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YMCA: Dances Of India Showcase Aug. 8

on August 6, 2019 - 5:35pm

NWS: Today’s High Near 85; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on August 6, 2019 - 7:24am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 85 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon and tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Flower Display On Kilby Street

on August 6, 2019 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: Flower display in the yard of a residence on Kilby Street in White Rock. Photo by Annette Maes-Livermore

Conejos Fire Grows To 185 Acres

on August 5, 2019 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Scattered thunderstorms in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend put a fair amount of moisture on the Conejos Fire, but not enough to extinguish it.

Fire managers released some of the resources assigned to the fire over the weekend.

The plan is to wait out the monsoonal weather patterns over the area now and, if the moisture is followed by a drying trend, resume firing operations later in the week to complete an 800-acre block.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4

EPA Appoints Ken McQueen Region 6 Administrator

on August 5, 2019 - 4:34pm

Ken McQueen

EPA News:

DALLAS, Texas -–– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today the appointment of Ken McQueen of New Mexico to become regional administrator for Region 6.

McQueen will oversee environmental protection efforts in the states of New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas and in 66 Tribal Nations. He has extensive experience in public service and industry working in the south central region of the United States on water, natural resource and energy issues.

McQueen will join the agency having most recently worked as New Mexico

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on August 5, 2019 - 7:03am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View From Pajarito Mountain Sunday

on August 5, 2019 - 6:57am

Daily Postcard: View during a hike Sunday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

View during a hike Sunday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

View during a hike Sunday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

Lunch With A Leader: Global Warming Express Aug. 20

on August 4, 2019 - 10:46am
LWVLA News:
 
The League of Women Voters' Aug. 20 Lunch with a Leader community event is 11:45 a.m. in Mesa Public Library and will feature Genie Stevens from the Global Warming Express.
 
Stevens was born in New York City and grew up surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, on Cape Cod and then, Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University in Canada, Emerson College in Boston, Harvard University in Cambridge and the University of New Mexico for studies in Theatre Direction, Education, Psychology and Cross-Cultural Communication.
 
Stevens has lived, for the most part, in New Mexico since

Excitement Is In The Air In Alamogordo In September

on August 4, 2019 - 7:25am
NMT News:
 
ALAMOGORDO This September, in addition to the wide array of attractions available year-round, Alamogordo will be buzzing with excitement as the 28th Annual Balloon Invitational and the Otero County Fair and Rodeo bring their unique offerings to locals and visitors of all ages.
 
The Annual Balloon Invitational takes place Saturday, Sept. 7 at Ed Brabson Balloon Park in Alamogordo and continues Sunday, Sept. 8 at White Sands National Monument. The Otero County Fair and Rodeo opens Wednesday, Sept. 18 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22.
 
“Alamogordo is known as a

Historic Santa Fe Foundation Announces Launch Of Mac Watson Register Fellowship Honoring Contributions

on August 4, 2019 - 7:09am
Alan ‘Mac’ Watson. Courtesy/HSFF
 
HSFF News:
 
Historic Santa Fe Foundation Board of Directors and staff launch the Mac Watson Register Fellowship in honor of the many contributions that Watson has made to the historical and architectural preservation of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.
 
Historic Santa Fe Foundation recognizes his dedication and service as a volunteer and on the Board of the Foundation and many other preservation efforts.
 
Alan ‘Mac’ Watson, a Santa Fe native, received an AB in English Literature from Dartmouth College and an MA and a PhD from the University of New

NWS: Today’s High Near 77; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on August 4, 2019 - 6:52am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 77 with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly after noon and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Big Baby Hummingbird Stays In Nest

on August 4, 2019 - 6:36am
Daily Postcard: This big baby hummingbird had no siblings and seems to have decided never to leave home while the broods in three other nests at this Los Alamos residence had two siblings each and have all left home. Photo by Ben Tobias

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 5

on August 3, 2019 - 9:14am
COUNTY News:
 
Diamond Drive Paving
 
Star Paving is working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before High School begins Aug. 14. 
 
Asphalt milling and paving work continue the Week of Aug. 4. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction; Work will occur Sunday starting at 6 p.m. and continue throughout the night all week.

AGU: US Infrastructure Unprepared For Increasing Frequency Of Extreme Storms

on August 3, 2019 - 6:47am
Hurricane Florence’s unprecedented rainfall caused extensive damage to infrastructure in North and South Carolina after it made landfall in fall of 2018. Courtesy/U.S. Air Forces Central Command
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Current design standards for United States hydrologic infrastructure are unprepared for the increasing frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms, meaning structures like retention ponds and dams will face more frequent and severe flooding, according to a new study.
 
Extreme weather events are on the rise, but U.S.

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 55 Acres

on August 3, 2019 - 6:38am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire crews were able to put some low-intensity fire on the ground late Thursday in spite of recent moisture.
 
Fire managers are planning to continue firing operations on the Conejos Fire as long as weather will allow. 
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: Estimated at 55 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

NWS: Today’s High Near 80; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 3, 2019 - 6:36am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of southwest and south central New Mexico this afternoon through evening. Slow storm motions may lead to locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Turn Around, Don't Drown! Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Butterfly Sits On Echinacea Flowers

on August 3, 2019 - 6:21am

Daily Postcard: Butterfly sitting on an Echinacea flower recently in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Evening Scene Over Red Elvises Concert At Pond

on August 2, 2019 - 10:10pm
The music was fun and the sunset beautiful this evening at the Red Elvises Concert at Ashley Pond Pavilion. Photo by Rick Reiss

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 45 Acres

on August 2, 2019 - 8:57am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE A thunderstorm that dropped significant moisture on the north end of the Conejos Fire Wednesday delayed operations planned for Thursday. Fire managers are monitoring conditions on the ground for a window to begin firing operations.
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: 45 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

Phys.Org: Black Bears Adapt To Life Near Humans By Burning The Midnight Oil

on August 2, 2019 - 8:53am
Easy dinner pickings. Courtesy/Florida Fish and Wildlife
 
By KATHY ZELLER
phys.org news

Amid reports that human activities are pushing many wild species to the edge of extinction, it’s easy to miss the fact that some animal populations are expanding.

Across North America, a number of species that were reduced by overhunting and loss of forested habitat in the 1800s are rebounding. This sometimes results in wildlife living near populated areas.

In a recent study, my colleagues and I analyzed one of these comeback species: American black bears (Ursus americanus). In the early 1900s, black bears

Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Events And The Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak

on August 2, 2019 - 8:49am
Per recommendations stated on the New Mexico Livestock Board’s website (https://www.nmlbonline.com/news): ALL participants bringing horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, and goats coming from outside the North Mesa Stables are required to stop at the Veterinarian Inspection Station. Inspections are being provided by a knowledgeable and certified veterinarian, and any animals suspected of having VS will be sent home before entering into the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. Contact the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at 505.662.8170 or lacrec@lacnm.us with any questions. Courtesy photo
 

PEEC: Discover World Of Real-Life Zombies Aug. 6

on August 2, 2019 - 8:47am
Andrew Bartlow will give a presentation at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore how some parasites have evolved to manipulate their hosts and turn them into their own zombie bodyguards. In this photo he is on Mindoro Island in the Philippines on a museum collection trip where he was one of the parasitologists who went to collect parasites from birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Join Andrew Bartlow at the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Aug.

15th Annual Gila River Festival—Our River, Our Future—Coming To Silver City Sept. 19-22

on August 2, 2019 - 8:46am
Photo by Gordon Headlee
 
GCC News:
 
SILVER CITY This September, the Gila Conservation Coalition will host the 15th annual Gila River Festival.
 
Running Sept. 19-22 in Silver City and along the Gila River, the festival allows visitors to explore the Gila River—New Mexico’s last wild river, which also was named America’s #1 Most Endangered River of 2019 by American Rivers.
 
Throughout the festival, visitors can learn about the future of the Gila River in relation to the changing climate, as well as our responsibility to act as earth stewards, with keynote speaker climate

Annual Pueblo Independence Day Celebration Aug. 11

on August 2, 2019 - 8:13am
Ruins of San Jose de Los Jemez Mission, Jemez Historic Site. Courtesy/New Mexico Historic Sites 
 
Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner. Courtesy/New Mexico Historic Sites 
 
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Historic Sites is hosting two major commemorative events in August.
 
The 16th annual Pueblo Independence Day celebration is Sunday, Aug. 11, in the village of Jemez Springs. The event commemorates the events of Aug. 10, 1680, when the Pueblo People of New Mexico and Arizona launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization.
 
Later in August, the Bosque Redondo

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 2, 2019 - 8:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms will be most prevalent this afternoon and evening in the north and west portions of the state. Slow and erratic movement will lead to locally heavy rain and potential flooding. Today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely after noon and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

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