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Winter events at Valles Caldera National Preserve

Winter events at Valles Caldera National Preserve

The Valles Caldera National Preserve has announced its upcoming winter events. Here’s the word: Skiing and snowshoeing open the season on December 7th, weather permitting. Fees are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 years and older), $8 for youth (5-15 years) while kids four and younger are free.  Five-day passes are available for $40 … Continue reading

Rising temperatures, falling forests

Rising temperatures, falling forests

In the current issue of Nature Climate Change, there’s an article about how the rise in temperatures may affect forests in the southwestern United States. Drought is a factor in forest mortality–but so is temperature. According to a press release from Los Alamos National Laboratory (the paper’s lead author, A. Park Williams, is from LANL, … Continue reading

Rig numbers up in New Mexico

Rig numbers up in New Mexico

This week, Baker Hughes, Inc. released its numbers on how many oil and gas rigs are active throughout the world right now. In the United States, the rig count is currently down from what it was a year ago. Last year there were 1,191 rigs; right now, there are 1,859 operating on land, within inland … Continue reading

NM’s forests make it into ‘Scientific American’

….though sorry, the article isn’t a cheery one. Scientific American has an article today about the work scientists are doing in the Jemez Mountains. They’re trying to learn if pinon and juniper trees can survive the type of “superdrought” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted will occur in the southwestern United States in … Continue reading

NPR on NM

NPR has been covering climate change lately. And in case you missed it today on Morning Edition, in the third part of a five-part series, Christopher Joyce visits New Mexico and talks with scientists studying and working in the Jemez Mountains: I drove though New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest with ecologist Craig Allen, from … Continue reading

Last chance to comment on Valles Caldera plan

Last chance to comment on Valles Caldera plan

Did you catch Megan Kamerick’s recent story about the Valles Caldera National Preserve? If not, you can still listen and read online at KUNM.org. Today, by the way, is the last day to comment on a proposed public access plan. To read the plan and comment on it, follow the links on this page.