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Electric Vehicle Cross-Country Driver Visits Los Alamos Nature Center

on November 18, 2015 - 4:15pm

Brian Kent and his electric car this morning during a visit to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/


By Rebecca Shankland
Los Alamos
Brian Kent, tired of hearing people say that they couldn't take road trips in their Leaf all-electric vehicles, decided to drive his Leaf cross country, visiting every state capital, and even planting trees in every state to offset the small amount of carbon required to generate electricity for the vehicle.
Wednesday Kent checked his charging station possibilities and found one at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Bandelier Pile Burning Along N.M. 4 Wednesday

on November 17, 2015 - 2:29pm

Pile burning at Bandelier. Courtesy/


With the arrival of snow providing good conditions, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning to burn about 30 piles of fuel materials Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

The piles are along N.M. 4 between Ponderosa Group Campground and the Bandelier entrance, totaling about 5 acres. Visitors may see smoke at a number of locations just off the highway, including one near the entrance station. There should be little impact on Juniper Campground, and none in the Visitor Center area. The operation is expected to only take one day.

New Climate Model Predicts Likelihood Of Greenland Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise, And Dangerous Temperatures

on November 16, 2015 - 1:28pm

Greenland ice loss. Photo by Matthew Hoffman/LANL

LANL News:

A new computer model of accumulated carbon emissions predicts the likelihood of crossing several dangerous climate change thresholds.

These include global temperature rise sufficient to lose the Greenland Ice Sheet and generate seven meters of long-term sea level rise, or tropical region warming to a level that is deadly to humans and other mammals.

"The model is based on idealized representations of societal, technological and policy factors," said lead researcher Jeremy Fyke, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical

Roger This: Science And Politics Mix It Up

on November 15, 2015 - 9:15am


Roger This: Science And Politics Mix It Up

Los Alamos Daily Post

A new “hockey stick” argument erupted this summer on Capitol Hill, as Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Science Committee faced off with officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the last several months over a climate study published in Science magazine in June 2015.

The new study, “Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus,”offered a revised version of historical land and sea temperatures that used new data

Wash, Dry And Repeat … Billion Dollar Cleanup Settlement Starts Over

on November 13, 2015 - 1:29pm

New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn asks for input on a revised consent order from members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

During a break at the NNMCAB meeting Thursday, from left, NNSA Environmental Programs Office Assistant Manager George Rael, talks to EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and contractor Bob Zulick. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

POJOAQUE – A citizen’s advisory

NASA's Swift Spots Its Thousandth Gamma-ray Burst

on November 12, 2015 - 10:23am

GRB 151027B, Swift's 1,000th burst, center, is shown in this composite X-ray, ultraviolet and optical image. X-rays were captured by Swift's X-Ray Telescope, which began observing the field 3.4 minutes after the Burst Alert Telescope detected the blast. Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) began observations seven seconds later and faintly detected the burst in visible light.

El Valle Astronomers Host Dixon Star Party Saturday

on November 12, 2015 - 9:02am
Capella, left center, and the Pleiades, right, bathed in the Northern Lights. Imaged Oct. 11, 2015 with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR in Karasjok, Norway. Courtesy/NOP
By DAVID GRIGGS, Secretary
El Valle Astronomers

El Valle Astronomers will host a Star Party Saturday, Nov. 14. Meet in front of the Dixon Coop Market 4:55 p.m., and President Lee Mesibov will lead the procession up the hill to the Dixon Ballfield.

In the evening twilight, we will be observing details on the waxing crescent Moon. As twilight fades away, you can make out the last stars of summery Sagittarius to its left.

Scenes From Today's Signing Ceremony Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on November 10, 2015 - 2:26pm

From left, Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, former Councilor Fran Berting, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan, Dr. Ben Neal, second from right, and at far right, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott join U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and seated, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz at this morning's signing ceremony, in Washington, D.C., to officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Courtesy/NPS


Kiwanis Club Sponsors Storytelling At Nature Center 6 p.m. Today

on November 10, 2015 - 8:51am

Gathered around the campfire to listen and imagine. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing two great storytellers to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 to light up one's imagination.

Gather under the planetarium stars to enjoy nature-inspired storytelling. With master storytellers Teralene (Terry) Foxx and Kimberly Gotches as guides, children and adults will embark on an adventure to meet all kinds of animals, learn about stars, and even go fishing.

This program is free thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis

PEEC Workshop Saturday: The New Age Of Birding

on November 9, 2015 - 1:01pm


PEEC News:

Do you enjoy watching birds? Would you like to know how to integrate new technology to further your birding efforts?

Expert birders Bob Walker and Dave Yeamans are leading a workshop 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore how technology is transforming birding. This workshop is for all levels of birders and focuses on using digital tools.

Technology is quickly changing how we connect with nature. In many ways, the digital age is making it easier to view, identify, and document birds and other wild animals.

Interior, Energy Departments To Sign Agreement Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on November 9, 2015 - 10:51am

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz


WAHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, Nov. 10, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the Department of the Interior South Building Auditorium, to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The park will have three locations: Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. National Park Service Director Jonathan B.

Looking For Deliberate Radio Signals From KIC 8462852

on November 8, 2015 - 8:13am

Allen Telescope Array. Courtesy/Seth Shostak, SETI Institute


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Could there be intelligent life in the star system KIC 8462852? A recent analysis of data collected by the Kepler space telescope has shown that this star, informally known as Tabby’s Star, evidences a periodic dimming of 20 percent and more. 

While several natural explanations for this strong change in luminosity have been proposed, one possibility is that a technologically adept civilization has built megastructures in orbit around star, causing the dimming. 

One example of a large-scale

Super Strypi Fails In First Minute Of Launch

on November 7, 2015 - 11:37am
The Super Strypi launch vehicle blasted off from a rail launch platform at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii at 5:45 p.m. (HST). Courtesy/U.S. Air Force/University of Hawaii/Spaceflight Now
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • New Mexico CubeSat team weighs another shot

The maiden flight of the Super Strypi launch vehicle stumbled out of control in the first stage of a low-earth-orbit mission Tuesday night.

Lost in delayed glimpses of the disintegrating rocket were the pieces of a doomed payload, 13 small satellites.

Advanced Reactor Development To Strengthen Nuclear Power’s Role In Combating Climate Change

on November 7, 2015 - 8:00am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) made two announcements today at the White House Summit on Nuclear Energy that will bolster our nation’s commitment to nuclear power as a clean energy solution for combating climate change.
One of the efforts by DOE will accelerate the development of advanced designs for nuclear reactors through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN).
Additionally, DOE’s Loan Programs Office will issue a supplement to the agency’s existing Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects loan guarantee solicitation that

Air Quality Meeting In Four Corners Region

on November 7, 2015 - 7:02am
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The Four Corners Air Quality Group will meet Monday, Nov. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., to report upon and discuss regional air quality issues.
The States of New Mexico and Colorado, with their partners, sponsor the Four Corners Air Quality Group to support the ongoing effort of managing air quality in the Four Corners area. 
Ozone standards, which were recently revised by the U.S.

Preservation Of 5,900 Acre Double E Ranch Celebrated At WNMU In Silver City

on November 6, 2015 - 12:26pm
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee and the United States Department of the Interior completed a cooperative natural resource damage assessment associated with natural resources in New Mexico, which had been injured, destroyed, or lost as a result of the release of hazardous substances into the environment.
They solicited a broad range of ideas for potential restoration projects from local, state, and federal agencies; nonprofit organizations; stakeholder groups; and private citizens.
The Double E Ranch was one of the top seven projects selected.

Chromium Project Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Action Public Comment Period Closes Nov. 20

on November 6, 2015 - 12:22pm
DEEM News:
The Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Chromium Plume Control Interim Measure and Plume-Center Characterization at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
The proposed action may include well pad and access road installation and maintenance, piezometer placement, and pipeline placement in the 100-year floodplain in Mortandad and Sandia canyons on LANL.
The objectives of the proposed actions are to control migration of the chromium plume and to further characterize and study the chromium

Access To Los Alamos Reservoir And Surrounding Area Closed Nov. 9, 2015 Through June 30, 2016

on November 6, 2015 - 11:15am

The access road leading up to the reservoir shows flood damage. Courtesy/LAC


Pedestrian and motor vehicle access to the Los Alamos Reservoir will be restricted Monday, Nov. 9, and continue through June 2016. 

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities awarded a contract to CBKN Dirtworks, Inc. to restore the reservoir after several flood events filled it with sediment and compromised the access road.

Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing the single dirt road leading up to the Los Alamos Canyon Dam and Reservoir rendering the

New Mexico, Colorado Lawmakers To Introduce Mining Reform Legislation In Response To Gold King Mine Blowout

on November 5, 2015 - 8:31am

  • Bill will ensure mining companies pay royalties to help prevent future disasters

Today, at 10 a.m., U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Michael Bennet, D-Colo. and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. will hold a press conference call to unveil legislation to reform the nation's antiquated hardrock mining laws.

The senators are introducing the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2015, which will ensure mining companies pay royalties for the privilege of extracting public resources from public lands so that taxpayers aren't on the hook for cleaning

NNMCAB Holds Special Meeting Nov. 12

on November 4, 2015 - 12:47pm
The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) is one of eight Site-Specific Advisory Boards established to involve local citizens in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) environmental clean-up decision process at its nuclear facilities.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend NNMCAB meetings and provide their unique perspective on environmental issues.
The NNMCAB will hold a Special Meeting to learn about proposed changes to the 2005 Order on Consent, 1-4:30 p.m., Nov. 12, at the Cities of Gold Conference Center, 10-B Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque.
New Mexico

Sea Monsters Planetarium Movie & Talk Nov. 13

on November 4, 2015 - 7:17am
PEEC News:

Watch 82 million-year-old animals come to life at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Local paleontologist Ralph Chapman will give a special presentation to set the stage for the film Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure. Take a journey back in time to see some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures ever to inhabit the sea.
Unexpected discoveries gave paleontologists vital information for creating this film about a time when the middle of North America was an inland sea, home to strange, yet oddly familiar creatures.
Sea Monsters

At The Centre Of The Tuning Fork

on November 3, 2015 - 10:51am

This galaxy is known as Mrk 820. Courtesy/ESA/Hubble & NASA and N. Gorin (STScI) Acknowledgement.Judy Schmidt (


This galaxy is known as Mrk 820 and is classified as a lenticular galaxy — type S0 on the Hubble Tuning Fork.

The Hubble Tuning Fork is used to classify galaxies according to their morphology. Elliptical galaxies look like smooth blobs in the sky and lie on the handle of the fork.

Los Alamos Scientist Part Of NASA’s Select Few Hunting For Meteorites In Antarctica

on November 3, 2015 - 10:23am

LANL scientist Nina Lanza at the summit of Hvannadalsnukur, the highest mountain in Iceland, practicing glacier travel techniques similar to those needed for Antarctic fieldwork. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Nina Lanza, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space and Remote Sensing group, was selected as one of eight members for the 2015-2016 field campaign of the Antarctica Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program, which is supported by NASA.

“These meteorites can help us understand the formation and evolution of our solar system,” Lanza said. “They come from planets, their moons and asteroids.

Public Comment Period On Chromium Project Draft Environmental Assessment Extended To Nov. 13, 2015

on November 2, 2015 - 3:43pm

LANL News:

The Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Chromium Plume Control Interim Measure and Plume-Center Characterization at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This document describes the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed actions in Mortandad Canyon. The objectives of the proposed actions are to control migration of the chromium plume and to further characterize and study the chromium plume in the groundwater beneath Mortandad Canyon.

The public comment period on

From Earth To The Universe Playing At Planetarium This Weekend

on November 2, 2015 - 11:16am

From Earth to the Universe movie poster. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Enjoy stunning imagery from space as part of a full-dome feature film, From Earth to the Universe, playing in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8.

This full-dome feature film takes passengers on a voyage through space and time. Along the way, adventurers will visit birthplaces and burial grounds of stars and explore beyond the Milky Way.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are $6 for adults and $4 for children.