Environment

Climate Change Making Night Clouds More Visible

Noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere. They form in the middle atmosphere, or mesosphere, roughly 50 miles above Earth’s surface. The clouds form when water vapor freezes around specks of dust from incoming meteors. Courtesy/Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics NASA
 
AGU News:
 
Washinton, D.C. — Increased water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere due to human activities is making shimmering high-altitude clouds more visible, a new study finds. The results suggest these strange but increasingly common clouds seen only on

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DOE Awards EM Cyber Security Services Contract

DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of a contract to Cyber Security Professionals, Inc. of Fairfax, Va., for Environmental Management Cyber Security Services.
 
This contract is a Time and Materials type contract that contains a $5.2 million estimated value of services, and has a 12-month period of performance.
 
DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) mission is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy resulting from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear

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Scenes From Tomato And Salsa Canning Class

Anna Graham and Cassidy Jimenez prepare vegetables for Salsa during the Tomato and Salsa Canning Class hosted Thursday by the Los Alamos County Extension Office. The class was taught by Desaree Jimenez, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent and Los Alamos Master Food Preservers Ronaele Freestone and Claire Swinhoe. Courtesy photo

Anna Graham, Rebecca Chaikon, Desaree Jimenez, Claire Swinhoe, Ronaele Freestone and Cami Charonko at the Salsa Canning Class hosted Thursday by the Los Alamos County Extension Office. Courtesy photo

Rebecca Chaikon, Ronaele Freestone, Cami Charonko and Desaree


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Los Alamos July 4 Parade: Temporary Road Closures

Courtesy photo
 
THE FAMILY YMCA News:
 
Central Avenue and 15th Street will experience a 20-minute road closure to two-way traffic 10:30-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, to accommodate The Family YMCA’s annual Independence Day Children’s Parade.
 
The road will be blocked from the Justice Center Parking lot easterly to 15th Street and on 15th Street northward from Central to Iris to the Y’s driveway entrance.
 
The parade is open to children, families and pets (animals must be on leash, friendly and picked-up after) who want to dress in red, white and blue and show their patriotic

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Courtright’s Turf Wranglers Encounter Snake On Job

Courtright Apartments maintenance crew, dubbed the ‘Turf Wranglers’ encountered a snake while working on a yard job this morning near 48th Street and Yucca. After snapping a few photos they contacted a wildlife professional in White Rock who drove up and retrieved the snake. Photo by Charlie Christenson

Courtright’s ‘Turf Wranglers’ spot a snake while working on a yard job this morning near 48th Street and Yucca. Photo by Charlie Christenson

Courtright’s ‘Turf Wranglers’ spot a snake while working on a yard job this morning near 48th Street and Yucca. Photo by Charlie Christenson

Courtright’s


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Tales Of Our Times: A Crab’s Trip From Tampa Is A Curious Lesson

Tales of Our Times
 
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
One way to appraise an experiment is the value that it has in retrospect. The family experiment told here was run in 2008.
 
Whether you think animals are cute, scary or dumb, they have one noble feature. They function free of dogma and devoid of ego.
 
For a special event, dozens of our family members, of all ages, met in Florida. There was time to spend on the beach at Tampa Bay. Shells begged to be found. There were tidal flats for inlanders to explore, one of which lay a short dash from our motel room.

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Weekly Fishing Report: June 27

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
Carson National Forest has closed most of its lands today due to extreme fire danger. The Camino Real Ranger District is already closed as a precaution due to the Sardinas Canyon Fire. The El Rito, Canjilon, Tres Piedras and Questa Ranger Districts closed today.
 
The Jicarilla Ranger District west of Dulce will remain open under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.
 
All recreational activities are prohibited. Forest Service campgrounds, trails and roads will be closed. County and State roads not under the Forest Service’s

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San Antonio Fire in Valles Caldera 75% Contained

FIRE UPDATE:

  

Jemez Springs — The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve is now 75 percent contained and remains at 416 acres. There has been no significant growth, but interior hot spots are a concern. Crews will continue to mop up the hot spot within the mixed conifer and aspen.

 

After a fire, the first priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources. The stabilization work begins immediately and may continue for up to a year. The longer-term rehabilitation effort to repair damage


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AGU: Coldest Place On Earth … Even Colder Than Scientists Thought

Persistent winds shape the surface of East Antarctica’s snow into small dune forms called ‘sastrugi’. Courtesy/Ted Scambos, NSIDC/University of Colorado-Boulder
 
Blowing snow conditions at a camp site near Vostok Station in Antarctic summer. Courtesy/Ted Scambos, NSIDC/University of Colorado-Boulder
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica’s ice sheet reach temperatures of nearly minus 100 degrees Celsius (minus 148 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter, a new study finds.
 
The results could change scientists’ understanding of

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SFCC Announces EPA Environmental Job Training Program Information Session July 19

SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College will present an information session on the New Mexico Environmental Job Training Program at 6 p.m. July 19 in Room 212 on the campus, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
The five-week intensive training is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 12 at the college. An Environmental Protection Agency grant will cover the training costs for unemployed, underemployed or low-income applicants who are accepted into the program.
 
Graduates of the program will receive federal and state recognized certifications such as, but

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Sardinas Canyon Fire Burns 500 Acres Near Taos

The smoke plume from the Sardinas Canyon Fire visible Tuesday evening from Los Alamos. The fire ignited Sunday afternoon 18 miles southeast of Taos. Photo by Elena Giorgi

Scene from the Sardinas Canyon Fire burning near Taos in the Carson National Forest. Courtesy/NMFI

FIRE UPDATE:

As of Tuesday evening the Sardinas Canyon Fire has consumed about 500 acres and is burning 18 miles from Taos.

Acres: Approximately 500 acres

Percent Containment: 0 percent

Start Date: June 24, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Jurisdiction: Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District


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Annual Fireworks Show At Overlook Park Is Canceled

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced today that the Fire Department has reached a decision regarding the annual Independence Day celebration sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

“Unfortunately, the long-range forecast does not indicate that we are going to receive any significant rainfall anytime soon,” Hughes said. “Therefore, we have reached the difficult decision that we will not issue the permit that would allow the fireworks display to proceed on July 4. We continue to be at extreme fire danger conditions and the risk is too great. While we know that many will be disappointed


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PEEC: Raptors; Owls At Nature Center Wednesday

Meet rescued raptors and owls from the New Mexico Wildlife Center Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to visit the Los Alamos Nature Center 6:30 p.m., Wednesday to meet raptors and owls from the New Mexico Wildlife Center.
 
Families also will have an opportunity to learn about local habitats, responsible rehabilitation and what to do if they find an injured animal. This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings series, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.
 
The New

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Carson National Forest Closing Wednesday

CNF News:

TAOS — The Carson National Forest (CNF) will implement Stage 3 Restrictions over most of the forest, effective 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 27.

Effectively immediately, the Camino Real Ranger District is closed. This immediate closure of the Camino Real District is strictly precautionary, the Sardinas Canyon Fire is not threatening structures nor is it expected to do so.

The remainder of the closure, which includes the Questa, Tres Piedras, El Rito and Canjilon District goes into effect 6 a.m., Wednesday. This partial closure will remain in effect until the forest receives significant


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