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Lightning Strikes Flagpole At American Legion

on May 29, 2017 - 5:37pm

Lightning struck a flagpole at about 3 p.m. today at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. The strike caused a great deal of damage to electrical equipment, according to folks at the scene. The final damage is yet to be determined. The flagpole was silver before the strike. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

This flagpole at the American Legion was silver before it was hit this afternoon by lightning. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Final Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 29, 2017 - 8:12am

USFS News:

TAOS – The Hondito wildfire area will continue to be patrolled and monitored by fire personnel.

  • Location: Hondito Canyon, 4 miles southwest of Tres Piedras and 2 miles North of Las Tablas
  • Size: 7,020 acres, size changed due to accurate GPS mapping
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Start Date: May 15, 2017

As remaining interior fuel continues to burn, lingering smoke may be visible.

The fire is expected to remain at 7,020 acres. The lack of growth is due to minimal fire behavior and predicted weather forecast. The number of people assigned to the fire has been reduced to minimize exposure.

While

Night Skies, Phantoms At Nature Center Planetarium

on May 29, 2017 - 8:05am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Want to learn more about what is visible in the night sky this month? Dr. Paul Arendt will provide an interactive tour Friday, June 2, of the planets, star patterns, constellations, and deep sky objects that may be observed throughout June. This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.

Phantom of the Universe, a film that uncovers the heavenly mystery of dark matter, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. The film traces existence back to its beginning, stretching through space and time to

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Memorial Day

on May 28, 2017 - 6:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, May 30.

There are currently no fire restrictions on the SFNF.  Visitors are reminded that fireworks and explosives are prohibited on federal lands. Law enforcement officers, fire personnel and recreation staff will be patrolling over the Memorial Day weekend to ensure visitor safety.

Forest visitors are asked to follow campfire safety guidelines and adhere to the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Pajarito Greenhouse

on May 27, 2017 - 1:01pm
On the job in White Rock: Kathy Anderson and Cottrell Fox help gardeners this morning with their purchases at Pajarito Greenhouse. The greenhouse is especially busy this weekend due to their Memorial Day sales. They are also open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at 238 Rio Bravo in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
On the job in White Rock: Arborist Laural Hardin, left, and Jess Gauntt are busy offering advice to gardeners this morning at Pajarito Greenhouse in White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

SFNF Urges Extreme Caution On Rio Chama

on May 27, 2017 - 7:51am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As recreationists head into the Santa Fe National Forest for the long Memorial Day weekend, rafters, campers and others traveling along the Rio Chama should be prepared for higher-than-normal water levels and faster-than-normal flows on the river.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Rio Chama is experiencing “the most robust spring runoff” since 2005. BOR is currently releasing 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from El Vado Reservoir into the Rio Chama in an attempt to keep up with the snowmelt.

Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results From NASA’s Juno Mission Show Gigantic Turbulent World

on May 27, 2017 - 7:41am
Through the Juno mission, scientists are learning more about the largest planet in the solar system. NASA/JPL-CalTech/USGS Photo
 
NASA News: 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in the solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet’s surface than previously thought.
 
“We are excited to share these early

Los Alamos Nature Center Open This Holiday Weekend

on May 27, 2017 - 7:34am

Observe local birds like this Red-breasted Nuthatch this holiday weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bob Walker.

PEEC News: 

This weekend is a great time to enjoy nature, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, a great day to visit the animals, use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike, pick up the new Passport to the Pajarito Plateau booklet, or build great memories with your family in the Satch and George Cowan Children's Discovery Area.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open on holidays except: Thursday

Think About Smokey Bear This Weekend And Follow Proper Campfire Procedures

on May 27, 2017 - 7:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To quote Smokey Bear, only you can prevent a repeat of last year’s Memorial Day weekend when campers left 25 unattended and abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Fortunately, none of the 25 identified campfires sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. 

But we might not be so lucky this year. As the New Mexico fire season gets underway, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Tales Of Our Times: Impartial Testing Tests Courage

on May 26, 2017 - 4:46pm
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Impartial Testing Tests Courage
 
The impartial study has it own place on the list of big risks. I speak of impartial studies, or tests, that one might call “politically timely,” as in a public controversy. A current case in need of impartial testing is Russian ties in the last election process. My focus here is the human nature lurking around such a study.
 
Human quirks intrude in public issues that need answers. Before we know it, choices from the big box of assumptions stand in for answers.

PEEC Offers Geology Tour Of Mount Taylor

on May 26, 2017 - 5:01am
Mount Taylor has a fascinating geologic story, one that can be told by Fraser and Cathy Goff. Photo by Fraser Goff

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a special overnight tour June 17-18 of the Mount Taylor region. The tour will focus on the geology of the area, and is suitable for geologists and non-geologists alike. Space is limited for this trip.

Geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour, which will include the earth science and volcanology of Mount Taylor and surrounding areas.

Big-horned Sheep Spotted In Frijoles Canyon

on May 25, 2017 - 4:26pm
Big-horned sheep were spotted today in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument by employee Rob Harper. In 2014 and again in 2016, a few dozen big-horned sheep were released just outside the southwest boundary of Bandelier. By early this year, a half dozen sheep were seen several times near the Upper Falls on the Park's Falls Trail. Courtesy/NPS

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Plateau Properties

on May 25, 2017 - 3:57pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Dustin Lippiatt creates a large rabbit topiary Wednesday afternoon at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Lippiatt runs the yard crew for Plateau Properties where he has worked for two years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dustin Lippiatt creates a large rabbit topiary Wednesday afternoon at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Cange Testifies On EM’s FY-18 Budget Request

on May 25, 2017 - 7:44am

EM Acting Assistant Secretary Sue Cange

DOE-EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange testified Wednesday on EM’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. In her testimony, Cange provided an overview of the EM program, key achievements in the past year and planned accomplishments to be achieved with EM’s request of approximately $6.5 billion, which marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade. 

“I am honored to be here today representing the over 20,000 men and women that carry out the

Kroger Code Violations Case Heads To Trial

on May 24, 2017 - 6:01pm
Kuzi Mutsiwegota of Atomic City Investments, second from right, chats with Los Alamos County officials, from left, Michael Arellano, Larry Valdez and Paul Andrus after Tuesday's Municipal Court hearing. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
A shattered 12-inch clay pipe at Mari-Mac Shopping Center has led to a citation against Gerald Ohlsen, who manages the parking lot for Kroeger Real Estate Department. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Judge also hears code violation cases against former Hilltop House Hotel and Knights of Columbus property

Representatives for

Rattlesnake Spotted Near Pajarito Trail

on May 24, 2017 - 4:47pm

This rattlesnake was seen about 9:30 a.m. today next to Cabra Loop Trail near the intersection of Pajarito Trail. Photo by Joy Green

PEEC Offers Class With Local Artist Lisa Coddington

on May 24, 2017 - 8:21am

Hedge hog cactus by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington is returning to teach a one-day workshop on drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday June 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is great for all skill levels and is limited to 13 students. Register to learn techniques for creating realistic, still life, nature-inspired art.

 Participants will explore pencil and watercolor techniques that portray plants and animals.

NNSA Releases FY18 Presidential Budget Request

on May 24, 2017 - 7:22am

Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.)

DOE/NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released details Tuesday of its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request.

The President’s $13.9 billion FY 2018 Budget Request for NNSA represents an increase of $1.0 billion – or 7.8 percent – above the FY 2017 Omnibus level, representing the Administration’s commitment to NNSA’s diverse missions: maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; reducing the threat of

Nebulae And Monsters At Nature Center Planetarium

on May 23, 2017 - 7:11am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy Image

 

​PEEC News:

Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the glowing patches of dust and gas in the sky and more during his presentation about Nebulae and their significance in the galaxy, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Sea Monstersa film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life, will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in planetarium. The film follows fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is

Daily Postcard: Colorful Birds Drawn To Suet Feeder

on May 22, 2017 - 11:07am
Daily Postcard: This suet feeder in the yard of a Barranca Mesa home is drawing a variety of colorful birds including this Western Tanager, which has been returning to eat here for about a week. Photo by Ken Hanson
 
Daily Postcard: This Hairy Woodpecker is a more regular customer to the local suet feeder and is seen dining here during last week's surprise spring snow. Photo by Ken Hanson

Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 22, 2017 - 9:06am

FOREST SERVICE News:

TAOS – The Hondito Fire, started May 15 from a lightning strike, has consumed 5,000 acres four miles southwest of Tres Piedras and two miles north of Las Tablas and is 0 percent contained.

Fire managers took advantage of favorable conditions Sunday and completed 5,000 acres of the 14,900 acre planning area. Crews spent the morning constructing perimeter line in advance of afternoon aerial ignitions. Utilizing the helicopter, crews were able to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time.

EPA Urged To Prioritize Gold King Mine Cleanup

on May 22, 2017 - 8:48am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the EPA to fulfill the directive in the omnibus bill passed last week for Gold King Mine cleanup efforts.
 
The bill provides the EPA $4 million to implement a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.
 
The delegation asked that the EPA use these funds to support the Long-Term Monitoring Plan prepared by the

State Environment Department Announces Air Quality Compliance Assessment Program For Small Businesses

on May 22, 2017 - 7:54am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is pleased to announce that the Air Quality Bureau has developed a compliance assessment program for New Mexico small businesses, except for those located in Bernalillo County or on tribal lands. The program offers free assistance to small businesses who want help in discovering air quality permit violations.

Daily Postcard: Spring Flower Baskets Line Central

on May 21, 2017 - 5:45am

Daily Postcard: Workers from Los Alamos Landscaping hang spring flower baskets Thursday along Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Nature Center Cuts Ribbon On New Exhibit ‘Landscaping For Our Climate’

on May 20, 2017 - 10:18am

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities has funded the first outdoor exhibit at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Thomas Graves

Participating in the May 13 ribbon cutting at the Los Alamos Nature Center, from left, Beth Cortright, Jonathan Creel, Siobhan Niklasson, Sue Watts, Erick Peterson, Kate Barrere, Mary Carol Williams, Bob Walker, Selvi Viswanatha, Bob Dryja and Jack Richardson. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

Thanks to support from the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities, the Los Alamos Nature Center has an outdoor sign dedicated to explaining the

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