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Daily Postcard: Back Yard View From Pajarito Acres

on January 26, 2017 - 7:35am

Daily Postcard: The back yard view from a home in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Bob Reedy 

Pajarito Mountain: Stunning, Snowy, Scenic...

on January 25, 2017 - 12:16pm

It's a beautiful bluebird day at Pajarito Mountain after this latest cycle of storms that left the ski area with 47 inches of snow over the past seven days and 8 inches in the past 24 hours. The base depth is 60 inches and the skiing is fantastic! Pajarito is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Ablaze Over Los Alamos

on January 25, 2017 - 9:26am

Daily Postcard: Blazing sunrise viewed Jan. 17 over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Heinrich Secures Agreement From Trump Administration To Not Vacate Management Of Nuclear Stockpile

on January 24, 2017 - 9:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured an agreement from the Trump Administration that it would not vacate the management of the nation's nuclear stockpile.

"I'm pleased the Trump Administration listened to my concerns and agreed to maintaining continuity in the leadership of the NNSA during the transition. The administration came dangerously close to allowing the management of our nation's nuclear stockpile to go on auto-pilot," Heinrich said.

Daily Postcard: Local Woodpecker Dines On Suet

on January 24, 2017 - 9:29am

Daily Postcard: A woodpecker dines on Suet Saturday at Mountain Village. By Richard Love

PEEC: Backcountry Film Festival Tickets Sold Out

on January 24, 2017 - 8:11am

The Backcountry Film Festival sells out four days before the screening. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Early planning paid off for those who wanted to see the Backcountry Film Festival this Thursday.

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) worked with the Reel Deal Theater and local sponsors to bring the films to Los Alamos, and its popularity exceeded their expectations when it sold out Sunday evening.

To see other upcoming PEEC events and learn more about the Los Alamos Nature Center, visit

NWS: Winter Storm Warning Until Noon Today

on January 24, 2017 - 7:40am
NWS News:
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch until noon today for the Los Alamos area. The NWS predicts today's high near 31 with a 50 percent chance of scattered snow showers, some thunder also is possible.
Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch is possible.
There is a 30 percent chance of scattered snow showers tonight with a low of around 14 and a new snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.

Daily Postcard: Hiking With Spectacular Views

on January 23, 2017 - 7:26am

Daily Postcard: Taking a hike around the local area Saturday amongst spectacular views. Photo by Chris Clark/

NWS: Winter Storm Warning Until 5 a.m. Tuesday

on January 23, 2017 - 7:08am

The National Weather Service predicts today’s high near 40 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain and snow. A total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight’s low around 24 degrees with an 80 percent chance of snow and a total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Letter To The Editor: Wildlife Issue

on January 22, 2017 - 12:14pm
Las Cruces
I grew up in Los Alamos. The Wildlife was there before we were. We are encroaching on their space. Just saying.

Seafloor Valleys Found Below West Antarctic Glaciers

on January 22, 2017 - 8:32am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica.
Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder periods, the troughs enable warm, salty water to reach the undersides of glaciers, fueling their increasingly rapid retreat.
“These oceanic features are several hundreds to a thousand meters deeper than what we thought before,” said Romain Millan, a graduate student in Earth system science at UCI and lead author of the new study.

Tales Of Our Times: Tie Smart Tools To New Pipelines

on January 22, 2017 - 8:30am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Tie Smart Tools To New Pipelines

Politics leads the nation in constant fights for and against new pipelines. So why do so few partisans on either side sing out for smart tools on pipelines? No matter how you view pipelines, President Trump has timely chances to change the old ways.
“Smart tools” is a broad term for the steady stream of 21st century devices with computer chips that continuously inspect, analyze and report on the state of health of almost everything.

Safe Drinking Water Service Restored At Questa

on January 22, 2017 - 8:27am
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The Village of Questa in Taos County lifted its drinking water system’s precautionary boil water advisory Tuesday to restore water service for nearly 2,000 residents.
Staff from the New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) worked with the Village of Questa throughout the recent water emergency to ensure the protection of public health. 
The precautionary advisory was first issued Dec. 7, 2016 to ensure drinking water safety after Questa’s well production problems and distribution system pressure issues were detected.
The advisory

Daily Postcard: Steam Rises From Rio Grande

on January 22, 2017 - 7:50am

Daily Postcard: Steam rises from the Rio Grande at sunrise in White Rock. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

The Big Outdoors Program Invites Adults To Help Children Enjoy Nature

on January 21, 2017 - 12:49pm
Helping children create fun experiences outside is a rewarding way to share the value of nature. PEEC staff lead backpacking trips for youth and families, one of many ways to get kids outside. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Want to help kids get outside? There will be an informational meeting about The Big Outdoors, a new program organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. 
The Big Outdoors will give adults concerned about children’s disconnect from nature a chance

Tonight's LAHS Girls Basketball Games Are Canceled

on January 21, 2017 - 11:08am


The Los Alamos High School girls basketball games scheduled for tonight are canceled due to the weather.

The Los Alamos High School boys basketball games vs. Goddard also are canceled.

Both the girls and boys games are rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 30. 

Every Kid Will Vote For More Snow!

on January 21, 2017 - 10:19am

Photo this morning in Western Area where every kid will vote for more snow! Photo by Steve Bublitz

A Changing Climate Talk At Nature Center Jan. 31

on January 21, 2017 - 8:58am

PEEC News:


Rapid changes in the climate are affecting people and ecosystems in the Southwest and around the world, and there is a lot the public can do.
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium, Dr. Charles Keller will introduce climate science and lead a discussion about climate change and what the public can do.
Keller has spent about 25 years studying climate change and interacting with the leading scientists in the field.

Boys Games Vs. Goddard Canceled Today!

on January 21, 2017 - 8:16am


The Los Alamos High School boys basketball games vs. Goddard are canceled today.

A decision is pending on the girls games.

A Foot Of Snow Falls At Pajarito Ski Area

on January 21, 2017 - 7:49am
Pajarito Ski Lodge. Photo by Maire O’Neill
Pajarito Ski Patrol Medical Director Dr. Robert McClees, left, chats with Young Adult Patroller Ethan Aulwes. Photo by Sheila McClees
Pajarito Ski Area General Manager Tom Long. Photo by Mike O'Neill

Los Alamos

Despite a challenging start to the season due to warm weather, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now enjoying “really good snow”, including more than a foot in the past week General Manager Tom Long said Monday.  The ski area, known for its short lift lines, friendly staff and extraordinary views, opened Dec.

NWS: Winter Storm Warning Until 8 p.m. Today

on January 21, 2017 - 7:44am

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Los Alamos area until 8 p.m. today. Today's high is predicted to be near 36 with total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Tonight's low is predicted to be around 19. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible over night. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Snow Gathers In Chainlink Fence

on January 21, 2017 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: Snow gathers in this chainlink fence in Los Alamos turning it into a work of art. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Udall Statement After Meeting With Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's Nominee For Interior Secretary

on January 20, 2017 - 12:16pm
Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jan. 19, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior budget, made the following statement after meeting one-on-one with Rep. Ryan Zinke, President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department:
“I appreciate that Congressman Zinke sat down with me today to discuss his vision for the Department of the Interior, an agency of great significance to New

Public Comment About Proposed Expansion Of Storage Capacity At WIPP Due Feb. 3

on January 20, 2017 - 11:54am
Ribbon cutting Jan. 4 at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, reopened the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Wednesday, Jan. 4 with the disposal of two pallets of plutonium contaminated radioactive and hazardous waste that had been stored in the Waste Handling Building since 2014 into the underground salt mine.
Workers were required to wear personal protective equipment to protect them from radiation exposure.

Los Alamos Mountaineers Continue Southern Colorado Winter Adventure Tour

on January 20, 2017 - 11:51am
The Los Alamos Mountaineers visited Monarch for a snow sports weekend in mid-January; Purgatory and the wild country beyond is next. Photo by Shelly Wieman
A Pajarito ski pass offers free skiing at two southern Colorado gems - Monarch and Pajarito. Having visited Monarch, the Los Alamos Mountaineers are continuing their tour of winter wonderlands just across the border, with a Feb. 2-5 visit to Purgatory, Durango and backcountry beyond. They welcome the community to join the club (easily done) and join the adventure.
On the long weekend of January 12-16, eight