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Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Aug. 15

on August 13, 2019 - 7:29am

NWS: Today’s High Near 83; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on August 13, 2019 - 7:02am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Short-Horned Lizard At Tsankawi

on August 13, 2019 - 6:49am

Daily Postcard: A short-horned Lizard blends in with its natural environment at Tsankawi in Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/

DOI: Endangered Species Act Announcement

on August 12, 2019 - 9:05am

DOI News:

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced improvements to the implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act.


“The Endangered Species Act exists to identify struggling species and help them recover. Unfortunately, current implementation is drawn out and ineffective. Today’s actions will help achieve actual species recovery while providing much-needed clarity and stability to those who are too often held hostage by the ESA.

UA: New Lens For Life-Searching Space Telescopes

on August 12, 2019 - 8:16am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory is a world leader in the production of the world’s largest telescope mirrors. In fact, it is currently fabricating mirrors for the largest and most advanced earth-based telescope: The Giant Magellan Telescope.
But there are size constraints, ranging from the mirror’s own weight, which can distort images, to the size of our freeways and underpasses that are needed to transport finished pieces.

NWS: Today’s High Near 81; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on August 12, 2019 - 8:10am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 81 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Raindrops Cling To Ivy Leaves

on August 12, 2019 - 8:02am

Raindrops cling to ivy leaves Saturday morning at a residence in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Amateur Naturalist: The Remarkable Hummingbird

on August 11, 2019 - 10:41am
A Broadtail: How much sugar water does it sip in a day? Photo by Bob Walker
Los Alamos
July and August represent the peak for summer and a peak for hummingbirds.
Three species are particularly common:
  • Broadtail;
  • Rufous; and
  • Black chinned.
Some monitoring at a yard with two feeders results in up to eight or 10 being seen at the same time. They are circling and jockeying for position at the feeders. The rufous hummingbird is particularly territorial and tries to chase other hummingbirds away from the feeders.

Community Shows Off Skills At 2019 County Fair

on August 11, 2019 - 7:52am
The County Fair takes place over two days during the Los Alamos Fair and Rodeo Weekend at Mesa Public Library. Prize-winning flowers and preserves are on display here. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Grand Champion photo. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Checking out the 4-H displays. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
First place quilt. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Extra special spuds! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Fabric arts on display. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Wood and fiber. Photo by Bonnie J.

One Step Closer To Finding Answers ... Virtual ‘Universe Machine’ Sheds Light On Galaxy Evolution

on August 11, 2019 - 7:48am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — How do galaxies such as our Milky Way come into existence? How do they grow and change over time? The science behind galaxy formation has remained a puzzle for decades, but a University of Arizona-led team of scientists is one step closer to finding answers thanks to supercomputer simulations.
Observing real galaxies in space can only provide snapshots in time, so researchers who want to study how galaxies evolve over billions of years have to revert to computer simulations.

Santa Fe National Forest Releases Draft Forest Plan For Public Comment ... Meeting In Los Alamos Sept. 23

on August 11, 2019 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has published its draft revised land management plan and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) in the Federal Register, initiating the formal 90-day public comment period, which ends Nov. 7, 2019.
The revised land management plan will guide management of 1.6 million acres across six counties in northern New Mexico for the next 10 to 15 years.

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 53

on August 11, 2019 - 6:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly after noon, some of which may produce heavy rain, and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Morning Glory Blooms In White Rock

on August 11, 2019 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: A morning glory blooms recently at a residence in White Rock. Photo by Helen Ortega

Bear Strolls Through Neighborhood On North Mesa

on August 10, 2019 - 9:03pm

A bear takes a stroll through a wooded neighborhood this evening on North Mesa.  Photo by Linda Hull

SFNF Update: Conejos Fire Grows To 500 Acres

on August 10, 2019 - 8:25am
USDA News:
SANTA FE Favorable conditions Thursday gave fire crews the opportunity to complete an additional 150 acres of firing operations.
Through the weekend, as weather conditions allow, fire crews will continue to look for opportunities to burn heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the planned 800-acre Conejos Fire perimeter.
Start date: July 29, 2019
Cause: Lightning
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa
Size: 500

Special Kids & Family Day At NM Wildlife Center

on August 10, 2019 - 8:18am

NMWC News:
ESPANOLA Bring the family to play and explore the wild world 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at New Mexico Wildlife Center.
Admission is free for the entire family.
The event begins with live family-friendly music by award-winning children’s musician Andy Mason ( Offering songs in English and Spanish, Andy will have kids and adults dancing and singing along while learning something, too.
The day continues with ongoing, fun and wild hands-on activities involving feathers, bird beaks, animal tracks, and

County On Tips For Zero Waste School Supplies

on August 10, 2019 - 8:11am
It is time for back-to-school shopping: backpacks, scissors, filler paper, and pencils by the ton, not to mention new clothes.
It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy, supply list in hand, especially on tax-free weekend.
Here is a look at school supplies, the waste they generate and explores some sustainable alternatives.
Most kids use a backpack and lunchbox for school. When you go to a store, they have all the kids’ favorite characters on them, and the kids want something new and different.

PEEC: Fun Family Friendly Evening Tuesday Aug. 13

on August 10, 2019 - 7:59am
At Family Night, participants gather around a campfire (weather permitting), roast marshmallows and enjoy songs, games or crafts Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
The community is invited to attend an evening of family fun Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The night will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a Family Star Party, sponsored by New Mexico Bank & Trust. Then, families can join Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey, 6-7 p.m., at Family Night, sponsored by Kiwanis Club.

NWS: Today’s High Near 81; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on August 10, 2019 - 6:51am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 81 with a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Snake Slithers Across Welcome Mat

on August 10, 2019 - 6:34am

Daily Postcard: A snake slithers across the welcome mat of a residence recently in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Mary Arrowsmith

Lois Eddleman A Major Force Behind Los Alamos County Fair Exhibition For Decades

on August 9, 2019 - 2:41pm

Lois Eddleman, 93, was in the thick of things Thursday preparing for the County Fair Exhibition at Mesa Public Library. Eddleman has been part of the County Extension’s Fair Exhibition for decades and remains a major participant in the organizing, planning, judging and staging of the Exhibition. Eddleman also teaches piano and recruited several of her students to help out with the set-up Thursday for this year's exhibition. The exhibition opens with handicap viewing 4-5 p.m. today and general public viewing  5-8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J.

SFNF Update: Cueva Fire Grows To 5 Acres

on August 9, 2019 - 2:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District will be managed to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

Today and through the weekend fire crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions to implement firing operations to bring positive benefits to the landscape.

Start date: August 6, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: French Mesa, located on the north end of the Coyote Ranger District, adjacent to Forest Road 8

Size:  5

Portion Of Santa Fe Rail Trail Closed Until November

on August 9, 2019 - 9:28am
SFC News:
SANTA FE A portion of the Santa Fe Rail Trail is now closed until November 2019 to improve a 1.5 mile section of the trail.
The portion of trail that will be closed is between Avenida Eldorado (mile post 4.86) and Spur Ranch Road (mile post 3.5).
The closure is part of the fourth phase of the trail improvements, which includes trail surface and drainage improvements within the railroad right of way of the Santa Fe Southern Railroad. Trail users should plan to use an alternate route during the trail construction and closure.
Phase four of the project will cost

Forest Road 376 Closed At MM 5.3 For Public Safety

on August 9, 2019 - 8:30am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has closed Forest Road (FR) 376 to through traffic due to a blocked culvert at mile marker 5.3, approximately 4 miles north of the Gilman Tunnels and 3 miles south of Porters Landing.
The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris have made it an immediate public safety issue. SFNF personnel have placed temporary barricades on both sides of the blocked area, and visitors are advised to avoid using FR 376.
The work to replace the

Birds Of The Neighborhood On Barranca Mesa

on August 9, 2019 - 7:10am

As summer progresses, the early blooming flowers have gone to seed, much to the delight of the finches. Photo by Ken Hanson

Pine siskin devouring one of its favorite seeds, those of the tall phlox. Apparently, there is some debate about who has first dibs. Photo by Ken Hanson

Pine siskin on a bending Gaillardia (Blanket flower) plant, pulling seeds from the seed head, even before they are barely ripe in a garden in Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson

Hummingbirds find flowers in bloom all summer long. Photo by Ken Hanson

Hummingbird living the sweet life. Photo by Ken Hanson