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PEEC: A Living And Exploding Universe This Weekend

on March 17, 2017 - 8:36am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will kick off the weekend at 7 p.m. with an astronomy show at by Dr. Rick Wallace the explores what we know about life in the Universe. 
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, the film Exploding Universe will take attendees on a voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe.
 
For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.or g/planetarium or call 505.662.0460.
 

Secretary Zinke Issues Lease For 56 Million Tons Of Coal

on March 17, 2017 - 8:28am
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON. D.C.  U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the approval of a $22 million coal lease on the Greens Hollow tract in central Utah to Canyon Fuel Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners, LLC.
 
Coal mining in the area currently supports nearly 1,700 mining and related jobs.
 
Secretary Zinke also announced Bureau of Land Management (BLM) career veteran Michael Nedd will serve as Acting-Director of the BLM.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on March 17, 2017 - 8:06am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning a prescribed burn near the community of Mesa Poleo on the Coyote Ranger District. 
 
Hand ignitions could begin as early as Tuesday, March 21, if conditions, including weather, winds and air quality, are favorable. 
 
The SFNF hopes to treat 300 acres of hazardous fuels located 1.5 miles southwest of the community of Mesa Poleo and 3 miles southwest of Coyote. Fire crews expect to treat 50 to 100 acres per day as long as conditions remain favorable.

PEEC: Last Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes Of Season

on March 16, 2017 - 3:59pm
Each snowshoe hike explores a different part of the Valles Caldera and allows participants to explore, observe, and learn about the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Winter is winding down, but there is still time to explore the Valles Caldera in the snow.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) are partnering to offer two educational, family-friendly, hikes this month.
 
These Saturday hikes will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. on March 18 and 25 and be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Sen. Martin Heinrich: President Trump’s Budget Outline Does Not Reflect Our Core Values And Principles

on March 16, 2017 - 7:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich issued the following statement after President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget outline that cuts $54 billion from non-defense discretionary spending.

The President's budget boosts Defense Department spending by 10 percent, cuts the State Department by 28 percent and the Environmental Protection Agency by 25 percent, eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and provides $1.5 billion for construction of the border wall.

“President Trump’s proposal irresponsibly robs $54

Guided Hike With Jean Dewart This Sunday

on March 15, 2017 - 8:04am
View of the Rio Grande from Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Craig Martin
 
PEEC News:
 
Join LANL meteorologist and Los Alamos Mountaineering Club member Jean Dewart for a challenging hike in White Rock Canyon with PEEC.
 
This guided hike down Ancho Canyon and up Blue Dot Trail includes great views, interesting petroglyphs, natural springs, and 1,000 feet of elevation gain—all the climbing is on the return trip. Participants will enjoy great views, experience a variety of ecosystems, and get a workout!
 
To hike Ancho to Blue Dot with PEEC, register online at www.peecnature.org.
 

Letter To The Editor: Significant Soil Contamination At Los Alamos Horse Stables

on March 15, 2017 - 5:40am
By OLGA CHERTKOV
Los Alamos

I have read the letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post from JoAnn Johnson, “North Mesa Stable Area Objections Are Much Ado About Nothing!”, and I see that she does not care at all about opinion of other citizens of Los Alamos, her ignorance looks like this:

... You should be happy to live next to my horse … She was there first … you have no choice … waste of time and resources … There will be no changes… .

Her argument that in the 1960’s the horse stables were considered free from contaminations holds no merit today, 50 years later.

AGU: Increase In Extreme Sea Levels Could Endanger European Coastal Communities

on March 15, 2017 - 5:18am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.
 
New projections considering changes in sea level rise, tides, waves and storm surge over the 21st century find global warming could cause extreme sea levels to increase significantly along Europe’s coasts by 2100. Extreme sea levels are the maximum levels of the sea that occur during a major storm and produce massive flooding.
 
The increase in frequency of these events that are

Daily Postcard: Mammatus Clouds Over Townsite

on March 14, 2017 - 8:04am

Daily Postcard: Mammatus clouds color Saturday's sky over the Los Alamos townsite. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Petroglyphs Discussion And Mesa Prieta Field Trip

on March 13, 2017 - 8:14pm
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE ― The rich cultural history and significance of rock art and petroglyphs in the Rio Grande Valley, and an exploration of those artifacts, make up two must-attend events sponsored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in April.
 
“Rock Art and Pueblo Shields: Symbolism and Change,” a public talk by Polly Schaafsma is 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 26 at SAR. Then 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 28, see examples of petroglyphs as you explore “Mesa Prieta: 100,000 images, 7,500 years of Rock Art,” a field trip to Mesa Prieta, north of Santa Fe.
 
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