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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: Report Shows Urgent Need To Act On Climate Change

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment:
 
“The federal government’s comprehensive climate report confirms yet again the warnings we’ve heard from scientists for years. Here are a few of the findings:
  • The last 115 years have been the warmest in the history of modern civilization.
  • The last three years have been the warmest years on record – and that trend is expected to continue.
  • Human-generated greenhouse gases are

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Fishing Report: Nov. 21

By GEORGE MORSE 
​Sports and Outdoors 
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
After a brief period of cold weather with temperatures dropping down into the teens here in the Espanola Valley and in some mountain towns single digits, the weather has fallen back into a pattern of dry with above-average temperatures. This is not good news for the ski areas or for the winter snowpack. Some ski areas will open on a very limited basis with a base of man-made snow. Others are still waiting for more snow. The snow survey by the National Resources Conservation Service shows that all of their reporting

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PEEC Gift Shop Provides Bounty To Nature Lovers

PEEC volunteers are all set for Small Business Saturday. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

Since 2000, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has offered a multitude of programs to help Los Alamos residents get outside to explore and learn about the natural world around them.

Marketing Manager Sandra West said, “A dozen citizens with a dream to share the wonders of nature with their community started PEEC in 2000, but it wasn’t until 2005 that PEEC was able to operate out of a central space in an old LAPS building. In 2012 Los Alamos County voted to build a new nature center and the contract


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Early Morning Power Outage Marks Black Friday

A power outage at around 4 a.m. today affected a widespread area of homes at least from Barranca Mesa to Myrtle Street near downtown Los Alamos. The cause of the outage is as yet unknown, but lasted a couple of hours according to residents. This photo was taken with a wide-angle lens at about 4:45 this morning of a dark Los Alamos during the outage. This is looking across Pueblo Canyon toward downtown Los Alamos. There were a few cars on Diamond Drive crossing Pueblo Canyon in this shot, and the lights at the Laboratory are visible on the right. The outage is an interesting start to ‘Black Friday’. Photo

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Tree Trimming Around Power Lines Underway

Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Starting this week, Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will begin trimming trees around power lines.

This work will begin on North Road and Urban Street. In subsequent weeks, crews will move around neighborhoods in the North Community.

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 program supports


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Quantum Dots Amplify Light With Electrical Pumping

A collage showing a transmission electron microscopy image of the improved quantum dot and its representation, left, the schematic of the device, which nicely illustrates “current-focusing” idea, center, and the device under operation at right. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

Los Alamos achieves light amplification with electrically stimulated quantum dots, critical step towards solution-processible laser diodes

In a breakthrough development, Los Alamos scientists have shown that they can successfully amplify light using electrically excited films of the chemically synthesized


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Pearce: House Reforms Flood Insurance Program

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP):
 
“The National Flood Insurance Program was created to better protect homeowners and businesses in high-risk flood zones because the private market simply wasn’t able to do it. Unfortunately, after 50 years, this program has become financially unstable and is in desperate need

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Eight Los Alamos Innovations Win R&D 100 Awards

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory projects won R&D 100 awards last week at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony. Courtesy/ R&D 100

 

LANL News:

  •  ‘Oscars of Invention’ honor the latest and best innovations of the past year

 

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies won R&D 100 Awards last week at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Orlando, Fla. 

 

“The R&D 100 Awards represent the breadth, depth and innovation of the science and engineering at our Laboratory. They also reflect our partnerships with other government laboratories,


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‘Finally!’ Secretary Zinke Welcomes Confirmation Of Reclamation Nominee Brenda Burman

Brenda Burman
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed Brenda Burman as the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner. She is the first woman to ever lead the Bureau.
 
“Finally! After more than 142 days, I’m excited to welcome Brenda Burman to lead the Bureau of Reclamation,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Brenda is a veteran of the Bureau and her extensive experience on water projects across the country will be an incredible asset for the Department. After senseless and unprecedented hold-ups in the

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Fresh Cut Christmas Trees At Valles Caldera

VCNP News:

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will once again be helping the Valles Caldera National Preserve to thin overgrown forested areas to protect it from further large wildfires.   

These freshly cut trees will be available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the Valle Grande Entrance Station, off N.M. 4 between mile marker 39 and 40, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. Trees will be available through Dec. 17 unless sold out earlier. 

Visit the Los Amigos website, Facebook page or call the Entrance Station 505.670.1612 to check on tree supply before you drive to the preserve.


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Local Photographer Spots Bighorn Sheep Near Pilar

A large ram is spotted eating grass over the weekend near a roadside in Pilar. The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is a species of sheep native to North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 14 kg (30 lb), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 140 kg (300 lb). Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: O. c. sierrae. Sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia; the population in North America peaked in the millions, and the bighorn sheep entered


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Chamisa Elementary School Celebrates America Recycles Day Recycle Art Show 2017

Fashionistas with emcee Joyce Haven at the Chamisa Recycle Art Show Nov. 15 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

Caroline Khan models a shopping bag dress. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

Maison Griffin models an outfit using a recycled t-shirt and yarn. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

CHAMISA News:

The Chamisa Recycle Art Show was held Nov. 15 in celebration of America Recycles Day. Students created artwork made from recycled materials to display around the school.

The evening began with everyone participating in make & take art projects using trash items. The event


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Nature Yoga And Trail Run Sunday

Nature Yoga and Trail Run Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A Nature Yoga and Trail Run is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This weekly workshop helps participants learn to connect with nature through yoga and trail running. Come for the run, come for yoga, or attend both.

During yoga, enjoy breathtaking views of the Los Alamos canyons, skies, and wildlife. Watch the clouds float by as you flow your body, breath, and spirit through guided yoga sequences geared toward your specific needs and goals as a student. Learn tools to help your


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