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3-D Models Help Scientists Gauge Flood Impact

on July 20, 2017 - 7:14am
Iowa Flood Center team performs one of the first 3-D RANS simulations of dam breaks in a natural environment. Courtesy photo
 
IFC News:
 
Heavy rainfall can cause rivers and drainage systems to overflow or dams to break, leading to flood events that bring damage to property and road systems as well potential loss of human life.
 
A team from the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa, led by UI Professor George Constantinescu, is creating 3-D non-hydrostatic flood models that can more accurately simulate flood wave propagation and account for the interaction between the

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Spotted In Small Nest

on July 20, 2017 - 6:36am

Daily Postcard: A local hummingbird is spotted resting in a small nest built on the branch of a tree growing in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: An adult hummingbird hovers near a pink flower growing in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Cow Fire Ignites On Santa Fe National Forest

on July 19, 2017 - 5:48pm

SFNF News:

The Cow Fire has consumed under an acre since starting Tuesday when lightning hit a single standing dead tree. The tree subsequently fell, and fire started creeping slowly down the slopes.

Although it remains small, the Cow Fire is putting out a lot of smoke due to the concentration of dead and down fuels. A rocky area on the north side of the fire is holding it, and green drainages to the east and west of the fire should help keep it from growing. Fire crews are monitoring the Cow Fire.

  • Start Date: July 18, 2017
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: Less than 1 acre
  • Location: On the Pecos Ranger

Celebrating Your Public Lands: 'Made In America' Week

on July 19, 2017 - 12:56pm
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management joins the Department of the Interior in celebrating the Trump Administration’s “Made in America” Week through July 22.
 
With responsibility for managing more than 10 percent of the nation’s land and 30 percent of its subsurface minerals, the BLM supports American-made goods and services in many ways.
 
“The BLM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve, while providing opportunities for economic growth as well as traditional uses such as ranching, mining, logging, energy development as well as recreational

Secretary Zinke On Idaho’s Craters Of The Moon; Washington’s Hanford Reach National Monuments

on July 19, 2017 - 10:15am

USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced July 13 that Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and Hanford Reach National monument in Washington are no longer under review and the Secretary will recommend that no modifications should be made to the monuments.
 
The monuments were under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order. The recommendation comes after review of public comments and conversations with stakeholders.
 
“When the President and I began the monument review process we absolutely

LANL: Simulation Reveals Universal Signature Of Chaos In Ultracold Reactions

on July 19, 2017 - 8:26am

A two-dimensional slice of the potential energy surface for the K + KRb reaction. The reaction proceeds from right to left. In the intermediate region a deep well is clearly visible which leads to chaotic motion. Image courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Findings have implications for quantum computing, other technologies

Researchers have performed the first ever quantum-mechanical simulation of the benchmark ultracold chemical reaction between potassium-rubidium (KRb) and a potassium atom, opening the door to new controlled chemistry experiments and quantum

Officials Condemn Governor’s Position On Monuments

on July 19, 2017 - 6:16am
STATE News:
 
Mayors and County Commissioners near New Mexico’s two National Monuments under review by President Trump are expressing outrage at Governor Martinez’ recent letter supporting the potential reduction of New Mexico’s newest National Monuments.
 
In 2013 and 2014, President Obama established the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments in Taos and Doña Ana Counties, following years of community efforts to achieve protection.
 
Both new National Monuments have achieved significant increases in visitation and tourism.

Daily Postcard: Friday Night Moon Rising In The Sky

on July 19, 2017 - 6:00am

Daily Postcard: Moon rising Friday night in the sky as viewed from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: Moon rising Friday as viewed from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

County: Tips To Be Bear Aware

on July 18, 2017 - 1:04pm
COUNTY News:
 
Bears have been making their way into residential areas because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.
 
  • Since garbage stored outside is the biggest attractant, storing garbage in a secure garage or shed until the morning of collection will virtually eliminate the chances of a bear visit*. If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:
  • Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; stock up for the winter and preserve fruit

PEEC: Annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count July 22

on July 18, 2017 - 1:00pm
Local butterfly citizen science project led by Steve Cary is Saturday, July 22. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to participate in the annual Annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count July 22 to honor the memory of Dorothy Hoard by fluttering to three places around the Pajarito Plateau: atop a mesa, at a high altitude and along a stream. This event is for beginners, experts and everyone in between.
 
New Mexico butterfly expert Steve Cary will be present to help identify butterflies and discuss their life histories.
 
The first count is 9-10:45 a.m.

Planets & Galaxies At Los Alamos Nature Center Friday

on July 18, 2017 - 9:26am
 
PEEC News:
 
PEEC brings two great astronomy shows to the Los Alamos Nature Center this weekend.
 
At 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, Steve Becker will point out celestial objects that will be visible at the next Pajarito Astronomer's Dark Night as well as some stars only visible from the southern hemisphere.
 
The full-dome film We are Astronomers will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23.This exciting, family-friendly movie connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. 
 
For more information about these and future

SFNF Aerial Survey Begins Soon; No Drones, Please!

on July 18, 2017 - 8:44am
SFNF News: 
  • Combination of low-flying aircraft and drones can be deadly

 
SANTA FE  The annual aerial survey for insect and disease outbreaks on the 1.6- million-acre Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) begins any day and continues intermittently through Aug. 18. 
 
Forest Service airplanes and helicopters regularly fly over private, state, and National Forest System lands at low altitudes to perform a variety of natural resource management missions, including insect and disease surveys, remote sensing to acquire aerial images and data, and firefighting.
 
Under Federal Aviation

SFNF Declares Cajete Fire Controlled

on July 18, 2017 - 5:51am

SFNF News:

The Cajete Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District was declared controlled at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, July 16, thanks to recent moisture that arrived with the monsoon season.

The 1,412-acre Cajete Fire, which started June 15 from an abandoned campfire, has been 96 percent contained since June 21.

Incident command determined that the uncontained 4 percent of the fire perimeter was not safe for firefighters to enter.

National Awards Recognize Los Alamos National Laboratory Leadership In Nuclear Safeguards

on July 17, 2017 - 5:37pm

Nancy Jo Nicholas, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory employees were recognized today by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management for their contributions to the nuclear safeguards profession.

Nancy Jo Nicholas, the Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award.

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on July 17, 2017 - 5:21pm

COUNTY News:

Final Agenda for the Environmental Sustainability Board meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20 in room 110 the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL

2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.

3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

5. BOARD BUSINESS 
Food Waste Composting Presentation by Walter Dods

Discuss Bear Issues Regarding Trash Collection and Bear Resistant Containers 

6. REPORTS
A. Chair's Report - John Bliss

B.

EPA Recertifies WIPP’s Continued Compliance With Radioactive Waste Disposal Standards

on July 17, 2017 - 9:56am
WIPP News:
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced July 13 the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has been recertified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and remains in full compliance with applicable EPA regulations for transuranic radioactive waste disposal.
 
“This decision reconfirms WIPP’s long-term ability to safely isolate transuranic waste from the environment,” Todd Shrader, DOE Carlsbad Field Office Manager said. “I want to thank everyone who worked on the EPA Compliance Recertification Application.

Blue Beary Thanks Generous Los Alamos Community

on July 17, 2017 - 9:12am

Blue Beary is eating her breakfast and according to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, she is healing nicely and is full bear! She and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation thank the Los Alamos community for its generosity in donating funds for her rehabilitation after ungoing surgery for a broken elbow. Photo by James Robinson

Daily Postcard: Sun Breaks Through Morning Clouds

on July 17, 2017 - 7:41am

Daily Postcard: The sun breaks through the morning clouds over White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rainbows Follow Thursday Rain Storms

on July 16, 2017 - 7:24am

Storm Thursday over East Mesa, with sunrays and partial rainbow. Photo by David A. Ponton/wildearthlight.com 
Storm over the Rio Grande Valley with sunset light and rainbow, viewed Thursday from East Mesa. Photo by David A. Ponton/wildearthlight.com

ScienceFest Schedule Of Events Today!

on July 15, 2017 - 8:41pm

ScienceFest News:

Schedule of ScienceFest events for Sunday, July 16:

FLIGHT OF THE ORIGAMI CRANES!
Los Alamos History Museum
Each year the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum receive thousands of donated paper cranes from around the world. Create YOUR crane to send to Japan at Culture and Collaboration: The Los Alamos/Japan Project, an exhibit on display at the Los Alamos History Museum until July 20. The Los Alamos History Museum will deliver community cranes to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August.

Bear Sighting In Los Alamos Captured On Video

on July 15, 2017 - 7:26pm
This bear was spotted at around 7:30 a.m. today in the back yard of a Los Alamos home. Sam Crooks explained that his mother first saw the bear in their backyard while their miniature Australian Shepard dog was there barking. 'My mom made loud noises, causing the bear to clumsily climb over our fence and trot away into the forest,' Crooks said. 'I snatched my camera and followed it, but kept a safe distance. This is the third time I've seen this bear. He was on the Woodland Trail near the golf course. It got into our neighbor's garbage two different nights.

Bobcat Visits White Rock Home

on July 15, 2017 - 2:31pm

Bobcat visits a White Rock home, drinking water and resting before leaping up to the bird feeder to snatch his/her dinner. Photo by Becky Shankland

Photo by Becky Shankland

Photo by Becky Shankland

Community Help Needed For Injured Bear

on July 15, 2017 - 6:04am
Dr. Ramsay performed surgery to repair a broken elbow of a small bear named Blue Beary at Cottonwood Rehab Sunday after she was hit by a car. Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
By JAMES ROBINSON, Chair
Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation
 
Good morning Los Alamos!
 
We here at Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation would like to thank you for becoming a bear aware community!
 
We are humbled to see how active the citizens are in alerting the community to a bear spotting, removing their feeders, and volunteering to have bear resistant devices installed on their roll carts.

Public Astronomy Dark Night July 22

on July 15, 2017 - 5:03am
Pajarito Astronomers News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:15 p.m., (sunset) Saturday, July 22, at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.  
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Mercury, Jupiter and its moons and Saturn with its rings and moons will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer constellations, the Milky Way, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
 
The public is invited and encouraged

ScienceFest Schedule Of Events: Saturday July 15

on July 14, 2017 - 7:11pm

ScienceFest News:

ScienceFest Schedule for Saturday July 15:

This major event celebrates the science in everyday life in hands-on, interactive experiences. Great for millennials, families and kids, ScienceFest highlights the groundbreaking science that still happens in Los Alamos. This year’s theme is “100th Anniversary of the Ranch School.” Discover Ranch School Days – without the Ranch School, the Manhattan Project would not have been located here.

Los Alamos Ashley Pond Park
10am-3pm

FREE admission

MAIN GATE PARK FESTIVAL INFORMATION BOOTH & PHOTO OPP
Main Gate Park
9am-2pm

ASHLEY POND PARK

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