Red Cross: Memorial Day Travel, Grilling Safety Tips

American Red Cross News:
ALBUQUERQUE — This Memorial Day, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.
“Everyone looks forward to having fun over Memorial Day and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday, Regional Communication Manager Jim Gilloon said.

Millions of people will be on the highways over the Memorial Day weekend. The Red Cross offers these tips everyone should do to stay


La Niña’s Effect On Droughts Traced To U.S. Civil War

Max Torbenson coring a bristlecone pine in central Colorado. Photo by Daniel Griffin
AGU News:
Cyclical variations in wind and sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean may have contributed to a drought that played an important role in the outcome of the U.S. Civil War, according to a new study.
The new research used tree ring data to reconstruct the influence of El Niño and La Niña conditions on droughts across North America for the past 350 years, including during the American Civil War.
The Civil War drought – one of the worst to afflict the U.S. in centuries – occurred


Home Country: The Duke Of Earl

Home Country
It happened in the checkout lane down at the Soup ‘R’ Market last week. We discussed it thoroughly, of course, and no one knows yet what to make of it.
As sometimes happens, when we are glancing at the tabloids to see who fathered Bigfoot’s new baby, we get into discussions of trivia. Annette was sliding broccoli and corn flakes over the glass-window dinger machine, and we were just chatting about … I think it was bears this time. You know…
“I read,” said Annette, “that a bear can run 45 miles an hour, faster than a race horse.”
To which I added, “D


Everyone Safe Following Tip To ‘Say Something’ Anonymous Reporting App And Lockdown At LAMS

Los Alamos Middle School is a serene scene last this afternoon. The school went into lockdown at 10:56 this morning based on a tip to the Say Something annonymous reporting app. Courtesy/LAPS
From Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools
Based upon a tip from the Say Something anonymous reporting app, the Los Alamos Middle School went into “lockdown” at 10:56 this morning. 
School officials immediately began working with the Los Alamos Police Department first to focus on student and staff safety and then to fully investigate


Let’s Go Fly A Kite With Los Alamos Arts Council!

Scene from a past Kite Festival. Courtesy photo

Scene from a past Kite Festival. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

Come one, come all! It’s time to fly kites! Los Alamos Arts Council presents the 22nd Annual Kite Festival. Kids of all ages are invited to the Spiro Soccer Fields at Overlook Park in White Rock.

The arts council  will hold Kite Building workshops noon to 2 p.m. Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19.

Los Alamos Arts Council volunteers will help children build kites, or just give them guidance in designing a kite if they are of the age that they just want to color.

After the kite is built and designed,


New Mexico Officer Included In Eight Cases Highlighted In FBI Police Week Campaign

Ofc. Robert Rosenbloom. Courtesy/Rosenbloom Family

FBI News:

Robert Rosenbloom knew the dangers that came with police work. The New Mexico State Police patrolman, who was killed during a 1971 traffic stop on Interstate 40 near Albuquerque, talked to his wife about it before they were married. “He told me the dangers, the risks, what might happen,” said Rosenbloom’s widow, Linda. 

Patrolman Rosenbloom was fatally wounded on November 8, 1971, after he stopped a car that investigators believe was carrying Michael Finney, Ralph Goodwin and Charlie Hill. The three


Help Wanted: Volunteers For Trail Workday On SFNF

Volunteers are need for a June 9 workday that will focus on the Perimeter Trail (Forest Trail 290) between Water Canyon and Canon de Valle Trails along N.M. 501 in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invite the community to show one of their popular trails a little love by volunteering for a trails workday Sunday, June 9.

The June 9 workday will focus on the Perimeter Trail (Forest Trail 290) between Water Canyon and Canon de Valle Trails along N.M. 501 in Los Alamos. Volunteer crews will dig, rake and


Topper Golf Teams Are 2019 State Champions!

The Los Alamos High School Girls And Boys Class 4A Golf Teams are the 2019 State Champions. Read the full details and see photos from the scene later at Photo by John McHale/ladailypostcom


LANL Director Emeritus Terry Wallace Traces Gold’s Cosmic Journey In Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos

Terry Wallace

LANL News:

  • From stars to the Amazon, free lectures explore the story of gold


Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning May 20 in Albuquerque. 


“Gold is one of the most fascinating of the 4,500 mineral species on Earth, and no mineral (or metal) evokes more emotion,” said geologist Wallace. “But it also has an incredible scientific story: a gold nugget is made of material that was not born in our planet or even our solar


SFNF May Launch Rowe Mesa Burn Thursday

SFNF News:
SANTA FE Ignitions on the previously announced East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn could begin as early as Thursday, May 16, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable.
Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are looking at a window between May 16 and May 20 to conduct the 293-acre burn. The project area is located east of State Highway 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos, NM, and south of I-25. Crews will use hand ignitions to reduce the risk of wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.


Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour Highlights Research, Partnerships

From left, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar listening last week to environmental scientists Teresa Matthews and Mark Peterson of the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory discuss EM-funded research. Courtesy/ORNL

DOE News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar last week visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where they learned about a partnership between EM and DOE’s Office of Science to identify effective and affordable solutions for mercury cleanup that can


In Key Committee Hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls For Protection Of Chaco Canyon Area

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivered opening remarks Tuesday at a Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing on S. 1079, the Chaco Culture Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill he introduced with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from further mineral development.
Heinrich’s legislation, S. 526, the Buffalo Tract Protection Act, to withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management


How The Hen House Turns: Turkeys, Tame And Wild

Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo


Formerly of Los Alamos
Twice, during our 46 years in Los Alamos, we adopted a turkey chick. Luckily, they were female. (Books on identifying baby chicks don’t even try to provide instructions for sexing turkeys.)
One turkey imprinted on us, and we enjoyed her as a beloved pet. The second was not imprinted, being raised by a loving hen. She tolerated me in the Hen House yard but let me know with raised tail and feathers that I was not welcome.
Turkeys here in California are wild, but they are used to seeing us pass by as we hike


Intel Announces 300+ New Jobs In New Mexico

SANTA FE The Intel manufacturing plant in Rio Rancho will see a boost in hiring as the company continues to grow beyond its traditional PC and server businesses into data-rich markets, the company and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday.
Intel plans to expand its Rio Rancho workforce by over 300 employees in 2019.
Intel is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of essential technologies that power the cloud in an increasingly smart, connected world, and its products are addressing the explosive demands to process, analyze, store, and


BLM Rescinds Authorization For Vegetation Removal In Wilderness Study Areas Following SUWA Lawsuit

Cedar Ridge, within the Desolation Canyon Wilderness Study Area on the Tavaputs Plateau, where the Bureau of Land Management had planned to remove pinyon pine and juniper trees via heavy machinery. Courtesy (c) Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
BLM News:
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) withdrew a 2018 decision authorizing the destruction of more than 2,500 acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees within the Desolation Canyon and Jack Canyon Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) in the Tavaputs Plateau region of eastern Carbon County,


NM Delegation: Reimburse Border Communities Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

WASHINGTON, D.C. After reports that U.S. Border Patrol has in recent weeks released more than 4,000 migrants applying for asylum in the United States in Las Cruces, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) Tuesday sent a letter with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Xochitl Torres Small and Deb Haaland, to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting that state and local governments and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to


Jemez Springs Bath House Grand Reopening May 18

The 1880’s era Jemez Springs Bath House in Jemez Springs is celebrating its grand reopening event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18, followed by the opening of the Spring Renewal Fair.
State Rep. Christine Chandler and State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard will join Jemez Springs Mayor Roger Sweet and the Bath House staff for a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. then tours of the newly improved Bath House immediately after.
“The Bath House’s indoor renovation has been a long time coming and we couldn’t be happier with the clean look and relaxed atmosphere, while


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