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Laurel Hardin: Secrets About Sustainable Soils June 12

on June 10, 2016 - 8:57am
Arborist Laural Hardin shares her knowledge to help on how to build a flourishing garden with natural soils. Courtesy photo
 

Beautiful gardens begin with healthy soils. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
 
Learn to build a flourishing garden by taking care of plants as well as the soil. at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 12, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.
 
Laural Hardin will discuss organic-based fertilizing methods and give tips on ways to naturally enrich soils. Her talk will reveal how home gardeners can avoid harming beneficial soil microbes with synthetic fertilizers.

NNSA On Arrival Of Plutonium And Uranium From Japan’s Fast Critical Assembly At Savannah River Site And Y-12 National Security Complex

on June 10, 2016 - 5:45am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A shipment of plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)’s Fast Critical Assembly (FCA) reactor arrived safely at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C., and Y-12 National Security Complex near Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
“The removal of the material from Japan represents a significant accomplishment in our broader global nuclear security efforts to secure highly enriched uranium and plutonium worldwide.

Prescribed Burn Planned At Pajarito Ski Area June 15

on June 9, 2016 - 12:49pm
LAFD News:
 
The Los Alamos Fire Department will be burning three acres at the Pajarito Ski Area if weather permits at around 9 a.m., June 15.
 
The area is a meadow. A fire line will be constructed around that area. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. 
 
Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke will likely be visible from Espanola, Santa Clara and Santa Fe and from Highways 502 and 285. 
 
Smoke-sensitive individuals and

County Reminds Residents To Support Property Clean Up To Combat Excessive Weed Growth And Problematic Rubbish Accumulations On Private Property

on June 9, 2016 - 11:29am

Weeds, tires and other debris should be cleared from private properties. Courtesy image

COUNTY News:

  • County will now be educating and enforcing new provisions to the County Code adopted by County Council last Fall

It’s that time of year again and staff in Los Alamos County’s Building Safety Division and the Los Alamos Fire Department are reminding citizens to help address property-related issues such as weed overgrowth, excessive rubbish, and rodent issues being found on private properties around the County.

Property owners can help the County ensure a safe, continuous sidewalk path for

Summer Family Evenings At Los Alamos Nature Center – Rattlesnake Museum

on June 8, 2016 - 5:18pm
Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center on June 15 to learn more about rattlesnakes. Photo by Bob Myers
 
PEEC News:
 
Living in New Mexico means sharing the outdoors with many different kinds of reptiles.
 
To help explain how humans can cohabitate with our scaly neighbors, join Bob Myers, Director of the International Rattlesnake Museum, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday June 15, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. He will bring snakes from the museum and be available to share his knowledge. This event is part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.
 
This Summer

Growing Trend Of Abandoned Campfires Alarms Officials

on June 8, 2016 - 10:11am

Fifty campfires have been left unattended or abandodned since Memorial day weekend on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

Fire managers are alarmed by the growing trend of campfires abandoned on the Santa Fe National Forest.

Fifty campfires have been left either unattended or abandoned on the Santa Fe National Forest from Memorial Day weekend to present.

There also have been three human caused fires due to abandoned campfires.

Chicken Little And The Sitting Ducks: On The Question Of Planetary Defense

on June 7, 2016 - 12:23pm

In 2014, the spectacular Comet Ison grazed the sun and disappeared. Courtesy/Hubble Space Telescope

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
LOS ALAMOS DAILY POST

Glen Wurden, LANL plasma physicist, has conceived an insurance policy for planetary defense. Courtesy/LANL

Glen Wurden, a plasma physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. has an idea about how the world could end: he thinks there is agood chance it maybe more with a bang, than a whimper.

Also an amateur astronomer, Wurdenis especially focused onasteroids and comets, random missiles whizzing around the solar system and occasionally colliding

Documented Safety Analysis Implemented And Cold Operations Begin

on June 6, 2016 - 12:27pm

WIPP News:

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has reached a major milestone that cleared the way for the start of Cold Operations at the facility.

Implementation of the Documented Safety  Analysis (DSA) revision 5, which defines the safety parameters under which WIPP operates, was declared complete May 29, following several weeks of intense work by the federal and contractor workforce.

Cold Operations, the phase of WIPP’s restart that involves conducting facility operations with simulated waste containers, got underway June 1, beginning an eight-week

How The Hen House Turns: Living Peacefully With Others

on June 6, 2016 - 6:49am
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D
Longtime Los Alamos Resident
Now residing in California

As a metaphor for our relationship with animals, the Hen House is Turning, in significant in several ways. We housed and loved many animals in our 46 years in Los Alamos. They added more than one dimension to our lives.

We humans have been both friends and users of our fellow creatures over many thousands of years.

Unattended Campfires Pose Unnecessary Risks

on June 4, 2016 - 8:07am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  A rash of unattended and abandoned campfires on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest over the long Memorial Day weekend could have caused a major headache for fire crews already overseeing a human-caused fire on Rowe Mesa.
 
Fortunately, none of the 25 identified campfires sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. But as the New Mexico fire season gets underway, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.
 
Visitors to national forests are asked to follow 

Nine Women Receive C3E Awards

on June 4, 2016 - 8:06am
C3E News:
 
STANFORD, Calif.  At the fifth annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium today, nine distinguished women across multiple disciplines will be honored for outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy.
 
The Symposium is being held at Stanford University and is hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), and Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy.
 
Dr. Sarah Kurtz, a Research Fellow with the National Center for Photovoltaics and a Principal Scientist at the U.S.

Plant Sale At Master Gardeners Garden Fair June 11

on June 4, 2016 - 8:01am
Perennial mound. Photo by Bob Walker
 
LAMG News:
 
Starting a garden, need more plants, can't resist another plant, looking for a good bargain – all good reasons to attend the Los Alamos Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden Fair 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11 on Central Avenue (across the street from Mesa Public Library). 
 
More than 400 plants for your landscape and vegetable gardens, as well as plants for your home, all grown by Los Alamos Master Gardeners, will be for sale.
 
In addition to the Plant Sale, three workshops and one clinic will be offered, at no cost at the

'A Climate For Change' With Cynthia Scharf Monday

on June 4, 2016 - 7:53am
Senior Officer Cynthia Scharf
 
UN News:
 
Cynthia Scharf, senior officer and speechwriter to the United Nations Secretary-General on climate change and sustainable energy is presenting the lecture, "A Climate for Change: What the Paris Agreement Means for Us, for our Children, and the Future of Climate Action".
 
 Scharf's talk is 7-9 p.m. Monday, June 6, at United Church of Santa Fe (corner of St. Michael's Drive and Arroyo Chamiso) at 1804 Arroyo Chamiso Road.
 

This lecture is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Daily Postcard: Purple Lilacs Bloom In White Rock

on June 3, 2016 - 11:33am

Daily Postcard: Purple lilacs bloom in White Rock. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Purple lilacs bloom in White Rock. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

SFNF Waives Fees On National Get Outdoors Day

on June 3, 2016 - 10:18am

SFNF News:

SANTA FEThe Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities, June 11, for National Get Outdoors Day, a day when federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry encourage healthy, outdoor activities.

June 11 also offers the public the opportunity to join volunteers on the Santa Fe National Forest as they continue work, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on erosion control and re-routing a portion of the Winsor Trail above Pacheco Canyon Road. For additional information, contact Española District Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Sublett at

Community Invited To ‘A Starry Night In Seville’ July 2

on June 3, 2016 - 6:19am
Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Patrick Coulie
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Board of Directors, staff and friends invite community members to join them for “A Starry Night in Seville” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. 
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is PEEC’s honored guest as a “Champion of Nature” for his work in transferring the Valles Caldera to the National Park Service.

Zika Virus Hits New Mexico

on June 2, 2016 - 8:26pm

Aedes aegypti in Tanzania. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim/www.micro2macro.net

 

Staff Report:

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Wednesday a second confirmed case of the Zika virus in the state.

The first case was discovered in March  in a 46-year-old Bernallilo County man who was infected while traveling in Central America. The second case, announced Wednesday, involves a 40-year-old Bernalillo County woman who aquired the virus while traveling to the Caribbean.

Zika virus disease has been in the news for several weeks now and has many individuals concerned.

DOE Releases Draft RFP For Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on June 2, 2016 - 7:52am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) acquisition.
 
A contract that primarily includes cost-plus-award-fee contract line items for the purpose of continuing the legacy cleanup mission is anticipated. The Draft RFP provides for full and open competition, and the Draft RFP includes requirements for meaningful work to be performed by small business concerns.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Looking For Butterflies

on June 2, 2016 - 7:41am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
Looking for Butterflies
 
Dorothy Hoard is known for several books that she wrote about the out-of-doors of Los Alamos. She also began an annual summer butterfly count in 1993. It has continued annually ever since, well nearly. 
 
A forest fire or summer thunderstorm occasionally has prevented a survey. (The following charts have gaps for some years as a result.) The surveys have been conducted at the Burnt Mesa, Valley Canyon and Camp May areas. The data therefore is for areas of increasing elevation.

PEEC: Summer Family Evenings – The Final Frontier

on June 2, 2016 - 7:26am
The bright side of the moon, visible at the Los Alamos Nature Center at its first Summer Family Evening program Wednesday, June 8. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to observe the moon and nearby planets through telescopes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
 
This fun evening also will include activities, conversations with local astronomers, and exploring the virtual galaxy in the planetarium. Summer Family Evenings would not be possible without the generous support of Del Norte Credit Union.
 
Over the course of

North Fire Temporary Closure Order Issued

on June 1, 2016 - 1:06pm
SFNF News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  To ensure both public and firefighter safety, a temporary Closure Order has been issued in the vicinity of the North Fire.
 
All National Forest System lands, roads and trails within the area are closed to public use. 
 
The closed areas include:
  • Trail 92, Trail 91, Trail 36, Trail 37, Trail 37A, Trail 38; and
  • Forest Road (FR) 330, FR 378, FR 138, FR 138A, FR 56, FR 52.
The following are exempt from this closure order:
  • Fire fighters assigned to the North Fire;
  • Local, State, and Federal law enforcement officers in the performance of an official duty;
  • Members of

Barbero Fire On Santa Fe National Forest

on June 1, 2016 - 10:15am
SFNF News:
 
Location:
  • Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • On Rowe Mesa about 12 miles southeast of Pecos
 
Start Date: Reported May 26, 2016
Size: Approximately 146 acres at 8 a.m.
Percent Contained: 50%
Growth Potential: Minimal
Cause: Human, under investigation
Vegetation: Pinon-juniper, ponderosa pine, heavy slash from thinning            
Summary: The fire appears to be human caused and started during the night. Crews will continue to burn out unburned pockets and expect to have the fire 100% contained today.

John Lyles Reveals His Explorations In NM’s Caves

on May 31, 2016 - 10:15pm

John Lyles explores the unknown in Earth’s inner recesses. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Learn about the seventh-longest explored cave in the world during a talk by John Lyles at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Lyles will discuss the underground wilderness of Lechuguilla Cave at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. His talk will reveal discoveries in Snowy River passage and Fort Stanton Cave, their exquisite natural resources, and 140 miles of subterranean adventure. This is a free talk organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Lyles is an

Concern Mounts For Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

on May 31, 2016 - 7:44am

New York's Indian Point nuclear power plant. Courtesy/commons.wikimedia.org

SECURITY News:

Located 26 miles from New York City, in the right weather conditions a radiation release at Indian Point nuclear power plant could reach Times Square in as little as 90 minutes, making evacuation of New York City impossible and rendering the area uninhabitable for a long time.

Critics of the agiing plant say that the disappearance and disintegration of more than 1 in 4 critical bolts holding the Indian Point nuclear reactor cooling system together is far more serious than owner, Entergy, admits.

Udall To Rally For Chemical Safety Reform Today

on May 31, 2016 - 7:25am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Office of Sen. Tom Udall:
 
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will celebrate historic progress on the the push to reform the broken chemical safety law with a rally at an Albuquerque business devoted to selling home and building products free of hazardous chemicals.
 
Joining Udall will be business owners, building trade workers, the March of Dimes, moms and experts on health and safety, including Dr. Cheryl Willman of the UNM Cancer Center, Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins and Caroline Scruggs of UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning.
 
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