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AG Balderas Announces Start Of White Peak Trial To Defend New Mexicans Access To Public Lands

on March 17, 2018 - 10:21am

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:


TAOS – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General will begin a major trial against a wealthy Texas landowner’s illegal attempts to bar New Mexicans from treasured public lands.

The trial begins Monday in front of Judge Sarah Backus in Taos County over the public's right to use historic roads that provide access to White Peak in Colfax and Mora counties.

The Office of Attorney General Balderas will demonstrate that there are several major public roads that have been used for over a century to

PEEC: Games, Food, And Prizes March 20

on March 17, 2018 - 10:03am
PEEC News:
Want to putt-putt your way through the nature center? From 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, the Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Division is taking over the Los Alamos Nature Center and putting up a putt-putt course, playing a planetarium film, making smores over a campfire, and setting up a velcro golf course for the evening.
There will be drawings for prizes, including free passes to the pool or ice rink and more. It is a great way to learn about the latest recreation news and enjoy a fun, free evening. This family-friendly event is open to all ages.

‘Cabin Fever Festival’ Now Slated For March 24

on March 17, 2018 - 9:53am
CFF News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Officials at the Village of Jemez Springs announced that the recently postponed Cabin Fever Festival in Jemez Springs will now take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. 
The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 24 but Village officials postponed it in anticipation of inclement weather based on forecasts.
All previously scheduled activities that day will take place at their originally scheduled times.

Daily Postcard: Signs Of Spring Sprout In White Rock

on March 17, 2018 - 9:00am

Daily Postcard: Signs of spring spotted near LANB Friday morning in White Rock. Photo by by Carol A. Clark/

Mystery Of Purple Lights In Sky Solved With Help From Citizen Scientists

on March 16, 2018 - 2:21pm
The aurora known as Steve seen over Lake Minnewanka in Alberta. Photo by Paulo Fedozzi
NMC News:
Notanee Bourassa knew that what he was seeing in the night sky was not normal.
Bourassa, an IT technician in Regina, Canada, trekked outside of his home on July 25, 2016, around midnight with his two younger children to show them a beautiful moving light display in the sky -- an aurora borealis. He often sky gazes until the early hours of the morning to photograph the aurora with his Nikon camera, but this was his first expedition with his children.

Amateur Naturalist: A Stage Called Cerro Grande Peak

on March 16, 2018 - 2:01pm
MAP A: The three sides of Cerro Grande peak.
Amateur Naturalist: A stage called Cerro Grande Peak
Cerro Grande is one of the peaks that form the perimeter of the Valles Caldera volcanic crater. Two factors make the Cerro Grande one of the more interesting peaks to visit. It has three flanks. The positioning of these flanks has resulted in different kinds of forest growing on them. The second factor is the change in elevation from its base to its summit. This additionally results in several kinds of plant communities.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle San Antonio

on March 16, 2018 - 9:16am
NPS News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn targeting up to 1,050 acres of meadow grassland in Valle San Antonio, located in the northwest portion of the preserve’s backcountry.
The burn operations are planned for late March or April, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions, and should take one to three days to complete. The area is currently under a seasonal closure, so impacts to visitors will be minimal.
NPS officials hope to reintroduce fire into the meadow grasslands, which would result in a low to

Daily Postcard: Snow Showers And Chilly Winds

on March 16, 2018 - 8:15am

Daily Postcard: Snow showers and chilly winds pummel the community for a couple of hours Thursday afternoon including Oakwood Loop in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Daily Postcard: Snow showers and chilly winds shown Thursday on Oakwood Loop in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Board Of Public Utilities And County Council Consider Advancing Carbon Free Power Project

on March 15, 2018 - 8:31am

UAMPS Representative Mason Baker speaks to BPU and Council members during a special joint meeting on the Carbon Free Power Project. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/  



Los Alamos Daily Post


The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and the Los Alamos County Council is considering taking the next steps in the Carbon Free Power Project. The question facing them is whether to sign a Power Sales Contract.


The project was discussed during a joint BPU and County Council meeting March 6 in Council Chambers.


In its March 21

Daily Postcard: View From San Ildefonso Road

on March 15, 2018 - 7:02am

Daily Postcard: The view Monday evening from the base of San Ildefonso Road. Photo by Trisha Ancell

New Mexico Garden Clubs – District 2 – Summit Garden Club Prepares For Spring Convention

on March 14, 2018 - 6:37pm

Summit members Nancy Nunnlley, left, and Christine Munk prepare a corn husk wreath. Courtesy photo

A sample table decoration. Courtesy photo

Summit Garden Club News:

New Mexico Garden Clubs – District 2 – Summit Garden Club are preparing for their annual Spring Convention April 4-6 at Buffalo Thunder Resort

The event program is “Revitalizing Traditional Agriculture for Spiritual and Human Need through the Preservation of Traditional and Heirloom Seeds” by Clayton Brascoupe.

Clayton Brascoupe is director of the Traditional Native American Farmers Association.

AGU: Scientists Capture Sounds Of Volcanic Thunder

on March 14, 2018 - 8:20am
This satellite image shows Bogoslof volcano erupting on May 28, 2017. The eruption began about 18 minutes prior to this image and the cloud rose to an altitude greater than 12 kilometers (40,000 feet) above sea level. Courtesy/Dave Schneider / Alaska Volcano Observatory & U.S. Geological Survey
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Researchers report in a new study that they’ve documented rumblings of volcanic thunder for the first time, a feat considered nearly impossible by many volcanologists. 
Microphones set out to detect volcanic eruptions in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands recorded sounds

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Burn Near Tres Piedras

on March 14, 2018 - 7:09am
BLM News:
TAOS  The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a 1600-acre prescribed burn in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument on Cerro Montoso, 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras. 
The prescribed burn will be conducted for up to 30 days beginning as early as March 19 depending on weather conditions. Smoke may be visible from highways US 285 and US 64.
The purpose of the project is to improve forest health in ponderosa pine and piñon/juniper, by reducing flammable accumulations of vegetation and reintroducing fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem. 
For further

Daily Postcard: Sunset At Abiquiu Lake

on March 14, 2018 - 7:00am

Daily Postcard: Sunset Monday evening at Abiquiu Lake. Photo by Josh Smith

National Wild Horse And Burro Advisory Board Meets In Salt Lake City, Utah

on March 13, 2018 - 11:24am
BLM News:
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet March 27-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss the pressing challenge of wild horse and burro management on public lands and the impacts a growing overpopulation is having on the environment. 
The meeting will be live-streamed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday and 8 a.m. to Noon Mountain Time Wednesday at http://www.blm.go v/live.
“Healthy wild horses and burros are an important part of our public lands, but without effective management,

Jemez Ranger District Cebollita Prescribed Burns

on March 13, 2018 - 11:12am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to conduct a broadcast prescribed burn sometime in March and/or April. 
Due to recent moisture, the potential prescribed burn start is currently delayed to the latter part of March. The prescribed burn in the Cebollita area is to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire and is not anticipated to continue past April 30. 
Up to 1,900 acres of hazardous fuels could

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn To Resume

on March 13, 2018 - 7:20am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Due to conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to resume ignitions on the East Rowe Mesa prescribed burn area this week.  
The treatment is designed to improve wildlife habitat and promote forest health. As weather conditions permit, the East Rowe Mesa prescribed burn could continue into April.
Between March 7 and March 9 last week, fire crews met objectives by treating approximately 4,450 acres.

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on March 13, 2018 - 7:14am
Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in Council Chambers in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The public is invited to attend.


2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.


A Approval of the February 15, 2018, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: James Robinson

A Recruitment Update for ESB

Daily Postcard: Big Mesa Views

on March 13, 2018 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: Big mesa views during last weeks hike at Deer Trap trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

PEEC: Equinox, Rebirth And The Sun March 16

on March 12, 2018 - 3:52pm
PEEC News:
Want to see images of stellar nurseries in our galaxy, learn about the life cycle of stars, and see films about the Sun?
At 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, join Dr. Erica Fogerty to explore the equinox’s astrophysical origin and how this celestial alignment is connected to the coming of spring. The full-dome films SunStruck and Solar Quest will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 17. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
The vernal equinox

National Science Foundation Awards UbiQD Phase II SBIR Grant

on March 12, 2018 - 3:31pm

The UbiQD team taken at its September board of directors meeting a short walk from the quantum dot company’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD team members measure the electrical output of a window prototype near the company’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • Funding will accelerate development of its quantum dot solar glass technology

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it was recently awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant by the National Science Foundation

NPS Park Ranger Chris Judson Retires After 47 Years

on March 12, 2018 - 8:00am

National Park Service Ranger Chris Judson retired Friday following 47 years of service, 42 of them at Bandelier National Monument and the other five at Yellowstone National Park. By Sunday, she was already volunteering at the Manhattan Project Office and said she also will volunteer at Bandelier with curatorial projects, which have been on hold for several years because nobody has had time to work on them.

White Rock Receives Dusting Of Snow Overnight

on March 12, 2018 - 6:53am

A good dusting of snow was received overnight in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Uranium Processing Facility Achieves Key Milestone

on March 12, 2018 - 6:31am
Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy/DOE/NNSA
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project continues to make timely progress with the recent completion of the Site Infrastructure and Services (SIS) subproject.
UPF will replace an early-Cold War plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
“Completing the SIS subproject is an important

BLM: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument To Change Hours

on March 12, 2018 - 6:14am
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on the Pajarito Plateau in north central New Mexico. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The Bureau of Land Management and the Pueblo de Cochiti have announced a change in hours for the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in an effort to better manage the resources of the monument, protect its fragile formations, and ease staffing shortages. 
Entry into the monument will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the monument closing to visitors at 5 p.m.
During the summer months, the monument experiences increased visitation.