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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

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