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Largest Military Family Ski Event In Nation Happening At Taos Ski Valley

on January 8, 2018 - 8:51am
 
TSV News:
 
The 5th Annual Not Forgotten Outreach Week’s FREE event is Jan. 16-20 at Taos Ski Valley (TSV).
 
TSV and Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. (NFO) invite past and present military members, their immediate family and Gold Star Families the opportunity to enjoy a week on the slopes, with free equipment rentals, $35 lift tickets, group lessons, Children’s Ski School and childcare STEEP discounts, allowing the whole family to reap the healing benefits.
 
The event incorporates group dining, providing beneficial socialization and bonding opportunities through encouraging

Family Night At Nature Center Is Tuesday

on January 8, 2018 - 8:36am
Melissa Mackey designs creative, hands-on activities for PEEC's Family Nights program on the second Tuesday of each month. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:

Family Night is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and features an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring the exhibits.

The second Tuesday of every month is Family Night and offers activities crafted by Mackey.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.

Attorney General Balderas Releases Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement

on January 8, 2018 - 7:09am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In collaboration with the solar, energy and housing industries, consumer protection groups and regulators, Attorney General Hector Balderas has released the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.
 
This form is designed in an easily understood and visually distinct manner to help consumers understand the important terms of a solar power system purchase, lease or power purchase agreement.
 
The Attorney General is releasing the first version of the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement today as part of his

Daily Postcard: Hiking Pueblo Canyon

on January 8, 2018 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Hiking over the holidays above Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Daily Postcard: Scene From Anderson Overlook

on January 7, 2018 - 6:27am

Daily Postcard: Scene Saturday morning from Anderson Overlook on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Nathan Burnside

Reservoir And Access Road Closed To Public Monday

on January 6, 2018 - 11:26am

Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir. Courtesy/LANL

COUNTY News:

Pedestrian access to the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir and surrounding areas west of the Ice Rink off West Road, will be closed Monday, Jan. 8 through the summer of 2018.

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will construct a new 10-inch non-potable water pipeline from the reservoir along the reservoir access road and connect to the townsite’s non-potable water system.

Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing and working on the single dirt road rendering it and the surrounding

Pearce Introduces Bill To Provide Accountability After Gold King Mine Spill

on January 6, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4735, the Gold King Mine Spill Accountability Act of 2018, to provide compensation to those injured by the Gold King Mine spill and to provide funds for New Mexico’s long-term water quality monitoring program.
 
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was responsible for allowing millions of gallons of contaminated waste water to spill into the Animas and San Juan Rivers in New Mexico.

PEEC Forest Explorers Program Begins Jan. 17

on January 6, 2018 - 7:00am
PEEC takes kids out in nature to play, hike and get creative. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) popular summer program for 5 to 8 year olds is returning this season. Forest Explorers, a hike-and-play club, will take children on hikes 1-3 p.m. every other Wednesday, Jan. 17 through April 4 and give kids ample time for child-directed play in nature.
 
Forest Explorers is a drop-off program that will meet at 1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on the following Wednesdays: Jan. 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Feb.

Daily Postcard: Narrows Of Frijoles Canyon

on January 6, 2018 - 6:47am

Daily Postcard: The landscape in park canyons at Bandelier National Monument has changed dramatically like this area in the Narrows of Frijoles Canyon where the trail used to climb steps on the left side of the canyon. The steps and trail were removed by floods and now hikers must follow the creek under this huge boulder. Photo by Sally King

AGU: Arctic Clouds Highly Sensitive To Air Pollution

on January 5, 2018 - 7:32am
A rare case of forest fire smoke interacting with clouds in the Arctic in July 2012. Contour lines indicate carbon monoxide concentrations in the atmosphere. Courtesy/MODIS/NASA.
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — In 1870, explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, trekking across the barren and remote ice cap of Greenland, saw something most people wouldn’t expect in such an empty, inhospitable landscape: haze.
 
Nordenskiöld’s record of the haze was among the first evidence that air pollution around the northern hemisphere can travel toward the pole and degrade air quality in the Arctic.

Science And Technology Highlights At LANL In 2017

on January 5, 2018 - 6:53am
Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

With a top-story list populated by breakthroughs in supercomputing, accelerator science, space missions, materials science, life science, and more, Los Alamos National Laboratory put its Big Science capabilities to wide, productive use in 2017.

“No discipline left untouched—that’s the story from Los Alamos in 2017,” said Alan Bishop, Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos.

Daily Postcard: View From Ashley Pond

on January 5, 2018 - 6:27am

Daily Postcard: The view looking west from Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Utility Tree Trimming Begins On Orange Street

on January 4, 2018 - 3:03pm

COUNTY News:

Starting this week Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will begin trimming trees around power lines on Orange Street in Los Alamos. 

In subsequent weeks, crews will work through the Denver Steels neighborhood.

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines.

Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets Jan. 11

on January 4, 2018 - 10:29am
LAGA News:
 
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. 
 
The program will be a video lecture by Professor Amy Harris of BYU and her talk is entitled, "Of Dead Cats and Dead People, How Family History can Save the World".
 
The traditional no-host social dinner will begin earlier that same evening at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon.

PEEC Discussion Course To Explore Sustainable Living

on January 4, 2018 - 10:28am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing another discussion course developed by the Northwest Earth Institute to Los Alamos. 
 
Choices for Sustainable Living is an eight-week discussion course where participants will explore sustainability and learn its unique meaning from individual, societal, and global perspectives. This course meets 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays at the Los Alamos Nature Center starting Jan. 10 and running through Feb. 28. This free course is open to the public. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.
 

Recent Contamination Events At LANL Did Not Result In Radiological Uptake

on January 4, 2018 - 8:49am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spokesperson for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Wednesday that contamination events at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility noted in recent weekly reports filed by Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) staff were reported as part of a Radiation Protection Observation Process employed at LANL.

“None of the identified contamination events rose to a level requiring Occurrence Reporting.

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunrise Above Los Alamos

on January 4, 2018 - 7:14am

Daily Postcard: The scene of a colorful sunrise overlooking Los Alamos taken Wednesday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

SFNF: Gallinas Rx Monitoring Continues

on January 3, 2018 - 12:44pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn continues at this time through January. Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) crews continue to monitor treated units while engaging residual fires within the burn perimeter of the watershed. 
 
Small pockets within the project area continue to burn at variable intensity with smoke visible from Mineral Hill, Gallinas, Romeroville, El Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas, and I-25.  
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las

FEMA To Stop Discriminating Against Churches, Synagogues Hit By Hurricanes

on January 3, 2018 - 11:13am
BECKET News:
 
  • Supreme Court decision requires equal treatment for houses of worship hit by hurricanes
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  FEMA announced a new policy today that ought to put an end to its discrimination against churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship. The new policy comes in response to two lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking immediate and equal access to disaster relief aid.
 
FEMA says that the new policy is required by the Supreme Court’s June 2017 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, which ruled that the

Amateur Naturalist: The Shape Of Acid Canyon

on January 3, 2018 - 11:02am
Cracks in cooling lava. Courtesy Photo
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Shape of Acid Canyon
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
Acid Canyon is approximately 0.8 of a mile in length. The north side of Acid Canyon is relatively steep for its entire length. It has a nearly vertical drop of twenty feet at its start. The drop increases to nearly 200 feet at its end where it merges with Pueblo Canyon.
 
The south side follows a different pattern. The slope leading to the canyon bottom is relatively gentle for the initial half mile. It is an easy hike down the south slope to the bottom.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 3

on January 3, 2018 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Despite the frigid temperatures that cover much of the United States and that have spilled into parts of Eastern New Mexico, there remains open-water fishing on many of our lakes.
 
That includes Eagle Nest Lake, which would normally be New Mexico’s prime ice-fishing destination.
 
Warm temperatures created areas of open water and the fishing was fair for rainbow trout. There are still areas of thin ice around the lake and those areas are closed to fishing.

Morning Moon Spotted In White Rock

on January 3, 2018 - 7:06am

A 99 percent visible morning moon spotted this morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

LANL: Tweaking Quantum Dots Powers Up Double Pane Solar Windows

on January 3, 2018 - 7:00am

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different layers of low-cost quantum dots tuned to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum. The approach complements existing photovoltaic technology by adding high-efficiency sunlight collectors to existing solar panels or integrating them as semitransparent windows into a building’s architecture. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineered quantum dots

Nature On Tap: Recent Discoveries In Astronomy At UnQuarked Thursday

on January 2, 2018 - 5:00pm

PEEC News:

Nature on Tap is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Galen Gisler, Dr. Steve Becker and Dr. Paul Arendt will 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. 

Gisler was born under the dark and starry skies of eastern New Mexico and eventually found his way back to his home state.

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 2, 2018 - 4:44pm
Mighty Mite Magic Carpet. Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
Pajarito Mountain had an enjoyable holiday season and is open for daily operations. The new Mighty Mite Magic Carpet has been very popular with beginner skiers.
 
Mountain News:
 
Current Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages! Pajarito Mountain currently has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
For the snow report and ticket info, click here. Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar).
 
Upcoming Deals:
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