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Daily Postcard: View From Main Hill Road

on February 16, 2019 - 7:04am

Daily Postcard: View Wednesday from the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: Today’s High Near 37, Tonight’s Low Around 17

on February 16, 2019 - 7:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers, patchy blowing snow, wind gusts up to 25 mph and a total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight's low around 17 with a 20 percent chance of isolated snow showers possible. Courtesy/NWS

Indiscriminate Traps Harm Endangered Mexican Wolves

on February 15, 2019 - 9:47am
WEG News:
SANTA FE — As a bill to ban recreational and commercial trapping works its way through the New Mexico legislature, indiscriminate trapping is proving an enormous impediment for endangered Mexican gray wolves’ already uphill battle toward recovery.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that, since Nov. 2018, five lobos have fallen victim to traps in New Mexico. One of the wolves, female 1565 died in veterinary care. Another, male 1669 lost a leg. Male 1556 was treated and released but was later observed limping. Two other wolves were captured and released without injury.

NOAA Announces Arrival Of El Nino

on February 15, 2019 - 8:23am
Difference from average sea surface temperatures during January 2019 at the equator in the tropical Pacific. Courtesy/NOAA
NOAA News:
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Nino Advisory today, indicating the climate pattern has taken effect and is likely to continue through the spring.
While the El Nino is expected to be weak, it may bring wetter conditions across the southern half of the U.S. during the coming months.
“El Nino conditions across the equatorial Pacific have come together and we can now announce its arrival,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s

Udall & McCain’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act Clears Senate

on February 15, 2019 - 7:48am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Legislation championed by Udall and the late Senator John McCain would engage young people, veterans, Native communities in conservation service projects

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Tuesday that the Senate has passed the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2019 (21CSC), legislation he championed with the late Sen.

Daily Postcard: Bull Elk Grazing At Bandelier

on February 15, 2019 - 7:07am
Daily Postcard: Three bull elk with full racks of antlers graze Saturday at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Jim Cobble

NWS: Today’s High Near 47, Tonight’s Low Around 28

on February 15, 2019 - 6:54am

The National weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 47 with a 30 percent chance of scattered rain and snow showers before 11 a.m. and tonight’s low around 28 with a 20 percent chance of isolated snow showers after 11 p.m. Courtesy/NWS

Heart-Shaped Ice Sculpture Spotted On Trinity Drive

on February 14, 2019 - 6:18pm
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a heart-shaped ice sculpture was spotted today in the snow along Trinity Drive. Photo by Denise Obermeyer

Can Anyone Stump PEEC’s Team Of Professional Astronomers In Planetarium 7 p.m. Friday?

on February 14, 2019 - 5:09pm

Try to stump PEEC’s professional astronomers at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 15 in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC


PEEC News:


Do you think you have what it takes to stump a panel of PEEC’s expert astronomers? Then come to the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium Friday, Feb. 15 for a “Stump the Astronomers” panel!


The fun starts at 7 p.m. Bring your most difficult astronomy-related questions and put the professionals to the test!


Peter Polko will be the M.C. for the evening.

Game & Fish: Charges Issued In Illegal Trapping Case

on February 14, 2019 - 5:01pm
NMG&F News:
SANTA FE In one of New Mexico’s most high-profile trapping cases, a Chimayo man is facing multiple charges associated with running illegal trap lines that resulted in the unlawful harvest of multiple wildlife animals and the death of a beloved pet, Roxy.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Marty Cordova, 42, was charged with 34 counts of illegal trapping activities.
Charges include:
  • 5 counts of trapping within 25 yards of a road;
  • 10 counts of failure to properly mark traps;
  • 5 counts of failure to check traps every calendar day;
  • 14 counts of unlawful possession of a protected species.

Udall, Heinrich Secure Historic New Mexico Conservation Wins In Public Lands Package

on February 14, 2019 - 10:43am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act, a historic bipartisan public lands package that includes several New Mexico conservation priorities championed by Udall and Heinrich, including landmark legislation to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), along with three major bills to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
The historic package of over 100 land and water

Bird Walk To Lower Pueblo Canyon Wetlands Saturday

on February 14, 2019 - 7:47am
Song Sparro. Photo by Mouser Williams
PEEC News:
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center this Saturday, Feb. 16 for a bird walk to the Lower Pueblo Canyon Wetlands.
This trip is part of PEEC’s new series of monthly birding outings and both experienced birders and those who are simply curious or just starting out are welcome. Participants should meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Jeff and Cheryl Heikoop will lead Saturday’s walk. Participants will travel about four miles round-trip with no significant vertical elevation gain.

Daily Postcard: Small Iceberg Spotted In Ashley Pond

on February 14, 2019 - 7:40am

Daily Postcard: A small iceberg has formed in the center of Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: Today’s High Near 47, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on February 14, 2019 - 7:38am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 47 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers after 11 a.m. and tonight’s low around 34 with a 90 percent chance of rain before 11 p.m., then rain and snow showers. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

Zero Waste Team: Greenhouse Gas Emissions And The Solutions

on February 13, 2019 - 4:58pm

Image of Greenhouse Effect. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Renowned astronomer Carl Sagan referred to planet Earth as the “Goldilocks Planet” - not too hot like Venus, and not too cold like Mars. How did this “just right” climate happen on Earth, to allow all life as we know it to exist here?

Scientists have understood the greenhouse effect since the 1800s - gases in the atmosphere over Earth trap heat like the glass structure over a greenhouse. Ultraviolet light from the sun is absorbed by Earth and warms it.

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 13

on February 13, 2019 - 8:55am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
There were several days recently with strong winds. This time of the year the wind can be a major factor when it comes to fishing lakes that have not frozen over. It pays to check on the weather if you are planning a fishing trip. It can be spring one day and winter the next.
More lakes will open to fishing March 1 in Northeast New Mexico. The Charette Lakes, Clayton Lake and Maxwell Lake 13 will open for fishing.
Morphy Lake State Park near Mora has been closed for months for repairs on the dam.

Senate Passes SB47 – Historic Win For Public Lands

on February 13, 2019 - 7:08am
TRCP News:
WASHINGTON, D.C — Leading conservation organizations and hunting and fishing groups are celebrating Senate passage of a critical public lands bill, which would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and support other important conservation programs.
43 groups recently called on the Senate to vote on the bipartisan legislation (S.47) that was negotiated by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) last Congress.
“Today’s vote sends a strong message that we can find consensus in our support for our public lands,” said Whit

Daily Postcard: View From Anderson Overlook

on February 13, 2019 - 6:33am
Daily Postcard: The view Monday from Anderson Overlook with a snow flurry underway in the valley. Photo by Ken Hanson

NWS: Today’s High Near 48, Tonight’s Low Around 33

on February 13, 2019 - 6:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 48 with partly sunny skies. Tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Colorful Clouds Above White Rock

on February 12, 2019 - 5:11am

Daily Postcard: Dark gray clouds tinged in a fiery shade of orange color the sky early Monday morning above White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

NWS: Today’s High Near 43, Tonight’s Low Around 22

on February 12, 2019 - 4:57am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 43 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 22. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Bucks Spend Night On Yucca Street

on February 11, 2019 - 7:33am

Daily Postcard: Four bucks spent Friday night behind a building on Yucca Street. The bucks are fairly well known in the area having been seen traveling together for several years. Photo by Laurie Waters

NWS: Today’s High Near 36, Tonight’s Low Around 15

on February 11, 2019 - 7:29am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 36 with windy conditions and a 60 percent chance of about an inch of snow possible. Tonight’s low around 15. Courtesy/NWS

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 10

on February 10, 2019 - 10:38am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamod Daily Post
The weather in February here in the Southwest can vary between periods of spring-like warmth with winter returning at times. The buds on the elm trees in the Espanola Valley are starting to swell and that’s one of the first signs that spring is around the corner.
There is usually a warm stretch of weather in February so it is best to call ahead to check on ice conditions. The good news is that several lakes still have good ice fishing conditions and another lake was just opened up for ice fishing.
Heron Lake near Tierra

Daily Postcard: Cooper’s Hawk Perches On Fence

on February 10, 2019 - 8:30am

Daily Postcard: A female Cooper’s Hawk perches on a fence Saturday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Lynn Wysocki-Smith