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AG Balderas Joins 'We Are Still In' Coalition Of Governors, AG’s, Mayors, Business & University Leaders To Maintain Commitments To Paris Climate Agreement

on June 5, 2017 - 2:09pm
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Attorney General Balderas and 18 attorneys general have joined forces with governors, mayors, business leaders and universities across the country pledging to maintain their commitment to fighting climate change and abiding by the principles of the global agreement.
The 19 state attorneys general joining the coalition today include:
Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, George Jepsen, Connecticut Attorney General, Matt Denn,

Asteroids And Cosmic Origins At Planetarium

on June 5, 2017 - 2:07pm
PEEC News:
What are the chances that an asteroid will hit Earth? Friday, June 9, Dr. Galen Gisler will prelude the new film Incoming! with a discussion about the cosmic risks associated with asteroids. This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
Incoming!, a film that traces the paths of comets and asteroids, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. The film takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth—as well as those still pending!
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Backs Clean Energy Act To Streamline Tax Credits

on June 5, 2017 - 8:44am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will measurably reduce carbon pollution over the next decade through a series of incentives for clean energy and the promotion of new technologies in the private sector.
The Clean Energy for America Act includes technology-neutral tax credits for domestic production of clean electricity and clean transportation fuel, as well as performance-based tax incentives for energy-efficient

Daily Postcard: Skunk Spotted Near Rose Street

on June 5, 2017 - 7:37am

Daily Postcard: A fluffy looking skunk is spotted Sunday in the barbeque area next to the ravine behind Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Photo by Scot Rygh

DOE Awards WIPP Transportation Services Contract

on June 4, 2017 - 7:35am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center recently announced the award of a contract to CAST Specialty Transportation, Inc. (CAST) of Henderson, Colo., for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) transportation services. The Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity contract will use firm-fixed price task orders, with some cost reimbursement (no fee) items, with an estimated value up to $112 million. There is a five-year performance period, which includes a 60-day transition.

CAST will provide facilities, personnel, and

Summer Family Evenings At Nature Center Wednesday

on June 4, 2017 - 6:48am

​Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center June 7 to learn more about the Santa Fe Animal Shelter from Tom Alexander. Courtesy Photo

PEEC News:

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, join the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for a tail-wagging presentation hosted by the Los Alamos Nature Center. Don’t miss the chance to play with furry friends and get tips on how to care for them. This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.

This week’s Summer Family Evening event is a great way to get involved with an animal-friendly organization.

Daily Postcard: Prickly Pear Cactus At Bandelier

on June 4, 2017 - 6:19am

Daily Postcard: A prickly pear cactus blooms at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

Author Janie Chodosh Speaks At Nature Center

on June 3, 2017 - 6:34am

Janie Chodosh's new book, Wild Lives, shares stories of hope for the future of important ecosystems across the globe. Photo by Anne Staveley

PEEC News:

Though our rapidly changing climate is challenging many animal species, there is still hope—people across the globe are working to keep our ecosystems in balance for future generations. Author Janie Chodosh will share stories during her talk 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Her new book, Wild Lives, which contains exclusive interviews of 20 conservationists, will also be available for purchase at the nature center.

Wild Lives

Heinrich Welcomes Zuni Mountain Trails Project

on June 3, 2017 - 6:29am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. Courtesy Photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. During the event, Alvin Whitehair, District Ranger from the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands signed the project’s Decision Notice and Findings of No Significant Impact.

SFNF Officials Hope To Conduct Prescribed Burns

on June 3, 2017 - 6:27am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, are watching the weather and other factors to identify optimal windows to continue work on previously announced prescribed burns this spring.

Recently, crews completed approximately 50 acres on the French Mesa unit. If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable, they may resume ignitions on that unit today. The 5,041-acre French Mesa treatment area is approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.

Check the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page at

Daily Postcard: Valles Caldera Turning Green

on June 3, 2017 - 5:58am
The east end of the Valle Grande Thursday shows the grass is starting to green up from recent showers. Photo by Marc Bailey

Rover Findings Indicate Stratified Lake On Ancient Mars

on June 2, 2017 - 10:31am

Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed (Shallow Part): This evenly layered rock imaged in 2014 by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit near where flowing water entered a lake. Shallow and deep parts of an ancient Martian lake left different clues in mudstone formed from lakebed deposits. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Water carried more oxygen at certain times, depths

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a

UNM-Los Alamos Summer Classes Begin June 5

on June 2, 2017 - 8:52am

The Introduction to Astronomy class conducts outdoor labs to view the wonders of the night sky. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Summer classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will begin Monday, June 5. Registration is open and there are still openings in many face-to-face and online classes. Course schedules are available at many locations around Los Alamos or on the UNM-LA website.

Students who have just finished high school, college students who are home for the summer, and summer employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory will find UNM-LA offers many core curriculum

Rotarians Conduct Annual Library Garden Clean-Up

on June 2, 2017 - 8:36am
Rotarian Jane Phillips trims along library garden edges. Photo by Nancy Cerutti
Rotarian Steve Ciddio spreads mulch at the library garden. Photo by Nancy Cerutti
Rotarians at Work putting their backs into library garden weeding. Photo by Nancy Cerutti


In keeping with the spirit of Los Alamos Clean-Up Day, 11 Rotarians participated in the County event by weeding, pruning, trimming, sweeping, and mulching, as well as planting new pink penstemons, at the Mesa Public Library garden.

The work party was chaired by Rotarian Nancy Cerutti with help from Rotarians Mary

DNFSB Public Hearing On LANL Plutonium Operations

on June 2, 2017 - 8:05am
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will hold a public hearing about reducing the risk of current and future plutonium inventories at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Plutonium Facility beginning at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. A public comment period begins at 8:30 p.m.
To pre-register to speak during the public comment period, email the request to or contact the Office of the General Counsel at 202.694.7062 or 800.788.4016.  Individuals also may submit written comments both prior to and at the

PEEC Receives Funding To Get People Outside

on June 1, 2017 - 7:06am

New Belgium Brewing has donated millions to communities where they brew and/or serve their beer, a list that includes Los Alamos.​ Courtesy Image

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), operators of the Los Alamos Nature Center, recently received two grants to help get people outside. One funder, New Belgium Brewery, makers of Fat Tire Ale, is a long-time supporter of the nature center, while the second, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, is a new supporter of the center.

Clif Bar Family Foundation will support PEEC’s popular Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

Daily Postcard: Deer Peers Over Canyon Edge

on June 1, 2017 - 7:04am

Daily Postcard: This deer came wondering into the garden of this Los Alamos home as the homeowner was gardening and walked over to the edge of the canyon and looked around. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Study Shows Humans Have Polluted European Air For 2000 Years

on May 31, 2017 - 10:22am

The Colle Gnifetti Glacier on the Swiss-Italian border where the ice core used in the study was taken. In the bottom right corner, the coring stie can be seen. Photo by Nicole Spaulding

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, DC — A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s.

The new study, accepted for publication in GeoHealth, a

Black-headed Grosbeak Spotted At Canyon School

on May 31, 2017 - 8:16am

This black-headed Grosbeak is spotted recently at Canyon School in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

Los Alamos Nature Center Garden In Full Bloom

on May 31, 2017 - 7:05am

Thanks to Larry Deavan's care and knowledge, the penstemon garden at the Los Alamos Nature Center is amazingly colorful, but it won't last long. Stop by the nature center this week to see the impressive array of flowers and watch the many pollinators collect nectar from this vivid area. Photo by Beth Cortright

Summit Garden Club Meets Monday

on May 31, 2017 - 4:45am

Courtesy photo

Summit Garden Club News:

Summit Garden Club will meet Monday afternoon, June 5, to hear Karl Buermeyer of the Santa Fe Forest Service speak on “Living With Fire – Jemez Mountain Forest  Restoration.” 

Buermeyer will talk about forest health, fire in the forest, plans for the restoration of the Jemez forests, and reintroduction of fire into the forest.

Ann Cooke will speak on preparing a home in the forest for fire. Members may gather at 12:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the United Church, and drive to the Cookes' home in Sierra Los Pinos.

Visitors welcome.

Daily Postcard: Cacti In Full Bloom

on May 31, 2017 - 4:44am

Cacti are in full bloom near Santa Rosa following the recent rain. Photo by Josh Smith

LANL: ‘Halos’ Discovered On Mars Widen Time Frame For Potential Life

on May 30, 2017 - 7:04pm

A mosaic of images from the navigation cameras on the NASA Curiosity rover shows ‘halos’ of lighter-toned bedrock around fractures. These halos comprise high concentrations of silica and indicate that liquid groundwater flowed through the rocks in Gale crater longer than previously believed. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

LANL News:

Lighter-toned bedrock that surrounds fractures and comprises high concentrations of silica—called “halos”—has been found in Gale crater on Mars, indicating that the planet had liquid water much longer than previously believed.

Bird Walk In Upper Water Canyon Saturday

on May 30, 2017 - 3:18pm

Learn about local birds from bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon.​ Courtesy Photo 

PEEC News:

Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon will lead a hike at 7 a.m. Saturday in Upper Water Canyon. This half-day trip will take birders about two miles along the bottom of the canyon, through a mosaic of burned and unburned areas. Sightings may include the empidonax flycatchers (Dusky, Hammond’s, and Cordilleran), wrens, Western Tanagers, Stellar’s Jays, Green-tailed Towhees, warblers and woodpeckers.

Fitzgibbon has always been passionate about the outdoors and the history of Los Alamos.

Two-Day Geology Tour Of Mount Taylor Region In June

on May 30, 2017 - 8:00am

Mount Taylor. Photo by Fraser Goff

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a special overnight tour June 17-18 of the Mount Taylor region. The tour will focus on the geology of the area, and is suitable for geologists and non-geologists alike. Space is limited for this trip.

Geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour, which includes the earth science and volcanology of Mount Taylor and surrounding areas.