Environment

LANL: Finding Order In Disorder Demonstrates A New State Of Matter

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Cristiano Nisoli. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ‘Spindoctors’ note that topological order, associated with quantum mechanics, also applies to classical material called artificial spin ice

Physicists have identified a new state of matter whose structural order operates by rules more aligned with quantum mechanics than standard thermodynamic theory. In a classical material called artificial spin ice, which in certain phases appears disordered, the material is actually ordered, but in a “topological” form.

“Our research shows for the first time


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Valles Caldera Publishes Environmental Assessment For Construction Of Garage/Maintenance Shop

The Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo

VCNP News:

 

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera National Preserve has published for public review the Environmental Assessment for the proposed construction of a new garage and maintenance facility in the Preserve.
 
The new facility would feature two large garage bays for the Preserve’s all-electric shuttle vans, and a shop/office area. The all-electric shuttle vans would be sheltered and re-charged in the garage bays, and be protected from the ever-present rodents that damage vehicle electrical wiring systems. The building

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Heinrich In Gallup To Unveil College Affordability Bill, Tour New Veterans Cemetery Site Today

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, April 2, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be in Gallup to launch his Degrees Not Debt initiative and tour the site for the new Gallup Veterans Cemetery.
 
At 10 a.m., Heinrich will announce the Degrees Not Debt Act with students and faculty at Gallup Middle College High School. This event will launch Senator Heinrich’s Degrees Not Debt initiative to ensure higher education is accessible and affordable to all New Mexicans. Heinrich recently helped secure

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MRM Fall Travel Program: ‘On The Trail Of Coronado’

Pueblo Ruins at Coronado State Monument. Courtesy photo
 
Inscription Rock at El Morro. Courtesy photo
 
MRM News:
 
The museum’s fall travel/study luxury bus tour this year will be “On the Trail of Coronado” and will include visits to the ancestral Zuni Pueblo of Hawikuu, the first point of contact between Coronado and Native American tribes, El Morro National Monument where European-American settlers, Spanish conquistadors, and centuries of Native Americans created markings on the cliff face, Coronado State Monument north of

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Signs Of Spring Spotted Around White Rock

Signs of spring are spotted Saturday during a brief tour around White Rock. Here two enterprising young men set up shop on Bryce Street and sell lemonade to passersby. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A sprinkler showers thirsty flowers and grass at this home on Rover Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

This weeping willow tree is turning green on Aster Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pink blossoms fill this tree on Rover Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Colorful pinwheels whirl in the breeze at this home on Aragon. Photo by Carol A.


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Glasco: Carbon Free Power Project

By Timothy A. Glasco, Utilities Manager
Department of Public Utilities

On April 10 the Board of Public Utilities and the County Council will convene to consider approval of a Power Sales Contract (PSC) with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) organization, to continue our participation in the Carbon Free Power Project. This will be the world’s first small modular nuclear reactor power generation plant. Located in Idaho, this 600MW facility is scheduled to be operational by 2027. 

Over the past four years a fatal flaw analysis was conducted, and the project was discussed


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PEEC: Explore Colorful Rock Specimens In Rio Puerco

PEEC and local geology enthusiast Patrick Rowe are leading a hike Saturday, April 7 in the Rio Puerco, near Los Lunas. Participants can expect to see a wide variety of colorful rock specimens along the way. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News: 

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and geology enthusiast Patrick Rowe are hosting a special half-day hike Saturday, April 7 in the Rio Puerco near Los Lunas.

The group meets at 9 a.m. in Los Lunas. Space is limited, and registration is required.

The Rio Puerco is a tributary of the Rio Grande and carries rocks and sediments from formations that


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Tales Of Our Times: Rely On The Value And Vices Of Democracy’s Watchdogs

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Rely on the Value and Vices of Democracy’s Watchdogs

Our nation is founded on the enterprise of watchdogs. It is why we have three branches of government. It is why the first amendment guarantees freedom of barking, er… speech.

Furry watchdogs, too, are very valuable. They guard a home better than police, alarm boxes, barred windows and gates with passcodes. Furry watchdogs never get distracted, fall behind in their work, or quit working if the electricity goes off. They rarely get disgruntled with the job or


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Interactive Tour Of Heavens At Planetarium April 6

The Milky Way. Photo by Elena Giorgi

 

PEEC News: 

 

The community is invited to take an interactive tour of the heavens that highlights the planets, star patterns, constellations, and deep sky objects that might be observed during the month of April. This event is 7 p.m. Friday, April 6 in the Planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Dr.

 

Dr. Paul Arendt will discuss selected objects outlined in star chart handouts that will be given to the audience. The program will end with a brief presentation on several recent solar system phenomena announced by NASA and


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PEEC: Saturday Planetarium Show CANCELLED

PEEC News:
 
Due to the new planetarium projector being installed, the Los Alamos Nature Center cancelled its planetarium show, Incoming, scheduled for at 2 p.m., Saturday.
 
The Flat Earth Debate WILL show at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1.
 
What evidence is there for a Flat Earth? What evidence is there to establish the true shape of the Earth? Local astronomers will hold a discussion of the Flat Earth theories to answer these questions at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1. Since most Flat-Earthers claim that space flight has been faked and discount photographs

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Councilors Talk Pros & Cons Of Small Nuclear Reactor

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, a rendering of Nuscale and Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler at a March 26 meeting on the County’s participation in the Carbon-Free Power Project. Courtesy photo
 
By CRISTINA OLDS
Voices of Los Alamos
 
The Los Alamos County Council will vote April 10 on the County’s participation in the Carbon-Free Power Project (CFPP) to construct a 600-megawatt nuclear power-generating facility that utilizes small modular reactors.
 
An $80,000 investment is required and will not be refundable later in the process if the County chooses to

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LANL Faces Penalties For Delayed Shipment Of Five Hazardous Waste Containers

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is expected to propose a civil penalty against Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for storage of two hazardous waste containers for more than the 90-day storage time limit in central accumulation storage areas and three hazardous waste containers over the one-year storage time in a permitted unit.

LANL notified NMED Feb. 1 of the noncompliance issues and NMED has since determined that LANL has violated the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (20.4.1 NMAC) and the Lab’s


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Zinke Supports President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released the following statement following President Donald J. Trump’s speech in Ohio about rebuilding American infrastructure.
 
“President Trump is a builder and he knows that infrastructure is not merely an expense, it’s an investment in America. Every dollar we put into rebuilding our roads, bridges, transmission lines, and pipelines will bolster the economy,’ Zinke said. “At Interior we have tens of thousands of miles

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LANL: Air Quality Permit Application For The Technical Area 3 Power Plant Facility

LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory announces its application to the New Mexico Environment Department for an air quality permit for the modification of its Technical Area 3 Power Plant facility. The expected date of application submittal to the Air Quality Bureau is March 30, 2018.
 
The exact location for the proposed facility known as Technical Area 3 Power Plant is at TA-3, SM-22 on Diamond Drive in the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The approximate location of this facility is 1 mile south of the intersection of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive in Los Alamos county.

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AG Balderas To EPA Administrator Pruitt: ‘If EPA Fails To Enforce A Critical Landfill Methane Regulation, We Will See You In Court’

Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Joining a coalition of seven attorneys general, the California Air Resources Board, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Attorney General Hector Balderas submitted a 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to enforce a critical landfill methane regulation.
 
“New Mexicans enjoy clean air and the most beautiful natural environment in the nation, and I will not stand by while President Trump and his EPA Administrator put that at risk,”

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Celebrate The Great Outdoors This Spring In Los Alamos

COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos, NM is a hub for outdoor adventures and “Aha Moments” and, as the gateway to three National Parks, it’s theplace to be this spring. With National Parks Week, Earth Day and more, Los Alamos has activities and attractions for all nature lovers and history buffs. 
 
“Spring is the perfect time to enjoy an outdoor getaway, unplug and get back to nature,” County Marketing Manager Kelly Stewart said. “In and around Los Alamos, opportunities to explore and celebrate nature abound. From the Earth Day Festival to fee-free days at National Park sites, spring

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