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NMMNHS Lecture: Red Rocks From Earth To Mars

on January 27, 2018 - 9:07am

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science presents an evening lecture, ‘Red Rocks from Earth to Mars’ that looks at evidence for water-deposited sedimentary rocks discovered on Mars and small iron concretions called ‘blueberries’ found on the Red Planet. Courtesy/NMMNHS

NMMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Evidence for water-deposited sedimentary rocks discovered on Mars by the NASA Rovers, and small iron concretions called “blueberries” found on the Red Planet, will be discussed by University of Utah professor Marjorie A. Chan, Ph.D.

The lecture is 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.

AGU: Stored Heat Released From Ocean Largely Responsible For Recent Streak Of Record Hot Years

on January 27, 2018 - 6:17am
Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures, measured here in November 2015, surged during the 2014-2015 El Niño. New research finds this El Niño released excess heat stored in the Pacific Ocean since the 1990s. Courtesy/NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.
 
AGU News:
 
Global temperatures spiked during the record warm years of 2014 to 2016 largely because El Niño released an unusually large amount of heat generated by greenhouse gas emissions and stored in the Pacific Ocean, a new study finds.
 
2014, 2015 and 2016 were the warmest consecutive years since temperature records began

Alaska Lifts Tsunami Warning Following 7.9 Earthquake

on January 27, 2018 - 5:53am
Courtesy/US National Tsunami Warning Center
 
HSNW News:
 
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170 miles off the Alaska coast early Tuesday, led the Alaska government to issue a tsunami advisory — but the warning was lifted four hours later.
 
The USGS reported the magnitude 7.9 quake at 12:31 a.m. Alaska time. Officials had feared that tsunami waves could reach far inland, and issued tsunami guidance for the entire coastal area stretching from Alaska to the U.S. border with Mexico.
 
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which struck 170 miles off the Alaska coast early Tuesday, led the

Experts To Preview Launch Of NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite

on January 26, 2018 - 8:21am
Technicians in the clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla. closely inspect and continue working to prepare NOAA's GOES-S for its March 1 launch. Credit/NOAA
 
NOAA News:
 
Top officials from NOAA, NASA and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will hold a media teleconference to discuss how NOAA’s GOES-S, the second in a series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites, will help provide faster, more accurate data for tracking lightning, storm systems, wildfires, dense fog and other hazards that threaten the western U.S., Hawaii and

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division Offers Free Cardboard Recycling Services To Busineses

on January 26, 2018 - 6:52am

Businesses are encouraged to utilize these 'cardboard only' bins offered free of charge to commercial customers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

There are numerous benefits a business can enjoy from tossing corrugated cardboard into the recycling bin rather than in the trash. Besides helping the environment, it can help businesses save money.

Starting in September 2017, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division (ESD) has been offering cardboard recycling services free of charge to its commercial

Tales Of Our Times: Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy

on January 26, 2018 - 6:20am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy
 
What does a “sustainable” world look like? As time rolls on, people wrestle with this puzzle. Yet a question less often asked is how do we get from here to there? That is, how do we work the hard part, the transition?

Being sustainable, whatever it means, is infinitely easier than becoming sustainable. The path, not the destination, is the snarl that needs more of the bright light. I offer no swift map, but I can point out the starting line.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Bandelier

on January 26, 2018 - 5:59am

On the job are staff at Bandelier all happy to be back and welcoming visitors after the government shut down. Courtesy/NPS

New EM Contractor Addresses NNMCAB

on January 25, 2018 - 10:36am

Frazer Lockhart, regulatory and stakeholder interface manager for N3B chats with former San Ildefonso Pueblo governor James Mountain at the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board meeting Wednesday in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

NNMCAB representative for Los Alamos Kristen Henderson and N3B environmental remediation manager Joe Legare at Wednesday's meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board members were introduced to the new Los Alamos

Bandelier Celebrates ‘Year Of The Bird’

on January 25, 2018 - 10:11am
Bandelier has chosen a local bird to celebrate each month in 2018, the Year of the Bird, and the bird for January is the raven. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
In October 1918, a profoundly important law was passed – the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It made it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds listed in the Act as migratory birds.   
 
It came into being in a time when the survival of many bird species was threatened by the commercial trade in birds and especially bird feathers.
 
Since 2018 is the centennial of the Act, people all over the world are

Environment Department Confirms Lifting Of ‘Boil Water Advisory’ For Cochiti Elementary School

on January 25, 2018 - 9:25am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming that the Cochiti Elementary School has met the requirements to lift the “boil water advisory” issued Jan. 12.
 
Cochiti Elementary School was required to issue the advisory after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was confirmed in drinking water at the Cochiti Elementary School. The advisory only applied to users served by the Cochiti Elementary School and did not extend to any of the other surrounding water systems or communities. 
 
The NMED’s Drinking Water Bureau provided

LANS Fee Impacted By Plutonium Air Shipments

on January 25, 2018 - 9:23am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Security, LLC earned 89 percent of the total available fee for FY2017, or $44.6 million out of a possible $50.3 million, a National Nuclear Safety Administration spokesman said Wednesday.

The LANL contractor is graded annually for its performance.

Special Blue Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Show Sunday

on January 25, 2018 - 9:22am
Lunar eclipse. Photo by Rick Wallace
 
PEEC News:
 
At 2 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Rick Wallace is presenting a special planetarium show about an upcoming, rare astronomical event: a Blue Supermoon Lunar Eclipse.
 
Join in a discussion about what causes solar and lunar eclipses with a focus on last years' solar eclipse and the upcoming total lunar eclipse visible Wednesday, Jan. 31. Learn about the mythology and folklore surrounding eclipses and science behind them. This show is organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Education Center (PEEC).
 
Rick Wallace

Cuba Ranger District Chaparral Piles Burn Today

on January 25, 2018 - 7:56am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  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 on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
The La Jara prescribed burn could start sometime before March 30.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. On a date still to be determined, crews expect to complete up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles. 
 
The Chaparral piles

Udall, Heinrich Urge Secretary Zinke To Keep Public Lands In Public Hands

on January 25, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led a letter, also signed by Sen. Martin Heinrich, urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands.
 
The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands.
 
In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states management authority, a coalition of sportsmen, hunters, anglers, hikers,

Brown Bag Performance: Juanita Madland Feb. 7

on January 25, 2018 - 6:34am
Pianist Juanita Madland will host the upcoming Brown Bag show at noon Feb. 7 in Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

The February Brown Bag Performance will feature Juanita Madland, performing classical piano compositions at noon Feb. 7 in Fuller Lodge.

She will present a program of music by composers Chopin, Granados, Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert. The program will conclude with a special rendition of a composition by Juanita and David Madland. Mary Helen Klare, violinist and educator, will join Madlandin in a reading of her poem about Glenn Gould.

Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the

Daily Postcard: Not Owl But Red Tail Hawk Spotted On North Mesa

on January 25, 2018 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: First thought to be an owl ... this red tail hawk is spotted perched high in a tree Tuesday on North Mesa. Photo by PT Cunningham

Sipapu Ski Resort Receives 14 Inches Of Snow

on January 24, 2018 - 7:44am
Butterfly trailCourtesy John Paul Bradley/Sipapu Ski Resort
 
SKI News:
 
It's a powder day at Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos as Sipapu has received a total of 14 inches of snow.
 
The resort has 14 trails open and is operating four lifts daily. For more information on mountain conditions, visit the website
 
This past weekend, Sipapu hosted two terrain park events: the Don Diego Slopestyle Competition and King of the Hill.
 
Discounted lift ticket specials are available online: Car Load Wednesdays & Local Appreciation Day, 2 for 1 Tuesdays and more.

PEEC: See Fractals And Sea Monsters Jan. 26-27

on January 24, 2018 - 7:35am
PEEC's updated fractal show is 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s updated fractal show is back for one evening: at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. This show incorporates math, science, art and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.

Sea Monsters is a film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan.

Daily Postcard: Deer Spotted On Walnut Street

on January 24, 2018 - 7:07am

Daily Postcard: Deer spotted on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Young deer on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

UCOR Earns 87 Percent Of Fee At Oak Ridge

on January 23, 2018 - 10:00am

URS | CH2M Oak Ridge workers demolish the K-802 Pumphouse at East Tennessee Technology Park during the April-September 2017 fee evaluation period. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) earned almost $3.3 million for its performance from April through September 2017, nearly 87 percent of the total award fee available for the evaluation period.

OREM recently issued its latest six-month fee determination scorecard for UCOR.

Laural Hardin Brings Petree Garden Center To Los Alamos

on January 23, 2018 - 9:06am

Certified Arborist Laural Hardin is bringing Petree Garden Center to Los Alamos in early April. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Just to clarify, Laural Hardin of Los Alamos has partnered with Mike Petree of Taos to bring Petree Garden Center to Los Alamos. The company is leasing space in the former De Colores building at 2470 East Road, which Craig and Rachel Wehner recently purchased and from where they are operating their landscaping business.

“While Petree Gardens and Los Alamos Landscaping & More are not partners, we share the same

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Air Force Nominee To Prioritize Fuel Spill Cleanup At Kirtland AFB

on January 23, 2018 - 6:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy nominee John Henderson to prioritize the fuel spill cleanup at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) and improve communication between regulatory agencies and stakeholders in the community.
 
 
Heinrich expressed concern about a recent loss of

Daily Postcard: Rim Trail Sunrise

on January 23, 2018 - 6:02am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise from Rim Trail in White Rock. Photo by Emily Gartz

Fallen Tree Causes Small Fire On West Road

on January 22, 2018 - 5:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a small fire at around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on West Road, which burned about a 10th of an acre. The fire was caused by a tree that fell on a powerline. Pajarito Mountain Ski Area experienced a power outage as a result of the fallen tree and about a dozen skiers were evacuated from a lift. Deputy Chief Steve DeWald said having a grass fire in January is quite unusual but that the area is more susceptible to these types of incidents due to lack of moisture.

Winter Films And Beer At Reel Deal Thursday

on January 22, 2018 - 4:24pm

‘Below 0’ is one of eight films in this year’s Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. Courtesy/PEEC

 

PEEC News:

 

There is still time to purchase tickets to the Backcountry Film Festival, which is screening 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Reel Deal Theater. This is the only evening these films are coming to a theater in New Mexico. Tickets are available at the Reel Deal Theater.

 

The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission.

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