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Scenes From Carlsbad Caverns

on April 2, 2016 - 9:21am
Scene from a recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns. Photo by Robert Beberniss
 
Scene from a recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Udall, Alexander: Sick Nuclear Workers Deserve Better

on April 1, 2016 - 11:36am

From The Office Of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
  • Department of Labor should delay new rule that could jeopardize benefits for those who worked at Cold War-era sites
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this week urged the U.S. Department of Labor to delay a new rule that could make it more difficult for sick nuclear workers who served at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Y-12 and other Cold War-era nuclear sites to get benefits they deserve under the department’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.
 
“It’s shameful that so many Americans —

Amateur Naturalist: Climate Change And Green Vultures

on April 1, 2016 - 11:29am
Front of green vulture—Less green due to less algae present. Photo by Sally King, Bandelier National Monument
 
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Climate Change and Green Vultures
By Robert Dryja
 
We have been considering the possible impact of climate change on bird species in Los Alamos and the north-central mountains of New Mexico. Two ways of evaluating possible change include: (1) consider species that are unique to areas of the north-central mountains and (2) consider species that are common throughout the mountains. Are unique species being replaced by common species?
 
A third way is to consider

From Earth To The Universe At Planetarium April 2-3

on April 1, 2016 - 9:49am

A still from ESO's planetarium show From Earth to the Universe showing the Helix Nebula, also known as NGC 7293. Courtesy/T. Matsopoulos, ESO

PEEC News:

View stunning imagery from space in this weekend’s full-dome feature film, From Earth to the Universe.

This great film is playing in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, the last chance to see this film until late summer or fall. From Earth to the Universe takes passengers on a voyage through space and time.

Updated Map Available For Motorized Travel On SFNF

on April 1, 2016 - 8:35am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Updated Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) for the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National Forest will be released today. The MVUMs show all Forest roads and trails open to motor vehicle travel.
 
All national forests are required to designate a system of roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use by class of vehicle and, when necessary, by time of year. Public motor vehicle traffic is prohibited on all routes not shown on the MVUM. Visitors to the forest are reminded that it is their responsibility to determine if they are on routes designated for motorized traffic.

State Unveils Draft Of New Consent Order For Public Comment

on March 31, 2016 - 9:03am

Resource Protection Division Director Kathryn Roberts and NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn discuss the newly released draft Consent Order with the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board Wednesday in Albuquerque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

The NNMCAB meets Wednesday in Ballroom A of the Sandia Casino and Resort in Albuquerque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Albuquerque – The New Mexico Environment Department released a draft revision to the current Consent Order between the state and the Department of Energy having to do

LANL Draft Consent Order Released For Public Comment

on March 30, 2016 - 2:51pm

NMED News:
  • Updated Cleanup Agreement Will Enhance Legacy Waste Cleanup and Support Stronger Federal Funding Requests

 

SANTA FE – Today the New Mexico Environment Department released the Draft Consent Order for public review and comment. 

 

The Draft Consent Order, an agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy, guides and governs the cleanup of legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

“We are pleased to open the Draft Consent Order to public review and comment as we continue our dialogue with stakeholder groups and individuals.

Pajarito Astronomers Hold Dark Night April 9

on March 30, 2016 - 7:08am
PA News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding their first County-Sponsored Dark Night of 2016 starting at 7:30 p.m. (sunset,) Saturday, April 9 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. 
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mercury and Jupiter will be visible. There will be a tour of the winter and spring constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. 
 
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight.

Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Ute Tribe, and Navajo Nation Prepare For Melting Of El Niño Snowpack & Churn Of Heavy Metals

on March 30, 2016 - 7:04am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The states of New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Southern Ute Tribe and Navajo Nation announced their Animas, San Juan Spring Runoff Preparedness Plan.  
 
The Plan participants share the Animas/San Juan Watershed and are joining forces to prepare for and monitor the melting of El Niño snowpack throughout the region. Monitoring during the spring runoff period is one of the necessary short-term needs for the multi-state and multi-tribe region that is in direct response to the Gold King Mine release caused by the US Environmental Protection Agency that occurred on August 5, 2015.
 

Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting Thursday

on March 30, 2016 - 6:59am
COUNTY News:
 
A special meeting for the Envrionmental Sustainability Board will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Eco Station, 3701 East Jemez Road in the Eco Station Break Room.
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda:
 
1. Call to order - roll call
2. Board business - Develop potential recommendations for brush and bulk item collection program. 
Presenter: John Bliss
3. Adjournment

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