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Tales Of Our Times: Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy

on January 26, 2018 - 6:20am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy
 
What does a “sustainable” world look like? As time rolls on, people wrestle with this puzzle. Yet a question less often asked is how do we get from here to there? That is, how do we work the hard part, the transition?

Being sustainable, whatever it means, is infinitely easier than becoming sustainable. The path, not the destination, is the snarl that needs more of the bright light. I offer no swift map, but I can point out the starting line.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Bandelier

on January 26, 2018 - 5:59am

On the job are staff at Bandelier all happy to be back and welcoming visitors after the government shut down. Courtesy/NPS

New EM Contractor Addresses NNMCAB

on January 25, 2018 - 10:36am

Frazer Lockhart, regulatory and stakeholder interface manager for N3B chats with former San Ildefonso Pueblo governor James Mountain at the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board meeting Wednesday in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

NNMCAB representative for Los Alamos Kristen Henderson and N3B environmental remediation manager Joe Legare at Wednesday's meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board members were introduced to the new Los Alamos

Bandelier Celebrates ‘Year Of The Bird’

on January 25, 2018 - 10:11am
Bandelier has chosen a local bird to celebrate each month in 2018, the Year of the Bird, and the bird for January is the raven. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
In October 1918, a profoundly important law was passed – the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It made it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds listed in the Act as migratory birds.   
 
It came into being in a time when the survival of many bird species was threatened by the commercial trade in birds and especially bird feathers.
 
Since 2018 is the centennial of the Act, people all over the world are

Environment Department Confirms Lifting Of ‘Boil Water Advisory’ For Cochiti Elementary School

on January 25, 2018 - 9:25am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming that the Cochiti Elementary School has met the requirements to lift the “boil water advisory” issued Jan. 12.
 
Cochiti Elementary School was required to issue the advisory after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was confirmed in drinking water at the Cochiti Elementary School. The advisory only applied to users served by the Cochiti Elementary School and did not extend to any of the other surrounding water systems or communities. 
 
The NMED’s Drinking Water Bureau provided

LANS Fee Impacted By Plutonium Air Shipments

on January 25, 2018 - 9:23am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Security, LLC earned 89 percent of the total available fee for FY2017, or $44.6 million out of a possible $50.3 million, a National Nuclear Safety Administration spokesman said Wednesday.

The LANL contractor is graded annually for its performance.

Special Blue Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Show Sunday

on January 25, 2018 - 9:22am
Lunar eclipse. Photo by Rick Wallace
 
PEEC News:
 
At 2 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Rick Wallace is presenting a special planetarium show about an upcoming, rare astronomical event: a Blue Supermoon Lunar Eclipse.
 
Join in a discussion about what causes solar and lunar eclipses with a focus on last years' solar eclipse and the upcoming total lunar eclipse visible Wednesday, Jan. 31. Learn about the mythology and folklore surrounding eclipses and science behind them. This show is organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Education Center (PEEC).
 
Rick Wallace

Cuba Ranger District Chaparral Piles Burn Today

on January 25, 2018 - 7:56am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
The La Jara prescribed burn could start sometime before March 30.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. On a date still to be determined, crews expect to complete up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles. 
 
The Chaparral piles

Udall, Heinrich Urge Secretary Zinke To Keep Public Lands In Public Hands

on January 25, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led a letter, also signed by Sen. Martin Heinrich, urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands.
 
The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands.
 
In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states management authority, a coalition of sportsmen, hunters, anglers, hikers,

Brown Bag Performance: Juanita Madland Feb. 7

on January 25, 2018 - 6:34am
Pianist Juanita Madland will host the upcoming Brown Bag show at noon Feb. 7 in Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

The February Brown Bag Performance will feature Juanita Madland, performing classical piano compositions at noon Feb. 7 in Fuller Lodge.

She will present a program of music by composers Chopin, Granados, Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert. The program will conclude with a special rendition of a composition by Juanita and David Madland. Mary Helen Klare, violinist and educator, will join Madlandin in a reading of her poem about Glenn Gould.

Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the

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