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Smart Design With Suzette: The Garagenous Zone

on April 24, 2017 - 7:07am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Garages have a way of going from (relatively) organized to complete chaos in no time at all. It then becomes a glorified shed. But, let’s face it, garage organization can be daunting and overwhelming. However, if you have a game plan, it can be a piece of cake. In this column, I will help you get started, give options for storage, safety, going green and other tips that you might not have heard before.

The Best Reason to Tackle This Project

If you’re like most of us, your car is a five-figure investment that you can’t do without.

Earth Day Activities Include Local Solar Array Tours

on April 23, 2017 - 4:38pm

Power Scheduler and Energy Manager for Los Alamos County Jordan Garcia, far left, led a tour of the County's solar array Saturday morning. The tour was part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center's Earth Day festivities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A tour of the County's solar array Saturday morning as part of Earth Day activities shows rows of solar panels constructed in 2011. It was explained during the tour that there is one 400 kilowatt panel, five that emit 100 kilowatts, and 10 that that emit 10 kilowatts. In total, the array generates one megawatt.

WIPP’s Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

on April 23, 2017 - 8:05am
Members of the WIPP Red Team prepare to begin the field portion of the mine rescue competition recently in Carlsbad.  Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue teams (Red and Blue) recently competed in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Association Competition in Carlsbad.
 
The WIPP Red Team came away with top honors, being named the Overall Contest Champion and taking first in the field competition, and WIPP Blue Team members (Heath Fowler and Nico Dominguez) won the team technician category.
 
“We have, arguably, the two best mine rescue teams

More Scenes From PEEC's Earth Day 2017

on April 23, 2017 - 7:55am

A large crowd turns out for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's annual Earth Day event Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Executive Director Katie Bruell at the PEEC information booth shows visitors the new 'passport' during Saturday's Earth Day event at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Norma the Scientist wearing her 'Science Matters' button receives a hug from a young admirer. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Nirankar Ambriz with a female Mississippi Kite from the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation.

Daily Postcard: The Milky Way Above Los Alamos

on April 23, 2017 - 7:39am

Daily Postcard: The Milky Way spotted in the sky above Los Alamos early Saturday morning looking SE. The glow from Albuquerque can be seen at the bottom right. Photo by Marc Bailey

Earth Day Statement From The Nature Conservancy

on April 23, 2017 - 12:54am
By Justin Adams
Global Managing Director, Lands
 
We’re absolutely thrilled to see so much public support out on the streets for science and scientists. My field of environmental science has probably never been more important as today - and yet it has never felt more insecure. It is environmental science that tells us that natural climate solutions – planting trees and using less fertilizer, for example - are as important as solar panels and electric cars in the fight against climate change. 

The Earth Day Network’s mission to plant a tree for every person by 2020 is a good example and could

Los Alamos Celebrates Earth Day!

on April 22, 2017 - 4:32pm
The PEEC Earth Day Celebration draws a big crowd today to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Los Alamos Hill Stompers provide an Earth Day blowout. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Recycle Man and his young friend add some rhythm to the celebration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young gardeners. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A volunteer from the Santa Fe Raptor Center shows off a barn owl. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director Ken Nebel demonstrates

Bandelier: It's Time To Get Outdoors!

on April 22, 2017 - 10:54am

Bandelier National Monument: It’s the weekend and time to get outdoors! ‘The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.’ –Ralph Waldo Emerson. Courtesy/ NPS

NMMNHS Features Owls In Land of Enchantment

on April 22, 2017 - 8:45am

One of the owl chicks looks nervously out of the nest. Photo by Dennis Dusenbery

NMMNHS News:

Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey.

For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition April 15 through Sept. 25.

A male Great Horned Owl looks casually at the photographer. Photo by Dennis Dusenbery

Images featured in Owls in the Land of

Wiemann: Be An Environmentally Friendly Investor

on April 22, 2017 - 5:59am

Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

“Recycle” proven strategies. Over the past few decades, we have discovered ways of bringing new life to objects we would have previously thrown away.

Daily Postcard: Sun Glows Over Los Alamos

on April 22, 2017 - 5:01am

Daily Postcard: The glow from the sun rising over Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Report: National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $132.4 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 21, 2017 - 9:58am
NPS News:
 
DENVER  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,872,045 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2016 spent $108.4 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,685 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $132.4 million. It also represents an 11.1 percent increase in spending and a 9.1 percent rise in visitation over 2015.
 
“From Aztec Ruins to White Sands, the 14 national park units of New Mexico attract visitors from within the state, across the country and around the world,” NPS
Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica said.

Andy Bond Discusses Avalanches With Mountaineers

on April 21, 2017 - 6:15am
Andy Bond investigates an early season snow pack with lots of facets. Courtesy photo
 
Andy Bond at work. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Tuesday, April 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Andy Bond of the Taos Avalanche Center.

Social time is at 6:45 p.m. and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bond and Graham Turnage founded the Taos Avalanche Center in 2016 as an independent nonprofit.

SFNF Fire Crews Meet Objectives On Watershed Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:42am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said that the prescribed burn implemented one week ago in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed successfully met objectives, removing heavy fuels to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and restore the landscape to historic conditions.
 
Although aerial and hand ignitions were completed April 11, the 340-acre treatment area still has a few interior pockets of fuel that are smoldering, which may create visible smoke in the Santa Fe metro area.

Why Can We See And Hear Meteors At The Same Time?

on April 21, 2017 - 5:28am
A new study explains why we can hear meteors at the same time as we see them. Courtesy photo
 
By LAUREN LIPUMA
AGU Blogosphere
 
Light travels nearly a million times faster than sound. But for thousands of years, humans have reported hearing some meteors as they pass overhead, puzzling scientists for decades.
 
Now, a new study puts forth a simple explanation for the phenomenon: the sound waves aren’t coming from the meteor itself. Instead, radio waves created by the meteor convert to sound waves when they strike metal structures on Earth.
 
Edmund Halley – namesake of the famous

Welcome To The Woods

on April 21, 2017 - 5:08am

 

WICCAN News:

Ever wondered what real witches do on the night of the full moon? Or what the Pentagram really means? Or what a Wiccan ritual is like -- or wanted to see one? Join the Coven of Our Lady of the Woods for three fun and informative evenings where they will explore these questions and much more.

The group meets the second Wednesday of May, June and July to share information and skills about the modern practice of witchcraft. They gather at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage St.

Field Trip Focusing On Geology Of Northern New Mexico June 4-10

on April 20, 2017 - 3:26pm
COMMUNITY News:
 
Princeton professor emeritus Lincoln Hollister will lead a June field trip focusing on the geology of Northern New Mexico.
 
The class, based at the Ghost Ranch Education Center near Abiquíu, will look at rocks ranging in age from Río Grade Gorge outcrops dated at more than a billion years, to the much more recent volcanics of the Pajarito Plateau.
 
Participants will stay at Ghost Ranch, with lodging and meals provided. They will explore the geology of the ranch area on foot and by van.

Letter To The Editor: Science, Policy And Earth Day

on April 20, 2017 - 10:27am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

In Honor of Upcoming Earth Day: Are Science and Politics Immiscible Quantities?

“Americans have reached a point where ignorance, especially of anything related to public policy, is an actual virtue,” the scholar Tom Nichols writes in his timely new book, “The Death of Expertise.” “To reject the advice of experts is to assert autonomy, a way for Americans to insulate their increasingly fragile egos from ever being told they’re wrong about anything.

Gilman Tunnels Closing Temporarily To Mitigate Rockfall Hazards

on April 20, 2017 - 9:36am

Gilman Tunnels closing temporaritly to mitigate rockfall hazards. Courtesy/Buggs Photography

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has announced that a half-mile segment of the road that passes through the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District will be closed to traffic to allow crews to remove loose rock and stabilize the rock cliffs around the tunnels.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by our work on the Gilman Tunnels.

Local Expert Leads Monthly Wildflower Walk April 24

on April 20, 2017 - 8:04am
Kinnikinnick in bloom along Quemazon Trail. Photo by Chick Keller
 
PEEC News:
 
Starting at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 24, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller will lead the first monthly Wildflower Walk of the season. These outings will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos.
 
Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.
 
The Wildflower Walks are one Monday a month for the

Daily Postcard: Petroglyphs At Besalt Springs

on April 20, 2017 - 7:49am

Daily Postcard: Petroglyphs at Besalt Springs. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

NNMC Presents Renewable Energy Festival April 21-22

on April 19, 2017 - 8:36am
NNMC News:
 
Earth Day weekend, April 21-22, Northern New Mexico College will host the Renewable Energy Festival: Bringing Power to the People! This FREE event is an opportunity to learn about and get involved with renewable energy and the new energy economy.
 
The festival opens from 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 21, with live performances by the Sikh Community Choir, Moving Arts Española Youth Folklorico, Hoop Dancers from the pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh and Pojoaque, folk musicians David Garcia and Cipriano Vigil, the Cavalcante Jazz Ensemble, and much more.
 
On Earth Day, Saturday April 22,

Los Alamos Canyon Soil Cleanup Project Continues

on April 19, 2017 - 8:01am

EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze

EM-LA News:

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are moving forward with the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite. The contaminated soil is primarily associated with legacy outfalls and surface disposal areas.

“Cleaning up the remnants of the Laboratory’s historical activities within and around the Los Alamos Townsite is important to our mission.

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 19, 2017 - 7:11am
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects should conditions allow through May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of NM 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. Burn days may not necessarily be consecutive as they will depend on weather and fuel conditions.
 

Rehabilitated Aetos The Red-Tailed Hawk Is Released

on April 18, 2017 - 5:39pm

With the generous donations to Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, Cottonwood Rehab and the Santa Fe Raptor Center were able to successfully rehab and release Aetos the Red-Tailed Hawk. Aetos came to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay severely emaciated, and thought to be 'an eagle sent from God'. Dr. Ramsay was able to stablize Aetos, and then transfer her to the Santa Fe Raptor Center in El Rito for further strengthening and conditioning. Yesterday, she took to the skies like she never had left, and returned home to the mountains of Taos. Courtesy photo

Aetos the Red-Tailed Hawk. Courtesy photo

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