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Scenes From Open House Of E. Irving Couse

on October 16, 2017 - 6:35am

The studio and home of E. Irving Couse in Taos, one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists during a Oct. 7 open house. Photo by Sharon Snyder

Photo by Sharon Snyder

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Bill To Standardize Cost Of Climate Pollution

on October 16, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, cosponsored legislation led by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) to standardize the metric used by federal agencies to measure the cost of climate pollution.
 
The Pollution Transparency Act counters a directive from the Trump administration to federal agencies to ignore existing metrics—uprooting years of progress and economic certainty—and an attempt made this week by the Department of Interior in the revised BLM methane rule to change the

Indigenous Leader Appeals To Japanese Prime Minister: Stop Rainforest Destruction For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

on October 16, 2017 - 5:20am
TO News:
 
SARAWAK / MALAYSIA  On the anniversary of the first Tokyo Olympics, Matu Tugang, headman of the Indigenous Penan community of Long Jaik from Sarawak, Malaysia, delivered an urgent plea to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stop Japan’s use of wood from a company that is destroying their forests and their livelihoods.
 
Japan has been using tropical timber from Sarawak to construct the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Evidence gathered at the Stadium construction site by NGOs in April 2017 confirmed the use of plywood supplied by Shin Yang, a company

Daily Postcard: Autumn In The Jemez

on October 16, 2017 - 5:13am

Daily Postcard: Autumn colors in the Jemez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DOE Awards Contract For Liquid Waste Services At Savannah River Site

on October 15, 2017 - 7:14am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday announced the award of a contract to Savannah River EcoManagement, LLC for Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Services.
 
The contract is cost-plus-award-fee and includes an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract line item. The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $4.7 billion. The period of performance includes a base period of seven years (including a transition period of 90 days) and an option period of three years. Three proposals were received in response to the solicitation.
 

Daily Postcard: Hiking On Pajarito Trail

on October 15, 2017 - 6:48am

Daily Postcard: Hiking Friday on Pajarito Trail, out of Rendija Canyon. Photo by Stephanie Nakhleh

Longest Yard Sale In New Mexico To Draw Bargain Shoppers And Leaf Peepers Oct. 21-22

on October 14, 2017 - 6:13am
 
JMTS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Jemez Mountain Trail Sale will draw more than 150 vendors and leaf peepers to the Jemez Valley 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 21-22 to sell and buy new and used items and enjoy priceless views of the changing fall colors along the Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway (N.M. 4).
 
The 14th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Sale – the longest yard sale in New Mexico – begins at San Ysidro near the intersection of N.M. 550 and N.M. 4 and continues 12 miles past Jemez Springs to La Cueva. The sale covers more than 30 miles.
 
Off N.M.

Birds Flock Around Birdfeeder On Camino Encantada

on October 14, 2017 - 6:05am

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds show their territorial side around a birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Birds flock around birdfeeder at a home on Camino Encantada. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotary: Bob Hull Speaks On Solar Storms

on October 14, 2017 - 6:03am
Bob Hull, principal engineer for Los Alamos Technical Associates and an Honorary Rotarian, spoke at Rotary Tuesday about space weather and continuity planning for geomagnetic solar storms. Hull is a graduate of Florida State and Stanford with degrees in geochemistry and environmental engineering, with major studies in oceanography, hydrology and geology. Photo by Rob Metcalf

PEEC Organizes Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Tour

on October 13, 2017 - 9:34am
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Sunday, Oct. 22, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center offers a guided tour of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve south of Santa Fe. The tour is free and will be led by Natali Steinberg who has been a docent at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve for thirteen years. 
 
Advance registration is required at www.peecnature.org
 
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden's Leonora Curtin Wetland is a 35-acre preserve that includes a rare natural cienega (marsh in Spanish). It hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife,

NMDOT Is Ready For Winter Weather

on October 13, 2017 - 8:08am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Department of Transportation crews are prepared to clear the roads and highways as the state begins to experience the winter weather season. Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from over a million pass miles.
 
“Our crews across the state are ready to respond to winter weather so we can keep the traveling public safe,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “If you must get behind the wheel during winter weather conditions please take the necessary precautions and give our crews plenty of room to do their job.

Meow Wolf: Freak Or Treat Halloween

on October 13, 2017 - 7:58am
Courtesy image
 
MEOW WOLF News:
 
SANTA FE  Meow Wolf continues the tradition of maximalist Halloween celebration with Freak or Treat: a multi-tentacled series for guests to experience all together or à la carte. 
 
Freak or Treat will have five nights of performances, a first-ever “Trick or Treat” inside the exhibition and three nights of music designed to appeal to your inner dance monster.
 
Live Halloween Performances:
  • 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30
  • Free with the cost of admission
If you liked last year’s House of Halloween you’ll want to return for Freak or Treat.

Daily Postcard: Morning Frost On Hummingbird Feeder

on October 13, 2017 - 7:11am

Daily Postcard: A bit of frost Tuesday morning covers a local hummingbird feeder. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Fun, Food And Gifts At PEEC-nic Sunday

on October 12, 2017 - 8:36am
Chick Keller helps a child safely view the sun at last year’s PEEC-nic. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites you to take part in their fall party 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. PEEC’s annual membership meeting, fondly called PEEC-nic, is open to the public, not just members, and it’s free!
 
To celebrate PEEC has special activities planned, including hands-on activities for kids and adults, a chance to meet PEEC’s live animals, delicious desserts, and sun viewing through PEEC’s solar telescope, with the help

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' Issued By Mora Inn And RV Park Water System

on October 12, 2017 - 7:35am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required "boil water advisory" for the Mora Inn and RV Park Water System in Mora County.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System was required to issue the advisory Monday after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is required to notify their water system users of this finding.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is a non-transient non-community public

Conservation Voters New Mexico Statement On Rollback Of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

on October 12, 2017 - 7:10am
NMCV News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a proposed rule to revoke the Clean Power Plan.
 
In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:
 
“It is critical that we take action to address climate change and the Clean Power Plan is a very positive step in the right direction. Administrator Pruitt’s efforts to revoke the Clean Power Plan will harm New Mexicans.
 
“The Clean Power Plan positively impacts clean air for communities across New Mexico.

Daily Postcard: Fall Colors On Pajarito Mountain

on October 12, 2017 - 6:50am

Daily Postcard: Fall Colors on Pajarito Mountain viewed from Pipeline Road. Photo by Mark Schraad

Pearce Supports EPA Decision On Clean Power Plan

on October 11, 2017 - 12:20pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). 
 
“In New Mexico, and across the country, we’ve seen businesses close up shop and coal miners put out of work due to the crippling regulatory costs of this rule.

PCA Expresses Concern With Pajarito Mountain Land Privatization Arrangement In The Works

on October 11, 2017 - 9:41am

PCA News: 

The Pajarito Conservation Alliance, (PCA) a 501(c)4 non-profit community organization focusing on information, advocacy, and volunteer work to protect the ecosystems and outdoor experience of the Pajarito Plateau, is concerned about a new arrangement in the works that would completely privatize Pajarito Mountain, contrary to citizens’ prior understanding. See https://pajarito.org/news/201 7/10/4/pajarito-mountain-land- privatization.

PCA members sent the following letter to the Los Alamos County Council Oct. 2 expressing that concern:

Dear Dr. Izraelevitz and Councilors:

I

Explore New Mexico’s Ancient Past During International Archaeology Day

on October 11, 2017 - 8:28am
Center for New Mexico Archaeology, Photo by Chris Nail
 
MIAC News:
 
Learn about New Mexico’s fascinating 12,000-year cultural heritage through hands-on activities and demonstrations during International Archaeology Day, Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology.
 
Doors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to New Mexicans interested in digging deep into the past.
 
Come throw an atlatl (spear-thrower), shoot bows and arrows, make yucca fiber-string, watch pottery firings, learn about coil basketry, and talk with archaeologists.

Study: 2017’s Greenest Cities In America

on October 11, 2017 - 7:30am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With October being National Energy Awareness Month and New York recently becoming the first city to unveil a plan that upholds the Paris Climate Agreement among nearly 250 cities that pledged to do so, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017's Greenest Cities in America.

To determine which cities promote a “green” lifestyle, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 22 key indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability.
 
The data set ranges from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to green job

Daily Postcard: Butterflies, Bees And Arachnids

on October 11, 2017 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: A butterfly spotted on a flower in a rock pile Saturday afternoon. Photo by Kei Davis

Daily Postcard: A bee buzzing around on a Saturday afternoon. Photo by Kei Davis

Daily Postcard: An arachnid doing what it does on a Saturday afternoon. Photo by Kei Davis

ASME/ASM/IEEE/ANS: Talk On The Case For Modular Nuclear Reactors For Utility Scale Electricity Generation

on October 10, 2017 - 4:23pm

Jack Bailey of NuScale Power

ASME/ASM/IEEE/ANS News:

The Los Alamos Engineering Council (ASME/ASM/IEEE/ANS) Dinner Meeting features a talk by Jack Bailey, vice president Business Development, NuScale Power, on the case for modular nuclear reactors for utility scale electricity generation, Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

  • Social Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6 p.m.
  • Lecture: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Abstract:

NuScale Power was incorporated in 2007 following a reactor concept initiated in 2000 as a collaborative project with Oregon State University, the Idaho National

Final Day To Register For Los Alamos EcoChallenge

on October 10, 2017 - 2:16pm
 
ECOCHALLENGE News:
 
Are you ready to make some positive changes in your life, and have some friendly, fun competition to inspire you?
 
There’s just one day left before the EcoChallenge starts Oct. 11 and runs until Oct. 25. For two weeks, participants choose challenges that improve wellness, help the community and reduce environmental impact, showing that even small actions can add up to real change!
 
There are now 13 teams registered in Los Alamos, including teams from the Middle School, the First United Methodist Church, LAC Green Team, the Chamisa Family Green Team, the

Pajarito Mountain Extends Bike & Hike Weekends

on October 10, 2017 - 12:28pm
Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Peter Dickson
 
PAJARITO News:
 
Experience the Beautiful Fall Colors, and Participate in the Pajarito Trailfest, Sat. Oct 21!
 
Pajarito Trailfest is Sat., Oct. 21, a trail run and mountain bike event benefiting the University of New Mexico Ski Team and Southwest Nordic Ski Club Trail Initiative. There will be a 10k, 25k, 1.5k, and 3k running events. New at this year's event is a mountain bike "mini tour." 
 
To register and for more information, click here, or log on to Pajarito's website (skiPajarito.com) for additional information.
 
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