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Night With A Nerd: Dr. Phil Goldstone On Thinking About Nuclear Deterrence In Today’s World

on August 18, 2019 - 9:01am

BSMA News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Phil Goldstone Sept. 12 as he explores how the invention of nuclear weapons 75 years ago changed international affairs – and also the existential framework of a large portion of the world’s people. 

It's now long beyond the confrontations of the cold war, and the world’s largest weapons stockpiles have been greatly reduced. Yet nuclear weapons issues are now present and rising, with Russia (again), Iran and North Korea looming large in the news—and with the playing field changing weekly, it seems. 

Modern war has held some “conventional”

ZeroWaste Team: Bumper Crop Of Fruit? Eat it! Share it! Preserve it! Donate it! Compost it!

on August 18, 2019 - 8:40am

Courtesy/LAC

Courtesy/LAC

ZeroWaste Team News:

Fruit abounds in Los Alamos County this summer! Both White Rock and Los Alamos have trees loaded with cherries, apricots, and plums—and soon the peaches, pears, and apples will be coming in. For apricots, not only has it been a super-abundant year, but the first year in many that we’ve had apricots at all!

Many residents with fruit trees cannot use it all. Some don’t even pick any—they’re just too busy, don’t care for fruit, it’s too much trouble, they physically can’t harvest, the house is unoccupied, or owners are away.

NOAA Awards $2.7 Million In Grants For Marine Debris Removal And Research

on August 18, 2019 - 8:38am
A marine debris team member gathers a handful of disposable cigarette lighters picked up at a beach cleanup site. Courtesy/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
NOAA announced a total of $2.7 million in grants supporting 14 projects to address the harmful effects of marine debris on wildlife, navigation safety, economic activity, and ecosystem health.
 
With the addition of non-federal matching contributions, the total investment in these marine debris projects is more than $5.2 million. 
 
The grants, selected competitively from 82 community-based marine debris removal and research proposals received this

BLM Field Office Offers Forest Product Permits Online

on August 18, 2019 - 7:35am

BLM News:

 

TAOS As part of its ongoing efforts to better serve the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office has begun a pilot program offering permits for fuelwood and Christmas trees online.   

 

“The BLM works to maintain healthy forests and woodlands that include abundant opportunities for harvest and use of forest products,” Taos Field Manager Mark Jackson said. “We are pleased to offer this pilot program enabling members of the public to purchase fuelwood and Christmas tree permits online.”

 

The BLM has long offered permits to members of the public for harvest of

Tis The Season ... For Apricots In Los Alamos!

on August 18, 2019 - 6:47am

Trees that hardly ever have many apricots because their blooms get zapped by late spring freezes are literally dripping with fruit. Photo by Ken Hanson

Deer are always happy to cop a fruit. Photo by Ken Hanson

It seems everyone on Andanada St. has apricot trees so it is difficult to give them away. However, we were fortunate to find a neighbor who was interested in taking a few. Photo by Ken Hanson

Bushels of apricots are falling from Grothus's apricot tree on N. San Ildefonso Road. Photo by Ken Hanson

Apricots on Barranca Road are catching the eye of a doePhoto by Ken Hanson

NWS: Today’s High Near 85; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 18, 2019 - 6:25am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 85 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Flowers Bloom On Canyon Road

on August 18, 2019 - 6:16am

Daily Postcard: Flowers bloom on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

SFNF: Final Update For 1,011 Acre Cueva Fire Unless Significant Activity Occurs

on August 17, 2019 - 7:53pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Following Thursday’s successful firing operations, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has concluded all ignitions on the Cueva Fire.

No future growth is expected outside the approximately 1,000-acre planning area. For the next several days crews will continue to monitor fire activity within the containment lines and establish points to proactively address any unexpected growth outside the planning area.

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) managed the lightning-caused Cueva Fire by adding low-intensity fire to reduce fuel loadings and create a more fire-resilient

Scenes From Jimmy Stadler Playing Summer Concert

on August 17, 2019 - 9:57am
Los Alamos welcomed back Jimmy Stadler for a solo show Friday night at Ashley Pond Pavilion. The show was part of the Secret City Summer Concert Series. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Retired and beloved concert promoter Russ Gordon listens back stage to Jimmy Stadler perform. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Pretty ladies having fun. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com 
 
Awesome music, beautiful summer evening, pure joy! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Two steppin'. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
On the dance floor.

BPU Ponders Solar Power Purchase Agreement Aug. 22

on August 17, 2019 - 9:16am
COUNTY News:
 
Members of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will consider at the August meeting whether to approve a 1.32-megawatt (MW) solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) on the East Jemez Road landfill.
 
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) staff will present the PPA at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the scheduled meeting in Council Chambers.
 
If approved, the PPA will be forwarded to the Los Alamos County Council for consideration.
 
The proposed 1.32-MW photovoltaic solar array would be installed adjacent to the existing 1MW array on the closed landfill owned by

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