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NWS: Today’s High Near 44, Tonight’s Low Around 23

on February 10, 2019 - 8:29am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 44 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 23. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Buck Relaxes On Sycamore Street

on February 9, 2019 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: A buck is spotted relaxing and soaking up the afternoon sunshine Friday on Sycamore Street in Los Alamos. Photo by David C. Guenther

NWS: Today’s High Near 39, Tonight’s Low Around 20

on February 9, 2019 - 6:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 39 with mostly cloudy skies and tonight’s low around 20. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Energy Transition Act Seeks To Aid Switch From Coal To Renewables

on February 8, 2019 - 8:33am
The New Mexico Roundhouse. Courtesy/SFNM
 
By STEVE TERRELL
 
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and several environmentalist groups on Thursday praised legislation aimed at ensuring the shuttering of the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station near Farmington and establishing ambitious targets for pushing New Mexico toward more reliance on renewable energy sources.
 
The bill is intended to soften the financial hit both to the community surrounding the aging power plant and to Public Service Company of New Mexico, the state's largest utility and majority owner of

Daily Postcard: View Wednesday On Main Hill Road

on February 8, 2019 - 7:03am

Daily Postcard: View Wednesday afternoon heading down the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS: Today’s High Near 38, Tonight’s Low Around 20

on February 8, 2019 - 6:59am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 38 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 20. Courtesy/NWS

Talk/Film On Dark Matter This Weekend In Planetarium

on February 7, 2019 - 11:29am

Explore the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Astrophysicist Galen Gisler discusses the nature of these phenomena at 7 p.m. Friday and the full-dome film ‘Dark Matter Mystery’ will play at 2 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Unearth the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Astrophysicist Galen Gisler will give a talk called “The Dark Side of the Universe” at 7 p.m. Friday that will explore these phenomena.

Udall, Haaland Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act To Protect America’s National Monuments From Unlawful Attacks

on February 7, 2019 - 10:52am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Bill, co-sponsored by more than 100 members of Congress, reinforces that only Congress can alter national monuments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Repesentatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), led a group of more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress in re-introducing legislation to protect America’s treasured national monuments against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on public lands.

The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and

Udall, Heinrich Call On EPA To Set Federal Drinking Water Standards For PFOA And PFOS

on February 7, 2019 - 8:55am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to develop federal drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as part of the agency’s national management plan for this class of chemicals.
 
In a bipartisan letter to Wheeler, the Senators also request that the EPA provide briefings on the agency’s efforts on this issue, as well as regular updates on the progress of those efforts.

Daily Postcard: Sandhill Cranes Fly Over White Rock

on February 7, 2019 - 7:54am

Daily Postcard: Sandhill Cranes circling to gain altitude in the sky heading north Monday above White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

NWS: Today’s High Near 29, Tonight’s Low Around 12

on February 7, 2019 - 7:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 29 with sunny skies and wind chill values as low as -1 and tonight’s low around 12. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecast of wind chill values across the state. Courtesy/NWS

Gov. Lujan Grisham, Congressional Delegation Release Joint Statement On Air Force Base Contamination

on February 6, 2019 - 7:31pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE -- Following a call this afternoon between Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the New Mexico congressional delegation, and U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson regarding contamination at Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases, in which the group expressed their concerns to Secretary Wilson, the governor and members of the delegation issued the following joint statement:

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

“We firmly expect the Air Force to show much more urgency in responding to the contamination around Holloman and

Art Council Sponsors Free Brown Bag Concert Today

on February 6, 2019 - 8:05am

The Los Alamos Arts Council is sponsoring a free concert noon to p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Black Mesa Brass Quintet headed by Jan McDonald will preform and the community is invited to join them for what is sure to be an enjoyable hour of music. Courtesy photo

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Breaks Through Dark Clouds

on February 6, 2019 - 7:22am

Daily Postcard: Dark clouds fill the sky as the sun begins to rise early this morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS: Today’s High Near 40, Tonight’s Low Around 13

on February 6, 2019 - 7:20am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 40 in Los Alamos, wind up to 25 miles per hour and an 80 percent chance of snow showers, with an accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 13 with isolated snow showers and wind chill values as low as zero. Courtesy/NWS

SFCC Collaborates With Northern New Mexico College To Offer EPA Job Training Program At NNMC

on February 5, 2019 - 9:57am

EDUCATION News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College will collaborate with Northern New Mexico College to offer a free training program on NNMC’s campus in Española.

The New Mexico Environmental Workforce Job Training Program is a free five-week intensive training designed to prepare its graduates to enter the expanding environmental job market. An Environmental Protection Agency grant supports the program.

The five-week intensive training is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 20 through June 21 at NNMC in Española.

“Santa Fe Community College is pleased to partner with

‘Empty Trash Bag’ Orbiting Earth In Strange Way

on February 5, 2019 - 9:43am
Lots of space debris is orbiting Earth, including non-functional satellites. Courtesy/NASA
 
LIVE SCIENCE News:
 
A bizarre object orbiting Earth is reminding astronomers of an empty trash bag.
 
The unusual satellite is trekking around the planet in an almost absurd ellipse, dipping as close as 372.8 miles (600 kilometers) from the surface and then swinging out to a distance of 334,460 miles (538,261 km), or 1.4 times the average distance of the Earth to the moon.
 
According to Northolt Branch Observatories in London, the object is a light piece of material left over from a rocket

AGU: Early Spring Rain Boosts Methane From Thawing Permafrost By 30 Percent

on February 5, 2019 - 8:49am
Grassy plants called sedges grow across the surface of the bog that Neumann and her team studied. Photo by Rebecca Neumann/University of Washington
 
A UW-led team has found that early spring rainfall warms up a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes. Photo by Rebecca Neumann/University of Washington
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arctic permafrost is thawing as the Earth warms due to climate change. In some cases scientists predict that this thawing soil will release increasing amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas,

SFNF: La Jara Prescribed Burn Planned Today

on February 5, 2019 - 8:44am

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 today through March 15 as conditions allow.

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.

Bill Would Freeze Fracking Permits During Study

on February 5, 2019 - 6:45am
Drilling rig. Courtesy/wikipedia.com
 
By REBECCA MOSS
When you're driving at night through Counselor, N.M. on U.S. 550, the horizon takes on a dusky illumination, almost like daylight, Samuel Sage said during a Monday news conference in Santa Fe.
 
Bright light flares from natural gas being burned off as part of oil and gas production has become increasingly common in that area of Northwestern New Mexico, particularly since 2013, said Sage, a member of the Navajo Nation's Counselor Chapter House.
 
Sage was among several environmental advocates who gathered at

Lunch With A Leader On Zero Waste Feb. 19

on February 5, 2019 - 6:12am
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters will hear from four women leaders in the field of xero waste during Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m., Feb. 19 in Mesa Public Library.
 
Sue Barns came to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology in 1996 and remained until 2008. She will talk about food waste.
 
Angelica Gurule will explain the activities of the Environmental Services/Eco Station. She has a MS in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management and a MS in Information, Science, and Technology.

Science On Tap: Latest Innovations In Fuel-Cell Research At LANL Discussed At UnQuarked Feb. 11

on February 5, 2019 - 5:58am
Dr. Yu Seung Kim of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos Creative District News:
 
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at UnQuarked Wine Room.
 
This discussion will feature Dr. Yu Seung Kim of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group. This event replaces the previously scheduled Feb. 25 Science On Tap.
 
Fuel-cell research has been a hot topic at Los Alamos since the 1970s.

Daily Postcard: Deer Grabs Snack On Barranca Mesa

on February 5, 2019 - 5:32am

Daily Postcard: A deer grabs a morning snack Sunday at a residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Dale Dalmas

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 28

on February 5, 2019 - 5:23am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 46 in Los Alamos with a 20 percent chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers, and tonight’s low around 28 with a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers, mainly after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.

Scenes From Museum Monday At Nature Center

on February 4, 2019 - 6:37pm

Leslie Linke checks out the view this afternoon at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) hosted numerous activities during Museum Monday at the Nature Center, which featured historical aspects of the community, from established brick-and-mortar museums to special pop-up exhibits and installations, as well as special Atomic City Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District and the townsite. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com

PEEC Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel mingles with the public this afternoon during Museum Monday at the Nature Center.

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