Environment

White Rock Artist Market Saturday

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ART News:
 
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, July 7, is another fantastic opportunity to shop and support local artisans at the White Rock Artist Market outside the White Rock Visitor Center at 115 NM 4.
 
This summer marks the 6th annual series of Artist Markets featuring new and returning artisans from Los Alamos County and Northern New Mexico.
 
Items for sale include fused glass works, paintings, handmade gift cards, natural beauty products, handmade pine needle baskets, various types of beautiful jewelry, and more!
 
The

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Weekly Fishing Report: July 4

By GEORGE MORSE

Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

The closure of Santa Fe National Forest and Carson National Forest remains in effect this week due to the extreme fire danger. All recreational activities, including fishing, are prohibited on National Forest lands. Lakes, rivers and streams on National Forest lands are closed to fishing.

While New Mexico has seen its share of wildfires so far this season, the neighboring state of Colorado is getting hammered by wildfires right now.

For weeks the 416 Fire has been burning north of Durango and has burned 52,778 acres. It is 37-percent contained.


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Explore July Night Skies At Planetarium

Paul Arendt discusses what will be visible in the night sky during July at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to visit the planetarium in the Los Alamos Nature Center for an interactive tour of the heavens.

 Paul Arendt is presenting a talk at 7 p.m. Friday, July 6 that focuses on Mars and the other planets that will be visible this month.

July’s tour of the sky will focus on Mars, as it will be nearer to Earth than at any time in the past 15 years. Additionally, Arendt will show the audience when and where they will be able to see Mercury, Venus,


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YMCA 5K Fun Run Wednesday

 
THE FAMILY YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run Wednesday, July 4.
 
The 5K is open to all ages that want to walk, run, or jog in this festive event. Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in Kid, Youth, Adult, Adult 60+, Stroller (with a kid), and Dog Jogger. The best Costumed Participant will win Bagels-for-a-Year from Ruby K’s. All participants will get the annual Fun Run t-shirt and are eligible to win one of many great door prizes.
 
The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th

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BLM Seeks Public Input On Proposed Oil And Gas Lease Sale Of Parcels In New Mexico, Texas And Oklahoma

BLM News:
 
SANTA FE The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a two-week public scoping period for input on 133 parcels of federal minerals proposed for the December 2018 competitive oil and gas lease sale. 
 
The public scoping period will begin July 9 and conclude July 20. The lease sale is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 5-6.
 
This scoping process is intended to solicit public input on relevant issues, potential impacts, and alternatives that the BLM should address in an environmental assessment to be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy

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Learn About Local Research On American Pikas Tonight

Join Erik Beever at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn about his research on pikas and other wildlife. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to hear USGS Research Ecologist Erik Beever speak about the local mountain ecosystems and wildlife, especially the American pika.

Beever’s presentation is 7 p.m. today and free at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Beever has been researching pikas since 1994 and is returning to north-central New Mexico for a third consecutive summer to survey pikas, other wildlife species, and their high-elevation habitats.


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LAHS Graduate Attends Millennial Nuclear Caucus

From left, Department of Public Utilities Deputy Manager Steve Cummins, Los Aamos High School graduate Sophia Li and DPU Manager Tim Glasco celebrate Li’s acceptance into the Millennial Nuclear Caucus. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com
 
Sophia Li, a 2018 Los Alamos High School graduate, has yet to start her college career at MIT but she already received an up close look at her field of interest: nuclear energy.
 
Li was selected to attend the Millennial Nuclear Caucus held June 15 in Idaho Falls. The Department of Energy

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Secretary Zinke Announces $42.6 Million In Payments To New Mexico To Support Vital Community Services

DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that 32 local governments in New Mexico are receiving a total of $42.6 million under the 2018 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to local communities.
 
This is the largest amount ever allocated in the program’s 40-year history. A full list of funding by state and county is available at www.doi.gov/pilt.
 
“Local communities contribute significantly to our nation’s economy, food and energy supply, and help define the character

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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

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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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