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PEEC: ‘Racing To Extinction’ At Reel Deal April 13

on April 7, 2017 - 7:50am
Movie poster for ‘Racing To Extinction’. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater will show at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, “Racing Extinction”, an undercover documentary exposing the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them from mass extinction.

This film is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available at the Reel Deal Theater.

Produced by Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award®-winning film The Cove, Racing Extinction brings a voice to the thousands

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Colors Clouds Orange

on April 7, 2017 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: Thursday's sunrise colors the clouds orange over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Laboratory Earth Day Trails Tour Open To Public

on April 6, 2017 - 6:11pm

Participants in last year’s spring tour. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In celebration of Earth Day, the Trails Management Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a hiking tour the morning of April 14 at Lower Water Canyon and Lion’s Cave Trails.

Laboratory archeologist and biologists will provide information about the landscape and its cultural and biological resources as well as geology.

The 3.5-mile hike has an overall gradual 300-foot elevation change and is estimated to take three hours to complete.

Council Proclaims Clean Up Los Alamos Day April 29

on April 6, 2017 - 5:12pm

From left, Environmental Sustainability Board Member James Robinson, Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and County Councilor Antonio Maggiore hold up a proclamation for Clean Up Los Alamos Day, which is April 29. The proclamation was made during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

WIPP: Preparations Continue For TRU Waste Shipments

on April 6, 2017 - 9:09am
Idaho State Trooper and commercial vehicle enforcement officer Tony Anderson speaks to attendees March 27 at the kick-off of the WIPP Road Show for the western corridor shipping route at Fort Hall, Idaho. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
In preparation for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) is supporting “road shows” sponsored by state and tribal authorities along the transportation routes to WIPP.
 
Shipments to WIPP were suspended in February

Daily Postcard: Hoarfrost Forms On Rusty Fence Rail

on April 6, 2017 - 7:22am

Daily Postcard: Hoarfrost forms on a rusty fence rail in Los Alamos. According to weather.com, hoarfrost is a white coating of needle-like ice crystals that form on a surface by sublimation of atmospheric water vapor. Photo by Marc Bailey

Spring Wildflower Hike With Craig Martin Saturday

on April 5, 2017 - 9:52am
View of the Rio Grande from Red Dot Trail. Photo by Paul Arendt

Desert Verbena is one of the many wildflowers often bloombing on this hike. Photo by Craig Martin
 
PEEC News:
 
The Red Dot Trail is especially beautiful this time of year a surprising number of plant species that bloom in early spring.
 
Saturday, April 8, Craig Martin, co-author of Plants of the Jemez Mountains, will lead a three-mile hike down the Red Dot Trail and identify flowers found along the way.
 
The hike will traverse the canyon from rim to river and promises to yield as many as 30 species in bloom.

What A Day!

on April 4, 2017 - 11:18pm

April showers turned into snow, wind and cold temperatures today throughout Los Alamos including along Diamond Drive near the golf course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow and windy conditions caused riders to walk their bikes this afternoon on Diamond Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC: Gardening For Backyard Birds Workshop Thursday

on April 4, 2017 - 3:42pm
A mother Brewer’s Blackbird surveys the area from the top of a conifer. Photo by Bob Walker
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to know how to attract more birds to your back yard?
 
The Los Alamos Master Gardeners are working with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to offer a free talk centered around creating a wildlife-friendly landscape from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Master Gardeners Carolyn Mangeng and Bob Walker will share how to make your back yard gardens a haven for native birds and wildlife.
 
This presentation, part of the Master

NASA: Star Discovered In Closest Known Orbit Around Likely Black Hole

on April 3, 2017 - 4:59pm
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Alberta/A.Bahramian et al.; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss 
 
NASA News:
 
Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a likely black hole and a companion star.
 
This discovery was made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as NASA's NuSTAR and CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA).
 
The close-in stellar couple — known as a binary — is located in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae, a dense cluster of stars in our galaxy

Could Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Alien Probes?

on April 3, 2017 - 4:39pm
 
CFA News:
 
CAMBRIDGE, MA ― The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success.
 
However, newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. Specifically, these bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies.
 
"Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we

Updated Map For Motorized Travel On Santa Fe National Forest Now Available

on April 3, 2017 - 11:47am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Updated Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) that show all forest roads and trails open to motor vehicle travel on the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National Forest are now available in both electronic and hardcopy formats.

National forests are required to designate a system of roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use by class of vehicle and, when necessary, by time of year.  Public motor vehicle traffic is prohibited on all routes not shown on the MVUM.

AGU: Last Remnant Of North American Ice Sheet Likely To Disappear In 300 Years

on April 3, 2017 - 10:33am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The last remaining piece of the vast ice sheet that once covered North America is doomed to vanish in the next few centuries, a new study finds.
 
Rising temperatures in the Arctic have caused the Barnes Ice Cap to melt at an extraordinary pace, and nothing short of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can prevent it from completely disappearing, according to a new study modeling the ice cap’s behavior.
 
Under a business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions scenario, the study’s authors project the ice cap will disappear within the next 300 years.

Rehabilitated Bobcat Growing Strong

on April 3, 2017 - 8:59am

This rehabilitated bobcat rescued in the area is growing stronger every day under the care of Dr. Kathleen Ramsay of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation. The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a North American cat that appeared during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1.8 million years ago (AEO). Containing 12 recognized subspecies, it ranges from southern Canada to central Mexico, including most of the contiguous United States. The bobcat populations are vulnerable to local extinction by coyotes and domestic animals.

Daily Postcard: Crisp Morning And Beautiful Sunrise

on April 3, 2017 - 7:52am

Daily Postcard: Crisp Morning with another beautiful sunrise from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Southwest Jemez Mountains Forest Restoration Project Hosts Annual Public Meeting April 12-13

on April 2, 2017 - 7:55am

The Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project covers 210,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains, 110,000 of which are within Santa Fe National Forest boundaries. Courtesy/SWJM

SWJM News:

SANTA FE – Members of the public are invited to the 2017 “all hands” meeting for a comprehensive update on the largest landscape-scale forest restoration project in New Mexico April 12-13, 2017, at the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC).

The Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project is a long-term collaborative effort to restore

Griggs: Rotary Works For Clean Water And Sanitation On Lake Atitlán, Guatemala March 2017

on April 2, 2017 - 6:22am

Villa Tangara, Panajachel, Guatemala. Photo by David Griggs/ladailypost.com

 

By DAVID GRIGGS

Foreign Correspondent

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

A friend recently told me that Rotary clubs in the US and Canada raise money, and in Central America the Rotary clubs spend it.

 

Since retiring, I have spent four winters in Guatemala. After seeing the wonderful programs that are supported down here by Rotary, I joined a club on Lake Atitlán. I have attended annual regional Project Fairs, first in Antigua, Guatemala, and subsequently in Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Honey Bee Workshop At Nature Center April 9

on April 2, 2017 - 6:07am

Honey bee on a dandelion. Courtesy/Dorothy Brown

Honey bees swarming above a hive. Courtesy/Dorothy Brown

PEEC News:

Ever wondered what goes on in the life of a busy bee? The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) offers a workshop 1:30-3:30 p.m., April 9 with Dorothy Brown at the Los Alamos Nature Center about the biology and colony dynamics of honey bees. This is a great introduction for anyone curious about these non-native pollinators.

 What is happening inside the seemingly crowded honey bee colonies? Brown will discuss the three castes of honey bee and how they contribute

Afternoon Snow Shower Covers Los Alamos

on April 1, 2017 - 5:11pm

Snow falls this afternoon over Los Alamos including this yard on 39th Street. Photo by Julie Smith

Snow falls this afternoon over downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Aspen Catkins In Bloom

on April 1, 2017 - 6:09am

Daily Postcard: This year, the aspen tree in this back yard in Pajarito Acres has an excellent set of catkins. Technically a flower, it is one on the earliest blooms in the area. Photo by Bob Reedy

Summit Garden Club Meets Monday

on March 31, 2017 - 4:04pm

Laural Hardin, a certified horticulturalist and arborist as well as a new associate at the Pajarito Greenhouse, will be one of the presenters Monday at the Summit Garden Club meeting. Courtesy Photo

SUMMIT GARDEN CLUB News:

 

Summit Garden Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, at 235 Kimberly Lane in White Rock.

 

The program will be provided by Dave Fox, owner of Pajarito Greenhouse for 18 years now, and Laural Hardin, certified horticulturalist and arborist and new associate of the Greenhouse.

 

Hardin grew up in the nursery business in Arizona, and spent eight years as manager

Can The Southwest Endure A Change In Climate?

on March 31, 2017 - 10:03am
From left, retired National Weather Service Meteorologist Deirdre Kann; in-depth environmental journalist  Laura Paskas; and David Stuart, an archeologist with lessons learned from the ancient Chaco Canyon culture in New Mexico, gave climate-related presentations Tuesday at the Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com
 
According to Bill deBuys, author and full-time humanist, climate change leads to an enervating depression trap. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

In case there were any

Tales Of Our Times: When Poisons Move, Risks Evolve

on March 31, 2017 - 6:53am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

When Poisons Move, Risks Evolve

 
Toxic materials in nature are like a stack of ball bearings on a subway platform. They pose little risk until they start to move.

Follow the trail of the Earth’s store of hazardous materials and the shuffling that moves them through the air and water. The forces are geologic history, weather, time, and inexorably man. Without man’s doings, toxic substances are widely found in nature, in some places more than others.

Five Fun Ways To Celebrate National Park Week

on March 31, 2017 - 6:27am
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Ring in spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week, April 15 through 23.
 
Throughout the country, hundreds of programs and events will encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences. More information is available at www.nationalparkweek.org.
 
"Our National Parks are our national treasure," Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said. "My formative years were spent in Glacier National Park and one of my biggest mentors was a park ranger and football coach.

Daily Postcard: Quemazon Sunset

on March 31, 2017 - 6:04am

Daily Postcard: Sunset Wednesday night from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

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