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Hiking Around Ojo Caliente Rock Cairns

on January 1, 2018 - 2:28pm

Hiking Friday around the rock cairns at Ojo Caliente. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Daily Postcard: Pipeline Trail Above Quemazon

on December 31, 2017 - 7:56am

Daily Postcard: Scene taken Thursday from Pipe Line Trail above Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell 

Mule Deer Buck Spotted In Northern Area

on December 30, 2017 - 6:28am

This mule deer buck is spotted Thursday on 47th Street in the Northern Area. Photo by Melissa Smith

Coleman Continues To Invest In Purgatory Resort

on December 30, 2017 - 6:04am
DMR News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. Officials at Mountain Capital Partners, ownership group of Purgatory Resort, announced that they have purchased seven parcels of land that are immediately adjacent to Purgatory’s base area. 
 
The land was purchased from affiliates of Durango Mountain Resort (DMR), which is owned by Ambassador Chuck Cobb and his partners. The parcels purchased, totaling approximately 14 acres, include future phases of Purgatory Lodge, Peregrine Point, land between Lower Hades and Pandemonium ski trails, as well as other mixed-use projects. 
 
“We’re excited to complete the

New Mexico Court Of Appeals Upholds Need For Public Hearing For LANL Discharge Permit

on December 30, 2017 - 5:58am
New Mexico Environmental Law Center News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regarding its decision to uphold the NMED’s denial of a public hearing requested by Communities for Clean Water (CCW) as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security (DOE/LANS).
 
Communities for Clean Water, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, is a coalition of six organizations:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear

EM’s Cleanup Year In Review For 2017

on December 30, 2017 - 5:50am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM has published its 2017 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of this year.

The Year in Review highlights major achievements at each EM site and at EM headquarters, including:

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Over White Rock

on December 30, 2017 - 5:44am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Friday morning over White Rock. Photo by Erika Clark

Promising New Wildfire Behavior Model May Aid Fire Managers In Near Real Time

on December 29, 2017 - 9:04am

NASA Global Fire Map. Courtesy/NASA

HSNW News:

Wildfires continue to scar California beyond the normal fire season in what’s been a particularly catastrophic year for natural disasters across the U.S. But a new big-data solution for predicting wildfire spread is also heating up, and it may become a useful tool in the firefighters’ arsenal, according to wildfire researchers attending the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

The more readily available updates of wildfire behavior are, the more informed the decisions of fire managers, according to the researchers.

Daily Postcard: Scenes From Natural Arch Trail

on December 29, 2017 - 6:22am

Daily Postcard: Afternoon hike last week up Natural Arch trail in Los AlamosPhoto by Robert Beberniss

Natural Arch trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument

on December 28, 2017 - 7:55am

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

Pajarito Mountain Open ... Torchlight Parade Canceled

on December 27, 2017 - 3:42pm
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito is open daily for the holidays through Jan. 7, and then will be open Wednesdays - Sundays, Jan. 10 through March 4. 
 
Unfortunately, the Torchlight Parade on New Year's Eve is canceled due to weather.  
 
For more information on mountain conditions, other events at the mountain, and operations schedule, click here.

AGU: Scientists Engineer Microbes To Form ‘Memories’ Of Their Environment

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am
Inserting chemically sensitive genes into the DNA of bacteria can produce lasting memories of their environment and show scientists how they communicate. Courtesy/Pixabay
 
AGU News:
By JEREMY REHM
 
Microbes like bacteria aren’t conscious enough to form memories, but a group of scientists in Texas developed a new way for them to do so at the genetic level.
 
Researchers report they’ve successfully engineered microbes to report on their environments and form genetic “memories” of the event.

Wildlife Hospital Forms New Partnerships

on December 27, 2017 - 9:16am
Golden Eagle with wounded wing. Courtesy photo
 
NMWC News:
 
The New Mexico Wildlife Center has announced the addition of several local veterinarians to its volunteer animal care team. Dr. Julie Breer, Dr. Bridget Lyman and Dr. Nicole Walrath, all of Smith Veterinary Hospital, will be helping treat injured and orphaned wild animals admitted to the wildlife hospital.
 
Dr. Sarah Sirica of the Thaw Animal Hospital and Dr. Michelle Salob, staff veterinarian at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter,” round out the group of veterinarians who will be assisting in the hospital. Dr.

Super Blue Moon Eclipse Preview At Museum Jan. 5

on December 27, 2017 - 8:56am
Courtesy/NASA
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  There is an astronomical trifecta happening Jan. 31 – a Super Blue Moon Eclipse. On that morning, the moon will be full and is both a Super Moon and Blue Moon and it will also be totally eclipsed! 
 
During the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s $5 First Friday event on January 5 there will be a preview event of this astronomical phenomenon convergence.     
 
Each First Friday, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open in the evening and focuses on a topic in science.

BLM New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Nets More Than $30 Million

on December 27, 2017 - 8:51am
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE — In keeping with the administration’s goals of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico quarterly oil and gas lease sale resulted in $30,361,782.50 in competitive bids for 2,104.15 acres. 
 
The combined bids will be distributed between the federal government and the State of New Mexico. 
 
The BLM offered 7 parcels in Eddy and Lea counties. The highest bid per acre was made by Federal Abstract Company, Santa Fe, N.M. at $40,001.00. This set a BLM record for the highest bid per acre.
 
For more details about the sale

Daily Postcard: Plants Frame Ashley Pond

on December 27, 2017 - 8:29am

Daily Postcard: Various plants frame Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Robert Beberniss

New Mexico Delegation Announces Disaster Declaration To Help Pueblo Of Acoma Recover From October Storms

on December 26, 2017 - 8:55am
NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a major disaster declaration has been issued for the Pueblo of Acoma to provide federal aid for the severe storm and flooding that occurred between Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, 2017.
 
The lawmakers sent a letter to the President earlier this month asking for prompt action on the Pueblo of Acoma’s request for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged by severe weather and flooding.

Incoming! At Nature Center Planetarium Dec. 30-31

on December 26, 2017 - 7:46am

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center is screening the full-dome film Incoming! at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 30-31.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 and 1- 4 p.m. Dec. 31 but closed on New Year's Day.

Incoming! traces the paths of comets and asteroids and takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth—as well as those still pending. For more information about this and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.org/plane tariumTo reserve tickets ($6/adult and $4/child), call 505.662.0460.

The Los Alamos Nature

Daily Postcard: Beauty Of Ashley Pond

on December 26, 2017 - 7:03am

Daily Postcard: The beauty captured this weekend of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

The beauty of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

The beauty of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

The beauty of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

The beauty of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Daily Postcard: The Natural Arch

on December 25, 2017 - 8:29am

Daily Postcard: The Natural Arch via Old Mitchell Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail near Los Alamos that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips and birding. Photo by Bob Beberniss

Mysteries At The Museum: A Real Life Experience In Los Alamos

on December 24, 2017 - 7:25am
Leather chaps, etc. Courtesy photo
 
 
By DON CAVNESS
Los Alamos Historical Society Curator
 
All museums have a characteristic and somewhat capricious weakness when it comes to managing their collections. We all have orphan artifacts that have absolutely no paper trail. In many cases, institutional memories that at one time would have provided important clues to ownership and use have long since vanished.
 
These orphan artifacts, old loans, and abandoned property without clear ownership and documentation are designated as “Found in Collections” or FIC.

Tales Of Our Times: For This Holiday Season

on December 24, 2017 - 7:21am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Tales of Our Times For This Holiday Season

The years roll on. From the past, I bring local sketches from distinguished writers who passed this way before:

Peggy Pond, the fledgling poet and author, wrote in 1914:
There was the enormous and unbelievably vivid blueness of the sky; the wide horizon that stretched in every direction as we drove down to the Pueblo from our steep plateau; the arid landscape, all sun-baked gullied hill, the pinkish earth dotted with juniper and pinion like cloves stuck into a roasting ham;

Daily Postcard: Sunset At Horse Stables

on December 24, 2017 - 7:17am

Daily Postcard: Sunset taken Friday at the North Mesa Horse Stables. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Solstice Sunrise Thursday At Bandelier

on December 23, 2017 - 10:45am

The sun casts long shadows at sunrise on the solstice, down a path that was laid out by the ancients in Frijoles Canyon to mark the shortest day of the year Thursday during the annual solstice walk at Bandelier. Photo by Katy Korkos

The sun emerges Tursday during the annual solstice walk at Bandelier. Photo by Katy Korkos

Largest Array To Date To Be Constructed At Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant

on December 23, 2017 - 10:25am

BUSINESS News:

TAOS – Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC), alongside its energy supplier Guzman Energy Partners, announced Friday a land-lease agreement and 30-year solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to build up to a four-megawatt solar array at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.

This agreement represents the largest solar array built in KCEC’s service area to date and further demonstrates the Taos community’s commitment to embracing resilient, renewable energy generation and distribution.

KCEC has been committed to its role in providing low energy rates for its members

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