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Earth Week Talk: Learning From The Past To Improve Our Relationship With Fire And Forests April 17

on April 13, 2018 - 10:26am
Tom Swetnam is PEEC’s Earth Week speaker this year. He will give a talk on Ancestral Puebloan Fire Practices April 17. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
How did Ancestral Pueblo populations manage to live within our forests, with no known history of catastrophic fires destroying their villages? What can we learn from history to improve our own relationships with fires in our forests?
This year PEEC is thrilled to bring Dr. Tom Swetnam to the Los Alamos Nature Center as the featured speaker for our annual Earth Day events.

AGU: Melting Of Arctic Mountain Glaciers Unprecedented In Past 400 Years

on April 13, 2018 - 8:47am
Scientists spent a month in Denali National Park in 2013 drilling ice cores from the summit plateau of Mt. Hunter. The ice cores showed the glaciers on Mt. Hunter are melting more now than at any time in the past 400 years. Courtesy/Dominic Winski
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glaciers in Alaska’s Denali National Park are melting faster than at any time in the past four centuries because of rising summer temperatures, a new study finds.
New ice cores taken from the summit of Mt.

Birds Encounter Frozen Bath Water On Sycamore

on April 13, 2018 - 8:44am

This pair of colorful birds encounter frozen bath water this morning at a residence on Sycamore Street. Photo by John McHale/

Notice Of Possible Quorum On Earth Day For ESB

on April 13, 2018 - 6:51am


Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend the Earth Day activities 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

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


Daily Postcard: Bee On Cherry Blossom

on April 13, 2018 - 6:40am

Daily Postcard: A bee is spotted April 6 on a cherry blossom at a residence in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

AGU: Study Proposes Link Between Formation Of Supercontinents, Strength Of Ocean Tides

on April 12, 2018 - 10:39am
The Earth’s tides weren’t always as energetic as they are today. A new study suggests that when tectonic movement molds ocean basins into certain shapes, the tides grow much stronger. And when tectonic movement opens those same basins millions of years later, the tides weaken. Courtesy/Creative Commons CC0
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The cyclic strengthening and weakening of ocean tides over tens of millions of years is likely linked to another, longer cycle: the formation of Earth’s supercontinents every 400 to 600 million years, according a new study.
The new findings have

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on April 12, 2018 - 6:44am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Stage I Fire Restrictions After consulting with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that Los Alamos County will enter into Stage I Fire Restrictions, effective immediately.  
Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See first exemption below for additional details.)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within

Daily Postcard: Black Mesa

on April 12, 2018 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Cloudy evening at Black Mesa, San Ildefonso Pueblo. Photo by Robert Beberniss

SFNF Issues Stage I Fire Restrictions Effective April 13

on April 11, 2018 - 10:10pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Due to current dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest will implement forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective 8 a.m. Friday, April 13.

Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

High Wind Warning Until 8PM Thursday

on April 11, 2018 - 9:34pm


National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

* LOCATION...Much of central and western New Mexico, including the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Metro areas.

* WINDS...Sustained at 35 to 45 mph from the southwest and west with occasional gusts ranging from 55 to 70 mph.

* TIMING...Winds will strengthen through the late morning Thursday, peaking in the mid afternoon, then decreasing through the evening hours.

* VISIBILITY...Widespread visibility reductions to 3 to 5 miles can be expected due to blowing dust, except below a