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Daily Postcard: Leaves Turn Color On Cherry Trees

on September 22, 2019 - 7:59am

Daily Postcard: The change of color spotted today on the cherry tree in White Rock marks the start of the fall foliage. This is the last day of summer and with the autumnal equinox a debate erupts around this time each year — and it’s not about where to sip the best apple cider or peep the finest fall foliage. It’s over the exact start date of the fall equinox, which marks the beginning of autumn. Specifically, the 2019 equinox will begin at 3:50 a.m Eastern Standard Time on Sept. 23, when at that precise moment, the sun will be directly in line with the equator. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

NMDOT’s Aviation Division Joins Experimental Aircraft Association For Land Of Enchantment Fly-In Today

on September 21, 2019 - 11:50am
NMDOT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Transportation in partnership with the Albuquerque EAA Chapter presents the Land of Enchantment Fly In until 3 p.m. today at the Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque. This is a free, family event.
 
Pilots fly their aircrafts in from around the state and beyond to be judged under such categories as Best Amateur Built Aircraft, Grand Champion, Kids’ Favorite and more.
 
Spectators will see all types of aircraft, from antique planes to helicopters, gliders and ultralights.

Celebrate Bats At Los Alamos Nature Center Tonight!

on September 21, 2019 - 10:55am

A silver-haired bat hangs on a tree trunk. Join Bandelier’s Ranger Cat at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn about the world of bats. This talk is free and open to the public. Photo by Sally King/NPS
 
PEEC News:
 
Life as we know it would not be the same without bats. Join Bandelier National Monument Ranger Cat at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. today to explore some myths about bats, learn about the wide variety of bats in the world and hear about the important role they play in our lives.
 
This talk is free to attend and open to the public.
 
Ranger Cat

SFNF: Sales Of Fuelwood Permits Resume At Pueblo Of Jemez Welcome Center

on September 21, 2019 - 9:05am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will keep its satellite office at the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, also known as the Walatowa Visitor Center, open after all.
 
That means that fuelwood permits and other Forest Service products will be available for sale there Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
 
“We resolved our staffing issue much sooner than expected and will be doing business as usual at the Visitor Center until at least November,” District Ranger Brian Riley said.

Angel Fire Bike Park Extends Season Through Nov. 3

on September 21, 2019 - 7:13am
The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR
 
The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR
 
Angel Fire Resort News:
 
Ah yes, autumn. A favorite time of year for a crisp, morning ride through golden glades, kicking up leaves! But seriously, it is gorgeous this time of year at Angel Fire Resort and the Bike Park is extending the season through Nov. 3 weather permitting.
 

New Trail Opening

 
Smoke Signals is the newest trail from Angel Fire Bike Park.
 
Events: 
 
Gravity Games Oct.

NWS: Today’s High Near 73; Tonight’s Low Around 47

on September 21, 2019 - 7:01am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 73 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 47. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Spider Web In Early Morning Sun

on September 21, 2019 - 6:46am

Daily Postcard: A spider web in the early morning sun spotted Friday in Los Alamos. Photo by Kathy Willcutt

A spider web. Photo by Kathy Willcutt

SFNF Advisory: Weekend Prescribed Burns On Hold

on September 20, 2019 - 4:51pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FEThe Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is advising the public that the previously announced Stable Canyon prescribed burn scheduled for this weekend and the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed prescribed burn tentatively scheduled for Monday have been postponed.

The SFNF will follow up with additional information once it is available.

Stable Canyon Prescribed Burn Planned For Weekend

on September 20, 2019 - 10:09am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to implement the previously announced Stable Canyon prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District as early as Saturday if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, remain favorable.
 
Crews will use hand and aerial ignitions to treat the 1,595-acre Stable Canyon unit east of Porter Landing. Depending on conditions, it may take up to three days to complete operations on Stable Canyon.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective

NWS: Today’s High Near 72; Tonight’s Low Around 50

on September 20, 2019 - 7:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 72 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 50. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Early Evening Rainfall

on September 20, 2019 - 7:21am

Daily Postcard: Early evening rain falls looking northeast from Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CB FOX Makes The Switch From Plastic To Paper

on September 19, 2019 - 4:34pm
CB FOX will be replacing its plastic shopping bags with paper bags. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
BUSINESS News:
 
CB FOX will begin phasing in paper shopping bags of all sizes. Phased out will be every size of plastic bag.
 
Andy Fox said the decision to switch to paper has been stimulated by the announcement that the United Nations will meet next Monday, to, in the words of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,“…boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change".
 
Dave Fox said he remembers too well the line in the movie,

LAHS Eco Club Proposes 10-Cent Bag Fee

on September 19, 2019 - 10:55am
Los Alamos High School Eco Club Co-Presidents Kathryn Laintz, left, and Lillian Petersen discuss the club's proposed 10-cent bag fee. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Members of the Eco Club. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Plastics, especially single-use plastics, are rather villainous. They do not biodegrade, they contaminate the soil and water, pose threats to wildlife, and cause unsightly litter in public places.

Land Office Hires Renewable Energy Director, Analyst

on September 19, 2019 - 10:39am

STATE LAND OFFICE News:

 

  • Commissioner Garcia Richard Awards 7,000 Acre Lease for La Joya Wind Farm Expansion 

 

SANTA FE – The State Land Office has hired two new staff within the first ever Office of Renewable Energy. Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard requested and received funding during the 2019 Legislative Session to create the Office of Renewable Energy in order to help the Land Office reach a goal of tripling the generation of renewable energy on state trust land.

 

There are currently 17 active renewable energy leases on state trust lands with over 30 pending applications

Aamodt Water Settlement Parties Gather For Signing Ceremony At Buffalo Thunder Resort Tuesday

on September 19, 2019 - 10:24am

Aamodt Settlement Parties gather Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for signing ceremony of Aamodt Settlement clause 611(a). Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

Aamodt Settlement Parties gather Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for signing ceremony of Aamodt Settlement clause 611(a). Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post

Pueblo of Pojoaque - The Aamodt Water Settlement parties took another step forward in the implementation of a settlement agreement Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder.

The parties held a signing ceremony that initiates

Public Astronomy Dark Night Saturday Sept. 28

on September 19, 2019 - 10:10am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6:45 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Sept. 28 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 six planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter (with its moons), Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening.

Secretary Of Interior Transfers Jurisdiction Of Five Segments Of Land To Army To Secure Southwest Border

on September 19, 2019 - 8:33am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of approximately 560 acres of Federal lands to the U.S. Department of the Army (Army) to build roughly 70 miles of border barriers.
 
This action comes in response to a series of applications for Emergency Withdrawal as submitted by the Army for construction or augmentation of barriers along the southern border. No national parks nor segments from Indian country are included in the land transfer. 
 
The Army submitted its requests following

NWS: Today’s High Near 76; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on September 19, 2019 - 8:19am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with a 20 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 52.

Daily Postcard: Harvest Moon Over Los Alamos

on September 19, 2019 - 8:02am

Daily Postcard: The Harvest Moon early Wednesday morning viewed from Los Alamos. In the Northern Hemisphere, the full moon closest to the autumn equinox is called the Harvest Moon. Depending on time zone, 2019’s autumn equinox for the Northern Hemisphere comes on Sept. 22 or Sept. 23. Source: earthsky.org. Photo by Annis Young

The Harvest Moon setting early Wednesday morning viewed from Los Alamos. Photo by Annis Young

The Harvest Moon disappears behind the horizon as the sky turns a golden hue early Wednesday morning. Photo by Annis Young

Study By LANL Atmospheric Physicist Michael Peterson Finds Lightning Flashes Illuminate Storm Behavior

on September 18, 2019 - 6:44pm
A comparison of GLM imagery products for a large thunderstorm over South America. The total energy measured by GLM in (a) differs from the idealized energy distribution in (b), and this difference forms the basis of the thundercloud imagery product in (c) that highlights the texture of the uppermost cloud layer (north) as well as long horizontal lightning flashes behind the thunderstorm core (south). Courtesy/Michael Peterson/LANL
 
AGU News:
 
Anybody who has ever tried to photograph lightning knows that it takes patience and special camera equipment.
 
Now, a new study is using those

NMG&F: Native Fish Restoration Activity Planned For Whitewater Creek

on September 18, 2019 - 9:19am
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE Native fish restoration efforts on Whitewater Creek are scheduled for Sept. 25 through Oct. 3.
 
As part of the Whitewater Creek Native Fish Restoration Project, the Department will remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek to allow restoration of Gila trout and other native fish to their native range.
 
This portion of the project starts at the intersection of the Gold Dust Trail (FS Trail #41) with Whitewater Creek and continues upstream to the headwaters. The closure does not affect the Catwalk National Recreation Area.
 
The Department will apply

Workshop On How To Support Pollinators In NNM

on September 18, 2019 - 8:53am

Indian Affairs Department Awards Over $540,000 To Special Projects And Tobacco Cessation And Prevention Programs In New Mexico Tribal Communities

on September 18, 2019 - 8:51am
NMIAD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) has announced $297,324 in Special Projects funding and $249,300 in Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (TCPP) funding that was awarded across several tribal communities or tribal serving organizations by the Special Project Grant Program.
 
During the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session, IAD received a General Fund Appropriation to support special projects in Fiscal Year 2020 that benefit NM tribal communities.

Rotary: Lillian Petersen Discusses Research

on September 18, 2019 - 8:46am
Los Alamos High School senior Lillian Petersen has won multiple awards at Intel Science and Engineering competitions. At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, she described how she analyzes large data sets to investigate climate, agriculture, malnutrition and poverty. She explained her research on creating a real-time monitoring system to predict crop yields in every African nation several months before harvest and how this tool can predict areas of malnutrition.

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 53

on September 18, 2019 - 7:04am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

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