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Daily Postcard: Sunset From Canyon Road

on November 8, 2017 - 6:30am

Daily Postcard: The sun sets over Los Alamos looking west Sunday evening from Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DOE Completes Remediated Nitrate Salts Treatment At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 7, 2017 - 3:12pm

For several months, technicians practiced and refined the treatment method using a mock-up glovebox closely resembling the glovebox used during the actual treatment. Courtesy/NNSA

The RNS containers were stored inside a climate-controlled steel enclosure. Courtesy/NNSA

 

NNSA News:

 
The EM and National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos field offices and contractor Los Alamos National Security, LLC have finished treating the remediated nitrate salts (RNS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

“Safe and successful completion of the RNS treatment is due to effective

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Trade Adjustment Aid For New Mexicans Affected By Questa Mine Closure

on November 7, 2017 - 10:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Labor has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers who lost their jobs when Chevron closed its molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M.
 
The TAA will help former employees of the mine transition to new jobs by providing career training, employment services and other support. 
 
Since Chevron closed the mine in Questa in 2014, the lawmakers have supported the mine workers’ application for TAA.

ICYMI: Pearce Amendment Passes With Wildfire Prevention Bill

on November 7, 2017 - 6:31am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sponsored an amendment that has passed Congress along with H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.
 
This bill works to prevent catastrophic wildfires and improve the health of forests. This year’s devastating wildfire season burned nearly 8,000 homes and cost upwards of $3 billion in fire suppression efforts.
 
Environmental groups are acknowledging the increased use of forest thinning and restoration efforts that can lessen the severity of wildfires and better protect the

Daily Postcard: Stormy Sunrise On North Mesa

on November 7, 2017 - 5:07am

Daily Postcard: A stormy sunrise on North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

PEEC Volunteers Share Love Of The Skies

on November 6, 2017 - 3:16pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers Paul Arendt, left, and Galen Gisler at PEEC. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Volunteering at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has brought Galen Gisler and Paul Arendt new discoveries and experiences.

 

Working at the PEEC’s planetarium is more than just an opportunity to gain new knowledge or keep busy. Gisler and Arendt see their volunteer positions as a chance give something to the community.

 

Arendt started working at PEEC in 2010. He

Inner Workings Of Sun; Explosive Universe At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on November 6, 2017 - 11:02am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Dr. Joyce Guzik will reveal the inner workings of the Sun at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Then, the full-dome film Exploding Universe will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12. 

These planetarium programs are at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

During the Friday show, Guzik will explain how we know what is going on inside the Sun even though we cannot ‘see’ beyond its surface. She will discuss why the Sun shines and the possible fate of the Sun and Earth, and

LANL: First-Ever U.S. Experiments At New X-Ray Facility May Lead To Better Explosive Modeling

on November 6, 2017 - 10:24am

Courtesy image/acs.org

LANL News:

The detonation of carbon-rich high explosives yields solid carbon as a major constituent of the product mixture, and depending on the thermodynamic conditions behind the shock front, a variety of carbon allotropes and morphologies may form and evolve.

For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially leading to better computer models of explosive performance.

BLM Resource Advisory Council To Meet In Farmington

on November 6, 2017 - 8:02am
BLM News:
 
FARMINGTON  Dec. 5-6, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Farmington District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will convene for a day long meeting in Farmington at the Farmington District Office at 6251 College Blvd, Ste. A, followed by a field trip the following morning.
 
Both the meeting and the field trip are open to the public.
 
Dec. 5, the RAC meeting is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Farmington District Office.

Daily Postcard: Stag At Sunset Near Bandelier

on November 6, 2017 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: A stag is spotted at sunset Sunday on N.M. 4 near Bandelier. Photo by Nickolas Seet

Animal Protection Of New Mexico: Federal Court Ruling Allows Challenge To Cougar Trapping To Proceed

on November 5, 2017 - 6:18am

Cougar with cub. Courtesy/kimcampion.com

 

APNM News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge has rejected New Mexico’s second request to dismiss a lawsuit that asserts the state Department of Game and Fish’s 2016 decision to open a cougar trapping season on public lands—for the first time in almost 50 years—violates the Endangered Species Act.

 

The ruling came just one day after the start of the 2017-2018 cougar trapping season.

 

Judge William P.

Bandelier Reminds Hikers: Beware Of Burned Trees!

on November 5, 2017 - 5:51am

Dead, falling and fallen trees in an area severely burned by the Las Conchas Fire of 2011. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument's backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water. She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank. A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead.

Daily Postcard: Night Sky At Burnt Mesa Trailhead

on November 5, 2017 - 5:41am

Daily Postcard: The night sky spotted recently from Burnt Mesa Trailhead. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Bird Walk In Lower Water Canyon With Joe Fitzgibbon

on November 4, 2017 - 7:58am
Black-throated gray warbler. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan
 
PEEC News:
 
One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds you see and hear every day. At 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, join longtime Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon for hike in Lower Water Canyon.
 
This is the perfect opportunity for adults and children who can hike up to five miles to get outside and admire local species of birds. Sightings may include the Black-throated gray warbler and Hepatic tanager. This program is organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 

Nature Center Talk: The Lesser Prairie-Chicken

on November 4, 2017 - 7:45am
Andy Lawrence releasing a Lesser prairie-chicken. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
What can an often-overlooked bird reveal about grassland health? At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, ecologist Andy Lawrence will discuss the life history, ecological relationships, and conservation efforts of Lesser prairie-chickens, important indicators of grassland habitat.
 
This special presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center is free thanks to support from Wild Birds Unlimited.
 
New Mexico State University PhD candidate, Andy Lawrence, will discuss the life history, ecological relationships, and

Sierra Club; PEEC: Pueblo Canyon Geology Walk

on November 3, 2017 - 10:27am

 

Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Jamie O’Rourke

PEEC News:

Geologist Elaine Jacobs will lead hikers 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 along the south rim of Pueblo Canyon. This free outing is made possible thanks to the Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

This afternoon guided walk will start at East Park, follow the paved trail along the canyon rim, and continue along the unpaved portion of trail to the Los Alamos Airport Terminal. Along the way, the group will explore volcanism and landscape evolution in the Jemez Volcanic Field.

Recycle Fashion Show Postponed

on November 3, 2017 - 9:50am

COUNTY News:

The Recycle Fashion Show is POSTPONED until further notice.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn On French Mesa

on November 3, 2017 - 8:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct the previously announced French Mesa prescribed burn as early as Monday, Nov. 6.

The French Mesa treatment area totals 5,041 acres approximately 10 miles north of the community of Gallina and may take three to four days to complete.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Getting Ahead Of Next Pandemic: Is The World Ready?

on November 2, 2017 - 8:29pm
Is the world ready for the next pandemic? Courtesy photo

CDC News:

When a deadly mystery illness was detected in Liberia in April 2017, first responders were on the ground within 24 hours. Through the Ministry of Health’s quick action and collaboration with global partners, the cause of the outbreak was identified as meningococcal disease and contained with only 31 cases and 13 deaths.

In stark contrast, when Ebola struck Liberia just three years ago, it took the country months to mount an effective response; thousands of lives were lost as responders raced to control the growing epidemic.

Daily Postcard: Woodpecker On Camino Encantado

on November 2, 2017 - 6:56am

Daily Postcard: A woodpecker is spotted Sunday afternoon at a residence on Camino Encantado. Woodpeckers are known for tapping on tree trunks in order to find insects living in crevices in the bark. There are more than 180 species of woodpeckers, all in the family Picidae. Woodpeckers can be found in wooded areas all over the world, except in Australia. Source: wildlifedefenders.org. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scenes From Otowi Bridge Sunday

on November 1, 2017 - 9:10am

Scenes spotted from Otowi Bridge during a Sunday hike. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Hiking The Grand Canyon Nov. 8

on November 1, 2017 - 9:05am

Udall, Heinrich Press White House To Extend Critical Lifeline Funding In Future Disaster Aid Request

on November 1, 2017 - 8:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Western senators today urging the White House and the White House budget office to fulfill the federal government’s promise to rural communities by extending a critical lifeline that funds road repairs, schools and law enforcement in rural communities in any future emergency disaster supplemental funding bill it sends to Congress.
 
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Daily Postcard: Last Call For Fall

on November 1, 2017 - 8:18am

Daily Postcard: The last call for fall comes to Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Photo by Corrina Hughes

Tales Of Our Times: Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

on October 31, 2017 - 1:42pm

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

By all accounts, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a splendidly successful government program launched amid the dire straits of the 1930s. A look back shows the CCC met many needs of the kinds being argued over in today’s different times.

Think of populations that are short of schooling and the skills to do needed work. Think of family units that are fractured by the need to find productive work. Think of lacking healthcare and basic food enough to work steadily.

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