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Elk Herd Spotted Crossing Truck Route Near TA-53

on April 1, 2019 - 8:29am

A herd of elk are spotted Sunday afternoon crossing the Truck Route near TA-53. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Elk herd spotted Sunday afternoon near TA-53. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Elk herd spotted Sunday afternoon near TA-53. Photo by Trisha Ancell

DOE Awards Contract For Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program To Technical Resources Group

on April 1, 2019 - 7:22am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of a contract to Technical Resources Group, Inc. for support services under the DOE Office of Packaging and Transportation’s TEPP program.
 
The contractor shall provide support to Federal, State, Tribal and local authorities to prepare for a response to a transportation incident/accident involving DOE shipments of radiological material.
 
The Contractor conducts reviews of state and federal regulations and standards to identify current requirements and changes in regulations that may impact the

New Mexico And National Wildlife Federations Herald U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Leadership And Service

on April 1, 2019 - 7:18am
NMWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The New Mexico Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation thanks U.S. Sen. Tom Udall for his service to New Mexico and the nation — and on behalf of the nation’s wildlife, public lands and natural resources.
 
Udall has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020.
 
“Every New Mexican has benefited from Udall’s leadership on conservation and wildlife issues,” said Jesse Deubel, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “We appreciate all he has done for the state.”
 
“Tom Udall’s conservation legacy is among the

NWS: Today’s High Near 50, Tonight’s Low Around 32

on April 1, 2019 - 6:44am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 50 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 32. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Snow Falls Sunday In Los Alamos

on April 1, 2019 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Snow fell around the area Sunday and covered this lone truck parked at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Udall, Senate Democrats Press For Commitment To Honor Existing National Monuments Boundaries

on March 31, 2019 - 8:58am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, led 16 Senate Democrats in calling on Department of the Interior (DOI) acting Secretary David Bernhardt to make a public commitment to leave existing national monument boundaries intact as originally intended before the Senate votes on his nomination for Secretary of the Interior.
 
“For more than a century, the Antiquities Act has empowered presidents from both political

Santa Fe Botanical Garden Receives Dancing Star Foundation Grant To Deepen And Expand Research

on March 31, 2019 - 8:05am
View from the Dry Garden at the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill in Santa Fe. Photo by Brian Koehl
 
SFBG News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is committed to protecting our delicate ecosystem and biodiversity through preserving our habitat and modeling how to prepare gardens for an uncertain future.
 
However, until recently, the organization has had only a modest research arm.

NWS: Today’s High Near 38, Tonight’s Low Around 23

on March 31, 2019 - 7:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 with an 80 percent chance of snow showers of 1-2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 23 with a 70 percent chance of snow showers of 2-4 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Cedar Waxwings Gather For Brunch

on March 31, 2019 - 7:15am

Daily Postcard: A flock of cedar waxwings gather to brunch on crab apples in a neighbor's yard Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Santa Fe Public Libraries And Teatro Paraguas Present Cuentos de Primavera (Stories For Spring)

on March 30, 2019 - 10:55pm
Courtesy photo
 
TEATRO PARAGUAS News:
 
Teatro Paraguas will present a performance of bilingual interactive cuentos (or traditional folk tales) for kids of all ages at all three Santa Fe Public Library Branches Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28.
 
JoJo Sena de Tarnoff directs a cast of actors ages 4-70. The program includes two cuentos: Abelardo's Dinner (La Comida de Abelardo), based on a story told by Joe Hayes; and The Man Who Couldn't Stop Dancing (El Hombre Que No Podia' Dejar de Bailar). Both tales have been adapted for Teatro Paraguas by JoJo

New Mexico Announces Funding For Conservation Innovation Grants

on March 30, 2019 - 12:58pm
Graduate student Vesh Thapa and NMSU-ASC farm staff Landon O’Rear collecting soil samples for soil health testing. Courtesy/NMSU
 
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Mexico is accepting applications for Conservation Innovations Grants (CIG) to fund innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies.
 
NRCS uses CIG to accelerate the transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches that address some of the state’s most pressing natural resource concerns.

SFNF: Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed

on March 30, 2019 - 11:31am
Fire managers may conduct a prescribed burn as early as Tuesday near the Nichols Reservoir on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy photo 
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to proceed with the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed as early as April 2, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
 
Up to 500 acres, including 50 acres of piles, will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions.

Protect Communities, Protect Climate: No New Leases

on March 30, 2019 - 11:18am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
SANTA FE Crowds gathered today for a climate strike in front of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state office in Santa Fe to protest the lease sale of 11,000 acres of public and ancestral tribal lands in Greater Chaco and Greater Carlsbad regions.
 
The BLM is moving forward with this controversial lease sale despite having received over 33,000 protest comments from tribal leaders, environmental groups, and members of the public expressing concerns that the sale would have negative impacts on cultural resources, public health, and the climate.
 
“How many more of these

Game & Fish: Expect Roadblocks Statewide During Hunting And Fishing Seasons

on March 30, 2019 - 10:46am
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.
 
The 2019-2020 hunting and fishing season begins April 1. All hunters and anglers are required to purchase a new license before hunting and fishing. Anglers can expect roadblocks throughout the summer. Guides and outfitters are also reminded that new registration is required.
 
Youth turkey season begins April 12 and the general season begins April 15. For more information, please consult

More Scenes From Ashley Pond Spring Cleanup

on March 30, 2019 - 10:45am

A County worker prepares a foundation for the installation of a 40-foot flag pole next to the pavillion during spring cleanup and maintenance activities Thursday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Ken Hanson

The waterfowl at the pond are doing their own spring cleaning. This goose is spotted Thursday going through weird contortions to bathe itself - it's difficult to throw water on one's back without hands. Photo by Ken Hanson

NWS: Today’s High Near 48, Tonight’s Low Around 27

on March 30, 2019 - 8:27am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 48 with increasingly cloudy skies and tonight’s low around 27 with a 30 percent chance of scattered snow showers after 7 p.m. … new snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s peak wind gusts around the state. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Serene Sunrise Over White Rock

on March 30, 2019 - 7:53am

Daily Postcard: A solo bird takes in the serene sunrise early this morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Omega Fire In Los Alamos Canyon 100% Contained

on March 29, 2019 - 7:51pm

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald, right, and Battalion Chief Jeff Wetteland at the scene of the Omega Fire that consumed four acres this afternoon in Los Alamos Canyon. The fire is now 100 percent contained. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon of the Omega Fire that consumed four acres today in Los Alamos Canyon. The fire is now 100 percent contained. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos firefighters on scene this afternoon have now completely contained the Omega Fire. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire

Blaze In Los Alamos Canyon Now Called Omega Fire

on March 29, 2019 - 5:26pm

Firefighters are on scene of a 4 acre fire burning in Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has 25 firefighters responding to a 4 acre fire down in Los Alamos Canyon now known as the Omega Fire burning near the Canyon Rim Trailhead - eastern edge of Los Alamos, south side, across N.M. 502 and the Los Alamos Co+op Market and Holiday Inn Express.

LAFD reports there is no crowning at this time and the fire line is moving east in the canyon with 50 percent containment and making positive progress, however, smoke is still visible.

Fire In Los Alamos Canyon Consumes 3-5 Acres

on March 29, 2019 - 5:16pm

Scene of fire burning in Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has 25 firefighters responding to a 3 to 5 acre fire down in Los Alamos Canyon near the Canyon Rim Trailhead - eastern edge of Los Alamos, south side, across NM502 and the LA Co-Op and Holiday Inn Express.

LAFD reports there is no crowning at this time. The fire line is moving east in the canyon. No containment. Smoke is visible. Please avoid this area - N.M. 502 eastbound is not closed at this time but this is an active fire fighting scene.

Update On Fire Underway In Los Alamos Canyon

on March 29, 2019 - 4:28pm

Update - Los Alamos firefighters are working a fire down in the canyon near the Canyon Rim Trailhead on the eastern edge of Los Alamos and the southside of N.M. 502 across from the Los Alamos Co+op Market. Caution: N.M. 502 eastbound is not closed at this time but this is an active fire fighting scene so motorists and hikers are urged to avoid the area. Check back for more on this developing story. Photo by James Liberty
Photo by James Liberty

Firefighters Battle Blaze In Los Alamos Canyon

on March 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

Los Alamos firefighters are working a fire that erupted this afternoon in Los Alamos Canyon west of the Canyon Rim Trail parking lot. Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald asks everyone to avoid the area if at all possible until further notice. Check back for more on this developing story. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

Scene from fire underway in Los Alamos Canyon west of the Canyon Rim Trail parking lot. Los Alamos Firefighters are pouring water in the blaze. Check back for more on this developing story. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

Scene from fire underway in Los Alamos

News Alert: Water Break On Trinity Drive

on March 29, 2019 - 3:03pm

COUNTY News:

Crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities have responded at about 11:30 a.m. today to a water break on Trinity Drive, west of 20 Street and across from Ashley Pond Park.

Mobilization of traffic control devices and excavation equipment was expected to occur around noon.

East bound traffic will be affected. For the safety of the crews and public, motorists are advised to slow down and obey traffic signs.

It is unknown at this time if water services will need to be temporarily turned off to customers when crews initiate repairs.

Tales Of Our Times: The Maze Of Dilemmas Is An Endless Pursuit

on March 29, 2019 - 7:48am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 

The Maze of Dilemmas is an Endless Pursuit

 


Political slogans are a war of internal conflicts. A prettier term for “internal war” is the word “dilemma.” A frequent example in plain view is the passing car with dueling bumper stickers. One sign says to “Free Tibet” and the other sign wants “No War.” Both are excellent ideas. But marching towards both is not possible. They are in opposite directions: Tibet can be freed only by war.

Turning to clean air and water, every effort to write a rule meets with an inherent

PEEC: Explore Science Of ‘Interstellar’ 7 P.M. Today

on March 29, 2019 - 7:11am
Join Peter Polko to explore the science and science-fiction in the film ‘Interstellar’ at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
When the film “Interstellar” came out, it was touted as the first physics-based science-fiction film. But not every part of it is plausible.
 
Join Peter Polko beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, March 29 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to dive into the film. Polko will discuss which parts are scientifically accurate and which are pure sci-fi.
 
Polko will explore how the storytelling choices in

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