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Elected Officials, Tribes, Activists Protest ‘Double Drilling’ During Oil Conservation Commission Hearing

on November 27, 2018 - 2:37pm
The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

SIERRA CLUB News:
 
The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission (NMOCC) drew more than 70 people to hear a decision on Hilcorp Energy’s (Case No. 16403) application request to double the number of wells in the Blanco-Mesaverde Gas Pool in San Juan and Rio Arriba counties in northwest New Mexico.
 
Hilcorp Energy—an infamously bad actor—was granted permission to avoid

Daily Postcard: Saturday Afternoon At Ashley Pond

on November 27, 2018 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: Fall scene Saturday afternoon at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

SFNF: Chaparral Prescribed Burn May Start Today

on November 26, 2018 - 7:11am

SFNF News:

To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today, Nov. 26 on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 59 acres of the Chaparral piles, and may conduct treatments anytime between Nov. 26 and March 15, 2019 as conditions allow.

The Chaparral piles area is located along Forest Service Road 539, two to five miles south of the Rancho del

Daily Postcard: Pastel Clouds Color Sky Saturday

on November 26, 2018 - 6:01am

Daily Postcard: Pastel colored clouds spotted Saturday in the sky above the Los Alamos County Municipal Building on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

SFNF: Cattle Guard Installation On Jemez Ranger District Postponed Until Spring

on November 25, 2018 - 7:04am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest officials postponed the installation of cattle guards on Forest Road 105 (Sulfur Creek Road) and Forest Road 106 (Thompson Ridge Road) until spring. 

Installation was originally planned the week of Nov. 12, but is postponed until forest officials can ensure emergency access during construction.

The plan is to complete the project ahead of the next grazing season.

Public notification will be made as soon as new installation dates are determined. Once the project begins, the forest roads will be impassible from approximately 9:30 a.m.

Be Aware ... Share The Forest With Wild Animals

on November 25, 2018 - 7:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Winter is fast approaching, and hard times may be ahead for some forest animals.

Heavy snows and extended periods of bitter cold can take a toll on many forest creatures. Winter mortality is nothing to be concerned about since it has been occurring for ages.

What has not been occurring for quite as long; however, is the increased amount of human activity on the forest. Forest officials highly encourage visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, but to also be aware of the surroundings.

Cuba Ranger District La Jara Burn Planned Nov. 26

on November 25, 2018 - 7:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Nov. 26 through March 15, 2019.

A total of 79 acres may be treated in the area just east of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems.

Daily Postcard: Sun Sets Behind Trinity On The Hill

on November 25, 2018 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: The sun setting Saturday evening behind Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at 3900 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Full Beaver Moon Visible Early Today

on November 24, 2018 - 8:33am

Daily Postcard: View of the Full Beaver Moon captured on camera early this morning from White Rock. November’s full moon was called the Full Beaver Moon by both the Algonquin tribes and colonial Americans. The Native Americans used the monthly moons and nature’s signs as a sort of calendar to track the seasons. Why this name? Back then, November was the month to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. The November full moon also was called the Full Frost Moon by other Native American tribes. Source: almanac.com. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

AGU: Oil Extraction Likely Triggered Mid-Century Earthquakes In Los Angeles

on November 23, 2018 - 10:27am

Oil fueled the growth of Los Angeles from 50,000 people in 1890 to 1.5 million in 1940. By the 1940s, the Signal Hill field alone had a forest of 20,000 derricks among its residential homes. Los Angeles County still has 3,000 active wells. Signal Hill postcard c. 1926 Courtesy/Werner Von Boltenstern Postcard Collection, Loyola Marymount University library archive

AGU News:

  • New study revisits data, eyewitness accounts from the early instrumentation age

 
By LIZA LESTER
AGU

World War II-era oil pumping under Los Angeles likely triggered a rash of mid-sized earthquakes in the 1930s and

Daily Postcard: Northern Pygmy-Owl At Bandelier

on November 23, 2018 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: A northern pygmy-owl spotted at Bandelier National Monument along the Main Loop Trail and on the Falls Trail. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Tis The Season To Recycle ... Cardboard Boxes!

on November 22, 2018 - 6:50pm

COUNTY News:

Toys and clothes and boxes oh my! With the holidays upon us and shopping sprees in full swing, Environmental Services anticipates an increase in cardboard boxes.

To help accommodate the extra cardboard, the staff have added more cardboard recycling locations throughout Los Alamos County.

As a friendly reminder, please flatten the cardboard boxes.

Cardboard Recycling Locations:

  • Los Alamos Ice Rink at 4475 West Road;
  • Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.;
  • North Mesa Ball Fields on North Mesa Road;
  • Sullivan Field Recycling Center in the Sullivan Parking Lot;

Water Pipe Bursts Early This Morning In Western Area

on November 22, 2018 - 8:18am
A water pipe burst this morning on the water tank in Western Area and water runs down across West Road near the Los Alamos Ice Rink. A utility department spokesperson reports that an investigation is underway to determine whether the pipe actually burst or the tank just overflowed. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
Water from the burst pipe this morning on the water tank in Western Area. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A water pipe burst this morning on the tank directly behind the homes where Fairway and 47th Street meet off of the Trinity Drive side of

Learn About Asteroids And Watch ‘National Parks Adventure’ In Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on November 22, 2018 - 7:34am

Join astronomer Rick Wallace at 7 p.m., Friday at the nature center planetarium to learn about the past and future of asteroid impacts. Courtesy/PEEC

Watch the full-dome film ‘National Parks Adventure’ at 2 p.m. Saturday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join astronomer Rick Wallace in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium this Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. to learn all about the past and future of asteroid impacts and threats.

Audience members will watch the full-dome film “Incoming!” at this event and enjoy an audio-visual presentation from Wallace on the nature of

Daily Postcard: Happy Thanksgiving Los Alamos!

on November 22, 2018 - 6:46am

Daily Postcard: A Thanksgiving sunrise viewed this morning from White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts a high today near 50 with partly sunny skies and a low tonight around 29 with a 40 percent chance of rain and snow before 11 p.m. and new snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible. The Los Alamos Daily Post news team takes this opportunity to thank and wish our readers in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world a very Happy Thanksging Day. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Researchers Discover How ‘Cryptic’ Connections In Disease Transmission Influence Epidemics

on November 21, 2018 - 3:13pm
Researchers Kate Langwig, Joseph Hoyt and Jennifer Redell tag bats with fluorescent dust and observed their movements to track hidden connections that can spread disease within and between bat species. Courtesy/Virginia Tech
 
VIRGINIA TECH News:
 
Diseases have repeatedly spilled over from wildlife to humans, causing local to global epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS and Nipah.
 
A new study by researchers of disease transmission in bats has broad implications for understanding hidden or “Cryptic” connections that can spread diseases between species and lead to large-scale

County: Tis The Season To Recycle!

on November 21, 2018 - 7:10am

COUNTY News:

Toys and clothes and boxes oh my! With the holidays upon us and shopping sprees in full swing, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division anticipates an increase in cardboard boxes.

To help accommodate the extra cardboard, more cardboard recycling locations are added throughout the County. As a friendly reminder, flatten the cardboard boxes.

Cardboard Recycling Locations:

Ice Rink                                                                               4475 West Road;

Los Alamos County Municipal Building                               1000 Central Ave.;

North

Daily Postcard: Fox Spotted On Barranca Mesa

on November 21, 2018 - 6:16am

Daily Postcard: Young fox, seen Tuesday morning near the east end of Barranca Mesa. Photo by Cornell Wright

LANL: Eight Los Alamos Projects Win R&D 100 Awards

on November 20, 2018 - 8:16am

Eight LANL projects win R&D 100 Awards at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies win R&D 100 Awards at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Orlando, Fla. Three of the inventions also win Special Recognition Awards, including a Gold award for corporate social responsibility.
 
“The Laboratory’s eight R&D 100 award winners show how scientific excellence in the name of national security can also benefit society as a whole,” Laboratory Director Thom Mason said.

Udall, Grijalva Lead 118 Members Of Congress On Bicameral Amicus Brief To Protect National Monuments

on November 20, 2018 - 7:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) have led 26 Senators and 92 House members to submit an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs in five cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that challenge the Trump administration’s decision to significantly diminish the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in southern Utah.

 
In the brief, the lawmakers argue that under the Constitution, no president has the power to shrink or reduce national monuments since that power resides with

Daily Postcard: Fall Foliage Colors Demo Garden

on November 20, 2018 - 7:41am

Daily Postcard: Fall foliage colors the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden on Central Avenue before last week's snowstorm. The Demo Garden is a Public Education Garden maintained by the Los Alamos Master Gardeners organization (LAMG), in conjunction with the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Department and the New Mexico State University Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Office. The Garden is on the South side of Central Avenue, between Ashley Pond and Oppenheimer Drive. It is always open to the public and handicap accessible.

DOE Releases RFI/Sources Sought For EM ICP

on November 19, 2018 - 6:06am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) Closure and Other Mission Objectives acquisition at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
 
The EM ICP mission objectives is currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and expires May 31, 2021.
 
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from interested parties with

Daily Postcard: Vibrant Colors Spotted At Pond

on November 19, 2018 - 5:55am
Daily Postcard: Vibrant fall colors spotted just before the snowstorm last week dulled the foliage at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Ken Hanson

DOI Announces FY 2018 Energy Revenue Disbursements Climb To $8.93 Billion

on November 18, 2018 - 9:51am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $8.93 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 from energy production on federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas.
 
That figure represents an increase of $1.82 billion over the previous year.
 
“President Trump’s energy dominance strategy is paying off and local communities across America are the beneficiaries,” Zinke said.

Teatro Paraguas: A Musical Piñata For Christmas

on November 18, 2018 - 8:31am
A Musical Piñata for Christmas performs 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-16, at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
 
TEATRO PARAGUAS News:
 
Teatro Paraguas presents the sixth annual A Musical Piñata for Christmas with a new and exciting line-up of acts to welcome in the winter holidays at 7 p.m., Fridays, and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-16, at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.
 
Admission is $10 adults, $5 children under 16. Tickets: MusicalPinata6.brownpapertickets.com; reservations 404.424.1601 and information teatroparaguas.org.
 

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