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LAPS: Solar Eclipse Safety Reminder

on August 20, 2017 - 2:28pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk!

Well … it looks like we may have clouds and maybe even rain during Monday’s Solar Eclipse. In any case, this spectacular event offers a rare teachable moment about science and safety.

In Los Alamos, the Partial Eclipse begins at about 10:22 a.m. when the Moon touches the Sun's edge. The Maximum Eclipse will be at about 11:46 a.m. when the Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Here are some safety reminders for students and staff on Monday: 

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or

Daily Postcard: Western Area Walk Turns Into Standoff

on August 20, 2017 - 6:42am
Daily Postcard: An afternoon walk with the family dog Saturday in Western Area turns into a game of ‘chicken’ ... the big buck blinked. Photo by Brint Perera

Deputy Secretary Bernhardt: $660,000 In Historic State And Tribal Preservation Grants To New Mexico

on August 20, 2017 - 5:40am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service has announced the distribution of $341,169 in historic preservation grants to New Mexico as well as $322,404 for historic preservation grants to eleven Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state.
 
This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S.

NOAA Satellites To Capture Moon’s Shadow Against Earth During 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

on August 20, 2017 - 5:29am

Photo by NASA/NOAA

NOAA News:

While most of America will be looking up during the solar eclipse Monday, America’s newest weather satellite, NOAA's GOES-16, will be looking down on the earth, tracking the moon’s shadow across the United States with its highly sophisticated Advanced Baseline Imager.

And NOAA plans to issue images of the eclipse from GOES-16 and its other polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites as they become available.

The satellite’s imager will provide three, high-resolution, color animations and still pictures of the eclipse.

LAHS Students Travel To Wyoming For Eclipse

on August 19, 2017 - 10:30am

From left, Maddie Mas, Maya Rogers, (on shoulders are Isabelle Crooker, Beth Short), LAHS Science Teacher Steph Miller and husband/volunteer Mark Mitchell, Prescott More, Elijah Pelofske, School Board Member/Volunteer Steve Boerigter, Stephen Gulley and Jack Benner. LAHS Science teacher/trip coordinator Deborah Grothaus isn’t on the trip due to prior commitments. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Eight Los Alamos High School students left Friday, to travel to Wyoming as part of the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment.

The students are traveling with LAHS Science teacher Steph

Solar Eclipse Extravaganza At Valles Caldera Monday

on August 19, 2017 - 7:45am

A park ranger uses special solar glasses to safely view the sun at the Valles Calderas. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

The Great American Eclipse is coming, and everyone is invited to the Valles Caldera National Preserve to watch it.

Join rangers to witness and learn more about this spectacular natural event, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at the Valle Grande Entrance Station on N.M. 4. The maximum partial eclipse will be reached at approximately 11:45 a.m. MDT, Monday.

To safely view a solar eclipse, special-purpose solar filters are mandatory!

The North Face Awards 2017 Explore Fund Grant To New Mexico Wildlife Center

on August 19, 2017 - 7:09am
River Classroom. Courtesy photo
 
NMWC News:
 
ESPANOLA The North Face has awarded a 2017 Explore Fund grant to New Mexico Wildlife Center for its River Classroom program. River Classroom will launch the 2017-2018 school year in September, working with students from Espanola, Tierra Amarilla and Chama.
 
River Classroom is led by Dr. Christy Wall, who is passionate about sharing her love of the outdoors with her students.
 
“We are thrilled to be selected as a recipient of the Explore Fund grant. River Classroom is a wonderful program for our community,” Dr. Wall said.

Daily Postcard: Flower Basks In Afternoon Sunshine

on August 19, 2017 - 6:54am

Daily Postcard: A flower basks in the glow of the warm afternoon sunshine. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Cheryl Bell

on August 18, 2017 - 3:19pm
By JAMES ROBINSON
Chair, Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation
Member, Environmental Sustainability Board
 
I wanted to thank Cheryl Bell for the wonderful letter about bears (link). One point I really want to drive home is thanking Los Alamos for making great strides in becoming a bear friendly community.
 
Earlier this year, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation teamed up to host New Mexico’s first Bear Festival.

Public Shares Thoughts On Local Trails

on August 18, 2017 - 3:15pm

From left, Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson host a meeting Wednesday night at the North Mesa Stables area regarding Los Alamos County's trails. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Approximately 20 people attended the trails meeting Wednesday near the stables. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Trail users were invited to give their thoughts and input on Los Alamos’ trails during an informal gathering Wednesday night at the North Mesa

Science On Tap Presentation Targets Lightning

on August 18, 2017 - 8:35am

Tess Light discusses what is shocking about lightning during a Science on Tap presentation Thursday at Unquarked. She is with the Lab’s Space and Remote Sensing Group and touched on research that dates back to the 1960s when it was developed in connection with space payloads that monitor the Earth for evidence of nuclear treaty violation. Learning more about lightning is an outgrowth of those sensors. Courtesy photo

NPS Action Provides Park Visitors Better Access To Safe, Healthy Water

on August 18, 2017 - 8:28am
NPS News:
 
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Visitors to all of America’s national parks will have better access to the healthiest packaged beverage now that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has rescinded a policy that allowed individual national parks to ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve plastic containers.
 
“The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauds this action, which recognizes the importance of making safe, healthy, convenient bottled water available to the millions of people from around the world who want to stay well-hydrated while visiting national parks,” IBWA

SFNF: Gilman Tunnels Reopen

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
The Gilman Tunnels have reopened. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Gilman Tunnels on Forest Road (FR) 376 have reopened on the Jemez Ranger District. 
 
Closed since mid-June, the Gilman Tunnel corridor has undergone essential safety measures following several near misses with large boulders falling into the roadway. Road crews have stabilized the cliff walls within the box canyon and removed sections of loose rock along a portion of FR 376 between mile markers 0.1 and 5.5. 
 
Keep in mind that although these measures have helped stabilize the canyon’s walls, weather

Daily Postcard: NJROTC Cadets Drill At Sunrise

on August 18, 2017 - 6:35am

Daily Postcard: An early morning sky shines over NJROTC cadets at drill practice Monday at Los Alamos High School. Photo by CPO Tim Graziani

The Bear Went Over The Mountain ... To Smell What He Could Smell

on August 17, 2017 - 10:14am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
By CHERYL BELL
Wildlife Chair
Pajarito Chapter Sierra Club

Forgive me for altering the words of this song. Perhaps the author didn't know that bears don't see terribly well, but wow can they smell! Los Alamos residents have been reporting an uptick in bear activity in town. Why? The short answer is “Humans.” That's right. Humans and our smells. I find it ironic that we label bears as “problem” “nuisance” “habituated” when in reality, we have created and perpetuated the problem. And we are the solution to keeping our property safe and bears alive.

We

Ojitos Fire On SFNF Provides Opportunity To Use Fire For Resource Benefit

on August 17, 2017 - 7:02am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District with a focus on using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The 330-acre Ojitos Fire is on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness where fire managers are using natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to limit the fire’s spread. The fire’s growth has been limited by monsoonal moisture and topography, which includes drainages, cliffs and patches of bare soil. 
 
Over the

Daily Postcard: Flowers In Bloom In Los Alamos

on August 17, 2017 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Flowers in bloom around Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Bandelier Honors Youth Work Crews

on August 16, 2017 - 3:47pm

Members of the 2017 Bandelier Conservation Corps, Bandelier Preservation Corps, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

A graduation ceremony at Bandelier National Monument recently honored three youth crews organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for their 10 weeks of summer work. 

The Bandelier Conservation Corps worked on trails in the park, the Bandelier Preservation Corps stabilized ancient stone walls in the archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon, and the Abiquiu-Ghost Ranch Crew did trail building and improvement near Abiquiu Lake and at Ghost Ranch.

A Mountaineer’s Story: Big Wall Climbing

on August 16, 2017 - 2:50pm

Join adventurer Forest Altherr for a rockin’ presentation about his climbing experiences in Yosemite. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Community members and especially stone monkeys are invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22 to hear from adventurer Forest Altherr about his rock climbing experiences in Yosemite.

The presentation begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.

Altherr has been exploring the cracks, crevaces and faces of Yosemite's largest granite slabs

Science On Tap: What’s Shocking About Lightning

on August 16, 2017 - 2:18pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

Attend Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square to learn the shocking truth about lightning.

Lightning strikes the earth more than one billion times each year, causing thousands of fatalities worldwide, and costs nearly a $1 billion in damages in the U.S. alone.

When strong updrafts cause layers of positive and negative charge to develop in the atmosphere, lightning discharges occur to restore the balance of the Earth’s electrical state.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Fills Sky From White Rock

on August 16, 2017 - 6:40am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise seen along Estante Way in White Rock. Photo by James Gourdoux

LANL: Unique Imaging Of Dinosaur’s Skull Tells Evolutionary Tale

on August 15, 2017 - 4:19pm

A 3D image of Bistahieversor sealeyi, which was found in the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico and Imaged at Los Alamos' unique facilities. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Collaboration creates highest-resolution scan of a large tyrannosaur skull

Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done.

Udall Delivers Keynote Address At New Mexico WRRI’s Annual Water Conference: 'Federal Water Policy And New Mexico: Our Progress And The Challenges Ahead’

on August 15, 2017 - 4:05pm

Discusses his legislation to improve water policy for New Mexico communities, including the 2017 New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

SOCORRO — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered the keynote address at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.

In his address, entitled "Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead," Udall discussed the current water challenges facing New Mexico, including climate change, innovative solutions and opportunities for making

Bandelier Hosts Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show Aug. 18-20

on August 15, 2017 - 3:39pm
Navajo rugs on display at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Courtesy/Hubbell Trading Post
 
NPS News:
 
From Friday, Aug.18, through Sunday, Aug. 20, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting the Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show.
 
It will be presented from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the park Visitor Center. Authentic Navajo rugs will be available for sale in a wide array of designs and prices, straight from the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona. Hubbell's trader, Edison Eskeets, will present rug talks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on August 15, 2017 - 3:23pm

COUNTY News: 

The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Agenda

1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approval of the June 15, 2017 and July 20, 2017, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: John Bliss 
5. BOARD BUSINESS
How Jemez House Thrift Store Contributes to Sustainability in a Mighty Way Presenters: John

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