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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Pajarito Greenhouse

on May 27, 2017 - 1:01pm
On the job in White Rock: Kathy Anderson and Cottrell Fox help gardeners this morning with their purchases at Pajarito Greenhouse. The greenhouse is especially busy this weekend due to their Memorial Day sales. They are also open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at 238 Rio Bravo in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
On the job in White Rock: Arborist Laural Hardin, left, and Jess Gauntt are busy offering advice to gardeners this morning at Pajarito Greenhouse in White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

SFNF Urges Extreme Caution On Rio Chama

on May 27, 2017 - 7:51am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As recreationists head into the Santa Fe National Forest for the long Memorial Day weekend, rafters, campers and others traveling along the Rio Chama should be prepared for higher-than-normal water levels and faster-than-normal flows on the river.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Rio Chama is experiencing “the most robust spring runoff” since 2005. BOR is currently releasing 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from El Vado Reservoir into the Rio Chama in an attempt to keep up with the snowmelt.

Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results From NASA’s Juno Mission Show Gigantic Turbulent World

on May 27, 2017 - 7:41am
Through the Juno mission, scientists are learning more about the largest planet in the solar system. NASA/JPL-CalTech/USGS Photo
 
NASA News: 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in the solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet’s surface than previously thought.
 
“We are excited to share these early

Los Alamos Nature Center Open This Holiday Weekend

on May 27, 2017 - 7:34am

Observe local birds like this Red-breasted Nuthatch this holiday weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bob Walker.

PEEC News: 

This weekend is a great time to enjoy nature, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, a great day to visit the animals, use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike, pick up the new Passport to the Pajarito Plateau booklet, or build great memories with your family in the Satch and George Cowan Children's Discovery Area.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open on holidays except: Thursday

Think About Smokey Bear This Weekend And Follow Proper Campfire Procedures

on May 27, 2017 - 7:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To quote Smokey Bear, only you can prevent a repeat of last year’s Memorial Day weekend when campers left 25 unattended and abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Fortunately, none of the 25 identified campfires sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. 

But we might not be so lucky this year. As the New Mexico fire season gets underway, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Tales Of Our Times: Impartial Testing Tests Courage

on May 26, 2017 - 4:46pm
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Impartial Testing Tests Courage
 
The impartial study has it own place on the list of big risks. I speak of impartial studies, or tests, that one might call “politically timely,” as in a public controversy. A current case in need of impartial testing is Russian ties in the last election process. My focus here is the human nature lurking around such a study.
 
Human quirks intrude in public issues that need answers. Before we know it, choices from the big box of assumptions stand in for answers.

PEEC Offers Geology Tour Of Mount Taylor

on May 26, 2017 - 5:01am
Mount Taylor has a fascinating geologic story, one that can be told by Fraser and Cathy Goff. Photo by Fraser Goff

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a special overnight tour June 17-18 of the Mount Taylor region. The tour will focus on the geology of the area, and is suitable for geologists and non-geologists alike. Space is limited for this trip.

Geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour, which will include the earth science and volcanology of Mount Taylor and surrounding areas.

Big-horned Sheep Spotted In Frijoles Canyon

on May 25, 2017 - 4:26pm
Big-horned sheep were spotted today in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument by employee Rob Harper. In 2014 and again in 2016, a few dozen big-horned sheep were released just outside the southwest boundary of Bandelier. By early this year, a half dozen sheep were seen several times near the Upper Falls on the Park's Falls Trail. Courtesy/NPS

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Plateau Properties

on May 25, 2017 - 3:57pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Dustin Lippiatt creates a large rabbit topiary Wednesday afternoon at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Lippiatt runs the yard crew for Plateau Properties where he has worked for two years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dustin Lippiatt creates a large rabbit topiary Wednesday afternoon at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Cange Testifies On EM’s FY-18 Budget Request

on May 25, 2017 - 7:44am

EM Acting Assistant Secretary Sue Cange

DOE-EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange testified Wednesday on EM’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. In her testimony, Cange provided an overview of the EM program, key achievements in the past year and planned accomplishments to be achieved with EM’s request of approximately $6.5 billion, which marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade. 

“I am honored to be here today representing the over 20,000 men and women that carry out the

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