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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.

Grants Enhance NM Elk Habitat, Hunting Heritage

on November 9, 2017 - 7:31am
RMEF News:
 
MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $107,605 in grant funding toward 19 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in New Mexico.
 
The grants benefit 4,670 acres across Bernalillo, Catron, Curry, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel and Torrance Counties. There are also two projects of statewide benefit and another that benefits northeast Arizona.
 
“Water is at a high premium across New Mexico’s arid landscape,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Nearly a third of our projects this year focus on

Amateur Naturalist: How Young Is Young And How Old Is Old?

on November 9, 2017 - 7:29am
The dark color of one tree and brownish-orange of the other suggests that one is young while the other is mature. However both trees have similar diameters and both have their branches emerging further up their trunks. Are they different or similar in their maturity? Photo by Robert Dryja

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

A ponderosa tree may live for as long as 700 years. This is 10 times longer than a person. This means there are some ponderosa trees that were already approaching 200 years old when Columbus discovered the Americas.

CDC: Be Prepared To Stay Safe And Healthy In Winter

on November 9, 2017 - 7:23am

CDC News:

Though winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Take These Steps for Your Home

Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check

New Mexicans Deliver Methane Comments To Local BLM Offices Around State

on November 9, 2017 - 7:17am
BLM News:
 
On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, faith and elected leaders joined parents, grandparents, scientists and other New Mexicans to deliver comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices.
 
The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.
 
“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy.

Daily Postcard: Morning Fog In School Canyon

on November 9, 2017 - 6:02am

Daily Postcard: Early morning fog Wednesday clouds School Canyon. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Daily Postcard: Morning Fog Surrounds Deer Trap Mesa

on November 8, 2017 - 9:59am

Daily Postcard: Fog surrounds Deer Trap Mesa during this morning's sunrise. Photo by Cornell Wright

Morning Fog Blankets Area

on November 8, 2017 - 8:54am

A dense fog blankets the area this morning including this section of White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Veterans Day

on November 8, 2017 - 8:40am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Monday, Nov. 13.
 
If you plan to visit the Santa Fe National Forest over the weekend, know before you go. Check the weather forecast, and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. Use good judgment and basic safety precautions when hiking, fishing or camping on the SFNF. 
 
Although fire danger has decreased across the SFNF, campfire

Daily Postcard: Sunset From Canyon Road

on November 8, 2017 - 6:30am

Daily Postcard: The sun sets over Los Alamos looking west Sunday evening from Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DOE Completes Remediated Nitrate Salts Treatment At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 7, 2017 - 3:12pm

For several months, technicians practiced and refined the treatment method using a mock-up glovebox closely resembling the glovebox used during the actual treatment. Courtesy/NNSA

The RNS containers were stored inside a climate-controlled steel enclosure. Courtesy/NNSA

 

NNSA News:

 
The EM and National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos field offices and contractor Los Alamos National Security, LLC have finished treating the remediated nitrate salts (RNS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

“Safe and successful completion of the RNS treatment is due to effective

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Trade Adjustment Aid For New Mexicans Affected By Questa Mine Closure

on November 7, 2017 - 10:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Labor has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers who lost their jobs when Chevron closed its molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M.
 
The TAA will help former employees of the mine transition to new jobs by providing career training, employment services and other support. 
 
Since Chevron closed the mine in Questa in 2014, the lawmakers have supported the mine workers’ application for TAA.

ICYMI: Pearce Amendment Passes With Wildfire Prevention Bill

on November 7, 2017 - 6:31am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sponsored an amendment that has passed Congress along with H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.
 
This bill works to prevent catastrophic wildfires and improve the health of forests. This year’s devastating wildfire season burned nearly 8,000 homes and cost upwards of $3 billion in fire suppression efforts.
 
Environmental groups are acknowledging the increased use of forest thinning and restoration efforts that can lessen the severity of wildfires and better protect the

Daily Postcard: Stormy Sunrise On North Mesa

on November 7, 2017 - 5:07am

Daily Postcard: A stormy sunrise on North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

PEEC Volunteers Share Love Of The Skies

on November 6, 2017 - 3:16pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers Paul Arendt, left, and Galen Gisler at PEEC. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Volunteering at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has brought Galen Gisler and Paul Arendt new discoveries and experiences.

 

Working at the PEEC’s planetarium is more than just an opportunity to gain new knowledge or keep busy. Gisler and Arendt see their volunteer positions as a chance give something to the community.

 

Arendt started working at PEEC in 2010. He

Inner Workings Of Sun; Explosive Universe At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on November 6, 2017 - 11:02am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Dr. Joyce Guzik will reveal the inner workings of the Sun at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Then, the full-dome film Exploding Universe will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12. 

These planetarium programs are at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

During the Friday show, Guzik will explain how we know what is going on inside the Sun even though we cannot ‘see’ beyond its surface. She will discuss why the Sun shines and the possible fate of the Sun and Earth, and

LANL: First-Ever U.S. Experiments At New X-Ray Facility May Lead To Better Explosive Modeling

on November 6, 2017 - 10:24am

Courtesy image/acs.org

LANL News:

The detonation of carbon-rich high explosives yields solid carbon as a major constituent of the product mixture, and depending on the thermodynamic conditions behind the shock front, a variety of carbon allotropes and morphologies may form and evolve.

For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially leading to better computer models of explosive performance.

BLM Resource Advisory Council To Meet In Farmington

on November 6, 2017 - 8:02am
BLM News:
 
FARMINGTON  Dec. 5-6, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Farmington District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will convene for a day long meeting in Farmington at the Farmington District Office at 6251 College Blvd, Ste. A, followed by a field trip the following morning.
 
Both the meeting and the field trip are open to the public.
 
Dec. 5, the RAC meeting is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Farmington District Office.

Daily Postcard: Stag At Sunset Near Bandelier

on November 6, 2017 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: A stag is spotted at sunset Sunday on N.M. 4 near Bandelier. Photo by Nickolas Seet

Animal Protection Of New Mexico: Federal Court Ruling Allows Challenge To Cougar Trapping To Proceed

on November 5, 2017 - 6:18am

Cougar with cub. Courtesy/kimcampion.com

 

APNM News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge has rejected New Mexico’s second request to dismiss a lawsuit that asserts the state Department of Game and Fish’s 2016 decision to open a cougar trapping season on public lands—for the first time in almost 50 years—violates the Endangered Species Act.

 

The ruling came just one day after the start of the 2017-2018 cougar trapping season.

 

Judge William P.

Bandelier Reminds Hikers: Beware Of Burned Trees!

on November 5, 2017 - 5:51am

Dead, falling and fallen trees in an area severely burned by the Las Conchas Fire of 2011. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument's backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water. She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank. A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead.

Daily Postcard: Night Sky At Burnt Mesa Trailhead

on November 5, 2017 - 5:41am

Daily Postcard: The night sky spotted recently from Burnt Mesa Trailhead. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

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