Environment

NNSA Administrator Cuts Ribbon At Pantex Plant

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty cuts the ribbon Thursday on the new John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy/KFDA
 
Pantex Plant has several national security missions that protect the country and its allies around the world. Providing the nuclear deterrent for the nation and allies, ensuring the stockpile is strong and viable, reducing the total nuclear weapons in the stockpile, and supporting the stockpile as the High Explosives Center of Excellence are key activities at this historic site. Courtesy/Pantex
 
NNSA News:
 
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Council Proclaims April 28 ‘Clean Up Los Alamos Day’

From left, Environmental Sustainability Board Chair James Robinson, County Councilor Pete Sheehey and Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule hold up a proclamation declaring April 28 ‘Clean Up Los Alamos Day’. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

COUNTY News:

 

Los Alamos County Councilor Peter Sheehey presented a proclamation on behalf of the County Council declaring April 28 “Clean Up Los Alamos Day” Tuesday evening during the regular County Council meeting in Council Chambers.

 

Proclamation:

 

WHEREAS: Communities nationwide


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USDA Designates 12 Counties In New Mexico As Primary Natural Disaster Areas

USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 12 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.
 
Those counties include:
  • Catron
  • Lea
  • Rio Arriba
  • San Miguel
  • Guadalupe
  • McKinley
  • Sandoval
  • Santa Fe
  • Harding
  • Mora
  • San Juan
  • Taos
 
Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance:
  • Bernalillo
  • Eddy
  • Roosevelt
  • Chaves
  • Grant
  • Sierra
  • Cibola
  • Lincoln
  • Socorro
  • Colfax
  • Los Alamos
  • Torrance
  • De Baca
  • Quay
  • Union
 
Farmers

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State Democratic Platform Supports Methods That Could Triple Solar Jobs

DPNM News:
 
According to a study released by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, New Mexico has the capacity to triple solar energy jobs using many of the mechanisms included in the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s (DPNM) 2018 Platform.
 
The study specifically points to utilizing technology developed at the state’s national labs in entrepreneurial endeavors to provide quality jobs while diversifying New Mexico’s economy – principles supported by the DPNM Platform.
 
The New Mexico Democratic Party’s forward-looking platform

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Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle San Antonio Today

NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn targeting up to 1,050 acres of meadow grassland in Valle San Antonio, in the northwest portion of the preserve’s backcountry.
 
The burn operations are planned to start today, April 5, and possibly continue into Friday dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions. The area is currently under a seasonal closure, so impacts to visitors will be minimal.
 
NPS officials hope to reintroduce fire into the meadow grasslands, which would result in a low

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Robinson: Happy Earth Month!

Los Alamos resident James Robinson is chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation and a candidate for Los Alamos County Council. Courtesy photo
 
By JAMES ROBINSON
Candidate For County Council

April marks the beginning of Earth Month and Los Alamos will celebrate our planet with events like the annual Earth Day Festival April 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and Clean Up Los Alamos April 28.

These events are fantastic opportunities for Los Alamos to celebrate the amazing nature that we are privileged to have surrounding our community and learn how we can live symbiotically with


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DOE-Savannah River Site Welcomes Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette

DOE-Savannah River Facility Representative Steve Stamper, left, walks with Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette through the Salt Waste Processing Facility. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
AIKEN, S.C.  Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette toured the Savannah River Site (SRS) for the first time in late March, visiting SRS facilities and engaging the workforce and community leaders.
 
“It was a great visit at Savannah River Site, where I learned more about your impressive work in stockpile stewardship, environmental cleanup, and

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NMED Finds Marked Improvement In RCRA Violations At LANL For 2017

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Results of the annual Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) inspection for 2017 by the New Mexico Environment Department indicate only five violations for proper management of hazardous waste for the year under Los Alamos National Laboratory’s RCRA Hazardous Waste Operating Permit, a marked improvement from previous years.

LANL’s chief spokesman said Wednesday that overall, this year’s annual RCRA inspection by the State shows improvement in Lab performance from past years, as evidenced by fewer non-compliances.


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Public Astronomy Dark Night April 14

PAJARITO ASTRONOMERS News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding their first County-Sponsored Dark Night or 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.  
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Venus, as well as Jupiter and its moons will potentially be visible during the evening.
 
There will be a tour of the late-winter and spring constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. The

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Weekly Fishing Report: April 4

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The 2018-2019 fishing season began Sunday, April 1. Anglers will need to purchase a new fishing license for this season.
 
Licenses may be purchased from vendors across the state or obtained online by visiting the State Game and Fish Department’s website: onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us
 
Streamflows throughout Northern New Mexico remain below normal which makes for good fishing conditions on streams that otherwise would be swollen with spring runoff this time of year. Streamflows will likely stay below normal

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Sen. Jeff Steinborn Presses Governor, State Agencies On Nuclear Waste Storage Facility Preparedness

New Mexico Sen. Jeff Steinborn

 

New Mexico State Democrats News:

…Presents Letters Asking State Agencies for Prompt Response to Allow Legislators and Residents to Become Informed and Participate in Public Comment Period

LAS CRUCES – Sen. Jeff Steinborn, the Chair of New Mexico’s Legislative Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Interim Committee, sent letters Tuesday to Gov. Susana Martinez, Attorney General Hector Balderas, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the state Superintendent of Insurance requesting answers to concerns about the State’s preparedness


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Anne Marie White Sworn In As Assistant Secretary For Environmental Management

DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Anne Marie White was sworn in March 29 as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the U.S. Department of Energy.
 
As Assistant Secretary, White will provide leadership to continue the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. She will work closely with communities that have partnered with DOE and its predecessor agencies for many decades. 
 
“It’s an honor to serve as Assistant

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Water Is Life In New Mexico: Museum Collaborates On Statewide Groundwater Project

View of Rio Grande. Courtesy/NM Dept. of Cultural Affairs
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) has joined the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources in a statewide collaborative groundwater monitoring network. The Museum will host one of the many monitoring locations for the project and serve as an important educational outlet.
 
Water shortages have been commonplace in communities across New Mexico over the past several years and the state lacks sufficient groundwater level measurements

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Amateur Naturalist: Cerro Grande Peak – Five Ecological Settings As Parts Of A Play

Major ecological settings on the south slope are on a stage called Cerro Grande. Courtesy/Robert Dryja
 
Amateur Naturalist: Cerro Grande Peak―Five Ecological Settings As Parts Of A Play
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
The southern flank of the Cerro Grande Peak has five ecological settings in which plants and animals live out their lives. Exploring through these settings to the top of Cerro Grande is like watching the parts of a play unfold. This play is called “A Hike to the Top”.  
 
Scene 1 begins at the start of the Cerro Grande trail by Highway 4. The forest

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County Offers Bear Proof Trash Carts To Residents

Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Division Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda checks out a bear proof trash cart available to residents later this month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com
 
Bears and trash cans pose a major problem. Animals that frequently dumpster dive for food spell trouble for residents and it can be fatal for bears.
 
To prevent potential harm to people, property and pets as well as bears, Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Division (ESD), in partnership

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Scenes From Wildfire Day And Elks Easter Egg Hunt At Pond Saturday

More scenes from the Los Alamos Fire Department annual Wildfire Day and Elks Easter Egg Hunt where children collected some 20,000 plastic Easter eggs Saturday morning at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

Photo by Derrick Key

David Gilmore of the Santa Fe National Forest Service with Smokey (John Armstrong). Photo by Derrick Key

Emily Hastings, Imari Luna and Hannah Hastings. Photo by Derrick Key

Luke Mclarty and Larry Martinez from Santa Fe National Forest. Photo by Derrick Key

Luke Mclarty


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