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Bandelier Hosts Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19

on February 13, 2018 - 10:35am

Bandelier staff and visitors will be looking for birds Friday during the Great Backyard Bird Count. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 

This weekend, Feb. 16-19, is the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count, which in 2018 is part of the Year of the Bird.
 
Anyone who would like to participate can watch birds at home or come out to three locations at Bandelier National Monument - or both. Sightings become part of observations to help track population density, health, and movements of birds worldwide.
 
Everyone is encouraged to count the birds in their backyard (or another favorite location) for at

PEEC: Aliens And Asteroids Feb. 16-17

on February 13, 2018 - 7:02am
Chick Keller
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to learn about the probability of finding life outside of Earth or how likely we are to be hit by an asteroid?
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, join Chick Keller in a discussion discussion and exploration of the Drake Equation, used to estimate the number of communicating civilizations in the cosmos. At 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, the full-dome film Incoming! will play on the planetarium dome.
 
Both of these shows take place in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
What is the likelihood that other extraterrestrial civilizations are trying to

Secretary Zinke Prioritizes Conservation And Big Game Migration Corridors

on February 13, 2018 - 6:52am
DOI News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY Friday​, at the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah,​ U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3362, which will improve habitat quality and western big game winter range and migration corridors​ for antelope, elk, and mule deer​.
 
​The order fosters improved collaboration with states and ​private landowners and facilitates all parties ​using the best available science to inform development of guidelines that helps ensure that robust big game populations continue to exist.
 
The order seeks to improve

Recordings Spout Secrets Behind Blue Whale Behavior

on February 13, 2018 - 6:38am
A blue whale surfaces off the coast of Southern California, showing the attached tag that records its calls and pressure changes during dives. Researchers use these tags to explore behavioral links between diving and song production. Courtesy/Ana Širović.
 
 
AGU News:
 
PORTLAND, Ore.

Daily Postcard: Canyon Rim Trail Bridge

on February 13, 2018 - 5:41am

Daily Postcard: A bridge viewed Saturday afternoon along the Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Nature Center Open For Holidays

on February 12, 2018 - 4:14pm
Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
This Wednesday is a great time to fall in love with nature or just rekindle this relationship, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help.
 
The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Valentine's Day, a great day to visit the animals or use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a good Valentine's Day hike.
 
The nature center also will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and President's Day as well as 1-4 p.m. this Sunday.

This Week At Pajarito

on February 12, 2018 - 12:35pm
MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open.
 
The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open for daily operations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages.
 
For the snow report and ticket info, click here.
 
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
 
March 17 at Pajarito will be the 70th Annual Skiesta. Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch.

Los Alamos Receives Dusting Of Snow

on February 12, 2018 - 8:13am

A thin layer of snow covers the ground this morning in Los Alamos. The roads are clear and a few areas have been sanded. Just a few flakes are falling. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos received a thin dusting of snow this morning. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

National Shift Toward Sustainability Drives Latest New Mexico True Story Featuring Taos Earthships

on February 12, 2018 - 6:49am
Taos is home to the Greater World Community, the world’s only subdivision of earthships open to visitors for tours and overnight stays. Courtesy/New Mexico True
 
New Mexico True News:
 
SANTA FE Earthships are best described as otherworldly, ethereal ... and while they may be stationary, they are powered through the elements by which they are surrounded.
 
These eco-friendly dwellings, made of discarded items such as automobile tires, bottles, beer cans and metal, might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of vacation.

History On Los Alamos Fuller Lodge

on February 12, 2018 - 6:31am
Fuller Lodge scaffholding. Courtesy photo
 
By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
Few buildings induce the wonder and awe that Fuller Lodge evokes in first-time visitors.
 
The majestic, three-story building of upright logs is the heart and soul of the community of Los Alamos. From its construction during the days of the Los Alamos Ranch School through today, it always has been.
 
The building was designed by John Gaw Meem, a famous Southwestern architect known today as the father of Santa Fe’s Style. He used the Big House, the Ranch School’s dormitory, which also had

AGU: Research Uncovers Mysterious Lives Of Narwhals

on February 12, 2018 - 6:11am
A pod of narwhals in Melville Bay, Greenland. New research may shed a bit of light on these enigmatic marine mammals. Courtesy/Kristin Laidre
 
AGU News:
 
PORTLAND, Ore. — Narwhals are some of the most elusive creatures in the ocean, spending most of their lives in deep water far from shore.
 
But research being presented at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland Monday may shed a bit of light on these enigmatic marine mammals.
 
New research shows narwhals may prefer to congregate near unique glacier fjords with thick ice fronts and low to moderate calving activity, where

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Glows Behind Guard Tower

on February 12, 2018 - 5:41am

Daily Postcard: The sunrise Friday illuminates the sky behind the guard tower at the entrance to town. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Emerges Over White Rock

on February 11, 2018 - 1:03am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise emerges Friday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Daily Postcard: Friday Sunrise Lights Sky

on February 10, 2018 - 6:19am

Daily Postcard: Friday sunrise lights up the sky over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 9

on February 9, 2018 - 8:21am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
We had some snow and very cold temperatures over the weekend. The snow was most welcome because snowpacks throughout New Mexico are well below normal. The recent storm helped but we need many more. Even with the 23 inches of snow they received at Wolf Creek Pass over the weekend, the snowpack there is well below normal. Most areas throughout the state where the snowpack is measured are reporting snow depths less than 50-percent of normal.
 
If you would like to check on snow depths here in New Mexico, the National Resource

NNSA Notice Of Proposed Wetland Action At LANL

on February 8, 2018 - 2:59pm

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to install storm water controls to improve water quality and allow surface water management in the Mortandad watershed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The construction work will involve disturbing a small portion of a wetland. There are no negative, long-term impacts to the wetland expected under the proposed project.

In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, NNSA has prepared a wetland assessment for

EM Contractor N3B Hosts Open House

on February 7, 2018 - 2:13pm

John Tauxe of Neptune Company, left, and Danny Katzman, technical program director at Los Alamos National Laboratory chat during Monday's N3B open house in Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, right, and Assistant County Attorney Kevin Powers at Monday's N3B open house at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, left, and Joe Legare, environment remediation manager for N3B chat at Monday's open house.

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site

on February 7, 2018 - 3:48am
The 100-foot steel tower from which "the gadget" was detonated. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 6-7 for the spring opening.
 
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.

Daily Postcard: Steller’s Jay Spotted In Quemazon

on February 7, 2018 - 3:45am
Daily Postcard: A Steller’s Jay spotted Tuesday in Quemazon. The Steller's Jay is a jay native to western North America, closely related to the blue jay found in the rest of the continent, but with a black head and upper body. It also is known as the long-crested jay, mountain jay and pine jay. Source: wikipedia.com. Photo by Trisha Ancell
 
Steller’s Jay. Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC: Youth Beginning Photography Classes Feb. 19

on February 6, 2018 - 1:46pm

Acorn Woodpecker at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Mrs. Magelssen

PEEC News:

Retired school teacher Mrs. Magelssen will teach two beginning photography classes for 1st through 6th graders 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

These beginning photography classes will encourage children to discover the basics of composing good photographs through hands-on experience. Camera equipment will be provided.

Lunar Eclipse Over Los Alamos

on January 31, 2018 - 9:15am

Moon eclipse this morning over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Sunrise During Lunar Eclipse

on January 31, 2018 - 8:40am

Sunrise during lunar eclipse. While many photographers had their cameras focused westward on the eclipsed moon this morning, this shot is of the eastern sky from Piedra Loop in White Rock. Photo by JJ Mortensen

Bandelier Gets Valuable Help From Friends Group

on January 31, 2018 - 8:30am
Courtesy photo
 
BANDELIER News:

Ever since 1987, the Friends of Bandelier have supported the park, providing funding for projects that couldn't have been done within Bandelier's regular budget.

With money raised from members all over the country and beyond, through the years these projects have included biological surveys, post-fire recovery studies, handicap ramps for the parking area, campsite upgrades, archeological surveys, mapping ancient trails, pueblo crafts demonstrations, and more. 

Projects that have been approved for funding in 2018 include: 
  • $10,000 Bee Survey (a multi-year

BLM And Forest Service Announce 2018 Grazing Fees

on January 31, 2018 - 7:30am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.
 
The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87.
 
An AUM or HM—treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes—is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.

Super Blue Blood Moon Spotted At Golf Course

on January 31, 2018 - 7:20am

The Super Blue Blood Moon spotted early this morning from the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Hiro Teshima

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