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DOE Secretary Moniz Announces Charles Curtis As 2016 Recipient Of Schlesinger Medal For Energy Security

on January 11, 2017 - 9:43am

Charles B. Curtis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced Charles B. Curtis as the third recipient of the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.

When the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) were established Oct. 1, 1977, Schlesinger and Curtis were appointed by President Carter as the first DOE Secretary and FERC Chairman, respectively. Later, Curtis served as Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration.

Ten Fee-Free Days At National Parks In 2017

on January 11, 2017 - 9:41am
Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
Anyone wanting to stretch their travel budget to be able to visit the greatest number America's very best places, should be sure to consider the 10 days this year when all National Park Service areas are fee free - no entrance fees!
 
In the Los Alamos area, that includes both Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park (NHP), in downtown Los Alamos, has no entrance fee.
 
The first fee-free day for 2017 will be this coming Monday,

Prescribed Pile Burn On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District To Focus On Illegally Dumped Debris

on January 11, 2017 - 9:35am
Pile of burning debris. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct an administrative pile burn to reduce illegally dumped slash and woody debris that has accumulated along Forest Road 86-A on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.
 
Ignitions on the 0.1-acre site, 3 miles northeast of the Village of Pecos, may begin as early as tomorrow if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Illegal dumping is a serious problem on national forests, and even plant-based waste

Daily Postcard: Taos Mountains From Main Gate Park

on January 11, 2017 - 6:51am

Daily Postcard: Saturday, Jan. 7 was one of those exceptionally clear days revealing much detail on the mountains near Taos. This photo was taken from Main Gate Park as the setting sun lit up the higher peaks. Photo by Marc Bailey

Contract Awarded For Technical Support At DOE Environmental Management Sites Across DOE Complex

on January 10, 2017 - 11:58am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a Time and Materials, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to SUNSi JV, LLC, of Pocatello, ID.
 
SUNSi JV, LLC is a Small Business. The contract will have a maximum value of up to $4 million over 5 years. Work performed under this contract will be performed at various EM sites across the DOE complex.
 
The Contractor will provide support in the following areas: Quality Assurance, Safety (including nuclear safety), Radiological Protection, Emergency Management, Safeguards and

DOE Selects TerranearPMC To Explore New Mexico Research Project

on January 10, 2017 - 11:53am
DOE News:
 
OTERO COUNTY  TerranearPMC, LLC (TPMC) was selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to begin exploring the possibility of conducting a research project known as the deep borehole field test in Otero County, New Mexico.
 
This is one of four potential test sites nationally chosen to explore this project.

New Mexico Wildlife Center Hires Executive Director

on January 10, 2017 - 11:20am
New NMWC Executive Director Melissa H. Moore. Courtesy photo
 
NMWC News:
 
New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) in Espanola has hired Melissa H. Moore as its new executive director.
 
The previous Director, Katherine Eagleson, retired at the end of 2016 after 8 years of leadership. Eagleson brought a strong, science education-based focus to the agency, and helped bring the whole organization to a higher standard.
 
Moore, who moved to Santa Fe in November, came from Seattle, WA where she was Education Manager at PAWS in Lynwood, WA.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise With Fog Over Mountains

on January 10, 2017 - 6:25am

Daily Postcard: Monday morning's sunrise with fog over the mountains taken from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Famine to Feast Co-founders Pitch Food Bin Idea To Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board

on January 9, 2017 - 5:58am

Famine to Feast co-founder Jaret McDonald, center, presents an idea to the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board Dec. 15 to help cure local food insecurity and reduce food waste at the landfill. ScreenShot/LADP

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

During the Dec. 15 meeting of the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board, Jaret McDonald pitched an idea beneficial on two fronts: curing Los Alamos of food insecurity and reducing food waste at the landfill.

To accomplish these objectives, McDonald suggested the County purchase stackable bins to distribute to

Daily Postcard: Frozen Raindrop Clings To Moss

on January 9, 2017 - 5:56am

Daily Postcard: A frozen raindrop clings to a strand of moss in a pine tree Saturday in the Jemez. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Sledding And Sliding Around Urban Park

on January 8, 2017 - 12:47pm

Kids and parents embraced the snow and had all kinds of fun Friday at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Lance Metcalf catches some air Friday at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Lance Metcalf is having awesome good fun in the snow Friday at Urban Park! Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Finley Ham braces for a wild ride. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Finley Ham: Yipee, let's do it again! Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

NMSP: Difficult Driving Conditions Across State

on January 8, 2017 - 9:30am

NMSP News:
As Thursday's winter storm moved through New Mexico, it created some difficult driving conditions and New Mexico State Police Officers assisted motorists and investigatied crashes.
 
From 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 until 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, state police investigated 14 injury crashes, 58 non-injury crashes and assisted 102 motorists.
 
New Mexico State Police remind motorists to always travel prepared:
  • First and foremost, always wear a seatbelt and SLOW DOWN;
  • Allow extra room between your vehicle and the one in front of you;
  • Be alert of potential "Black Ice" on the roadway; and

Heinrich On Public Lands Transfer Rule Change

on January 7, 2017 - 11:44am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement on the passage of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Rules Package, which included a rule change that will make it easier for Congress to give away public lands:
 
“House Republicans slipped a provision into their new rules to make it easier to give away our public lands--for free.

Mountaineers Offer Weekend Snow Sport Outing

on January 7, 2017 - 6:46am
The Los Alamos Mountaineers are heading to Monarch Pass, on the continental divide in Colorado, for a weekend of alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing Courtesy photo
 
MOUNTAINEER News:
 
Winter has set in with full force in southern Colorado, opening the way for snow adventures of many kinds.
 
Over the upcoming MLK weekend, the Los Alamos Mountaineers will head north to take advantage of the snow, now five feet deep at Monarch Pass. They will make their base in the small town of Salida, and spend their days doing winter sports in the Monarch Pass area.
 
Most

Amateur Naturalist: Two Streams Of The Valles Caldera

on January 7, 2017 - 6:16am
Streams form meanders when they cross the broad level valleys of the Valles Caldera. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Two streams of the Valles Caldera
By Robert Dryja
 
The streams of the Valles Caldera share similar characteristics but also have their differences. The East Fork of the Jemez River and the Rito de los Indios (Rito) are two examples of similarities and differences. The East Fork is the major stream for the southern side of the Valles Caldera, flowing across the Valle Grande. The San Antonio is the major stream for the northern side of the Valles Caldera.

Daily Postcard: Wednesday At Anderson Overlook

on January 7, 2017 - 5:58am

Daily Postcard: Clouds fill the sky and snow laces the ground Wednesday around Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carl Newton

Daily Postcard: Wintry Scene In Walnut Canyon

on January 6, 2017 - 11:21am

Daily Postcard: A buck is spotted this morning strolling through the overnight snowfall in Walnut Canyon. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC Recognizes Volunteer Dr. Galen Gisler

on January 6, 2017 - 7:46am
PEEC volunteer Dr. Galen Gisler. Courtesy photo

By CHRISTA TYSON
PEEC Volunteer Coordinator

One of PEEC’s most creative volunteers is Dr. Galen Gisler.

Gisler was born under the dark and starry skies of New Mexico. As a child he read about Saturn floating on water, an analogy from one of his well-loved science books. He imagined the planet floating in his bathtub in Clovis, where he was raised. In that moment of wonder and curiosity, a seed was planted. It grew into a passion for astronomy, one that would last a lifetime and enable him to share his knowledge and curiosity with others.

The

Weather Alert: UNM-LA On 2-Hour Delay

on January 6, 2017 - 7:28am

UNM-LA is on a 2-hour delay today due to the winter snow storm.

LANL Boosts Performance Grade To Very Good

on January 5, 2017 - 11:22pm

The Los Alamos National Laboratory complex at dawn with a backdrop of the Jemez Mountain range. Courtesy/LANS
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

While improvement arrives too late to make up for inadequate performance evaluations of the last two years, the National Nuclear Security Administration scored Los Alamos National Laboratory higher on the whole this year, with six out of six ratings of “good” or better.

The lowest marks came in the highest weighted category, which was operations and infrastructure.

Weather Alert: SFCC And SFHEC Closed Friday

on January 5, 2017 - 11:01pm

SFCC News:

Due to road conditions and weather forecast in the area, Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Friday, Jan. 6.​

News Alert: Governor Activates State Emergency Operations Center In Preparation For Winter Storm Helena

on January 5, 2017 - 3:11pm

News Alert:
  • Agencies Working Together to Protect Health and Safety of New Mexicans

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez activated the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to monitor, prepare for, and respond to Winter Storm Helena. According to the National Weather Service, the storm is expected to affect much of Northern and Central New Mexico late today through Friday.

“In a state as large and diverse as ours, intense weather can have a tremendous impact on communities large and small throughout New Mexico,” Martinez said.

PEEC Partners With Valles Caldera National Preserve To Offer Snowshoe Hike Saturday

on January 5, 2017 - 9:16am
Youth enjoying a snowshoe hike on a beautiful winter day. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Would you like to explore the Jemez Mountains by snowshoe? Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) to offer educational, family-friendly hikes this winter.
 
The next hike is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, and will be led by a VCNP ranger and a PEEC representative.

Astronomy Shows At Planetarium This Weekend

on January 5, 2017 - 9:10am
 
 
PEEC News:
 
What celestial objects can we see as we welcome the new year? Find out more about the January night sky at 7 p.m., Friday when a local astronomer will guide you through our sky in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. 
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, We are Astronomers will play on the full planetarium dome. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. 
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m.

NMED To Ensure Safe Reopening At WIPP

on January 4, 2017 - 6:51pm

NMED News:

SANTA FE Today the New Mexico Environment Department acknowledged their role in ensuring a safe reopening of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, while recognizing the first emplacement of transuranic waste into the underground repository. 

Following a fire and separate radiological event that closed the facility in February 2014, the New Mexico Environment Department began a comprehensive investigation, and led efforts to hold the DOE accountable.

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