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Registration Open For Two All-New Summer Camps

PEEC is offering two brand new summer camps this August. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center is offering two brand new summer camps for kids just before they go back to school.
 
Registration is now open for PEEC Pathfinders and PEEC Trailblazers, which will run from Aug. 6-10 and 13-15. Campers can attend the camps for a full week, the half week, or both.
 
“Parents have been asking PEEC to expand our summer programs for years now. We’re excited to finally be able to offer nature play-based camps during a time when there’s not much else available in town,”

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Heinrich Calls On Secretary Mattis To Explain Why DoD Removed Climate Change Data From Report

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following a report that the Department of Defense (DoD) revised a January 2018 vulnerability assessment by removing references to climate change and key findings on the risks from sea level rise, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined a group of senators in calling on Defense Secretary James Mattis to release the unpublished draft of the report and explain why the omissions were made.
 
“These are substantive, not stylistic, changes—and

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Secretaries Perdue And Zinke Join Forces To Combat 2018 Wildfire Season

Members of Congress include Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Maria Cantwell (WA), Mike Crapo (ID), Steve Daines (MT), Cory Gardner (CO), Dean Heller (NV), Jeff Merkley (OR), Jim Risch (ID), Ron Wyden (OR); and Representatives Rob Bishop (UT), Jim Costa (CA), Jared Huffman (CA), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Frank Lucas (OK), Tom McClintock (CA), Tom O’Halleran (AZ), Steve Pearce (NM), GT Thompson (PA), Greg Walden (OR), and Bruce Westerman (AR). Courtesy photo
 
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USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of the Interior

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Weekly Fishing Report: May 13

By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The State Game and Fish Department has resumed its stockings of bigger-than-average rainbow trout throughout Northern New Mexico. These fish will average more than 15 inches in size and provide anglers with a chance to catch a big trout they would not otherwise have.

This program began back in 2014 when trout normally raised and stocked at the Red River Fish Hatchery for stocking in the Shuree Ponds on the Valle Vidal had to be planted elsewhere because drought had degraded the  water quality at the Shuree Ponds to a point where trout


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Forest Increases Public Engagement To Prevent Fires

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) personnel will engage the public more often than usual to increase fire prevention awareness and reduce the chances for wildfires while in Stage 2 fire restrictions.

The Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect across the forest May 7 and will remain until conditions allow forest officials to change or lift the restrictions.

“We’re making a concerted effort on the forest to make sure as much of the public as possible is aware of, and understands, the restrictions we have in place,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said. “We use Twitter and Facebook


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State Game Commission Meets In Los Alamos May 22

Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Division Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda checks out a bear proof trash cart made available to residents in April. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

NMSGC News:

The New Mexico State Game Commission will host a meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Dr., in Los Alamos.

Among the topics is Stewart Liley’s update on the bighorn sheep status in Cochiti Canyon. That item will be followed by one of importance to the local bear-populated community when the Department will recognize the cooperation


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BPU Will Decide County’s Participation In Coal Plant Post 2022

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will be recommending to its Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to let the county’s contract for a three percent ownership share in the San Juan Generating Station expire in 2022. 

Consideration of this recommendation will occur at the Wednesday, May 16, BPU meeting scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. The BPU decision will then be forwarded to the County Council for concurrence.

Los Alamos County entered into a plant participation agreement in the mid-1980s with eight other owners


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Summer Begins At Pajarito Mountain May 18

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain
 
MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area kicks off its summer season noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 18 with lift-served mountain biking and hiking.
 
The mountain will feature exciting new events and fun activities all summer.
 
Pajarito Mountain features 1,200 feet of downhill, cross country and freeride mountain bike trails. The 30-trail system is built and maintained almost entirely by local volunteers from Los Alamos and features dirt and North Shore-style trails ranging from beginner to expert. 
 
Lift-served biking and

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LANL: Levitation Yields Better Neutron-lifetime Measurement … At Last, Potential Corrections Are Not Larger Than Uncertainties

Trapping ultracold neutrons and measuring their lifespans has been a successful project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory accelerator center, LANSCE. Here, part of the magnet array is shown, with the vacuum vessel end cap removed for magnetic field mapping, performed by Tennessee Technological University physics student Keegan Hoffman. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Being repulsive can have its advantages. In the case of an experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s linear accelerator, a repulsive magnetic field and a clever detector system are allowing ultracold neutrons


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NNSA Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing upgrades to the Technical Area (TA) 72 Outdoor Live Fire Range at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), which will ensure that the Protective Force has the tactical training functionalities required to maintain proficient security and response capabilities.

This project is at LANL in the bottom of Sandia Canyon in TA-72. The proposed project will result in vegetation removal, added ground disturbance, and soil stabilization within the 100-year floodplain.

In accordance with 10 Code


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Los Alamos Police And Fire Departments Take Over Nature Center May 15

PEEC News:

 

The Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments are taking over the nature center 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

 

Join officers and firefighters to discuss hiking safety, wild animal safety and more. There also will be police vehicles and the and bomb truck for families to look at and for kids to sit inside. There may be some special giveaways for kids, as well.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

 


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Fort Union Announces Junior Ranger Camp 2018

Scene from previous Junior Ranger Camp. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from previous Junior Ranger Camp. Courtesy photo

NPS News:

Fort Union has announced this year’s Junior Ranger Camp at which participants will learn about the history of the fort, how the adobe ruins are preserved and the plants and animals that call Fort Union home.

Junior Ranger Camp Schedule: 

  • Thursday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 7-9 year olds; and
  • Friday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 10-12 year olds.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the Junior Ranger swearing in ceremony is 3:30 p.m. Bring comfortable


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LANL, University Of Nebraska Partner For Biodefense

From left, Ken Bayles, Ph.D., of UNMC; Mark Riley, Ph.D., of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Harshini Mukundan, Ph.D., of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A partnership involving the University of Nebraska and Los Alamos National Laboratory will boost educational opportunities for students seeking careers in the biodefense field.

“You can develop solutions through partnerships. You can accomplish much more as a whole than by working alone,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and partnership coordinator Harshini Mukundan, Ph.D.

The partnership


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SFNF: Cow Creek Road Closed For Bridge Repair

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For public safety reasons, Forest Road 92 (Cow Creek Road), in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, has closed for bridge maintenance.
 
The work involves repairs to the foundation meant to stabilize the bridge.
 
The road will remain closed until further notice. Reference the official closure order for details, to include exemptions, https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd579217.pdf, and map, https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd579219.pdf
 
“Even though

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