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Environmental Research Reflected In Obama’s Trip To The Arctic

on September 6, 2015 - 9:26am
Cathy Wilson says, 'I am collecting shallow cores to quantify the depth of the peat layer in the soil. The peat thickness strongly controls the transfer of heat from the atmosphere into the deeper soil, which impacts how deep the soil thaws each year. We then use the hole in the ground to perform hydrologic measurements. Peat depth and hydraulic conductivity are two important parameters that go into our models that predict the rates of permafrost thaw.' Courtesy photo
Frozen Methane Bubbles in Alaska: When ice-rich permafrost thaws, former tundra and forest turns into a thermokarst lake

Udall On Need To Extend LWCF At Valles Caldera

on September 5, 2015 - 11:56am

 Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, left, is among a group that gathered Friday with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/Sen. Udall's Office

Sen. Tom Udall, second from right, and the group participate in a cookout. Courtesy/Sen. Udall's Office


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall hosted a roundtable discussion Friday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve on the urgent need to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at the Valles Caldera.

He participated in a group discussion about the need to reauthorize and fully fund

NM Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cucumbers

on September 5, 2015 - 10:51am

NMED News:

15 Cases Reported In New Mexico

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating 15 confirmed cases of Salmonella Poona infection in New Mexico that appear to be linked to eating garden variety cucumbers grown in Mexico.

The department is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the New Mexico Environment Department, the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, and multiple state health departments as a part of an ongoing investigation of 285 confirmed cases nationally from 27 states.


Rodent Causes Friday Power Outage

on September 5, 2015 - 10:37am

Rodents wreck havoc on electrical wires. Courtesy/


A rodent caused a power outage affecting 537 Department of Public Utilities customers late Friday morning.  

The outage began at approximately 10 a.m. when the animal got inside an electric switch cabinet at the Airport entrance and damaged a switch.

Parts of the Los Alamos business area on Trinity Drive blinked, while customers North of Central to Canyon and east toward the airport lost power for a longer duration of time.  Electric linemen were able to restore power by 10:22 a.m. to East Gate, Entrada and

Explore Southwest Desert Climbing Sept. 16

on September 5, 2015 - 10:01am
The magnificent Titan, greatest of all desert towers. For scale, at two-thirds height on the left skyline is a feature called 'the Duck' with an unknown climber visible to the right. Courtesy photo

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos for an exciting presentation by Steve "Crusher" Bartlett, a desert climber extraordinaire!

Social time and reports of recent and upcoming trips take place at 7 p.m. with the program at 7:30 p.m. 

The Southwest features the most colorful landscapes in the world.

Labor Day Citizen Science Project: Yard Day Bird Count

on September 2, 2015 - 11:55am

Spotted Towhee. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

On Labor Day, Dave Yeamans, a long-time enthusiast of the natural world, is opening his home for a citizen science project, Big Yard Day Bird Count.

To participate, register at for the Big Yard Day and stop by Dave Yeaman’s house anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. “Everybody learns something and has fun or my job is not complete,” says Yeamans, who also is a caring host.

Participants are encouraged to wear natural-colored clothing, move gently, and whisper to improve the chances of seeing a wide variety of birds.

DOE Taps Todd Shrader To Lead Carlsbad Field Office

on September 2, 2015 - 7:31am

New Carlsbad Field Office Manager Todd Shrader, third from left, during a tour last November at Hanford with EM Office of River Protection Manager Kevin Smith, right, Waste Treatment and Immobilization Project Assistant Manager Bill Hamel, left and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney. Courtesy/DOE

WIPP News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of Todd Shrader as the manager for the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

“Todd Shrader is a proven leader and experienced engineer who has successfully tackled some of DOE’s toughest issues,” said Monica Regalbuto, Assistant

Pajarito Environmental Education Center Leads Efforts To Certify Los Alamos As A Community Wildlife Habitat

on September 1, 2015 - 6:38pm

PEEC Board members celebrating the certification of the nature center as a Wildlife Habitat, from left, Jeremy Campbell, Bob Walker, Jennifer Macke, Selvi Viswanathan, Esta Lee Albright, Michele Altherr, Nancy Arendt, Felicia Orth, Ann Shafer, Sue Watts, Mary Carol Williams, Becky Shankland, Talia Dreicer, Karla Sartor and Rebecca Oertel. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A team of Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers is working to make Los Alamos the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico.

To date, our community consists of 126 backyards, four common areas, and

PEEC: September Night Sky Planetarium Shows

on September 1, 2015 - 7:44am

Night Sky Milky Way Galaxy Astrophotography from Wikimedia Commons by ForestWander. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Do you want to know how to identify more of the planets and stars in the night sky?

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars this month including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double stars, and other celestial objects.

The September Night

Los Alamos Arms Control Group Considers Support Of Iran Policy

on August 31, 2015 - 1:18pm
The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) is considering the adoption of a statement of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany, and the European Union.  
The LACACIS draft policy statement can be read by visiting and clicking on Policy Statements.  
The position will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, at the United Church Christian Education Building Lounge (room 212), 2525 Canyon Road.  
The public is invited, but