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Los Alamos Finishes Strong In Eco Challenge

on January 29, 2019 - 12:26pm
Members of the Chamisa Elementary School Green Team with their trophy earned during the Eco Challenge. The trophy was presented Jan. 17 during the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board meeting. Courtesy photo
 
The top individual scorers during the Eco Challenge with their certificates, from left, Heather Ward, Environmental Sustainability Division Manager Angelica Gurule and Susan Hettinga. Courtesy photo
 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

In just 21 days, Los Alamos residents aided the environment in a variety of ways.

During its

Southwest Nordic Ski Club Embraces Great Winter

on January 29, 2019 - 8:22am
SWN Ski Kids finishing a ski practice at Crested Butte Thanksgiving Camp. Courtesy photo
 
Southwest Nordic Ski Club members participating in the adult ski clinics at Crested Butte Thanksgiving Camp. Courtesy photo
 

SKI News:

Southwest Nordic Ski Club and Ski Kids group began the season with the Thanksgiving Nordic Ski Camp in Crested Butte, Colo.

More than 50 people from the club went up for the events with 18 adults taking clinics, nine Ski Kids in the kids camp and three Ski Kids in the junior training camp.

After three days of clinics and training (and a fun Thanksgiving Day

Scenes Of County Snow Clearing On 37th Street

on January 29, 2019 - 8:03am

Scenes of snow clearing Monday by Los Alamos County on 37th Street. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Scenes of snow clearing Monday by Los Alamos County on 37th Street. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Scenes of snow clearing Monday by Los Alamos County on 37th Street. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Scenes of snow clearing Monday by Los Alamos County on 37th Street. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Scenes of snow clearing Monday by Los Alamos County on 37th Street. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Daily Postcard: Soft Colors Paint Sunday Sunset

on January 29, 2019 - 6:25am

Daily Postcard: Soft colors paint the sky Sunday evening above White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

NWS: Today’s High Near 36, Tonight’s Low Around 17

on January 29, 2019 - 6:20am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 36 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 17. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sky Over Mesa Public Library

on January 28, 2019 - 7:58am

Daily Postcard: The sun begins to set early Sunday evening casting a colorful sky over Mesa Public Library in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS: Today’s High Near 38, Tonight’s Low Around 15

on January 28, 2019 - 7:50am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 15. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Leads World In Space Tourism

on January 27, 2019 - 10:01am
Spaceport America is an FAA-licensed spaceport on 18,000 acres of State Trust Land in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in southern New Mexico directly west and adjacent to White Sands Missile Range. Courtesy photo
 
NMT News:
 
SANTA FE The future is now. For nearly a decade New Mexico has partnered with Virgin Galactic to take tourism out of this world to new heights.
 
During a recent interview on “CBS This Morning,” Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group said 2019 is the golden year.
 
“I will hope to go up in the middle of this year myself,” Branson said.
 

Launch Pad Lecture: ‘Big Bang And Its Afterglow’

on January 27, 2019 - 10:00am
NMSM News:
 
ALAMOGORDO, Imagine running a movie backwards and watching an explosion reassemble itself into one tiny package. That's just the starting point for figuring out what happened in the first years -- and trillionths of a second -- of the universe.
 
Join Museum Education Director Dave Dooling for the monthly free Launch Pad Lecture, Friday, Feb. 1 on the first floor of the museum. He will give you a peek at the Big Bang, its tell-tale afterglow, the unusual physics that went on, and why we had to clean up after the pigeons to be sure of it all.
 
The Launch Pad Lecture is

Air Force Selects Prime Contractor For NTS-3

on January 27, 2019 - 9:08am
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASEM The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space and Missile Systems Center has selected Harris Corporation as the prime contractor to build Navigation Technology Satellite-3, the next-generation experimental Position, Navigation and Timing spacecraft.
 
The satellite, called NTS-3, is expected to launch in 2022.
 
As a unique testbed in geosynchronous orbit, NTS-3 will integrate several advanced technologies to demonstrate resiliency and new concepts of operation to include experimental antennas, flexible and secure signals, increased automation, and use

Explore Climate Change With Chick Keller Tuesday

on January 27, 2019 - 9:04am
Local expert Chick Keller will present an overview of climate change Tuesday at the nature center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Explore what climate change is, what it will do to humans and why people should care about it next week at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Join local expert Chick Keller for an overview of climate change at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29. This talk is free to attend and registration is not required.
 
Although climate change has been occurring for decades, recent extreme weather events and fires have made it ever more apparent.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Reopens Today!

on January 27, 2019 - 7:50am

The Valle Grande. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will reopen the main gate and entrance station and resume normal winter hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Jan. 27.

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers are invited to be among the first to break snow in the preserve’s 1.5 to 4 feet of snow.

The Coyote Call and Valle Grande trails will remain closed until the parking areas can be plowed for safe parking.

The preserve road from the highway to the entrance station has been plowed, but drivers should expect snow packed and icy road conditions.

NWS: Today’s High Near 42, Tonight’s Low Around 22

on January 27, 2019 - 7:35am

The National Weather Service predicts today’s high near 42 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 22. Courtesy/NWS

Scenes From County Plows Clearing Walnut Street

on January 26, 2019 - 7:45am

Los Alamos County snow removal crews spent time Friday clearing Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from Los Alamos County snow removal crews Friday clearing Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from Los Alamos County snow removal crews Friday clearing Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from Los Alamos County snow removal crews Friday clearing Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from Los Alamos County snow removal crews Friday clearing Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

NWS: Today’s High Near 40, Tonight’s Low Around 19

on January 26, 2019 - 7:22am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 40 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 19. Courtesy/NWS

Voices Of Los Alamos To Discuss RDX Concentration

on January 25, 2019 - 8:19am

The RDX concentration will be discussed at the next Voices of Los Alamos meeting. Courtesy/LANL 2016 Annual Site Environment Report

COMMUNITY News:

Voices of Los Alamos will receive an upate on the RDX concentration at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) during its meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m Jan. 28 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N Sage Loop.

Danny Katzman, technical program manager at N3B (the Department of Energy’s legacy cleanup contractor at LANL), will provide an update on the characterization of RDX concentrations at LANL.

Tales Of Our Times: Look Beyond Politics Into Climate, Science, Inquiry By Trial

on January 25, 2019 - 8:15am

Tales of Our Times
By John Bartlit
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water


Look Beyond Politics Into Climate, Science, Inquiry By Trial


Climate change has been a powerful issue in our country for decades. The 116th Congress now proposes to expand the struggle. Over the decades, the issue has been muddled in the public arena, which talks less about the science than about kinds of people who pervert the science. This new normal for public discourse has clouded the “climate of science” in our democracy.
 
More broadly, our nation’s continued success depends on a renewed public awareness of methods

NWS: Today’s High Near 36, Tonight’s Low Around 15

on January 25, 2019 - 7:38am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 36. Sunny. Tonight’s low around 15. Courtesy/NWS

Erickson Discusses County Snow And Ice Control Plan

on January 24, 2019 - 11:19am
Traffic and Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Snowstorms like the one that occurred New Year’s Day used to be the norm, Traffic and Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson remembers. But things changed. He said it’s been about 30 years since Los Alamos received four feet of snow.
 
So when Los Alamos was hit with a massive storm Jan. 1, it generated a huge reaction among residents. A good deal of that attention turned to the roads.
 
Erickson explained the County’s plan of

Luján Joins Colleagues To Launch PFAS Task Force

on January 24, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) joined his colleagues to launch the bipartisan PFAS Task Force, with the goal of bringing PFAS clean-up to the forefront of the congressional agenda.
 
In November of 2018, Cannon Air Force Base informed the New Mexico State Government that water from several wells on and off the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) had been contaminated with PFAS. These chemicals are found in foam used for firefighting and are associated with an increased risk of cancer.
 
“Because of this

NWS: Today’s High Near 34, Tonight’s Low Around 14

on January 24, 2019 - 5:34am
The National Weather Service forecasts today's high near 34 with sunny skies and tonight's low around 14. Courtesy/NWS

LANL Physicist Michelle Thomsen Wins $100,000 Award ... 2019 Arctowski Medal

on January 23, 2019 - 10:46am

Michelle F. Thomsen. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Michelle F. Thomsen, Planetary Science Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory, will receive the 2019 Arctowski Medal.

Over the past 40 years, Thomsen has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the relationships between the sun and its planetary bodies, with a particular emphasis on the physics of collisionless shocks and the dynamics of the planetary magnetospheres of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Beginning with her graduate work, Thomsen analyzed data from the early planetary missions Pioneer 10 and 11 and made some of the

Snow Scenes Around Bathtub Row And Fuller Lodge

on January 23, 2019 - 7:28am

A snowy scene surrounds historic Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hanson

The old Power House on Bathtub Row. Photo by Ken Hanson

Snowy scene of the residence a 1999 Bathtub Row. Photo by Ken Hanson

Another view of the residence a 1999 Bathtub Row. Photo by Ken Hanson

Renewable Energy Could Replace Economic Loss From Closure Of San Juan Generating Station

on January 23, 2019 - 7:22am
NMVC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — The impending closure of the San Juan coal-fired power plant and mine does not have to signal economic doom for the small town of Waterflow, NM, where the plant is located.
 
The site is an excellent candidate to be redeveloped for green energy production. That’s one of the conclusions from a new report by economist Kelly O’Donnell, Ph.D.
 
The closure will result in the loss of 450 jobs as well as millions of dollars in property tax revenue that’s relied upon by the county of San Juan and area schools.
 
The addition of a 450 megawatt solar photovoltaic

Weekly Fishing Report

on January 23, 2019 - 7:09am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports And Outdoors
 
The most recent storm brought more snow to Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains. This snowfall was heavy and wet, which is why despite being a much lower total in terms of inches than the previous heavy snowfall, it was enough to collapse the awning at the Sonic Drive In.
 
This heavy, wet snow is especially beneficial for our snowpack because it holds more water than the dry, fluffy snow so dearly loved by deep powder skiers.

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