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Daily Postcard: Sundog Spotted Above Bomber Field

on March 10, 2018 - 6:58am

Daily Postcard: A sundog is spotted Thursday evening above Bomber Field. A sundog is a concentrated patch of sunlight occasionally seen about 22° to the left or right of the Sun. Sundogs often form in pairs on either side of the Sun when sunlight refracts through icy clouds containing hexagonal platecrystals aligned with their large, flat faces parallel to the ground. Source: Photo by John McHale/

70th Anniversary Skiesta Saturday March 17

on March 9, 2018 - 12:06pm

Bandelier March Activities For Year Of The Bird

on March 9, 2018 - 10:38am
White-throated swift. Courtesy/NPS


This is the third month of the worldwide Year of the Bird, and the staff at Bandelier chose white-throated swifts as the bird of the month.
So far the swifts haven't returned to Frijoles Canyon, but they could show up any day! One day the sky is quiet, and the next day there are suddenly small birds whizzing around, looking for insects. Besides the swifts, there will soon be violet-green swallows also animating the canyon skies.
The theme for March is pollinator and native plants.

Friends Of Bandelier Announces Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award 2018 Recipient John Hogan

on March 9, 2018 - 9:01am
John Hogan presents a fire ecology talk to students. Courtesy/The Friends of Bandelier
John Hogan demonstrates the best technique for coring a tree. Courtesy/The Friends of Bandelier
The Friends of Bandelier

The Friends of Bandelier have chosen John Hogan as the 2018 recipient of the Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award.

The award is given annually to someone who has contributed to the health and well-being of our landscape and community.

Daily Postcard: Fiery Sunset Lights Sky

on March 9, 2018 - 8:00am

Daily Postcard: A fiery sunset lights the sky recently over Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Planned Today

on March 8, 2018 - 9:40am
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 initiate a one-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed Thursday, March 8.
With thirty five percent of the 755-acre treatment area under snow pack, the areas adjacent to the snow pack are to be treated. 
The treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and McClure Reservoirs.

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Restore And Rebuild National Parks

on March 8, 2018 - 9:39am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address the maintenance backlog at our national parks.
The National Park Restoration Act will help restore and rebuild roads, buildings, campgrounds, trails and water systems in New Mexico’s 15 national parks, improving facilities for the more than 1.7 million yearly visitors to the parks.
“From the ancient wonders in Chaco Culture National Historical

Community Weighs In On Camp May Water Pipeline

on March 8, 2018 - 7:57am

Los Alamos resident Ed Birnbaum offers his thoughts on the Camp May Water Pipeline project. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/



Los Alamos Daily Post


Will the proposed Camp May Water Pipeline project offer aid to Pajarito Ski Area  and resources to help fight wildfires or is it just the first building block for condos and other major developments on the mountain?


During a public meeting hosted by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Thursday night at UNM-LA, citizens voiced their support, questions and skepticism about what

NMED Releases Draft 2018 Strategic Plan For Kirtland Air Force Base Fuel Cleanup Project

on March 8, 2018 - 7:17am
NMED News:
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) releases its draft 2018 Strategic Plan for the Kirtland Air Force Base aviation fuel cleanup project for public comment.
The draft 2018 Strategic Plan, and Strategic Plans for 2015, 2016 and 2017, can be accessed from the NMED website here:
Written comments on the draft 2018 Strategic Plan will be accepted through April 6, 2018, and should be sent electronically to

AGU: 2017 North American Wildfire Pollution Comparable To Moderate Volcanic Eruption

on March 8, 2018 - 6:54am
Dense smoke clouds linger above Canada’s Lake Athabasca Aug. 14, 2017, around which several major fires raged. These fires burned so intensely that smoke drafted several miles high, straight into the stratosphere; an effect usually seen in moderate volcanic eruptions, rarely fires. Credit/NASA
AGU News:
Compare volcanoes to wildfires, and it’s no competition. In many cases, volcanoes are vastly more powerful, and their eruptions’ effects on climate are much more pronounced. But in August 2017, the tables turned.
The 2017 North American fire season was one of the most destructive

PEEC: Explore Swirls At Family Night March 13

on March 7, 2018 - 12:02pm
Enjoy activities about swirls in nature with Melissa Mackey at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Photo from Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
PEEC News:
Tuesday, March 13, is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
This free program allows kids to enjoy an evening of exploring swirls in nature with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring the exhibits.
Children will make marble race tracks to take home at the end of the evening.

Zinke Partners With ​Congress To Fix National Parks

on March 7, 2018 - 11:24am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke​
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke​ joined ​​U.S. ​Senator​s​ Lamar Alexander (R-TN)​ and Angus King (I-ME)​, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and ​others to introduce a bipartisan bill to rebuild ​America's National Park​s.
The proposed ​bill would​ use up to $18 billion in revenue derived from energy produced on federal lands and waters to​ establish a special fund within the Treasury specifically for “National Park Restoration”. The bill ​follows the blueprint laid out in

Daily Postcard: Delicate Sunrise

on March 7, 2018 - 7:13am

Daily Postcard: Delicate sunrise Sunday over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Heinrich Offers Online Resources To Help New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season

on March 6, 2018 - 4:31pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With wildfire season underway, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is helping New Mexicans prepare and stay safe with the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center that provides information on how to protect our communities from the devastating effects of wildfires.
The online resource center includes active wildfire information, prevention and safety tips, resources for businesses, and more.
Heinrich also released a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) to help spread the word about how to stay safe

Second Renewable Energy Festival Scheduled For Earth Day Weekend At Northern New Mexico College

on March 6, 2018 - 11:53am
NNMC News:
ESPANOLA  After a hugely successful first run, the Renewable Energy Festival returns for a second year on Earth Day weekend, April 20-21, at Northern New Mexico College in Española.
The festival kicks off Friday, April 20, with music and dance performances that celebrate Northern New Mexico’s rich heritage of respect for the environment and sustainable practices.
Saturday, April 21 features educational seminars, hands-on demonstrations and activities on a wide variety of renewable energy topics for the entire family.

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn Now March 7

on March 6, 2018 - 11:51am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Due to conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) delayed the start of the East Rowe Mesa area prescribed burn to Wednesday, March 7. 
The treatment is designed to improve wildlife habitat and promote forest health. As weather conditions permit, the East Rowe Mesa prescribed burn could continue into April.
Up to 5,000 acres of the 22,000-acre project area are expected to be treated in the East Rowe Mesa area by hand and aerial

Los Alamos Winter Farmers Market March 8, April 12

on March 6, 2018 - 11:47am
Apple goods from Montoya's farm. Courtesy photo
LAFM News:
Just a one more winter market after this week's market, which is 8 a.m. to noon. Thursday March 8 then April 12. Both are at the Fuller Lodge.
This month at market:
  • New vendor- Goat Cheese, Feta, Cheve, Goat Milk, Keifer
  • Montoya's - Apples, dried apples, Cider, Snowcones, Roasted Green Chile,
  • Jams & Jellies, Tortillas.
  • Rodriguez Farm- Chico's Chile, Pinto Beans, Bean mixes.
  • Ranch de Iris- Chile pods, Winter squash, Organic seeds, Starts
  • Eremita Campos- Jams, Jellies, syrups, weavings and beets.
  • Shure Bakery- Quiches, Rolls,

Kirtland Fire Contained, Crews Mopping Up

on March 6, 2018 - 11:42am
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE  The fire on an eastern range in a remote area of the base has been contained and is under control.
The fire is no longer burning, but crews remain on the scene to monitor potential hotspots to ensure they don’t reignite.
Firefighters were busy clearing brush and assessing the area Monday. The area affected was assessed via aerial surveillance at about 100 acres. 
Fire crews were assisted overnight by winds turning in a favorable direction, helping to contain the fire.
The fire began Sunday just before 4 p.m.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Sunday Over White Rock

on March 6, 2018 - 7:02am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Sunday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

This Week At Pajarito

on March 5, 2018 - 2:45pm

Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.

Current Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.

Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
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.

Fire Officials Report Status Of Fire On Kirtland

on March 5, 2018 - 2:28pm
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE  Officials have assessed the status of the brush fire burning in a remote area in the eastern training ranges.
Overnight winds turned in a favorable direction, helping to contain the fire. Firefighters were then able to address the fire from the west.
Current estimate is less than 200 acres.
Crews will be augmented today by the U.S. Forest Service, including helicopter support. A well water source is located near the fire’s main staging point.
The fire began just before 4 p.m. Sunday.
No injuries have been reported and no structures

Events Planned At New Mexico Historic Sites

on March 5, 2018 - 7:39am
NMHS News:
SANTA FE ― New Mexico Historic Sites will host the following series of public events this spring:
Saturday, March 24 ... 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • New Mexico Art Auction
  • Coronado Historic Site
All cultures art auction of old and new pottery, furniture, glass, paintings, textiles, toys, musical instruments, sculptures and much more. All profits go to support Kuaua Pueblo at Coronado Historic Site. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, the event will start with a preview of auction items between 9 a.m. and noon. The auction begins at 1 p.m. at the Prairie Star, 288

Rock Formations In Pueblo Canyon

on March 5, 2018 - 7:25am

The guardians of Pueblo Canyon stand tall in the Sunday morning sunshine. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Unusual rock formations in Pueblo Canyon almost look man-made. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

New Mexico True blue sky Sunday morning in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Colorful Clouds Form Over Los Alamos

on March 4, 2018 - 11:23am

Colorful clouds form over Los Alamos Tuesday looking west from East Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NM Delegation Welcomes Interior Department Decision To Cancel Oil And Gas Lease Sale In Chaco Region

on March 4, 2018 - 9:20am

News from the Offices of U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham responded to news Friday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will cancel a planned oil and gas lease sale in the Greater Chaco region.

More than 450 protests were filed over the planned March 8 sale, and after hearing from the delegation and many other New Mexicans, Zinke has agreed to halt the sale and return to a joint planning