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Zinke Sworn In As 52nd Secretary Of The Interior

on March 2, 2017 - 8:27am

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

DOI News:

5th-generation Montanan pledges to uphold President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ryan Zinke (pronounced Zink-EE) was confirmed and sworn in Wednesday as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior.

The Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Zinke the morning of March 1, 2017, and he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building later that evening. Zinke is the first Montanan to serve as a cabinet secretary and also the first U.S. Navy SEAL in the cabinet.

“I am honored and humbled to

Rotary Club Seeks Young Leaders For Week-Long Camp

on March 1, 2017 - 4:28pm
ROTARY News:
 
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is seeking young leaders with an interest in attending a week long camp in the Manzano Mountains in July. (Boy’s Camp: Sunday, July 16 to Saturday, July 22, Girl’s Camp: Saturday, July 22 to Friday, July 28).
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been specifically designed by Rotary District 5520 for the students in New Mexico.

Local GOP Features Paul Gessing On Public Policies Of Climate Change ... UNM-LA Building 5 Thursday

on March 1, 2017 - 12:02pm

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites all Republicans to attend its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (Building 5) at UNM-LA.

Light refreshments will be served followed by a presentation by Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation on the public policies of Climate Change.

"Please join us for what is sure to be an informative evening," RPLA Chair James Robinson said.

Join March For Science At State Capitol April 22

on March 1, 2017 - 11:47am

MARCH FOR SCIENCE News:

The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress, and prosperity. They unite April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.

“The March for Science is a celebration of science, and of public engagement with science, but it’s not only about scientists,” says march organizer Daniel Larremore.

CVNM: Community Solar Gardens Act Puts Community In Charge Of Energy Choices

on March 1, 2017 - 8:36am
CVNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUEThe Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 338, Roybal Caballero) passed in the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee in the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday on a 5-4 vote.
 
In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNMEF) program Juntos: Our Air, Our Water community leaders released the following statements:
 
“Where I live there are many people with asthma. Solar energy would help reduce air pollution and improve the health of families in my neighborhood,” said Victor Nevarez, Juntos Westgate youth leader.
 
“We need

Sipapu Picks Up 7" Of Fresh Snow

on March 1, 2017 - 8:19am
Sipapu. Photo by John Paul Bradley
 

Sipapu. Photo by John Paul Bradley

 

SKI News: 
 
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort received 7 inches of fresh snow overnight Monday. The mid-mountain base is 42”.
 
Every day, kids 6 and younger, 4th graders, 5th graders and guests ages 40, 60 or 70 years and better ski free. 
 
Upcoming Events at Sipapu:

Parents Ski Free Week, Feb. 27-March 4
Hawaiian Days, March 4-5
14th Annual Cardboard Derby, March 11
13th Annual Pond Skimming Contest, March 18
Yeti Club: A Ski and Ride Club, March 20-24

Daily Postcard: Sangre de Cristo Mountains

on March 1, 2017 - 7:43am

Daily Postcard: A view of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains from Buckman Mesa. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier Featured In National Park Service ‘Getaways’

on February 28, 2017 - 3:30pm

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo and cliff homes along the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS

 

Visitors at reconstructed Ancestral Pueblo home along the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) website includes a section called National Park Getaways, in which a different NPS area is featured each month. 
 
Beginning Wednesday, March 1, Bandelier National Monument will be the highlighted park, with a writeup and lots of photos, all done by local rangers. The section can be found at https://www.nps.gov/

Daily Postcard: Cirrus Clouds Over Los Alamos

on February 28, 2017 - 7:06am

Daily Postcard: Cirrus clouds early Saturday afternoon decorate the sky over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrollers Exchange Program

on February 27, 2017 - 4:47pm
Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol welcomed two patrollers from Snowmass Ski Patrol, Aspen, Colo. From left,  Pajarito Ski Patrol Director Bill Somersault and members Ryan Carlson, Wendi Ackerly, Denny Hjeresen, Jerry Doughty and Mike O'Neill. Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrollers Eric Schaller and Chris Mooney recently participated in an exchange program with patrollers from Aspen Highlands Ski Area.
 
Two patrollers from Aspen Highlands, Ryan Carlson and Jerry Doughty spent a day at Pajarito Mountain and then the Pajarito patrollers visited Snowmass and Aspen

Daily Postcard: First Red-tailed Hawk Released

on February 27, 2017 - 7:20am

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay releases the first of two red-tailed hawks that have been under her care following injuries. Courtesy/Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation

Daily Postcard: A Skyview From Acid Canyon

on February 26, 2017 - 6:25am

Daily Postcard: A skyview Saturday from Acid Canyon. Photo by John Scott

Tales Of Our Times: News Is The Rare Bead In A Big Jar

on February 25, 2017 - 7:13am
Tales of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

News is the Rare Bead in a Big Jar

 
The jarful of beads standing by the window had as much to teach as any of the fancier exhibits at the big city science museum. The clear plastic jar was of good size, as might hold an ample stock of licorice sticks in a candy store. It got me thinking about motives, and why people are different from science.

The label on the jar said it held one million small colored beads.

Daily Postcard: Sunset At North Mesa Stables

on February 25, 2017 - 6:29am
Daily Postcard: Wednesday evening sunset at North Mesa Stables. Photo by Trisha Ancell

PEEC: Learn Botanical Drawing And Watercolor

on February 24, 2017 - 7:18am
Illustration by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy photo
 

PEEC News:

Learn botanical drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects with Santa Fe Artist Lisa Coddington. Novices as well as those refining their skills will receive encouraging step-by-step instruction in drawing and watercolor.

With easy to understand demonstrations and master artist examples, Coddington will work to reinforce each artist's confidence in creating dimensional autumn-themed subjects.

Among Our Distant Cousins: An Extinct Pig-Turtle With Tusks

on February 23, 2017 - 5:01pm
Christian Kammerer is a paleontologist at the Museum fur Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History) in Berlin, studies mass extinctions and the ancestors of mammals. The photo was taken with a timer in the Paleontological Institute in Moscow while he was examining fossils of mammal-related ancestors from the Ural Mountains. Courtesy photo
 
Artist’s recreation of Bulbasaurus by M. Celeskey. Courtesy image

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Naturalists worry about endangered species and the threat of a sixth great extinction in the contemporary world, which some fear might sweep our own

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Infinite Recycling

on February 23, 2017 - 4:58pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In our world today there is much concern about recycling of materials that have been assembled with energy to create something for use by humanity.  

Referring to the Plass table shown in column 2, note that decay and respiration add CO2 to the atmosphere. It can be argued that this is essentially the recycling of organic, carbon-based materials readying them for reconstruction via photosynthesis. Essentially solar recycling of formerly living materials – it is organic.

But what about non-organic materials?

State Senate Unanimously Confirms Butch Tongate Secretary Of New Mexico Environment Department

on February 23, 2017 - 4:51pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — Secretary Designate Butch Tongate has been confirmed unanimously by the Senate as Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department.
 
Tongate, who has worked at the Environment Department since 1993, was appointed Deputy Secretary in 2011.
 
“I’m proud to have Butch lead this department, which is so important to present and future generations of New Mexicans,” Gov. Susana Martinez said.

Professor Emerita Denise Fort: How Can U.S. Retain Scientific Leadership In Environmental Protection?

on February 23, 2017 - 7:27am
By DENISE D. FORT
Professor Emerita UNM School of Law
Former director, NM Environmental Improvement Division
 
The upheaval in Washington, D.C. that is occurring now has one surprising objective - the discrediting of scientists. Science is under attack in numerous ways.
 
The assertion that climate change is a Chinese hoax was bad enough. Now the Administration has nominated a climate denier to head the EPA, taken down web pages that inform the public about agency work, and threatened to slash funding at EPA.
 
The threat comes from the Congress as well; 114 representatives have

Daily Postcard: Dramatic Scene At Nightfall

on February 23, 2017 - 6:53am

Daily Postcard: A dramatic picture emerges Wednesday as night falls on Los Alamos. Photo by Carl Newton

LANL: Science Versus ‘Horatio Alger Myth’

on February 22, 2017 - 9:43am

LANL News:
  • Physicists use condensed matter theory to explore whether personal initiative can overcome frustration and create more equality

In a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have taken a condensed matter physics concept usually applied to the way substances such as ice freeze, called “frustration,” and applied it to a simple social network model of frustrated components. They show that inequality of wealth can emerge spontaneously and more equality can be gained by pure initiative.

It’s a computer-modeling exploration of the

Heinrich Rallies For Wind Power

on February 21, 2017 - 5:48pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined energy leaders to advocate for wind power and showcase New Mexico’s potential to be at the epicenter of America's clean energy economy.
 
The event, organized by the American Wind Energy Association, emphasized the economic power of wind. Last year, wind energy passed hydro as the nation’s leading source of renewable energy. Wind energy is also the nation's fourth-largest electricity generation source.
 
In his

Ice Rink Closes For Season At 5 p.m. Today

on February 21, 2017 - 3:20pm

Illustration of a meltng ice rink. Courtesy image

COUNTY News:

Due to the warm and sunny weather of late, the Los Alamos County Ice Rink is closing today for the season.

Public skating will run until 5 p.m. today and then the 2016-2017 Ice Rink season will be over. Staff will be working at the Rink over the next couple of weeks taking out the ice and preparing the facility for spring and summer activities.

Direct questions to the PROS Administrative Offices at 505.662.8170.

Daily Postcard: Sun Sets On Upper Frijoles Canyon

on February 21, 2017 - 6:52am

Daily Postcard: Thick cloud cover forms a smooth backdrop to the setting sun Saturday evening looking across upper Frijoles Canyon toward Peralta Ridge. Photo by Marc Bailey

Nature Center Planetarium Line-up For Feb. 24-26

on February 20, 2017 - 7:54am

PEEC News:

How do we know the Universe is expanding and how long ago the Universe began? Dr. Rick Wallace will lead a discussion and exploration of the age of the Universe and distances between galaxies, Friday, Feb. 24.

This journey starts at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium and is the second show in a series about astronomical measurements.

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26, Mysteries of the Unseen World, a film that uncovers what is normally too fast, too slow, too small or outside the visible spectrum, will play at 2 p.m. in the planetarium.

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