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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

Nature Center Talk: Jean Dewart On Pacific Crest Trail

on March 4, 2018 - 7:28am
Jean Dewart on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Jean Dewart will share her story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, where she covered 235-miles in Oregon.
Regardless of all the difficulties in this endeavor, Jean spent six months training with multiple experimental loads in her backpack, pouring over route maps, and planning resupply positions. Not only will her presentation cover the stories of the trail, but Jean will also share how to prepare for such a hike.
Jean is a Los Alamos hiker,

Weekly Fishing Report: March 4

on March 4, 2018 - 7:24am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
Despite the cold temperatures that New Mexico had last week, most lakes did not refreeze and have open water for bank fishing. The exception is Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton. It iced over and is closed to fishing.
If the weather warms up this week as it is forecast to do, the ice may melt and Lake Maloya will once again have open water for bank fishing. Call ahead to 575.445.5607 to check on conditions.
The snowstorms last week helped a little bit to increase the snowpack.

Daily Postcard: Full Moon Sets Over Pajarito Mountain

on March 4, 2018 - 6:47am

Daily Postcard: Full moon setting Friday over Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Marc Bailey

Sickly Coyote Survives Winter Appearing Healthier

on March 3, 2018 - 1:02pm

This coyote spotted today along the edge of Pueblo Canyon survived the mild winter and appears much healthier than in December when she was severely underweight and missing most of her fur. Chairman James Robinson of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation has been keeping an eye on her and under the right circumstances intends to entice her to eat a pill to cure her mange. He recently imbedded a pill in a chicken breast and said she was sniffing it and likely about to devour it when two ravens swooped down and snatched it away from her. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Happy World Wildlife Day Los Alamos!

on March 3, 2018 - 7:09am

Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation Chairman James Robinson with photos of Blue Beary, discovered weighing just 6 lbs., and with a severely broken arm. She was operated on and healed by wildlife rehabilitator Dr. Kathleen Ramsey and released back into the wild in late 2017. Courtesy photo
Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation

We here in Los Alamos are so lucky to live in a town that has such a close connection to the amazing abundance of wildlife New Mexico has to offer

One of the greatest opportunities I have had is to be a champion and advocate for the

Daily Postcard: Afternoon In Rendija Canyon

on March 3, 2018 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: Caves spotted Friday afternoon in Rendija Canyon. Photo by Scott Rygh

Los Alamos Ski Team Competes At Crested Butte

on March 2, 2018 - 11:40am

Los Alamos Ski Racing Team coached by Lisa Kimura competes at Crested Butte in Prater Cup Qualifying Super G, GS and Slalom races. Speed racers Chris Schembri and Aidan Ortiz run against 140 of U14 boys in the Rocky Mountain Division. Photo by RMOrtiz

Photo by RMOrtiz

Photo by RMOrtiz

Photo by RMOrtiz

SFNF Seeks Volunteers To Improve National Forest

on March 2, 2018 - 9:51am
Santa Fe National Forest seeks volunteers for projects from trail maintenance to data collection. Photo by Ross Hardage/SFNF
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Spring is near, which means it’s time for volunteers to plan for support of projects with Forest Staff on the Santa Fe National Forest. 
From trail maintenance to data collection, volunteers provide an invaluable service to summer recreation, and to forest health and sustainability.
The opportunities include:
  • Volunteer Wilderness Rangers for the Pecos/Chama River/San Pedro Parks Wildernesses - one weekend a month during the warm

United Church Hosts Silent, Live Auctions Sunday

on March 2, 2018 - 8:49am
Photo by Katherine Elton
UCLA News:
This Sunday, local adults and youth hope you will head over to the United Church of Los Alamos and join them, along with members the Unitarian Universalist Church, for a silent and live auction. The auctions are an attempt to raise funds for the teams to build homes during spring break.
This year the team will build two single homes and one double. The builds will be the new homes for three families ranging in size from three to 10 members. A silent auction is 2-3 p.m.

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn March 6

on March 2, 2018 - 8:42am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable 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) expect to begin a prescribed burn Tuesday, March 6 in the East Rowe Mesa area 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 ignitions.

Daily Postcard: Full Moon Above Truchas Peak

on March 2, 2018 - 7:26am
Daily Postcard: A full moon rises Thursday night above Truchas Peak, which at 13,100' is the second highest peak in New Mexico behind Wheeler Peak at 13,159'. Truchas Peak is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains 26 miles northeast of Santa Fe. Source: Photo by Marc Bailey

AGU: New Model Suggests Moon Formed Inside Vaporized Earth

on March 1, 2018 - 11:40am
This sequence shows the early Moon emerging as Earth’s synestia shrinks. They are based on a NASA artistic rendering of a protoplanetary disk, which is being used to represent a synestia. Courtesy Sarah Stewart
Communications Manager at UC Davis
A new explanation for the Moon’s origin has it forming inside the Earth when our planet was a seething, spinning cloud of vaporized rock, called a synestia.

Forecast Pushes Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Into Next Week

on March 1, 2018 - 7:19am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) anticipate favorable conditions by the middle of next week to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. 
Fire managers anticipated starting the prescribed burn Friday until the latest weather forecast prompted the decision to delay. 
Conditions such as fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts, collectively play a part in the decision.
The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and

Daily Postcard: Black Mesa

on March 1, 2018 - 6:14am

Daily Postcard: View of the Black Mesa from Deer Trap Trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

PEEC Planetarium Pushes For The WOW!

on February 28, 2018 - 7:43am


PEEC astronomers, from left, Galen Gisler, Chick Keller, Paul Arendt and Rick Wallace check out the capabilities of a projector in Bremerton, Wash., that they are asking the community to help them purchase for the Planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Since the opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center in April 2015, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has strived to give people a wow experience in the planetarium.

PCA: Pajarito Mountain Land Transfer Concerns Are Easy To Resolve

on February 28, 2018 - 7:14am
Pajarito Conservation Alliance News:

As many citizens are aware, the complete ownership of Pajarito Mountain is planned for transfer to a private company, Pajarito Recreation, LLC (PRLLC).
This has been controversial due to concerns about public access for non-skiing activities and natural resource conservation, which we have previously expressed ourselves.

We emphasize that PCA strongly supports all the uses of the mountain, including specifically downhill skiing and mountain biking as well as hiking, running, cross-country skiing, etc.

Daily Postcard: Dramatic Cloud Formation

on February 28, 2018 - 6:03am

Daily Postcard: A dramatic cloud formation is spotted near sunset Tuesday over the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Omega Peace Institute Demolition Underway

on February 27, 2018 - 2:43pm

The demolition of the Omega Peace Institute building next to the Black Hole began Monday on Arkansas Street. Workers spent most of the early afternoon tearing down the building now owned by the family of the late Ed Grothus. Clean-up is expected to be finished in the next couple of days. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/