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PEEC’s Geology Program For Kids Continues This Year

on September 8, 2017 - 7:25am
PEEC News:
 
Youth ages 6 to 10 will love exploring geology at the Los Alamos Nature Center in the Pebble Pups program, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
This program helps kids embark on a journey to learn about rocks, fossils, and local geology through active games and activities with Patrick Rowe of the Los Alamos Geological Society Denise Matthews, an experienced Pajarito Environmental Center (PEEC) Educator. The Pebble Pups school-year program meets one Tuesday a month and is perfect for new or returning Pebble Pups members.
 
Pebble Pups program

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Zinke To Defer Leases On Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

on September 8, 2017 - 7:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
 
The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land.
 
The BLM previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon until all Tribal

As Hurricane Irma Threatens, IRS Urges Taxpayers To Prepare For Hurricanes, Floods And Other Disasters

on September 8, 2017 - 7:09am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  For September’s National Preparedness Month, the Internal Revenue Service is offering advice to taxpayers who may be affected by storms, fires, floods or other disasters.
 
After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and with Hurricane Irma threatening parts of the U.S. and Caribbean, the IRS reminds taxpayers that the agency is here to help, including offering a special toll-free number to taxpayers in federally-declared disaster areas that’s staffed with IRS specialists trained to handle disaster-related issues.
 
Managed and sponsored by the Federal Emergency

Daily Postcard: Purple Flower

on September 8, 2017 - 6:56am

Daily Postcard; A closeup view of a purple flower. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Bear Spotted On Barranca Mesa

on September 7, 2017 - 11:52pm
A bear is spotted about 7 p.m. today walking into ther front yard of a home near the intersection of Navajo Road and Los Pueblos. Photo by Hajnalka Daligault
 
Photo by Hajnalka Daligault
 
Photo by Hajnalka Daligault

Military Leaders From All Branches, Including SEALs, Special Forces, Ask Zinke To Protect Public Lands

on September 7, 2017 - 12:06pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thirty Seven active and retired Navy SEALs, Special Operations Forces members and other military leaders have sent a letter* to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressing grave concern with his decision to advise the president to remove protections from national monuments including Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah, and Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon.
 
The recommendations from Zinke come at the conclusion of an unprecedented 4-month review of over two-dozen monuments designated since 1996, which was initiated by an April Executive Order from

Los Alamos Garden Club Celebrates 70 Years!

on September 7, 2017 - 11:20am
Longtime Los Alamos Garden Club members Trish Spillman,left, and Nancy Bartlit outside the Los Alamos Daily Post after a recent interview. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
 
The Los Alamos Memorial Rose Garden as it looks today near Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Garden Club is one of the longest standing community institutions in town. The Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary 1-3 p.m. Saturday Sept. 9 at the Memorial Rose Garden, located near Fuller Lodge.

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on September 7, 2017 - 10:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) announced plans to take advantage of favorable fall conditions to conduct prescribed burns on approximately 4,000 acres. 
 
If conditions are favorable, ignitions could begin as early as Sept. 21 on approximately 1,500 acres in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed east of Santa Fe, 2,300 acres in Mesitas 8 miles southwest of Abiquiu, and another 110 acres on Borrego Mesa 6 miles southeast of Truchas.

Daily Postcard: White Flower Blooms In Garden

on September 7, 2017 - 7:31am

Daily Postcard: A white flower blooms in a local garden in Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

LANL: Carlsten, Nguyen And Sheffield Win Free-Electron Laser Prize

on September 6, 2017 - 1:24pm

Los Alamos scientists Bruce Carlsten, Richard Sheffield and Dinh Nguyen receive the 2017 Free Electron Laser Prize at an international conference hosted in Santa Fe.

LANL News:

  • International panel notes pioneering contributions in the field

At an international science conference hosted recently in Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Bruce Carlsten, Dinh Nguyen and Richard Sheffield were awarded the 2017 Free-Electron Laser (FEL) Prize.

“The very brightest sources of x-rays are the latest generation of x-ray ‘light sources’ called free electron lasers,” Laboratory physicist

Pair Of Bears Visit Western Area Home

on September 6, 2017 - 7:55am

A pair of bears visit a home Saturday in the Western Area. Photo by Thom Rahn

Bears visit a home Saturday in the Western Area. Photo by Thom Rahn

Scenes Of Full Moon From Overlook

on September 6, 2017 - 6:58am

Full moon over cactus Tuesday at Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Full moon Tuesday at Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Kim Selvage

Full moon Tuesday at Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Kim Selvage

Daily Postcard: Robin Splashes In Birdbath

on September 6, 2017 - 5:15am

As the summer starts to fade, local birds become ever more frenzied in using the birdbath. Robins splash the most. The spray from this robin takes on the colors of a rainbow. Photo by Ken Hanson

Mother Bear And Cubs Tour North Community

on September 5, 2017 - 9:15pm
A mother bear and her cubs are spotted Monday afternoon strolling around Urban and 43rd Street. Photo by Carolyn Ramsey
 
A mother bear and her cubs are spotted touring the neighborhood Monday afternoon in North Community. Photo by Carolyn Ramsey

Paper Wasp Nest Spotted Near Downtown Post Office

on September 5, 2017 - 8:18pm

A paper wasp nest is spotted today nestled in a tree near the Los Alamos Post Office downtown on Central Avenue. Paper wasps are vespid wasps that gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Some types of paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.

Corrina Hughes Wins Los Alamos Daily Post Quarterly Photo Contest

on September 5, 2017 - 6:25pm

Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Patrick Neher presents Los Alamos Daily Postcard quarterly contest winner Corrina Hughes with a $100 check for her award winning photo depicting hollyhocks. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

The Los Alamos Daily Post 2017 second quarter award winning photo of hollyhocks by Corrina Hughes. Photo by Corrina Hughes

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

Corrina Hughes of Los Alamos has been behind the camera lens for 20 years.

Deputy Energy Secretary To Provide Keynote At 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on September 5, 2017 - 5:35pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is set to provide a keynote address at the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.
 
The workshop is being hosted by the Energy Communities Alliance, and cooperating organizations include DOE and the Energy Facility Contractors Group.
 
Brouillette joins a long list of confirmed participants for the workshop that will bring together senior DOE executives and site officials, industry executives, and other stakeholders to discuss EM’s progress

Daily Postcard: Butterflies Bask In Sunshine

on September 5, 2017 - 5:58am

Daily Postcard: Butterflies bask in the sun in Los Alamos. Photo by Kim Selvage

Zinke Appoints Members To Royalty Policy Committee

on September 4, 2017 - 10:04am

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

INTERIOR DEARTMENT News:

  • Significant Step Toward Restoring Public Trust, Collaborative Development of Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the appointment of 20 primary and 18 alternate members to the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee (Committee) that will serve a critical role in advising the Secretary on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.

The Committee’s first meeting is Wednesday, Oct.

PEEC: Eclipse Photos And Phantoms At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium Sept. 9-10

on September 4, 2017 - 10:03am

PEEC News:

Learn about the 2017 total solar eclipse and see the full-dome planetarium film Phantom of the Universe at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Three local astronomers who watched the eclipse from within the path of totality, will share stories, photos, data and videos from the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 planetarium. Galen Gisler, Rick Wallace and Paul Arendt traveled north to see the recent solar eclipse and gathered photos, video, and data to help study the Sun's inner corona. They are eager to share their experiences and images with the community.

The

Amateur Naturalist: More Good Neighbors - Earthworms

on September 4, 2017 - 6:52am
By ROBERT DRYJA
Amateur Naturalist

Earthworms just do not get much respect. At worst, one reaction on seeing an earthworm is, “Ugh, they are slimy, squirmy and icky.” Another reaction is, “Go use them for fish bait.”

Often they fall into the category of “out of sight, out of mind.” However ponderosa trees and fungi growing in the soil around the trees benefit from a close association with them.

Earthworms can be considered to be the plumbers, cleaner-uppers, and tillers of the soil of the forest floor upon which both the trees and fungi depend.

Daily Postcard: Evening Primroses And Other Late-Summer Flowers

on September 4, 2017 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: Evening primroses and other late-summer flowers at Bandelier. Photo by Chris Judson

Recycling: Quality Over Quantity

on September 3, 2017 - 9:06am

COUNTY News:

Environmental Services would like to remind residents to be mindful when separating their recyclables. It is important to avoid placing non-recyclables into the blue roll-cart or dumpster.

Contamination results in extra work for everyone down the recycling chain and if contamination is too excessive, it may lead to sending an entire load of recyclables collected to the landfill.

Recyclables from the blue roll-carts and blue dumpsters in Los Alamos are transported to Friedman Recycling in Albuquerque.

Scenes From Hilltopper Band At Friday Night Game

on September 3, 2017 - 7:22am

The Hilltopper Marching Band provides halftime entertainment the Friday night Football Game at Sullivan Field. At 96 members, the band performs an impressive show. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Part of the brass section playing in the half time show in Friday night’s football game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scenes from Friday night’s halftime show. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scenes from Friday night’s halftime show. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Band director Zane Meek speaks with the band after the show. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Asters In Bloom

on September 3, 2017 - 5:51am

Daily Postcard: Asters in bloom on Los Alamos trails. Photo by Robert Beberniss

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