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Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Opposes Elimination Of Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

on November 29, 2017 - 6:17am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A proposal by its Chairman Sean Sullivan to eliminate the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) is being opposed by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, according to Executive Director Andrea Romero.

In a June 29 letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Sullivan proposed the elimination of the DNFSB calling it “a relic of the Cold War era defense establishment.

Daily Postcard: Pleurotus Ostreatus On Elm

on November 29, 2017 - 4:31am

Daily Postcard: Pleurotus Ostreatus (oyster mushroom) growing on elm tree logs in Los Alamos. This common edible mushroom was first cultivated in Germany as a subsistence measure during World War I and is now grown commercially around the world for food. Source: wikipedia.com. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Jemez Ranger District Plans Vallecitos Burn

on November 28, 2017 - 1:09pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to resume the Vallecitos prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District. 
 
Ignitions could begin as early as today on the final 91-acre unit in the Vallecitos treatment area adjacent to the East Fork trail head and N.M. 4.   
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Daily Postcard: Autumn Sky On North Mesa

on November 28, 2017 - 8:19am

Daily Postcard: The autumn sky reflects on cars parked Sunday on North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Support Local Nonprofits On Giving Tuesday Nov. 28

on November 27, 2017 - 5:43am

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to donate to local nonprofit organizations. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Right in the middle of all the holiday shopping, just after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, falls a special day. Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, is a global day dedicated to giving back, when people around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Here in Los Alamos, there are many opportunities to make a difference to a nonprofit this Tuesday.

Meeting Seeks Public Comment On Draft Restoration Plan For Environmental Damage At Chevron/Questa Site

on November 27, 2017 - 5:37am
ONRT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State and federal trustees will host a public meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7688, 2597 State Highway 522 in Questa, to discuss the recently finalized Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (“Draft RP/EA”) for the Chevron Mining Inc, Questa Mine (“Site”).
 
The Draft RP/EA was finalized recently by the New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT), the United States Department of Agriculture (represented by the Forest Service), and the United States Department of the Interior (represented by the

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: Report Shows Urgent Need To Act On Climate Change

on November 27, 2017 - 5:12am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment:
 
“The federal government’s comprehensive climate report confirms yet again the warnings we’ve heard from scientists for years. Here are a few of the findings:
  • The last 115 years have been the warmest in the history of modern civilization.
  • The last three years have been the warmest years on record – and that trend is expected to continue.
  • Human-generated greenhouse gases are almost certainly the cause – and there is no

Daily Postcard: Deer Sip Water In White Rock

on November 26, 2017 - 7:36am

Daily Postcard: Deer sip water from a bird bath in White Rock. Photo by Bob Reedy

Fishing Report: Nov. 21

on November 25, 2017 - 6:17am
By GEORGE MORSE 
​Sports and Outdoors 
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
After a brief period of cold weather with temperatures dropping down into the teens here in the Espanola Valley and in some mountain towns single digits, the weather has fallen back into a pattern of dry with above-average temperatures. This is not good news for the ski areas or for the winter snowpack. Some ski areas will open on a very limited basis with a base of man-made snow. Others are still waiting for more snow.

PEEC Gift Shop Provides Bounty To Nature Lovers

on November 24, 2017 - 12:14pm
PEEC volunteers are all set for Small Business Saturday. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

Since 2000, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has offered a multitude of programs to help Los Alamos residents get outside to explore and learn about the natural world around them.

Marketing Manager Sandra West said, “A dozen citizens with a dream to share the wonders of nature with their community started PEEC in 2000, but it wasn’t until 2005 that PEEC was able to operate out of a central space in an old LAPS building.

Early Morning Power Outage Marks Black Friday

on November 24, 2017 - 9:35am
A power outage at around 4 a.m. today affected a widespread area of homes at least from Barranca Mesa to Myrtle Street near downtown Los Alamos. The cause of the outage is as yet unknown, but lasted a couple of hours according to residents. This photo was taken with a wide-angle lens at about 4:45 this morning of a dark Los Alamos during the outage. This is looking across Pueblo Canyon toward downtown Los Alamos. There were a few cars on Diamond Drive crossing Pueblo Canyon in this shot, and the lights at the Laboratory are visible on the right.

Thanksgiving Is For The Birds!

on November 24, 2017 - 9:05am

Even the birds are enjoying a Thanksgiving meal, Thursday in Los Alamoa. Photo by Nancy Ann  Hibbs

Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Daily Postcard: Thanksgiving Sunrise

on November 23, 2017 - 9:07am

Daily Postcard: Thanksgiving sunrise taken from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: Valle Caldera Sunset

on November 22, 2017 - 7:32am

Daily Postcard: Sunset just beyond the Valle Grande. Photo by Marc Bailey

Tree Trimming Around Power Lines Underway

on November 21, 2017 - 11:11am

Courtesy photo

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.

This work will begin on North Road and Urban Street. In subsequent weeks, crews will move around neighborhoods in the North Community.

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.

Quantum Dots Amplify Light With Electrical Pumping

on November 21, 2017 - 8:20am

A collage showing a transmission electron microscopy image of the improved quantum dot and its representation, left, the schematic of the device, which nicely illustrates “current-focusing” idea, center, and the device under operation at right. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

Los Alamos achieves light amplification with electrically stimulated quantum dots, critical step towards solution-processible laser diodes

In a breakthrough development, Los Alamos scientists have shown that they can successfully amplify light using electrically excited films of the chemically synthesized semiconductor

Pearce: House Reforms Flood Insurance Program

on November 21, 2017 - 7:03am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP):
 
“The National Flood Insurance Program was created to better protect homeowners and businesses in high-risk flood zones because the private market simply wasn’t able to do it. Unfortunately, after 50 years, this program has become financially unstable and is in desperate need of reform.

Daily Postcard: Curious Deer Visits Local Backyard

on November 21, 2017 - 6:43am

Daily Postcard: A curious deer visits the backyard of a residence on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Eight Los Alamos Innovations Win R&D 100 Awards

on November 20, 2017 - 11:48am

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory projects won R&D 100 awards last week at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony. Courtesy/ R&D 100

 

LANL News:

  •  ‘Oscars of Invention’ honor the latest and best innovations of the past year

 

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies won R&D 100 Awards last week at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Orlando, Fla. 

 

“The R&D 100 Awards represent the breadth, depth and innovation of the science and engineering at our Laboratory.

‘Finally!’ Secretary Zinke Welcomes Confirmation Of Reclamation Nominee Brenda Burman

on November 20, 2017 - 8:55am
Brenda Burman
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed Brenda Burman as the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner. She is the first woman to ever lead the Bureau.
 
“Finally! After more than 142 days, I'm excited to welcome Brenda Burman to lead the Bureau of Reclamation,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Brenda is a veteran of the Bureau and her extensive experience on water projects across the country will be an incredible asset for the Department.

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees At Valles Caldera

on November 20, 2017 - 6:27am

VCNP News:

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will once again be helping the Valles Caldera National Preserve to thin overgrown forested areas to protect it from further large wildfires.   

These freshly cut trees will be available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the Valle Grande Entrance Station, off N.M. 4 between mile marker 39 and 40, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. Trees will be available through Dec. 17 unless sold out earlier. 

Visit the Los Amigos website, Facebook page or call the Entrance Station 505.670.1612 to check on tree supply before you drive to the preserve.

Local Photographer Spots Bighorn Sheep Near Pilar

on November 20, 2017 - 5:31am

A large ram is spotted eating grass over the weekend near a roadside in Pilar. The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is a species of sheep native to North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 14 kg (30 lb), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 140 kg (300 lb). Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: O. c. sierrae.

Daily Postcard: Large Hawk Spotted Near Urban

on November 20, 2017 - 5:04am

Daily Postcard: A large hawk is spotted this weekend in a tall tree near Urban Park. Photo by Bob Westervelt

Chamisa Elementary School Celebrates America Recycles Day Recycle Art Show 2017

on November 19, 2017 - 7:24am

Fashionistas with emcee Joyce Haven at the Chamisa Recycle Art Show Nov. 15 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

Caroline Khan models a shopping bag dress. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

Maison Griffin models an outfit using a recycled t-shirt and yarn. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

CHAMISA News:

The Chamisa Recycle Art Show was held Nov. 15 in celebration of America Recycles Day. Students created artwork made from recycled materials to display around the school.

The evening began with everyone participating in make & take art projects using trash items.

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunrise Spotted In White Rock

on November 19, 2017 - 5:45am

Daily Postcard: A colorful sunrise spotted Friday over White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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