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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Bill To Establish Bandelier National Park And Preserve

on November 21, 2019 - 7:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced legislation today to establish Bandelier National Park and Preserve.

Senator Heinrich’s legislation seeks to protect in statute a strong relationship between the National Park Service and pueblos whose history and culture lies in Bandelier.

AG Balderas Calls On New Mexico Game Commission To Strengthen State’s Waterway Access Rules

on November 21, 2019 - 6:15pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

 

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas called on the New Mexico Game Commission to immediately strengthen its regulations to address waterway access in compliance with state law.

The Attorney Generals call for action follows a years long debate surrounding the public’s right to access waterways that are adjacent to private land.

New Mexican families and landowners deserve access to our waterways while protecting the safety of their property, so I will be directing the commission to strengthen the

NIST: Fly Me (Partway) To The Moon

on November 21, 2019 - 7:42am
NASA’s ER-2 taking off with air-LUSI moonlight collection equipment on board. Photo/Ken Ulbrich/NASA
 
NIST News:
 
Last week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Guelph sent a telescope to the top of the sky, almost to space itself.
 
The trip was a moonlight-gathering mission that has yielded some of the best measurements ever taken of the brightness, or more specifically the surface reflectance, of Earth’s nearest neighbor,

NWS: Today’s High Near 38; Tonight’s Low Around 27

on November 21, 2019 - 6:54am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 with rain showers before 8 a.m., then rain and snow likely after 2 p.m. and total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 27 with a 70 percent chance of rain and snow showers likely, becoming all snow after 8 p.m. and new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Cloud Scenes After Wednesday Rain

on November 21, 2019 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: After the rain Wednesday the clouds dance toward Quemazon. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Clouds float in the nooks and crannies near Overlook after Wednesday’s rain. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Clouds floating near the terrace at Smith's Marketplace after the rain Wednesday. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

LAPS Weather Cancellations, Delayed Starts

on November 20, 2019 - 6:21pm
By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Superintendent of Schools
LAPS

Greetings from the Los Alamos Public Schools!

This message contains information about school cancellation or delayed start due to snow or ice. Announcements, usually by 5:30 a.m., will be sent via the media, district web page, and School Messenger. 

Telephone information lines:

  • Aspen Elementary 663-2277;
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary 663-2732;
  • Chamisa Elementary 663-2472;
  • Mountain Elementary 663-2327;
  • Pinon Elementary 663-2682;
  • Middle School 663-2375;
  • Topper Freshman Academy 663-2512;
  • High School 663-2512; and
  • District Office 663-2223.

In general,

Jemez Historic Site Light Among The Ruins 11-30, 12-14

on November 20, 2019 - 6:19am
San José de los Jemez Mission Church is decorated with hundreds of traditional farolitos during the annual Light Among the Ruins holiday event at the Jemez Historic Site. Courtesy/NMDCA
 
NMHS News:
 
Due to the enormous popularity of the Jemez Historic Site’s breathtaking and beloved annual holiday event, Light Among the Ruins has been expanded to two nights:
  • Saturday Nov. 30; and
  • Saturday Dec. 14.
 
During the event, the ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos.

Udall, Gallego: Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act Of 2019

on November 20, 2019 - 6:17am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples, have introduced the Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of 2019 to support the use of wildlife corridors on Tribal lands.
 
The legislation is supported by U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.). 
 
A United Nations report released earlier this year found that one million plant and animal species are facing extinction – and that habitat

NIST’s Light-Sensing Camera May Help Detect Extraterrestrial Life, Dark Matter

on November 20, 2019 - 6:13am
Micrograph of NIST’s high-resolution camera made of 1,024 sensors that count single photons, or particles of light. The camera was designed for future space-based telescopes searching for chemical signs of life on other planets. The 32-by-32 sensor array is surrounded by pink and gold wires connecting to electronics that compile the data. Courtesy/V. Verma/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made one of the highest-performance cameras ever composed of sensors that count single photons, or particles of light.
 
With more than

NWS: Today’s High Near 48; Tonight’s Low Around 34

on November 20, 2019 - 5:55am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 48 with showers before 8 a.m., then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., scattered showers after 2 p.m. with tonight’s low around 34. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sangre de Cristo Mountain Sunrise

on November 20, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: Fall sunrise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains viewed Monday from Los Alamos. Photo by Pippa Freyer

Photo by Pippa Freyer

Beierschmitt Briefs RCLC On Lab Infrastructure Plans

on November 19, 2019 - 10:21am
LANL Deputy Director of Operations Kelly Beierschmitt shares infrastructure plans with the RCLC Board Friday in Española. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
DOE-EM Manager Doug Hintz of the Los Alamos Field Office updates the RCLC Board during a meeting Friday in Española. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Española – It’s no secret Los Alamos National Laboratory has growing pains.

AGU: Earth’s Magnetic Song Recorded For First Time During Solar Storm

on November 19, 2019 - 7:19am
In this image, Earth is the dot to the left of the image and the large arc around it is our planet’s magnetic bow shock. The swirling pattern to the right is the foreshock region where the solar wind breaks into waves as it encounters reflected particles from the bow shock. The image was created using the Vlasiator model, a computer simulation developed at the University of Helsinki to study Earth’s magnetic interaction with the solar wind. Courtesy/Vlasiator team, University of Helsinki
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Data from ESA’s Cluster mission has provided a recording of the eerie

National Hispanic Cultural Center Holiday Events

on November 19, 2019 - 5:59am
Baila! Baila! (2018). Courtesy/NHCC
 
Illuminarte 2018, Luminarias. Photo by Edward Lujan/NHCC
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Capture a bit of holiday magic this season at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, where a full roster of celebratory events is planned in December.
 
HAH! Happy Arte Hour 
Thu. Dec. 5 
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Domenici Education Building 
 
On the first Thursday of the month, NHCC invites adults for artistic fun in a relaxed social setting, which includes snacks, refreshments and beer & wine for sale from Pop Fizz.

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Nov. 21

on November 19, 2019 - 5:42am

NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 38

on November 19, 2019 - 5:41am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 38 with a 50 percent chance of scattered showers, mainly after 11 p.m. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Monday Sunrise Near Overlook Park

on November 19, 2019 - 5:33am
Daily Postcard: A colorful sunrise paints the sky Monday near Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Request For Information/Sources Sought For Moab UMTRA Project, Remedial Action Contract

on November 18, 2019 - 1:45pm
DOE News:
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Monday issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Moab UMTRA Project, Remedial Action Contract– hereafter, the “Moab RAC”.
 
The Office of Environmental Management (EM) is currently in the acquisition planning phase for a potential upcoming procurement to relocate mill tailings, associated wastes, and other contaminated materials from the former uranium-ore processing facility site (presently the Moab Site), and contaminated materials from one off-site vicinity property in Moab, Utah, to a DOE-constructed engineered

This Is Trash & Recycling Week In Los Alamos

on November 18, 2019 - 8:15am

Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

This week the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division is collecting trash and recycling materials.

Residents are reminded to not bag recycling, except shredded paper, which can be placed in a white or clear bag.

Also remember to lightly rinse plastic items.

NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 33

on November 18, 2019 - 6:45am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Deer Repose Near Ravine On Rose St.

on November 18, 2019 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Several deer are spotted reposing on the grass Sunday afternoon near the ravine on Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD Shares Heating Fire Safety Tips

on November 17, 2019 - 6:52pm

LAFD News:

Brrr! Do the chilly temperatures have you dreaming of cozy gatherings around a brightly lit fire? Or maybe your home’s heating systems are working double time to keep you warm this winter.

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) says safety must be a top priority regardless of the type of heat source you are utilizing. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires.

Follow LAFD’s suggestions to keep your home warm and safe:

Space Heaters

“The biggest mistake is putting something too close to a heating source,” says Division Chief Joseph Baca.

Luminarias de Abo Event In Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Near Mountainair 5:30 P.M. Dec. 7

on November 17, 2019 - 5:36am

Scene from Luminaria de Abo in the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Photo by Richard Estrada/Edgewood Picture Company

Scene from Luminaria de Abo in the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Photo by Richard Estrada/Edgewood Picture Company 

 

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument News:

 

MOUNTAINAIR – The community is invited to a special night at Luminaria de Abo in the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.

 

The majestic contours of the beautiful Abo mission will glow with more than 1,000 luminarias, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

 

Against clear New

Udall Amendment In NASA Bill Combats Space Junk

on November 17, 2019 - 5:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has announced the passage of two Udall-authored amendments and two additional Udall-cosponsored amendments to the NASA Reauthorization Act of 2019.
 
The Committee accepted all four amendments on a unanimous voice vote and voted to advance the NASA reauthorization bill to the Senate floor.
 
“Outer space is both a strategic national security priority and an economic engine for communities in New Mexico and across the

State’s Newest Historic Site Hosts Holiday Event

on November 17, 2019 - 5:01am
Luminarias at Illuminarte event in 2018. Courtesy/NMDCA
 
NMHS News:
 
ALCALDE Experience the magic of northern New Mexico this Holiday season at the Lights of Los Luceros, 4-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Los Luceros Historic Site. 
 
This unique nighttime event allows visitors to stroll the picturesque roads of Los Luceros lit by thousands of glowing farolitos. Entertainment includes Los Matachines de Alcalde and an Indigenous dance group who will perform throughout the evening around aromatic bonfires of piñon.

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