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NNMCAB Members Hear Report On LANL Aggregate Area Investigation And Remediation Projects

on July 31, 2018 - 8:45am
Brenda Bowlby, N3B Los Alamos project manager for the aggregate area soils remediation program addresses the NNMCAB July 25 at SFCC. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

During its July 25 meeting at Santa Fe Community College, Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board members heard from Brenda Bowlby, N3B Los Alamos project manager for the Aggregate Area Soils Remediation Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory on a total of 28 aggregate areas on site that were contaminated over time with past historic use.


Solar Flares Disrupt Radio Communications During September Atlantic Hurricane Relief Effort

on July 31, 2018 - 8:12am
Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose lined up in the Atlantic Sept. 6, 2017 in an image captured by the Suomi NPP weather satellite. Courtesy/NASA

The Sun erupted in class X-9.3 and x-2.2 flares Sept. 6, 2017, visible to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in extreme ultraviolet (171 angstrom wavelength) light. Courtesy/NASA/GSFC/SDO

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An unlucky coincidence of space and Earth weather in early September 2017 caused radio blackouts for hours during critical hurricane emergency response efforts, according to a new study in Space Weather, a journal of the American

N3B Los Alamos Official Tells NNMCAB Clean-Up Of Material Disposal Areas Won’t Be Quick

on July 31, 2018 - 7:24am

EM-LA Deputy Designated Federal Officer Lee Bishop, left, chats with N3B Los Alamos RCRA Remediation Program Director Erich Evered prior to Evered's presentation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

NNMCAB member Robert Hull of Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc., left, listens to presentations during the July 25 meeting at Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

EM-LA Deputy Designated Federal Officer Lee Bishop, right, speaks with N3B's Kristin Henderson, left, and Alison Scott Majure during the networking break at the NNMCAB meeting July 25 at SFCC. Photo

Daily Postcard: View From Main Hill Road

on July 31, 2018 - 6:58am

Daily Postcard: View looking to the north east early Sunday evening from the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Camp Shaver Offers Unique Summer Experience

on July 30, 2018 - 5:20pm
Scene from Camp Shaver. Photo by Connor Hoch/
Cabin nine at Camp Shaver. Photo by Connor Hoch/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Summer Intern
The YMCA’S Camp Shaver is a summer camp that introduces many different and new ways to enjoy your summer.
For example, campers put away phones and electronics to get out and enjoy some of what nature has to offer. Such as spending most of your time in a cabin and in the woods.
The camp offers a large assortment of activities such as climbing, high ropes, target sports, sword fighting (slash class),

N3B Los Alamos Releases LANL Interim Facility-Wide Groundwater Monitoring Plan

on July 30, 2018 - 7:45am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Management contractor N3B has released the Interim Facility-Wide Groundwater Monitoring Plan for the 2019 monitoring year which runs from October to September 2019.

N3B environmental remediation manager Joe Legare told the Los Alamos Daily Post at the Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board meeting Wednesday at Santa Fe Community College that he was pleased to announce that the report, a milestone for the new LANL Environmental Management contractor, has been issued.


Daily Postcard: Moon Shines Over White Rock

on July 30, 2018 - 6:45am
Daily Postcard: Moon shines Saturday night over White Rock. Photo by Tammy J. Jimines

USDA Invites Comments On e-Connectivity Pilot

on July 29, 2018 - 7:46am

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Courtesy/USDA

USDA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced USDA is inviting comments on the implementation of the e-Connectivity Pilot Program established March 23 in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

USDA is developing this pilot program to catalyze private investment and bring broadband to unserved rural areas of the country.

Apply Now: More Than $4 Billion In Loans Available For Rural Water Infrastructure Projects

on July 29, 2018 - 6:35am
New Mexico State Director
USDA Rural Development

Not long ago, the United States was a world leader in infrastructure investments. Federal and private funding helped even the most remote communities obtain electricity, running water and access to the rest of the world through telecommunications.

However, recent years have not followed the same trend, and too many rural communities have been left behind. The need for improvement is great, especially for rural water and wastewater systems.

To put this in perspective, the American Water Works Association estimates that

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Shimmers In Sunlight

on July 29, 2018 - 5:59am
Daily Postcard: A male Rufous hummingbird is spotted shimmering in the sunlight Saturday morning in the sky above Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Update: Monsoonal Rains Slow Venado Fire

on July 28, 2018 - 12:30pm

SFNF News:

Friday’s monsoonal weather pattern helped firefighters keep the Venado Fire in check in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. The fire has burned 2,970 acres and is now 15 percent contained.

Venado Fire:

  • Start Date: July 20, 2018
  • Acres: 2,970
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Location: Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest
  • Containment: 15 percent
  • Fuels: Ponderosa pine
  • Total personnel: 282

General Information: As Friday’s monsoonal weather pattern helped firefighters keep the Venado Fire in check with minimal activity, firefighters continue with a full suppression

Local Full-Dome Films Coming To Nature Center

on July 28, 2018 - 12:29pm

David and Sheila Schiferl of Los Alamos with the 360-degree camera they donated to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Photo by Rachel Landman

PEEC News:

Thanks to the generosity of David and Sheila Schiferl, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has a new 360-degree camera — an Insta360 Pro — with which to shoot local nature films for display in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

“I’d been looking for the right setup for creating 360-degree films for some time,” said David Schiferl, who also is board president of PAC 8 Community Media Center.

Daily Postcard: Blazing Star Blooming In White Rock

on July 28, 2018 - 7:01am

Daily Postcard: This night-blooming blazing star (Mentzelia decapetala) spotted along Grand Canyon Drive in White Rock is nearly 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall. Each flower is about 3 inches in diameter. The flowers open around 8 p.m. and close well before dawn. It will show its full glory for the next several nights. Photo by David Schiferl

Tales Of Our Times: Issues Fester In Fear Of Partial Credit

on July 27, 2018 - 6:12pm

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Issues Fester In Fear Of Partial Credit 

Every public issue is two struggles in one. The first is the struggle to win the issue. The second is the struggle to get credit for winning. Interests face a cruel decision. Is it worse to have a bad outcome or to split the credit for some good?

The best of plans can be rejected for fear a foe may get part of the credit. Examples pile up as we go.  

Say a company reduces its pollution. On one hand, the change makes the environment cleaner.

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board Seeks New Members

on July 27, 2018 - 4:44pm


The U.S. Department of Energy is recruiting members to the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB).

The Board is a site-specific advisory board to DOE, which is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and advises the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office through a formal recommendation process on environmental remediation and waste management activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and surrounding communities

NNMCAB Executive Director Menice Santistevan Santistevan said members are appointed by the Assistant Secretary for Environmental

New Mexico State Police Respond To Possible Hazmat Spill ... Interstate 25 Closed In Both Directions

on July 27, 2018 - 8:35am

NMSP News:

At around 4 a.m. today, New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to a semi crash and possible hazmat situation on Interstate 25 around mile post 110 ... about 40 miles south of Socorro.

After careful investigation, the cylinders on the semi carrying chlorodifluorobromomethane, were determined not to be ruptured and there was no hazmat spill. The driver of the CMV received only minor injuries.

Interstate 25 is closed in both directions at the mile post 110. Tow trucks are working to clear the road.

Stanley Riveles Elected NNMCAB Chair Effective Oct. 1

on July 27, 2018 - 6:26am

NNMCAB members elect Dr. Stanley Riveles chair Wednesday during their quarterly meeting at Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Stanley A. Riveles of Taos was elected chair of the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board Wednesday during the board’s meeting at Santa Fe Community College. He takes over in October from Chair Gerard Martinez y Valencia.

Dr. Stanley A. Riveles

Riveles told the Los Alamos Daily Post Thursday that the NNMCAB should not be underestimated as a way to access Los

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Hovers In White Rock

on July 27, 2018 - 5:48am

Daily Postcard: A hummingbird hovers among flowers Monday in the front yard of a residence in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Officials Issue Venado Fire Area Closure For Safety

on July 26, 2018 - 8:28pm

Venado Fire area on the Jemez Ranger District. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a temporary area closure today to protect public health and safety, and so firefighters can operate more safely in the Venado Fire area on the Jemez Ranger District of the SFNF.

Lightning caused the fire July 20, which has consumed 2,872 acres of Ponderosa pine and is now 10 percent contained.

The restricted area boundary follows the east edge of Virgin Mesa, then extends due west crossing Forest Road (FR) 376 at Gilman Tunnels to the west edge of the SFNF

Bear Attack Sends Raton Man To Hospital

on July 26, 2018 - 7:52pm

Bear file photo. Courtesy/NMG&F

NMG&F News:

RATON – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers are investigating a bear attack that occurred Wednesday southeast of Raton.

State police alerted department officers after receiving a distress call from a 36-year-old man who was out exercising his dogs.

The individual was airlifted to the UNM Hospital due to the severity of the injuries, including a bite to the back of the knee. During the attack the man was able to draw his sidearm and shoot the bear, killing it. The male bear will be tested for rabies.

The department

Fair & Rodeo Parade Aug. 11

on July 26, 2018 - 4:05pm
Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo is coming up at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 along Central Avenue!
If your business/organization would like to to enter, register (for free) by Aug. 3 here.
In the past there hasn't been a significant representation from the business community, as it has primarily attracted nonprofits, but it would be great to see more representation from around Los Alamos so consider joining the event this year.
Keep in mind that the theme this year is "Back to Your Roots" and all entrants are asked to follow the theme as

More Scenes From Morning Rainbow

on July 26, 2018 - 4:02pm

A rainbow this morning over Los Alamos. Photo by Mike Rostock

A rainbow viewed this morning from Trinity Drive. Photo by Jeff Bloch

A rainbow viewed this morning from Trinity Drive. Photo by Jeff Bloch

At sunrise today, a western rainbow, faintly double. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Update: Aragon Fire Burns 450 Acres

on July 26, 2018 - 3:31pm
SFNF News:

The lightning caused Aragon Fire in the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has consumed 450 acres of Ponderosa Pine and is 50 percent contained.

Start Date: July 12
Cause: Lightning
Size: 450 acres
Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
Containment: 50 percent
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
Weather:  75 percent chance for rain showers over the next few days
Resources: 6 personnel
Situation: The fire remains in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area.

Letter To The Editor: Glad For Yard Trimming Success ... But Hate Cutback On Recycling Cart

on July 26, 2018 - 8:29am
Los Alamos

I’m glad to hear the yard trimming carts have been successful. But your decision to collect recycling every other week is not working for anyone I know.

I was not aware that residents can have up to three recycle carts. But even that won’t solve the problem in my neighborhood. We have limited curb space because most residences here have little off-street parking. If everyone had three recycle carts there would be no place to put them. And having three recycle carts, one yard trimming cart and one trash cart also is problematic for an area that has few garages.

Udall: Defense Bill Free Of Anti-Environment Provisions

on July 26, 2018 - 8:20am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has released the following statement applauding the removal of several policy provisions from the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have weakened environmental, land and wildlife protections.
Udall fought to keep the NDAA free of these unrelated and damaging policy riders.
“The national defense policy bill, which authorizes pay and provisions for our troops, is no place to jam in unrelated measures that weaken protections for the environment and wildlife.