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Annual Trimec Spraying May 16 Through May 27

on May 11, 2016 - 8:38am


The Los Alamos County Parks Division will be spraying herbicide for weed control Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 27.

Target areas include:

  • Rover Park;
  • East Park;
  • Community Soccer;
  • Myrtle Green;
  • Ashley Pond;
  • Fuller Lodge;
  • Aquatic Center;
  • Western Area;
  • Urban Park;
  • Barranca Mesa; and
  • North Mesa Sports Complex. 

Notices will be posted in the areas to be sprayed at least 72 hours prior to spraying, and will remain until spraying has been completed. 

Areas will be sprayed with Round-Up and EndRun Broad Leaf Weed Killer. For more information, call the Parks Division at 505.662.8159.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

on May 10, 2016 - 12:32pm
NPS News:
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn project on the preserve that will begin as soon as Wednesday, May 11 and be completed within two to three days. 
The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 between mile markers 39-42. Traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn, but we do not anticipate any road closures. If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid-day in order minimize impacts to morning and afternoon commuter traffic on NM Hwy. 4. 
The preserve

PEEC: Mysteries Of The Unseen World Saturday

on May 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
An aphid, up close and personal from Mysteries of the Unseen World. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Embark on a journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 14 in the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Mysteries Of The Unseen World, a full-dome, original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures, lets us see nature from a new perspective.
Mysteries Of The Unseen World uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology to transport audiences to an enthralling secret world of nature, events, and breathtaking

Community Plant Swap May 15 & 22

on May 10, 2016 - 12:29pm
Courtesy photo
The Unitarian Church is hosting a Community Plant Swap 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 15 and again May 22 at Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (195 East Road, Suite 101 in the TRK building between East Park Pool and the Fire Station).
Please bring plants you wish to give away, and take home any you can use. All unclaimed plants after the swap will be put to good use. We encourage growing some of one’s own food and creating bio-diversity, so try some new plants. Don’t have a plant to swap? No problem. Take some anyway.
Participation is FREE.

LANL Sharpens Its ‘Genesis Code’

on May 10, 2016 - 12:25pm

The ‘Genesis Code’. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos Daily Post

A few years ago, Mark Paris, a physicist in the Nuclear and Particle, Astrophysics and Cosmology Group at Los Alamos had some questions about nuclear reactions and a colleague suggested he take a look at BBN.

BBN, Big Bang Nucleosynthesis is the name given to a sliver of a time, no more than a few minutes at the beginning of the 13.8 billion-year lifespan of our universe that provides cosmological evidence for the concept that everything we know in the universe can be traced back to a sudden, furious expansion

Officials Break Ground On TA-3 Substation Replacement Project At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on May 10, 2016 - 8:13am
Officials break ground on the TA-3 Substation Replacement Project during a ceremony Wednesday at LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/
Bonita Rogozinsky, Federal Project Manager for NNSA Acquisition & Project Management delivers welcoming remarks at the groundbreaking for the new Substation at LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/
NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Lebak. Photo by Chris Clark/
Staff Report

Officials broke ground Wednesday, May 4 on a Substation Replacement Project at TA-3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Guided Hike To Cave Of The Winds May 14

on May 8, 2016 - 12:31pm

Cave of the Winds. Photo by Craig Martin

PEEC News:

Trail expert Craig Martin will lead a hike to the local Cave of the Winds Saturday, May 14. The two-mile hike includes 500 feet of elevation gain and a bit of a scramble to reach the cave entrance. This hike, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is one of many events to help people get outside and enjoy nature.

To visit the Cave of the Winds with Martin, register online at Meet Martin and other hikers at 10:15 a.m.

Ingenious Donation Box Arrives At PEEC

on May 8, 2016 - 11:12am

Steven Trujillo, Samantha Trujillo, and their children Ellie, 4, and Seth, 2, have fun with PEEC’s new donation box. The Acorn Woodpecker, Abert’s squirrel, bobcat, and pika will do their tricks when bills go in the box. Photo by Felicia Orth


Gordon McDonough, well known artist and educator at the Bradbury Science Museum, offered to create a donation box for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center—and it has now arrived, ready to enchant all donors.

When you slide your dollar bill into the slot, a light flashes to check that it’s a bill, not a piece of paper.

Experts Offer Hiking Workshop May 11

on May 8, 2016 - 10:09am
Hiking trail near Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Los Alamos is surrounded by an extensive trail network that can be both inviting and intimidating.

Trail expert Craig Martin and wildlife veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Ramsay are holding a workshop at  the Los Alamos Nature Center to teach people how to best prepare for hiking local trails 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. This workshop is great for adults who want to know more about what the Los Alamos trails have to offer.

During this Hiking 101 workshop, Craig Martin will cover safety and comfort on the trail.

Book Signing By Craig Martin And Terry Foxx Tuesday

on May 7, 2016 - 11:36am



Craig Martin and Terry Foxx will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 to sign copies of their new book Plants of the Jemez Mountains Volume 1.

The book, the first in a three-volume series, will be available for purchase in the nature center gift shop.

Plants of the Jemez Mountains Volume 1 contains clear and informative drawings, color photos, and descriptions of the trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, and horsetails found in the Jemez Mountains. The book also includes helpful guides for the novice naturalist.