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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

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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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Udall, Heinrich Urge Department Of Interior To Lift Sudden Suspension Of Public Land Advisory Groups

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a coalition of Western Democratic senators in urging the Department of the Interior (DOI) to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing local committees and advisory boards that provide essential community input on public land management.
 
In response to reports that the Department of the Interior postponed all meetings for public resource advisory councils and committees (RACs) until September, the senators wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asking

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Ice Particles In Earth’s Atmosphere Create Glints

One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off Earth. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off Earth.
 
The homeward-facing instrument on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, launched in 2015, caught hundreds of these flashes over the span of a year. NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) instrument aboard DSCOVR is taking almost-hourly images of the sunlit planet from its spot between Earth

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Clean Up Los Alamos Day Another Sweeping Success!

Clean Up Los Alamos Day Appreciation Luncheon May 13 at Ashley Pond Park Pavillion. Courtesy photo
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Environmental Services would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in the 14th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day Saturday May 13.
 
It was a great success again this year with 339 participants collecting trash and brush around the Los Alamos and White Rock area.
 
The county collected approximately 10.5 tons of solid waste and 156 residents utilized the Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center Saturday

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Additional Funds From $5.5 Million Settlement To Be Disbursed For New Mexico’s Environmental Restoration

 
ONRT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (collectively, the Trustees) have finalized the Addendum to the Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) for the Chino, Cobre, and Tyrone Mine Facilities in Southwestern New Mexico.
 
The ONRT is a small state agency administratively attached to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) ensuring that New Mexico’s natural resources that were injured because of contamination are restored for

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PEEC Offers New Forest Explorers Program

PEEC’s new summer program takes kids out in nature to play, hike and be creative. Photo by Denise Matthews

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a new program this summer for 5 to 8 year olds, called Forest Explorers. This hike-and-play club will take children on weekly hikes, every Wednesday beginning June 14 through Aug. 9, with ample time for child-directed play in nature.

Forest Explorers is a 9-week drop off program that meets 9:30-11 a.m. each Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, starting June 14. The children will take hikes into the canyon next


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Public Astronomy Dark Night Saturday

Astronomy News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Mars, Jupiter and its moons and Saturn with its rings and moons will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the spring constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
The public is invited and encouraged

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Local Expert To Lead Wildflower Walk Monday

Wildflowers are important for pollinators like this swallowtail butterfly. Photo Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Would you like to learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau? Starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller will lead a Wildflower Walk.

These popular monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflowers in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.


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