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LANL: Innovative Detectors Pinpoint Radiation Source

on March 22, 2018 - 9:16am
A small, fast and accurate novel radiation detector developed at Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Innovative “lighthouse” detectors that use a sweeping beam to quickly pinpoint a radiation source in seconds are reducing radiation exposure for workers and opening up new areas for robotic monitoring to avoid potential hazards.
“It’s easier to find a needle in a haystack if the haystack is small,” said Jonathan Dowell, a Los Alamos scientist and inventor of the detector.

Weekly Fishing Report: March 22

on March 22, 2018 - 9:09am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
On the first day of spring here in the Espanola Valley, the apricot trees are beginning to bloom. Sunday was a raw and nasty day, with strong winds, cold temperatures and blowing snow.
Fortunately, the timing was good, as the track meets and softball games that happened Saturday didn’t have to deal with those harsh conditions.
Springtime sports and fishing trips can be something of a gamble this time of year, as the weather can be warm and sunny, then turn nasty and cold in the blink of an eye.

NM Gets $22 Million For Sportsmen & Conservation

on March 22, 2018 - 8:37am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday $22,031,929 in funding to New Mexico to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects.
The announcement is part of $1.1 billion in annual national funding going to state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts. To date, more than $20.2 billion in funds, which are authorized by Congress, have been distributed to U.S. states and territories.
New Mexico apportionments include

DOE Completes Unremediated Nitrate Salts Treatment At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on March 22, 2018 - 8:10am
A worker manipulates a glove box used to treat unremediated nitrate salt waste. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
DOE’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and contractor Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) collaborated with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to successfully complete treatment of 27 unremediated nitrate salt (UNS) drums at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
The drums contained nitrate salt waste that had not previously been treated.
“Multiple organizations shared the commitment of treating the UNS drums safely,” EM-LA

Pearce Helps Push Largest Wind Farm Project In New Mexico Across The Finish Line

on March 22, 2018 - 7:58am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement Wednesday after the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) approved the Sagamore wind project in Roosevelt County by a unanimous vote:
“I’m pleased to hear that the Sagamore wind project has been approved for Roosevelt County. This project will lead to the largest wind farm in New Mexico history, significantly increasing economic output.

Journey To Halt Allergies Leads To Startup Company Knoze Jr. Corp

on March 22, 2018 - 7:51am

Cliff Han, owner of startup company Knoze Jr. Corp., said he can now enjoy the outdoors allergy-free due to his prebiotic lollipop, which nurtures bacteria in the body to combat allergies. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/



One evening in March 2014, Los Alamos resident Cliff Han was attending a retreat and started to tear up during a talk.

He went outside for a break, but more tears arose accompanied by sneezing and a tightness in the chest. He realized his tears were not in fact caused by the speaker’s moving story, but by the pollen from the surrounding trees.

Until that

Daily Postcard: Fish Hook Barrel Cactus

on March 22, 2018 - 7:32am

Daily Postcard: A fish hook barrel cactus spotted recently along the Deer Trap hiking trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

New Marketing Manager Joins PEEC

on March 21, 2018 - 6:50pm
Rachel Landman in Alaska. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is very pleased to announce that Rachel Landman of Albuquerque has taken the marketing manager position vacated when Sandra West decided to move to an education and sustainability role at PEEC.
Landman is transitioning into the role this month, and will be working full time at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Landman has a wide variety of marketing experience, along with an environmental education background.

Spring Break Visitation Soars At Bandelier

on March 21, 2018 - 2:12pm
Frijoles Canyon in 1917. Courtesy/NPS
Visitation is rising along with spring temperatures. During the months of March and April, Bandelier National Monument is a popular destination for spring break travelers. Why not arrive early, before 10 a.m. to avoid crowded parking lots?
A walk along the Main Loop Trail in the morning and a shorter wait for a climb up one of the ladders might be a bit more relaxing. If arriving after 3 p.m. is a better option, then your visit must conclude by sunset, at about 7 p.m.
The café in Frijoles Canyon, while not open yet, will

CIR Panel Talk On Energy’s Global Future March 29

on March 21, 2018 - 2:09pm

Gov. Bill Richardson

CIR News:
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the O’Keeffe Room at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, to hear a panel of three experts discuss Energy’s Global Future.
Featured Panelists:
  • Gov. Bill Richardson
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
  • PNM’s CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn 
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
We have some real heavyweights to discuss where we are collectively heading in energy – as a globe, a country, a state and a city.
We’ll feature Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen.

Purgatory Celebrates Spring With New Festivities & More Fun On The Slopes

on March 21, 2018 - 2:04pm
DURANGO, Colo. Purgatory Resort has many great events, festivities and activities for all ages throughout the rest of March, with the biggest party of the season scheduled for Saturday, March 31 with pond skimming and a free Aerosmith tribute band concert.  
Purgatory is open daily through April 1 with lifts turning 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After April 1, Purgatory will be open weekends (Fridays through Sundays) as conditions allow. For more information on operations, visit the website,


Ski-Easter Celebration – March 24

Purgatory kicks off Easter week

Secretary Zinke Announces More Than $1.1 Billion For Sportsmen & Conservation

on March 21, 2018 - 1:25pm
DOI News:
HORICON, WI  Tuesday U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts.
The Secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $34,966,603 while visiting the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration

Daily Postcard: Sunset Looking East From Los Alamos

on March 21, 2018 - 12:50pm

Daily Postcard: Sunset looking east Sunday from Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

CAB Hears From EM Management And Contractor

on March 20, 2018 - 7:22am

Members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board listen to presentations at their March 14 meeting at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and NMED Manager for LANL Permitting Neelam Dhawan chat following the March 14 CAB meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/



Los Alamos Daily Post


Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board members meeting March 14 in Los Alamos heard updates from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management Field Office

Air Force And NMED Host Public Information Meeting Thursday, Open House Saturday

on March 20, 2018 - 7:12am


KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department will co-host a public information meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday at the African American Performing Arts Center, to provide an update about the Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Facility leak cleanup activities.

Additionally, an open house will be held at the groundwater treatment system facility 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

Community members are invited to participate in a poster session 5:30-6 p.m., March 22. The main meeting presentation runs 6-8 p.m,. and includes a project status update

Daily Postcard: Scene At Bandelier National Monument

on March 20, 2018 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: A scene at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Prashant Jain

Public Comment Needed On Proposed New Way Waste Is Measured At WIPP

on March 19, 2018 - 2:47pm
CCNS News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), submitted a Class 2 Permit Modification Request Jan. 31, 2018 to change the way that waste is measured at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the repository for defense plutonium-contaminated or TRU waste, in southeastern New Mexico.

Public comments can be submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department until Tuesday, April 3. 

Because the federal WIPP Land Withdrawal Act limits the amount of waste to 6.2 million cubic feet, how to measure

USDA Designates Colfax County Primary Natural Disaster Area

on March 19, 2018 - 5:05am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Colfax County in New Mexico as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by drought.
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Harding, Mora, Taos and Union in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Costilla and Las Animas in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM)

State Supreme Court Affirms Adoption Of Water Pollution Regulations For Copper Mining

on March 19, 2018 - 5:00am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Supreme Court has affirmed the state Water Quality Control Commission’s adoption of regulations governing groundwater contamination at open pit copper mines.
The Court ruled unanimously that the regulations, known as the “Copper Rule,” were valid under the state’s Water Quality Act (WQA). The commission adopted the regulations in 2013.
The Court rejected arguments by the New Mexico Attorney General and other groups, including Amigos Bravos, the Gila Resources Information Project and Turner Ranch Properties, that challenged the

SFI: Public Lecture By Chris Kempes March 20

on March 19, 2018 - 4:59am
'Stellar Radiance' (1970) courtesy of David A. Hardy -
SFI News:
A Santa Fe Institute (SFI) community event "Life on Earth and Beyond" with Chris Kempes is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
Though scientists have yet to find life beyond our own planet, the universe is rife with possibilities. Where to look, and how to recognize it when we find it, are questions physical biologist Chris Kempes explores during this Santa Fe Institute Community Lecture.

Los Alamos Students Excel At Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science And Engineering Fair March 10

on March 18, 2018 - 3:48pm

LAHS student Lillian Peterson wins Best in Show in the Senior Division with her project, ‘Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery’. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public School students excelled at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair with 52 students representing the district March 10 and nearly half receiving top marks.

Los Alamos High School student Lillian Peterson won Best in Show for the Senior Division with her project, “Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery.”

Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their

Birds Feeding In Snow Storm In Los Alamos

on March 18, 2018 - 3:25pm

Birds feeding today during snow storm in Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/

Thrasher Seeks Shelter From Snow Storm

on March 18, 2018 - 2:46pm

A local ‘curve-billed thrasher’ taking shelter from the snow and wind today in White Rock. The National Weather Service reports that along with snow, wind gusts will reach as high as 40 mph. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Earthen Temples: The Life Of Adobe Churches

on March 18, 2018 - 7:59am
Rupert Chambers, Enjarre at San Francisco de Asis. Courtesy photo
MRM News:
Friday, March 23, the Millicent Rogers Museum will open a new exhibit titled Earthen Temples: The Life of Adobe Churches.
A reception will be held at the museum from 1-3 p.m. Palm Sunday, March 25. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue until Sunday, June 24.
Earthen Temples: The Life of Adobe Churches—This exhibit will share the story of how parish members come together to care for the adobe churches in their communities.

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument

on March 18, 2018 - 7:02am

Daily Postcard: Scene Saturday afternoon from Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS