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Daily Postcard: Cherry Blossom Spotted In White Rock

on April 7, 2019 - 8:03am

Daily Postcard: The first cherry blossom blooms this morning on this tree in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Rose Pruning Workshop With Carlos Valdez April 13

on April 6, 2019 - 7:10am

Rose Pruning Workshop in 2018 with Carlos Valdez. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Garden Club invites the public to attend a rose pruning workshop with Carlos Valdez from the County Extension Office. The workshop will take place in the Memorial Rose Garden at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13.
Carlos will teach attendees how to prune, clean and care for the roses. Participants should wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Gloves will be necessary and if you have pruners bring them. It will also be helpful if you have a bucket to put cuttings in.
No registration is

NWS: Today’s High Near 58, Tonight’s Low Around 37

on April 6, 2019 - 7:05am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 58 with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 37. Courtesy/NWS



Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed Again; May Be Rescheduled Sometime Next Week

on April 5, 2019 - 8:20am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will not conduct the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed today, April 5.
After reviewing conditions on the ground, including recent precipitation, and forecasted weather and winds, fire managers decided to postpone the burn. Ventilation is expected to be good during the day on Friday, but low winds overnight could cause smoke to settle over the area early Saturday.
Fire managers will look for a window next week to proceed with aerial and hand ignitions on up

NWS: Today’s High Near 60, Tonight’s Low Around 37

on April 5, 2019 - 7:50am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 60 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 37. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Black Bear And Cubs In Frijoles Canyon

on April 5, 2019 - 7:41am

Daily Postcard: The young black bear that first began frequenting the developed area in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument a few years ago is now grown and a mom with two cubs of her own. The park hopes she will teach her offspring the necessary wariness of humans that she learned only through several years of adverson techniques applied by diligent park rangers. The public is reminded that the survival of any wildlife, especially large wildlife like bears, in any park is largely dependent upon human visitors and park staff.

New Mexico State Land Office Signs Special Use Permit With Continental Divide Trail Coalition

on April 4, 2019 - 12:01pm
Continental Divide Trail Coalition Executive Director Teresa Martinez, left, with Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed Special Use Permit No. 2019-001 giving the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) the ability to issue permits to Trail hikers and horseback riders that will allow them to lawfully access the portions of the Trail that are on State Trust Lands.
The Continental Divide Trail spans over 3,000 miles in North America, with 820 miles of trail in New Mexico. The boot heel

BLM OKs Coal Lease Sale In Wayne National Forest

on April 4, 2019 - 8:47am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. In keeping with the Administration’s goals of promoting energy security and economic growth, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) authorized a competitive coal lease sale for seven federal tracts encompassing nearly 433 acres and containing an estimated 1.4 million tons of sub-surface mineable federal coal reserve within the Wayne National Forest in Perry and Morgan counties, Ohio.
The BLM’s Eastern States (ES) Office is offering these federal coal resources in response to a coal lease by application (LBA) that was filed by of CCU Coal and Construction, LLC

PEEC: Explore April’s Night Skies Friday

on April 4, 2019 - 8:46am
Learn what is coming up in April’s night skies at a talk at 6 p.m., Friday, April 5 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Learn what is coming up in April’s night skies this Friday, April 5 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.
Astronomer Steve Becker will give audience members an interactive tour of the heavens that will highlight the planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. The talk begins at 6 p.m. and is perfect for beginner stargazers who want to learn more.
The April Night Sky

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Extend Electric Vehicles Tax Credit

on April 4, 2019 - 8:43am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced the Electric Cars Act of 2019, bicameral legislation to fully extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years, and help deploy critical alternative fuel charging infrastructure.
"At a time when electric cars are making advances in scale of production and becoming more competitive in the marketplace, we need to continue encouraging the progress we've seen--not take our foot off the pedal," Heinrich said.

NWS: Today’s High Near 57, Tonight’s Low Around 37

on April 4, 2019 - 8:37am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 57 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 37. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Spring Weather Dusted With Snow

on April 4, 2019 - 8:26am

Daily Postcard: A dusting of snow covers the area early Sunday evening looking northeast from the turnoff to White Rock at the bottom of the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Udall Opening Statement At Hearing To Examine EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

on April 3, 2019 - 8:59am

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to examine the EPA’s fiscal year 2020 budget request:

Administrator Wheeler, welcome to your first Appropriations hearing as EPA Administrator.

It sure is a different day from when we sat here one year ago with your predecessor.

New Mexico Bans Coyote-Killing Contests

on April 3, 2019 - 7:07am
SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed bipartisan legislation Tuesday that prohibits organizing, sponsoring or participating in coyote-killing contests in the state.
Several conservation organizations praised the governor for signing the progressive, science-based legislation into law.
During these contests, participants compete to kill the greatest number, the largest or even the smallest coyotes for entertainment and prizes. At least 30 such contests are known to take place annually in New Mexico.
The bill, SB 76, was spearheaded by Sen.

Scenes From 24th Annual Los Alamos Photographer’s Show Opening Event In Gallery At Mesa Public Library

on April 3, 2019 - 6:40am

The 24th Annual Los Alamos Photographer's Show opened Monday evening in the gallery at Mesa Public Library. The show features the images of 26 photographers exhibiting 154 photographs of exotic animals and locations from all over the world and at home. The show rums through April 27. Photo by John McHale/

The gallery was well attended Monday for the opening. Photo by John McHale/

Doris Ford stands by her photo of a Blue Footed Booby taken in the Galapagos Islands. Photo by John McHale/

Janet Harry views a photo entitled ‘Got My Goat’ by

20th Anniversary Celebration Highlights WIPP’s Vital Role In EM Cleanup

on April 3, 2019 - 6:01am
Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Todd Shrader, center right, and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) President and Project Manager Bruce Covert hold a proclamation from Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway, left of Covert, declaring March 26-April 26 as WIPP Appreciation Month in recognition of the project’s 20th anniversary. They are surrounded by Waste Isolation Pilot Plant team members from CBFO, NWP, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and North Wind Portage, Inc., the CBFO technical assistance contractor. Courtesy photo
A proclamation by Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway recognizing the Waste Isolation

NWS: Today’s High Near 52, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on April 3, 2019 - 5:48am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 52 with a 60 percent chance of showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds possible. Tonight’s low around 34 with mostly clear skies. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s chances of precipitation around the state and areas to the south under burn bans. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunset Amid Cloudy Sky In White Rock

on April 3, 2019 - 5:26am

Daily Postcard: The sun begins to set amid a cloudy sky recently in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Commissioner Garcia Richard, Sen. Ivey-Soto Join Governor At Signing Of Senate Bill 458

on April 2, 2019 - 8:53am
From left, Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard gather Monday as the governor signs Senate Bill 458 into law. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE Monday, Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-15) joined Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as she signed Senate Bill 458 into law.
The new state law will require public notice and input prior to the land office taking final action on any proposed land sales, land exchanges and rights-of-way (ROW) permits for large-scale electrical transmission

County-Sponsored Astronomy Dark Night April 6

on April 2, 2019 - 8:48am
Pajarito Astronomers News:
The Pajarito Astronomers is holding its first County-Sponsored Dark Night of 2019 starting at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.  
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.
The moon and the planet Mars will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the late-winter and spring constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

NWS: Today’s High Near 57, Tonight’s Low Around 38

on April 2, 2019 - 8:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 57 with mostly cloudy skies and tonight’s low around 38. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Spring Was So Close!

on April 2, 2019 - 7:59am

Daily Postcard: Yucca plants get a coating from the snow that fell Sunday around the area. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Commissioner Garcia Richard Signs Executive Order Mandating All 9 million Surface Acres Under State Land Office Adhere To Permanent Daylight Saving Time

on April 1, 2019 - 9:59am

Longtime champion of year-round daylight saving time Sen. Cliff Pirtle


From the State Land Office:

SANTA FECommissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announced this morning a new Executive Order mandating all 9 million surface acres under the control of the State Land Office adhere to permanent daylight saving time hours. 

Sen. Cliff Pirtle (R-32), leading advocate for making New Mexico a state with year-round daylight saving time said, “I appreciate the land office taking the first step on an important issue that is critical to saving lives.”

Read the full text here:

LAFD: New Mexico Gas Inline Inspections Begin Today

on April 1, 2019 - 9:33am

LAFD News:

New Mexico Gas is conductung its DOT required In-line Inspection on the Los Alamos DOE 12” Transmission Pipeline.

This project consists of running a tool, normally called a pig, inside the pipeline to assess the integrity of the pipe itself. The project starts at Los Alamos West, near the Quemazon community, down to Los Alamos East, which is right off N.M. 502 and Camino Entrada.

At some point during this project, blowing down small amounts of gas at Los Alamos West is required to put the tool inside the line and gas venting will be necessary at the Los Alamos East station for a

Weekly Fishing Report: April 1

on April 1, 2019 - 8:45am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
With apricot trees blooming all over the Espanola Valley, spring is definitely here. People with allergies are starting to suffer as juniper pollen fills the air. The spring winds are starting to blow and the snow is starting to melt. The lower elevation snowpack is disappearing rapidly. A lot of snow still remains at high elevations thanks to our wet winter. Rivers are beginning to rise and soon some spring flowers like daffodils and tulips will begin to bloom if they haven’t already.
We may still get some more spring