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Daily Postcard: Violet-Green Swallows Feed Chicks

on July 30, 2019 - 5:30am

Daily Postcard: Violet-green swallows nest in a birdhouse in the yard of a residence on Andanada Street on Barranca MesaThere seems to be two chicks in the nest. The parents visit the nest every few minutes with insects for the youngsters. According to, both parents feed nestlings, but the female often does more. The chicks typically leave the nest 23-24 days after hatching. The parents continue to feed the young for some time after they leave the nest. Photo by Ken Hanson

When the swallows sense potential danger, they sit on a cable and protest. Photo by Ken Hanson

A pair of

LANL: Numerical Model Pinpoints Source Of Pre-Cursor To Seismic Signals

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

These before and after simulations show the collapse of a stress chain after a laboratory quake. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes

Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes.

“Previous machine-learning studies found that the acoustic signals detected from an earthquake fault can be used to predict when the next

Udall, Lofgren, Matsui Introduce Bill To Give Americans Opportunity To Invest In Clean Energy Future

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm
U.S. Senators Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to give all Americans the opportunity to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds and empower regular people to do their part in building our country’s clean energy future.
Modeled after the highly successful victory bonds sold during World War I and World War II, which raised billions of dollars to finance the costs of war, Clean Energy Victory Bonds would help communities across

State Land Office Signs Land Use Restriction

on July 29, 2019 - 1:08pm

Assistant Commissioner Craig Johnson and Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy/NMLO


  • Restriction Aims to Protect Military Readiness

SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed a Land Use Restriction or Condition (LURC) with the Compatible Lands Foundation in partnership with the Department of Defense.


The LURC places a buffer zone around Fort Bliss Army Base to address incompatible planning and development in the vicinity of important military training operations.

USDA RD In New Mexico Promotes Longtime Employee Ray Melton To Rural Business Program Director

on July 29, 2019 - 10:40am

Ray Melton

USDA Rural Development News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Arthur A. Garcia has promoted longtime USDA RD employee Ray Melton as the agency’s rural business program director.

Melton oversees 13 business programs administered by USDA Rural Development. All of the programs were created to expand economic opportunities in rural communities of less than 50,000 residents.

“I have committed my life in the lending industry and at USDA Rural Development to provide the rural residents of New Mexico the best possible financing opportunities to expand their rural

America’s Largest Seed Fund In Albuquerque Aug. 14

on July 29, 2019 - 6:33am
Regional Administrator, Region VI
The nation’s booming economy is buoyed by small business innovators who are looking to turn a big idea into an American success story. 
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National SBIR Road Tour is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 14 as part of a 16-stop tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to 11 federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.
Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on July 29, 2019 - 6:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4 p.m. and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Young Bucks Spotted On Andanada

on July 29, 2019 - 6:06am
Two young bucks spotted Saturday evening seeking apricots from a tree at a reidence on Andanada Street on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson

Pentagon Announces PFAS Task Force To Address Contamination At Military Bases

on July 28, 2019 - 7:28am
EWG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Defense Department will establish a new task force to address drinking water contamination from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS at military facilities and in nearby communities, according to a news release by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
The announcement of the task force comes days after Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged to Shaheen during his July 16 confirmation hearing to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way.”

Fort Union Candlelight Tours Program Aug. 10

on July 28, 2019 - 7:27am
Scene from Fort Union National Monument annual Candlelight Tour. Courtesy/FUNM
NPS News:
Fort Union National Monument announces that its annual Candlelight Tours event will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.
During this evening event, visitors will be guided through the fort and through a series of skits performed by costumed interpreters. The tours and skits will be illuminated by lantern light. This is a free event, but reservations are required.
Tour times are 7:30 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:40 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and is limited to

Posts From The Road: Headwaters Of Mississippi River

on July 28, 2019 - 7:18am
Scene of the mighty Mississippi River during a road trip this month. The river has a humble beginning as it flows from a small glacial Lake Itasca in Minnesota. The headwaters are about 20 feet wide and knee deep as it begins its 2,348 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Shown are swimmers as they enjoy the cool waters at the headwaters in Lake Itasca State Park. ‘Posts from the Road’ appear in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn travel around the country and he shares scenes they encounter while on the road. Photo

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on July 28, 2019 - 7:12am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts a temperature matrix today for cities around the state. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fawns Spotted At 41st And Sycamore

on July 28, 2019 - 6:58am

Daily Postcard: Fawns under the watchful eye of their mother are spotted Saturday near 41st and Sycamore Street. Photo by David C. Guenther 

Rainbow Follows Late afternoon Shower

on July 27, 2019 - 11:02pm

Following today's rain shower, a rainbow appears in the sky early this evening as seen from N.M. 4 while driving toward White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

State Files Preliminary Injunction Against Air Force To Compel It To Address PFAS Contamination

on July 27, 2019 - 10:38am
NMED News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Thursday, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a request in federal court for emergency relief from environmental contamination caused by per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
“I am extremely frustrated that the Air Force has not been responsive to protecting the health and safety of New Mexican families by addressing years of environmental pollution,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas.

Dr. Olivia Carril Speaks About Wild Bees At Rotary

on July 27, 2019 - 7:27am
Dr. Olivia Carril discusses wild bees, in particular, those of Bandelier National Monument during a talk Tuesday at the Rotary Club meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Linda Hull
Dr. Olivia Carril, bee researcher with the National Parks Service and science teacher at the Santa Fe Girls' School, spoke Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about wild bees, in particular, those of Bandelier National Monument. 
After describing how she captures bees in the wild and records her findings, Carril explained that bees are actually a type of specialized wasp, feeding on

Game & Fish: Bear And Cougar Rule Changes Topic Of Four Public Meetings In August

on July 27, 2019 - 7:21am
NMG&F News:
SANTA FE The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the bear and cougar rule.
To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:
  • Raton: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road;
  • Albuquerque: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 7816 Alamo Road, NW;
  • Las Cruces: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive; and
  • Roswell: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1615 West College Boulevard.

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 27, 2019 - 7:01am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View During Hike At Bandelier

on July 27, 2019 - 6:49am

Daily Postcard: View during a hike Sunday at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Annette Maes-Livermore

Explore Fractals In Nature Center Planetarium Tonight

on July 26, 2019 - 6:50pm

Explore the world of fractals beginning at 7 p.m. today in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. This show The nature center also will play the full-dome film 'Exploding Universe' at 2 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Journey into the never-ending world of fractals at 7 p.m. today in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

This show takes viewers on an immersive tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals. Featuring original music, this show is both educational and highly entertaining.

In addition to the fractals show, the

Tales Of Our Times: Tipping Points Bring Problems And Block Ways To Solve Them

on July 26, 2019 - 12:17pm
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Tipping Points Bring Problems And Block Ways To Solve Them
“Tipping point” is a popular term that raises the specter of a big change coming. Dictionaries tell us a “tipping point” is “a critical moment in a complex situation in which a small influence or development produces a sudden large or irreversible change.”

Tipping points are found in the natural world, in social behaviors and in mathematics that describe such nature. Tipping points in the news are mostly, but not always, bad.

SFNF Monitoring Venado Mesa Fire In Jemez

on July 26, 2019 - 11:49am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring a lightning-caused fire on the east side of Venado Mesa west of Forest Road (FR) 376.

Although the fire is currently only half an acre, it is putting up smoke as it smolders and creeps in steep, rocky terrain.

The Venado Mesa Fire is burning in oak brush, mixed conifer and pinon/juniper. Today’s weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 26, 2019 - 7:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS



Daily Postcard: Morning Glories Bloom At Aspen Ridge

on July 26, 2019 - 6:21am

Daily Postcard: Fragrant morning glories bloom Wednesday in front of Aspen Ridge Lodge at 1010 Somnrillo Court. Photo by Lori Kelley

Morning glories and other flowers at Aspen Ridge Lodge. Photo by Lori Kelley

AGU: Scientists Take High-Speed Video Of Waves To Better Understand Sea Spray

on July 25, 2019 - 10:11am
AGU News:
Waves crashing on seashores generate tiny droplets of water known as sea spray. Sea spray moves heat and water from the ocean to the atmosphere, but scientists are unsure which part of the wave-breaking process generates the most spray, whether it be wind shear, splashing, or the popping of air bubbles at the surface of the wave.
To address this question, scientists generated breaking waves experimentally in a lab.