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Daily Postcard: Unusual Colors Fill Evening Sky

on August 24, 2017 - 6:02am

Daily Postcard: Unusual colors fill the Tuesday evening sky over Los Alamos. Photo by Josh Smith

Visit Eight National Parks In NM Fee Free Friday

on August 23, 2017 - 3:03pm

Descend into the cool cave climate at Carlsbad Caverns, the iconic national park known for its cave systems, which are laced with remarkable pinnacles and spires of rock. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

All of New Mexico's 15 parks and monuments that are a part of the National Park Service will be "fee free" Friday in celebration of the NPS's 101st birthday.

Eight of the 15 properties, which include Bandelier National Monument, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Gila Cliff Dwellings National

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Keynotes 2017 Wildlife Corridor And Connectivity Summit

on August 23, 2017 - 2:38pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich speaking Aug. 22 at the 2017 Wildlife Corridor and Connectivity Summit in Taos. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Wildlife Corridor and Connectivity Summit hosted Aug. 22 by the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Colorado Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited.
 
The summit focused on U.S.

NMED Confirms Precautionary ‘Boil Water Advisory’ For Santa Fe County-West Sector System

on August 23, 2017 - 10:35am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming a precautionary “boil water advisory” for the Santa Fe County West Sector Water System.
 
Santa Fe County West Sector Water System issued the precautionary advisory Tuesday after a 16.0-inch transmission line was ruptured causing water delivery to the affected area to be disrupted.
 
No bacteriological contamination has been detected at this time, however, the line break and outage create potential pathways for contamination.

New Mexico To Receive More Than $1 Million For Native, State Wildlife Conservation Projects

on August 23, 2017 - 8:48am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced $199,754 in funding to New Mexican Native tribes and more than $840,000 to New Mexico state wildlife agencies through the Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) program and the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program.
 
The funds, which are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, give support for a diverse array of species and habitats across the country.
 
The Pueblo of Tesuque will receive $199,754 for mule deer management and the habitat enhancement program.
 
“The work of New Mexican Native

NWTF Supports Tooke As New Forest Service Chief

on August 23, 2017 - 7:41am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation strongly supports Secretary Sonny Purdue’s announcement of Tony Tooke as the new chief of the USDA Forest Service.
 
“Tony is a phenomenal choice for chief of the Forest Service,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “As someone who has dedicated a career to working for our public lands, he understands the importance of the Forest Service and truly values its partners and the role of active forest management.”
 
Took has worked for the Forest Service since age 18, and is currently the regional forester for the Southern Region.

Nature Center Will Be Open Labor Day Weekend

on August 23, 2017 - 7:37am
This fox has been seen by a variety of visitors and PEEC staff. Check the wildlife viewing area to look for the fox and enjoy the squirrel and chipmunk antics. Photo by Beth Cortright
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature will be open this holiday weekend, including Labor Day.
 
It is free to stop by the nature center and see the animals, explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits and play areas, and spend time in the Wildlife Observation Area. 
 
For those who are looking for a fun way to explore the outdoors, the nature center has information about hikes and has the Passport to the

Congressional Delegation Urges Interior Secretary To Honor New Mexicans’ Views, Leave Monuments Alone

on August 23, 2017 - 7:28am
Congressional Delegation News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  As the deadline nears for U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to complete his review of national monuments created under the Antiquities Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged him one more time to respect the wishes of thousands of New Mexicans who cherish Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments, and leave them intact.
 
“The voices of New Mexicans could not be clearer – our national monuments are vitally important to our history

Daily Postcard: Daffodil Brightens Garden

on August 23, 2017 - 6:01am

Daily Postcard: This pastel peach colored daffodil brightens a local garden. Photo by William Mead

PEEC: Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry Adopts Nature Center Gardens

on August 22, 2017 - 4:12pm

Dr. Bill Nichols of Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry in his newly adopted nature center gardens. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry has adopted the three mesa gardens at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This generous gift will help the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) maintain the gardens for a full year. The three mesa gardens include a pollinator garden, a native plant garden, and a water-wise garden. The gardens are in full bloom right now, making it a perfect time to visit the nature center and take in the flowers.

Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry (LACD)

Los Alamos Folks Travel Far Afield For Solar Eclipse

on August 22, 2017 - 10:25am

Los Alamos residence gather for a total eclipse party in Sun Valley, Ida., from left, Larry Maassen, Bill Heinz, Chris Ortega, Bill McArthur, Stan Heinz, Jennifer McArthur, JoAnn Heinz and Helen Ortega. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen

James Gourdoux of Los Alamos traveled to Oregon to view the solar Monday witnessed and experienced the eclipse in the ‘totality’ zone in Madras. Photo by James Gourdoux

In Madras, Ore., Monday when wildfire smoke from 30 miles away blew in, the partially eclipsed sun took on a reddish glow. Photo by James Gourdoux

More Scenes From 2017 Solar Eclipse

on August 22, 2017 - 10:01am

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by William Mead

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by William Mead

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by Aria Villareal

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by Aria Villareal

Scenes from the solar eclipse viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by Aria Villareal

Stories, Stars And A Film At Nature Center Friday

on August 22, 2017 - 8:02am
Eclipes. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center has a special planetarium show by Dr. Galen Gisler at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 where he will share stories from the total eclipse and point out objects visible in our night sky.
 
The full-dome film From Earth to the Univers e will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27
 
Dr. Galen Gisler worked with PEEC and high school students from Los Alamos to collect data during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Mountaineers Present: Big Wall Climbing In Yosemite

on August 22, 2017 - 7:34am
Forest Altherr looks across Yosemite Valley at El Capitan while Ribbon Falls cascades to the left. Courtesy photo
 
Forest Altherr and Miranda Oakley wrapped up the spring season in Yosemite with a climb of Freestone next to Yosemite Falls. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation on climbing in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park is North America's birthplace of big wall rock climbing, and the park's reputation remains global in its reach.

Daily Postcard: View Of LA Mountain

on August 22, 2017 - 6:34am

Daily Postcard: View of LA Mountain Monday from the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scenes From Solar Eclipse Viewing At Overlook Park

on August 21, 2017 - 11:01pm

Retired Los Alamos scientist Johnathan Thron utilizes his Astroscan telescope to view this morning's solar eclipse from his vantage point on the lawn at Overlook Park in White Rock. He recalled as a young boy seeing an Astroscan telescope in the Edmund Scientific Company catalog and how cool he thought it was. He purchased this one about five years ago at an estate sale. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Johnathan Thron, left, and Duncan MacArthur view this morning's solar eclipse from Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Duncan MacArthur,

Ally Mackey Watches Solar Eclipse

on August 21, 2017 - 10:33pm

Ally Mackey of Los Alamos seems fascinated by this morning's eclipse of the sun. Courtesy photo

Scenes Of Solar Eclipse Viewing In Nebraska

on August 21, 2017 - 5:38pm
Kerry Habiger of Los Alamos flew his plan and several local friends to view the solar eclipse this morning at the Fairmont Airfield in Nebraska. Courtesy/Kerry Habiger
 
Scene of people watching the solar eclipse this morning at the Fairmont Airfield in Nebraska. Courtesy/Kerry Habiger
 
Scene of people watching the solar eclipse this morning at the Fairmont Airfield in Nebraska. Courtesy/Kerry Habiger
 
Former Los Alamos resident Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn traveled from their home in Denver, four hours to Alliance, Nebr., this weekend to enjoy the festivities and wait for the

Los Alamos Checks Out Solar Eclipse

on August 21, 2017 - 4:10pm

A group of people check out the solar eclipse this morning on the deck of the Los Alamos Teen Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Jessica Morgan models her special glasses at this morning's viewing of the solar eclipse from the deck of the Los Alamos Teen Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Andy Fox checks out the solar eclipse this morning from the sidewalk in front of his department store in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Ronda Jones observes the solar eclipse from the parking lot in front of Shannon Corporation on Central Avenue.

View Of Solar Eclipse From Valle Grande

on August 21, 2017 - 4:01pm

View of the solar eclipse at 11:50 a.m. today from the Valle Grande where it was quite cloudy, but once in a while the sun would peek through, allowing a good view. Photo by Laurie Waters

Scenes Of Solar Eclipse Viewing At Nature Center

on August 21, 2017 - 3:30pm

People gathered this morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center to view the solar eclipse. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of solar eclipse this morning from the Los Alamos Nature Center.  Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from solar eclipse viewing this morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from solar eclipse viewing this morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC staff project the telescope view of the eclipse onto a white board this morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris

Daily Postcard: Fawns Graze In Pajarito Acres

on August 21, 2017 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: These two fawns have been seen for several days in the Monte Rey Drive area of Pajarito Acres in White Rock. They were spotted once with their mother but usually are in a particular backyard by themselves. They have nice spots typical of fawns. They usually run or sometimes prance away fast when they spot the homeowners, so grabbing a photograph has been a challenge. Photo by Bob Reedy

Daily Postcard: These two fawns have been seen for several days in the Monte Rey Drive area of Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo by Bob Reedy

LAPS: Solar Eclipse Safety Reminder

on August 20, 2017 - 2:28pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk!

Well … it looks like we may have clouds and maybe even rain during Monday’s Solar Eclipse. In any case, this spectacular event offers a rare teachable moment about science and safety.

In Los Alamos, the Partial Eclipse begins at about 10:22 a.m. when the Moon touches the Sun's edge. The Maximum Eclipse will be at about 11:46 a.m. when the Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Here are some safety reminders for students and staff on Monday: 

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or

Daily Postcard: Western Area Walk Turns Into Standoff

on August 20, 2017 - 6:42am
Daily Postcard: An afternoon walk with the family dog Saturday in Western Area turns into a game of ‘chicken’ ... the big buck blinked. Photo by Brint Perera

Deputy Secretary Bernhardt: $660,000 In Historic State And Tribal Preservation Grants To New Mexico

on August 20, 2017 - 5:40am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service has announced the distribution of $341,169 in historic preservation grants to New Mexico as well as $322,404 for historic preservation grants to eleven Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state.
 
This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S.

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