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ESD Discusses Changes To Brush & Bulk Program

on September 21, 2017 - 10:01am

The wood chipper at the Eco Station makes a giant pile of mulch that is free to the community. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

The brush pile is huge right now at the Eco Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

BY KIRSTEN LASKEY 

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

The Environmental Services Division’s quarterly brush collection is underway. The program started in August and runs through the beginning of October.

 

When it comes to what can be collected most yard waste is accepted except for weeds, Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda said.

 

She

Lightning Strikes Los Alamos Golf Course Trees

on September 21, 2017 - 9:43am

Lightning struck a tree around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Tee 12 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Reports are that a golfer near the strike was knocked off his feet but uninjured and the sound from the strike heard over in Quemazon. The lightning appears to have jumped to a smaller tree a few feet away. Excavated dirt is visible at the base of the tree where the lightning exited at the ground. Photo by Kerry Habiger

Los Alamos County Golf Pro Jim Phillips stands on Tee 12 Monday near where it appears the same lightning bolt that hit the tall tree at left, also struck this smaller tree growing a few

BLM Seeks Comments On Analysis Of Northern New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Parcels

on September 21, 2017 - 9:01am
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE  The Bureau of Land Management is seeking input on the analysis of 26 parcels in northern New Mexico for the March 2018 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The parcels are located in Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and San Juan counties.
 
The draft environmental assessment analyzes a range of alternatives for the sale, and is available for review at https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 20.
 
Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy

Bear Cubs Spotted On Walnut Street

on September 21, 2017 - 8:14am

Two bear cubs were spotted in a backyard Wednesday on Walnut Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Palmer Fire On Pecos Ranger District To Be Managed For Resource Benefit

on September 21, 2017 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Palmer Fire on Rowe Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits, including reducing the risk of future high-severity wildfire and improving range and wildlife habitat.
 
The Palmer Fire was confirmed Sept. 12 after smoke was reported in the Valle Grande on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, an area marked by islands of grassy meadows interspersed among stands of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper.

Night Sky Observation In Valles Caldera Sept. 23

on September 21, 2017 - 7:00am
The Milky Way over the Jemez River. Photo by Jim Stein
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer a night sky observation event 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.
 
PEEC astronomers and VALL park rangers will point out constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with the help of telescopes and lasers.
 
The Valles Caldera offers some of the darkest skies in our area and is a great place to get a better look at the night sky on clear nights.

Daily Postcard: White Rock Sunrise

on September 21, 2017 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: Wednesday's golden sunrise lights up White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Countdown On For Ski Season At Pajarito Mountain!

on September 20, 2017 - 12:31pm
Pajarito fall colors starting to show. Photo by Marci Partin
 
Photo by Marci Partin
 
 
SKI PAJARITO News:
 
With fall in the air, now is the time to view the changing colors and enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Pajarito Mountain this Friday through Sunday!  
 
Pajarito is hosting its popular, annual festival, Ullr Fest Saturday, Sept. 23. New this year, there will be FREE mountain bike lessons, a meet and greet with Pajarito’s new mountain bike director Hogan Koesis, and a free guided hike as part of the annual event’s festivities. 
 
Ullr Fest celebrates the coming winter by featuring New Mexico

Heinrich Questions Inaccuracies In Department Of Interior Monument Report, Confirms Local BLM Managers Were Not Part Of Review Process

on September 20, 2017 - 10:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 19 in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) raised concerns with the Department of Interior’s (DOI) report on national monuments and highlighted the lack of involvement from local land managers in the review process.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich questioned John Ruhs, Acting Deputy Director of Operations at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on Secretary Zinke’s recommendations to the president regarding

Bear Spotted At Lunchtime Around Local Condos

on September 20, 2017 - 9:40am

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A resident spotted this bear while walking home for lunch at noon Tuesday via Trinity Drive. The bear was rummaging through trash cans and meandering around the condominiums at Oppenheimer and Short Drive. Photo by Cecilia Rivenburgh

Photo by Cecilia Rivenburgh

Deer Creek Fire On Jemez Ranger District To Be Managed For Resource Benefit

on September 20, 2017 - 9:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Deer Creek Fire on Peggy Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Deer Creek Fire started Sept. 15 on Peggy Mesa in the old San Diego prescribed burn area and adjacent to the site of this summer’s lightning-caused Peggy Fire. Objectives for managing the Deer Creek Fire include:
  • mitigating the risk of high-intensity destructive wildfires by reducing excess fuels, including fuelwood slash and bug kill in the piñon/juniper and

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 20

on September 20, 2017 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The “Catch of the Week” section of the State Game and Fish Department’s weekly fishing report has a story to tell. With the exception of a brown trout caught in the Chama River below El Vado Lake, the big fish that were caught were warmwater species such as bass and catfish. The warm weather we’ve been experiencing has kept the fall fishing season from taking off.

That should change soon. The temperatures in the higher elevations are already dropping into the 30’s and it was actually below freezing Sept. 18 in Angel Fire.

NNSA Partners With Kazakhstan Research Institute To Remove All Of Its Highly Enriched Uranium

on September 20, 2017 - 6:50am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in partnership with the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has repatriated the last remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the institute’s VVR-K reactor.
 
“This final removal will make INP HEU-free, ensuring that a bad actor can never acquire material from the site for a nuclear weapon,” said Dave Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Colors Los Alamos Sky

on September 20, 2017 - 5:57am

Daily Postcard: A recent sunset paints a dramatic picture in the sky over Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

County: Be Bear Aware

on September 19, 2017 - 4:14pm

This bear was spotted earlier this month roaming around Andanada Street and El Corto in Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hanson

COUNTY News:

Bears continue to make their way into residential areas due to lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.

If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. However, bears that are accustomed to eating human food are more likely to become habituated and are more prone to have dangerous human encounters. Here are some safe practices for managing trash to minimize encounters with bears:

  • Keep your family, neighbors, pets, and

Quorum Notice: Environmental Sustainability Board

on September 19, 2017 - 9:32am

COUNTY News:

Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend a Recycle Audit, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 in White Rock.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken. 

The meeting is open to the public.

Special Astronomy And Climate Show And New Film At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on September 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Chick Keller will share relationships between climate and astronomy during a presentation Sept. 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is planning a special planetarium show and presentation by Chick Keller at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
 
PEEC is also bringing in a new full-dome film Aurora Storm that will play in at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. The Saturday and Sunday screenings include three films, Aurora Storm, SunStruck and SolarQuest. 
 
What are

Udall, Heinrich Urge U.S. Trade Rep. To Support New Mexico’s Pecan Farmers, Lower Export Tariffs

on September 19, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of six other senators Sept. 18 urging U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer to help New Mexico's pecan farmers increase exports by taking action to lower the tariffs on pecan exports to India.
 
India’s current high tariffs on pecans are impacting New Mexico and American pecan farmers, and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers. 
 
In a letter to Lighthizer, the senators note that the current tariff on U.S.

Hard Work Pays Off On Bandelier’s Frijoles Canyon Trail

on September 19, 2017 - 6:25am

Trail volunteers using a 2-person crosscut saw to remove a fallen tree from the trail. Courtesy/NPS

Volunteers who just finished making stonework to support trail. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

One of Bandelier National Monument’s most scenic and popular trails, the Frijoles Canyon Trail between Upper Crossing and Alcove House, can now be hiked without having to climb over the huge logjams and other barriers caused by the floods following the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.  

For several years volunteer crews have been gradually working their way up the canyon, making spaces in the debris piles,

DOI Announces $62 Million Construction Contract On Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

on September 19, 2017 - 5:02am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of the Interior announced Friday that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a construction contract of almost $62 million for part of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico to increase the supply of clean drinking water to surrounding communities.
 
“This contract is a big step toward completing the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which is a top priority as it fits into the administration's commitment to improving infrastructure,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.

Daily Postcard: Deer Visits White Rock Garden

on September 19, 2017 - 4:34am

Daily Postcard: A deer visits a local garden this weekend on Grand Canyon in White Rock. Photo by Betsy Veeser

Photo by Betsy Veeser

PEEC’s Forest Explorers Program Continues This Fall

on September 18, 2017 - 9:15am
PEEC takes kids out in nature to play, hike, and be creative. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)’s popular summer program for 5 to 8 year olds will return this fall.
 
Forest Explorers, a hike-and-play club, will take children on hikes from 1-3 p.m. every other Wednesday from Oct. 4 through Dec. 13 and give kids ample time for child-directed play in nature.
 
Forest Explorers is a drop-off program that will meet at 1 p.m. every other Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a total of six outings this fall.

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' For Artesia Municipal System & Morningside Users Cooperative

on September 18, 2017 - 9:03am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming the required “boil water advisory” for the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative.
 
More details about precautions in English and Spanish can be found on the DWB’s webpage at: https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/boil-water-advisories/
 
Artesia Municipal Water System is required to issue the advisory today after bacteriological contamination (E.

Smoke Visible From Three Fires On SFNF

on September 18, 2017 - 8:53am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Three lightning-caused fires on the Santa Fe National Forest put up visible smoke Saturday as crews keep an eye on the Beaver Creek, Deer Creek and Ojitos Fires.
 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District started July 7 in a 90,000-acre block that has been cleared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest restoration. 
 
Fire crews have taken advantage of favorable conditions to add low-intensity fire to the ground on both sides of Forest Road 468 and on the west side of the fire perimeter to remove hazardous fuels and mitigate the risk

Valles Caldera Hosts Fall Star Parties

on September 18, 2017 - 7:38am
NPS News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will be hosting two star parties this fall 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 and 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 
 
To minimize light pollution, gates will close 1.5 hours after the event begins, so late arrivals risk not being able to participate.
 
These star parties will take place near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Park staff and educators from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will provide short talks, telescopes for viewing, and youth activities.

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