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BLM Facilities Closed During Government Shutdown

on January 22, 2018 - 9:20am
 

BLM News:

Access to Majority of Bureau of Land Management Public Lands to Remain Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, the majority of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

BLM roads, trails, campgrounds, boat ramps and recreation sites will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

All BLM facilities on public lands, however, will be closed. Also note that

Daily Postcard: Colorful Clouds Over White Rock

on January 22, 2018 - 5:07am

Daily Postcard: Colorful clouds fill the sky Sunday evening over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Los Alamos Finally Draws A Little Snow

on January 21, 2018 - 2:36pm

The recent storm delivered a bit of snow to Los Alamos as spotted here this morning at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A little snow also was spotted this morning in front of the Los Alamos Teen Center on 20th Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Rainbow Sunset Over Los Alamos

on January 21, 2018 - 6:30am

Daily Postcard: A rainbow sunset colors the sky Saturday over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Most Of Bandelier Closed During Government Shutdown

on January 20, 2018 - 7:35am

Most of Bandelier National Monument is closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

As of today, Saturday, Jan. 20, most of Bandelier National Monument will be closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government.

The closure is necessary for visitor safety and preservation of the fragile archeological and natural resources. The closure will last until the budget situation allows for park staff to return to duty.

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos From Otowi Peak

on January 20, 2018 - 4:02am

Daily Postcard: View of Los Alamos and Jemez Mountains from Otowi Peak. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

As Solar Tariff Decision Looms, Heinrich Says Trump Has Opportunity To Stand Up For American Workers

on January 19, 2018 - 7:47am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement ahead of President Trump's decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar panels and modules that would negatively impact the growing solar industry in New Mexico and the American solar industry as a whole. 
 
“President Trump has an opportunity to actually stand up for American workers.

NNSA Collaborates With Global Healthcare Company To Complete Conversion Of Mo-99 Production To LEU-Based Process

on January 19, 2018 - 7:35am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Wednesday announced that Curium, a global healthcare company, has completed the conversion of its molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU).
 
This conversion to LEU represents a key milestone in the global effort to end the use of HEU in Mo-99 production. Mo-99 is the most widely used medical radioisotope for nuclear imaging and is used in approximately 40,000 patient procedures daily in the United States.
 

Daily Postcard: Beautiful Sunrise Over Los Alamos

on January 19, 2018 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: Beautiful colors in this morning's sunrise over Los Alamos spotted from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Petree Garden Center Opening In Los Alamos

on January 18, 2018 - 3:07pm

Craig Wehner and his wife Rachel Wehner purchased the former De Colores building and are leasing a large portion of it to Laural Hardin who is opening Petree Garden Center in early April. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Buliding owners Craig Wehner and his wife Rachel Wehner, right, with certified arborist Laural Hardin who together with Mike Petree of Taos owns the new garden center coming to Los Alamos and is the general manager. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos natives Craig Wehner and his

DOE And NMED Hold Joint Meeting On Legacy Waste Clean-Up

on January 18, 2018 - 1:51pm

Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze, right, and New Mexico Environment Department Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief John Kieling take notes as NNSA representative Arturo Duran answers questions from the audience during Tuesday evening's meeting hosted by DOE and NMED at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Duran earlier outlined milestones and targets for FY 2018 legacy waste clean-up. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from the New Mexico Environment Department public information meeting on FY2018 Appendix B milestones and targets Tuesday evening

NMED’s Technical & Regulatory Review Of Kirtland AFB’s RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Nears Completion

on January 18, 2018 - 6:52am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  Officials at the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced that their technical and regulatory review of a pivotal site characterization document (entitled the “RFI Report”) addressing the Kirtland Air Force Base’s underground jet fuel leak is nearing completion. 
 
“Under the state’s groundwater regulations and the federal Resource and Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), the New Mexico Environment Department is providing the environmental oversight for cleanup of affected groundwater in Albuquerque,” said Chief Scientist Dennis McQuillan, who recently

Daily Postcard: Frosty Landscape On Camp May Road

on January 18, 2018 - 6:45am
Daily Postcard: When the fog lifted late Tuesday morning, a frosty landscape was revealed on parts of Camp May Road and across Los Alamos Canyon ... referred to as rime frost. Photo by Marc Bailey
 
Frosty landscape Tuesday morning on parts of Camp May Road and across Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by Marc Bailey

Cuba Ranger District Plans La Jara & Chaparral Piles Prescribed Burns

on January 17, 2018 - 6:59am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of unseasonably 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 on the La Jara piles and Chaparral piles sometime between Jan. 22 and March 30 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles and up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. 
 
The La Jara piles area is located east of the community of La Jara.

Daily Postcard: Rio Grande At Buckman Mesa

on January 17, 2018 - 6:17am

Evening at the Rio Grande River in front of Buckman Mesa (left). Photo by Robert Beberniss

NNSA Manager Updates Regional Coalition Board

on January 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager William S. 'Steve' Goodrum addresses the RCLC board Friday at Ohkay Owingeh. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m a firm believer in transparency. I’m a firm believer in partnering,” said William S. “Steve” Goodrum, manager of the National Nuclear Safety Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office, at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board meeting Friday at Ohkay Owingeh Casino and Resort Hotel.

Goodrum was responding to comments and questions from Coalition Chair and Santa

PEEC: Explore Galaxies And Dark Matter Jan. 19-20

on January 16, 2018 - 7:26am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium has a special show about our local galaxies at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 and a full-dome film Dark Matter Mystery scree ning at 2 p.m. Jan. 20. These shows are organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Education Center (PEEC).
 
What do we know about our neighbor galaxies? Paul Arendt will share answers to these and more questions about our Universe within four million light-years at 7 p.m. Jan. 19.
 
The full-dome film Dark Matter Mystery explo res our understanding of dark matter.

BLM Seeks Public Input In Planning Process For Bears Ears National Monument

on January 16, 2018 - 5:34am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dec. 4, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Proclamation 9681 modifying the boundary of the Bears Ears National Monument to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of important objects of historic and scientific interest.
 
This action is part of a larger effort by President Trump and the Department of the Interior to ensure that the broad powers granted to the President under the Antiquities Act are not used as a tool to unnecessarily restrict access to public land on a large scale. 
 
The Bureau of Land Management Utah State

Daily Postcard: View Of Black Mesa From Otowi Peak

on January 16, 2018 - 5:11am

View of Black Mesa and San Ildefonso from Otowi Peak. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Upcoming Events At Pajarito Mountain

on January 15, 2018 - 6:34pm
 
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
For the snow report and ticket info, click here. Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages.
 
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
  • Jan. 20 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band series. Enjoy live music 3-5 p.m. from Smooth Santana Tribute Band and local craft beer from Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op starting at noon.
  • Feb.

Daily Postcard: Mule Deer Spotted On San Ildefonso

on January 15, 2018 - 7:20am

Daily Postcard: Mule deer spotted nibbling grass Saturday near the soccer fields on San Ildefonso Road. The mule deer gets its name from its overly large ears. Photo by Thomas Swertfeger

Scenes From Hike Above Rendija Canyon

on January 14, 2018 - 6:24am

Scene from a recent hike above Rendija Canyon. Photo by Larry Caudill

Hiking above Rendija Canyon. Photo by Larry Caudill

Daily Post Reporter Spots Giant Elephant Seals

on January 14, 2018 - 6:14am

Giant elephant seals spotted Friday on Jenny Island in Antarctica by Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey who is vacationing in the area. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Giant elephant seals. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Sunset Paints Sky With Radiant Glow

on January 14, 2018 - 6:03am

Daily Postcard: The sunset paints the sky in beautiful hues Friday above Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Closure Announced

on January 13, 2018 - 8:20am
FOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The plan to close California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, at the end of its current operating lease was approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission.
 
Pacific Gas and Electric, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations reached a historic agreement in 2016 to shut down the two reactors at Diablo Canyon and replace them with renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage. Thursday’s decision makes a nuclear-free California one step closer.
 
In response to the decision, Damon Moglen, Senior

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