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What Was That UFO Flying Next To The Moon Tonight?

on September 22, 2018 - 10:51pm

Does anyone know what that UFO was flying next to the moon tonight? This photo of what may be a large weather balloon was taken from White Rock with a cell phone. Photo by Scott Jensen

This photo was taken this evening from White Rock of the UFO with a long lense. Photo by Scott Jensen

This photo was taken this evening from White Rock of the UFO with a long lense. Photo by Scott Jensen

Forest Service Teams Work To Increase Prescribed Burns To Protect Water Sources, Wildlife & Reduce Risk

on September 22, 2018 - 2:15pm
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild are working together to increase the use of prescribed fire to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is unique in that it is designed to stand-up a fully qualified team to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.
The practice of prescribe fire promotes ecological health in frequent fire forests, reduces hazardous

DOE Awards Five Year Grant Renewal To National Conference Of State Legislatures (NCSL)

on September 22, 2018 - 10:56am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI, Ohio ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Monday issued a renewal Agreement to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Agreement, entitled “National Conference of State Legislatures” was renewed Sept. 17 for a five-year period of performance.

This grant is intended to continue to help states and tribal nations understand the policies, programs and activities undertaken by DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (EM), Office of Indian Energy (IE), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and Office of Legacy

Fish Free On National Hunting & Fishing Day Saturday

on September 22, 2018 - 2:01am
NMGF News:
SANTA FE Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22 by going fishing.
It is a day to fish for free in New Mexico, a special day when all anglers­­ – residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a license at public waters statewide. All other fishing rules apply.
“We want to encourage New Mexicans to take their families outside to enjoy their wildlife resources and celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. A day of free fishing is a great way to do that,” Director Mike Sloane said.

Adults and teens interested in learning to fly-fish in New Mexico

Stocking Gila Trout In Gwynn Tank One Of Many Firsts For This Species In Western New Mexico

on September 22, 2018 - 1:24am
NMGF News:
SANTA FE Gwynn Tank in the Gila National Forest in Western New Mexico received its first batch of 203, 10-inch Gila trout.
“Stocking Gila Trout in Gwynn Tank is part of the department’s long-term plan to provide recreation opportunities for this rare native trout in conjunction with ongoing recovery efforts,” said Jill Wick, supervisor of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Colorado Basin Native Fish.
Releasing this batch of Gila trout into Gwynn Tank was more than a year in the making.

SFNF: Bales Fire Update

on September 22, 2018 - 1:06am
SFNF News:
Bales Fire Update:
Start Date: Smoke reported Sept. 14
Cause: Lightning
Size: 14 acres
Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
Containment: 50%
Fuels: Mixed conifer, dead and down
Weather: Partly cloudy, winds out of southwest 5-10 mph
Resources: 50 personnel
Situation: The Bales Fire is in the Bales Canyon area along Forest Road 534 approximately two and one half miles southwest of the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Fire activity is low.

Valles Caldera Van Tour: Fraser & Cathy Goff Sept. 30

on September 21, 2018 - 8:08am
Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and local geology experts Fraser and Cathy Goff on a field trip driving through the Valles Caldera National Preserve Sunday, Sept. 30.
Participants will examine the volcanology and geothermal springs of the 1.25-million-year-old Valles Caldera. The tour is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and advance registration is required.
The field trip consists of six stops throughout the day. Attendees will park and meet at the Valle Grande Visitor Center promptly at 9 a.m.

SFNF: Black Canyon Campground Closes Sept. 24

on September 21, 2018 - 7:37am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Due to necessary maintenance, the Black Canyon Campground on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will close Sept. 24 for the season, which ends Oct. 9.
“Repair is needed to restore a faulty underground power line that helps provide electricity and water to the site,” Espanola District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker said. “If the line can’t be repaired or replaced by next season, our hope is to have generators in place.

Daily Postcard: Fall Scenes In Downtown Los Alamos

on September 21, 2018 - 7:31am

Daily Postcard: Scenes of fall spotted this week around downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Elena Giorgi

Scenes of fall in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Elena Giorgi

Scenes of fall in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Elena Giorgi

Scenes of fall in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Elena Giorgi

Atomic City Transit Adding Two Electric Buses To Fleet

on September 20, 2018 - 5:04pm
Atomic City Transit is adding two of these Proterra electric buses to its fleet. Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

The smell of black exhaust smoke pouring from the tailpipes of Atomic City Transit buses or the sight of transit drivers filling up bus gas tanks will one day be a thing of the past.

Atomic City Transit recently was awarded a Low-or No-Emission (Low-No) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The $1,859,370 grant will allow Los Alamos County’s transit department to purchase two electric buses as well as two charging

PEEC: Celebrate Autumnal Equinox Friday

on September 20, 2018 - 3:13pm
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PEEC News:
Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium with a talk from Erica Fogerty that will explore the astrophysical origin of the equinox, as well as its cultural significance throughout the ages.
An equinox happens only twice each year, marking the time when the lengths of Earth’s day and night are exactly the same. Learn about how the autumnal equinox connects to harvest and how it has celebrated around the world.
Erica Fogerty is a computational astrophysicist at LANL’s Center for Theoretical

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Planned Sunday

on September 20, 2018 - 3:10pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed starting Sunday, Sept. 23.
Two separate units expected to be treated within the Santa Fe Watershed total 950 acres and are approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe.
One unit is 450 acres northeast of Nichols Reservoir, and the other is 500 acres just south of McClure Reservoir.

Tesla Owners Meet With Rotary Club Of Los Alamos

on September 20, 2018 - 2:39pm

Tesla owner Jim Tencate of Los Alamos recently told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the cutting-edge innovations in electric cars that make his Tesla 3 such a pleasure to drive. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg

Tesla owners Lynn McDonald and Jim Tencate drove their Tesla 3s to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos earlier this month to explain the cars' impressive all-electric technology. The Model 3 has a 310-mile range and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Members were invited to ride in and to drive the high-tech vehicles. Photo by Linda Hull

Jim Tencate, ready to demonstrate

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 20

on September 20, 2018 - 6:58am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday. On this day, anglers may fish without a license. It’s a good day to take a friend fishing who doesn’t normally go fishing. It’s even better if you have out-of-town visitors who don’t want to purchase a nonresident license. All other regular fishing rules and regulations will still apply.
The unseasonably hot weather has delayed the start of what I like to call the fall bite. This is when shorter days and cooler temperatures trigger trout into becoming more active.

USDA Releases Standard Indicators And Laboratory Procedures To Assess Soil Health For Public Comment

on September 20, 2018 - 6:54am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is releasing a set of standard indicators and associated laboratory procedures to assess soil health.
These measures – recommended through a multi-organizational collaboration among soil health experts in the federal, university, public and private sectors – are being developed to improve conservation planning and implementation across the United States.
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted a draft Technical Note detailing these soil health indicators and associated laboratory

Daily Postcard: Bee Spotted On Flower

on September 20, 2018 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: A bee is spotted recently on a flower in a Los Alamos neighborhood. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Lujan Grisham Hosts Economic Development Roundtable With UNM, National & Defense Laboratories

on September 19, 2018 - 2:18pm
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ALBUQUERQUE Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined executives from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of New Mexico for a discussion on collaboration, improving the workforce pipeline, and the Open Campus and I-Corps policies. Rep. Lujan Grisham released the following statement after the meeting:
“New Mexico’s national and defense laboratories play a critical role in our national security, and each one is a vital job creator and source of economic

Romero Best Predictor In Tuesday Pace Race

on September 19, 2018 - 1:39pm
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ACRR News:
Ted Romero is the best predictor in Tuesday's pace race, being only 2 seconds off for his prediction for 5 miles adjusted to 3 miles.
Tuesday's pace race was a fairly-flat 1-mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way in Pajarito Acres. One could run any number of loops but with a requested time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 5 miles were done.
The fastest runners for the 1 mile are Majorie Keiler and Gillian Erickson (both 15:28) and Bob Reedy (15:44). For 2 miles, the fastest were Sean Thomas (16:00) and Savannah Strother (22:12). For 3

New Mexico Receives $1.1 Million To Support State Parks And Outdoor Recreation

on September 19, 2018 - 1:35pm
Ryan K. Zinke
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Secretary of the Interior Ryan K. Zinke announced a $1.1 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to New Mexico for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects.
This is part of a $100 million distribution from the LWCF to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service.
Secretary Zinke said, “The

SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on September 19, 2018 - 7:52am
USDA Forest Service fire crew ignite forest fuels Tuesday in the French Mesa fuelwood area of the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres. Courtesy photo
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began ignitions Tuesday on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

PEEC: Potluck And Moonlight Hike Sunday

on September 19, 2018 - 7:50am
PEEC’s spring moonlight hike. Photo by Beth Cortright
PEEC News:
Celebrate the arrival of fall at a moonlight hike and potluck dinner Sunday.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting this outing, led by Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Enjoy good food, the company of others and time in nature at the end of the weekend. Registration is required for this event and only a few spots remain.
The potluck dinner starts at 5 p.m., at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Extend Electric Vehicle Tax Credit For 10 Years

on September 19, 2018 - 7:45am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the introduction of S. 3449, the Electric Cars Act of 2018, legislation to extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years.
"At a time when electric cars are making advances in scale of production and becoming more competitive in the marketplace, we need to continue encouraging the progress we've seen--not take our foot off the pedal," Heinrich said.

Daily Postcard: Morning Sky Over White Rock

on September 19, 2018 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: Scene of the sky this morning shining over White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Udall Named To House-Senate Conference Committee To Finalize Interior And Environment Funding

on September 18, 2018 - 9:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, has been named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies.
The conference committee includes leaders of four House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees and

Mountain Elementary 6th Graders Join PEEC And Bandelier Educators For Bird Banding Training

on September 18, 2018 - 8:40am

Mountain Elementary School 6th graders traveled Friday to Alamo Boundary Trail for bird banding training. Educators from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Bandelier showed students how to spot and identify birds as well as how to safely catch, study, band and release them. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Denise Matthews, PEEC Play-based Education Specialist greeted students and led a bird watching hike. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Students shared binoculars and learned to spot birds. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Mountain Elementary