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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.

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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.

WIPP UPDATE: Ground Control Review Underway Following Rock Fall

on October 7, 2016 - 7:31am
WIPP News:
 
Tuesday, Sept. 27, salt rock debris was discovered by ground control crews during routine monitoring and inspections of the Panel 4 entrance within the WIPP underground.
 
Panel 4, one of the most southern portions of WIPP, was closed in 2010 and consists of seven disposal rooms filled with transuranic (TRU) waste. No WIPP personnel were present at the time of the salt rock fall, as the area had already been under restricted access -- requiring management approval to access -- since March 2016.
 
Recently, access was more strictly prohibited -- no personnel entry allowed

Research Suggests Saturn’s Moon Dione May Harbor Subsurface Ocean

on October 6, 2016 - 8:41am
An image of Saturn’s icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background. New research suggests Dione harbors a subsurface ocean. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
 
AGU News:
 
By The Royal Observatory of Belgium
 
A subsurface ocean could lie deep within Saturn’s moon Dione, according to a new study using publicly available data from the Cassini mission to Saturn.
 
In 2013, images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft hinted that Dione had a subsurface ocean when the moon formed, but the new study suggests the ocean could still exist today. The study was

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed For Columbus Day

on October 6, 2016 - 8:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 10, in observance of Columbus Day.
 
Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Oct. 11.
 
For additional information, contact a local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300.

Bandelier Fall Festival, 'Lunacy' Night Saturday

on October 6, 2016 - 8:32am
Pueblo jewelry at Bandelier's Fall Festival. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
This Saturday, Oct. 8, there will be two special annual events at Bandelier National Monument: Fall Fiesta and International Observe the Moon Night.
 
Fall Fiesta is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, with more than a half dozen local Pueblo artists offering their handmade crafts for sale, including pottery, drums, kachinas and jewelry.
 
There also will be a dance group presenting traditional dances in late morning and early afternoon.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Cuba Ranger District

on October 6, 2016 - 8:23am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the Diego prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District. 
 
Ignitions for the 378-acre treatment area, located just north of Gilman and two miles southwest of Seven Springs, could begin as early as Oct. 11 and run through Nov. 4, 2016. That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to

Natural History Museum Has Interactive Dinosaur

on October 6, 2016 - 8:20am
Temporary Exhibit 'Be the Dinosaur'. Courtesy photo
 

MUSEUM News:

 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science's new traveling exhibit Be the Dinosaur™ is a state-of-the-art video game that allows visitors to explore some of the greatest mysteries of paleontology in a completely interactive way while walking through the Cretaceous period as a dinosaur.
 
The six stations allow the visitor to forage through a virtual field searching for food and water while also avoiding attacks from other dinosaurs.

Los Alamos Nature Center Open Holiday Weekend

on October 5, 2016 - 8:12am
Enjoy the beautiful views and engaging exhibits at the Los Alamos Nature Center this holiday weekend. Photo by Patrick Coulie
 
PEEC News:
 
This weekend is a great time to embrace nature and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help.
 
The nature center is open all weekend and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Columbus Day, Monday Oct. 10. The community is to visit the animals, use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike, bring in a Passport to the Pajarito Plateau for the next prize, or build great memories with the family in the Satch and George Cowan Children's Discovery Area.

For more information about the

NNSA And Bulgaria Partner To Complete Nuclear Detection Architecture

on October 4, 2016 - 10:43am
NNSA News:
 
SOFIA, BULGARIA  Representatives of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian government this week celebrated the completion of Bulgaria’s nuclear detection architecture, which will enhance efforts to prevent smuggling of dangerous radioactive materials across its borders.
 
National and foreign dignitaries, including U.S.

Fun, Food And Cider At PEEC-nic Oct. 16

on October 4, 2016 - 10:36am
Children enjoying PEEC’s outdoor play area at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites the community to take part in its fall party, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. 
 
PEEC’s annual membership meeting, fondly called PEEC-nic, is open to the public, not just members, and it’s free!
 
To celebrate PEEC has special activities planned including hands-on activities for kids and adults, a leaf art contest for kids, fresh-pressed apple cide, and delicious desserts.

New Mexico Museum Of Natural History & Science Announces New Programs And Schedule Changes

on October 4, 2016 - 10:33am
Celebrate National Fossil Day Oct. 12 and Attend 'Startup Sendoff'. Courtesy photo
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science announces the presentation of two special programs designed to expand access to the Museum and Tuesday closures designed to provide more flexibility in after hour access.
 
The first special program "Afternoon Science Adventures" celebrating National Fossil Day is 3-6 p.m., Oct. 12. The second special program "Startup Sendoff" is 5:30-9 p.m., Friday, Nov.

Feeling the Burn: Understanding How Biomass Burning Changes Climate

on October 4, 2016 - 9:48am

Allison C. Aiken is a chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division. In 2014, at the age of 34, she was named one of  The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters for being in the top 1 percent of geoscientists to have her work cited. She is posing in front of a crab sign on Ascension Island, where she installs instruments to collect data about black carbon aerosols. The island is tropical, but very isolated with rugged volcanic terrain and dominated by non-native species.

Orphaned Bear Cubs On Track For November Release

on October 4, 2016 - 7:39am

Orphaned bear cubs Valley Girl and Cowboy rescued from the Valles Caldera in the summer came into Dr. Kathleen Ramsay's clinic at just around 10 pounds and the most recent estimate puts them north of 75 pounds. The cubs will likely be ready for release next month back into the wild. Courtesy/LEWF

WIPP Update: Ground Control Review Underway Following Rock Fall

on October 3, 2016 - 5:59pm

Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Salt rock debris was discovered by ground control crews Tuesday, Sept. 27 during routine monitoring and inspections of the Panel 4 entrance within the WIPP underground.

Panel 4, one of the most southern portions of WIPP, was closed in 2010 and consists of seven disposal rooms filled with transuranic (TRU) waste. No WIPP personnel were present at the time of the salt rock fall, as the area had already been under restricted access – requiring management approval to access – since March 2016.

Recently, access was more strictly prohibited – no personnel entry allowed

Valles Caldera National Preserve Burns Planned

on October 3, 2016 - 5:33pm

Firefighter ignites prescribed burn at VCNP with a driptorch. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects from early October through the end of November, based on suitable weather and fuel conditions.

The prescribed burn will take place within an approximately 1,800-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M.

Celebrate World Archaeology Day Oct. 15

on October 3, 2016 - 8:18am
Pots and bowl found at 17th-century archaeology sites in Northern New Mexico from Museum of Indian Arts and Culture collections. Photo by Blair Clark, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
 
CNMA News:
 
SANTA FE  A celebration of World Archaeology Day is Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology, 7 Old Cochiti Road in Santa Fe.
 
Join the staff of The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology and the Office of Archaeological Studies 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual celebration.

SFNF Field Trip In Los Alamos Area Oct. 15

on October 3, 2016 - 8:15am
SFNF News:
 
The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is revising its Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), which guides management for all resources throughout the forest for the next 10 to 15 years.

This Fall there will be a series of Forest led field trips designed to provide opportunities for you to see resources on the forest, have conversations with SFNF specialists, and begin discussions with us and each other about what should be in the Forest Plan.
 
The idea for field trips came from public meetings held in spring 2014 and YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED as we begin to draft the plan!

Takeaways From Regional Development Summit

on October 2, 2016 - 11:53am

Department Secretary Celina Bussey of the New M exico Department of Workforce Solutions and Alan Webber, owner of One New Mexico, were the keynote speakers for the Sept. 28 Regional Economic Development Initiative’s 2016 summit. By Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

Regina Wheeler, center, of Positive Energy Solar and Steve Buelow, ditector of the New Mexico Consortium participate in a panel on green energy during the Summit. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Secretary Celina Bussey of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions may

Valles Caldera Geology Field Trip With Fraser And Cathy Goff Oct. 9

on October 2, 2016 - 8:33am
Geologist Fraser Goff, who wrote the book on Valles' geology, is leading a trip Oct. 9 to the Valles Caldera with his wife Cathy Goff. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Explore six different areas of the geothermal springs in the Valles Caldera Sunday, Oct. 9 with geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff. This is an opportunity to learn about the volcanology of the preserve and see little-known geothermal springs with the person who literally wrote the book on the Valles' geology.
 
The group will start at the Valles Caldera Visitor Center, drive through the northeastern valley (Valle San Antonio),

Construction Of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Moves Forward

on October 2, 2016 - 7:16am
Tomasz Biesiadzinski, left, and Jeremy Mock install a mini version of the future LZ dark matter detector at a test stand at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The white container is a prototype of the detector’s core, also known as a time projection chamber (TPC). For the dark matter hunt, LZ’s TPC will be filled with liquid xenon. Courtesy/ SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

LBNL News:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reports that the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), a next-generation dark matter detector that will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, has cleared another

New Mexico Delegation Supports Navajo Nation’s Request For Disaster Declaration

on October 1, 2016 - 11:26am
NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to the President of the United States, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham expressed support for Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye’s request for a major disaster declaration in response to August flooding that occurred on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock.
 
“This rainstorm caused severe flooding and prompted evacuation of the primary flood area in Shiprock where the flood waters displaced boulders, trees, fences, and other like objects and

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