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PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Dendroglyphs Provide Histories Of Plants and Peoples

on March 30, 2017 - 4:26pm

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

Sheep herding on a large scale developed in the early 20th century in the Valles Caldera. For example, Franklin Bond, the owner of this area, established 17 sheep camps for the summer of 1918 with an estimated 21,000 sheep among them.   

He employed 73 people to help with the sheepherding. Another person estimated that 100,000 sheep were grazing in the area in the summers of 1917 and 1918.  

This suggests that up to 350 people were involved in sheepherding when compared proportionally to the Franklin Bond employment.

Cattle ranching become more dominate after

Nature Center: Los Alamos County Department Of Public Utilities Presents Water Is Life 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

on March 30, 2017 - 8:34am

Jack Richardson shares the story of water Tuesday evening at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

Jen Pelz discusses vertical challenges to water storage in the Rio Grande watershed Tuesday evening at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is bringing four speakers and a film to the Los Alamos Nature Center 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.

The evening starts with a discussion about local rivers and water issues by four speakers followed by a break with refreshments and a chance to meet the speakers. Afterward, they will show the documentary 

Stop And Smell The Lilacs! Annual Festival May 19-21

on March 30, 2017 - 7:56am

The annual Taos Lilac Festival runs Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21. Courtesy Photo

LILAC FESTIVAL News:

In its fifth year, the one-of-a-kind Taos Lilac Festival at Kit Carson Park (211 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte) promises to be a fun and exciting event for the entire family. Held in mid to late May each year, the festival showcases the peak of Taos’ abundant lilac blooms and celebrates both Taos’ rich history of lilacs and the natural beauty of Taos with a wide array of family-friendly activities. This year’s festival is Friday, May 19, and extends to Sunday, May 21.

In conjunction with the

Daily Postcard: Dynamic Art

on March 30, 2017 - 7:34am

Daily Postcard: Ice clings to a barbed wire fence Wednesday in Los Alamos creating a dynamic work of art. Photo by Kathyn Willcutt

Daily Postcard: Apple Blossoms At Overlook Park

on March 29, 2017 - 7:08am

Daily Postcard: Apple Blossoms spotted Tuesday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Snow Flurries Hit Downtown Los Alamos

on March 28, 2017 - 12:27pm

Snow is falling in downtown Los Alamos. The National Weather Service predicts an accumulation of up to inch before it's over later today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Sunrise At Pajarito

on March 28, 2017 - 6:44am

Daily Postcard: Dawn Patrol - Sunrise on the trail Bruce's Boulevard and Daisy May. Photo by Eric Schaller

Pajarito - Spruce Lift at Bruce's Boulevard. Photo by Eric Schaller

Start Off April With Bird Walk In Cañada Bonita

on March 27, 2017 - 5:24pm

Dusky Grouse. Photo by Hari Viswanathan

PEEC News:

One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds typically seen and heard every day.

Join long-time Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 1, for a hike along the Cañada Bonita and the Nordic Ski Trails. This high-elevation trek winds through mixed conifer forest and offers breathtaking views. This is the perfect opportunity for adults and children who can hike up to five miles to get outside and admire local species of birds.

14th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day: Register Now!

on March 27, 2017 - 10:18am

COUNTY News:

Lets keep Los Alamos litter free. Join the fun and help tidy up the community by collecting trash and recyclables from your neighborhoods and public places.

Free gloves and bags will be provided upon registration. The Eco Station will allow free trash disposal to all Los Alamos County residents. An appreciation lunch will be provided to volunteers noon–1 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at Ashley Pond Park.

Register now by clicking here.

Experimental Living On The Edge Of Taos Desert: SAR Field Trip May 2017

on March 27, 2017 - 8:34am
Stanley Crawford. Courtesy photo
 
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE  Since the late 1880s, northern New Mexico has been a place of starting over.
 
But it really was in the early decades of the twentieth century, as people fled the collapse of modernity and the failure of progress in the wake of the Great War, that it came into its own as a refuge.
 
That’s the theme of the May 12, 2017, field trip sponsored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR). Study leaders are garlic farmer and writer Stanley Crawford, and Mabel Dodge Luhan historian Ellen Bradbury.

Kraft Heinz Commits To Clean Up Palm Oil Supply Chain

on March 27, 2017 - 8:33am
KRAFT HEINZ News:
 
SAN FRANCISCO  Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) welcomed the new palm oil policy issued by the Kraft Heinz Company, but continued to warn customers that its much-loved brands remain at risk of containing Conflict Palm Oil.
 
RAN called on the Kraft Heinz Company to develop a more robust policy after its merger in 2016, as both companies were lagging behind their peers in adopting commitments to end the destruction of all forests, peatlands and the egregious violations of human rights common in the operations of members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil,

VCNP Applications For 2017 Livestock Program

on March 27, 2017 - 8:20am
A range rider moves cattle within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS
 
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is seeking applications for its 2017 livestock grazing program.
 
The preserve is mandated by Congress to allow the grazing of livestock to the extent the use furthers scientific research or interpretation of the preserve’s ranching history.  
 
The National Park Service (NPS) will issue a one-year special use permit to a private operator to graze approximately 250 Animal Units per Month (AUMs) on the preserve during a four-month period

Daily Postcard: American Pasqueflower Blooms Near Ponderosa Estates

on March 27, 2017 - 7:58am
Daily Postcard: American Pasqueflower blooms Saturday near Ponderosa Estates in Los Alamos. Photo by John Scott

Sen. Heinrich Celebrates 4th Anniversary Designation Of Río Grande Del Norte National Monument

on March 26, 2017 - 7:26am

Río Grande del Norte National Monument. Courtesy photo

 

STATE News:

Saturday was the fourth anniversary of the designation of Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico. From the tops of Cerro de la Olla and Ute Mountain, to the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge, the Río Grande del Norte is one of the most 

spectacular places on earth.

Volunteers Needed To Improve And Maintain Trails

on March 26, 2017 - 6:48am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Spring on the Santa Fe National Forest means it’s time to get out and work on trails, getting them ready for the heavy use of the summer recreation season. 
 
Volunteer opportunities are waiting for anyone interested in donating some time and a little manual labor to benefit the forest.
  • Saturday, April 15 – Work will continue on the reroute of a steep and unsustainable leg of the original Borrego Trail, which is part of the Borrego/Bear Wallow Trail. Forest staff and volunteers plan to work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29 – Forest staff and volunteers will

Daily Postcard: Aerial View Heading To Los Alamos

on March 26, 2017 - 6:28am

Daily Postcard: Aerial view taken northwest of Los Alamos at noon Saturday with Pajarito ski slopes visible at upper left. Courtesy photo

Demonstrations At White Sands Missile Range Support Trinity Downwinders April 1

on March 25, 2017 - 8:37am
CCNS News:
 
The community is invited to join the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium at two White Sands Missile Range entrances during the Trinity Site open house Saturday, April 1 to support those who have been negatively affected by radiation exposure from the first atomic test there July 16, 1945. 
 
The Army opens the Trinity Site twice a year for people from around the world to visit the radioactively contaminated site, http://www.wsmr.army.mil/PAO/Trinity/Pages/Home.aspx 
 
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the Consortium will gather at the Tularosa Gate, on Tulie Gate Road west of

‘Forest Your Health’ Hosts Hike On SFNF April 8

on March 25, 2017 - 7:45am

Window Rock Trail. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The health benefits of outdoor recreation will be the focus Saturday, April 8, when the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and El Centro Family Health Clinics sponsor a hike on the Window Rock Trail as part of a health initiative called “Forest Your Health”.

Forest Your Health promotes healthy habits by encouraging community members in the Española area to hike, mountain bike and ride equestrian along area trails.

EM, UKAEA Expand Collaboration On Robotics

on March 25, 2017 - 6:45am

Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange and Rob Buckingham, director of the Center for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments, shake hands after signing the Statement of Intent. Courtesy/DOE-EM

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Energy Office of Evironmental Management (EM) and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency (UKAEA) have agreed to further collaborate to develop and apply robotics to nuclear decommissioning tasks.

Representatives from EM and the UKAEA earlier this month signed a new Statement of Intent (SOI), providing the framework for exchange of information

Annual Festival Spotlights Sandhill Cranes

on March 24, 2017 - 7:13am

Thousands of Sandhill Cranes flock earlier this month to the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com​

A Sandhill Crane jumps for joy. Photo by Kirsten laskey\ladailypost.com​

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

It was an incredible social gathering. The air bubbled with inaudible conversations and the crowd was a bevy of movement. Newcomers swooped into the gathering while others rushed away. The crowd would hop, bob and weave.

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned To Reduce Risk Of Wildfire; Restore Forest Health

on March 24, 2017 - 5:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed as early as Friday, April 7, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Hand and aerial ignitions on the 850-acre treatment area approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe could continue for up to three days, depending on fuel conditions, forecasted weather and smoke dispersion conditions.

Daily Postcard: Tsankawi Trail

on March 23, 2017 - 7:18am

Daily Postcard: A recent hike along the Tsankawi Trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

A Mountaineer’s Story: Backpacking The Light Way March 28

on March 22, 2017 - 2:39pm
Rick Light's book Backpacking the Light Way can help you enjoy the outdoors in safety, style, and comfort. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
On Tuesday, March 28, Author and adventurer Rick Light will reveal how to shed pack weight without sacrificing comfort.
 
This free talk is part of the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. and includes information about upcoming outings. The presentation will start by 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Rick Light will open your eyes to the freedom of hiking light.

Heinrich: On Largest Wind Farm In New Mexico

on March 22, 2017 - 10:06am

A New Mexico wind farm. Courtesy photo

From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • Xcel Energy’s major new wind project in eastern New Mexico made possible by production tax credits secured by Senator Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the announcement from Xcel Energy that it will be building a wind farm in Roosevelt County, highlighting the impact it will have to the local economy.

“The Sagamore Wind Project will be the largest wind farm in the state, resulting in hundreds of clean

LANL: Ultrafast Measurements Explain Quantum Dot Voltage Drop

on March 22, 2017 - 9:50am

A femtosecond laser pulse launches a photocurrent transient in a quantum dot solid, which is time-resolved using ultrafast sampling electronics. This technique provides unprecedented insights into early time photoconductance in quantum dot assemblies for solar cells and photodetectors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Insights pave way for solar cells and photodetectors based on tunable nanoparticles

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time

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