Environment

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace Speaks To Community Leaders At Quarterly Breakfast

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace, center, chats with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe Community College President Dr. Cecilia Cervantes at the quarterly LANL Community Leaders Breakfast Thursday at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m extremely both proud and humbled to be the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. It is my home and it means a lot to me being a Northern New Mexican and to be able to come back to the world’s


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PEEC: Picnic; Fiber Arts At Los Luceros Sunday

PEEC News:
 
Enjoy a community picnic and fiber arts activities at the beautiful Los Luceros Historic Site. New Mexico Historic Sites, the Amigos de Los Luceros, and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are partnering on this event, which is the first in a series called Culture and Nature.
 
The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15 and is free and open to the public.
 
The picnic will begin at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy chatting with other families. Starting at 9 a.m. there will be activities like a sheep shearing event and

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SFNF Firewood Permits Available April 16 & May 1

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Firewood permits for dead and down timber will be available for purchase at the Pecos and Las Vegas Ranger District offices, and Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Supervisor’s Office, Monday, April 16, and at all other SFNF offices, Tuesday, May 1. Dead-and-down permits are valid (one district per permit) except in designated wilderness areas.
 
The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for 20 dollars for five cords with a maximum of 10 cords per household per year. Customers may purchase permits

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Earth Day At Los Alamos Nature Center April 21

Courtesy/PEEC

COUNTY News:

There are many actions each of us can take to reduce our environmental impact and support a clean community. One of the easiest actions to take every day is to recycle. That’s why Environmental Services invites residents of Los Alamos to join them and Pajarito Environmental Education Center to celebrate Earth Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Environmental Services will be hosting an educational booth. Residents can stop by to register for the new Yard Trimming or Bear Tough roll cart and play the recycle game


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Earth Week Talk: Learning From The Past To Improve Our Relationship With Fire And Forests April 17

Tom Swetnam is PEEC’s Earth Week speaker this year. He will give a talk on Ancestral Puebloan Fire Practices April 17. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
How did Ancestral Pueblo populations manage to live within our forests, with no known history of catastrophic fires destroying their villages? What can we learn from history to improve our own relationships with fires in our forests?
 
This year PEEC is thrilled to bring Dr. Tom Swetnam to the Los Alamos Nature Center as the featured speaker for our annual Earth Day events. As a part of our Earth Week programming, he will give a presentation

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AGU: Melting Of Arctic Mountain Glaciers Unprecedented In Past 400 Years

Scientists spent a month in Denali National Park in 2013 drilling ice cores from the summit plateau of Mt. Hunter. The ice cores showed the glaciers on Mt. Hunter are melting more now than at any time in the past 400 years. Courtesy/Dominic Winski
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glaciers in Alaska’s Denali National Park are melting faster than at any time in the past four centuries because of rising summer temperatures, a new study finds.
 
New ice cores taken from the summit of Mt. Hunter in Denali National Park show summers there are least 1.2-2 degrees Celsius (2.2-3.6 degrees

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AGU: Study Proposes Link Between Formation Of Supercontinents, Strength Of Ocean Tides

The Earth’s tides weren’t always as energetic as they are today. A new study suggests that when tectonic movement molds ocean basins into certain shapes, the tides grow much stronger. And when tectonic movement opens those same basins millions of years later, the tides weaken. Courtesy/Creative Commons CC0
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The cyclic strengthening and weakening of ocean tides over tens of millions of years is likely linked to another, longer cycle: the formation of Earth’s supercontinents every 400 to 600 million years, according a new study.
 
The new findings

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Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Stage I Fire Restrictions After consulting with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that Los Alamos County will enter into Stage I Fire Restrictions, effective immediately.  
 
Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See first exemption below for additional details.)
  • Smoking is prohibited

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SFNF Issues Stage I Fire Restrictions Effective April 13

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Due to current dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest will implement forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective 8 a.m. Friday, April 13.

Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites. Stoves, lanterns or heaters fueled by propane or other liquefied petroleum fuels may be used in areas cleared


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High Wind Warning Until 8PM Thursday

NWS:

National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

* LOCATION…Much of central and western New Mexico, including the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Metro areas.

* WINDS…Sustained at 35 to 45 mph from the southwest and west with occasional gusts ranging from 55 to 70 mph.

* TIMING…Winds will strengthen through the late morning Thursday, peaking in the mid afternoon, then decreasing through the evening hours.

* VISIBILITY…Widespread visibility reductions to 3 to 5 miles can be expected due to blowing


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Science On Tap: Local Wildfire Risk

CHAMBER News:

What is the local wildfire risk? How is Los Alamos National Laboratory preparing for the fire season?

Explore these questions with the Bradbury Science Museum and Manny L’Esperance at Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

According to L’Esperance, with the Lab’s Emergency Preparedness group, Los Alamos has seen the least amount of snow since the recordkeeping began back in 1906. This puts the Laboratory at extreme risk for wildfire. In order to protect the Lab, its property and people, wildfire mitigation planning began 30 days early


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BLM Announces Call For Nominations To Wild Horse And Burro Advisory Board

BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Bureau of Land Management is issuing a call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  
 
Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following categories of interest: public interest, wild horse and burro advocacy, and veterinary medicine.

The Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the Department of Agriculture, on the protection and management of wild free-roaming


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Weekly Fishing Report: April 11

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The weather is warming up and the wind is blowing, heralding the start of spring. A post on Facebook said that they’d seen the first hummingbird of the season, so it’s time to clean up the feeders and set them out for these little buzz bombs as they migrate back up north from their wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America.
 
Fruit trees are blooming all over the Espanola Valley and along the Rio Grande. Apple trees have yet to bloom but it won’t be long.
 
It’s been one of the driest winters on record and the snow is going, going

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