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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Unavailable For Two Days In November

on October 26, 2017 - 6:00am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management is announcing that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will be unavailable for two days in November.
 
The Monument is unavailable for public visitation Nov. 1 at the request of the Cochiti Pueblo, which manages the Monument in cooperation with the BLM. The Monument also will be unavailable Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.
 
For more information, contact Monument Manager Jamie Garcia at 505.761.8787.

Daily Postcard: View Of Prescribed Burn

on October 26, 2017 - 5:30am

Daily Postcard: View of a prescribed burn Wednesday afternoon looking west from I-25 toward the Jemez. The prescribed burn began Wednesday on an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the Valles Caldera National Preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Conservation Voters NM Releases 2017 Scorecard

on October 25, 2017 - 11:56am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its statewide Conservation Scorecard for the 2017 legislative session.
 
In the Scorecard, CVNM reports the votes cast on the most critical issues affecting our air, land, water, health and communities during the 2017 regular legislative session.
 
The average conservation score earned in the Senate in the 2017 Scorecard is 68 percent. The average conservation score earned in the House of Representatives in the 2017 Scorecard is 67 percent.

AGU: Scientists Use Seismic Waves When Touched Down To Measure Tornado Intensity

on October 25, 2017 - 11:20am
Tornado with dust and debris cloud forming at surface. Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr
 
AGU News:
 
Seismic waves generated by tornadoes when they touch down could be used to measure a twister’s intensity, according to a new study.
 
The new research examined a catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in May 2011 and revealed the size of seismic waves produced by the tornado on the ground correlated with its strength.
 
The results suggest researchers can estimate a large tornado’s strength by measuring the seismic waves it creates, a finding that could open the door to

LAEC: Talk On Case For Modular Nuclear Reactors For Utility Scale Electricity Generation Saturday

on October 25, 2017 - 10:22am

Jack Bailey of NuScale Power

ASME/ASM/IEEE/ANS News:

The Los Alamos Engineering Council (ASME/ASM/IEEE/ANS) Dinner Meeting features a talk by Jack Bailey, vice president Business Development, NuScale Power, on the case for modular nuclear reactors for utility scale electricity generation, Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

  • Social Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6 p.m.
  • Lecture: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Abstract:

NuScale Power was incorporated in 2007 following a reactor concept initiated in 2000 as a collaborative project with Oregon State University, the Idaho National

Help Needed For Acid Canyon Clean-up Day Oct. 28

on October 25, 2017 - 5:43am
Photo of White Rock Canyon near the Blue Dot Trailhead before and after the last clean-up day in 2016. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Calling all volunteers! Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos County Open Space and Trails need help Saturday to remove the last bits of fence from Acid Canyon and restore this great, little canyon to a more natural state.
 
The goal is to clean up the old chain-link fence that mars the steep slope below the nature center in Acid Canyon.

Enjoy Holiday Events At New Mexico Historic Sites

on October 25, 2017 - 5:31am
Farolitos illuminate San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church at Jemez Historic Site. Photo by Eric Maldonado
 
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE  Explore history this holiday season where it happened at one of the New Mexico Historic Sites that are hosting several free events.
 
Enjoy Christmas at the Bosque 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial. Listen to history unfold with December letters from the reservation. The evening includes supper and refreshments.
 
Take a stroll during Light Among the Ruins 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec.

Daily Postcard: Red-tailed Hawk in Barrancas Canyon

on October 25, 2017 - 5:20am
Daily Postcard: Red-tailed Hawk in Barrancas Canyon. Photo by Cornell Wright
 
Red-tailed Hawk spotted in Barrancas Canyon. Photo by Cornell Wright

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against Efforts To Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge To Drilling

on October 24, 2017 - 7:38am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall spoke Oct. 18 on the Senate floor in strong opposition to a provision slipped in the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would pay for tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy in part through oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
 
A longtime champion of protection for the Arctic refuge, Udall called for the removal of any language in the budget that would open to drilling the refuge’s coastal plain, known as the 10-02 area. 
 
VIDEO: 

Daily Postcard: Fall Leaves In Quemazon

on October 24, 2017 - 6:53am

Daily Postcard: Fall Leaves in Quemazon. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Fall Leaves in Quemazon. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Robinson: Eco Station Saving Energy

on October 23, 2017 - 4:16pm
Eco Station on East Jemez Road. Photo by James Robinson
 
By JAMES ROBINSON
Environmental Sustainability Board

In July, I was reappointed to the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board by the County Council. Although this board is mainly known for the Plastic Bag Ban and the recent Wildlife Ordinance discussion, this board, and Los Alamos County Environmental Services, has done a lot of work to make Los Alamos more sustainable, and save our citizens money.

Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Amendment Directing Congress To Provide Mandatory Full Funding For PILT

on October 23, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate approved an amendment by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Oct. 19 that directs Congress to fully and permanently fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps local governments in New Mexico and across the West pay for critical services like schools, police, and roads.
 
The amendment to the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed 58 to 41 and was the only amendment offered by a Democrat to pass on a roll-call vote.
 
New Mexico is the third-highest recipient of PILT payments in the

Valles Caldera Begins Prescribed Burn Wednesday

on October 23, 2017 - 4:04pm
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate a prescribed burn project Oct. 25, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions.
 
The prescribed burn will take place within an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. 
 
Through the prescribed burn, National

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Resumes

on October 23, 2017 - 8:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers hope to resume the prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, Oct. 24. 
 
The decision to burn on Tuesday 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.

Portion Of Main Trail At Bandelier Closed For Helicopter Operations Oct. 23-27

on October 23, 2017 - 6:34am

BANDELIER News:

Beginning this morning, Oct. 23, and continuing for about four days, parts of the popular Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument will be closed for visitor safety during operations in which a helicopter will be carrying many sling loads of dirt and gravel for a trail project.

From 6 a.m. today through the completion of that part of the work around Oct. 27, the Main Loop Trail will be closed from the northern edge of Tyuonyi Pueblo to the top of the stairs at Long House.

Fall Color Road Bike Ride Oct. 29

on October 23, 2017 - 6:13am

The bike ride Sunday will pass through Jemez Springs, where cottonwoods showcase their brilliantly yellow leaves. Photo by ©Phillip Noll/ravenmountain.com

PEEC/LAM News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) are partnering to offer a road ride Sunday, Oct. 29 from Jemez Springs to the Gilman Tunnels and back.

Join Ross Lemons on a paved ride to enjoy fall colors, great company and colorful geology.

This trip is a bicycle ride on paved roads from Jemez Springs to the Gilman Tunnels and back.

Heinrich Warns Of Public Health Crisis In Puerto Rico, Urges Health Department To Take Action

on October 23, 2017 - 5:06am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide additional resources and better coordinate efforts on the ground in the face of a growing public health crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria to ensure the more than 3.5 million American citizens living there can safely access the quality health care they need. 
 
Heinrich joined U.S.

Daily Postcard: Fall Afternoon On The Chama River

on October 23, 2017 - 4:42am

Daily Postcard: The Chama river glistens in the afternoon sun. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

Abiquiu Glows In Fall Afternoon Sun

on October 22, 2017 - 9:15am

Echo Amphitheater north of Abiquiu. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

True blue New Mexico sky above Echo Amphitheater. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

The landscape near Abiquiu shows off its color against the true blue sky. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

It just doesn't get much bluer than this. The fall sky surrounds Echo Amphitheater. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Stable Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on October 22, 2017 - 9:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have started operations on the 1,950-acre Stable Mesa prescribed burn, blacklining the perimeter of the treatment area. If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable, the expectation is to complete ignitions this weekend.

The Stable Mesa unit is located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring

Study: 2017’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States

on October 22, 2017 - 5:43am
WALLETHUB News:
 
Happy National Energy Awareness Month! With New York City recently announcing its three-year plan to uphold the Paris climate accord, the first among nearly 250 U.S. cities that pledged to do so, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States.

To gauge the financial impact of doing more with less energy — the average American household spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $1,900 on motor fuel and oil — WalletHub’s analysts compared the auto- and home-energy efficiency in 48 U.S.

Daily Postcard: Fall Colors In Quemazon

on October 22, 2017 - 5:28am

Daily Postcard: Fall colors come to Quemazon. Photo by Elena E. Giorgi/www.elenaegiorgi.com

Quemazon. Photo by Elena E. Giorgi/www.elenaegiorgi.com

Daily Postcard: Buck Visits Walnut Street

on October 21, 2017 - 7:14am

Daily Postcard: A buck visits a residence on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

NIST: How Bright Is The Moon, Really?

on October 20, 2017 - 10:56am
Moonset on the NIST campus. These white domes will house the equipment used in the moon brightness experiment. Eventually the domes and equipment will be moved to the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Courtesy/Jennifer Lauren Lee/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
The “inconstant moon,” as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan to make the moon even more reliable with a new project to measure its brightness.
 
Scientists put the moon to work

Philip Noll's Solo Exhibit At Karen Wray Gallery Today!

on October 20, 2017 - 9:00am
'Descent into Mystery', one of the pieces in The Four Corners: A Photographic Exhibition by Phillip Noll. Courtesy image

Art News:

The Karen Wray Gallery in downtown Los Alamos invites the community to “Phillip Noll, The Four Corners: A Photographic Exhibition,” Oct. 20 through Nov. 19 with an Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

For award-winning photographer Phillip Noll, “four corners” has many meanings.

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