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Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Events And The Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak

on August 2, 2019 - 8:49am
Per recommendations stated on the New Mexico Livestock Board’s website (https://www.nmlbonline.com/news): ALL participants bringing horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, and goats coming from outside the North Mesa Stables are required to stop at the Veterinarian Inspection Station. Inspections are being provided by a knowledgeable and certified veterinarian, and any animals suspected of having VS will be sent home before entering into the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. Contact the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at 505.662.8170 or lacrec@lacnm.us with any questions. Courtesy photo
 

PEEC: Discover World Of Real-Life Zombies Aug. 6

on August 2, 2019 - 8:47am
Andrew Bartlow will give a presentation at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore how some parasites have evolved to manipulate their hosts and turn them into their own zombie bodyguards. In this photo he is on Mindoro Island in the Philippines on a museum collection trip where he was one of the parasitologists who went to collect parasites from birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Join Andrew Bartlow at the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Aug.

15th Annual Gila River Festival—Our River, Our Future—Coming To Silver City Sept. 19-22

on August 2, 2019 - 8:46am
Photo by Gordon Headlee
 
GCC News:
 
SILVER CITY This September, the Gila Conservation Coalition will host the 15th annual Gila River Festival.
 
Running Sept. 19-22 in Silver City and along the Gila River, the festival allows visitors to explore the Gila River—New Mexico’s last wild river, which also was named America’s #1 Most Endangered River of 2019 by American Rivers.
 
Throughout the festival, visitors can learn about the future of the Gila River in relation to the changing climate, as well as our responsibility to act as earth stewards, with keynote speaker climate

Annual Pueblo Independence Day Celebration Aug. 11

on August 2, 2019 - 8:13am
Ruins of San Jose de Los Jemez Mission, Jemez Historic Site. Courtesy/New Mexico Historic Sites 
 
Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner. Courtesy/New Mexico Historic Sites 
 
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Historic Sites is hosting two major commemorative events in August.
 
The 16th annual Pueblo Independence Day celebration is Sunday, Aug. 11, in the village of Jemez Springs. The event commemorates the events of Aug. 10, 1680, when the Pueblo People of New Mexico and Arizona launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization.
 
Later in August, the Bosque Redondo

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 2, 2019 - 8:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms will be most prevalent this afternoon and evening in the north and west portions of the state. Slow and erratic movement will lead to locally heavy rain and potential flooding. Today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely after noon and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Bucks Munching Apples On Walnut

on August 2, 2019 - 7:40am

Daily Postcard: A buck reaches high for apples on a tree early Thursday evening at a residence on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. Clark

These bucks are going after the low lying fruit that has dropped on the ground from an apple tree at a residence Thursday on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. Clark

Bucks with velvet racks spotted sniffing around for apples Thursday on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. Clark

Workforce Solutions Department Funding Will Support Training For High-Demand Jobs At LANL And N3B

on August 1, 2019 - 9:52am

Officials and students gather Tuesday morning at NNMC for the announcement of a new program funded by Workforce Solutions that will train more than 50 area students for high-paying jobs at with LANL and N3B. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post

 

By ARIN MCKENNA
Valley Daily Post

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the Department of Higher Education, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B), Northern New Mexico College and University of New Mexico–Los Alamos held a joint press conference Tuesday at NNMC to announce a new program

Crews Build Mercury Treatment Facility In Oak Ridge

on August 1, 2019 - 9:14am
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asphalt and concrete on the east end of the Y-12 National Security Complex to prepare the site of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant. Courtesy/ORNL
 
Employees installed fences and barriers to identify the boundaries of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant and headworks facility, ensuring safety and security. Courtesy/ORNL
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Oak Ridge Site crews recently mobilized to begin constructing the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatmen tFacility, vital infrastructure to fulfill Em’s regulatory commitments to reduce

Rotary Hears Talk On County Zero Waste Program

on August 1, 2019 - 8:49am

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Manager and Rotary Club guest Angelica Gurule recently described the Zero Waste Program, an effort to reduce local waste significantly and increase recycling and the wise use of resources. Gurule explained that County trash is taken to Rio Rancho, but that landfill is expected to close in about six years. In 2018, Los Alamos County produced 14,000 tons of trash costing about $500,000 for transportation and processing. Where China once purchased US recyclables, its processors no longer accept recyclables unless they are 99.95 percent free of

AGU: Old Pollutants Melting Out Of Himalayan Glaciers

on August 1, 2019 - 7:55am
The high mountain glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau feed thousands of alpine lakes that form the headwaters of many of Asia’s major rivers. Courtesy/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center
 
AGU News:
 
“The Earth is a closed system. Everything released on the Earth, stays somewhere on the Earth.” Kimberley Miner         
 
Melting Himalayan glaciers are releasing decades of accumulated pollutants into downstream ecosystems, according to a new study.
 
The new research in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres finds chemicals used in pesticides

Public Comment Sought On Draft Environmental Assessment For Clovis Shooting Range Construction

on August 1, 2019 - 7:49am
NMGF News:
 
CLOVIS The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for construction of the Clovis Wing-shooting Complex and Archery Range at Ned Houk Park.
 
The EA analyzes potential effects on physical, biological and cultural resources and socioeconomic conditions that may result from the implementation of the project. The EA also incorporates other federal, state and local environmental policies and regulations and is prepared in accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Environmental Policy Act

NWS: Today’s High Near 84; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on August 1, 2019 - 7:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 84 with scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Bucks Feast On Apples Near Urban

on August 1, 2019 - 7:29am

These bucks, still in velvet, aren't waiting for the apples to get ripe. They're feasting now on this tree near Urban Park. Photo by Chris Weaver

Bear Eating Crabapples On Torreon In Quemazon

on July 31, 2019 - 7:58pm

A bear is spotted eating crabapples Monday at a residence on Torreon in Quemazon. Photo by Laura Plunkett 

SFNF: Conejos Fire In Jemez Grows To 24 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 5:33pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District is a good candidate to manage to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

The Conejos Fire was discovered Monday night on Conejos Peak adjacent to Forest Road 266, about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.

Size: 24 acres

Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one Hotshot crew, one Type 2 initial attack crew, Santa Fe County Fire

Learn August’s Night Skies At Planetarium Friday

on July 31, 2019 - 5:18pm

Learn what is coming up in August’s night skies this Friday, Aug. 2 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Astronomer Paul Arendt will lead this tour of the heavens, which begins at 7 p.m. The nature center also will show the full-dome film 'National Parks Adventure' at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Courtesy/PEEC

 

PEEC News:

 

Learn what will be coming up in August’s night skies this Friday, Aug. 2 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

DOE: DIII-D University Collaborators Receive Funding

on July 31, 2019 - 8:08am
The inside of the tokamak at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Monday $14 million in awards to 10 universities across the country to pursue fusion energy research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, Calif.
 
A major goal of the research is to develop and test innovative methods for understanding and sustaining high-temperature fusion plasmas, a key enabling step towards making fusion a virtually limitless source of practical energy.
 
The projects range from

SFNF: Conejos Fire On Jemez Ranger District 3-5 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 7:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) discovered a lightning-caused ignition Monday night on Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 and about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Estimated at 3-5 acres, the Conejos Fire is creeping and slowly backing in primarily ponderosa pine forest.
 
Given current conditions, including forecasted weather, and the location of the fire, fire managers are considering using the Conejos Fire to bring positive benefits to the landscape, including

Los Alamos Farmers Market Now Thursday & Saturday

on July 31, 2019 - 7:28am
Baked goods by Shure Bakery, Brian Nelson. Courtesy/LAFM
 
More baked goods by Shure Bakery, Brian Nelson. Courtesy/LAFM
 
FARMERS MARKET News:
 
Los Alamos Farmers Market is now running Thursdays (7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Mesa Public Library parking lot) and Saturdays (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Los Alamos Justice Center parking lot).
 
Items available this week include:
 
Tomatoes- Potatoes- Onions- Garlic- Salad Greens- Herbs- Chard- Salad Mixes Peas- Green Beans- Purple and Yellow beans- Garlic scapes Cherries- Peaches-Plums- Apples- Apricots- Berries- Raspberries Radishes-

NNSA: Finding Of No Significant Impact Issued For LANL Wildland Fire Mitigation And Forest Health Plan

on July 31, 2019 - 7:25am
NNSA News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the implementation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) 2019 Wildland Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Plan (Plan).
 
The FONSI was based on the analysis presented in the Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL that there would be no significant effect on the human environment from Plan implementation.
 
The SEA evaluated

NWS: Today’s High Near 84; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on July 31, 2019 - 6:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 84 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Black-Eyed Susans Bloom On Bryce

on July 31, 2019 - 6:21am

Daily Postcard: Black-eyed Susans bloom at the base of a mailbox on Bryce Avenue in White Rock. Photo by Annette Maes-Livermore

NMED Seeks Input On Regional Haze Planning

on July 30, 2019 - 6:41am
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is seeking input on the development of its Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision, which is due to EPA July 31, 2021.
 
Air Quality Bureau (AQB) staff have been involved in regional work in preparation for this planning effort and will begin a program of public outreach to gather comments and suggestions on Regional Haze efforts. To be effective, this outreach must be as comprehensive as possible.
 
A new website is now available on visibility and regional haze in New Mexico at the following link: 

Aerospace: Building Gateway To The Galaxy

on July 30, 2019 - 6:39am
A NASA infographic shows the current lineup of parts comprising the Gateway. Modules shown in blue are U.S. contributions; modules shown in purple are proposed international components; and modules in yellow are both U.S. and international, or yet to be determined. Courtesy/NASA
 
Astronauts Stephanie Wilson, left, Shannon Walker and Raja Chari evaluate an American-made deep space habitat for the Gateway. Astronauts are participating in the evaluations to provide their perspectives as those who may one day live aboard the lunar outpost, which would be located about 250,000 miles from Earth.

NWS: Today’s High Near 83; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on July 30, 2019 - 5:37am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

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