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BPU To Hear Value Of Solar Study

on November 7, 2016 - 6:03pm

COUNTY News:

Utility Financial Solutions, LLC  (UFS) will present a study on the value of solar (VOS) and how to quantify the benefits that distributed solar generation creates for the Department of Public Utilities.

The presentation is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Board of Public Utilities’ meeting in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos. No Board action is planned.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s website, VOS “refers to methods used to determine the market value of distributed photovoltaic projects.” Looking at factors such as the

CVNM Provides Update On Election Work

on November 7, 2016 - 11:13am

CVNM News:

At Conservation Voters New Mexico, getting involved in elections is an important part of our work. Our goal is to make sure that the conservation values of everyday New Mexicans are fully represented in the state capitol in order to ensure that our laws are effectively protecting our communities and environment. We work to elect candidates with strong conservation values to achieve this goal.

In the 2016 primary and general elections, CVNM engaged through its two PACs: CVNM Action Fund for endorsements and direct giving, and CVNM Verde Voters Fund for independent expenditures to

Playing At Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on November 7, 2016 - 9:20am

Courtesy/PEEC

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center Panetarium will kick off the weekend at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 with an astronomy show by astrophysicist Galen Gisler that will investigate what is known about the origins of the universe.

Prehistoric sea creatures will come to life on the planetarium dome at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13, when fossil hunters reveal findings in remote locations and a prehistoric story unfolds.

For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.org/planetarium or call 505.662.0460.

Guided Hike With Craig Martin Rescheduled To Nov. 19

on November 4, 2016 - 7:14pm
View of the Rio Grande from the Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Craig Martin
 

PEEC News:

Due to weather, tomorrow’s guided hike with trail expert Craig Martin is rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19. This guided hike down Blue Dot Trail includes great views, interesting petroglyphs, natural springs, and 1,000 feet of elevation gain—all the climbing is on the return trip. Participants will enjoy great views, experience a variety of ecosystems, and get a workout!

This program is made possible by support from Classic Air Medical and organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

To

Ancestral Puebloan Constellations Presentation Nov. 18

on November 4, 2016 - 10:36am

Mark Raney, here with a friend, presents Pueblo astronomy at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

Kokopelli, an Ancestral Puebloan constellation and cultural icon. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What did Ancestral Puebloans know about stars? What constellations did they use? What do we have in common?

Mark Raney will answer these questions and more at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Raney will describe shared religious concepts between the Pueblos and surrounding cultures.

WIPP Rock Fall Causes Precautionary Evacuation

on November 3, 2016 - 8:58pm

WIPP News:

Employees evacuated the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground around 2:30 p.m. today in response to a reported rock fall. There were no injuries and no release of radiological contamination.

Employees working in the area of Panel 7 in the WIPP underground reported a loud noise and observed salt dust indicating a possible rock fall. The employees reported the incident to the Central  Monitoring Room (CMR) and the CMR ordered an evacuation of the underground.

The WIPP Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated around 3 p.m.

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Nov. 8

on November 3, 2016 - 7:20pm

Melissa Mackey

PEEC News:

Tuesday, Nov. 8 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Enjoy an evening of games, hands-on activities, and music, 6-7 p.m., with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey.  The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring the exhibits.

Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.

For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), visit

Drawing And Painting Class With Lisa Coddington

on November 3, 2016 - 12:39pm


PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) welcomes back talented artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a two-day workshop on drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects.

The class will be held at the Los Alamos Nature Center 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13. Coddington’s class is open to all, from beginners to advanced artists.

Participants will explore pencil and watercolor techniques that portray plants and animals in this hands-on workshop.

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Experiment Helps To Advance Nuclear Explosion Monitoring

on November 2, 2016 - 5:11pm

Workers at the NNSS prepare to insert a canister holding explosives and diagnostic equipment into a 31-meter deep hole in preparation for the SPE-6 experiment. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Last month, Los Alamos National Laboratory participated in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) sixth detonation of an underground conventional explosive at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) as part of its ongoing Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series.

SPE seeks to improve the nation’s capability to detect and characterize underground nuclear explosions to help develop an advanced

SFNF Waives Fees In Honor Of Veterans Day

on November 2, 2016 - 4:50pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest will honor Veterans Day by waiving fees at many recreation sites and amenities Friday, Nov. 11.
 
Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Veterans Day is the last fee-free day for 2016.
 
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System.  

PEEC’s Top 10 List Continues: #6

on November 1, 2016 - 1:44pm

The number 6 reason why people support PEEC is to support the great work PEEC does to coordinate wonderful volunteer efforts like this years White Rock Clean Up Project. Photo by Phillip Noll

Gallina WUI Prescribed Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on November 1, 2016 - 10:59am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest expect to begin the previously announced Gallina wildland-urban interface (WUI) prescribed burn on the Coyote Ranger District today if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts are favorable. 
 
WUI refers to the transition zone between natural areas and human development. As more homes are built in the WUI adjacent to public lands that are naturally prone to wildfire, the risk to property increases.

Local Extension Office GMO Program Nov. 10

on November 1, 2016 - 10:55am
EXTENSION OFFICE News:
 
The Los Alamos County Extension Office is planning a program called, "Explore the pros and cons of GMO fruits and vegetables, learn future and current research, what is new in labeling," at 7 p.m., Nov. 10 at Fuller Lodge. 
 
Given by Extension Vegetable Specialist Stephanie Walker, Ph.d., Agronomy and Extension Pecan Specialist Richard Heerema, Ph.d., Plant Biology.
 
For information, call 505.662.2656 or visit http://losalamosextension.nmsu.edu.

Creative Santa Fe Announces Santa Fe Nuclear Weapons Summit

on October 31, 2016 - 2:02pm
CrSF News:
 
SANTA FE  Creative Santa Fe (CrSF), Nuclear Threat Initiative, and N Square announced The Santa Fe Nuclear Weapons Summit, designed to engage a new type of discussion about nuclear security and proliferation.
 
Over the course of three days, 20-30 next generation leaders in a wide variety of fields will travel to New Mexico to be immersed in the history of nuclear weapons, discuss present day nuclear threats and - most importantly - explore ‘what if’ scenarios about the future of global security.
 
Facilitators of the summit include former covert CIA operations officer

It’s Hunting Season – Safety Is First Priority

on October 31, 2016 - 11:14am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) urges hunters and other visitors to make safety their top priority during hunting season on the forest.
 
Be respectful of the Forest Service’s multiple-use mandate, and remain aware of your surroundings. A good rule of thumb is look up, look down, look all around.
 
Another recommendation is to review the Forest Service website for hunting safety tips and rules that apply to all national forests and grasslands.
 
Hunters on the SFNF are advised to use extra caution in areas previously burned by wildfires which may have a

Bear Goes Dumpster Diving On Canyon Road

on October 31, 2016 - 8:32am

Daily Postcard: Happy Halloween!

on October 31, 2016 - 8:02am

Daily Postcard: Valley Girl and Cowboy and Cottonwood Rehab wish Los Alamos a Happy Halloween. CourtesyLand of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation
 

California Condor Visit To NM And Saving A Species

on October 30, 2016 - 10:07pm
The California Condor who visited Los Alamos in 2015. Photo by Joe Fitzgibbon

PEEC News:

The chance visit of a California Condor to Joe Fitzgibbon’s yard in April of last year inspired him to embark on a journey to learn more about his unusual visitor.

Fitzgibbon will share photos, stories and other information about the California Condor, their life history and recovery efforts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Fitzgibbon is a life-long Los Alamos resident with a wide range of interests in the outdoors and the history of this area.

Letter To The Editor: Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Endorses Pete Sheehey For Los Alamos County Council

on October 30, 2016 - 9:44pm
By Chapter Political Chair Susan Martin, and
Pajarito Group Chair Jody Benson

The most powerful way to protect our water, wildlife, land and climate
is through good environmental policy, and the most powerful way to ensure good policy is by electing pro-environment candidates.

The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter sends questionnaires to and interviews eligible candidates, and two chapter committees must approve every endorsement by a two-thirds vote in order for a candidate to be endorsed.

Classic Air Medical Sponsors Hike With Craig Martin

on October 28, 2016 - 10:08am

View of the Rio Grande from Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Craig Martin

PEEC News:

Craig Martin will lead a hike Saturday, Nov. 5 down the Blue Dot Trail. This rugged hike includes great views, interesting petroglyphs, natural springs and 1,000 feet of elevation gain—all the climbing is on the return trip. Participants will enjoy great views, experience a variety of ecosystems, and get a workout.

This program is made possible by support from Classic Air Medical and organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

To hike the Blue Dot Trail with Craig Martin, register online at 

Tales Of Our Times: Pioneering Greens Report From Siberia

on October 28, 2016 - 10:04am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
  
Pioneering Greens Report From Siberia
 
One day in the mid-1990s, my answering machine spoke from Pittsburgh. I heard: "Through my engineering business, I have a letter for you from a Russian friend who heads an environmental group." Thus came the letter to NMCCA&W from Mr. V. V. Bordunov, President of the ALiOM Club, a citizens group at work for clean air and water in Tomsk, which lies halfway between Moscow and Korea. 
 
Mr. Bordunov wrote in clear words about their effective citizen action.

PEEC And County's Dia Del Rio Clean Up Project

on October 28, 2016 - 8:28am
Volunteers collected some 3 tons of trash and recyclables Oct. 15 from White Rock Canyon. Photo by Phillip Noll/Raven Mountain Images
 
For many years some unscrupulous people have used beautiful White Rock Canyon as a dumping ground for their trash. Photo by Phillip Noll/Raven Mountain Images    
 
Los Alamos County helped procure the use of a crane that lowered a large bucket that volunteers filled with trash gathered below the rim. Photo by Phillip Noll/Raven Mountain Images
 
PEEC News:
 
A group of dedicated citizens cleaned up almost 3 tons of trash and recyclables Oct.

Public Astronomy Dark Night Nov. 5

on October 28, 2016 - 8:07am
PA News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 5:45 p.m., (sunset) Saturday, Nov. 5 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. Five planets will potentially be visible during the evening: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall and early-winter constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. 
 
The public is invited and

International Diplomats Visit NNSA’s Nevada National Security Site

on October 27, 2016 - 10:45am

North end of Yucca Flat, where most tests have been conducted. Courtesy/wikipedia

NNSA News:

  • U.S. to Host Additional Training for Inspector Trainees at NNSS in 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) this week hosted diplomats from 10 countries and two international organizations at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and at the National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM) in Las Vegas, Nev.

The visit provided an up-close demonstration of NNSA’s science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP), through which the U.S.

Encino Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on October 27, 2016 - 9:39am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the Encino prescribed pile burn on the Coyote Ranger District. 
 
Ignitions on approximately 5 acres near the community of Encino could begin as early as today, Oct. 27, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

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