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NIST: ‘W’eird Signals: Listening In On The Eclipse

on August 15, 2017 - 3:12pm
Earth's ionosphere. Courtesy/NASA
 
NIST News:
 
Two years ago, I had never heard of the WWVB radio station. Today, it’s one of my favorites, but that’s not because it broadcasts a pleasant mix of Top 40 hits. (It doesn’t.) 
 
WWVB is a low-frequency station, operated by NIST, that provides precise time information to radio-controlled clocks across North America.

Supernova Hunters: ‘Get Them Young’

on August 15, 2017 - 9:30am

Bright blue dot: Supernovae such as SN 2017cbv appear as "stars that weren't there before," which is why multiple images taken over time are necessary to reveal their true identity. SN 2017cbv lies in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy called NGC 5643 that lies about 55 million light-years away and has about the same diameter as the Milky Way (~100,000 light-years). Data are from the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Supernova Project and the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey. Courtesy/B.J. Fulton/Caltech)

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See Distant Worlds At Nature Center Aug. 18-19

on August 15, 2017 - 7:20am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The new film Distant Worlds – Alien Life, which premiered last month, will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. 
 
There will not be a show Friday, Aug. 18, but the astronomy shows will return the following Friday with an eclipse update and night sky show by Dr. Galen Gisler at 7 p.m. Aug. 25.
 
Not only does Distant Worlds – Alien Life investigate the conditions required for life, beginning with the planets and moons in our Solar System, but it also ventures out to some of the newly-discovered and

Daily Postcard: Rainbow Monday In White Rock

on August 15, 2017 - 1:54am

Daily Postcard: The view out the back door of a home in White Rock at about 7:30 p.m. Monday. Photo by Steve Stringer

Mountain Bike Director Hired For Purgatory Resort, Pajarito Mountain And Other MCP Resorts!

on August 14, 2017 - 9:16am
Hogan Koesis
 
MCP News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Officials with Mountain Capital Partners (MCP) has announced the appointment of Hogan Koesis as its new Mountain Bike Director for its collection of resorts, including Purgatory Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, and Hesperus Ski Area. 
 
The new position was created at MCP to spearhead its efforts to improve the mountain bike offerings at its various resorts, to help build mountain bike parks, and to catapult Purgatory back into the spotlight of mountain bike championship events and world class riding.

Broad Support For Ten Commandments Monument Reflected In Numerous Briefs At Supreme Court

on August 14, 2017 - 9:05am
Alliance Defending Freedom News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Supreme Court has received numerous friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a New Mexico city’s ability to allow citizens to display a Ten Commandments monument among other historical monuments on public property.
 
The briefs filed in City of Bloomfield v. Felix include support from the attorneys general or governors of 23 states, 24 members of Congress, and a variety of legal experts, religious groups, and others.

Last month, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico, asked the high

Logan And Blue Beary Bulk Up For Winter

on August 14, 2017 - 8:13am
Logan the recently orhaned bear and Blue Beary who broke her elbow when hit by a car in mid July are bulking up nicely ahead of winter. Dr. Kathleen Ramsay and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation thank the Los Alamos community for its generosity in donating funds to help these bears prepare for release later this year. To contribute, visit www.landofenchantment.org or mail donations to Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, PO Box 957, Santa Cruz, NM, 87567. Photo by James Robinson

Youth Resiliency Committee Meets Today

on August 14, 2017 - 8:12am

Udall To Keynote US Global Leadership Coalition Conference And NM Water Conference

on August 14, 2017 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be the keynote speaker at a forum on national security and economic prosperity with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and at the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.
 
He also will lead a roundtable discussion at Kirtland Air Force Base with leaders of the N.M.

AGU: Human-Caused Warming Likely Leads To Recent Streak Of Record-Breaking Temperatures

on August 14, 2017 - 7:12am
Rising global temperatures are linked to more extreme weather events, such as heat waves, floods, and droughts. Courtesy/Luis Iranzo Navarro-Olivares
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  It is “extremely unlikely” 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.  
 
Temperature records were first broken in 2014, when that year became the hottest year since global temperature records began in 1880. These temperatures were then surpassed in 2015 and 2016, making last year

Zinke Supports Acceptance Of 3,595 Acres Of Wilderness For Sportsmen's Access To Sabinoso In New Mexico

on August 14, 2017 - 7:10am
Courtesy photo
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following a ​trip to New Mexico, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced he and the Department - through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - intend to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres (formerly known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch) that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness to be included as part of the wilderness​.
 
If approved, the donated land will provide public access to the 16,000-acre Sabinoso Wilderness, which is wholly surrounded by non-federal land.

Daily Postcard: Low Clouds In Evening Sky

on August 14, 2017 - 6:32am

Daily Postcard: Clouds float low in the sky looking toward Los Alamos from Santa Fe. Photo by Scot Rygh

Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Voices Deep Concern Over RFP For Lab Management Contract

on August 13, 2017 - 10:19am

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler chats with Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales prior to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board meeting Friday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

From left, Jack Jekowski, RCLC board members, Taos County Commissioner Mark Gallegos, Taos Councilor Darien Fernandez and Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Draft Solicitation for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Site Management and Operating Contract as presently proposed has

NMED Releases ‘Boil Water Advisory’ For Vallecitos MDWCA Water System In Rio Arriba County

on August 13, 2017 - 9:53am

NMED News:
  • Vallecitos’ Customers Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau is announcing a “boil water advisory” for the Vallecitos Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (MDWCA).

Vallecitos MDWCA was required to issue the advisory Aug. 12, 2017 after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the Vallecitos MDWCA water distribution system. New Mexico Drinking Water Regulations require Vallecitos MDWCA to notify their water system consumers of this finding. 

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Scientists Discover Cause Of Sea Level Hot Spots

on August 13, 2017 - 7:32am
The Indian River Lagoon, where salinity increases helped researchers discover a hot spot. Courtesy/NASA Kennedy Space Center
 
By STEPHANIE LIVINGSTON
AGU
 
Sea level rise hot spots — bursts of accelerated sea rise that last three to five years — happen along the U.S. East Coast thanks to a one-two punch from naturally occurring climate variations, a new University of Florida study shows.
 
After UF scientists identified a hot spot reaching from Cape Hatteras to Miami, they probed the causes by analyzing tidal and climate data for the U.S. eastern seaboard. The new study, published

Daily Postcard: Storm Clouds Over Los Alamos

on August 13, 2017 - 7:03am

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds fill the sky earlier in the week over Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Collared Lizard Guards Onion Patch In White Rock

on August 12, 2017 - 7:46am

This collared lizard that residents affectionately call Lizzy has been guarding the family onion and chives patch for weeks at a home on Rio Bravo in Pajarito Acres in White Rock. The family reports that Lizzy hunts every day for grasshoppers and butterflies near sunset, and avoids encounters with various birds (roadrunners and towhees) and a resident bull snake (about 6-feet long). Photo by Patrick Neher

Lizzy the collared lizard has taken up residence at a home in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Patrick Neher

Lizzy gets in some afternoon rock climbing at her new home in Pajarito Acres.

Galactic Winds Push Researchers To Probe Galaxies At Unprecedented Scale

on August 12, 2017 - 6:53am
A density projection of a cool cloud getting destroyed as it is exposed to an outflow’s hot wind. Rather than getting pushed, the simulation shows the cold material instead becomes gradually heated until it is fully incorporated into the hot wind. Courtesy/Evan Schneider, Princeton University
 
OLCF News:
 
When astronomers peer into the universe, what they see often exceeds the limits of human understanding. Such is the case with low-mass galaxies—galaxies a fraction of the size of our own Milky Way.
 
These small, faint systems made up of millions or billions of stars, dust, and gas

Heinrich, Tillis Lead Letter To U.S. International Trade Commission Opposing Tariffs Harming Solar Industry

on August 12, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with a bipartisan group of senators, are urging the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to not impose tariffs that would negatively affect the American solar industry.
 
In a letter to Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, the lawmakers—who both represent states that have a growing solar industry—expressed their deep concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The ITC will hold a public hearing on the

Daily Postcard: Sunrise From Walnut Street

on August 12, 2017 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: A sunrise Friday lights the sky from Walnut Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Summer Concert Is On Tonight … Rain Or Shine!

on August 11, 2017 - 5:26pm

Dale Watson and the Lonestars perform at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond regardless of the weather. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert is on tonight regardless of whether it continues to rain!

Country music star Dale Watson and his band the Lonestars from Austin, Texas perform at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park.

Watson has been dubbed by the Austin Chronicle as the “silver pompadoured, baritone beltin’, Lone Star drinkin’, honky-tonk hellraiser.” He also plays rockabilly and Texas swing.

Bandelier Law Enforcement Rangers Offer Reward For Information On Elk Poaching

on August 11, 2017 - 3:28pm
NPS News:
 
Between the evening of Aug. 3 and morning of Aug. 4, an elk was poached within Bandelier National Monument. 
 
Evidence was collected at the scene and some parts of the poached elk were taken by the suspects. 
 
The incident occurred along N.M. 4 near milepost 44 near Cerro Grande. The elk was on the south side of the road. If you observed a vehicle stopped along the road during this time, Bandelier law enforcement rangers want to know about it. 
 
If you have any information you believe may be related, call 505.672.3861 extension 401 or 402. Bandelier National Monument

Northern New Mexico National Forests Extend Application Deadline For SRS Funding To Aug. 14

on August 11, 2017 - 2:56pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe National Forests have extended the deadline to apply for funding under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act to Aug. 14, 2017. 
 
Up to $680,000 is available to tribal and local governments, small businesses, non-governmental organizations and Forest Service field units for ecosystems and land and water quality projects that benefit the three forests in Northern New Mexico. 
 
Title II funding directs millions of federal dollars into local communities for education, law enforcement, roads

Daily Postcard: Sunset With Moon Spotted Sunday

on August 11, 2017 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: A sunset with the moon is spotted Sunday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Notice: Possible Quorum Of Environmental Sustainability Board Members At County Fair Saturday

on August 10, 2017 - 6:44am

COUNTY News:

A quorum for the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board may be present 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Ashley Pond during the Los Alamos County Fair.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken.

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