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Behnke And Davenport Tie For Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

Scene from ACRR weekly pace race Tuesday on Burnt Mesa Trail. Courtesy photo

Scene from ACRR weekly pace race Tuesday on Burnt Mesa Trail.
Courtesy photo

 
Scene from ACRR weekly pace race Tuesday on Burnt Mesa Trail. Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Sonja Behnke and Beth Davenport were 8 seconds off their predicted time in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on the Burnt Mesa Trail in Bandelier National Monument.  
 
Other accurate predictors were: Aidan Colgan, 12, with a 12 second differential, Zeke Wilmot at 18 seconds off, Savanna Strother, 10, recording

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Weekly Fishing Report: June 20

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
We had some beneficial rain over the weekend. It was most welcome. Though still not enough to lift the closure of Santa Fe National Forest lands, the rain-cooled air was refreshing. There’s nothing quite like the smell of the land after a rainstorm. Driving from Espanola to Abiquiu Lake Saturday (6/17), I was able to make the trip with my windows open and without running the air conditioner. It was wonderful.
 
As already mentioned, Santa Fe National Forest land remain closed. This includes all the streams in the Jemez Mountains,

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Join La Vista Church For Three Summer Events

La Vista Church News:
 
The community is invited to attend three events hosted by La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock.
 
June 24 Sunday: La Vista Family Picnic 4 p.m. at Rover Park
  • Bring food and get ready to have fun.
June 27 Wednesday: Family Paint Night at 6 p.m. at La Vista Church at 15 Grand Canyon
June 29 Friday: Ladies Bunco Night at 5 p.m. at La Vista Church at 15 Grand Canyon

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Tuesday Update: Rains Not Sufficient To Lift Fire Restrictions And Closures In Jemez Mountain Area

Despite recent rain, fires still burn on the Valles Calderas and Stage III restrictions remain in place for the entire Jemez Mountain area. Courtesy/Jerry Carroll

 

VCNM News:

Fire officials want to stress that the rains received a couple of days ago were not enough to lift the Stage III fire restrictions and closures within the Jemez Mountain area.

It typically takes several rain events before the moisture saturates the ground enough to allow the vegetation to restore its dehydrated system. In others words, imagine spending all day outside doing yard work in the sun and heat, but you only


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Jumping In Jubilation: Excitement Over Mexico’s World Cup Goal Triggers Artificial Earthquake

Jumping in jubilation, hundreds of thousands of soccer fans in Mexico shook the ground hard enough Sunday to set off earthquake detectors. Courtesy image

HSNW News:

Hundreds of thousands of Mexican soccer fans, jumping in jubilation on Sunday as the Mexican national soccer team defeated the reigning world champion Germany, shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors.

The Mexican seismological agency reported that highly sensitive earthquake sensors registered tremors at two sites in Mexico City, within seven seconds after Hirving (Chucky) Lozano, the speedy left-winger,


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Summer Solstice Event At Nature Center Planetarium

Celebrate the summer solstice 7 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace will present a lecture on the tradition, folklore and astronomical significance of the summer solstice, 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace

Before the lecture in the planetarium, the Los Alamos Folk Dance Club will perform a Polish Solstice dance until 7:15 p.m. outside the nature center. The audience will then gather inside the planetarium to hear from Dr. Wallace, who will lead a discussion and


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AGU: Explosive Volcanoes Likely Spawned Mysterious Martian Rock Formation

An isolated hill in the Medusae Fossae Formation. The effect of wind erosion on this hill is evident by its streamlined shape. Courtesy/High Resolution Stereo Camera-European Space Agency
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the likely source of a mysterious Martian rock formation, a new study finds.
 
The new finding could add to scientists’ understanding of Mars’s interior and its past potential for habitability, according to the study’s authors.
 
The Medusae Fossae Formation is a massive,

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TRU Waste Handling Operations Resume At WIPP

WIPP News:
 
Routine transuranic (TRU) waste handling processing and underground emplacement activities resumed at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Saturday, June 2, after workers completed a recovery plan that involved repacking a seven-pack of waste drums that contained a misaligned waste container.
 
“Our employees did a great job of safely working the recovery plan to get us back into operations,” said Todd Shrader, Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager. “Everyone involved, from the individuals who identified the misaligned drum to those developing and executing

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Utility Tree Trimming In Denver Steels

Tree trimming underway this week in Denver Steels. Courtesy photo

DPU News:

Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will return to the Los Alamos Denver Steels neighborhood this week to trim trees from around power lines.

Crews will remain in the area for approximately three to four days.

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines. Trimming trees coupled with an aggressive operation and maintenance


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Monday Update: Drying Trend Poses Risk To Firefighting Effort On Valles Caldera National Preserve

VCNP News:

Although the much-needed rain aided the firefighting efforts on the Valles Caldera, it was short lived as a drying trend is predicted for the next week.

With an increase in temperature and lowering of humidity, roads and vegetation are drying, which may contribute to higher fire activity. The fire is still at 495 acres. The interior of the fire perimeter area is still burning and smoldering.

Sunday’s reconnaissance flight indicated multiple spot fires on the northwest perimeter of the fire. Firefighters will continue work today strengthening hand line on the steep and rocky


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DOE/NNSA: Radiological Assistance Program Marks 60 Years At Forefront Of Nuclear Response Effort

NNSA Associate Administrator Jay Tilden
Deputy Undersecretary for Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation
 
DOE/NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) marks 60 years of the Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) this month.

The Atomic Energy Commission established RAP June 10, 1958, as the Nation’s primary radiation safety specialists in the event of a radiological incident.  

“Since its inception 60 years ago, RAP has been a unique national asset that provides experts in support of public


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‘Ignite Los Alamos’ Draws Overflow Crowd

The first ‘Ignite Los Alamos’ event took place at Los Alamos Makers Saturday, June 16. The event drew a full house with overflow outside. A diverse group of 11 speakers took on the challenge and shared their stories, insight and expertise. Teen videographer Sam Crooks recorded the event live. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

After the ‘Ignite Los Alamos’ event, LANL engineer Conrad Farnsworth relaxed outside Los Alamos Makers, surrounded by his supporters. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

The inaugural ‘Ignite Los Alamos’ event attracted an eclectic group of speakers. Videos will later be


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Sunday Update: Rain Provides Relief … Keeps Fire On Valles Caldera At 495 Acres

Rain aides firefighters in keeping blaze at 495 acres overnight on the Valles Caldera. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

VCNP News:

Saturday’s rain aided firefighting efforts and kept the San Antonio Fire at 495 acres on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The lightning-caused fire is burning within the northwest area of the Preserve. Fire activity was moderate with spots of creeping flames and smoldering timber. The historic cabin within the fire perimeter and the weather station and natural gas pipeline near the fire remain intact and unaffected by the fire.

The Albuquerque


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AGU: South Napa Earthquake Linked To Summer Groundwater Dip

Surface ruptures from the August 2014 South Napa earthquake run through a vineyard near Buhman Road, Napa Valley, California. Courtesy/Dan Ponti, US Geological Survey
 
Plate Boundary Observatory GPS station P199 overlooks the Sonoma Valley, California. Data from the station demonstrated contraction in the valley during the summer, which contributes to seasonal stress on the fault that ruptured in the magnitude 6.0 South Napa Earthquake in 2014. Courtesy/UNAVCO
 
AGU News:
 
A summertime expansion in the Earth’s crust caused by changes in groundwater may have triggered

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New Mexicans Encouraged To Ride Public Transit And Dump The Pump June 21

NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE Thursday, June 21, public transit providers from throughout the nation will be encouraging people to Dump the Pump and Ride Public Transit to get them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.
 
To encourage New Mexicans to do their part, transit agencies from throughout northern and central New Mexico will converge 6-9 a.m., June 21, at the South Capitol Rail Runner Station in Santa Fe, for coffee, donuts and giveaways.
 
Come join NM Rail Runner Express, Santa Fe Trails, North Central Regional Transit District (Blue Bus), NMDOT Park & Ride, Rio

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