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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Focus On Safety And Cleanup

on March 29, 2019 - 6:26am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) asked U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty about their commitment to safety and environmental cleanup at Department of Energy (DOE) sites and facilities.
 
 
Heinrich

NWS: Today’s High Near 58, Tonight’s Low Around 31

on March 29, 2019 - 6:08am

NWS News:

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 58 with sunny skies and wind gusts up to 35 mph and tonight’s low around 31.

Daily Postcard: Spring Is Here!

on March 29, 2019 - 5:57am

Daily Postcard: Daffodils are spotted Thursday sprouting in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Volunteers Sought For Public Lands Clean Up Event

on March 28, 2019 - 4:26pm

BLM News:

SANTA FE – The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico, in partnership with Santa Fe County,  is seeking volunteers for an upcoming public lands clean up event in the Santa Fe area.

The event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 13 in the Camel Tracks Shooting Range area near County Road 56.

“We’ll be cleaning up debris from shooting activities, as well as household trash that has been illegally dumped in the area,” said Justin Dean, BLM Law Enforcement officer and organizer of the event.

The clean up is open to the public and families are encouraged to participate.

“This is a great

As NM Prepares For Wildfire Season, Udall, Heinrich & Colleagues Urge Trump Administration To Reverse Proposed Cuts To Prevention, Firefighting Budget

on March 28, 2019 - 4:11pm

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Senators: Send us amended budget request that “more appropriately matches the science-based restoration needs of our shared federal forests”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Sen.

Water Safe After Recent Gold King Mine Release

on March 28, 2019 - 9:39am
U.S. Geological Survey staff from the New Mexico Water Science Center sampled water in the Animas and San Juan rivers March 16-20 to analyze for the concentration of metals. Courtesy/USGS
 
NMED News:
 
SAN JUAN COUNTY — Water in the San Juan and Animas rivers is safe following the mid-March failure of the wastewater treatment facility in Gladstone, Colo., which treats drainage from Gold King Mine.
 
A power outage at the facility, which removes heavy metals and other contaminants from the wastewater, caused untreated wastewater from the mine to bypass the facility and enter Cement

Two LANL Researchers Win Women In Tech Awards

on March 28, 2019 - 9:18am

New Mexico Technology Council 2019 Women in Technology Award recipients Laura Monroe, left, and Janette Frigo. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Electrical engineer and mathematician recognized as outstanding contributors to STEM fields

Two researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory were recognized with 2019 Women in Technology Awards by the New Mexico Technology Council.

Janette Frigo, an electrical engineer with the Laboratory’s Intelligence and Space Research division, and Laura Monroe, a mathematician with the Laboratory’s High-Performance Computing division, were recognized for their

Heinrich Joins Special Committee On Climate Crisis

on March 28, 2019 - 9:12am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following Senate Republicans' refusal to take action on climate change and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) refusal to allow a vote on a resolution to establish a bipartisan select committee on the climate crisis, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is joining in establishing a new Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis.
 
"It's long past time for Congress--both the House and the Senate--to finally implement real solutions to eliminate carbon pollution, mitigate the devastating effects of climate

More Scenes From Spring Cleanup At Ashley Pond

on March 28, 2019 - 8:44am

More scenes from the spring cleanup underway at Ashley Pond. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

AGU: Laser Blasts Show Asteroid Bombardment, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe For Life On Mars

on March 28, 2019 - 8:04am
A portion of the experimental setup Dr. Rafael Navarro-González, an astrobiologist at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and a co-investigator with the SAM instrument, and his team of researchers used to simulate asteroid impacts in the early Martian atmosphere. The flask (center) contains a composition of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and hydrogen gasses. A high-intensity infrared laser is focused into the flask from a lens (left), to simulate the high energy shockwaves produced by asteroids entering the Martian atmosphere.

NWS: Today’s High Near 66, Tonight’s Low Around 38

on March 28, 2019 - 7:50am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 66 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 38. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Signs Of Spring In Rendija Canyon

on March 28, 2019 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: Signs of spring are emerging throughout the community including Pasque flowers spotted blooming during an early morning hike Wednesday in Rendija Canyon. Photo by Doris Thielemann  

Another sign of spring is a small creek flowing Wednesday morning in Rendija Canyon. Photo by Doris Thielemann

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office To Assess Installation Of Fiber Optic Cable To LANL

on March 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
LANL News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is preparing a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Construction and Operation of a Second Fiber Optic Circuit Route to Los Alamos National Laboratory (EA).
 
The EA will analyze the proposed construction and operation of a redundant fiber optic circuit originating at the transition of Santa Fe County Road 62 to Forest Route 24 to the terminus serving both Los Alamos County (County) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the No Action Alternative.
 
Currently

Repair Work Completed On NM 4 Water Main Break

on March 27, 2019 - 4:57pm

County crews on the job completing repairs to a water main break this afternoon on N.M. 4. The work is done but the cones will remain in place until the soil dries. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon of County crews completing repairs to a water main break on N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Water crews with the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities have finished repairing a water main break on N.M. 4 approximately one mile south of East Jemez Road (Truck Route).

Orange cones remain around the area where the break occurred

USDA On Investments In Water And Wastewater Infrastructure To Benefit 171,000 Rural Residents

on March 27, 2019 - 4:41pm
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley Tuesday announced that USDA is investing $116 million to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 171,000 rural Americans in 23 states.
  
“Helping to bring modern water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities will increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural residents,” Baxley said. “The investments USDA is announcing today are foundational to health, safety and economic development in rural communities across America.”
  
USDA is

PCB Cleanup Completed At Los Alamos Canyon Site

on March 27, 2019 - 9:36am

The N3B team removed PCB-contaminated soil from a narrow canyon at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. About 300 cubic yards of soil will be shipped offsite for disposal. Courtesy/N3B

N3B LOS ALAMOS News:

N3B has have finished cleaning up PCB-contaminated soil near the former Omega research reactor site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The PCB-contaminated soil was located in Los Alamos Canyon at Technical Area 02 (TA-02). The source of the contamination is suspected to have been electrical transformers that served the Omega Site.

The contamination was discovered during investigation

Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small Introduce White Sands National Park Establishment Act

on March 27, 2019 - 8:10am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) introduced the White Sands National Park Establishment Act, a bill to designate White Sands National Monument as New Mexico's newest national park.
 
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)
 
“Everyone who visits White Sands marvels at its remarkable geology, spectacular scenery, and outstanding recreation experiences,” Heinrich said.

‘Sacred Land, Sacred Water’ At Nature Center April 2

on March 27, 2019 - 8:10am
‘SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley’ screens free at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center and the director will give a Q & A after the film. Courtesy/PEEC
 

PEEC News:

 
The community is invited to join the Sierra Club and Voices of Los Alamos for a special screening of the film “SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
The screening is free to attend and director, editor and producer Lewis Jacobs will be available for a Q & A session after the film.
 
The

NWS: Today’s High Near 63, Tonight’s Low Around 42

on March 27, 2019 - 7:52am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 63 with mostly cloudy skies and tonight’s low around 42. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Viewed From Quemazon

on March 27, 2019 - 7:45am

Daily Postcard: The sunrise viewed Thursday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

On The Job In Los Alamos: Cleaning Ashley Pond

on March 26, 2019 - 4:11pm
On the job in Los Alamos today is a County crew spotted doing a little spring clean up at Ashley Pond. They pulled all sorts of disgusting things out of the water, including a sizable dead carp (goldfish?). #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Ken Hanson
 
A County crew on the job today removing debris from Ashley Pond. Photo by Ken Hanson

NMED Launches Interactive Online Methane Map

on March 26, 2019 - 3:31pm

NMED today launched a new interactive online map focused on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry ... click here. Courtesy/NMED

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) today launched a new interactive online map focused on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
 
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of more than 84 times that of carbon dioxide, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. After carbon dioxide, methane is the most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the U.S. from human activities.

Meet The Scientists! The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition Is Hosting An interactive Workshop April 3

on March 26, 2019 - 8:41am

The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition is hosting a workshop 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Courtesy photo

SFFC News:

SANTA FE ― The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition is hosting a workshop based on the recent report “A Statement of Common Ground Regarding the Role of Wildfire in Forested Landscapes of the Western United States.”

The workshop is 3-6 p.m.

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office To Assess Wildfire Hazard And Forest Health Program

on March 26, 2019 - 8:29am
LANL News:
 
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is preparing a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 
The SEA will evaluate and document changes in the LANL management of forest health and wildfire mitigation procedures since the publication of the 2000 Environmental Assessment for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL (EA).
 
It will identify changes to the affected

NWS: Today’s High Near 61, Tonight’s Low Around 42

on March 26, 2019 - 7:48am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 42 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly before midnight. Courtesy/NWS

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