Environment

DOE, Industry, Community Representatives To Join 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Senior DOE officials, industry executives and community representatives from across the U.S. are set to participate in the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
Planned participants include:
  • Jim Owendoff, Acting Assistant Energy Secretary for EM
  • Roger Jarrell, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for EM
  • Stacy Charboneau, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations
  • Ralph Holland,

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Heinrich: Outdoor Recreation Is An Economic Force

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, highlighted the strength of New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy.
 
According to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $9.9 billion in consumer spending annually and employs 99,000 people in New Mexico. 

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Soot Covered Screech Owls Rescued From Fireplace

Covered in soot, a mother screech owl and her fledglings are spotted trapped inside a fireplace at a home in Pajarito Acres. Photo by J. Schillig
 
With all the soot removed from her feathers and a solid meal in her stomach, this mother owl is released near where she was rescued in Pajarito Acres. She sits in a tree for a while listening for her fledglings and waiting for her rescuers to leave the area. Photo by Corry Clinton
 
By CORRY CLINTON
Los Alamos

Friends noticed some strange noises coming from the fireplace of their home June 26 in Pajarito Acres in White Rock. To their great surprise,


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Udall Marks Second Anniversary Of Gold King Mine Spill With Calls For Action From EPA, Congress

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement marking two years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the Gold King Mine spill in Southern Colorado and severely contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers.
 
An EPA-supervised crew released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, Aug. 5, 2015, into Cement Creek — which flows into the Animas and San Juan rivers — while working at the Gold King Mine in Colorado.
 
Udall released the following statement:
 
“Two years have

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Protect Yourself And Family From Mosquito Bites

CDC News:

Use Insect Repellent

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients at right. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Tips for Everyone

  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Tips for Babies & Children

  • Always follow instructions when applying

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Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Aug. 8

Enjoy activities with Melissa Mackey at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Tuesday, Aug. 8, is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Families can enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities 6-7 p.m. with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center is open until 8 p.m. for exploring exhibits.
 
The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all. Next month’s Family Night

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New Mexico Celebrates Wine Heritage Around State

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STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed August 2017 as New Mexico Wine Month, and the New Mexico Tourism Department has a number of ways New Mexicans can venture into vino in celebration.

“New Mexico wineries are key to both the tourism and agricultural industries in our state,” Martinez said. “The industry is increasingly robust and is fueled by a new generation of innovative winemakers – and it helps to show all New Mexico has to offer.”

New Mexico boasts more than 60 wineries across the state that open their doors for tastings and tours


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DOE Completes Cleanup At Los Alamos Canyon Sites

Project team members were transported by crane in a special personnel platform to and from one of the cleanup sites on a narrow canyon shelf. Courtesy/DOE
 
DOE News:
 
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) have completed the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite.
 
The contaminated soil was primarily associated with legacy outfalls and surface disposal from the Manhattan Project and early Cold War

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Daily Postcard: Deer Visit Los Alamos Neighborhood

Daily Postcard: A deer grabs a bite to eat Friday afternoon from a tree near Sandia and 40th Street. Photo by Delbert Romero Jr.

Deer spotted Friday afternoon at the corner of Sandia and 40th Street. Photo by Delbert Romero Jr.

A deer gets ready to cross the road at the corner of Sandia and 40th Street. Photo by Delbert Romero Jr. 


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UPDATE: Hummingbird Monitoring Research Aug. 12

Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photo by Bob Walker
 
Update: The time of the first session is changed to 7:30 a.m. Aug.12.
 
PEEC News:
 
Curious about the effects of climate change on hummingbird populations? Researcher Bob Walker will lead two groups, one at 7:30 a.m. and one at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, to the hummingbird monitoring site in Bandelier National Monument.
 
This location is one of a network of sites in the Western U.S. that tracks the impact of climate change on the movement and behavior of hummingbirds. To join one

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PEEC: Guided, Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Have you wanted to go backpacking, but didn’t have the gear or experience? Well, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has the adventure you’ve been waiting for!

Adults and families will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16
Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 will then be spent hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry. This Family Backpacking Adventure will last


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Sen. Martin Heinrich Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix In Senate Bill

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As wildfire season rages across the West, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today urged the Senate to pass a wildfire funding fix included in new legislation to address funding for floods and other natural disasters.

He joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee.

A wildfire funding fix similar to the Wildfire Disaster Funding


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Evening Programs At Bandelier Aug. 3-20

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BNM News:
 
In between thunderstorms, it’s great to be out under the stars on August evenings, and Bandelier will be offering many evening programs over the next two weeks. 
 
They’re presented at the amphitheater at Juniper Campground, weather permitting, and both campers and non-campers are welcome.  
 
Upcoming topics include: 
  • 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8/3  Night Sky – talk and telescope viewing 
  • 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8/4  Leaping Lizards!  (reptiles)  
  • 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 8/5  Imagining

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NASA: Total Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

Total solar eclipse Aug. 21. Courtesy/NASA

NASA News:

All of North America will be treated Monday, Aug. 21, to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights … a total solar eclipse.

This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Ore. to Charleston, S.C. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

NASA created this website (link) to provide a guide


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PEEC Amateur Naturalist: All Those Ponderosa Seeds

Pairs of seeds about to flutter out of a pine cone. Photo by Nancy Castillo
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
 
A number of cones are lying on the ground beneath the dominant Ponderosa pine tree growing  behind the Aquatic Center. 
 
A very patient seed counter found that ponderosa trees may produce from 7,000 to 11,500 viable seeds for a year. This is before birds and squirrels begin to eat them. The seeds are enclosed in a wing and so may flutter away from the parent tree. Birds and squirrels also may carry away and store some seeds without eating them.    

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Home Country By Slim Randles: Space Blanket

Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
This is going to be good, Dud thought, bringing his new tarp out to the car.
 
There it was on that computer site. How to camp out with just a single tarp. I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time now. Amazing what you can find on the internet.
 
He couldn’t get Anita to go with him, because she just didn’t have the same outdoor curiosity that Dud had. Hey, it’s kinda scientific in a way, you know.
 
The tarp was kinda pricey, but it was worth it. It had to be big, of course, to serve as both a shelter and a bedroll, and it was made out of that spacey-kind

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