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Daily Postcard: Sunrise Lights Up Los Alamos

on February 18, 2017 - 6:03am

Daily Postcard: Friday's Sunrise sends a fiery glow across the Los Alamos sky. Photo by Marc Bailey

It's Not Dust, It's Not Smoke, It's Allergy Season!

on February 17, 2017 - 5:59am

Juniper tree pollen explosions Feb. 10 near Nogal, NM. Photo by Hollis Fuchs

Photo by Hollis Fuchs

Photo by Hollis Fuchs

Sipapu Ski Resort Hosts Popular Family Event

on February 16, 2017 - 10:12pm
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO   Sipapu Ski Resort hosts its annual President’s Day weekend celebration, February Fun Fest! 
 
It’s Sipapu’s most popular free family event, Feb. 18-20, which includes a giant snow castle, costume contest and parade, mountain-wide treasure hunt, games, prizes and more!
 
“February Fun Fest and our trademark snow castle is just another way that Sipapu shows its commitment to families. It’s a free event that our founding family, the Bolanders, started years ago.

House Committee Shuts Window On Solar

on February 16, 2017 - 3:50pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE House Republicans voted Thursday against House Bill 193 in the House Business and Industry Committee along a partisan 5-5 vote.
 
HB 193 would have made permanent and expanded New Mexico’s investment in solar energy, creating jobs and diversifying the state’s economy at a time when its over reliance on oil and gas has left us in a deep financial crisis.

WIPP Releases Preliminary Shipping Estimates

on February 16, 2017 - 3:33pm
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed estimates for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) over the next 12 months. 
 
Shipments are expected to be made during that time from Idaho, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, the Savannah River Site, and Waste Control Specialists.
 
Shipments of TRU waste from generator sites across the U.S. are expected to commence in April.

Council Approves Brush & Bulk Collection Changes

on February 16, 2017 - 9:47am

From left, Environmental Sustainability Board Chair John Bliss, Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule and Public Works Director Philo Shelton answer Council questions about the board's recommendation for the brush and bulk collection program during Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

During its meeting Tuesday night, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved changing the way brush and bulk items are collected in this community.

Council approved the Environmental Sustainability Board's (ESB)

Legislation To Add Solar Power On State Buildings Passes Key Senate Committee

on February 16, 2017 - 7:22am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The Senate Conservation Committee Feb. 14 voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 227, a bill that would require the State to utilize solar power on its 750 buildings so long as it would “provide a net savings on utility costs and not require any upfront costs.” Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D- 36-Dona Ana), the sponsor of SB 227, said the move would be a huge win-win opportunity for the state of New Mexico.
 
“By harnessing our abundant solar resources on state buildings, we would not only save taxpayers potentially millions of dollars of utility costs over time, but also

Help Sought For Care Of Injured Red-tailed Hawks

on February 16, 2017 - 6:48am

Red-tailed hawks. Courtesy/LEWF

LEWF News:

Cottonwood Rehab is in need of help from the Los Alamos community for the care of four injured red-tailed hawks that arrived at Cottonwood Rehab in the last three weeks.

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay is caring for two of the hawks at her home under intensive care. The other two hawks have graduated to outdoor cages. The cost of rehabbing these raptors is around $15/day for food and medication. With a normal rehab time table of about three months, Cottonwood Rehab needs $1,000 to $1,500 to get these hawks back into the wild.

To help, visit

LANL Hosts Public Meeting At Fuller Lodge March 8

on February 15, 2017 - 4:12pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory will hold a public meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 8 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on a hazardous waste permit modification request to add storage units at Technical Area 55 at the Laboratory.

The proposed permit modification is available for public review weekdays 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Environment Department – Hazardous Waste Bureau, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1, in Santa Fe.

Copies also are available at the Los Alamos Hardcopy Public Reading Room 9

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