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International Space Station Passes Over Los Alamos

on May 23, 2018 - 7:36am
A 15 second exposure of the International Space Station passing over Los Alamos just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Information about viewing the ISS can be found at https://spotthestation.nasa.gov. Photo by Marc Bailey

AG Balderas Files Counterclaims And Answers in Texas v. New Mexico Water Lawsuit

on May 23, 2018 - 7:28am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General:

  • Balderas Now Executing His New Strategy After Last King Action Has Been Heard by the Supreme Court

LAS CRUCES – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he’s filed counterclaims and answers to Texas and the U.S. government in the Texas v. New Mexico water lawsuit making it clear that New Mexico’s traditionally underrepresented populations have been taken advantage of for decades by the parties.

Balderas, raised in rural New Mexico, understands that this case is about protecting working

Chick Keller Discusses Story Of Longitude Friday

on May 23, 2018 - 6:48am

Chick Keller will discuss the story behind how ships’ longitudes were first determined at sea at 7 p.m. Friday in the nature center planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join Chick Keller to discover the fascinating story behind how the longitude of ships at sea was first determined. This planetarium show is 7 p.m. Friday, May 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

After several British ships crashed on reefs, a prize was offered for a method of determining longitude. This required extremely accurate clocks.

Daily Postcard: Peculiar Clouds Over Los Alamos

on May 23, 2018 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: Peculiar clouds appear in the sky Monday above Los Alamos. Photo by Elena E. Giorgi

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Speaks At Nature Center

on May 22, 2018 - 5:21pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján discusses environmental issues with local officials and community members gathered Sunday afternoon for a special meeting at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Valley Daily Post Publisher Eric Vazquez and his wife Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, who is running for State Land Commissioner, listen at a gathering Sunday at the nature center as U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján discusses environmental issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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NMED: Air Quality Bureau Regulatory And SIP Bulletin

on May 22, 2018 - 8:55am
NMED News:
 
Pursuant to the federal Data Requirements Rule for the 2010 1-hour Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) to submit an annual report regarding the SO2 emissions from the San Juan Generating Station.
 
The draft SO2 Emissions Annual Report for the San Juan Generating Station is available for public comment and can be found at https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/proposed-regs/.
 
Hard copies of this report are available at various offices in Santa

Daily Postcard: Mariposa Lilies In Bloom At Bandelier

on May 22, 2018 - 8:16am

Daily Postcard: An abundance of colorful wildflowers such as this mariposa lily inhabit the montane grasslands and meadows of Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Rainstorm Topples Tree This Afternoon In White Rock

on May 21, 2018 - 10:44pm

This beautiful Purple Robe Locust Tree was standing in a back yard this morning in White Rock covered with more than a hundred beautiful blooms ... a rainstorm this afternoon toppled the tree. Photo by Jeannie Heacock

Hallelujah Rain Is Falling In Los Alamos!

on May 21, 2018 - 4:03pm

Rain has finally started to fall this afternoon in downtown Los Alamos and surrounding areas. The National Weather Service predicts showers and thunderstorms likely to continue on and off until midnight, with new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half  an inch possible. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: White Irises On North Mesa

on May 21, 2018 - 6:27am

Daily Postcard: White Irises spotted blooming Saturday in North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Los Alamos Mountaineers Talk: Explore Unusual Discovery Of Edgewood Cavern Tuesday Evening

on May 20, 2018 - 7:31am

John T.M. Lyles discusses the unusual discovery of Edgewood Cavern Tuesday at Nature Center. Photo by John Lyles

LA MOUNTAINERS News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host John T.M. Lyles discussing the unusual discovery of Edgewood Cavern, Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Lyles’ presentation follows the regular Mountaineer’s meeting at 7 p.m., which takes about 15 minutes and will cover information about upcoming outings.

In 1970, a new geologic discovery was made in Edgewood when a water-well driller hit a void and dropped his drill bit.

Guided Walking Tour Of Jemez Springs Sites May 28

on May 20, 2018 - 6:59am
JEMEZ SPRINGS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Monday, May 28, visitors to Jemez Springs will be able to immerse themselves into the Village’s history through a guided walking tour, presented by the Friends of the Jemez Springs Public Library.
 
A limited 40 tickets will be sold for the walking tour, with proceeds benefiting the Friends group.
 
“Jemez Springs is rich in its history, culture and multi layered stories,” said Suzanne Swetnam, president of the Friends of Jemez Springs Public Library. “The historic buildings that still stand in Jemez Springs have many stories to tell.

Daily Postcard: Wild Iris Blooming In Quemazon

on May 20, 2018 - 6:51am

Wild Iris spotted bloomimg Saturday in a garden in Quemazon. The Wild Iris is a perennial that grows up to 3 feet tall and has long, narrow leaves that wrap around the stem. Its flowers are large at about 4 inches across and blue to purple. Photo by Nina Thayer

County Offers Employees Choice To Bike To Work

on May 19, 2018 - 5:13pm

County Fleet Manager Pete Mondragon, left, and Deputy Public Works Director Jon Bulthuis stand beside two of the new County government bicycles Friday during the Bike to Work event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A number of County employees took part in the Bike to Work event Friday, from left, County Fleet Manager Pete Mondragon, Deputy Public Works Director Jon Bulthuis, Senior Engineer Desirae Lujan, Fleet Mechanic John Roberts, Office Manager Louise Romero, Senior Recreation Leader Brandan Tuning, Recreation Leader Eric Hill and EMS Chief Ben Stone.

‘Know Before You Go’ Into Wilderness Areas

on May 19, 2018 - 5:54am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) officials urge the public to be prepared and operate safely in wilderness areas.

“Almost every year there are people that require rescue because they weren’t prepared before entering into wilderness areas,” said Diane Prather, Santa Fe National Forest staff officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator. “Individuals were rescued Saturday in a wilderness area because they were lost.  Proper preparation can help hikers avoid the situation and not put rescuers at risk.”

Wilderness areas are managed by the USDA Forest Service to provide

Local Expert Chick Keller Leads Wildflower Walk

on May 18, 2018 - 7:58am

Wildflower expert Chick Keller is leading a wildflower walk for PEEC at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21. Attendees will meet at the nature center and carpool to the trailhead. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller is leading his second Wildflower Walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21.

These monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time.

Daily Postcard: Yellow Irises At Ashley Pond Park

on May 18, 2018 - 6:13am
Daily Postcard: Yellow irises are blooming this week at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Ann Marie Thomas

AGU: Triennial Earth-Sun Summit – Onsite Information; Potentially Newsworthy Presentations

on May 17, 2018 - 3:20pm
A solar prominence captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in August 2012. Courtesy NASA/SDO/AIA/Goddard Space Flight Center
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union’s Space Physics and Aeronomy Section (AGU/SPA) and the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) will meet next week for the second Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS), which runs 20-24 May 2018 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spain Leesburg, Virginia.
 
Included in this advisory:
  1. About the meeting and scientific program
  2. Press registration
  3. Press room and hotel information
  4. Potentially

PEEC: Enjoy A Community Picnic At Los Luceros Historic Site May 20

on May 17, 2018 - 8:55am
 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Los Alamos Nature Center, New Mexico Historic Sites and the Amigos de Los Luceros for a community picnic and activities at the beautiful Los Luceros Historic Site. This free event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 20.
 
Families can arrive at Los Luceros anytime after 11 a.m. to enjoy their lunch and explore the property. Families also can participate in a variety of activities, a bird walk and tour of the beautiful site.
 
This event is the second in the Culture and Nature series that the Los Alamos Nature Center is partnering on.

AGU: Sounds Of Melting Glaciers Could Reveal Shrinkage Speed

on May 16, 2018 - 4:12pm
This recording captures 30 seconds of underwater sound produced by the melting of Hans Glacier in Hornsund fjord, pictured here. Recordings can be heard here. Courtesy/Oskar Glowacki
 
This recording captures thirty seconds of underwater sound produced by an iceberg in close proximity to the underwater microphone. Recordings can be heard here. Courtesy/Oskar Glowacki
 
AGU News:
 
Scientists could potentially use the racket made by melting glaciers to estimate how fast they are disappearing, according to a new study of audio recordings captured in the waters of an Arctic fjord.
 
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Weekly Fishing Report: May 16

on May 16, 2018 - 10:47am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The State Game and Fish Department continued to stock more bigger-than-average rainbow trout last week in selected waters around Northern New Mexico. Because streamflows remain very low for this time of year and the water temperatures in lakes are at an optimum point for both trout and warmwater species, now is a great time to go fishing.
 
Lots of nice trout and increasing numbers of bass and walleye are being landed by anglers.
 
The fishing for smallmouth bass at Abiquiu Lake was good and the bass are cruising in shallow

Environment New Mexico Is Working In Los Alamos And Elsewhere To Take On Waste That’s Killing Wildlife

on May 16, 2018 - 10:46am
ENM News:
 
Environment New Mexico is deploying dozens of door-knockers this summer, including in Los Alamos, to help educate New Mexicans about the plastic waste that is killing our wildlife.
 
“Nothing that we use for a couple of minutes should pollute our waterways for centuries,” said Sanders Moore, director of Environment New Mexico.
 
Polystyrene -- the stuff we call styrofoam -- is one of the worst kinds of plastic waste, often used for cups and food containers. Americans throw away an estimated 70 million polystyrene cups every day.

Explore Ancient Astronomical Myths And Discoveries With Paul Arendt At Los Alamos Nature Center

on May 16, 2018 - 9:40am

Paul Arendt presents a talk Friday in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Paul Arendt to discover ancient ideas and myths that early cultures created to explain the patterns and behaviors of the sky. This planetarium show is 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Arendt also will examine how Babylonian and Greek astronomers determined specific properties of the Earth, Moon and Solar System. He will explain astronomical theories that originated in the Western World up to the time of Newton.

Arendt has a Ph.D.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Casts Golden Glow Over LAHS

on May 16, 2018 - 7:35am

Daily Postcard: The setting sun casts a golden glow across the sky Monday evening above Los Alamos High School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Luceros Historic Site Open Third Sunday Of Month Through Fall

on May 15, 2018 - 3:37pm
View of the Rio Grande from Los Luceros historic property. Photo by Gene Peach
 
NMDCA News:
 
ALCALDE From ancient pueblo settlements to Spanish colonial haciendas, Los Luceros Historic Property has provided a bountiful life for people through the centuries.
 
This summer, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ Historic Sites division invites you and your family to enjoy the Los Luceros Historic property.
 
“New Mexican’s are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the Río Grande or under the shade of the historic apple orchard,’ Patrick Moore, Director of New

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