Environment

Talks Target Redrock Canyon Country Issue

Monument Arch. Photo by James Kay
 
PEEC News:
 
The redrock canyon country of southern Utah is one of most stunningly beautiful landscapes on this planet, containing spectacular geologic formations, amazing cliff dwellings and rock art of ancient peoples, and world class hiking, climbing, rafting and biking. Yet most of this magnificent region lies unprotected. And this year, the future of Utah’s redrock hangs in the balance.

The Utah delegation is poised to introduce public lands legislation for the entire eastern half of Utah, which may diminish, rather than


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Marmot On The Move In Los Alamos

Marguerite McClay of Los Alamos captured a Yellow Bellied Marmot on her Critter Cam that was strolling around her yard. PEEC reports that this is the first sighting of the animal in the Jemez region in something like 50 years. The species lives in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, but had not been in the Jemez Mountains in many years. Another marmot was spotted in the Valle Caldera in recent weeks. Photo by Marguerite McClay

Staff Report

Marmots are large squirrels in the genus Marmota, of which there are 15 species. Some species live in mountainous areas, such as the Alps, northern Apennines,


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NNSA Partnership Successfully Removes All Remaining HEU From Uzbekistan

NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, DC  Today, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced the successful return of the final 5 kilograms (approximately 11 pounds) of highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from the IIN-3M “Foton” research reactor in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Russia.
 
This is the eighth shipment of HEU from Uzbekistan since 2004 and marks the removal of all HEU from the country.
 
Since the Russian Research Reactor Fuel Return program began in 2002, DOE/NNSA has collaborated with the Rosatom State Atomic Energy

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Maintenance Burn Underway In Pueblo Canyon

A maintenance burn is underway in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department, with the assistance of the Santa Fe National Forest, is conducting a prescribed burn on 26 acres of County open space.  The area is in the upper reaches of Pueblo Canyon east of the Aquatic Center.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing wildlife habitat diversity.

The


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Los Alamos Residents Share Blood Moon Photos

Residents in Los Alamos joined stargazers around the world this evening to view the blood moon – a full lunar eclipse where the moon, Earth and sun line up, with Earth’s shadow totally obscuring the moon. When a full moon makes its closest approach to Earth, it appears slightly bigger and brighter than usual and has a reddish hue. This celestial event has not occurred since 1982 – and will not be repeated until 2033. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Photo by Greg Kendall

Photo by Aria Villareal

Photo by Aria Villareal

Photo by Aria Villareal


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Endangered Local Wildlife Talk At Nature Center

Author and environmentalist Micheal Dax. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

How many endangered or threated animals call the Pajarito Plateau home?

Michael Dax from the Defenders of Wildlife will be at the nature center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 to talk about the endangered species in the local area and reveal how to help protect the current biodiversity.

New Mexico is home to 118 animals listed as threatened and endangered. In many cases, scientists do not fully understand the animal or how the ecosystem will change if it becomes extinct. This talk is part of a national outreach effort by Defenders of


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Paws To People Awards $10K To Lyme Disease Study

Courtesy/bridgetocures.com

PTOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – What do you say to a research project that will tackle head on a trio of diseases that are escalating in both dogs and humans to better understand their relationships and develop a better diagnostic test?

To a project that will yield results not in decades but in months? One that embodies the essence of translational studies in its ability to benefit animals and humans? If you are the Paws To People Organization, you would say … What are we waiting for – let’s Build A Bridge!

Paws To People Board of Directors awarded $10,000


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Wildlife Advocates To Rally Before Tuesday’s Game Commission Meeting

Mary Katherine Ray

SIERRA CLUB News:

Another critical wildlife decision looms for Gov. Martinez’s Game Commission — will it do the right thing?

On Tuesday, the New Mexico Game Commission will decide whether to allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release the endangered Mexican gray wolf in the wild in New Mexico in accordance with the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is appealing to the commission because New Mexico Game and Fish Director Alexa Sandoval denied the agency’s permit.

The public is invited to rally at 8 a.m. before Tuesday’s commission meeting to support scientifically


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Bandelier Welcomes New Artist In Residence Carolyn Tourney Florek

Bandelier Artist-in-Resident Carolyn Tourney Florek. Courtesy/Carolyn Florek

BANDELIER News:

Carolyn Tourney Florek of Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument’s current artist in residence, is a poet, publisher, garden designer, and visual artist .

She has degrees in geology and painting, and her poetry has been published in a number of anthologies. Her poem, “Over Flat Creek,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Florek’s most recent publication, The Painted Door Opened, is a collaboration along with Carolyn Dahl of their poetry and art. Her work


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PEEC Holds Fishing Clinic Oct. 3

Fishing lesson in progress. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is providing a fishing clinic for youth and families at Fenton Lake 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.

For those who want to learn how to fish, improve their skills, or want to know more about our local aquatic ecosystems, this is an excellent opportunity.

This fishing adventure includes lessons on knot tying, casting, fish biology, macro-invertebrates, fish prints, baits, and lures. Fishing expert, Casey Harthorn, with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, will also discuss recreational


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Live Webcast Of Total Lunar Eclipse Sunday

Events for the total lunar eclipse Sept. 27-28. This version is labeled for Eastern Daylight Time. Due to the Moon’s slightly off-center path through Earth’s umbra, the southern half of its disk should look slightly brighter during totality than the northern half. Sky & Telescope illustration

 

By KELLY BEATTY
Sky & Telescope
  • A total lunar eclipse occurs in prime time for U.S. skywatchers Sunday night, Sept. 27. Sky & Telescope is providing a high-definition webcast of the entire event.

Kelly Beatty. Photo by Craig Michael Utter/S&T

Sunday evening, skygazers


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Atmospheric Research Lab Bound For Antarctica

An advanced cloud and aerosol instrumentation platform is about to have a one-year run at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Courtesy Photo

Mobile facility managers Kim Nitschke and Paul Ortega scouted Antarctica with the Antarctica experiment co-investigator Johannes Verlinde to determine the ideal locations and infrastructure. Courtesy photo

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A big production is about to take place in a remote part of the world starting in November. A team of logistics specialists assembled from Los Alamos National Laboratory and several other national science


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DOE To Perform Ordnance Clearance Sweeps For Pre Manhattan-Era Munitions In Bayo And Rendija Canyons

EM-LA News:

A multi-disciplinary team led by the Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) will begin setting up for ordinance clearance sweeps Sept. 27.

A comprehensive sweep will take place at the head of a tributary to Bayo Canyon on land primarily owned by the Los Alamos County, while similar work will be performed in Rendija Canyon on 15 acres owned by the United States Forest Service. Both areas were used in the mid-1940s by the US Army; the area at the head of Bayo Canyon was a former Bazooka firing range, while Rendija Canyon was an ammunition impact zone.


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SFNF Issues Closure Order For Golondrino Prescribed Burn On Cuba Ranger District

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Golondrino prescribed burn area on the Cuba Ranger District will be closed to the public Sunday, Sept. 27 until Thursday, Oct. 8 to ensure public safety during ignitions. 

The restricted area is popular with hunters, and since the prescribed burn is planned during turkey and bear season, forest officials determined that a closure order would minimize potential safety hazards. 

The area under the closure order is delineated by the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) boundary on the north, the boundary between the Cuba and Coyote Ranger Districts on the east,


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DOE National Cleanup Workshop Sept. 29-30

DOE News:

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 29-30, the Department of Energy (DOE), in cooperation with the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) and Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG), will hold the first DOE National Cleanup Workshop at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA.

The workshop brings together senior DOE executives, officials from DOE sites, industry executives, local government officials, and other stakeholders. Topics will include major cleanup successes planned for the next two years, contract and project management improvement, efforts to develop


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NNSA Removes U.S.-Origin HEU From Jamaica, Makes Caribbean HEU Free

Anne Harrington

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has removed approximately 1 kilogram of U.S.-Origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Jamaica’s “Safe Low-Power Kritical Experiment” (SLOWPOKE) research reactor and returned the material to the United States, making the Caribbean region completely free of HEU.  

“Cooperating with Jamaica and Canada in completing this HEU removal is an outstanding example of how regional cooperation can support global efforts to minimize the civilian use of HEU, while


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NM Testimony At Joint Congressional Hearing Reveals EPA Misled With Incomplete, Cherry-Picked Data

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn

NMED News:

SANTA FE – At Thursday’s Joint Congressional Hearing for Natural Resources and Oversight & Government Reform, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn clarified numerous discrepancies from testimony made earlier in the day by the Environmental Protection Agency, including the agency’s summary-level, cherry-picked data that sought to downplay the severity of the Gold King Mine spill.

Flynn testified that the EPA neglected to include a key contaminant, arsenic, among the data supplied. Nor did EPA include total metals (just


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PEEC: International Solutions To Fire Management

International Prescribed Fire Training Exchange participants in the field. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Fire management is a global challenge and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Nature Center, fire management experts from this year’s International Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (IPFTE) will present solutions for using fire to maintain local forests and grasslands.

This is the fifth year for the IPFTE, a program held annually in the Jemez Mountains and hosted by the Nature Conservancy and The Santa Fe National Forest. The Training Exchange brings together forest managers, biologists,


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Heinrich Calls For Reforms To Mining Law In Environment And Public Works Hearing On Recent Spill

SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. spoke at a U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) oversight hearing Wednesday on the Gold King Mine spill that occurred last month.
 
The committee examined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) response to the accident, which caused a large plume of bright orange toxic waste to spill into the Animas and San Juan Rivers and pollute the Four Corners region, and the subsequent impact it had on the environment and economies of local states, communities, and Indian

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