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SFNF: Closure Order For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Extended For Safety Reasons

on September 1, 2017 - 3:59pm

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the closure of a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety as fire crews continue to work on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Dec. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section, and

Top Campsites For Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend

on September 1, 2017 - 7:33am
Labor Day is just a few days away, and public campgrounds, hotels, and Airbnbs are almost fully booked up, creating fierce competition for the last available spots.
Enter Hipcamp []—a startup that solves this problem by creating new campsites on beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches. Hipcamp has just compiled a list of their top 100 unbooked campgrounds across the nation under $100. 

Each campground linked below contains multiple discrete campsites:

Tips To Keep Bears Away From Your Property

on September 1, 2017 - 6:07am
Black bear. Courtesy/NMDG&F
Two bears climb a tree recently on Villa Street near Aspen School. Photo by Nancy Johnson
Corporal - Albuquerque Supervisory District
N.M. Department of Game and Fish

“I have a bear visiting my property and getting into my trash and birdfeeders.” This is how most phone calls regarding bear activity start. And believe me, there have been plenty of them in recent weeks and I anticipate many more in the weeks to come. 

I have heard many residents say they have seen more bears this summer in town than in recent years.

Daily Postcard: An Afternoon At Fenton Lake

on September 1, 2017 - 5:06am

Daily Postcard: Afternoon clouds gather Sunday over Fenton Lake. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

World Futures: Cyber (Part Two)

on August 31, 2017 - 10:07am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we started by recalling the power outage in White Rock, noting that it was an inconvenience. But what if it had lasted longer, significantly longer? What if the affected area was much larger, perhaps the entire county of Los Alamos? What other inconveniences would you have suffered? The grocery store would have been closed. But it could have opened with candle light.

Of course, you would have to pay with cash or check since the credit/debit card machines would not run.

Nature Center Presents Charles Strickfaden Talk Sept. 5

on August 31, 2017 - 8:53am
Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The community is invited to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 to hear a talk by Charles Strickfaden, site manager of the developing Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This free talk is a Sierra Club event, and all are welcome to attend.
Visitors often take for granted the collaboration required to start a national park. Thanks to Strickfaden’s work; however, Los Alamos museums have partnered with the National Park Service to preserve local history.

LANL: Superconductivity Research Reveals Potential New State Of Matter

on August 31, 2017 - 7:35am
Filip Ronning at work in his lab. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A potential new state of matter is being reported in the journal Nature, with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. The ability to find similarities and differences among classes of materials with phenomena such as this helps researchers establish the essential ingredients that cause novel functionalities such as superconductivity.

The high-magnetic-field state of the heavy fermion superconductor CeRhIn5 revealed a so-called electronic

SFNF Crews Continue To Monitor, Manage Ojitos Fire

on August 31, 2017 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, taking advantage of favorable windows to use low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
Since July 7 when lightning struck a tree in the 90,000-acre Rio Chama block that has been cleared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest restoration, fire crews have added fire to the ground on both sides of Forest Road (FR) 468 and on the west side of the fire perimeter to remove hazardous

Daily Postcard: Roses Bloom On Walnut

on August 31, 2017 - 6:42am

Daily Postcard: Red roses are blooming at a home on Walnut Street. Photo by Chris Clark/

LANL: Machine-learning Earthquake Prediction In Lab Shows Promise

on August 30, 2017 - 1:18pm

LANL researchers have developed a two-dimensional tabletop simulator that models the buildup and release of stress along an artificial fault. In this image, the simulator is viewed through a polarized camera lens, photo-elastic plates reveal discrete points of stress buildup along both sides of the modeled fault as the far (upper) plate is moved laterally along the fault. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Listening to faultline’s grumbling gives countdown to future quakes

By listening to the acoustic signal emitted by a laboratory-created earthquake, a computer science approach using machine learning