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Daily Postcard: Double Rainbow Over White Rock

on June 2, 2019 - 6:11am

Daily Postcard: A double rainbow paints the sky Thursday viewed near Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Smoke In The Jemez

on June 1, 2019 - 12:59pm


JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve initiated prescribed burn projects beginning last Thursday and may continue over the next couple of weeks, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions.

The prescribed burns are taking place within a 630-acre project area in Banco Bonito and a 112-acre area on Cerro Seco. Both locations are within the western half of the preserve.

The burn operations will be completed within a 3- to 10-day period.

NWS: Today’s High Near 74; Tonight’s Low Around 49

on June 1, 2019 - 6:32am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 74 with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 49. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Scenes From Deer Trap Mesa Trail

on June 1, 2019 - 6:27am

Daily Postcard: Cactus blooms along Deer Trap Mesa Trail. Photo by Maggie Meier

Indian paintbrush. Photo by Maggie Meier

Photo by Maggie Meier

Yucca. Photo by Maggie Meier

Photo by Maggie Meier

Pajarito Astronomers Host Dark Night Saturday June 1

on May 31, 2019 - 11:33am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:15 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, June 1 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mercury, Mars, Jupiter (with its moons) and Saturn will potentially be visible during the evening.

There will be a tour of the spring and summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

The public is invited and encouraged

Free Public Star Gazing Event Sunday June 2

on May 31, 2019 - 7:17am
ALAMOGORDO Sunday evening, June 2, the public is invited to join amateur astronomers attending the Great Southwest Star Party at the New Mexico Museum of Space History for a free public night of star gazing.
Astronomers will share their telescopes and knowledge of the cosmos with all who attend.
Beginning at 6 p.m., museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll will give a special presentation in the New Horizons Theater. The public is invited to attend, but seating is limited.

Daily Postcard: Hikers Spot Evening Primrose

on May 31, 2019 - 6:28am

Daily Postcard: An evening primrose blooming along the trail during the Ad Hoc Hikers Thursday hike through Rendija Canyon and Deer Trap Mesa trails. Photo by Patricia Rathbone

Robinson: Bears Are Back In Town!

on May 30, 2019 - 9:24am
Bears sightings are increasing across Los Alamos. Courtesy/LEWF
Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation

It is one of the most wonderful times of the year! The bears are back in town! Pictures and videos from all over our community are showing our friends finally venturing out.

After a long winter rest, the bears are beginning to prepare regain the weight lost during their hibernation. That means you will start seeing them around your neighborhoods looking for easy sources of food.

Don't forget ... a fed bear is a dead bear. Courtesy/LEWF

Bears always come with some

Secret City Summer Concerts Strive For Zero Waste

on May 30, 2019 - 8:49am
From left, Environmental Services Division Senior Office Specialist Joshua Levings, Zero Waste Team member and Environmental Sustainability Board member Dorothy Brown, Zero Waste Team Member Julia Ying and Los Alamos County Councilor James Robinson man one of the Zero Waste stations during the concert May 24. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

People don’t often think about garbage once they toss it into a trash can.

Although the thought of that wrapper, plastic water bottle or Styrofoam plate disappears from

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets May 31

on May 30, 2019 - 6:21am

AGU: Aftershocks Of 1959 Earthquake Rocked Yellowstone In 2017-18

on May 30, 2019 - 6:20am
State Highway 287 slumped into Hebgen Lake; damage from the August 1959 Hebgen Lake (Montana-Yellowstone) earthquake. Photo by I.J. Witkind/USGS
AGU News:
Aug. 17, 1959, back when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the U.S. had yet to send a human to space and the nation’s flag sported 49 stars, Yellowstone National Park shook violently for about 30 seconds.
The shock was strong enough to drop the ground a full 20 feet in some places. It toppled the dining room fireplace in the Old Faithful Inn. Groundwater swelled up and down in wells as far away as Hawaii.

Students At Northern New Mexico Schools Earn Research Awards As Part Of ‘Share With Wildlife’

on May 30, 2019 - 6:19am
RS News:
SANTA FE Four students at three Northern New Mexico schools won cash awards for excellence in researching and writing a report on wildlife species that are threatened or endangered, and are listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New Mexico.
Students at Peñasco High School, El Dorado Community School, and Santa Fe Indian School did field research and extended environmental monitoring on the Galisteo, Pecos, Santa Barbara, and Santa Fe Rivers, using wildlife cameras and aerial drones among other riparian assessment methods.

June Events At Los Alamos Nature Center

on May 30, 2019 - 6:17am
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center announces its June events at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
Saturday, June 1
Event Full: Mt. Taylor Hike
Join PEEC and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a hike up Mt. Taylor. This hike is part of the Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge. Registration is full, but you can sign up to get on the waiting list. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Admission: Free for Challenge registrants, PEEC members, and LAM members; $10/family or $5/person for non-members. More information at
Saturday, June 1
Feature Film:

Heinrich Secures Commitments From Interior Secretary David Bernhardt To Protect Chaco Canyon

on May 30, 2019 - 6:08am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, secured key commitments from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt following his visit to Chaco Canyon.
"I invited Secretary Bernhardt to New Mexico to see firsthand how special Chaco Canyon is and I’m pleased with the outcome of his visit. The Secretary had the opportunity to meet with local tribal leaders who are united in protecting the area surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

NWS: Today’s High Near 65; Tonight’s Low Around 44

on May 30, 2019 - 6:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 65 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 44. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Giant Columbines In White Rock

on May 30, 2019 - 5:55am

Daily Postcard: Giant Columbines growing in the backyard of a residence in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Quantum Information Gets Boost From Thin-Film Breakthrough

on May 29, 2019 - 11:00am

An innovative method for controlling single-photon emission for specific locations in 2D materials may offer a new path toward all-optical quantum computers and other quantum technologies. This image shows a false-color scanning electron micrograph of the array used to create place single-photon sources in epitaxial tungsten diselenide. Inset shows the Hanbury-Brown Twiss interferometry measurement proving quantum emission. Image by Michael Pettes/Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Method opens new path to all-optical quantum computers, other technologies


Efforts to create reliable light-based

Citing Methane Waste Concerns, Conservation Groups File Protest On New Mexico Lease Sale In Permian Basin

on May 29, 2019 - 6:47am
EDF News:
ROSWELL The Environmental Defense Fund and The Wilderness Society have filed a formal protest of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plans to lease parcels of public land in southeastern New Mexico’s booming Permian Basin for oil and gas development without adequate controls to limit methane waste.
BLM estimates this sale, and ones like it, over the next 20 years could add up to 6,000 new wells to the Carlsbad region.

Weekly Fishing Report: May 29

on May 29, 2019 - 6:33am
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The crazy weather continues here in the Southwest. The temperature dipped  perilously close to freezing last week and some people complained about losing some tomato plants.

Fortunately, it didn’t appear to damage the fruit crop. It looks like a great year. Cherries should be the first fruit to appear at the Farmers Market.

The wind at times was terrible last week and makes for difficult fishing conditions. Mornings are usually calmer than afternoons and evenings.

The fishing is pretty good in the larger lakes and reservoirs.

NWS: Today’s High Near 62; Tonight’s Low Around 47

on May 29, 2019 - 5:38am
The National Weather Service forecasts today's high in Los Alamos near 62 with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m. and partly sunny skies with a 40 percent chance of precipitation. Tonight's low arond 47 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 p.m.. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Monday Morning At The Pond

on May 29, 2019 - 5:25am

Daily Postcard: The scene Monday morning at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Erika Clark

Bear Spotted In Yard Of Home In Quemazon Today

on May 28, 2019 - 6:27pm

This bear was spotted about 4:30 p.m. today in the front yard of a home in Quemazon. Photo by Patrical Walls

Abandoned Campfires Down 64 Percent From 2018

on May 28, 2019 - 5:46pm


USDA News:

SANTA FE – Fire prevention staff on the Santa Fe National Forest found approximately 30 abandoned campfires over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

Still too many, Deputy Fire Staff Officer Terrance Gallegos said, but a big improvement over the 84 abandoned campfires found over the same weekend in 2018.

The 64 percent drop in abandoned campfires – the leading human cause of wildfire – may be attributable to a concerted effort by the forest’s fire prevention team to teach visitors how to properly extinguish a campfire.

SFNF staff hand out brochures and post

Prescribed Burn Near Penasco Begins Wednesday

on May 28, 2019 - 4:53pm

Prescribed burn begins Wednesday in the Copper Hill area west of Penasco. Courtesy photo


SFNF News:


SANTA FE – The Burn Team is working closely with the New Mexico Land Office and other partners to reduce hazardous fuels and restore forests and woodlands in the Copper Hill area west of Penasco.


Depending on weather and site conditions, the team will mobilize and begin burning May 29 through June 1.


Smoke may be visible from Picuris Pueblo, Penasco, Ojo Sarco, Dixon, Taos and surrounding areas.

What Is Wish-Cycling And Why it’s Always A Bad Idea

on May 28, 2019 - 6:30am
We have all been there. You’re standing in front of the recycle bin with something in hand – a beverage cap, a greasy pizza box, the tinfoil lid from a sour cream container or a crinkly cellophane wrapper. You don’t completely know whether or not you can recycle it. You want to do your part for the environment by recycling more, so you throw it in the recycle bin and assume the recycling facilities will sort it out. No harm, no foul – right? Wrong!
“Wish- Cycling” is a term recycler’s use when referring to this kind of well-intended, but ultimately harmful behavior.