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NWS: Today’s High Near 52; Tonight’s Low Around 31

on October 11, 2019 - 7:19am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 52 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 31. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Running Along Acid Canyon Trail

on October 11, 2019 - 7:06am

Daily Postcard: A runner out with his dogs Monday along Acid Canyon Trail. To learn all about the trails to hike inside the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program underway at the Los Alamos Nature Center, click here. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

DPU To Increase Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

on October 10, 2019 - 1:47pm
A row of electric vehicle charging stations outside the Municipal Building and DPU plans to add six more charging stations throughout the County. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

To support the replacement of petroleum-based vehicles, the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is working to add more electric vehicle charging stations to various public facilities throughout the County.

DPU Engineering Associate Ben Olbrich said the project includes six chargers at four different sites.

Heinrich Announces Youth Climate Change Challenge

on October 10, 2019 - 1:44pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the Youth Climate Change Challenge. He is inviting New Mexico students from grades K-12 to submit drawings, paintings, poetry, and short essays about what the climate crisis means for them.
 
Senator Heinrich will visit the classrooms of the first-place winners.
 
“When I meet with students in New Mexico calling for climate action, I am always impressed with their depth of knowledge on climate science, their observations of how climate change is already impacting their daily

Local Girl Scouts Plant 44 Ponderosa Pine Seedlings

on October 10, 2019 - 7:58am
Girl Scout Troop 10074 planted 44 Ponderosa Pine seedlings Sunday, Oct. 6 near the Perimeter Trail in the Cerro Grande burn scar. The seedlings were grown by a local woman from seeds from the Ponderosa Pine in her backyard. Troop 10074 would like to thank her, and also Eric Peterson of the Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Division for providing tools for the project. To learn about joining Girl Scouts, contact Grace Wiele at gwiele@nmgirlscouts.org. Courtesy photo   
 
Scene from Girl Scout Troop 10074 planting Ponderosa Pine seedlings Sunday, Oct. 6 near the Perimeter

On The Job In Los Alamos: At The Nature Center

on October 10, 2019 - 7:39am

On the job in Los Alamos Monday at the Los Alamos Nature Center are Christine Cloyd, left, who has volunteered with the organization for more than four years and Rachel Landman who has served at marketing manager for more than a year. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

By RACHEL LANDMAN
PEEC Marketing Manager

Started April 23, 2016, the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau is a fun program to get families outside, exploring our beautiful trails together.

Los Alamos County, Bandelier, and the Valles Caldera have so many great trails, and now, thanks to

NWS: Today’s High Near 58; Tonight’s Low Around 22

on October 10, 2019 - 6:56am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 58 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 22. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Fall Comes To Acid Canyon Trail

on October 10, 2019 - 6:47am

Daily Postcard: Leaves are turning fall colors Monday along the Acid Canyon Trail. To learn all about the trails to hike inside the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program underway at the Los Alamos Nature Center, click here. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Prescribed Fire Planned For Little Coyote Creek

on October 9, 2019 - 10:01am
 
USDA News:
 
ANGEL FIRE The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), New Mexico State Forestry, Moreno Valley Fire Department, and Angel Fire Fire Department have been preparing the area around Little Coyote Creek for the return of fire since 2008.
 
The burn will take place on state trust land near Black Lake. This burn builds on years and millions of dollars of investments aimed at maintaining forest health and reducing wildfire risk to nearby communities.

DOE: Idaho EM Team Employs Unique Equipment To Tear Down Legacy Reactor

on October 9, 2019 - 9:52am
A diamond wire saw, left, was used to slice concrete shielding, exposing the center of the Argonne Fast Source Reactor, at center. A gantry crane, at right, is used to lift the resulting concrete blocks. Courtesy/DOE
 
DOE News:
 
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho EM crews recently demolished a legacy research reactor built in the 1950s at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), using innovative tools to break down its 4.5-foot-thick concrete shield.
 
The Argonne Fast Source Reactor was constructed at the Materials and Fuels Complex to create neutron fields that exposed materials to a radioactive

Cameras Capture Double Rainbow Across Los Alamos

on October 9, 2019 - 7:57am

A double rainbow forms over the community Tuesday afternoon as viewed from the rooftop patio at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Leslie E. Bucklin

The double rainbow viewed Tuesday from the end of Los Pueblos. Photo by Ann Greene

The double rainbow viewed Tuesday from the Truck Route. Photo by Tammy Jimines

The double rainbow viewed Tuesday from the Student Center at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on October 9, 2019 - 7:27am
Courtesy/LAFM
 
LAFM News:
 
This week at Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday:
 
Shishitos, tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, onions, garlic, vinegars, jams, dried tomatoes, beans, chicos, black beans, pinto beans, squashes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, salad greens, arugula, squash, chiles egg plant, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, apples, honey, berries, peaches, plums, pears, grapes, apple cider, dried apple, snow cones, honey, honey sticks, goat milk soap, gluten free baked goods, quiches, cookies, scones, chala breads, kettle corn, tacos and burritos, egg plant, salad greens, eggs,

NWS: Today’s High Near 69; Tonight’s Low Around 44

on October 9, 2019 - 7:12am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 69 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 44. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Storm Clouds

on October 9, 2019 - 6:57am

Daily Postcard: Storm Clouds descend on Los Alamos as seen Tuesday from N.M. 4. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Sullivan Field Recycle Center Moves To Lemon Lot

on October 8, 2019 - 7:30pm
COUNTY News:
 
We’re moving! The recycling center currently located at Sullivan Field parking lot will be relocated to the Lemon Lot.
 
Starting Oct. 15, the recycling containers currently at the Sullivan Field parking lot will be relocated to the Lemon Lot just across the street.
 
This relocation is a result of the land transfer from the Los Alamos County to Los Alamos Public Schools. The Sullivan Field parking lot will be used to construct a permanent sports field house.
 
The County’s number one goal during this relocation process has been to maintain convenient, safe, and

EDF: New Initiative Will Map And Measure Methane Emissions Across The Permian Basin

on October 8, 2019 - 8:30am
EDF News:
 
AUSTIN, Texas A comprehensive new data initiative organized by Environmental Defense Fund will use advanced emissions monitoring technologies to determine how much methane is escaping from the Permian Basin, one of the world’s largest oil and gas producing regions.
 
The coordinated year-long research effort will generate scientifically robust emissions data to map and measure the scale of the problem, and facilitate better, faster solutions.
 
More than half of U.S. oil rigs are now in the Permian Basin.

Increased Wait Times At Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument During Balloon Fiesta Week

on October 8, 2019 - 8:20am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is experiencing longer than normal wait times during Balloon Fiesta Week (Oct. 5-14). 
 
As balloonists and spectators make plans to visit the Monument, please plan excursions accordingly, as long wait times at the entrance are reaching from 90-120 minutes due to limited parking.  

The BLM and Pueblo de Cochiti are asking that visitors be patient during this time or consider visiting other popular areas in the ear vicinity.
 
New Mexico is home to spacious scenic destinations such as El Malpais National Conservation

Keep Fall Season Wildfire Safety In Mind

on October 8, 2019 - 6:44am
NM Fire Information News:
 
SANTA FE As the fall season begins, land managers would like to remind the public to practice wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors.
 
Federal and state wildfire cooperators in New Mexico urge caution for those participating in hunting and other outdoor activities to go prepared to avoid sparking a fire. Just one small spark or heat from an unattended fire, gunfire ricochet, or a vehicle’s exhaust system can ignite dry grass.
 

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help not only hunters but to all outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen trying to

NWS: Today’s High Near 68; Tonight’s Low Around 45

on October 8, 2019 - 6:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 68 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 45. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunset Highlights Floating Clouds

on October 8, 2019 - 6:35am

Daily Postcard: Several clouds float in the sky recently as the sun sets over Los Alamos. Photo by Victoria Rygh

LANL: Modified Quantum Dots Capture More Energy From Light And Lose Less To Heat

on October 7, 2019 - 1:31pm

Doping a quantum dot with manganese (right half of graphic) speeds the capture of energy from a hot electron to 0.15 picoseconds, outpacing losses to phonons in the crystal lattice. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers discover a new approach for capturing energy from light-generated, ‘hot’ electrons, avoiding wasteful heat loss

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it’s wasted as heat.

 

“This discovery can potentially

LANL: Ancient Oasis Once Existed On Mars ... New Findings From ChemCam Show Dynamic Climate

on October 7, 2019 - 12:19pm

The ChemCam – short for ‘chemistry’ and ‘camera’ – sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. It shoots a laser at Martian rocks to analyze their chemical make-up, which gives researchers clues into the planet’s past habitability. The instrument was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with the French space agency. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

LANL News:

 

The surface of Mars was once home to shallow, salty ponds that went through episodes of overflow and drying, according to a paper published today in Nature Geoscience.

 

These findings result from an analysis of

NMEDD Announces New Members Of Technology Research Collaborative Board

on October 7, 2019 - 11:48am
 
NMEDD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department's (NMEDD) Science and Technology Division has named new board members for the Technology Research Collaborative (TRC).
 
The TRC was formalized in 2003, with the goal of promoting technology commercialization in New Mexico, increasing high-paying jobs and diversifying the economy.
 
In Fiscal Year 2020, the TRC will serve as mentors to science & technology businesses in New Mexico. The board's short-term goals include leveraging its expertise to assist businesses applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Udall Secures Protections For Chaco Canyon Area In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

on October 7, 2019 - 8:26am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), has lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes language for the preservation and safekeeping of the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
 
The bill, which passed committee unanimously, and now heads to the full Senate, includes report language directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to refrain from

National Park Service And Partners Announce $12.6 Million In Save America’s Treasures Grants

on October 7, 2019 - 8:26am
Built in the late 1820s, Hill House was the first home built on the farm of prominent Southern novelist and short-story writer, Flannery O’Connor. The home was restored through a Save America’s Treasures grant in 2010. Courtesy/Hill House, Flannery O’Conner’s Andalusia, Georgia College & State University, 2018
 
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service (NPS) announced $12.6 million in Save America’s Treasures grants to assist funding 41 preservation and conservation projects in 23 states.
 
The NPS, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS),

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