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PEEC: Explore The Current Status Of UFO Investigations At Astronomy Talk With Rick Wallace Friday July 16

Join Rick Wallace at 7 p.m., Friday for a virtual astronomy talk about the status of UFO investigations. Learn more and register for this Zoom talk at peecnature.org/events/planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join Rick Wallace at 7 p.m., Friday, July 16 for a virtual astronomy talk hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

In this presentation, Wallace will explore the current status of UFO investigations. The U.S. government is releasing a report this summer on the multi-year Pentagon study of “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAPs).”

At this Zoom talk, Wallace


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LANL And Partners Secure $4.7 Million In DOE Funding

The Terrestrial Energy-Efficient Long-Range Network (TERN) for Remote Monitoring of power transmission lines in real time was one of five Los Alamos projects to secure Department of Energy funds. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and private-sector partners have secured a total of $4.7 million in Technology Commercialization Funds from the Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate bringing cutting-edge energy technologies and solutions to the marketplace.

“These partnerships are an example of what Los Alamos does best, fostering innovation in science


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Critter Cam Captures Bear And Impatient Deer On Bonito

Apparently eating cherries and apricots has fattened this bear up. It is shown here sniffing around a washtub full of water Tuesday at a residence on Bonito Place. Courtesy/Wayne Hardie

An ill-mannered deer is captured on critter cam impatient with the deer in front of it taking too long to drink and starts kicking it until it finally moves Tuesday at a residence on Bonito Place. Courtesy/Wayne Hardie


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Luján, Cramer: Plan For Growing Orphaned Wells Crisis

By U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.)
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By U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)

When there is a threat to our communities, and a clear solution is readily available, Congress has no excuse if it fails to come together and fix the problem. That’s what our constituents expect of us.

Over the last few years, we’ve heard from farmers, landowners, business owners, hunters, hikers, energy workers, conservation advocates, oil and gas regulators and concerned citizens in North Dakota, New Mexico, and across the country about orphaned and abandoned wells.

Oil and gas companies are currently


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NMGF: Apply For Sandhill Crane & Pheasant Draw Permits

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 18 for sandhill crane and pheasant permits. Photo by Bob Zeller/NWF

NMGF News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMGF) is now accepting applications for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits.

Applications can be made through your online account. The application deadline for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Successful applicants must have a Game Hunting license and applicable stamp(s) in addition to their draw permit.

Successful sandhill crane applicants also must have a Harvest Information


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Los Alamos County Utilities Board And Council To Consider Continued Participation In Carbon Free Power Project 

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and the Los Alamos County Council will decide July 21 and July 27, respectively, whether to continue in the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP).

The CFPP is a proposed nuclear power generating facility to be built at the Idaho National Laboratory using first-of-a kind small modular reactor technology developed by NuScale Power. 

The project is going back to the  BPU and Council this month for consideration, since the project participants voted this past June to reduce the number of small modular reactors in the proposed CFPP from 12 to six.


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Explore Pollinators & Gardening At Nature Center July 14

Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday for a Summer Family Evening about pollinators and water-wise gardening. This event is co-hosted by PEEC and the DPU and sponsored by Del Norte LOV Foundation. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for a Summer Family Evening at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Learn about water-wise gardening and pollinators while exploring the gardens outside of the nature center. This event is free for


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LANL: Long-theorized Neutron-Clustering Effect In Nuclear Reactors Demonstrated For First Time

LANL Reactor Operator Nicholas Thompson helps to set up the neutron clustering measurements at the Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Schenectady, NY. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

For the first time, the long-theorized neutron-clustering effect in nuclear reactors has been demonstrated, which could improve reactor safety and create more accurate simulations, according to a new study recently published in the journal Nature Communications Physics.

“The neutron-clustering phenomenon had been theorized for years, but it had never been analyzed


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New Mexico Leopold Conservation Award Finalists Named

JX Ranch of Tucumcari in Quay County. Courtesy/Sand County Foundation

Ute Creek Cattle Company of Bueyeros in Harding County. Courtesy/Sand County Foundation

LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD News:

Two finalists have been selected for the 2021 New Mexico Leopold Conservation Award®.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the prestigious award recognizes farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water, and wildlife habitat management on private, working lands.

Sand County Foundation and national sponsor American Farmland


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LANL Reports No Damage From Morning Earthquake

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has issued the following statement following this morning’s earthquake that residents reported feeling throughout the townsite:

“This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., a seismic event occurred 50 miles northwest of Los Alamos, New Mexico. There are no reports of damage at the Laboratory and no disruption to our normal operations. The Laboratory’s Emergency Management Organization is aware of the event and will continue to monitor the situation.”


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Toby Velasquez Named New Mexico State Parks Director

New State Parks Director Toby Velasquez

EMNRD News:

SANTA FE — Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst has announced Toby Velasquez is the new director of the State Parks Division, effective immediately.

Velasquez previously served as the deputy director of State Parks, and has a 23-year career in the State Parks Division.

“Mr. Velasquez’s wealth of experience and knowledge is a tremendous asset to EMNRD and the State Parks Division,” Secretary Cottrell Propst said. “Our State Parks already provide wonderful recreational opportunities


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County: Virtual Climate Ready Tree Project 7 PM Thursday

Live-streamed climate ready tree project presentation, 7 p.m. Thursday. Photo by Roberto Rosales

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Public Libraries and NMSU Extension Urban Horticulture Specialist Marisa Thomson present Climate Ready Trees: Planting Smarter for a Warmer (and Shadier) Future, 7 p.m. Thursday July 15. Register for this live-streamed program on the library event calendar.

Thomson will draw on climate change research and the Nature Conservancy’s Climate Ready Tree Project to share how you can select and plant trees that will survive and thrive now and continue to thrive in


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Morning Earthquake Near Capulin Felt In Los Alamos

The USGS reports an earthquake registering 4.2 occurred at about 9:33 a.m. today some 5 kilometers east of Capulin. Residents in downtown Los Alamos and on Walnut Street reported to the Los Alamos Daily Post that they felt the earthquake. ‘Our chandelier began moving back and forth,’ reported a man who lives near Ashley Pond Park. Another resident said, ‘We felt it on Woodland Road  … floor shook and doors swayed.’ The USGS (United States Geological Survey) is a science bureau within the United States Department of the Interior. Find the latest earthquake information here. Screenshot/LAPS


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Three New Mexico Projects Included In $307M Investment In Rural Water And Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements

USDA News:

OHKAY OWINGEH — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $307 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 34 states and Puerto Rico.

The investments announced follow President Biden’s previous announcement of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that will make the largest investment in clean drinking water in American history.

The Framework will replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines, helping address barriers faced by communities of color,


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