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Special Blue Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Show Sunday

on January 25, 2018 - 9:22am
Lunar eclipse. Photo by Rick Wallace
PEEC News:
At 2 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Rick Wallace is presenting a special planetarium show about an upcoming, rare astronomical event: a Blue Supermoon Lunar Eclipse.
Join in a discussion about what causes solar and lunar eclipses with a focus on last years' solar eclipse and the upcoming total lunar eclipse visible Wednesday, Jan. 31. Learn about the mythology and folklore surrounding eclipses and science behind them. This show is organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Education Center (PEEC).
Rick Wallace

Cuba Ranger District Chaparral Piles Burn Today

on January 25, 2018 - 7:56am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
The La Jara prescribed burn could start sometime before March 30.
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. On a date still to be determined, crews expect to complete up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles. 
The Chaparral piles

Udall, Heinrich Urge Secretary Zinke To Keep Public Lands In Public Hands

on January 25, 2018 - 7:34am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led a letter, also signed by Sen. Martin Heinrich, urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands.
The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands.
In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states management authority, a coalition of sportsmen, hunters, anglers, hikers,

Brown Bag Performance: Juanita Madland Feb. 7

on January 25, 2018 - 6:34am
Pianist Juanita Madland will host the upcoming Brown Bag show at noon Feb. 7 in Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

The February Brown Bag Performance will feature Juanita Madland, performing classical piano compositions at noon Feb. 7 in Fuller Lodge.

She will present a program of music by composers Chopin, Granados, Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert. The program will conclude with a special rendition of a composition by Juanita and David Madland. Mary Helen Klare, violinist and educator, will join Madlandin in a reading of her poem about Glenn Gould.

Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the

Daily Postcard: Not Owl But Red Tail Hawk Spotted On North Mesa

on January 25, 2018 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: First thought to be an owl ... this red tail hawk is spotted perched high in a tree Tuesday on North Mesa. Photo by PT Cunningham

Sipapu Ski Resort Receives 14 Inches Of Snow

on January 24, 2018 - 7:44am
Butterfly trailCourtesy John Paul Bradley/Sipapu Ski Resort
SKI News:
It's a powder day at Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos as Sipapu has received a total of 14 inches of snow.
The resort has 14 trails open and is operating four lifts daily. For more information on mountain conditions, visit the website
This past weekend, Sipapu hosted two terrain park events: the Don Diego Slopestyle Competition and King of the Hill.
Discounted lift ticket specials are available online: Car Load Wednesdays & Local Appreciation Day, 2 for 1 Tuesdays and more.

PEEC: See Fractals And Sea Monsters Jan. 26-27

on January 24, 2018 - 7:35am
PEEC's updated fractal show is 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s updated fractal show is back for one evening: at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. This show incorporates math, science, art and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.

Sea Monsters is a film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan.

Daily Postcard: Deer Spotted On Walnut Street

on January 24, 2018 - 7:07am

Daily Postcard: Deer spotted on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Young deer on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

UCOR Earns 87 Percent Of Fee At Oak Ridge

on January 23, 2018 - 10:00am

URS | CH2M Oak Ridge workers demolish the K-802 Pumphouse at East Tennessee Technology Park during the April-September 2017 fee evaluation period. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) earned almost $3.3 million for its performance from April through September 2017, nearly 87 percent of the total award fee available for the evaluation period.

OREM recently issued its latest six-month fee determination scorecard for UCOR.

Laural Hardin Brings Petree Garden Center To Los Alamos

on January 23, 2018 - 9:06am

Certified Arborist Laural Hardin is bringing Petree Garden Center to Los Alamos in early April. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Just to clarify, Laural Hardin of Los Alamos has partnered with Mike Petree of Taos to bring Petree Garden Center to Los Alamos. The company is leasing space in the former De Colores building at 2470 East Road, which Craig and Rachel Wehner recently purchased and from where they are operating their landscaping business.

“While Petree Gardens and Los Alamos Landscaping & More are not partners, we share the same

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Air Force Nominee To Prioritize Fuel Spill Cleanup At Kirtland AFB

on January 23, 2018 - 6:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy nominee John Henderson to prioritize the fuel spill cleanup at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) and improve communication between regulatory agencies and stakeholders in the community.
Heinrich expressed concern about a recent loss of

Daily Postcard: Rim Trail Sunrise

on January 23, 2018 - 6:02am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise from Rim Trail in White Rock. Photo by Emily Gartz

Fallen Tree Causes Small Fire On West Road

on January 22, 2018 - 5:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a small fire at around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on West Road, which burned about a 10th of an acre. The fire was caused by a tree that fell on a powerline. Pajarito Mountain Ski Area experienced a power outage as a result of the fallen tree and about a dozen skiers were evacuated from a lift. Deputy Chief Steve DeWald said having a grass fire in January is quite unusual but that the area is more susceptible to these types of incidents due to lack of moisture.

Winter Films And Beer At Reel Deal Thursday

on January 22, 2018 - 4:24pm

‘Below 0’ is one of eight films in this year’s Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. Courtesy/PEEC


PEEC News:


There is still time to purchase tickets to the Backcountry Film Festival, which is screening 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Reel Deal Theater. This is the only evening these films are coming to a theater in New Mexico. Tickets are available at the Reel Deal Theater.


The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission.

BLM Facilities Closed During Government Shutdown

on January 22, 2018 - 9:20am

BLM News:

Access to Majority of Bureau of Land Management Public Lands to Remain Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, the majority of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

BLM roads, trails, campgrounds, boat ramps and recreation sites will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

All BLM facilities on public lands, however, will be closed. Also note that

Daily Postcard: Colorful Clouds Over White Rock

on January 22, 2018 - 5:07am

Daily Postcard: Colorful clouds fill the sky Sunday evening over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Los Alamos Finally Draws A Little Snow

on January 21, 2018 - 2:36pm

The recent storm delivered a bit of snow to Los Alamos as spotted here this morning at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A little snow also was spotted this morning in front of the Los Alamos Teen Center on 20th Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Daily Postcard: Rainbow Sunset Over Los Alamos

on January 21, 2018 - 6:30am

Daily Postcard: A rainbow sunset colors the sky Saturday over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Most Of Bandelier Closed During Government Shutdown

on January 20, 2018 - 7:35am

Most of Bandelier National Monument is closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government. Courtesy/NPS


As of today, Saturday, Jan. 20, most of Bandelier National Monument will be closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government.

The closure is necessary for visitor safety and preservation of the fragile archeological and natural resources. The closure will last until the budget situation allows for park staff to return to duty.

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos From Otowi Peak

on January 20, 2018 - 4:02am

Daily Postcard: View of Los Alamos and Jemez Mountains from Otowi Peak. Photo by Chris Clark/

As Solar Tariff Decision Looms, Heinrich Says Trump Has Opportunity To Stand Up For American Workers

on January 19, 2018 - 7:47am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement ahead of President Trump's decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar panels and modules that would negatively impact the growing solar industry in New Mexico and the American solar industry as a whole. 
“President Trump has an opportunity to actually stand up for American workers.

NNSA Collaborates With Global Healthcare Company To Complete Conversion Of Mo-99 Production To LEU-Based Process

on January 19, 2018 - 7:35am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Wednesday announced that Curium, a global healthcare company, has completed the conversion of its molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU).
This conversion to LEU represents a key milestone in the global effort to end the use of HEU in Mo-99 production. Mo-99 is the most widely used medical radioisotope for nuclear imaging and is used in approximately 40,000 patient procedures daily in the United States.

Daily Postcard: Beautiful Sunrise Over Los Alamos

on January 19, 2018 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: Beautiful colors in this morning's sunrise over Los Alamos spotted from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Petree Garden Center Opening In Los Alamos

on January 18, 2018 - 3:07pm

Craig Wehner and his wife Rachel Wehner purchased the former De Colores building and are leasing a large portion of it to Laural Hardin who is opening Petree Garden Center in early April. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Buliding owners Craig Wehner and his wife Rachel Wehner, right, with certified arborist Laural Hardin who together with Mike Petree of Taos owns the new garden center coming to Los Alamos and is the general manager. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos natives Craig Wehner and his

DOE And NMED Hold Joint Meeting On Legacy Waste Clean-Up

on January 18, 2018 - 1:51pm

Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze, right, and New Mexico Environment Department Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief John Kieling take notes as NNSA representative Arturo Duran answers questions from the audience during Tuesday evening's meeting hosted by DOE and NMED at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Duran earlier outlined milestones and targets for FY 2018 legacy waste clean-up. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from the New Mexico Environment Department public information meeting on FY2018 Appendix B milestones and targets Tuesday evening