Environment

‘Strange Trio’ Sculpture Frames Supermoon At Overlook

Local residents Omar and Trish Sanchez were on a walk early this evening with their daughters Holly, Syana and Jenessa at Overlook Park in White Rock when they spotted the pink supermoon shining through the center of the ‘Strange Trio’ metal sculpture at the corner of Meadow and Overlook. Photo by Omar Sanchez


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Los Alamos Fire Marshal Comments On Maximum Occupancy Requirements Under Amended Public Health Order

COUNTY News:

Effective this morning, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s amended public health order restricting essential business operations, i.e. grocery stores, limits the number of individuals within retail space to 20 percent or less of maximum occupancy.

In addition, hotels, motels, and other places of lodging such as RV Parks shall operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy.

This order requires business owners and store managers alike to police the number of occupants in their stores.

The Los Alamos Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind owners and managers of certain restrictions


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SFNF Encourages Responsible Recreation By Avoiding Unnecessary Exposure, Overcrowding Over Easter Weekend

Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The past weekend on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) saw crowded day use sites, jammed parking areas and heavy visitor traffic through gateway communities, in spite of federal, state and local guidance on social distancing and group size to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

With the Easter holiday ahead, the SFNF asks the public to recreate responsibly on national forests.

“Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our employees, our communities and our visitors,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said. “Easter


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County Issues Reminder: Trails, Parks, Dogs & COVID-19

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County would like to remind residents using County parks, trails and other open spaces of the importance of maintaining social distancing within these areas as much as possible.

Mass gatherings are still prohibited as outlined in the State of New Mexico’s executive order. No more than five individuals should be gathered in parks or using trails. County Parks’ crews have installed signage about social distancing and mass gatherings in parks.

“Voluntary compliance with the executive order will help us keep our parks open for all to enjoy,” Emergency Manager Beverley


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EPA To Donate Some 225,000 Pieces Of PPE To State And Local Responders Fighting COVID-19 Across United States

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler

EPA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that it has identified approximately 225,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to support the COVID-19 response.

“EPA is working hard to support our nation’s first responders as they risk their own safety to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “After searching our inventory of personal protective equipment, we identified excess supplies and sent them to those on the frontlines of this fight.


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AFRL Gives Warfighters New Weapon System

Air Force Research Laboratory Tactical High Power Operational Responder (THOR). Courtesy/AFRL Directed Energy Directorate

Raytheon’s High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS). Courtesy/Air Force Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation Office

AFRL News:

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory has set up the Air Force’s first high-energy laser weapon system overseas for a 12-month field assessment.

The Air Force Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation (SDPE) Office located here is leading the project.

“The receiving


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Daily Postcard: April’s Super Pink Moon

Daily Postcard: April’s Super Pink Moon viewed Monday Evening about 7:30 p.m. from White Rock. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, April’s Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020. April’s Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020. A full moon supermoon is defined as a full moon that coincides with the Moon being at (or within 90 per cent of) its closest point to the Earth (its ‘perigee’) as it follows its elliptical orbit around us. April’s supermoon will be 221,851 miles (357,035km) away from Earth – compared to the average Moon-Earth distance of 238,855 miles (384,400km).


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Petree Garden Center & Florist Open To Serve You

Petree Garden Center & Florist at 2470 East Road is open for curbside pickup and delivery. Courtesy photo

By LAUREL HARDIN
Petree Garden Center & Florist

We are all experiencing an unprecedented world event with far reaching health and economic effects.

Everyone knows that our small businesses are going to suffer extreme losses. Some of us have the added impact of seasonal income loss. For a garden center the loss of most or all of a growing season is hard to fathom. We plan all year for eight weeks of sales. We have thousands of dollars in inventory filling shelves and seasonal employees


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