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BLM Updates Mineral Cost Recovery Fee Schedule

on October 14, 2019 - 9:44am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a final rule, effective Oct. 1, 2019, which updates the cost recovery fees that the BLM charges for processing certain actions undertaken by its mineral programs.
 
Specifically, this final rule updates the fees charged to recover costs incurred in processing certain documents associated with oil, gas, coal, and solid mineral activities on public lands, including fees associated with mineral patent adjudications.

NWS: Today’s High Near 66; Tonight’s Low Around 40

on October 14, 2019 - 8:07am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 66 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 40. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Hiking Acid Canyon Loop

on October 14, 2019 - 7:59am

Daily Postcard: A hiker rubs off a Trail Marker for the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program Monday along Acid Canyon Loop. To learn all about the trails to hike inside the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program underway at the Los Alamos Nature Center, click here. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Iron Magma Could Explain Psyche Density Puzzle

on October 13, 2019 - 11:31am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — The metallic asteroid Psyche has mystified scientists because it is less dense than it should be.
 
Now, a new theory by researchers including scientists at the University of Arizona, could explain Psyche's low density and metallic surface.
 
Psyche, the largest known metallic asteroid in the solar system, is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Psyche appears to be composed largely of iron and nickel, rather than rocky rubble, like most asteroids, yet its density is estimated to be only about half that of an iron meteorite.
 
Metal-rich

Dark Sky At Fort Union National Monument Oct. 17

on October 13, 2019 - 10:27am
NPS News:
 
WATROUS The solitude and remoteness of Fort Union National Monument make it an ideal place for observing a natural dark sky.
 
Join Park Ranger Greg Baker and discover how Fort Union National Monument works to preserve a natural dark sky and the steps you can take to enjoy and protect the dark at home.
 
Ranger Baker’s program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 is free at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center at 116 Bridge St. in Las Vegas, N.M..
 
This program is in partnership with the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation and the New Mexico Humanities

Multi-jurisdictional Prescribed Fire Planned For Cerro Del Aire Collaborative Forest Restoration Project

on October 13, 2019 - 10:11am
USDA News:
 
SANTA FE The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) and the Taos Field Office (TFO) of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), have been preparing the multi-jurisdictional Cerro del Aire landscape, seven miles from Tres Piedras for a prescribed burn since 2016.
 
This Collaborative Forest Restoration Program project is aimed at protecting soil integrity, maintaining forest health and reducing wildfire risk to nearby communities.

Fort Union Artist-In-Residence Gives Painting Demo

on October 13, 2019 - 9:59am
NPS News:
 
WATROUS Fort Union Artist in Residence Melissa Weinman will give a painting demonstration at the national monument at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
 
A member of Oil Painters of America, Melissa enjoys painting near mountains and rivers and their dramatic majesty. "I'm attracted to all subjects that are translucent and changing, therefore I'm drawn to paint fruit and flowers, water and clouds, and the figure. I aim to capture my subjects through a palpable sense of atmosphere, masterful drawing, and luscious paint handling," Melissa says.
 
Visitors interested in joining

Scenes From Tree Removal Ops At United Church

on October 13, 2019 - 8:55am

Scene from tree removal operation last week at the United Church on Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Tree removal operation last week at the United Church on Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Tree removal operation last week at the United Church on Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Oct. 14 & 17

on October 13, 2019 - 8:55am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day and will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Oct. 15.
 
SFNF offices also will be closed Thursday, Oct. 17, to accommodate an all-employee meeting, resuming regular business hours Friday, Oct. 18. This means there will be no sales of fuelwood permits, maps, America the Beautiful interagency passes and other Forest Service products on Thursday.  
 
As fall colors near their peak, SFNF officials anticipate a large number of visitors over the holiday weekend.

Posts From The Road: Monument Valley

on October 13, 2019 - 8:51am
Classic View: The last light of day shines on the West Mitten and East Mitten Buttes and Merrick Butte. This most well known view of the park is seen from the Tribal Park Visitors Center. A dirt road in the foreground is a portion of the 17 mile park loop road, which visitors can drive through the park. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Valley Views: Another view from the visitors center showing a few of the massive formations in the valley. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
 
MV News:
 
The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park sits in an area of the Colorado Plateau known as

New Mexico And Arizona Bishops Gather In Tucson

on October 13, 2019 - 8:26am

Scene of the grounds at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Ariz., where Catholic Bishops from New Mexico and Arizona gathered Thursday afternoon for a meeting. Founded in 1963 for meetings and spiritual retreats, the Redemptorist Renewal Center is situated in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains and Sonoran Desert. Photo by Fr. Glenn Jones

NWS: Today’s High Near 65; Tonight’s Low Around 40

on October 13, 2019 - 8:14am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 65 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 40. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Cirrus Fibratus Clouds Spotted Saturday

on October 13, 2019 - 8:13am

Daily Postcard: Cirrus fibratus clouds are spotted wisping across the sky Saturday morning on the way down the hill from Los Alamos, near Pojoaque High School. Cirrus clouds often produce hair-like filaments—similar to the virga produced in liquid–water clouds—called fall streaks, and are made of heavier ice crystals that fall from the cloud. The sizes and shapes of fall streaks are determined by the wind shear. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Cirrus fibratus clouds spotted in the sky Saturday morning on the way down the hill from Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

USDA Forest Service Requests Modification Or Clarification Of Order To Cease Timber Management

on October 12, 2019 - 8:07am
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The USDA Forest Service received in September an order from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona stating that the agency’s “timber management” actions must cease on six national forests in Arizona and New Mexico pending formal consultation regarding potential effects to the Mexican spotted owl. 
 
The Court quickly responded to the request to modify the order and allowed the cutting and collection of fuelwood, which both the plaintiff and the Forest Service supported.
 
Forest Service has requested the U.S.

PEEC-nic Celebration At Nature Center Sunday Oct. 20

on October 12, 2019 - 7:54am
PEEC-nic is 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting its annual membership appreciation event, PEEC-nic, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
This event is open to the public, with special treats for PEEC members. There will be a variety of activities going on at the nature center for all ages including hands-on educational activities from PEEC’s educators, a chance to meet the nature center’s resident animals, delicious desserts and ice cream making at PEEC-nic.

NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 38

on October 12, 2019 - 6:49am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 38. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Shadows On Graduation Canyon Trail

on October 12, 2019 - 6:43am

Daily Postcard: Shadows on the rocks along Graduation Canyon Trail. To learn all about the trails to hike inside the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program underway at the Los Alamos Nature Center, click here. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

NMED Monitoring Effects Of Colorado Mine Spill

on October 11, 2019 - 8:12pm
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) was notified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier today of a mine release into the Animas River north of Silverton, Colo.
 
Discharges observed Thursday from the Silver Wing Mine in southern Colorado caused discoloration of the Animas River. NMED is closely monitoring real-time data from the river in Colorado and New Mexico, which do not currently indicate any evidence of water quality impacts that could affect human health and the environment.
 
EPA has not issued notice to close municipal drinking water

Alden Oyer Presents Technical Talk At LANL Oct. 14

on October 11, 2019 - 9:39am
Alden Oyer
 
LANL News:
 
The Los Alamos Northern New Mexico Section is sponsoring a technical talk open to the public at noon Oct. 14 at the LANL Library JRO 1/2 (turn right upon entering the Oppenheimer Study Center.
 
Abstract: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) propagation is useful to establish communications over short to moderate distances where line-of-sight communications is not available. This presentation will discuss the phenomenon and applicability of NVIS, and describe antennas parameters suitable to exploit this propagation.
 
Biography: Alden Oyer is retired from

NWS: Today’s High Near 52; Tonight’s Low Around 31

on October 11, 2019 - 7:19am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 52 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 31. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Running Along Acid Canyon Trail

on October 11, 2019 - 7:06am

Daily Postcard: A runner out with his dogs Monday along Acid Canyon Trail. To learn all about the trails to hike inside the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program underway at the Los Alamos Nature Center, click here. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

DPU To Increase Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

on October 10, 2019 - 1:47pm
A row of electric vehicle charging stations outside the Municipal Building and DPU plans to add six more charging stations throughout the County. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

To support the replacement of petroleum-based vehicles, the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is working to add more electric vehicle charging stations to various public facilities throughout the County.

DPU Engineering Associate Ben Olbrich said the project includes six chargers at four different sites.

Heinrich Announces Youth Climate Change Challenge

on October 10, 2019 - 1:44pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the Youth Climate Change Challenge. He is inviting New Mexico students from grades K-12 to submit drawings, paintings, poetry, and short essays about what the climate crisis means for them.
 
Senator Heinrich will visit the classrooms of the first-place winners.
 
“When I meet with students in New Mexico calling for climate action, I am always impressed with their depth of knowledge on climate science, their observations of how climate change is already impacting their daily

Local Girl Scouts Plant 44 Ponderosa Pine Seedlings

on October 10, 2019 - 7:58am
Girl Scout Troop 10074 planted 44 Ponderosa Pine seedlings Sunday, Oct. 6 near the Perimeter Trail in the Cerro Grande burn scar. The seedlings were grown by a local woman from seeds from the Ponderosa Pine in her backyard. Troop 10074 would like to thank her, and also Eric Peterson of the Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Division for providing tools for the project. To learn about joining Girl Scouts, contact Grace Wiele at gwiele@nmgirlscouts.org. Courtesy photo   
 
Scene from Girl Scout Troop 10074 planting Ponderosa Pine seedlings Sunday, Oct. 6 near the Perimeter

On The Job In Los Alamos: At The Nature Center

on October 10, 2019 - 7:39am

On the job in Los Alamos Monday at the Los Alamos Nature Center are Christine Cloyd, left, who has volunteered with the organization for more than four years and Rachel Landman who has served at marketing manager for more than a year. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

By RACHEL LANDMAN
PEEC Marketing Manager

Started April 23, 2016, the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau is a fun program to get families outside, exploring our beautiful trails together.

Los Alamos County, Bandelier, and the Valles Caldera have so many great trails, and now, thanks to

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