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Daily Postcard: Roses Bloom On Walnut

on August 31, 2017 - 6:42am

Daily Postcard: Red roses are blooming at a home on Walnut Street. Photo by Chris Clark/

LANL: Machine-learning Earthquake Prediction In Lab Shows Promise

on August 30, 2017 - 1:18pm

LANL researchers have developed a two-dimensional tabletop simulator that models the buildup and release of stress along an artificial fault. In this image, the simulator is viewed through a polarized camera lens, photo-elastic plates reveal discrete points of stress buildup along both sides of the modeled fault as the far (upper) plate is moved laterally along the fault. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Listening to faultline’s grumbling gives countdown to future quakes

By listening to the acoustic signal emitted by a laboratory-created earthquake, a computer science approach using machine

Groups Call On Japan Not To Dump Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean

on August 30, 2017 - 9:24am
BN News:
TAKOMA PARK, Md. — Beyond Nuclear has signed onto a new letter from marine wildlife, environmental and conservation groups calling on authorities in Japan to avoid at all cost the dumping of hundreds and thousands of tons of radioactively contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.
Currently, Japanese utility, TEPCO, is planning to release 777,000 tons of waste containing radioactive tritium into the Pacific Ocean from its stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear site.

NNSA Removes All HEU From Ghana

on August 30, 2017 - 7:50am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in cooperation with Ghana, China, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), repatriated approximately one kilogram of Chinese-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s National Nuclear Research Institute in Accra, Ghana Aug. 28.
This shipment removes the last known HEU from Ghana, making it the 32nd country plus Taiwan to become HEU-free.

Bjorklund Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on August 30, 2017 - 7:49am
Courtesy photo
ACRR News:
Mark Bjorklund was the top predictor in the weekly pace race held under rainy conditions on the Lower Water Canyon Trail with a 4 second error. 
Other accurate predictors were: Sanna Sevanto with a 5 second difference and the fastest female on the 3 mile course at 26:05, Ryan Smeltzer recorded a 18 second error off his first place 3 mile time of 23:12, Ning Xu had a 33 second differential, and David Kratzer had a 35 second error.
On the 1 mile course Alexandra Cunningham was the best finisher at 10:57 and her brother Ian Cunningham was the first male

Daily Postcard: Colorful Clouds

on August 30, 2017 - 6:30am

Daily Postcard: Colorful clouds spotted Monday from Pajarito Acres. Photo by Jaret McDonald

Daily Postcard: Colorful clouds spotted Monday from Pajarito Acres. Photo by Jaret McDonald

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Labor Day

on August 29, 2017 - 10:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The SFNF expects a large number of visitors for the final holiday weekend of the summer season. If you plan to visit the forest, please follow “Leave No Trace” principles:
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors.   

Final Summer Drawing Class Of 2017 With Local Artist Lisa Coddington Sept. 7

on August 28, 2017 - 8:44am
Hummingbird and Wild Four O'clocks by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington is returning to teach a one-day workshop on drawing using botanical and natural subjects at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is great for all skill levels. The workshop runs 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Register to learn techniques for creating realistic, still life and nature-inspired art.
Participants will explore pencil techniques that portray plants and animals.

Discover Nature Above, Below And On The Ground; Sept. 17 Nature Walk On SFNF

on August 28, 2017 - 8:13am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Find out more about the butterflies and birds, wildflowers, rocks and geology on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) on a nature walk with Forest Service staff and volunteer experts Sunday, Sept. 17. 
The Sept. 17 event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Group Campground in Pecos Canyon, is part of the SFNF’s conservation education program to help people of all ages better understand their connection to nature and encourage responsible recreation and stewardship of public lands. 
Tying in to the National Forest Foundation’s “It’s All Yours”

Daily Postcard: Fawns Frequent Pajarito Acres Home

on August 28, 2017 - 6:35am
Daily Postcard: Two fawns spotted earlier this month frequenting a residence in Pajarito Acres are most recently seen eating some of the bushes at the home in White Rock. Photo by Robert Reedy
Daily Postcard: A doe is spotted nursing one of her fawns at the residence in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Robert Reedy

Hummingbirds Flock To Sweet Water Dispenser

on August 27, 2017 - 8:11am

Hummingbirds are spotted flocking around a sweet water dispenser Saturday at a home on Trinity Drive. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Hummingbirds drink from a sweet water dispenser Saturday at a home on Trinity Drive. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Hummingbirds drink from a sweet water dispenser Saturday at a home on Trinity Drive. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Hummingbirds drink from a sweet water dispenser Saturday at a home on Trinity Drive. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Dave Fox To Present NM 126 Paving Petition Tuesday

on August 27, 2017 - 7:47am

An unpaved stretch of N.M. 126, which runs from La Cueva to Cuba. Courtesy photo



Los Alamos Daily Post


CB FOX owner Dave Fox explains that his involvement in the local tourism industry began with a t-shirt. He said in 1959, then Laboratory Director Norris Bradbury scribbled a picture of an atomic bomb on a napkin at Sparky’s restaurant. That image was put on a t-shirt that the department store sold to tourists.


Fast forward to 2014. Fox said road work on Central Avenue was finally completed and a re-opening celebration was held.

Bear Spotted Swimming In Reservoir Saturday

on August 27, 2017 - 7:31am
A large adult brown bear was spotted about 2 p.m. Saturday swimming and walking up the bank under the rope swing at the reservoir (barely visible at far end toward the right). ‘Not a great photo of him, but people should be aware that at least one bear is active there.’ Photo by Lynn Strauss

Daily Postcard: Deer Spotted Munching Geraniums

on August 27, 2017 - 7:12am

Daily Postcard: Deer spotted eating geraniums Saturday in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Pamala Pritchard

Daily Postcard: Deer spotted sipping water from a bird bath Saturday in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Pamala Pritchard

EPFL: Urban Butterflies Under Threat Of Extinction

on August 26, 2017 - 9:11am

Small white butterfly (Pieris rapae). Photo/©Magali Deschamps-Cottin



According to an École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) study, butterflies living in urban areas face the threat of consanguinity and potential extinction. The research drew on the fields of genetics and urban development to quantify the trend across an entire city.

“Our research illustrates what is probably a widespread phenomenon: a drastic reduction in biodiversity in urban areas.

Daily Postcard: View Leaving Los Alamos Friday

on August 26, 2017 - 7:53am

Daily Postcard: Pink clouds color the sky to the east spotted Friday when leaving Los Alamos. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million For Restoration Projects In Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln National Forests

on August 25, 2017 - 9:40am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests.
The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S.

Sierra Club Talk On Partnership Parks In 21st Century

on August 25, 2017 - 9:29am


The Sierra Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The speaker is Charles Strickfaden who will present a talk on “Partnership Parks in the 21st Century—Building a National Park from Nothing” ... The Manhattan Project National Historical Park (with a perspective by Valles Caldera National Preserve staff).

Visitors take for granted the seamless relationships of Los Alamos museums and NPS staff and volunteers for the new operation, what led up to this and what is behind making all this look so easy in setting up a new park unit?


Tales Of Our Times: Foes Find There Is No Free Lunch

on August 25, 2017 - 7:50am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Foes Find There Is No Free Lunch

Should we worry about the national debt? Should we cut down a mountainside full of trees to meet current needs? The questions together are a curious pair.
Or more to the point, how curious is it never to hear the questions asked together? They are but two forms of the same question: How do we husband assets so as to maintain capabilities for those who come later? The puzzle is posed.

Bandelier Waives Entrance Fee On Founders Day

on August 25, 2017 - 7:43am
Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized Feb. 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day. 

“After an eventful first century, the agency now cares for 417 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural and natural areas in the country,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

Daily Postcard: Storm Clouds Over North Mesa

on August 25, 2017 - 6:46am

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds paint a dramatic picture in the sky Wednesday above North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds in the sky Wednesday above North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds in the sky Wednesday above North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

DNA Detectives Crack Case On Biothreat Look-alikes

on August 24, 2017 - 4:51pm

Principal investigator Jean Challacombe, left, assisted by Cheryl Gleasner who runs the sequencing machines, and who participated in the sequencing of most, if not all, of the Francisella genomes sequenced at Los Alamos. The device shown is an Illumina NextSeq 500, used in high-throughput sequencing in the laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Distinguishing virulent from harmless bacteria could aid biological surveillance

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are improving the identification of the bacterium that causes tularemia (“rabbit fever”) and considered a “Category A”

AGU: Elevated Zinc And Germanium Levels Bolster Evidence For Life On Mars

on August 24, 2017 - 4:39pm
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows a site with a network of prominent mineral veins below a cap rock ridge on lower Mount Sharp. The APXS instrument on Curiosity discovered unusual material in these veins that has the highest germanium concentrations found in Gale Crater. Courtesy/NASA
AGU News:
New data gathered by the Mars Curiosity rover indicates a potential history of hydrothermal activity on the red planet, broadening the variety of habitable conditions once present there, scientists report in a new study.
Researchers found

DOE Releases Final RFPs For Low-Level Waste / Mixed Low-Level Waste Disposal Procurement

on August 24, 2017 - 6:16am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) has issued a final Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste (LLW/MLLW) Disposal procurement.
This effort will require contractors to safely dispose of LLW/MLLW; Section 11e.(2) byproduct material; technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring radioactive material (TENORM); and sealed sources.
The government expects to award one or more indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts in response

NMED Confirms Santa Fe County-West Sector Water Is Lifting Precautionary ‘Boil Water Advisory’

on August 24, 2017 - 6:15am

NMED News:
  • 2,690 Customers are no Longer Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming that the precautionary “boil water advisory” for the Santa Fe County West Sector Water System is being lifted.

Santa Fe County West Sector Water System issued the precautionary advisory Tuesday after a 16.0-inch transmission line was ruptured causing water delivery to the affected area to be disrupted. Repairs have been completed, the system was adequately flushed, and water service has been restored to customers.