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Winter Storm Warning For San Juan Mountains

on February 21, 2018 - 4:49pm

NWS News Alert:

Weather Advisory: Winter Storm Warning until 5 PM Thursday in the Far Northwest Highlands and San Juan Mountains.

A WINTER STORM TO IMPACT NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY... .A vigorous Pacific storm system will eject northeastward across the Four Corners and north central New Mexico tonight and Thursday.

Westerly upslope flow with this storm system will bring a few to over 12 inches of snow to portions of north central and northwest New Mexico tonight through Thursday. ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THURSDAY...

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Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Feb. 26

on February 21, 2018 - 3:33pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. Possibly starting Monday, Feb. 26.  
 
The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and McClure Reservoirs.
 
Impacts from the hand and aerial ignitions are expected to be minimal due to this being a second entry prescribed burn into this particular

Santa Fe National Forest Hiring Vets For Fire Duty

on February 21, 2018 - 6:34am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest seeks to hire five Veterans to form a crew in support of wildland fire operations for three or more months beginning in May.
 
Duty location is the Pecos District Ranger Office in Pecos, and work will primarily be in support of the hazardous fuels program. VIWF crew members will earn Federal Civil Service pay and benefits at the GS-3 pay grade, and receive crew housing if needed.
 
The Santa Fe National Forest’s Veterans in Wildland Fire (VIWF) – Hazardous Fuels Program 2018 is an opportunity for

Daily Postcard: Deer Grazes On Walnut Street

on February 21, 2018 - 5:35am

Daily Postcard: Deer grazing Saturday near a residence on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

NNSA: Lisa Gordon-Hagerty Confirmed As DOE Under Secretary

on February 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
 
Once she is sworn in to the position, Gordon-Hagerty will be responsible for the management and operation of NNSA, in support of Secretary Perry and President Trump’s nuclear security agenda.
 
“We are excited to welcome Lisa to the DOE team following her confirmation,” Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said.

Utility Tree Trimming In Western Area

on February 20, 2018 - 3:17pm

COUNTY News:

Starting this week Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will begin trimming trees from around power lines in the Western Area neighborhood of Los Alamos. 

Crews will start on Trinity Drive, Fairway and Sandia, working through the Western Area.

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines.

Trimming trees coupled with an aggressive operation and maintenance program supports the

Sipapu Gets 10 Inches Of Powder With More Coming

on February 20, 2018 - 1:00pm
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos, received 10 inches of fresh powder overnight with additional snow in the forecast this week.
 
Again, Sipapu leads the state for the second time in five days with the most fresh snowfall in the past 24 hours!
 
Sipapu is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 22 trails, two terrain parks, and four lifts turning.
 
 
On Feb. 24, Sipapu and the Santa Fe Ski Team invite skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers of all ages and abilities to participate in the

Public Meeting: Camp May Water Pipeline March 1

on February 20, 2018 - 10:51am

Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Officials with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities invite interested persons and organizations to a public meeting on the proposed Camp May Water Pipeline project as part of the environmental assessment process.

The meeting is 6 p.m. March 1 in Room 230, Building 2, at UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University in Los Alamos.

Representatives from Los Alamos County will explain the project and answer questions.

Designed to extend potable water service to the facilities at the Pajarito Mountain Ski area, the project will provide sufficient water for recreational snow

LANL Researchers Discover Novel Exciton Interactions In Carbon Nanotubes

on February 20, 2018 - 10:28am

Stephen Doorn, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on an instrument used for spectroscopic characterization of carbon nanotubes. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • In the study, a collaborative research team showed that Raman spectroscopy (a form of light scattering) can provide more extensive characterization of intertube excitons.

Nanotechnology researchers studying small bundles of carbon nanotubes have discovered an optical signature showing excitons bound to a single nanotube are accompanied by excitons tunneling across closely interacting nanotubes.

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 20

on February 20, 2018 - 10:20am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The warm weather last week opened up more fishing locations for anglers in Northern New Mexico.
 
Many lakes that had been closed to fishing because of unsafe ice conditions now have open water that allows for bank fishing and it has been good.
 
Hopefully, anglers called ahead and took advantage of these conditions, which are unusual for February. During this time of year, the fishing is often better during the middle of day when the sun has warmed the water a little bit.

Daily Postcard: Evening Clouds Color Los Alamos Sky

on February 20, 2018 - 5:23am

Daily Postcard: Clouds color the sky Sunday evening over Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Caution: Roads Getting Slick In Los Alamos Area

on February 19, 2018 - 4:29pm

Caution: Roads are getting slick throughout Los Alamos due to today's rain and hail including this intersection at 4 p.m. today with the temperature at 32 degrees and dropping at Diamond Drive and Canyon Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

70th Annual Skiesta At Pajarito March 17

on February 19, 2018 - 3:17pm
Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

March 17 at Pajarito will be the 70th Annual Skiesta.

Skiesta is a long-standing tradition at Pajarito Mountain.  The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch.

Since it’s very humble beginnings, Skiesta has been a wacky spring event that celebrates the unique mountain culture of Los Alamos and the wonderful sport of skiing (all types—snowboarding included!).

This year there will be beer from six New Mexico Craft Breweries, a costume contest,

Celebrate How Presidents Shaped National Parks

on February 19, 2018 - 9:08am

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is on a small island in the Potomac River. Congress approved funds in 1960 and the memorial was dedicated Oct. 27, 1967. Courtesy/NPF

National Park Foundation:

As we observe Presidents Day, the National Park Foundation remembers the leaders who helped shape the nation’s public lands.

The lessons of conservation and protection passed down by these trailblazing Presidents have given us the beautiful parks that we know and love.

For example, President Lincoln set aside a large section of the Yosemite Valley for public use – the first time that had ever been

PEEC: Analemma Dilemma And Phantoms Of The Universe At Los Alamos Nature Center This Weekend

on February 19, 2018 - 8:55am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Akkana Peck and David North will share why noon isn't really noon, why the solstice and the earliest sunset are on different days, and other anomalies of Earth's orbit at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Peck and North will investigate how anomalies of the Earth’s orbit affects life on Earth (and on other planets). They are enthusiastic lunar observers.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Unveils Blanket Of Clouds

on February 19, 2018 - 7:43am
Sundays sunrise unveils a blanket of low clouds settled over the valley. Photo by Marc Bailey

SFNF: President’s Day Holiday Closure, Feb. 19

on February 18, 2018 - 9:58am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of President’s Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Feb. 20.
 
In honor of President’s Day, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Feb. 19.
 
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System. Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed for the winter,

President’s $1 Billion Budget Proposal For BLM Supports Access To Public Lands For Multiple Uses

on February 18, 2018 - 6:57am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In keeping with the Administration’s goal of securing America’s energy dominance, President Trump has proposed a $1 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Bureau of Land Management that will provide resources to promote energy development on public lands while expanding access to recreation and conservation areas.
 
The President’s proposal provides resources to support the Administration’s goals and meets the BLM’s multiple-use and sustained yield mission in other areas.

NMED Accepting Grant Applications For Scrap Tire, Illegal Dumping, And Recycling

on February 18, 2018 - 6:44am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is now accepting applications for 2018-2019 Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Fund grants for scrap tire management, illegal dumping abatement, and recycling projects.
 
Municipalities, counties, solid waste authorities, cooperative associations (as defined in the RAID Act), land grant communities, pueblos, tribes, and nations are eligible for funds totaling $900,000. Two-thirds of the fund is available for scrap tire projects, and one-third is available for other projects.

Daily Postcard: Canyon Rim Trail

on February 18, 2018 - 6:44am

Daily Postcard: A scene during a Feb. 10 hike along the Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com

Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on February 17, 2018 - 5:08pm

NNSA News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to install a permanent fire break across the canyon bottom, which includes approximately 300 feet of the 100-year floodplain.
 
The proposed work will occur in Portrillo Canyon in Technical Area (TA) 36. The purpose of this work is to further reduce wildfire risk in upper Potrillo Canyon from the Lower Slobbovia firing site operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental

NMED Secretary Tongate And AG Balderas On Lawsuits Against Gold King Mine Contractor Ruling

on February 17, 2018 - 7:43am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Wednesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Butch Tongate released a joint statement regarding a federal judge’s ruling that lawsuits filed by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor will proceed:
 
“We are pleased that our lawsuit against EPA's contractor, Environmental Restoration LLC, will proceed, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navajo Nation to recoup the damages done to our environment, cultural sites, and our economy.”

Daily Postcard: Sunset Spotted From Smith's

on February 17, 2018 - 5:51am

Daily Postcard: Sunset spotted Sunday from the Smith's Marketplace parking lot. Photo by Delbert Romero

Nature Center Talk: Photographing Wildfires Feb. 20

on February 16, 2018 - 10:11am
Wildland firefighter silhouetted by flames. Photo by Kristen Honig
 
PEEC News:
 
Kristen Honig will discuss her observations, show her photographs, and present a brief, behind the scenes look at what it is like to be a wildfire photographer at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Honig's wildfire photos have been recognized by National Geographic and featured in magazines and publications, including Popular Science, Outside Magazine, High Country News, Wildland Firefighter Magazine, Fire Management Today and in the novel On the Burning Edge.
 
This special

Daily Postcard: Steller’s Jay Feeding In Snow

on February 16, 2018 - 9:06am

Daily Postcard: Steller’s jay feeding in the snow Thursday morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Steller’s jay feeding in the snow Thursday morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Steller’s jay feeding in the snow Thursday morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

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