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NWS: Today’s High Near 31; Tonight’s Low Around 14

on November 30, 2019 - 6:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 31 with mostly sunny skies, west winds 15 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight’s low around 14. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Bird In Snow Friday Afternoon

on November 30, 2019 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Bird with an ankle band is spotted munching seeds in the snow Friday afternoon in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Tales Of Our Times: Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers

on November 29, 2019 - 10:25pm

Tales of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

 
Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers 
 
Politics is lightning quick in using social media. Still, politics lags years behind in using smart tools for efficient regulation. Up till now, talking fast has not helped politics be more businesslike in putting digital devices to their best uses.

People at work in other fields prize the latest tools that work wonders, saving time and money all around. Smart tools are common in homes, schools, commerce and industry.

Setting Sun Casts Pastel Hue Over Cloud Formations

on November 29, 2019 - 8:27pm

The setting sun casts a pastel hue to the clouds floating above the Municipal Building today in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene late today near 22nd and Peach Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pastel colored clouds late today above the Los Alamos Little Theatre on Nectar Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL: Drought Impact Study Shows New Issues For Plants And Carbon Dioxide

on November 29, 2019 - 11:04am
Drought is already the most widespread factor affecting plant production via direct physiological impacts such as water limitation and heat stress. Courtesy/Dreamstime
 
LANL News:
 
Extreme drought’s impact on plants will become more dominant under future climate change, as noted in a paper out today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
 
Analysis shows that not only will droughts become more frequent under future climates, but more of those events will be extreme, adding to the reduction of plant production essential to human and animal populations. 
 
“Even though plants can, in

Amateur Naturalist: Ice Crystals Of The Valle Grande

on November 29, 2019 - 9:46am
Cold air, moving water and ice sheets together provide the setting for growing ice crystals. The arrow points to where Individual ice crystal balls are developing on a sheet of ice that is close to the moving water. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Short or long ice crystals grow on the plant stems depending on how high they are above the ice sheet. Small lines of ice grow across the ice sheet after water molecules change directly from a vapor to solid. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Somewhat unexpectedly, the Valle Grande with its broad grasslands can be a good place to

UP Aerospace Launches Space Loft-14 Rocket

on November 29, 2019 - 8:25am
UP Aerospace News:
 
Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico and UP Aerospace, a space launch and flight test service provider based in Highlands Ranch, Colo. with facilities at Spaceport America, announced the successful launch Friday, Nov. 22 of UP Aerospace’s Space Loft 14 (SL-14) rocket from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area.
 
With NASA and multiple university programs present, the launch—which was part of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program—marked UP Aerospace’s thirteenth launch from Spaceport America.
 

NWS: Today’s High Near 37; Tonight’s Low Around 23

on November 29, 2019 - 7:27am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with a 90 percent chance of snow and patchy freezing fog before 9 a.m., then rain between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., followed by more snow after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 23. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Wintry Scene At Ashley Pond

on November 29, 2019 - 6:54am

Daily Postcard: Scene Thursday afternoon of Ashley Pond Park covered in snow. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Junco Spotted Foraging For Food In School Canyon

on November 28, 2019 - 2:26pm

A junco is spotted foraging for food today in the snow in School Canyon. Photo Greg Noeninckx

Scenes Of Morning Snow On Pajarito Mountain

on November 28, 2019 - 8:35am

The scene of snow overnight and the view this morning toward chair 4 on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/webcam

The view this morning of Beginners Hill on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/webcam

The view this morning of Beginners Lift on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/webcam

The view this morning of Magic Carpet on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/webcam

The view this morning toward the Sange de Cristos from Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/webcam

Taos City Councilor Speaks At VOLA Meeting Dec. 2

on November 28, 2019 - 7:41am
Taos City Councilor Darien Fernandez
 
VOLA News:
 
Voices of Los Alamos meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.
 
The guest speaker for this special holiday edition meeting is Taos City Councilor Darien Fernandez. He will present on the intersectionality of climate change, demographic change and land use in northern New Mexico, and what it means for agriculture and the regional economy, from a policy-maker’s perspective.
 
Fernandez will discuss proposed policy changes at the local, state and federal level, that would help protect open space

Bandelier Closed Due To Snowy Conditions

on November 28, 2019 - 7:28am

Bandelier is closed today due to weather. Courtesy/BNM

 

BANDELIER News:

 

Due to snow accumulation and predicted snow throughout the day, Bandelier is closed today.

 

Any forecast for snow throughout the day will add to clean up efforts once the park reopens. Once it stops snowing park staff will need time to clear the roads, parking lot and Main Loop Trail so that visitors may safely visit the park once again. 

 

Visitors can get updated information regarding this closure and when the park will reopen on the Bandelier Visitor Center phone line at 505.672.3861, extension 517.

For

Zero Waste: New Ideas For Thanksgiving Leftovers

on November 28, 2019 - 6:47am

ZERO WASTE News:

It happens every year: Thanksgiving sandwiches the day after the big event. Turkey soup. Dry mashed potatoes. Tired of the same old leftovers? Try some new recipes to re-use leftover Thanksgiving dinner: Empanadas (hand pies) and Shepherd’s Pie!

Empanadas

  • 2 pie doughs or puffed pastry, store bought or homemade
  • Small bowl with water
  • Melted butter or 1 egg beaten with 1tablespoon water
  • Filling ideas: warmed leftovers such as turkey, mashed potatoes and/or sweet potatoes, any leftover vegetables, dressing/stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Bandelier, Valles Caldera May Begin Pile Burns Sunday

on November 28, 2019 - 6:45am
NPS News:
 
With the arrival of snow providing favorable conditions for pile and prescribed burning, fire crews at Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve are planning to burn up to 300 acres of piled fuel materials along N.M. 4 throughout Bandelier and on South Mountain in the Valles Caldera.
 
These burns will begin as early as Dec. 1 and continue through the winter months as conditions allow. 
 
The parameters for implementing a prescribed burn are based upon specific assessments, agency guidelines and safety protocols.
 
Managers continuously monitor

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 28, 2019

on November 28, 2019 - 5:57am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather is forecast to be unseasonably cold this week. High temperatures just in the 30’s and lows below freezing for several days are what’s coming.
 
At temperatures like this, it won’t be long before some of the lakes in Northern New Mexico start to freeze.
 
Smaller lakes at high elevations like the Canjilon Lakes, Trout Lakes, Lagunitas Lakes and Hopewell Lake are likely already frozen over and will soon be inaccessible due to snow.
 
Anglers should remember that Clayton Lake, Maxwell Lake 13 and the Charette

NWS: Today’s High Near 35; Tonight’s Low Around 33

on November 28, 2019 - 5:39am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 35 with a 70 percent chance of snow and rain. Tonight’s low around 33. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Colors Sky

on November 28, 2019 - 5:33am
Daily Postcard: Sunrise colors the sky Wednesday viewed from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

SFNF May Implement La Presa Prescribed Burn

on November 27, 2019 - 6:38am

SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire crews on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin blacklining the perimeter of the previously announced La Presa prescribed fire on Mesa los Indios near Forest Road 473 as early as Dec. 2.
 
The decision to proceed will depend on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather. 
 
The blacklining operation would prepare the unit for planned aerial ignitions in spring 2020. The 1,200-acre La Presa prescribed burn is designed to mimic a natural fire regime by using low-intensity fire to

BLM Now Issuing Personal Christmas Tree Permits

on November 27, 2019 - 6:19am
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE The Bureau of Land Management offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Socorro, Taos and Farmington began Monday issuing personal Christmas tree permits for harvest on BLM lands.
 
The permits will be sold through Dec. 24 and cost $5.
 
Maps may be obtained when purchasing the permits at a local BLM office. When transporting a tree taken from BLM public land, the permit must be attached to the tree.
 
Only piñon and juniper trees are available for harvest as Christmas trees on BLM lands.
 
Locations where permits are available:
 
New Mexico State Office
301 Dinosaur

NWS: Today’s High Near 33; Tonight’s Low Around 25

on November 27, 2019 - 5:11am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 33 with a 20 percent chance of snow after 2 p.m. and tonight’s low around 25 with an 80 percent chance of snow tonight with possible new snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts snowfall through 5 p.m. today across the state. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Windy Scene At Ashley Pond

on November 27, 2019 - 5:07am

Daily Postcard: Strong winds blew through town Tuesday sending the spray from the fountain at Ashley Pond in a horizontal direction. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.comu

Strong Wind Blows Structure Into Street Today

on November 26, 2019 - 6:53pm
The homeowners heard a loud bang during the strong winds today and found this structure standing on all four legs in the middle of Hacienda Drive in White Rock. A couple of neighbors moved it to within the owners property and laid it on its side and removed the top to keep it from blowing away. It had actually blown over their house (yard where it came from is in background) and landed on Hacienda. Photo by Doug Pippin

Lantern Launch At Buffalo Thunder Wednesday

on November 26, 2019 - 6:43pm
 
BTR News:
 
SANTA FE Thousands of prayers, wishes, promises and dreams will float toward the heavens once the Northern New Mexico sun sets Nov. 27, carried there in brilliantly lit paper lanterns. 
 
The visual effect, according to event management, will create an unforgettable spectacle of lights for miles around that won't soon be forgotten.
 
The 2019 Lantern Launch takes place at the Towa Golf Club at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino the night before Thanksgiving. Already one year in the planning, it's an event unlike any other.
 
"We're expecting thousands of people from

Chemist Jennifer Hollingsworth Named AAAS Fellow

on November 26, 2019 - 9:22am

Los Alamos Chemist Jennifer A. Hollingsworth is a new Fellow of the AAAS. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Noted Los Alamos chemist honored by American Association for the Advancement of Science

Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist Jennifer A. Hollingsworth is being honored as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her work in materials chemistry. 

“We’re thrilled that Jennifer is receiving this well-deserved honor and joining the ranks of Los Alamos staff that are AAAS Fellows.

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