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Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Eyes Area G

on January 31, 2016 - 12:53pm

Canisters with profiles similar to the one that erupted at WIPP are kept in LANL's Dome 375 at Area G in a controlled environment under careful surveillance. Courtesy/DOE
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board plans to perform a comprehensive review of emergency preparedness and response programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the next few weeks.

“We’ve been informed by the DNFSB that they’re planning on holding some hearings out here sometime in the March time frame associated with Area G,” said Doug Hintze, Environmental Management

Bandelier Backcountry Trails Talk At Nature Center

on January 31, 2016 - 10:18am
Bandelier at dawn. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:

Trail work leader Kevin Stillman at Bandelier National Monument will present a talk detailing where to find water, the best places to camp and the things to see in Bandelier’s extensive backcountry.

Stillman's talk is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend and no registration is required.
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

Major Archaeology Site Near Santa Fe Debuts Website

on January 31, 2016 - 8:07am

The Arroyo Hondo Pueblo project resulted in several Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations as well as nine published monographs covering various aspects of the research. Courtesy photo

Extensive archaeological research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. Courtesy photo

SAR News:

  • Photographs, history and research on Arroyo Hondo website

SANTA FE – About 1300 C.E., a small pueblo just minutes south of present day Santa Fe, rapidly transformed from a 100-room hamlet to a 1,000-room pueblo boomtown.

Extensive archaeological research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, directed by Douglas Schwartz, disclosed

Moon Was Produced By Head-on Collision Between Earth And A Forming Planet

on January 30, 2016 - 10:16am

Paul Warren, Edward Young (holding sample of a rock from the moon) and Issaku Kohl. Photo by Christelle Snow/UCLA

UCLA News:

  • UCLA-led research reconstructs massive crash, which took place 4.5 billion years ago

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists and colleagues report.

Scientists had already known about this high-speed crash, which occurred almost 4.5 billion years ago, but many thought the Earth collided with Theia (pronounced THAY-eh) at

Community Seed Swap Sunday Feb. 7 & 14

on January 29, 2016 - 9:25am


UCLA News:

The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is hosting its annual community seed swap.

The swap is 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday Feb. 7 and 14, at the church at 195 East Road, Suite 101.


  • Bring only packets of seeds you wish to give away entirely. You may not get any back!
  • Take only enough seeds to use in one growing season.
  • If you are sharing seeds you’ve saved from your garden, please mark them clearly with the name of the plant and the year from which they were saved.

Participation is FREE. For more information, contact the church office at 505.662.2346, or email

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Prosperity Builds On Regulation

on January 29, 2016 - 7:46am

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Prosperity Builds On Regulation

A popular sound bite says “kill regulation” so prosperity will rise. Regulation is likened to a stalking horse brought out to snatch away property rights. Yet in history, property rights are created by regulation. Why do these stories sound so conflicting?

As usual, the message heard depends on which scraps of the whole story are told. Huge amounts are left out in boosting policy preferences.        

The pride of our nation is the rule of law. “Rule” means regulation.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Selection Of Valles Caldera, Bandelier For National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project

on January 28, 2016 - 4:12pm

Sen. Tom Udall in September at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/


  • Funding award will engage Tribal youth in forest restoration, public lands preservation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier National Monument have been selected to participate in the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project.

The National Park Service (NPS) has selected 69 projects at 63 parks nationwide to highlight during its centennial

Sea Monsters At Nature Center Saturday & Sunday

on January 28, 2016 - 8:07am

For more information, click here.

Café Scientifique Launching Two-Part Series About Mars

on January 28, 2016 - 7:01am
TSCN News:
Café Scientifique, New Mexico’s portion of the Teen Science Café Network, is gearing up for a two-part series of cafés about Mars.
The first café is 7 p.m., Feb. 2 at the YMCA Teen Center in Los Alamos. The second café is 7 p.m., Feb. 23 in Taos at the Mural Room of the old county courthouse and will be presented on Human Landing sites on Mars.
Suzi Montaño and Steve Johnstone from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3) work on the Curiosity rover ChemCam team, and will present on the state of manned missions to Mars, and how close to a

Feedback Sought On Brush And Bulk Item Collection

on January 28, 2016 - 6:51am
The County is seeking community feedback on the brush and bulk item collection program in Los Alamos County.
Visit the Open Forum link.