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Hazmat Incident On Interstate 25

on September 23, 2016 - 11:40am

NMSP News:

Around 8 a.m. Thursday, New Mexico State Police handled a hazmat incident on Interstate 25 at mile marker 257 northbound involving a commercial vehicle leaking liquid oxygen.

A State Police officer on patrol noticed the vehicle leaking fluid and initiated a traffic stop. After initial contact, both northbound and southbound I-25 lanes were closed as a precaution due to the potentially hazardous chemical.

Officers determined the cause for the leak was an issue with a safety valve on the commercial vehicle.

DOE Releases Final Request For Proposal For Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on September 23, 2016 - 11:16am

DOE News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) Thursday for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) acquisition.

A contract that primarily includes cost-plus-award-fee contract line items for the purpose of continuing the legacy cleanup mission is anticipated. The RFP provides for full and open competition, and the RFP includes requirements for meaningful work to be performed by small business concerns.

The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $1.7B over the prospective ten-year and three months period of performance, including

Daily Postcard: Asters Explode Across Los Alamos

on September 23, 2016 - 6:20am

Daily Postcard: An explosion of Asters color the landscape this month across Los Alamos and White Rock. Asters are the grande finale to the perennial garden, displaying vibrant fall colors in shades of pink, purple, blue and white. They also are one of the last great feeding opportunities for bees, butterflies and other pollinators - finegardening.com. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Introducing The Daily Minor Planet: Delivering The Latest Asteroid News

on September 22, 2016 - 9:26am
 
CfA News:
 
Have you ever wondered what piece of cosmic debris is whizzing past the Earth right now? Do you crave up-to-the-minute information about asteroids large and small? Well you’re in luck because today you can subscribe to a new service: the Daily Minor Planet.

Developed through a partnership between scientists at the Minor Planet Center and volunteers from the Oracle Corporation, the Daily Minor Planet will deliver reports on the latest asteroid happenings straight to your inbox.

“Most people don’t realize how common asteroid flybys are,” said Matt Holman, director of the Minor

SFNF Waives Fees For National Public Lands Day; Activities Include Trail Work, Kids’ Event In Cuba

on September 22, 2016 - 9:11am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities Sept. 24, 2016, as part of the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). 
 
The largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, NPLD is a great opportunity to encourage people to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate our national forests and other public lands.
 
Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds, non-reserve campgrounds and developed trailheads.

Kiwanis Club Of Los Alamos Funds Another Season Of Family Nights At The Nature Center

on September 22, 2016 - 9:05am
Melissa Mackey teaches kids how to roast marshmallows, make musical instruments, and share stories around the campfire the second Tuesday of the month. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Thanks to the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, families can continue to enjoy free, monthly family nights with Melissa Mackey at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Family nights are 5:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month and feature games, songs, stories and more.
 
Linda Daly, head of the Boys’ and Girls’ Committee of the Kiwanis Club, says, “The Boys and Girls Committee of Kiwanis is

Mesa Potrero Prescribed Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on September 22, 2016 - 9:02am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the Mesa Potrero pile burn on the Coyote Ranger District. 
 
Ignitions on the 470-acre fire, located 7 miles northwest of Coyote, could begin as early as Sept. 22 and run through Dec. 31, 2016. That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Free Home Efficiency Expo UNM-LA Saturday

on September 21, 2016 - 5:10pm

COUNTY News:

Home owners and renters alike are invited to attend the second annual Home Efficiency Expo on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Hosted by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, this free event will focus on saving energy, water and money. Citizens are encouraged to drop in between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at UNM-Los Alamos, Student Center, Building 2 located at 4000 University Dr. in Los Alamos.

More than a dozen exhibitors will highlight water- and energy-efficient tips, retrofits and upgrades to improve the efficiency of one’s home and landscaping.

Macek: Snakes Need Our Protection

on September 21, 2016 - 1:45pm
Non venomous adult bull snake and baby bull. Courtesy photo
 
By JAN MACEK
Los Alamos

"If you talk with the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys."  Chief Dan George (1899-1981)
 
A decade ago, on September 4, Steve Irwin (known as the Crocodile Hunter) died in a very freakish accident. Some may criticize his methods but no one did more to educate the masses on reptiles and their plight around the world.

Tips To Manage Waste To Minimize Bear Encounters

on September 21, 2016 - 11:41am

One of Dr. Kathleen Ramsey’s bear cubs enjoying delicious fruit donated from Los Alamos residents. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Bears have been making their way into residential areas in Los Alamos because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.

Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:

  • Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; bring it here to the ECO Station and help donate to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay’s bear cubs at her rehab center.
  • Stock up for the winter and preserve fruit by canning or

Community Invited To Mothing After Dark Sept. 28

on September 21, 2016 - 10:52am

Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center to see beautiful moths and other nocturnal insects 8-10 p.m., Sept. 28. Photos by Mouser Williams

PEEC News:

Come see moths and other nocturnal insects at the Los Alamos Nature Center 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Mouser Williams will set up a moth attractor light and a big white sheet for the moths to land on. Over the course of the evening, various moths and other insects will stop by to investigate the lamp and will be easy to examine at close range.

Look for the bright black-light and white sheet near the flower beds in front of the nature center.

LANL: New Insights Into ‘Plant Memories’

on September 21, 2016 - 9:52am

Artist's impression of a long, non-coding RNA system. Grey/blue/red indicates main long non-coding RNA. Green, showing a second RNA interacting with long-noncoding RNA. Magenta ribbons and blue barrels indicated RNA-interacting proteins. Image by Kara Fischer and Karissa Sanbonmatsu/LANL

LANL News:

A special stretch of ribonucleic acid (RNA) called COOLAIR is revealing its inner structure and function to scientists, displaying a striking resemblance to an RNA molecular machine, territory previously understood to be limited to the cells’ protein factory (the ‘ribosome’) and not a skill set

Organic Farm Goes Green With Solar Power System

on September 21, 2016 - 8:16am
USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner (second from left) presents a certificate of congratulations to Ronald Ice (third from left) and his wife Gayle for the recent completion of construction of a solar power system at their farm; as Karen Paramanandam of SunPower by Positive Energy Solar looks on. Courtesy photo
 
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner dedicated the new solar photovoltaic system recently installed at the Ice’s Organic Farm and Tea House in Alcalde.
 
While presenting a certificate of completion, Brunner said, "This

Valles Caldera Jemez Mountains Elk Festival Sept. 24

on September 21, 2016 - 7:46am
The 8th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival is 2-7 p.m., Sept. 24. Courtesy/nps
 
VCNP News:
 
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is home to one of the largest elk herds in New Mexico. Each fall, the sound of elk bugling in the mountains marks the start of their mating season, known as the 'rut'.
 
To celebrate the upcoming elk rut and to learn about this fascinating creature, the National Park Service will host the 8th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival 2-7 p.m., Sept. 24. 
 
This FREE festival features a food truck, bugling contest, solar telescope display, and loads of fun interactive

Heinrich, Flake Introduce Legislation To Complete Parks, Wilderness Areas And Increase Revenues For Schools

on September 20, 2016 - 8:20am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have introduced legislation to better facilitate land exchanges between Western state land offices and federal public land agencies.
 
The Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act specifically focuses on state trust land inholdings within the boundaries of federal conservation areas like parks, monuments, and wilderness areas.  

"Inholdings present challenges for both public land managers and state trust land commissioners because differing policies and missions of the respective

PEEC: Fourth Friday Fractal Show Sept. 23

on September 20, 2016 - 8:02am
 
PEEC News:
 
Have you journeyed into the never-ending world of fractals?
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s dynamic fractal show is back for one evening this month: at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
 
This show incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.
 
This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Universal News: This Just In - Gravity Waves Are Real

on September 18, 2016 - 12:18pm
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, La. Courtesy/CalTech
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Gravity waves were detected in the universe for the first time on Sept. 14, 2015, a hundred years after they were predicted by Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity. Even at the speed of light, they took 1.3 billion years to get here. The first detected gravitational waves were produced by a specific cataclysmic event, identified as two black holes coalescing, releasing enough energy in the last fraction of a second to warp time and space.

The

Public Astronomy Dark Night Saturday, Sept. 24

on September 18, 2016 - 11:48am

PAJARITO ASTRONOMERS News:

The Pajarito Astronomers is holding a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 7 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Sept. 24 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.

Five planets will potentially be visible during the evening:

  • Venus;
  • Mars;
  • Saturn;
  • Uranus; and
  • Neptune.

There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

DOE Releases Baseline Study Of Legacy Waste Cleanup Needs At LANL

on September 17, 2016 - 10:00am
LANL News:
 
SANTA FE  In a major development for the efforts of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, including Santa Fe, which is advocating for the cleanup of legacy radioactive and chemical waste resulting from historic uses of Los Alamos National Labs, the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Office has completed and released a Legacy Waste Cleanup Lifecycle Cost Estimate.
 
The 46-page document was obtained on behalf of and provided to the Coalition thanks to the efforts of Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tom Udall, and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.
 
It lays out in detail,

Giant Algal Bloom Sheds Light On Formation Of White Cliffs Of Dover

on September 17, 2016 - 8:59am
The White Cliffs of Dover have been a symbol of England at least since Roman times. New research is teaching scientists more about how this great structure came to be. Photo by Immanuel Giel/Wikimedia Commons
 
This microscopic view of a coccolithophore shows the saucer-shaped calcite plates the algae build around themselves. Scientists suspect the plates help coccolithophores survive and evade predators. Photo by Alison R. Taylor/University of North Carolina Wilmington Microscopy Facility/Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:

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How Nature Works Colloquium Sept. 28

on September 16, 2016 - 12:49pm
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE  How does nature work? That’s the question posed by a Sept. 28 advanced seminar discussion at The School for Advanced Research (SAR).
 
Part of the SAR Colloquium Series on campus, seminar chairs Sarah Besky, Alexander Blanchette, and Naisargi Dave will lead the one-hour discussion at noon in the SAR Dobkin Boardroom that is free and open to the public.
 
“How Nature Works” aims to study the history, evolution, and future of labor and work that is attuned and accountable to the effects of climate change.

Conservation Lands Foundation Applauds First Marine Monument In The Atlantic

on September 16, 2016 - 8:32am
CLF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Conservation Lands Foundation applauds Thursday's designation of the New England Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
 
President Obama’s proclamation will make this the first national monument in the North Atlantic Ocean.
 
“In taking this action, President Obama has demonstrated the same bold leadership he has shown in protecting America’s mountains, rivers and forests,” said Brian O’Donnell, executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation.

DNCU Shreds & Recycles 34,780 Pounds Of Paper

on September 15, 2016 - 11:54am

DNCU News:

Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to announce its 2016 Shred Days have collected 34,780 pounds of paper for recycling. Shred events were held at each of the co-op’s six branches to allow members and the public to dispose of sensitive papers safely.

“We are proud to see the results of our commitment to the environment,” DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti said.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mushrooms Along La Jara Trail

on September 15, 2016 - 9:13am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
Mushrooms Along The La Jara Trail
 
It is late summertime and rain has been falling regularly for several weeks in the Valle Grande. Varieties of mushrooms are emerging from the ground or are growing on the sides of trees. 
 
The trail around the Cerro La Jara dome in the Valle Grande provides a visually pleasing setting in which to look for mushrooms. The Valle Grande is seen in any direction as the trail circles the dome. The dome was created as lava below pushed the level floor of the Valle Grande upwards.

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board To Hear Presentation On Air Monitoring At LANL

on September 15, 2016 - 8:45am
NNMCAB News:
 
The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) meets 1-5:15 p.m. Sept. 28, in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building at New Mexico Highlands University, 800 National Ave., in Las Vegas.
 
The NNMCAB is one of eight site-specific advisory boards established to involve local citizens in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) environmental clean-up decision process at its nuclear facilities. Members of the public are encouraged to attend NNMCAB meetings and provide their unique perspective on environmental issues.

 

At 2:30 p.m., David Rhodes, DOE Environmental

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