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Petree Garden Center Opening In Los Alamos

on January 18, 2018 - 3:07pm

Craig Wehner and his wife Rachel Wehner are opening Petree Garden Center in early April in the former De Colores building at 2470 East Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Buliding owners Craig Wehner and his wife Rachel Wehner, right, with certified arborist Laural Hardin who together with Mike Petree of Taos owns the new garden center coming to Los Alamos and is the general manager. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos natives Craig Wehner and his wife Rachel Wehner recently purchased the

DOE And NMED Hold Joint Meeting On Legacy Waste Clean-Up

on January 18, 2018 - 1:51pm

Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze, right, and New Mexico Environment Department Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief John Kieling take notes as NNSA representative Arturo Duran answers questions from the audience during Tuesday evening's meeting hosted by DOE and NMED at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Duran earlier outlined milestones and targets for FY 2018 legacy waste clean-up. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from the New Mexico Environment Department public information meeting on FY2018 Appendix B milestones and targets Tuesday evening

NMED’s Technical & Regulatory Review Of Kirtland AFB’s RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Nears Completion

on January 18, 2018 - 6:52am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  Officials at the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced that their technical and regulatory review of a pivotal site characterization document (entitled the “RFI Report”) addressing the Kirtland Air Force Base’s underground jet fuel leak is nearing completion. 
 
“Under the state’s groundwater regulations and the federal Resource and Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), the New Mexico Environment Department is providing the environmental oversight for cleanup of affected groundwater in Albuquerque,” said Chief Scientist Dennis McQuillan, who recently

Daily Postcard: Frosty Landscape On Camp May Road

on January 18, 2018 - 6:45am
Daily Postcard: When the fog lifted late Tuesday morning, a frosty landscape was revealed on parts of Camp May Road and across Los Alamos Canyon ... referred to as rime frost. Photo by Marc Bailey
 
Frosty landscape Tuesday morning on parts of Camp May Road and across Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by Marc Bailey

Cuba Ranger District Plans La Jara & Chaparral Piles Prescribed Burns

on January 17, 2018 - 6:59am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on the La Jara piles and Chaparral piles sometime between Jan. 22 and March 30 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles and up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. 
 
The La Jara piles area is located east of the community of La Jara.

Daily Postcard: Rio Grande At Buckman Mesa

on January 17, 2018 - 6:17am

Evening at the Rio Grande River in front of Buckman Mesa (left). Photo by Robert Beberniss

NNSA Manager Updates Regional Coalition Board

on January 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager William S. 'Steve' Goodrum addresses the RCLC board Friday at Ohkay Owingeh. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m a firm believer in transparency. I’m a firm believer in partnering,” said William S. “Steve” Goodrum, manager of the National Nuclear Safety Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office, at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board meeting Friday at Ohkay Owingeh Casino and Resort Hotel.

Goodrum was responding to comments and questions from Coalition Chair and Santa

PEEC: Explore Galaxies And Dark Matter Jan. 19-20

on January 16, 2018 - 7:26am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium has a special show about our local galaxies at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 and a full-dome film Dark Matter Mystery scree ning at 2 p.m. Jan. 20. These shows are organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Education Center (PEEC).
 
What do we know about our neighbor galaxies? Paul Arendt will share answers to these and more questions about our Universe within four million light-years at 7 p.m. Jan. 19.
 
The full-dome film Dark Matter Mystery explo res our understanding of dark matter.

BLM Seeks Public Input In Planning Process For Bears Ears National Monument

on January 16, 2018 - 5:34am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dec. 4, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Proclamation 9681 modifying the boundary of the Bears Ears National Monument to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of important objects of historic and scientific interest.
 
This action is part of a larger effort by President Trump and the Department of the Interior to ensure that the broad powers granted to the President under the Antiquities Act are not used as a tool to unnecessarily restrict access to public land on a large scale. 
 
The Bureau of Land Management Utah State

Daily Postcard: View Of Black Mesa From Otowi Peak

on January 16, 2018 - 5:11am

View of Black Mesa and San Ildefonso from Otowi Peak. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Upcoming Events At Pajarito Mountain

on January 15, 2018 - 6:34pm
 
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
For the snow report and ticket info, click here. Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages.
 
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
  • Jan. 20 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band series. Enjoy live music 3-5 p.m. from Smooth Santana Tribute Band and local craft beer from Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op starting at noon.
  • Feb.

Daily Postcard: Mule Deer Spotted On San Ildefonso

on January 15, 2018 - 7:20am

Daily Postcard: Mule deer spotted nibbling grass Saturday near the soccer fields on San Ildefonso Road. The mule deer gets its name from its overly large ears. Photo by Thomas Swertfeger

Scenes From Hike Above Rendija Canyon

on January 14, 2018 - 6:24am

Scene from a recent hike above Rendija Canyon. Photo by Larry Caudill

Hiking above Rendija Canyon. Photo by Larry Caudill

Daily Post Reporter Spots Giant Elephant Seals

on January 14, 2018 - 6:14am

Giant elephant seals spotted Friday on Jenny Island in Antarctica by Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey who is vacationing in the area. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Giant elephant seals. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Sunset Paints Sky With Radiant Glow

on January 14, 2018 - 6:03am

Daily Postcard: The sunset paints the sky in beautiful hues Friday above Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Closure Announced

on January 13, 2018 - 8:20am
FOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The plan to close California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, at the end of its current operating lease was approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission.
 
Pacific Gas and Electric, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations reached a historic agreement in 2016 to shut down the two reactors at Diablo Canyon and replace them with renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage. Thursday’s decision makes a nuclear-free California one step closer.
 
In response to the decision, Damon Moglen, Senior

BLM Waives Most Day Use Fees Monday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:13am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In order to increase recreational access to public land, the Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2018.
 
“On Monday, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the BLM invites families to spend the day together enjoying America’s rich public lands heritage,” Brain Steed, BLM Deputy Director said. “Most of these lands are just a short drive from your community.

SFNF: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Closure Jan. 15

on January 13, 2018 - 8:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 16.
 
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 15. Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System
 
Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest

Bandelier To Celebrate First 2018 Fee Free Day Monday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:02am
NPS News:
 
Every year the National Park Service (NPS) offers several days when the public is invited to visit fee free - that is, no entrance fees are charged.
 
Bandelier National Monument and the other approximately 120 NPS areas that charge entrance fees invite everyone to enjoy this year's first fee-free day Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also be fee free at lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation. 
 
"Mid-January is usually a very quiet time at Bandelier,"

Daily Postcard: Mule Deer Spotted On Alabama Avenue

on January 13, 2018 - 7:47am

Daily Postcard: A very gentle and shy old mule deer is spotted this week on Alabama Avenue. Photo by Justin H. Smith

Mule deer on Alabama Avenue. Photo by Justin H. Smith

Mule deer on Alabama Avenue. Photo by Justin H. Smith

Nine Inches Of Snow At Purgatory Resort

on January 12, 2018 - 6:56am
Grady James enjoying Tuesday's snow at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort
 
SKI News:
 
Purgatory Resort received 9 inches of snow Tuesday and a total of 14 inches of snow in the past four days.
 
The new snow comes just at the right time for the mountain team to be able to open more terrain for MLK weekend festivities, including Purgatory's annual Winterfest - a festival that celebrates *WINTER* with Snowcat Dinner Excursions, snowcat scenic tours, skiing and riding, and more.
 
Purgatory offers discounted lift tickets at the ticket window, plus online specials when

DOE Under Secretary For Science Visits Hanford Site

on January 12, 2018 - 6:36am
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar (center) dons protective clothing prior to entering the air lock of the 324 Building, located about 300 yards west of the Columbia River. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, WA  DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar spent his first working days of 2018 at the Hanford Site, emphasizing the importance of safety as he talked with EM officials, toured cleanup projects, and met with labor groups and others in the community. 
 
Dabbar visited three training facilities where workers practice using equipment in a non-hazardous environment

AGU: Study Finds First Direct Proof Of Ozone Hole Recovery Due To Chemicals Ban

on January 12, 2018 - 6:30am
A view of Earth’s atmosphere from space. A new study finds that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — For the first time, scientists have shown through direct satellite observations of the ozone hole that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.
 
new study in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, shows the decline in chlorine, resulting from an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called

Open House On Draft GCP-Oil & Gas Permit Jan. 12

on January 12, 2018 - 6:07am
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau announces an open house on the draft General Construction Permit for the oil & gas industries (GCP-Oil & Gas).
 
A link to the text of this DRAFT GCP-Oil & Gas can be found at the top of this web page: https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/permitting-section-procedures-and-guidance/
 
This permit revises and combines the existing GCP-1 and GCP-4 permits into a single permit. This new permit has improved and updated language allowing for a wider variety of equipment, control devices, and operating scenarios.  
 
The

Daily Postcard: Ojo Caliente Hike

on January 12, 2018 - 6:05am

Daily Postcard: Hiking recently near Ojo Caliente. Photo by Robert Beberniss

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