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Story Of Texas (And Now New Mexico) Punxatawney Phil

on February 2, 2017 - 8:21am
Since his arrival in Los Alamos in October, Punxatawney Phil has been spotted all over town. Here he checks out the view on Central Avenue with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy photo
 
Punxatawney Phil sees his shadow this morning so he's predicting another six weeks of winter. Courtesy photo
 
By JULIE HABIGER
Los Alamos
 
My father Lawrence Strouts spends his winters in a retirement community in south Texas, and the idea of celebrating Groundhog Day with residents there came about many, many years ago.

House Committee To Review ‘Bear Bill’ Thursday

on January 31, 2017 - 9:57am

Karen Williams of Los Aamos

STATE News:

House Bill 109, WILD ANIMAL BITE & ATTACK PROCEDURES, is on the agenda for review Thursday by the House State Government, Indian and Veterans' Affairs Committee. This is the bill created by runner Karen Williams of Los Aamos who was attacked by a mother bear protecting her cubs when Williams came too close while running a marathon near the Valles Cadera.

The mama bear was subsequently located and killed so the brain could be tested for rabies.

Daily Postcard: A Winter's Morning In Los Alamos

on January 31, 2017 - 5:40am

Daily Postcard: A winter's morning in Los Alamos. Photo by Donna Reil

County Spring & Summer Field User Meeting Feb. 15

on January 30, 2017 - 10:34am
COUNTY News:
 
The Spring & Summer Field User meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Parks Division Conference Room, 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5.
 
Attendees should bring all schedule requests and a copy of the organization’s Liability of Insurance naming Los Alamos County as additional insured, to the meeting. Mandatory attendance is required. Anyone unable to attend should designate someone to attend in their place.
 
Direct questions to Kim Trujillo at 505.662.8159. Forms can be obtained on the County website at www.lacnm.us.

First GPS Data Release To Boost Space-weather Science

on January 30, 2017 - 9:32am

An image illustrating the six orbital planes in which GPS satellites (‘navigational satellites’ or ns) fly around Earth. This configuration shows the orbits just before the start of this solar cycle’s biggest geomagnetic storm, which occurred March 17, 2015. The darkest orbital lines indicate the position of the satellites in that moment; the lightest lines indicate where they were 12 hours prior. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

Today, more than 16 years of

DOE Releases Draft RFP For Moab UMTRA Technical Assistance Contract (TAC) Procurement

on January 29, 2017 - 8:01am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Technical Assistance Contract (TAC), in Moab, Utah.
 
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) and Time-and-Material task orders, is anticipated.
 
The Final RFP is established as a total U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program set-aside with a five year ordering period.

Daily Postcard: Icy Waters Flow At IHM

on January 29, 2017 - 7:56am

Daily Postcard: Icy waters flow Saturday afternoon in the fountain in front of IHM at 3700 Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Hiking Along Las Conchas Trail

on January 28, 2017 - 7:59am

Daily Postcard: Hiking along the Las Conchas Trail. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Skier Alex Mueller Shares Adventures In Antarctica

on January 26, 2017 - 4:01pm

One of Alex Mueller's shots of the landscape in Antarctica. Mueller shared a number of his photos during Los Alamos Mountaineers' meeting Tuesday night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Alex Mueller 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Alex Mueller was in a meeting at Lawrence Livermore when he got a call; a friend asked if he would like to take the ski trip of a lifetime. So in November 2014, Mueller packed his bags, picked up his skis, flew on a plane to Argentina before boarding an ex-Russian ice breaker vessel to Antarctica.  

Mueller was among 70 travelers who

Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva Visits Los Alamos Jan. 27

on January 26, 2017 - 8:54am

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva

POLITICAL News:

  • Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva Speaks Friday at Fuller Lodge

Washington, D.C. – As House Republicans vow to eliminate federal protection for multiple national monuments across the West, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will head to New Mexico Jan. 25-27 to tour several federally protected sites, meet with key lawmakers, and connect with conservation, sportsmen and business leaders to form a united front in what is expected to be a frontline state in the fight over the future of our public lands.

The trip, Grijalva said, is about

Extreme Space Weather-Induced Electricity Blackouts Could Cost U.S. More Than $40 Billion Daily

on January 26, 2017 - 7:57am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, according to a new study.
 
Previous studies have focused on direct economic costs within the blackout zone, failing to take into account indirect domestic and international supply chain loss from extreme space weather.
 
“On average the direct economic cost incurred from disruption to electricity represents only 49 percent of the total potential macroeconomic

Obama Environmental Legacy Will Benefit People And Places Of New Mexico For Years To Come

on January 26, 2017 - 7:44am
ENVIRONMENT News:
 
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” this proverb may well have guided President Obama over the past eight years as he protected our landscapes and led the world to limit the worst impacts of global warming.
 
From the Climate Action Plan to investing in renewable energy and fuel economy standards and forging the historic Paris Climate Agreement, President Obama’s unprecedented leadership on cutting global warming emissions will ensure a brighter future for our planet and all of us who call it home.
 
With 2016 in the

BLM Announces Selections For Leadership Positions

on January 26, 2017 - 7:36am
Kristin Bail 
 
BLM News:
 
The Bureau of Land Management has announced two key leadership positions:
 
Kristin Bail will serve as the agency’s acting director; and
Jody L. Hudson has been selected as the assistant director for Human Capital Management.
 
Previous BLM Director Neil Kornze stepped down Jan. 20 with the transition to the new administration. Hudson succeeds Carole Carter-Pfisterer who retired from the BLM last month.
 
“Kristin is a thoughtful, effective leader. The BLM family will be in good hands under her leadership,” Kornze said.  
 
In her most recent

Daily Postcard: Back Yard View From Pajarito Acres

on January 26, 2017 - 7:35am

Daily Postcard: The back yard view from a home in Pajarito Acres. Photo by Bob Reedy 

Pajarito Mountain: Stunning, Snowy, Scenic...

on January 25, 2017 - 12:16pm

It's a beautiful bluebird day at Pajarito Mountain after this latest cycle of storms that left the ski area with 47 inches of snow over the past seven days and 8 inches in the past 24 hours. The base depth is 60 inches and the skiing is fantastic! Pajarito is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Ablaze Over Los Alamos

on January 25, 2017 - 9:26am

Daily Postcard: Blazing sunrise viewed Jan. 17 over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Heinrich Secures Agreement From Trump Administration To Not Vacate Management Of Nuclear Stockpile

on January 24, 2017 - 9:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured an agreement from the Trump Administration that it would not vacate the management of the nation's nuclear stockpile.

"I'm pleased the Trump Administration listened to my concerns and agreed to maintaining continuity in the leadership of the NNSA during the transition. The administration came dangerously close to allowing the management of our nation's nuclear stockpile to go on auto-pilot," Heinrich said.

Daily Postcard: Local Woodpecker Dines On Suet

on January 24, 2017 - 9:29am

Daily Postcard: A woodpecker dines on Suet Saturday at Mountain Village. By Richard Love

PEEC: Backcountry Film Festival Tickets Sold Out

on January 24, 2017 - 8:11am

The Backcountry Film Festival sells out four days before the screening. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Early planning paid off for those who wanted to see the Backcountry Film Festival this Thursday.

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) worked with the Reel Deal Theater and local sponsors to bring the films to Los Alamos, and its popularity exceeded their expectations when it sold out Sunday evening.

To see other upcoming PEEC events and learn more about the Los Alamos Nature Center, visit www.peecnature.org.

NWS: Winter Storm Warning Until Noon Today

on January 24, 2017 - 7:40am
 
NWS News:
 
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch until noon today for the Los Alamos area. The NWS predicts today's high near 31 with a 50 percent chance of scattered snow showers, some thunder also is possible.
 
Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch is possible.
 
There is a 30 percent chance of scattered snow showers tonight with a low of around 14 and a new snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.

Daily Postcard: Hiking With Spectacular Views

on January 23, 2017 - 7:26am

Daily Postcard: Taking a hike around the local area Saturday amongst spectacular views. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS: Winter Storm Warning Until 5 a.m. Tuesday

on January 23, 2017 - 7:08am

The National Weather Service predicts today’s high near 40 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain and snow. A total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight’s low around 24 degrees with an 80 percent chance of snow and a total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Letter To The Editor: Wildlife Issue

on January 22, 2017 - 12:14pm
By KAREN J. SIMES
Las Cruces
 
I grew up in Los Alamos. The Wildlife was there before we were. We are encroaching on their space. Just saying.

Seafloor Valleys Found Below West Antarctic Glaciers

on January 22, 2017 - 8:32am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica.
 
Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder periods, the troughs enable warm, salty water to reach the undersides of glaciers, fueling their increasingly rapid retreat.
 
“These oceanic features are several hundreds to a thousand meters deeper than what we thought before,” said Romain Millan, a graduate student in Earth system science at UCI and lead author of the new study.

Tales Of Our Times: Tie Smart Tools To New Pipelines

on January 22, 2017 - 8:30am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Tie Smart Tools To New Pipelines

Politics leads the nation in constant fights for and against new pipelines. So why do so few partisans on either side sing out for smart tools on pipelines? No matter how you view pipelines, President Trump has timely chances to change the old ways.
 
“Smart tools” is a broad term for the steady stream of 21st century devices with computer chips that continuously inspect, analyze and report on the state of health of almost everything.

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