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NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Completes Analysis Of Sitewide Environmental Impact Statement

on April 19, 2018 - 8:16am

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has completed and posted a Supplement Analysis for the 2008 “Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico” (SWEIS).

The document provides an analysis of changes in operations at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since the publication of the 2008 SWEIS, which covered the period from 2008 through 2017.

It also evaluates the continued adequacy of the 2008 SWEIS for the future of LANL operations from 2018 through 2022.

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Weekly Fishing Report: April 19

on April 19, 2018 - 7:05am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The fickle spring weather has been something anglers have to deal with here in Northern New Mexico. Some days the wind blows so hard fishing is difficult at best. On others the wind is quite tolerable and may actually help the fishing by stirring up the water a bit. Mornings are usually less windy than afternoons, but Tuesday the wind was already blowing in the morning.
 
Last week there was a spike in the streamflow on the Rio Grande April 11 where the flow nearly tripled in just two days. This had me scratching my head.

National Parks Adventure Premieres On PEEC’s New Planetarium Projector April 21

on April 19, 2018 - 7:04am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center is bringing the National Parks Adventure to its planetarium at 2 p.m., April 21 after the Earth Day festival and will be the first full-dome film to be shown on the new planetarium projector.
 
The power of America’s national parks is undeniable. Millions have packed up the family to hike through impossibly lush forests, to gaze upon towering cliffs and deep-plunging canyons, to witness the breathtaking arcs of natural history, and, to share moments of wonder amid the protected treasures of this land.
 
A MacGillivray Freeman

Adobe Brick Making Community Days In May

on April 19, 2018 - 7:00am
Get dirty in Santa Fe for four days in May at Historic Santa Fe Foundation. Courtesy photo
 
HSFF News:
 
For the first two Saturdays of the month – May 5 and May 12 – staff and volunteers will set up the hands-on workshop/demonstration in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors with the third and fourth Saturdays – May 19 and May 26 – hosted at San Miguel Chapel.
 
All Saturday events will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and people of all ages are welcome to visit, ask questions and participate in making traditional adobe bricks.

Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day Exhibitors Register Free Until May 31

on April 19, 2018 - 6:32am
Scence from a ScienceFest day with attendees enjoying STEAM-related exhibits. Courtesy photo
 
Scence from a ScienceFest day of a STEAM exhibitor talking with a young attendee. Courtesy photo
 
SCIENCEFEST News:
 
Each year, thousands flock to Los Alamos for the three-time award-winning ScienceFest, which celebrates New Mexico’s past and present contributions to science and fosters science curiosity for future generations.
 
This year’s event is sponsored by New Mexico Magazine and runs July 11-15 with a “Science Rules in Los Alamos” theme.
 
Discovery Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Daily Postcard: American Robin Visits 48th Street

on April 19, 2018 - 5:29am

Daily Postcard: American Robin spotted perching in a tree Wednesday on 48th Street ... Spring is here ... maybe? Photo by Donna Reil

U.S. Senate Passes 'Kids To Parks Day' Resolution

on April 18, 2018 - 9:50pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) applauded the passage of a bipartisan resolution that encourages children to get outdoors by designating May 19 National Kids to Parks Day.
 
First celebrated by the National Park Trust in 2011, the eighth annual Kids to Parks Day marks the beginning of a summer-long series of events at parks countrywide that promote outdoor recreation and active, healthy living.
 
“Our national parks and public lands are outdoor classrooms with endless opportunities to learn and make memories,”

Jemez Springs Hosts Earth Day Cleanup Event, Evening Star Party April 21

on April 18, 2018 - 3:37pm
JEMEZ SPRINGS News:
 
In honor of Earth Day, Jemez Sustainable Solutions in Jemez Springs, New Mexico is hosting its annual cleanup event 9 a.m. to noon, April 21, along the Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway, and invites the public to participate.
 
That evening at 8 p.m., the Village in cooperation with the Pajarito Astronomy Club will host the Village’s first star party in years. The day time clean up event will take place between the Trail House in Cañon, NM at mile marker nine - along the Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway - and continue past Jemez Springs to La Cueva, NM at mile marker 35.
 

NMED Hearing On Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Discharge Permit Slated For Thursday

on April 18, 2018 - 3:25pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will hold a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider Discharge Permit DP-1132 prepared in response to a discharge plan submitted by the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

LANL: One Step Closer To Understanding Explosive Sensitivity With Molecule Design

on April 18, 2018 - 9:27am

LANL scientists from left, Daniel Preston, Virginia Manner and Geoff Brown prepare a drop-weight impact test on an explosive PETN derivative. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Explosives have an inherent problem – they should be perfectly safe for handling and storage but detonate reliably on demand. Using computer modeling and a novel molecule design technique, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have replaced one “arm” of an explosive molecule to help unravel the first steps in the detonation process and better understand its sensitivity – how easily it begins a violent reaction.

“It

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