Environment

Letter To The Editor: A Responsibility And Opportunity For Los Alamos

By ROBERT A. PELAK
Los Alamos
 
With the recent withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate change, cities and towns around the country are developing independent plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. As our community’s very existence is predicated on science, we should be among them. A very simple and effective way that we can reduce our carbon footprint would be to use a portion of the now available CIP funds to install solar panels on our larger county facilities.
 
The Municipal Building, White Rock library, Pajarito Cliffs site, even the Nature Center are situated

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Scenes From Lightning Strike At Los Pueblos Home

Los Alamos Firefighters at the scene of this evening’s lightning strike at a home on Los Pueblos. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that everyone in the home got out without injury. He said the fire is now out, adding that the home has sustained some damage due to the fire that broke out in the attic from the lightning strike and investigators are on scene. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Fire Inspector John Kelley speaks with the homeowners at the scene of this evening’s lightning strike at their home on Los Pueblos. Photo by


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NWTF Applauds Zinke’s Appointment Of Sheehan As U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Deputy Director

NWTF News:
 
TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The National Wild Turkey Federation praises Secretary Zinke for naming Greg Sheehan as deputy director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
 
Sheehan, current director of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah resident, knows the importance of wildlife conservation because of his roots as a dedicated hunter, fisherman and wildlife photographer.
 
“The NWTF applauds this appointment and we are encouraged to know that someone with his leadership and commitment to wildlife will be deputy director

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Los Amigos De Valles Caldera Marks 10 Years With Celebration And Grand Opening Of Bookstore

LAVC News:
 
SANTA FE  Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the nonprofit support organization for the Valles Caldera National Preserve announced today it will be holding a celebration June 24 of its 10-year anniversary at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
 
“We want to invite everyone to join us at the Valles Caldera on June 24 to mark our 10-year anniversary and to be a part of the grand opening of our new bookstore on the preserve” Board Chair Peggy Gautier sid. “Proceeds from the bookstore will support the educational, scientific, historical, and

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Releases Begin For Endangered Fish

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service:

 

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Coordinated releases from a series of Upper Colorado River Basin reservoirs began Saturday, June 3, and are anticipated to continue through this week as part of the Coordinated Reservoirs Operations Program.

 

The US Bureau of Reclamation, the Colorado River District, Denver Water and Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District as owners and operators of upper Colorado River reservoirs have mutually agreed to modify their operations to benefit the endangered fish of the Upper Colorado River Basin.

 

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AG Balderas Joins ‘We Are Still In’ Coalition Of Governors, AG’s, Mayors, Business & University Leaders To Maintain Commitments To Paris Climate Agreement

AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Attorney General Balderas and 18 attorneys general have joined forces with governors, mayors, business leaders and universities across the country pledging to maintain their commitment to fighting climate change and abiding by the principles of the global agreement.
 
The 19 state attorneys general joining the coalition today include:
 
Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, George Jepsen,

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Asteroids And Cosmic Origins At Planetarium

 
PEEC News:
 
What are the chances that an asteroid will hit Earth? Friday, June 9, Dr. Galen Gisler will prelude the new film Incoming! with a discussion about the cosmic risks associated with asteroids. This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
Incoming!, a film that traces the paths of comets and asteroids, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. The film takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have

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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Backs Clean Energy Act To Streamline Tax Credits

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will measurably reduce carbon pollution over the next decade through a series of incentives for clean energy and the promotion of new technologies in the private sector.
 
The Clean Energy for America Act includes technology-neutral tax credits for domestic production of clean electricity and clean transportation fuel, as well as performance-based

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DOE Awards WIPP Transportation Services Contract

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center recently announced the award of a contract to CAST Specialty Transportation, Inc. (CAST) of Henderson, Colo., for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) transportation services. The Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity contract will use firm-fixed price task orders, with some cost reimbursement (no fee) items, with an estimated value up to $112 million. There is a five-year performance period, which includes a 60-day transition.

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Summer Family Evenings At Nature Center Wednesday

​Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center June 7 to learn more about the Santa Fe Animal Shelter from Tom Alexander. Courtesy Photo

PEEC News:

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, join the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for a tail-wagging presentation hosted by the Los Alamos Nature Center. Don’t miss the chance to play with furry friends and get tips on how to care for them. This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.

This week’s Summer Family Evening event is a great way to get involved with an animal-friendly organization. Humane Education Coordinator Tom Alexander


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Author Janie Chodosh Speaks At Nature Center

Janie Chodosh’s new book, Wild Lives, shares stories of hope for the future of important ecosystems across the globe. Photo by Anne Staveley

PEEC News:

Though our rapidly changing climate is challenging many animal species, there is still hope—people across the globe are working to keep our ecosystems in balance for future generations. Author Janie Chodosh will share stories during her talk 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Her new book, Wild Lives, which contains exclusive interviews of 20 conservationists, will also be available for purchase at


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Heinrich Welcomes Zuni Mountain Trails Project

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. Courtesy Photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. During the event, Alvin Whitehair, District Ranger from the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands signed the project’s Decision Notice and Findings of No Significant Impact. This represents a major milestone and begins the trail planning and construction


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SFNF Officials Hope To Conduct Prescribed Burns

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, are watching the weather and other factors to identify optimal windows to continue work on previously announced prescribed burns this spring.

Recently, crews completed approximately 50 acres on the French Mesa unit. If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable, they may resume ignitions on that unit today. The 5,041-acre French Mesa treatment area is approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.

Check the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page at www.facebook.com/santafeNF


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Rover Findings Indicate Stratified Lake On Ancient Mars

Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed (Shallow Part): This evenly layered rock imaged in 2014 by the Mastcam on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit near where flowing water entered a lake. Shallow and deep parts of an ancient Martian lake left different clues in mudstone formed from lakebed deposits. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Water carried more oxygen at certain times, depths

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another,


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