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SFNF Issues Temporary Closure For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Due To Ojitos Fire

on July 28, 2017 - 9:31am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE –  The Santa Fe National Forest has closed a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety during operations on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Aug. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at N.M. 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section until the fire is controlled.

The

Tales Of Our Times: To Govern Is To Apportion Subsidies

on July 28, 2017 - 9:29am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
To Govern Is To Apportion Subsidies 
 
Do you favor government subsidies? Does the political party you support favor or oppose subsidies? Now cover a subsidy in different packaging: try the name “handout,” then try “incentive.” See how different the subsidy looks.     
    
Lumping together the styles of regard, a large fraction of politics amounts to wrangles to get or prevent government subsidies for this interest or that one. And party labels tell us nothing about who likes or dislikes subsidies.

Public Program: 'Route 66 In New Mexico' Sept. 9

on July 28, 2017 - 7:52am
TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society announces its 2 p.m. Sept. 9, free public program “Route 66 in New Mexico” by Baldwin Burr.
 
The monthly program is at Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos. This illustrated lecture is part of the Society's participation in the Taos Arts and Cultural Consortium theme of Taos Legends and Stories and is presented in partnership with the Taos Arts Council.
 
The intersection of Central Avenue and Fourth Street in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the only place in America where U.S. Route 66 crossed itself.

SFNF Manages Fire On Cuba Ranger District For Resource Benefits

on July 28, 2017 - 6:32am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  A lightning strike just north of Llaves Tuesday started the low-intensity Alameda Fire, giving fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) the opportunity to use a natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Alameda Fire is approximately 9 acres just north of Dead Man Lookout. Fire managers look at the fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and weather, including predicted monsoonal moisture, to assess risks and predict fire behavior.

Daily Postcard: Clouds Swirl Over Los Alamos

on July 28, 2017 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: Clouds swirl Tuesday evening over Los Alamos. Photo by Michael Redondo

Large Lightning Strike Spotted In White Rock

on July 27, 2017 - 9:03pm

Lightning at 6:39 p.m. today in the sky above White Rock. Photo by Hannah Gartz, 14

Sunset Colors Sky Above Los Alamos

on July 27, 2017 - 8:04pm

The sunset colors the sky Wednesday above Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Wednesday sunset scene. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Wednesday evening sunset scent. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Wednesday evening sunset scene. Photo by Corrina Hughes

DOE Issues RFI For Hanford 222-S Lab Contract

on July 27, 2017 - 5:01pm

The U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

CINCINNATI — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center today issued a Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI).

The RFI is seeking interested parties with specialized capabilities necessary to successfully perform all or a portion of the elements of scope for a potential upcoming competitive DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) procurement for the 222-S Laboratory Analytical Management and Services at the DOE Office of River Protection (ORP),

Bandelier Offers Abundant Mid-Summer Activities

on July 27, 2017 - 4:53pm

Bandelier National Monument offers abundant mid-summer activities. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

For anyone who's been intending to get out and make a visit to Bandelier this summer but hasn't done it yet, now is a good time. Besides it being beautiful with all the summer greenery, there are some good programs coming up. Just remember that most are outdoors and depend on the weather!

On most summer weekends there are cultural demonstrators 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the back porch of the Visitor Center.

American Geophysical Union Announces 2017 Fellows

on July 27, 2017 - 9:08am

The American Geophysical Union headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union (AGU) today announced its 2017 Fellows, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences.

Since the AGU Fellows program was established in 1962, and according to the organization’s bylaws, no more than 0.01 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually.

Museums’ Fossil Mammal Research Project Gets Grant

on July 27, 2017 - 7:13am
Skull of an early Paleocene mammal collected from New Mexico from the collections of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Courtesy/NMMNHS
 
NSF News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science a $101,125 grant to support research on early placental mammals and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) educational programs. 
 
The project, aims to shed light on how mammals fared after the Cretaceous extinction (K-Pg extinction), an event most famous for the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs.

Peggy Fire Update Jemez Ranger District

on July 27, 2017 - 7:09am
SFNF News:
 
Current Situation: Crews continued blacklining the perimeter of the Peggy Fire over the weekend. Fire activity was low to moderate throughout the day Saturday until about 5:30 p.m. when a storm cell brought much stronger winds out of the north, drastically increasing fire activity and pushing the fire to the south. The winds also helped create the very visible smoke column in the late afternoon. The blacklining that crews had worked on over the past several days held the fire in spite of the dramatic shift in wind direction and speed.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Over Los Alamos High School

on July 27, 2017 - 6:56am

Daily Postcard: The sun sets Wednesday behind Los Alamos High School. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Lightning Measure In Downtown Los Alamos Today

on July 26, 2017 - 1:35pm

Here is a measure of the lightning striking during a 30 minute period this afternoon in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Morris B. Pongratz

Heavy Thunderstorm Hammers Downtown Los Alamos

on July 26, 2017 - 12:43pm

Heavy rain, loud thunder and blustery wind hammers Central Avenue shortly after noon today in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Cars splash through the rain early this afternoon on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A woman somewhat sheltered under a blue umbrella braves the storm this afternoon on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC: Photographing Solar Eclipse Tuesday Aug. 1

on July 26, 2017 - 11:28am
Learn how to safely photograph one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights. Photo by Fraser Goff
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to make this year’s solar eclipse an experience to remember?
 
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, come to the Los Alamos Nature Center for an overview of the upcoming eclipse, followed by a fascinating photography tutorial.
 
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from Rick Wallace and Fraser Goff about eclipse geometry, safe solar viewing, and more.

Interior Not Top-Heavy Enough To Relieve Field

on July 26, 2017 - 11:16am
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has repeatedly said he wants to fill growing staff shortfalls in national parks and refuges by moving employees from headquarters and regional offices to “front line” field positions.
 
But figures obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) indicate that there are not enough bodies in these agencies’ rear echelons to fill the gaps.
 
PEER looked at staffing in the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2007, late in George W.

DOE, Industry, Community Representatives To Join 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on July 26, 2017 - 10:04am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Senior DOE officials, industry executives and community representatives from across the U.S. are set to participate in the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
Planned participants include:
  • Jim Owendoff, Acting Assistant Energy Secretary for EM
  • Roger Jarrell, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for EM
  • Stacy Charboneau, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations
  • Ralph Holland, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management

Weekly Fishing Report: July 26

on July 26, 2017 - 9:50am
By GEORGE MORSE 
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The best stream fishing right now is in the upper Chama River above El Vado Lake.
 
The streamflows are holding up well so far this summer and have been above normal. About the only real drawback right now is that sometimes afternoon thunderstorms can muddy the water. The Chama River below El Vado Dam has also been fishing well and streamflows there have been at a very fishable 300 cubic-feet- per-second during the week. The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is still very murky and the fishing has been slow.
 
The streamflows

2017’s Best & Worst Places To Rent In America – WalletHub Study

on July 26, 2017 - 6:37am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With moving season reaching its peak and the number of severely cost-burdened renters declining from a record 11.4 million to 11.1 million today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Rent in America.

To help prospective renters get the most bang for their buck, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 21 key indicators of rental attractiveness and quality of life. The data set ranges from historical rental-price changes to cost of living to job market.

 
 
Best Cities for Renters
 

NMED To Administer $18 Million In Volkswagen Smog Device Software Settlement Funds

on July 26, 2017 - 4:22am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE ― The state of New Mexico is slated to receive approximately $18 million in settlement funds following resolution of the Volkswagen smog device emissions scandal.  
 
The scandal involved embedded software in more than 500,000 vehicles' electronics that allowed Volkswagen’s cars to emit up to 40 times the legally allowed amount of nitrogen oxide while appearing in tests to be within the limit. 
 
The New Mexico Environment Department is named as the state’s lead agency for disbursing the approximately $18 million in settlement funds, most likely for projects that

Letter To The Editor: Pearce And Infrastructure Bill

on July 26, 2017 - 3:54am
By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce claims, in a recent Los Alamos Daily Post news release (link), that his vote for H.R. 2910 is a vote for reducing the bureaucracy associated with approving construction of oil and gas pipelines. However, the dissent expressed by the Ranking Member on the Committee that considered this legislation, Frank Pallone, Jr., and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, Bobby L. Rush, summarized some important problems associated with the bill, which were ignored in Rep. Pearce's statement, as quoted below.

"H.R.

Letter To The Editor: Dangers Of Allowing Cats Outside

on July 26, 2017 - 3:11am
By TERESA CHAGRIN
Animal Care & Control Specialist
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Norfolk, VA

The recent case of rabies in a bat who was caught by a cat near Espanola is a reminder about the dangers that allowing cats outdoors poses to wildlife, humans, and the cats themselves (“Child cuddles rabid bat” link).

Cats who roam outdoors are exposed to a variety of dangerous contagious diseases that are also transmissible to humans, including rabies, plague, tularemia, and toxoplasmosis.

Update On Tuesday's Earthquake In Los Alamos

on July 26, 2017 - 3:11am

Staff Report

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s seismic network detected an extremely small earthquake at 10:32 a.m. Tuesday, according to spokesman Kevin Roark. The event did not have any impact on Laboratory operations and there were no reports of anyone feeling the earthquake on Laboratory property, he said.

“A Laboratory seismologist has calculated a preliminary ‘signal duration’ magnitude of 1.5 at a location about two kilometers west-northwest of the northwestern edge of the town of Los Alamos and at a depth less than one kilometer,” Roark said.

Small Earthquake Felt In Los Alamos

on July 25, 2017 - 12:39pm

Staff Report

Seismometers at Los Alamos National Laboratory recorded a small earthquake at around 10:23 a.m. today in the Los Alamos area, according to seismologist Peter Roberts. No information on the magnitude or the intensity of the quake will be available for two to three hours, Roberts said.

Roberts and his colleagues are gathering "felt reports" and have asked the community to email them describing what they felt as well as what time and at what street address they felt the activity. Emails may be sent to rekelley@lanl.gov or proberts@lanl.gov.

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