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Annual Gathering Along NNM Waterways Sept. 20-23

on September 18, 2017 - 5:57am
Courtesy photo
CCNS News:
Daily on-site blessings of Northern New Mexico waters is the theme for the 21st Gathering for Mother Earth Waters, Wednesday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 23 at sites in Abiquiu, Pilar, Nambe and at the Pojoaque Pow Wow Grounds.
Tewa Women United and colleagues are organizing the events and invite the community to join in the blessings. Bring a sack lunch, drinking water, a chair, shade, sunscreen, and follow the blue balloons to each site.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Glows Over North Mesa

on September 18, 2017 - 5:39am

Daily Postcard: A sunset glows in the sky Friday over North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Bob Hautman Wins 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

on September 17, 2017 - 7:01am

Bob Hautman's winning entry in the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Courtesy photo

USF&WS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minn., is the winner of the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made Saturday by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan at the annual art contest, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at the Noel Fine Arts Center.

Hautman’s acrylic painting of a pair of mallards will be made into the 2018-2019 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp, which

DOE Announces WIPP Contract Extension

on September 17, 2017 - 7:00am

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo

WIPP News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a three-year extension to the AECOM Management and Operations Contract for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad:

“WIPP is a major contributor to the Carlsbad economy and plays a critical role in our nation’s security.

Appropriations Bill Passes With Pearce Amendments

on September 17, 2017 - 6:27am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018, which finishes the FY18 appropriations process for the House of Representatives by providing funding levels for eight funding bills.
This package included two amendments by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce that rollback excessive and duplicative regulations on the oil and gas industry. Inclusion of these amendments will greatly benefit New Mexico.
“New Mexico’s oil and gas industry represents nearly

Daily Postcard: Bear Visits Walnut Street

on September 17, 2017 - 5:54am

Daily Postcard: A bear is spotted on the hunt for a picnic basket Saturday morning on Walnut Street. Photo by Gerald Antos

Daily Postcard: A bear is spotted Saturday morning at a home on Walnut Street. Photo by Gerald Antos

Back From The Brink - California Condors Talk Sept. 19

on September 16, 2017 - 8:25am
New Mexico Wildlife Center’s Executive Director Melissa Moore is part of the four-person presentation Sept. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The largest bird in North America, which only existed in captivity since the 1980’s, is taking to the skies in growing numbers, and their story will be shared at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. 
Four condor experts, Bette Korber, Melissa Moore, Shorty Esch and Jeanne Fair, will talk about the California Condor’s story and bird science conducted at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Fire Suppression Now Hot Topic For National Leaders

on September 16, 2017 - 8:15am
NWTF News:
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s continual efforts to advance sportsmen’s priorities, particularly his latest secretarial order, which begins the push to end catastrophic wildfires.
Zinke directed all Department of the Interior bureaus, superintendents and land managers at all levels to adopt more aggressive practices to prevent and combat the spread of those catastrophic wildfires.
Zinke’s order also spells out how he expects those orders to be carried out, as he wants to see fuel reductions and

Daily Postcard: Marguerite Daisies Line Trail

on September 16, 2017 - 6:08am

Daily Postcard: Yellow marguerite daisies line the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The Cañada del Buey Trail is about 2,100 feet long and begins just south of N.M. 4 east of Sherwood Boulevard and ends just west of Rover Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMED Confirms ‘Boil Water Advisory’ To Be Issued By Chaco Culture National Historic Parks Water System

on September 15, 2017 - 8:08pm
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required “boil water advisory” for the Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System.
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to issue the advisory today after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to notify all water system users of this finding.
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water

Three Large Bucks Relax In Los Alamos Yard

on September 15, 2017 - 5:07pm

Three large bucks relaxing this morning in the backyard of a Los Alamos home on Trinity Drive. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Los Alamos Derby Dames Roller Derby Skate School

on September 15, 2017 - 5:04pm
LADD News:
The Los Alamos Derby Dames are offering skate school again!
Beginning with orientation Oct. 10 and extending through Dec. 17, sessions will be 4-5:30 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays. 
Loaner gear will be available, but the supply is limited so participants are encouraged to purchase their own gear- we'll help! No prior experience with either skating or sports in general is necessary- that's what school is for. The fee is 100$ per person for the entire nine-week course, and a 50% discount is offered if you bring a friend! 
Want more information?

ARRRGH! Talk Like A Pirate Celebrations Start Today

on September 15, 2017 - 11:59am


Arrrgh!  It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day and Los Alamos County is celebrating! The Los Alamos County Community Services Department is thrilled to be helping ye landlubbers learn pirate talk and have pirate adventures.

The fun starts today and will continue next week.  Los Alamos Community Services Department and partners will celebrate a pirate’s life with events for all ages at numerous community locations. Special floats, a movie, a bouncy house at the Aquatic Center, a treasure hunt at the Nature Center, pirate movies at Betty Earhart, pirate dress-up at Family

Hanford Site Manager Selected For MPNHP

on September 15, 2017 - 10:18am
Becky Burghart
NPS News:
DENVER — The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that Becky Burghart has been selected as the Site Manager for the Hanford location of Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Burghart is the Chief of Interpretation at White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, which is adjacent to White Sands Missile Range, home of the Trinity site where the world’s first atomic bomb explosion occurred in July 1945 as part of the Manhattan Project.
She started her career with the National Park Service (NPS) as a seasonal park ranger at Mesa Verde National

Farewell To Cassini Mission That Explored Saturn

on September 15, 2017 - 6:32am

This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. Cassini will make 22 orbits that swoop between the rings and the planet before ending its mission today, Sept. 15, 2017, with a final plunge into Saturn. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

 LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory played part in two major discoveries and powered the spacecraft during its 20-year flight

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists led the development of two scientific sensors on NASA’s spacecraft Cassini that

PEEC: Back From The Brink — California Condors

on September 15, 2017 - 6:17am

The California Condor that blew into Los Alamos in April 2015. Photo by Joe Fitzgibbon

PEEC News:

The largest bird in North America, which only existed in captivity in the 1980’s, is taking to the skies in growing numbers, and their story will be shared at the Los Alamos Nature Center 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.19.

Four condor experts, Bette Korber, Melissa Moore, Shorty Esch and Jeanne Fair, will talk about the California Condor’s story and bird science conducted at LANL. This free presentation is open to the public.

Poaching and poisoning pushed California Condor populations down to only a

Star Gaze At Valles Caldera

on September 15, 2017 - 6:04am
The Milky Way over the Jemez River. Photo by Jim Stein Photography

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer a night sky observation event 8-11 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: Birds Compete For Peanuts

on September 15, 2017 - 5:49am

Daily Postcard: An acorn woodpecker is spotted chasing off a scrub jay from a feeder full of peanuts at this home on Ridgeway. Photo by Marion Stelts

Trout Are Plentiful In Chama River

on September 14, 2017 - 2:33pm
The Chama River flows through a beautiful canyon above El Vado Lake. Photo by George Morse/
Fish are biting including these three rainbow trout caught this morning in the Chama River. Photo by George Morse/
The Chama River Canyon below Heron Dam. Photo by George Morse/
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

It had been over a month since I had last gone fishing. I needed to get away and I needed to catch some fish. I also needed to give my legs a workout after too many weeks of sitting and writing stories about high school sports.

Sonja Behnke Best Predictor In Tuesdays Pace Race

on September 14, 2017 - 8:18am

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ACRR News:
For Tuesday's pace race, Sonja Behnke predicted well and was only 9 seconds off for her predictions for 3 miles.
There were 28 people who competed in the weekly pace race. The course was a fairly-flat 1-mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way in Pajarito Acres. One could run any number of loops but with a requested time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 5 miles were done.
The fastest female and male runners for 1 mile were Savannah Strothers (9:06) and Brian Newman (10:26). For 2 miles, the fastest were Tamara Jurado (21:05) and Linda Vance

Daily Postcard: Golden Sunset

on September 14, 2017 - 5:52am

Daily Postcard: The setting sun gives clouds a golden hue Tuesday over Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Bandelier Welcomes Artist In Residence Paul Cruz

on September 13, 2017 - 7:42am
Bandelier Artist In Residence Paul Cruz and some of his original jewelry pieces. Courtesy NPS
Recently, Bandelier National Monument welcomed the park’s Artist in Residence for September, Paul Cruz. 
Paul is no stranger to the area, as he was born in Espanola and still has many relatives in the area. In fact, for those familiar with the Los Alamos Ranch School and the Manhattan Project, his grandfather was Bences Gonzales, a hardworking and well-loved character through those years in Los Alamos history. Cruz’s mother and her siblings grew up in Los Alamos.

New Mexico Wildlife Center Open House Oct. 7-8

on September 13, 2017 - 4:27am

Scott Oscar presents a talk about owls. Courtesy/NMWC

Melissa Sol talks about birds. Courtesy/NMWC

NMWC News:

The New Mexico Wildlife Center invites the public to its annual Open House 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 7-8 at 19 Wheat St. in Espanola.

Activities include:

  • Live Animal Demonstrations;
  • Owl Pellet Dissection and Kids’ Art Activities;
  • Tour the Rehabilitation Hospital Unit (free if you bring a wish list item*);
  • Silent Auction;
  • New Displays and Photo Opportunities; and
  • Refreshments.

Although there is no charge for the event, there is a suggested donation of $5 per vehicle for parking.

Daily Postcard: Close Up View Of Red Flower

on September 13, 2017 - 3:01am

Daily Postcard: A close up view of a red flower. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 12

on September 12, 2017 - 3:35pm
By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There is much to appreciate along the roadsides of Northern New Mexico this time of year. Because we’ve had some good rainfall, there is an abundance of wild flowers blooming along the road.

On a recent drive to Tres Piedras the roadside was filled with beautiful purple asters and colorful Gaillardia, also known as blanket flowers. The chamisa is blooming and the combination of purples, reds and yellows make for a dazzling display along the roadside.

The aspen trees haven’t started to change color.