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Los Alamos Ranks 3rd For Biking In Smaller Cities

on May 11, 2016 - 12:03pm
SOE News:
 
The City of Los Alamos was just ranked third for biking in smaller sized cities in the US.

Survey results were pulled from the U.S. Census over a five-year period to provide us a glimpse into which cities' residents are taking an eco-friendly approach to their daily commutes. 
 
SaveOnEnergy.com, dug into this data and ranked which areas have the highest percentage of green-minded commuters in the U.S.

View the recognition here.

Annual Trimec Spraying May 16 Through May 27

on May 11, 2016 - 8:38am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Parks Division will be spraying herbicide for weed control Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 27.

Target areas include:

  • Rover Park;
  • East Park;
  • Community Soccer;
  • Myrtle Green;
  • Ashley Pond;
  • Fuller Lodge;
  • Aquatic Center;
  • Western Area;
  • Urban Park;
  • Barranca Mesa; and
  • North Mesa Sports Complex. 

Notices will be posted in the areas to be sprayed at least 72 hours prior to spraying, and will remain until spraying has been completed. 

Areas will be sprayed with Round-Up and EndRun Broad Leaf Weed Killer. For more information, call the Parks Division at 505.662.8159.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

on May 10, 2016 - 12:32pm
NPS News:
 
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn project on the preserve that will begin as soon as Wednesday, May 11 and be completed within two to three days. 
 
The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 between mile markers 39-42. Traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn, but we do not anticipate any road closures. If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid-day in order minimize impacts to morning and afternoon commuter traffic on NM Hwy. 4. 
 
The preserve

PEEC: Mysteries Of The Unseen World Saturday

on May 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
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, May 14 in the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Mysteries Of The Unseen World, a full-dome, original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures, lets us see nature from a new perspective.
 
Mysteries Of The Unseen World uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology to transport audiences to an enthralling secret world of nature, events, and breathtaking

Community Plant Swap May 15 & 22

on May 10, 2016 - 12:29pm
Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Unitarian Church is hosting a Community Plant Swap 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 15 and again May 22 at Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (195 East Road, Suite 101 in the TRK building between East Park Pool and the Fire Station).
 
Please bring plants you wish to give away, and take home any you can use. All unclaimed plants after the swap will be put to good use. We encourage growing some of one’s own food and creating bio-diversity, so try some new plants. Don’t have a plant to swap? No problem. Take some anyway.
 
Participation is FREE.

LANL Sharpens Its ‘Genesis Code’

on May 10, 2016 - 12:25pm

The ‘Genesis Code’. Courtesy/LANL

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A few years ago, Mark Paris, a physicist in the Nuclear and Particle, Astrophysics and Cosmology Group at Los Alamos had some questions about nuclear reactions and a colleague suggested he take a look at BBN.

BBN, Big Bang Nucleosynthesis is the name given to a sliver of a time, no more than a few minutes at the beginning of the 13.8 billion-year lifespan of our universe that provides cosmological evidence for the concept that everything we know in the universe can be traced back to a sudden, furious expansion

Officials Break Ground On TA-3 Substation Replacement Project At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on May 10, 2016 - 8:13am
Officials break ground on the TA-3 Substation Replacement Project during a ceremony Wednesday at LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Bonita Rogozinsky, Federal Project Manager for NNSA Acquisition & Project Management delivers welcoming remarks at the groundbreaking for the new Substation at LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Lebak. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

Officials broke ground Wednesday, May 4 on a Substation Replacement Project at TA-3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Guided Hike To Cave Of The Winds May 14

on May 8, 2016 - 12:31pm

Cave of the Winds. Photo by Craig Martin

PEEC News:

Trail expert Craig Martin will lead a hike to the local Cave of the Winds Saturday, May 14. The two-mile hike includes 500 feet of elevation gain and a bit of a scramble to reach the cave entrance. This hike, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is one of many events to help people get outside and enjoy nature.

To visit the Cave of the Winds with Martin, register online at www.peecnature.org. Meet Martin and other hikers at 10:15 a.m.

Ingenious Donation Box Arrives At PEEC

on May 8, 2016 - 11:12am

Steven Trujillo, Samantha Trujillo, and their children Ellie, 4, and Seth, 2, have fun with PEEC’s new donation box. The Acorn Woodpecker, Abert’s squirrel, bobcat, and pika will do their tricks when bills go in the box. Photo by Felicia Orth

By REBECCA SHANKLAND
PEEC

Gordon McDonough, well known artist and educator at the Bradbury Science Museum, offered to create a donation box for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center—and it has now arrived, ready to enchant all donors.

When you slide your dollar bill into the slot, a light flashes to check that it’s a bill, not a piece of paper.

Experts Offer Hiking Workshop May 11

on May 8, 2016 - 10:09am
Hiking trail near Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Los Alamos is surrounded by an extensive trail network that can be both inviting and intimidating.

Trail expert Craig Martin and wildlife veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Ramsay are holding a workshop at  the Los Alamos Nature Center to teach people how to best prepare for hiking local trails 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. This workshop is great for adults who want to know more about what the Los Alamos trails have to offer.

During this Hiking 101 workshop, Craig Martin will cover safety and comfort on the trail.

Book Signing By Craig Martin And Terry Foxx Tuesday

on May 7, 2016 - 11:36am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News

Craig Martin and Terry Foxx will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 to sign copies of their new book Plants of the Jemez Mountains Volume 1.

The book, the first in a three-volume series, will be available for purchase in the nature center gift shop.

Plants of the Jemez Mountains Volume 1 contains clear and informative drawings, color photos, and descriptions of the trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, and horsetails found in the Jemez Mountains. The book also includes helpful guides for the novice naturalist.

Arborist Laural Hardin Gives Pruning Workshop May 15

on May 7, 2016 - 11:05am
Arborist Laural Hardin. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Tree pruning can keep trees healthy and beautiful, but improper pruning can leave a tree weak and detract from the landscape. Join Laural Hardin at the Los Alamos Nature Center 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, to learn the basics of pruning ornamental and fruit trees. She also will cover important questions to ask professionals before they prune one's trees.

Laural Hardin is a certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist who specializes in diagnosing and solving tree and garden problems.

WIPP: Documented Safety Analysis Approved

on May 6, 2016 - 6:51pm
CBFO Assistant Manager of Operations Oversight Wes Mouser (seated), signs the Safety Evaluation Report approving the WIPP DSA. Looking on are members of the DOE-HQ, CBFO and NWP management teams (from left to right): Phil Breidenbach NWP President and Project Manager, Steve Additon, CBFO Manager Todd Shrader; CBFO Senior Technical Advisor Jeff Carswell; Wade Weyerman, James Harris, Tom Temple, Deputy Assistant Secretary EM-40 Jim Hutton; Dr. Robert Nelson, John Menna, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary EM-40 Greg Sosson and Terry Foppe. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy’s

An Open Book: Sixteen Years Later

on May 5, 2016 - 12:30pm
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

The old adage that time heals all wounds is a cruel falsehood. For the most painful wounds, those of the heart and of the mind, they often remain beneath the surface, to be covered, if we are fortunate, by warmer experiences that add distance and perspective. And it is also part of life that sometimes it is even more painful experiences that later clarify for us that those wounds that seemed so piercing at the time, were not the ones that hurt the most.

I didn't feel like writing about the Cerro Grande Fire at any of its anniversaries until this evening.

Quilting Nature Class With Terry Foxx And Katy Korkos

on May 5, 2016 - 11:44am

Sample wildflower portraits. Courtesy/Terry Foxx and Katy Korkos

Thistle. Courtesy/Terry Foxx and Katy Korkos

 

PEEC News:
 
To celebrate National Wildflower Week, Los Alamos residents Terry Foxx and Katy Korkos are leading a quilting workshop at the Los Alamos Nature Center, where they will show how to use fabric to depict the beauty of wildflowers.
 
This two-session workshop is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 16. Advance registration is requested.

Los Alamos Firefighters Share Family Business

on May 5, 2016 - 10:34am

From left, Los Alamos firefighters and brothers Ryan and Aaron McNiff, retired firefighter Gary Hampton and the McNiff's brother-in-law and firefighter Manny Pacheco, stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post recently to talk about their new business. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos firefighters and brothers Ryan and Aaron McNiff and their brother-in-law and fellow firefighter Manny Pacheco just purchased a stump grinding business from retired firefighter Gary Hampton.

Hampton backed out of selling his beloved business to others

Planetarium Feature Film: Exoplanets May 7-8

on May 4, 2016 - 8:03am
Exoplanets is a planetarium fill that uncovers planets in other solar systems. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center is showing Exoplanets at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Exoplanets takes audiences on a journey to observe planets beyond the solar system and uncover the science and astronomy behind their discovery.
 
Casper Planetarium produced this exciting full-dome film. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center at $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is recommended for ages four and up.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 3 – What Is Happening To The Birds Of Northern New Mexico?

on May 3, 2016 - 4:08pm
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 3―What Is Happening To The Birds Of Northern New Mexico?
By BOB DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
We have been considering the results of the Christmas Bird Count for Los Alamos and other areas in northern New Mexico.
 
Previously we had considered those species that had been unique to Los Alamos and each of the other five areas in the count. We now consider the 44 species that are common across all six areas. The presence of a species in all six areas indicates that it is flexible for its type of habitat.

DOE Announces $25 Million To Accelerate Integration Of Solar Energy Into Nation’s Electrical Grid

on May 3, 2016 - 3:49pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s grid through the Grid Modernization Initiative, the Energy Department announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid.
 
Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S.

Scenes From Hike Around Shiprock

on May 3, 2016 - 9:00am
Scene from a Tuesday hike around Shiprock. Shiprock is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet above sea level. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a Tuesday hike around Shiprock. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a Tuesday hike around Shiprock. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a Tuesday hike around Shiprock. Photo by Robert Beberniss

What Is A Fireshed And Other Questions: Get Answers At 'Fire Fair' May 12

on May 3, 2016 - 8:59am
Courtesy/forestguild.org
 
GSFC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFC) will host a Fire Fair open house 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center to introduce the concept of a fireshed and what it means to residents of the Santa Fe area.
 
The GSFFC is a coalition of local, state and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and others who are working together to proactively restore fire-adapted forests, safeguard the Santa Fe Watershed and reduce fire risk in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), the area where

Carlos Valdez Leads Rose Pruning Workshop May 7

on May 2, 2016 - 9:18am

GARDEN News:

Carlos Valdez from the Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Services Department will conduct a workshop about the care and pruning of roses at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 in the Memorial Rose Garden behind Fuller Lodge.

Valdez will demonstrate pruning techniques and answer questions about growing roses in the local environment.

Attendees are encouraged to wear long sleeves and bring pruning shears and gloves. Get hands-on experience helping the Los Alamos Garden Club prune the roses in the Memorial Rose Garden.

The Los Alamos Garden Club is sponsoring this free workshop.

Democrats Pitch In To Clean Up Los Alamos

on May 1, 2016 - 8:48am

Los Alamos Democrats pitched in Satirday for the annual 'Clean Up Los Alamos Day' in an effort to beautify the community. From left, Amy Storey, Cecelia Frank, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Chris Chandler, Robyn Schultz, Shelby Redondo, and Michael Redondo. Photo by Brad Storey

COMMUNITY News:

Members of the Democtratic Party of Los Alamos joined with other organizations and individuals to participate in Saturday's 13th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day.

Groups and neighborhoods pitched in to help beautify the community and prepare for wildfire season.

Rotarians Beautify Garden At Mesa Public Library

on May 1, 2016 - 8:10am
Los Alamos Rotarians Vincent Chiravalle, left, and Chuck Tallman gather with fellow Rotarians Saturday morning to prune, water, weed and spread mulch at the Rotary Garden in front of Mesa Public Library on Central Avenue. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos adopted the garden as one of its community beautification projects and has maintained it for more than 10 years. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Marcus Roth, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as well as the Rotary Club in his hometown, Darmstadt, in Germany.

Los Alamos Kiwanians Clean Up Entrance Park

on May 1, 2016 - 8:02am
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos clean up crew picked up trash Saturday at Entrance Park as part of Saturday's community-wide 'Clean Up Los Alamos Day'. Crew members, from left, Steve Boerigter, Jack Gehre, Robert Cunningham, Kathy Hirons, Linda Daly, Morrie Pongratz, Pat Soran and Chuck Koosian. Photo by Don Casperson

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