Environment

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Planned Sunday

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed starting Sunday, Sept. 23.
 
Two separate units expected to be treated within the Santa Fe Watershed total 950 acres and are approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe.
 
One unit is 450 acres northeast of Nichols Reservoir, and the other is 500 acres just south of McClure Reservoir. If conditions are favorable,

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Tesla Owners Meet With Rotary Club Of Los Alamos

Tesla owner Jim Tencate of Los Alamos recently told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the cutting-edge innovations in electric cars that make his Tesla 3 such a pleasure to drive. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg

Tesla owners Lynn McDonald and Jim Tencate drove their Tesla 3s to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos earlier this month to explain the cars’ impressive all-electric technology. The Model 3 has a 310-mile range and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Members were invited to ride in and to drive the high-tech vehicles. Photo by Linda Hull

Jim Tencate, ready to demonstrate


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Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 20

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 
National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday. On this day, anglers may fish without a license. It’s a good day to take a friend fishing who doesn’t normally go fishing. It’s even better if you have out-of-town visitors who don’t want to purchase a nonresident license. All other regular fishing rules and regulations will still apply.
 
The unseasonably hot weather has delayed the start of what I like to call the fall bite. This is when shorter days and cooler temperatures trigger trout into becoming more active. We could really

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USDA Releases Standard Indicators And Laboratory Procedures To Assess Soil Health For Public Comment

USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is releasing a set of standard indicators and associated laboratory procedures to assess soil health.
 
These measures – recommended through a multi-organizational collaboration among soil health experts in the federal, university, public and private sectors – are being developed to improve conservation planning and implementation across the United States.
 
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted a draft Technical Note detailing these soil health indicators and

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Lujan Grisham Hosts Economic Development Roundtable With UNM, National & Defense Laboratories

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CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined executives from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of New Mexico for a discussion on collaboration, improving the workforce pipeline, and the Open Campus and I-Corps policies. Rep. Lujan Grisham released the following statement after the meeting:
 
“New Mexico’s national and defense laboratories play a critical role in our national security, and each one is a vital job creator and

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Romero Best Predictor In Tuesday Pace Race

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ACRR News:
 
Ted Romero is the best predictor in Tuesday’s pace race, being only 2 seconds off for his prediction for 5 miles adjusted to 3 miles.
 
Tuesday’s pace race was a fairly-flat 1-mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way in Pajarito Acres. One could run any number of loops but with a requested time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 5 miles were done.
 
The fastest runners for the 1 mile are Majorie Keiler and Gillian Erickson (both 15:28) and Bob Reedy (15:44). For 2 miles, the fastest were Sean Thomas (16:00) and Savannah Strother

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New Mexico Receives $1.1 Million To Support State Parks And Outdoor Recreation

Ryan K. Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Secretary of the Interior Ryan K. Zinke announced a $1.1 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to New Mexico for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects.
 
This is part of a $100 million distribution from the LWCF to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service.
 
Secretary

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SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

USDA Forest Service fire crew ignite forest fuels Tuesday in the French Mesa fuelwood area of the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began ignitions Tuesday on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions,

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PEEC: Potluck And Moonlight Hike Sunday

PEEC’s spring moonlight hike. Photo by Beth Cortright
 
PEEC News:
 
Celebrate the arrival of fall at a moonlight hike and potluck dinner Sunday.
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting this outing, led by Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Enjoy good food, the company of others and time in nature at the end of the weekend. Registration is required for this event and only a few spots remain.
 
The potluck dinner starts at 5 p.m., at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. Attendees should bring a dish to share with the group and the nature center

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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Extend Electric Vehicle Tax Credit For 10 Years

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the introduction of S. 3449, the Electric Cars Act of 2018, legislation to extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years.
 
“At a time when electric cars are making advances in scale of production and becoming more competitive in the marketplace, we need to continue encouraging the progress we’ve seen–not take our foot off the pedal,” Heinrich said. “This bill is pro-growth tax policy that will

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Udall Named To House-Senate Conference Committee To Finalize Interior And Environment Funding

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, has been named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies.
 
The conference committee includes leaders of four House and Senate Appropriations

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Mountain Elementary 6th Graders Join PEEC And Bandelier Educators For Bird Banding Training

Mountain Elementary School 6th graders traveled Friday to Alamo Boundary Trail for bird banding training. Educators from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Bandelier showed students how to spot and identify birds as well as how to safely catch, study, band and release them. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Denise Matthews, PEEC Play-based Education Specialist greeted students and led a bird watching hike. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Students shared binoculars and learned to spot birds. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day At Bandelier

Volunteers will gather Sept. 29 to help remove this invasive plant species called Mullein growing at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day is generally billed as the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
 
On this day, thousands of people do volunteer work such as trail maintenance and litter pickup, while others make a special point of taking the day to enjoy the public lands that belong to everyone. To celebrate this special day, many federal lands, and some state parks as well, offer

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LANL Scientist Jonathan Dowell Discusses Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detector During Science On Tap

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jonathan Dowell presented the talk, ‘Simple sophistication: Detecting radiation one beam at a time’ Monday evening at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Like its namesake, the lighthouse directional radiation detector is all about maintaining a safe distance from harm. Whether the goal is confirming absence of radioactive materials or tracking them, the latest engineering innovation by Dowell and his colleagues brings a radiation-detection tool with immense potential to keep workers and the public safe. Dowell discussed the peanut butter


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Daily Postcard: Dragonfly Emerges From Larva

Daily Postcard: A dragonfly is spotted recently emerging from larva in Los Alamos. There are three stages in the life-cycle of all dragonflies: the egg hatches into the larva, which moults up to 15 times before emerging as an adult. Unlike most other insects, there is no pupal stage and the transition from larva to adult is known as incomplete metamorphosis. Source: british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/biology-ecology. Photo by Claire Swinhoe


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Ski Club 75th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 26

SKI News:
 
After 75 years, the Los Alamos Ski Club continues to bring the ski community and the Mountain together to benefit Los Alamos. In celebration, the Ski Club is hosting an Anniversary Celebration Weekend Oct. 26 with a dinner at Pajarito Lodge that includes speakers and volunteer recognition.
 

The $40 ticket price includes a thumb drive of historical photos, a logo glass as well as dinner catered by the Pajarito Cafe and drinks. Milt Gillespie will deliver the keynote address. Come lift a glass and celebrate this amazing history.

 
In 1943 a group of Manhattan Project

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Balderas On EPA Rollback Of Methane Emission Regs

Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
Attorney General Hector Balderas issued this statement Sept. 11, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s dangerous plan to roll back methane regulations:
 
“By rolling back critical methane waste regulations, President Trump’s EPA continues to put industry profits before New Mexican families’ safety and our environment.
 
“Wasting New Mexico’s natural resources not only harms our families, but jeopardizes our precious environment, so I will continue to fight these harmful

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