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Former Ice Caps Buried Under North Polar Ice On Mars

on May 28, 2019 - 5:59am
A view of Mars showing the planet’s northern polar ice cap. A new study led by The University of Texas at Austin has found remnants of ancient ice caps buried in the north polar region. Courtesy/ISRO / ISSDC / Emily Lakdawalla.
A vertically exaggerated view of Mars’ north polar cap. Researchers estimate that if melted, the massive ice deposits discovered in this region would cover the planet in 1.5 meters (5 feet) of water. Courtesy/SA/DLR/FU Berlin; NASA MGS MOLA Science Team.
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NWS: Today’s High Near 60; Tonight’s Low Around 40

on May 28, 2019 - 5:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 60 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 40. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Duck On A Rock Catching Rays

on May 28, 2019 - 5:53am

Daily Postcard: A duck suns itself on a rock Monday at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: Today’s High Near 64; Tonight’s Low Around 36

on May 27, 2019 - 5:51am
The National Weather Service forecasts today's high in Los Alamos near 64 with sunny skies and south winds 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Tonight's low around 36. Courtesy/NWS

Pajarito Conservation Alliance: Answering Call From Global Covenant of Mayors

on May 26, 2019 - 7:16am

Photo by Craig Martin

By Pajarito Conservation Alliance

In September 2014, all the cities of the world were invited to commit to a more sustainable and resilient future by joining the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. 9,000 cities across the globe have answered this invitation. Houston, Austin, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Nev., Denver and Tempe, Ariz. have answered the invitation.
Eagle Nest (population 290), and Santa Fe have answered the invitation. But Los Alamos has not.
The vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions come from cities and urban centers, where most

J. Robert Oppenheimer Committee Awards Scholarships

on May 26, 2019 - 7:14am

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy/JROMC


Ten college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.

The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.

The JROMC has awarded over 230 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $500,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several limited term endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and contributions from the Los Alamos

Barranca Elementary School 4th Grade Student Aditya Viswanathan Winner Of Ranger Rick Photo Contest

on May 26, 2019 - 7:14am

Barranca Elementary School fourth grade student Aditya Viswanathan is one of the winners of the 2019 Ranger Rick photo contest. He took this photo of a mother leopard climbing down a tree at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya when he was 8 years old on safari with his family in June 2017. A leopard is one of the more difficult animals to see and Aditya managed to capture this fleeting moment nicely framed between the trunks of acacia trees. Look closely and see some blood on her paw since she was feeding at the wildebeest kill she had stashed up in the tree. Courtesy photo

Santa Fe National Forest Warns Visitors About Bad Road Conditions Across Cuba Ranger District

on May 26, 2019 - 7:11am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Unseasonal weather on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, including snow earlier in the week, has created treacherous road conditions across the Cuba Ranger District. 

The latest round of moisture on top of a wet winter and heavy spring runoff has left many Forest Service roads and trails waterlogged, muddy and, in many instances, underwater.

District staff are taking a look at conditions across the Cuba District and considering road closures under a seasonal closure order that protects public health and safety, natural resources and

NWS: Today’s High Near 72; Tonight’s Low Around 43

on May 26, 2019 - 7:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 72 with increasing clouds and wind gusts up to 35 mph. Tonight’s low around 43. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Flowers And Rocks On Canyon Road

on May 26, 2019 - 6:58am

Daily Postcard: Flowers bloom between rocks in a garden on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: Today’s High Near 72; Tonight’s Low Around 48

on May 25, 2019 - 4:50am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 72 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 48. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Yucca Spotted On Camp Hamilton Trail

on May 25, 2019 - 4:39am
Daily Postcard: A yucca is spotted Friday growing along Camp Hamilton Trail in Pueblo Canyon by members of the senior center Ad Hoc Hikers group. Photo by Patricia Rathbone

SUWA: BLM Opens Scenic Factory Butte Area In Utah To Off-Road Vehicle Destruction

on May 24, 2019 - 8:05am
Left, a spring wildflower bloom enhances Factory Butte’s unique photographic appeal in Utah. Right, Extensive ruts left by ORVs near Factory Butte remain visible even after torrential rainfall. Courtesy/Ray Bloxham/SUWA
SUWA News:
MOAB, Utah The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) reports that without prior notice or opportunity for public input, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Richfield Field Office announced Wednesday that it is opening 5,400 acres of public lands surrounding Utah’s iconic Factory Butte to unfettered cross-country off-road vehicle (ORV) use.

NM Delegation Lauds Decision To Grant Request For Major Disaster Declaration For Navajo Nation

on May 24, 2019 - 7:21am
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. After historic snowstorms and flooding in local Navajo communities that occurred in February, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres-Small, lauded the decision to grant the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation.
This declaration will trigger the release of federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed to help weather-affected communities

NWS: Today’s High Near 66; Tonight’s Low Around 43

on May 24, 2019 - 7:07am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 66 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 43. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Indian Paintbrush Dots Landscape

on May 24, 2019 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: Indian Paintbrush springing up Wednesday along N.M. 502 near White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Environmental Services/Sustainability Board Thank Community For Successful Clean Up Los Alamos Day

on May 23, 2019 - 4:30pm


Los Alamos County Environmental Services and the Environmental Sustainability Board would like to thank all the volunteers that participated in the 16th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day Saturday, May 18.

Volunteers helped pick up trash from all over the county including school grounds, parks and trails. More than 100 participants registered to volunteer in 15 groups. With their help, 600 pounds of trash was collected around the community. A volunteer appreciation lunch was held at Ashley Pond Park following the cleanup.

At the Eco Station approximately 150 residents utilized the

LANL Profile: Bill Priedhorsky

on May 23, 2019 - 7:53am

Bill Priedhorsky, the program director for Laboratory-Directed Research & Development. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Bill Priedhorsky, director of the Laboratory-Directed Research & Development (LDRD) program, has been walking for several hours.

The whisper of his passage across the desert disappears as thoroughly as the morning dew dries under the unrelenting heat of New Mexico’s sun. He leans on a hiking pole and takes in his surroundings.

There are convoluted shadows on the rocks all about him—nature is a gifted sculptor, using erosion to craft all types of interesting and bizarre shapes

County: Vote For Zero Waste Champion Of The Year

on May 23, 2019 - 7:51am


To promote recycling and zero waste in the community as well as to encourage more businesses to participate in the recycling program, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Environmental Sustainability Board is sponsoring the Zero Waste Champion of the Year award

To become eligible, a business is nominated by a member of the community for contributing to sustainability, recycling and waste reduction.

SFNF Offices Close For Memorial Day Monday

on May 23, 2019 - 7:40am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday.
Last year, SFNF fire personnel found 84 abandoned campfires over the three-day Memorial Day weekend in spite of Stage 2 fire restrictions, which prohibited campfires and other activities.
This year, after a winter with above-average moisture and snowpack, conditions on the forest are much different, and there are currently no fire restrictions on the SFNF.

Weekly Fishing Report: May 23

on May 23, 2019 - 7:27am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Winter simply doesn’t want to let go this year. It has turned cold and it could even freeze this late in the spring. That would be a bummer because it looks like a bumper crop of fruit this year.
The weather should warm back up quickly The rivers are still swollen with runoff and with snow still falling at high elevations, it looks like we could be well into June before they start dropping. It’s been on heck of a year with the weather and it’s still not over.
The prime fishing seems to be in the smaller lakes, as nearly

Summer Kicks Off With Summerfest At Pajarito June 8

on May 23, 2019 - 6:19am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area kicks off its summer season 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 with lift-served mountain biking and hiking.
The mountain will feature some exciting new events and fun activities all summer long.
Pajarito Mountain features 1,200 verticle feet of downhill, cross country and freeride mountain bike trails. The 30-trail system is built and maintained almost entirely by local volunteers from Los Alamos.

Explore Asteroids Friday; Saturday In Planetarium

on May 23, 2019 - 6:03am
Explore the risks asteroids pose to Earth and what mankind might be able to do about them Friday and Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Local asteroid expert Galen Gisler will lead a talk at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, and the nature center will show the full-dome film 'Incoming!' at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Explore the risks asteroid impacts pose to the Earth this Friday and Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Udall Opening Statement At Interior Department Appropriations Hearing With Secretary Bernhardt

on May 23, 2019 - 6:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to review the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Below are Udall’s remarks:
Secretary Bernhardt, thank you for appearing before the subcommittee this morning, in your first hearing since you were confirmed as Secretary of

NWS: Today’s High Near 60; Tonight’s Low Around 36

on May 23, 2019 - 5:57am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 60 with mostly sunny skies and windy conditions including gusts up to 40 mph. Tonight’s low around 36. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s windy conditions across the state. Courtesy/NWS