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Los Alamos Residents Share Blood Moon Photos

on September 27, 2015 - 11:30pm

Residents in Los Alamos joined stargazers around the world this evening to view the blood moon - a full lunar eclipse where the moon, Earth and sun line up, with Earth’s shadow totally obscuring the moon. When a full moon makes its closest approach to Earth, it appears slightly bigger and brighter than usual and has a reddish hue. This celestial event has not occurred since 1982 - and will not be repeated until 2033. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Photo by Greg Kendall

Photo by Aria Villareal

Photo by Aria Villareal

Photo by Aria Villareal

Endangered Local Wildlife Talk At Nature Center

on September 27, 2015 - 7:07am

Author and environmentalist Micheal Dax. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

How many endangered or threated animals call the Pajarito Plateau home?

Michael Dax from the Defenders of Wildlife will be at the nature center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 to talk about the endangered species in the local area and reveal how to help protect the current biodiversity.

New Mexico is home to 118 animals listed as threatened and endangered. In many cases, scientists do not fully understand the animal or how the ecosystem will change if it becomes extinct.

Paws To People Awards $10K To Lyme Disease Study

on September 27, 2015 - 7:05am

Courtesy/bridgetocures.com

PTOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE - What do you say to a research project that will tackle head on a trio of diseases that are escalating in both dogs and humans to better understand their relationships and develop a better diagnostic test?

To a project that will yield results not in decades but in months? One that embodies the essence of translational studies in its ability to benefit animals and humans? If you are the Paws To People Organization, you would say ... What are we waiting for - let’s Build A Bridge!

Paws To People Board of Directors awarded $10,000 to fund a

Wildlife Advocates To Rally Before Tuesday’s Game Commission Meeting

on September 27, 2015 - 7:02am

Mary Katherine Ray

SIERRA CLUB News:

Another critical wildlife decision looms for Gov. Martinez’s Game Commission — will it do the right thing?

On Tuesday, the New Mexico Game Commission will decide whether to allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release the endangered Mexican gray wolf in the wild in New Mexico in accordance with the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is appealing to the commission because New Mexico Game and Fish Director Alexa Sandoval denied the agency’s permit.

The public is invited to rally at 8 a.m.

Bandelier Welcomes New Artist In Residence Carolyn Tourney Florek

on September 26, 2015 - 1:46pm

Bandelier Artist-in-Resident Carolyn Tourney Florek. Courtesy/Carolyn Florek

BANDELIER News:

Carolyn Tourney Florek of Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument's current artist in residence, is a poet, publisher, garden designer, and visual artist .

She has degrees in geology and painting, and her poetry has been published in a number of anthologies. Her poem, “Over Flat Creek,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Florek's most recent publication, The Painted Door Opened, is a collaboration along with Carolyn Dahl of their poetry and art.

PEEC Holds Fishing Clinic Oct. 3

on September 25, 2015 - 2:25pm
Fishing lesson in progress. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is providing a fishing clinic for youth and families at Fenton Lake 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.

For those who want to learn how to fish, improve their skills, or want to know more about our local aquatic ecosystems, this is an excellent opportunity.

This fishing adventure includes lessons on knot tying, casting, fish biology, macro-invertebrates, fish prints, baits, and lures.

Live Webcast Of Total Lunar Eclipse Sunday

on September 25, 2015 - 8:16am

Events for the total lunar eclipse Sept. 27-28. This version is labeled for Eastern Daylight Time. Due to the Moon's slightly off-center path through Earth's umbra, the southern half of its disk should look slightly brighter during totality than the northern half. Sky & Telescope illustration

 

By KELLY BEATTY
Sky & Telescope
  • A total lunar eclipse occurs in prime time for U.S. skywatchers Sunday night, Sept. 27. Sky & Telescope is providing a high-definition webcast of the entire event.

Kelly Beatty. Photo by Craig Michael Utter/S&T

Sunday evening, skygazers throughout the Americas will

Atmospheric Research Lab Bound For Antarctica

on September 24, 2015 - 8:12pm

An advanced cloud and aerosol instrumentation platform is about to have a one-year run at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Courtesy Photo

Mobile facility managers Kim Nitschke and Paul Ortega scouted Antarctica with the Antarctica experiment co-investigator Johannes Verlinde to determine the ideal locations and infrastructure. Courtesy photo

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A big production is about to take place in a remote part of the world starting in November.

DOE To Perform Ordnance Clearance Sweeps For Pre Manhattan-Era Munitions In Bayo And Rendija Canyons

on September 24, 2015 - 7:21pm

EM-LA News:

A multi-disciplinary team led by the Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) will begin setting up for ordinance clearance sweeps Sept. 27.

A comprehensive sweep will take place at the head of a tributary to Bayo Canyon on land primarily owned by the Los Alamos County, while similar work will be performed in Rendija Canyon on 15 acres owned by the United States Forest Service.

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Golondrino Prescribed Burn On Cuba Ranger District

on September 23, 2015 - 11:08am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Golondrino prescribed burn area on the Cuba Ranger District will be closed to the public Sunday, Sept. 27 until Thursday, Oct. 8 to ensure public safety during ignitions. 

The restricted area is popular with hunters, and since the prescribed burn is planned during turkey and bear season, forest officials determined that a closure order would minimize potential safety hazards. 

The area under the closure order is delineated by the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) boundary on the north, the boundary between the Cuba and Coyote Ranger Districts on the east, Forest

DOE National Cleanup Workshop Sept. 29-30

on September 23, 2015 - 8:48am

DOE News:

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 29-30, the Department of Energy (DOE), in cooperation with the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) and Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG), will hold the first DOE National Cleanup Workshop at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA.

The workshop brings together senior DOE executives, officials from DOE sites, industry executives, local government officials, and other stakeholders.

NNSA Removes U.S.-Origin HEU From Jamaica, Makes Caribbean HEU Free

on September 22, 2015 - 10:13am

Anne Harrington

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has removed approximately 1 kilogram of U.S.-Origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Jamaica’s “Safe Low-Power Kritical Experiment” (SLOWPOKE) research reactor and returned the material to the United States, making the Caribbean region completely free of HEU.  

“Cooperating with Jamaica and Canada in completing this HEU removal is an outstanding example of how regional cooperation can support global efforts to minimize the civilian use of HEU, while preserving

NM Testimony At Joint Congressional Hearing Reveals EPA Misled With Incomplete, Cherry-Picked Data

on September 22, 2015 - 9:41am

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn

NMED News:

SANTA FE – At Thursday’s Joint Congressional Hearing for Natural Resources and Oversight & Government Reform, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn clarified numerous discrepancies from testimony made earlier in the day by the Environmental Protection Agency, including the agency’s summary-level, cherry-picked data that sought to downplay the severity of the Gold King Mine spill.

Flynn testified that the EPA neglected to include a key contaminant, arsenic, among the data supplied.

PEEC: International Solutions To Fire Management

on September 21, 2015 - 8:13am

International Prescribed Fire Training Exchange participants in the field. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Fire management is a global challenge and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Nature Center, fire management experts from this year’s International Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (IPFTE) will present solutions for using fire to maintain local forests and grasslands.

This is the fifth year for the IPFTE, a program held annually in the Jemez Mountains and hosted by the Nature Conservancy and The Santa Fe National Forest.

Heinrich Calls For Reforms To Mining Law In Environment And Public Works Hearing On Recent Spill

on September 20, 2015 - 8:19am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. spoke at a U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) oversight hearing Wednesday on the Gold King Mine spill that occurred last month.
 
The committee examined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) response to the accident, which caused a large plume of bright orange toxic waste to spill into the Animas and San Juan Rivers and pollute the Four Corners region, and the subsequent impact it had on the environment and economies of local states, communities, and Indian tribes. 

VIDEO: Heinrich Remarks On

Heading Into The Unknown…

on September 19, 2015 - 9:28am
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly takes a selfie with the Bahamas from 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. Courtesy/NASA
 
By SCOTT KELLY
NASA Astronaut

Almost everything we know about living in space ends at six months. Now that I am at the midpoint of my mission, heading into the second half of one year in space aboard the International Space Station, I am looking forward to exploring the science of this uncharted territory and stepping into the unknown.

My Russian colleague Mikhail Kornienko and I are living in space for one year to push the edge of our scientific

Energy Department Announces $102 Million To Tackle Solar Challenges, Expand Access To Clean Electricity

on September 19, 2015 - 8:34am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut climate-changing carbon pollution and continue building a clean energy economy in the United States, the Energy Department announced more than $102 million in new projects and available funding to support American leadership in clean energy innovation.
 
More than $52 million will support 22 new projects in partnership with companies, non-profit organizations, universities, and national laboratories that aim to make solar energy more affordable and accessible across the nation.
 
In addition, up to $50 million

Clean-water Groups Respond To Ryan Flynn's Congressional Testimony

on September 19, 2015 - 8:09am

CVNM News:

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday regarding August’s Gold King Mine spill in the Animas River, promoting New Mexico's management of natural resources.

But Flynn’s actions at the Environment Department have put New Mexico in greater danger of such water-contamination disasters in the future.

“The Animas River toxic spill provides an opportunity for Ryan Flynn and the state of New Mexico government to re-evaluate their neglect of, and indifference to, the need for stringent environmental regulations in

Clouds Decorate The Sky Over San Ildefonso

on September 19, 2015 - 7:51am

Clouds decorating the sky over San Ildefonso were captured on camera during a recent outing. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Udall At EPW Hearing: New Mexicans Deserve Compensation, Long-Term Plan For Gold King Mine Spill

on September 18, 2015 - 7:25am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON During a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall called for action to help communities affected by the Gold King Mine wastewater spill into the Animas and San Juan rivers.
 
Udall discussed confusion and mistakes made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the immediate aftermath of the spill, and committed to introducing two bills to help Northwestern New Mexico recover and help prevent another disastrous mine spill.
 
Udall, along with Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep.

NNSA: Last HEU Removed From Switzerland

on September 18, 2015 - 7:17am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), working in collaboration with the Government of Switzerland, announced that approximately 2.2 kilogram of U.S.-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) has been returned from the University of Basel in Switzerland to the United States.
 
The HEU is from AGN-211-P research reactor, which commenced operation in 1961 using U.S.-origin HEU Material Test Reactor (MTR)-type fuel. 
 
The reactor was operated for decades by the University of Basel for education and research purposes, but the decision

Energy Department Announces $70 Million For Innovation Institute On Smart Manufacturing

on September 18, 2015 - 7:10am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Energy announced Wednesday $70 million in funding for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing.
 
With this investment, the Department aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent.
 
As part of President Obama’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NNMI), the institute will also demonstrate these

SFNF Prescribed Burn Oct. 1 - Dec. 31

on September 18, 2015 - 7:09am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. 
 
The window for the Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn will open Oct. 1 and extend through Dec. 31. The decision to burn will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources.
 
The 500-acre Gallinas Canyon treatment area is located approximately 20 miles west/southwest of Las Vegas, NM.

Los Alamos To Team With Procter & Gamble In Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

on September 17, 2015 - 9:40pm

LANL and consumer products company Procter & Gamble will form one of the seven ‘innovation pairs’ working to bring sustainable ideas from some of the nations top scientists into the day-to-day world of manufacturing. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Clean energy manufacturing efforts will get a boost, thanks to a new national laboratory-industry collaboration pilot announced this week by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI).

Los Alamos National Laboratory and consumer products company Procter & Gamble will form one of the seven ‘innovation pairs’ working to

Energy Department Selects Five Projects In First Step To Produce Fresh Water From CO2 Storage Sites

on September 17, 2015 - 7:57am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, the Department of Energy announced the selection of five projects that will study the feasibility of using salty wateror brine from carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites to produce fresh water.
 
These projects – which will receive more than $7 million in funding from the Departmentwill develop and validate strategies to manage pressure and the flow of CO2 in saline formations through a Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST).
 
By managing the pressure and the flow of CO2also known as a plume steeringbrine can be extracted from the formation at specific

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