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Santa Fe National Forest Declares Cow Fire Out

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out at noon Monday.

The fire started July 18 in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash Fire. Natural drainages and the rocky landscape helped fire crews contain the small fire to around seven acres. The Cow Fire also received a significant amount of monsoonal moisture.

Smoke should no longer be visible from the Cow Fire, which was about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos.

Fire updates are posted on the New

Logan Beary Needs Help Bulking Up For Winter

on August 8, 2017 - 8:01am

Young orphan Logan Beary came to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay to ensure he gains enough weight for winter. He will join Blue Beary as they learn how to become full grown bears before their release back into the wild. Logan Beary is perfectly healthy, but requires about $4,000 in food before he can be released later this year. The community is being asked to consider donating to Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation to help get Dr. Ramsay the food she needs to get these bears nice and fat before winter. Photo by James Robinson

LAHS Student To Speak At Nature Center

on August 8, 2017 - 7:41am

Lillian Petersen

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Los Alamos High School Student Lillian Petersen at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 as she presents her research on climate change.

Peterson has conducted three award-winning science fair projects that analyze fluctuating temperatures and precipitation rates, as well as how present-day extremes may impact crops in the future.

Peterson will give a basic overview of the science behind climate change and the correlations between CO2 and temperature for the past 800,000 years.

Daily Postcard: Full Moonrise Over Sangre De Cristos

on August 8, 2017 - 6:28am

Daily Postcard: A full moonrise shines over the Sangre de Cristos as seen Sunday from White Rock. Photo by Rebecca Shankland

Mama Bear And Cubs Spotted Dumpster Diving

on August 7, 2017 - 8:50pm
Bear spotted this morning near Urban Park. Photo by Jim Nesmith
 
By JIM NESMITH
Los Alamos
 
For the past couple of weeks, a mama bear and her two cubs have been dumpster diving all of the trash cans near Urban Park, 41st Street in particular. They usually limit their carousing to the wee hours of the morning but there have been two incidents in the last week where they were still in the neighborhood when it became light.
 
This morning, a little after 9 a.m., I received a call from my daughter that the two cubs were in a tree next to our house. She couldn't see the mama bear.

Join Local Expert Chick Keller For Wildflower Walk

on August 7, 2017 - 1:33pm

Wildflower expert Chick Keller, left, leads wildflower walks for PEEC. Photo by Thomas Graves Photography

Coneflowers (Rudbeckia laciniata). Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify local wildflower species in bloom on the Pajarito Plateau. Wildflower Walks are free, and no advance registration is required.

Wildflower Walks take place one Monday a month, but the viewing season is coming to a close. Don’t miss the next outing Sept.

Secretary Of Interior On Sage-Grouse Report

on August 7, 2017 - 12:17pm

Greater Sage-Grouse. Courtesy/fws.gov/greatersagegrouse

Office of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke received a report from the Department of the Interior Sage-Grouse Review Team (DOI Team) regarding possible plan and policy modifications to complement state efforts to improve Greater Sage-Grouse conservation and economic development on public lands.

The report is the final product required by Secretarial Order 3353 “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States” issued June 7, 2017. The

Celebrate Perseid Meteor Shower At Valles Caldera

on August 7, 2017 - 11:07am

Perseid meteor shower. Courtesy/SPACE.com

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera National Preserve will celebrate the height of the Perseid meteor shower with a star party Saturday, Aug. 12. The preserve’s main gate will reopen 8-11 p.m. for this free event.

The star party will take place near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Park staff and volunteers will provide short talks and telescopes for viewing. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal telescopes, blankets, and chairs for their stargazing pleasure.

Bear Spotted In Tree On 41st Street This Morning

on August 7, 2017 - 9:59am

A bear is spotted this morning climbing in a tree on 41st Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Jim Nesmith

Secretary Zinke Recommends No Modifications To Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

on August 7, 2017 - 8:51am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Aug. 4, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is no longer under review​ and that he will recommend that no modifications be made to the monument.
 
The monument was under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order
 
“Today I’m announcing that​ Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument’s review process has concluded and I am recommending no changes be made to the monument​,” ​​Zinke said.

DOE, Industry, Community Representatives To Join 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on August 7, 2017 - 8:03am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Senior DOE officials, industry executives and community representatives from across the U.S. are set to participate in the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
Planned participants include:
  • Jim Owendoff, Acting Assistant Energy Secretary for EM
  • Roger Jarrell, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for EM
  • Stacy Charboneau, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations
  • Ralph Holland, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management

Heinrich: Outdoor Recreation Is An Economic Force

on August 7, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, highlighted the strength of New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy.
 
According to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $9.9 billion in consumer spending annually and employs 99,000 people in New Mexico. 
 
“Outdoor traditions—both new and old—are not only integral to our

Daily Postcard: Sunday Sunrise

on August 7, 2017 - 5:20am

Daily Postcard: Sunday sunrise from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Soot Covered Screech Owls Rescued From Fireplace

on August 6, 2017 - 11:56am
Covered in soot, a mother screech owl and her fledglings are spotted trapped inside a fireplace at a home in Pajarito Acres. Photo by J. Schillig
 
With all the soot removed from her feathers and a solid meal in her stomach, this mother owl is released near where she was rescued in Pajarito Acres. She sits in a tree for a while listening for her fledglings and waiting for her rescuers to leave the area. Photo by Corry Clinton
 
By CORRY CLINTON
Los Alamos

Friends noticed some strange noises coming from the fireplace of their home June 26 in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

Udall Marks Second Anniversary Of Gold King Mine Spill With Calls For Action From EPA, Congress

on August 6, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement marking two years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the Gold King Mine spill in Southern Colorado and severely contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers.
 
An EPA-supervised crew released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, Aug. 5, 2015, into Cement Creek — which flows into the Animas and San Juan rivers — while working at the Gold King Mine in Colorado.
 
Udall released the following statement:
 
“Two years have passed

Protect Yourself And Family From Mosquito Bites

on August 6, 2017 - 6:19am

CDC News:

Use Insect Repellent

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients at right. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Tips for Everyone

  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Tips for Babies & Children

  • Always follow instructions when applying insect

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Aug. 8

on August 6, 2017 - 6:16am
Enjoy activities with Melissa Mackey at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Tuesday, Aug. 8, is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Families can enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities 6-7 p.m. with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center is open until 8 p.m. for exploring exhibits.
 
The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all. Next month’s Family Night is Sept. 12.
 
For more

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Spotted In Nest

on August 6, 2017 - 6:11am

Daily Postcard: This hummingbird nest is spotted in a tree in Quemazon, complete with a baby bird inside. Photo by Jennifer, Andy and Nathan Seirp

New Mexico Celebrates Wine Heritage Around State

on August 5, 2017 - 4:47pm
Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed August 2017 as New Mexico Wine Month, and the New Mexico Tourism Department has a number of ways New Mexicans can venture into vino in celebration.

“New Mexico wineries are key to both the tourism and agricultural industries in our state,” Martinez said. “The industry is increasingly robust and is fueled by a new generation of innovative winemakers – and it helps to show all New Mexico has to offer.”

New Mexico boasts more than 60 wineries across the state that open their doors for tastings and tours most of the

DOE Completes Cleanup At Los Alamos Canyon Sites

on August 5, 2017 - 7:09am
Project team members were transported by crane in a special personnel platform to and from one of the cleanup sites on a narrow canyon shelf. Courtesy/DOE
 
DOE News:
 
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) have completed the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite.
 
The contaminated soil was primarily associated with legacy outfalls and surface disposal from the Manhattan Project and early Cold War research and

Daily Postcard: Deer Visit Los Alamos Neighborhood

on August 5, 2017 - 6:35am

Daily Postcard: A deer grabs a bite to eat Friday afternoon from a tree near Sandia and 40th Street. Photo by Delbert Romero Jr.

Deer spotted Friday afternoon at the corner of Sandia and 40th Street. Photo by Delbert Romero Jr.

A deer gets ready to cross the road at the corner of Sandia and 40th Street. Photo by Delbert Romero Jr. 

UPDATE: Hummingbird Monitoring Research Aug. 12

on August 4, 2017 - 6:34am
Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photo by Bob Walker
 
Update: The time of the first session is changed to 7:30 a.m. Aug.12.
 
PEEC News:
 
Curious about the effects of climate change on hummingbird populations? Researcher Bob Walker will lead two groups, one at 7:30 a.m. and one at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, to the hummingbird monitoring site in Bandelier National Monument.
 
This location is one of a network of sites in the Western U.S. that tracks the impact of climate change on the movement and behavior of hummingbirds. To join one of the groups, visit peecnature.org to register.

PEEC: Guided, Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

on August 4, 2017 - 6:00am
Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Have you wanted to go backpacking, but didn’t have the gear or experience? Well, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has the adventure you’ve been waiting for!

Adults and families will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16
Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 will then be spent hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry.

Daily Postcard: Thursday's Sunrise Casts Golden Hue

on August 4, 2017 - 5:23am
Daily Postcard: The sunrise Thursday casts a golden hue across the sky in White Rock. Photo by Jim Gourdoux

Sen. Martin Heinrich Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix In Senate Bill

on August 3, 2017 - 10:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As wildfire season rages across the West, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today urged the Senate to pass a wildfire funding fix included in new legislation to address funding for floods and other natural disasters.

He joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee.

A wildfire funding fix similar to the Wildfire Disaster Funding

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