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Wildfire Safety Tips During Critical Weather Conditions

on April 21, 2018 - 7:50am

Mountaineers Talk: Exploring Iceland On Skis April 24

on April 21, 2018 - 7:10am
During the April Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, Andy Thien will give a presentation about his two-week skiing trip on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula. Courtesy/Andy Thien
 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a presentation by adventurer Andy Thien. His presentation is Tuesday, April 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
The Los Alamos Mountaineers’ meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. Thien’s talk will start by 7:15 p.m.
 
After reading about the backcountry skiing on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, Andy Thien and five friends planned a

Daily Postcard: Hawk Soars Above Pajarito Acres

on April 21, 2018 - 5:46am

Daily Postcard: A hawk is spotted soaring above Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo by Mary Arrowsmith

Fierce Winds Topple Tree At White Rock Residence

on April 20, 2018 - 9:51am

Fierce winds overnight topple a tree at a residence in White Rock. Courtesy photo

Wind storm topples tree at White Rock residence. Courtesy photo

NMED Announces Public Comment Period On Draft Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

on April 20, 2018 - 7:58am

NMED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking public comment on the Draft Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The plan summarizes the State’s goals for the allocation of approximately $18 million towards eligible projects.

Eligible projects are required to mitigate the excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions caused by Volkswagen’s use of illegal defeat devices in certain diesel vehicles in years past.

Following the public comment period and prior to the State’s review of applications received for the eligible mitigation projects, NMED will finalize the plan and

Bandelier: Free Entrance Launches National Park Week And Art Exhibit Opening At Fire Tower April 21

on April 20, 2018 - 7:40am
Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument, Historic Fire Tower. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier announces that entrance fees will not be collected this Saturday, April 21, to kick off National Park Week. 
 
According to Superintendent Jason Lott, "It's a great time to visit Bandelier before temperatures and visitation rise." Bandelier provides opportunities for short walks to see archaeological sites, long hikes out into the Bandelier Wilderness, bird watching, taking photos of plants, wildlife, expansive or up-close landscapes - and even sitting at a

Bureau Of Geology Teams Up With Museum Of Natural History & Science To Protect Groundwater

on April 20, 2018 - 6:47am
New well for groundwater monitoring drilled April 10, 2018. Photo by Sara Chudnoff
 
Photo by Sara Chudnoff
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Join us from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 26 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to experience how groundwater is being monitored across the state and to hear how decision makers and collaborators are moving to protect New Mexico’s groundwater future. Keynote speakers will include Senator Mimi Stewart, Senator Howie Morales and Representative Gail Armstrong.
 
This year in New Mexico, the entire state faces drier than

DOI Awards $17.68 Million Contract For Dam Work

on April 20, 2018 - 6:45am
DOI News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah  The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation Wednesday awarded a $17.68 million contract to Weeminuche Construction Authority of Towaoc, Colo., which is 100 percent owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, for modification work at Steinaker Dam near Vernal, Utah.
 
“This award represents the Administration’s commitment to infrastructure improvement, public safety, and supporting the tribe in building its economy,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.
 
Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman noted that, “Beyond improving the structure of

Daily Postcard: Spider Clings To Blossom

on April 20, 2018 - 6:38am

Daily Postcard: A spider is spotted clinging to the petal of a tree blossom. Photo by Betsy Robin

LANL Wildland Fire Manager Discusses Drought

on April 19, 2018 - 3:00pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny L'Esperance addresses the crowd gathered at Science on Tap Monday at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Participants in Monday evening's Science on Tap event listen to a wildland fire presentation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I don’t think I’m going to surprise anybody when I tell you what the current conditions are,” Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny L’Esperance said Monday evening at a

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