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Bandelier Open Thanksgiving & Celebrates OptOutside

on November 18, 2017 - 8:42am
Bandelier invites visitors to take a walk on the Main Loop Trail and celebrate OptOutside Friday, Nov. 24. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Many locations throughout the area will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, but Bandelier National Monument will be open, with Visitor Center hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every year many visitors, some with their Thanksgiving guests, come to enjoy the park in the morning while the turkey is cooking, or in the afternoon to walk off some of their holiday feast.
 
Then Friday, Nov. 24, the park will join in the growing nationwide observance of OptOutside.

Fire Crews Monitor Prescribed Burn Unit In Santa Fe Municipal Watershed

on November 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Ignitions underway Thursday in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

Picture-perfect outcome of prescribed burn in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
Needle cast and duff adjacent to the prescribed burn unit. This is the type of fuel the prescribed burn is designed to eliminate. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire crews conducted both aerial and on-the-ground surveys Friday of the 248-acre unit within the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed that was treated with prescribed fire yesterday.

Daily Postcard: Blue Bird Hangs Around Quemazon

on November 18, 2017 - 7:08am

Daily Postcard: A blue bird spotted this week hanging around Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC Receives Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award From EEANM

on November 17, 2017 - 8:48am
PEEC is one of five award recipients at this year’s Environmental Literacy Summit, and received the only award given to an organization. PEEC educators Denise Matthews and Siobhan Niklasson are fifth and sixth from the left. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) bestowed its first Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) of Los Alamos.
 
Siobhan Niklasson, PEEC’s Director of Education, accepted the award last Thursday, Nov.

Daily Postcard: Buck Visits Quemazon

on November 17, 2017 - 6:52am

Daily Postcard: A buck pays a morning visit to a home in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Eco Station And Overlook Convenience Center Closed For Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 23 And Nov. 24

on November 16, 2017 - 9:39am

COUNTY News:

The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.

There will be no residential or commercial trash and recycling collection service provided Thursday, Nov. 23 or Friday, Nov. 24.

Residents whose normal trash day falls on one of those days should place their materials out Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Keller: What Weeds Really Are

on November 16, 2017 - 8:48am
By CHICK KELLER, Curator
Jemez Mountains Herbarium
 
In response to a resent letter to the editor (link) with questions about weeds and what to do about them, here are some answers:

First – a weed to me is any group of plants growing where you don’t want them, or crowding out other more desirable plants.

Second – not all weeds are invaders from other places. Most are natives.

Third – these are very important plants for restoring disturbed areas. I call them nature’s “first responders”. They are almost all annuals (must grow from seeds each year as last year’s die and don’t come back).

Their job is

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Tonight

on November 16, 2017 - 7:45am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today in Suite 110 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda: 
 
1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
 
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
 
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • Approval of the Oct. 19, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: John Bliss
 
5. BOARD BUSINESS
  • Eco Challenge Presentation of Award Winners Presenters: Susan Barns
  • Review and Discuss the Environmental Sustainability Plan Presenters: Philo Shelton
  • Discuss Collection

Daily Postcard: Half Moon Shines Through Clouds

on November 16, 2017 - 5:44am

Daily Postcard: Half the moon shines through the clouds Tuesday night over Los Alamos. Photo by Robert Beberniss

WIPP Marks Milestone With 12,000th Safe Transuranic Waste Shipment

on November 15, 2017 - 10:57am
The 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant arrives at the facility from EM’s Idaho Site late Nov. 9. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently received its 12,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal since opening in 1999.
 
“We are all very proud of receiving the 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste and contributing to the Department’s cleanup mission.” said Todd Shrader, manager of the Carlsbad Field Office.  
 
Since the underground repository’s opening, WIPP drivers have safely

Daily Postcard: Poppies Still Blooming

on November 15, 2017 - 5:04am

Daily Postcard: When all else is fading away this Fall, the poppies are bright and beautiful. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Small Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe Watershed To Restore Forest Health, Reduce Risk Of Wildfire

on November 14, 2017 - 1:46pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE -- Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, forecasted winds and weather, to conduct a one-day prescribed burn Thursday in the Santa Fe Watershed.

The 248-acre treatment area is approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the east end of the McClure Reservoir and adjacent to the western boundary of the Pecos Wilderness.

New Mexico Dinosaurs Draw Big Crowds In Japan

on November 14, 2017 - 1:17pm
Opening day of the ‘A Great Journey of Dinosaurs exhibit at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Fukui, Japan, July 7, 2016, in front of the animatronics Bistahieversor sealeyi, a tyrannosaur dinosaur known only from New Mexico. Photo by Thomas Williamson
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles drew huge crowds in Japan, during a yearlong three-city tour of the nation. During a collective 218 days on exhibition at three venues, the exhibition drew more than 588,000 visitors.
 
“The Japanese we worked with combined cutting-edge robotics

Volunteers Help PEEC And Los Alamos County Clean Up Fencing In Acid Canyon

on November 14, 2017 - 1:03pm
These 25 volunteers removed about two tons of old fencing recently from Acid Canyon. Photo by Thomas Graves/www.thomasgraves.com
 
Many hands made light work of the fencing cleanup project. Photo by Thomas Graves/www.thomasgraves.com
 
PEEC News:
 
Hikers have long been subject to the sight of Atomic Energy Commission era chain link fencing disturbing views in Acid Canyon. Thanks to a hearty group of 24 volunteers and to organizations from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Alamos County the fencing, which was also a hazard to wildlife, was completely removed.

The

LANL: Scalable Clusters Make HPC R&D Easy As Raspberry Pi

on November 14, 2017 - 8:00am

The BitScope Pi Cluster Modules system creates an affordable, scalable, highly parallel testbed for high-performance-computing system-software developers. The system comprises five rack-mounted BitScope Pi Cluster Modules consisting of 3,000 cores using Raspberry Pi ARM processor boards, fully integrated with network switching infrastructure. Image: Bitscope. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • System with thousands of nodes brings affordable testbed to supercomputing system-software developers

A quest to help the systems software community work on very large supercomputers without having to

Secretary Zinke And BLM Invite Sportsmen To Enjoy Upcoming Deer Season At Sabinoso Wilderness

on November 14, 2017 - 7:17am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
TAOS, NM  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the Bureau of Land Management have announced that the Sabinoso Wilderness – which contains some of the most pristine habitat in the country for elk, mule deer and other wildlife – is for the first time ever accessible to the public for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.
 
The 16,000-acre Sabinoso was previously wholly surrounded by non-federal land, making it inaccessible to the general public.

Daily Postcard: Venus Over Jupiter Spotted At Sunrise

on November 14, 2017 - 6:50am
Daily Postcard: Venus is spotted over Jupiter at sunrise Nov. 12 above Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Joint Statement From U.S. Department Of Energy And Los Alamos Department Of Public Utilities On Chromium Plume Issue

on November 13, 2017 - 4:55pm

DOE/DPU News:

Recent reports in the media about the presence of a chromium plume in the regional Pajarito Plateau aquifer has led to some confusion and misinformation about the safety of the drinking water in the Los Alamos community.

This joint statement by the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is to provide assurances to the public that the drinking water in Los Alamos County is safe and meets all Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

These wells are highly monitored by Los Alamos County and the

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Reservoir Canyon

on November 13, 2017 - 5:45am

Daily Postcard: Hiking Sunday in Los Alamos Reservoir Canyon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunrise In Quemazon

on November 12, 2017 - 5:56am

Daily Postcard: A lavendar and pink colored sunrise viewed Friday morning from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

New Report Gives First Ever Statewide Look At Methane Waste Problem In New Mexico

on November 11, 2017 - 7:41am
Courtesy/NASA
 
EDF News:
 
Environmental Defense Fund released a new report giving the first complete picture of the methane waste problem from oil and gas development in New Mexico.
 
Drawing upon peer-reviewed scientific analysis and industry-reported inventories the report estimates the overall venting, leaking, and flaring of natural gas in New Mexico results in a loss of $182-$244 million worth of natural gas each year. That results in taxpayers and the state budget losing up to $27 million in taxes and royalty revenues per year.
 
This waste includes intentional emissions

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Nov. 14

on November 11, 2017 - 7:17am
Melissa Mackey designs creative, hands-on activities for PEEC's Family Nights program on the second Tuesday of each month. Courtesy photo 
 
PEEC News:
 
Tuesday, Nov. 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
 
Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the nature center. Each month is different with engaging activities crafted by the talented Melissa Mackey.
 

Daily Postcard: Elk Herd Spotted Near Bandelier

on November 11, 2017 - 7:03am

Daily Postcard: Elk spotted Thursday near Bandelier. Photo by Scot Rygh

Photo by Scot Rygh

Daily Postcard: Strawberry–Banana Sunrise

on November 10, 2017 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: A strawberry–banana colored sunrise Thursday on North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

SFNF Plans Gallinas Watershed Burn Today

on November 9, 2017 - 10:05am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers are planning to resume the previously announced prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District today. 
 
The decision to proceed will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. 
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-severity wildfire.

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