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Daily Postcard: Cloudy Tuesday In White Rock

on May 23, 2019 - 5:46am

Daily Postcard: Cloudy Tuesday morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Learn Fly Fishing Basics Saturday At Ashley Pond

on May 22, 2019 - 8:46am
Join Jim O’Donnell for a fly-fishing class offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/PEEC photo
PEEC News:
Learn the basics of fly-fishing this weekend with local fly fisherman Jim O’Donnell. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering this class 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25 at Ashley Pond.
O’Donnell will teach the group the mechanics behind proper fly-fishing, including how to tie a fishing knot and cast a line. This class is suitable for both children and adults.

Purgatory Kicks Off Summer With Skiing This Weekend

on May 22, 2019 - 8:07am
Purgatory Resort. Courtesy photo
DURANGO, Colo. Purgatory Resort will add its name to a short list of U.S. resorts spinning lifts during Memorial Day weekend when it opens for a bonus weekend of skiing this Saturday and Sunday.
May 25 will not only mark the kickoff to summer but also the first time in resort history Purgatory has opened for skiing on the last weekend in May.

After picking up 8” of snow through Monday morning (with up to two feet expected through Thursday according to OpenSnow), Purgatory officials announced today it will open Lift 1, an expected

NWS: Today’s High Near 60; Tonight’s Low Around 43

on May 22, 2019 - 7:57am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 60 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 43. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Iris Sprinkled With Snow

on May 22, 2019 - 6:50am

Daily Postcard: Spring, really? Iris are sprinkled with snow Tuesday at a residence on 48th Street. Photo by Donna Reil 

Photo by Donna Reil

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Celebrates Five Years Of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

on May 21, 2019 - 9:30am

The Organ Mountains to the east of Las Cruces. Courtesy/

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

  • Hails recent enactment of landmark public lands package, including new wilderness within OMDP that Udall fought for

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans Monday in celebrating the five-year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument – the culmination of years of work from the local community.

In 2014, President Obama established the Organ

High Rio Grande Flows Anticipated For Several Weeks

on May 21, 2019 - 8:12am
ALBUQUERQUE The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (District) is issuing notice to all local governments and the general public that well above average snow pack in the high mountain watersheds is expected to produce a large volume of runoff.
The 2019 spring runoff is anticipated to be the highest the region has experienced since 2005. There will be high river flows on both the main stem of Rio Grande, and the Rio Chama, for a sustained period of time.

Registration Open For ‘Night With A Nerd’ June 13

on May 21, 2019 - 7:26am
projectY cowork News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Mel Strong for “Night with a Nerd” 6-8 p.m., June 13 at ProjectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

New Mexico’s “monsoon season” is responsible for about half of its annual precipitation. But why does New Mexico have a monsoon? Why does it start and end at particular times of the year? Why does it vary? How is it changing?

This talk will address these questions and more as the mechanisms behind the monsoon are explored.

Giant Impact Caused Difference In Moon’s Hemispheres

on May 21, 2019 - 7:19am
Artist’s depiction of a collision between two planetary bodies. New research suggests the stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the nearside were caused by a wayward dwarf planet colliding with the Moon in the early history of the solar system. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the Earth-facing nearside has puzzled scientists for decades.
Now, new evidence about the Moon’s crust suggests the differences

NWS: Today’s High Near 51; Tonight’s Low Around 37

on May 21, 2019 - 7:11am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 51 and a 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers with wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight’s low around 37. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts afternoon wind gusts today across the state. Courtesy/NWS

Zia Waste Participates In Clean Up Los Alamos Day

on May 20, 2019 - 7:28am

Zia Waste Owner Tiffany Pegoda and her daughter Tabitha clean up around Aspen Elementary School Saturday during Clean Up Los Alamos Day. Courtesy photo

Scenes From 2019 White Rock Kite Festival

on May 20, 2019 - 7:23am

The skies over the weekend above Overlook Park in White Rock were filled with kites for the annual Kite Festival sponosred by the Los Alamos Arts Council. The Arts Council has been sponsoring fun events in Los Alamos for the past 52 years. To learn more about the Arts Council, visit their open meeting at 6 p.m., June 1, at Fuller Lodge. There will be food, music and other fun stuff at the meeting. Photo by John McHale/

Melia Arbuckle is delighted to get her kite air born. Photo by John McHale/

A young attendee is running after the shadow of a very large kite.

Fort Union Star Party May 25

on May 20, 2019 - 7:16am
FUNM News:
WATROUS The solitude, remoteness and arid landscape of Fort Union National Monument make it an ideal place for observing a natural dark sky.
After sunset, the sky over the high prairie gives way to the glow of celestial bodies unaffected by the artificial light of distant communities. Immerse yourself in the culture and science of a natural night sky as rangers guide you through the remains of the old fort, and help you to identify distant stars and galaxies with the naked eye and telescope.
The program, weather permitting, is 8:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25 near

NWS: Today’s High Near 55, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on May 20, 2019 - 5:57am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 55 with mostly cloudy skies, a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and breezy conditions with gusts up tp 35 mph. Tonight’s low around 34 with a 70 percent chance of rain and snow. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts the chances for precipitation and windy conditions today around the state. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View Of Full Flower Blue Moon

on May 20, 2019 - 5:31am

Daily Postcard: The Full Flower Blue Moon shot Saturday night from Sycamore Street in Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/

Mini-Lectures At Demo Garden Fair & Plant Sale June 8

on May 19, 2019 - 7:35am
The community is invited to hear mini-lectures at the Demo Garden Fair and Plant Sale 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday June 8 at the Demo Garden across Central Avenue from Mesa Public Library.
Learn more about gardening in Northern New Mexico. The Los Alamos Master Gardeners Association is presenting three mini-lectures and clinics:
  • Perennial Selections at 9 a.m.;
  • Insects and Disease at 10 a.m; and
  • Annual Color in the Flowerbeds at 11 a.m.
The lectures are by NMSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Marisa Thompson and Los Alamos County Extension Horticulture Agent Carlos Valdez.

NWS: Today’s High Near 63; Tonight’s Low Around 44

on May 19, 2019 - 6:24am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 63 with mostly cloudy skies and winds up to 20 mph and tonight’s low around 44. Severe storms are possible tonight for the eastern portion of the state. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Full Flower Blue Moon Spotted Saturday

on May 19, 2019 - 6:10am

This shot of the Full Flower Blue Moon was taken about 3:40 a.m. Saturday in White Rock. A Blue Moon rarely appears blue in the sky, and the name actually has little to do with its color. Usually, a full moon occurs just once a month. Sometimes—about every three years or so—one month will have two full moons. This phenomenon is what is called a Calendrical Blue Moon. But that's not the case this May. According to the Farmers' Almanac, each of the four seasons typically contains three full moons. However, sometimes a season will have four.

AGU: Study Finds 24 Percent Of West Antarctic Ice Is Now Unstable

on May 18, 2019 - 10:34am
An iceberg at Marguerite Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula. New research finds 24 percent of West Antarctic ice is now unstable. Courtesy/Andrew Shepherd
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In only 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across West Antarctica so rapidly that a quarter of its glacier ice is now affected, according to a new study.
Scientists at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM), based at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, have combined 25 years of European Space Agency satellite altimeter measurements and a model of

Chaves County Update: Patterson Fire

on May 18, 2019 - 10:31am
NMSF News:
Incident Name: Patterson Fire
Start Date & Time: May 16, 2019 - 1854
Start Location: Chaves County east of Roswell
Cause of Fire:  Lightning
Area Vegetation: Grass and brush
Acres Burned: 780 acres
Ownership(s):  Private
Structures Threatened:  Yes
Structures Burned:  No
Evacuations: One Home and Bottomless Lakes State Park
The Patterson Fire burning on private land in Chaves County is estimated at 780 acres. The fire is east of Roswell and west of Bottomless Lakes State Park.

Scenes From Community Bike Party

on May 18, 2019 - 10:17am

From left, Rhiannon Laakso-McIntyre of Beanie's Bike Shop, Public Works Senior Engineer Desirae Lujan and Julie Aldersebaes take part in the Los Alamos County's Community Bike Party Friday afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. The event was part of Bike to Work Week, which started Monday. The bike party featured a bike rodeo, refreshments and a demonstration of how to use a bike rack. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Co+Op Market Outreach Coordinator Kate Gallaugher stands beside the Honesty brand bike the co+op raffled during the Community Bike Party.

Lunch With A Leader: Zero Waste Talk May 21

on May 18, 2019 - 7:17am
LWV News:
Lunch with a Leader, a community event will be at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, May  21, at Mesa Library.
Five LA residents who are truly leaders in the field of ZERO WASTE wil be the speakers.

NWS: Today’s High Near 56; Tonight’s Low Around 37

on May 18, 2019 - 7:17am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 56 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 37. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s probability of precipitaion around the state as well as wind conditions. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunset At Quemazon

on May 18, 2019 - 7:05am

Daily Postcard: Sunset at Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

Peregrine Falcon Rescued In Los Alamos

on May 17, 2019 - 4:55pm

This Peregrine Falcon was rescued Tuesday morning in Los Alamos. The falcon will become an education bird for the Raptor Center. It must have flown into the power lines and burnt off part of her wing and appeared to be hopping across the property and down into the canyon to get back to its nest. A smaller bird flew to her and then flew away. Dr. Kathleen Ramsey said the recued falcon is healthy. Courtesy photo