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LANL: Small Businesses Win Technical Support To Develop Clean Energy Technologies

on March 17, 2016 - 10:15am

LANL News:
  • DOE’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot Provides Funds to Catalyze Innovation

Four small businesses will be working with Los Alamos National Laboratory to accelerate the nation’s transformation toward a clean energy economy as part of the Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot project.

These businesses will gain access to world-class laboratory resources to help move innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace.

“Small businesses can be real catalysts for innovation and job creation,” said Melissa Fox, program director for Applied Energy Programs

LANL: Nature Study Reveals Rapid Ice-Wedge Loss Across Arctic

on March 15, 2016 - 11:21am

LANL scientist Cathy Wilson measuring how soil properties change with depth at the DOE Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment, NGEE-Arctic, field site near Barrow, Alaska. Courtesy/LANL

Ice wedge polygons impound snowmelt runoff at the DOE Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment field site near Barrow, Alaska. Thousands of square miles in the Arctic are covered by an interconnected network of ponds in polygon-shaped formations. Recent research reveals rapid and widespread degradation and melting. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Widespread permafrost phenomenon with major hydrological, climate

Heinrich Cosponsors GMO Food Labeling Legislation

on March 15, 2016 - 3:47am

Office Of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

"Providing transparency to consumers will ensure they are able to make informed decisions about the products they buy and feed their families."

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is cosponsoring S.2621, the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to ensure that consumers can find genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredient labeling on food packaging, while ensuring that food producers are not subject to confusing or conflicting labeling requirements in different locations.

Critters Emerge From Winter Under Local Porch

on March 15, 2016 - 3:35am

Critters living under the deck of a home on Oakwood have awakened from their long winter nap. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

This critter can't eat fast enough. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Climate Change And The Birds Of Northern New Mexico Pt. 1

on March 15, 2016 - 3:35am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Part 1: Climate Change and the birds of northern New Mexico
By Robert Dryja
 
We have been exploring the data of the Christmas Bird Count. Los Alamos now has a snapshot of birds seen in December 2015 (See here.)
 
The Christmas Bird Count shows that a few bird species are commonly seen while other species are increasingly rare. Ten species of birds account for about two-thirds of all the birds seen in the Los Alamos area.
 
The other seventy one species compose the remaining one-third of the birds seen. CHART I show this pattern for the 81 species.
 
 
Five other areas of

First Round Of Funding Unveiled To Commercialize Products Created Through Labs; Universities

on March 14, 2016 - 4:56pm

From The Office Of The Governor:

ALBUQUERQUE — This afternoon, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the first batch of funding to help develop and commercialize several innovative products that are the result of partnerships between researchers at New Mexico's laboratories and universities, and the private sector.

The initiative is through the Technology Research Collaborative, which Martinez reestablished in 2013 and allows teams of researchers to compete for funding to bring their ideas and products into the marketplace.

“The technology we develop and create in our labs and universities is

District II Garden Club Meets March 23

on March 14, 2016 - 9:52am
LASGC News:
 
The Summit Garden Club of Los Alamos is hosting the District II Annual Spring Meeting 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the United Church Graves Hall, 2525 Canyon Road.
 
The public and all garden club members are invited to attend.
 
Agenda:
 
Registration: 9-10:30 a.m. (breakfast of muffins, breads, drinks is provided)
 
Executive Board Meeting: 9:30-10:15 a.m.
 
General Meeting: 10:30 a.m. to noon
 
Lunch/Program: 12:15 - 2 p.m. (Please provide information on special dietary restrictions with your check/reservation.)
 
SPEAKER: Roy Michelotti - “Butterfly Basics and Some Common

How The Hen House Turns: Animal Partners

on March 13, 2016 - 2:25pm
Youngsters get aquainted. Courtesy photo
 
Animal Partners
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.
 
The word partner is appropriate, I believe, when applied to the relationship between humans and animals who have agreed to cooperate for whatever they are asked to do.

Asked is the key word here, for animals have been routinely coerced or enslaved by humans over many thousands of years. I'll look at that in the next article.

A partnership assumes some degree of fulfillment or reward for both parties.

Planetarium Feature Film Premiere: Mysteries Of The Unseen World March 12, 13, 26, & 27

on March 11, 2016 - 2:50pm
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
There is still time to see the latest nature center full-dome planetarium film, Mysteries of the Unseen World. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is showing this fascinating film in the planetarium at 2 p.m., March 12, 13, 26, and 27.
 
This planetarium film lets us embark on an adventure to discover unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our view. With the help of technology, we can unravel the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible.
 
Mysteries Of The Unseen World, an original production by National Geographic

Energy Department Announces Denver As Next Location For Solar Decathlon Competition

on March 11, 2016 - 10:32am

Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. won the 2015 DOE Solar Decathlon. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

DENVER – At an event today in Denver, Colo., the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Under Secretary for Science and Energy, Dr. Franklin Orr, joined Mayor Michael Hancock to announce Denver as the host city for the next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in the fall of 2017.

Dr.

Grand Canyon Adventurer Speaks March 16

on March 11, 2016 - 7:11am
Coming Down South Kaibab Trail one mile below the rim. Photo by Benedict Dugger

LA Mountaineers News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will offer an exciting presentation Wednesday, March 16 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, by life-long trail explorer and outdoors adventurer Benedict Dugger who resides in Phoenix. Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips are at 7 p.m. The program is at 7:30 p.m.

Dugger was born and raised in the Netherlands, 5,200 miles away from the Grand Canyon, surrounded by green rain-soaked pastures in a country where the highest hill is 300 feet and

Udall At VA Budget Hearing: Improve Access To Care For Rural Veterans

on March 11, 2016 - 7:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Also presses VA Secretary on restoring trust in VA, continuing burn pit exposure research 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a hearing Thursday about the fiscal year 2017 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Sen. Tom Udall continued his call for the VA to improve care for veterans living in rural New Mexico and rural communities across the country.  
 
Udall has championed the need to improve access to rural veterans' health care through expanded use of telehealth technology, increasing transportation options and by

‘Spectrum’ Show Celebrates Link Between Art And Science

on March 9, 2016 - 2:29pm
Grasping Synapses by Todd Siler. Courtesy/CU Art Museum, University of Colorado
 
UNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — DaVinci knew it. Michaelangelo knew it. And the artists and scientists featured in the annual Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience show know it, too: art and science are closely related.
 
This year’s show, ‘Spectrum,’ will feature stunning artwork by artists inspired by nature and dazzling images by scientists studying nature at the smallest scales. “All the pieces are really quite beautiful,” says Bridget Wilson, PhD, who is organizing the event.

Luján Discusses Easement Issues With Secretary Jewell

on March 9, 2016 - 12:56pm
U.S. Rep. Ren Ray Luján
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District attended a Natural Resources Committee hearing earlier last week to discuss important easement issues impacting Santa Fe County and San Ildefonso Pueblo. 
 
While Luján is not a member of the committee, he attended the hearing in order to bring up this important matter with Interior Secretary Jewell. Below are his remarks as delivered. Click here to watch his remarks and to access the documents submitted into the committee record and presented to Sec. Jewell.

NM Delegation Urges EPA To Address Compensation Delays For Gold King Mine Spill Victims, Work With State To Monitor Water Quality

on March 9, 2016 - 11:21am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham expressed concerns with delays in compensation for costs and damages in New Mexico caused by the EPA’s Gold King Mine spill in Colorado six months ago.
 
They urged the EPA to process reimbursement claims submitted by the state and the Navajo Nation and to set up an Office of Gold King Mine Spill Claims to begin processing compensation for victims.

Interior Department Names Jeff Klein Executive Director Of Natural Resource Investment Center

on March 9, 2016 - 7:25am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor announced Monday that the Department has tapped business leader Jeffrey D. Klein to lead the Natural Resource Investment Center (The Center) as its first executive director.
 
Klein is charged with fostering partnerships with the private sector to develop creative financing opportunities that support economic development goals while advancing the Department’s resource stewardship mission.

Los Alamos Garden Club Meets March 21

on March 8, 2016 - 11:52am
LAGC News:
 
The Los Alamos Garden Club will meet March 21 at the Crossroads Bible Church on East Road.
 
Refreshments will be served 9:30-10 a.m. Following the 10 a.m. business meeting, Carlos Valdez, director of NM State University Cooperative Extension Office in Los Alamos, will present the program "Garden Pests and Insects".
Visitors are always welcome to attend.
 
For further information,call President Sally Warner at 505.662.9473.

Family Night At Nature Center 6-7 p.m. Today

on March 8, 2016 - 7:19am
Enjoy hands-on fun at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Family Night is 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey will uncover the mysteries and origin of igneous rock. The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring exhibits.
 
The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. This program is free to attend thanks to a generous sponsorship from Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.
 
For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC, visit here, email programs@peecnature.org

DPU Seeks Input For Policy On Customer-owned Solar Energy Systems

on March 7, 2016 - 10:38am

COUNTY News:

Discussion scheduled for March 16 BPU Meeting

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go to the County’s online open forum at http://www.peakdemocracy.com/3411 and provide feedback on recommended policies related to distributed energy resources or customer-owned generation sources, such as roof-top solar systems. 

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review and discuss recommendations in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report on this issue at the March 16, 2016 board meeting held at 5:30 p.m.

Micronesian Solar Eclipse Viewing At Nature Center

on March 7, 2016 - 10:12am
PEEC News:
 
The next solar eclipse will be viewable over Indonesia and other parts of Micronesia.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be showing live footage of the eclipse March 8 in the planetarium, have experts available and more.
 
The community is invited to attend this event.

Roger This: Limiting Liability For Our Nuclear Nightmares

on March 7, 2016 - 10:05am
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

In his novel, Odds Against Tomorrow, a talented young writer Nathaniel Rich, explores the converging vectors of risk, natural and manmade disaster and finance in the wisp of time folded between today and tomorrow.

Published in 2013, a few months after Superstorm Sandy battered the entire East Cost while pounding New York and the Jersey Shore, this story of an apocalyptic inundation of Manhattan could not have been better timed.

Nuke Bird Vulnerability

on March 7, 2016 - 9:37am
Indian Point nuclear power plant. Courtesy/wikipedia

 

HSNW News:

  • Bird droppings cause N.Y. nuclear reactor power outage

One of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point nuclear power plant outside New York City was safely shut down for three days last December, following an electrical disturbance on outdoor high voltage transmission lines.

Entergy Corp., which operates the power plant, hired outside expert to analyze the incident, and they found that the culprit was what the experts call bird “streaming.”

If it has nowhere to send its electricity, the generator senses that and

Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Sets Area G Hearing In Santa Fe March 22

on March 7, 2016 - 9:15am
Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Chairman Joyce Connery
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board announced that it will hold a public hearing March 22 in Santa Fe.

The board will hear from its own staff and from LANL, DOE and NNSA officials on new and residual management and safety issues concerning Area G, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s hazardous waste disposal area.

In a prepared statement Thursday, DNFSB Chairman Joyce Connery said, “With the upcoming wildfire season, the Board is interested in understanding potential hazards to the

Interior Deputy Secretary Connor To Host Listening Session On Land Buy-Back Program

on March 7, 2016 - 8:11am
Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor
 
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor hosted a Listening Session March 3 in Albuquerque, to hear directly from tribal leaders and individual landowners on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program).
 
Deputy Secretary Connor was joined at the Albuquerque Convention Center by Special Trustee for American Indians Vincent G. Logan and Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts.
 
As part of President Obama’s commitment to help strengthen

Fish And Wildlife Conservation Leaders Call For $1.3 Billion Annual Investment For States

on March 6, 2016 - 10:33am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — A group of energy, business and conservation leaders released their recommendations March 3 on how to avert the growing endangered species crisis in this country.
 
The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources determined that utilizing a portion of revenues from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to fund state-based conservation could address conservation needs for thousands of species.

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