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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.

Safe Drinking Water Service Restored At Questa

on January 22, 2017 - 8:27am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The Village of Questa in Taos County lifted its drinking water system’s precautionary boil water advisory Tuesday to restore water service for nearly 2,000 residents.
 
Staff from the New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) worked with the Village of Questa throughout the recent water emergency to ensure the protection of public health. 
 
The precautionary advisory was first issued Dec. 7, 2016 to ensure drinking water safety after Questa’s well production problems and distribution system pressure issues were detected.
 
The advisory

Daily Postcard: Steam Rises From Rio Grande

on January 22, 2017 - 7:50am

Daily Postcard: Steam rises from the Rio Grande at sunrise in White Rock. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

The Big Outdoors Program Invites Adults To Help Children Enjoy Nature

on January 21, 2017 - 12:49pm
Helping children create fun experiences outside is a rewarding way to share the value of nature. PEEC staff lead backpacking trips for youth and families, one of many ways to get kids outside. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to help kids get outside? There will be an informational meeting about The Big Outdoors, a new program organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. 
 
The Big Outdoors will give adults concerned about children’s disconnect from nature a chance

Tonight's LAHS Girls Basketball Games Are Canceled

on January 21, 2017 - 11:08am

LAPS SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos High School girls basketball games scheduled for tonight are canceled due to the weather.

The Los Alamos High School boys basketball games vs. Goddard also are canceled.

Both the girls and boys games are rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 30. 

Every Kid Will Vote For More Snow!

on January 21, 2017 - 10:19am

Photo this morning in Western Area where every kid will vote for more snow! Photo by Steve Bublitz

A Changing Climate Talk At Nature Center Jan. 31

on January 21, 2017 - 8:58am

PEEC News:

 

Rapid changes in the climate are affecting people and ecosystems in the Southwest and around the world, and there is a lot the public can do.
 
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium, Dr. Charles Keller will introduce climate science and lead a discussion about climate change and what the public can do.
 
Keller has spent about 25 years studying climate change and interacting with the leading scientists in the field.

Boys Games Vs. Goddard Canceled Today!

on January 21, 2017 - 8:16am

LAHS SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos High School boys basketball games vs. Goddard are canceled today.

A decision is pending on the girls games.

A Foot Of Snow Falls At Pajarito Ski Area

on January 21, 2017 - 7:49am
Pajarito Ski Lodge. Photo by Maire O’Neill
 
Pajarito Ski Patrol Medical Director Dr. Robert McClees, left, chats with Young Adult Patroller Ethan Aulwes. Photo by Sheila McClees
 
Pajarito Ski Area General Manager Tom Long. Photo by Mike O'Neill

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos

Despite a challenging start to the season due to warm weather, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now enjoying “really good snow”, including more than a foot in the past week General Manager Tom Long said Monday.  The ski area, known for its short lift lines, friendly staff and extraordinary views, opened Dec.

NWS: Winter Storm Warning Until 8 p.m. Today

on January 21, 2017 - 7:44am

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Los Alamos area until 8 p.m. today. Today's high is predicted to be near 36 with total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Tonight's low is predicted to be around 19. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible over night. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Snow Gathers In Chainlink Fence

on January 21, 2017 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: Snow gathers in this chainlink fence in Los Alamos turning it into a work of art. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Udall Statement After Meeting With Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's Nominee For Interior Secretary

on January 20, 2017 - 12:16pm
Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jan. 19, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior budget, made the following statement after meeting one-on-one with Rep. Ryan Zinke, President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department:
 
“I appreciate that Congressman Zinke sat down with me today to discuss his vision for the Department of the Interior, an agency of great significance to New

Public Comment About Proposed Expansion Of Storage Capacity At WIPP Due Feb. 3

on January 20, 2017 - 11:54am
Ribbon cutting Jan. 4 at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, reopened the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Wednesday, Jan. 4 with the disposal of two pallets of plutonium contaminated radioactive and hazardous waste that had been stored in the Waste Handling Building since 2014 into the underground salt mine.
 
Workers were required to wear personal protective equipment to protect them from radiation exposure.

Los Alamos Mountaineers Continue Southern Colorado Winter Adventure Tour

on January 20, 2017 - 11:51am
The Los Alamos Mountaineers visited Monarch for a snow sports weekend in mid-January; Purgatory and the wild country beyond is next. Photo by Shelly Wieman
 
MOUNTAINEERS News:
 
A Pajarito ski pass offers free skiing at two southern Colorado gems - Monarch and Pajarito. Having visited Monarch, the Los Alamos Mountaineers are continuing their tour of winter wonderlands just across the border, with a Feb. 2-5 visit to Purgatory, Durango and backcountry beyond. They welcome the community to join the club (easily done) and join the adventure.
 
On the long weekend of January 12-16, eight

Daily Postcard: Magical Scene At Ashley Pond

on January 20, 2017 - 7:09am

Daily Postcard: The magical look of snow covered trees and icy water Tuesday at Ashley Pond. Photo by Norman Doggett

Deer Stretches To Reach Bird Feeder

on January 18, 2017 - 8:53am

A deer stretches tall to grab a snack from a bird feeder Tuesday at a home in Los Alamos. Photo by Lisa Rothrock

Fractal Show And Exploding Universe This Weekend At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on January 18, 2017 - 8:33am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium will kick off the weekend with a fascinating fractal show at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20.
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, the film Exploding Universe will take attendees on a voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. 
 
For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.or g/planetarium or call 505.662.0460.
 

Trout Unlimited Applauds Expansion Of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

on January 18, 2017 - 8:30am
TROUT News:
 
ASHLAND, Ore. — Trout Unlimited praised President Obama’s expansion of Cascades-Siskiyou National Monument, saying this action will better protect a population of native redband trout and one of the country’s most unique ecosystems.
 
Steve Kandell, Sportsmen’s Conservation Project director for Trout Unlimited, said, “We are very pleased this expansion has included more of the Jenny Creek watershed, which will help protect supplies of clean, cold water for this stream and its rare redband trout.

Daily Postcard: High Mountain Snow

on January 18, 2017 - 8:16am

Daily Postcard: High mountain snow viewed Tuesday from White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Snowshoe Hike In Valles Caldera Saturday

on January 17, 2017 - 12:36pm
Participants from the December hike. Each hike ventures into a different part of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Would you like to explore the Jemez Mountains by snowshoe?
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter.
 
The next hike is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, and will be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

PEEC Thanks Rotary For Generous Donation

on January 17, 2017 - 8:37am

Rotary Club President Rob Metcalf and PEEC Education Programs Director Siobhan Niklasson. Courtesy photo

 

By KATHERINE BRUELL
PEEC Executive Director

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center would like to thank the Rotary Club of Los Alamos for their generous donation toward our Nature Play Area. PEEC is embarking on a major project to revamp and upgrade our nature play area for the littlest children, and the Rotary Club’s donation will get us started on this exciting venture. 

We hope to add a water play feature, a sensory play area, an obstacle course, an amphitheater area for

Explore Your Universe: Astrophysics For Everyone

on January 17, 2017 - 8:27am

The destructive bombardment of a planet. Courtesy image

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education will again offer “Explore Your Universe: Modern Astrophysics for Everyone.” The class meets 2:35-3:30 p.m., Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17 and running through May 9.

 

In this class, students will explore modern, unsolved research problems in astrophysics, guided by mentors who work as astrophysicists at Los Alamos National Laboratory spanning a wide range of expertise.

Morning Snow On North Mesa

on January 17, 2017 - 8:07am
Snow this morning on North Mesa. Photo by Teresa Resende
 
Snow this morning on North Mesa. Photo by Teresa Resende

Santa Fe National Forest Renews Ban On Extended Camping, Public Nudity And Underage Drinking

on January 16, 2017 - 10:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest has renewed an occupancy and use closure order that prohibits camping for more than 14 days, public nudity and underage drinking on all lands, roads and trails within forest boundaries. The order is in effect until Jan. 31, 2019, unless rescinded earlier. 
 
The occupancy and closure order, which is in compliance with Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, is intended to protect resources and provide for public health and safety.  
 
The order prohibits camping for more than 14 days, whether consecutive or not, within any 45-day

Backcountry Film Festival 2017 At Reel Deal Jan. 26

on January 16, 2017 - 9:16am

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