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Los Alamos Mountaineers Talk: Explore Unusual Discovery Of Edgewood Cavern Tuesday Evening

on May 20, 2018 - 7:31am

John T.M. Lyles discusses the unusual discovery of Edgewood Cavern Tuesday at Nature Center. Photo by John Lyles


The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host John T.M. Lyles discussing the unusual discovery of Edgewood Cavern, Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Lyles’ presentation follows the regular Mountaineer’s meeting at 7 p.m., which takes about 15 minutes and will cover information about upcoming outings.

In 1970, a new geologic discovery was made in Edgewood when a water-well driller hit a void and dropped his drill bit.

Guided Walking Tour Of Jemez Springs Sites May 28

on May 20, 2018 - 6:59am
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Monday, May 28, visitors to Jemez Springs will be able to immerse themselves into the Village’s history through a guided walking tour, presented by the Friends of the Jemez Springs Public Library.
A limited 40 tickets will be sold for the walking tour, with proceeds benefiting the Friends group.
“Jemez Springs is rich in its history, culture and multi layered stories,” said Suzanne Swetnam, president of the Friends of Jemez Springs Public Library. “The historic buildings that still stand in Jemez Springs have many stories to tell.

Daily Postcard: Wild Iris Blooming In Quemazon

on May 20, 2018 - 6:51am

Wild Iris spotted bloomimg Saturday in a garden in Quemazon. The Wild Iris is a perennial that grows up to 3 feet tall and has long, narrow leaves that wrap around the stem. Its flowers are large at about 4 inches across and blue to purple. Photo by Nina Thayer

County Offers Employees Choice To Bike To Work

on May 19, 2018 - 5:13pm

County Fleet Manager Pete Mondragon, left, and Deputy Public Works Director Jon Bulthuis stand beside two of the new County government bicycles Friday during the Bike to Work event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

A number of County employees took part in the Bike to Work event Friday, from left, County Fleet Manager Pete Mondragon, Deputy Public Works Director Jon Bulthuis, Senior Engineer Desirae Lujan, Fleet Mechanic John Roberts, Office Manager Louise Romero, Senior Recreation Leader Brandan Tuning, Recreation Leader Eric Hill and EMS Chief Ben Stone.

‘Know Before You Go’ Into Wilderness Areas

on May 19, 2018 - 5:54am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) officials urge the public to be prepared and operate safely in wilderness areas.

“Almost every year there are people that require rescue because they weren’t prepared before entering into wilderness areas,” said Diane Prather, Santa Fe National Forest staff officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator. “Individuals were rescued Saturday in a wilderness area because they were lost.  Proper preparation can help hikers avoid the situation and not put rescuers at risk.”

Wilderness areas are managed by the USDA Forest Service to provide

Local Expert Chick Keller Leads Wildflower Walk

on May 18, 2018 - 7:58am

Wildflower expert Chick Keller is leading a wildflower walk for PEEC at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21. Attendees will meet at the nature center and carpool to the trailhead. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller is leading his second Wildflower Walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21.

These monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time.

Daily Postcard: Yellow Irises At Ashley Pond Park

on May 18, 2018 - 6:13am
Daily Postcard: Yellow irises are blooming this week at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Ann Marie Thomas

AGU: Triennial Earth-Sun Summit – Onsite Information; Potentially Newsworthy Presentations

on May 17, 2018 - 3:20pm
A solar prominence captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in August 2012. Courtesy NASA/SDO/AIA/Goddard Space Flight Center
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union’s Space Physics and Aeronomy Section (AGU/SPA) and the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) will meet next week for the second Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS), which runs 20-24 May 2018 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spain Leesburg, Virginia.
Included in this advisory:
  1. About the meeting and scientific program
  2. Press registration
  3. Press room and hotel information
  4. Potentially

PEEC: Enjoy A Community Picnic At Los Luceros Historic Site May 20

on May 17, 2018 - 8:55am
PEEC News:
Join the Los Alamos Nature Center, New Mexico Historic Sites and the Amigos de Los Luceros for a community picnic and activities at the beautiful Los Luceros Historic Site. This free event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 20.
Families can arrive at Los Luceros anytime after 11 a.m. to enjoy their lunch and explore the property. Families also can participate in a variety of activities, a bird walk and tour of the beautiful site.
This event is the second in the Culture and Nature series that the Los Alamos Nature Center is partnering on.

AGU: Sounds Of Melting Glaciers Could Reveal Shrinkage Speed

on May 16, 2018 - 4:12pm
This recording captures 30 seconds of underwater sound produced by the melting of Hans Glacier in Hornsund fjord, pictured here. Recordings can be heard here. Courtesy/Oskar Glowacki
This recording captures thirty seconds of underwater sound produced by an iceberg in close proximity to the underwater microphone. Recordings can be heard here. Courtesy/Oskar Glowacki
AGU News:
Scientists could potentially use the racket made by melting glaciers to estimate how fast they are disappearing, according to a new study of audio recordings captured in the waters of an Arctic fjord.

Weekly Fishing Report: May 16

on May 16, 2018 - 10:47am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
The State Game and Fish Department continued to stock more bigger-than-average rainbow trout last week in selected waters around Northern New Mexico. Because streamflows remain very low for this time of year and the water temperatures in lakes are at an optimum point for both trout and warmwater species, now is a great time to go fishing.
Lots of nice trout and increasing numbers of bass and walleye are being landed by anglers.
The fishing for smallmouth bass at Abiquiu Lake was good and the bass are cruising in shallow

Environment New Mexico Is Working In Los Alamos And Elsewhere To Take On Waste That’s Killing Wildlife

on May 16, 2018 - 10:46am
ENM News:
Environment New Mexico is deploying dozens of door-knockers this summer, including in Los Alamos, to help educate New Mexicans about the plastic waste that is killing our wildlife.
“Nothing that we use for a couple of minutes should pollute our waterways for centuries,” said Sanders Moore, director of Environment New Mexico.
Polystyrene -- the stuff we call styrofoam -- is one of the worst kinds of plastic waste, often used for cups and food containers. Americans throw away an estimated 70 million polystyrene cups every day.

Explore Ancient Astronomical Myths And Discoveries With Paul Arendt At Los Alamos Nature Center

on May 16, 2018 - 9:40am

Paul Arendt presents a talk Friday in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Paul Arendt to discover ancient ideas and myths that early cultures created to explain the patterns and behaviors of the sky. This planetarium show is 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Arendt also will examine how Babylonian and Greek astronomers determined specific properties of the Earth, Moon and Solar System. He will explain astronomical theories that originated in the Western World up to the time of Newton.

Arendt has a Ph.D.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Casts Golden Glow Over LAHS

on May 16, 2018 - 7:35am

Daily Postcard: The setting sun casts a golden glow across the sky Monday evening above Los Alamos High School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Luceros Historic Site Open Third Sunday Of Month Through Fall

on May 15, 2018 - 3:37pm
View of the Rio Grande from Los Luceros historic property. Photo by Gene Peach
ALCALDE From ancient pueblo settlements to Spanish colonial haciendas, Los Luceros Historic Property has provided a bountiful life for people through the centuries.
This summer, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ Historic Sites division invites you and your family to enjoy the Los Luceros Historic property.
“New Mexican’s are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the Río Grande or under the shade of the historic apple orchard,’ Patrick Moore, Director of New

From Paleontology To Pupfish ... Oddities Of White Sands Win Second Annual Pitch Competition

on May 15, 2018 - 2:34pm
Courtesy photo
NMTD News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department hosted its second annual Travel Tank, a “Shark Tank” style pitching competition that brings tourism professionals from all over the state face-to-face with top-tier travel writers for the chance to win media coverage for their unique story idea.
“Building upon last year’s momentum, Travel Tank 2.0 was great,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said.

Mick Rich: Building New Mexico’s Energy Future

on May 15, 2018 - 7:32am
Republican Candidate for US Senate
I strongly advocate a full spectrum energy policy for New Mexico, tapping all our natural and intellectual resources. Here’s why.
New Mexico has abundant energy: New Mexico is the seventh-largest supplier of energy to America. Our oil production grew 17 percent in 2016 alone, making New Mexico America’s third-largest oil producer. We provide four percent our nation’s natural gas, and two percent of its coal. Although we have no nuclear power plants, we have the second-largest uranium reserves in the nation.
New Mexico produces more

Udall Secures Commitment From Zinke To Improve Public Input Process For Leasing Public Land

on May 15, 2018 - 7:02am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), secured a commitment from DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke to improve public input while considering lease sales on public land, after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) updated its guidelines to severely limit public input.
Questioning Zinke about BLM’s new guidelines for considering lease sales on public lands Udall said, “In January, BLM issued new guidance about how to conduct oil and

Scenes From Farmers Market Thursday

on May 15, 2018 - 7:00am

The Los Alamos Farmers Market is held each Thursday morning in the parking lot adjacent to Mesa Public Library. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market.

Daily Postcard: Spring View Around Pajarito Mountain

on May 15, 2018 - 5:37am

Daily Postcard: The landscape spotted Monday afternoon from the fence at the Los Alamos Nature Center (PEEC) is turning green around Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Los Alamos Neighborhood Awakens To Bears In Tree

on May 14, 2018 - 11:48am

Three bears are spotted hanging out this morning in a tree behind a Woodland Road in Los Alamos. The two young bears climbed to the top and seemed to be content to stay there, while the agitated mother continued her quest to reach them. Four hours later the bears remain in the tree. According to the Los Alamos Police Department, New Mexico Game & Fish Department officials were notified but said to just leave the bears alone. A NMG&F spokesperson said community members should call 888.248.6866 during regular business hours or LAPD Dispatch at 505.662.8222 after hours.

DOE Moving Forward With Key WIPP Upgrades

on May 14, 2018 - 11:16am
Courtesy photo
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is moving forward with a key infrastructure upgrade at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico to enable increased progress in DOE’s mission to address the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.
Assistant Energy Secretary for Environmental Management Anne White approved the start of construction for a $288 million underground ventilation system at WIPP.

PEEC: Three Days Exploring Geology Of Sierra Blanca

on May 14, 2018 - 8:56am
View of Sierra Blanca Peak from Lookout Mountain, one of the stops on an upcoming geology tour from PEEC and Fraser and Cathy Goff. These features form part of the roof of Three Rivers Stock. The tour will take place from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 and explore the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central New Mexico. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and local geology experts Fraser and Cathy Goff are offering an exciting three-day field trip to examine the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central New

Western Tanager Spotted Sunday In Los Alamos

on May 14, 2018 - 7:29am
This Western Tanager was spotted Sunday in the backyard of a residence near Canyon Glen Road in Los Alamos. According to, these birds live in open woods all over the west, particularly among evergreens, where they often stay hidden in the canopy. Nevertheless, they’re a quintessential woodland denizen in summertime, where they fill the woods with their short, burry song and low, chuckling call notes. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

Daily Postcard: Sunset From Main Hill Road

on May 14, 2018 - 7:24am

Daily Postcard: View of the sunset over Los Alamos while driving up the Main Hill Road Sunday. Photo by Pastor Paul Jaramillo