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Alert: Managed Hidden Valley Fire Underway

on July 21, 2018 - 5:39pm

Smoke seen this morning on a drive along the Valle Grande. There are signs posted stating it is a managed burn - do not report. Officials are managing the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire to benefit resources within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. For the duration of this fire the South Mountain and Hidden Valley areas of the preserve will be closed to the public. Photo by Marc Bailey

Udate: Lightning Sparks Venado Fire In Jemez Ranger District

on July 21, 2018 - 4:29pm

UPDATE: The Venado FIre on the Jemez Ranger District has grown to 50 acres. Due to fire behavior, Forest Road (FR) 376 is closed from Gilman Tunnels to the intersection of FR 488 and FR 376. Area day trip visitors are being notified by USDA Forest Service law enforcement to leave the area. One heavy air tanker is inbound, 1 helicopter with bucket is inbound with one on order, 1 single engine air tanker is inbound with 3 more on order, an additional hot shot crew is inbound, and 1 dozer is inbound.

New Mexico Legislative Council Files Complaint To Halt Transfer Of State Park To Game & Fish Department

on July 21, 2018 - 2:06pm
NMLC News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Legislative Council has filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief with the First Judicial District Court in an effort to halt the transfer of ownership of the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park from the Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department (State Parks Division) to the Department of Game and Fish.
 
The claim states that the Defendants acted in excess of their authority and violated the separation of powers doctrine established by Article III, Section 1 of the New Mexico Constitution.

Udall Joins Raptor Release Near Taos Sunday

on July 21, 2018 - 8:41am

The American Kestrel is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Ceremony will celebrate the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act

TAOS – U.S Sen. Tom Udall will speak at the release of an American Kestrel at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Sunday near Taos. 

The release is sponsored by New Mexico Rivers and Birds and the Santa Fe Raptor Center. Taos Pueblo Governor Gilbert Suazo will bless the ceremony.

The ceremony celebrates the 5 year anniversary of the Rio Grande del

Holy Ghost Canyon Road To Close For Repairs Beginning July 23

on July 21, 2018 - 8:15am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For public safety reasons, Forest Road 122 of Holy Ghost Canyon will close to vehicle access beginning July 23 primarily for major road repairs.
 
The gate to the Holy Ghost Canyon will close to the public for about three weeks, which places the anticipated reopening on or about Aug. 10.
 
The Holy Ghost Campground, Trailhead and Group Area is located in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and will be inaccessible by vehicle during the closure period.    
 
“Safety is our top priority, therefore any member of the public

Mars Comes Into Focus At NMMNHS

on July 21, 2018 - 7:14am
These two images show Mars through a telescope before and after the dust storm. Courtesy/Christophe Pellier
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE In the coming weeks, the planet Mars will be closer to the Earth than it will be again for decades.
 
For its First Friday evening event Aug. 3, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will offer information about the Red Planet and a possibility to see it through telescopes. With the extension of Da Vinci — The Genius through Aug.

Daily Postcard: Clouds Over Trinity

on July 21, 2018 - 6:27am

Daily Postcard: Clouds fill the sky late Tuesday afternoon Over Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

ESB Honors Outgoing Member Sarah Terrill

on July 20, 2018 - 5:54pm

From left, Environmental Services Board (ESB) Member Heidi Rogers and Chair James Robinson honor ESB member Sarah Terrill, middle, during the regular ESB meeting Thursday night in Council Chambers. Thursday's meeting was Terrill's final one as an ESB member and in honor of her work she received a plaque and succulent plant. Terrill served on the board for five years. ESB member John Bliss also is leaving the board but was not in attendance Thursday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

PEEC: Learn How To Navigate By Stars 7 p.m. Today

on July 20, 2018 - 10:36am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Before compasses, clocks and GPS, humans navigated by the stars. The community is invited to the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium at 7 p.m. today to learn how humans and animals have used the stars to find their way at night, and how you can too. Akkana Peck and Dave North will lead this planetarium talk.
 
Peck and North will take their audience on a journey through time, exploring how stars have guided ancient Micronesians, historical Europeans, explorers like Lewis and Clark, migrating birds and dung beetles.

SFNF: Aragon Fire Update

on July 20, 2018 - 6:53am
Aragon Fire Update:
 
Start Date: July 12
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 150 acres, 50 of which are by fire crew hand ignitions
 
Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0%
 
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
 
Weather: warm temperatures, 20% chance for rain
 
Resources: 15 personnel
 
Situation: The fire is in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area. Fire behavior is low to moderate. Current fire behavior is favorable to improve forest health. Fire managers continue to monitor the area.

Scenes From Farmers Market July 19

on July 20, 2018 - 6:51am

The Pig + Fig stand at Thursday's Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

RZs Bees Local Honey. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Goat Milk Soap. Courtesy photo

Mendez Produce. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers Maket Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Farmers

Daily Postcard: Napping Fawn Spotted Under Car

on July 20, 2018 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: A fawn is spotted napping in the shade under a car Saturday afternoon on North Mesa as its mother forages on shrubs nearby. Photo by Linda Hull

Exploring Kyoto Gardens With Charles Mann

on July 19, 2018 - 12:44pm
Photographer Charles Mann
 
CIR News:
 
Join us CIR members and guests for a delightful exploration of Japanese gardens portrayed through a stunning slide show and discussion by photographer Charles Mann at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 31 accompanied by a buffet luncheon at Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta.
 
The event will be introduced and moderated by Casey Janes, President of the Santa Fe Japan Intercultural Network.
 
Kyoto is the epicenter of Japanese culture, where the essence of garden style remains intact today just as it was hundreds of years ago.

Los Alamos County Enters Baseline Fire Restrictions Effective immediately

on July 19, 2018 - 10:41am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County is dropping from Stage I Fire Restrictions to Baseline Fire Restrictions effective immediately.

Los Alamos County has seen some much-needed relief with the extreme drought conditions that led to the strict Fire Restrictions. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, as well as fuel moistures. Los Alamos County Fire Department asks that everyone please continue to use extreme caution and practice fire safety.

Los Alamos County Fire Department urges the public to take every precaution

Daily Postcard: Apple Nabber Spotted On 48th Street

on July 19, 2018 - 8:41am
Daily Postcard: A hungry buck is spotted nabbing apples Wednesday from a tree on 48th Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Donna Reil
Buck nabs apples Wednesday from tree on 48th Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Donna Reil

Environmental Sustainabilty Board Meets Thursday

on July 18, 2018 - 6:03pm
COUNTY News:
 
The Environmental Sustainabilty Board meets at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Refreshments will be served in honor of members John Bliss and Sarah Terrill who are completing their terms so this will be their final meeting.
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
 
2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
 
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Approval of the June 21, 2018,

What's New At Farmers Market This Week?

on July 18, 2018 - 10:02am
The Los Alamos Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo
 
FARMERS MARKET News:
 
What’s at the Los Alamos Farmers Market this week 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thurday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library?
 
Apples- Apricots-Cherries- Mulberries- Grass fed Beef & Yak- Pork- Beef- Buffalo- Lamb- Eggs Lettuce heads- Cabbage- Chard- Kale- Beets- Turnips- Squashes- Green,Yellow & Purple Beans Carrots- Onions- Garlic- Potatoes- Tomatoes- Cucumbers- Radishes- Shishito Peppers- Cilantro Sunflowers- Cut Flowers- Nursery-

AGU: Martian Atmosphere Behaves As Single System

on July 18, 2018 - 9:29am

Artist’s concept showing the three segments of MARSIS, the radar instrument on the Mars Express spacecraft. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/Caltech
 
American Geophysical Union News:
By European Space Agency

New research using a decade of data from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission has found clear signs of the complex Martian atmosphere acting as a single, interconnected system, with processes occurring at low and mid levels significantly affecting those seen higher up.

Understanding the Martian atmosphere is a key topic in planetary science, from its current status to its past history.

Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Antiquities Act

on July 18, 2018 - 7:20am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) led a group of 61 Democratic Members of Congress in introducing legislation Tuesday to enhance protections for national monuments against the Trump administration’s attacks on public lands.
 
The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018 is the House companion to Senator Tom Udall’s (D-NM) ANTIQUITIES Act (S.

NNMCAB Holds Board Election, Talk On Material Disposal Area C; Updates From Hintze, NMED July 25

on July 18, 2018 - 7:13am

NNMCAB News

Members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board are scheduled to elect a new chair and vice chair for FY-2019 during a meeting 1- 5:15 p.m., July 25 in the Jemez Complex at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.

Also on the agenda is a presentation on Material Disposal Area C at Los Alamos National Laboratory and an overview of the aggregate areas. In addition, there will be agency updates from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management-Los Alamos Field Office and John Kieling of the New Mexico Environment Department. 

The Northern

PEEC: Counting Butterflies On Pajarito Plateau July 21

on July 18, 2018 - 6:44am
Citizens are invited to help count butterflies Saturday on the Pajarito Plateau atop a mesa, at high altitude and streamside. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and butterfly expert Steve Cary for the annual Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count, Saturday, July 21.
 
Participants will spend the day fluttering to three locations around the Pajarito Plateau: atop a mesa, at high altitude and streamside.
 
This event is perfect for beginners, experts and everyone in between. The event takes place between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

NNMC Students Conduct Research In The Bahamas

on July 18, 2018 - 6:33am
Dr. Rhiannon West, left, Jonathan Madrid and Estrella Gonzalez of NNMC during their recent three-week undergraduate research experience trip in The Bahamas. Courtesy photo

NNMC freshmen Jonathan Madrid and Estrella Gonzalez during their recent three-week undergraduate research experience trip in The Bahamas. Courtesy photo
NNMC freshmen Jonathan Madrid and Estrella Gonzalez during their recent three-week undergraduate research experience trip in The Bahamas. Courtesy photo
 
NNMC News:
 
When most people think of The Bahamas, they think of fun-filled vacations on white sandy beaches.

Daily Postcard: Fiery Sunrise Lights Los Alamos Sky

on July 18, 2018 - 6:04am

Daily Postcard: A fiery sunrise lights the sky Tuesday over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

LANL: Feeding Plants To This Algae Could Fuel Cars

on July 17, 2018 - 3:47pm

LANL scientist Amanda Barry studies how biofuel-producing algae can be fed various grasses to improve their productivity. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided today the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source.

 

The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for improved cell growth and lipid productivity, useful for boosting the

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