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Scenes From Saturday's Energy Efficiency Home Tour

on October 16, 2016 - 8:08pm
PEEC and Los Alamos County sponsored a tour of energy efficient homes Saturday. The home of Rosmarie and Paul Frederickson features 1.5 inches of insulation added under the stucco. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Frederickson home has a heat-collecting sunroom. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Frederickson garden produces much of the family's food. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Meyer home has solar panels and a xeric
(drought resistant perennials) garden. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Drought-tolerant cool-season fescue

Santa Fe Area Sees Residual Smoke From Watershed Prescribed Burn

on October 16, 2016 - 1:32pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Smoke from the prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed last week is lingering over the city as higher-than-expected temperatures created an inversion that has slowed its dispersal.

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest, in consultation with the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Health, decided Friday morning to stop ignitions on the Watershed prescribed burn based on air quality and smoke impacts to Santa Fe.

Daily Postcard: Glorious Morning Glories On Bathtub Row

on October 16, 2016 - 12:40pm
Daily Postcard: Glorious Morning Glories spotted climbing a tree at the home of Jim and Kate O'Donnell on Bathtub Row during Saturday's Los Alamos Studio Art Tour. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A Mountaineer’s Story: Ascent Of Mt. Vinson

on October 16, 2016 - 10:14am

Evening descent from Mt. Gardner with the view of Antarctica’s northern Sentinel Range. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Ever wonder what it would be like to stand on the highest point in Antarctica? Attend the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25 to hear from adventurer Eiichi Fukishima, who seeks to enliven one’s passion for Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson.

Fukishima’s talk begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings as well.

This is a tale of the first ascent of the last high point

NPS: Prescribed Burns Begin Next Week

on October 15, 2016 - 8:10am
NPS News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate prescribed burn projects beginning early next week, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions.
The prescribed burn will take place within an approximately 1,200-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of 3-8 nonconsecutive days. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve.

Heinrich To Tout Economic Bright Spots In Torrance County And Santa Fe

on October 15, 2016 - 8:09am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be in Moriarty and Santa Fe Monday, Oct. 17, to highlight two new sectors with potential for significant job growth that could lead to a more diverse and prosperous New Mexico economy.
Monday morning, Heinrich will participate in a celebration of El Cabo Wind Farm Project at the Estancia Valley Economic Development Association in Moriarty. El Cabo will be one of the largest wind energy projects ever built in New Mexico.

LANL: Rocket Motor Concept Could Boost CubeSat Missions

on October 13, 2016 - 9:21am


Artists concept of a CubeSat on-board propulsion system. Courtesy/Inside Out Visuals

LANL News:

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a rocket motor concept that could pave the way for CubeSats zooming across space. These small, low-cost satellites are an easy way for scientists to access space, but are lacking in one key area, on-board propulsion.

“The National Academy of Sciences recently convened a meeting to look at science missions in CubeSats,” said Bryce Tappan, an explosives chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead researcher on the CubeSat

Local Expert Chick Keller Leads Final Wildflower Walk Of Season Oct. 17

on October 13, 2016 - 8:58am

Goldenrods like this Solidago simplex bloom in late summer and into the fall. Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead the final Wildflower Walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

Wildflower expert Chick Keller (right) leads a wildflower walk for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric

This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Keller picks the trail based on what is blooming at the time.

The Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Discusses Consent Order Agreement And Gross Receipt Tax Issue

on October 12, 2016 - 5:27pm
RCLC News:
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) will hold its monthly board meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at the Taos Plaza Old County Courthouse, 121 N Plaza, Mural Room, 2nd floor in Taos.
The Regional Coalition has invited New Mexico Secretary of Environment, Bruce Tongate and Katie Roberts, Director of the Resource Protection Division at New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). Roberts will report on the Consent Order Agreement, an agreement between the NMED and the U.S.

Open Letter To The Next President And Members Of The 115th Congress

on October 12, 2016 - 4:38pm
NEMA News:
To the 45th President of the United States and Members of the 115th Congress:
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents electrical and medical imaging manufacturers, innovators, job creators and voters. We speak on behalf of pro-growth American industries that envision a modern electrical infrastructure and affordable, reliable health programs.
As you take on your sworn duties in service to the American people, we ask that you bear in mind five basic priorities that will expand the economy, increase employment rates, improve healthcare, and