freeride Series slalom and giant slalom competition has been moved to Sipapu. Find out more at SouthwestFreerideSeries.com or here.
 
Feb. 10 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band series.

Pearce On Bringing Solar Panel Industry Back To NM

on January 29, 2018 - 6:15am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the President signed a proclamation, prioritizing domestic solar panel industry and washer machine producers:
 
 “This action today moves the nation one step closer to an ‘all the above’ energy plan, unleashing America’s domestic energy production while developing greener sources of energy. For years, foreign solar dumping of low cost panels and products has put U.S.

AGU: Phosphorus Pollution Reaching Dangerous Levels Worldwide, New Study Finds

on January 29, 2018 - 6:14am
Algal blooms can present problems for ecosystems and human society. A new study suggests freshwater bodies in areas with high water pollution levels are likely to suffer from excess nutrient levels that can lead to algal blooms. Courtesy/Felix Andrews (Floybix) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Man-made phosphorus pollution is reaching dangerously high levels in freshwater basins around the world, according to new research.
 
new study published in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, estimated the global

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