Environment

Scenes From Rotary End-Of-Year Banquet

Rotary Club President Laura Loy welcomes members and their families to the Club’s annual end-of-the-year potluck and awards banquet at the end of June at the Posse Lodge. Courtesy photo

Rotary Club Past Presidents join Past President Jim Nesmith at the Posse Lodge as he honors out-going President Laura Loy with her own Rotary Club Past President pin. Courtesy photo

Vincent Chiravelle is pinned with his Rotary Club President pin by Rotary District 5520 Assistant Governor Pat Murray of Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Rotarians step out in fine form while learning how to line dance at the Club’s


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LANL Releases Radionuclide Air Emissions Report

Map of LANL air sampling stations around Los Alamos County and regional Northern New Mexico. Not all are EPA Compliance points; some are for facility environmental surveillance. Courtesy image
 
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has released its 2017 Radionuclide Air Emissions report, which indicates that the highest effective dose equivalent (EDE) to an off-site member of the public for last year was 0.47 mrem. The annual limit is 10 millirem per year as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The


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Rendija Canyon Cow Spotted Exploring Barranca Mesa

A cow thought to be from Rendija Canyon was spotted shortly after 5 a.m. today exploring the Tunyo Street neighborhood on Barranca Mesa. Nobody seems to know who owns the cow, which apparently escaped through fencing on Rendija Road. Other cows have been observed in the past few days in the Guaja Pines area. Photo by Erica Gorman


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Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum: July 18 Talk ‘Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?’

Nelson Hoffman presents a lecture during the 2017 Los Alamos Faith and Science series. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum News:

Nelson Hoffman presents the next talk in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday, July 18. The title of Hoffman’s talk is “Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

A growing group of researchers within evolutionary biology seeks to put new emphasis on a set of ideas that differ considerably from the gene-centric viewpoint of Neo-Darwinism. In the Neo-Darwinian view


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MPNHP-Los Alamos Friends Group And National Park Service Sign Philanthropic Partnership Agreement

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos gathered Friday afternoon for a special signing ceremony with the National Park Service at the powerhouse (stone house) on Bathtub Row. Back row from left, Ranger Josh Nelson and Board members Carol A. Clark, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher; LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan; Vice President/County Councilor Rick Reiss; Treasurer Ron Wilkins; Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly; Shannon Corporation owner Shannon C’de Baca and Karen Henderson.


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Scenes From ScienceFest Discovery Day At Pond

This young engineer builds a circuit during ScienceFest Discovery Day, which drew a big crowd today to Ashley Pond Park and the lawn area at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Discovery Day visitors stroll among the bubbles from the Los Alamos County booth at Ashely Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Albert Einstein (aka Katy Korkos) gets an idea at ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
This little shark found a shark’s tooth at the United Way of Northern New Mexico/Los Alamos Daily

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Singing Scientist Curious Chris Performs July 17

LA HISTORY MUSEUM News:

Mix music, science and history together and you get Curious Chris the Singing Scientist!

The Los Alamos History Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District will present a special History Adventures program for 1st through 6th graders the morning of Tuesday, July 17.

Curious Chris will be singing the Symbols of Enchantment, hands-on science songs about New Mexico’s state symbols.

Children going into 1st–3rd grade meet 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Fuller Lodge Lawn (caregivers, please stay with your children). Children going into 4th-6th grade meet 10:45-11:45 a.m.


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ScienceFest: Scenes From PEEC Electric Car Show Today

Los Alamos County’s fleet maintence employee Matthew Lengyel checks out a County’s hybrid car, which is one of two hybrid cars in the County’s motor pool. The Ford C-Max was displayed during the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s electric car show today in the parking lot at the Los Alamos Nature Center. In addition to hybrid cars, electric cars, electric bicycles and even a home-made electric motorcycle were showcased. There also were a number of cars available for test drives. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Paul Frederickson and PEEC volunteer


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Nature Center Planetarium Programs Today, Sunday

Two special planetarium programs are at the nature center this weekend. Saturday Steve Becker will give a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night program. Sunday visit the NM PBS Science Café and watch segments of Day the Dinosaurs Died and hear from a panel of asteroid experts. Courtesy/NM PBS

PEEC News:

Today and Sunday, the community is invited to attend two special planetarium programs at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Saturday afternoon, tour the heavens at a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night program and Sunday, watch segments of Day


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Why Zero Waste?

Members of the Zero Waste Subcommittee meeting recently at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

ZWLA News:

Did you know that Los Alamos has a Zero Waste Subcommittee (ZWLA)? This group started as a subcommittee of the Environmental Sustainability Board and now welcomes participation from others who want to contribute to the Zero Waste aspect of environmental sustainability.

There are representatives from the Los Alamos High School Eco Club, Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Anyone interested in attending a meeting should


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Lightning Sparks Aragon Fire In Cuba Ranger District

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire today in the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Start Date: July 13

Cause: Lightning

Size: 5 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Cloudy with thunderstorms and lightning

Resources: seven personnel on UTVs

Situation: The fire is in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area. The fire received precipitation. Personnel scouted for containment lines and will continue through the weekend. Resources


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Naval Nuclear Laboratory Contracts Awarded To FMP

Courtesy/NNL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Naval Reactors, a joint program of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Navy (DON), announced the selection of Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC (FMP) as the new DOE and DON contractor for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

FMP, a limited liability company, is a wholly owned, special-purpose subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.

Naval Reactors conducted a full and open competition for the new NNL contracts. 

The estimated combined award value of these contracts is approximately $30 billion over ten years if all options are exercised.


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SFNF: Sarca Fire Update

SFNF Sarca Fire Update:
 
Start Date: July 7
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 7 acres
 
Location: Agua Sarca drainage area of the Pecos Wilderness – Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0%
 
Fuel: ponderosa pine and other mixed conifer
 
Weather: Cloudy with rain storms approaching
 
Situation: Due to the combination of the fire being inside the Pecos wilderness area, the steep and rocky terrain, and precipitation and lightning, fire managers are monitoring the fire by aircraft. Smoke visible along 285/84 corridor,

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