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Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Selection Of Valles Caldera, Bandelier For National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project

on January 28, 2016 - 4:12pm

Sen. Tom Udall in September at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/


  • Funding award will engage Tribal youth in forest restoration, public lands preservation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier National Monument have been selected to participate in the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project.

The National Park Service (NPS) has selected 69 projects at 63 parks nationwide to highlight during its centennial

Sea Monsters At Nature Center Saturday & Sunday

on January 28, 2016 - 8:07am

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Café Scientifique Launching Two-Part Series About Mars

on January 28, 2016 - 7:01am
TSCN News:
Café Scientifique, New Mexico’s portion of the Teen Science Café Network, is gearing up for a two-part series of cafés about Mars.
The first café is 7 p.m., Feb. 2 at the YMCA Teen Center in Los Alamos. The second café is 7 p.m., Feb. 23 in Taos at the Mural Room of the old county courthouse and will be presented on Human Landing sites on Mars.
Suzi Montaño and Steve Johnstone from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3) work on the Curiosity rover ChemCam team, and will present on the state of manned missions to Mars, and how close to a

Feedback Sought On Brush And Bulk Item Collection

on January 28, 2016 - 6:51am
The County is seeking community feedback on the brush and bulk item collection program in Los Alamos County.
Visit the Open Forum link.

WIPP: Revised Schedule For Resumption Of Operations In 2016 Announced

on January 27, 2016 - 7:20am
WIPP News:
The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) approved the new integrated Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
The new PMB integrates WIPP recovery activities, baseline operations and capital asset projects into a single plan with a schedule that identifies a path to resumption of waste emplacement operations.
The new PMB considers potential risks that could impact the project and adds appropriate contingency to the schedule to help ensure activities can be achieved safely.
The new PMB schedule shows the initial resumption

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Statement On BLM’s Venting And Flaring Rule

on January 25, 2016 - 3:55pm
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
NMSA News:
SANTA FE  Friday, Jan. 22, State Auditor Tim Keller released the following response to the Bureau of Land Management’s rule proposal to reduce methane emissions and wasted gas on public and tribal lands:
“Today’s announcement is a step towards ensuring our state doesn’t waste our precious natural resources.
“Given the current economic conditions in New Mexico, it is important that we update industry practices that will ultimately increase funding streams available to support our public schools.”

New Mexico Delegation, BLM Move To Save Money, Improve Public Health And Protect Climate

on January 25, 2016 - 3:22pm
On Friday morning, most of New Mexico's congressional delegation sent a letter urging EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to not only strengthen and finalize its rule to reduce methane waste from new oil and gas drilling operations, but to issue a new rule addressing existing sources. 
New Mexico's senators and U.S. Reps. Ben R.

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes BLM's Draft Rule On Reducing Natural Gas Loss, Fighting Climate Change

on January 25, 2016 - 2:22pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Friday, that they welcome the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) draft rules for curbing natural gas waste.
New Mexico is the nation's leading producer of oil from onshore federal land, and second for natural gas production. Yet too much of the state's natural gas goes to waste through venting, flaring and leaks - causing dangerous methane pollution over the San Juan Basin.
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, more than 80 times as potent as

Earthjustice: Supreme Court Ruling A Win For Clean Energy

on January 25, 2016 - 9:59am

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/Earthjustice


  • Decision helps reduce barriers to critical clean energy resource, reducing rates and enhancing grid reliability

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that ensures that a critically important clean energy resource will continue to provide key benefits in our wholesale energy markets.

It decided that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the authority to remove barriers to “demand response” programs, which compensates consumers for reducing their power use

Warmer Oceans Could Substantially Boost Destructive Power Of Future Superstorms

on January 25, 2016 - 7:12am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hurricane Sandy became the second costliest hurricane to hit the United States when it blew ashore in October 2012, killing 159 people and inflicting $71 billion in damage.
Informally known as a “superstorm” after it made landfall, Sandy was so destructive largely because of its unusual size and track. After moving north from the tropical waters where it spawned, Sandy turned out to sea before hooking back west, growing in size and crashing head-on into the East Coast, gaining strength when it merged with an eastbound mid-latitude storm.
A new study, published by

LANL’s Plutonium Plans Move Forward, Draw Fire

on January 24, 2016 - 11:22am
Aerial view of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration continue to move toward establishing a long-term manufacturing capability for producing plutonium pits, the nuclear triggers for thermonuclear weapons, at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LANL has long played a crucial leadership role in investigating and handling plutonium materials and maintaining the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

Bandelier In Great Shape But Watch For Falling Trees

on January 24, 2016 - 9:42am
Trees in the Las Conchas Fire area are now breaking and falling, creating a hazard for hikers, skiers and snowshoers. Courtesy/NPS
For those who enjoy getting out into the winter woods, this year Bandelier National Monument has the whole range of conditions available.
The ski trails and trail up Cerro Grande are in good shape for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, while trails at lower elevations can provide opportunities for hikes through the snow.

Planetarium Shows 'Back To The Moon For Good'

on January 23, 2016 - 6:04pm

State Police Handling Haz-Mat Incident In Ojo Caliente

on January 23, 2016 - 8:00am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police is handling a hazmat situation that occurred Friday in Ojo Caliente near US 285 milepost 348.

Two individuals complained of possible exposure and were treated by EMS.  No major exposure or injuries have been reported.

The scene is secure and US 285 from milepost 346 to milepost 353 is closed and will remain closed until the hazmat has been deemed safe.  Out of precaution, the perimeter has been moved back another half mile and is now set at one mile north and south of the affected warehouse.

State Police received an initial report of smoke emitting

DOE And New Mexico Finalize $74M In Settlement Agreements For Nuclear Waste Incidents of 2014

on January 22, 2016 - 12:39pm

The New Mexico Environment Department, the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors signed two settlement agreements resolving the February 2014 incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad and the associated activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  The agreements provide for a set of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) in both the Carlsbad and Los Alamos communities that enhance and improve New Mexico’s roads, water infrastructure and emergency response infrastructure. Courtesy/NMED

NMED News:

  • Agreements Include Schedules and Funding Parameters for Corrective

PEEC Offers Snowshoe Hike To Cañada Bonita Saturday

on January 22, 2016 - 8:31am
Youth enjoying a snowshoe hike on a beautiful winter day. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a beginning snowshoe hike from Pajarito ski hill parking lot to Cañada Bonita 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

PEEC’s educator Siobhan Niklasson will lead participants along a showshoe trail maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and point out ecological features of the winter forest. This family-friendly hike will cover 3 miles and about 300 feet of elevation change.

This is a free hike. Advance registration is required.

Bandelier Reduces Frijoles Canyon Analysis Of Access Plan Impacts To Categorical Exclusion

on January 22, 2016 - 8:23am
Shuttle bus at Bandelier Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS
In 2012, the National Park Service (NPS) notified the public that an environmental assessment (EA) would be prepared to analyze the potential environmental effects of project alternatives to improve transportation conditions at Bandelier National Monument.  
This notice is to inform the public that the analysis of proposed action and associated impacts of the project has been reduced to a degree that an EA is no longer required.

Energy Department Announces $58 Million To Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

on January 22, 2016 - 8:21am
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements and released a report highlighting the successes of DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program while touring the newest vehicle technologies Thursday at the Washington Auto Show.
Continuing the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting the domestic automobile industry, Moniz announced a $55 million funding opportunity that will solicit projects across vehicle technologies like

PEEC Offers Bosque del Apache Birding This Weekend

on January 22, 2016 - 8:17am
Birders at Bosque del Apache. Photo by Mouser Williams
PEEC News:
Learn more about wildlife this weekend birding at the Bosque del Apache with two expert birders and excellent teachers, David Yeamans and Mouser Williams. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is sponsoring the program.
Yeamans has watched birds most of his life starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years, he has been a birder of the type he calls "semi-pro."
Yeamans is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips, and local birding activities.

Heinrich Applauds Cosmic Campgrounds International Dark Sky Sanctuary Designation

on January 22, 2016 - 8:05am
WASHINGTON, D.C.   U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., applauded western New Mexico's Cosmic Campground on being designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary.
The Cosmic Campground is the first International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) location on U.S Forest Service land and the first dark sky sanctuary designated in the United States.

"The Cosmic Campground in Catron County brings visitors from around the United States and the world to enjoy New Mexico's unmatched wild places," Heinrich said.

Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority Approves Planned Irradiation Project At Halden Research Reactor

on January 22, 2016 - 8:04am
LTBR News:
Reston, VA  Lightbridge Corporation, a U.S. nuclear energy company, announced Thursday that the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), which operates the Halden Research Reactor in Norway, had received formal regulatory approval from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) for all planned irradiation of Lightbridge metallic fuel at the Halden Research Reactor in Norway, which is expected to begin in 2017.
This regulatory approval follows a safety report previously submitted by IFE to the NRPA relating to irradiation testing of Lightbridge-designed metallic fuel

Explore Mars In The Nature Center Planetarium Friday

on January 21, 2016 - 4:16pm
PEEC News:
Learn more about Mars at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Los Alamos Nature Center as Rick Wallace leads a planetarium show and discussion of Mars, the challenges, opportunities, and realities of this red planet.
This special planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited.
Planetarium shows are suitable for ages four and up. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit here, email or call 505.662.0460.
Pajarito Environmental Education

Caltech Researchers Find Evidence Of A Real Ninth Planet

on January 21, 2016 - 12:57pm

This artistic rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side. Courtesy/Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)


This artistic rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side.
Credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)
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Caltech researchers have

IET Issues Call For Papers To Gas Turbine Instrumentation Community

on January 21, 2016 - 8:01am
IET News:
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)—a member organization of the Automation Federation—has issued a Call for Papers, inviting experts within the international gas turbine instrumentation community to share their latest research and results at the 2016 EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation.
The conference, to take place in September in Berlin, Germany and bring together gas turbine professionals, process engineers and leading industry experts to discuss new and innovative instrumentation techniques, developments and applications relating to gas turbines

'Earthshaking' Science On Tap Jan. 21 At UnQuarked

on January 20, 2016 - 10:19am
LACD News:
Does one big earthquake lead to another?
While large earthquakes have occurred throughout the Earth's history, their number has dramatically increased in the last ten to fifteen years. What is it that makes the earth move under our feet? How is it that earthquakes can cause other earthquakes? Can human activities, such as “fracking,” also trigger earthquakes?
Paul Johnson with the Lab's Geophysics group will help explore this topic at the next Science On Tap, at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los