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Leading Planetary Scientist Amy Mainzer Joins UA

on June 20, 2019 - 7:32am
Amy Mainzer
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Amy Mainzer, one of the world's leading scientists in asteroid detection and planetary defense, will join the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory as a professor of planetary sciences this fall.
 
Mainzer comes to the UA from the Science Division at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she has worked as a senior research scientist specializing in astrophysical instrumentation and infrared astronomy.
 
"We are the only university in the world currently leading a NASA sample return mission to an asteroid, and Amy is among the

NWS: Today’s High Near 83; Tonight’s Low Around 55

on June 20, 2019 - 6:55am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 55. Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Short-Horned Lizard At Bandelier

on June 20, 2019 - 6:42am

Daily Postcard: A short-horned lizard is spotted along Tyuonyi Overlook Trail at Bandelier. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Bandelier Celebrates The Great American Campout – Star Gazing And Free Camping June 22

on June 19, 2019 - 7:37am
Juniper Campground at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Stephen Fehnel
 
NPS News:
 
Saturday is the date of a nationwide event, the Great American Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage people to enjoy and protect wildlife and the outdoors.  
 
At Bandelier, camping will be free at Juniper Campground that night, except for the group sites. Non-group sites are first-come, first-served.

NWS: Today’s High Near 79; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on June 19, 2019 - 5:37am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 79 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Rose Blooms On Trinity Drive

on June 19, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: A rose blooms Tuesday afternoon on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

SFNF Plans Prescribed Burn In Jemez This Week

on June 18, 2019 - 7:56pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to implement the previously announced Tent Rocks prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District this week if conditions remain favorable.
 
Ignitions could begin as early as Wedensday, June 19, and are expected to conclude by Friday, June 21.
 
The Tent Rocks treatment area is approximately 2 miles north of Jemez Springs, and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva.
 
Up to 1,520 acres will be treated to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

Tips For Observing Dark New Mexico Sky June 20

on June 18, 2019 - 5:43pm
NPS News:
 
WATROUS  Join Sam Finn of the Santa Fe Stargazers and learn helpful tips for observing a summer sky with the naked eye and the importance of a natural dark sky.
 
Once the long summer days come to an end, the dark night sky of New Mexico comes to life. If you are able to escape the artificial light of towns and cities, New Mexico offers a great opportunity to view celestial bodies and the Milky Way.
 
This free program is 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center at 116 Bridge St. in Las Vegas, NM.
 
This program is presented in partnership

PEEC: Celebrate Bats At Nature Center Wednesday

on June 18, 2019 - 8:48am
Learn about the history, behavior and biology of bats Wednesday at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Celebrate North American bats Wednesday, June 19 at Summer Family Evening at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Justin Stevenson from Fightwns will join participants at 6:30 p.m. to tell them about the life history, behavior and biology of bats. Several native species will be on hand, so the audience will have the unique opportunity to see these beautiful and amazing mammals up-close and in person.
 
Del Norte Credit Union is sponsoring this event and all of PEEC’s Summer

NWS: Today’s High Near 77; Tonight’s Low Around 53

on June 18, 2019 - 7:51am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 77 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

LAFD Tests Fire Hydrants In Tsikumu Village

on June 17, 2019 - 8:16pm

Los Alamos Firefighters are out today testing fire hydrants in Tsikumu Village. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

News Alert: Water Main Break On San Ildefonso Road

on June 17, 2019 - 8:04pm

News Alert:

A water main break has occurred on San Ildefonso Road on North Mesa and customers east of Camino Uva may experience little to no water pressure.

Department of Public Utilities crews estimate water will be restored by midnight.

Department officials offer the following consideration to customers once water is restored:
 
  • Water may at first appear murky due to entrained air. This problem will resolve itself in a day or so;
  • For a day or two there may be a small amount of sediment or rust in the water that has been stirred up from the bottom of the water main.

Environmental Sustainability Board Subcommittee Open House: Save-As-You-Throw 5:30 P.M. Thursday

on June 17, 2019 - 7:09pm
 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Every year the cost to collect and transport trash in Los Alamos County to the landfill rises, and the annual price tag is already pretty hefty. As the cost rises so does the amount of waste filling up the landfill.

The Environmental Sustainability Board’s (ESB) Save-As-You-Throw (SAYT) Research Subcommittee is considering new options that could not only reduce the amount of waste trucked to the landfill but also allow for more equity and control over residents’ trash collection fees.

The SAYT proposal will be

Kudos To Volunteer Trail Maintenance Crew At VCNP

on June 17, 2019 - 12:21pm

Scene from the spring maintenance work on trails at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo

Scene from the spring maintenance work on trails at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera News:

Volunteers from Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and the New Mexico Cross Country Ski Club performed spring maintenance May 13-17 on five roads and trails on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

NMCCSC Trails Chair and Los Amigos Member Sam Beard  and Los Amigos Vice Chair Jim Counce planned and led the work project.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Petree Garden Center

on June 17, 2019 - 11:11am

On the job in Los Alamos are Ethan Vincent and Kathy Wilson working Friday at Petree Garden Center & Florist at 2470 East Road. Vincent has worked at Petree Garden Center for two years and Wilson previously worked at Pajarito Greenhouse and now Petree for a combined five years. Petree Garden Center & Florist is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. For more information, visit www.petreegardencenter.com. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Scenes From 2019 Pet Palooza At Christian Church

on June 17, 2019 - 8:51am

Scenes from the 2019 Pet Palooza held June 11-13 at the Christian Church of Los Alamos at 92 East Road. The event featured farm animals, wild animals and pets. Some of the activities for the children included animal education, games, roping practice, horse rides, face painting, Bible stories, pinewood derby animal races and a green screen photo booth. Animal guests included horses, chickens, honey bees, an owl, kestrel, hawk, rabbit, geese, snakes and a pony. Photo by Daren Savage

Scene from Pet Palooza at the Christian Church. Photo by Daren Savage

Scene from Pet Palooza at the Christian

Museum Of Space History Partners With KRWG For Free Film Preview: Chasing The Moon

on June 17, 2019 - 7:50am
Courtesy photo
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO The New Mexico Museum of Space History and KRWG TV will present a free screening of the new PBS documentary Chasing the Moon at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21, in the New Horizons Dome Theater.
 
Prior to the screening, Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll will do a presentation on the Apollo 11 program in the theater. Limited seating is available and the public is encouraged to arrive a few minutes early.
 
“Partnering with the museum seemed like the perfect thing to do for this preview,” said Edmundo Resendez, Director of

NWS: Today’s High Near 76; Tonight’s Low Around 50

on June 17, 2019 - 7:06am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9 a.m. and tonight’s low around 50. Courtesy/NWS
 
Courtesy/NWS
 

Daily Postcard: Stormy Sky Sunday Over Aster Street

on June 17, 2019 - 6:52am

Daily Postcard: A stormy sky is spotted Sunday over Aster Street in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Goat Fence Installed At Lemonade Living Lot

on June 16, 2019 - 8:09am

Thanks to a donation from 100+ Women Who Care to purchase fencing materials, Lemonade Living volunteers spent Sunday installing goat fencing on one of the nonprofit organization’s lots at the North Mesa Stables. Raising goats and making goat products are part of a ‘Farm to Kitchen’ project aimed at providing occupational and vocational training as well as employment opportunities for local young adults with special needs. To learn more about Lemonade Living, visit lemonadeliving.org.

Goats are secure in their newly fenced in area at the North Mesa Stables. Courtesy/Lemonade Living

Senate And Congressional Western Caucus Members Commend Forest Service For Taking Action To Modernize Bureaucratic NEPA Process

on June 16, 2019 - 8:04am
Chairman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S., Congressional Western Caucus
Congressional Western Caucus News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, Members of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucus released statements praising action by the U.S. Forest Service to revise the National Environmental Policy Act:
Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04): "Originally intended as a tool for environmental protection, NEPA has been hijacked by serial litigants and wielded as a means of obstruction. The current NEPA processes is costly, burdensome and uncertain.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Drive-By Watering Ops

on June 16, 2019 - 7:37am

On the job in Los Alamos are Los Alamos Landscaping & More crewmembers conducting a drive-by watering operation Friday afternoon on the hanging baskets that line Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

NWS: Today’s High Near 77; Tonight’s Low Around 54

on June 16, 2019 - 6:59am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 77 with a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly afternoon and tonight’s low around 54. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Doe Swims Across Animas River

on June 16, 2019 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: This mule deer doe was spotted swimming across the Animas River in May in Farmington by a couple from England visiting friends in Los Alamos. They made a short trip to Farmington to see the sights and spotted the doe in the river. The current was strong, but the doe made it across just fine and was only swept downstream a short distance. Photo by Heather Toomer

Griggs: ‘End Plastic Soup’ Exhibit At 2019 Rotary International Convention In Hamburg, Germany

on June 15, 2019 - 10:28am
One of many hats displayed at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Courtesy/David Griggs
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
“End Plastic Soup” was just one of the many exhibitors at the Rotary International Convention held this year in Hamburg, Germany.
 
Started in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, this group is trying to make the 1.2 million worldwide Rotarians aware of the immense problem of plastic waste. These creative hats had examples of the plastic soup polluting our waterways: https://endplasticsoup.nl/?lang=en.
 
This group caught my eye

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