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PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 3 – What Is Happening To The Birds Of Northern New Mexico?

on May 3, 2016 - 4:08pm
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 3―What Is Happening To The Birds Of Northern New Mexico?
By BOB DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
We have been considering the results of the Christmas Bird Count for Los Alamos and other areas in northern New Mexico.
 
Previously we had considered those species that had been unique to Los Alamos and each of the other five areas in the count. We now consider the 44 species that are common across all six areas. The presence of a species in all six areas indicates that it is flexible for its type of habitat.

DOE Announces $25 Million To Accelerate Integration Of Solar Energy Into Nation’s Electrical Grid

on May 3, 2016 - 3:49pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s grid through the Grid Modernization Initiative, the Energy Department announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid.
 
Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S.

Scenes From Hike Around Shiprock

on May 3, 2016 - 9:00am
Scene from a Tuesday hike around Shiprock. Shiprock is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet above sea level. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a Tuesday hike around Shiprock. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a Tuesday hike around Shiprock. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a Tuesday hike around Shiprock. Photo by Robert Beberniss

What Is A Fireshed And Other Questions: Get Answers At 'Fire Fair' May 12

on May 3, 2016 - 8:59am
Courtesy/forestguild.org
 
GSFC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFC) will host a Fire Fair open house 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center to introduce the concept of a fireshed and what it means to residents of the Santa Fe area.
 
The GSFFC is a coalition of local, state and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and others who are working together to proactively restore fire-adapted forests, safeguard the Santa Fe Watershed and reduce fire risk in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), the area where

Carlos Valdez Leads Rose Pruning Workshop May 7

on May 2, 2016 - 9:18am

GARDEN News:

Carlos Valdez from the Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Services Department will conduct a workshop about the care and pruning of roses at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 in the Memorial Rose Garden behind Fuller Lodge.

Valdez will demonstrate pruning techniques and answer questions about growing roses in the local environment.

Attendees are encouraged to wear long sleeves and bring pruning shears and gloves. Get hands-on experience helping the Los Alamos Garden Club prune the roses in the Memorial Rose Garden.

The Los Alamos Garden Club is sponsoring this free workshop.

Democrats Pitch In To Clean Up Los Alamos

on May 1, 2016 - 8:48am

Los Alamos Democrats pitched in Satirday for the annual 'Clean Up Los Alamos Day' in an effort to beautify the community. From left, Amy Storey, Cecelia Frank, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Chris Chandler, Robyn Schultz, Shelby Redondo, and Michael Redondo. Photo by Brad Storey

COMMUNITY News:

Members of the Democtratic Party of Los Alamos joined with other organizations and individuals to participate in Saturday's 13th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day.

Groups and neighborhoods pitched in to help beautify the community and prepare for wildfire season.

Rotarians Beautify Garden At Mesa Public Library

on May 1, 2016 - 8:10am
Los Alamos Rotarians Vincent Chiravalle, left, and Chuck Tallman gather with fellow Rotarians Saturday morning to prune, water, weed and spread mulch at the Rotary Garden in front of Mesa Public Library on Central Avenue. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos adopted the garden as one of its community beautification projects and has maintained it for more than 10 years. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Marcus Roth, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as well as the Rotary Club in his hometown, Darmstadt, in Germany.

Los Alamos Kiwanians Clean Up Entrance Park

on May 1, 2016 - 8:02am
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos clean up crew picked up trash Saturday at Entrance Park as part of Saturday's community-wide 'Clean Up Los Alamos Day'. Crew members, from left, Steve Boerigter, Jack Gehre, Robert Cunningham, Kathy Hirons, Linda Daly, Morrie Pongratz, Pat Soran and Chuck Koosian. Photo by Don Casperson

New Mexico Environment Department Solicits Comments From Citizens In Los Alamos Thursday

on April 29, 2016 - 2:53pm
New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn speaks to citizens on the revisions to the Compliance Order on Consent Order which governs hazardous waste cleanup by Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Members of the public and NMED staff listen to Katherine Roberts, director of the Division of Resource Protection at NMED, as she gives an overview of the changes  to the Compliance Order on Consent Order which governs hazardous waste cleanup by Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Who Picks Up Trash In Space?

on April 29, 2016 - 1:37pm
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Who Picks Up Trash In Space?
 
“Space trash” and “space junk” are terms for the man-made litter that is floating in space or otherwise stuck there. Much of it orbits Earth. We know the problem is real when we hear about the Orbital Debris Program Office of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

What all is whizzing around out there? By NASA’s accounting, the mess of it would fill a few junkyards if it were dumped in one place.

Report: Proposed BLM Methane Waste Rule Will Increase Production, Revenue In San Juan Basin

on April 29, 2016 - 9:10am

Courtesy/EDF

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND News:

new study by the Conservation Economics Institute has found that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed methane waste rule will have a net positive impact on oil and gas production and revenue in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin.

An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $118.8 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 28, 2016 - 9:45pm
NPS News:
 
DENVER — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,714,675 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2015 spent $97.5 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,528 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $118.8 million. It also represents a 9.8 percent increase in spending and a 7 percent rise in visitation over 2014.
 
“From Chaco Culture National Historical Park to White Sands National Monument, the national parks of New Mexico draw more than 1.7 million visitors a year from home and abroad,” said Sue Masica, director of the NPS

Los Alamos Certified As Wildlife Habitat Community

on April 28, 2016 - 9:31pm
Community Wildlife Habitat presentation Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation and County Councilor Pete Sheehey at Saturday's ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation traveled to Los Alamos from Reston, VA to officially present the Community Wildlife Habitat certification to Los Alamos
Los Alamos County was

NMED Hosts Open House On LANL Consent Order In Council Chambers 5-7 p.m. Today

on April 28, 2016 - 9:58am

NMED News:

NMED Proposes Changes to Consent Order, which Governs Legacy Clean-Up at LANL

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau will host an Open House in Los Alamos to present an overview of their proposed changes to the Draft Consent Order governing legacy clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to hear citizen and stakeholder input, address concerns, and answer questions.

The Open House is 5-7 p.m., today in the Los Alamos County Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

On March 1, 2005, NMED and the U.S.

Los Alamos Master Gardeners Prepare For June Fair

on April 28, 2016 - 9:32am

Los Alamos Master Gardeners are working on the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden to have it ready for its June 11 Garden Fair. The workers are preparing an area for a new penstemon garden and an extended butterfly garden. Gardeners from left, Shari Foley, Denise George, Pallas Papin, Pam Rogers, Kimberli Tanner and Carlos Valdez. Courtesy photo

New Awards For Advanced Nuclear Energy Development

on April 28, 2016 - 8:13am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Building on the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy has awarded more than $5 million to undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy.
 
The awards include 57 undergraduate scholarships and 33 graduate-level fellowships for students at American colleges and universities.
 
“Nuclear energy currently makes up 60 percent of the United States’ non-carbon emitting energy portfolio,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

Udall Welcomes Signing Of Historic International Agreement To Fight Climate Change

on April 28, 2016 - 8:11am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees, released the following statement on the signing of a historic agreement reached by the United States and almost 200 other countries to fight climbing temperatures and rising sea levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Udall was among a group of 10 senators who attended the United Nations climate talks in Paris last December, where international negotiators reached the deal.

NNSA Conducts Fifth Experiment Aimed To Improve U.S. Ability To Detect Foreign Nuclear Explosions

on April 27, 2016 - 9:06am

NASA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 26, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) conducted the fifth experimental conventional explosion as part of its Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series. The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, improves the United States’ capability to detect and characterize underground nuclear explosions.

By conducting the experiments near the location of previous underground nuclear tests, researchers are able to better compare data from conventional and nuclear explosions.

More Scenes From Saturday's Earth Day Festival

on April 27, 2016 - 8:33am

Scene from the annual Earth Day Festival hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from PEEC's annual Earth Day Festival Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from PEEC's annual Earth Day Festival Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from PEEC's annual Earth Day Festival Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from PEEC's annual

Community Celebrates Earth Day At Nature Center

on April 27, 2016 - 8:24am

Hundreds of people turned out for the annual Earth Day Festival hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Saturday's Earth Day Festival.

Nature Center Presents 'We Are Stars' To Show Friday

on April 27, 2016 - 7:40am
 
PEEC News:
 
From the makers of We are Astronomers, comes an exciting film that explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) new planetarium film, We are Stars, connects life on earth to the evolution of the universe by investigating the chemistry of stars. This family-friendly film will premiere at 7 p.m., Friday, April 29 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium, Astrophysicist Dr. Richard Wallace will give a talk and be available to answer questions.
 
Richard Wallace has a Ph.D.

EPA Must Act Now To Protect Public From Teflon Chemical In Drinking Water

on April 27, 2016 - 7:22am
EPA News:
 
By BILL WALKER
Investigations Editor
 
The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis.
 
Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.
 
Today EWG, which has

Stolen Passport To Pajarito Plateau Post Found

on April 26, 2016 - 8:11pm

The wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program has been found. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The wooden post in Acid Canyon for PEEC's Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program stolen over the weekend has been found, according to a PEEC spokesperson. The lost post was found this morning. Early this afternoon, it was reinstalled on the Acid Canyon Loop trail. 

Since first discovering the missing post, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) found another vandalized post on Bridges Loop trail. The post was dumped about 50 feet from its previous location.

Fuller Lodge Art Center Takes Over Nature Center Tonight

on April 26, 2016 - 2:51pm
Bean and seed bottles are a fun and artistic way to learn about the Earth’s crust. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Full Lodge Art Center will spill the beans from 6-7:30 p.m., Tonight, April 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Tonight is community night, a free, family friendly event with hands-on activities. Tonight, the art center would like help creating a permanent nature mural using seeds and beans. Participants will learn about the Earth’s crust by creating their own bean bottles.
 
This artistic evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Scenes From Sunday Drive Through Gilman Tunnels

on April 26, 2016 - 10:58am
Scenes from a drive through Gilman Tunnels Sunday afternoon. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scenes from a drive through Gilman Tunnels Sunday afternoon. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scenes from a drive through Gilman Tunnels Sunday afternoon. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scenes from a drive through Gilman Tunnels Sunday afternoon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

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