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Luján Amendment To Protect Those Exposed To Radiation Passes House

on July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  An amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to care for those exposed to radiation was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last night.
 
The amendment expresses the sense of Congress that it is appropriate for the U.S. government to compensate all miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.
 
“Many Americans sacrificed a great deal to ensure our national security.

LAFD Ends Stage 1 Fire Restrictions At Noon Today

on July 14, 2017 - 10:23am

COUNTY News:

Fortunately, recent precipitation and milder temperatures have produced a decrease in the fire danger for Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) will lift Stage 1 restrictions today at noon.

The previous fire restrictions were based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures. Several criteria are utilized to determine when to impose or lift fire restrictions, which include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.

Summertime At Pajarito Mountain Means Live Music, Craft Beer And Award-Winning Mountain Biking!

on July 14, 2017 - 10:16am
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain’s summer is in full swing with more exciting events planned through September. Enjoy craft beer from Bathtub Row Brewing, live music, New Mexico-inspired dishes, and incredible mountain biking adventures!  
 
Pajarito is a four-time winner as a top five resort in the Southwest by the MTBparksRider’s Choice Awards.
 
The Los Alamos Ski Club hosts multiple Beer and Band events, featuring local craft beer and talented musicians, along with lift-served mountain bike trails, plus Pajarito’s Café serving up excellent New Mexican cuisine.
 
Beer &

Sky Scenes From White Rock

on July 14, 2017 - 8:52am

The sky following rain showers Wednesday evening near Rover Boulevard and Kimberly in White Rock. Photo by Kat Kolleen

A double rainbow fills the sky following rain showers Thursday in Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo by Jaret McDonald

A double rainbow spotted Thursday from Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo by Jaret McDonald

How The Hen House Turns: Don’t Mess With Parrots

on July 14, 2017 - 7:58am
Miranda sitting with toy bird. Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns—Don’t Mess With Parrots
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Last week I was asked to care for three parrots, while their adoptive ”parents” traveled to Paris.
 
The job seemed simple enough—rotate the three food and water dishes to the outside of each bird’s cage, clean them and add ¼ cup of water to one, kibbles to a second, and chopped vegetables to the third.
 
I prepared the chopped vegetables on arrival and stored them in the refrigerator. Okay. So far so good.

Representative Asked To Leave Closed Door Meeting On Aamodt Water Settlement And Rights-of-way Issues

on July 14, 2017 - 5:22am

Courtesy photo

 

Staff Report
Valley Daily Post

NAMBE – New Mexico State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe County) and residents of northern Santa Fe County, were asked to leave a Thursday meeting organized by the federal Department of the Interior to discuss the controversial Aamodt water settlement and the rights-of-way issues that affect the residents of the area.

Rep. Carl Trujillo

When asked by Rep. Trujillo why they must leave the meeting, the expelled residents were told, “they had not been invited”.

“Their exclusion is odd, given the discussion centered around the Aamodt

Daily Postcard: Sunset Colors Downtown Los Alamos

on July 14, 2017 - 4:07am

Daily Postcard: A colorful sunset follows rain showers Thursday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Provide Fourth Graders Free Access To National Parks

on July 13, 2017 - 12:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has introduced the Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Act, bipartisan legislation to provide America’s fourth graders and their families free entrance to all federally managed land, waters, and historic sites, including national parks – more than 2,000 sites in all. 
 
The Every Kid Outdoors Act is aimed at encouraging kids to get outdoors and experience America’s public spaces, while engaging in healthy activity and

Video Shows Bear Running On North Mesa

on July 13, 2017 - 12:04pm

A bear is spotted Tuesday morning on North Mesa. Photo by Keith Lindsay

This video was shot Tesday morning between near the Los Alamos Middle School parking lot on Hawk Drive and the solar panel array. Click here to view. Video by Keith Lindsay

Little Boy Spots Burros At Los Alamos Nature Center

on July 13, 2017 - 11:04am

A little boy spots two burros participating in a packing demonstration Wednesday evening at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

LANL: Algae Production Research Gets Boost

on July 13, 2017 - 10:55am
An aerial view of a 30,000L raceway, where Sapphire validates the performance of its cultivation strains by testing them at increasing spatial scales. Courtesy/Saphire Energy Inc. 
 
LANL News:
 
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts.
 
One of the projects involves Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Shawn Starkenburg working with Alina Corcoran of Sapphire Energy at its Las Cruces, New Mexico field site, evaluating rationally designed

U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Water Rights Protection Bill With Pearce Amendment

on July 13, 2017 - 10:48am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water (Grow) Act, with an amendment sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. This provision ensures that current and future tribal water rights are protected under the bill.
 
“Water is a vital resource in New Mexico and is essential for economic growth to occur,” Pearce said.

Scenes From Wednesday's Aparejo Packing System Demonstration At Los Alamos Nature Center

on July 13, 2017 - 5:51am

Freighter is one of two burros belonging to Ron and Pat Rundstrom who demonstated the Aparejo Packing System Wednesday evening. The event was hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Amiga, a female burro delights the audience Wednesday evening at the nature center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

All ages enjoyed the Aparejo Packing System demonstration. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A large crowd came out Wednesday evening for the Aparejo Packing System demonstration

New Mexicans Testify To Protect EPA Methane Rules

on July 13, 2017 - 5:29am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. An array of New Mexicans and Four Corners area residents testified Monday in Washington, D.C. against a delay of the EPA's methane pollution standards.
 
The agency should have implemented the Leak Detection and Repair aspect of the rule at the beginning of June, but attempted to stay these rules for 90-days, and action which a DC court denied. The Washington hearings are part of an additional, formal public process to delay the rule for 2 years.

County Gets Jump On Algae In Ashley Pond

on July 13, 2017 - 5:28am
A County crew member recently working to fish the algae out of Ashley Pond. Photo by Greg Kendall
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

With its cascading waterfall, flowering plants and swimming ducks; Ashley Pond is a picture-perfect postcard of serenity.

 

But there has been some trouble brewing beneath its waters. If walking on one of its curved wooden boardwalks, you can see the culprit to this trouble wafting lazily in the current. Algae has infiltrated the pond and the County is working to combat it.

 

Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton said the warm summer temperatures

Daily Postcard: Father And Child House Finch

on July 13, 2017 - 4:48am

Daily Postcard: A father and child house finch at a home in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

2017 Los Alamos Business Recycler Of The Year

on July 12, 2017 - 4:00pm

PEEC Executive Director Katie Bruell, left, and Los Alamos County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule hold up the 2017 Business Recycler of the Year Certificate awarded to PEEC. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Suzanne Lynne, left, and Los Alamos County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule hold up the award Chamisa Elementary received. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Chamisa Elementary School and Pajarito Environmental Educational Center (PEEC) win 2017 Business Recycler of the Year Awards.

The Business

Greenland’s Ocean Bloom Likely Fueled By Iron

on July 12, 2017 - 10:55am

Satellite photo of glacial meltwater runoff from the Greenland Ice Sheet. A new study finds iron particles washed off Greenland’s rocks and soil and ferried into the sea by the meltwater are driving a recently-discovered summer algal bloom. Courtesy/NASA

 

By KER THAN
Stanford

Iron particles catching a ride on glacial meltwater washed out to sea by drifting currents is likely fueling a recently discovered summer algal bloom off the southern coast of Greenland, a new study finds.

Microalgae, also known as phytoplankton, are plant-like, marine microorganisms that form the base of the food

Heinrich, Udall On Support For National Monuments

on July 12, 2017 - 6:28am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at press conference Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich at press conference Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

  • More than 2.5 million comments were submitted opposing the Department of the Interior’s unprecedented national monument review.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich led a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol with U.S. Sen.

PEEC Offers Three Astronomy Programs This Weekend

on July 12, 2017 - 6:10am
 
PEEC News:
 
This weekend the Los Alamos Nature Center has three astronomy programs:
  • A special summer stars event 8-10 p.m., Friday, July 14;
  • The PBS Science Café 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 15; and
  • The planetarium film From Earth to the Universe playing at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16.
John Lorenzen is leading Friday's fascinating summer stars workshop. This two-hour program will begin in the planetarium and include an introduction to seasonal constellations.

Notice Of Possible Quorum For ESB

on July 12, 2017 - 5:45am

COUNTY News: 

Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend ScienceFest 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

A quorum may be present but no business will be conducted.

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Reservoir

on July 12, 2017 - 5:43am

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Reservoir is back to its old self bringing memories to many of fishing days gone by. Photo by Avery Neal

Weekly Fishing Report: July 11

on July 11, 2017 - 2:00pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the weather continues to be hot and dry with widely scattered thunderstorms, the fishing in the lakes and rivers is slowing down as the water warms and streamflows drop. This time of the year the best fishing is often to be had early in the morning or late in the evening.

One of the better spots to try would be the Rio Grande. The streamflow has dropped to less than normal from the Colorado state border all the way down to Velarde. Spinners like the Panther Martin are a good choice under the present conditions.

Scenes From Sunday's Lavender Festival

on July 11, 2017 - 10:22am

Hundreds of lavender bushes at Sunday's Lavender Festival at the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm in Abiquiu. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Northern New Mexico College Hosts El Rito Watershed Conference Friday, July 14

on July 11, 2017 - 10:18am
NNMC News:
 
Northern New Mexico College invites community members, conservationists and interested parties to The El Rito Watershed from the Ground Up Conference, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 14 at Northern’s El Rito campus.
 
The conference is premised on the notion that natural communities are dependent upon their watersheds, which when carefully used and protected, can continuously sustain productive local economies with a high quality of life.
 
The conference features more than 20 local authorities who will discuss various aspects of the El Rito watershed, its geology,

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