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PEEC: Explore World Of Black Holes Oct. 26-27

on October 24, 2018 - 7:17am
Explore the world of black holes this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center. At 7 p.m. Friday, join Aycin Aykutalp to learn about her recent research on infant massive black holes in the early universe. At 2 p.m. Saturday, watch the full-dome film ‘Black Holes’. CourtesyPEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Explore the world of black holes at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. Aycin Aykutalp will discuss her research on possible pathways for the formation of massive seed black holes in the early universe and on Saturday, Oct.

AGU: New Research Shows Strong Indian Monsoons Steer Atlantic Hurricanes Toward Land

on October 24, 2018 - 6:34am
Hurricane Maria near peak intensity, moving north towards Puerto Rico, Sept. 19, 2017. New research finds strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas. Courtesy/Naval Research Laboratory/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas, according to new research.
 
A new study finds that in years where

Zinke Announces Public-Private Partnership Bringing $2.7 Million To Habitat Conservation Of Big Game Migration Corridors And Winter Range

on October 24, 2018 - 6:17am
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and ConocoPhillips, has announced a new NFWF $2.7 million grant program to enhance and improve the quality of habitat in state identified, priority big-game winter range, stopover areas, and migration corridors on federal land and/or voluntary efforts on private land.
 
This grant program is possible from funding support provided by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S.

Daily Postcard: Urban Park Sunrise

on October 24, 2018 - 5:53am

Daily Postcard: Urban Park sunrise. Photo by Chris Weaver

ORNL: Past And Present DOE Missions Displayed In American Museum Of Science & Energy At Oak Ridge

on October 23, 2018 - 12:05pm

Participants in the Oct. 18 opening of the new American Museum of Science and Energy facility gather for the ribbon cutting. Courtesy/ORNL

From left, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann tour the new American Museum of Science &d Energy facility with Museum Director Julia Bussinger. Courtesy/ORNL

Visitors are greeted by an interactive map of Oak Ridge and five exhibit areas when they enter the new American Museum of Science & Energy facility. Courtesy/ORNL

ORNL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Colors Sky Over Los Alamos

on October 23, 2018 - 8:19am

Daily Postcard: The coloful sunset Monday evening looking east over the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: The coloful sunset Monday evening looking east over ZIA Credit Union in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: The coloful sunset Monday evening looking west over the rooftop of New Mexico Bank & Trust in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Mountaineers: Talk On Adventures In East Greenland At Nature Center Tuesday Evening

on October 22, 2018 - 6:12pm

Learn about Eiichi Fukushima’s adventures in East Greenland at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting beginning by 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This talk is free open to the public. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting and hear about Eiichi Fukushima’s trip to East Greenland in 1971.

This presentation is free and open to the public and starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. The Mountaineers’ regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Forest Personnel Seek Volunteers For Trail Cleanup

on October 22, 2018 - 6:06pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The public is invited to volunteer alongside USDA Forest Service personnel to a hike up the Arroyo Toro Route to Window Rock, and help clean up the trail, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
 
There is a briefing at the Arroyo Toro Route at 10 a.m., 11.5 miles north of Española on US Highway 84. The point of contact is referenced below for exact briefing location. Volunteers will then hike to the trail.
 
The hike will be an eight mile round trip. Volunteers must wear long pants and sturdy closed toe shoes. Bring a day pack with water and sunscreen.

NMHU Revitalizes Campus With Public Art

on October 22, 2018 - 7:13am
William Goodman’s Arabesque sculpture adjacent to Burris Hall on the Highlands University campus is part of a new public art installation. Courtesy Margaret McKinney/NMHU
 
NMHU News:
 
New Mexico Highlands is revitalizing its main campus through public artwork, thanks to the state’s Art in Public Places Program.
 
Ten artworks ranging from soaring outdoor sculptures to stoneware pottery and a series of bird paintings are being installed throughout the university.
 
“We wanted a variety of diverse artistic aesthetics,” said David Lobdell, chair of the Visual and Performing Arts

Daily Postcard: Cows Graze Beneath Morning Sunrays

on October 22, 2018 - 7:10am

Daily Postcard: Cows are spotted grazing beneath sunrays Sunday morning near Black Mesa. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Daily Postcard: Flowers Cling To Fall

on October 21, 2018 - 7:00am

Daily Postcard: Flowers hold on through fall in the hanging basket on Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Fall Comes To Black Mesa

on October 20, 2018 - 6:36am

Daily Postcard: Fall colors spotted Thursday at Black Mesa. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Reps. Lujan Grisham And Luján Demand Air Force Secretary Address Cannon AFB Water Contamination

on October 19, 2018 - 3:08pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, after New Mexico’s Environment Department (NMED) issued a warning that water from several wells on and off the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) have been contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

These chemicals are found in foam used for firefighting and are associated with an increased risk of cancer.

The

SFNF: Hunters, Know Before You Go

on October 19, 2018 - 9:24am

SFNF officials are encouraging hunters to be well prepared before entering into the forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) officials encourage hunters to be well prepared before entering into the forest and to operate safely.

People require rescue almost every year because they weren’t prepared to enter into the forest and wilderness areas.

“Hunters got lost in two separate instances in the Santa Fe National Forest within the past few days,” said Diane Prather, Forest staff officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator.

Cannon AFB Reveals Groundwater Contamination

on October 19, 2018 - 8:30am
NMED News:
 
CLOVIS The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) have been informed by Cannon Air Force Base that Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), chemicals associated with fire-fighting foams - used by Cannon Air Force Base personnel - have been detected in groundwater on and off base.
 
PFAS are emerging chemicals that may be associated with an increased risk of cancer and other health ailments.

BLM Announces Sagebrush Treatments In San Juan And Rio Arriba Counties Beginning Oct. 26

on October 19, 2018 - 7:47am
BLM News:
 
FARMINGTON Beginning Oct. 26, the Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with the San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District, will treat up to approximately 9,803 acres of sagebrush.
 
Treatments will occur on BLM, state and private lands within San Juan and Rio Arriba counties in northwestern New Mexico where sagebrush densities have surpassed historic, naturally-occurring levels.
 
The objective of the treatments is to improve plant species diversity, which will benefit wildlife, rangeland and watershed health by reducing the density of sagebrush.

Late-Season Archery Elk Licenses Available Oct. 31

on October 19, 2018 - 7:38am
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Game & Fish Department announces that 275 first-come, first-served late season bull elk archery hunting licenses will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 31.
 
The licenses will be available on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.
 
Available licenses include: Game Management Unit 12, Nov. 17-21, 25 licenses; Unit 34, Dec. 15-19, 200 licenses; and Unit 37, Dec. 1-5, 50 licenses. Special restrictions for elk harvested in Unit 34 can be found on page 85 of the current New Mexico Hunting Rules and Information booklet.
 
The first 24 hours of

Daily Postcard: Fall Foliage Surrounds Los Alamos

on October 19, 2018 - 7:24am

Daily Postcard: View of colorful fall foliage looking west from Canyon Road near the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC Hosts Wilderness First Aid Course Nov. 3 & 4

on October 18, 2018 - 4:15pm

Earn Wilderness First Aid certifications at a two-day course 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3-4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The class 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. Participants will receive their WFA certification, which is good for two years. Register now at peecnature.org or by visiting or calling the Los Alamos Nature Center at 505.662.0460.

Jeff DeBellis from SOLO Wilderness Medical School will teach this class.

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Oct. 22

on October 18, 2018 - 7:29am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  If favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Monday, Oct. 22.
 
Up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated with a focus on heavier slash left by wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.   
 
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

EM’s Office Of River Protection Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Laboratory

on October 18, 2018 - 6:12am
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards. Courtesy photo
 
An electrician tests control panel switches in Hanford’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization’s four primary facilities to be fully energized. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:

RICHLAND, Wash.

Arctic Ice Sets Speed Limit For Major Ocean Current

on October 18, 2018 - 6:06am
A large pool of meltwater over sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. Courtesy NASA/Operation IceBridge
 
The evolution of sea ice over the Beaufort Gyre: In springtime, as ice thaws and melts into the sea, the gyre is exposed to the Arctic winds. Courtesy of the researchers
 
AGU News:
 
The Beaufort Gyre is an enormous, 600-mile-wide pool of swirling cold, fresh water in the Arctic Ocean, just north of Alaska and Canada. In the winter, this current is covered by a thick cap of ice.

Daily Postcard: Mighty Colorful Tree On Sandia Drive

on October 18, 2018 - 4:59am

Daily Postcard: This mighty colorful tree is spotted Sunday afternoon on Sandia Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

USDA Offers Secure, Convenient Online Biz Options

on October 17, 2018 - 6:20pm
 USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers in New Mexico have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs.
 
Through USDA’s new streamlined process producers can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in.
 
“You can conduct business with USDA from the comfort of your home, office, or mobile device,” said Michael S. White, U.S.

LANL: Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff

on October 17, 2018 - 4:20pm

NGEE-Arctic researchers from Los Alamos, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Oak Ridge National Laboratory dig deep snow pits in tall shrub patches to understand the warming effect of snow-shrub interactions on underlying permafrost. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Study finds shrubs trap snow, creating permanently thawed zones that destroy permafrost and create pathways for increased water and carbon flow

A new collaborative study has investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north’s tundra and vast permafrost system.

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