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On The Job In Los Alamos: Clearing Parking Lot Ice

on January 18, 2019 - 8:46am

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday afternoon is Eric Duran the maintenance man for Shannon Corporation clearing away a buildup of ice from the parking lot outside the Los Alamos Daily Post World Headquarters on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Professor Warns Legislators: Get Serious On Climate

on January 18, 2019 - 8:27am
Walk around the Capitol, and much of the talk is about an oil boom that is buoying the state's finances, providing more money for schools and whatever else.
But for an hour on Thursday, a climate scientist urged one committee of legislators to look past all of that.
"The world will be moving away from fossil fuel production," David Gutzler, a professor at the University of New Mexico and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told members of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Gutzler went on

One Skier Dies, Second Critically Injured After Taos Ski Valley Avalanche … Resort Begins Investigation

on January 18, 2019 - 7:39am

Loved ones embrace Thursday as an avalanche victim is transported down the mountain behind them at Taos Ski Valley. Photo by Morgan Timms/The Taos News


Updated Jan. 17 at 10:14 p.m.

One man has died, and another remained hospitalized with critical injuries Thursday night after an avalanche near Kachina Peak in Taos Ski Valley.

Holy Cross Hospital CEO Bill Patten confirmed that one of the men who was treated at their facility in Taos had died just before 5 p.m. of his injuries.

Officials had not released the identity of either victim as of late Thursday

Daily Postcard: Golden Sunrise Fills Los Alamos Sky

on January 18, 2019 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: A golden sunrise fills the sky Wednesday from Quemazon in Los Alamos. Photo by Trisha Ancell

NWS: Today's High Near 37; 80% Chance Of Snow

on January 18, 2019 - 7:09am
The National Weather Service forecasts a high today in Los Alamos of near 37 and an 80 percent chance of snow showers mainly before 11 a.m. with a total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight's low is predicted to reach around 16 degrees. Courtesy/NWS

Major Pothole Spotted On East Road Near Airport

on January 17, 2019 - 4:48pm

Motorists are urged to keep alert and on the lookout for potholes emerging throughout the county like this large one spotted this afternoon on East Road just west of the Los Alamos County Airport. County road crews are patching the potholes as weather permits. We encourage residents to send us their pothole photos so we can publish them to let others know the locations: Photo by Bonnie J.Gordon/

Caution: Potholes Emerging Following Winter Storms

on January 17, 2019 - 3:31pm


Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division staff would like to remind motorists to be on the look out for potholes that are developing in the days following several back to back winter storms.

As snow begins to melt off of roadways, the potholes are exposed in the pavement.

“Until the hot mix plant re-opens this Spring, and we see much warmer temperatures return that are needed for the hot mix to be an effective patch, we are going to continue to be in a reactive mode to fix only the worst potholes with a temporary solution,” said Dan Erickson, Traffic and Streets Division

Avalanche Buries Two People Near Taos Ski Valley’s Kachina Peak

on January 17, 2019 - 2:55pm

Mule Deer Raid Bird Feeders In Los Alamos

on January 17, 2019 - 9:14am

Mule deer have been raiding bird feeders at a residence on Timber Ridge Road in Los Alamos during the recent snowstorms ... the small herd stops by for a snack every day and usually includes does, fawns and bucks. Photo by Annis Young I live on Timber Ridge Road in #2

This buck is part of the herd that has been raiding bird feeders lately at a Los Alamos residence on Timber Ridge Road. Photo by Annis Young

This buck heads toward a Los Alamos residence on Timber Ridge Road to snack on bird seed. Photo by Annis Young

AGU: New Study Finds Evidence Of Changing Seasons, Rain On Titan’s North Pole

on January 17, 2019 - 8:26am
New research provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons, shown here. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon’s northern hemisphere, according to the researchers. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Titan’s north pole as seen by the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. The orange box shows the ‘wet sidewalk’ region, what analyses suggests is evidence of changing seasons and rain on Titan’s north pole. The blue box shows the expanded region in the bottom panel.

Daily Postcard: Snow Melt Resembles Dali Painting

on January 17, 2019 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: Snow melting off a glass-topped table Wednesday on the patio of a home in Los Alamos resembles a Salvador Dali painting. Photo by Pamela Prichard

NWS: Today's High Near 44 With Mostly Sunny Skies

on January 17, 2019 - 7:16am

The National Weather Service forecasts today's high near 44 with mostly sunny skies and tonight's low around 29 with a 60 percent chance snow showers likely, mainly after 11 p.m. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

How The Hen House Turns: Trouble With Crows

on January 16, 2019 - 8:09am
Crow in Pistachio Tree. Courtesy/Cary Neeper
Formerly of Los Alamos
I suspect that crows have developed--over a very long time--a cultural aversion to human beings. Only rarely do they get welcoming treatment from us bipeds, unlike the local turkeys and deer in Los Alamos and here in California, where they often pass close by with no more than a curious glance.
In our 46 years on Walnut Street we saw crows take over the backyard Ponderosas from a number of ravens. I’ll never forget the last raven I saw.

Daily Postcard: Morning Stroll Behind Fuller Lodge

on January 16, 2019 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: Folks and dogs out for a stroll Saturday morning behind Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: High Near 40 With Chance Of Snow And Rain

on January 16, 2019 - 7:12am

The National Weather Service forecasts a high today near 40 with a 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain showers. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight’s low around 25. Courtesy/NWS

On The Job In Los Alamos: Clearing Snow On Central

on January 15, 2019 - 8:37pm

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon are workers clearing snow from sidewalks on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon are workers with a shovel and a blower clearing snow from sidewalks on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL: ‘Realistic’ New Model Points Way To More Efficient And Profitable Fracking

on January 15, 2019 - 6:10am
Fracking image. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
A new computational model could potentially boost efficiencies and profits in natural gas production by better predicting previously hidden fracture mechanics.
It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process.
“Our model is far more realistic than current models and software used in the industry,” said Zdeněk Bažant, McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P.

NWS: Today's High Near 41 With Mostly Sunny Skies

on January 15, 2019 - 4:35am

The National Weather Service forecast: Today's high near 41 with mostly sunny skies. Tonight's low around 27 with a 40% chance of snow showers. New snow accumulation of less than an inch possible.

Daily Postcard: Sangres From Anderson Overlook

on January 15, 2019 - 4:31am

Daily Postcard: Fresh snow falls on the Sangres as viewed from Anderson Overlook. Photo by Lori Dauelsberg

Sierra Club Statement On Gov. Lujan Grisham's Proposed Budget

on January 14, 2019 - 6:53am
In response New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's release of her state budget recommendation Thursday, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Chair David Coss issued the following statement:
"By increasing funding for the Environment Department and Oil Conservation Division and allocating funding to the Office of Outdoor Recreation, Gov. Lujan Grisham is sending a clear signal to the Legislature that her administration prioritizes our families' drinking water, air quality and climate."
"New Mexicans support clean air and water, and protecting the health of our

Senators Urge Extension On Comment Period For Oil And Gas Development In Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

on January 14, 2019 - 6:52am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), wrote to U.S. Department of the Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to extend the public comment period for a draft Environmental Impact Statement on potential oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The letter follows the Trump administration’s decision to rush through the environmental review process in an attempt to rapidly begin exploration without fully considering the

Three Community Museums To Continue Borderlands Of Southern Colorado Speaker Series

on January 14, 2019 - 6:47am
PUEBLO, Colo. El Pueblo History Museum, Fort Garland Museum and Trinidad History Museum, three Community Museums of History Colorado, will host scholars, artists, writers, and activists from around the world for a Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series in the spring of 2019.
Each lecture will expand the understanding of the topics in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit that opened at El Pueblo History Museum in May 2018, and the exhibits opening at Trinidad History Museum in May 2019 and Fort Garland Museum in June 2019.
Topics for the series will

Daily Postcard: Flock Of Doves Hunker Down In Tree

on January 14, 2019 - 6:37am
Daily Postcard: A flock of white-winged doves hunker down in a tree Sunday at a residence on Barranca Mesa to wait out the storm. They also keep an eye on seed from a backyard bird feeder ... but when the Steller jays are eating, no one else dares try. Photo by Ken Hanson

Betty Ehart Senior Center On 2-Hour Delay Monday

on January 13, 2019 - 5:45pm

BESC News:

Betty Ehart Senior Center has announced it is on a 2-hour delay Monday, Jan. 14.

Heavy Snow Collapses Roof & Traps Cars At Sonic

on January 13, 2019 - 4:23pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters on the scene this afternoon of a couple of vehicles trapped under the roof that collapsed from the weight of heavy snow at Sonic on Trinity Drive. First responders told the Los Alamos Daily Post that no injuries have been reported. Sonic is closed until further notice. Photo by John McHale/

First responders jack up the collapsed roof at Sonic to open the doors of the vehicles pinned beneath and extract the occupants safely. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Scene this afternoon of the collapsed roof at Sonic.