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Sen. Heinrich Issues Statement On Administration’s Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

on November 6, 2019 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s official notification that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
 
“This decision is a dramatic step back in a global effort to address the climate crisis.

TrapFree New Mexico Map Details Cruel Incidents

on November 6, 2019 - 8:33am
WEG News:
 
SANTA FE — Monday, conservation and animal protection groups as part of the TrapFree New Mexico coalition have released a map detailing trapping incidents around the state.
 
The map shows trapping’s toll all across New Mexico, demonstrating that trapping is an ongoing problem for companion animals, endangered species and law enforcement alike.
 
The trapping incident map includes detailed descriptions, locations, dates, and photos of events involving family dogs, Mexican gray wolves and illegally set traps.

NWS: Today’s High Near 55; Tonight’s Low Around 37

on November 6, 2019 - 7:04am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 55 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5 p.m. Tonight’s low around 37. Courtesy/NWS.

Daily Postcard: Trees Silhouette Tangerine Sunrise

on November 6, 2019 - 6:43am

Daily Postcard: Tangerine sunrise emerging this morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Making Communities More Resilient To Wildfire Is Focus Of Thompson Ridge Slash Pit Prescribed Burn

on November 5, 2019 - 8:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are working with local communities to reduce the risk of wildfire by planning a prescribed burn at the Thompson Ridge slash pit this winter.
 
The half-acre slash pit, located at the end of Forest Road 106 just north of the community of Thompson Ridge and ten miles north of Jemez Springs, is a collaborative effort between the Jemez Ranger District and the surrounding area to promote fire-adapted communities in the wildland-urban interface (WUI).
 
WUI refers to the transition zone

NWS: Today’s High Near 62; Tonight’s Low Around 33

on November 5, 2019 - 6:54am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 62 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Governor: 4th Grader Asher Dean Of Arroyo Seco Wins 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest

on November 4, 2019 - 1:25pm

Courtesy image

STATE NEWS:

SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest announced today that Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyos del Norte Elementary in Arroyo Seco, as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest.

Hundreds of essays were submitted to the contest, for which fourth graders from around New Mexico were invited to write about why they love New Mexico’s forests and public lands in line with the theme of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, “Delivering Enchantment!”

With his winning entry, Dean has won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 33

on November 4, 2019 - 6:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Omega Bridge In Silhouette

on November 4, 2019 - 6:34am

Daily Postcard: The Omega Bridge viewed here in silhouette, connects the town of Los Alamos with Los Alamos National Laboratory over Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NMDOT Issues Winter Weather Driving Tips

on November 3, 2019 - 9:09am
New Mexico Department of Transportation is ready for winter. Courtesy/NMDOT
 
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE Winter-weather is here and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is ready. 
 
The NMDOT is working around the clock to monitor the roads, report road conditions, spread salt and cinder and plow snow if necessary.
 
In coordination with law enforcement, the NMDOT has some advice for drivers when traveling through unfavorable road conditions.
 
Tips to know:
  • WEAR YOUR SEATBELT

Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly buckled up.
  • REDUCE YOUR SPEED

The best crash

Santa Fe City Becomes 10th Jurisdiction To Pass Resolution Supporting Wildlife Corridors

on November 3, 2019 - 6:40am
Santa Fe City Board of Commisioners. Courtesy/HECHO
 
HECHO News:
 
SANTA FE The City of Santa Fe voted unanimously Oct. 30 to pass a resolution supporting the protection of wildlife corridors in the upper Rio Grande Basin, as well as supporting pending legislation to protect wildlife corridors nationwide.
 
The City becomes the 10th jurisdiction in New Mexico to support such a resolution, joining Mora, Colfax, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe County, Taos County, as well as the Town of Taos, the Village of Pecos, and the City of Española.
 
The resolution encourages the U.S.

Posts From The Road: Custer State Park

on November 3, 2019 - 6:32am

Sylvan Lake: Sylvan Lake is located in the northern part of the park. This lake features several rock formations in and around the lake and is very popular with water sport enthusiasts as well as picnicking, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. A lodge and campground are located nearby for overnight stays. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Needles Eye Tunnel: One of the tunnels on the Needles Highway is the Needles Eye Tunnel. This tunnel is just over eight feet wide making it a tight space for many vehicles. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Needles Eye: The Needles Eye

Daylight Saving Time Ended At 2 A.M. Today

on November 3, 2019 - 6:22am

Farmer’s Almanac News:

Daylight Saving Time ended at 2 a.m. today.

Here’s everything there is to know about Daylight Saving—from a brief history of why we observe this practice to the never-ending debate about changing the clocks twice a year:

What Is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of moving the clocks forward one hour from Standard Time during the summer months and changing them back again in the fall. The general idea is that this allows us all to make better use of natural daylight. However, DST has many detractors.

Note that the term is “Daylight

NWS: Today’s High Near 59; Tonight’s Low Around 32

on November 3, 2019 - 6:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 59 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 32. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Amber Colored Tree On Rose Street

on November 3, 2019 - 5:57am

Daily Postcard: A tree with amber colored leaves stands out last week in the garden on the Rose Street side of the United Church on Canyon Road before the wind blew them all away for the winter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS Going Green With LED Lights

on November 2, 2019 - 7:34am
Courtesy/LAPS
 
Courtesy/LAPS
 
LAPS News:
 
In a continued effort to introduce environmentally conscious practices, the Los Alamos Public Schools purposefully replace all fluorescent light bulbs with LED lights.
 
LED bulbs are considered “green” because they are more energy efficient and have a longer life than typical fluorescent bulbs, which makes them cost-efficient in the long run. 
 
The lights in Aspen Elementary’s gym were the first to be replaced. There has also been complete exterior retrofitting to LED at Los Alamos Middle School, Mesa Complex and Pueblo Complex.

NMMSH: Free Science Saturday Program Nov. 9

on November 2, 2019 - 7:32am
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Bring your magnifying glasses, flashlights, and even sunglasses to Trip the Light Fantastic—literally—at Science Saturday at 10 a.m., Nov. 9 in the Tombaugh Education Building at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
 
"Our Education Department can’t wait to show off their new optics bench for Science Saturday. Attendees will get to play with the basics of light, cameras, and projectors," Museum Director Chris Orwoll said. The optics bench, a donation from Explora!

NWS: Today’s High Near 53; Tonight’s Low Around 29

on November 2, 2019 - 7:18am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 53 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 29. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Morning View From Pajarito Lodge

on November 2, 2019 - 7:13am

Daily Postcard: View early this morning from the top of Pajarito Lodge. Courtesy/Webcam

SFNF Fuelwood Permit Sales At Pueblo Of Jemez Welcome Center Saturdays Only In November

on November 1, 2019 - 8:50pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Sales of Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) fuelwood permits and other Forest Service products at the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, also known as the Walatowa Visitor Center, will be limited to Saturdays only for the month of November.
 
Normally, the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, located at 7413 N.M. 4 on Jemez Pueblo, has a Forest Service employee onsite Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays seasonally to sell permits and provide visitors with information about the forest.

Wright Brothers Institute, Partners Kick Off Second Round Of T3 Transition Accelerator

on November 1, 2019 - 4:11pm
WBI News:
 
Wright Brothers Institute (WBI), along with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Purdue Foundry, The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC), and the Air Force Small Business Office (SBIR/STTR) are seeking applications for the second cohort of the T3 Transition Accelerator.
 
Accepted small businesses will experience 10-weeks of intensive curriculum, preparing their products for military and commercial markets with the goal of making innovative technologies easier to integrate into the Air Force.
 
Unlike traditional accelerators, the T3 Transition Accelerator takes no equity stake

New Mexico Commits To Outdoor Recreation Principles

on November 1, 2019 - 9:35am
Director of Outdoor Recreation Axie Navas (bottom row at right), joins with representatives from four other states Oct. 24 to be the latest signatories of the Confluence Accords. Courtesy/NMED
 
Courtesy/NMED
 
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Outdoor recreation leaders from Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, and Virginia committed to advance the principles contained in the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords, on behalf of their governors, at a signing ceremony yesterday. That brings the total number of states to an historic 13.
 
The signing took place in St.

Environmental Services Division: Consequences Can Be UnBEARable

on November 1, 2019 - 7:24am

Black Bear. Courtesy/turpentinecreek.org

COUNTY News:

Bears hibernate not because of the cold but because there is a lack of food during the winter months.

To get the 20,000 calories a day while fattening up before hibernation, a bear would need to eat about 200 ounces of acorns, 78 pounds of blueberries, nearly 25,000 tent caterpillars or 25 cups of birdfeeder filled with black oil sunflower seeds.
 
Bears are not out to cause problems. Black bears are very smart and will do their best to take advantage of all the easy-to-get-at calories we make available such as accessible garbage,

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy Monday

on November 1, 2019 - 7:04am

 

COMMUNITY News:

Those fascinated by celestial objects and expansive skies who would like to know more about the latest updates in astronomy are encouraged to join the Pajarito Environmental Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 for Nature On Tap at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square.

More information about Nature On Tap and other PEEC programs and events can be found at https://peecnature.org/events/.

The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute topic introduction by the speaker, followed by a lively group

NWS: Today’s High Near 54; Tonight’s Low Around 21

on November 1, 2019 - 6:10am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 54 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 21. Courtesy/NWS

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