Environment

Uranium Documentary Film Festival July 15-17

CVNM News:
 
The Conservation Voters New Mexico Education (CVNM) Education Fund along with ally organizations Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment and Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, is hosting the 4th annual Think Outside The Mine film festival 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 and Friday, July 17 at Kawaika Center Theater at 22 Bay Tree Rd., Paraje, NM 87007.
 
Two Films:
 
Wednesday, July 15, 5-8 p.m.
  • Blue Gold  a documentary about the increasing precious commodity of water and the struggle to control it.
  • Crying Earth Rise Up 

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Monthly PEEC Wildflower Walk July 13

Native wildflower Scarlet Penstemon. Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

With the continued rain in Los Alamos County, beautiful wildflowers abound. Join PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller for a Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 13 to discover what some of them are and where they can be found.

This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflowers that can be found in and around Los Alamos. The group will meet at the Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, and carpool to the trail that Keller will select based on what is blooming at the time. The walk is free and there is


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Heinrich Introduces Bill To Scale Up Solar Projects

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday July 9, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. introduced S. 1723, the Promoting Renewable Energy with Shared Solar (PRESS) Act, a bill to boost access to renewable energy through community solar projects.
 
“This bill is a great opportunity to put solar energy within the reach of more families in New Mexico and around the country,” Heinrich said. “Shared solar projects have the potential to allow more Americans who lack sunny roof space or startup capital to truly benefit

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PEEC Laser Light Shows Are Canceled

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is very sad to announce that the laser light show machine arrived damaged, and all shows are cancelled.

PEEC will be issuing refunds during normal open hours at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Prismatic Magic apologizes to the people of Los Alamos, and have promised to deliver to PEEC a fixed and working machine for the first few weeks of August, so check PEEC’s website at that time to find out the new schedule. www.peecnature.org.


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Explore Mesa De Cuba Badlands With PEEC

Mesa de Cuba Badlands. Photo by Rod McCrady

PEEC News:

Traveling to Cuba along N.M. 550 is certainly a visual treat. This rugged, multi-colored landscape is home to the relatively new San Juan Basin Badlands Recreation Area.

Created in the last few years to offer protection to this sometimes haunting, but always breathtaking scenery, the Badlands have no real trail system, food or potable water. To help visitors navigate this exceptional terrain, join geologist Patrick Rowe Saturday, July 18 to explore one of the five badlands in the Recreation Area, the Mesa de Cuba Badlands.

This hike offers


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Spots Still Available For YMCA Earth Service Corps

YESC busy at work and having fun. Courtesy photo
 
YESC getting it done. Courtesy photo
 
 
YMCA News:
 
YMCA Earth Service Corps is an innovative service-learning program that gives youth entering 7th through 9th grades the opportunity to develop job skills, practice leadership, and create a more sustainable future by doing volunteer service projects in our community.
 
The Family YMCA’s 2015 Earth Service Corps (YESC) is having a fun and busy summer. With three weeks remaining, the YESC has put in 734 volunteer hours of community service since June

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‘Fantastic Fractals’ Screens At Nature Center July 18

Fractal created by Wolfgang Beyer. Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons

PEEC News:

To get in the spirit of ScienceFest, PEEC is screening Fantastic Fractals.

Join host and Fractal Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Wolfe as he presents a full-dome planetarium show that explores infinitely complex mathematical fractals in nature. This award-winning program features original music, and is educational, entertaining, and amazing.

This planetarium show is $5, and will screen at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Seating is limited. It is suitable for ages three


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Family Night Campfire Fun At Nature Center Tuesday

Enjoy campfire fun during Family Night at the Nature Center. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Tuesday, July 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m., and there will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more for families to enjoy. Family Nights at the Nature Center are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. They are free to attend.

In July and August, there will be extra special family campfire fun! Join Melissa Mackey for songs, stories and a little science 5:30-6:30 p.m.

For more information about this and other PEEC


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Los Alamos Scientist Claudia Mora New President Elect Of Geological Society Of America

Los Alamos Scientist Claudia Mora

LANL News:

The Geological Society of America (GSA) recently tapped Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Claudia Mora as president elect.

Mora is a stable-isotope geochemist whose research spans the traditional fields of geology, soil science and climate science. At Los Alamos, she heads the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division’s (EES) largest group, Earth System Observations. This group’s research is broad and far-reaching, intersecting geology, ecology and atmospheric sciences.

“GSA welcomes Dr. Mora and we are confident that she will


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Letter To The Editor: A Few Numbers For Rain Harvest

By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

I have been harvesting rainwater for several years here in Los Alamos, and I know many other people have been doing the same. 

Before investing in a system to do that, it’s worthwhile to run the numbers. First of all, we have about 18 inches of rainfall annually in Los Alamos. For a typical home, that translates into about 20,000 gallons of water that hits your roof every year.

A standard water sprinkler puts out about 5 gallons a minute. I water my garden for about half an hour every other day. That’s 150 gallons per watering. I would like to store enough water to


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