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DPU Reminds Residents To Keep Meters Clear Of Snow

DPU reminds residents to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters. Courtesy photo

DPU News:

With the recent snowfall in Los Alamos, officials with the Department of Public Utilities would like to remind customers to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters.

This will ensure that DPU can bill customers on actual meter reads rather than estimating reads.

Meter Technician Supervisor Edgar Castillo asks customers to check gates if meters are in the backyard. 

“Make sure your gate can open and close without obstruction of snow and ice,” he said. “Clearing your meters of snow


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Watch ‘These Are the Voyages’ At Nature Center Tonight!

PEEC News:
The community is invited to watch “These Are the Voyages” at 7 p.m. today in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin, or walk the decks of the Enterprise? With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is now a possibility. We will highlight three such endeavors with an outer space theme: Stargate Network, The Orville – Interactive Fan Experience, and the Virtual Enterprise D Recreation at this event. Join Peter Polko for an introduction to these


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SFNF Waives Fees In Honor Of Martin Luther King Day

Scene from Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/Kyle Maxwell

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

All SFNF offices will be closed Jan. 20 for the federal holiday, resuming regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Fees will be waived at SFNF sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the recreation.gov system. Since many recreation sites on the SFNF are closed for the winter, visitors are encouraged


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NWS: High Near 39; Tonight’s Low Around 17

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 39 with patchy freezing fog before 9 a.m. and a 40 percent chance of snow showers, possibly mixing with rain after noon, then gradually ending. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight mostly  clear with a low around 17. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts additional snowfall around the state today. Courtesy/NWS


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BPU Approves Partnership To Bring Solar And Wind Renewable Energy To Los Alamos

An example of what the wind farm will be in Eastern New Mexico will look like. Courtesy photo

The solar panels located on the former landfill site in Los Alamos. The solar field being constructed by Uniper is in Central New Mexico. Courtesy/DPU

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has been negotiating a contract for renewable power that appears to be an all-around win.

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Uniper Global Commodities for 15 megawatts of energy from wind and solar projects in New Mexico was unanimously passed


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PEEC: Explore Worlds Of Science Fiction Jan. 17

Explore the worlds of popular science fiction shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Peter Polko will provide an introduction to fan-based 3D recreations and then participants will get to try them out as well. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC also will play the full-dome film ‘EXPLORE’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Have you ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin or walk the decks of the Enterprise?

With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is


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Snow Scenes In Los Alamos And White Rock

Scene this afternoon on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon at Ashley Pond Park on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon at UNM-LA on University Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon near the guard tower heading out of town. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon heading east on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon near the turnoff to White Rock at the bottom of the Main


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NWS: Today’s High Near 35; Tonight’s Low Around 18

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 35 with a 90 percent chance of snow before 2 p.m., then rain and snow. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 18 with a 20 percent chance of snow showers between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Courtesy/NWS
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s probability of precipitation around the state. Courtesy/NWS

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Daily Postcard: View Before And After Fires

Daily Postcard: View from Pajarito Mountain before the fires. Courtesy/Alene Bennett

View from Pajarito Mountain last week. Courtesy/Alene Bennett

By ALENE BENNETT

Los Alamos

My daughter took a picture last week while skiing at Pajarito and texted it to me. She was at the top of “I Don’t Care”, I believe.

Later I realized that it was taken from the same point of view as the picture I have on my computer desktop from before the fires. (I don’t know where I got this picture from.)

Both show the Valle Grande in the background, and the slope edged with trees.


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Just 99 Days To 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day!

Courtesy/earthday.org

EARTH DAY NETWORK News:

The countdown begins: Today marks 99 days to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day April 22, 2020.

This is a historic year that needs to be a turning point for the planet on everything from climate action to protections for land, water, air and wildlife.

2020 is already off to a tumultuous start, but it’s not too late to make this one the year where we turn it all around.

Ready to get to work? Earth Day Network is pleased to share its expert content to help inform and inspire action around the world. Check out the new website.

We can’t wait to see you—and your actions—in


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Los Alamos County To Challenge EPA MS-4 Ruling

County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

County officials have announced their intent to challenge a recent ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requiring Los Alamos County to obtain and comply with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS-4 permit.

In addressing the need for this challenge, County Manager Harry Burgess cited significant legal concerns about how the EPA’s decision was reached. Burgess also expressed serious concerns about the fairness of the EPA ruling which would unfairly place the costs of cleanup and monitoring upon the citizens


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Udall Applauds House Passage Of PFAS Action Act

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement Monday on last week’s House passage of the PFAS Action Act:

“The House vote to pass the PFAS Action Act brings communities in New Mexico and across the country one step closer to the relief they long have deserved. While federal agencies drag their feet – families, business owners, farmers, service members and communities continue to suffer from exposure to these hazardous chemicals. The evidence is clear that these chemicals are toxic, and the federal government has a responsibility


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New Mexico Climate Innovation Challenge Jan. 18

EDUCATION News:

  • Showcase to Highlight New Mexico Student Climate Change Adaptation Solutions
  • Prizes to be awarded for elementary, middle and high school categories

SANTA FE – New Mexico students and their climate adaptation solutions will take the stage Jan. 18 during the upcoming Climate Innovation Challenge (CIC) Student Showcase.

The CIC Showcase is the culmination of science-based climate adaptation and resiliency curriculum created and produced by Climate Advocates/Voces Unidas (CAVU).

The CIC program uniquely puts students in the driver’s seat and asks them: what behaviors


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Seet: Solar Works – So Why Not?

A Solar Works installer carries solar panel mounts up to the roof of the Nicholas Seet residence in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

The completed 15 Panel Solar Array installed at the Nicholas Seet residence in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

By NICHOLAS SEET

Los Alamos

Last year I installed a 15 panel, 1300W, solar array to replace my home’s electrical load. The reason was not because I was upset with my $50-$100/month electrical meter charge from the Los Alamos DPU, but because I was running out of “green” things I could do in the face of relentless global warming

And in my fantasy-land I was imagining plugging


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