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PEEC's Top 10 List Continues: # 1

on December 29, 2016 - 7:58am

As the year winds to an end, we are also down to the final reason to support PEEC this year. The number 1 reason why people support PEEC is to share the benefits of nature with others. Support PEEC and help people get outside to experience the benefits of nature. Courtesy photo

Santa Fe National Forest Announces Road Closures On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on December 29, 2016 - 7:56am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest has issued a seasonal road closure order for several Forest Service roads and areas on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District that are susceptible to damage under severe weather conditions. The order is in effect until Dec. 31, 2022, unless rescinded earlier.
The closure order will protect public health and safety, natural resources and infrastructure during periods of extreme soil moisture and heavy snowfall. Closures usually occur in the winter months between January and April.
The closures restrict the use of four-wheel and

State Police Investigate Fuel Spill Near Eagle Nest

on December 28, 2016 - 10:05pm

NMSP News:

Eagle Nest - Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), operated by the Fronk Oil Company (Booker, Texas), was traveling westbound on US 64. At mile marker 290, approximately five miles east of Eagle Nest, the vehicle slid off the north side of the roadway and into the Cimarron River, which was located alongside the roadway.

The CMV was hauling a tanker trailer containing unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel. After impacting the river, the tanker trailer disengaged causing some diesel fuel to leak.

Cold Weather Doesn't Stop Local Jogger

on December 28, 2016 - 7:40am

Cold weather doesn't stop this jogger from his daily routine Tuesday on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

BLM Announces Call For Nominations To Wild Horse And Burro Advisory Board

on December 28, 2016 - 7:35am

BLM News:

The Bureau of Land Management today issued a call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

To be considered for selection, nominations must be received via email by Feb. 10, 2017, or postmarked by that date. The BLM published its request for nominations in the Federal Register.

Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following categories of interest: public interest (equine behavior), wild horse and burro research, and natural resource management.

The Advisory Board advises the BLM, an

Daily Postcard: Snow Scooper On The Move

on December 28, 2016 - 6:51am

Daily Postcard: A small tractor with a front scoop is busy clearing snow Tuesday from the parking lot at Central Avenue and Knecht Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Backcountry Film Festival At Reel Deal Jan. 26

on December 27, 2016 - 7:12am

PEEC News:

The Backcountry Film Festival is returning to the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos for the sixth year in a row.

Produced by the Boise, Idaho based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world.

The screening is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Reel Deal Theater. It will be the only screening in New Mexico.

The Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films – from well-known filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their

Playing At Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on December 26, 2016 - 9:06am


PEEC News:

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, Exploding Universe will play in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. This family-friendly film will take the audience on a voyage through space to explore explosive events that shaped the Universe.

The nature center is closed New Year's Day, Jan. 1. Otherwise, the nature center will be open regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as well as 1-4 p.m Sunday. The nature center is closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.

For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit 

LANL: Leaky Plumbing Impedes Greenland Ice Sheet Flow

on December 25, 2016 - 8:33am
On the Greenland Ice Sheet, the ice flow more than doubles in speed in many regions during summer, as surface melt drains to the bed and lubricates the motion. This acceleration sends ice to the sea faster. However, the motion also slows down in late summer, fall, and winter, which largely offsets the summer speedup. New modeling data shows that a complex drainage system beneath the ice holds the giant sheet back more than previously understood. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Surface meltwater that drains to the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet each summer causes changes in ice flow that cannot be

PEEC Bird Of The Week: The Hairy Woodpecker

on December 24, 2016 - 9:20am
Hairy woodpecker. Courtesy photo

The Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) is one of the most common and abundant of the North American Woodpeckers.

They are not as common at the Los Alamos Nature Center as the Acorn Woodpeckers frequently seen, but there have been many reports of Hairy Woodpeckers in the area.

Slightly smaller than the Acorn Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker enjoys the suet feeder and the various seed mixes we use. Away from feeders, they tend to be shyer than Acorn Woodpeckers.

The Hairy Woodpecker has a black-and-white striped face, all-white

WIPP Cleared To Resume Waste Emplacement

on December 23, 2016 - 11:39am

WIPP News:

Today the Department of Energy (DOE) authorized Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) to resume waste emplacement in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

This decision confirms that all pre-start corrective actions identified in the two operational readiness reviews have been completed and properly validated and other required actions were completed.

It is anticipated that the first waste emplacement will be completed in early January 2017 after final ground control preparations are completed.

Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Todd Shrader said, “Extensive efforts to identify and implement

DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement To Nambe Pueblo

on December 23, 2016 - 10:46am

DOE News:

CARLSBAD -- The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office has awarded a $250,000 five-year cooperative agreement to the Nambe Pueblo for the coordination of activities to ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Activities under the cooperative agreement focus on technical assistance to be provided through training and exercises for the New Mexico Pueblo to prepare emergency responders and emergency management for continued assurance of safe and uneventful transportation of radioactive waste through the Pueblo lands.


Bandelier Closed Due To Weather

on December 22, 2016 - 11:13am

Bandelier entrance sign. Courtesy/NPS


Bandelier has closed today due to the winter snow storm and will not open again until at least 10 a.m. Friday. 

Also, the Visitor Center will be closed Dec. 25, but, weather permitting, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 will be normal days with the park and Visitor Center open.

PEEC And BBBS Ask For Help To Get Kids Outside

on December 22, 2016 - 9:52am
Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mountain Region provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Courtesy image
PEEC News:
Want to help kids get outside? The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) are providing an opportunity to make a difference in a powerful and personal way by starting a new program that can flourish with the help of volunteers.
BBBS has a long waiting list, especially for boys wanting a Big.

Letter To The Editor: Obama’s Last Chance To Protect Grand Canyon

on December 22, 2016 - 9:51am
By Hannah Perkins and Dan McGuinness
Environment New Mexico, Golden Dawn Gallery
While climbing into ancient cavates and hiking through the beautiful wilderness of Bandelier National Monument a few weeks ago, I was struck by the thought, what if we hadn’t protected this?
What would have happened to sites of the ancestral pueblo culture and the miles of natural wonders if this hadn’t been designated as a national monument one hundred years ago?

Bandelier National Monument doesn’t just preserve history, culture, and nature.

Daily Postcard: Snow Falls As Christmas Nears

on December 22, 2016 - 9:28am

Daily Postcard: Snow is covering the area this morning including Aster Street in the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. The National Weather Service reports a daytime high of 35 with this morning’s snow likely turning to rain this afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible. Tonight’s low will reach around 31. Friday’s forecast includes a high of near 43 with a 30 percent chance of snow and a low of around 26. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL’s Short Animation On Asteroid Ocean Impacts Takes A First Prize

on December 21, 2016 - 3:03pm
Asteroid visualization team. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
For the second year in a row, a Los Alamos data visualization team won the Best Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Award at Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City last month.
The content of their 4-minute video illustrates varying degrees of threats from different types and sizes of asteroids landing in the ocean.
There’s a lot of traffic bustling about in the vicinity of Earth, not only the objects that orbit the planet, but also asteroids that orbit the Sun, which brings the objects

Santa Fe National Forest Announces Holiday Closures

on December 21, 2016 - 2:48pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. 
Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, respectively.
Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are still available at SFNF offices and select vendors through Friday, Dec. 23. Fourth-graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass are entitled to a free Christmas tree permit. For more information, review the press release issued Nov. 9 at
For additional

PEEC: Planetarium Line-up For Dec. 23

on December 21, 2016 - 2:45pm
PEEC News:
At 7 p.m., Friday, Dec 23, local astronomers will share information about the sun and the winter solstice in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
The winter solstice, marking the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, also signifies the first day of winter. Astronomers will use the planetarium dome to reveal how this cosmic dynamic works and share more information about our solar system.
The nature center is closed Dec. 23-24 as well as Jan. 1 for the holidays. Otherwise, the nature center will be open regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PEEC's Top 10 List Continues: # 2

on December 21, 2016 - 8:36am

There are so many wonderful things about Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau. The number 2 reason why people support PEEC is to enable PEEC to show everyone the wonderful things about the beautiful area we live in. Support PEEC and share the best side of this area with our community and visitors. Courtesy/PEEC

DOE Awards Co-op Agreement To New Mexico Energy, Confederated Tribes Of Umatilla Indian Reservation

on December 20, 2016 - 7:34am

DOE News:

CARLSBAD -- The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office Monday awarded a $375,000, five-year cooperative agreement to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Ore. for the coordination of activities to ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Activities under the cooperative agreement focus on technical assistance to be provided through training and exercises for the Indian Nation to prepare emergency responders and emergency management for the continued assurance of safe transportation of

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Canyon

on December 20, 2016 - 5:37am

Daily Postcard: View of Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by Chris Clark/

Secretary Jewell Celebrates Milestones For Smart Western Water Management

on December 19, 2016 - 4:52pm
USDI News:
LAS VEGAS  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor celebrated milestones for two collaborative efforts the Interior Department has spearheaded to help secure sustainable water supplies for future generations.
They made the announcements at the Colorado River Water Users Association meeting in Las Vegas.
First, Secretary Jewell finalized the framework to adaptively manage the Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years, with the goal of creating certainty and predictability for water and power users while protecting

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell Leads Call To Protect National Laboratory Employees From Blacklisting

on December 19, 2016 - 10:39am

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA15) today led 26 members of Congress, including Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), in sending President-elect Donald Trump their vow to defend the scientific freedom of employees at the Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories, following reports that Trump’s transition team sought personal information regarding department employees’ work on climate change.

Swalwell’s district includes Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories.

Daily Postcard: Moon Glows Through Trees

on December 19, 2016 - 7:22am

Daily Postcard: The moon glows through tree branches at a residence Thursday night on Oakwood Loop near downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/