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LANL Director Thom Mason Speaks To LACACIS On Leveraging Science Against National Security Threats

LANL Director Thom Mason addresses members of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security Thursday at the United Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason presented a talk Thursday evening about leveraging the nation’s scientific base against national security threats.

Mason was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security meeting at the United Church


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Winter Weather Alert: If You’re Cold, They’re Cold

Courtesy/APNM
 
APNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — The cold months have arrived, and animals left outside are at risk of injury or death.
 
A high percentage of calls to the Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) Animal Cruelty Hotline concern animals outside in the cold as the temperatures drop.
 
It is a common misconception that dogs and cats will not feel cold because of their fur. Unlike wildlife, most domestic animals are not well-equipped for frigid temperatures. If you are cold, your companion animal is cold.
 
Animal Protection of New Mexico’s Cruelty Case Manager,

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NWF: Reforestation Legislation Will Safeguard Wildlife Habitat, Drinking Water Supplies

NWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Investing in America’s forests is essential to safeguarding wildlife habitat, confronting climate change and protecting clean drinking water supplies.
 
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) heralded U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Reforestation Act of 2019, which will provide foresters with the resources and tools they need to invest in reforestation efforts across the country.
 
“America’s forests provide essential wildlife habitat, protect healthy watersheds and clean drinking water, and serve as natural carbon-sinks — a vital climate solution.

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SFNF Issues Seasonal Closure Order For Forest Roads On Abiquiu Land Grant

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Thursday issued a closure order for the entire length of Forest Road (FR) 418 and the segments of Forest Roads (FR) 31 and 27 that cross the Abiquiu Land Grant on the Española Ranger District. 

The closure order, which is in effect Dec. 19, 2019 to April 1, 2020, unless it is rescinded earlier, is intended to protect SFNF and Abiquiu Land Grant resources, including roads, soils and vegetation, that could be damaged by use during the wet winter season.

The specific areas affected by this closure order are:

  • FR 31 where it passes through the

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January Events Planned At Los Alamos Nature Center

The Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center, operated by Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 2600 Canyon Road, has scheduled the following events for the month of January:  

Wednesday, Jan. 1
New Year. Same Birds.
Get a jump start on your 2020 birding list by joining us for a morning of birding on New Year’s Day. Or try something new in the New Year! Joe Fitzgibbon and Bob Walker will lead this outing. 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM Admission: Free. More information at peecnature.org.

 

Friday, Jan.


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New Mexico Environmental Law Center Attorney Eric Jantz Named 2019 Lawyer Of The Year

2019 Lawyer of the Year Eric Jantz outside State District Court with Multi-Cultural Alliance for a Safe Environment Laura Watchempino of Acoma Pueblo and Candice Head-Dylla of Bluewater Valley Downstream Alliance. Courtesy photo

LAW CENTER News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Staff Attorney Eric Jantz for the nonprofit New Mexico Environmental Law Center (Law Center), is being honored by the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law section of the New Mexico Bar Association as Lawyer of the Year.

Jantz has been with the Law Center for 18 years and focuses much of his efforts on uranium mining impacts


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Counting Photons Routine Enough To Need Standards

As part of a research project to help establish standards for photon-counting detectors, NIST physicist Thomas Gerrits adjusts the laser beam hitting a detector. The squiggly overhead light helps researchers see the lab setup without disturbing the detectors, which are insensitive to blue light. Photo by J. Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Since the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) built its first superconducting devices for counting photons (the smallest units of light) in the 1990s, these once-rare detectors have become popular research tools all over the world. Now, NIST


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County ESD Unveils Recycle Coach App

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

Recycling can be a tricky business. It is easy to wonder which bin an item should be tossed into or if it can even go into a recycling bin.

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division is attempting to make the process easier with a new resource. This week, the ESD rolled out a new app and website platform, called Recycle Coach.

The Recycle Coach app can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple Store, ESD Senior Office Specialist Joshua Levings said.

Residents can sign up for real-time notifications and reminders about


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U.S. EPA Holds Inaugural Conference On Reducing Animal Testing For Chemical Safety

EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler convened some of the leading voices in environmental research Tuesday to discuss strategies for reducing animal testing in chemical safety research at a conference at EPA Headquarters.
 
The one-day conference, which attracted more than 600 participants, including those on the phone and in person, focused on New Approach Methods (NAMs) for achieving reductions in animal testing. This event, which will take place annually, is a major step in implementing the vision Administrator

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Canes Of Power Film Screening At MIAC Jan. 19

Grouping of Canes. Courtesy/Silver Bullet Productions
 
MIAC News:
 
SANTA FE The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) announces a screening of the award-winning documentary, Canes of Power, at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.
 
The screening will be presented inside MIAC’s Kathryn O’Keeffe Theatre. 
 
Following the film, a Q&A session will be led by Dr. Matthew Martinez, MIAC’s deputy director, and associate producer of the film.
 
Canes of Power, narrated by Cherokee Actor Wes Studi – a recent Academy Award recipient – is the story of President Abraham

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PEEC: Explore Fire And Ice In The Solar System Friday

Join Rick Wallace in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 for a talk about how the Sun’s heat and planetary orbits create weather, solstices, seasons and more throughout the Solar System. Wallace also will give an update on unexpected locations of water and water-ice throughout the Solar System. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC will play the full-dome film Superpower Dogs’ 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 21 and 28. This film was brought to Los Alamos by Pet Pangaea and follows six dogs as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species and help people with special

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NM Lawmakers Support Fire Suppression Tax Credit

EDD News:
 
SANTA FE An interim committee of the New Mexico Legislature has voted to support an initiative of the Economic Development Department that would make it easier to redevelop old and abandoned buildings in rural downtowns.
 
The Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee voted 9 to 4 Wednesday to endorse the Main Street Fire Suppression Tax Credit, a rebate that can be claimed after property owners install fire suppression equipment in older buildings.
 
Many of the older buildings in rural MainStreet downtown districts are passed over for redevelopment because

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NASA Sending New Generation Rover To Mars

Cadets in the Museum’s summer camp Wheels Up program test high-altitude pressure suits they built to protect marshmallows. Cadets were given nitrile gloves, sealable food bags, and tape and told to use their imagination. Their designs were tested in a vacuum jar. Registration for summer camp in Alamogordo and Las Cruces is now open and available on the Museum’s website. Courtesy/NMMSH

NMMSH News:

ALAMOGORDO – In mid-August 2020, NASA is sending a new generation rover to Mars as part of the Mars Exploration Program.

The mission will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the


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Heinrich, Torres Small Hail Final Passage Of White Sands National Park Establishment Act

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) hailed the final passage of legislation they introduced to designate White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico.
 
The provision was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 86 to 8 and will soon be signed into law.

 

“For the first time since 1930, New Mexico will be home to our newest national park. This prestigious recognition

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