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Daily Postcard: Fall Scene On West Road

on November 18, 2018 - 8:17am

Daily Postcard: Fall colors the landscape near the Ice Rick along West Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

AGU: Winter Temperatures Linked To Increased Crime

on November 17, 2018 - 9:54am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Milder winter weather increased regional crime rates in the United States over the past several decades, according to new research that suggests crime is related to temperature’s effect on daily activities.
A new study published in GeoHealth, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, finds U.S. crime rates are linked to warmer temperatures, and this relationship follows a seasonal pattern.
The findings support the theory that three major ingredients come together to bring about crime: a motivated offender, a suitable target, and the absence of a

Bandelier National Monument Open For Thanksgiving

on November 17, 2018 - 8:18am
Tyuonyi - Main Loop Trail. Courtesy/NPS
Many locations throughout the area will be closed Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, but Bandelier National Monument will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Visitor Center hours.
Every year, many visitors, some with guests for the holiday, come to the park in the morning while their holiday feast is cooking or in the afternoon to walk it off! Frijoles Canyon is a popular place when temperatures are mild and the sun is shining.

SFCC Native American Heritage Month Event Nov. 19

on November 17, 2018 - 8:07am
SFCC News:
The Native American Heritage Month Celebration opening ceremony and traditional hoop dance and dance groups is 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19 in the Santa Fe Community College, (SFCC) Campus Center at 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.
Guest speaker A.J. Goldman will present on his project with Lucia Palmero titled UNCOVERING America at 11 a.m. (
This is a free event. Call 505.428.1835, for more information.

Today's High Near 50 With Mostly Sunny Skies

on November 17, 2018 - 6:06am
The National Weather Service reports today's high near 50 with mostly sunny skies and tonight's low around 26. Courtesy/NWS

County Eco Station Announces Thanksgiving Closures

on November 16, 2018 - 3:58pm

WIPP Shares Details On Underground Rock Fall

on November 16, 2018 - 7:41am
WIPP News:
A rock fall in Room 6, Panel 7, of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground has apparently occurred, according to worker observations.
The fall is believed to have occurred around 7 p.m. Wednesday, when underground personnel heard a loud thud while performing inspections in Panel 7. Room 6 has been prohibited to routine personnel access for over two years due to unsafe ground conditions. The room does not contain transuranic waste.
Employees exited the area, and all underground work was stopped.

AGU: New Study Finds Half World’s Annual Precipitation Falls In Just 12 Days

on November 16, 2018 - 7:26am
Shown here is TRMM’s long term rainfall data merged with other satellites’ rain data from 40N to 40S latitude. The colors show the average of all the monthly rain averages from 1998 to 2010. Courtesy/Precipitation Processing System/NASA Goddard
Analysis of rainfall across the globe between 1999 and 2014 found that the median time it took for half of a year’s precipitation to fall was just 12 days. A quarter of annual precipitation fell in just six days, and three-quarters fell in 27 days. Courtesy UCAR/Simmi Sinha
AGU News:

Report Shows Economic Impact Of Public Lands

on November 16, 2018 - 5:31am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has released the Department's Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2017, which shows that for the first time in several years, economic growth and jobs supported by federal lands both increased.
According to the report, under President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke's first year in office, the economic output of Interior's federal lands and resources increased by $400 million to $292 billion and the number of jobs supported increased by 230,000 to 1.8 million jobs.

Daily Postcard: Goose Spots Holiday Lights At Pond

on November 16, 2018 - 5:17am

Daily Postcard: Homer the goose shows his pals the holiday lights shining brightly Thursday night around Ashley Pond. Photo by Karen Kendall

Teens Share Old Fashioned Fun In Pile Of Snow

on November 15, 2018 - 9:30am
Teens share some good old fashioned fun in a pile of snow after school Wednesday in Central Park Square. Photo by Jim O'Donnell

Grey Fox Spotted Foraging For Apples On Venado

on November 15, 2018 - 9:11am
This Grey Fox was spotted foraging for apples shortly before the snow storm Monday outside a home on Venado Street in Los Alamos. The Grey Fox, also known as a Tree Fox or Gray Fox, is a nocturnal mammal found throughout many areas of the United States. What makes this animal unique is that it is one of the only members of the dog family that has the ability to climb trees and is so agile in trees that when it climbs down, it can go either head or tail first. Source: Photo by Jennifer Baker
Grey Fox foraging for apples Monday outside a home on Venado Street.

Stump PEEC’s Astronomers At Planetarium Friday

on November 15, 2018 - 8:05am
PEEC News:
The community is invited to test its knowledge of astronomy this Friday evening at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium during a “Stump the Astronomers!” panel.
This event begins at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 and will feature 10 local astronomers. Bring along the toughest astronomy-related questions and get ready for an evening of fun.
Astronomer Rick Wallace will be the MC for the evening and the panel will include Paul Arendt, Steve Becker, Chick Keller, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Dan Reisenfeld, Jonas Lippuner, Jonah Miller and Peter Polko.

AGU: Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Mines During Vietnam War

on November 15, 2018 - 7:50am
A solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun in this image captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Courtesy/NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger
AGU News:
A strong solar storm in 1972 caused widespread disturbances to satellites and spacecraft, and may have led to the detonation of mines during the Vietnam War, according to new research showing the event may have been a more devastating solar storm than previously thought.
In a new study in Space Weather, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers pieced together data and historical records related to the solar activity

Get Outside With PEEC Over Thanksgiving Holiday

on November 15, 2018 - 7:33am
Get outside over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend by joining PEEC for the Los Alamos Turkey Trot or a #OptOutside hike on Black Friday. Register for both events at Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Get outside and celebrate the holiday next week with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. PEEC is hosting a Los Alamos Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and a #OptOutside hike on Black Friday. Enjoy the opportunity to get active in the beautiful outdoors of Los Alamos.
Before enjoying a Thanksgiving feast, join PEEC at 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 for the fifth annual Los Alamos

Daily Postcard: Valles Caldera Snow Scene

on November 15, 2018 - 6:57am

Daily Postcard: The Valles Caldera National Preserve is operating under winter hours and activities. The Valle Grande entrance station is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Winter activities include hiking, mountain biking, equestrian riding and East Fork fishing. Once the snows are deep enough, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing begin and the Valle Grande Bookstore, managed by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will offer snowshoe rentals on site.

Bear Spotted Roaming Around Quemazon

on November 14, 2018 - 7:28am
This bear spotted Tuesday in Quemazon has been seen roaming around the neighborhood for the last several days. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Air Force, NMED Host Public Information Meeting

on November 14, 2018 - 7:00am
NMED News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE The Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will co-host a deep dive workshop at 5 p.m., and public information meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at the African American Performing Arts Center, to provide an update about the Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Facility leak cleanup activities.
From 5 p.m.

Experience Mars InSight Landing At NMMNH&S

on November 14, 2018 - 6:59am
NASA News:
ALBUQUERQUE NASA exploration landings on Mars are always exciting events, and the next one will touchdown Nov. 26, 2018.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will host a landing party that day from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about the latest mission to study the interior of Mars during a live NASA broadcast. Mars-related hands-on activities, videos, and local solar system experts will also be available.
Mars InSight will arrive on Mars at around 1 p.m. MST, Nov.

Era Of Megafires: Evening Of Film, Fire, Discussion

on November 14, 2018 - 6:57am
SFFC News:
The Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition, the Forest Stewards Guild, North 40 Productions, New Mexico Counties, and the City of Santa Fe are pleased to bring the Era of Megafires to Santa Fe.
The rise of highly destructive megafires -- wildfires over 100,000 acres -- has become one of today's most pressing and complex problems, threatening our communities, homes, businesses and even our very way of life. Facing the reality of this issue is daunting, but like all wicked problems, through education and action we can change the way fire comes to our forests and communities.
The Era

Daily Postcard: Snowy Los Alamos

on November 14, 2018 - 6:56am

Daily Postcard: A view of snowy North Mesa and Pueblo Canyon Monday from Camp Hamilton Trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Purgatory Kicks Off Ski Season Saturday Nov. 17

on November 13, 2018 - 4:50pm
Courtesy/Purgatory Resort
DURANGO, Colo.  Purgatory Resort opens for ski season Saturday, Nov. 17 with top to bottom skiing and snowboarding on the frontside of the mountain.  
Lifts 1 and 2 will begin daily operations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 17 with access to the trails Westfork, El Diablo, Upper & Lower Demon, and the Bank, which also will offer several terrain park features.  
“We’re very excited to start the ski season at Purgatory Resort with top to bottom skiing on the six-pack this Saturday,” stated James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort.

Quorum Notice: Environmental Sustainability Board

on November 13, 2018 - 3:47pm


Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend the Recycle Fair and Fashion Show, 1-8 p.m. Wedensday, Nov. 14 at Chamisa Elementary School, 301 Meadow Lane in White Rock.

A quorum may be present, however, no business will be conducted.

Maya Seet Builds Large Snowman

on November 13, 2018 - 3:39pm

Maya Seet of Los Alamos builds a large snowman from the storm Monday. Photo by Nicholas Seet

SFNF: Gallinas Watershed Piles Burn Planned Today

on November 13, 2018 - 5:44am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 500 acres of Piles beginning today, Nov. 13, in the Gallinas Watershed adjacent to E.V. Long Campground.
Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through Jan. 31. Fire managers plan to treat about 150 acres a day.
Smoke may be visible from Panderies, Las Vegas, and along I-25 north and south of Las Vegas.
Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire adapted