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Los Alamos County Looks To Residents To Maintain Overlook Collection Center

on July 20, 2017 - 10:01am
Tanner Kennedy deposits brush material into one of the bins Tuesday at the Overlook Collection Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post

 

The Overlook Collection Center looked immaculate this week. No paint cans, fluorescent bulbs or containers of chemicals littered the ground. The roll off metal bins were not overflowing with material. The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division is working to ensure the collection center stays that way.

 

Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda said a pilot program is kicking off in which an

DPU Investigates Energy Alternatives To Coal

on July 20, 2017 - 9:59am

From left, Department of Public Utilities' Power Scheduler and Energy Manager Jordon Garcia, Deputy Manager/Power Production Steve Cummins and Department Manager Tim Glasco answer questions during the public meeting to discuss the Integrated Resource Plan  July 12 at the White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

The public learns about the Integrated Resource Plan during the July 12 meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

With Los Alamos County preparing to walk away from the San Juan coal plant in 2022

A Mountaineer’s Story: Shackleton South Georgia Traverse Centennial Expedition

on July 20, 2017 - 9:29am
Adventurer Richard Spitz recounts his expedition through South Georgia Island July 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn more about the infamous Shackleton South Georgia expedition at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, July 25 to hear from Richard Spitz, an adventurer who bravely recreated the journey.
 
The presentation begins at 7:15 p.m., at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting is 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Any history book indicates that the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914

Secretary Zinke Announces Formation Of Made In America Recreation Advisory Committee

on July 20, 2017 - 8:12am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, center, announces Tuesday his intent to create a new advisory committee focused on expanding public-private partnerships on America's public lands. Courtesy photo
 
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  At an event Tuesday with members of Indiana's Congressional delegation, and representatives from America's outdoor recreation industry, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced his intent to create a new advisory committee that will focus on expanding public-private partnerships on America's public lands.
 
The Secretary

ORNL: Titan Simulations Show Importance Of Close 2-Way Coupling Between Human And Earth Systems

on July 20, 2017 - 7:48am
OLCF’s Titan advances delivery of accelerated, high-resolution earth system model with human dimensions. Courtesy photo
 
ORNL News:
 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory announces that its Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has developed a new integrated computational climate model to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions marks the first successful attempt to bridge Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data.
 
The integrated Earth System Model, or iESM, is being used to explore interactions between the physical climate system,

3-D Models Help Scientists Gauge Flood Impact

on July 20, 2017 - 7:14am
Iowa Flood Center team performs one of the first 3-D RANS simulations of dam breaks in a natural environment. Courtesy photo
 
IFC News:
 
Heavy rainfall can cause rivers and drainage systems to overflow or dams to break, leading to flood events that bring damage to property and road systems as well potential loss of human life.
 
A team from the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa, led by UI Professor George Constantinescu, is creating 3-D non-hydrostatic flood models that can more accurately simulate flood wave propagation and account for the interaction between the

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Spotted In Small Nest

on July 20, 2017 - 6:36am

Daily Postcard: A local hummingbird is spotted resting in a small nest built on the branch of a tree growing in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: An adult hummingbird hovers near a pink flower growing in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Cow Fire Ignites On Santa Fe National Forest

on July 19, 2017 - 5:48pm

SFNF News:

The Cow Fire has consumed under an acre since starting Tuesday when lightning hit a single standing dead tree. The tree subsequently fell, and fire started creeping slowly down the slopes.

Although it remains small, the Cow Fire is putting out a lot of smoke due to the concentration of dead and down fuels. A rocky area on the north side of the fire is holding it, and green drainages to the east and west of the fire should help keep it from growing. Fire crews are monitoring the Cow Fire.

  • Start Date: July 18, 2017
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: Less than 1 acre
  • Location: On the Pecos Ranger

Celebrating Your Public Lands: 'Made In America' Week

on July 19, 2017 - 12:56pm
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management joins the Department of the Interior in celebrating the Trump Administration’s “Made in America” Week through July 22.
 
With responsibility for managing more than 10 percent of the nation’s land and 30 percent of its subsurface minerals, the BLM supports American-made goods and services in many ways.
 
“The BLM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve, while providing opportunities for economic growth as well as traditional uses such as ranching, mining, logging, energy development as well as recreational

Secretary Zinke On Idaho’s Craters Of The Moon; Washington’s Hanford Reach National Monuments

on July 19, 2017 - 10:15am

USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced July 13 that Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and Hanford Reach National monument in Washington are no longer under review and the Secretary will recommend that no modifications should be made to the monuments.
 
The monuments were under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order. The recommendation comes after review of public comments and conversations with stakeholders.
 
“When the President and I began the monument review process we absolutely

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