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Scenes From Recycle Fashion Show

on November 23, 2016 - 8:30am
Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Recycle Fashion Show was held Saturday, Nov. 19 at Fuller Lodge.
 
The fashionistas from Los Alamos Public Schools and the community participated in this annual event sponsored by Los Alamos County. This year, Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule coordinated with Los Alamos Public School's art teachers to promote the recycle poster contest. 
 
The two grand prize winners' posters chosen to adorn new waste trucks are Kylie Alvarez, fourth grader from Chamisa Elementary and Phillipa Fung, sixth grader from Barranca Elementary.
 

Interstate Stream Commission Accepts Jemez y Sangre Regional Water Plan

on November 22, 2016 - 6:50am
ISC News:
 
SANTA FE The Interstate Stream Commission accepted the Jemez y Sangre Regional Water Plan, Nov. 17.
 
The presentation of the plan by regional Steering Committee representatives, Santa Fe County Commissioner Kathy Holian and Water Resources Coordinator Andrew Erdmann of the City of Santa Fe Water Division, to the commission focused on the key water issues, collaborative strategies and regional recommendations for consideration in the state water plan update.
 
Members of the regional Steering Committees worked together to identify projects, programs and policies of

NMDOT Is Ready For Winter Weather

on November 22, 2016 - 6:02am

In 2015, NMDOT cews removed snow and ice from more than a million pass miles. Courtesy photo

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced this morning that crews are ready to clear the roads and highways as the state prepares for the winter weather season.

Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from more than a million pass miles.

“Safety is absolutely our number one priority,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “Our crews and equipment across the state are ready to respond to winter weather.

Letter To The Editor: The Value Of Solar

on November 21, 2016 - 12:04pm
By KAREN PARAMANANDAM
Positve Energy Solar
 
A new study could change the way Los Alamos DPU compensates solar producers. We should tread carefully.
 

Last week, the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities hosted a hearing on how to quantify the benefits that solar energy creates for our community. 

This is a crucial question. We all know that harvesting New Mexico’s bountiful sunshine can create a cleaner environment, but many of the biggest advantages of solar energy are economic:

  • Creating jobs;
  • Boosting property values; and
  • Reducing energy costs. 
 
Still, the new Los Alamos study

County Eco Station: Holiday Collection Details

on November 21, 2016 - 9:06am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Eco Station announces special collection dates during the Thanksgiving holiday:

Eco Station:

  • Closed Thursday, Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25.
  • Special collection date for those affected is Wednesday, Nov. 23.
  • Place trash and recycle roll carts out before 8 a.m.
  • The Eco Station will re-open Saturday, Nov. 26 at 9 a.m.

White Rock Convenience Center:

  • Closed Thursday, Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25.
  • The White Rock Convenience Center will re-open Saturday, Nov.. 26 at 8:30 a.m.

Call the Eco Station with questions or concerns at

A Mountaineer’s Story: Climbing The Alps

on November 20, 2016 - 7:03am
The magnificent Alps draw adventurers from around the world to visit, explore and build memories. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Kelly Gallagher, an adventurer who seeks to enliven everyone's passion for the Alpine mountains by sharing her experiences in the Alps, will present a talk Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. 
 
The presentation starts by 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.
 
The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings are always free to the public, and

International Team Completes Security Enhancements To Uzbekistan’s Radiological Waste Disposal Site

on November 20, 2016 - 5:58am
NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN  The United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Government of Uzbekistan performed a final review Nov. 15 of the physical protection upgrades implemented to enhance the secure storage of radiological materials at the Republican Establishment of Radioactive Waste Burial (RPZRO).
 
This jointly completed $330,000 project is

Quorum Notice: Recycle Fashion Show Saturday

on November 18, 2016 - 9:40pm
COUNTY News:
 
Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend the Recycle Fashion Show Saturday, Nov. 19 at Fuller Lodge.
 

High Winds Pose Hazards On Santa Fe National Forest

on November 17, 2016 - 8:31pm

Hazard tree. Courtesy/wikipedia

SFNF News:

High wind warnings across much of northern New Mexico are likely to increase risks from falling trees.

Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest are urged to use extra caution, especially in areas that have been severely burned by wildfire, which are especially prone to hazard trees.

Hazard trees are trees that pose a danger to people or property as a result of structural defects caused by age, fire or disease.

Wind gusts from 50 to 70 miles per hour can substantially increase the risk of both dead and green trees falling.

Stay safe in the

Storytelling Ranger Pete Griffin Shares Tales Of Alaskan Wilderness During Talk At White Rock Library Tuesday

on November 17, 2016 - 11:34am

LIBRARY News:

Pete Griffin, the Storytelling Ranger, will tell some of his tales of the Alaskan Wilderness at the White Rock Branch Library at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22. He tells personal stories that blend growing up, natural history and natural resource management dilemmas.

Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a career as a wildlife biologist exploring the woods and waters Griffin loved was a natural.

PEEC Staff Win State And National Awards

on November 17, 2016 - 9:52am
Jonathan Creel. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Staff at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos were recently recognized by state and national organizations for the quality of their work. PEEC's Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel and Education Programs Director Siobhan Niklasson received awards.
 
The National Association of Interpretation awarded Creel and his co-authors the Media Award for a brochure he wrote while he worked at Grand Canyon National Park.

PEEC's Top 10 List Continues: #7

on November 17, 2016 - 9:41am

Kids are so important, they are also the focus of this week's reason to support PEEC. The number 7 reason why people support PEEC is to help kids have fun exploring science at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Support PEEC and help kids develop a love for science. Courtesy photo

Peloton To Participate In DOE-Funded Team To Cut Heavy Truck Fuel Use By 20 Percent

on November 16, 2016 - 11:20am
DOE News:
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.  Peloton Technology, a connected and automated vehicle technology company dedicated to improving the safety and efficiency of freight transportation, announced its participation in the Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) program sponsored by the U.S Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
 
The project will apply next-generation truck platooning technology and concepts for smart, cloud-connected powertrains to achieve 20 percent fuel savings for tractor-trailers.

Christmas Trees At Valles Caldera – Help Restore Forest!

on November 16, 2016 - 11:17am
Freshly cut Christmas Trees will be available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Valle Grande Staging Area starting the Friday after Thanksgiving until Dec. 18. Courtesy/VCNP
 
VCNP News:
 
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will once again be helping the Valles Caldera National Preserve to thin overgrown forested areas to protect it from further large wildfires.
 
These freshly cut Christmas Trees will be available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Valle Grande Staging Area, off N.M. 4 between mile marker 39 and 40, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, until Dec.

Los Alamos Honored For Industry Collaboration In 2016 HPCwire Awards

on November 16, 2016 - 9:36am

Gary Grider, right, division leader for High Performance Computing at Los Alamos National Laboratory, accepts the HPCwire Readers’ Choice award from Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire. Courtesy/HPCwire

 

LANL News:

 

SALT LAKE CITY—Los Alamos National Laboratory has been recognized with an HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award for the Lab’s collaboration with Seagate on next-generation data storage technologies.

Rotary Club Prepares Library Garden For Winter

on November 16, 2016 - 7:55am

Rotarians Bev Cooper and Phil Dabney (front) with Chuck Tallman, Jane Phillips, Paul Frederickson, Melanie Bennett and Jean Gindreau take a moment to pose for Nina Thayer after a full Saturday morning at work preparing the Mesa Public Library for the winter season ahead. The work party was organized by Melanie Bennett as part of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos’s commitment to maintain the garden through spring and fall mowing, weeding, trimming and planting. Photo by Nina Thayer

Rotarians Paul Frederickson, Chuck Tallman, Nina Thayer and Jean Gindreau filled Tallman’s pick-up truck with

Atomic Beltway May Solve Problems Of Cosmic Gravity

on November 16, 2016 - 7:48am
Courtesy/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
When is a traffic jam not a traffic jam? When it's a quantum traffic jam, of course. Only in quantum physics can traffic be standing still and moving at the same time.
 
A new theoretical paper from scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland suggests that intentionally creating just such a traffic jam out of a ring of several thousand ultracold atoms could enable precise measurements of motion.

Landmark Rules Will Reduce Oil And Gas Waste, Pollution On BLM Lands

on November 16, 2016 - 7:43am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized new rules to reduce the amount of methane that oil and gas companies leak, vent and flare on our nation’s public and tribal-owned lands.
 
These new rules are the first national standards that target methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources – reducing waste and pollution. They also set an important precedent for continued action.
 
Statement from EDF President Fred Krupp:
 
“Natural gas is a valuable American resource, but when wasted into the air it causes

Monday's Supermoon Closest To Earth Since 1948

on November 15, 2016 - 7:45pm

The supermoon shines in the sky Monday night over Los Alamos. This amazing spectacle is the first such event in almost 70 years. During Monday's event, the moon is the closest it has been to Earth since 1948. It appears 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average monthly full moon. The next supermoon is scheduled to appear Nov. 25, 2034. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Monday's supermoon as seen  from Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Five Los Alamos Innovations Win R&D 100 Awards

on November 15, 2016 - 9:35am

LANL News:

 

‘Oscars of Innovation’ go to CCSI, Entropy Engine, Pathscan, PulMo and VERA

 

Five Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies won R&D 100 Awards last week at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Washington, D.C.

 

“These awards are representative of the multidisciplinary character of the work we do at Los Alamos, and result from partnerships with other national laboratories, private industry, and universities,” LANL Director Charlie McMillan said.

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Has A Responsibility To Its Wildlife

on November 14, 2016 - 5:09pm

Dumpsters behind LAMC. Photo by Debbi Miller

 

By DEBBI MILLER
Los Alamos

Among the many things that make Los Alamos unique is its proximity to open space and the wildlife that lives here.

As citizens of this urban interface, we have a responsibility to act as good stewards to protect the natural resources and wildlife

This year, there have been numerous reports of bears throughout town, mainly taking advantage of easy food sources provided by humans. For the most part, these incidents resulted in nothing more than the cleaning up after the occasional overturned trash carts.

Los Alamos

Two Shows At Nature Center Planetarium Nov. 18-20

on November 14, 2016 - 8:41am

Courtesy/PEEC

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium is starting the weekend at 7 p.m., Friday with a fascinating show and presentation about Pueblo Astronomy that unearths the wisdom of ancestral Puebloans and their relationship with celestial events.

The captivating film Black Holes a voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to the mysteries of black holes is playing at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature. org/planetarium or call 505.662.0460.

Supermoon Illuminates Sky Over Los Alamos

on November 13, 2016 - 9:39pm

There is an amazing spectacle in the sky tonight as the first supermoon in almost 70 years appears. In fact, if you’re younger than 68 you have never witnessed this record-breaking supermoon in your lifetime. Tomorrow morning, Nov. 14, the moon will be the closest it has been to Earth since 1948. It will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average monthly full moon. The next supermoon is scheduled to appear Nov. 25, 2034. A supermoon typically refers to the concurrence of two phenomena.

Letter To The Editor: PEEC Thanks Organizers, Volunteers And Runners Of Pajarito Trail Fest

on November 13, 2016 - 12:57pm
By KATHERINE WATSON
Executive Director, PEEC

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center would like to thank the organizers, volunteers and runners of the Pajarito Trail Fest race for once again donating a portion of the proceeds to PEEC to help get kids outside.  

The Trail Fest is an amazing event for our community. Not only is it well-run, providing excellent support and fun for the participants, it gives back to many community groups. This year they gave out a total of $5,500. 

In the spirit of the Trail Fest, PEEC will use the funds given to get kids outside on the trails, both as

Amateur Naturalist: Surface Geology Of Cerros Del Abrigo

on November 13, 2016 - 8:48am
Amateur Naturalist: The Surface Geology of the Cerros Del Abrigo
By Robert Dryja
 
The Valles Caldera reflects both the impact of human activity and the resilience of nature to recover. The most direct human impact is seen in the logging roads cut in parallel for hundreds of miles upon the mountains. The indirect impact is seen in the intensity and magnitude of the Las Conchas forest fire. The Las Conchas forest fire may not have been so great if smaller, repeated fires over the earlier years had been permitted to occur.
 
Smaller fires would have consumed the fuels that otherwise

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