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PEEC And Reel Deal Present Documentary ‘Free Solo’

on October 17, 2018 - 3:52pm

The community is invited to join PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater for a special showing of ‘Free Solo’ at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Reel Deal Theater present a special showing of the acclaimed documentary “Free Solo” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.

This stunning film follows climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing El Capitan … without a rope. Pajarito Brewpub will serve beer and wine at this event and the ticket sales will serve as a fundraiser for PEEC.

Tickets are available for

Purgatory Starts Making Snow – Opening Day Nov. 17

on October 17, 2018 - 3:00pm
Purgatory Resort fires up its snow making system. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort/Josh Hamill
SKI News:
DURANGO, Colo. Thanks to the cold front that came through, bringing temperatures into the teens at the mountain, Purgatory fired up its snow making system at 10 p.m., Sunday night and made snow for a solid 12 hours.
These efforts come on the heels of last week’s natural snowfall. Last week’s storm brought a foot of snow to the mountain, which is still holding at the mid-mountain level and higher.
Before making snow, Purgatory’s mountain team started track packing, which compacts

View Heading Down Truck Route From Los Alamos

on October 17, 2018 - 9:35am

View heading down the truck route today from Los Alamos. Photo by Tammy Jimines

NMHU Students Conduct Czech Volcanic Research

on October 17, 2018 - 8:45am
Highlands geology graduate student Sindy Lauricella examines a rock sample from the Krasny Vrch volcano in the Czech Republic during field research. Photo by Jake Erickson/Highlands Media Arts
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Highlands University geology students conducted five weeks of groundbreaking research aimed at understanding the legendary Krasny Vrch volcano in the Czech Republic.
Highlands University’s three-year $250,000 National Science Foundation Grant, titled From the Roots to the Roof: the Anatomy of Volcanoes, funded three geology students to conduct research in the

Antarctic Ice Shelf Sings As Winds Whip Across Surface

on October 17, 2018 - 8:35am

Study co-author Rick Aster during a station installation trip on the Ross Ice Shelf, holding a broadband seismometer. These sensitive sensors were buried at depths of two meters (6 feet) to record micro-scale seismic motions of the ice shelf in three dimensions over the course of two years. Courtesy/Rick Aster.


Researchers lay the conduit that connects the seismometer to the solar power system (background) and recording components at a Ross Ice Shelf seismic station. Courtesy/Rick Aster


AGU News:



Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 17

on October 17, 2018 - 8:32am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather turned sharply cooler this past weekend and there was some good precipitation in the form of rain at lower elevations and snow higher up in the mountains.
This should improve the fishing conditions in our lakes and trout should be actively cruising the shallows looking to feed heavily in preparation for winter. The moisture also will benefit the trout in our rivers and streams, raising streamflow levels and lowering water temperatures.
A good example would be the Pecos River from the town of Pecos upstream to

Daily Postcard: Fall Colors Surround UNM-LA

on October 17, 2018 - 8:19am

Daily Postcard: The colors of fall surround the campus at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr. To learn more about UNM-LA, click here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

PEEC: Learn How Black Bears Have Responded To Jemez Mountain Wildfires

on October 16, 2018 - 5:43pm

Learn how black bears have responded to wildfires and forest restoration treatments in the Jemez Mountains during a talk by James Cain at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to learn how local black bear populations have responded to recent wildfires in the Jemez Mountains. Biologist James Cain will lead the talk at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

He will discuss his research on recent wildfire impacts on black bears and how they have responded to subsequent forest restoration treatments.

BLM: Wood Permit Sales In Northern New Mexico

on October 16, 2018 - 11:45am
BLM News:
SANTA FE In order to make it easier for members of the public to obtain fuelwood permits for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed lands, the BLM will sell fuelwood permits on certain days in Northern New Mexico.  
Starting 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, and Oct. 24, the BLM will be available at the U.S. Forest Service’s Canjilon Ranger District. For directions, call 575.684.2489. Note that the BLM can only accept cash and checks for these permit sales.
The BLM also sells fuelwood permits at their field offices in Albuquerque,

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras And Cerro Areas

on October 16, 2018 - 10:36am

BLM News:

TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management will conduct prescribed fires in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument during an approximate one-month period, beginning Oct. 22.

The burns are at Cerro Montoso and Cerro del Aire, 12 miles northeast and 4 miles northeast of Tres Piedras, respectively, and in the Guadalupe Mountains, approximately 1 mile south of Cerro.

Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities, the monument, and highways N.M. 522, US 285 and US 64. Timing of the burns is dependent upon weather and burning conditions.

The purpose of the project is to improve

N3B Awards $1.5 Million In Cleanup Work To TerranearPMC/Envirocon

on October 16, 2018 - 10:04am

Potential cleanup contractors tour TA-21 in August to get an idea of the scope of work, which includes removing old fencing, telephone poles, hundreds of tons of cement and rebar, other contaminated and uncontaminated above-ground debris, and decontaminating two facilities (background) and six excavators. Courtesy/N3B

N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) has awarded a subcontract to TerranearPMC of Los Alamos and teaming partner Envirocon of Missoula, Mont., to perform cleanup activities at Technical Area-21, a former research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Interior Department ‘Open Science’ Directive Echoes Environmental Protection Agency Effort

on October 16, 2018 - 8:13am
The directive on ‘Promoting Open Science’ was issued by Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, pictured above at the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in New Mexico. Courtesy/DOI
DOI News:
In a directive titled “Promoting Open Science” released late last month, the Department of the Interior outlined steps it plans to take to increase the transparency of its decision-making.
Those steps include requiring the department’s offices to make the data from scientific studies they use to develop regulations publicly available, with certain exceptions for

Daily Postcard: Ashley Pond Park In October

on October 16, 2018 - 7:54am

Daily Postcard: A view of Ashley Pond Park Friday afternoon from Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL: Three Los Alamos Medal Winners Changed The Course Of Science

on October 15, 2018 - 3:20pm

From left, Paul Whalen, Geoffrey West and John M. Pedicini are awarded the Los Alamos Medal—Los Alamos National Laboratory’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that three individuals have been awarded the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, for groundbreaking contributions to science and national security. John M.

Sipapu Ski Resort Receives 5" Of Snow Overnight

on October 15, 2018 - 2:43pm

View today of Sipapu Ski Resort, scheduled to open Saturday, Nov. 17. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

Sipapu Ski Resort. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort


Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos received 5" of snow overnight and there's more in the forecast over the next 10 days!

The mountain team is watching the forecast for optimal conditions to begin snowmaking. Sipapu Mountain Manager John Paul, is excited about the cold forecast to drop the soil temperature, providing better insulation for any natural or man-made snow!

Sipapu's opening day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17.

It's Snowing Hooray!

on October 15, 2018 - 12:45pm

The statue at Mesa Public Library appears happy with today's snowfall! Photo by John McHale/

Hike Kitchen Mesa At Ghost Ranch Saturday

on October 15, 2018 - 12:40pm

Hike Kitchen Mesa Trail at Ghost Ranch with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Meet the group at 8 a.m., Saturday at the nature center to carpool to Ghost Ranch. Courtesy photo


PEEC News:


Hike Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 20 with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.


The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is partnering with the Mountaineers to offer this outing. Kitchen Mesa is a beautiful gypsum-capped high point that stands above the headquarters of Ghost Ranch. Space is limited for this hike and registration is required.


BLM Begins San Pedro Thinning Project

on October 15, 2018 - 9:57am
San Pedro area hazardous fuels thinning begins around Oct. 17. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin hazardous fuels thinning in the San Pedro area beginning around Oct. 17 and carry on until Nov. 30.
The thinning project is expected to take 2-6 weeks; however, the exact timing is subject to weather and ground conditions.
The San Pedro fuels reduction project is located on BLM lands on the south side of N.M. 344, approximately one mile east of the intersection of N.M. 14 and N.M.

Snow Blankets Cars In Los Alamos

on October 15, 2018 - 7:59am

Snow blankets cars this morning in the Chapel Apartments parking lot on Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Snow Falling Across Los Alamos Area Until Noon

on October 15, 2018 - 7:38am

Snow is falling this morning in Los Alamos and the surrounding area including Aster Street in White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts snow will continue to fall until about noon today followed by a 40% chance of rain showers and a high near 38 and a low tonight around 29 with patchy freezing fog after midnight. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Daily Postcard: Evening Falls On Romero Cabin

on October 15, 2018 - 7:22am
Daily Postcard: Evening falls Friday on the Romero Cabin in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LAPS Issues Information On Delayed Start, School Cancellation And Early Dismissal Due To Snow

on October 14, 2018 - 6:21pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent's Desk:

This message contains information about delayed start, school cancellation, or early dismissal due to snow or ice for the Los Alamos Public Schools.

With today's winter storm warning, LAPS has tuned-up all snow removal equipment and we have a crew reporting early Monday morning.  

Announcements, usually by 5:30 a.m., will be sent via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger, and information lines.

  • Aspen Elementary 663-2277
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary 663-2732
  • Chamisa Elementary 663-2472
  • Mountain

NWS: Snow Likely To Follow Rain After Midnight

on October 14, 2018 - 5:45pm
Rain continues falling today across Los Alamos including late this afternoon along the Main Hill Road. The National Weather Service predicts a 90% chance of fairly steady rain turning to snow after midnight. The low tonight is expected to drop to around 31 degrees. The NWS also predicts a 60% chance of snow likely before noon Monday followed by rain showers and a high near 37. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SFNF Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour Oct. 20

on October 14, 2018 - 4:55am
SFNF Site Stewards lead an exploration Oct.20 of two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/SFNF
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Join the Santa Fe National Forest Site Stewards to explore two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa.
The petroglyphs are unique in both design and location. Both panels are easily accessible, but the trip will require carpooling in high-clearance vehicles. Sunscreen, snacks, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended. The Glorieta Rock Tour is free and open to the public.
The tour begins at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct.

Daily Postcard: Morning Sun Breaks Through Clouds

on October 14, 2018 - 4:49am

Daily Postcard: Early morning sun breaks through the clouds above White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/