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Rendija Canyon Cow Spotted Exploring Barranca Mesa

on July 16, 2018 - 7:36am

A cow thought to be from Rendija Canyon was spotted shortly after 5 a.m. today exploring the Tunyo Street neighborhood on Barranca Mesa. Nobody seems to know who owns the cow, which apparently escaped through fencing on Rendija Road. Other cows have been observed in the past few days in the Guaja Pines area. Photo by Erica Gorman

Video Captures Bear Entering Pond On Barranca Mesa

on July 16, 2018 - 7:01am
A game cam photo of a bear taking a bath in a small pond on Barranca Mesa, recently featured in the Los Alamos Daily Post, was spotted again making itself at home in a neighbor's backyard pond. Photo and video by Glenn Cox 
 
 
Watch video of the bear entering the pond back legs first here 

Daily Postcard: Bee Spotted On Hollyhock

on July 16, 2018 - 6:37am

Daily Postcard: A bee is spotted collecting nectar from a hollyhock behind the Unitarian Church on N Sage in Los Alamos. Photo by KokHeong McNaughton

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum: July 18 Talk ‘Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?’

on July 15, 2018 - 9:31pm

Nelson Hoffman presents a lecture during the 2017 Los Alamos Faith and Science series. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum News:

Nelson Hoffman presents the next talk in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday, July 18. The title of Hoffman’s talk is “Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

A growing group of researchers within evolutionary biology seeks to put new emphasis on a set of ideas that differ considerably from the gene-centric viewpoint of Neo-Darwinism.

MPNHP-Los Alamos Friends Group And National Park Service Sign Philanthropic Partnership Agreement

on July 15, 2018 - 10:37am

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park - Los Alamos gathered Friday afternoon for a special signing ceremony with the National Park Service at the powerhouse (stone house) on Bathtub Row. Back row from left, Ranger Josh Nelson and Board members Carol A. Clark, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher; LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan; Vice President/County Councilor Rick Reiss; Treasurer Ron Wilkins; Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly; Shannon Corporation owner Shannon C’de Baca and Karen Henderson.

Fawn Spotted Near Local Road Construction

on July 15, 2018 - 8:46am

This fawn was spotted Saturday near the road construction underway at the bottom of the Main Hill Road. Photo by Judy Chavez

Daily Postcard: Swallow Tail Spotted On Butterfly Bush

on July 15, 2018 - 5:59am

Daily Postcard: A swallow tail is spotted on a butterfly bush in White Rock. Photo by Lorraine Hartway

Scenes From ScienceFest Discovery Day At Pond

on July 14, 2018 - 8:37pm
This young engineer builds a circuit during ScienceFest Discovery Day, which drew a big crowd today to Ashley Pond Park and the lawn area at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Discovery Day visitors stroll among the bubbles from the Los Alamos County booth at Ashely Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Albert Einstein (aka Katy Korkos) gets an idea at ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
This little shark found a shark's tooth at the United Way of Northern New Mexico/Los Alamos Daily Post booth.

Singing Scientist Curious Chris Performs July 17

on July 14, 2018 - 4:49pm

LA HISTORY MUSEUM News:

Mix music, science and history together and you get Curious Chris the Singing Scientist!

The Los Alamos History Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District will present a special History Adventures program for 1st through 6th graders the morning of Tuesday, July 17.

Curious Chris will be singing the Symbols of Enchantment, hands-on science songs about New Mexico's state symbols.

Children going into 1st–3rd grade meet 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Fuller Lodge Lawn (caregivers, please stay with your children). Children going into 4th-6th grade meet 10:45-11:45 a.m.

ScienceFest: Scenes From PEEC Electric Car Show Today

on July 14, 2018 - 2:11pm

Los Alamos County's fleet maintence employee Matthew Lengyel checks out a County's hybrid car, which is one of two hybrid cars in the County's motor pool. The Ford C-Max was displayed during the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's electric car show today in the parking lot at the Los Alamos Nature Center. In addition to hybrid cars, electric cars, electric bicycles and even a home-made electric motorcycle were showcased. There also were a number of cars available for test drives. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Paul Frederickson and PEEC volunteer Sue Barns talk electric bikes

Nature Center Planetarium Programs Today, Sunday

on July 14, 2018 - 8:12am

Two special planetarium programs are at the nature center this weekend. Saturday Steve Becker will give a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night program. Sunday visit the NM PBS Science Café and watch segments of Day the Dinosaurs Died and hear from a panel of asteroid experts. Courtesy/NM PBS

PEEC News:

Today and Sunday, the community is invited to attend two special planetarium programs at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Saturday afternoon, tour the heavens at a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night program and Sunday, watch segments of Day the Dinosaurs Died and hear from

Why Zero Waste?

on July 14, 2018 - 7:25am

Members of the Zero Waste Subcommittee meeting recently at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

ZWLA News:

Did you know that Los Alamos has a Zero Waste Subcommittee (ZWLA)? This group started as a subcommittee of the Environmental Sustainability Board and now welcomes participation from others who want to contribute to the Zero Waste aspect of environmental sustainability.

There are representatives from the Los Alamos High School Eco Club, Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Anyone interested in attending a meeting should email

Daily Postcard: Early Evening Sky Above Los Alamos

on July 14, 2018 - 6:42am

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos sky early Thursday evening looking westward. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Game Cam Captures Bear Bathing On Barranca Mesa

on July 13, 2018 - 9:31pm
A game cam captures a bear taking a bath earlier this month in the backyard of a home on Kachina Street on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Andrew Delorey

Lightning Sparks Aragon Fire In Cuba Ranger District

on July 13, 2018 - 9:09pm

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire today in the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Start Date: July 13

Cause: Lightning

Size: 5 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Cloudy with thunderstorms and lightning

Resources: seven personnel on UTVs

Situation: The fire is in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area. The fire received precipitation. Personnel scouted for containment lines and will continue through the weekend.

Naval Nuclear Laboratory Contracts Awarded To FMP

on July 13, 2018 - 8:40am

Courtesy/NNL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Naval Reactors, a joint program of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Navy (DON), announced the selection of Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC (FMP) as the new DOE and DON contractor for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

FMP, a limited liability company, is a wholly owned, special-purpose subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.

Naval Reactors conducted a full and open competition for the new NNL contracts. 

The estimated combined award value of these contracts is approximately $30 billion over ten years if all options are

SFNF: Sarca Fire Update

on July 13, 2018 - 8:03am
SFNF Sarca Fire Update:
 
Start Date: July 7
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 7 acres
 
Location: Agua Sarca drainage area of the Pecos Wilderness - Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0%
 
Fuel: ponderosa pine and other mixed conifer
 
Weather: Cloudy with rain storms approaching
 
Situation: Due to the combination of the fire being inside the Pecos wilderness area, the steep and rocky terrain, and precipitation and lightning, fire managers are monitoring the fire by aircraft. Smoke visible along 285/84 corridor, Espanola, Pojoaque and Tesuque areas
 
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke

Daily Postcard: Bull Elk In Full Velvet Spotted Grazing

on July 13, 2018 - 7:10am
Daily Postcard: A bull elk with his antlers covered in velvet is spotted May 31 grazing in the Jemez. Photo by Jim Cobble

PEEC: Tour And Test Drive Electric Vehicles Saturday

on July 12, 2018 - 5:01pm
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Enjoy electrifying activities this Saturday, July 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Electric Vehicle Show.
 
Spend the day exploring electric-powered cars and bikes, talking to owners, taking test drives and enjoying the variety of activities going on at the nature center. This event is free and is happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is brought to Los Alamos as a part of the Department of Public Utilities’ conservation-focused community outreach.
 
“There will be around 35 different electric vehicles, and around 12 of them will be available to test

Marr Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on July 12, 2018 - 7:58am
Duane Marr was the top predictor in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on the trails behind the Aquatic Center and on Canyon Road. Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Duane Marr was the top predictor in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on the trails behind the Aquatic Center and on Canyon Road with a 6 second differential from his predicted time.
 
Other accurate predictors were Zach Medin at 8 seconds off, Aurea Rojas with a 17 second difference as well as the first finisher in the 3 mile road run at 25:43, Lindsay Gibson recorded

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Hovers In Quemazon

on July 12, 2018 - 7:04am

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird hovers in the sunshine ahead of a rain shower recently in Quemazon. Hummingbirds are birds from the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring 3-5 inches in length. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 2-inch bee hummingbird weighing less than .07 oz. They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans.

Reminder: This Is Yard Trimming Collection Week

on July 11, 2018 - 6:40pm

This tan cart is for yard trimmings. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Department would like to remind residents that this is a yard trimming collection week (tan cart).

Anyone who has not yet received a yard trimming roll cart is asked to be patient.

Anyone who would like to register for a yard trimming roll cart should visit: https://www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/public_works/environmental_services_division/yardtrim_rollcart_registration/

Recycling carts will be collected next week.

Cooper’s Hawks Return To White Rock For Second Year

on July 11, 2018 - 7:59am
Three offspring from a pair of Cooper's hawks that have returned to their nest in White Rock for the second year. Photographer Jim Cobble said he sees the Cooper's hawks daily on his walks and as they did last year, the pair produced three offspring. Photo by Jim Cobble
 
 
When the photographer got too close to the Cooper's hawks nest, the male hawk went on the attack. Photo by Jim Cobble
 
Male Cooper's hawk guarding the nest containing his triplets. Photo by Jim Cobble

SFNF: Wildhorse Fire Update

on July 11, 2018 - 7:49am
SFNF Wildhorse Fire Update:
 
Start Date: July 8
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 7 acres
 
Location: Chama Wilderness Area of the Coyote Ranger District - Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0%
 
Fuel: ponderosa pine, pinyon, oak brush and grass
 
Weather: Cloudy and rainy
 
Situation: Minimal fire behavior. Resources pulled from fire due to incoming weather - heavy rains and lightning. Smoke is visible from Llaves, Gallina, Abiquiu from highway 112, and roads 96, 84, 8, 151, 6, 7 and 77.
 
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke impact to local communities at this time is low, however,

Rio Grande Chapter Of Sierra Club Endorses Christine Chandler For House Dist. 43

on July 11, 2018 - 7:06am
Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler
 
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
SANTA FE The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club has announced its endorsement of Christine Chandler of Los Alamos for House Dist. 43.
 
Chandler recently won the Democratic primary and will face Republican Lisa Shin of Los Alamos in the general election this November.
 
“I have been an avid outdoor enthusiast and animal lover my entire life and am committed to addressing the serious threats to our water, open spaces, and wildlife,” Chandler said.

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