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Scenes From Heavy Snow Fall In Los Alamos

on January 15, 2017 - 11:11am

Mulani, 10, still loves playing in fresh snow, which fell this morning in Quemazon. The National Weather Service predicts a high today of near 37 with a snow accumulation of up to about 2 inches. Photo by Trisha Ancell

This backyard vistior was spotted this morning in Western Area. Photo by Julie Smith

Scene from this morning's snow fall in Western Area. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ 
Scene from this morning's snow fall in Western Area. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Scene from this morning's snow fall in the Mountain View neighborhood.

Are Planets Like Those In ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Really Out There?

on January 15, 2017 - 7:16am
Stormtroopers in the new Star Wars film ‘Rogue One’ wade through the water of an alien ocean world. NASA scientists believe ocean worlds exist in our own galaxy, along with many other environments. Courtesy/Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM

NASA News:

In the “Star Wars” universe, ice, ocean and desert planets burst from the darkness as your ship drops out of light speed. But these worlds might be more than just science fiction.

Some of the planets discovered around stars in our own galaxy could be very similar to arid Tatooine, watery Scarif and even frozen Hoth, according to NASA scientists.

Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map For Voyagers’ Galactic Trek

on January 15, 2017 - 7:04am
Artist’s rendition of Voyager 1’s View of  the Solar System. NASA

NASA News:

NASA’s two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system. Along the way, they are measuring the interstellar medium, the mysterious environment between stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is providing the road map — by measuring the material along the probes’ trajectories as they move through space.

Daily Postcard: Lenticular Clouds Over Sangres

on January 15, 2017 - 6:42am

Daily Postcard: Lenticular cloud formations spotted Tuesday floating over the Sangres de Cristo Mountains. Photo by Elena E Giorgi

Weather Update: Widespread Heavy Rain And Snow

on January 14, 2017 - 10:22pm
NWS News:
The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that weather conditions will continue to deteriorate across the region through tonight as a potent upper level storm system approaches from Arizona.
Widespread heavy rainfall is still expected to impact the lower elevations through Sunday while very heavy snow impacts the higher terrain.
Widespread precipitation amounts of 1 to 2 inches will likely create some minor to moderate rises on arroyos and small streams, as well as the Pecos River.

‘Moving Day’ At Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Friday Morning

on January 14, 2017 - 9:58am
Doug Hintze, ​manager of the Environmental Management Los Alamos office compares notes with Pete Maggiore of the National Nuclear Security Administrations Los Alamos office during Friday's RCLN meeting in Española. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities opened its board meeting Friday with a moving tribute to former Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson, who stepped down from the board as secretary-treasurer.

Kristin Henderson honored at Friday's RCLC meeting. Photo by Roger

Santa Fe National Forest To Host Another Round Of Public Meetings On Forest Plan Revision

on January 14, 2017 - 9:02am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will host 10 public meetings and a two-day technical meeting between Jan. 17 and Feb. 9, 2017, as part of the multi-year effort to revise the comprehensive plan that will guide forest management, use and protection for the next 10 to 15 years.
This round of public meetings will give members of the public an opportunity to discuss and comment on initial plan components and the draft wilderness evaluation maps. 
Initial plan components have been drafted for all resource areas, including vegetation, fire and fuels, wildlife,

Obama Designates Five New National Monuments

on January 14, 2017 - 8:43am
CLF News:
DURANGO, Colo.  The Conservation Lands Foundation applauds the five national monument designations and the announcement of efforts to make the country's parks and monuments more inclusive for all Americans.
“President Obama is an exceptional conservationist. His actions to safeguard America’s natural, cultural and historic sites have been heroic. Our nation will look back on his achievements with admiration, and celebrate these national monuments for generations,” said Brian O’Donnell, executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation.

Daily Postcard: Fiery Sunrise Ripples Across Sky

on January 14, 2017 - 8:35am

Daily Postcard: A fiery sunrise ripples across the sky recently in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

AG Balderas Issues Statement On EPA's Refusal To Take Full Responsibility For Gold King Mine Spill

on January 13, 2017 - 11:04pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement that the agency will not take full responsibility for the Gold King Mine spill:

“New Mexico’s children, families and economy have already been devastated by the EPA’s horrific actions, and now the EPA is revictimizing our state and the Navajo Nation with its reckless refusal to take full responsibility for the toxic Gold King Mine spill.

Los Alamos Nature Center Open MLK Holiday Weekend

on January 13, 2017 - 7:37am
Visit the nature center animals and explore the engaging exhibits at the Los Alamos Nature Center this holiday weekend. Photo by Beth Cortright
PEEC News:
This weekend is a great time to enjoy nature, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 
This is a great day to visit the animals, use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike, pick up a Passport to the Pajarito Plateau prizes, or build great memories with family and friends in the Satch and George Cowan Children's Discovery Area.

The Los Alamos

Interior Department Releases Comprehensive Roadmap To Reform Federal Coal Program

on January 13, 2017 - 7:16am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the results of a comprehensive, public review of the Nation’s federal coal program.
The review, based on hundreds of thousands of public comments and prompted by a Secretarial Order issued in 2016, examined concerns about the federal coal program that have been raised by the Government Accountability Office, the Interior Department’s Inspector General, Members of Congress and the public.
“Based on the thoughtful input we received through this extensive review, there is a

Mountaineers Meeting Features Alex Mueller On Skiing And Climbing Around The World

on January 13, 2017 - 7:14am
Alex Mueller making friends with a penguin. Courtesy photo


Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Alex Mueller.

In late 2014, Mueller had the luck of traveling to Antarctica to go ski mountaineering with a team of friends and a boatful of great people. It really was the trip of a lifetime, and is accessible to everybody. As his journey to this point started on a visit to France, he will be showing photos of skiing and climbing from Chamonix, Argentina and Antarctica.

Social time begins at  at 6:45

Daily Postcard: Road Crews Plow NM 4

on January 13, 2017 - 6:41am

Daily Postcard: Road crews are spotted over the weekend plowing N.M. 4. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Backcountry Film Festival Inspires Winter Adventurers To Seek Snow Less Traveled

on January 12, 2017 - 5:13pm

Stillshot from China, A Skier’s Journey, one of nine short films featured in this year’s Backcountry Film Festival. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Tickets go on sale today for the Backcountry Film Festival, made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening at the Reel Deal at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 will be the only one in New Mexico.

The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling

Scenes From Bandelier Falls Trail Hike

on January 12, 2017 - 7:27am

Scenes from a trail hike Sunday in Bandelier Falls. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scenes from a trail hike Sunday in Bandelier Falls. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scenes from a trail hike Sunday in Bandelier Falls. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scenes from a trail hike Sunday in Bandelier Falls. Photo by Robert Beberniss

BLM Seeks Comments On New Mexico Gas Company Taos Mainline Re-route Project

on January 12, 2017 - 7:23am
BLM News:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is seeking public comment on the draft environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed relocation of approximately six miles of the New Mexico Gas Company’s Taos Mainline. 
This is a natural gas utility pipeline that serves as the only purveyor of natural gas to the communities of Taos, Questa, and Red River in Taos County, New Mexico. The public comment period will be open from January 10, 2017, to February 10, 2017.
The project is located primarily on BLM lands within the Rio Grande gorge along State Highway 68. The

Daily Postcard: Frozen Shadows On The Snow

on January 12, 2017 - 6:16am

Daily Postcard: Frozen shadows are spotted on the snow Saturday in the Jemez. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

DOE Secretary Moniz Announces Charles Curtis As 2016 Recipient Of Schlesinger Medal For Energy Security

on January 11, 2017 - 9:43am

Charles B. Curtis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced Charles B. Curtis as the third recipient of the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.

When the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) were established Oct. 1, 1977, Schlesinger and Curtis were appointed by President Carter as the first DOE Secretary and FERC Chairman, respectively. Later, Curtis served as Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration.

Ten Fee-Free Days At National Parks In 2017

on January 11, 2017 - 9:41am
Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
Anyone wanting to stretch their travel budget to be able to visit the greatest number America's very best places, should be sure to consider the 10 days this year when all National Park Service areas are fee free - no entrance fees!
In the Los Alamos area, that includes both Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park (NHP), in downtown Los Alamos, has no entrance fee.
The first fee-free day for 2017 will be this coming Monday,

Prescribed Pile Burn On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District To Focus On Illegally Dumped Debris

on January 11, 2017 - 9:35am
Pile of burning debris. Courtesy photo
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct an administrative pile burn to reduce illegally dumped slash and woody debris that has accumulated along Forest Road 86-A on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.
Ignitions on the 0.1-acre site, 3 miles northeast of the Village of Pecos, may begin as early as tomorrow if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
Illegal dumping is a serious problem on national forests, and even plant-based waste

Daily Postcard: Taos Mountains From Main Gate Park

on January 11, 2017 - 6:51am

Daily Postcard: Saturday, Jan. 7 was one of those exceptionally clear days revealing much detail on the mountains near Taos. This photo was taken from Main Gate Park as the setting sun lit up the higher peaks. Photo by Marc Bailey

Contract Awarded For Technical Support At DOE Environmental Management Sites Across DOE Complex

on January 10, 2017 - 11:58am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a Time and Materials, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to SUNSi JV, LLC, of Pocatello, ID.
SUNSi JV, LLC is a Small Business. The contract will have a maximum value of up to $4 million over 5 years. Work performed under this contract will be performed at various EM sites across the DOE complex.
The Contractor will provide support in the following areas: Quality Assurance, Safety (including nuclear safety), Radiological Protection, Emergency Management, Safeguards and

DOE Selects TerranearPMC To Explore New Mexico Research Project

on January 10, 2017 - 11:53am
DOE News:
OTERO COUNTY  TerranearPMC, LLC (TPMC) was selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to begin exploring the possibility of conducting a research project known as the deep borehole field test in Otero County, New Mexico.
This is one of four potential test sites nationally chosen to explore this project.

New Mexico Wildlife Center Hires Executive Director

on January 10, 2017 - 11:20am
New NMWC Executive Director Melissa H. Moore. Courtesy photo
NMWC News:
New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) in Espanola has hired Melissa H. Moore as its new executive director.
The previous Director, Katherine Eagleson, retired at the end of 2016 after 8 years of leadership. Eagleson brought a strong, science education-based focus to the agency, and helped bring the whole organization to a higher standard.
Moore, who moved to Santa Fe in November, came from Seattle, WA where she was Education Manager at PAWS in Lynwood, WA.