Environment

Udall, Heinrich To EPA: Be Transparent About Agency Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with nine Democratic colleagues have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, asking detailed oversight questions about how the agency is adjusting its operations in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while continuing its critical mission to protect human health and the environment.

While EPA has announced it will reduce enforcement of environmental laws during the pandemic emergency and is moving ahead with controversial rules that threaten


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Amateur Naturalist: Giant Earthworms And Leeches

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

We had reported previously that archival laboratory reports show that several Los Alamos physicists and biologists had visited the Hy-yi-yi archipelago shortly before its destruction.

It was not too distant from the Bikini Atoll where 23 nuclear bomb tests were conducted in the 1940s. The Hy-yi-yi archipelago unfortunately was destroyed as an unanticipated side effect of the nuclear testing. 

All of the Rhinogradentia species (popularly called Snouters) at the archipelago became extinct. Snouters had evolved noses that could be used for gliding or flipping


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LAFD Wildfire Fuels Reduction Mitigation Gets Underway

Los Alamos Fire Department map of the wildfire fuels reduction project area. Courtesy LAFD

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will begin work this week on an important wildfire fuels reduction project that will provide much-needed mitigation in several areas of Los Alamos.

LAFD has received grant funding for the project, which will include the following areas:

  • Ponderosa Estates Range Road;
  • North Horse Stable Bench;
  • Walnut Bench, Villa Bench;
  • Lower Loma Linda;
  • Camino Redondo; and
  • Camino Uva.

Starting Thursday, April 2, LAFD crews along with crews from Santa Fe County will begin


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Lisa Roig, Will Schmidt Receive 2020 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award For Tireless Work At Bandelier

Will Schmidt and his mother Lisa Roig are recipients of the 2020 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award. Courtesy/FOB

By TERRY FOXX
Friends of Bandelier

The Friends of Bandelier has selected Lisa Roig and her son Will Schmidt to receive its 2020 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award.

The founder of Friends of Bandelier, Dorothy Hoard, had a passion for teaching, history and conservation. When she died in March 2014, The Friends of Bandelier established the Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award to be given as her legacy and for her important contributions to Bandelier and the community.

This stewardship award


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LANL: High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory Tests Speed Of Light

This compound graphic shows a view of the sky in ultra-high energy gamma rays. The arrows indicate the four sources of gamma rays with energies over 100 TeV from within our galaxy (courtesy of the HAWC collaboration) imposed over a photo of the HAWC Observatory’s 300 large water tanks. The tanks contain sensitive light detectors that measure showers of particles produced by the gamma rays striking the atmosphere more than 10 miles overhead. Courtesy/Jordan Goodman

LANL News:

New measurements confirm, to the highest energies yet explored, that the laws of physics hold no matter where you are


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