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Imposter Spotted At Los Alamos Residence

on December 18, 2017 - 11:33am

An imposter is spotted attempting to blend in with a trio of deer standing in the front yard of a residence last week on North Road. Photo by Nicolé Raddu Ferry

Reservoir, Access Road Closed Beginning In January

on December 18, 2017 - 10:47am

COUNTY News:

Pedestrian access to the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir and surrounding areas west of the Ice Rink off West Road will be closed in early January through the summer of 2018. 

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will construct a new 10-inch non-potable water pipeline from the reservoir along the reservoir access road and connect to the townsite’s non-potable water system.

Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing and working on the single dirt road rendering it and the surrounding area unsafe for hikers and/or cyclists.

Attorney General Balderas Announces $57 Million Clean Energy Jobs Package As Part Of Sagamore Wind Project

on December 18, 2017 - 8:48am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has reached an agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company, Western Resources Associates and Collation for Clean Affordable Energy on a $57 million jobs package as part of the Sagamore Wind Project.
 
The agreement will foster and expand skilled construction and environmental job opportunities throughout the State.

Udall Co-sponsored Bill To Restore Tribal Jurisdiction Over Domestic Violence To Children, Law Enforcement

on December 18, 2017 - 8:33am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the bipartisan Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) to build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) by extending protections to children and law enforcement personnel involved in domestic violence incidents on Tribal lands.
 
The bill also will enhance federal coordination of victim

Daily Postcard: Sunrise From Canyon Rim Trail

on December 18, 2017 - 8:18am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Sunday morning from Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Marc Bailey

SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico

SFNF Seeks Public Input On Master Plan For Trails In Los Alamos County

on December 17, 2017 - 5:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hopes to harness public passion for outdoor recreation to develop a master plan for Forest Service trails in Los Alamos County. 
 
Members of the public are invited to share their ideas and priorities for an integrated trail system at a meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.
 
The discussion will focus on the development of a master plan to preserve, maintain and provide public access to SFNF trails in and around Los Alamos.
 
“Trails connect us with each other, with our communities and with our

Daily Postcard: Pueblo Canyon Hike

on December 17, 2017 - 5:00am

Daily Postcard: A view Monday afternoon during a hike of lower Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Quorum Notice: Environmental Sustainability Board

on December 14, 2017 - 6:54am

COUNTY News: 

Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend the special Los Alamos County Council meeting at noon Friday, Dec. 15, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

A quorum may be present however no action will be taken.

The meeting is open to the public.

 

Lujan Grisham On Plan For Methane Mitigation Making New Mexico A Leader In Clean Energy Production

on December 13, 2017 - 8:50am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign announced a plan to create jobs and generate revenue for schools through methane mitigation by implementing a statewide methane rule that would cut waste and pollution at both new and existing oil and gas wells while creating jobs and generating revenue for schools.
 
“As governor, I’ll work to make New Mexico a national leader in clean energy by moving to renewable energies such as solar and wind and through innovative, smart policy and practices such as methane mitigation,” Grisham

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument

on December 13, 2017 - 6:46am

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument. On the way to Bandelier driving through White Rock, tune in to AM 1710 to get the latest park information. Photo by Miejsca Świata

AGU: New Simulations Suggest Meteors Explode From The Inside

on December 12, 2017 - 11:37am
AGU News:
 
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Researchers have identified an explosive new mechanism that breaks down meteors as they hurtle toward Earth.
 
New simulations of falling meteors suggest air particles penetrate the space rocks’ porous interiors as they careen through the atmosphere. These air particles create pockets of high pressure that ultimately lead the rock to explode from the inside, tens of kilometers above the Earth.
 
By uncovering this new way in which Earth’s atmosphere breaks up meteors, the new finding suggests the atmosphere may provide better protection against meteors than

Amateur Naturalist: Observing Birds Long Term

on December 12, 2017 - 10:58am
White-winged doves are increasing both in numbers and occupied areas. Photo by Bob Walker

 

By ROBERT DRYJA

Los Alamos
 
Citizen science refers to individuals collecting and submitting data to an organization that then collates the data from many people. The Ornithology Department of Cornell University has been collecting bird sightings for thirty years for the United States and Canada. The program is called “Project FeederWatch”. Participants provide weekly counts of the different species of birds that they see at their bird feeders during the winter months.

Why Did Some Sandoval County Commissioners Order $62,000 Oil And Gas Study They Don’t Plan To Use?

on December 12, 2017 - 10:48am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
Why is the Sandoval County spending $62,000 to pay for an oil and gas resource assessment of the County if it does not plan to use it?
 
In July 2016, the county entered into an agreement with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology costing taxpayers $62,009.07. Services include assessing potential oil and natural gas resources throughout Sandoval County as well as mapping aquifer distribution and depth to understand the effects of modern drilling on groundwater (which 90 percent of New Mexicans depend on for their drinking water in Albuquerque Basin Aquifer).
 

Daily Postcard: Deer Jump Fence On 48th Street

on December 12, 2017 - 4:55am
Daily Postcard: These deer jumped the fence Monday and spent time investigating the back yard of a home on 48th Street. Photo by Donna Reil
 
Photo by Donna Reil
 
Photo by Donna Reil

Environmental Services Holiday Closure Schedule

on December 11, 2017 - 3:05pm

COUNTY News: 

The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Additionally, there will be no residential or commercial trash and recycling collection service provided on the days denoted below. If the observed date falls on your normal trash day, place your materials out on the Wednesday of that same week.

For residents and businesses whose normal pickup day is Monday, leave your recycle and trash bins out Wednesday, Dec. 27 rather than Monday, Dec. 25. Similarly, leave trash and recycle bins out Wednesday, Jan. 3 rather than Monday, Jan. 1.

Update: LANL Public Meeting On Storm Water Project

on December 11, 2017 - 3:03pm

Guadalupe Fire Now 100 Percent Contained

on December 11, 2017 - 9:46am

SFNF News:

Here is the latest update on the Guadalupe Fire that ignited Dec. 8 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

Cause: Human.

Size: 6.3 acres, 100 percent contained.

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District office at 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and is contained as of Sunday, Dec 10.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged

UNM Ski Team Competes In Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend At Sipapu Ski Area

on December 11, 2017 - 8:59am

UNM Ski Team competes last Saturday and Sunday in Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Los Alamos Ski Racing Team Coach Lisa Kimura Lisa Kimura, left, Aidan Ortiz, Chris Schembri and Alex Pantea all competed last Saturday and Sunday in the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Scene from the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Scene from the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Scene from the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu

Daily Postcard: Coyote Spotted In Pueblo Canyon

on December 11, 2017 - 6:59am

An underweight coyote with sparse fur was spotted Sunday morning on the north side of Pueblo Canyon. This is the coyote discussed in Fr. Glenns column (link) ‘Lessons From a Coyote’ this week. Photo by Marc Bailey
 

New Tool Helps Residential Consumers Understand Transactions For Rooftop Solar Energy Systems

on December 10, 2017 - 7:12am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  As a component of his consumer protection initiatives, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released a draft of a powerful tool aimed at helping New Mexico consumers better understand purchasing solar power systems for their homes: Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.
 
During the 2017 Legislative Session, a bill was passed to ensure homeowners who sought to put solar on their roof-tops would have all the information they would need to make an informed financial decision.

Fr. Glenn: Lessons From A Coyote

on December 10, 2017 - 7:09am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Walking across our frigid parking lot last Thursday morning, as I often do I saw a coyote trotting along the edge in that characteristic coyote lope … returning from her journey to who-knows-where (likely scavenging around the high school … gnawing on tender freshmen now and again?) But this isn’t just any ol’ coyote; she’s the same one I’ve seen skulking about since early spring—easily recognized by an apparent malady reducing her fur to a minimum.

Update: Guadalupe Fire In Jemez Ranger District

on December 9, 2017 - 4:24pm

SFNF News:

The Guadalupe Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Start Date: Dec. 8

Cause: Human

Size: 6.2 acres, 40 percent contained

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Smoke is visible as far south as Rio Rancho. Travelers along FR 376 need to be mindful of fire personnel and equipment in the area.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District Office 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec 8.

Resources on-scene: Three engines with

NNSA, Air Force Complete Two B61-12 Life Extension Program Test Flights At Tonopah Test Range

on December 9, 2017 - 5:23am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the U.S Air Force announced the completion of two qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity bomb at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.
 
Completed Nov. 7-8, these tests continue a series of qualification flight tests that will be conducted over the next three years. 
 
“These tests continue to demonstrate that the B61-12 meets requirements and marks another on-time achievement for the B61-12 Life Extension Program,” said Brig. Gen.

Voices Of Los Alamos Targets Chromium Plume Safety

on December 9, 2017 - 4:49am
By BARBARA CALEF
League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

Because the existence of a chromium plume in the regional aquifer below Sandia and Mortendad Canyons has been a source of concern for citizens of northern New Mexico, Voices of Los Alamos asked experts to discuss the problem at a Nov. 27 meeting.

Danny Katzman is the Technical Program Director for LANL’s chromium project and a hydrogeologist. Katzman began by saying that he was working on a way to explain the complicated technical project, putting together FAQs (frequently asked questions) for the DOE website. This is now posted here.

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