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NMDOH Warns Of Heat And Smoke Related Illness

on June 22, 2017 - 4:04pm

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health advises residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat and smoke-related illnesses.

Temperatures over the next several days are expected be the warmest days of the year so far in several parts of New Mexico, and because of the El Cajete Fire burning in the Jemez Mountains, smoke is being released into the air, degrading air quality.

Extreme Heat                                                                                                                        
Anyone regardless of age, sex, or health status may develop heat-related

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Questions Energy Secretary On Safety And Future Of Plutonium Mission At LANL

on June 22, 2017 - 10:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questions Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing Wednesday about steps LANL and the NNSA have taken to ensure safety and the future of the plutonium mission. Screenshot/LADP 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Sawyer Fire On Santa Clara Pueblo Reaches 20 Acres

on June 22, 2017 - 9:52am

FIRE News:

The Sawyer Fire on the Santa Clara Pueblo has burned approximately 20 acres since lightning ignited the blaze late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Three hand crews are onsite this morning cutting a line around the perimeter and hope to have this done by noon today. Then they plan to mop up hotspots.

Crews working to contain the fire include Los Alamos Fire Department, BLM, Forest Service, Santa Clara Pueblo and BIA.

LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Santa Clara Pueblo is taking good care of all of the crews on scene with food,

Stargazing And Free Camping At Bandelier

on June 22, 2017 - 8:05am
Camping at Juniper Campground, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
PEEC News:
 
This Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, will be a great opportunity to get out, go camping at Bandelier, and take a good look at the starry heavens, as the park celebrates their Third Annual Night Sky Fiesta and also the Great American Campout.
 
For the Night Sky Fiesta, visitors will have the chance to do both daylight and nighttime astronomy. Astronomy volunteers will have solar scopes set up on the back porch of the Visitor Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

SFNF Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Across Entire Forest Friday

on June 22, 2017 - 5:40am

Help prevent forest fires … make sure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch before leaving.’ –Smokey Bear

SFNF News:

  • Violations Punishable Up To $5,000 For Individuals; $10,000 For Organizations; Imprisonment Up To Six Months

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions across the entire forest at 8 a.m. Friday, June 23.

Fire danger on the forest remains high due to continued high temperatures and dry conditions.

The Jemez Ranger District, where the Cajete Fire sparked last week from an abandoned campfire near Sierra de los Pinos,

DOE Awards Contract To Professional Project Services, Inc. Of Oak Ridge For OREM Technical Support

on June 22, 2017 - 5:31am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) June 19, announced the award of a contract to Professional Project Services, Inc. of Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) procurement.
 
This contract is an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) from which Firm-Fixed-Price and Time-and-Materials task orders may be issued.

SFI: The InterPlanetary Project Panel Discussion July 18

on June 22, 2017 - 4:57am
SFI News:
 
At 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, The InterPlanetary Project's kick-off event is a panel discussion at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center in downtown Santa Fe.
 
Panelists will consider questions like these: What will it take to become an InterPlanetary civilization? How should we address the most pressing problems of Earth to tackle a challenge at this scale? What will success mean for future generations?

Cajete Fire Update: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions In Effect ... Burned Area Closed

on June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton, wildearthlight.com

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline working the Cajete Fire today anticipate minimal fire activity. The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak.

The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire, can fall suddenly. For this reason, firefighters are avoiding particularly hazardous areas.

LANL Internal Memo Addresses Ongoing Safety Improvements At TA-55 Plutonium Facility

on June 21, 2017 - 10:17am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Staff Report

Ongoing safety improvements at the TA-55 Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory are addressed in an internal memo obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post:

To: LANL-All

From: Craig Leasure, PADOPS, A102
Date: June 19, 2017
 
Subject: Ongoing Safety Improvements at the TA-55 Plutonium Facility
 
In light of the recent public discussion and interest in operational issues at TA-55, I thought it was important to set the record straight and update Laboratory employees on the many improvements in the areas of safety,

Daily Postcard: Summer Solstice 2017

on June 21, 2017 - 9:15am

Daily Postcard: The Summer Solstice captured on camera at about 5:55 a.m. today from the Anniversary Trail in Los Alamos. Photo by Don Siebe

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