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PEEC: Fourth Friday Fractals Show July 22

on July 19, 2016 - 2:46pm
Fractal. Image from Wikimedia Commons, created by Wolfgang Beyer
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s dynamic fractal show is back for one evening this month at 7 p.m., Friday, July 22 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
 
This show incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.
 
This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Governor Directs Agencies To Prepare For Potential Flooding In Aftermath Of Timberon Fire

on July 19, 2016 - 7:56am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has directed state agencies responding to the Timberon Fire in Otero County to work with local leaders and other local, county, and federal entities on plans and actions required in the aftermath of the Timberon Fire.
 
In the aftermath of devastating wildfires such as the Timberon Fire, affected areas can often be vulnerable to flooding, excessive debris runoff, and dangerous effects to the local watershed which can be difficult to control and cause further damage.
 
“Protecting residents and their health and safety is always our first

Forest Service Awards Stewardship Contract For Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project

on July 19, 2016 - 7:02am
USDA News:
 
SANTA FE  The USDA Forest Service announced it has awarded the multi-year stewardship contract for the Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) to TC Company, a local contractor based in Northern New Mexico.
 
Treatments outlined in the contract for stewardship services are designed to mitigate the risk of high-severity wildfire and restore ecosystem function to frequent-fire forests in the southwestern Jemez Mountains.
 
“The forests of northern New Mexico are under tremendous stress from

Oppenheimer Lecture: National Academy Of Sciences President Examines Question Of Climate Intervention

on July 18, 2016 - 7:20pm

National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt will deliver the 46th annual J. Robert Oppenheimer lecture Wednesday night in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

A few years back, the American geophysicist Marcia McNutt was one of three distinguished scientists who were asked by a British publication -- if they could go to any time in the past, which event would they most like to see. At that time she was executive director of the U.S.

Vandals Mar Improvements On Jemez River

on July 18, 2016 - 2:28pm

Jemez River. File photo

SFNF News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS Vandals at work along the Jemez River have chopped the tops off newly planted cottonwoods on the riverbank and damaged recently installed fish habitat structures in the water.

The restoration and improvement of aquatic habitats is part of the larger Santa Fe National Forest’s Southwest Jemez Mountains Forest Restoration project to create and sustain healthy ecosystems in the Jemez Mountains. 

“The work we are doing along the Jemez River is not only beneficial to the river and the species that live in it.

White Rock Bear To Be Euthanized

on July 18, 2016 - 12:46pm
A neighbor saw this bear Sunday morning that attacked six baby goats in White Rock. The New Mexico Game & Fish officer at the scene when the bear was captured Sunday night told homeowner Louis Borges that by state law, the bear needs to be put down. It was too aggressive in killing livestock, he said. The officer also said that no one has ever heard of bears being seen in White Rock before, and this kind of behavior was very unusual ... to kill six goats by jumping into the pen six time to haul them away. Borges said he found four of the six carcasses strewn around his property.

YMCA Work Crew Receives Public Lands Day Training

on July 18, 2016 - 11:45am
At Station 1, Engine Captain Adrian Porchas gave a demonstration of the drip torch and how it is used to fight wildland fires. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
 
YMCA News:
 
Each year The Family YMCA sponsors a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) trail crew through a New Mexico YCC grant program that benefits both Los Alamos County and Forest Service area trails. Under the terms of the grant, the Y’s crew members are selected from the Española, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pojoaque and Sandoval County areas.
 
On July 13, during the Forest Service’s Public Lands Day, the Y’s crew members receive

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on July 18, 2016 - 11:30am

COUNTY News Alert:

Effective immediately, Los Alamos County is under Stage I Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Stage I Exemptions:

  • Developed campgrounds with metal grills using charcoal or propane are

PEEC: Annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count July 23

on July 18, 2016 - 11:12am
Local butterfly citizen science project leg by Steve Cary takes place Saturday, July 23. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count is set for Saturday and beginners, experts and everyone in between are invited to participate.
 
Participants will honor the memory of local environmentalist Dorothy Hoard by gathering for the count in three locations around the Pajarito Plateau:
  • Atop a mesa;
  • At a high altitude; and
  • Along a stream.
 
New Mexico butterfly expert Steve Cary will be present to help identify butterflies and discuss their life histories.
 
The

Officers Capture Bear That Killed Baby Goats Sunday

on July 18, 2016 - 8:05am
The bear that killed six baby goats Sunday morning at a residence on Estante Way in White Rock was captured Sunday night. Photo by Louis Borges
 
Tranquilized bear sleeps inside transport container. Photo by Louis Borges
 
Photo by Louis Borges
 
Photo by Louis Borges

Los Alamos Celebrates ScienceFest 2016

on July 16, 2016 - 10:24pm
Visitors to ScienceFest gather today at Ashley Pond Park. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A robot launches a ball. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Operating the ball-launching robot. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Watching the drones perform. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Drone aloft. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
3D chalk drawing. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Chalk Walk drawing. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Chalk Walk artist. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Michele and Andy Fox with their Atomic City T-shirts. Bonnie J.

Bear Saunters Up To North Shore Shave Ice Company Trailer On Trinity Drive

on July 16, 2016 - 10:14pm
Kayla Parker and Rachelle Stokes were working Friday afternoon at the North Shore Shave Ice Company mobile trailer on Trinity Drive when this bear cub came right up to their trailer. They were a bit startled, but managed to snap this photo. Photo by Rachelle Stokes

Rockhound Geology Outing At Small Fry Prospect Mine

on July 16, 2016 - 7:15am
Explore an old mining site to find fluorescent deep purple fluorite. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Patrick Rowe is leading an expedition to Small Fry Prospect Mine at 8 a.m., July 23.
 
Located just north of Española, this hotspot is brimming with beautiful fluorite specimens.Expect to find fluorescent deep purple fluorite, fluorescent iron patina, and intricate barite crystals. This outing is kid-friendly, so make sure to bring the whole family.
 
Participants will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Los Alamos Nature Center before carpooling to the site.

SFNF Implements Stage I Fire Restrictions

on July 15, 2016 - 10:32am
CAUTION: Fire Danger is Very High! Courtesy image
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest will implement campfire and smoking restrictions effective 8 a.m. today.
 
Fire danger on the forest remains very high due to continued high temperatures and dry conditions accompanying the delayed onset of the monsoon season.
 
Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas with existing fire rings or grills. Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

Government Accountability Office Releases Report On Whistleblower Retaliation At DOE

on July 15, 2016 - 7:53am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., were joined Thursday by federal contractor whistleblowers Sandra Black and Walt Tamosaitis to release a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Energy (DOE).
 
Black, a contractor employee at DOE’s Savannah River site in South Carolina for more than 30 years was fired for cooperating with the GAO during its collection of information for the report.

NWTF Supports Bipartisan Bill To Enhance Funding For Fish And Wildlife

on July 15, 2016 - 7:32am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation acknowledges and thanks U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) for recently introducing the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650), a bill that calls for the dedication of $1.3 billion in existing revenue to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program.
 
The Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program is currently unfunded.

DOE Issues Final RFP For WIPP Transportation Services

on July 15, 2016 - 7:27am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Transportation Services.
 
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) task orders, that may include separate Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs) (within Task Orders) for specified cost reimbursable (no fee) items such as State permits and Use fees, New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax, fuel, and a safe driving bonus.
 
The Final RFP is

Pedestrian Bridge Installed At Los Alamos Reservoir

on July 14, 2016 - 3:06pm
Workers bring in a tall crane to install a pedestrian bridge Wednesday at the Los Alamos Reservoir. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Pedestrian bridge. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
The pedestrian bridge. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Here comes the pedestrian bridge. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Lowering down the bridge. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Lowering the bridge. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Setting things in place. Photo by Chris

Nature Center: Aparejo Burro Packing July 20

on July 14, 2016 - 11:12am

Learn about the Aparejo Packing System July 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Ever wonder what it would be like to meet burros up close? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:30 p.m., July 20 to find out.

Thanks to a sponsorship from Del Norte Credit Union, the Aparejo Packing System will demonstrate the old Spanish-style packing system on live burros. Meet the friendly mules face-to-face and learn about their work as cargo-movers along the trails of the Southwest. Staff also will be available to answer any questions.

Sierra Club Statement On Crude Oil And Wastewater Tankers Explosion

on July 13, 2016 - 3:58pm

SIERRA CLUB News:

NAGEEZI – Monday night, 36 tankers storing crude oil and wastewater exploded and burned.

According to reports, approximately 10 families were evacuated and as of this morning, the fire has yet to be extinguished.

In response, Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels Director Lena Moffitt released the following statement:

“Our thoughts are with the families affected by this disaster, which further highlights the extreme dangers dirty fuels pose not only to our climate and public health, but to our communities.

PBS Science Café: Black Holes—Masters Of The Milky Way July 16

on July 13, 2016 - 1:05pm
July’s PBS Science Café examines the birth, evolution, and death of black holes with Dr. Rick Wallace in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Astronomers are closing in on the proof they’ve sought for years that one of the most destructive objects in the universe—a supermassive black hole—lurks at the center of our own galaxy. Could it flare up and consume our entire galactic neighborhood? Find out at July’s New Mexico PBS Science Café on Saturday, July 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center..
 
Come to the July New Mexico PBS Science Café and watch a

Half A Million People Urge U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Not To Abandon Red Wolves

on July 13, 2016 - 1:05pm
ESC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A petition including nearly half a million signatures was delivered to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today urging the agency to fulfill its legal duty under the Endangered Species Act to recover the critically endangered red wolf.
 
To spur the agency to resume efforts to save a species now reduced to an estimated wild population of only 45, nearly 500,000 names were submitted in a petition drive organized the Animal Welfare Institute, Care2, the Center for Biological Diversity, Endangered Species Coalition and the Wildlands Network, and a couple local

Los Alamos Computational Scientist Wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award

on July 13, 2016 - 10:18am

LANL’s Ludmil Alexandrov wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award.

LANL News:

Ludmil Alexandrov, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, is the winner of the 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award. Given biennially by the journal Carcinogenesis: Integrative Cancer Research, published by Oxford University Press, and the European Association for Cancer Research, the award recognizes a recent significant contribution to carcinogenesis research by an investigator under the age of 40.

“Ludmil’s research uses large-scale computational

How Scientifically Accurate Is ‘The Martian’?

on July 13, 2016 - 8:50am

Mars. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Is The Martian movie far fetched? What is the atmosphere like on the surface of Mars? How long can an astronaut survive there?

Astrophysicist Rick Wallace will lead a full-dome planetarium show and discussion of Mars at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, including the challenges, opportunities and realities of this red planet. This fascinating Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) program is in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Create Tax Credit For Energy Storage

on July 13, 2016 - 8:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • Legislation establishes incentives for business and home use of energy storage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has introduced S. 3159, the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Mazie K.

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