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National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $118.8 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 28, 2016 - 9:45pm
NPS News:
 
DENVER — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,714,675 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2015 spent $97.5 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,528 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $118.8 million. It also represents a 9.8 percent increase in spending and a 7 percent rise in visitation over 2014.
 
“From Chaco Culture National Historical Park to White Sands National Monument, the national parks of New Mexico draw more than 1.7 million visitors a year from home and abroad,” said Sue Masica, director of the NPS

Los Alamos Certified As Wildlife Habitat Community

on April 28, 2016 - 9:31pm
Community Wildlife Habitat presentation Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation and County Councilor Pete Sheehey at Saturday's ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation traveled to Los Alamos from Reston, VA to officially present the Community Wildlife Habitat certification to Los Alamos
Los Alamos County was

NMED Hosts Open House On LANL Consent Order In Council Chambers 5-7 p.m. Today

on April 28, 2016 - 9:58am

NMED News:

NMED Proposes Changes to Consent Order, which Governs Legacy Clean-Up at LANL

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau will host an Open House in Los Alamos to present an overview of their proposed changes to the Draft Consent Order governing legacy clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to hear citizen and stakeholder input, address concerns, and answer questions.

The Open House is 5-7 p.m., today in the Los Alamos County Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

On March 1, 2005, NMED and the U.S.

Los Alamos Master Gardeners Prepare For June Fair

on April 28, 2016 - 9:32am

Los Alamos Master Gardeners are working on the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden to have it ready for its June 11 Garden Fair. The workers are preparing an area for a new penstemon garden and an extended butterfly garden. Gardeners from left, Shari Foley, Denise George, Pallas Papin, Pam Rogers, Kimberli Tanner and Carlos Valdez. Courtesy photo

New Awards For Advanced Nuclear Energy Development

on April 28, 2016 - 8:13am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Building on the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy has awarded more than $5 million to undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy.
 
The awards include 57 undergraduate scholarships and 33 graduate-level fellowships for students at American colleges and universities.
 
“Nuclear energy currently makes up 60 percent of the United States’ non-carbon emitting energy portfolio,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

Udall Welcomes Signing Of Historic International Agreement To Fight Climate Change

on April 28, 2016 - 8:11am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees, released the following statement on the signing of a historic agreement reached by the United States and almost 200 other countries to fight climbing temperatures and rising sea levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Udall was among a group of 10 senators who attended the United Nations climate talks in Paris last December, where international negotiators reached the deal.

NNSA Conducts Fifth Experiment Aimed To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on April 27, 2016 - 9:06am

NASA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 26, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) conducted the fifth experimental conventional explosion as part of its Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series. The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, improves the United States’ capability to detect and characterize underground nuclear explosions.

By conducting the experiments near the location of previous underground nuclear tests, researchers are able to better compare data from conventional and nuclear explosions.

More Scenes From Saturday's Earth Day Festival

on April 27, 2016 - 8:33am

Scene from the annual Earth Day Festival hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from PEEC's annual Earth Day Festival Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from PEEC's annual Earth Day Festival Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from PEEC's annual Earth Day Festival Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from PEEC's annual

Community Celebrates Earth Day At Nature Center

on April 27, 2016 - 8:24am

Hundreds of people turned out for the annual Earth Day Festival hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival.

Nature Center Presents 'We Are Stars' To Show Friday

on April 27, 2016 - 7:40am
 
PEEC News:
 
From the makers of We are Astronomers, comes an exciting film that explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) new planetarium film, We are Stars, connects life on earth to the evolution of the universe by investigating the chemistry of stars. This family-friendly film will premiere at 7 p.m., Friday, April 29 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium, Astrophysicist Dr. Richard Wallace will give a talk and be available to answer questions.
 
Richard Wallace has a Ph.D.

EPA Must Act Now To Protect Public From Teflon Chemical In Drinking Water

on April 27, 2016 - 7:22am
EPA News:
 
By BILL WALKER
Investigations Editor
 
The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis.
 
Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.
 
Today EWG, which has

Stolen Passport To Pajarito Plateau Post Found

on April 26, 2016 - 8:11pm

The wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program has been found. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program stolen over the weekend has been found, according to a PEEC spokesperson. The lost post was found this morning. Early this afternoon, it was reinstalled on the Acid Canyon Loop trail. 

Since first discovering the missing post, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) found another vandalized post on Bridges Loop trail. The post was dumped about 50 feet from its previous location.

Fuller Lodge Art Center Takes Over Nature Center Tonight

on April 26, 2016 - 2:51pm
Bean and seed bottles are a fun and artistic way to learn about the Earth’s crust. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Full Lodge Art Center will spill the beans from 6-7:30 p.m., Tonight, April 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Tonight is community night, a free, family friendly event with hands-on activities. Tonight, the art center would like help creating a permanent nature mural using seeds and beans. Participants will learn about the Earth’s crust by creating their own bean bottles.
 
This artistic evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Scenes From Sunday Drive Through Gilman Tunnels

on April 26, 2016 - 10:58am
Scenes from a drive through Gilman Tunnels Sunday afternoon. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scenes from a drive through Gilman Tunnels Sunday afternoon. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scenes from a drive through Gilman Tunnels Sunday afternoon. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scenes from a drive through Gilman Tunnels Sunday afternoon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Space Fence: Advancing Way To ID And Track Junk

on April 26, 2016 - 9:39am

The geographic separation and the higher wave frequency of the new Space Fence radars will allow for the detection of much smaller microsatellites and debris than current systems. Courtesy/Lockheed

HSNW News:

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies earlier this month completed the construction and walk-through of the 7,000 square-foot radar receive array structure which is part of the U.S. Air Force Space Fence radar system.

With the array structure complete, the General Dynamics Space Fence team will dismantle the 700,000-pound steel structure and ship it to Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall

Tips For Pruning Weather Damaged Trees

on April 25, 2016 - 8:18am
By CARLOS VALDEZ
Los Alamos Extension Horticulturist

For moderate pruning repair jobs of weather damaged trees close to ground level, homeowners should follow these guidelines:

  • Smaller branches should be pruned back to the point where they join larger ones. Make the cut at a slant next to a bud that can produce new growth. Do not leave branch stubs as they encourage rot and decay.
  • Large branches that are broken should be cut back to either the trunk or main limb. Do not cut the branch flush with the trunk. Instead, cut outside the  branch collar at the base of the branch.
  • Take all necessary

Thief Steals Wooden Passport Post To Pajarito Plateau

on April 24, 2016 - 12:43pm

Someone stole this wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A thief has stolen the wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

PEEC will replace the post as soon as the announcement plates are remade. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the police at 505.662-8222.

Information about the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program: www.peecnature.org/passport.

Starting April 23, the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau is a fun program to get families outside, exploring

Daily Postcard: Happy Earth Day!

on April 23, 2016 - 9:22am

Daily Postcard: Wonder where this butterfly was hiding out Monday? Quemazon ... looks like spring is here! Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC Earns Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

on April 23, 2016 - 9:10am

PEEC News:

On Earth Day, April 22, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) accepted a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for environmental education and outreach.

The award ceremony was held at the Rio Grande Nature Center, where awardees accepted recognition of excellence in one of seven environmental categories: water resource protection, resource stewardship, wildlife and ecosystem stewardship, environmental education and outreach, youth projects, environmental leader of the year, or lifetime achievement.

Arborist Laural Hardin Talks About Trees Sunday

on April 23, 2016 - 8:22am
Arborist Laural Hardin answer tree questions at PEEC Sunday. Courtesy photo
 

PEEC News:

Selecting the right tree for one's yard and the best location to plant it has more impact on the landscape than one might realize. Understanding what the tree needs to thrive and whether it may cause future plumbing problems can save home owners time, stress, and money down the road.

Join Laural Hardin 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to discover the important questions to ask when shopping for a tree and learn how to select the right tree for the right place.

Hardin is a

Udall Presses EPA Administrator On Reimbursements, Compensation For Gold King Mine Spill

on April 22, 2016 - 8:18am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to move more quickly to respond to requests for reimbursements and process tort compensation claims by Navajo Nation residents and other New Mexicans harmed by the devastating release of toxic water from the Gold King Mine in Colorado.
 
Speaking at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Udall, the lead Democrat on the subcommittee, told McCarthy that it's unacceptable that eight months after the spill, the Navajo Nation and

Pajarito Astronomers Hold Dark Night May 7

on April 22, 2016 - 8:17am
PA News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8 p.m. (sunset,) Saturday, May 7 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and its rings will be visible. There will be a tour of the spring constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252 for information.

NMED On Risks Associated With Dust Storms

on April 22, 2016 - 8:01am

NMED News:

SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department, along with the cities of Las Cruces and Deming, and Doña Ana and Luna Counties, is advising the citizens of Doña Ana and Luna Counties of the potential risks associated with dust storms.

A combination of weather conditions, features of the natural environment, and human activity can contribute to high levels of windblown dust, or dust storms. High winds can raise large amounts of dust from areas of dry, loose, exposed soil. In the Doña Ana and Luna County area, high winds are most common during the spring.

Doña Ana and Luna

NASA Tweets Out Purple Nebula In Honor Of Prince

on April 21, 2016 - 9:12pm

NASA shared an image Thursday afternoon of a purple nebula to honor Prince.  Courtesy/NASA

CARVER COUNTY News:

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson has released a press release on the sudden death of artist Prince. He said that at about 9:43 a.m. today, sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minn.

When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in an elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim.

Closer Than Ever To Establishing New Wilderness Areas Within Río Grande del Norte National Monument

on April 21, 2016 - 7:59pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured final Senate passage of their bill to establish two new wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico.
 
The legislation was included as an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which passed the senate by a vote of 85 to 12.
 
"For many years now, a broad coalition of northern New Mexicans, including elected

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