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Daily Postcard: Western Bluebird Takes Energetic Bath

on July 18, 2019 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: A western bluebird is spotted Wednesday taking an energetic bath in the yard of a residence on Andanada Street in Barranca Mesa. This bird takes its bathing seriously! Photo by Ken Hanson

That was great ... now I need a nap! Photo by Ken Hanson

National Nuclear Security Administration Proposes Expansion Of TA-68 Water Canyon Test Site

on July 17, 2019 - 6:18pm

Existing TA-68 Water Canyon Test Site. Courtesy/NNSA

 

NNSA News: 

 

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office has posted the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) categorical exclusion determination for the consolidation of existing Los Alamos National Laboratory capabilities for the research, development, and equipment calibration for imaging techniques to detect materials of interest by expanding the Technical Area-68 Water Canyon Test Site.

 

Consolidation of activities will improve the efficiency of operations that

Udall Statement On BLM Relocation Proposal

on July 17, 2019 - 5:36pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior’s budget, released the following statement Tuesday on the Trump Interior Department’s proposal to reorganize the Bureau of Land Management, including to relocate hundreds of staff and move the agency’s official headquarters to Grand Junction, Colo.:
 
“The Interior Department has not made a convincing argument for why such a relocation is necessary or in the best interests of the Bureau of Land

N3B’s Frazer Lockhart Speaks At VOLA Meeting July 22

on July 17, 2019 - 5:23pm

Frazer Lockhart will speak on N3B’s cleanup work at TA-21 on DP Road across from the airport July 22. Courtesy/VOLA

VOLA News:

Te next Voices of Los Alamos meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 July 22, at the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage Loop.

The featured speaker is Frazer Lockhart, program manager for Regulatory & Stakeholder Interface at Newport News Nuclear BWXT - Los Alamos (N3B).

Frazier will speak on N3B’s cleanup work at TA-21 on DP Road across from the airport. He’ll address N3B’s accomplishments to date, as well as upcoming work.

SFNF Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour Aug. 14

on July 17, 2019 - 3:16pm

Rock art panel on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The community is invited to join the Santa Fe National Forest’s Site Stewards Wednesday, Aug. 14 to explore two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa.

The petroglyphs are unique in both design and location. Both panels are easily accessible, but the trip will require carpooling in high-clearance vehicles. Sunscreen, snacks, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

The Glorieta rock art tour is free and open to the public, but anyone planning to attend must register in advance by calling the Pecos Ranger

NWS: Today’s High Near 85; Tonight’s Low Around 61

on July 17, 2019 - 5:47am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 85 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 61. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Storm Clouds Over Jemez

on July 17, 2019 - 5:45am

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds fill the sky Monday looking toward the Jemez Mountains from Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Slot Canyon Trail At Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument To Undergo Trail Maintenance July 22-24

on July 16, 2019 - 4:32pm
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Courtesy photo
 
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Bureau of Land Management is announcing a partial closure of the Slot Canyon Trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. 
 
The necessary trail improvements will be conducted July 22-24 on the last half-mile section of the Slot Canyon Trail that climbs steeply out of the canyon to the mesa top. By providing these trail improvements, the BLM is striving to protect the fragile geologic features of this area and increase visitor safety.  
 
Due to the exposure, weather and consistent foot

Environmental Management Los Alamos Interim Measure Shows Progress Reducing Contaminant Plume

on July 16, 2019 - 2:24pm

Crews installed a monitoring well to help the EM Los Alamos Field Office and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos better characterize chromium distribution in the eastern edge of the plume. Courtesy/EM-LA

EM-LA News:

The Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos are seeing positive results from an interim measure to contain and control migration of a contaminant plume in groundwater.

The groundwater extraction, treatment, and injection system has been fully operational for the past year along the

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets July 18

on July 16, 2019 - 10:11am

Explore Space At Summer Family Evening Wednesday

on July 16, 2019 - 7:38am
Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Wednesday, July 17 for a space-themed Summer Family Evening starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy crafts and activities from Mesa Public Library and join PEEC’s astronomers to look at the sky with telescopes and solar filters and for a planetarium open house. This program is sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. Photo by Minesh Bacrania
 
PEEC News:
 
Join Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s astronomers this Wednesday, July 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a space-themed Summer Family Evening.
 
Del

AGU: Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

on July 16, 2019 - 7:02am
Area burned by California wildfires in thousands of square kilometers, 1972-2018. Specific regions studied are at upper left. Courtesy/Williams et al., 2019
 
A satellite image, Aug. 6, 2018, shows smoke from multiple large California wildfires. The fires themselves, detected by thermal imagery, are in red. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Against a backdrop of long-term rises in temperature in recent decades, California has seen ever higher spikes in seasonal wildfires, and, in the last two years, a string of disastrous, record-setting blazes.
 
This has led

NWS: Today’s High Near 86; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on July 16, 2019 - 6:47am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 86 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Rose Blooms On Aragon Avenue

on July 16, 2019 - 6:36am

Daily Postcard: A rose blooms Sunday on Aragon Avenue in White Rock. Photo by Annette Maes-Livermore

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small: Over $3.2 Million To Help Modernize Pueblo Of Laguna Wastewater Systems

on July 15, 2019 - 8:19am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small have announced that the Pueblo of Laguna was awarded $3,242,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for three projects to renovate and improve wastewater infrastructure in Seama Village, Paquate Village, and New Laguna Village.
 
The funding will help modernize the Pueblo of Laguna’s wastewater systems, eliminating the use of septic tanks and connecting residents to sewer services.
 
The projects will benefit 1,241 residents in

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Fights For Communities Impacted By PFAS Contamination

on July 15, 2019 - 6:56am
 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight last week for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Earlier this year, the New Mexico delegation introduced the PFAS Damages Act to provide relief to communities and businesses affected by PFAS, including farms and ranches in New Mexico that have been upended by PFAS contamination from Cannon Air

Researchers Find Probiotic Bacteria Reduces Impact Of White-Nose Syndrome In Bats

on July 15, 2019 - 6:43am
A little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) covered in the fungus, P. destructans, which causes white-nose syndrome. Photo by Joseph Hoyt
 
VT News:
 
It is widely accepted that probiotic bacteria are beneficial to human health, but what if they also could be used to reduce wildlife disease and conserve biodiversity?
 
Researchers from Virginia Tech and UC Santa Cruz did just that in a field trial on the effect of probiotic bacteria on white-nose syndrome in bat populations.
 
They found that it reduces the impact of the disease about five-fold. These findings were published recently in

NWS: Today’s High Near 83; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on July 15, 2019 - 6:18am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with a 40 percent chance of rain and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Bobcat Spotted At Valles Caldera

on July 15, 2019 - 6:11am

Daily Postcard: A bobcat is spotted walking at the Valles Caldera, home to the second largest elk population in New Mexico and other residents such as Gunnison prairie dogs, coyotes, badgers, black bears, Eastern mountain bluebirds and golden eagles. It is illegal to willfully remain near or approach wildlife, including birds, within ANY distance that disturbs or displaces the animal - Source: VCNP. Courtesy/VCNP

Visitor Spending At National Wildlife Refuges Boosts Local Economies By $3.2 Billion

on July 14, 2019 - 3:15pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced that 53.6 million people visited national wildlife refuges in 2017, which had an economic impact of $3.2 billion on local communities and supported more than 41,000 jobs.
 
The figures come from a new economic report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service titled Banking on Nature 2017: The Economic Contributions of National Wildlife Refuge Recreational Visitation to Local Communities. The report is the sixth in a series of studies since 1997 that measure the economic contributions of national

Pair Of Bucks Linger Near Ravine On Rose Street

on July 14, 2019 - 12:28pm

A pair of young bucks spotted late this morning near the ravine adjacent to Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Bucks spotted late this morning near the ravine adjacent to Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Scenes Of 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day

on July 14, 2019 - 7:36am

Middle school and high school students demonstrate robotics Saturday during the 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Discover Day. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from the 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

BSA Troop 22 helped a young rocketeer assemble a rocket model. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Drone pilot Mario Rodriguez flies his drone as he looks through the viewer at the images the drone is sending back from its camera. The booth included small drones for trial flights, with supervision. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

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Comment Period For Santa Fe Mountains Project Scoping Extended To Wednesday July 17

on July 14, 2019 - 7:35am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the scoping period for the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency (SFMLR) project until Wednesday, July 17, 2019, because of a technical issue with the comment submission inbox that may have made some comments undeliverable. The 30-day comment period was scheduled to end July 10.
 
“Comments received during the scoping period literally help us determine the scope of the entire project,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said.

Wildflower Walk To Water Canyon Monday July 15

on July 14, 2019 - 7:34am

Join Chick Keller or Craig Martin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 for a wildflower walk to Water Canyon. Participants should meet at the nature center to check in and carpool to the trailhead. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for its monthly wildflower walk at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15.

Craig Martin or Chick Keller will be leading this outing to Water Canyon to identify some of the blooming wildflowers.

Participants should meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center to check in and carpool to the trailhead.

AFRL & Catalyst Space Accelerator Announce Applications Open For New Space-Based ISR Cohort

on July 14, 2019 - 7:32am
Courtesy/CSA
 
Courtesy/CSA
 
CSA News:
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Catalyst Space Accelerator is excited to announce the opening of applications for the next cohort, the Space-Based ISR Cohort #CAISR, set for Sept. 9 through Nov. 22.
 
The deadline for applications for entry is Aug. 7. Applications may be found here.
 
The problem set for this cohort, by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate, was born during the August 1960 Discoverer 14 delivery of the first space-based reconnaissance imagery on photographic film. 
 
Since that day, intelligence,

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