Environment

LANL: Three Los Alamos Medal Winners Changed The Course Of Science

From left, Paul Whalen, Geoffrey West and John M. Pedicini are awarded the Los Alamos Medal—Los Alamos National Laboratory’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that three individuals have been awarded the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, for groundbreaking contributions to science and national security. John M. Pedicini, Paul Whalen and Geoffrey West were selected for their distinguished achievements that have impacted the success of the Laboratory, either through mission accomplishments or enhancing


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Sipapu Ski Resort Receives 5″ Of Snow Overnight

View today of Sipapu Ski Resort, scheduled to open Saturday, Nov. 17. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

Sipapu Ski Resort. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

SIPAPU News:

Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos received 5″ of snow overnight and there’s more in the forecast over the next 10 days!

The mountain team is watching the forecast for optimal conditions to begin snowmaking. Sipapu Mountain Manager John Paul, is excited about the cold forecast to drop the soil temperature, providing better insulation for any natural or man-made snow!

Sipapu’s opening day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov.


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Hike Kitchen Mesa At Ghost Ranch Saturday

Hike Kitchen Mesa Trail at Ghost Ranch with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Meet the group at 8 a.m., Saturday at the nature center to carpool to Ghost Ranch. Courtesy photo

 

PEEC News:

 

Hike Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 20 with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

 

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is partnering with the Mountaineers to offer this outing. Kitchen Mesa is a beautiful gypsum-capped high point that stands above the headquarters of Ghost Ranch. Space is limited for this hike and registration is required


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BLM Begins San Pedro Thinning Project

San Pedro area hazardous fuels thinning begins around Oct. 17. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
 
TAOS – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin hazardous fuels thinning in the San Pedro area beginning around Oct. 17 and carry on until Nov. 30.
 
The thinning project is expected to take 2-6 weeks; however, the exact timing is subject to weather and ground conditions.
 
The San Pedro fuels reduction project is located on BLM lands on the south side of N.M. 344, approximately one mile east of the intersection of N.M. 14 and N.M. Thinning and piling will be conducted on Township 12N Range

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Snow Falling Across Los Alamos Area Until Noon

Snow is falling this morning in Los Alamos and the surrounding area including Aster Street in White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts snow will continue to fall until about noon today followed by a 40% chance of rain showers and a high near 38 and a low tonight around 29 with patchy freezing fog after midnight. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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LAPS Issues Information On Delayed Start, School Cancellation And Early Dismissal Due To Snow

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk:

This message contains information about delayed start, school cancellation, or early dismissal due to snow or ice for the Los Alamos Public Schools.

With today’s winter storm warning, LAPS has tuned-up all snow removal equipment and we have a crew reporting early Monday morning.  

Announcements, usually by 5:30 a.m., will be sent via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger, and information lines.

  • Aspen Elementary 663-2277
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary 663-2732
  • Chamisa

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NWS: Snow Likely To Follow Rain After Midnight

Rain continues falling today across Los Alamos including late this afternoon along the Main Hill Road. The National Weather Service predicts a 90% chance of fairly steady rain turning to snow after midnight. The low tonight is expected to drop to around 31 degrees. The NWS also predicts a 60% chance of snow likely before noon Monday followed by rain showers and a high near 37. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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SFNF Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour Oct. 20

SFNF Site Stewards lead an exploration Oct.20 of two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/SFNF
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Join the Santa Fe National Forest Site Stewards to explore two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa.
 
The petroglyphs are unique in both design and location. Both panels are easily accessible, but the trip will require carpooling in high-clearance vehicles. Sunscreen, snacks, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended. The Glorieta Rock Tour is free and open to the public.
 
The tour begins at 9:30 a.m.,

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Congress Let Land & Water Conservation Fund Expire

By JEREMY ROMERO
Wildlife Corridor Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation

Valles Caldera is the largest land acquisition in New Mexico made through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the primary tools for protecting our national and local parks and public lands. LWCF contributed over $100 million to acquire the Preserve, help promote recreational opportunities and public access, and conserve habitat for wildlife including elk, mule deer, and mountain lions. And LWCF accomplishes things like this all over America at no cost to taxpayers. LWCF is completely funded from


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Heinrich, Capito Introduce Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) have introduced the Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act to improve the permitting process for commercial outfitters and other businesses on public lands.
 
“Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to camp under the stars, chase bugling elk or wet a fly in a mountain stream, and they fuel the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that directly sustains 7.6 million American jobs-many in rural communities,” Sen. Heinrich

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Jemez Historic Site Star Party Features Talk About Ancient Pueblo Connection Oct. 13

 
JEMEZ SPRINGS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Village of Jemez Springs is continuing its efforts to be known as a Dark Sky destination by co-hosting a Star Party for the first time with Jemez Historic Site, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, courtesy of The Albuquerque Astronomy Society (TAAS).
 
An instructional coordinator from Jemez Pueblo will share stories of ancient beliefs about astronomical objects and the Pueblo’s connection to the land.
 
The talk is 7:30 p.m., and repeated at 9 p.m.
 
“This is Jemez Springs’ second Star Party and the first for the Jemez Historic Site,

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Crews Stabilizing Hanford Waste Storage Tunnel

Trucks carry engineered grout from a nearby batch plant to the PUREX Plant Tunnel 2, where pumps insert the grout using piping connected to existing openings in the top of the tunnel. Courtesy photo
 
A mobile batch plant near PUREX Plant Tunnel 2 will mix approximately 43,000 cubic yards of grout to stabilize the tunnel. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, Wash. Trucks are delivering engineered grout to stabilize a waste storage tunnel on the Hanford Site.
 
Last week, EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) authorized contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company

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County Yard Trimming Collection Program Garners 2018 Diversion Project Of The Year Award

Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule, second from left, Los Alamos County’s Armando Gabaldon, left, and Public Works Department Director Philo Shelton accept the New Mexico Recycling and Solid Waste Diversion Project of the Year award. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

It may new but Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division yard trimming collection program has already grabbed the state’s attention and praise.

The program recently earned the Environmental Services Division 2018 New Mexico Recycling


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Snowflake Theme For Festival Of Trees Event

Courtesy photo

Festival of Trees News:

Snowflakes are the theme for the community tree at this year’s annual Festival of Trees event.

Community members are asked to donate one snow related item to demonstrate what can happen when we all come together. A donation box will be available at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The Festival of Trees is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 17. Those wishing to donate a holiday item for the silent auction or reserve a craft fair table for $25 for LARSO members and $40 for non-LRSO members can call 505.662.8920.


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