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Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument

on December 28, 2017 - 7:55am

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

Pajarito Mountain Open ... Torchlight Parade Canceled

on December 27, 2017 - 3:42pm
Pajarito is open daily for the holidays through Jan. 7, and then will be open Wednesdays - Sundays, Jan. 10 through March 4. 
Unfortunately, the Torchlight Parade on New Year's Eve is canceled due to weather.  
For more information on mountain conditions, other events at the mountain, and operations schedule, click here.

AGU: Scientists Engineer Microbes To Form ‘Memories’ Of Their Environment

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am
Inserting chemically sensitive genes into the DNA of bacteria can produce lasting memories of their environment and show scientists how they communicate. Courtesy/Pixabay
AGU News:
Microbes like bacteria aren’t conscious enough to form memories, but a group of scientists in Texas developed a new way for them to do so at the genetic level.
Researchers report they’ve successfully engineered microbes to report on their environments and form genetic “memories” of the event.

Wildlife Hospital Forms New Partnerships

on December 27, 2017 - 9:16am
Golden Eagle with wounded wing. Courtesy photo
NMWC News:
The New Mexico Wildlife Center has announced the addition of several local veterinarians to its volunteer animal care team. Dr. Julie Breer, Dr. Bridget Lyman and Dr. Nicole Walrath, all of Smith Veterinary Hospital, will be helping treat injured and orphaned wild animals admitted to the wildlife hospital.
Dr. Sarah Sirica of the Thaw Animal Hospital and Dr. Michelle Salob, staff veterinarian at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter,” round out the group of veterinarians who will be assisting in the hospital. Dr.

Super Blue Moon Eclipse Preview At Museum Jan. 5

on December 27, 2017 - 8:56am
ALBUQUERQUE  There is an astronomical trifecta happening Jan. 31 – a Super Blue Moon Eclipse. On that morning, the moon will be full and is both a Super Moon and Blue Moon and it will also be totally eclipsed! 
During the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s $5 First Friday event on January 5 there will be a preview event of this astronomical phenomenon convergence.     
Each First Friday, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open in the evening and focuses on a topic in science.

BLM New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Nets More Than $30 Million

on December 27, 2017 - 8:51am
BLM News:
SANTA FE — In keeping with the administration’s goals of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico quarterly oil and gas lease sale resulted in $30,361,782.50 in competitive bids for 2,104.15 acres. 
The combined bids will be distributed between the federal government and the State of New Mexico. 
The BLM offered 7 parcels in Eddy and Lea counties. The highest bid per acre was made by Federal Abstract Company, Santa Fe, N.M. at $40,001.00. This set a BLM record for the highest bid per acre.
For more details about the sale

Daily Postcard: Plants Frame Ashley Pond

on December 27, 2017 - 8:29am

Daily Postcard: Various plants frame Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Robert Beberniss

New Mexico Delegation Announces Disaster Declaration To Help Pueblo Of Acoma Recover From October Storms

on December 26, 2017 - 8:55am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a major disaster declaration has been issued for the Pueblo of Acoma to provide federal aid for the severe storm and flooding that occurred between Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, 2017.
The lawmakers sent a letter to the President earlier this month asking for prompt action on the Pueblo of Acoma’s request for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged by severe weather and flooding.

Incoming! At Nature Center Planetarium Dec. 30-31

on December 26, 2017 - 7:46am

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center is screening the full-dome film Incoming! at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 30-31.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 and 1- 4 p.m. Dec. 31 but closed on New Year's Day.

Incoming! traces the paths of comets and asteroids and takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth—as well as those still pending. For more information about this and future planetarium shows, visit tariumTo reserve tickets ($6/adult and $4/child), call 505.662.0460.

The Los Alamos Nature

Daily Postcard: Beauty Of Ashley Pond

on December 26, 2017 - 7:03am

Daily Postcard: The beauty captured this weekend of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

The beauty of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

The beauty of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

The beauty of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

The beauty of Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Daily Postcard: The Natural Arch

on December 25, 2017 - 8:29am

Daily Postcard: The Natural Arch via Old Mitchell Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail near Los Alamos that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips and birding. Photo by Bob Beberniss

Mysteries At The Museum: A Real Life Experience In Los Alamos

on December 24, 2017 - 7:25am
Leather chaps, etc. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Historical Society Curator
All museums have a characteristic and somewhat capricious weakness when it comes to managing their collections. We all have orphan artifacts that have absolutely no paper trail. In many cases, institutional memories that at one time would have provided important clues to ownership and use have long since vanished.
These orphan artifacts, old loans, and abandoned property without clear ownership and documentation are designated as “Found in Collections” or FIC.

Tales Of Our Times: For This Holiday Season

on December 24, 2017 - 7:21am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Tales of Our Times For This Holiday Season

The years roll on. From the past, I bring local sketches from distinguished writers who passed this way before:

Peggy Pond, the fledgling poet and author, wrote in 1914:
There was the enormous and unbelievably vivid blueness of the sky; the wide horizon that stretched in every direction as we drove down to the Pueblo from our steep plateau; the arid landscape, all sun-baked gullied hill, the pinkish earth dotted with juniper and pinion like cloves stuck into a roasting ham;

Daily Postcard: Sunset At Horse Stables

on December 24, 2017 - 7:17am

Daily Postcard: Sunset taken Friday at the North Mesa Horse Stables. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Solstice Sunrise Thursday At Bandelier

on December 23, 2017 - 10:45am

The sun casts long shadows at sunrise on the solstice, down a path that was laid out by the ancients in Frijoles Canyon to mark the shortest day of the year Thursday during the annual solstice walk at Bandelier. Photo by Katy Korkos

The sun emerges Tursday during the annual solstice walk at Bandelier. Photo by Katy Korkos

Largest Array To Date To Be Constructed At Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant

on December 23, 2017 - 10:25am


TAOS – Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC), alongside its energy supplier Guzman Energy Partners, announced Friday a land-lease agreement and 30-year solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to build up to a four-megawatt solar array at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.

This agreement represents the largest solar array built in KCEC’s service area to date and further demonstrates the Taos community’s commitment to embracing resilient, renewable energy generation and distribution.

KCEC has been committed to its role in providing low energy rates for its members

Bucks Gather In Pajarito Acres

on December 23, 2017 - 9:04am

Bucks are spotted Friday on Monte Rey Drive in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Bob Reedy 

Photo by Bob Reedy 

Photo by Bob Reedy 

Photo by Bob Reedy 

Photo by Bob Reedy 

Daily Postcard: Buck With Thick Antlers In Quemazon

on December 23, 2017 - 7:32am
Daily Postcard: A buck with thick antlers is spotted Friday in Quemazon. Antlers are extensions of the animal’s skull. They are true bone and a single structure generally found only on males, with the exception of the caribou. Antlers are shed and regrown each year and function primarily as objects to attract female deer and as weapons in fights between males for control of harems. Source: Photo by Trisha Ancell

Seasonal Flu Death Estimate Increases Worldwide

on December 22, 2017 - 5:38am

CDC News:

According to new estimates published this week, between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 and based on a robust, multinational survey.

The new estimate, from a collaborative study by CDC and global health partners, appears this week in The Lancet. The estimate excludes deaths during pandemics.

“These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority,” said Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global

AGU: Algae Growth Reduces Reflectivity, Enhances Greenland Ice Sheet Melting

on December 22, 2017 - 5:23am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research shows algae growing on the Greenland ice sheet, the Earth’s second-largest ice sheet, significantly reduce the surface reflectivity of the ice sheet’s bare ice area and contribute more to its melting than dust or black carbon.
The new findings could influence scientists’ understanding of ice sheet melting and projections of future sea level rise, according to the study’s authors.
Glaciologists have long known materials such as mineral dust and black carbon can darken the surface of large ice sheets.

Daily Postcard: Santa Lion Spotted At Roundabout

on December 22, 2017 - 5:08am

Daily Postcard: The mountain lion statue is showing holiday spirit Thursday over at the roundabout on Diamond Drive. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Bandelier Suggests Arriving Early During Busy Holiday Season

on December 21, 2017 - 3:16pm

Bandelier News:
With the mild weather, Bandelier National Monument will be a popular destination during the holiday period from now until early January. Park staff suggest that visitors may want to consider arriving early, perhaps before 10:30 a.m., to avoid crowded parking lots. In summer another alternative is to arrive in late afternoon.
But with the short days, those arriving around 3 p.m.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 21

on December 21, 2017 - 1:41pm
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
It’s the middle of December and still no snow covering the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Despite cold nighttime temperatures that have caused ice to form on some of the lakes, precipitation has been meager and snowpacks for this time of year are running well below normal.
There are some that would just as well never have it snow, but the reality is we need snow. Water supply systems for irrigation and municipal water supply is based on a certain amount of spring runoff from the melting snowpack.

Daily Postcard: LA Mountain

on December 21, 2017 - 4:31am

Daily Postcard: Scene Wednesday of LA Mountain. Photo by Chris Clark/

Notice: Public Meeting On Annual Plan For Cleanup Of LANL Legacy Waste Jan. 16

on December 20, 2017 - 7:44am
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos field office are hosting a public meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018 at the Los Alamos County Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos, concerning cleanup priorities for legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for fiscal year 2018.
The Consent Order (CO) is a settlement agreement between the state of New Mexico’s Environment Department and the U.S.