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BLM Public Room Closed Nov.13

on November 7, 2018 - 8:41am
BLM News:
SANTA FE The Bureau of Land Management will close its public room Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 301 Dinosaur Trail in Santa Fe.
The closure will allow staff to perform records inventory and file maintenance. Normal business hours resume Wednesday, Nov. 14.
For more information, contact Carlos Martinez at 505.954.2096.

Daily Postcard: Skyrocket Flower Spotted At Bandelier

on November 7, 2018 - 8:13am

A Scarlet Gilia, also called Skyrocket is spotted blooming in the canyons and on the mesas in Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Summit Garden Club Meets Today

on November 5, 2018 - 8:03am
SGC News:
Summit Garden Club’s monthly meeting is at 1:30 p.m., today, Nov. 5, at the White Rock Presbyterian Church at 310 Rover Blvd.
Members and guests will learn the art of making grapevine wreaths. Participants should bring items for decorating their own wreaths. One large wreath will be donated to the Festival of Trees Nov. 17.
Email Laurie Stunkel at for help with supplies. Refreshments will be served. All newcomers are welcome.

NWS: Today's High Near 56 With Mostly Sunny Skies

on November 5, 2018 - 7:07am
The National Weather Service predicts today's high near 56 with mostly sunny skies. Tonight's low around 34. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fast Moving Storm Across Overlook

on November 5, 2018 - 6:10am

Daily Postcard: Fast moving storm Oct. 23 across Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Riki Byers

LAHS Key Club Participates In ‘Single Service Project Day’ Filling Gabion Baskets At County Landfill

on November 4, 2018 - 2:41pm

Some 36 Key Club members spent the club’s annual ‘Single Service Project Day’ Saturday, Oct. 27, working at the Los Alamos County Landfill. They spent almost three hours filling ‘gabion baskets’ with recycled glass and fastening the baskets together into a long line designed to prevent soil erosion at the top of a hill. Later, County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule sent an email to Kiwanis youth liaisons Morrie Pongratz and Don Casperson complimenting the young people and their work. ‘The students were terrific to work with.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The birds?

on November 4, 2018 - 4:48am

Redwing blackbirds gather at the top of tree in the autumn. Photo by Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

The transition for fall to winter is a good time to consider what is happening to birds from a variety of viewpoints. The seasonal movement of various bird species is closing. Redwing blackbirds have been appearing in groups of 20 to 50 in trees. They suddenly fly as a group from one tree to another, making a constant raucous. White-winged have been in small groups of about five to eight birds that walk quietly about on the ground.

Santa Fe Watershed Piles Burn Planned

on November 4, 2018 - 4:41am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind directions, and weather forecasts to initiate a piles burn in the Santa Fe Watershed area as early as Nov.15.
Depending on conditions, ignitions could possibly not start until sometime in early 2019.   
The treatment area is approximately 50 acres and is located adjacent to Forest Road (FR) 102 approximately four miles east of the City of Santa Fe and six miles southwest of Ski Santa Fe.
Smoke will likely

Interior Department Disburses $634.9 Million In FY 2018 Energy Revenues To New Mexico

on November 4, 2018 - 4:39am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), disbursed $634.990 million in Fiscal Year 2018 energy revenues to New Mexico.
This represents an increase of $179.890 million from the previous year’s total. The funds are derived from energy produced on federal and Indian lands, as well as U.S. offshore areas.
“President Trump’s energy dominance strategy is paying off and local communities across America are the beneficiaries,” Zinke said.

Daily Postcard: Fall Colors Spotted At Demo Garden

on November 4, 2018 - 4:37am

Daily Postcard: Fall colors are spotted recently at the Los Alamos Demo Garden on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

PEEC: Learn About Declining Bird Populations On Pajarito Plateau Nov. 6

on November 3, 2018 - 5:31am
A male Western Tanager by Bob Walker. Learn what the future may hold for the birds and forests of the Pajarito Plateau at a talk at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently published a paper about bird populations on the Pajarito Plateau, finding declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites in northern New Mexico.
Jeanne Fair, who led the research team, will share her research and discuss what the future may hold for the birds and forests of the Pajarito

Daily Postcard: Buck Spotted Munching Birdseed

on November 3, 2018 - 5:28am

Daily Postcard: A buck  is spotted munching birdseed in Western Area neighborhood. Photo by Brint Perera

Photo by Brint Perera

Photo by Brint Perera

Sipapu Gets Foot Of Fresh Snow, Begins Snowmaking

on November 2, 2018 - 7:58am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
SKI News:
Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos has received a foot of snow and crews were able to fire up the snow guns for the first time this season as they prepare for opening day, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17.
Wednesday at 10:20 p.m., the snowmaking crew began making snow for the first time this season -- temperatures were perfect and they were able to have the snow guns going for more than 12 hours.

Even More Scenes From Trick Or Treat On MainStreet

on November 2, 2018 - 7:19am

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris stands ready to assist during the annual Trick or Treat on MainStreet Friday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Future Los Alamos Policemen? Photo by Tammy Jimines

A future Los Alamos Policeman and Firefighter? Photo by Tammy Jimines

Scene from the annual Trick or Treat on MainStreet Friday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Scene from the annual Trick or Treat on MainStreet Friday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Scene from the annual Trick or Treat on MainStreet Friday in downtown Los Alamos.

Daily Postcard: Snow Over Jemez Mountains

on November 2, 2018 - 6:40am

Daily Postcard: Snow spotted Wednesday falling over the Jemez Mountains. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Zero Waste Committee: Feast! But Don’t Waste

on November 1, 2018 - 11:43am


Holidays are the time for sharing our bounty with family and friends. Unfortunately, all that generosity can lead to waste.

Over Thanksgiving last year, Americans wasted about 204 million pounds of turkey alone, and it’s estimated that we will toss over 5 million tons of food between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

 Food waste is a year-round problem: In the U.S., we waste roughly 40 percent of the food we produce, enough to feed 2 billion people every year.

Old Man Winter Pays Halloween Visit To Sipapu

on November 1, 2018 - 11:37am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
SKI News:
It's no trick! Old Man Winter arrived Wednesday at Sipapu, dumping a foot of snow on the New Mexico resort.
Conditions are also favorable for snowmaking, so Sipapu's crews also are firing up the snow guns in preparation of opening day Saturday, Nov. 17.
Another treat for parents: Sipapu offers a free Power Kids Pass for all children ages 10 and younger - no tricks involved (and no purchase required).
Pick up a Power Kids Pass at the ticket office, the REI in Albuquerque Nov. 9-11 or register online.

AGU: Researchers Describe Likely Origin Of Perfect Lines On Saturn’s Moon

on November 1, 2018 - 10:30am
Saturn’s moon Dione coasts along in its orbit appearing in front of its parent planet. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
AGU News:
Strange features on Saturn’s moon Dione resembling lines of latitude on a map could be the result of space dust crashing onto Dione’s surface, according to a new study.
Dione is the fourth-largest of Saturn’s 53 confirmed moons. It has a liquid water ocean covered by an icy shell and a surface marked by craters, fault scarps and recently discovered bright, linear streaks parallel to its equator.

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Selected Nationally For Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Program

on November 1, 2018 - 8:33am

UbiQD of Los Alamos is one of only five companies selected nationally for the IN2 program. UbiQD will receive up to $250,000 to accelerate innovative commercial buildings technology. Courtesy/UbiQD


  • One of only five companies selected nationally for the IN2 program, UbiQD will receive up to $250,000 to accelerate innovative commercial buildings technology

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has announced that UbiQD, Inc.

Nature On Tap: Turkeys In The Past At Bandelier Nov. 5

on November 1, 2018 - 8:28am
Turkey petroglyph. Courtesy photo
Join the Los Alamos Creative District and staff from Bandelier National Monument at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5 during Nature On Tap at UnQuarked Wine Room to learn about the importance of turkeys to Ancestral Puebloans based on archeological and ethnographic information.
Attendees also will learn about the rock art of Frijoles Canyon.
These topics are particularly relevant today because 2018 is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed.

New Mexico Communities Hand-Deliver Protest Comments On Expanded Fracking In Greater Chaco

on November 1, 2018 - 8:05am
Scene from citizens protesting expanded fracking Wednesday in Greater Chaco at the Bureau of Land Management state office. Courtesy photo
Scene from citizens protesting expanded fracking Wednesday in Greater Chaco at the Bureau of Land Management state office. Courtesy photo
Sierra Club News:
SANTA FE Community groups and advocates hand-delivered more than 10,000 citizen protest comments to the Bureau of Land Management’s New Mexico state office in snowy Santa Fe Wednesday in opposition to an oil and gas lease sale scheduled for December that would auction off close to 100,000

SFNF: 150 Acres Completed On Borrego Mesa Burn

on November 1, 2018 - 7:21am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed 150 acres of a 200 acre broadcast burn Tuesday on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit.
The broadcast burn reduces the risk of high-severity wildfire. The treatment area consists of slash left behind from wood cutting.
The remaining 50 acres are expected to be completed sometime between early November and Dec. 31.
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

Scenes From Los Alamos Rotary Club ‘Bat Week’

on November 1, 2018 - 7:14am

Los Alamos Rotarian Judy Goldie, center, was the recipient Tuesday of the Major Donor Award from The Rotary Foundation, the funding branch of Rotary International. Goldie has given generously to The Rotary Foundation during her 25 years of membership. She was drawn to Rotary's many humanitarian initiatives, in particular the eradication of polio, because a relative had contracted the crippling disease in childhood. In recognition of her contributions, Goldie received a distinctive blue enameled and gold pin with a diamond and an engraved crystal depiction of a peace dove.

Daily Postcard: Halloween Snowstorm On Mountains

on November 1, 2018 - 6:57am

Daily Postcard: Halloween snowstorm and fall colors cover the mountains. By Kathryn Willcutt

Explore November’s Night Skies At Planetarium

on October 31, 2018 - 12:56pm

Explore the night skies of November at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 watch the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Learn what will be visible in November’s night skies Friday, Nov. 2 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Paul Arendt will host an interactive tour of the heavens at 7 p.m. and will highlight planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month.

During the month of November, Mars, Saturn and Venus will all be visible.