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Stewart Bill To Create Wildlife Corridors To Protect Animals, People Passes Committee

on February 4, 2019 - 8:43am
SENATE News:
 
Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to create wildlife corridors to protect animals and people on New Mexico roads Thursday passed the Senate Conservation Committee.
 
“Without carefully planned wildlife corridors, New Mexico roads are incredibly dangerous for animals and people alike,” Stewart said. “By using overpasses and underpasses, among other tools, we can keep animals off our roads and ensure drivers and their passengers get where they’re going safely.”
 
SB 228 authorizes the Department of Game and Fish and the Department of Transportation to work together to create a

PEEC: Explore Cultural Astronomy Feb. 5

on February 4, 2019 - 8:31am
Join Cecelia Thiel at the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore cultural astronomy at Bandelier National Monument. This talk begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Bandelier National Monument is relatively new and inexperienced in the study of cultural astronomy. Several possible astronomy sites have been located throughout the years in the park, but the studies on these sites have been irregular.
 
The community is invited to join Park Ranger Cecelia Thiel, at 7 p.m., Tuesday Feb.

Daily Postcard: Owl Spotted In Graduation Canyon

on February 4, 2019 - 8:02am

Daily Postcard: A Western Screech Owl is spotted Saturday in Graduation Canyon behind East Park in Los Alamos. Photo by Geoff Reeves

NWS: Today’s High Near 48, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on February 4, 2019 - 7:56am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 48 with a 20 percent chance of rain showers after 11 a.m., and a low around 30 tonight with a 30 percent chance of less than half an inch of snow possible. Courtesy/NWS

AGU: Passing Aircraft Wring Extra Snow And Rain Out Of Clouds

on February 3, 2019 - 4:31pm
A radar station at Kerava, Finland, recorded a trail of heightened precipitation—the yellow streak to the left—on the aircraft approach path to Helsinki-Vantaa airport (EFHK) in March 2009. Courtesy AGU/Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
 
Hole-punch’ clouds like this one seen over Houston, Minn. in November 2014, occur when airplanes fly through a thin cloud of supercooled water vapor, causing water droplets to freeze. The tiny crystals fall, leaving a hole to mark the plane’s passage.

SVC Applauds Heinrich And Udall Bill To Protect Border Communities, Wildlife, Environment

on February 3, 2019 - 3:29pm
SVC News:
 
The Southwest Environmental Center applauds New Mexico U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich for introducing legislation to protect our border communities, wildlife and environment from harmful border wall construction.
 
Statement from Executive Director Kevin Bixby:
 
We strongly support legislation introduced today by Senators Udall and Heinrich to protect our border communities, wildlife, public lands and environment from Trump’s harmful border wall.
 
The bill to rescind the outdated authority granted by Congress to the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2005 to

Cedar Waxwings Spotted In White Rock

on February 3, 2019 - 6:56am
Daily Postcatd: A pair of Cedar waxwings is spotted Thursday perched in a pyracantha bush eating berries at a residence on Mesa Verde Street in White Rock. Cedar waxwings are sociable birds, typically seen in flocks year-round. They are non-territorial birds and will often groom each other. They move from place to place depending on where they can find good sources of berries. Source: wikipedia.com. Photo by Mary Lou Oothoudt

NWS: Today’s High Near 48, Tonight’s Low Around 28

on February 3, 2019 - 6:46am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 48 with a 40 percent chance of showers and tonight’s low around 28. Courtesy/NWS

Trailmaster Craig Martin Discusses Tree Carvings

on February 2, 2019 - 12:17pm

Local trailmaster Craig Martin spoke recently at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, describing the historical significance of the tree carvings at the Valles Caldera. Appearing in the soft wood of aspen trees, one carving dates to the 1890s, with most created by sheep herders between 1914 and the 1940s. The carvings reflect the importance of sheep herding in the wool and mutton economy of that time period in northern New Mexico. There is an ongoing effort to document the carvings, which contain names, dates, initials, and pictorial figures, such as hearts and portraits, before they are further

Local Groundhog Predicts Early Spring

on February 2, 2019 - 12:14pm

Punxsutawney Phil of Los Alamos did not see his shadow this morning when emerging from his burrow in Quemazon (although clearly visible in the snow behind him), thus predicting an early spring. As the legend goes, if Phil sees his shadow, he expects six more weeks of winter weather and scurries back into his hole. While the small furry celebrity has been in the weather-prediction business for more than a century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that Phil shows ‘no predictive skill’ in that his predictions have only been accurate some 40 percent of the time.

SFNF: Piles Burns In Jemez Ranger District Feb. 4-14

on February 2, 2019 - 12:13pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on piles between Feb. 4 and Feb. 14 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews plan to treat up to 475 acres of piles three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs.

The piles will be burned as three different operations:

  • The Pino West piles are approximately five miles northeast of Jemez Springs along the north end of

NWS: Today’s High Near 48, Tonight’s Low Around 31

on February 2, 2019 - 7:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 48 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 31. Courtesy/NWS

‘The Unruly Mystic: John Muir’ At Reel Deal Monday

on February 1, 2019 - 7:37am
PEEC News:
 
Watch the Los Alamos premiere of the new documentary “The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4 at the Reel Deal Theater.
 
The film’s director Michael Conti and producer Heather Boyle will be in attendance and give a short Q & A after the film.
 
“The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” explores the remarkable life and influential works of the great conservationist John Muir.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Illuminates Los Alamos Sky

on February 1, 2019 - 7:02am

Daily Postcard: Thursday's sunrise emerges slowly above the Los Alamos townsite. Photo by Trisha Ancell

NWS: Today’s High Near 47, Tonight’s Low Around 27

on February 1, 2019 - 6:56am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 47 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 27. Courtesy/NWS

Heinrich, Kennedy, Cassidy, Carper, And Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Restore Wetlands And Migratory Bird Habitat

on January 31, 2019 - 9:38am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the 30th anniversary of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-La.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize NAWCA through 2024.
 
The legislation would also increase authorized annual funding for the program to $60 million.
 
NAWCA was originally enacted in 1989 to provide

National Weather Service Announces Major Upgrade To Cannon Air Force Base Doppler (KFDX) Radar

on January 31, 2019 - 9:30am
NOAA News:
 
The Cannon Air Force Base WSR-88D Doppler Radar near Clovis will undergo a major hardware upgrade beginning Wednesday, Feb. 6.
 
The radar will be shut down for approximately three weeks while technicians replace the pedestal, as well as the stand that rotates and positions the antenna.
 
Once the antenna is disassembled, the protective radar dome and pedestal will be removed by a crane. A new pedestal will then be installed, the protective dome replaced, and the antenna reassembled.
 
Once the estimated three-week project commences, the radar cannot and will not be

PEEC: Preview February’s Night Skies Friday

on January 31, 2019 - 8:35am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Join Paul Arendt in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday, for an interactive tour of February’s night skies.
 
In this talk, Arendt will highlight the planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. This program is perfect for beginner stargazers who want to learn more about the night skies.
 
In addition to this talk, the nature center will show the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Daily Postcard: Deer Loiter Around Metzger’s

on January 31, 2019 - 8:14am

Daily Postcard: Deer spotted loitering Wednesday night around Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store on 15th Street at Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladilypost.com

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 24

on January 31, 2019 - 8:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 24. Courtesy/NWS

Scenes From Backcountry Film Festival Thursday

on January 30, 2019 - 11:35am

So many people turned out Thursday, Jan. 24 for the Backcountry Film Festival sponsored by Century Bank and brought to Los Alamos by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Reel Deal Theater that theater owner Jim O'Donnell opened a second screening room to accommodate everyone. The event featured a variety of short films about the backcountry snow sports world. A variety of raffle prizes were available at the festival, along with beer and wine for purchase from Pajarito Brewpub. Courtesy photo

The Backcoutry Film Festival crowd fills the lobby Jan.

Cholla Cactus Blooms In Snow On Los Pueblos

on January 30, 2019 - 9:38am

Cholla Cactus spotted Sunday blooming in the snow on Los Pueblos in Los Alamos. Photo by Mary Snow

Cholla Cactus blooming on snow Sunday on Los Pueblos. Photo by Mary Snow

NWS: Today’s High Near 43, Tonight’s Low Around 19

on January 30, 2019 - 7:11am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 43 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 19. Courtesy/NWS

Rabid Fox Bites Homeowner In Las Vegas, N.M.

on January 29, 2019 - 4:36pm

Fox. Courtesy image

NMG&F News:

LAS VEGAS, NM – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reports that Saturday, Conservation Ofc. Justin Hepler responded to a call from a Las Vegas homeowner who was bitten by a fox she believed was starving when she attempted to feed it.

After meeting with the bite victim at a local hospital, the officer learned the fox had jumped into a parked vehicle and began eating insulation on the door and chewing on a hammer handle.

Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Executive Order Committing New Mexico To Essential Climate Change Action

on January 29, 2019 - 3:14pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday formally ordered that New Mexico will join the U.S. Climate Alliance, fully embracing the goals set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, aligning New Mexico with the U.S. governors and states that have committed to a climate-conscious future and moves to protect people, natural resources and cultural heritage.

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