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Daily Postcard: View From Anderson Overlook

on March 26, 2019 - 7:47am

Daily Postcard: View early Friday evening From Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Seventh Grade Student Kaya Loy Receives 2019 Youth Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award

on March 25, 2019 - 10:33am

From left, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, Emily McLaughlin, 2019 Youth Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award recipient Kaya Loy and  Ranger Sara Milligan. Courtesy/Friends of Bandelier

Kaya Loy
 
By TERRY FOXX
For the Friends of Bandelier

Friends of Bandelier have instituted a Youth Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award. This first year of the award is given to an enthusiastic and conservation minded 7th Grader, Kaya Loy. 

Kaya is the daughter of Bob and Laura Loy of Los Alamos.

Hubble Captures Birth Of Giant Storm On Neptune

on March 25, 2019 - 8:47am

This composite picture shows images of storms on Neptune from the Hubble Space Telescope (left) and the Voyager 2 spacecraft (right). The Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 image of Neptune, taken in Sept. and Nov. 2018, shows a new dark storm (top center). In the Voyager image, a storm known as the Great Dark Spot (GDS) is seen at the center. It is about 13,000 km by 6,600 km in size — as large along its longer dimension as the Earth. The white clouds seen hovering in the vicinity of the storms are higher in altitude than the dark material. Courtesy/NASA/ESA/GSFC/JPL

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Hathcock Receives Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award

on March 25, 2019 - 8:07am

Charles (Chuck) Hathcock, an ecologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is the recipient of the 2019 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award. Courtesy/Friends of Bandelier

 

By TERRY FOXX
For the Friends of Bandelier

The founder of Friends of Bandelier, Dorothy Hoard, had a passion for teaching, history, and conservation. When she died in March 2014, The Friends of Bandelier established the Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award to be given as her legacy and for her important contributions to Bandelier National Monument and the community.

This stewardship award is given to someone who has worked

NWS: Today’s High Near 59, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on March 25, 2019 - 7:47am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 59 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 34. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fiery Sunrise From Quemazon Sunday

on March 25, 2019 - 7:44am
Daily Postcard: A fiery sunrise viewed Sunday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Star Party At Jemez Historic Site March 30

on March 24, 2019 - 7:41am
JHS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Village of Jemez Springs and the Jemez Historic Site are working together once again to host a star party 7-10 p.m., Saturday, March 30 featuring telescopes for night sky viewing and Native American storytelling.
 
“We are excited to coordinate with the Historic Site and local astronomy clubs once again to showcase Jemez Springs as a Dark Sky destination,” said Jemez Springs Mayor Roger Sweet said. “An Interpretive Coordinator from the Site will share ancient stories about astro-nomical objects and the Pueblo’s connection to the land.”
 
The event is $5

NOAA Spring Outlook: Historic, Widespread Flooding To Continue Through May

on March 24, 2019 - 7:06am
NOAA News:
 
Nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states face an elevated risk for flooding through May, with the potential for major or moderate flooding in 25 states, according to NOAA’s U.S. Spring Outlook issued today.
 
The majority of the country is favored to experience above-average precipitation this spring, increasing the flood risk.
 
Portions of the United States – especially in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins including Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa – have already experienced record flooding this year.

New Mexico Highlands Media Arts Technology Students Programming App For Los Alamos Trails

on March 24, 2019 - 7:05am

Courtesy/NMHU

 

NMHU News:

 

New Mexico Highlands Media Arts and Technology Department students are programming 19 new scenic trails into a popular mobile app that features trails in the Los Alamos area.

 

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is making the free app available for hikers and mountain bikers via iOS or Android phones. http://www.nmhu.edu/students-in-media-arts-program-app-for-los-alamos-trails/

New Mexico Environment Department Seeks To Withdraw From 2015 Waters Of The U.S. Rule Lawsuit

on March 24, 2019 - 7:03am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) filed a motion Thursday in Federal Court in North Dakota to withdraw from litigation challenging the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule.
 
NMED believes the positions taken in the 2015 lawsuit are inconsistent with its current position on the proposed rule issued by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in February, in which the EPA seeks to revise the definition of a “Water of the United States.”
 
“New Mexicans understand the value of water as a natural and cultural resource,” said Environment Department

New U.S. Department Of The Interior Order Supports Recreational Access To Public Lands

on March 24, 2019 - 6:58am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has directed the BLM to prioritize public access in decisions regarding the disposal and exchange of BLM public lands.
 
Bernhardt signed Secretarial Order 3373, Evaluating Public Access in Bureau of Land Management Land Disposals and Exchanges, to help ensure that BLM public lands, no matter how small, remain in public hands if they are highly valued for outdoor recreation access.
 
“Sportsmen and women across the West will benefit from this Interior Department action to sustain and enhance recreational access to

NWS: Today’s High Near 56, Tonight’s Low Around 32

on March 24, 2019 - 6:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 56 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 32. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Juniper Pollen Cloud In Pajarito Acres

on March 24, 2019 - 6:58am

Daily Postcard: A cloud of Juniper Pollen floats in the breeze Saturday in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

March Worm Moon At About 98 Percent Full

on March 23, 2019 - 10:17am

The Worm Moon photographed at about 98 percent full at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 20 from White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
 
By NANCY ANN HIBBS
Los Alamos

The full moon in March is called the Worm Moon, and is usually considered the last full moon of winter. It also is called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon and Sap Moon.

Traditional and Native American names for each full moon of the year are derived by how they helped to track the seasons.

Pajarito Mountain Receives 5" Of New Snow Friday

on March 23, 2019 - 9:26am

Courtesy/Pajarito

Courtesy/Pajarito
 
PAJARITO News:
 
Pajarito received 5" of new snow Friday and conditions are amazing.
 
Discounted Tickets
 
Spring Super Season lift tickets are now available at Pajarito! Full day ticket are now $39 adults, $29 teens and seniors and $23 for children.
 
Plus, kids 5th grade and younger ski FREE every day at Pajarito!
 
Hours Of Operation
 
Open For Daily Operations: Today-March 24
 
Closed: March 25-29
 
Open For Weekends: March 30-31, April 6-7
 
Scheduled Closing Day: Sunday, April 7

Courtesy/Pajarito

Courtesy/Pajarito

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 33

on March 23, 2019 - 8:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fog Rainbow Appears In Western Sky

on March 23, 2019 - 7:52am

Daily Postcard: A fog rainbow with just bits of color at the bases appears in the sky Friday looking west from Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Becky Dahl

Governor Signs Landmark Energy Legislation

on March 22, 2019 - 4:27pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signs the Energy Transition Act, landmark legislation that sets bold statewide renewable energy standards and establishes a pathway for a low-carbon energy transition away from coal while providing workforce training and transition assistance to affected communities. Courtesy photo

Surrounded by dozens of advocates and statewide leaders, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed Senate Bill 489. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

  • SB489 establishes New Mexico as a national leader in renewable transition efforts

SANTA FE – Surrounded by dozens of advocates and

Draft Environmental Assessment For LANL Photovoltaic System Available To Public

on March 22, 2019 - 8:03am

LANL News:

 

The Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze  the proposed construction and operation of a 10 megawatts (MW) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system (PV) and associated power transmission line within an existing power transmission line corridor. The EZ will also  analyze the No Action Alternative of not constructing the PV.

 

The proposed PV location is on approximately 55-60 acres of which around 50 acres are within a previously disturbed area that was used as a borrow pit at

Weekly Fishing Report: March 22

on March 22, 2019 - 7:52am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Spring officially began March 20 and the weather has turned warmer recently. Temperatures in Northern New Mexico are in the 50’s and 60’s.
 
There are still some lakes that are closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions, but it shouldn’t be long before most of the lakes are free of ice and open to fishing. Some of the higher small lakes above 9,000 feet will remain frozen until April and even into May.
 
The cold winter we just had has delayed the blooming of fruit trees here in the Espanola Valley.

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on March 22, 2019 - 6:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with a 60 percent chance of rain and snow showers likely before noon, then scattered snow showers and some thunder possible. Tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Super Worm Moon Rises Over Sangres

on March 22, 2019 - 6:09am
Daily Postcard: The Super Worm Moon rising Wednesday evening over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The March 20 supermoon has many nicknames: the Worm Moon, because the ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappear. The Worm Moon will be the last supermoon of 2019. Photo by Marc Bailey

County Offers Complimentary Brush Collection

on March 21, 2019 - 3:31pm

Los Alamos County Environmental Services is offering a complimentary collection service to help collect broken tree branches and brush debris from affected residents March 27-April 10. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

After the wind storm last week many residents have been left with broken trees branches. Los Alamos County Environmental Services is offering a complimentary collection service to help collect broken tree branches and brush debris from affected residents.

Anyone who experienced hardship due to the wind storm and would like to request a complimentary pick up should contact

Zia Waste Hosts Grand Opening April 27

on March 21, 2019 - 12:54pm
Tiffany Pegoda, owner of Zia Waste, will host a grand opening for her business 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 during the annual Earth Day Festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tiffany Pegoda, owner of Zia Waste in Los Alamos, held up completely blackened and rather soggy looking banana peel. The decaying peel hosted a large crowd of Red Wriggler worms, which squirmed and dangled from its surface. Some might scrunch their nose at the sight but something miraculous was occurring.

Los Alamos County Zero Waste Team Turns One!

on March 21, 2019 - 12:37pm

The Zero Waste Team celebrates its first year anniversary Wednesday at the Municipal Building. Team member Sue Barnes said it was a successful year in setting up a webpage on the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division website, establishing a Facebook page, hosting numerous talks and participating in various events including the Bear Festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center. As the team proceeds into its second year, Barnes said the team is focusing on food waste across the County. She added that the community's response to the Zero Waste Team's work has been excellent.

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