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LA MainStreet Light Parade Draws Record Crowd

Los Alamos MainStreet 2017 Holiday Lights Parade draws massive crowd Saturday night to Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
The Hill Stompers Street Band in its 18th appearance leads the parade down Central Avenue. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos MainStreet News:
 
Los Alamos MainStreet wishes to thank the local businesses and organizations that participated in the annual 2017 Holiday Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 2, and the volunteers and sponsors who made it possible.
 
“It was our most well-attended Light Parade!” MainStreet Executive Director Suzette

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NIST: Why You Should Water Your Christmas Tree

A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried out Christmas tree fire burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate. Courtesy/NIST
 
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NIST News:
 
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 200 home fires each year start with a Christmas tree. In these videos, Click here, NIST fire researchers demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs. a dry Christmas

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LANL FY2017 Hazardous Waste Facility Noncompliance Numbers Decline

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
maire@ladailypost.com
 
 

Los Alamos National Laboratory had 25 noncompliance reports under its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit from the New Mexico Environment between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, according to a report filed Nov. 28 with state.

The number is down from 100 instances in 2016 and 400 in 2015. The report also states that there were no releases from a permitted unit that could have posed a threat to human health or the environment.

Noncompliance issues included containers not labeled “hazardous waste”, failure to protect two containers


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Pearce Statement On Final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Plan

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. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released their final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program’s plan:
 
“I appreciate the Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt at greater collaboration with local governments and communities as they finalized this plan, unfortunately the plan itself continues to fall short. It once again places the burden of recovery on the backs of New Mexicans and disregards the serious concerns of ranchers and farmers

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Strong Support For Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

ESC News:
 
BOULDER, Colo.  Of the more than 100,000 comments submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on the Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan, more than 99 percent were in support of recovery, according to wildlife conservation organizations who reviewed the comments submitted this summer.
 
“We wanted to be able to definitively say that the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is important to Americans, and we can,” Hailey Hawkins, Southern Rockies Field Representative for the Endangered Species Coalition said. “Americans

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PEEC: Learn To Grow Penstemons Tuesday

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PEEC News:
 
Gardener and scientist Larry Deaven will share stories, tips and photos for getting a penstemon garden started. This special presentation is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and free and made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
Deaven has been growing penstemons for more than 40 years, and he began work on the nature center penstemon gardens in 2015. He received a special projects grant from the American Penstemon Society in 2016 to help support garden construction. The gardens now contain

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2017 Youth Shakespeare Festival Santa Fe Dec. 9

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COMMUNITY News:
 
The International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe is is hosting its second annual Youth Shakespeare Festival Santa Fe 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 9, at New Mexico School for the Arts at 275 E 275 E. Alameda St. in Santa Fe.
 
Seven Santa Fe Schools and Upstart Crows of Santa Fe perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. 

Students from Academy of Technology and the Classics, Capital High, Monte del Sol Charter, New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe High, Santa Fe Indian School, and Santa Fe Prep have


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Earth Treasures Show Rocks On Today And Sunday

The Annual Earth Treasures Show attracted a large crowd today at the Los Alamos Masonic Temple. The Show continues all day Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

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State Gets $455M In Interior Energy Disbursements

DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Thursday that New Mexico’s energy production disbursements, through the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), totaled $455 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017).
 
This represents a significant increase of $86.5 from the previous year’s total. The funds are derived from energy and minerals produced on Federal and Indian lands, as well as U.S. offshore areas.
 
“Under President Trump’s American Energy Dominance agenda, we’ve increased energy funds by

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Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to allow Los Alamos County to replace an irreparably damaged water line from the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir to the townsite of Los Alamos. 
 
This activity would occur on small segments of land within the Los Alamos County 100-year floodplain. The majority of this project occurs on property owned by the U.S. Forest Service. A segment of this project occurs on U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) administered land in Technical Area (TA) 62.
 
In accordance with 10 Code

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Amateur Naturalist: The Mathematical Symmetry Of Pine Cones

The shape of the pinecone bracts create eight spirals going outward and counter clockwise. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
The Mathematical Symmetry of Pine Cones
By ROBERT DRYJA
Amateur Naturalist
 
 
The shape of the pine cones lying on the ground below a tree provides a kind of predictability that is the complete opposite to predicting the youthfulness or maturity of a tree. A cone grows overlapping bracts that protect the developing seeds within. When the seeds mature, the bracts open. The seeds then may flutter away to germinate or become food for some animal or insect.
 
What

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Young Explorers: Winter Camps For School Age Kids

Children explore and learn during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children participate in hands-on activities during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children investigate the diversity of garden habitat during the NMMNHS Winter Camps. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Keep your young explorers engaged and active this winter for one or all of the day-long Young Explorers Winter Camps at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. 
 
The camps start Dec. 18 and

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Stick Structures Pose Hazards On Santa Fe National Forest … So Who’s Building Them And Why?

One of several stick structures found on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

A SFNF recreation specialist inspects a stick structure near Aspen Vista. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They also are concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

This week, employees from the Española


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