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NMED Chief Scientist Presents 2015-16 Environmental Monitoring Of Gold King Mine Spill

on November 25, 2016 - 7:05pm

NMED’s Chief Scientist Dennis McQuillan. Courtesy photo

NMED News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Gold King Mine Spill Citizens’ Advisory Committee, based out of San Juan County, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in the San Juan College Student Center – SUNS Room (accessible through the Henderson Fine Arts Building).

New Mexico Environment Department’s Chief Scientist Dennis McQuillan will present a status update and multi-year review of activities related to New Mexico’s Long Term Monitoring Team’s activities.

The Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of 10 citizen volunteers from

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Like Walking On Mars

on November 25, 2016 - 9:14am

A recent hike to the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, reveals a 45,000-acre (18,000 ha) wilderness area in San Juan County in the four corners area of New Mexico. Established in 1984, this wilderness is a desolate area of steeply eroded badlands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, with the exception of three parcels of private Navajo land within its boundaries. Translated from the Navajo word Bistahí, Bisti means 'among the adobe formations.' De-Na-Zin takes its name from the Navajo words for 'cranes.' Petroglyphs of cranes have been found south of the Wilderness.

Legacy Cleanup Project Conducts First Public Meeting

on November 24, 2016 - 7:01am
At Fuller Lodge Wednesday night, David Rhodes, director of quality and regulatory compliance for the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office, gave a detailed account of last year’s activities and current priorities. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com
 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

With scant hope that additional funds may yet be found for the current year, the newly structured Los Alamos clean-up project under the revised compliance order with the state is gearing up for a long haul.

Public Meeting On Small Modular Reactor Technology

on November 24, 2016 - 6:49am

COUNTY News:

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) invite the community to a presentation from NuScale Power, the developer of small modular reactors. The public meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in the large meeting room at the Golf Course Building at 4244 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

Speakers include NuScale’s Chief Commercial Offcer Mike McGough, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Director of the Office of Civilian Nuclear Programs DV Rao, and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) CEO Doug Hunter.

At the direction of the Board of Public Utilities, DPU

Small Business Profile: PEEC Gift Shop At Nature Center Has Hidden Benefits

on November 23, 2016 - 9:19am

PEEC Gift Shop Manager Kate Barrere in front of the gift shop at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Sandra West

Staff Report

A major, undeniable benefit to life in Los Alamos is the outstanding scenery and unspoiled flora and fauna surrounding the community. For more than 10 years, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has strived to educate, celebrate, preserve and explore these natural wonders.

PEEC Marketing Manager Sandra West explained that the organization was founded in 2000 “by a group of dedicated citizens who had a vision of bringing a nature center to Los

AGU: Great Valley Found On Mercury

on November 23, 2016 - 8:40am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have discovered a new large valley on Mercury that may be the first evidence of buckling of the planet’s outer silicate shell in response to global contraction.
 
The researchers discovered the valley using a new high-resolution topographic map of part of Mercury’s southern hemisphere created by stereo images from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. The findings were reported in a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
 
The most likely explanation for Mercury’s Great Valley is buckling of the

Scenes From Recycle Fashion Show

on November 23, 2016 - 8:30am
Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Recycle Fashion Show was held Saturday, Nov. 19 at Fuller Lodge.
 
The fashionistas from Los Alamos Public Schools and the community participated in this annual event sponsored by Los Alamos County. This year, Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule coordinated with Los Alamos Public School's art teachers to promote the recycle poster contest. 
 
The two grand prize winners' posters chosen to adorn new waste trucks are Kylie Alvarez, fourth grader from Chamisa Elementary and Phillipa Fung, sixth grader from Barranca Elementary.
 

Interstate Stream Commission Accepts Jemez y Sangre Regional Water Plan

on November 22, 2016 - 6:50am
ISC News:
 
SANTA FE The Interstate Stream Commission accepted the Jemez y Sangre Regional Water Plan, Nov. 17.
 
The presentation of the plan by regional Steering Committee representatives, Santa Fe County Commissioner Kathy Holian and Water Resources Coordinator Andrew Erdmann of the City of Santa Fe Water Division, to the commission focused on the key water issues, collaborative strategies and regional recommendations for consideration in the state water plan update.
 
Members of the regional Steering Committees worked together to identify projects, programs and policies of

NMDOT Is Ready For Winter Weather

on November 22, 2016 - 6:02am

In 2015, NMDOT cews removed snow and ice from more than a million pass miles. Courtesy photo

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced this morning that crews are ready to clear the roads and highways as the state prepares for the winter weather season.

Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from more than a million pass miles.

“Safety is absolutely our number one priority,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “Our crews and equipment across the state are ready to respond to winter weather.

Letter To The Editor: The Value Of Solar

on November 21, 2016 - 12:04pm
By KAREN PARAMANANDAM
Positve Energy Solar
 
A new study could change the way Los Alamos DPU compensates solar producers. We should tread carefully.
 

Last week, the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities hosted a hearing on how to quantify the benefits that solar energy creates for our community. 

This is a crucial question. We all know that harvesting New Mexico’s bountiful sunshine can create a cleaner environment, but many of the biggest advantages of solar energy are economic:

  • Creating jobs;
  • Boosting property values; and
  • Reducing energy costs. 
 
Still, the new Los Alamos study

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