Environment

County Cautions Residents Of Recent Bear Sightings In Area … Provides Tips For Living With Large Predators

As shown in this photo taken within the last week, bears have been sighted near the road leading up to the recently re-opened LA Reservoir. Hikers and bikers in this area – or using any of the nearby trails around Los Alamos and White Rock – are urged to take extra precautions. Hike with a bear bell or make noise while hiking and be aware of your surroundings and signs of wildlife along the way. Surprising a bear when out on the trails – especially a mother bear protecting a cub – could place you in a dangerous situation. Review the guidelines to keep you and your property safe from wildlife


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Los Alamos Historic District Romero Cabin Site

Romero cabin, original site. Courtesy photo
 
Interior of the cabin today. Courtesy photo
 
Local historian Gerry Strickfaden working on the wood stove in the Romero Cabin. Courtesy photo
 
LOS ALAMOS HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
One of the charming sites in the Los Alamos Historic District is the Romero Cabin, a log structure originally built in 1913. The building has not always been in that location, though.
 
When it was first constructed, it was two mesas to the south on land that is now occupied by Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area (TA) 55. According

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AGU: Fresh Results From NASA’s Galileo Spacecraft 20 Years On

This image of Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s moons and the largest moon in our solar system, was taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
Far across the solar system, from where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft spent eight years orbiting Jupiter.
 
During that time, the hearty spacecraft — slightly larger than a full-grown giraffe — sent back spates of discoveries on the gas giant’s moons, including the observation of a magnetic environment around Ganymede that was distinct from Jupiter’s own magnetic field. The mission

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Nominate A Recycler Of The Year

COUNTY News:

 

Do you know of a local business that goes above and beyond when it comes to recycling?

 

Los Alamos County Environmental Services is calling for nominations for the 2018 Business Recycler of the Year Award.

 

The contest is open to Los Alamos County businesses of all sizes, including nonprofits, for profits, schools and government entities. Submit your nominations online at www.losalamosnm.us/gogreen or send your nominations via email to: solidwaste@lacnm.us. Provide the business name, point of contact, phone number and a brief description, including the


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Griggs: Headlamps In The Rain Forest

Photo by David Griggs
 
By David H. Griggs
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The pickup truck maneuvers slowly along the winding, rain slicked road. Towering Douglas-fir trees rise on the bordering hillsides. Across a narrow stream, headlamps peer through the tangled undergrowth covering the old car. Welcome to the Temperate Rain Forest in the Oregon Coast Range.
 
Most of us have heard of tropical rain forests. Images of humid jungles, howler monkeys, and lost civilizations spring to mind. But there are temperate rain forests, too. The largest temperate rain forest in the world is located

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Amateur Naturalist: Cerro Grande Peak Scene 1- Human And Natural Impacts

MAP A: A network of abandoned logging roads are on either side of Highway 4 and extend up the Frijoles creek bed (located within red circle). Photo by Robert Dryja  
 
Amateur Naturalist
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Cerro Grande Peak: Scene 1- Human and Natural Impacts
 
The Cerro Grande trail can be considered as a play with five scenes that open up as a person hikes to the top of Cerro Grande peak. The first scene is at the start of the trail. 
 
The ponderosa forest at the start of the trail appears to be in a mature, natural state. However these

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NM Congressional Delegation Welcomes New San Juan Watershed Monitoring Program

U.S. Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) welcomed the launch of a new program to develop and implement long-term water quality monitoring for the San Juan River watershed. The delegation secured $4 million in the omnibus that was signed into law last month for the program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it has partnered with the seven states and tribes adjoining the


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Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Hears Public Comment On Joint Services Agreement

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board members hear public comments during their April 27 meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members meeting in Espanola Friday agreed on a new Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) to be distributed to Coalition communities for their review including a last minute change proposed by Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler.

The change related to the Coalition’s advocacy of “long-term, stable


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N3B Completes Transition For Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

N3B News:

N3B has announced it has completed transition for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA).

N3B’s contract standup brings LANL in line with the model DOE uses at its national laboratories and production facilities across the country, where the environmental cleanup mission is managed separately from the operations mission.

N3B is responsible for carrying out EM-LA’s legacy cleanup and legacy waste management mission at LANL. Los


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BLM Conducts Routine Audit For 2015-17 Seasons

BLM News:
 
SANTA FE The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office is preparing to conduct a routine audit of its Special Recreation Permit Program for the 2015 through 2017 use seasons.  
 
The audit is being conducted through an independent contractor and should be completed by early December 2018.
 
Periodic audits are conducted every five years and are one of the ways the BLM can ensure a fair, equitable and consistent business environment for permitholders. The audit is also intended to make sure that the American public receives fair market value from the use

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Jemez Springs Weaves Its Way Into 2nd Annual New Mexico Fiber Arts Crawl May 18-20

 
ART News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Galleries in the Village of Jemez Springs, New Mexico are now part of the 2018 New Mexico Fiber Crawl that meanders across Northern New Mexico from May 18-20, stringing together fiber artists and art lovers.
 
Jemez Fine Art Gallery, Jemez Artisans Co-op Gallery and Aspen Ridge Alpacas are fiber art stops during the three day event. Fiber artists typically quilt, weave, or knit items using synthetic or natural fibers.
 
“We are so excited that Jemez Springs – a thriving fiber arts community – is going to be a part of the NM Fiber Crawl

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Chicoma Fire Near Espanola Grows To 42 Acres

Staff Report

The Chicoma Fire, which started Monday afternoon in the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) five miles east of Chicoma Peak and nine miles west of Espanola grew  to more than 40 acres overnight.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

SFNF public affairs assistant Anna Bouchonville told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that resources on the scene include four engines, two water tankers, a 20-person handcrew and a 20-person hotshot crew. She said four air tankers have been dropping retardant on the fire.

Communities to the east or northeast


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SFNF Chicoma Fire Ignites West Of Espanola

SFNF News:

A fire ignited Monday afternoon in the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, nine miles west of Espanola and five miles east of Chicoma peak.

  • Start Date: April 30, 2018
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Size: 20 acres
  • Weather: The winds are out of the southwest, gusting up to 20 MPH.
  • Situation: The fire was reported Monday afternoon. Resources on scene include three engines and a 20-person hand crew. Four air tankers also are on scene, dropping retardant on the fire. In addition, a 20-person hotshot crew headed to the scene late Monday along with two additional fire engines. 

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Celebrate ‘May The Fourth’ At PEEC With Special Sci-Fi Planetarium Show

Join Rick Wallace to explore how alien life could look on other planets and how likely it is to discover creatures of Star Wars and other popular science-fiction films. The show is 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. May the Fourth be with you! Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Celebrate May the Fourth in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. At this special show, Rick Wallace will explore what scientists predict alien life could look like on other planets and, if life exists beyond earth, how likely it is to see the creatures of Star Wars and other


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N3B Takes Over Environmental Management Contract At Los Alamos National Laboratory Today

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Environmental Management (EM) program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) transferred over to the new contractor N3B this morning.

In an email to all LANL staff obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post, LANL Director Dr. Terry Wallace said this significant change for the Lab marks the beginning of a new era.

“For nearly 30 years, the EM program has been dedicated to packaging, shipping, and disposing of legacy


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Defenders Of Wildlife: U.S. Forest Service Moves Backward On Old-Growth Logging

Defenders of Wildlife News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis project, proposing massive new old-growth clearcutting on the largest island in our nation’s largest forest. In 2016, the USFS committed to a transition out of old-growth logging and away from uneconomical and destructive timber sales like this proposal.
 
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Alaska Representative Pat Lavin issued the following statement:
 
The U.S. Forest Service committed

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Deadline For 2018 Clouds NatureScapes Photo Contest Submissions Aug. 31

Entry from 2017 NatureScapes Annual Photo Contest: Sun Sets Over the Waters of Navajo Lake, East Arm shore, Navajo Lake State Park, Michael Shaw. Courtesy photo
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Amateur photographers participating in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) annual NatureScapes Photo Competition need to submit their entries to the museum by Aug. 31. “Clouds” is the topic for this year’s NatureScapes competition.
 
“We want to remind all of our competing photographers to turn their focus skyward this year for images of clouds before

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CIR Presents Discussion On Energy Independence

Former Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Lee Salazar

CIR News:
 
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 7 at The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 N. St. Francis Dr., is presenting a discussion between former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, and Doug Howe, independent consultant in the energy and utilities industries, entitled Towards Energy Independence? 
 
Their conversation will be moderated by Denise D. Fort, Emerita Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School

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