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Heinrich: On Largest Wind Farm In New Mexico

on March 22, 2017 - 10:06am

A New Mexico wind farm. Courtesy photo

From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • Xcel Energy’s major new wind project in eastern New Mexico made possible by production tax credits secured by Senator Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the announcement from Xcel Energy that it will be building a wind farm in Roosevelt County, highlighting the impact it will have to the local economy.

“The Sagamore Wind Project will be the largest wind farm in the state, resulting in hundreds of clean

LANL: Ultrafast Measurements Explain Quantum Dot Voltage Drop

on March 22, 2017 - 9:50am

A femtosecond laser pulse launches a photocurrent transient in a quantum dot solid, which is time-resolved using ultrafast sampling electronics. This technique provides unprecedented insights into early time photoconductance in quantum dot assemblies for solar cells and photodetectors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Insights pave way for solar cells and photodetectors based on tunable nanoparticles

Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time

Altherr Receives Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award

on March 21, 2017 - 11:50pm
Friends of Bandelier Board members from left, Jonathan Creel, President Craig Martin, award recipient Michele Altherr and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Courtesy photo

Michele Altherr with a painting by Dorothy Hoard entitle 'Thunderstorm over Bandelier.' Courtesy photo

 

By TERRY FOXX
Friends of Bandelier
 
The Board of Friends of Bandelier have chosen Mountain Elementary School teacher Michele Altherr of Los Alamos to receive the 2017 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award.
 
Altherr was selected for her work with the children of Los Alamos and her many contributions to the

Breaking The Supermassive Black Hole Speed Limit

on March 21, 2017 - 11:08am

Quasar growing under intense accretion streams. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials.

“Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early development of the universe

LANL: Less Radiation In Inner Van Allen Belt Than Previously Believed

on March 21, 2017 - 7:55am

This artist’s rendering of the Van Allen Probes mission shows the path of its two spacecraft through the radiation belts that surround Earth, which are made visible in false color. Courtesy/NASA  

LANL News:

  • New study shows scientists the ‘snowflake in a rainstorm’

The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected.

Daily Postcard: Deer Trap Mesa At Dusk

on March 21, 2017 - 5:47am

Daily Postcard: Deer Trap Mesa during a hike Monday at dusk. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

CVNM On Senate's EMNRD Secretary Confirmation

on March 20, 2017 - 6:36am
Ken McQueen
 
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE The Senate confirmed the Governor's nominee for secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) in a 32-4 vote.
 
Ken McQueen is a former executive of WPX Energy, an Oklahoma-based fossil fuel company. During his time with the company, WPX was a top donor to Gov. Martinez’ reelection campaign, her political action committees and her legislative allies.
 
In response to his appointment, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:
 
“Gov.

Daily Postcard: Another Beautiful Sunrise

on March 20, 2017 - 5:44am
Daily Postcard: Another beautiful sunrise spotted from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: Cabezon Peak

on March 19, 2017 - 6:44am

Daily Postcard: Cabezon Peak during a recent hike. Cabezon Peak is a large volcanic plug that is a prominent feature in northwestern New Mexico. It rises to 7,785 feet in elevation. Cabezon Peak is two miles south of the old ghost town of Cabezon and the Rio Puerco. Source: wikipedia. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on March 18, 2017 - 9:50am
Courtesy/SFNF
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE -- The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for new site stewards. Site stewards work in assigned areas to monitor archaeological and historical sites for evidence of deterioration due to natural causes or vandalism.
 
Steward responsibilities include visits to sites on a regular assigned basis (usually once a month, weather and roads permitting), to report damage or significant changes. This is a great way to get outdoors and become more familiar with the forest’s cultural resources.
 
The next formal training is a full-day session Saturday, April

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