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On The Job In Los Alamos: County Green Team

on April 27, 2018 - 6:34am

On the job in Los Alamos are members of the Los Alamos County Green Team picking up trash Wednesday along the Canyon Rim Trail by Los Alamos Canyon in preparation for Clean Up Los Alamos Day. Filling four 30-gallon trash bags, from left, Community Services Department Senior Management Analyst Kirsten Bell, Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule, Environmental Services Division Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda and Public Works Senior Office Specialist Jocelyn Warner. Clean Up Los Alamos Day is Saturday morning and concludes with a volunteer appreciation luncheon noon to 1 p.m.

Daily Postcard: Pueblo Canyon

on April 27, 2018 - 6:30am

Daily Postcard: Evening in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

NNSA Awards $7 Million Cooperative Agreement To University Of Texas At Austin

on April 26, 2018 - 2:40pm
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has designated a new Center of Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program. 
 
“These grants ensure a pipeline of world-class scientists trained in areas of relevance to our stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs. 
 
The University of Texas at Austin Center for

AGU: Winter Wave Heights, Extreme Storms On The Rise In Western Europe

on April 26, 2018 - 2:33pm
Waves crashing onto Chesil Beach in Dorset during the winter of 2013/14. Courtesy/Tim Poate, University of Plymouth
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Average winter wave heights along the Atlantic coast of Western Europe have been rising for almost seven decades, according to new research.
 
The coastlines of Scotland and Ireland have seen the largest increases, with the average height of winter waves more than 10 millimeters (more than 0.4 inches) per year higher than in 1948. That is more than more than 0.7 meters (2.3 feet) in total.
 
That has also led to increased wave heights

New Mexico Wildlife Center Celebrates 'Year Of The Bird'

on April 26, 2018 - 8:50am
Swainson’s Hawk. Photo by Izuru Toki
 
NMWC News:
 
ESPAÑOLA  New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) invites the community to its celebration of the first semi-annual World Migratory Bird Day, at 11 a.m., May 12.
 
Visitors will enjoy wildlife presentations, watch raptors eating up close, meet Linda Compton, the author of “Winged Gifts of Grace,” at her book signing, eat from the nacho bar, and watch children while they have fun engaging in arts and crafts activities.
 
Professional and amateur photographers will display and sell beautiful images of birds, as well. The event is 11 a.m.

PEEC: Experiential Outings With Michelle Harkey And Sandra West May 12

on April 26, 2018 - 8:48am
Michelle Harkey, Mental Health Counselor, Body-Connection Coach and massage therapist. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center's new outdoor program, Inside-Outside Adventures is a series of four experiential outings for women let by Body-Connection Coach Michelle Harkey and Posture Alignment Coach Sandra West.
 
Each hike will have activities that surround a theme from a different part of Brené Brown's book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are and her 10 guideposts of wholehearted living.
 

Native American And Faith Leaders Oppose Rollback Of BLM Methane Waste Standards

on April 26, 2018 - 6:51am
IP&L News:
 
A group of Native American and faith leaders delivered a letter April 19 signed by more than 500 clergy and faith leaders from 40 states to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing weakening the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. April 23 was the deadline for public comment on the proposal.
 
Methane that is leaked, vented, and flared on our shared public lands creates public health hazards, alters our climate, and wastes valuable natural gas.

No Prescribed Burns On SFNF While In Fire Restrictions

on April 26, 2018 - 6:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to overall dry conditions across the forest fire managers announce they will not conduct prescribed burns on the Santa Fe National Forest while in fire restrictions.
 
Monsoon rains forecasted in July could, however, allow fire restrictions to be lifted sometime in the summer. If that happens, and if conditions allow, prescribed burns could resume as well. 
 
SFNF officials remind the public that the entire SFNF is currently under Stage I fire restrictions, however the public can still access and enjoy the forest.

Daily Postcard: Apple Blossoms On Walnut Street

on April 26, 2018 - 6:00am

Daily Postcard: Apple trees blooming on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

NIST Team Shows Tiny Frequency Combs Are Reliable Measurement Tools

on April 25, 2018 - 2:53pm

Composite photo of the test bed for NIST’s chip-based optical frequency synthesizer. A key component, NIST’s frequency comb on a chip, is mounted in the set-up on the lower left. A sample output of the programmable synthesizer, an optical frequency spectrum, is shown at middle-right. The synthesizer components provide for further integration into easily portable packages. Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

In an advance that could shrink many measurement technologies, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners have demonstrated the first miniaturized

French Mesa Prescribed Burn On Hold

on April 25, 2018 - 12:01pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to unfavorable moisture levels and weather conditions, fire managers at the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) placed the French Mesa prescribed burn on hold.
 
Additionally, forest service personnel would like the public to report any suspicious activity in the Mesa Poleo area where there were two arson fires this year, and in any other areas within the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest by calling the Coyote Ranger District office at the phone number located at the bottom of the news release.
 
Should monsoons

Weekly Fishing Report: April 25

on April 25, 2018 - 11:40am
By GEORGE MORSE 
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
With streamflows running low for this time of year and the State Game and Fish Department making heavy stockings of rainbow trout throughout Northern New Mexico, the fishing has been very good for anglers.
 
With the exception of those days when the wind is blowing hard, the mild weather has made for good conditions.
 
Los Alamos anglers have several good choices in the nearby Jemez Mountains. Fenton Lake has been heavily-stocked with rainbow trout this spring.

Bandelier Reminds Visitors About Fire Restrictions

on April 25, 2018 - 9:55am
BANDELIER News:
 
Following the Stage 1 Fire Restriction that was implemented last week by the Santa Fe National Forest, Superintendent Jason Lott would like to remind visitors that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place year round at Bandelier.
 
"With the unusually low moisture levels, dry conditions and high winds, we want the public to remain vigilant about fire safety when they visit," Superintendent Lott said.
 
At Bandelier, camp fires are allowed in the grates provided in the campgrounds. Charcoal and charcoal grill use is limited to the grates in the campground as well.

Daily Postcard: Butterflies At Bandelier

on April 25, 2018 - 7:34am

Daily Postcard: Bramble hairstreak butterfly spotted on a flower in the Pinon-Juniper Woodland area at Bandelier. Photo by Sally King/NPS

DPU Seeks Volunteers For 2018 Drinking Water Lead And Copper Testing

on April 24, 2018 - 9:27am

Courtesy image

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is seeking residential volunteers to assist in this year’s drinking water lead and copper testing.

In accordance the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule, DPU will sample water from taps within 30 homes that meet certain requirements. The test is free to residential volunteers.

Lead and copper can enter the water supply through plumbing materials, specifically older homes that were built with copper pipes with lead solder.

Udall: Future Of Tribal Self-Governance Is Bright, But Much Work Remains

on April 24, 2018 - 7:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a recent oversight hearing on Tribal self-governance, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, urged Congress, federal agencies, and others to continue to work with Tribes to ensure more opportunities for shaping policies and programs that affect their land, people and communities.
 
“When the self-governance compacting program was made permanent in 1994, bureaucratic regulation and control of Indian programs administered by Tribes should have been a thing of the past.

USDA Seeks Applications For Investments To Encourage Use Of Bioenergy

on April 24, 2018 - 5:38am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that USDA is accepting applications to encourage the use of renewable biomass as an alternative for fossil fuels to operate eligible biorefineries.
 
Funding is being made available under the Repowering Assistance Program. To be eligible, biorefineries must have been in existence on or before June 18, 2008. This program provides financial incentives to install new systems that use or produce new energy from renewable biomass.
 
Applications are due July 19, 2018. For more

SAR Celebrates 40 Years Of Creativity

on April 24, 2018 - 5:35am
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE  The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) turns 40 this year and is celebrating the occasion with a festive event June 22 at the Poeh Cultural Center in Pojoaque Pueblo.
 
Themed “Honoring Forty Years of Creativity in Native American Arts,” the evening features a presentation by artist Nora Naranjo Morse, music, food prepared by a Native American chef, and a live and silent auction of select work by past SAR artist fellows. Proceeds from ticket sales and the auctions will go directly toward IARC educational programming.
 
The IARC also will honor Naranjo Morse with a

BLM Seeks Nominations To Resource Advisory Councils

on April 24, 2018 - 5:29am
BLM News:
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Friday announced that it is seeking public nominations for positions on 30 citizen-based sounding boards for BLM initiatives, proposals, and policy changes.
 
Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) provide advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a range of resource and land management issues. The BLM maintains 37 such chartered advisory committees located in the West. Of those committees, 30 are RACs.

Explore Art And Science On Hike To Upper Crossing

on April 24, 2018 - 5:28am

Join Jeremy Sweat and Collin Haffey on a hike 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon. This event will tie together science and nature to highlight changes in the Pajarito Plateau. Photo by Beth Cortright

 

PEEC News:

 

Join Jeremy Sweat and Collin Haffey at 8:30 a.m., April 28 on a hike to Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon. This event will merge science and art to highlight changes on the Pajarito Plateau.

 

During the hike, Sweat and Haffey will discuss forest ecology and provide a glimpse into how Bandelier National Monument manages its resources.

Registration Opens For New Mexico Museum Of Natural History & Sciences Summer Camps For Children

on April 23, 2018 - 12:50pm
Students examine display at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Registration is now open for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Sciences summer camp programs. The camps are for grades K-5 as indicated.
 
Kindergarteners must have experiences in full-day classes before attending. 
  • Young Explores Camp: Wild Weather & Curious Climatology, June 18-22 (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) – Become a meteorologist for a week - adventure through lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and winter storms. K-2 & 3-5 sections;
  • Da Vinci –

LANL Officials Present Lessons Learned On Remediated And Unremediated Salts To NNMCAB

on April 23, 2018 - 11:28am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Associate Director for Environmental Management (EM) Randy Erickson, left, and Deputy Associate Director for EM Dave Funk, center, chat with Doug Hintze, manager of the EM Los Alamos Field Office following the April 18 meeting of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board subcommittes in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Lessons learned during the treatment of remediated and unremediated nitrate salts at Los Alamos National Laboratory were shared April 18 by LANL Associate

LANL: New High-resolution Exascale Earth-modeling System Announced For Energy

on April 23, 2018 - 10:16am

The high-resolution E3SM earth system model simulates the strongest storms with surface winds exceeding 150 mph—hurricanes that leave cold wakes that are 2 to 4 degrees Celsius cooler than their surroundings. This simulation from E3SM represents how sea surface temperature changes evolve as a hurricane (seen here approaching the U.S. East Coast) moves across the Atlantic and how the resultant cold wake affects subsequent intensification of the next hurricane. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Supercomputing advances will improve analysis of Earth system variability and energy sector needs

A new

Possible Quorum Notice: Environmental Sustainability Board At Los Alamos Clean Up Day Appreciation Lunch

on April 23, 2018 - 9:59am

POSSIBLE QUORUM NOTICE:

Members of the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board may attend the Los Alamos Clean Up Day Appreciation Lunch noon to 1 p.m., April 18 at East Park.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken.

NNMCAB Discusses Recommendations For DOE On Energy Communities Alliance Waste Disposition Report

on April 23, 2018 - 9:18am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board combined committee members meeting in Pojoaque April 18 discussed their proposed recommendations to the Department of Energy on the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) report on waste disposition to the Department of Energy (DOE).

NNMCAB member Dr. Stanley Riveles confirmed Sunday that he drafted the recommendations on the ECA repost, “Waste Management: A New Approach to DOE’s Waste Management Must Be Pursued” at the request of a NNMCAB subcommittee.

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