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Bandelier Turns 100; Friends Of Bandelier Funding Drive Kicks Off With Goal Of $100,000

on February 4, 2016 - 8:51am

The Bandelier Youth Preservation Program worked on preserving the walls at Tyounyi Pueblo in the summer of 2015. Courtesy/BNM

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument shares an important birthday with the National Park Service this year – both are turning 100.

The 100th anniversary of the establishment of Bandelier takesplace Feb. 11 this year.

Respiratory Protection Requirements Reduced In Parts Of WIPP Underground

on February 2, 2016 - 8:54am
The yellow highlighted area in the drawing depicts the general area where respiratory protection requirements were lifted this week. Courtey photo
 
WIPP News:
 
As a result of radiological risk mitigation efforts by WIPP Radiological Control teams, this week requirements for respiratory protection were lifted for a significant portion of the WIPP underground.
 
The change in respiratory protection requirements applies to all areas south of S-2520 and represents a significant milestone in the contamination mitigation efforts.

Udall Introduces Amendment To Give All Americans An Opportunity To Invest In Clean Energy Future

on February 2, 2016 - 7:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced an amendment that he has filed to energy legislation that would ultimately enable all Americans to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds, allowing regular people across the country to do their part to invest in our nation's clean energy future.
 
Modeled after war bonds, which raised billions of dollars during World War I and World War II, Clean Energy Victory Bonds would help local, state and federal governments raise billions of dollars in capital that they could then invest in building clean energy infrastructure —

Moniz To Discuss Nuclear Non-Proliferation And Iran Deal At Wilson Center

on February 1, 2016 - 8:45pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.,  U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will participate in a Director’s Forum 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Auditoriumin in Washington, D.C. on the importance of nuclear non-proliferation and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
 
Last month, after years of negotiations and months of preparations for the implementation of the JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran had completed all of the required nuclear steps to reach Implementation Day, and as a result, the

Roads Are Slick - LAPD Urges Motorists To Use Caution

on February 1, 2016 - 11:08am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department issued an advisory this morning that while all roads around the County are open ... ice, slush and snow remain in certain areas.

LAPD urges drivers to use caution while traveling during winter weather conditions.

UNM-LA Has Closed Today Due To Winter Storm

on February 1, 2016 - 11:00am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos closed at 10 a.m. today due to the winter storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect through 5 a.m. Tuesday.

NWS Issues Winter Storm Warning Through Tuesday

on February 1, 2016 - 10:47am

Morning snow settles on the branches of this tree on Walnut Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS News:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE ISSUED FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE:
 
A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT IS PASSING OVER NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY AND TONIGHT. EXPECT HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW THROUGH TONIGHT ...
 
SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED FOR THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS WITH LESSER AMOUNTS OVER THE WESTERN HIGHER TERRAIN AND THE SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS.

Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Eyes Area G

on January 31, 2016 - 12:53pm

Canisters with profiles similar to the one that erupted at WIPP are kept in LANL's Dome 375 at Area G in a controlled environment under careful surveillance. Courtesy/DOE
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board plans to perform a comprehensive review of emergency preparedness and response programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the next few weeks.

“We’ve been informed by the DNFSB that they’re planning on holding some hearings out here sometime in the March time frame associated with Area G,” said Doug Hintze, Environmental Management

Bandelier Backcountry Trails Talk At Nature Center

on January 31, 2016 - 10:18am
Bandelier at dawn. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:

Trail work leader Kevin Stillman at Bandelier National Monument will present a talk detailing where to find water, the best places to camp and the things to see in Bandelier’s extensive backcountry.

Stillman's talk is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend and no registration is required.
 
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

Major Archaeology Site Near Santa Fe Debuts Website

on January 31, 2016 - 8:07am

The Arroyo Hondo Pueblo project resulted in several Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations as well as nine published monographs covering various aspects of the research. Courtesy photo

Extensive archaeological research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. Courtesy photo

SAR News:

  • Photographs, history and research on Arroyo Hondo website

SANTA FE – About 1300 C.E., a small pueblo just minutes south of present day Santa Fe, rapidly transformed from a 100-room hamlet to a 1,000-room pueblo boomtown.

Extensive archaeological research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, directed by Douglas Schwartz, disclosed

Moon Was Produced By Head-on Collision Between Earth And A Forming Planet

on January 30, 2016 - 10:16am

Paul Warren, Edward Young (holding sample of a rock from the moon) and Issaku Kohl. Photo by Christelle Snow/UCLA

UCLA News:

  • UCLA-led research reconstructs massive crash, which took place 4.5 billion years ago

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists and colleagues report.

Scientists had already known about this high-speed crash, which occurred almost 4.5 billion years ago, but many thought the Earth collided with Theia (pronounced THAY-eh) at

Community Seed Swap Sunday Feb. 7 & 14

on January 29, 2016 - 9:25am

Courtesy/UCLA

UCLA News:

The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is hosting its annual community seed swap.

The swap is 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday Feb. 7 and 14, at the church at 195 East Road, Suite 101.

Remember:

  • Bring only packets of seeds you wish to give away entirely. You may not get any back!
  • Take only enough seeds to use in one growing season.
  • If you are sharing seeds you’ve saved from your garden, please mark them clearly with the name of the plant and the year from which they were saved.

Participation is FREE. For more information, contact the church office at 505.662.2346, or email

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Prosperity Builds On Regulation

on January 29, 2016 - 7:46am

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Prosperity Builds On Regulation

A popular sound bite says “kill regulation” so prosperity will rise. Regulation is likened to a stalking horse brought out to snatch away property rights. Yet in history, property rights are created by regulation. Why do these stories sound so conflicting?

As usual, the message heard depends on which scraps of the whole story are told. Huge amounts are left out in boosting policy preferences.        

The pride of our nation is the rule of law. “Rule” means regulation.

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/jemezdailypost.com

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

  • 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

For more information, click here.

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
COUNTY News:
 
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
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
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
SENATE News:
 
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

EARTHJUSTICE News:

  • 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
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
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
 
BANDELIER News:
 
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.

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