Environment

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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PEEC: Tour And Test Drive Electric Vehicles Saturday

Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Enjoy electrifying activities this Saturday, July 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Electric Vehicle Show.
 
Spend the day exploring electric-powered cars and bikes, talking to owners, taking test drives and enjoying the variety of activities going on at the nature center. This event is free and is happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is brought to Los Alamos as a part of the Department of Public Utilities’ conservation-focused community outreach.
 
“There will be around 35 different electric vehicles, and around 12 of them will be available

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Marr Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

Duane Marr was the top predictor in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on the trails behind the Aquatic Center and on Canyon Road. Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Duane Marr was the top predictor in the Atomic City Road Runners weekly pace race Tuesday on the trails behind the Aquatic Center and on Canyon Road with a 6 second differential from his predicted time.
 
Other accurate predictors were Zach Medin at 8 seconds off, Aurea Rojas with a 17 second difference as well as the first finisher in the 3 mile road run at 25:43, Lindsay Gibson recorded

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Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Hovers In Quemazon

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird hovers in the sunshine ahead of a rain shower recently in Quemazon. Hummingbirds are birds from the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring 3-5 inches in length. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 2-inch bee hummingbird weighing less than .07 oz. They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from


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Reminder: This Is Yard Trimming Collection Week

This tan cart is for yard trimmings. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Department would like to remind residents that this is a yard trimming collection week (tan cart).

Anyone who has not yet received a yard trimming roll cart is asked to be patient.

Anyone who would like to register for a yard trimming roll cart should visit: https://www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/public_works/environmental_services_division/yardtrim_rollcart_registration/

Recycling carts will be collected next week.


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Cooper’s Hawks Return To White Rock For Second Year

Three offspring from a pair of Cooper’s hawks that have returned to their nest in White Rock for the second year. Photographer Jim Cobble said he sees the Cooper’s hawks daily on his walks and as they did last year, the pair produced three offspring. Photo by Jim Cobble
 
 
When the photographer got too close to the Cooper’s hawks nest, the male hawk went on the attack. Photo by Jim Cobble
 
Male Cooper’s hawk guarding the nest containing his triplets. Photo by Jim Cobble

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SFNF: Wildhorse Fire Update

SFNF Wildhorse Fire Update:
 
Start Date: July 8
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 7 acres
 
Location: Chama Wilderness Area of the Coyote Ranger District – Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0%
 
Fuel: ponderosa pine, pinyon, oak brush and grass
 
Weather: Cloudy and rainy
 
Situation: Minimal fire behavior. Resources pulled from fire due to incoming weather – heavy rains and lightning. Smoke is visible from Llaves, Gallina, Abiquiu from highway 112, and roads 96, 84, 8, 151, 6, 7 and 77.
 
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke impact

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Rio Grande Chapter Of Sierra Club Endorses Christine Chandler For House Dist. 43

Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler
 
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
SANTA FE The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club has announced its endorsement of Christine Chandler of Los Alamos for House Dist. 43.
 
Chandler recently won the Democratic primary and will face Republican Lisa Shin of Los Alamos in the general election this November.
 
“I have been an avid outdoor enthusiast and animal lover my entire life and am committed to addressing the serious threats to our water, open spaces, and wildlife,” Chandler said. “We can and must do more to protect our communities from fires and

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Weekly Fishing Report: July 11

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
Anglers have some good news to celebrate this week. Santa Fe National Forest lifted its closure July 9 and all outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and camping are now permitted again on Santa Fe National Forest lands. The closure had been enacted June 1 because of the extreme fire conditions due to the hot and dry weather. Recent rainfall and the start of the summer monsoon season prompted the reopening of Santa Fe National Forest.
 
Carson National Forest, which had closed its lands June 27 due to the extreme fire danger,

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LANL Holds Annual DistrupTech Showcase Thursday

LANL News:

Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory has teamed with the New Mexico Angels to kick off the Fourth Annual DisrupTech Showcase, which is a celebration of ‘disruptive technology’ created by the minds at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This year’s festivities are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday in the community room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Tickets are $35 and will include access to a very unique networking opportunity, a full reception and, of course – the featured presentations of LANL’s most promising and emerging


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2018 State Water Plan Draft Released

ISC News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), in collaboration with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (OSE), has released the 2018 Draft New Mexico State Water Plan.
 
The State Water Plan provides important information about the state’s water resources and strategies to plan for the state’s water future. For the first time, a public review and comment period has been incorporated for the Draft State Water Plan.
 
The ISC began working on the State Water Plan in April 2017, following the completion of the last Regional Water Plan. This draft

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Los Alamos County Drops To Stage I Fire Restrictions … Local Trails Now Open!

COUNTY News:

Effective immediately, Los Alamos County has dropped from Stage III to Stage I Fire Restrictions, opening the Los Alamos County Trail Network and open spaces.

Northern New Mexico’s extreme drought conditions that led to Stage III Restrictions should soon see some much-needed relief with the seasonal monsoons beginning across the state. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, as well as fuel moistures. Los Alamos County Fire Department asks that everyone please continue to use extreme caution and


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Celebrate ScienceFest At Nature Center July 11-15

Join Jason Reiss at 7 p.m., Friday to learn about his journey from playing video games as a kid in Los Alamos to growing up to work as a Level Designer on popular video games for Gearbox Software. Courtesy/PEEC
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center is celebrating ScienceFest Wednesday through Sunday with events for all ages including an Electric Vehicle Show Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC
 

PEEC News:

The community is invited to celebrate ScienceFest all week long at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The nature center is hosting different science-themed events every day, Wednesday through Sunday


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County Environmental Services Department Launches First Yard Trimming Roll Cart Collection Today

COUNTY News:

Today is the day the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Department launches is first yard trimming roll cart collection.

Starting today, the brown cart will be picked up every other week alternative to the blue recycling on each resident’s scheduled trash day (that will not change).

Direct questions to solidwaste@lacnm.us.

SCHEDULE:


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