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Jemez Ranger District Implements Stage 1 Restrictions

on June 17, 2017 - 9:38am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As crews continue to battle the Cajete Fire along N.M. 4 in the Jemez Mountains, the Santa Fe National Forest has now implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on the southwestern side of the forest.

The Stage 1 restrictions cover the entire Jemez Ranger District and the southwestern corner of the Cuba Ranger District south of the Ranchos del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp.

The decision to impose restrictions was initially based on a rash of abandoned and unattended campfires combined with hot, dry conditions and the number of visitors expected over Father’s Day weekend.

DOE Releases Full Text Of EM’s FY18 Budget Request

on June 17, 2017 - 9:12am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  DOE released Wednesday the full text of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Congressional Budget Request of $6.5 billion for EM. Access the document here
 
This marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade, and provides the resources necessary to continue making safe, steady and significant progress in tackling the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. 
 
EM’s FY 2018 request provides the resources necessary to achieve progress on the facilities and capabilities necessary to tackle

Echo Amphitheatre Temporarily Closed Due To Fire

on June 17, 2017 - 7:59am

Echo amphitheater is a natural amphitheatre about 17 miles west of Abiquiú and 4 miles up the road from Ghost Ranch in Rio Arriba County. Courtesy photo

USFS News:

CANJILON—Fire officials responded Thursday night to a fire started in sagebrush within the Echo Amphitheatre parking area in the Carson National Forest near Abiquiu.

The fire is human caused and has been fully contained with minimal heat remaining.

Public safety is the number one priority and the Echo Amphitheatre day use area and campground will be closed until further notice as fire managers continue to monitor the fire.

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum June 22-23

on June 17, 2017 - 6:58am

Distinguished Professor John Haught from Georgetown University is coming to Los Alamos June 22-23 to help answer the question,‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ Courtesy photo

LAFSF News:

“Why is there something rather than nothing?” This question is posed by two scientists in this month’s issue of Physics Today. This question also intrigues the members of the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (http://www.lafsf.org/) and they have invited noted theologian, Distinguished Professor John Haught from Georgetown University, to Los Alamos to help answer it.

Professor Haught will be

Udall, Heinrich Advance Legislation To Address Drought Challenges In New Mexico

on June 17, 2017 - 6:51am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water management across the state.
 
The New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act is derived from policy recommendations generated by a variety of stakeholders from New Mexico including conservancy districts, farmers, ranchers, Tribes, municipalities, and others that collaborated to put together proposals to help New Mexico deal with future water supply challenges.
 
At the request of Senators Udall and

Tonight's Wildfire Update: Cajete Fire

on June 16, 2017 - 11:13pm

The Cajete Fire runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River. Courtesy/wildfiretoday.com

SFNF News:

Location: Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of N.M. 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Cajete Fire appears to have started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios. The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River.

Start Date: June 15, 2017     

Cause: Under investigation    

Size: 700+ acres    

Containment: 0 percent

Vegetation: Mostly ponderosa pine with some mixed conifer and

County Update And Scenes From Cajete Fire

on June 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

The fire plume of the Cajete Fire in the Jemez. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

A large helicopter making water drops today, makes a turn and disappears into the cloud of smoke. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland talks to Capt. Tracy Stidham and Danny Archuleta. The LAFD's presence at the Cajete Fire is to provide backup to the Forest Service, should it be needed, to fight structure fires if any occur and provide help with mop up. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com  

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has issued an update on the number of evacuated

Science Of The Solstice Talk At Nature Center June 20

on June 16, 2017 - 7:33am

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a talk on the Science of the Solstice June 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Want to learn more about the longest day of the year? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium for a presentation on the Science of the Solstice at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20.

Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the astronomical significance of the sun, summer solstice, and its resulting seasons. If weather holds, he will also bring out his solar telescope.

Wallace has a Ph.D.

At House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus EM Highlights More Than $100 Million In Cost-Saving Initiatives

on June 16, 2017 - 7:10am
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, speaks at the June 7 event in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
 
EM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM and federal contractor officials at a panel discussion June 7 on Capitol Hill highlighted more than $100 million in costs savings at cleanup sites.
 
Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange outlined the effort to members of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and more than 100 others attending the event.
 
It was one of three gatherings held each year by the caucus whose members represent cleanup

Los Alamos County Hosts Community Bike Ride

on June 16, 2017 - 6:57am

A group of cyclists take part in Thursday's Los Alamos County community bike ride. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

STAFF REPORT: 

 

About 20 people strapped on their bicycle helmets and climbed on their bikes Thursday to take part in Los Alamos County’s community bike ride.

 

The 3-mile ride was originally scheduled for May 19 but needed to be rescheduled due to the weather. The new date coincided with the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

Local Smoky Haze Caused By Fire In Bonita Canyon

on June 15, 2017 - 9:19am

Smoky haze from a lightning-sparked fire 19 miles north of El Rito in Bonita Canyon fills the sky this morning looking east from the Main Hill Road. The wildfire reported June 3, increased in size to approximately 280 acres, driven by wind and dry air. It is burning in a remote area of the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest. Information on air quality and protecting one's health can be found at https://nmtracking.org/fire. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

NMDOH Launches Statewide Summer Awareness Campaign To Prevent Spread Of Zika Virus

on June 15, 2017 - 7:14am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced the launch of a summer campaign to educate the public about Zika virus prevention. So far this year, there has been just one reported case of West Nile Virus and no reported cases of Zika Virus in New Mexico. However, we are entering the 2017 mosquito season.  

The campaign focuses on providing information to pregnant women and their partners who may be considering travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

The prevention efforts are being supported by television and radio spots throughout New Mexico as well

Upcoming CaveSim Adventure At Nature Center

on June 15, 2017 - 6:36am
Try out caving at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo

ENVIRONMENT News:

Delve into a simulated world of caves 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This is the perfect opportunity to crawl through 60-foot tunnels, observe vertical rope climbing demos, and practice rescue missions. The electronic simulator will track your movements so you can learn what it takes to access some of the most remote places on Earth.

To add to the adventure, the Classic Air Medial helicopter will land at 9:30 a.m. at the nature center.

Zinke Announces New Mexico Will Receive $21,574,904 Share Of Billion-Dollar National Distribution

on June 15, 2017 - 6:20am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
 
New Mexico will receive a total of $21,574,904, including $6,107,387 in Sport Fish Restoration program funds and $15,467,517 in Wildlife Restoration program funds.
 
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast, where the Secretary met with state

Daily Postcard: McCauley Hot Springs

on June 15, 2017 - 6:16am

Daily Postcard: McCauley Hot Springs is not as wet as many states but just as beautiful when water is found. The Jemez are full of little treasures. Photo by Avery Neal

Summit Garden Club Announces Scholarship Recipient

on June 14, 2017 - 2:29pm
The Summit Garden Club is happy to announce the 2017 graduating senior recipient of the Pat Edmonds & Sue Graves Memorial Scholarship. Erica Keevama (second from left) will be attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, majoring in biology. The club’s Scholarship Committee members, from left, Susan Larocque, Norma Tech and Ann Cooke. Courtesy photo
 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces Distribution Of $1.1 Billion To State Wildlife Agencies

on June 14, 2017 - 9:40am
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Tuesday announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
 
State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal year 2017 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration Program fund can be found here and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund here.
 
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast where Secretary Zinke met with New Hampshire

SFNF: Report It ... Don’t Ignore It

on June 14, 2017 - 7:26am

SFNF News:

EL RITO — Each year the El Rito Ranger District hosts thousands of visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Unfortunately, a small number of these visitors behave badly and cause big problems for the forest. Fire prevention patrols in the forest find abandoned or unattended campfires almost every day.

Abandoned campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire. Every large wildfire begins as a small fire. In 2011 the Wallow wildfire in Arizona burned 522,000+ acres. One small campfire left unattended burned an area 28 miles by 28 miles.

June is high fire season at the El

The Scoop Behind The Crane...

on June 13, 2017 - 7:37pm

A crane heads down Trinity Drive Monday toward the CenturyLink Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Map of the legacy clean up area. Courtesy image

Staff Report

The purpose of the large crane that made its way up the Main Hill Road Monday evening and over to the CenturyLink Building on Trinity Drive is to clean up an area of decades old contaminated dirt.

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus explained today that the crane has been brought it to remove legacy waste along the side of the canyon behind the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building

Scenes From Hike On Canada Bonita Trail

on June 13, 2017 - 6:03pm

A scene of  a very green ski hill spotted during a hike Thursday on the Canada Bonita Trail. Photo by Patricia Rathbone

A scene of  wild irises spotted during a hike Thursday on the Canada Bonita Trail. Photo by Patricia Rathbone

New President, Project Manager Bruce Covert Takes Helm For Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC At WIPP

on June 13, 2017 - 2:28pm

Bruce Covert

WIPP News:

Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), the AECOM-led management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), has a new president and project manager this week. Bruce Covert has replaced Phil Breidenbach who, for the past two years, has led NWP efforts to safely recover the facility and resume WIPP transuranic waste emplacement operations.

“I want to thank Phil for his hard work and leadership.

Small Streams And Tributaries Have Good Fishing

on June 13, 2017 - 2:10pm

Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

With the temperatures soaring here in the Espanola Valley and the big rivers still swollen with runoff, escaping the heat and finding good fishing in flowing water was a challenge. There are several viable options for local anglers. Head to the high country and fish the smaller headwater streams and tributaries where runoff has peaked and the water levels are falling.

Los Alamos-based anglers can head to the Jemez Mountains where the water is dropping fast.

Worry About Aging Belgian Nukes

on June 13, 2017 - 2:06pm

Tihange 2 nuclear reactor. Photo by Michielverbeek - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5747203

By Homeland Security News Wire:

More micro-cracks have been discovered at the Belgian Tihange 2 nuclear reactor near the German border. safe. The worries in Germany about radiation leaks from the old reactor are strong.

Last year, the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is on the other side of the Belgian-German border, purchased iodine tablets for distribution to the public in the event of radiation leak.

Bear Tears Apart Suet Feeder At Los Alamos Home

on June 13, 2017 - 1:26pm

This black bear visited a Los Alamos residence around 7:50 p.m. Sunday. Apparently bears like suet. It tore apart the suet feeder and then moved on to a nyjer-seed feeder and a bird house. The bird house is six feet above the ground; obviously this bear can reach that high. So people should keep their bird feeders at least 6.5 feet above the ground. Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Daily Postcard: Sky View From Los Alamos

on June 13, 2017 - 12:22pm

Daily Postcard: Sky View From Los Alamos. Photo by Avery Neal

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