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Smoke Billows In The Jemez This Morning

on August 25, 2019 - 9:48pm
Smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara
 
Another view of smoke billowing this morning in what appears to be the Redondo Meadow in the Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara

Enter The Vortex: Taos Vortex Music Festival Review

on August 25, 2019 - 10:04am
Scene from Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18 at Kit Carson Park. Photo by Becky Rutherford
 
Scene from Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18 at Kit Carson Park. Photo by Becky Rutherford
 
Scene from Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18 at Kit Carson Park. Photo by Becky Rutherford
 
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Taos Vortex, Meow Wolf’s interactive music festival, returned for its second year Aug. 16-18.

Glitter, tails, costumes, and whatever else people felt like wearing (or not wearing) made for a diverse and colorful crowd.

The vibe was chill, people were happy, and the

Cummins Speaks At Voices Of Los Alamos Monday

on August 25, 2019 - 9:08am

VOLA News:

Voices of Los Alamos meets 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

Announcements

  • September Lunch with a Leader, 11:40 a.m., Sept. 17 at Mesa Public Library, County Engineer Eric Martinez will speak about roads and traffic issues.
  • Single-use plastic ban: pros and cons.
  • Climate Strike New Mexico, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Roundhouse. Event page and registration here.
  • Upcoming school board elections (LAPS and UNMLA). 
  • Standing for Immigrant Justice, 11 a.m., Aug.

SFNF: Managers Plan More Activity On Cueva Fire

on August 25, 2019 - 6:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drying trend and increase in fire behavior have given fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) an opportunity to add additional acres to the Cueva Fire by using aerial ignitions to consume unburned fuels within the planning unit.

Crews from New Mexico State Forestry will continue to work on securing the fire perimeter.

During this period, increased smoke will be visible and may impact surrounding areas.

Scenes From 2019 Bear Festival At Nature Center

on August 25, 2019 - 6:18am

Los Alamos County Councilor James Robinson takes part in the third annual Bear Festival, which sponsored by Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The event featued booths, arts and crafts activities for children and a presentation about bears by wildlife biologist. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

PEEC Adventure Programs Manager Beth Courtright, left, and PEEC Volunteer Ana Saenz keep busy during the Bear Festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Delaney Ulrich, left, and Siena Rolfe

AGU: Rising Summer Heat Could Soon Endanger Travelers On Annual Muslim Pilgrimage

on August 25, 2019 - 6:17am
The Kaaba at al-Haram Mosque during the start of Hajj. Courtesy/Al Jazeera English – Al-Haram mosque, CC BY-SA 2.0
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Over two million Muslim travelers just finished the annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, traveling during some of the country’s hottest weather.
 
New research finds pilgrims in future summers may have to endure heat and humidity extreme enough to endanger their health.

PEEC: ‘Superpower Dogs’ Premieres Aug. 31

on August 25, 2019 - 6:15am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Don’t miss the premiere of the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium’s new full-dome film “Superpower Dogs” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31.
 
“Superpower Dogs” is the latest documentary from IMAX Entertainment, Cosmic Picture and presenting sponsor Mars Petcare. Local sponsor Pet Pangaea LLC is bringing this exciting film to Los Alamos.
 
“Superpower Dogs” follows six real-life working dogs from around the world as well as their human partners as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants and transform the

USDA Invests in Energy Efficiency Improvements ... Seven Businesses In New Mexico Among Recipients

on August 25, 2019 - 6:14am

USDA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Bette Brand has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants for projects in all staates and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions.

“Lowering energy costs helps rural businesses improve their bottom line create jobs,” Brand said.

Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fall 2019: Fire And Fuels Program Kick-Off

on August 25, 2019 - 6:07am
FSG News:
 
SANTA FE The Forest Stewards Guild’s Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) Fall Fire and Fuels program kicked-off the 2019 field season with a crew member training.
 
Sixteen FSYC crew members ages, 18 to 25, attended the three-day training Aug. 19-23, at Cottonwood Gulch Foundation’s basecamp in Thoreau, N.M. The two crews are now spend the following 11-weeks working on U.S Forest Service (USFS) lands and learning from USFS specialists.
 
The FSYC program is a work-earn-learn program for young women and men to help restore New Mexico’s forests and watersheds.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden ‘Bio Reverie’ Sept. 7

on August 25, 2019 - 6:03am
Bird walk at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. CourtesySFBG
 
SF BOTANICAL GARDEN News:
 
SANTA FE Cienegas, or marshlands, are unique and rare in the Southwest, and are disappearing due to land misuse and invasive species moving in.
 
Just south of Santa Fe, on land owned by El Rancho de las Golondrinas, lies the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, a cienega managed by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Botanical Garden staff are launching a 24-hour Bio Reverie Sept. 7, during which they are identifying as many species of flora and fauna as possible.
 
“We are extremely lucky to have a

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