Environment

New Mexico Environment Department Awards APS Grant Funding For Early Replacement Of Five Buses

NMED News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Albuquerque Public School District has been awarded $380,626.00 in grant funding from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).
 
The grant provides partial funding for the early replacement of five older, more polluting diesel-fueled school buses with five new gasoline-fueled school buses that meet the current EPA emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles.
 
“These new school buses for the Albuquerque Public Schools will help

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Jemez Ranger District To Begin Joaquin Piles Burn

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions sometime between Oct. 15 and Feb. 28, 2019 on Joaquin piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 347 acres of the Joaquin piles.
 
The Joaquin piles area is located along the southern edge of Forest Road (FR) 534 and west of FR 376 about six miles west of Jemez Springs. Smoke

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Daily Postcard: Sunrise Through Trees At Valles Caldera

Daily Postcard: Sunrise through the trees, Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Valles Caldera is in the center and at the top of the Jemez Mountains. The 88,900-acre preserve encompasses almost all of the volcanic caldera created by a spectacular volcanic eruption about 1.25 million years ago. The caldera is dormant, but not extinct, and still displays signs of volcanic life with hot springs and boiling sulphuric acid fumaroles. Source: VCNP. Courtesy/VCNP


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LANL, PVSD And Highlands University Collaborate On Innovative Teacher Education Program

LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Pojoaque Valley School District Board of Education President of the Jon Paul Romero and New Mexico Highlands University Sam Minner. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University officially launched the region’s first professional development school at a Sept. 26 PVSD board meeting.

“The value of education and the critical role it plays in the future success of both Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory cannot be overstated,” LANL Director Terry C. Wallace,


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Española Valley Arts Festival Takes Place This Weekend

 
EVAF News:
 
ESPAÑOLA — The 33rd Annual Espanola Valley Arts Festival honoring its handmade history takes place this weekend, Sept. 29 and 30 at the Plaza de Espanola Convento.
 
The festival will feature 60 artists that will showcase their work. A wide variety of art mediums and styles such as, woodwork, metal, glass, sculpture, pottery, contemporary clay, weaving, furniture, fabric art, quilts, photography, retables, bultos, tinwork, jewelry, acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings, will be on display.
 
The festival will also have a booth for “youth art” that will

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Night Sky Fiesta 2018 At Bandelier Oct. 4, 5 & 6

Telescope viewing of the night sky at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
Bandelier will be celebrating your skies here in the park and New Mexico for three days! Solar viewing, scale model solar system walks, guests speakers, and giant telescopes will all be offered the first weekend in October.
 
Days will start with solar scope viewing 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon to safely look at your nearest star, the sun. Friday and Saturday will include a scale model solar system walk at 3 p.m., at the Bandelier Visitor Center and all 3 days have guest speakers

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Energy Department Approves 30 Month Extension Of Portsmouth Site Cleanup Contract

DOE News:
 
LEXINGTON, KY The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it has exercised its option to extend the contract with Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) for decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) for a period of 30 months beyond the current expiration date of Sept. 30, 2018.
 
The estimated value of the option period is approximately $850 million. The initial five-year base contract with FBP commenced in March 2011. An initial 30-month option was exercised on March 28, 2016. Today’s new option period will

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NIST: New Instrument Will Give Scientists Window On Change At Nanoscale

The Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) instrument. Courtesy/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
It looks more like a long water main pipe than a microscope, but a new custom-built instrument at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will give scientists new ability to glimpse moment-by-moment changes in materials on the crucial nanometer scale.
 
(Link to video here).
 
The tool’s name is almost as lengthy as its 45-meter footprint—it’s called the Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) instrument. Culminating from several years of in-house engineering,

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DOE Solar Competition At Los Alamos Makers

 The Department of Energy has broken down the American-Solar competition into a series of 3 distinct contests with increasing prize value. Courtesy/LA Makers
 
LOS ALAMOS MAKERS News:
 
Los Alamos Makers is excited to announce that it was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in the American-Made Solar Prize.
 
The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing through a series of contests and the development of a diverse and powerful support

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Spider Mountain Bike Park Opening This Winter In Burnet, Texas For Year Round Adventures

Mountain Biking at Spider Mountain. Courtesy/Spider Mountain

Aerial view of Spider Mountain. Courtesy/Spider Mountain

 
MCP News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.  Located just outside Burnet, Texas on Lake Buchanan, Spider Mountain is a new bike park slated to open this winter.
 
Spider Mountain will become the only mountain bike park in Texas offering lift-served trails. Spider Mountain will become the only year-round lift served bike park in North America.
 
With an anticipated opening before Christmas, Spider Mountain Bike Park will offer year-round mountain biking,

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Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 27

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The shorter days and cooler temperatures are stirring the trout from their summer doldrums and fishing conditions are improving throughout Northern New Mexico.
 
The aspens are starting to show some color and bull elk will likely be bugling in the mountains. Fall is the best time of the year to be enjoying the beautiful outdoors in New Mexico.
 
The State Game and Fish Department continues to stock thousands of rainbow trout and some very big trout averaging over 18 inches in size were stocked last week. Streamflows continue

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Ted Romero Is Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

People of all ages participate in the weekly pace Tuesday on the trails behind the Aquatic Center. Courtesy photo

Pace Race participants. Courtesy photo 

 
ACRR News:
 
Ted Romero was the best predictor in the weekly pace Tuesday on the Bridge Loop on the trails behind the Aquatic Center with a 7 second differential in his prediction.
 
Other accurate predictors were Ryan Smeltzer at 18 seconds off, Aaron Jackson with a 18 second difference as well as the best finisher in the 3 mile race at 24:03, Adam Stainer at 30 seconds off, and Chris Michel recording a 56 second differential.

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Student Geology Adventure In Jemez Thursday

EDUCATION News:

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is partnering with the Geological Society of America (GSA), New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Valles Caldera National Preserve, the San Diego Riverside Charter School and the Jemez Valley Middle School on a field project designed to raise awareness of the importance of earth science.

Thursday, Sept. 17, eighth grade students and educators will participate in a guided full school day field trip examining the local geology of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, AGI’s


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Bandelier Celebrates Year Of Bird Global Big Day Oct. 6

Great horned owl at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 
Bandelier National Monument will be celebrating the Year of the Bird in October with Global Big Day #2 Oct. 6.  
 
Meet at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. for a bird walk down the Falls Trail to kick off this important bird day. Please wear comfortable shoes/boots and bring water and binoculars if you have them. Contact the Bandelier Visitor Center for more information at 505.672.3861 ext 517.
 
Global Big Day is an international birding event to collect data on migrating birds. These counts are very important for scientists

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AGU: Ocean Research And Education Are Foundations For Economic Growth

AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Scientific research in Earth and space sciences advances our understanding of our world and contributes to strong global economies, security, and public health and safety.
 
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced a revision to its position statement, “Ocean Research and Education Are Foundations for Economic Growth.” The revision calls upon public and private entities to “forge cooperation and make bold investments that enable scientific discovery and solutions in ocean science to support the global economy.”
 
The statement

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Heinrich To Be Featured Speaker At National Clean Energy Week Symposium

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. At 4:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. MT, today, Sept. 26, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the son of a utility lineman and one of just a few engineers in Congress, will be a featured speaker at the National Clean Energy Week Policy Makers Symposium to discuss his vision for America’s clean energy future.
 
Through his role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Heinrich has advocated for growing the clean energy economy in New Mexico. His efforts to secure

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NIST: Quantum Information Science – Making The Leap

The first fully programmable and reconfigurable quantum computer module developed in 2016 by scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute, a partnership of NIST and the University of Maryland. The pioneering device takes advantage of the unique properties offered by trapped ions to run any algorithm. Quantum computers promise speedy solutions to some difficult problems, but building large-scale, general-purpose quantum devices is a problem fraught with technical challenges. Courtesy/E. Edwards/JQI and S. Debnath/IonQ
 
NIST News:
 
Quantum information science will contribute

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Game Commission Meets Oct. 5 In Albuquerque

NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet Friday, Oct. 5, in Albuquerque to review final biennial review of state listed and endangered species and the fiscal year 2018 report on depredation and nuisance abatement.
 
The meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s new Northwest Regional Office located at 7816 Alamo Road NW, in Albuquerque.
 
Other agenda items include:
  • A ceremonial opening and tour of the new Northwest Regional Office.
  • Subsequent discussions for potential rule changes on hunting and fishing

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