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Daily Postcard: Signs Of Autumn Spotted In White Rock

on September 13, 2018 - 7:24am

Daily Postcard: Signs of autumn spotted during a walk Wednesday morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

French Mesa Prescribed Burn Scheduled Sept. 18

on September 12, 2018 - 7:21am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin ignitions Sept. 18 on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres.
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from traveling the road during

Roadblocks Statewide During Fall Hunting Seasons

on September 12, 2018 - 7:08am
NMG&F News:
SANTA FE Hunting seasons are underway and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and detect wildlife law violations.
Conservation officers may be assisted by other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.
At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act.

Daily Postcard: Weasel Spotted At Bandelier

on September 12, 2018 - 6:47am

Daily Postcard: A long-tailed weasel is spotted in higher elevations at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Udall, Heinrich Secure Provision Prohibiting Nuclear Safety Board Staff Cuts And Reorganization

on September 11, 2018 - 5:37pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they have secured two provisions in the final FY 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill to protect the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) and its important safety mission.

One Udall-Heinrich provision prohibits the use of any appropriated funds to carry out the DNFSB’s proposed reorganization, which included a significant reduction in the board’s staff, unless such a proposal is later specifically authorized by law.

Join PEEC For Apple Harvest Festival At Los Luceros

on September 11, 2018 - 5:21pm

Join PEEC noon to 6 p.m., Sunday at the Fall Apple Harvest Festival at Los Luceros Historic Site. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at Los Luceros Historic Site this Sunday, Sept. 16 for a Fall Apple Harvest Festival.

PEEC’s educator Denise Matthews will be at the festival with a variety of apple-themed activities for kids to enjoy. Families also can bring bags to pick apples from the orchard, enjoy food trucks and live music, watch dance performances and much more. The property will be open noon to 6 p.m. and the festival is free to attend.


Local FBO Out Of Santa Fe Airport Helps Put On Fly-In

on September 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
Nearly 300 aircraft will descend on the Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF) starting this upcoming Wednesday, Sept. 12 for an AOPA Fly-In, thanks in part to space and other resources donated by local fixed based operator out of SAF, Signature Flight Support.
Local aviation enthusiasts and others are encouraged to register and join the festivities, including an exhibit hall, aircraft display, seminars, food, and fun. In fact, volunteers are still needed for those who would like help to make the event possible.
On Thursday, Signature will host a reception for

ProjectY Cowork Member Spotlight: Paramanandam

on September 11, 2018 - 7:24am

Karen Paramanandam of SunPower by Positive Energy Solar. Courtesy/Desert Gold Digital Media

projectY cowork News:

Long-time projectY cowork Los Alamos member Karen Paramanandam began working at projectY when the space opened in 2016. She is the business development manager at SunPower by Positive Energy Solar and works with residential and commercial clients to understand and find the best fit for their energy needs.

“I’ve been involved with projectY cowork almost since the founding of the space,” Paramanandam said.

Daily Postcard: Golden Clouds Glow Over Los Alamos

on September 11, 2018 - 5:43am

Daily Postcard: Golden colored clouds glow in the sky Monday as night falls on downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Sign Up Today For October EcoChallenge

on September 10, 2018 - 4:46pm


When you hear about the fires in California, or see pictures of people and animals surrounded by plastic waste, when you watch refugees fleeing drought and starvation all over the world, do you wonder if there are changes you can make in your daily life that would make a difference?

Are you looking for ways you can live more sustainably, reduce your impact, and improve your life, your community and the planet?

What’s At Farmers Market This Week?

on September 10, 2018 - 4:09pm
Courtesy photo
What’s at the market this week?
Pig & Fig will be at the market with Chef/Owner Laura Hamilton's famous crossiants and coffee and a few other treats.
Also at market: Crumpackers quiches, pies and tarts. Gene with be at market will calzone type breads and fruit breads. Shure Bakery always has new and fresh baking ideas and items such as burritos, rolls, cookies, and sweets and more!
Meats will be Yak- Beef- Chicken- Turkey-Lamb- Apple Cider- Kettle corn if humidity permits; Sharpening Service, Roasted Green Chile a New Mexico Favorite

AGU: Polluted Groundwater Likely Contaminated South Pacific Ocean Coral Reefs For Decades

on September 10, 2018 - 7:41am
Rarotonga. Photo by Dirk Erler
AGU News:
Groundwater containing excess nitrogen from agricultural fertilizers likely contaminated coral reefs on the Cook Islands during the second half of the 20th century, continuing for years after fertilizer use stopped, according to a new study.
The finding suggests human activities have long-lasting impacts on coral reef communities and could be contributing to their decline.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth, supporting more species per unit area than any other marine environment, according to NOAA

Daily Postcard: Bucks And Politics

on September 10, 2018 - 7:07am

Daily Postcard: A trio of bucks gather at a residence displaying political sentiments Thursday in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Passes Critical Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Sagebrush Habitat

on September 9, 2018 - 9:16am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich 

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 7, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announced the passage of the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act by unanimous consent in the Senate. He introduced the bipartisan legislation with U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to streamline scientifically-recognized vegetation management projects to conserve or restore the habitat of the sage-grouse and mule deer, and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

"As a Westerner and as a hunter, I'm proud to pass this

La Jara Prescribed Burn Sept. 18 - Nov. 16

on September 9, 2018 - 8:28am

A prescribed burn is planned Sept. 18 - Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn as early as Sept. 18 through Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District.

Some 338 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Quorum Notice: BPU May Attend Otowi Well #2 Drilling

on September 9, 2018 - 7:50am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Today In White Rock

on September 9, 2018 - 7:43am

Daily Postcard: View of sun emerging this morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Santa Fe Botanical Garden Equinox Celebration Sept. 22

on September 8, 2018 - 6:39am
SFBG News:
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden provides more than 13,000 student engagements through educational programming and classes each year.

Through these programs, Northern New Mexico children and youth learn about the unique ecosystem and its challenges and discover the wonderful world of nature.

The community is invited to attend a festive fundraiser to support the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and its commitment to education and community service. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, signature cocktail by KGB Spirits, seated dinner, live music and more.

To purchase

Luján Requests Hearing On Legislation To Recognize Traditional Land Uses In New Mexico

on September 8, 2018 - 6:08am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) appeared before the House Committee on Natural Resources to call for action on his Land Grant and Acequia Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act, which would provide greater consultation between the federal government and New Mexico’s land grants and acequias.
Luján’s legislation, introduced in July 2018, would for the first time recognize the traditional uses of land grants and acequias’ natural resources in New Mexico.
At the hearing, Luján submitted a

Daily Postcard: Deer Spotted Eating Apples

on September 8, 2018 - 5:50am

Daily Postcard: A deer is spotted Monday morning eating apples that fell from a tree at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Nature On Tap: Bird Banding At Bandelier Sept. 10

on September 7, 2018 - 4:51pm

Nature on Tap presents a talk on bird banding at Bandelier 5:30-7 p.m. Monday at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo


Come to UnQuarked Wine Bar 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 for Nature On Tap and learn more about the bird banding program at Bandelier National Monument.

Staff members from Bandelier will give a brief talk about the project and how individuals can get involved and then the audience can join in a lively discussion.

On Tap is a series of discussions hosted at UnQuarked in downtown Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets Sept. 20

on September 7, 2018 - 4:47pm
LAGA News:
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at the White Rock Public Library.  
Note the unusual date and place due to the temporary closure of the Los Alamos Public Library. The speaker will be Cary Skidmore, and his presentation is entitled, "Our Breathtakingly Amazing (and Continuing) Adventure with Family History".
The traditional no-host social dinner will start at 5:30 p.m., that night at "Pig + Fig" in White Rock.
BTW, RootsTech 2019 registration opens Sept. 20 -- the same day as our meeting!

Zinke Expands Hunting And Fishing Opportunities At 30 National Wildlife Refuges

on September 7, 2018 - 3:50pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will open more than 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System.
This will now bring the number of units where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312.
This will open more new acres to hunting and fishing than in the past and takes steps to

MANNM 5K Or 1 Mile Run/Walk For Diabetes Oct. 6

on September 7, 2018 - 3:30pm

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned For Late September

on September 7, 2018 - 9:21am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed starting as early as Sept. 23.
Two separate units expected to be treated within the Santa Fe Watershed total 950 acres and are approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe. One unit is 450 acres northeast of Nichols Reservoir, and the other is 500 acres just south of McClure Reservoir.