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BLM: Upcoming Fee-Free Days On Public Lands

on June 10, 2019 - 12:54pm
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The summer travel season gets under way in June with Great Outdoors Month.
 
To encourage visitation to America’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to agency-managed public lands on additional dates through the remainder of 2019 including Sept. 28 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).
 
“The BLM manages hundreds of recreation areas, national monuments and other facilities across more than 245 million acres of public lands nationwide,” said Principal Deputy Assistant

New Mexico Game And Fish: Deer, Elk And Bighorn Enhancement Raffle Tickets Now Available

on June 10, 2019 - 12:49pm
Courtesy/NMG&F
 
NMG&F News:
 
The New Mexico Game and Fish Department has announced that deer, elk and bighorn enhancement raffle tickets are now available.
 
All proceeds from enhancement hunts are used solely for habitat enhancement, conservation, research and management projects in New Mexico for the species raffled.
 
Authorizations may be used either by the recipient or any individual of the recipient’s choice through sale, barter or gift. These hunts do not count as Once-in-a-Lifetime Hunts.
 
Deer Enhancement Licenses
 
One deer authorization will be raffled with the

Mining Company Proposes Exploration On Santa Fe National Forest, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on June 10, 2019 - 12:43pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) announced that it has received a Plan of Operations from Comexico LLC, the American subsidiary of New World Cobalt, to conduct mineral exploration on previously identified deposits on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.
 
Comexico also submitted an exploration permit application to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD).
 
Comexico’s application proposes core drilling in the vicinity of Jones Hill near Terrero, NM, to identify base and precious metal deposits for mining.
 
In April,

Let’s Go Fly A Kite!

on June 10, 2019 - 12:15pm
Scene from the Los Alamos Arts Council 22nd annual Kite Festival May 18-19 at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Tammy Jimines
 
Scene from Kite Festival at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Claire Sander’s daughter Emily, 4, knows that running is an essential part of getting her kite airborne. Courtesy photo
 
By TAMMY JIMINES
Los Alamos
 
There's something special about flying kites. There aren't any electronics involved, no modern technology, and no gaming console required. Just a kite, some string, and Mother Nature's wind.
 
I think flying a kite is the

BCBSNM Grant Supports PEEC Nature Playtimes

on June 10, 2019 - 11:41am
Children during winter at Los Alamos Nature Center practice swooping silently like owls do while looking for prey. Courtesy photo
 
Children listen to an owl puppet explain that it likes to eat mice. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) announced they received a $8,500 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative.
 
PEEC and NMWC’s commitment to getting kids active outside in nature aligns with the vision of

New Mexico State Agencies Begin Stakeholder Process On Methane Regulatory Strategy July 29, July 30, Aug. 7

on June 10, 2019 - 11:02am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Departments of the Environment (NMED) and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources (EMNRD) are beginning stakeholder outreach efforts as work continues to develop the state’s first methane reduction regulations per Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order on climate change.
 
A key component of the executive order is the development of an enforceable regulatory framework to ensure methane reductions from the oil and natural gas sector and to prevent waste from new and existing sources.
 
“In undertaking this regulatory effort, collaboration

NOAA Forecasts Large ‘Dead Zone’ In Gulf Of Mexico

on June 10, 2019 - 9:04am

NOAA scientists forecast the Gulf of Mexico dead zone this summer to be roughly the size of Massachusetts. Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

NOAA scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – to be approximately 7,829 square miles, or roughly the size of Massachusetts.

The annual prediction is based on U.S. Geological Survey river flow and nutrient data.

The 2019 forecast is close to the record size of 8,776 square miles set in 2017 and larger than the 5-year average measured size of

NWS: Today’s High Near 67; Tonight’s Low Around 48

on June 10, 2019 - 8:34am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 67 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 48 with a 20 percent chance of precipitation before midnight. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fledgling Raven Takes Snack Break

on June 10, 2019 - 8:21am

Daily Postcard: A recently fledged raven takes a snack break from flight training Saturday morning on a rooftop in Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club Adopts Popular Trail

on June 9, 2019 - 8:22pm

Tuff Riders Dylan Boyle and Scott Rolfe with Chris Collord (not pictured) installed a new trail sign in June to recognize the club’s adoption of a section of Perimeter Trail. Courtesy/Tuff Riders

TUFF RIDERS News:
A new trail sign was planted June 1 at the intersection of Mitchell and Perimeter trails. The Los Alamos Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club coordinated the Perimeter Trail adoption with the Santa Fe National Forest.
 
As trail adopters, the Tuff Riders will maintain the trail by trimming bushes and clearing downed trees, building water bars, and otherwise committing to trail work on

NWS: Today’s High Near 78; Tonight’s Low Around 46

on June 9, 2019 - 7:45am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 78 with partly cloudy skies and tonight’s low around 46. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunset Over Griffith Gymnasium

on June 9, 2019 - 7:26am

Daily Postcard: The sun begins to set Monday evening over Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

Udall, Heinrich Bill Directs Trump Administration To Meet Standards Set By Paris Climate Agreement

on June 8, 2019 - 2:22pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 43 of their colleagues in introducing legislation in the Senate to direct the Trump administration to meet the standards established by the historic Paris Climate Agreement and to mitigate the long-term damage caused by the Trump administration’s anti-environment actions.
 
The International Climate Accountability Act would prevent the president from using funds to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Fort Union Days Special Event June 15-16

on June 8, 2019 - 7:43am
NPS News:
 
WATROUS  Fort Union National Monument announces its annual Fort Union Days free public event 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday June 16.
 
This year, programs and activities will include the Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers, New Mexican folkloric dancing by Los Zapateados Dancers, cannon firing demonstrations, musket firing programs and a 19th-century military encampment.
 
There also will be interactive children’s activities, including a mock soldiers’ drill with wooden muskets.

HSFF Presents Lecture By Susan Williams On Santa Fe’s Colonial Revival: The Garden At El Zaguán July 11

on June 8, 2019 - 7:39am
The Garden at El Zaguán in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
 
Susan Williams
 
HSFF News:
 
Historic Santa Fe Foundation presents the July Salon El Zaguán monthly lecture series with Susan Williams on Santa Fe’s Colonial Revival: The Garden at El Zaguán.
 
The talk is scheduled for 3 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2019, in the sala of HSFF's El Zaguán located at 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2, Santa Fe.
 
THIS IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION of the lecture that was given at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens in 2018.
 
The reserved spots will fill up fast.

NWS: Today’s High Near 80; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on June 8, 2019 - 6:57am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 52. Courtesy/NWS
 
Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Giant Yucca Blooming In White Rock

on June 8, 2019 - 6:47am
Daily Postcard: A giant yucca was spotted blooming Thursday at a residence in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

LAHS Practice Field Landscaping Begins Monday

on June 7, 2019 - 5:43pm

It may look like a safe place to practice, but the Los Alamos High School practice field is filled with holes and bare patches. Starting Monday, these unsafe conditions will be remedied. Los Alamos Public Schools has contracted with Los Alamos Landscaping & More, LLC for work on this field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium. The project is scheduled to take 75 days or longer. The scope of work will include top dressing, reseeding and installing sod in areas of the field that are safety concerns, according to Tommy Castillo, director of facilities.

AGU: Loss Of Arctic Sea Ice Stokes Summer Heat Waves In Southern U.S.

on June 7, 2019 - 5:14pm
Composites of summer extreme (left panels) and oppressive heat wave (right panels) frequency during summers of low (top), neutral (middle) and high (bottom) Hudson Bay sea ice extent. Courtesy/AGU
 
AGU News:
 
Over the last 40 years, Arctic sea ice thickness, extent and volume have declined dramatically. Now, a new study finds a link between declining sea ice coverage in parts of the Canadian Arctic and an increasing incidence of summer heat waves across the southern United States.
 
The new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres explores how seasonal fluctuations

LANL Experts To discuss ‘The Science Of Vintage Space’ On Santa Fe Institute Panel 4:15-5:15 P.M. June 15

on June 7, 2019 - 4:25pm

Norris Bradbury, left, in front of the Kiwi B4-A reactor used to power a nuclear rocket in the 1960s as part of Project Rover. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a panel at the Santa Fe Institute's InterPlanetary Festival about the Science of Vintage Space June 15 in Santa Fe.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

 

Both current and retired experts from the Laboratory will talk about the critical role LANL played in the early days of the space race, such as developing sensors for satellites to detect nuclear explosions in space that resulted

On The Job In Los Alamos: AllerPops Founder Cliff Han

on June 7, 2019 - 9:36am
On the job in Los Alamos is AllerPops founder Cliff Shunsheng Han explaining the science behind AllerPops to Kimberly Underwood of Santa Fe Monday in his office at 1650 Trinity Dr. Suite 103. Han is a biologist who engineered the natural, prebiotic lollipops to help allergry sufferers combat the annual allergy season, he said. Learn more at http://www.allerpops.com or call 505.695.4236. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
 

Game & Fish: Leftover Licenses Go On Sale June 26

on June 7, 2019 - 9:19am
NMDG&F News:
 
SANTA FE Hunting licenses for 763 deer, 85 youth-only pronghorn and four mobility-impaired-only elk that were not allocated during the annual 2019-2020 big-game draw will go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT June 26, only on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.
 
New Mexico residents will get first shot at the licenses for the first 24 hours of the first-come, first-served sale. The sale will be opened to everyone, regardless of residency, at 10 a.m. June 27.
 
Important note for youth hunters: Because these are leftover draw licenses, purchasing a leftover deer or pronghorn

Local Emergency Planning Committee Hosts SKYWARN Spotter Training For Community June 29

on June 7, 2019 - 7:47am

The Local Emergency Planning Committee is hosting a SKYWARN Spotter Training presented by the National Weather Service, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29 in Fire Station 3, 129 N.M. 4 in White Rock. This class is open to the public. Courtesy/LEPC

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds In The High Forest?

on June 7, 2019 - 6:17am
The Steller jay is the most commonly seen and nests in the high forest habitat. Photo by Bob Walker
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Los Alamos County can be divided into various kinds of ecological habitats. One approach has divided the county into habitats based on the predominant kinds of tree growing in them.
 
Different species of birds in turn prefer a particular kind of habitat for breeding. We had previously considered birds that breed in the juniper/pinon habitat toward the Rio Grande and other birds that prefer the ponderosa forest habitat further up the mountains.

NWS: Today’s High Near 79; Tonight’s Low Around 53

on June 7, 2019 - 6:04am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 79 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

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