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Sevanto Is Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on September 28, 2017 - 9:21am
Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Sanna Sevanto was the top predictor as well the fastest female finisher on the 3 mile trail course in the weekly pace race held on the trails behind the Aquatic Center. 
 
She had a 22 second difference under her predicted time from her actual time of 27:20. Other accurate predictors were: Tamara Jurado at 24 seconds off, Ryan Smeltzer with a 32 second differential and the top finisher on the 3 mile course with a time of 23:47, Zach Medin recorded a 33 second difference, and Laura Woodroffe was 44 seconds off.
 
On the 1 mile paved course Citla Nava was

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 28

on September 28, 2017 - 9:19am
By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
It’s definitely beginning to feel like fall. I’ve had reports of bull elk bugling and the leaves on the aspen trees are beginning to turn. Time to be outdoors and experience the beauty of fall here in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
 
Before getting started on the fishing report, I’d like to make a comment on something that has been bugging me for a long time.

Nature Center Talk: Sally King Presents Bandelier’s Recent Pika Population Research

on September 28, 2017 - 8:34am

An adult pika perched on a rock. Photo by Sally King/NPS

PEEC News:

What does the future hold for pikas in the Jemez Mountains? Bandelier Interpretive Ranger Sally King will share results from recent research on the elusive American Pika at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

This presentation is free thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Bandelier National Monument.

King will discuss the natural history of this remarkable critter and share photos and newly released data from studies conducted at Bandelier.

Enjoy Bandelier And Other Public Lands With No Entrance Fee On National Public Lands Day Saturday

on September 28, 2017 - 6:45am
Take a walk to see Ancestral Pueblo dwellings on Bandelier's Main Loop Trail. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day (Sept. 30) is generally billed as the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
 
Saturday, Sept. 30, thousands of people will do volunteer work such as trail maintenance and litter pickup, while others make a special point of taking the day to enjoy the public lands that belong to everyone. To celebrate this special day, many federal lands, and some state parks as well, offer free admission.
 
At Bandelier

PEEC Brings New Film To Planetarium

on September 28, 2017 - 6:42am
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing a new full-dome planetarium film to the Los Alamos Nature Center this weekend.
 
The new film Dark Matter Mystery premieres at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and be accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Joyce Guzik. This new movie will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
 
What do astronomers mean when they say 27% of the observable universe is made of dark matter, and only 5% is the visible matter that we can see?

Geology Outing With Patrick Rowe To Windmill Fossil Site And Shark’s Tooth Ridge Oct. 14

on September 28, 2017 - 6:42am
A Pebble Pup and parent show off what they found while exploring the windmill site with Patrick Rowe last fall. Pebble Pups is a geology club for youth ages 6 to 10. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Saturday, Oct. 14, local geologist Patrick Rowe will lead an outing to the Cabezon Peak area in search of geological treasures at two sites.
 
Participants can expect to find minerals and marine fossils at the windmill site, and Shark’s Tooth Ridge is aptly named for the fossilized teeth from five species of Cretaceous Period sharks that the group will find.

BPU, Council Weigh Finance Options For Replacing White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant

on September 28, 2017 - 6:17am

At left, DPU Deputy Manager Jack Richardson and DPU Manager Tim Glasco present finance options available for replacement of the White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Sept. 21 BPU and Council joint meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

BY KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

The wastewater treatment plant in White Rock needs to be replaced and a discussion on how to finance the project was held during the Los Alamos County Council and Board of Public Utilities (BPU) joint work session Tuesday, Sept.

Cuba Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns This Fall

on September 28, 2017 - 6:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Oct. 10 and Dec. 31, 2017.
 
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Cuba District:
  • Diego treatment area, 386 acres north of the community of Gilman and east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp;
  • La Jara treatment area, 338 acres northeast of the community of La Jara; and
  • Cedar Springs

ESB Tables Roll Cart Ordinance To Seek More Input

on September 28, 2017 - 6:13am

A local resident speaking during public comment at the Environmental Sustianability Board meeting Sept. 21 holds up motion detected lights that she uses to dissuade bears from visiting her home. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

Members of the community turned out for the Environmental Sustainability Board meeting Sept. 21. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

The proposed amendments to the Los Alamos County ordinance for preventing wildlife getting into trash cans ignited a firestorm of debate within the

Daily Postcard: Ashley Pond Fountain

on September 28, 2017 - 5:47am

Daily Postcard: Ashley Pond Fountain in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Nicholas Seet

ESB And Eco Station Staff Conduct Walk Through Recyle Audit Of Roll Carts In White Rock Neighborhoods Friday

on September 27, 2017 - 5:21pm

COUNTY News:

Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board and staff from the Los Alamos County Eco Station will conduct a walk through of neighborhoods in White Rock Friday, Sept. 29 to survey recycle roll carts at the curb.

They are checking the carts for the volume of recycling placed in them, in order to assist them in evaluating options for route pick up and frequency of the future brush roll carts that will be added to the system and distributed next year.

 

NNSA: No Risk Of An Inadvertent Criticality At LANL From Aug. 18 Event

on September 27, 2017 - 10:52am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Reaction has been widespread to a memorandum issued Sept. 1 by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board regarding what it calls a criticality safety event that occurred Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials are now saying that the amount of material involved was well within parameters known to be safe and that there was no risk of an inadvertent criticality at any time.

The DNFSB memorandum indicates that the event occurred in the casting

PEEC Organizes Natural Arch Hike Oct. 8

on September 27, 2017 - 9:21am
Natural Arch. Photo by Chris Swanson
 
PEEC News:
 
Have you seen the rather elusive natural arch? Sunday, Oct. 8, avid hiker Chris Swanson will lead an afternoon hike to the local window rock. This hike is about two miles round trip with around 400 feet of elevation gain.
 
To participate, register online at www.peecnature.org. Afterward, meet Chris and other hikers at 1 p.m., Oct. 8 at Mitchell Trailhead (corner of Arizona and 45th streets). Participants need to bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen and good hiking shoes or boots.
 
Swanson is a long time avid hiker and trail runner

Prescribed Burn Set To Start In Gallinas Watershed

on September 27, 2017 - 9:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  A prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District may begin today. 
 
The decision to burn on Wednesday will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. 
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-intensity wildfire. 
 
The 800-acre Gallinas Watershed treatment area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of

Chick Keller To Lead Final Wildflower Walk Of 2017

on September 27, 2017 - 7:57am
Wildflower expert Chick Keller leads the last wildflower walk of the season Oct. 2. Photo by Thomas Graves Photography
 
PEEC News:
 
What is blooming now on the Pajarito Plateau? Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 for an easy walk to identify local wildflower species.
 
This last wildflower walk of the season is free and no advance registration is required. Participants receive a plant list that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify the late blooming wildflowers in

SFNF: Why It Makes Sense To Manage Wildfires Now

on September 27, 2017 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of three unplanned lightning-caused wildfires to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including safer communities and healthier forests and watersheds. 
 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District and Palmer Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are being managed for resource benefit, part of a national strategy to use low-intensity fire under optimal conditions to reduce the frequency, size and duration of future wildfires. 
 

Outdoor Nature Loom Project And Workshop Oct. 4

on September 27, 2017 - 7:43am
A Nature Loom created from sticks and leaves that caught the artist’s interest. Photo by Liz Martineau
 
PEEC News:

An eight-foot tall Nature Loom will be added Oct. 4 to the Los Alamos Nature Center’s outdoor nature play area.

To celebrate, teacher and artist Liz Martineau is holding a nature loom workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Participants will create their own small nature loom and contribute to the community loom. Space in the workshop is limited, so sign up soon at peecnature.org.
 
The workshop is limited to 15 people.

NNSA Collaborates With South African Firm On Groundbreaking Conversion To Low-Enriched Uranium-Based Molybdenum-99 Production

on September 27, 2017 - 7:23am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (NTP) completed conversion of their critical medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) in August.
 
“South Africa and NTP Radioisotopes have demonstrated outstanding global leadership in completing this lengthy and technically challenging Mo-99 conversion project,” said David Huizenga, the NNSA’s acting deputy administrator

Daily Postcard: Looking Down Rendija Canyon

on September 27, 2017 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: Spectacular view Sunday from Rendija Canyon. Photo by Josh Smith

DOE Extends Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on September 26, 2017 - 4:50pm

EM-LA News:

The U.S. Department of Energy today extended the Environmental Management - Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract by a period of six months.

The period of extension is valued at approximately $65 million. With the extension, the contract will expire March 31, 2018.

The contract was originally set to expire Sept. 30, 2017. The Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract is a Cost-Plus-Award Fee (CPAF) contract that is for the purpose of providing environmental remediation services at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The cleanup work is

Researchers Find New Way To Manipulate Magnetism

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am
Schematic shows how different energies of argon (Ar) ions bombarding a thin film of cobalt (Co) sandwiched between platinum (Pt) layers can twist or rotate the spin of electrons in a particular direction, by controlling an effect known as the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI). Credit: NIST
 
NIST News:
 
In a pioneering effort to control, measure and understand magnetism at the atomic level, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered a new method for manipulating the nanoscale properties of magnetic materials.
 
The ability to

PEEC: Los Luceros Birding Trip Oct. 7

on September 26, 2017 - 8:50am

The Rio Grande at Los Luceros. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a special opportunity Saturday, Oct. 7 to go birding at New Mexico Historic Site Los Luceros.

The trip will be led by expert birder Joe Fitzgibbon, and is $10 per person for PEEC members and $12 per person for all others. This birding trip is limited to 12 participants, and expected to fill quickly.

Los Luceros is a local gem of the New Mexico Historic Sites, and was once nominated as an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). More than 150 bird species have been seen at Los Luceros,

Prescribed Fire Training Planned In October On Bureau Of Land Management And State Trust Lands

on September 26, 2017 - 7:01am
BLM News:
 
PENASCO  Taos BLM, the New Mexico State Land Office, The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network, and the Forest Stewards Guild are organizing a prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) to safely return fire to approximately 500 acres of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper forests state trust and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of Peñasco.
 
This burn is training new firefighters who will be working alongside highly qualified and experienced firefighters. The TREX also offers advanced training opportunities in a learning environment.

Secretary Zinke Declares October National Hunting And Fishing Month

on September 26, 2017 - 6:53am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has declared October will officially be recognized as National Hunting and Fishing Month at the Department. National Hunting and Fishing Day – is Sept. 23 each year.
 
Zinke championed the order to recognize the lasting and positive impact of hunters and anglers on wildlife and habitat conservation in America. This order comes on the heels of several major sportsmen actions from Interior including Wednesday'sannouncement of the addition of 600 acres of land in Arizona's

NMED Confirms Lifting 'Boil Water Advisory' For Artesia Municipal System, Morningside Users Coop

on September 26, 2017 - 6:50am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming that the Artesia Municipal Water System has met the requirements to lift the “boil water advisory” for the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative located in Eddy County.
 
Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative were required to issue the advisory Sept. 16, 2017 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for E. coli was discovered in drinking water at the Artesia water system.

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