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Daily Postcard: Flowers Bloom On Tree Trunk

on June 7, 2019 - 5:55am

Daily Postcard: Flowers spotted blooming Saturday on the trunk of a tree growing along Rose Street near downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Secretary Bernhardt Proposes Increasing Public Access To Hunting; Fishing On 1.4 Million Acres Nationwide

on June 6, 2019 - 4:23pm
David Bernhardt
DOI News:
OAK HARBOR Furthering the Trump Administration’s efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge a proposal for new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) across more than 1.4 million acres.
“President Trump is committed to expanding public access on public lands, and this proposal is executing on that directive by opening and increasing

Forest Stewards Youth Corps Summer Kick-Off

on June 6, 2019 - 9:30am
FSG News:
SANTA FE The Forest Stewards Guild’s Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) summer program has kicked off the 2019 field season with a crew member training.
Twenty FSYC crew members ages, 16 to 19, attended the three-day training that ends today at Hyde Memorial State Park near Santa Fe. The four crews will then spend the following 8-weeks working on U.S Forest Service (USFS) lands and learning from USFS specialists.
The FSYC program is a summer work-earn-learn program for young women and men to help restore New Mexico’s forests and watersheds.

State Tourism Department Announces Recipients Of New Mexico Clean & Beautiful Grant Program For FY20

on June 6, 2019 - 7:33am
NMTD News:
SANTA FE Los Alamos County is among the FY20 New Mexico Clean & Beautiful Partners announced Wednesday by the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD).
Overall, local governments throughout New Mexico are set to leverage nearly $650,000 to develop and sustain programs that curb litter, reduce blight, and support beautification, recycling and education initiatives.
“We’re incredibly grateful for all of our forests, trails, public lands, parks and open spaces here in New Mexico, and we take great pride in preserving those resources,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Jen Paul

NWS: Today’s High Near 73; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on June 6, 2019 - 6:53am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 73 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 52 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Courtesy/NWS

This National Weather Service map indicates the chances of precipitation across the state with the greatest threat for showers and thunderstorms in the northern mountains and northeast plains. Virga or sprinkles are possible over west central and central New Mexico. This activity may produce locally gusty winds. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Cloudy Sky Reflected In Fenton Lake

on June 6, 2019 - 6:38am

Daily Postcard: A serene scene spotted Wednesday of clouds and trees reflected in Fenton Lake in the Jemez. Photo by Kristin Fassbender

Be Cool: Tips To Help Beat The Heat And Have A Safe And Healthy Summer

on June 5, 2019 - 3:28pm

Sharon Radcliffe

LAMC News:

With summer in full swing, many of us are taking full advantage of this fun time of year, whether it’s hitting the road for a family vacation, getting out on the water, organizing pick-up games in the park or taking an early evening neighborhood stroll.

However you choose to enjoy this season, following some key safety tips can help you ensure that this summer is a safe and healthy one.

Heat Safety

Did you know that heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S.?

“It’s essential that we stay heat smart,” said Los Alamos Medical Center Chief

Rescued Hiker: I’ll Never Forget First Responders Care

on June 5, 2019 - 7:33am
Los Alamos first responders rescue local hiker Dwight Klotz Thursday, May 23 by hoisting him on the back of one of the responders up from the floor of the lower waterfall about six miles from White Rock. Courtesy/Dwight Klotz
Los Alamos

I was recently the subject of a rescue from a canyon not too far from the Bandelier National Park area, specifically on State Road 4 about six miles south of White Rock. 

I have searched for a way to let the rescue teams, police, 911, helicopter and private plane that passed over on that night know that I very much appreciated their

AGU: Earthquake In 2009 Intensifies American Samoa’s Rising Sea Levels

on June 5, 2019 - 7:00am
Crews working near the damage from the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa. Courtesy/Lorn Cramer/Flickr, Wikimedia Commons
AGU News:
The 2009, magnitude-8.1 Samoa earthquake dealt a great deal of damage to the Samoan Islands: Tsunami waves as high as 14 meters (46 feet) wiped out multiple villages, claiming nearly 200 lives and severely damaging water and electrical systems.
New research reveals the damage is likely to continue in the island Tutuila, also known as American Samoa.

Heinrich Questions Officials On Energy Storage During Energy And Natural Resources Committee Hearing

on June 5, 2019 - 6:55am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. During an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned witnesses on the opportunities for expanding the deployment of grid-scale energy storage in the United States.
“Increasing energy storage for renewable resources, like wind and solar, opens the door for New Mexicans to have access to a power grid that is more resilient, reliable, cost-effective, and available during emergencies,” Heinrich said.

Oak Ridge Transforming Former Uranium Enrichment Area For Development

on June 5, 2019 - 6:20am
Oak Ridge crews began removing trailers and tearing up a 6.5-acre slab and asphalt at the Building K-29 site in October 2018. Courtesy photo
A view of the Building K-29 demolition site as the teardown was nearly finished in 2006. The building was surrounded by Building K-27, the K-731 Switch House, and the Poplar Creek facilities, which are now cleared away. Courtesy photo
OREM News:
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor UCOR recently removed the Building K-29 slab, a significant step in the cleanup and transformation of the

NWS: Today’s High Near 64; Tonight’s Low Around 47

on June 5, 2019 - 5:51am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 64 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Tonight’s low around 47 with a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Double Rainbow Over Big Enchilada

on June 5, 2019 - 5:48am

Daily Postcard: At the Big Enchilada climbing area in White Rock, a double rainbow emerged to reward the climbers who waited out the rain at Thursday's top-roping session scheduled by the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Photo by John Gustafson

PEEC: Explore New Mexico’s Wetlands 7 P.M. Today

on June 4, 2019 - 10:49am
Learn about New Mexico’s wetlands and the wetlands mapping project at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Learn about New Mexico’s wetlands at 7 p.m. today, June 4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Emile Sawyer from the Wetlands Program at the New Mexico Environment Department will introduce the audience to the state’s wetlands and provide an overview of the process of mapping and characterizing local wetlands resources.
This talk is free to attend.
The staff of the Wetlands Program at the New Mexico Environment Department is in the

Valles Caldera Hosts Annual Fiesta En El Valle

on June 4, 2019 - 9:15am
VCNP News:
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting the second annual “Fiesta en el Valle” noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8 near the Valle Grande Entrance Station.  
Pack a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy the Valle Grande and learn a new skill at this free family-friendly event.
We'll bring the valle, you bring your lunch and an appetite for the outdoors! You may also want to bring along your walking shoes, camera, sun hat, hula hoop, some grandparents, the kids next door, yoga mat, canvas and easel, your favorite Tia, a ukulele or harmonica, and your curiosity.

NMGF Reminds Public: Leave Young Wildlife Alone

on June 4, 2019 - 7:24am
Remember – young wildlife are simply hiding while awaiting their parents’ return from foraging nearby. Courtesy/NMGF
NMGF News:
SANTA FE As summer approaches, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMGF) again reminds the public to leave alone deer or antelope fawns, elk calves, bear cubs and other wild animals they may encounter.
Remember – young wildlife are simply hiding while awaiting their parents’ return from foraging nearby.
Removing these young animals can cost them their lives, NMGF Deer and Pronghorn Biologist Orrin Duvuvuei warns.

NWS: Today’s High Near 76; Tonight’s Low Around 50

on June 4, 2019 - 7:12am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers after noon and tonight’s low around 50. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Springtime At Ashley Pond Park

on June 4, 2019 - 7:05am

Daily Postcard: Springtime scene at Ashley Pond  Park. Photo by Ken Hanson

Meet A Wolf At Nature Center 6:30 P.M. Wednesday

on June 3, 2019 - 4:41pm

Meet a wolf at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This Summer Family Evening event features Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Del Norte Credit Union is sponsoring this event and all of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings in 2019. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for its first Summer Family Evening of the year at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5.

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary will be at the nature center with one of its wolf ambassadors for the evening.

The Sanctuary’s staff will talk about wolves and their diet, hunting

NWS: Today’s High Near 78; Tonight’s Low Around 49

on June 3, 2019 - 8:18am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 78 with a 20 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms after 3 p.m., some of which may be severe and a low tonight of around 49. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View From Main Hill Pull-Out

on June 3, 2019 - 8:11am

Daily Postcard: Panoramic view from the Main Hill Road pull-out. Photo by Maggie Meier

ESC: Wolf Rule Peer-Reviewers Find Science Lacking

on June 2, 2019 - 7:15pm
ESC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a scientific peer review Friday of a proposed rule to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across the United States.
At least one reviewer found the rule failed to follow the best available science, which is required by the Endangered Species Act.
"I found the proposed rule to remove federal protections for gray wolves nationwide did not use the best available science as required by the Endangered Species Act,” said Professor Adrian Treves of the Nelson Institute for Environmental

Community Leaders Briefed On Safety, Workforce Development At LANL Community Conversation Event

on June 2, 2019 - 8:24am
LANL Director Thom Mason, left, and DOE/NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Steve Goodrum field questions from community leaders at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Conversation event Thursday morning at Buffalo Thunder Resort. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Community leaders from throughout Northern New Mexico at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Conversation event Thursday morning at Buffalo Thunder Resort. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

LANL Director Thom Mason and DOE/NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Steve Goodrum

‘So Far From Heaven’ Exhibit Opens Friday

on June 2, 2019 - 7:08am
Cañoncito Church, cross and doorby Jan Paul Pietrzak. Pietrzak is one of six New Mexico photographers showing their work in June in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Jan Paul Pietrzak
A Quiet Momentby Tony O’Brien was photographed at Christ in the Desert Monastery, and included in O’Brien’s 2011 book Light in the Desert. Photo by Tony O’Brien
‘Walking Rain’ by Kirk Gittings will be exhibited in the ‘So Far From Heaven’ show at Mesa Public Library in June. Courtesy photo
A wealth of photographic talent can be seen in June at Mesa Public Library.

NWS: Today’s High Near 76; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on June 2, 2019 - 6:20am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with a 20 percent chance of isolated rain and thunderstorms between noon and 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 52. Courtesy/NWS