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NMED Finds Marked Improvement In RCRA Violations At LANL For 2017

on April 4, 2018 - 4:51pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Results of the annual Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) inspection for 2017 by the New Mexico Environment Department indicate only five violations for proper management of hazardous waste for the year under Los Alamos National Laboratory’s RCRA Hazardous Waste Operating Permit, a marked improvement from previous years.

LANL’s chief spokesman said Wednesday that overall, this year’s annual RCRA inspection by the State shows improvement in Lab performance from past years, as evidenced by fewer non-compliances.

“That

Public Astronomy Dark Night April 14

on April 4, 2018 - 2:41pm
PAJARITO ASTRONOMERS News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding their first County-Sponsored Dark Night or 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.  
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Venus, as well as Jupiter and its moons will potentially be visible during the evening.
 
There will be a tour of the late-winter and spring constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Weekly Fishing Report: April 4

on April 4, 2018 - 2:37pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The 2018-2019 fishing season began Sunday, April 1. Anglers will need to purchase a new fishing license for this season.
 
Licenses may be purchased from vendors across the state or obtained online by visiting the State Game and Fish Department’s website: onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us
 
Streamflows throughout Northern New Mexico remain below normal which makes for good fishing conditions on streams that otherwise would be swollen with spring runoff this time of year.

Sen. Jeff Steinborn Presses Governor, State Agencies On Nuclear Waste Storage Facility Preparedness

on April 4, 2018 - 8:54am

New Mexico Sen. Jeff Steinborn

 

New Mexico State Democrats News:

...Presents Letters Asking State Agencies for Prompt Response to Allow Legislators and Residents to Become Informed and Participate in Public Comment Period

LAS CRUCES – Sen. Jeff Steinborn, the Chair of New Mexico’s Legislative Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Interim Committee, sent letters Tuesday to Gov.

Daily Postcard: Deer Spotted On 40th Street

on April 4, 2018 - 8:11am

Daily Postcard: A deer is spotted recently with a small herd milling around 40th Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Deer form a line to cross the road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Anne Marie White Sworn In As Assistant Secretary For Environmental Management

on April 3, 2018 - 12:42pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Anne Marie White was sworn in March 29 as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the U.S. Department of Energy.
 
As Assistant Secretary, White will provide leadership to continue the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. She will work closely with communities that have partnered with DOE and its predecessor agencies for many decades. 
 
“It’s an honor to serve as Assistant Secretary of Energy for EM,” White said.

Water Is Life In New Mexico: Museum Collaborates On Statewide Groundwater Project

on April 3, 2018 - 7:55am
View of Rio Grande. Courtesy/NM Dept. of Cultural Affairs
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) has joined the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources in a statewide collaborative groundwater monitoring network. The Museum will host one of the many monitoring locations for the project and serve as an important educational outlet.
 
Water shortages have been commonplace in communities across New Mexico over the past several years and the state lacks sufficient groundwater level measurements for many regions.

Amateur Naturalist: Cerro Grande Peak – Five Ecological Settings As Parts Of A Play

on April 3, 2018 - 7:52am
Major ecological settings on the south slope are on a stage called Cerro Grande. Courtesy/Robert Dryja
 
Amateur Naturalist: Cerro Grande Peak―Five Ecological Settings As Parts Of A Play
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
The southern flank of the Cerro Grande Peak has five ecological settings in which plants and animals live out their lives. Exploring through these settings to the top of Cerro Grande is like watching the parts of a play unfold. This play is called “A Hike to the Top”.  
 
Scene 1 begins at the start of the Cerro Grande trail by Highway 4. The forest is dispersed among ponderosa pine

Daily Postcard: Saturday Sunrise Over Los Alamos

on April 3, 2018 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: The sunrise Saturday morning over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

County Offers Bear Proof Trash Carts To Residents

on April 2, 2018 - 3:34pm
Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Division Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda checks out a bear proof trash cart available to residents later this month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Bears and trash cans pose a major problem. Animals that frequently dumpster dive for food spell trouble for residents and it can be fatal for bears.
 
To prevent potential harm to people, property and pets as well as bears, Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Division (ESD), in partnership with the New

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