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Daily Postcard: Thanksgiving Sunrise

on November 23, 2017 - 9:07am

Daily Postcard: Thanksgiving sunrise taken from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: Valle Caldera Sunset

on November 22, 2017 - 7:32am

Daily Postcard: Sunset just beyond the Valle Grande. Photo by Marc Bailey

Tree Trimming Around Power Lines Underway

on November 21, 2017 - 11:11am

Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Starting this week, Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will begin trimming trees around power lines.

This work will begin on North Road and Urban Street. In subsequent weeks, crews will move around neighborhoods in the North Community.

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines.

Quantum Dots Amplify Light With Electrical Pumping

on November 21, 2017 - 8:20am

A collage showing a transmission electron microscopy image of the improved quantum dot and its representation, left, the schematic of the device, which nicely illustrates “current-focusing” idea, center, and the device under operation at right. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

Los Alamos achieves light amplification with electrically stimulated quantum dots, critical step towards solution-processible laser diodes

In a breakthrough development, Los Alamos scientists have shown that they can successfully amplify light using electrically excited films of the chemically synthesized semiconductor

Pearce: House Reforms Flood Insurance Program

on November 21, 2017 - 7:03am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP):
 
“The National Flood Insurance Program was created to better protect homeowners and businesses in high-risk flood zones because the private market simply wasn’t able to do it. Unfortunately, after 50 years, this program has become financially unstable and is in desperate need of reform.

Daily Postcard: Curious Deer Visits Local Backyard

on November 21, 2017 - 6:43am

Daily Postcard: A curious deer visits the backyard of a residence on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Eight Los Alamos Innovations Win R&D 100 Awards

on November 20, 2017 - 11:48am

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory projects won R&D 100 awards last week at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony. Courtesy/ R&D 100

 

LANL News:

  •  ‘Oscars of Invention’ honor the latest and best innovations of the past year

 

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies won R&D 100 Awards last week at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Orlando, Fla. 

 

“The R&D 100 Awards represent the breadth, depth and innovation of the science and engineering at our Laboratory.

‘Finally!’ Secretary Zinke Welcomes Confirmation Of Reclamation Nominee Brenda Burman

on November 20, 2017 - 8:55am
Brenda Burman
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed Brenda Burman as the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner. She is the first woman to ever lead the Bureau.
 
“Finally! After more than 142 days, I'm excited to welcome Brenda Burman to lead the Bureau of Reclamation,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Brenda is a veteran of the Bureau and her extensive experience on water projects across the country will be an incredible asset for the Department.

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees At Valles Caldera

on November 20, 2017 - 6:27am

VCNP News:

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will once again be helping the Valles Caldera National Preserve to thin overgrown forested areas to protect it from further large wildfires.   

These freshly cut trees will be available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the Valle Grande Entrance Station, off N.M. 4 between mile marker 39 and 40, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. Trees will be available through Dec. 17 unless sold out earlier. 

Visit the Los Amigos website, Facebook page or call the Entrance Station 505.670.1612 to check on tree supply before you drive to the preserve.

Local Photographer Spots Bighorn Sheep Near Pilar

on November 20, 2017 - 5:31am

A large ram is spotted eating grass over the weekend near a roadside in Pilar. The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is a species of sheep native to North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 14 kg (30 lb), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 140 kg (300 lb). Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: O. c. sierrae.

Daily Postcard: Large Hawk Spotted Near Urban

on November 20, 2017 - 5:04am

Daily Postcard: A large hawk is spotted this weekend in a tall tree near Urban Park. Photo by Bob Westervelt

Chamisa Elementary School Celebrates America Recycles Day Recycle Art Show 2017

on November 19, 2017 - 7:24am

Fashionistas with emcee Joyce Haven at the Chamisa Recycle Art Show Nov. 15 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

Caroline Khan models a shopping bag dress. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

Maison Griffin models an outfit using a recycled t-shirt and yarn. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

CHAMISA News:

The Chamisa Recycle Art Show was held Nov. 15 in celebration of America Recycles Day. Students created artwork made from recycled materials to display around the school.

The evening began with everyone participating in make & take art projects using trash items.

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunrise Spotted In White Rock

on November 19, 2017 - 5:45am

Daily Postcard: A colorful sunrise spotted Friday over White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Nature Yoga And Trail Run Sunday

on November 18, 2017 - 9:36am

Nature Yoga and Trail Run Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A Nature Yoga and Trail Run is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This weekly workshop helps participants learn to connect with nature through yoga and trail running. Come for the run, come for yoga, or attend both.

During yoga, enjoy breathtaking views of the Los Alamos canyons, skies, and wildlife. Watch the clouds float by as you flow your body, breath, and spirit through guided yoga sequences geared toward your specific needs and goals as a student.

Bandelier Open Thanksgiving & Celebrates OptOutside

on November 18, 2017 - 8:42am
Bandelier invites visitors to take a walk on the Main Loop Trail and celebrate OptOutside Friday, Nov. 24. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Many locations throughout the area will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, but Bandelier National Monument will be open, with Visitor Center hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every year many visitors, some with their Thanksgiving guests, come to enjoy the park in the morning while the turkey is cooking, or in the afternoon to walk off some of their holiday feast.
 
Then Friday, Nov. 24, the park will join in the growing nationwide observance of OptOutside.

Fire Crews Monitor Prescribed Burn Unit In Santa Fe Municipal Watershed

on November 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Ignitions underway Thursday in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

Picture-perfect outcome of prescribed burn in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
Needle cast and duff adjacent to the prescribed burn unit. This is the type of fuel the prescribed burn is designed to eliminate. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire crews conducted both aerial and on-the-ground surveys Friday of the 248-acre unit within the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed that was treated with prescribed fire yesterday.

Daily Postcard: Blue Bird Hangs Around Quemazon

on November 18, 2017 - 7:08am

Daily Postcard: A blue bird spotted this week hanging around Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC Receives Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award From EEANM

on November 17, 2017 - 8:48am
PEEC is one of five award recipients at this year’s Environmental Literacy Summit, and received the only award given to an organization. PEEC educators Denise Matthews and Siobhan Niklasson are fifth and sixth from the left. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) bestowed its first Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) of Los Alamos.
 
Siobhan Niklasson, PEEC’s Director of Education, accepted the award last Thursday, Nov.

Daily Postcard: Buck Visits Quemazon

on November 17, 2017 - 6:52am

Daily Postcard: A buck pays a morning visit to a home in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Eco Station And Overlook Convenience Center Closed For Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 23 And Nov. 24

on November 16, 2017 - 9:39am

COUNTY News:

The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.

There will be no residential or commercial trash and recycling collection service provided Thursday, Nov. 23 or Friday, Nov. 24.

Residents whose normal trash day falls on one of those days should place their materials out Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Keller: What Weeds Really Are

on November 16, 2017 - 8:48am
By CHICK KELLER, Curator
Jemez Mountains Herbarium
 
In response to a resent letter to the editor (link) with questions about weeds and what to do about them, here are some answers:

First – a weed to me is any group of plants growing where you don’t want them, or crowding out other more desirable plants.

Second – not all weeds are invaders from other places. Most are natives.

Third – these are very important plants for restoring disturbed areas. I call them nature’s “first responders”. They are almost all annuals (must grow from seeds each year as last year’s die and don’t come back).

Their job is

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Tonight

on November 16, 2017 - 7:45am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today in Suite 110 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda: 
 
1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
 
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
 
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • Approval of the Oct. 19, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: John Bliss
 
5. BOARD BUSINESS
  • Eco Challenge Presentation of Award Winners Presenters: Susan Barns
  • Review and Discuss the Environmental Sustainability Plan Presenters: Philo Shelton
  • Discuss Collection

Daily Postcard: Half Moon Shines Through Clouds

on November 16, 2017 - 5:44am

Daily Postcard: Half the moon shines through the clouds Tuesday night over Los Alamos. Photo by Robert Beberniss

WIPP Marks Milestone With 12,000th Safe Transuranic Waste Shipment

on November 15, 2017 - 10:57am
The 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant arrives at the facility from EM’s Idaho Site late Nov. 9. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently received its 12,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal since opening in 1999.
 
“We are all very proud of receiving the 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste and contributing to the Department’s cleanup mission.” said Todd Shrader, manager of the Carlsbad Field Office.  
 
Since the underground repository’s opening, WIPP drivers have safely

Daily Postcard: Poppies Still Blooming

on November 15, 2017 - 5:04am

Daily Postcard: When all else is fading away this Fall, the poppies are bright and beautiful. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

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