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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

on October 31, 2017 - 10:17am
NMT News:
SANTA FE  November is National Native American Heritage Month, and visitors will be hard pressed to find a better place to celebrate than New Mexico.
Throughout the month of November, there are numerous opportunities to learn more about Native culture in the Land of Enchantment. The Tourism Department created a list outlining the “12 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in New Mexico,” a digital guide to authentic and enriching experiences unique to our state.
Near the top of the list is Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which is the gateway to 19

November Night Sky And Phantoms At Planetarium

on October 31, 2017 - 9:22am
PEEC News:
What celestial objects are visible in our night sky this month? Want to see a full-dome film about dark matter?
At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, Steve Becker will reveal the celestial objects in our night sky. Then, the full-dome film Phantom of the Universe will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

During the Friday show, Steve Becker will point out the constellations, planets, and other

Udall, Heinrich Challenge Proposal To Raise National Park Visitor Fees While Cutting Budgets

on October 30, 2017 - 7:35am

  • Senators: ‘Fee increases … will price out many visitors and deny American families the opportunity to visit and experience some of our nation’s most popular and iconic national parks’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 11 Democratic senators in writing to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting that he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees, especially while he proposes to cut the National Park Service budget by over $300 million.

The senators asked Zinke to provide Congress

PEEC: Lisa Coddington’s Last Fall Art Class Of 2017

on October 30, 2017 - 6:48am

Blooming artichoke by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

There is still time to take a class with instructor and artist Lisa Coddington. Her last fall drawing and painting workshop is 20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will focus on drawing colorful and intricate autumn leaves.

Participants will explore making color charts and creating their own colorful leaves.

Udall On Vote For Dourson To Lead EPA’s Toxics Bureau

on October 30, 2017 - 6:06am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, co-author of the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s recent party-line vote to advance Dr. Michael Dourson’s nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. 
“Today’s party-line vote in the EPW Committee is dangerous for public health and safety.

Daily Postcard: Charging Car At Municipal Building

on October 30, 2017 - 5:44am

Daily Postcard: An electric car hooks up to the charging station Thursday afternoon at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Daily Postcard: Bosque Del Apache

on October 29, 2017 - 8:09am

Daily Postcard: Although a couple of weeks early for the Festival of Cranes at Bosque del Apache, a Saturday morning visit still reaped a number of breathtaking views. The sunrises, the birds and the habitat are just great ... another wonderful New Mexico landmark that is well worth the visit. This year's Festival of Cranes is scheduled for Nov. 14-19. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene Saturday at Bosque del Apache. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene Saturday at Bosque del Apache. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene Saturday at Bosque del Apache. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene Saturday at Bosque del

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Tours San Ildefonso Sacred Area Above Chromium Plume

on October 28, 2017 - 5:28pm

San Ildefonso Gov. James Mountain hosted members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Thursday at San Ildefonso Pueblo. From left, RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, Gov. Mountain, Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero, Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler and RCLC Communications and Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board and staff were guests Thursday at San Ildefonso Pueblo where they visited the Pueblo Sacred Area below Los Alamos National Laboratory with Gov.

Public Invited To Sculpture Unveiling Nov. 5

on October 28, 2017 - 9:40am
Valentino Tzigiwhaeno Rivera performing a hoop dance. Photo by Robert Mesa
Valentino Tzigiwhaeno Rivera jumping over his hoop world. Photo by George Rivera


MIAC News:
SANTA FE  The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture invites the public to a commemorative sculpture unveiling and celebration of life – honoring the late Valentino Tzigiwhaeno Rivera of Pojoaque Pueblo, 2008 - 2016.
The unveiling and celebration is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov.

Interior Department Releases Energy Burdens Report

on October 28, 2017 - 9:30am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Interior released the "Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy" report, which was produced in response to Executive Order 13783.
The report identified agency actions that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources.

Daily Postcard: Dewy Spider Web

on October 28, 2017 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: Morning dew clings to this spider web constructed beneath a roof-top deck in Los Alamos. Photo by Douglas Reilly

Environmental Education Association Of New Mexico Wins Environmental Education Award

on October 27, 2017 - 9:09am
ALBUQUERQUE  Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM), New Mexico’s professional association for the state’s environmental educators, was recently recognized by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) for leadership in the environmental education field.
EEANM was honored with the Outstanding NAAEE Affiliate Organization Award for their progress and development over the past year.
In 2016, EEANM led collaborative and engaging community environmental education initiatives.

Care2 Petition Demands NPS Scrap Proposal To Charge $70 Entrance Fee For 17 National Parks

on October 27, 2017 - 8:59am
CARE2 News:
A new Care2 petition is demanding the The National Park Service stop its proposal to more than double the entrance fees at 17 national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone. It has gathered 7,000 signatures.
“This new proposal will make it even more difficult for all of us to visit and enjoy our public lands — and will especially prohibit lower-income Americans from visiting the public lands that their tax dollars help maintain,” the Care2 petition reads.

Daily Postcard: Flowers By The Hans Bethe House

on October 27, 2017 - 8:57am

Flowers by the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Courtesy photo 

Seven Los Alamos Scientists Honored As APS Fellows

on October 26, 2017 - 4:19pm

The seven scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory named this year as Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) are, clockwise from upper right, Vivien Zapf, Stuart A. Trugman, Laura Beth Smilowitz, John W. Lewellen, Christopher J. Fontes, Han Htoon and Toshihiko Kawano. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Fontes, Htoon, Kawano, Lewellen, Smilowitz, Trugman and Zapf noted for career accomplishments

Seven scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory were tapped this year as new Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), a significant honor for the Laboratory and its people.

LWV Forum On Spent Nuclear Fuel Nov. 2

on October 26, 2017 - 3:42pm
LWV News:
The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will present the forum, “Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal from Power Reactors” 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Jeannette Wallace Room, Building 5 at UNM-LA.
Despite the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 that was to have managed the disposal of high-level nuclear waste through safe, permanent disposal, the high-level waste produced by power plants is still not stored in a permanent location. Instead it is currently located in 78 separate installations across the country.

New Mexico Adopts Unaltered Science Standards For Climate Education

on October 26, 2017 - 2:27pm



The organization, Climate Parents, issued the following statement on the decision by the New Mexico Public Education Department to adopt unaltered Next Generation Science Standards, climate change education:


“This is a great victory for New Mexico students and science education, and shows the power of people taking action together for our kids,” said John Friedrich, Climate Parents’ Online Campaign Manager.

Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Withdraw Proposal To Force Consumers To Subsidize Uncompetitive Coal And Nuclear Companies

on October 26, 2017 - 9:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an op-ed today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called on Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to withdraw a recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) directing federal regulators at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create rules that would favor coal and nuclear plants that are no longer the most cost-effective producers of energy.

“If FERC were to adopt Secretary Perry’s proposed rule, or anything even remotely similar, it would unravel wholesale energy markets and

Scenes From Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn

on October 26, 2017 - 9:36am

View of the prescribed burn Wednesday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

View of prescribed burn near Las Conchas. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Unavailable For Two Days In November

on October 26, 2017 - 6:00am
BLM News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management is announcing that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will be unavailable for two days in November.
The Monument is unavailable for public visitation Nov. 1 at the request of the Cochiti Pueblo, which manages the Monument in cooperation with the BLM. The Monument also will be unavailable Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.
For more information, contact Monument Manager Jamie Garcia at 505.761.8787.

Daily Postcard: View Of Prescribed Burn

on October 26, 2017 - 5:30am

Daily Postcard: View of a prescribed burn Wednesday afternoon looking west from I-25 toward the Jemez. The prescribed burn began Wednesday on an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the Valles Caldera National Preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Conservation Voters NM Releases 2017 Scorecard

on October 25, 2017 - 11:56am
CVNM News:
SANTA FE  Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its statewide Conservation Scorecard for the 2017 legislative session.
In the Scorecard, CVNM reports the votes cast on the most critical issues affecting our air, land, water, health and communities during the 2017 regular legislative session.
The average conservation score earned in the Senate in the 2017 Scorecard is 68 percent. The average conservation score earned in the House of Representatives in the 2017 Scorecard is 67 percent.

AGU: Scientists Use Seismic Waves When Touched Down To Measure Tornado Intensity

on October 25, 2017 - 11:20am
Tornado with dust and debris cloud forming at surface. Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr
AGU News:
Seismic waves generated by tornadoes when they touch down could be used to measure a twister’s intensity, according to a new study.
The new research examined a catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in May 2011 and revealed the size of seismic waves produced by the tornado on the ground correlated with its strength.
The results suggest researchers can estimate a large tornado’s strength by measuring the seismic waves it creates, a finding that could open the door to

LAEC: Talk On Case For Modular Nuclear Reactors For Utility Scale Electricity Generation Saturday

on October 25, 2017 - 10:22am

Jack Bailey of NuScale Power


The Los Alamos Engineering Council (ASME/ASM/IEEE/ANS) Dinner Meeting features a talk by Jack Bailey, vice president Business Development, NuScale Power, on the case for modular nuclear reactors for utility scale electricity generation, Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

  • Social Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6 p.m.
  • Lecture: 6:30-7:30 p.m.


NuScale Power was incorporated in 2007 following a reactor concept initiated in 2000 as a collaborative project with Oregon State University, the Idaho National

Help Needed For Acid Canyon Clean-up Day Oct. 28

on October 25, 2017 - 5:43am
Photo of White Rock Canyon near the Blue Dot Trailhead before and after the last clean-up day in 2016. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Calling all volunteers! Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos County Open Space and Trails need help Saturday to remove the last bits of fence from Acid Canyon and restore this great, little canyon to a more natural state.
The goal is to clean up the old chain-link fence that mars the steep slope below the nature center in Acid Canyon.