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Chandler: Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Project

on April 8, 2018 - 10:15am
By GEORGE CHANDLER
Los Alamos

When I first heard our utilities department was considering buying into a Small Modular (Nuclear) Reactor (SMR) project I was pleased.

I think most physicists, of my generation at least, secretly harbor the hope that nuclear power will be redeemed and fulfill the promise of virtually unlimited clean power that we grew up with.

I believe the SMR movement (there are several brands of SMR under development) has legs, and will go a long way toward the bright future my boyhood heroes promised.

Astronomy Show: Night Sky And Dark Night Preview

on April 8, 2018 - 9:13am

Steve Becker presents a tour of the heavens Friday in the Planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center  This event is a preview for the Pajarito Astronomers’ Dark Night program the following night. Photo by Minesh Bacrania

PEEC News:

Take an interactive tour of the heavens with Steve Becker and a preview of what can be seen at the Pajarito Astronomers’ Dark Night program the following evening, including Venus and Jupiter.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13 in the Planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

The Pajarito Astronomers’ Dark Night program begins at

More Scenes From Petree Garden Center Opening

on April 8, 2018 - 8:01am

Scene from the grand opening of Petree Garden Center Saturday at 2470 East Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from the grand opening of Petree Garden Center Saturday at 2470 East Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from the grand opening of Petree Garden Center Saturday at 2470 East Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from the grand opening of Petree Garden Center Saturday at 2470 East Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from the grand opening of Petree Garden Center Saturday at 2470 East Road.

Daily Postcard: Tyson Arrowsmith Spots Lizard

on April 8, 2018 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: Tyson Arrowsmith, 4, spots a lizard clinging to the wall of a home on Rio Bravo in Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo by Mary Arrowsmith

Petree Garden Center Officially Opens For Business!

on April 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
From left, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann, Petree Garden Center General Manager Laural Hardin, County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, Hardin's husband Jeremy Smith and others snip the ceremonial red ribbon this morning to officially open Petree Garden Center at 2470 East Road. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Petree Garden Center General Manager Laural Hardin speaks with Metzger's Do It Best General Manager David Jolly this morning before the ribbon cutting ceremony.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Master Gardeners

on April 7, 2018 - 1:24pm

On the job in Los Alamos this morning are members of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners conducting their annual spring gardening at the Demonstration Garden on the corner of Central Avenue and Oppenheimer Drive. Master Gardeners from left, Melissa Theesfeld, Susie Duncan and Judy Magelssen who each graduated from the Master Gardener Program last year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

On the job this morning at the Demo Garden is Masrter Gardener Pallis Papin. She has been a member of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners for seven years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

On the job this

Environment Department Air Quality Bureau Develops Dust Mitigation Plan And Fugitive Dust Control Rule

on April 7, 2018 - 7:02am
NMED News:
 
The Air Quality Bureau has developed a draft dust mitigation plan and proposed fugitive dust control rule for Doña Ana and Luna counties in southern New Mexico.
 
Mitigation plans are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in areas where recurring natural events (in this case, high winds resulting in blowing dust) cause exceedances of the health based national standards for Particulate Matter. 
 
Some of the required elements of a mitigation plan include:
  • Steps to identify and study sources of dust;
  • Mandatory or voluntary control measures to abate

New Mexico To Receive National Recognition For Wind Energy Leadership

on April 7, 2018 - 6:51am
AWEA News:
 
SANTA FE ― The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will publically release its 2017 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report 10–11 a.m., April 17, at New Mexico State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe.
 
AWEA will reveal national wind industry progress in 2017 and highlight New Mexico’s wind power leadership, including a major achievement by the state last year.
 
AWEA’s CEO Tom Kiernan will highlight:
  • New national and state data on the growth of wind power, jobs, economic and environmental benefits;
  • New Mexico’s standing in terms of wind power growth;
  • How wind

April Activities And Alcove House Closure At Bandelier National Monument

on April 7, 2018 - 6:05am
NPS News:
 
Bandelier has one of the largest concentrations of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work in the country. In April of 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the CCC to give thousands of Americans environmental conservation work during the Great Depression.
 
Come celebrate "CCC Day" at 10 a.m. Saturday April 7, at Bandelier. Kevin Stillman, Trails Work Leader, will present a cross cut saw demonstration and give visitors the opportunity to get some hands on, saw time. 
 
Preservation Specialist, JT Stark, will give a guided walk through the historic CCC district

Daily Postcard: Claret Cup Cactus Blooms At Bandelier

on April 7, 2018 - 5:56am

The Piñon-Juniper Woodland has a wide range of plant life including this claret cup cactus. Photo by Sally King/NPS

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