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Scenes From Saturday's Energy Efficiency Home Tour

on October 16, 2016 - 8:08pm
PEEC and Los Alamos County sponsored a tour of energy efficient homes Saturday. The home of Rosmarie and Paul Frederickson features 1.5 inches of insulation added under the stucco. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Frederickson home has a heat-collecting sunroom. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Frederickson garden produces much of the family's food. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Meyer home has solar panels and a xeric
(drought resistant perennials) garden. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Drought-tolerant cool-season fescue

Santa Fe Area Sees Residual Smoke From Watershed Prescribed Burn

on October 16, 2016 - 1:32pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Smoke from the prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed last week is lingering over the city as higher-than-expected temperatures created an inversion that has slowed its dispersal.

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest, in consultation with the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Health, decided Friday morning to stop ignitions on the Watershed prescribed burn based on air quality and smoke impacts to Santa Fe.

Daily Postcard: Glorious Morning Glories On Bathtub Row

on October 16, 2016 - 12:40pm
Daily Postcard: Glorious Morning Glories spotted climbing a tree at the home of Jim and Kate O'Donnell on Bathtub Row during Saturday's Los Alamos Studio Art Tour. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

A Mountaineer’s Story: Ascent Of Mt. Vinson

on October 16, 2016 - 10:14am

Evening descent from Mt. Gardner with the view of Antarctica’s northern Sentinel Range. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Ever wonder what it would be like to stand on the highest point in Antarctica? Attend the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25 to hear from adventurer Eiichi Fukishima, who seeks to enliven one’s passion for Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson.

Fukishima’s talk begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings as well.

This is a tale of the first ascent of the last high point

NPS: Prescribed Burns Begin Next Week

on October 15, 2016 - 8:10am
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve will initiate prescribed burn projects beginning early next week, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions.
 
The prescribed burn will take place within an approximately 1,200-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of 3-8 nonconsecutive days. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve.
 

Heinrich To Tout Economic Bright Spots In Torrance County And Santa Fe

on October 15, 2016 - 8:09am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be in Moriarty and Santa Fe Monday, Oct. 17, to highlight two new sectors with potential for significant job growth that could lead to a more diverse and prosperous New Mexico economy.
 
Monday morning, Heinrich will participate in a celebration of El Cabo Wind Farm Project at the Estancia Valley Economic Development Association in Moriarty. El Cabo will be one of the largest wind energy projects ever built in New Mexico.

LANL: Rocket Motor Concept Could Boost CubeSat Missions

on October 13, 2016 - 9:21am

 

Artists concept of a CubeSat on-board propulsion system. Courtesy/Inside Out Visuals

LANL News:

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a rocket motor concept that could pave the way for CubeSats zooming across space. These small, low-cost satellites are an easy way for scientists to access space, but are lacking in one key area, on-board propulsion.

“The National Academy of Sciences recently convened a meeting to look at science missions in CubeSats,” said Bryce Tappan, an explosives chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead researcher on the CubeSat

Local Expert Chick Keller Leads Final Wildflower Walk Of Season Oct. 17

on October 13, 2016 - 8:58am

Goldenrods like this Solidago simplex bloom in late summer and into the fall. Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead the final Wildflower Walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

Wildflower expert Chick Keller (right) leads a wildflower walk for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric

This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Keller picks the trail based on what is blooming at the time.

The Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Discusses Consent Order Agreement And Gross Receipt Tax Issue

on October 12, 2016 - 5:27pm
RCLC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) will hold its monthly board meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at the Taos Plaza Old County Courthouse, 121 N Plaza, Mural Room, 2nd floor in Taos.
 
The Regional Coalition has invited New Mexico Secretary of Environment, Bruce Tongate and Katie Roberts, Director of the Resource Protection Division at New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). Roberts will report on the Consent Order Agreement, an agreement between the NMED and the U.S.

Open Letter To The Next President And Members Of The 115th Congress

on October 12, 2016 - 4:38pm
NEMA News:
 
To the 45th President of the United States and Members of the 115th Congress:
 
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents electrical and medical imaging manufacturers, innovators, job creators and voters. We speak on behalf of pro-growth American industries that envision a modern electrical infrastructure and affordable, reliable health programs.
 
As you take on your sworn duties in service to the American people, we ask that you bear in mind five basic priorities that will expand the economy, increase employment rates, improve healthcare, and

Expanded Garden Showcases Northern New Mexico Ethnobotanical History

on October 12, 2016 - 6:21am
SFBG News:
 
SANTA FE  Life wasn't easy for American Indians and Spanish settlers in northern New Mexico 400 years ago. And now thanks to the newest addition to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG) on Museum Hill, modern day visitors can see for themselves what it took to survive and flourish here.
 
Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands, the garden’s latest expansive hands-on living exhibit, opens to the public Saturday, Oct. 22, with a free program of flamenco and mariachi performances, Native American dances, story-telling and other activities.
 
“We’re thrilled to present our community with

Recycled Fashion Show Nov. 19

on October 11, 2016 - 3:28pm

10th Annual Pajarito Trail Fest Saturday

on October 11, 2016 - 3:24pm
Pajarito Trail Fest runner. Photo by Jim Stein
 
PTF News:
 
The aspens are aflame on Pajarito Mountain this month. On October 15, trail runners converge on one of the most breathtaking courses to join the Pajarito Trail Fest, a popular nonprofit race.
 
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Trail Fest is hosted by Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, on the outskirts of Los Alamos in the Jemez Mountains. A 10k- and 15-mile race begin 9 a.m. on Saturday.
 
Runners take off from mountain’s base (9,200 feet), climbing 1200 vertical feet in a clockwise loop through golden aspens and pine trees on

WIPP: Updates On Ground Control Activities―Additional Rock Falls In Panel 3 Access Drift

on October 11, 2016 - 3:22pm
WIPP News:

Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) was evaluating the area of the rock fall in the Panel 3 exhaust drift Oct. 7, and determined that additional sections have dislodged since the initial report earlier in the week.

This area was, and continues to be, prohibited which means no personnel are allowed to enter. Being an inactive area of the mine, no ground control measures are being taken and additional falls may occur in this area until the remainder of the unstable portions of the drift have fallen.
 
This additional rock fall in the Panel 3 drift is smaller than the initial fall

New Mexico's Longest Yard Sale Spans More Than 26 Miles Oct. 15-16

on October 11, 2016 - 9:59am
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The longest yard sale in New Mexico – the 13th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Sale, Oct. 15-16, will give bargain shoppers and sellers alike a chance to buy and sell new and used items with a complimentary view of fall colors along the Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway drive.
 
In addition, Jemez Valley Animal Amigos – a no-kill rescue group – will be selling raffle tickets with two chances to win a vacation package in Jemez Springs.
 
The Jemez Mountain Trail Sale spans more than 26 miles, beginning at San Ysidro at the intersection of N.M.

Los Alamos Energy Efficiency Home Tour Highlights Real-world Applications To Reduce Energy Consumption

on October 10, 2016 - 10:33am

Energy saving features at the Shankland family residence in White Rock. Courtesy/PEEC

Energy saving features at the Frederickson family residence in Los Alamos. Courtesy/PEEC

COUNTY News:

  • Self-guided Tour of Homes in Los Alamos County Saturday, Oct. 15

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has announced the Energy Efficiency Home Tour to highlight real-world applications to reduce energy consumption and improve all-season comfort in the home.

Los Alamos County homeowners will open their doors 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.

Bandelier To Unveil Statue Honoring CCC Workers

on October 9, 2016 - 11:14am
CCC enrollees at Bandelier working in the stone quarry that is now the amphitheater at Juniper Campground, where the CCC Worker Statue will be installed. Courtesy/NPS
 
CCC enrollees at Bandelier working in the stone quarry that is now the amphitheater at Juniper Campground, where the CCC Worker Statue will be installed. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
During the Great Depression, young men all over the country got badly-needed jobs with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), learning skills, doing civic improvements and protecting resources.

DPNM Chair Debra Haaland Travels To North Dakota In Solidarity With New Mexico Tribes

on October 9, 2016 - 7:24am
DPNM Chair Debra Haaland with Standing Rock Sioux members Wasté Win Young and Susan Ireland. Courtesy photo 
 
NMDP News:
 
Chair Debra Haaland of the Democratic Party of New Mexico traveled recently to North Dakota in solidarity with Native Tribes in New Mexico and across the country. The Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and the Department of Interior temporarily halted construction of the pipeline on federal land Sept. 9 until a proper evaluation is conducted.
 
“Tribal consultation is the cornerstone of building trust and honoring our government to government

Gathering For Mother Earth Set For Oct. 15-16

on October 9, 2016 - 7:13am
Courtesy photo
 
CCNS News:
 
The twentieth annual Gathering for Mother Earth, sponsored by Tewa Women United and the newly organized Mother Earth Ecological Wellness Collaborative, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, in Pojoaque.
 
The weekend event, which is open to people of all cultures and ages, seeks to honor Mother Earth for her Lifegivingness. The Gathering is a time for community unity to protect the most vulnerable people, including pregnant women, infants and farmers, especially those living around production sites for nuclear weapons.
 

Nuclear Worker Documentary Coming To Los Alamos

on October 8, 2016 - 9:32pm
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Award Winning documentary “The Safe Side of the Fence” will be showing at 7 p.m., Oct. 20 at The Reel Deal Movie Theater in Los Alamos.
 
The film looks at the nation’s nuclear legacy from the Manhattan Project to today’s nuclear industry. World War II’s Manhattan Project required the refinement of massive amounts of uranium, and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works took on the job.
 
As a result, the chemical company’s employees would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history. This documentary explores the legacy that St.

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Oct. 11

on October 8, 2016 - 8:33am
Melissa Mackey leads an evening of games, hands-on activities and music at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:

Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center is 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 and features an evening of games, hands-on activities and music with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.

The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center and thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.

For more

Black Holes Film At Planetarium This Weekend

on October 7, 2016 - 4:01pm

Update On Accidental Fatality At Bandelier

on October 7, 2016 - 9:52am

BANDELIER News:

An adult female park visitor died Monday, Oct. 3 in Bandelier National Monument after being struck by a falling tree while standing in a parking lot near the head of the Frey Trail.

Park rangers were notified of the incident at approximately 2:30 p.m. and park rangers, the Los Alamos County Fire Department and Los Alamos County Police Department responded to the incident.

“Bandelier National Monument staff is deeply saddened by this tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased,” Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

The National Park

Update On Algae Treatment In Ashley Pond

on October 7, 2016 - 9:19am

Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos. File photo

COUNTY News:

Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton provided an update today regarding recent activity to treat algae in Ashley Pond.

The algae has been noticeable to visitors who inquired about whether or not the pond water was “healthy.”

The County has contracted with a specialist, Jason Rector from Wildcat Environmental, to help with pond management. Rector treated the algae in the pond Aug. 30 and again Sept. 19 with a product that is an environmentally friendly, safe algaecide. Additionally, on Sept.

DOE Releases RFP For Oak Ridge Office Of Environmental Management Technical Support Services

on October 7, 2016 - 8:46am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) acquisition.
 
An Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract from which Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) and Time-and-Materials (T&M) task orders may be issued is anticipated. The RFP is being issued as a small business set-aside, and the IDIQ contract ordering period is five years from date of contract award.

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