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AGU: Increase In Extreme Sea Levels Could Endanger European Coastal Communities

on March 15, 2017 - 5:18am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.
 
New projections considering changes in sea level rise, tides, waves and storm surge over the 21st century find global warming could cause extreme sea levels to increase significantly along Europe’s coasts by 2100. Extreme sea levels are the maximum levels of the sea that occur during a major storm and produce massive flooding.
 
The increase in frequency of these events that are

Daily Postcard: Mammatus Clouds Over Townsite

on March 14, 2017 - 8:04am

Daily Postcard: Mammatus clouds color Saturday's sky over the Los Alamos townsite. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Petroglyphs Discussion And Mesa Prieta Field Trip

on March 13, 2017 - 8:14pm
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE ― The rich cultural history and significance of rock art and petroglyphs in the Rio Grande Valley, and an exploration of those artifacts, make up two must-attend events sponsored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in April.
 
“Rock Art and Pueblo Shields: Symbolism and Change,” a public talk by Polly Schaafsma is 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 26 at SAR. Then 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 28, see examples of petroglyphs as you explore “Mesa Prieta: 100,000 images, 7,500 years of Rock Art,” a field trip to Mesa Prieta, north of Santa Fe.
 
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Daily Postcard: Moon Over Main Hill Road

on March 13, 2017 - 7:15am

Daily Postcard: The moon shines Sunday over the Main Hill Road heading up to Los Alamos. Photo by Bob Beberniss

Another Rehabilitated Hawk Flies Free!

on March 12, 2017 - 11:21pm

A second rehabilitated hawk released this afternoon after a complete recovery at the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Center. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazardous Waste Backlog May Take Years To Unload

on March 12, 2017 - 9:35am

A hazardous waste permit modification for LANL requests three storage units at Technical Area 55, including the High Efficiency Neutron Counter Pad, shown here, which would be used as an outdoor storage pad. Courtesy/LANL

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Among the many consequences of the Valentine’s Dayradiation incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico in 2014, one necessity was a significant reworking of hazardous waste storage arrangements at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility.

Daily Postcard: Fox Explores Local Neighborhood

on March 12, 2017 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: A fox is spotted early Saturday morning exploring the neighborhood around 37th Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

House Passes Memorial To Protect Chaco Canyon

on March 11, 2017 - 10:31pm

Kin Bineola is an Ancestral Puebloan great house and archeological site 12 miles from Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtedy/NPS

 

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Tonight, House Memorial 70, the Protection of Chaco Canyon Landscape, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), passed the New Mexico House of Representatives in a 31-28 party-line vote.

HM 70 requests that the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) respect their established relationship with tribal entities by consulting with tribes on any hydraulic fracking operations around the historic Chaco

Co+op’s Six Year Birthday Bash Underway Until 3 p.m.!

on March 11, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Los Alamos Co+op Market at 95 Entrada Dr. is celebrating its 6th Anniversary until 3 p.m. today by showcasing its Community Partners and Vendors. The entire community is invited to celebrate and enjoy interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including PEEC, LA Animal Shelter, Bathtub Row Brewing Coop, Los Alamos County Recycling and Delancy Street Shelter. Photo by Greg Kendall

Seven Co+op vendors are on hand to offer free product samples and to show appreciation to its customers, the Co+op is providing free chair massages. Photo by Greg Kendall

Sample foods, free

Fisherman Bill Orr Teaches Two-Day Fly Tying Class

on March 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Each participant in the upcoming fly tying class receives a copy of Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with fisherman Bill Orr, who co-authored the book Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico, to offer another two-day fly tying class, 1:30-3:30 p.m., March 19 and 26. 
 
Participants will create their own ties designed for local fishing and receive a free copy of Orr's book. All experience levels are welcome, even those who think they are all thumbs.
 
In this class, Orr will cover flies that were

Solar Panels On State Buildings Passes Committee

on March 11, 2017 - 7:06am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE  An important committee of the New Mexico House of Representatives March 9 voted on a bipartisan basis to advance Senate Bill 227, a bill requiring state government to install solar energy panels on its 750 buildings, so long as it would provide a net savings on utility costs and not require any upfront costs. 
 
Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces, the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation will give taxpayers and the State potentially huge potential savings on electric and energy costs. 
 
The bill now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for a vote.

Sipapu Offers Events And Extra Hour Of Skiing

on March 11, 2017 - 7:04am
Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO  Sipapu Ski Resort officials announced that operating hours will change with Sunday's Daylight Saving Time, providing skiers with an extra hour on the slopes. 
 
Sunday, March 12 through Saturday, March 18, lifts will turn 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Sunday, March 19 through Sunday, March 26, Sipapu will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
 
Sipapu will then be open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.weekends only, April 1 and 2 and April 8 and 9. For the latest conditions, visit Sipapu’s snow report
 
Springtime means sunny, bluebird days, great skiing and fun

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center March 14

on March 10, 2017 - 8:37am

The community is invited to enjoy activities with Melissa Mackey, 6-7 p.m. March 14, at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Tuesday, March 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities, 6-7 p.m., with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey.

The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center and thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free to all.

Daily Postcard: Bufflehead Duck Joins Recently Arrived Cinnamon Teal At Ashley Pond

on March 10, 2017 - 6:49am

A Bufflehead Duck, right, joins the recently arrived Cinnamon Teal Duck Thursday at Ashley Pond. Thanks to the efforts of former County Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre, Ashley Pond has become an inviting destination for ducks and birds of all stripes during their migrations. McIntyre played a major role in the design and implementation of the popular Ashley Pond Park improvements in downtown Los Alamos. Find information about Bufflehead ducks here and Cinnamon Teal ducks here. Photo by Greg Kendall
Longtime local resident Homer the Goose jumps for joy at the sight of his colorful new

Bandelier Assists Fire Investigation Class March 14-16

on March 9, 2017 - 10:28pm

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 

Bandelier National Monument and the East Jemez Interagency Fire Center will be assisting March 14-16 with the field portion of a wildland fire investigation class that includes exercises examining common ignition types.
 
To provide hands-on experience for the class members, instructors will ignite very small sample fires, totaling approximately 5 acres, on a portion of Bandelier just across State Highway 4 from the Fire Center.
 
Smoke may be visible from N.M. 4, White Rock, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe and surrounding areas.
 

Environmental Justice Moral Monday At State Capitol

on March 9, 2017 - 9:51am

STATE News:
  • New Mexicans impacted by environmental injustice in their communities bring their voices to the State Capitol

 

SANTA FE -- About 50 community leaders impacted by environmental justice issues in New Mexico will be connecting with their decision makers in the State Capitol on Monday, March 13 as part of Environmental Justice (EJ) Moral Monday. The citizens’ advocacy  day is intended to highlight various EJ issues impacting our air, land, water and health.


Environmental justice communities and organizations from across New Mexico will be participating at the event held at the

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talk Explores ‘The Mystery Of Detonation’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:44pm

The ‘Mystery of Detonation’ lecture will focus on various kinds of explosions, what is needed for detonation and current experiments and modeling of detonations.

LANL News:

David Moore, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Shock and Detonation Physics group, will discuss the science behind detonation and explosions during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “The Mystery of Detonation” beginning March 14 in Santa Fe.

“The speed and destructiveness of explosive events, and the accompanying opaque layers of products and intermediates, make the experiments

Daily Postcard: Sunset From Canada Bonita Trail

on March 7, 2017 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: View of the setting sun last weekend during a hike along the Canada Bonita Trail. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Wind Kicks Up Dust Cloud On Main Hill Road

on March 6, 2017 - 8:32pm

Heavy wind kicks up a dust cloud and slows traffic at about 9 a.m. today on the Main Hill Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Coyote Killing Contests Bill Passes Key Committee

on March 5, 2017 - 9:19am

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Sen. Jeff Steinborn passed bipartisan legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee Saturday to end the practice of coyote killing contests in New Mexico.

“Today New Mexico is one step closer to banning inhumane coyote killing contests. This blood sport serves no purpose in the management of coyotes other than killing for the sake of killing. It’s time to make these contests a thing of the past,” Sen. Steinborn said.

This bill now goes to the senate floor for final passage and then, if passed, to the House for consideration in that body.

Amateur Naturalist: The World Of Acorn Woodpeckers And Pygmy Nuthatches

on March 5, 2017 - 7:03am
A dead ponderosa pine stands in the snow-covered forest floor of Acid Canyon. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
An Acorn Woodpecker stores acorn seeds in the trunk of a dead ponderosa tree. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Eight eggs in a Pygmy Nuthatch nest. Photo by Priscilla Stuckey, PhD
 
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
 
February occurs in the depth of winter. The temperature may fall to about 20 degrees at night and rise to only slightly above freezing during the day.
 
Snow lasts for days on the ground when it is in the shadow of forest trees or canyon walls.

Forest Service Seeks Comment On Restoration Projects

on March 4, 2017 - 7:22am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest is inviting members of the public to provide comments by March 16, 2017, on two proposed forest restoration projects in the mountains near Santa Fe. 
 
Both projects are part of a larger multi-agency collaborative, the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFFC), which takes a landscape-scale approach to improving forest resilience and mitigating wildfire risk near the City of Santa Fe.
  • The Hyde Park Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project is located in forests east of the community of Hyde Park Estates, near Hyde Park Memorial State

Youth Summer Job Applications Close March 13

on March 3, 2017 - 7:48pm

Trail work crew getting busy last year. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

  • Y Bandelier Corps (YBC) Starts Work In June 

Applications for summer employment with The Family YMCA’s Bandelier Corps trail crew closes at 10 p.m., March 13. Hiring for this program is restricted to those ages 16-24.

Application packets and job descriptions are available on the Y’s website at www.laymca.org, at the YMCA 1450 Iris St., and at the Los Alamos and Espanola YMCA teen centers. Two reference forms, within the packet, are required if youth did not work for the Y last year.

Burn Planned On Jemez Ranger District Sunday

on March 3, 2017 - 7:31pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  If conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn Sunday, March 5 on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring

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