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NWS: Today’s High Near 86; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 21, 2019 - 7:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 86 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Flitting Among Flowers

on July 21, 2019 - 7:49am

Daily Postcard: A hummingbird flits among the flowers blooming in a garden Friday in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Lana Martin Discusses Her Attempt To Climb Mount Elbrus During Mountaineers Meeting Tuesday

on July 20, 2019 - 11:19am
Lana Martin dicusses her attempt at climbing Mount Elbrus at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. The talk is free to attend. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Hear about Lana Martin’s attempt at climbing Mount Elbrus, the tallest peak in Europe, at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, July 23.
 
This talk will start at about 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Mountaineers’ meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings. The event is free to attend and is open to the public.
 
In celebration of her fiftieth birthday,

Test For Farmers Market On Saturday Begins Today

on July 20, 2019 - 7:20am
LAFM News:
 
Los Alamos Farmers Market is conducting a three month trial Saturday market starting today.
 
The market is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
 
On sale are fresh eggs, produce, herbs, fruits,honey, honey sticks, lamb, baked goods, burritos and more.

Alert: Department Of Health Cautions People To Take Precautions To Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

on July 20, 2019 - 6:24am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE With temperatures rising to the high 90s in most parts of the state, triple digits in many areas, and with temperatures predicted to remain high over the weekend, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) cautions New Mexicans and visitors to be aware of weather conditions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
 
“It is very important to take precautions to avoid going to the hospital for heat-related illness,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

PEEC: Climbing, Fishing, Butterfly Counting July 27-28

on July 20, 2019 - 6:21am
PEEC is hosting a variety of adventures July 27-28 including climbing one of Northern New Mexico’s iconic peaks. Visit peecnature.org/events to find out what events are coming up and to register for these programs. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC is hosting the annual Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count July 27 around the Pajarito Plateau. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC is partnering with the NMDG&F to host a fishing adventure July 28 at Fenton Lake State Park. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Get outside with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center July 27-28 with a variety of outdoor programs in Los Alamos

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Appoints Seven New Interstate Stream Commission Members

on July 20, 2019 - 6:04am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday appointed seven new members to the Interstate Stream Commission and re-appointed an eighth.
 
“Our water is our most precious natural resource,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “These individuals are tasked with upholding the people’s trust and providing for a sustainable future of that resource. My expectation is their diverse knowledge and expertise will serve New Mexicans well.”
 
Per state statute, the governor’s appointees must be representative of diverse major irrigation districts or sections

NWS: Today’s High Near 90; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 20, 2019 - 6:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 90 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Butterfly In Garden In White Rock

on July 20, 2019 - 5:54am

Daily Postcard: Butterfly spends time in garden Friday in White Rock. Photo by Annette Maes-Livermore

Explore Valles Caldera's Hidden Valley Aug. 10

on July 19, 2019 - 4:16pm
Courtesy/VCNP
 
VCNP News:
 
Did you know there is a Hidden Valley in Valles Caldera National Preserve? The East Fork of the Jemez River meanders across the Valle Grande, then exits through a narrow canyon just south of South Mountain aptly named Hidden Valley. 
 
Join Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and PEEC 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, on an adventure to explore the Hidden Valley of Valles Caldera National Preserve and get some hands-on experience looking at the invertebrates that help scientists determine water quality.
 
Admission:
 
$8/family or $4/person for PEEC and Los

County Zero Waste Team: There Is No Planet B

on July 19, 2019 - 10:21am

Los Alamos Public Schools students work to improve the environment. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Zero Waste Tip: Call or write to companies and ask them to reduce plastic in their products and packaging.

It’s summer. Kids are taking a break from the classroom, but many understand there’s no vacation from fixing climate change, specifically the climate change caused by plastic pollution and food waste.

These environmental leaders are communicating their concerns to their peers and parents. Their work is shifting the paradigm in Los Alamos.

Buck Relaxes On Lawn Near Chapel Apartments

on July 19, 2019 - 8:58am

A handsome buck is spotted relaxing this morning on a lawn near the Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Rescue Horses Compete At Adoption Event July 19-20

on July 19, 2019 - 7:57am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
Horse Shelters News:
 
The Horse Shelters 6th Annual “Gimme Shelter – Trainers Rally for Rescues” event is July 19-20 at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds.
 
Seven trainers will be competing on their rescue horses after having had the horses in training for 100 days or less.
 
Doors open at 10 a.m., find the full schedule here.
 
The event is FREE to the public and food and merchandise vendors will be on site.
 
The trainers offered their skills pro bono and had 100 days to train their horse.

NMG&F: Apply For Sandhill Crane & Pheasant Hunts

on July 19, 2019 - 6:52am
Sandhill crane. Courtesy/wikipedia.com
 
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is now accepting applications for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits.
 
Applications can be made online at the department’s website or over the telephone with the department’s information center, 1.888.248.6866. The application deadline for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21.
 
Information about pheasant and sandhill crane draw hunts is available in the department’s 2019-20 Small Game Hunting Rules and Information Booklet.
 

NWS: Today’s High Near 90; Tonight’s Low Around 61

on July 19, 2019 - 5:37am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 90 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 61. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Bloom Where You’re Planted!

on July 19, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: A sunflower grows tall and blooms in the crack of a turning lane along N.M. 4 Thursday in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Small Frijoles Fire Continues To Smolder In Bandelier

on July 18, 2019 - 9:01pm

BANDELIER News:

A single-tree, lightning-caused fire in upper Frijoles Canyon was reported Monday evening in Bandelier National Monument.

The fire, the Frijoles Fire, is about five miles southwest of Los Alamos, creeping low and smoldering with flame lengths of less than 1 foot.

The area received some rain the same evening it was reported and weather forecasts predict thundershowers by early next week.

Low intensity, naturally caused wildfires burned the forested areas of the Jemez Mountains every seven to 15 years historically.

LANL: Machine-learning Competition Boosts Earthquake Prediction Capabilities

on July 18, 2019 - 10:29am

Competitors in an online Kaggle competition developed a variety of methods for predicting the timing of earthquakes generated in a laboratory. The work could someday help to improve earthquake hazard assessments that could save lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Competitors’ success predicting quake timing in the online Kaggle competition could help save lives, infrastructure

Three teams who applied novel machine learning methods to successfully predict the timing of earthquakes from historic seismic data are splitting $50,000 in prize money from an

Bear Spotted Standing Tall On Pueblo Drive

on July 18, 2019 - 9:18am

Bear spotted standing tall Wednesday on Pueblo Drive. Photo by Roy M. Moore

No Sales At SFNF Las Vegas District Office July 22-30

on July 18, 2019 - 9:11am

SFNF News:

 

SANTA FE There will be no sales at the Las Vegas District Office of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) July 22-30, due to a brief staffing shortage.

 

The Las Vegas office at 1926 N. 7th St., will still be open to answer questions and assist visitors with other issues.

 

Only designated collection officers are authorized to accept payment for fuelwood permits, maps, America the Beautiful interagency passes and other Forest Service products. In May, the SFNF announced that the Las Vegas office would not be able to sell products on Tuesdays until further notice. 

 

“We

Los Alamos MainStreet Thanks Community And Visitors For Successful ScienceFest 2019!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:36am
Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo
 

 

Los Alamos MainStreet News:
 
The 12th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest attracted attendees from near and far throughout the 6-day festival that took place July 9-14. 
 
Attendees came to share their love of science in the town, “Where Discoveries Are Made.” More than 70 exhibitors and vendors provided unique and interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) related activities during the July 13 Discovery Day at Ashley Pond Park and Fuller Lodge Lawn. 

UA Scientists Move From Mapping Moon To Worlds Beyond With A Few Mouse Clicks Over Lunch

on July 18, 2019 - 8:30am
UA News:
 
TUCSON — In 1972, it took an astronaut going on a spacewalk to do what Lynn Carter now can do with a few mouse clicks over lunch.
 
Carter, a planetary science professor at the Univerity of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, points to a small, framed photograph above her desk. It shows the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the last crewed mission to the moon, cruising high above the grey, cratered expanse below.
 
"See that little antenna sticking out there? That was the first planetary radar on a spacecraft, and while it went around the moon, it pinged the surface," she said.

Who WIll Stump PEEC Astronomers Friday!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:26am
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers 7 p.m. Friday, July 19. The nature center also will play the full-dome film 'Incoming!' 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers this Friday, July 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at another round of “Stump the Astronomers.”
 
The fun starts at 7 p.m. and features local astronomers Galen Gisler, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Steve Becker and Peter Polko. Guests should bring their toughest astronomy-related questions and see if they can stump the experts.
 
This event is free to

NWS: Today’s High Near 89; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 18, 2019 - 7:33am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 89 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Western Bluebird Takes Energetic Bath

on July 18, 2019 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: A western bluebird is spotted Wednesday taking an energetic bath in the yard of a residence on Andanada Street in Barranca Mesa. This bird takes its bathing seriously! Photo by Ken Hanson

That was great ... now I need a nap! Photo by Ken Hanson

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