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Nebulae And Monsters At Nature Center Planetarium

on May 23, 2017 - 7:11am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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​PEEC News:

Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the glowing patches of dust and gas in the sky and more during his presentation about Nebulae and their significance in the galaxy, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Sea Monstersa film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life, will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in planetarium. The film follows fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is

Daily Postcard: Colorful Birds Drawn To Suet Feeder

on May 22, 2017 - 11:07am
Daily Postcard: This suet feeder in the yard of a Barranca Mesa home is drawing a variety of colorful birds including this Western Tanager, which has been returning to eat here for about a week. Photo by Ken Hanson
 
Daily Postcard: This Hairy Woodpecker is a more regular customer to the local suet feeder and is seen dining here during last week's surprise spring snow. Photo by Ken Hanson

Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 22, 2017 - 9:06am

FOREST SERVICE News:

TAOS – The Hondito Fire, started May 15 from a lightning strike, has consumed 5,000 acres four miles southwest of Tres Piedras and two miles north of Las Tablas and is 0 percent contained.

Fire managers took advantage of favorable conditions Sunday and completed 5,000 acres of the 14,900 acre planning area. Crews spent the morning constructing perimeter line in advance of afternoon aerial ignitions. Utilizing the helicopter, crews were able to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time.

EPA Urged To Prioritize Gold King Mine Cleanup

on May 22, 2017 - 8:48am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the EPA to fulfill the directive in the omnibus bill passed last week for Gold King Mine cleanup efforts.
 
The bill provides the EPA $4 million to implement a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.
 
The delegation asked that the EPA use these funds to support the Long-Term Monitoring Plan prepared by the

State Environment Department Announces Air Quality Compliance Assessment Program For Small Businesses

on May 22, 2017 - 7:54am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is pleased to announce that the Air Quality Bureau has developed a compliance assessment program for New Mexico small businesses, except for those located in Bernalillo County or on tribal lands. The program offers free assistance to small businesses who want help in discovering air quality permit violations.

Daily Postcard: Spring Flower Baskets Line Central

on May 21, 2017 - 5:45am

Daily Postcard: Workers from Los Alamos Landscaping hang spring flower baskets Thursday along Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Nature Center Cuts Ribbon On New Exhibit ‘Landscaping For Our Climate’

on May 20, 2017 - 10:18am

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities has funded the first outdoor exhibit at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Thomas Graves

Participating in the May 13 ribbon cutting at the Los Alamos Nature Center, from left, Beth Cortright, Jonathan Creel, Siobhan Niklasson, Sue Watts, Erick Peterson, Kate Barrere, Mary Carol Williams, Bob Walker, Selvi Viswanatha, Bob Dryja and Jack Richardson. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

Thanks to support from the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities, the Los Alamos Nature Center has an outdoor sign dedicated to explaining the

Daily Postcard: Snowy Spring In Los Alamos

on May 20, 2017 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: Spring flowers and plants are sprinkled with snowflakes Friday morning in Los Alamos. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: A snowy spring Friday morning in Los Alamos. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Today Is International Endangered Species Day

on May 19, 2017 - 11:13am

ESC News:

Washington, DC – Thousands of Americans are gathering to participate in Endangered Species Day events across the country, in recognition of our nation’s commitment to protect and restore disappearing wildlife.

 

This is the 12th annual international Endangered Species Day, which occurs on the third Friday of May, celebrating our wildlife and wild places.

 

“Endangered Species Day celebrates our declared national responsibility to our children and their children to save our vanishing wildlife and plants,” stated Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition

Daily Postcard: Snowfall At Los Alamos Golf Course

on May 19, 2017 - 9:25am

Daily Postcard: Snowy weather this morning at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The National Weather Service predicts a high today of 49 degrees and a 60 percent chance of rain. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Bear Spotted Strolling Around Eastern Area

on May 19, 2017 - 9:02am

This bear is spotted just before 7 p.m. Thursday raiding some bird feeders in Eastern area. It seems bear awareness day was timely as the bears are out and about in local neighborhoods this spring. Photo by Michael Redondo

After snacking on bird seed, this bear takes a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood Thursday in Eastern Area. Photo by Michael Redondo

Suit Seeks To Bar Rocky Flats Public Trails, Visitor Site

on May 19, 2017 - 5:36am
EPA News:
 
Groups from communities near the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant today sued the U.S. government for failing to comply with federal environmental laws in planning to build public trails and a visitor center at the former plutonium facility.
 
Filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, the litigation charges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the site’s current manager, has not completed a required analysis of environmental risks and policy options.
 
Plaintiffs include the Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center, Candelas Glows, Rocky Flats Right to Know,

Notice: Possible Quorum At Environmental Board

on May 18, 2017 - 4:13pm

Udall, Heinrich Urge Department Of Interior To Lift Sudden Suspension Of Public Land Advisory Groups

on May 18, 2017 - 9:01am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a coalition of Western Democratic senators in urging the Department of the Interior (DOI) to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing local committees and advisory boards that provide essential community input on public land management.
 
In response to reports that the Department of the Interior postponed all meetings for public resource advisory councils and committees (RACs) until September, the senators wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asking that he allow the RAC's to do the work their

Ice Particles In Earth’s Atmosphere Create Glints

on May 18, 2017 - 8:46am
One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off Earth. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off Earth.
 
The homeward-facing instrument on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, launched in 2015, caught hundreds of these flashes over the span of a year. NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) instrument aboard DSCOVR is taking almost-hourly images of the sunlit planet from its spot between Earth and the sun.

Daily Postcard: Unique Clouds Float Over Los Alamos

on May 18, 2017 - 7:42am

Daily Postcard: Unique cloud formations spotted floating above Los Alamos Wednesday morning from North Mesa. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Clean Up Los Alamos Day Another Sweeping Success!

on May 17, 2017 - 12:57pm
Clean Up Los Alamos Day Appreciation Luncheon May 13 at Ashley Pond Park Pavillion. Courtesy photo
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Environmental Services would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in the 14th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day Saturday May 13.
 
It was a great success again this year with 339 participants collecting trash and brush around the Los Alamos and White Rock area.
 
The county collected approximately 10.5 tons of solid waste and 156 residents utilized the Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center Saturday for free disposal.
 
The event

Additional Funds From $5.5 Million Settlement To Be Disbursed For New Mexico’s Environmental Restoration

on May 17, 2017 - 9:13am
 
ONRT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (collectively, the Trustees) have finalized the Addendum to the Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) for the Chino, Cobre, and Tyrone Mine Facilities in Southwestern New Mexico.
 
The ONRT is a small state agency administratively attached to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) ensuring that New Mexico’s natural resources that were injured because of contamination are restored for the full benefit of New

Los Alamos Bike To Work Day Friday

on May 17, 2017 - 7:54am

PEEC Offers New Forest Explorers Program

on May 17, 2017 - 7:48am

PEEC’s new summer program takes kids out in nature to play, hike and be creative. Photo by Denise Matthews

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a new program this summer for 5 to 8 year olds, called Forest Explorers. This hike-and-play club will take children on weekly hikes, every Wednesday beginning June 14 through Aug. 9, with ample time for child-directed play in nature.

Forest Explorers is a 9-week drop off program that meets 9:30-11 a.m.

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunset Over North Mesa

on May 17, 2017 - 7:12am
Daily Postcard: A colorful sunset fills the sky Saturday on North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Public Astronomy Dark Night Saturday

on May 16, 2017 - 7:07pm
Astronomy News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Mars, Jupiter and its moons and Saturn with its rings and moons will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the spring constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Local Expert To Lead Wildflower Walk Monday

on May 16, 2017 - 7:19am

Wildflowers are important for pollinators like this swallowtail butterfly. Photo Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Would you like to learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau? Starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller will lead a Wildflower Walk.

These popular monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflowers in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.

Daily Postcard: Rain Clouds Create Dramatic Sunset

on May 16, 2017 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: Rain clouds create a dramatic sunset Saturday over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Daily Postcard: Butterfly On Hummingbird Feeder

on May 15, 2017 - 6:11am

Daily Postcard: A butterfly is spotted Saturday on a hummingbird feeder at a home in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

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