Environment

First Fort And Arsenal Tours Sept. 8

NPS News:
 
WATROUS Fort Union National Monument announces its First Fort and Arsenal Tours Sept. 8.
 
The First Fort and Arsenal site are open to the public only once a year, so visitors can have an opportunity to discover the origins of Fort Union, and the Arsenal that supplied the army in the Southwest.
 
Both were critical in the establishment of the United States in the Southwest as conflicts escalated during the “Indian Wars” in the second half of the 19th Century. Historic weapons used by Dragoons, Civil War Volunteers, and Indian Wars soldiers like the famous “Buffalo Soldiers”

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Night Sky Astronomy At Fort Union Tonight

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NPS News:
 
New Mexico is renowned for its enchanting landscape and open skies. Throughout history, mankind has turned their eyes to the celestial bodies of the night sky in awe and wonder.
 
The stars found in the dark sky have helped humanity to traverse the land and sea, prepare for the coming changes in seasons, and to inspire the imagination.
 
Come and join the “Dark Side” at Fort Union National Monument as we explore the night sky with the telescope and naked eye, to discuss some of the mystery and science of the sky. The event is 8-10:30 p.m. today.
 

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Daily Postcard: Bobcat Spotted Near Canyon Road

Daily Postcard: This bobcat was spotted Friday in the wooded area behind Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road. Bobcats are a North American cat that appeared during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1.8 million years ago. The majority of the bobcat’s diet consists of rabbit and hares, with a smaller percentage of rodents, such as squirrels and mice. Attacks by bobcats on humans are rare. Normally if a bobcat approaches a human or seems aggressive it is most likely sick or rabid. Source: wikipedia.com. Photo by Fr. Glenn Jones


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Party At Paja Enduro Sept. 8

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MOUNTAIN News:
 
In partnership with Trail Party Promotions, Pajarito Mountain is hosting the Party at Paja Enduro race Saturday, Sept. 8.
 
This one of a kind race  — the only enduro in New Mexico — is sure to be a gravity rider’s favorite since it is a 100 percent lift-accessed Enduro race. Trail Party Promotions has taken the exhaustion and gruelling climbs out of the equation so riders can focus on racing with friends and creating fun memories.
 
Team Trail Party strives to create memorable experiences with a unique format that has been

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Bandelier Seeks Public’s Help On Illegal Site Damage

Duchess Castle. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
U.S. National Park Service (NPS) Rangers at Bandelier National Monument are seeking the public’s help with identifying those responsible for recent vandalism at Duchess Castle, a historic site in the Tsankawi Unit of Bandelier.
 
Extensive damage was inflicted upon the site during two separate incidents in August 2017 and May 2018. The site has been significantly impacted and the damage is irreparable.
 
Anyone with information about these incidents that could help investigators is urged to call the Bandelier Crime

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Tales Of Our Times: Smoking Guns Can Be Hard To Spot

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Smoking Guns Can Be Hard To Spot At First

Chitchat about pollution is widespread these days. Such talk was rare in times gone by. Yet, pollution has always had surprising power to overwhelm high-born political plans.

Pollution has special ways to sneak past borders, leave tracks and scramble politics in its path. History is rich in entanglements of people with pollution, companies and governments.

An early case arose in the 1800s near Copperhill, Tenn., which abuts the Georgia state line. Your guess is right about


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Environmental Management Assistant Secretary White Focuses On Collaboration In Japan Visit

EM Assistant Secretary Anne White speaks during the fifth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation Aug. 8 in Tokyo. Courtesy photo
 
EM News:
 
Following is a first-person account by Environmental Management Assistant Secretary Anne White on her trip Aug. 7-10 to Japan as part of a delegation attending the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation, the U.S.-Japan Decommissioning Forum, and a tour of the Fukushima Daiichi Site.
 
I had the honor of traveling to Japan proudly representing EM, while accompanying Deputy

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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Opening Statement On Legislation To Protect Chaco Canyon Area

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered opening remarks in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing Aug. 22 on the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill he introduced with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M).
 
The bill, which is supported by Navajo Nation, All Pueblo Council of Governors, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, the Wilderness Society, and Southwest Native Cultures, would ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape

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LAHS Eco Club Proposes Plastic Bag Fee

Los Alamos High School Eco Club Co-Presidents Paulina Burnside, left, and Risa Bridge discuss the club’s proposal to institute a 10-cent plastic bag fee. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The statistics for plastic bags are startling, according to a presentation the Los Alamos High School Eco Club made to the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) during its Aug. 16 meeting.

Club members reported every 10 seconds, 240,000 plastic are being used around the world; furthermore, the average bag is only


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Explore The Discoveries And Lives Of Brahe And Kepler With Chick Keller Friday

Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Hear about the lives of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. At 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31, Chick Keller will give a talk about the incredible lives of these two men and their contributions to astronomy. The following day, the nature center will show the full-dome film “Mysteries of the Unseen World” in the planetarium at 2 p.m.
 
Kepler and Brahe turned our understanding of the solar system completely upside down. The fortunate combination of the two outstanding men, one the supreme

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USDA Announces Assistance To Pecan Growers Affected By 2017 Weather Events

USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tuesday announced that additional assistance has been made available for pecan growers to replant and replace trees through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) as they recover from the impacts of 2017 weather events, which was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.
 
“Pecan orchards were hard hit in by storms in 2017. I saw first-hand the damage inflicted on communities, resources and the land.” said USDA Farm Production and Conservation Under Secretary Bill Northey. “These funds

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Environmental Historian Scott Einberger Speak On Stewart Udall’s Life And Legacy Sept. 5

Scott Einberger
 
LIBRARY News:
 
Scott Einberger, an environmental historian, will discuss his new book “With Distance in His Eyes, The Environmental Life and Legacy of Stewart Udall,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Fuller Lodge.
 
The talk is presented by the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Public Library, as part of the Library’s Authors Speak series of book talks and lectures.
 
Stewart Udall was a major figure in American conservation. Perhaps no other public official or secretary of the interior has ever had as much success in environmental protection,

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Los Alamos Residents Encouraged To Recycle Right

COUNTY News:

In January, China started enforcing its new National Sword policy, which bans 24 types of recycle materials, including some plastics and unsorted mixed paper. Until this year, China was importing about 50 percent of the world’s recyclables.

However, much of the material was highly contaminated with materials that are completely unacceptable for processing or would be appropriate only in a different stream, (e.g. glass). This contamination caused environmental concerns in China.

Therefore, in late 2017, China informed the World Trade Organization of the upcoming ban on


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LANL: High-Impact Los Alamos Innovations Honored As R&D 100 Award Finalists

Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, including the Universal Bacterial Sensor developed by the team led by Harshini Mukundan. The sensor mimics biological recognition of bacterial pathogens to identify infections even before the patient’s symptoms are evident. Courtesy/LANL
 
Cristian Pantea and Dipen Sinha with the Acoustic Collimated Beam (ACCObeam). Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven

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PEEC: Help Improve Quemazon Trail Saturday

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SFNF News:
 
Help improve Quemazon Trail with the Santa Fe National Forest and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Saturday, Sept. 1.
 
This trail workday is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is the perfect opportunity for Los Alamos residents to give back to our incredible trail system. There will be trail maintenance jobs for all ages, and U.S. Forest Service experts will be on site to ensure safety and provide instructions.
 
Volunteers should pre-register for this project at www.peecnature.org. Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 9

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Weekly Fishing Report Aug. 29

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
As predicted last week, the fishing at the Canjilon Lakes was rated good to very good last week. The Lakes were reopened for fishing Aug. 22 after being closed for several years and had been heavily-stocked with rainbow trout, including some averaging more than 18 inches in size. I also heard reports that the shoreline was very crowded with anglers, which didn’t surprise me.
 
The Lakes were not stocked last week, but there should be plenty of stockers left and maybe the crowds will be a bit thinner. Try to fish during the week to

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