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BLM Waives Most Day Use Fees Monday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:13am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In order to increase recreational access to public land, the Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2018.
 
“On Monday, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the BLM invites families to spend the day together enjoying America’s rich public lands heritage,” Brain Steed, BLM Deputy Director said. “Most of these lands are just a short drive from your community.

SFNF: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Closure Jan. 15

on January 13, 2018 - 8:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 16.
 
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 15. Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System
 
Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest

Bandelier To Celebrate First 2018 Fee Free Day Monday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:02am
NPS News:
 
Every year the National Park Service (NPS) offers several days when the public is invited to visit fee free - that is, no entrance fees are charged.
 
Bandelier National Monument and the other approximately 120 NPS areas that charge entrance fees invite everyone to enjoy this year's first fee-free day Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also be fee free at lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation. 
 
"Mid-January is usually a very quiet time at Bandelier,"

Daily Postcard: Mule Deer Spotted On Alabama Avenue

on January 13, 2018 - 7:47am

Daily Postcard: A very gentle and shy old mule deer is spotted this week on Alabama Avenue. Photo by Justin H. Smith

Mule deer on Alabama Avenue. Photo by Justin H. Smith

Mule deer on Alabama Avenue. Photo by Justin H. Smith

Nine Inches Of Snow At Purgatory Resort

on January 12, 2018 - 6:56am
Grady James enjoying Tuesday's snow at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort
 
SKI News:
 
Purgatory Resort received 9 inches of snow Tuesday and a total of 14 inches of snow in the past four days.
 
The new snow comes just at the right time for the mountain team to be able to open more terrain for MLK weekend festivities, including Purgatory's annual Winterfest - a festival that celebrates *WINTER* with Snowcat Dinner Excursions, snowcat scenic tours, skiing and riding, and more.
 
Purgatory offers discounted lift tickets at the ticket window, plus online specials when

DOE Under Secretary For Science Visits Hanford Site

on January 12, 2018 - 6:36am
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar (center) dons protective clothing prior to entering the air lock of the 324 Building, located about 300 yards west of the Columbia River. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, WA  DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar spent his first working days of 2018 at the Hanford Site, emphasizing the importance of safety as he talked with EM officials, toured cleanup projects, and met with labor groups and others in the community. 
 
Dabbar visited three training facilities where workers practice using equipment in a non-hazardous environment

AGU: Study Finds First Direct Proof Of Ozone Hole Recovery Due To Chemicals Ban

on January 12, 2018 - 6:30am
A view of Earth’s atmosphere from space. A new study finds that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — For the first time, scientists have shown through direct satellite observations of the ozone hole that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.
 
new study in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, shows the decline in chlorine, resulting from an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called

Open House On Draft GCP-Oil & Gas Permit Jan. 12

on January 12, 2018 - 6:07am
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau announces an open house on the draft General Construction Permit for the oil & gas industries (GCP-Oil & Gas).
 
A link to the text of this DRAFT GCP-Oil & Gas can be found at the top of this web page: https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/permitting-section-procedures-and-guidance/
 
This permit revises and combines the existing GCP-1 and GCP-4 permits into a single permit. This new permit has improved and updated language allowing for a wider variety of equipment, control devices, and operating scenarios.  
 
The

Daily Postcard: Ojo Caliente Hike

on January 12, 2018 - 6:05am

Daily Postcard: Hiking recently near Ojo Caliente. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Hintze And Glasco Present Talk On Chromium Plume

on January 11, 2018 - 8:24am

DOE EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze discusses the Chromium Plume issue during Tuesday’s County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DPU Manager Tim Glasco discusses the Chromium Plume issue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council members heard two messages Tuesday evening from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and Tim Glasco, County Utilities manager during a presentation on the chromium plume issue

The first from Glasco

Manager Of DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office Receives Top U.S. Civilian Leadership Award

on January 11, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after two senior level executives with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) received the 2017 Meritorious Rank Award, the nation’s highest civilian career leadership recognition.
 
Todd Shrader, Manager of EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), received this award for his outstanding accomplishments relating to waste management in southeastern New Mexico.
 
“The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is vital to national security

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Take Over Los Alamos Nature Center Jan. 16

on January 11, 2018 - 7:30am
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region are partnering to hold a fun community night 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This free event will have nature-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy.
 
PEEC and Big Brothers Big Sisters invite everyone to attend, take part in a nature craft, enjoy refreshments, and talk with Bigs and Littles from our community.

DOE Releases Request For Information/Sources Sought And Announces Industry Day And Community Event

on January 11, 2018 - 7:04am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tuesday issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Nevada Environmental Program Services (EPS) procurement at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The current EPS contract at NNSS is held by Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. and expires Jan. 31, 2020.
 
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from interested parties with the specialized capabilities necessary to meet all or part of the element of scope for the upcoming

Daily Postcard: Quemazon Sunrise

on January 11, 2018 - 6:57am

Daily Postcard: A beautiful view of the sunrise Wednesday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell 

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 10

on January 10, 2018 - 12:22pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Once again, the hottest fishing spot for local anglers is the Chama River below El Vado Dam.
 
With streamflows measuring a measly 102 cubic-feet- per-second, the Chama has been excellent for anglers using everything from flies to Power Bait. The State Game and Fish Department has stocked a lot of rainbow trout in this area, including 495 trout stocked Jan. 3 that averaged over 11 inches in size.

Update - CAUTION: Icy Road Conditions

on January 10, 2018 - 9:20am

UPDATE: Truck flips over this morning at North Mesa/Barranca Mesa roundabout on Diamond Drive. Police caution motorists to slow down due to icy road conditions, especially during early morning commutes. Police report that the female driver of this one-vehicle flip over was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with minor injuries. Courtesy photo

Daily Postcard: Sunrise From Overlook

on January 10, 2018 - 7:11am
Daily Postcard: Sunrise Tuesday from Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Marc Bailey

Backcountry Film Festival Comes To Los Alamos Jan. 25

on January 9, 2018 - 10:03am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up again to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival to Los Alamos for the seventh year in a row.
 
Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Reel Deal will be the only one in New Mexico and tickets are available starting Jan. 10.
 
The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine before the show and at

NMED Public Outreach Meetings For January

on January 9, 2018 - 8:38am
NMED News:
 
As a friendly reminder, the New Mexico Environment Department will conduct public outreach meetings regarding the  proposed repeal of the New Mexico Ambient Air Quality Standard for Total Suspended Particulate, the development of a dust mitigation plan, and adoption of a fugitive dust rule.
 
These meetings will be held in Deming (1/9/2018), Las Cruces (1/10/2018), and Santa Fe (1/11/2018) where representatives of the Department will provide information regarding the repeal of the Total Suspended Particulate Standard, and background information and required elements of a

Daily Postcard: Evening Falls On Valles Caldera

on January 9, 2018 - 8:11am

Daily Postcard: Evening falls on the Valles Caldera. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Bobcat Spotted Wandering Around Golf Course

on January 8, 2018 - 5:24pm

This bobcat was spotted Sunday wandering around the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Karen Warthen

Bobcat spotted Sunday at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Karen Warthen

Bobcat spotted Sunday at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Karen Warthen

Jemez Ranger District Begins Joaquin Prescribed Burn

on January 8, 2018 - 5:10pm

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 Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on the Joaquin fuelwood unit Thursday, Jan. 11 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 90-acres of the 115-acre area.

Crowd Gathers For Nature On Tap At UnQuarked

on January 8, 2018 - 3:10pm

A crowd turned out Thursday evening for Nature on Tap  at UnQuarked in Central Park Square to hear local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Galen Gisler, Dr. Steve Becker and Dr. Paul Arendt provide an engaging discussion about gravitational waves, the creation of precious metals, black holes, neutron stars, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows. Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science.

County Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling

on January 8, 2018 - 2:03pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is offering free curbside recycling of Christmas trees. Place the tree curbside anytime today through Jan. 19, and it will be collected on the regular trash and recycling collection day for that neighborhood.

Please maintain four feet of distance between the roll-cart and the tree.

Once collected, trees will be recycled into mulch.

Anyone who misses these dates may bring their tree to the Eco Station for free disposal or call 505.662.8163 to schedule a special collection for $25.

Environmental Services would like to remind residents of the roll-cart

LWV Lunch With A Leader Features Denise Fort

on January 8, 2018 - 11:49am

Denise Fort

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters community Lunch with a Leader will feature Denise Fort is 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Mesa Public Library.

Fort is an adviser to the Wallace Genetic Foundation and Emerita Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She resigned her position as a professor of law and director of the school’s Utton Center to focus on climate change and environmental advocacy, as a citizen (chair of the energy committee for the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club; convener of activists, issue advocacy) and lawyer.

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