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Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on March 18, 2017 - 9:50am
Courtesy/SFNF
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE -- The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for new site stewards. Site stewards work in assigned areas to monitor archaeological and historical sites for evidence of deterioration due to natural causes or vandalism.
 
Steward responsibilities include visits to sites on a regular assigned basis (usually once a month, weather and roads permitting), to report damage or significant changes. This is a great way to get outdoors and become more familiar with the forest’s cultural resources.
 
The next formal training is a full-day session Saturday, April

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.
 
Presented in

Daily Postcard: Moon Over Main Hill Road

on March 13, 2017 - 7:15am

Daily Postcard: The moon shines Sunday over the Main Hill Road heading up to Los Alamos. Photo by Bob Beberniss

Another Rehabilitated Hawk Flies Free!

on March 12, 2017 - 11:21pm

A second rehabilitated hawk released this afternoon after a complete recovery at the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Center. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazardous Waste Backlog May Take Years To Unload

on March 12, 2017 - 9:35am

A hazardous waste permit modification for LANL requests three storage units at Technical Area 55, including the High Efficiency Neutron Counter Pad, shown here, which would be used as an outdoor storage pad. Courtesy/LANL

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Among the many consequences of the Valentine’s Dayradiation incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico in 2014, one necessity was a significant reworking of hazardous waste storage arrangements at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility.

Daily Postcard: Fox Explores Local Neighborhood

on March 12, 2017 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: A fox is spotted early Saturday morning exploring the neighborhood around 37th Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

House Passes Memorial To Protect Chaco Canyon

on March 11, 2017 - 10:31pm

Kin Bineola is an Ancestral Puebloan great house and archeological site 12 miles from Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtedy/NPS

 

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Tonight, House Memorial 70, the Protection of Chaco Canyon Landscape, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), passed the New Mexico House of Representatives in a 31-28 party-line vote.

HM 70 requests that the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) respect their established relationship with tribal entities by consulting with tribes on any hydraulic fracking operations around the historic Chaco

Co+op’s Six Year Birthday Bash Underway Until 3 p.m.!

on March 11, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Los Alamos Co+op Market at 95 Entrada Dr. is celebrating its 6th Anniversary until 3 p.m. today by showcasing its Community Partners and Vendors. The entire community is invited to celebrate and enjoy interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including PEEC, LA Animal Shelter, Bathtub Row Brewing Coop, Los Alamos County Recycling and Delancy Street Shelter. Photo by Greg Kendall

Seven Co+op vendors are on hand to offer free product samples and to show appreciation to its customers, the Co+op is providing free chair massages. Photo by Greg Kendall

Sample foods, free

Fisherman Bill Orr Teaches Two-Day Fly Tying Class

on March 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Each participant in the upcoming fly tying class receives a copy of Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with fisherman Bill Orr, who co-authored the book Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico, to offer another two-day fly tying class, 1:30-3:30 p.m., March 19 and 26. 
 
Participants will create their own ties designed for local fishing and receive a free copy of Orr's book. All experience levels are welcome, even those who think they are all thumbs.
 
In this class, Orr will cover flies that were

Solar Panels On State Buildings Passes Committee

on March 11, 2017 - 7:06am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE  An important committee of the New Mexico House of Representatives March 9 voted on a bipartisan basis to advance Senate Bill 227, a bill requiring state government to install solar energy panels on its 750 buildings, so long as it would provide a net savings on utility costs and not require any upfront costs. 
 
Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces, the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation will give taxpayers and the State potentially huge potential savings on electric and energy costs. 
 
The bill now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for a vote.

Sipapu Offers Events And Extra Hour Of Skiing

on March 11, 2017 - 7:04am
Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO  Sipapu Ski Resort officials announced that operating hours will change with Sunday's Daylight Saving Time, providing skiers with an extra hour on the slopes. 
 
Sunday, March 12 through Saturday, March 18, lifts will turn 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Sunday, March 19 through Sunday, March 26, Sipapu will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
 
Sipapu will then be open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.weekends only, April 1 and 2 and April 8 and 9. For the latest conditions, visit Sipapu’s snow report
 
Springtime means sunny, bluebird days, great skiing and fun

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center March 14

on March 10, 2017 - 8:37am

The community is invited to enjoy activities with Melissa Mackey, 6-7 p.m. March 14, at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Tuesday, March 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities, 6-7 p.m., with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey.

The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center and thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free to all.

Daily Postcard: Bufflehead Duck Joins Recently Arrived Cinnamon Teal At Ashley Pond

on March 10, 2017 - 6:49am

A Bufflehead Duck, right, joins the recently arrived Cinnamon Teal Duck Thursday at Ashley Pond. Thanks to the efforts of former County Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre, Ashley Pond has become an inviting destination for ducks and birds of all stripes during their migrations. McIntyre played a major role in the design and implementation of the popular Ashley Pond Park improvements in downtown Los Alamos. Find information about Bufflehead ducks here and Cinnamon Teal ducks here. Photo by Greg Kendall
Longtime local resident Homer the Goose jumps for joy at the sight of his colorful new

Bandelier Assists Fire Investigation Class March 14-16

on March 9, 2017 - 10:28pm

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 

Bandelier National Monument and the East Jemez Interagency Fire Center will be assisting March 14-16 with the field portion of a wildland fire investigation class that includes exercises examining common ignition types.
 
To provide hands-on experience for the class members, instructors will ignite very small sample fires, totaling approximately 5 acres, on a portion of Bandelier just across State Highway 4 from the Fire Center.
 
Smoke may be visible from N.M. 4, White Rock, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe and surrounding areas.
 

Environmental Justice Moral Monday At State Capitol

on March 9, 2017 - 9:51am

STATE News:
  • New Mexicans impacted by environmental injustice in their communities bring their voices to the State Capitol

 

SANTA FE -- About 50 community leaders impacted by environmental justice issues in New Mexico will be connecting with their decision makers in the State Capitol on Monday, March 13 as part of Environmental Justice (EJ) Moral Monday. The citizens’ advocacy  day is intended to highlight various EJ issues impacting our air, land, water and health.


Environmental justice communities and organizations from across New Mexico will be participating at the event held at the

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talk Explores ‘The Mystery Of Detonation’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:44pm

The ‘Mystery of Detonation’ lecture will focus on various kinds of explosions, what is needed for detonation and current experiments and modeling of detonations.

LANL News:

David Moore, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Shock and Detonation Physics group, will discuss the science behind detonation and explosions during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “The Mystery of Detonation” beginning March 14 in Santa Fe.

“The speed and destructiveness of explosive events, and the accompanying opaque layers of products and intermediates, make the experiments

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