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UAMPS Honors Los Alamos County Department Of Public Utilities With System Improvement Award

on January 4, 2017 - 10:40am

From left, UAMPS  CEO Doug Hunter, DPU Utilities Manager Tim Glasco, Deputy Utilities Manager–Electric Production Steve Cummins and UAMPS Board Chair Jackie Flowers. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County and its Department of Public Utilities received a System Improvement Award at the recent 2016 Member Meeting of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) in Salt Lake City.

DPU Manager Tim Glasco and Deputy Utilities Manager–Electric Production Steve Cummins accepted the award, which was presented by UAMPS Board Chair Jackie Flowers and UAMPS CEO Doug Hunter.

The System

Library Film Series Resumes With 'Grizzly Man' Jan. 6

on January 4, 2017 - 6:57am
Bear-lover and amateur naturalist Timothy Treadwell. Courtesy photo
 
LIBRARY News:
 
Mesa Public Library shows the film “Grizzly Man” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5 in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms.
 
This is the first in a year-long series of free films that will be shown on the first Thursday of each month. The films for January, February and March have been chosen to reflect “The Best of the 2000s.”
 
Communing with nature takes on a whole new meaning in the hands of expert filmmaker Werner Herzog, who has nearly 70 films to his credit.

Alert: Black Ice On Main Hill Road!

on January 2, 2017 - 7:52am

Future Trails Discussion At Nature On Tap Thursday

on January 2, 2017 - 7:38am

PEEC News:

Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson will discuss the proposed flow trail for Los Alamos County and the future of the local trail network at the first Nature on Tap presentation of 2017.

Peterson's talk is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.

Nature On Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science.

Peterson oversees the County's open space and trails systems.

EM Sites Cut Costs More Than $100 Million In FY-16

on December 31, 2016 - 10:39am

EM's Richland Operations Office achieves cost savings by increasing disposal capacity at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility, known as the ‘hub’ of Hanford cleanup. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM sites reduced operating costs by more than $100 million in fiscal year (FY) 2016, responding to a challenge from EM leadership to free more funding for cleanup.

The Savannah River Operations Office realized more than $34.1 million in cost reductions, followed by the Richland Operations Office (RL) with more than $31.6 million, Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office with over

Nature On Tap: Our Local Trails

on December 30, 2016 - 8:23am

PEEC News:

Come to Nature on Tap to discuss the future possibilities for the Los Alamos County trail network. Eric Peterson, LA County’s Open Space Specialist, will provide an update about upcoming projects, the proposed flow trail included.

Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature, and science. This week, PEEC is hosting Nature on Tap  5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at Unquarked. Admission is free.

Peterson oversees the County’s open space and trails systems.

Tales Of Our Times: Different Words Tell Similar Things

on December 30, 2016 - 8:20am

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

Different Words Tell Similar Things

All our tilling here once a month has earned a winter break from the work of green concerns and the weight of varied prospects. For the holiday, I offer a poem by Peggy Pond Church.

Peggy Pond came to the Pajarito Plateau in 1914 as the daughter of Ashley Pond Jr., the eventual founder of the Los Alamos Ranch School. In 1924, she married Fermor Church, an engineering graduate of Harvard, who had come to teach at the fledgling school.

Snowshoe Hike In The Valles Caldera Saturday

on December 30, 2016 - 8:20am
Young snowshoers on the move. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter. A VALL ranger and a PEEC representative will lead a 2 – 2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike. Along the way, participants will have the chance to learn tricks and tips to navigating by snowshoe, understand how plants and animals adapt to cope with winter, and explore the complex geology of the Jemez mountains.

The first hike is10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the Valle Grande Entrance Station.

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Udall: Designation Of Bears Ears National Monument

on December 29, 2016 - 7:43pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, incoming vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, praised President Obama's decision Wednesday to create the Bears Ears National Monument.
 
The region of Southern Utah has been important for Native Americans for millennia, and it is also an area where Udall's ancestor, Jacob Hamblin, once worked to build relations between Mormon pioneers and Native American Tribes.
 
"The Bears Ears region

PEEC's Top 10 List Continues: # 1

on December 29, 2016 - 7:58am

As the year winds to an end, we are also down to the final reason to support PEEC this year. The number 1 reason why people support PEEC is to share the benefits of nature with others. Support PEEC and help people get outside to experience the benefits of nature. Courtesy photo

Santa Fe National Forest Announces Road Closures On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on December 29, 2016 - 7:56am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest has issued a seasonal road closure order for several Forest Service roads and areas on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District that are susceptible to damage under severe weather conditions. The order is in effect until Dec. 31, 2022, unless rescinded earlier.
 
The closure order will protect public health and safety, natural resources and infrastructure during periods of extreme soil moisture and heavy snowfall. Closures usually occur in the winter months between January and April.
 
The closures restrict the use of four-wheel and

State Police Investigate Fuel Spill Near Eagle Nest

on December 28, 2016 - 10:05pm

NMSP News:

Eagle Nest - Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), operated by the Fronk Oil Company (Booker, Texas), was traveling westbound on US 64. At mile marker 290, approximately five miles east of Eagle Nest, the vehicle slid off the north side of the roadway and into the Cimarron River, which was located alongside the roadway.

The CMV was hauling a tanker trailer containing unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel. After impacting the river, the tanker trailer disengaged causing some diesel fuel to leak.

Cold Weather Doesn't Stop Local Jogger

on December 28, 2016 - 7:40am

Cold weather doesn't stop this jogger from his daily routine Tuesday on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BLM Announces Call For Nominations To Wild Horse And Burro Advisory Board

on December 28, 2016 - 7:35am

BLM News:

The Bureau of Land Management today issued a call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

To be considered for selection, nominations must be received via email by Feb. 10, 2017, or postmarked by that date. The BLM published its request for nominations in the Federal Register.

Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following categories of interest: public interest (equine behavior), wild horse and burro research, and natural resource management.

The Advisory Board advises the BLM, an

Daily Postcard: Snow Scooper On The Move

on December 28, 2016 - 6:51am

Daily Postcard: A small tractor with a front scoop is busy clearing snow Tuesday from the parking lot at Central Avenue and Knecht Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Backcountry Film Festival At Reel Deal Jan. 26

on December 27, 2016 - 7:12am

PEEC News:

The Backcountry Film Festival is returning to the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos for the sixth year in a row.

Produced by the Boise, Idaho based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world.

The screening is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Reel Deal Theater. It will be the only screening in New Mexico.

The Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films – from well-known filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their

Playing At Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on December 26, 2016 - 9:06am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, Exploding Universe will play in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. This family-friendly film will take the audience on a voyage through space to explore explosive events that shaped the Universe.

The nature center is closed New Year's Day, Jan. 1. Otherwise, the nature center will be open regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as well as 1-4 p.m Sunday. The nature center is closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.

For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit 

LANL: Leaky Plumbing Impedes Greenland Ice Sheet Flow

on December 25, 2016 - 8:33am
On the Greenland Ice Sheet, the ice flow more than doubles in speed in many regions during summer, as surface melt drains to the bed and lubricates the motion. This acceleration sends ice to the sea faster. However, the motion also slows down in late summer, fall, and winter, which largely offsets the summer speedup. New modeling data shows that a complex drainage system beneath the ice holds the giant sheet back more than previously understood. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Surface meltwater that drains to the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet each summer causes changes in ice flow that cannot be

PEEC Bird Of The Week: The Hairy Woodpecker

on December 24, 2016 - 9:20am
Hairy woodpecker. Courtesy photo
 
By BOB WALKER
PEEC

The Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) is one of the most common and abundant of the North American Woodpeckers.

They are not as common at the Los Alamos Nature Center as the Acorn Woodpeckers frequently seen, but there have been many reports of Hairy Woodpeckers in the area.

Slightly smaller than the Acorn Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker enjoys the suet feeder and the various seed mixes we use. Away from feeders, they tend to be shyer than Acorn Woodpeckers.

The Hairy Woodpecker has a black-and-white striped face, all-white

WIPP Cleared To Resume Waste Emplacement

on December 23, 2016 - 11:39am

WIPP News:

Today the Department of Energy (DOE) authorized Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) to resume waste emplacement in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

This decision confirms that all pre-start corrective actions identified in the two operational readiness reviews have been completed and properly validated and other required actions were completed.

It is anticipated that the first waste emplacement will be completed in early January 2017 after final ground control preparations are completed.

Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Todd Shrader said, “Extensive efforts to identify and implement

DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement To Nambe Pueblo

on December 23, 2016 - 10:46am

DOE News:

CARLSBAD -- The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office has awarded a $250,000 five-year cooperative agreement to the Nambe Pueblo for the coordination of activities to ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Activities under the cooperative agreement focus on technical assistance to be provided through training and exercises for the New Mexico Pueblo to prepare emergency responders and emergency management for continued assurance of safe and uneventful transportation of radioactive waste through the Pueblo lands.

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Bandelier Closed Due To Weather

on December 22, 2016 - 11:13am

Bandelier entrance sign. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier has closed today due to the winter snow storm and will not open again until at least 10 a.m. Friday. 

Also, the Visitor Center will be closed Dec. 25, but, weather permitting, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 will be normal days with the park and Visitor Center open.

PEEC And BBBS Ask For Help To Get Kids Outside

on December 22, 2016 - 9:52am
Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mountain Region provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Courtesy image
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to help kids get outside? The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) are providing an opportunity to make a difference in a powerful and personal way by starting a new program that can flourish with the help of volunteers.
 
BBBS has a long waiting list, especially for boys wanting a Big.

Letter To The Editor: Obama’s Last Chance To Protect Grand Canyon

on December 22, 2016 - 9:51am
By Hannah Perkins and Dan McGuinness
Environment New Mexico, Golden Dawn Gallery
 
While climbing into ancient cavates and hiking through the beautiful wilderness of Bandelier National Monument a few weeks ago, I was struck by the thought, what if we hadn’t protected this?
 
What would have happened to sites of the ancestral pueblo culture and the miles of natural wonders if this hadn’t been designated as a national monument one hundred years ago?

Bandelier National Monument doesn’t just preserve history, culture, and nature.

Daily Postcard: Snow Falls As Christmas Nears

on December 22, 2016 - 9:28am

Daily Postcard: Snow is covering the area this morning including Aster Street in the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. The National Weather Service reports a daytime high of 35 with this morning’s snow likely turning to rain this afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible. Tonight’s low will reach around 31. Friday’s forecast includes a high of near 43 with a 30 percent chance of snow and a low of around 26. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 

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