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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.

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.

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