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Daily Postcard: Friday Sunrise Lights Sky

on February 10, 2018 - 6:19am

Daily Postcard: Friday sunrise lights up the sky over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 9

on February 9, 2018 - 8:21am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
We had some snow and very cold temperatures over the weekend. The snow was most welcome because snowpacks throughout New Mexico are well below normal. The recent storm helped but we need many more. Even with the 23 inches of snow they received at Wolf Creek Pass over the weekend, the snowpack there is well below normal. Most areas throughout the state where the snowpack is measured are reporting snow depths less than 50-percent of normal.
 
If you would like to check on snow depths here in New Mexico, the National Resource

NNSA Notice Of Proposed Wetland Action At LANL

on February 8, 2018 - 2:59pm

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to install storm water controls to improve water quality and allow surface water management in the Mortandad watershed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The construction work will involve disturbing a small portion of a wetland. There are no negative, long-term impacts to the wetland expected under the proposed project.

In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, NNSA has prepared a wetland assessment for

EM Contractor N3B Hosts Open House

on February 7, 2018 - 2:13pm

John Tauxe of Neptune Company, left, and Danny Katzman, technical program director at Los Alamos National Laboratory chat during Monday's N3B open house in Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, right, and Assistant County Attorney Kevin Powers at Monday's N3B open house at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, left, and Joe Legare, environment remediation manager for N3B chat at Monday's open house.

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site

on February 7, 2018 - 3:48am
The 100-foot steel tower from which "the gadget" was detonated. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 6-7 for the spring opening.
 
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.

Daily Postcard: Steller’s Jay Spotted In Quemazon

on February 7, 2018 - 3:45am
Daily Postcard: A Steller’s Jay spotted Tuesday in Quemazon. The Steller's Jay is a jay native to western North America, closely related to the blue jay found in the rest of the continent, but with a black head and upper body. It also is known as the long-crested jay, mountain jay and pine jay. Source: wikipedia.com. Photo by Trisha Ancell
 
Steller’s Jay. Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC: Youth Beginning Photography Classes Feb. 19

on February 6, 2018 - 1:46pm

Acorn Woodpecker at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Mrs. Magelssen

PEEC News:

Retired school teacher Mrs. Magelssen will teach two beginning photography classes for 1st through 6th graders 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

These beginning photography classes will encourage children to discover the basics of composing good photographs through hands-on experience. Camera equipment will be provided.

Lunar Eclipse Over Los Alamos

on January 31, 2018 - 9:15am

Moon eclipse this morning over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Sunrise During Lunar Eclipse

on January 31, 2018 - 8:40am

Sunrise during lunar eclipse. While many photographers had their cameras focused westward on the eclipsed moon this morning, this shot is of the eastern sky from Piedra Loop in White Rock. Photo by JJ Mortensen

Bandelier Gets Valuable Help From Friends Group

on January 31, 2018 - 8:30am
Courtesy photo
 
BANDELIER News:

Ever since 1987, the Friends of Bandelier have supported the park, providing funding for projects that couldn't have been done within Bandelier's regular budget.

With money raised from members all over the country and beyond, through the years these projects have included biological surveys, post-fire recovery studies, handicap ramps for the parking area, campsite upgrades, archeological surveys, mapping ancient trails, pueblo crafts demonstrations, and more. 

Projects that have been approved for funding in 2018 include: 
  • $10,000 Bee Survey (a multi-year

BLM And Forest Service Announce 2018 Grazing Fees

on January 31, 2018 - 7:30am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.
 
The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87.
 
An AUM or HM—treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes—is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.

Super Blue Blood Moon Spotted At Golf Course

on January 31, 2018 - 7:20am

The Super Blue Blood Moon spotted early this morning from the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Hiro Teshima

Super Blue Blood Moon Spotted Overnight From North Mesa

on January 31, 2018 - 6:45am

Super Blue Blood Moon spotted overnight from North Mesa. Photo by Andy Phelps

Daily Postcard: Colorful Ashley Pond Sunrise

on January 31, 2018 - 6:00am

A colorful sunrise Tuesday morning reflects on the water in Ashley Pond. Photo by Karen Kendall

PEEC: Night Skies And Black Holes Feb. 2-3

on January 30, 2018 - 5:22am

 

 

PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, Paul Arendt will introduce celestial objects in the February night sky along with some recent discoveries in astronomy. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, the full-dome film Black Holes will play in the planetarium. Both of these shows take place in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
During the night sky show, images of celestial objects will be projected onto the planetarium dome. Bring questions and curiosity to this astronomy show.
 
Ever wonder what it would be like to voyage through the galaxies in search of black holes?

Daily Postcard: Bluebird Perches In Birch Tree

on January 30, 2018 - 4:56am

Daily Postcard: A bluebird perches on the branch of a birch tree Monday in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Amateur Naturalist: Winter Greenery Of Ranch School Trail

on January 29, 2018 - 10:16am
Mountain lover growing in the snow and shade. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Conifers stand out in the winter because they remain green. Deciduous trees such as gambol oak shed their leaves. However some of the plants underfoot along the Ranch School trail remain green all winter. Others will remain green well into the start of winter.
 
Mountain lover is a plant that remains green all winter. The name reflects its preferred habitat in the mountains. It can be seen toward the bottom of the Ranch School trail, deep in the shade of the spruce and fir trees.

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 29, 2018 - 9:24am
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.
 
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
 
The Feb. 3, USASA Southwest Freeride Series slalom and giant slalom competition has been moved to Sipapu. Find out more at SouthwestFreerideSeries.com or here.
 
Feb. 10 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band series.

Pearce On Bringing Solar Panel Industry Back To NM

on January 29, 2018 - 6:15am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the President signed a proclamation, prioritizing domestic solar panel industry and washer machine producers:
 
 “This action today moves the nation one step closer to an ‘all the above’ energy plan, unleashing America’s domestic energy production while developing greener sources of energy. For years, foreign solar dumping of low cost panels and products has put U.S.

AGU: Phosphorus Pollution Reaching Dangerous Levels Worldwide, New Study Finds

on January 29, 2018 - 6:14am
Algal blooms can present problems for ecosystems and human society. A new study suggests freshwater bodies in areas with high water pollution levels are likely to suffer from excess nutrient levels that can lead to algal blooms. Courtesy/Felix Andrews (Floybix) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Man-made phosphorus pollution is reaching dangerously high levels in freshwater basins around the world, according to new research.
 
new study published in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, estimated the global

Super Blue Moon Eclipse Jan. 31

on January 29, 2018 - 6:08am
Courtesy/NASA.gov
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 31, a rare astronomical concurrence of events will include a full moon, a Supermoon and a Blue Moon that will be totally eclipsed!
 
Early risers can experience this phenomenon 5-7 a.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, (weather permitting).
 
The phrase ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the color of the moon. The term is used to describe a second full moon during the same month. This ‘Blue Moon’ will turn red, which is what happens when there’s a total lunar eclipse.

Daily Postcard: Buck Caught Grazing In Quemazon

on January 29, 2018 - 5:59am
Daily Postcard: Hey mom, he’s eating your grass again. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: Buck Spotted On Conoco Hill

on January 28, 2018 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: Buck spotted Saturday morning on Conoco Hill near Arkansas Street. Photo by Aria Jones

PEEC And LAM Organize Moonlit Hiking Outing Jan. 30

on January 27, 2018 - 10:34am
Hike under the light of the full moon Jan. 30 with adventurer Jean Dewart. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) are partnering to offer a guided, moonlit hike 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, followed by an optional potluck dinner 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.
 
Join adventurer Jean Dewart on the local two-mile hike under the light of the full moon. Dewart is an avid Los Alamos skier, snowshoer, kayaker and hiker.

​​Conservation Voters New Mexico Releases 2018 Legislative Priorities

on January 27, 2018 - 9:32am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE  Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its legislative priorities Thursday, outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which includes priorities such as using Volkswagen settlement funds to transition from dirty diesel to clean electric school buses, protecting the Gila River and protecting ratepayers from PNM’s attempts to pass on the full cost of closing the San Juan Generating Station.
 
On behalf of its 12,000 members, CVNM advocates in the New Mexico Legislature for responsible public policies that represent the conservation values of

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