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LANL AI Model Wins CDC Flu Forecasting Challenge

on October 23, 2019 - 9:04am
Dave Osthus, a statistician at Los Alamos National Laboratory, developed Dante, a predictive computer model that won the CDC’s FluSight Challenge for the 2018-2019 flu season. Courtesy/LANL
 
Influenza-like illness (ILI) activity is highly spatially variable, with higher than typical levels of flu activity (pink) concentrated around the Gulf of Mexico, and typical (white) to below typical (green) ILI levels seen throughout the rest of the country. The spatial variability illustrates the challenge and importance of jointly modeling ILI for forecasting. Courtesy/LANL
 
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Udall, Bennet Introduce Major Resolution To Set National Conservation Goal: Conserve 30% Of U.S. Lands And Ocean By 2030

on October 23, 2019 - 9:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced a major Senate resolution to set a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean within the territory of the United States by 2030.
 
The Udall-Bennet Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature recognizes that nature – like climate change – has reached a tipping point. The resolution responds to a growing group of scientists, who say that conserving at least 30% of the ocean and land by 2030 is the minimum step necessary to

PEEC: Tour Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Saturday

on October 23, 2019 - 7:53am
Join Natali Steinberg for a morning at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve Saturday, Oct. 26. Participants will meet at 8 a.m., at the Los Alamos Nature Center and carpool to the property. The tour is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Join Natali Steinberg and PEEC Saturday, Oct. 26 for a tour of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve.
 
A one-hour drive will take participants to the 35-acre preserve that hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife.

NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 31

on October 23, 2019 - 7:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 31. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Buck Spotted Near Bandelier

on October 23, 2019 - 7:15am

Daily Postcard: A buck is spotted Tuesday off N.M. 4 near Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Smoke In The Jemez Expected To Last Several Days

on October 22, 2019 - 4:45pm
Scene today near the mailbox turnout in Sulfur Canyon on N.M. 4 in The Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara/Jemez Springs
 
NMFI News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Fire managers began prescribed burn operations Thursday within Valles Caldera National Preserve.
 
Smoke from the burn is visible today and with burn operations expected to last a few days, officials say that smoke may be visible through next week.
 
The prescribed burns will target approximately 700 acres in the Banco Bonito and Cerro Seco areas in the western portion of the preserve.

NWS: Today’s High Near 56; Tonight’s Low Around 36

on October 22, 2019 - 6:28am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 56 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 36. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View Saturday On Central Avenue

on October 22, 2019 - 6:19am

Daily Postcard: View Saturday morning looking west on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community Invited To Hear Bill Geist Talk About Adventures In The Alps At Mountaineers Meeting

on October 21, 2019 - 6:37pm

Hear about Bill Geist’s adventures in the Alps 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Courtesy/PEEC

 

PEEC News:

 

Hear about Bill Geist’s adventures in the Alps at the October Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.

 

The Mountaineers’ meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

 

In August 2019, Geist and his teammate Jason Halladay participated in a 180-mile team run with a cumulative elevation gain of 80,000 feet. The race, called the Petit Trotte à Léon (PTL), traveled around Mont

Deer Visit Los Alamos Neighborhood Sunday

on October 21, 2019 - 8:38am

Deer pay a visit Sunday to a local residence near 48th Street  Photo by Nesha Fehnel

Photo by Nesha Fehnel

Prescribed Fire For Little Coyote Creek Postponed

on October 21, 2019 - 7:40am
FSG News:
 
AMGEL FIRE The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), New Mexico State Forestry, Moreno Valley Fire Department, and Angel Fire Fire Department have postponed the prescribed burn for the area around Little Coyote Creek adjacent to Black Lake.
 
The burn has yet to be rescheduled but partners are looking for favorable conditions in either late fall 2019 or spring 2020.
 
The burn area was identified as a critical area in the Enchanted Circle Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and remains a top fuels reduction

BLM Economic Contributions Increase In FY-2018

on October 21, 2019 - 7:38am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced Friday an increase in the number of jobs supported through BLM activities in fiscal year 2018 as well as the total output for the American economy.
 
Socioeconomic figures in a newly-released report highlight a 9 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2017.
 
The report, entitled “The BLM: A Sound Investment for America 2019,” was released today and can be found here. It indicates that in 2018, BLM activities on public lands supported approximately 471,000 full- and part-time jobs, up from 468,000 jobs in 2017. 
 

Astronomy Dark Night At Spirio Soccer Field Oct. 26

on October 21, 2019 - 7:35am
County-Sponsored Dark Night starts at 6 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Oct. 26 at Spirio Soccer Field. Courtesy photo
 
Pajarito Astronomers News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Oct. 26 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.
 
The six planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter (with its moons), Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening.

NWS: Today’s High Near 54; Tonight’s Low Around 30

on October 21, 2019 - 7:17am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 54 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

USDA Announces Infrastructure Projects Across Nation Including Belen And San Ysidro In New Mexico

on October 20, 2019 - 4:14pm
USDA State Director Arthur A. Garcia 
 
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states.
   
“Modern, reliable and accessible infrastructure is critical to economic development and quality of life,” LaVoy said.

NM Association Of Museums Names ‘Penstemon Whisperer’ Larry Deaven Volunteer Of The Year

on October 20, 2019 - 8:35am

Larry Deaven, center, is honored as Volunteer of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Museums for his work in the penstemon gardens at the Los Alamos Nature Center. PEEC staff gathered Sept. 24 at the awards event with Deaven, from left, Marketing Manager Rachel Landman, Executive Director Katie Bruell, Deaven, Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel and Adventure Programs Manager Beth Cortright. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC volunteer Larry Deaven, a.k.a. ‘The Penstemon Whisperer’, has been growing penstemons for more than 40 years and began gardening in 2015 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

KAFB: Air Force Research Laboratory To Rendezvous And Inspect Malfunctioning S5 Satellite

on October 20, 2019 - 8:34am
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE The Air Force Research Laboratory will begin maneuvers today, Oct. 20, as the first-ever inspection mission to support real-time on-orbit spacecraft anomaly resolution operations.
 
This effort will be a rendezvous between the experimental Mycroft satellite and a second experimental AFRL satellite called the Small Satellite Space Surveillance System, or S5. The S5, launched Feb. 22, 2019, is a small satellite designed to test affordable SmallSat space situational awareness constellation technologies.
 
AFRL has experienced communication challenges

Posts From The Road: Shades Of Gold

on October 20, 2019 - 7:38am

A Mixed Bag: An assortment of color and hues are seen on a hillsidenear Carbondale, Colo., showing aspens in various stages of transformation from summer to winter. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Getting Close: The base of a group of aspen trees near Breckenridge, Colo., shines with gold leaves on the trees and many gold leaves cover the ground. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

 

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
For those of us who live in the Rocky Mountain West, the changing color of aspen leaves is a sure sign that summer is fading and fall is upon us.

NWS: Today’s High Near 54; Tonight’s Low Around 26

on October 20, 2019 - 7:19am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 54 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 26. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Post: Tall Trees Along Santa Barbara Trail

on October 20, 2019 - 7:14am

Daily Post: Scene of tall trees spotted Wednesday along the Santa Barbara Trail near Truchas in the Carson National Forest. Photo by Dave North

LANL Waste Management Services Group Leader Speaks At Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Monday Oct. 28

on October 19, 2019 - 9:42am

VOLA News:

 

Voices of Los Alamos is hosting its next meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

Guest Speaker Steven Singledecker will present a talk on Los Alamos National Laboratory waste shipments to offsite disposal facilities.

Singledecker is the Waste Management Services Group Leader at LANL and has more than 29 years of experience in the waste management industry. He also worked at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Science On Tap With Dr. Mark Boslough Oct. 21

on October 19, 2019 - 6:21am
Dr. Mark Boslough
 
Los Alamos Creative District News:
 
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square.
 
This On Tap will feature a conversation with Dr. Mark Boslough about uncertainty and risk at the planetary catastrophe threshold.
 
What is the probability that the Earth will be wiped out, in our lifetimes, by the impact of an enormous asteroid or comet? How does it compare with the self-inflicted threat of catastrophic global warming?
 
Should we worry more

NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 42

on October 19, 2019 - 6:02am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 42. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Pajarito Mountain Covered In Fall Colors

on October 19, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: An early morning view Thursday of Pajarito Mountain blanketed in fall colors. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

AGU: Radioactive Chlorine From Nuclear Bomb Tests Remain Present In Antarctica

on October 18, 2019 - 10:19am
New research finds some glaciers in Antarctica are still releasing radioactive chlorine-36 created during 1950s nuclear weapons tests. Courtesy/NASA/Joe MacGregor
 
Vostok and Talos Dome are both shown on this map of Antarctica. Vostok is still releasing anthropogenic chlorine-36 into the atmosphere. Courtesy/AGU
 
AGU News:
 
Antarctica’s ice sheets are still releasing radioactive chlorine from marine nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s, a new study finds.
 
This suggests regions in Antarctica store and vent the radioactive element differently than previously thought.

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