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PEEC: Opt Outside On Black Friday

on November 26, 2019 - 7:22am
Join PEEC Black Friday to Opt Outside! Evan Rose of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will lead a hike on the Pueblo Canyon Rim to Canyon Rim Loop trails. The group will meet at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Space is limited and registration is required. Courtesy/PEEC
 
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Here is an opportunity to spend time outside on Black Friday instead of fighting crowds in stores. PEEC is offering a guided hike to help people enjoy the outdoors and spend time in nature.
 
This outing was inspired by REI’s #OptOutside campaign. The hike meets at 9:45 a.m., Friday, Nov.

NWS: Today’s High Near 32; Tonight’s Low Around 15

on November 26, 2019 - 6:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 32 with a 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 15. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunrise From Upper Anderson Overlook

on November 26, 2019 - 6:34am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise viewed recently from Upper Anderson Overlook. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

SFNF: Coyote Ranger District Reports Rash Of Fires

on November 25, 2019 - 4:04pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are concerned about a rash of fires that posed a potential threat to homes in the wildland urban interface (WUI).

The cause of the fires is under investigation.

Since Oct. 31, firefighters have responded to three fires on the Coyote District:

  • The 96 Fire near NM State Road 96, which occurred in a pile of woody debris from previous fuels reduction work;
  • The 76 Fire off of Forest Road 76, which directly threatened homes on the east side of Gallina; and
  • The Wood Fire off of Forest Road 103,

County Releases Winter Sidewalk Clearing Guidelines

on November 25, 2019 - 9:01am

Sidewalk clear of snow. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

During the winter months, Los Alamos County would like to remind residents that it is important to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice so that they remain pass­able for postal workers, children walking to school and others who need to use them.

When possible, and depend­ing upon available resources, County crews will conduct sidewalk-clearing operations by removing snow first from the adopted “safe routes to school” and then move to other selected sidewalks.

The County does not clear every sidewalk due to limited resources. 

Sidewalk

U.S. And Australia Partner On Critical Minerals

on November 25, 2019 - 6:26am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan. Courtesy/DOI Photographer Tami Heilemann
 
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director Jim Reilly and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan. Courtesy/DOI Photographer Tami Heilemann
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States and Australia formalized their partnership Nov. 18 on developing both nations’ critical mineral assets between Geoscience Australia CEO James Johnson and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director Jim Reilly.

The two partners outlined

AGU: Last Arctic Ice Refuge Disappearing

on November 25, 2019 - 6:01am
New research finds the Arctic’s oldest and thickest ice is more mobile and is vanishing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic. Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic Ocean, according to new research.
 
A new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters finds ice in the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland is more mobile than previously thought, as ocean currents and atmospheric winds are likely transporting the old, thick ice found there to other parts of the Arctic.

Udall Applauds Committee Passage Of Legislation To Provide Full, Mandatory Funding For LWCF

on November 25, 2019 - 5:58am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement Wednesday applauding the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for its bipartisan action approving legislation to provide permanent, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF):
 
“It’s clear that there is bipartisan momentum in Congress behind fully and permanently funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation’s most successful conservation program,” Udall said.

NWS: Today’s High Near 47; Tonight’s Low Around 25

on November 25, 2019 - 5:37am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 47 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 25 with a 50 percent chance of snow showers after 11 p.m. and new snow accumulation less than half an inch. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fiery Sunrise Viewed From White Rock

on November 25, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise viewed recently from White Rock. Photo by Jim Gourdoux

Photo by Jim Gourdoux

Posts From The Road: Black Canyon Of Gunnison National Park ... Steep, Deep And Narrow

on November 24, 2019 - 6:09am

Wide View: The vista from a viewpoint on the rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park near Montrose, Colo. shows the massive rock formations that make up the canyon walls. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Gunnison River: The Gunnison River carved this canyon over millions of years. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com 
 
By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in western Colorado near the town of Montrose.

The area was designated a national monument in 1933 and then upgraded to a national park in 1999. The main

NWS: Today’s High Near 46; Tonight’s Low Around 26

on November 24, 2019 - 5:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 26. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Buck Checks For Cars...

on November 24, 2019 - 5:33am
Daily Postcard: A buck checks for cars before crossing the road recently along N.M. 4 near Bandelier. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Alire Christmas Trees Unavailable This Season

on November 23, 2019 - 6:34am

Andrew Alire, owner of Alire Christmas Trees in 2018 with one of his large trees won't be selling Christmas trees this year in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Carson National Forest, El Rito District, recently announced commercial permits for cutting Christmas trees will not be issued this year due to the potential threat to the Mexican spotted owl, which is listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Alire Christmas Trees owner Andrew Alire said that due to this announcement, he won’t be selling his trees this year in the parking lot at the Knights of Columbus at Trinity Drive and DP

SFNF Offices Closed Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28

on November 23, 2019 - 5:37am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
 
Forest offices will resume regular business hours Friday, Nov. 29.
 
And this is just a reminder that cut-your-own Christmas tree permits go on sale Monday, Nov. 25. As part of the national Every Kid Outdoors initiative, fourth-graders with an Every Kid Outdoors pass are entitled to a free Christmas tree permit.
 
For more information about Christmas tree permits and where you can buy one, review the SFNF press release issued Nov. 12 at

Balderas Continues Fight Against Methane Pollution

on November 23, 2019 - 5:16am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Balderas, joining a coalition of 22 attorneys general and the City of Chicago filed comments Friday opposing an unlawful proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which would gut the current standards that limit emissions of methane and other harmful pollutants from new, reconstructed, and modified facilities in the oil and natural gas industry.
 
This sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas up to 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its ability to

NWS: Today’s High In 40s; Tonight’s Low Teens-30s

on November 23, 2019 - 5:13am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos in the 40s with sunny skies and tonight’s low in the mid teens to lower 30s. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Golden Sunrise Over Quemazon

on November 23, 2019 - 4:32am

Daily Postcard: Golden sunrise viewed Monday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

AGU: Size Of Thunderstorm Dome Clouds May Predict Tornado Intensity

on November 22, 2019 - 5:41am
Twin violent (EF4) tornadoes outside of Wisner, Nebr. June 16, 2014. Courtesy/NOAA/Ethan Schisler
 
Tornadoes typically form beneath a thunderstorm’s updraft and overshooting top. Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
The size of a bulge at the top of a thunderstorm’s anvil-shaped cloud may allow researchers to forecast the strength of tornadoes that spawn from such storms, according to a new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters.
 
Tornadoes, particularly those with strong winds, pose a serious threat to the property and lives of people in their path.

Prescribed Burns Planned On Española Ranger District

on November 22, 2019 - 5:38am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement prescribed pile burns to remove woody debris from the Pacheco Canyon and Hyde Park fuels reduction projects as early as Dec. 5 if conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
 
Winter is an optimal time to burn slash piles because snow on the ground keeps the fire from spreading to adjacent vegetation.

PEEC: Explore Cepheid Pulsating Variable Stars Tonight

on November 22, 2019 - 5:24am
Join Joyce Guzik at 7 p.m. today in the Nature Center’s planetarium to explore the latest updates on Cepheid variable stars. PEEC also will show the full-dome film 'Out There' at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC will show the full-dome film 'Out There' at 2 p.m., Saturday in the Nature Center’s planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 to explore the latest discoveries related to Cepheid variable stars — the yardsticks of the universe.
 
At this talk, Joyce Guzik will discuss topics on the latest

NWS: Today’s High Near 39; Tonight’s Low Around 22

on November 22, 2019 - 5:07am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 39 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 22. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Clouds Hang Over Los Alamos

on November 22, 2019 - 4:59am

Daily Postcard: Wednesday afternoon scene of clouds hanging over Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

More Snow Scenes Around Los Alamos, White Rock

on November 21, 2019 - 8:27pm

Snow clings to pinecones and needles this afternoon in a tree in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Snow fills the air this morning on Aster Street in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon along Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon at Canyon Road and Diamond Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon at Diamond Drive and Trinity near Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon along the Truck Route. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Bill To Establish Bandelier National Park And Preserve

on November 21, 2019 - 7:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of 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 legislation today to establish Bandelier National Park and Preserve.

Senator Heinrich’s legislation seeks to protect in statute a strong relationship between the National Park Service and pueblos whose history and culture lies in Bandelier.

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