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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

Bird Walk In Lower Water Canyon With Joe Fitzgibbon

on November 4, 2017 - 7:58am
Black-throated gray warbler. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan
 
PEEC News:
 
One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds you see and hear every day. At 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, join longtime Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon for hike in Lower Water Canyon.
 
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. Sightings may include the Black-throated gray warbler and Hepatic tanager. This program is organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 

Nature Center Talk: The Lesser Prairie-Chicken

on November 4, 2017 - 7:45am
Andy Lawrence releasing a Lesser prairie-chicken. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
What can an often-overlooked bird reveal about grassland health? At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, ecologist Andy Lawrence will discuss the life history, ecological relationships, and conservation efforts of Lesser prairie-chickens, important indicators of grassland habitat.
 
This special presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center is free thanks to support from Wild Birds Unlimited.
 
New Mexico State University PhD candidate, Andy Lawrence, will discuss the life history, ecological relationships, and

Sierra Club; PEEC: Pueblo Canyon Geology Walk

on November 3, 2017 - 10:27am

 

Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Jamie O’Rourke

PEEC News:

Geologist Elaine Jacobs will lead hikers 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 along the south rim of Pueblo Canyon. This free outing is made possible thanks to the Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

This afternoon guided walk will start at East Park, follow the paved trail along the canyon rim, and continue along the unpaved portion of trail to the Los Alamos Airport Terminal. Along the way, the group will explore volcanism and landscape evolution in the Jemez Volcanic Field.

Recycle Fashion Show Postponed

on November 3, 2017 - 9:50am

COUNTY News:

The Recycle Fashion Show is POSTPONED until further notice.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn On French Mesa

on November 3, 2017 - 8:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct the previously announced French Mesa prescribed burn as early as Monday, Nov. 6.

The French Mesa treatment area totals 5,041 acres approximately 10 miles north of the community of Gallina and may take three to four days to complete.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Getting Ahead Of Next Pandemic: Is The World Ready?

on November 2, 2017 - 8:29pm
Is the world ready for the next pandemic? Courtesy photo

CDC News:

When a deadly mystery illness was detected in Liberia in April 2017, first responders were on the ground within 24 hours. Through the Ministry of Health’s quick action and collaboration with global partners, the cause of the outbreak was identified as meningococcal disease and contained with only 31 cases and 13 deaths.

In stark contrast, when Ebola struck Liberia just three years ago, it took the country months to mount an effective response; thousands of lives were lost as responders raced to control the growing epidemic.

Daily Postcard: Woodpecker On Camino Encantado

on November 2, 2017 - 6:56am

Daily Postcard: A woodpecker is spotted Sunday afternoon at a residence on Camino Encantado. Woodpeckers are known for tapping on tree trunks in order to find insects living in crevices in the bark. There are more than 180 species of woodpeckers, all in the family Picidae. Woodpeckers can be found in wooded areas all over the world, except in Australia. Source: wildlifedefenders.org. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scenes From Otowi Bridge Sunday

on November 1, 2017 - 9:10am

Scenes spotted from Otowi Bridge during a Sunday hike. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Hiking The Grand Canyon Nov. 8

on November 1, 2017 - 9:05am

Udall, Heinrich Press White House To Extend Critical Lifeline Funding In Future Disaster Aid Request

on November 1, 2017 - 8:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Western senators today urging the White House and the White House budget office to fulfill the federal government’s promise to rural communities by extending a critical lifeline that funds road repairs, schools and law enforcement in rural communities in any future emergency disaster supplemental funding bill it sends to Congress.
 
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Daily Postcard: Last Call For Fall

on November 1, 2017 - 8:18am

Daily Postcard: The last call for fall comes to Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Photo by Corrina Hughes

Tales Of Our Times: Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

on October 31, 2017 - 1:42pm

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

By all accounts, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a splendidly successful government program launched amid the dire straits of the 1930s. A look back shows the CCC met many needs of the kinds being argued over in today’s different times.

Think of populations that are short of schooling and the skills to do needed work. Think of family units that are fractured by the need to find productive work. Think of lacking healthcare and basic food enough to work steadily.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

on October 31, 2017 - 10:17am
 
NMT News:
 
SANTA FE  November is National Native American Heritage Month, and visitors will be hard pressed to find a better place to celebrate than New Mexico.
 
Throughout the month of November, there are numerous opportunities to learn more about Native culture in the Land of Enchantment. The Tourism Department created a list outlining the “12 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in New Mexico,” a digital guide to authentic and enriching experiences unique to our state.
 
Near the top of the list is Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which is the gateway to 19

November Night Sky And Phantoms At Planetarium

on October 31, 2017 - 9:22am
 
PEEC News:
 
What celestial objects are visible in our night sky this month? Want to see a full-dome film about dark matter?
 
At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, Steve Becker will reveal the celestial objects in our night sky. Then, the full-dome film Phantom of the Universe will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

During the Friday show, Steve Becker will point out the constellations, planets, and other

Udall, Heinrich Challenge Proposal To Raise National Park Visitor Fees While Cutting Budgets

on October 30, 2017 - 7:35am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators: ‘Fee increases … will price out many visitors and deny American families the opportunity to visit and experience some of our nation’s most popular and iconic national parks’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 11 Democratic senators in writing to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting that he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees, especially while he proposes to cut the National Park Service budget by over $300 million.

The senators asked Zinke to provide Congress

PEEC: Lisa Coddington’s Last Fall Art Class Of 2017

on October 30, 2017 - 6:48am

Blooming artichoke by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

There is still time to take a class with instructor and artist Lisa Coddington. Her last fall drawing and painting workshop is 20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will focus on drawing colorful and intricate autumn leaves.

Participants will explore making color charts and creating their own colorful leaves.

Udall On Vote For Dourson To Lead EPA’s Toxics Bureau

on October 30, 2017 - 6:06am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, co-author of the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s recent party-line vote to advance Dr. Michael Dourson’s nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. 
 
“Today’s party-line vote in the EPW Committee is dangerous for public health and safety.

Daily Postcard: Charging Car At Municipal Building

on October 30, 2017 - 5:44am

Daily Postcard: An electric car hooks up to the charging station Thursday afternoon at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Bosque Del Apache

on October 29, 2017 - 8:09am

Daily Postcard: Although a couple of weeks early for the Festival of Cranes at Bosque del Apache, a Saturday morning visit still reaped a number of breathtaking views. The sunrises, the birds and the habitat are just great ... another wonderful New Mexico landmark that is well worth the visit. This year's Festival of Cranes is scheduled for Nov. 14-19. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene Saturday at Bosque del Apache. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene Saturday at Bosque del Apache. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene Saturday at Bosque del Apache. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene Saturday at Bosque del

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Tours San Ildefonso Sacred Area Above Chromium Plume

on October 28, 2017 - 5:28pm

San Ildefonso Gov. James Mountain hosted members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Thursday at San Ildefonso Pueblo. From left, RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, Gov. Mountain, Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero, Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler and RCLC Communications and Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board and staff were guests Thursday at San Ildefonso Pueblo where they visited the Pueblo Sacred Area below Los Alamos National Laboratory with Gov.

Public Invited To Sculpture Unveiling Nov. 5

on October 28, 2017 - 9:40am
Valentino Tzigiwhaeno Rivera performing a hoop dance. Photo by Robert Mesa
Valentino Tzigiwhaeno Rivera jumping over his hoop world. Photo by George Rivera

 

 
MIAC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture invites the public to a commemorative sculpture unveiling and celebration of life – honoring the late Valentino Tzigiwhaeno Rivera of Pojoaque Pueblo, 2008 - 2016.
 
The unveiling and celebration is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov.

Interior Department Releases Energy Burdens Report

on October 28, 2017 - 9:30am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Interior released the "Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy" report, which was produced in response to Executive Order 13783.
 
The report identified agency actions that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources.

Daily Postcard: Dewy Spider Web

on October 28, 2017 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: Morning dew clings to this spider web constructed beneath a roof-top deck in Los Alamos. Photo by Douglas Reilly

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