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Bucks Gather In Pajarito Acres

on December 23, 2017 - 9:04am

Bucks are spotted Friday on Monte Rey Drive in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Bob Reedy 

Photo by Bob Reedy 

Photo by Bob Reedy 

Photo by Bob Reedy 

Photo by Bob Reedy 

Daily Postcard: Buck With Thick Antlers In Quemazon

on December 23, 2017 - 7:32am
Daily Postcard: A buck with thick antlers is spotted Friday in Quemazon. Antlers are extensions of the animal’s skull. They are true bone and a single structure generally found only on males, with the exception of the caribou. Antlers are shed and regrown each year and function primarily as objects to attract female deer and as weapons in fights between males for control of harems. Source: Photo by Trisha Ancell

Seasonal Flu Death Estimate Increases Worldwide

on December 22, 2017 - 5:38am

CDC News:

According to new estimates published this week, between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 and based on a robust, multinational survey.

The new estimate, from a collaborative study by CDC and global health partners, appears this week in The Lancet. The estimate excludes deaths during pandemics.

“These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority,” said Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global

AGU: Algae Growth Reduces Reflectivity, Enhances Greenland Ice Sheet Melting

on December 22, 2017 - 5:23am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research shows algae growing on the Greenland ice sheet, the Earth’s second-largest ice sheet, significantly reduce the surface reflectivity of the ice sheet’s bare ice area and contribute more to its melting than dust or black carbon.
The new findings could influence scientists’ understanding of ice sheet melting and projections of future sea level rise, according to the study’s authors.
Glaciologists have long known materials such as mineral dust and black carbon can darken the surface of large ice sheets.

Daily Postcard: Santa Lion Spotted At Roundabout

on December 22, 2017 - 5:08am

Daily Postcard: The mountain lion statue is showing holiday spirit Thursday over at the roundabout on Diamond Drive. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Bandelier Suggests Arriving Early During Busy Holiday Season

on December 21, 2017 - 3:16pm

Bandelier News:
With the mild weather, Bandelier National Monument will be a popular destination during the holiday period from now until early January. Park staff suggest that visitors may want to consider arriving early, perhaps before 10:30 a.m., to avoid crowded parking lots. In summer another alternative is to arrive in late afternoon.
But with the short days, those arriving around 3 p.m.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 21

on December 21, 2017 - 1:41pm
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
It’s the middle of December and still no snow covering the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Despite cold nighttime temperatures that have caused ice to form on some of the lakes, precipitation has been meager and snowpacks for this time of year are running well below normal.
There are some that would just as well never have it snow, but the reality is we need snow. Water supply systems for irrigation and municipal water supply is based on a certain amount of spring runoff from the melting snowpack.

Daily Postcard: LA Mountain

on December 21, 2017 - 4:31am

Daily Postcard: Scene Wednesday of LA Mountain. Photo by Chris Clark/

Notice: Public Meeting On Annual Plan For Cleanup Of LANL Legacy Waste Jan. 16

on December 20, 2017 - 7:44am
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos field office are hosting a public meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018 at the Los Alamos County Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos, concerning cleanup priorities for legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for fiscal year 2018.
The Consent Order (CO) is a settlement agreement between the state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S.

PEEC: Movie, Special Solstice Show This Weekend

on December 20, 2017 - 7:14am

PEEC News:
This weekend, the Los Alamos Nature Center has two special planetarium programs: a special solstice show Friday and a full-dome film Saturday. The Friday, Dec. 22, show Bones, Tombs, and Solstice will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, the exciting full-dome film Exploding Universe is screening at 2 p.m. These planetarium programs are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
LANL astrophysicists Erica Fogerty and Galen Gisler will take planetarium visitors back in time to Newgrange, a 5,000-year-old passage tomb dedicated to the

How The Hen House Turns: Urban Deer

on December 20, 2017 - 7:02am
Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
While living beside the canyons of Los Alamos, one learns to get along with deer—or not. I would recommend it.
They are beautiful animals and don’t eat more apples than their share. A large buck was very careful to take no more than one bite out of the three huge green tomatoes that I had laboriously watered all summer in the only sunny spot in our front yard.
There was a chance that those tomatoes might have ripened. Maybe. It was late August. Maybe not.

DOE Awards New Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract To Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC

on December 20, 2017 - 6:47am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of the new Los Alamos National Laboratory legacy cleanup contract to Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC, out of Broomfield, Colo.

The total value of the contract is $1,390,086,635. The period of performance includes a 90-day Contract Transition Period, Base Period of five years, Option Period 1 for three years, Option Period 2 for two years, with a total period of performance of up to ten years and three months.

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on December 19, 2017 - 7:20am
The Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, in Room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
Approval of the November 16, 2017, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: John Blis
Election of Chair and Vice-chair Presenters: John Bliss
Approval of the Environmental Sustainability Plan Presenters: John Bliss
Approval of the 2018 ESB

Imposter Spotted At Los Alamos Residence

on December 18, 2017 - 11:33am

An imposter is spotted attempting to blend in with a trio of deer standing in the front yard of a residence last week on North Road. Photo by Nicolé Raddu Ferry

Reservoir, Access Road Closed Beginning In January

on December 18, 2017 - 10:47am


Pedestrian access to the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir and surrounding areas west of the Ice Rink off West Road will be closed in early January through the summer of 2018. 

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will construct a new 10-inch non-potable water pipeline from the reservoir along the reservoir access road and connect to the townsite’s non-potable water system.

Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing and working on the single dirt road rendering it and the surrounding area unsafe for hikers and/or cyclists.

Attorney General Balderas Announces $57 Million Clean Energy Jobs Package As Part Of Sagamore Wind Project

on December 18, 2017 - 8:48am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has reached an agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company, Western Resources Associates and Collation for Clean Affordable Energy on a $57 million jobs package as part of the Sagamore Wind Project.
The agreement will foster and expand skilled construction and environmental job opportunities throughout the State.

Udall Co-sponsored Bill To Restore Tribal Jurisdiction Over Domestic Violence To Children, Law Enforcement

on December 18, 2017 - 8:33am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the bipartisan Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) to build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) by extending protections to children and law enforcement personnel involved in domestic violence incidents on Tribal lands.
The bill also will enhance federal coordination of victim

Daily Postcard: Sunrise From Canyon Rim Trail

on December 18, 2017 - 8:18am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Sunday morning from Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Marc Bailey

SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico

SFNF Seeks Public Input On Master Plan For Trails In Los Alamos County

on December 17, 2017 - 5:10am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hopes to harness public passion for outdoor recreation to develop a master plan for Forest Service trails in Los Alamos County. 
Members of the public are invited to share their ideas and priorities for an integrated trail system at a meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.
The discussion will focus on the development of a master plan to preserve, maintain and provide public access to SFNF trails in and around Los Alamos.
“Trails connect us with each other, with our communities and with our

Daily Postcard: Pueblo Canyon Hike

on December 17, 2017 - 5:00am

Daily Postcard: A view Monday afternoon during a hike of lower Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Chris Clark/

Quorum Notice: Environmental Sustainability Board

on December 14, 2017 - 6:54am


Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend the special Los Alamos County Council meeting at noon Friday, Dec. 15, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

A quorum may be present however no action will be taken.

The meeting is open to the public.


Lujan Grisham On Plan For Methane Mitigation Making New Mexico A Leader In Clean Energy Production

on December 13, 2017 - 8:50am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign announced a plan to create jobs and generate revenue for schools through methane mitigation by implementing a statewide methane rule that would cut waste and pollution at both new and existing oil and gas wells while creating jobs and generating revenue for schools.
“As governor, I’ll work to make New Mexico a national leader in clean energy by moving to renewable energies such as solar and wind and through innovative, smart policy and practices such as methane mitigation,” Grisham

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument

on December 13, 2017 - 6:46am

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument. On the way to Bandelier driving through White Rock, tune in to AM 1710 to get the latest park information. Photo by Miejsca Świata

AGU: New Simulations Suggest Meteors Explode From The Inside

on December 12, 2017 - 11:37am
AGU News:
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Researchers have identified an explosive new mechanism that breaks down meteors as they hurtle toward Earth.
New simulations of falling meteors suggest air particles penetrate the space rocks’ porous interiors as they careen through the atmosphere. These air particles create pockets of high pressure that ultimately lead the rock to explode from the inside, tens of kilometers above the Earth.
By uncovering this new way in which Earth’s atmosphere breaks up meteors, the new finding suggests the atmosphere may provide better protection against meteors than