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LANL’s Highest Honor Bestowed On Four Scientists

on April 17, 2018 - 9:40am

Winners of the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, from left, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis, Scott Cram and Howard Menlove. Courtesy/LANL

Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., presents Howard Menlove with the Los Alamos Medal. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos Medal Awardees Honored For Exceptional Work

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists were honored at the Los Alamos Medal ceremony Thursday, April 12, for their distinguished achievements that have impacted the success of the Laboratory, and consequently the nation, either through mission accomplishments or

BLM Announces Emergency Fire Prevention Restrictions For Santa Fe County

on April 17, 2018 - 9:39am
BLM News:
 
TAOS  The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office is initiating emergency fire prevention restrictions on public lands managed by the Taos Field Office in Santa Fe County, beginning today, due to high fire potential.
 
The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. 
 
“We are joining our county and federal partners in these actions in efforts to protect lives and property,” BLM Taos Field Manager Pamela Mathis said. 
 
Prohibited Acts include: 
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in

Earth Day Festival At Nature Center Saturday

on April 17, 2018 - 6:59am

Fun and entertainment for all ages is available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at PEEC’s Earth Day Festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

 

PEEC News:

 

Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) signature event, the annual Earth Day Festival, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

 

The festivities include delicious food, demos of the brand new planetarium projector, fun activities and exciting entertainment.

 

Many community booths will provide all kinds of activities and information to celebrate Earth Day.

Interior Department Releases Comprehensive List Of First Quarter 2018 Accomplishments

on April 17, 2018 - 6:39am

From The U.S. Department of the Interior:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Interior has released a comprehensive list of 2018 first quarter accomplishments that the Department has achieved under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

“Under the Trump Administration, Interior has made incredible strides in creating a conservation stewardship legacy, modernizing our infrastructure, helping combat opioid addiction, securing the southern border, and so much more,” Secretary Zinke said.

Special Dinner At Bandelier Features ‘The Edge Effect: Re-Imagining The East Jemez Landscape’ April 27

on April 17, 2018 - 5:57am
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Bandelier National Monument and artists Kathleen Brennan and Shawn Skabelund for a special evening event at Bandelier National Monument.
 
Get a unique tour of the art installation The Edge Effect: re-Imagining the East Jemez Landscape and enjoy a dinner catered by Santa Fe’s Jambo Café with beer and wine included. This dinner is 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 27.
 
This dinner is serving as a fundraiser for the East Jemez Landscape Futures Project, which will be discussed at the event from Bandelier

Area Snowpack And Streamflows Going Fast

on April 17, 2018 - 5:50am
Snowpack April 23, 2017 along US Highway 64. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
Snowpack April 15, 2018 along US Highway 64. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

A recent trip across the high country of Northern New Mexico on US Highway 64 between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla provided a sobering picture of the effects of the dry winter that has recently ended and it wasn’t pretty. It stood in sharp contrast to last year’s above-average snowpack and healthy spring runoff.

The beautiful Rio Tusas river valley

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on April 17, 2018 - 5:49am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in Suite 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The public is invited to the meeting.

Agenda:

1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
 
2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
 
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 
5. BOARD BUSINESS
  • Review and Discuss Revised FY19 ESB Work Plan Presenters: Angelica Gurule
  • Tourism Task Force Liaison Volunteers Presenters: James Robinson
  • Review

Daily Postcard: Steller’s Jays Munch On Pine Nuts

on April 17, 2018 - 5:46am

Daily Postcard: Steller’s jay munching on pine nuts in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

A second Steller jay spotted in Quemazon also munching on pine nuts. Photo by Trisha Ancell

New Mexico Environment Department Accepts 2016-2017 Los Alamos Airport Landfill Report

on April 16, 2018 - 4:13pm
Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy/LAC
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Environment Department has accepted the 2016-2017 report on the Los Alamos County Airport evapotranspiration landfill cover, which states that the cover is in excellent condition and is performing as designed.

The report, prepared by Stephen F. Dwyer of Dwyer Engineering, LLC., indicated that there was no methane emission and no water percolation through the cover into the underlying waste but rather that moisture is migrating upward from the waste.

Scientists Discover New Ocean Current Off Madagascar

on April 16, 2018 - 3:42pm
A vessel returns to the traditional fishing village Lavanono, inshore of the upwelling zone at the southern end of Madagascar, in a region where the newly discovered coastal current could play a key role for the local fisheries. Courtesy/Mathieu Rouault
 
AGU News:
 
While investigating coastal upwelling that nourishes marine wildlife and fisheries off the coast of Madagascar, Ramanantsoa et al. identified a previously unrecognized current.
 
The Southwest Madagascar Coastal Current (SMACC) is a rare example of a subtropical surface current flowing in a poleward direction off the

Daily Postcard: Ice Droplets Cling To Tree Limb

on April 16, 2018 - 7:29am

Daily Postcard: Droplets of water from a sprinkler turn into ice in the early morning chill and cling to a tree limb Sunday at the old Pueblo School. Photo by Marc Bailey

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace Speaks To Community Leaders At Quarterly Breakfast

on April 15, 2018 - 10:19am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace, center, chats with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe Community College President Dr. Cecilia Cervantes at the quarterly LANL Community Leaders Breakfast Thursday at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m extremely both proud and humbled to be the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Daily Postcard: White Rock Sunrise

on April 15, 2018 - 5:52am

Daily Postcard: Thursday sunrise in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

PEEC: Picnic; Fiber Arts At Los Luceros Sunday

on April 14, 2018 - 9:14am
PEEC News:
 
Enjoy a community picnic and fiber arts activities at the beautiful Los Luceros Historic Site. New Mexico Historic Sites, the Amigos de Los Luceros, and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are partnering on this event, which is the first in a series called Culture and Nature.
 
The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15 and is free and open to the public.
 
The picnic will begin at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy chatting with other families. Starting at 9 a.m.

SFNF Firewood Permits Available April 16 & May 1

on April 14, 2018 - 6:15am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Firewood permits for dead and down timber will be available for purchase at the Pecos and Las Vegas Ranger District offices, and Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Supervisor’s Office, Monday, April 16, and at all other SFNF offices, Tuesday, May 1. Dead-and-down permits are valid (one district per permit) except in designated wilderness areas.
 
The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for 20 dollars for five cords with a maximum of 10 cords per household per year.

Earth Day At Los Alamos Nature Center April 21

on April 14, 2018 - 6:11am

Courtesy/PEEC

COUNTY News:

There are many actions each of us can take to reduce our environmental impact and support a clean community. One of the easiest actions to take every day is to recycle. That’s why Environmental Services invites residents of Los Alamos to join them and Pajarito Environmental Education Center to celebrate Earth Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Environmental Services will be hosting an educational booth.

Daily Postcard: Smoke Haze Sunset

on April 14, 2018 - 4:45am

Daily Postcard: The Thursday evening sky looking west from Los Alamos toward the Jemez Mountains and through the smoke haze from the controlled burn in the Valles Caldera. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Earth Week Talk: Learning From The Past To Improve Our Relationship With Fire And Forests April 17

on April 13, 2018 - 10:26am
Tom Swetnam is PEEC’s Earth Week speaker this year. He will give a talk on Ancestral Puebloan Fire Practices April 17. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
How did Ancestral Pueblo populations manage to live within our forests, with no known history of catastrophic fires destroying their villages? What can we learn from history to improve our own relationships with fires in our forests?
 
This year PEEC is thrilled to bring Dr. Tom Swetnam to the Los Alamos Nature Center as the featured speaker for our annual Earth Day events.

AGU: Melting Of Arctic Mountain Glaciers Unprecedented In Past 400 Years

on April 13, 2018 - 8:47am
Scientists spent a month in Denali National Park in 2013 drilling ice cores from the summit plateau of Mt. Hunter. The ice cores showed the glaciers on Mt. Hunter are melting more now than at any time in the past 400 years. Courtesy/Dominic Winski
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glaciers in Alaska’s Denali National Park are melting faster than at any time in the past four centuries because of rising summer temperatures, a new study finds.
 
New ice cores taken from the summit of Mt.

Birds Encounter Frozen Bath Water On Sycamore

on April 13, 2018 - 8:44am

This pair of colorful birds encounter frozen bath water this morning at a residence on Sycamore Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Notice Of Possible Quorum On Earth Day For ESB

on April 13, 2018 - 6:51am

COUNTY News:

Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend the Earth Day activities 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken.

 

Daily Postcard: Bee On Cherry Blossom

on April 13, 2018 - 6:40am

Daily Postcard: A bee is spotted April 6 on a cherry blossom at a residence in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

AGU: Study Proposes Link Between Formation Of Supercontinents, Strength Of Ocean Tides

on April 12, 2018 - 10:39am
The Earth’s tides weren’t always as energetic as they are today. A new study suggests that when tectonic movement molds ocean basins into certain shapes, the tides grow much stronger. And when tectonic movement opens those same basins millions of years later, the tides weaken. Courtesy/Creative Commons CC0
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The cyclic strengthening and weakening of ocean tides over tens of millions of years is likely linked to another, longer cycle: the formation of Earth’s supercontinents every 400 to 600 million years, according a new study.
 
The new findings have

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on April 12, 2018 - 6:44am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Stage I Fire Restrictions After consulting with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that Los Alamos County will enter into Stage I Fire Restrictions, effective immediately.  
 
Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See first exemption below for additional details.)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within

Daily Postcard: Black Mesa

on April 12, 2018 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Cloudy evening at Black Mesa, San Ildefonso Pueblo. Photo by Robert Beberniss

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