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Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site

on February 7, 2018 - 3:48am
The 100-foot steel tower from which "the gadget" was detonated. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 6-7 for the spring opening.
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.

Daily Postcard: Steller’s Jay Spotted In Quemazon

on February 7, 2018 - 3:45am
Daily Postcard: A Steller’s Jay spotted Tuesday in Quemazon. The Steller's Jay is a jay native to western North America, closely related to the blue jay found in the rest of the continent, but with a black head and upper body. It also is known as the long-crested jay, mountain jay and pine jay. Source: Photo by Trisha Ancell
Steller’s Jay. Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC: Youth Beginning Photography Classes Feb. 19

on February 6, 2018 - 1:46pm

Acorn Woodpecker at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Mrs. Magelssen

PEEC News:

Retired school teacher Mrs. Magelssen will teach two beginning photography classes for 1st through 6th graders 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

These beginning photography classes will encourage children to discover the basics of composing good photographs through hands-on experience. Camera equipment will be provided.

Lunar Eclipse Over Los Alamos

on January 31, 2018 - 9:15am

Moon eclipse this morning over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Sunrise During Lunar Eclipse

on January 31, 2018 - 8:40am

Sunrise during lunar eclipse. While many photographers had their cameras focused westward on the eclipsed moon this morning, this shot is of the eastern sky from Piedra Loop in White Rock. Photo by JJ Mortensen

Bandelier Gets Valuable Help From Friends Group

on January 31, 2018 - 8:30am
Courtesy photo

Ever since 1987, the Friends of Bandelier have supported the park, providing funding for projects that couldn't have been done within Bandelier's regular budget.

With money raised from members all over the country and beyond, through the years these projects have included biological surveys, post-fire recovery studies, handicap ramps for the parking area, campsite upgrades, archeological surveys, mapping ancient trails, pueblo crafts demonstrations, and more. 

Projects that have been approved for funding in 2018 include: 
  • $10,000 Bee Survey (a multi-year

BLM And Forest Service Announce 2018 Grazing Fees

on January 31, 2018 - 7:30am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.
The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87.
An AUM or HM—treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes—is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.

Super Blue Blood Moon Spotted At Golf Course

on January 31, 2018 - 7:20am

The Super Blue Blood Moon spotted early this morning from the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Hiro Teshima

Super Blue Blood Moon Spotted Overnight From North Mesa

on January 31, 2018 - 6:45am

Super Blue Blood Moon spotted overnight from North Mesa. Photo by Andy Phelps

Daily Postcard: Colorful Ashley Pond Sunrise

on January 31, 2018 - 6:00am

A colorful sunrise Tuesday morning reflects on the water in Ashley Pond. Photo by Karen Kendall

PEEC: Night Skies And Black Holes Feb. 2-3

on January 30, 2018 - 5:22am



PEEC News:
At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, Paul Arendt will introduce celestial objects in the February night sky along with some recent discoveries in astronomy. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, the full-dome film Black Holes will play in the planetarium. Both of these shows take place in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
During the night sky show, images of celestial objects will be projected onto the planetarium dome. Bring questions and curiosity to this astronomy show.
Ever wonder what it would be like to voyage through the galaxies in search of black holes?

Daily Postcard: Bluebird Perches In Birch Tree

on January 30, 2018 - 4:56am

Daily Postcard: A bluebird perches on the branch of a birch tree Monday in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Amateur Naturalist: Winter Greenery Of Ranch School Trail

on January 29, 2018 - 10:16am
Mountain lover growing in the snow and shade. Photo by Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
Conifers stand out in the winter because they remain green. Deciduous trees such as gambol oak shed their leaves. However some of the plants underfoot along the Ranch School trail remain green all winter. Others will remain green well into the start of winter.
Mountain lover is a plant that remains green all winter. The name reflects its preferred habitat in the mountains. It can be seen toward the bottom of the Ranch School trail, deep in the shade of the spruce and fir trees.

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 29, 2018 - 9:24am
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
The Feb. 3, USASA Southwest Freeride Series slalom and giant slalom competition has been moved to Sipapu. Find out more at or here.
Feb. 10 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band series.

Pearce On Bringing Solar Panel Industry Back To NM

on January 29, 2018 - 6:15am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the President signed a proclamation, prioritizing domestic solar panel industry and washer machine producers:
 “This action today moves the nation one step closer to an ‘all the above’ energy plan, unleashing America’s domestic energy production while developing greener sources of energy. For years, foreign solar dumping of low cost panels and products has put U.S.

AGU: Phosphorus Pollution Reaching Dangerous Levels Worldwide, New Study Finds

on January 29, 2018 - 6:14am
Algal blooms can present problems for ecosystems and human society. A new study suggests freshwater bodies in areas with high water pollution levels are likely to suffer from excess nutrient levels that can lead to algal blooms. Courtesy/Felix Andrews (Floybix) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Man-made phosphorus pollution is reaching dangerously high levels in freshwater basins around the world, according to new research.
new study published in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, estimated the global

Super Blue Moon Eclipse Jan. 31

on January 29, 2018 - 6:08am
ALBUQUERQUE  In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 31, a rare astronomical concurrence of events will include a full moon, a Supermoon and a Blue Moon that will be totally eclipsed!
Early risers can experience this phenomenon 5-7 a.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, (weather permitting).
The phrase ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the color of the moon. The term is used to describe a second full moon during the same month. This ‘Blue Moon’ will turn red, which is what happens when there’s a total lunar eclipse.

Daily Postcard: Buck Caught Grazing In Quemazon

on January 29, 2018 - 5:59am
Daily Postcard: Hey mom, he’s eating your grass again. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: Buck Spotted On Conoco Hill

on January 28, 2018 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: Buck spotted Saturday morning on Conoco Hill near Arkansas Street. Photo by Aria Jones

PEEC And LAM Organize Moonlit Hiking Outing Jan. 30

on January 27, 2018 - 10:34am
Hike under the light of the full moon Jan. 30 with adventurer Jean Dewart. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) are partnering to offer a guided, moonlit hike 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, followed by an optional potluck dinner 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.
Join adventurer Jean Dewart on the local two-mile hike under the light of the full moon. Dewart is an avid Los Alamos skier, snowshoer, kayaker and hiker.

​​Conservation Voters New Mexico Releases 2018 Legislative Priorities

on January 27, 2018 - 9:32am
CVNM News:
SANTA FE  Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its legislative priorities Thursday, outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which includes priorities such as using Volkswagen settlement funds to transition from dirty diesel to clean electric school buses, protecting the Gila River and protecting ratepayers from PNM’s attempts to pass on the full cost of closing the San Juan Generating Station.
On behalf of its 12,000 members, CVNM advocates in the New Mexico Legislature for responsible public policies that represent the conservation values of

NMMNHS Lecture: Red Rocks From Earth To Mars

on January 27, 2018 - 9:07am

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science presents an evening lecture, ‘Red Rocks from Earth to Mars’ that looks at evidence for water-deposited sedimentary rocks discovered on Mars and small iron concretions called ‘blueberries’ found on the Red Planet. Courtesy/NMMNHS


ALBUQUERQUE – Evidence for water-deposited sedimentary rocks discovered on Mars by the NASA Rovers, and small iron concretions called “blueberries” found on the Red Planet, will be discussed by University of Utah professor Marjorie A. Chan, Ph.D.

The lecture is 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.

AGU: Stored Heat Released From Ocean Largely Responsible For Recent Streak Of Record Hot Years

on January 27, 2018 - 6:17am
Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures, measured here in November 2015, surged during the 2014-2015 El Niño. New research finds this El Niño released excess heat stored in the Pacific Ocean since the 1990s. Courtesy/NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.
AGU News:
Global temperatures spiked during the record warm years of 2014 to 2016 largely because El Niño released an unusually large amount of heat generated by greenhouse gas emissions and stored in the Pacific Ocean, a new study finds.
2014, 2015 and 2016 were the warmest consecutive years since temperature records began

Alaska Lifts Tsunami Warning Following 7.9 Earthquake

on January 27, 2018 - 5:53am
Courtesy/US National Tsunami Warning Center
HSNW News:
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170 miles off the Alaska coast early Tuesday, led the Alaska government to issue a tsunami advisory — but the warning was lifted four hours later.
The USGS reported the magnitude 7.9 quake at 12:31 a.m. Alaska time. Officials had feared that tsunami waves could reach far inland, and issued tsunami guidance for the entire coastal area stretching from Alaska to the U.S. border with Mexico.
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170 miles off the Alaska coast early Tuesday, led the

Experts To Preview Launch Of NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite

on January 26, 2018 - 8:21am
Technicians in the clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla. closely inspect and continue working to prepare NOAA's GOES-S for its March 1 launch. Credit/NOAA
NOAA News:
Top officials from NOAA, NASA and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will hold a media teleconference to discuss how NOAA’s GOES-S, the second in a series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites, will help provide faster, more accurate data for tracking lightning, storm systems, wildfires, dense fog and other hazards that threaten the western U.S., Hawaii and