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PEEC: Two Community Events This Weekend

on May 17, 2019 - 3:57pm
Join PEEC this weekend for two community events! On Saturday, May 18 PEEC’s educators will be at a community picnic at Los Luceros Historic Site in Española. Sunday, May 19, stop by the nature center for a community seed swap. Both events are free to attend and open to the public. Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for two community nature-themed events this weekend! Saturday, join PEEC at Los Luceros Historic Site for a community picnic and to learn about pollinators.

NWS: Today’s High Near 60, Tonight’s Low Around 36

on May 17, 2019 - 8:51am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 60 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 36. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecast for the probability of precipitation today around the state. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Rainbow Emerges In Rain Shower

on May 17, 2019 - 8:08am

Daily Postcard: Saturday evening view of a passing rain shower as seen from Camp May Road. Photo by Marc Bailey

Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief On Budget Cuts, Wildfire Funding, Other New Mexico Priorities

on May 16, 2019 - 12:35pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

Also questions USFS on maintaining wildlife corridors and discusses his legislation to promote reforestation

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Wednesday pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen on "President Trump’s wholly insufficient" budget proposal for the USFS, which would undercut the Forest Service’s ability to combat catastrophic wildfires in New Mexico and across the country.

 

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Aspen 6th Graders Conduct Trash Clean Up Day

on May 16, 2019 - 7:26am
Aspen Elementary School 6th grade teacher Christine DuBois and her students Wednesday clean up the Aspen School campus. These bags do not include the recycle trash that had already been put in the bin. The consensus is the students had a blast doing this community service project! Courtesy photo

La Niña’s Effect On Droughts Traced To U.S. Civil War

on May 16, 2019 - 6:17am
Max Torbenson coring a bristlecone pine in central Colorado. Photo by Daniel Griffin
 
AGU News:
 
Cyclical variations in wind and sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean may have contributed to a drought that played an important role in the outcome of the U.S. Civil War, according to a new study.
 
The new research used tree ring data to reconstruct the influence of El Niño and La Niña conditions on droughts across North America for the past 350 years, including during the American Civil War.
 
The Civil War drought – one of the worst to afflict the U.S.

NWS: Today’s High Near 73; Tonight’s Low Around 47

on May 16, 2019 - 6:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 73 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 47. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Casts Golden Glow

on May 16, 2019 - 5:55am

Daily Postcard: The early morning sunrise casts a golden glow in the sky Wednesday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Help Wanted: Volunteers For Trail Workday On SFNF

on May 15, 2019 - 4:55pm

Volunteers are need for a June 9 workday that will focus on the Perimeter Trail (Forest Trail 290) between Water Canyon and Canon de Valle Trails along N.M. 501 in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invite the community to show one of their popular trails a little love by volunteering for a trails workday Sunday, June 9.

The June 9 workday will focus on the Perimeter Trail (Forest Trail 290) between Water Canyon and Canon de Valle Trails along N.M. 501 in Los Alamos.

LANL Director Emeritus Terry Wallace Traces Gold’s Cosmic Journey In Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos

on May 15, 2019 - 11:28am

Terry Wallace

LANL News:

  • From stars to the Amazon, free lectures explore the story of gold

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning May 20 in Albuquerque. 

 

“Gold is one of the most fascinating of the 4,500 mineral species on Earth, and no mineral (or metal) evokes more emotion,” said geologist Wallace.

SFNF May Launch Rowe Mesa Burn Thursday

on May 15, 2019 - 11:19am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Ignitions on the previously announced East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn could begin as early as Thursday, May 16, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable.
 
Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are looking at a window between May 16 and May 20 to conduct the 293-acre burn. The project area is located east of State Highway 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos, NM, and south of I-25. Crews will use hand ignitions to reduce the risk of wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour Highlights Research, Partnerships

on May 15, 2019 - 8:23am
From left, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar listening last week to environmental scientists Teresa Matthews and Mark Peterson of the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory discuss EM-funded research. Courtesy/ORNL
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar last week visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where they learned about a partnership between EM and DOE’s Office of Science to identify effective and affordable solutions for mercury cleanup that can be used at the site

In Key Committee Hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls For Protection Of Chaco Canyon Area

on May 15, 2019 - 7:59am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivered opening remarks Tuesday at a Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing on S. 1079, the Chaco Culture Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill he introduced with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from further mineral development.
 
Heinrich’s legislation, S. 526, the Buffalo Tract Protection Act, to withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

BLM Rescinds Authorization For Vegetation Removal In Wilderness Study Areas Following SUWA Lawsuit

on May 15, 2019 - 7:43am
Cedar Ridge, within the Desolation Canyon Wilderness Study Area on the Tavaputs Plateau, where the Bureau of Land Management had planned to remove pinyon pine and juniper trees via heavy machinery. Courtesy (c) Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
 
BLM News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) withdrew a 2018 decision authorizing the destruction of more than 2,500 acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees within the Desolation Canyon and Jack Canyon Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) in the Tavaputs Plateau region of eastern Carbon County, Utah.  
 

NWS: Today’s High Near 74; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on May 15, 2019 - 6:24am

The National Weather Service forecasts today's high in Los Alamos near 74 with a slight chance of thunderstorms after 1 p.m. that could produce gusty winds and tonight's low around 52. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Clouds Loom Large Over Trinity Drive

on May 15, 2019 - 6:13am

Daily Postcard: Clouds loom large in the sky early Tuesday evening above Trinity and Oppenheimer Drive. Photo by Anthony S. Clark

Green Team Kicks Off Clean Up Los Alamos

on May 14, 2019 - 7:24pm

With Clean Up Los Alamos scheduled for Saturday, Los Alamos County Green Team members Joshua Levings, left, Robert Martinez and Catrina Chavez get a head start on sprucing up the town Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail near Smith’s Marketplace. Clean Up Los Alamos Day is Saturday morning followed with a volunteer appreciation picnic noon to 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo

The Los Alamos County Green Team members cleanup along the Canyon Rim Trail Tuesday.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Delays Start Of Summer Hours; Opening Of Backcountry Vehicle Route

on May 14, 2019 - 6:57pm

Daylight shines through where the spring runoff washed out a culvert. Nathan Plants/NPS

A section of the main route through the center of the preserve has been marked as unsafe to travel across. Photo by Nathan Plants/NPS

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Due to seasonal staff hiring delays and road damage from spring runoff, Valles Caldera National Preserve will delay the start of its extended summer hours and will offer a reduced vehicle route.

A backlog in government background clearances has delayed the arrival of seasonal National Park Service staff needed to operate the extended hours

Local Rotarians Clean Up LAHS Memorial Garden

on May 14, 2019 - 12:07pm

In preparation for summer, a crew of Rotarians worked in chilly and inclement weather Saturday to clear and clean the Memorial Garden at Los Alamos High School. The garden, which was supported by funding from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and Los Alamos Public Schools, was dedicated in December 2012 to honor students who lost their lives while enrolled in high school. From left, Rotarians Chuck Tallman, Kurt Steinhaus, Mike Katko, Skip King with grandsons Blake and Ryder and Rotarian Oliver Morris. Photo by Linda King

NWS: Today’s High Near 71; Tonight’s Low Around 48

on May 14, 2019 - 8:15am

The National Weather Service forecasts today's high in Los Alamos near 71 with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms after 1 p.m. and tonight's low around 48. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Iris Bloom On Aster Street

on May 14, 2019 - 8:00am

Daily Postcard: Iris bloom Monday at a home on Aster Street in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Science On Tap: A Conversation With Dr. Cathy Wilson About The Impact Of Thawing Arctic Permafrost

on May 13, 2019 - 5:22pm

Creative District News:

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 at project Y cowork, 150 Central Park Square.  

This discussion will feature Dr. Cathy Wilson of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dr. Wilson is an observational and computational hydrologist and geomorphologist working with the Lab's Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.

Santa Fe National Forest Issues Temporary Closure Order For East Fork Trail 137 During Restoration Project

on May 13, 2019 - 11:42am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued an order temporarily closing a 3-mile segment of Forest Trail 137, also known as the East Fork Trail, to protect public health and safety while crews work on a 178-acre unit of the Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

The closure starts at the East Fork Trailhead off N.M. 4 and extends thre miles to the east. The restricted area includes the picnic area at the East Fork Trailhead and 300 feet on either side of that 3-mile segment of the trail.

Crews will be conducting

PEEC: Full Moon Hike May 17

on May 13, 2019 - 6:52am
Join PEEC for a full-moon hike and potluck at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Beth Cortright from last spring’s full moon hike at Tsankawi Ruins. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Take a full moon hike Friday, May 17 with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart Friday.
 
Before the hike, participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road for a social potluck dinner. Registration is required for this outing and space is limited, so sign up soon!
 
PEEC will provide water,

Office Of Natural Resources Trustee Finalizes Damage Assessment Plan For NASA White Sands Test Facility

on May 13, 2019 - 6:39am
ONRT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) has finalized its Damage Assessment Plan (Plan) for the NASA White Sands Test Facility in southern New Mexico.
 
Groundwater beneath the facility was contaminated when hazardous substances were disposed of and released to the environment during earlier NASA operations. Implementation of the Plan will help determine the appropriate scale and scope of potential restoration compensation to New Mexico.
 
Based on this Plan, the ONRT will evaluate the impacts of releases of hazardous substances on natural

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