Environment

DOE/NNSA: Los Alamos Field Office Requests Use Of Building 17 In TA-60 For Treatment And Storage Facility

DOE/NNSA News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a categorical exclusion for the Hazardous Waste Permit Modification to Create a Treatment and Storage Facility.

DOE/NNSA has approved the use of Los Alamos National Laboratory Technical Area 60 Building 17 as a treatment and storage facility (TSF).

A TSF is required for wastes generated from mission essential operations. Building 17 will not be operated as a TSF until DOE/NNSA’s request to the New Mexico Environment Department Hazardous Waste Bureau for a


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New Mexico Game & Fish: Fly Fishing Tips From Locals

Justin Moquino with one of 12 trout he caught and released using flies at Canjilon Lakes. Courtesy/NLG&F

NMG&F News:

In this week’s New Mexico fish stocking report, Dustin shares more fly fishing and other tips from local anglers.

Fly Fishing with Justin Moquino

I have known and fished with Justin and his family for several years. They are great people and avid anglers. Justin wanted to share some tips and tricks with his fellow anglers, and I felt obliged to share his story with you:

Hi, I am Justin Moquino. I am 8-years-old and from Albuquerque. I started fishing when I was 8-months-old,


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Heinrich Leads Democratic Caucus In Opposing Bureau Of Land Management Director Nominee William Perry Pendley

BLM director nominee William Perry Pendley

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led the entire Democratic Caucus in a letter to President Trump opposing Bureau of Land Management director nominee William Perry Pendley.

“We write to express opposition to Mr. Pendley’s nomination to the position of Director of the Bureau of Land Management,” the senators wrote. “Mr. Pendley’s public record, including his advocacy for reducing public lands and access to them, routine attempts to undermine


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Tree Trimming Operation Underway Behind Fuller Lodge

A tree trimming operation is underway this afternoon on the lawn area behind Fuller Lodge. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Certified Arborist and crew foreman Miguel Hoffman helps direct the arborist high in the cherry picker trimming dead branches from a tree this afternoon behind Fuller Lodge. Hoffman is using a handheld laser pointer to indicate branches in need of trimming. Arborists from Southwest Fire Defense LLC of Santa Fe are performing the work. The company covers the entire state preforming hazardous tree removal, tree trimming and creating defensible space. The company


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Amateur Naturalist: Mosses And Lichens

A boulder forms a square column nearly 20 feet tall. Photo by Robert Dryja

A boulder closeup is covered with patches of lichen and moss. Photo by Robert Dryja

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

The wooded canyons throughout Los Alamos have boulders scattered in different ways. Large boulders may be standing alone or in piles along a hiking trail. Alternatively, they may be dispersed throughout a broad slope leading into a canyon.

Boulders that are taller than a person are impressive to see, whatever way they may be laying. Something curious also may be seen if they are looked at closely.

Why are some boulders


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Daily Postcard: Doe And Fawns Graze Near Urban Park

A doe and her fawn munch grass and sip water from an inflatable pool Sunday in a backyard near Urban Park. This fawn and its sibling also were spotted Saturday on Sycamore Street near Diamond Drive. Photo by Judy Lovejoy
A doe and her fawns graze in the backyard of a home Sunday near Urban Park. Photo by Judy Lovejoy
A fawn sips water from an inflatable pool at a home Sunday near Urban Park. Photo by Chris Lovejoy

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New Mexico Game & Fish: Squirrel Hunting 101

Abert’s squirrel. Courtesy/NMG&F

From New Mexico Game & Fish:

Have you ever considered small game hunting in New Mexico? Specifically, squirrel hunting? If not, you probably should. Everyone that put in for the big game draw will own a game-hunting license, which includes small game like squirrel.

In addition to this license, you will need a habitat stamp and a habitat management and access validation stamp. Altogether, this will cost $25 for a resident adult. These loud aerial acrobats are fun to observe and listen to.

They often bark out alert warnings when you get too close and are


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LLNL: Record Equation Of State Measurement Pressures Sheds Light On Stellar Evolution

Composite image of a white dwarf star inside a NIF target. Courtesy/Mark Meamber and Clayton Dahlen/LLNL

LLNL News:

Using the power of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s highest-energy laser system, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and an international team of collaborators have developed an experimental capability for measuring the basic properties of matter, such as the equation of state (EOS), at the highest pressures thus far achieved in a controlled laboratory experiment.

The results are relevant to the conditions at the cores of giant


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New USDA Survey To Measure Areas For Improvement

USDA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Friday announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners.

The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey over the next few weeks, but all farmers are encouraged to take the survey at farmers.gov/survey.

“We want to hear from our customers so we can learn what we’re


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AGU: Researchers Capture Rarely Heard Narwhal Vocals

An Inuit hunter near Bowdoin Fjord in Greenland during a whale hunt in 2019. Photo by Evgeny Podolskiy

Dubbed the unicorns of the sea, narwhals can have tusks up to 10 feet long protruding from their head, weigh up to 4,200 pounds and grow to 17 feet in length. Source: worldwildlife.org. Courtesy/worldwildlife.org

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks and whistles of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord.

The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords


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Heinrich, McSally Introduce Legislation To Provide Electricity To Navajo Households

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) are introducing legislation to authorize a one-time $89 million infusion of funds into the Navajo Electrification Demonstration Program (NEDP) to empower the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) to implement projects that bring electric power to Navajo households.

The senators will be seeking the funding in a bill for COVID-relief or other near-term legislation.

According to the NTUA, there are about 15,000 Navajo families that currently do not have electric power. With current


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New Mexico Environment Department’s Shelly Lemon Tapped For Nat’l Association Of Clean Water Administrators Board

NMED News:

Shelly Lemon, chief of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Surface Water Quality Bureau, was elected as a regional representative to the national board of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA).

ACWA is a national organization that supports state and territorial governments on a wide range of issues related to the federal Clean Water Act.

ACWA is a trusted and reliable partner for NMED in navigating the substantial challenges that face surface water protection programs today, from funding shortfalls to tackling emerging contaminants in the environment.


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Daily Postcard: Pinecone Dangles From Wrong Tree

Daily Postcard: A random pinecone is spotted dangling from the wrong type of tree recently near Los Alamos High School. Pinecones keep pine tree seeds safe and protect them from the freezing temperatures during winter. To protect their seeds, pinecones can close their ‘scales’ tightly, keeping out cold temperatures, winds, ice and even animals that might try to eat the seeds. Source: scientificamerican.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Neonate Garters Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos

It is neonate (baby) snake season and Tweedledum and Tweedledee were spotted today on Camino Uva and are lifting spirits around Los Alamos. ‘Please treat these little guys kindly. Garters and rattlesnakes have live births while bull snakes, coachwhips and others lay eggs. Both live births and eggs are happening now around the county.’ Photo and details by Jan Macek

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New Mexico Game & Fish: Learning OHV Safety With Robots

NMG&F utilize Safety Sam and Safety Sara for large group public outreach. Courtesy/NMG&F

NMG&F News:

For the first decade of the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Program’s operations, the main method of public outreach has been its All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) simulator.

The simulator works for small groups as a one-on-one introduction to ATV safety. However, trying to reach larger audiences with the simulator requires a lot of labor and time.

The OHV Program has two new tools for large group public outreach: the ATV-riding robots Safety Sam and


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