Environment

Scenes From ScienceFest At Bradbury Science Museum

A visitor watches a video Saturday inside the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Many interactive exhibits fill the Bradbury Science Museum, drawing people of all ages. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Visitors have poured into the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos during the three day ScienceFest festival that began Thursday.

People of all ages participated in interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities and listened to dynamic speakers meant to engage kids, families, and individuals who are interested


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PEEC: Discovery Canyon Bird Walk

Lesser goldfinch. Photo by Dave Yeamans

 

PEEC News:

One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds you see and hear every day. To help beginning birders recognize some of the species living in Los Alamos, join long-time Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Dave Yeamans on a hike at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 leaving from the Los Alamos Nature Center.

From there, the group will walk intently down the Ranch School Trail and to the confluence of Discovery and Pueblo Canyons. The return trip is uphill out of the Canyon along the same trail. While participants will likely


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PEEC: Learn About Local Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

PEEC News:

As spring turns to summer, butterflies become more frequent visitors to the Pajarito Plateau. To learn more about these beautiful creatures, local butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will introduce listeners to the most common species of butterflies seen in and around Los Alamos.

In addition to discussing butterfly identification, he will also explore this unique creature’s biology, behavior, life cycle and more. This talk is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is free, and no registration is required.

This


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PEEC Summer Family Evenings: Meet Wildland Firefighters July 22

Wildland firefighter at work. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What does it take to be a wildland fireighter? What equipment do they use? What can kids do to prevent wildfires from starting?

Individuals and families can find the answer to these and other fire-related questions at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Local wildland firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how to use firefighting equipment and let families see their fire engine.

Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC, and now, with the Del Norte Credit Union’s support,


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Classic Air Medical Helicopter Landing At Nature Center

Classic Air Medical helicopter on a mission. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Classic Air Medical will bring their rescue helicopter to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, as part of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. The helicopter will touch down in the nature center parking lot.
 
PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings have been going strong in 2015. Los Alamos families have enjoyed wolves, rattlesnakes, baby goats and more at these Wednesday evening events.
 
For July

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Report Shows Nuclear Trumped By Renewables Worldwide

BEYOND NUCLEAR News:
 
TAKOMA PARK, Md. — The 2015 edition of an annual empirical analysis of the state of nuclear power globally, confirms a continued decline that belies claims to a “nuclear renaissance.”  
 
Instead, the report shows, solar energy in particular, is soaring ahead while nuclear stagnates and falters.
 
The findings of the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, published July 15 in the UK and available on-line, illustrate, as Forum for the Future trustee, Jonathon Porritt, wrote in the foreword:
 
“The impressively resilient

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Senators Heinrich And Flake Introduce Bill To Protect And Restore Watersheds In National Forests

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday July 15, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., both members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 1780, the Restoring America’s Watersheds Act, a bill to protect, restore, and improve the health of watersheds in national forests.
 
The proposal would prioritize fire-impacted watersheds and encourage partnerships with non-federal stakeholders to invest in forests that provide important water resources.
 
Last year, Heinrich

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Moving Arts Española Creates Community Garden

Hunter Arts and Agricultural Center, future home of the community garden and composting project. Courtesy photo
 
Preliminary straw bale beds with a totem sculpture. Courtesy photo
 

MAE News:

Moving Arts Española (MAE) has been awarded funding from the Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services Department to design and install a community garden and composting educational project at the Hunter Arts and Agricultural Center.

The Hunter Arts and Agricultural Center is being developed in collaboration with Siete Del Norte Community Development Corporation, Moving Arts Española,


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Los Alamos Utilities Board Unanimously Approves San Juan Generating Station Settlement Agreement

Giving a presentation this evening to the Utilities Board, from left, Deputy Utilities Manager – Finance/Administration Bob Westervelt, Deputy Utilities Manager – Electric Steve Cummins and environmental attorney Richard Virtue from Santa Fe. Screen Shot/LAC

Utilities Manager Tim Glasco discusses the San Juan Generating Station Settlement Agreement. Screen Shot/LAC

Resident Robert Falco raises concerns of potential liability from contamination by the plant into the San Juan River and mine. He encouraged the board to exit the agreement: ‘Cut your losses when it’s


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Western Bluebirds Spotted In Los Alamos

This Western Bluebird is a first sighting for the Williams family who have more than 40 years residing in Los Alamos. This Western Bluebird female is continually bringing insects to her young. Photo by Joel M. Williams

This Western Bluebird male is serving as a ‘lookout’ while his wife is nesting in one of the family’s crude birdhouses under a pavilion cover on Zuni in Los Alamos. Photo by Joel M. Williams


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