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Udall Named To House-Senate Conference Committee To Finalize Interior And Environment Funding

on September 18, 2018 - 9:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, has been named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies.
 
The conference committee includes leaders of four House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees and

Mountain Elementary 6th Graders Join PEEC And Bandelier Educators For Bird Banding Training

on September 18, 2018 - 8:40am

Mountain Elementary School 6th graders traveled Friday to Alamo Boundary Trail for bird banding training. Educators from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Bandelier showed students how to spot and identify birds as well as how to safely catch, study, band and release them. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Denise Matthews, PEEC Play-based Education Specialist greeted students and led a bird watching hike. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Students shared binoculars and learned to spot birds. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Mountain Elementary

Celebrate National Public Lands Day At Bandelier

on September 18, 2018 - 8:30am
Volunteers will gather Sept. 29 to help remove this invasive plant species called Mullein growing at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day is generally billed as the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
 
On this day, thousands of people do volunteer work such as trail maintenance and litter pickup, while others make a special point of taking the day to enjoy the public lands that belong to everyone. To celebrate this special day, many federal lands, and some state parks as well, offer free admission.
 

LANL Scientist Jonathan Dowell Discusses Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detector During Science On Tap

on September 18, 2018 - 7:15am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jonathan Dowell presented the talk, ‘Simple sophistication: Detecting radiation one beam at a time’ Monday evening at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Like its namesake, the lighthouse directional radiation detector is all about maintaining a safe distance from harm. Whether the goal is confirming absence of radioactive materials or tracking them, the latest engineering innovation by Dowell and his colleagues brings a radiation-detection tool with immense potential to keep workers and the public safe.

Daily Postcard: Dragonfly Emerges From Larva

on September 18, 2018 - 5:35am

Daily Postcard: A dragonfly is spotted recently emerging from larva in Los Alamos. There are three stages in the life-cycle of all dragonflies: the egg hatches into the larva, which moults up to 15 times before emerging as an adult. Unlike most other insects, there is no pupal stage and the transition from larva to adult is known as incomplete metamorphosis. Source: british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/biology-ecology. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Ski Club 75th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 26

on September 17, 2018 - 6:26am
SKI News:
 
After 75 years, the Los Alamos Ski Club continues to bring the ski community and the Mountain together to benefit Los Alamos. In celebration, the Ski Club is hosting an Anniversary Celebration Weekend Oct. 26 with a dinner at Pajarito Lodge that includes speakers and volunteer recognition.
 
The $40 ticket price includes a thumb drive of historical photos, a logo glass as well as dinner catered by the Pajarito Cafe and drinks. Milt Gillespie will deliver the keynote address. Come lift a glass and celebrate this amazing history.
 
In 1943 a group of Manhattan Project scientists

Balderas On EPA Rollback Of Methane Emission Regs

on September 17, 2018 - 6:16am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
Attorney General Hector Balderas issued this statement Sept. 11, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s dangerous plan to roll back methane regulations:
 
“By rolling back critical methane waste regulations, President Trump’s EPA continues to put industry profits before New Mexican families’ safety and our environment.
 
“Wasting New Mexico’s natural resources not only harms our families, but jeopardizes our precious environment, so I will continue to fight these harmful acts with every tool

Daily Postcard: Morning Hike On Guaje Canyon Trail

on September 17, 2018 - 6:04am

Daily Postcard: The Guaje Canyon Trail Sunday morning during a hike. The trail is 11.2 miles long. It begins at Upper Guaje Road and ends at Camp May. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Announces Strong Funding For NM Priorities In Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

on September 16, 2018 - 6:13am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced major wins for New Mexico in the Energy and Water appropriations bill, which was part of the minibus funding package that passed the House Thursday.
 
“This funding package makes significant investments in New Mexico, providing key federal resources for our local infrastructure, science and innovation initiatives, and clean energy programs.
 
“One of my priorities has long been to ensure local communities are made whole for the work they have completed with the Army

Lightning Sparks Bales Fire On Cuba Ranger District

on September 16, 2018 - 4:24am

SFNF News:

Lightning has sparked the Bales Fire on the Cuba Ranger District og the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Start Date: Smoke reported Sept. 14
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 14 acres
  • Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Fuels: Mixed conifer, dead and down
  • Weather: Partly cloudy, winds out of southwest 5-10 mph
  • Resources: 50 personnel

Situation: The Bales Fire is in the Bales Canyon area along Forest Road 534 approximately two and one half miles southwest of the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Daily Postcard: Fawn Spotted On 46th Street

on September 16, 2018 - 4:23am

Daily Postcard: A fawn spotted Friday on 46th Street. Photo by Sharon Snyder

AGU: U.S. Wildfire Smoke Deaths May Double By 2100

on September 15, 2018 - 7:48am
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in 2012. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
 
This image, captured by the NOAA-20 satellite’s VIIRS instrument Aug. 19, 2018, shows thick plumes of smoke over British Columbia. Courtesy/NOAA
 
Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research.
 
A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human

State Weather Outlook: Sept. 15

on September 15, 2018 - 6:35am
The National Weather Service reports today's high near 80 with sunny skies and tonight's low around 57. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Autumn Tints Downtown Los Alamos

on September 15, 2018 - 6:23am

Daily Postcard: Signs of fall tint the trees lining Bathtub Row in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scenes From Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday

on September 14, 2018 - 5:12pm
It's all about fall at the Los Alamos Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot on Central Avenue. The local market opened in 1970 to provide the community with fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods and goods and to support local growers and producers. The market opens 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Thursday. For more information, email Manager Cindy Talamontes at talacook@windstream.net or call 505.929.6579. Follow the market on Facebook. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Roasting chiles. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
It's apple season!

Fall Is Tarantula Time At Bandelier

on September 14, 2018 - 5:05pm
Female tarantula. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Around here, in Bandelier National Monument and many other parts of New Mexico, everyone starts noticing tarantulas about this time of year. 
 
Autumn is the time when males mature and start out on their quest to find a mate. This exposes them to many dangers, from hawks and skunks, which want to eat them, to fast-moving cars, to people who just find them creepy and may think they should be squashed.
 
Tarantulas have been around for more than 16 million years, and comprise more than 900 species found across the world.

Opera On The Rocks At Bandelier Saturday

on September 14, 2018 - 4:25pm
OPERA News:
 
For the seventh year, the Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Atomic City Transit, and Bandelier National Monument will be presenting "Opera on the Rocks" at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. This year it will be the evening of Saturday, Sept. 15.
 
The performance this year includes a concert staging of scenes from several popular operas. The New Mexico Performing Arts Society will present selections from Gounod’s Faust, Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Johann Strauss, Jr.

Ninety-nine Days Until Ski Season At Pajarito Mountain!

on September 14, 2018 - 7:28am
Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
Ski season is right around the corner! Today marks 99 days until the kickoff of the ski season for Pajarito Mountain, which will open for the 2018/19 season Friday, Dec. 21.
 
El Niño is forecast for the 2018/19 season, which means more powder days at Pajarito! The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting El Niño conditions for this winter, which tend to produce a greater than average snowfall across the southern Rockies, benefiting New Mexico.

"Everyone at Pajarito is excited for ski season to begin," Pajarito

Bandelier Welcomes September Artist In Residence

on September 14, 2018 - 3:05am
Bandelier September Artist in Residence Thomas Perry. Courtesy/NPS photo
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier National Monument welcomes the first Artist in Residence of the 2018 season Thomas Perry.
 
Perry is from Houston, Texas, where he lives with his artist-author-poet wife, Carolyn Dahl. He is a ceramic artist who emphasizes the rich history of vessels that are used in a variety of cultures. Beginning with white clay, Perry often mixes colorants into the clay, then slices and carves to expose variegated patterns that resemble rock cores and earth layers.

Meet Perry Sundays Sept.

County: Advanced Metering Coming To Los Alamos

on September 14, 2018 - 2:29am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will seek approval from the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to award a contract for the purchase and installation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for all of Los Alamos County.

AMI is a method of using communication technology to read meters remotely without having to physically access the meters on customers’ properties.

DPU will take the contract to the BPU 5:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave. The contract will subsequently go to the Los Alamos County Council for approval.

Upon approval,

Daily Postcard: Great Horned Owl On Barranca Mesa

on September 14, 2018 - 2:19am

Daily Postcard: Click here to watch a great horned owl spotted Thursday morning perched on top of a fir tree on Barranca Mesa. Video by Beverly Henshaw Leasure

Learn How Known Universe Has Grown Over Time

on September 13, 2018 - 9:03am

Dave North and Akkana Peck at 7 p.m. Friday to learn about how the ‘Known Universe’ has grown over time thanks to breakthroughs in astronomy. This is the first in a series of planetarium talks at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Go back in time this Friday evening to learn about how perceptions of reality have grown over time through breakthroughs in astronomy.

Dave North and Akkana Peck are giving the first in a series of planetarium talks that will explore how the “Known Universe” has increased in size over time.

International Space Station Captures Hurricane Florence

on September 13, 2018 - 7:50am

Hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018, viewed from the International Space Station, (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton, WildEarthLight.com)

Hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018 viewed from the International Space Station (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton, WildEarthLight.com)

Eye of hurricane Florence on the morning of Sept. 12, 2018, viewed from the International Space Station (ISS/NASA photo, prep. by David Ponton, WildEarthLight.com)

Toasty Weather Thursday Across New Mexico

on September 13, 2018 - 7:40am

Today's high near 81. Sunny. Tonight's low around 55. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Signs Of Autumn Spotted In White Rock

on September 13, 2018 - 7:24am

Daily Postcard: Signs of autumn spotted during a walk Wednesday morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

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