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Join The EcoChallenge Oct. 11-25

on September 26, 2017 - 6:45am

COUNTY News: 

When you hear about the fires in the Northwest, or watch pictures of the flooding that has killed thousands of people from Nepal to Florida, when you watch refugees fleeing drought-enhanced conflicts all over the world, do you wonder if there are changes you can make in your daily life that would make a difference?  

Are you looking for ways you can live more sustainably, reduce your impact, and improve your life, your community and the planet?

Daily Postcard: Double Rainbow Over LAHS

on September 26, 2017 - 5:25am

Daily Postcard: A double rainbow appears Saturday over Los Alamos High School. Photo by Amy Casson

PEEC Brings New Film To Planetarium

on September 25, 2017 - 11:32am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing a new full-dome planetarium film to the Los Alamos Nature Center this month. 
 
Dark Matter Mystery will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and be accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Joyce Guzik. This new show will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
 
Dark Matter Mystery sheds light on a seemingly intangible substance that makes up nearly a third of a third of the observable Universe.

Coyote Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns

on September 25, 2017 - 11:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Sept. 26 and Dec. 31, 2017.
 
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Coyote District:
  • French Mesa treatment area, 5,041 acres located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina
  • Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) treatment area, 500 acres located 1 mile south of Gallina off of NM Highway

Summer Flower Baskets Coming Down

on September 25, 2017 - 7:11am

A worker removes the summer flower baskets hanging on the pole Sept. 13 at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Summer flower baskets come down from the pole at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Prescribed Fire Planned In Gallinas Canyon

on September 25, 2017 - 7:02am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed burn in Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The planned burn will include a combination of pile burning and broadcast burning.

The window for the Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn will open Sept. 28 and extend through Dec. 31, 2017. The decision to burn will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts, and available resources.

The 800-acre Gallinas Canyon treatment area is located approximately 20 miles west/southwest of Las Vegas.

Daily Postcard: Mule Deer Buck In Denver Steels

on September 25, 2017 - 6:43am

Daily Postcard: This young mule deer buck was spotted Sunday morning in the back yard of a Denver Steels home. His antlers are red, showing that he has just shed the blood-rich velvet that covered them while they were growing. One of his antlers was damaged while they were growing. Photo by Chris Judson

Luján Statement On Sec. Zinke’s Recommended Changes To Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

on September 24, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Sept. 20 issued the following statement in response to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to President Trump on several national monuments.
 
Among the recommendations contained in Secretary Zinke’s report to the President are suggested changes to the management of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, located near Taos, including an expansion of activities which are currently not allowed at the monument.
 
“Secretary Zinke’s recommendations on the Rio Grande

Senators Introduce Bill To Reform Antiquated Hardrock Mining Laws

on September 24, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 19, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017, legislation to modernize the nation’s antiquated hardrock mining laws.
 
The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensure that taxpayers aren’t on the hook for cleaning up abandoned mines, and seeks to prevent another toxic

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

on September 24, 2017 - 6:59am

CDC News:

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months.

Daily Postcard: Pajarito Acres Sunset

on September 24, 2017 - 6:53am

Daily Postcard: The sunset Saturday from my home in Pajarito Acres in White Rock taken from an iPhone7. Photo by Mohini Rawool-Sullivan

LANL: Notice Of Air Quality Permit Application

on September 23, 2017 - 6:21am
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory announces its application to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for an air quality permit for the modification of its Technical Area (TA) 3 Power Plant facility.
 
The permit number associated with the TA-3 Power Plant facility is 2195B-M2. The net effect of this modification will result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and provide a reliable and sustainable heat and electric supply to support the Laboratory. The expected date of application submittal to the NMED Air Quality Bureau is Sept. 25.
 
The exact location for the

SFNF Crews Continue Work On West Side Fires

on September 23, 2017 - 6:01am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to manage the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District and the Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Ojitos Fire is at 2,850 acres within a planning area of 7,610 acres on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. Fire crews continue to use natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to keep the fire within the planning area.

Valles Caldera Hosts Elk Festival

on September 23, 2017 - 5:57am
Two bull elk are fighting one another during the rut season. Courtesy/NPS
 
Children listen to an expert explain how elk antlers grow. Courtesy/NPS
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is home to one of the largest elk herds in New Mexico. Each fall, the sound of elk bugling in the mountains marks the start of their mating season, known as the ‘rut’.
 
To celebrate the upcoming elk rut and to learn about this fascinating creature, the National Park Service will host the 9th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival 2-6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the preserve. 
 
This free,

Daily Postcard: Main Hill Sunrise

on September 23, 2017 - 5:56am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise viewed Wednesday from the Main Hill Road. Photo by Nathan Burnside

Fall Festivals Around New Mexico

on September 22, 2017 - 1:49pm
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta may be the most well known, but fall is full of fairs and festivals all across New Mexico.
 
The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a roundup of some of the best fall events happening this season. From harvest fests to Oktoberfests, there is something for everyone in all four corners of the state.
 
Highlights from the New Mexico True Fall Festivals & Event calendar include:
 
Steampunk Spectacular in Madrid (Sept. 23): There will be live entertainment, workshops, a costume contest, and a live action role-play of a murder

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces $1,103,088 For New Mexico Parks And Outdoor Recreation

on September 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Sept. 21 announced that $1,103,088 will be distributed to the state of New Mexico for outdoor recreation and conservation projects from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing.
 
This was part of $94.3 million distributed across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

NORAD: U.S. Sends Search And Rescue Teams In Response To Mexico Earthquake

on September 22, 2017 - 10:42am
U.S. Urban Search and Rescue team arrives in Mexico. Courtesy/NORAD
 
NORAD News:
 
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  At the request of the Mexican government, a U.S. Urban Search and Rescue team arrived in Mexico to support search and rescue efforts after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the country. 
 
USAID has deployed USAR internationally approximately 16 times since 1988, most recently for the 2015 Nepal earthquake and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.
 
Below are links to relevant imagery from the U.S.

Add Some Color And Adventure To Your Life This Autumn In Los Alamos

on September 22, 2017 - 6:30am
COUNTY News:
 
In Northern New Mexico, autumn is about more than just crisp, cool air; it’s also the time of year when visitors and locals alike flock to Los Alamos to catch site of the area’s stunning and majestic fall colors.
 
The fall colors are at their most vibrant during the first two weeks of October, which coincides perfectly with one of New Mexico’s most iconic events—the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Burnish And Nolan Tie For Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 22, 2017 - 6:21am
ACRR News:
 
Wendee Brunish and Jacqueline Nolan were both 3 seconds off their predicted time in the weekly pace race held on the Sach Cowan/Quemazon Nature Trails for top prediction. 
 
Other accurate predictors were: Sanna Sevanto with a 22 second differential as well as fastest female on the 3 mile course with a time of 32:37, Sue Elkins recording a 30 second error, and Paul Elkins with a 48 second difference.
 
Nikol Strother was the best finisher on the 1 mile paved course at 7:20 and 8 year old William Strother was the fastest male with a time of 9:33. Brian Newnam was the top

Santa Fe Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day Oct. 9

on September 22, 2017 - 6:14am
SANTA FE News:
 
SANTA FE ― Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day to honor and recognize the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States.  
 
On Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day, we reserve the day to take time to, honor and uphold our valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, our urban Indian citizens and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and

Udall, Heinrich Urge President Trump To Reject Zinke’s Recommended Changes To National Monuments

on September 22, 2017 - 6:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following joint statement Sept. 18 on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report on national monuments, which was leaked to the media late Sunday:
 
“During Secretary Zinke’s review process, almost 3 million Americans — including thousands of New Mexicans – made their opinions clear. They believe our existing national monuments are vitally important to our economy, community and culture, and they don’t want them changed. 
 
“The Department of Interior’s report to the president completely ignores

Brown Bag Show Features Black Mesa Brass Quintet

on September 21, 2017 - 4:47pm
Black Mesa Brass Quintet will perform during the next Brown Bag show at noon Oct. 4 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News: 
 
The next monthly Brown Bag Performances, will be presented noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at Fuller Lodge, and will feature trumpet player, Jan McDonald, leading the locally acclaimed Black Mesa Brass Quintet. The program will present popular and classical tunes arranged for brass quintet and drum set.
 
Favorites such as "Sweet Georgia Brown, "Basin Street Blues" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It," along with the music of Bach and Rossini will be featured in

A Fed Bear Is A Dead Bear...

on September 21, 2017 - 10:42am
The Environmental Sustainability Board will discuss the ordinance that addresses the placement and maintance of roll carts during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Municipal Building. The goal is to prevent what is occurring in this picture: wildlife getting into garbage cans. This picture was taken in October 2016 off Canyon Road. Photo by Robert Cunningham
 
BY KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Garbage cans and bears are a bad combination. When a bear dumpster dives, it raises safety concerns for people and may spell death for the animal.

 

To

LANL: Pew! Pew! Curiosity’s ChemCam Zaps Half Million Martian Rocks!

on September 21, 2017 - 10:41am

 

A graph illustrating the number of laser shots by ChemCam per Martian day (or ‘sol’). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ChemCam instrument aboard Mars Curiosity rover passes milestone

Late Tuesday, the ChemCam instrument that sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover fired its 500,000th shot at a Martian rock. That’s big news for the ChemCam team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which developed the instrument in conjunction with CNES (Centre National d’Études Spatiales) in France and continues to help direct operations.

Data collected from ChemCam has helped quantify elements like hydrogen, boron,

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