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Daily Postcard: Snow Moon Over White Rock

on February 19, 2019 - 8:39am

The Snow Moon with clouds beginning to cover it Monday evening over White Rock. The full moon this morning, Feb. 19, will be the brightest and largest supermoon in 2019, appearing about 10 percent larger than normal, according to February’s full moon, nicknamed ‘Snow Moon’, appears larger than normal because it will be closer in its orbit to the Earth than at any other point in 2019. The name Snow Moon comes from the typically heavy snowfall across parts of the U.S. in February. Different Native American tribes had other names for February’s moon.

LANL Closed Today Due To Inclement Weather

on February 19, 2019 - 8:24am

Due to weather conditions, Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed today. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Public Schools Closed Today Due To Snow

on February 19, 2019 - 8:21am

Los Alamos Public Schools is closed today due to snow and all after school activities are canceled. The LAPS School Board Work Session scheduled for this evening will be rescheduled at a later date. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS On Two-Hour Delay Tuesday

on February 18, 2019 - 8:57pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools are on a two-hour delay for Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Motorists are urged to allow extra time and exercise extreme caution while traveling to school.

Laboratory On Delayed Opening Tuesday

on February 18, 2019 - 8:28pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening Tuesday due to inclement weather conditions.

Employees who work at TA-3 should report between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., all others should report between 11 a.m. and noon.

Trap Free New Mexico Issues Call To Action

on February 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

This owl is the latest victim caught in a trap and Trap Free New Mexico has issued a call to action asking people to voice their support for HB 366 to get dangerous, cruel, and indiscriminate traps and poisons off New Mexico public lands. Courtesy/TFNM

TFNM News:

It's time to act ... HB 366 (Roxy's Law) has not been scheduled for its next hearing yet, but it's time to start reaching out to members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Trap Free New Mexico is asking everyone to send the committee members at the state legislature an email asking them to support HB 366, which will get dangerous,

February Is National Bird Feeding Month

on February 18, 2019 - 4:02pm

A bird spots a tasty treat hanging from a tree branch today at a residence on Mesa Verde in White Rock. Photo by Mary Lou Oothoudt

Yum! Photo by Mary Lou Oothoudt

Snow Dusts Homes Off Trinity Drive

on February 18, 2019 - 3:39pm

This morning was greeted with snow fall. Here, snow dusts houses off Trinity Drive. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Snow continues falling this morning in Los Alamos. The National Weather Service forecasts the County may receive an accumulation of 7 to 11 inches tonight. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

UNM-LA Campus Closing At 4 P.M. Due To Snow

on February 18, 2019 - 3:24pm

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Campus will close at 4 p.m. today due to inclement weather.

No evening classes will be held.

Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications Now Available

on February 18, 2019 - 2:57pm
NMGF News:
SANTA FE Federal, state and local government agencies as well as not-for-profit organizations can apply for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grants to enhance recreational use of side-by-sides, ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles on public lands.
Law enforcement agencies can apply for grants to conduct OHV patrols and enforce the provisions of the OHV Act (66-3-1001 NMSA). Projects promoting OHV safety or mitigating impacts from OHV use may also qualify for grants.
Funds for these grants are user-generated revenues from OHV registrations, collected in the state’s Trail Safety

Daily Postcard: Snow Flurries Along Anniversary Trail

on February 18, 2019 - 8:21am

Daily Postcard: Snow flurries viewed Sunday afternoon from Anniversary Trail. Photo by Marc Bailey

NWS: Today’s High Near 32, Tonight’s Low Around 16

on February 18, 2019 - 5:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 32 with a 60 percent chance of snow showers likely, mainly after 11 a.m. and new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 16 with a 90 percent chance of snow and an accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

PEEC: Houseboat Amazon – Four-Month Search For Saki Monkey Feb. 26

on February 17, 2019 - 10:44am
Learn about Dr. Laura Marsh’s four-month expedition in the Amazon rainforest to search for a species of saki monkey at the February Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. This talk will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers to hear about Dr. Laura Marsh’s four-month expedition into the flooded depths of the Amazon rainforest to search for a saki monkey that had not been seen alive for More than 80 years.
Dr. Marsh’s talk is 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.

SFNF Plans La Cueva Prescribed Burn

on February 17, 2019 - 10:28am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to conduct a prescribed burn in the La Cueva area 7 miles northwest of the village of Pecos if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather remain favorable.
Ignitions on the 372-acre La Cueva unit will treat up to 240 acres per day, and conclude by Feb. 28. Firefighters will use hand ignitions on piles of slash to reduce the risk of wildfire, provide community protection and improve forest health.
Prescribed fires are one of the most

Daily Postcard: Sunset Beyond United Church On Rose

on February 17, 2019 - 6:23am

Daily Postcard: The sun begins to set early Saturday evening beyond the United Church on Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: Today’s High Near 34, Tonight’s Low Around 19

on February 17, 2019 - 6:22am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 34 with a 20 percent chance of precipitation. Tonight’s low around 19 with a 40 percent chance of snow of 1 to 2 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Scenes From Cancer Foundation's Sweetheart Auction

on February 16, 2019 - 1:36pm

The Cancer Foundation's 14th annual Sweetheart Auction was a great party for a great cause last weekend in Santa Fe. This night of giving and caring brings in nearly half of CFFNM's annual budget and is a shining example of what true community spirit can achieve. All funds raised help save lives by ensuring access to cancer treatment. Pictured are attendees browsing the Silent Auction. Courtesy photo

Ali MacGraw is a wonderful volunteer. Courtesy photo

The Honor Wall is an emotional element of the Sweetheart Auction. Courtesy photo

Best-selling NY Times author Douglas Preston was a

PEEC: Play Video Games At Planetarium Tuesday

on February 16, 2019 - 9:04am
PEEC News:
Join PEEC and Big Brothers, Big Sisters for a night of video games 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday in the planetarium.
Test your skills and challenge your friends by playing games on the big planetarium screen.
During Video Game Night, the nature center will have one gaming system set up on the big planetarium screen. Games also will be available to play on the smaller TVs around the sides of the room. Two Wiis will be set up and a Nintendo Switch.
Participants can play Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, other Mario games and more and best of all, this event is free to attend and

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds? 2

on February 16, 2019 - 7:09am
The evening grosbeak, beneficiary of changes in the habitats of Los Alamos. Photo by Bob Walker
Amateur Naturalist: What is Happening to the Birds?
Los Alamos County can be categorized as having 12 kinds of habitats for birds.
Five of these habitats are defined by the dominant species of trees growing in them. These vary from piñon/juniper to spruce/fir trees. The piñon/juniper habitat is at lower elevations toward the Rio Grande. The spruce/fir habitat is at the highest elevations toward the mountain tops.

Daily Postcard: View From Main Hill Road

on February 16, 2019 - 7:04am

Daily Postcard: View Wednesday from the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: Today’s High Near 37, Tonight’s Low Around 17

on February 16, 2019 - 7:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers, patchy blowing snow, wind gusts up to 25 mph and a total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight's low around 17 with a 20 percent chance of isolated snow showers possible. Courtesy/NWS

Indiscriminate Traps Harm Endangered Mexican Wolves

on February 15, 2019 - 9:47am
WEG News:
SANTA FE — As a bill to ban recreational and commercial trapping works its way through the New Mexico legislature, indiscriminate trapping is proving an enormous impediment for endangered Mexican gray wolves’ already uphill battle toward recovery.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that, since Nov. 2018, five lobos have fallen victim to traps in New Mexico. One of the wolves, female 1565 died in veterinary care. Another, male 1669 lost a leg. Male 1556 was treated and released but was later observed limping. Two other wolves were captured and released without injury.

NOAA Announces Arrival Of El Nino

on February 15, 2019 - 8:23am
Difference from average sea surface temperatures during January 2019 at the equator in the tropical Pacific. Courtesy/NOAA
NOAA News:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Nino Advisory today, indicating the climate pattern has taken effect and is likely to continue through the spring.
While the El Nino is expected to be weak, it may bring wetter conditions across the southern half of the U.S. during the coming months.
“El Nino conditions across the equatorial Pacific have come together and we can now announce its arrival,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s

Udall & McCain’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act Clears Senate

on February 15, 2019 - 7:48am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Legislation championed by Udall and the late Senator John McCain would engage young people, veterans, Native communities in conservation service projects

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Tuesday that the Senate has passed the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2019 (21CSC), legislation he championed with the late Sen.

Daily Postcard: Bull Elk Grazing At Bandelier

on February 15, 2019 - 7:07am
Daily Postcard: Three bull elk with full racks of antlers graze Saturday at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Jim Cobble