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Bear Takes Bath at Barranca Mesa Home

on August 21, 2013 - 8:20am
A bear took a dip in the Viswanathan family's backyard pond. Photo by Hari Viswanathan

Staff Report

The Viswanathan family had an unexpected visitor to their yard recently - a bear in search of a bath.

The bear happened by for a drink and a bath in the family pond between 9:30 and 10 p.m., Aug. 16 and was captured on a critter camera.

The Viswanathan’s yard has been a National Wildlife Federation certified backyard habitat since June 1995. Their son Hari Viswanathan built some small ponds in the yard for the birds to enjoy, while he was home for summer vacation during his college days.

PEEC Launches Hiking Los Alamos 102 Series

on August 21, 2013 - 8:06am

Chick Keller leads a hike during the popular Hiking Los Alamos 101 series. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Los Alamos is surrounded by beautiful hiking trails, but not everyone may feel comfortable exploring them on their own.

For that reason, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in collaboration with the County Recreation Department, held a summer series, Hiking Los Alamos 101, which aimed to make Los Alamos residents and visitors comfortable and confident about hiking on Los Alamos’s trails.

The series was wildly popular, prompting the two organizations to plan a similar series

Mystery Shrouds Brown Pelican Landing in Navajo Nation

on August 21, 2013 - 7:35am

No one knows how this brown pelican ended up in the Navajo Nation. Photo by Kerrin Grant


A juvenile brown pelican was brought to The Wildlife Center July 30 by the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife.

While the gender is not definitively known, one staff member thinks the pelican is female. She had landed in the yard of Elmer Guy, a resident of St. Michaels. 

Brown pelicans are coastal birds ─ not much coast in Navajo. The closest coast is the Sea of Cortez, 500 miles away.


Kiwanis Hears Talk on Signs of Domestic Violence from Los Alamos Family Council Officials

on August 20, 2013 - 3:56pm

The lunchtime program at today's Kiwanis meeting at Trinity on the Hill Church was presented by Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council and Jim Little who serves on the Family Council board. The topic of their presentation was 'What is Domestic Violence?' They talked about the signs of domestic violence and offered resources and assistance. The Los Alamos Family Council is soon to begin offering a program for domestic violence offenders. Photo by Katy Korkos

Few Spaces Remain for This Week’s PEEC Classes

on August 20, 2013 - 8:01am

PEEC News:

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, PEEC is offering “How to Extend Your Gardening Season.”

If you're not ready for your gardening season to come to an end, join local certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist Laural Hardin for a basic class at PEEC. This class will be for those who have any type of season extending structure and wish to learn how to operate and maintain it for optimum yield.

In this 1.5 hour class, Hardin will discuss important factors such as ideal temperatures, humidity, air exchange and environmental controls.

PEEC Hike up Pajarito Canyon Saturday

on August 20, 2013 - 7:57am

PEEC News:

Community members are invited to join Paul Arendt at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, as he leads a pleasant, intermediate level hike up Pajarito Canyon for PEEC.

The 2.5 hour, three mile hike will be suitable for families, so all ages are encouraged to join. Friendly dogs are welcome. Hikers will meet at the trailhead parking area on West Jemez Road, which is 0.5 miles south of the intersection with Camp May Road..

“It's really a pleasant and mild hike - good for families,” Arendt said.

Los Alamos Rotarian Lewis Muir Receives Prestigious Paul Harris Award

on August 20, 2013 - 7:41am

Los Alamos Rotarian Lewis Muir receives the prestigious Paul Harris Award from Immediate Past President Linda Hull during the Aug. 6 Rotary Club meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. The Paul Harris Award was created in memory of Paul Harris who established the Rotary Club more than 108 years ago and it is the highest award presented by the Club. Its purpose is to acknowledge the outstanding contribution and exceptional service of members of the Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/