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Bear Spotted Relaxing In Los Alamos Neighborhood

on July 23, 2017 - 12:55pm

This bear spotted Wednesday relaxing in the grass at a residence in the Chamisa Street area is the same bear that tore apart a suet feeder last month in that same neighborhood. Photo by Don DuBois

SFNF Update: Peggy Fire On Jemez Ranger District

on July 23, 2017 - 9:15am

SFNF News:

Here is the latest update on the Peggy Fire burning on the Peggy Mesa, approximately two miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

Start Date: July 18, 2017

Cause: Lightning struck a single standing dead tree. The fire subsequently spread into surrounding dead and down timber and brush.

Size: 147 acres

Location: Peggy Mesa, approximately 2 miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Vegetation: Piñon pines, juniper, ponderosa pine and oak scrub brush

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Scenes From Valles Caldera Birthday Bash Saturday

on July 23, 2017 - 8:18am

 

The Valles Caldera National Preserve wore all her finery for her Birthday Bash Saturday. The Preserve celebrated its 17th birthday and 10-year partnership with Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the preserve’s official friends group. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A volunteer from Hawks Aloft holds a Western screech owl at Saturday's Valles Caldera Birthday Bash. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Board members of Los Amigos de Valles Caldera gather for Saturday's ribbon cutting for their new store.

NNSA Spearheads International Effort To Convert Ghana Reactor To Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

on July 23, 2017 - 7:51am
NNSA in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A team of experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the International Atomic Energy Agency, China and Ghana completed the conversion of Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel July 13.
 
These reactor conversions allow important research to continue while enabling the removal and disposal of HEU fuel, eliminating the risk that this weapons-usable material could be stolen or diverted for malevolent use. 

DOE Renews WIPP CSG Cooperative Agreement

on July 23, 2017 - 7:16am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  The Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office renewed a cooperative agreement with the Council of State Governments (CSG) - Midwestern Region for oversight of transportation of transuranic waste through Midwestern states to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
The cooperative agreement is for five-years with an estimated cost of approximately $1.4 million.
 
Through the cooperative agreement DOE provides funding to the CSG- Midwestern Region to address issues of common concern among the Midwestern states to include transportation of radioactive TRU waste

Opera And Rainbows

on July 22, 2017 - 7:48am

A pre-opera shower and rainbow show delighted patrons Friday evening before the performance of Lucia de Lammermoor. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Pearce Votes To Advance Energy Infrastructure

on July 22, 2017 - 7:37am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed two key bills July 19 to modernize U.S. energy infrastructure.
 
“New Mexico is a national leader in resource production and a key player in the transportation of energy resources across the southern border. By simplifying regulations on energy infrastructure projects and putting sound provisions in place that promote efficiency and transparency, our communities will have greater opportunities for economic expansion,” U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said.

Daily Postcard: Morning Sky Glitters Over White Rock

on July 22, 2017 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: The morning sky glitters over White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Udall Advances Strong Funding For New Mexico’s National Laboratories, Water Infrastructure

on July 21, 2017 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Udall joins Appropriations Committee in approving $38.4 billion funding bill to support national labs, tech transfer, cleanup, WIPP and water projects throughout New Mexico
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen.

LANL: Frontiers In Science Explores Space Weather

on July 21, 2017 - 8:48am

Geoff Reeves, LANL Fellow and scientist. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Geoff Reeves, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Space Science and Applications group, will discuss the science behind space weather during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “Whether There’s Weather in Space” beginning July 24 in Santa Fe.

“Space is not a dark, cold void as many people think. Instead, it churns with energy—in the form of magnetic fields and electrically-charged particles,” Reeves said.

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