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Big-horned Sheep Spotted In Frijoles Canyon

Big-horned sheep were spotted today in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument by employee Rob Harper. In 2014 and again in 2016, a few dozen big-horned sheep were released just outside the southwest boundary of Bandelier. By early this year, a half dozen sheep were seen several times near the Upper Falls on the Park’s Falls Trail. Courtesy/NPS

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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Plateau Properties

On the job in Los Alamos: Dustin Lippiatt creates a large rabbit topiary Wednesday afternoon at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Lippiatt runs the yard crew for Plateau Properties where he has worked for two years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dustin Lippiatt creates a large rabbit topiary Wednesday afternoon at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Cange Testifies On EM’s FY-18 Budget Request

EM Acting Assistant Secretary Sue Cange

DOE-EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange testified Wednesday on EM’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. In her testimony, Cange provided an overview of the EM program, key achievements in the past year and planned accomplishments to be achieved with EM’s request of approximately $6.5 billion, which marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade. 

“I am honored to be here today representing the over 20,000 men and women that carry out


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Kroger Code Violations Case Heads To Trial

Kuzi Mutsiwegota of Atomic City Investments, second from right, chats with Los Alamos County officials, from left, Michael Arellano, Larry Valdez and Paul Andrus after Tuesday’s Municipal Court hearing. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
A shattered 12-inch clay pipe at Mari-Mac Shopping Center has led to a citation against Gerald Ohlsen, who manages the parking lot for Kroeger Real Estate Department. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Judge also hears code violation cases against former Hilltop House Hotel and Knights of Columbus

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PEEC Offers Class With Local Artist Lisa Coddington

Hedge hog cactus by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington is returning to teach a one-day workshop on drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday June 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is great for all skill levels and is limited to 13 students. Register to learn techniques for creating realistic, still life, nature-inspired art.

 Participants will explore pencil and watercolor techniques that portray plants and animals.


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NNSA Releases FY18 Presidential Budget Request

Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.)

DOE/NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released details Tuesday of its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request.

The President’s $13.9 billion FY 2018 Budget Request for NNSA represents an increase of $1.0 billion – or 7.8 percent – above the FY 2017 Omnibus level, representing the Administration’s commitment to NNSA’s diverse missions: maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; reducing the threat


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Nebulae And Monsters At Nature Center Planetarium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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​PEEC News:

Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the glowing patches of dust and gas in the sky and more during his presentation about Nebulae and their significance in the galaxy, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Sea Monstersa film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life, will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in planetarium. The film follows fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate


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Daily Postcard: Colorful Birds Drawn To Suet Feeder

Daily Postcard: This suet feeder in the yard of a Barranca Mesa home is drawing a variety of colorful birds including this Western Tanager, which has been returning to eat here for about a week. Photo by Ken Hanson
 
Daily Postcard: This Hairy Woodpecker is a more regular customer to the local suet feeder and is seen dining here during last week’s surprise spring snow. Photo by Ken Hanson

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Hondito Wildfire Update

FOREST SERVICE News:

TAOS – The Hondito Fire, started May 15 from a lightning strike, has consumed 5,000 acres four miles southwest of Tres Piedras and two miles north of Las Tablas and is 0 percent contained.

Fire managers took advantage of favorable conditions Sunday and completed 5,000 acres of the 14,900 acre planning area. Crews spent the morning constructing perimeter line in advance of afternoon aerial ignitions. Utilizing the helicopter, crews were able to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time. The conditions on the fire will be evaluated and burning will continue contingent


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EPA Urged To Prioritize Gold King Mine Cleanup

EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the EPA to fulfill the directive in the omnibus bill passed last week for Gold King Mine cleanup efforts.
 
The bill provides the EPA $4 million to implement a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.
 
The delegation asked that the EPA

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State Environment Department Announces Air Quality Compliance Assessment Program For Small Businesses

NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is pleased to announce that the Air Quality Bureau has developed a compliance assessment program for New Mexico small businesses, except for those located in Bernalillo County or on tribal lands. The program offers free assistance to small businesses who want help in discovering air quality permit violations. The program allows for a small business to voluntarily disclose the violation(s) to the Air Quality Bureau and correct them within a specified timeframe with help from the Small Business Environmental

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Los Alamos Nature Center Cuts Ribbon On New Exhibit ‘Landscaping For Our Climate’

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities has funded the first outdoor exhibit at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Thomas Graves

Participating in the May 13 ribbon cutting at the Los Alamos Nature Center, from left, Beth Cortright, Jonathan Creel, Siobhan Niklasson, Sue Watts, Erick Peterson, Kate Barrere, Mary Carol Williams, Bob Walker, Selvi Viswanatha, Bob Dryja and Jack Richardson. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

Thanks to support from the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities, the Los Alamos Nature Center has


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Today Is International Endangered Species Day

ESC News:

Washington, DC – Thousands of Americans are gathering to participate in Endangered Species Day events across the country, in recognition of our nation’s commitment to protect and restore disappearing wildlife.

 

This is the 12th annual international Endangered Species Day, which occurs on the third Friday of May, celebrating our wildlife and wild places.

 

“Endangered Species Day celebrates our declared national responsibility to our children and their children to save our vanishing wildlife and plants,” stated Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species


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Bear Spotted Strolling Around Eastern Area

This bear is spotted just before 7 p.m. Thursday raiding some bird feeders in Eastern area. It seems bear awareness day was timely as the bears are out and about in local neighborhoods this spring. Photo by Michael Redondo

After snacking on bird seed, this bear takes a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood Thursday in Eastern Area. Photo by Michael Redondo


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Suit Seeks To Bar Rocky Flats Public Trails, Visitor Site

EPA News:
 
Groups from communities near the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant today sued the U.S. government for failing to comply with federal environmental laws in planning to build public trails and a visitor center at the former plutonium facility.
 
Filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, the litigation charges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the site’s current manager, has not completed a required analysis of environmental risks and policy options.
 
Plaintiffs include the Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center, Candelas Glows, Rocky Flats

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