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EPA Proposes Thousand-Fold Increase In Radioactivity For Drinking Water Following Emergencies – Public Comments Due July 25

on June 18, 2016 - 7:22am
Courtesy image/CCNS
CCNS News:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety reports that late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly released draft guidance to be used following a radiation contamination incident that would allow radioactivity in drinking water at concentrations vastly greater than allowed under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Under the proposed Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for drinking water, no actions to protect the public would be taken even if the radioactivity in drinking water were dozens or thousands or millions of times higher than Safe Drinking

Fans And Friends Of Bandelier Invited To July Reunion

on June 17, 2016 - 7:47am
Courtesy photo
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Anyone who has worked at Bandelier National Monument, or who is or has been a volunteer, partner, member of the Friends of Bandelier, or has a close and personal connection to the Monument, is invited to a very special gathering. 
 
As a part of the celebration of Bandelier's Centennial year, the park is hosting a reunion Saturday, July 23. As Superintendent Jason Lott said, "A connection with Bandelier is a cherished part of many peoples' lives, and we hope to include friends and co-workers past and present in this celebration during the park's

Genomics Conference Started When Human Genome Sequencing Finished

on June 16, 2016 - 3:59pm

The 11th Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future Meeting June 1-3 had more than 300 people in attendance, a capacity audience in the ballroom at the La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An annual conference of researchers, technologists and funders in the soaring field of genomics held its 11th event June 1-3 in Santa Fe. The conference has grown from about 70 people when it began in 2006 to more than 300 this year.

Chris Detter, founder and chairman of the organizing committee of the 11th

NASA: Largest Planet Discovered To Orbit Two Suns

on June 16, 2016 - 3:39pm
Artist's impression of the simultaneous stellar eclipse and planetary transit events on Kepler-1647. Courtesy/Lynette Cook
 
NASA News:
 
If you cast your eyes toward the constellation Cygnus, you’ll be looking in the direction of the largest planet yet discovered around a double-star system.
 
It’s too faint to see with the naked eye, but a team led by astronomers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and San Diego State University (SDSU) in California, used NASA's Kepler Space Telescope to identify the new planet, Kepler-1647b.
 
The discovery was

PEEC: Local Expert Leads Monthly Wildflower Walks

on June 16, 2016 - 7:26am
Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller
 
PEEC News:

 

Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller will lead a monthly Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 20, to introduce people to local wildflowers.

 
Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. These monthly outings will be easy walks to identify some of the flowering beauties found in and around Los Alamos. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required. 
 
The Wildflower Walks take place on Mondays

PEEC: Summer Family Evenings – Wolves!

on June 16, 2016 - 7:17am
Learn about wolves and visit with one June 22 at the Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has arranged an exciting visit from Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 22  at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Thanks to a sponsorship from Del Norte Credit Union, kids can visit with an ambassador wolf as the Sanctuary’s staff reveals fun and interesting facts about wolves. Learn about the diet, hunting strategies, family life, physical adaptations, and pack structure of wolves.

Beautiful Instance Of Stellar Ornamentation

on June 15, 2016 - 8:56am
The glowing gas cloud LHA 120-N55 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Courtesy photo
 
ESO News:
 
In this image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), light from blazing blue stars energizes the gas left over from the stars’ recent formation. The result is a strikingly colorful emission nebula, called LHA 120-N55, in which the stars are adorned with a mantle of glowing gas. Astronomers study these beautiful displays to learn about the conditions in places where new stars develop.

LHA 120-N55, or N55 as it is usually known, is a glowing gas cloud (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emission_nebula)

Heinrich, Gardner Celebrate Million Solar Installations

on June 15, 2016 - 8:51am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., both members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, have introduced a resolution to celebrate that the U.S. has reached one million solar installations across the country.
 
The solar energy industry supports bringing clean solar technology into homes and businesses around the nation.

Pajarito Astronomers Host Dark Night June 25

on June 14, 2016 - 12:30pm

ASTRONOMERS News:
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:30 p.m. (sunset,) Saturday June 25, at Spirio Soccer Field in Overlook Park in White Rock. 
  
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The red planet Mars, Jupiter and its moons, and Saturn and its rings will be visible. There will be a tour of the summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. 
  
Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252 for more

Canyoneering In The North Wash / Four Corners Area Of Utah With Jared Hillhouse Wednesday

on June 14, 2016 - 12:21pm
Winter settled in on Black Hole Canyon. Courtesy photo
 
LA MOUNTAINEERS News:
 
Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday, June 15, at Fuller Lodge for a presentation by Pro Guide and ACA Instructor Jared Hillhouse.
 
Hillhouse will speak on canyoneering adventures in the North Wash / Four Corners area of Utah. He has been guiding canyoneering for more than a decade and has been instructing for over half that. As a certified canyoneering guide and instructor, Hillhouse delights in introducing newcomers to the sport and the wonders and beauty that this canyon country has to offer.
 

Mysteries Revealed In Weekend Planetarium Film

on June 14, 2016 - 8:57am

An aphid, up close and personal from Mysteries of the Unseen World. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Embark on a journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Mysteries of the Unseen World, a full-dome, original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures, allows the audience to see nature from a new perspective.

Mysteries of the Unseen World uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnologyto transport audiences to an

Rafting The Grand Canyon With Evan Rose June 21

on June 14, 2016 - 8:09am

Join Evan Rose at 7 p.m., June 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center as he details his adventures along the Grand Canyon. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Learn more about the geology, history and preservation of the Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Evan Rose will tell the story of a trip on the Colorado River with geologists and adventurers. Showing detailed photos, he will discuss the origins of the Grand Canyon and its conservation. This is a free talk organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Rose is president of

PEEC: Astronomy Planetarium Shows In June

on June 14, 2016 - 6:12am
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn more about the stars and constellations visible in June. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding two star shows at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium with physicist Paul Arendt as the host. Attendees will enjoy a tour of celestial objects— particularly Venus and Jupiter— easily viewed through binoculars this month.
 
The June Night Sky planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited.
 
Planetarium shows are suitable

PULSE And THE PULSE OF Life June 17-18

on June 14, 2016 - 5:59am
Summit Garden Club members, Freda McCormick, left, Priscilla Hardekopf and Margaret H. Courtesy photo
 
NMGC News:
 
New Mexico Garden Clubs, District 2 members of Floral Designers’ (Los Alamos and Santa Fe), Los Alamos Garden Club and Summit Garden Club (Los Alamos) will hold a Standard Flower show THE PULSE OF Life to coincide with the opening of PULSE, Friday and Saturday June 17-18 at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
 
The Flower show includes 3 Divisions. Design: Creative Floral Designs will be staged in the Art Center with the opening of the show “PULSE”.
 
The Design titles for THE

Laboratory Scholarship And Internship Helped Shape Career Direction Of A Winner From The Valley

on June 13, 2016 - 8:44pm
Lindsay Redman on the job at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working with the Isotope Program to understand the rare element actinium and to develop radiotherapy treatment for cancer. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL
 
LANLF News:
 
Lindsay Redman says she always knew she would have a career in science. As early as Kindergarten, she was active in school science fairs and sought opportunities to learn and explore.
 
One of the benefits of attending smaller schools like Holy Cross Catholic School in Santa Cruz and McCurdy School in Espanola was the emphasis on developing writing and

NMED Cabinet Secretary Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on June 13, 2016 - 8:55am

New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn visits the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper office on Central Avenue recently following a meeting at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn with his Communications Director Allison Majure during a recent visit to the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper office on Central Avenue. Majure is a Los Alamos resident and most recently worked for the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DOE’s Environmental Management Hosts Community Day For Legacy Cleanup Work AT LANL 3-5 p.m. Today

on June 13, 2016 - 8:32am

 

 

 

 

EM-LA News:

The Environmental Management’s Los Alamos Field Office invites the public to meet with Solicitation officials to discuss the Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract. 

The Solicitation team is seeking public input for consideration for the final RFP.

The meeting is 3-5 p.m. today, June 13, in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 on third floor of Los Alamos at the Mesa Library, 2400 Central Ave.

RSVP by email to annette.russell@em.doe.gov, mike.gardipe@em.doe.gov or steven.horak@em.doe.gov or call 505.665.5658. For more information on the

Rockhound Geology Outing: Shark’s Tooth Ridge

on June 11, 2016 - 10:05am

Join geologist Patrick Rowe June 18 to uncover shark teeth samples in Cabezon. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Shark teeth in New Mexico? On Saturday, June 18, local geologist Patrick Rowe will lead an outing to Cabezon in search of fossils. Participants can expect to find shark teeth from the Cretaceous Period.

The group will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 8 a.m. before carpooling to the site. If you live in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, you are welcome to meet us at the gas station just as you enter San Ysidro on US 550 at 9 a.m.

Upcoming Wilderness Hikes,Talks, And Astronomy At Bandelier

on June 11, 2016 - 6:23am
NPS News:
 
School's out, frost is long past - it's a good time to come to Bandelier for ranger talks and hikes.
 
Upcoming activities include:
 
Talks at Juniper Campground Amphitheater (campers and non-campers welcome):
  • 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 11 -  Night Sky Program, astronomy talk followed by telescope viewing through giant telescopes and smaller ones too.
Wilderness Hikes - Be sure to bring at least 3 liters of water per person, sunscreen, hat, and sturdy comfortable shoes. Number limited, call the Visitor Center, 505.672.3861 x 517 for details and to sign up:
  • Saturday, June

Agencies Collaborate To Move Americium To LANL

on June 10, 2016 - 3:51pm

Some 40 people involved in the safe transport of americium from Santa Fe to LANL gather for a group photo following a press conference June 2 at the Oppenheimer Study Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Gov. Susana Martinez discusses the collaboration between several agencies to safely move hazardous materail to a secure location at LANL. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Water Saving Tips At The June 11 Master Gardener Garden Fair

on June 10, 2016 - 9:14am
LAMG News:
 
Coleen Meyer, a representative of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and a master gardener will present “Making Every Drop Count in the Garden,” a workshop sponsored by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities at the June 11 Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden Fair.
 
Meyer’s workshop begins at 11:30 a.m., in the demonstration garden on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Oppenheimer Drive.

Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial Pledges Unprecedented Support For Clean Energy R&D

on June 10, 2016 - 8:59am
DOE News:
 
SAN FRANCISCO  At the inaugural Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial, ministers from all Mission Innovation partners released their respective governments’ plans to double clean energy research and development funding over five years. Ministers also welcomed the European Commission on behalf of the European Union as the 21st partner.
 
Collectively, these 21 partners represent well over 80 percent of global public investment in clean energy research and development, currently totaling approximately $15 billion per year.

Laurel Hardin: Secrets About Sustainable Soils June 12

on June 10, 2016 - 8:57am
Arborist Laural Hardin shares her knowledge to help on how to build a flourishing garden with natural soils. Courtesy photo
 

Beautiful gardens begin with healthy soils. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
 
Learn to build a flourishing garden by taking care of plants as well as the soil. at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 12, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.
 
Laural Hardin will discuss organic-based fertilizing methods and give tips on ways to naturally enrich soils. Her talk will reveal how home gardeners can avoid harming beneficial soil microbes with synthetic fertilizers.

NNSA On Arrival Of Plutonium And Uranium From Japan’s Fast Critical Assembly At Savannah River Site And Y-12 National Security Complex

on June 10, 2016 - 5:45am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A shipment of plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)’s Fast Critical Assembly (FCA) reactor arrived safely at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C., and Y-12 National Security Complex near Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
“The removal of the material from Japan represents a significant accomplishment in our broader global nuclear security efforts to secure highly enriched uranium and plutonium worldwide.

Prescribed Burn Planned At Pajarito Ski Area June 15

on June 9, 2016 - 12:49pm
LAFD News:
 
The Los Alamos Fire Department will be burning three acres at the Pajarito Ski Area if weather permits at around 9 a.m., June 15.
 
The area is a meadow. A fire line will be constructed around that area. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. 
 
Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke will likely be visible from Espanola, Santa Clara and Santa Fe and from Highways 502 and 285. 
 
Smoke-sensitive individuals and

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