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Los Alamos Is Latest EM Field Office To Transition To Energy.Gov

on May 16, 2016 - 11:01am

EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Douglas E. Hintze

DOE News:

The EM Los Alamos Field Office today introduced a new user-friendly website with a sleek, simple design that delivers timely information about the legacy cleanup activities underway at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Previously, EM’s Los Alamos cleanup efforts were featured on the laboratory’s website.

Explore Heavens At Planetarium Show May 20

on May 16, 2016 - 10:20am
Photo of bright blue, newly-formed stars taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Courtesy

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is providing an astronomy show in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20. Galen Gisler will use images and data from star clusters visible in the February skies to illustrate concepts in stellar evolution and discuss how chemical elements are synthesized in stars.

This astronomy show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the Nature Center.

Bandelier Recruiting For Youth Corps Jobs

on May 14, 2016 - 10:15am

Bandelier Preservation Corps 2015. Courtesy/NPS


For young people looking for an active, outdoor job for the summer, Bandelier National Monument is recruiting for two crews - the Bandelier Conservation Corps (BCC) and the Bandelier Preservation Corps (BPC).  Opportunities are available for men or women, ages 16-25. 
The BCC will be engaged in thinning and fuel reduction projects, trail work, and assisting the park maintenance crew with projects and special events.

PEEC: Local Expert Leads Monthly Wildflower Walks

on May 13, 2016 - 9:15am
Wildflower expert Chick Keller (right) leads a wildflower walk for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric
PEEC News:
At 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 16, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead a Wildflower Walk to introduce people to spring wildflowers. These monthly outings will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos.

Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller


Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time.

Registration Opens For PEEC’s Summer Geology Program For Kids

on May 12, 2016 - 4:33pm
Kids will love the hands-on activities and field trips provided by the summer Pebble Pups program. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is helping kids explore geology this summer by hosting a Pebble Pups program for youth ages 5 to 9.
This eight-week program helps kids embark on a journey to learn about rocks, fossils, and local geology through active games and activities with Patrick Rowe of the Los Alamos Geological Society and Kate Cleveland, an experienced PEEC educator.
From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 7 Pebble Pups will meet on Tuesdays.

Los Alamos County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden Fair June 11

on May 12, 2016 - 4:17pm
Carlos Valdez is giving a mini-talk at the 2013 Fair. Photo by Bob Walker
The Los Alamos County Master Gardeners will be hosting a Garden Fair, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the Demonstration Garden on Central Ave, across the street from the Mesa Public Library.
Tours of the garden, a plant sale, children's activities, and information on four garden topics will be offered to the community. There is no cost for attending this event. Docents will be located throughout the garden to talk with visitors about the diverse garden designs and answer questions.
Three workshops

PEEC: Astronomy Planetarium Shows May 13 & 20

on May 11, 2016 - 3:30pm
Bright blue, newly-formed stars taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Courtesy/
PEEC News:
Do you want to learn more about the cosmos? Do you ever wonder how we know about distances in space or how stars are created or how elements are formed?
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is providing astronomy shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 7 p.m., Friday, May 13 and 20.
Each astronomy show will investigate a different aspect of the cosmos and allow participants to explore the universe with a local astronomer or astrophysicist as their guide.

Los Alamos Ranks 3rd For Biking In Smaller Cities

on May 11, 2016 - 12:03pm
SOE News:
The City of Los Alamos was just ranked third for biking in smaller sized cities in the US.

Survey results were pulled from the U.S. Census over a five-year period to provide us a glimpse into which cities' residents are taking an eco-friendly approach to their daily commutes., dug into this data and ranked which areas have the highest percentage of green-minded commuters in the U.S.

View the recognition here.

Annual Trimec Spraying May 16 Through May 27

on May 11, 2016 - 8:38am


The Los Alamos County Parks Division will be spraying herbicide for weed control Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 27.

Target areas include:

  • Rover Park;
  • East Park;
  • Community Soccer;
  • Myrtle Green;
  • Ashley Pond;
  • Fuller Lodge;
  • Aquatic Center;
  • Western Area;
  • Urban Park;
  • Barranca Mesa; and
  • North Mesa Sports Complex. 

Notices will be posted in the areas to be sprayed at least 72 hours prior to spraying, and will remain until spraying has been completed. 

Areas will be sprayed with Round-Up and EndRun Broad Leaf Weed Killer. For more information, call the Parks Division at 505.662.8159.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

on May 10, 2016 - 12:32pm
NPS News:
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn project on the preserve that will begin as soon as Wednesday, May 11 and be completed within two to three days. 
The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 between mile markers 39-42. Traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn, but we do not anticipate any road closures. If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid-day in order minimize impacts to morning and afternoon commuter traffic on NM Hwy. 4. 
The preserve

PEEC: Mysteries Of The Unseen World Saturday

on May 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
An aphid, up close and personal from Mysteries of the Unseen World. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Embark on a journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 14 in the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Mysteries Of The Unseen World, a full-dome, original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures, lets us see nature from a new perspective.
Mysteries Of The Unseen World uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology to transport audiences to an enthralling secret world of nature, events, and breathtaking

Community Plant Swap May 15 & 22

on May 10, 2016 - 12:29pm
Courtesy photo
The Unitarian Church is hosting a Community Plant Swap 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 15 and again May 22 at Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (195 East Road, Suite 101 in the TRK building between East Park Pool and the Fire Station).
Please bring plants you wish to give away, and take home any you can use. All unclaimed plants after the swap will be put to good use. We encourage growing some of one’s own food and creating bio-diversity, so try some new plants. Don’t have a plant to swap? No problem. Take some anyway.
Participation is FREE.

LANL Sharpens Its ‘Genesis Code’

on May 10, 2016 - 12:25pm

The ‘Genesis Code’. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos Daily Post

A few years ago, Mark Paris, a physicist in the Nuclear and Particle, Astrophysics and Cosmology Group at Los Alamos had some questions about nuclear reactions and a colleague suggested he take a look at BBN.

BBN, Big Bang Nucleosynthesis is the name given to a sliver of a time, no more than a few minutes at the beginning of the 13.8 billion-year lifespan of our universe that provides cosmological evidence for the concept that everything we know in the universe can be traced back to a sudden, furious expansion

Officials Break Ground On TA-3 Substation Replacement Project At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on May 10, 2016 - 8:13am
Officials break ground on the TA-3 Substation Replacement Project during a ceremony Wednesday at LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/
Bonita Rogozinsky, Federal Project Manager for NNSA Acquisition & Project Management delivers welcoming remarks at the groundbreaking for the new Substation at LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/
NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Lebak. Photo by Chris Clark/
Staff Report

Officials broke ground Wednesday, May 4 on a Substation Replacement Project at TA-3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Guided Hike To Cave Of The Winds May 14

on May 8, 2016 - 12:31pm

Cave of the Winds. Photo by Craig Martin

PEEC News:

Trail expert Craig Martin will lead a hike to the local Cave of the Winds Saturday, May 14. The two-mile hike includes 500 feet of elevation gain and a bit of a scramble to reach the cave entrance. This hike, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is one of many events to help people get outside and enjoy nature.

To visit the Cave of the Winds with Martin, register online at Meet Martin and other hikers at 10:15 a.m.

Ingenious Donation Box Arrives At PEEC

on May 8, 2016 - 11:12am

Steven Trujillo, Samantha Trujillo, and their children Ellie, 4, and Seth, 2, have fun with PEEC’s new donation box. The Acorn Woodpecker, Abert’s squirrel, bobcat, and pika will do their tricks when bills go in the box. Photo by Felicia Orth


Gordon McDonough, well known artist and educator at the Bradbury Science Museum, offered to create a donation box for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center—and it has now arrived, ready to enchant all donors.

When you slide your dollar bill into the slot, a light flashes to check that it’s a bill, not a piece of paper.

Experts Offer Hiking Workshop May 11

on May 8, 2016 - 10:09am
Hiking trail near Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Los Alamos is surrounded by an extensive trail network that can be both inviting and intimidating.

Trail expert Craig Martin and wildlife veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Ramsay are holding a workshop at  the Los Alamos Nature Center to teach people how to best prepare for hiking local trails 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. This workshop is great for adults who want to know more about what the Los Alamos trails have to offer.

During this Hiking 101 workshop, Craig Martin will cover safety and comfort on the trail.

Book Signing By Craig Martin And Terry Foxx Tuesday

on May 7, 2016 - 11:36am



Craig Martin and Terry Foxx will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 to sign copies of their new book Plants of the Jemez Mountains Volume 1.

The book, the first in a three-volume series, will be available for purchase in the nature center gift shop.

Plants of the Jemez Mountains Volume 1 contains clear and informative drawings, color photos, and descriptions of the trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, and horsetails found in the Jemez Mountains. The book also includes helpful guides for the novice naturalist.

Arborist Laural Hardin Gives Pruning Workshop May 15

on May 7, 2016 - 11:05am
Arborist Laural Hardin. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Tree pruning can keep trees healthy and beautiful, but improper pruning can leave a tree weak and detract from the landscape. Join Laural Hardin at the Los Alamos Nature Center 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, to learn the basics of pruning ornamental and fruit trees. She also will cover important questions to ask professionals before they prune one's trees.

Laural Hardin is a certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist who specializes in diagnosing and solving tree and garden problems.

WIPP: Documented Safety Analysis Approved

on May 6, 2016 - 6:51pm
CBFO Assistant Manager of Operations Oversight Wes Mouser (seated), signs the Safety Evaluation Report approving the WIPP DSA. Looking on are members of the DOE-HQ, CBFO and NWP management teams (from left to right): Phil Breidenbach NWP President and Project Manager, Steve Additon, CBFO Manager Todd Shrader; CBFO Senior Technical Advisor Jeff Carswell; Wade Weyerman, James Harris, Tom Temple, Deputy Assistant Secretary EM-40 Jim Hutton; Dr. Robert Nelson, John Menna, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary EM-40 Greg Sosson and Terry Foppe. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
The Department of Energy’s

An Open Book: Sixteen Years Later

on May 5, 2016 - 12:30pm
Los Alamos

The old adage that time heals all wounds is a cruel falsehood. For the most painful wounds, those of the heart and of the mind, they often remain beneath the surface, to be covered, if we are fortunate, by warmer experiences that add distance and perspective. And it is also part of life that sometimes it is even more painful experiences that later clarify for us that those wounds that seemed so piercing at the time, were not the ones that hurt the most.

I didn't feel like writing about the Cerro Grande Fire at any of its anniversaries until this evening.

Quilting Nature Class With Terry Foxx And Katy Korkos

on May 5, 2016 - 11:44am

Sample wildflower portraits. Courtesy/Terry Foxx and Katy Korkos

Thistle. Courtesy/Terry Foxx and Katy Korkos


PEEC News:
To celebrate National Wildflower Week, Los Alamos residents Terry Foxx and Katy Korkos are leading a quilting workshop at the Los Alamos Nature Center, where they will show how to use fabric to depict the beauty of wildflowers.
This two-session workshop is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 16. Advance registration is requested.

Los Alamos Firefighters Share Family Business

on May 5, 2016 - 10:34am

From left, Los Alamos firefighters and brothers Ryan and Aaron McNiff, retired firefighter Gary Hampton and the McNiff's brother-in-law and firefighter Manny Pacheco, stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post recently to talk about their new business. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos firefighters and brothers Ryan and Aaron McNiff and their brother-in-law and fellow firefighter Manny Pacheco just purchased a stump grinding business from retired firefighter Gary Hampton.

Hampton backed out of selling his beloved business to others

Planetarium Feature Film: Exoplanets May 7-8

on May 4, 2016 - 8:03am
Exoplanets is a planetarium fill that uncovers planets in other solar systems. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center is showing Exoplanets at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Exoplanets takes audiences on a journey to observe planets beyond the solar system and uncover the science and astronomy behind their discovery.
Casper Planetarium produced this exciting full-dome film. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center at $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is recommended for ages four and up.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 3 – What Is Happening To The Birds Of Northern New Mexico?

on May 3, 2016 - 4:08pm
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 3―What Is Happening To The Birds Of Northern New Mexico?
Los Alamos
We have been considering the results of the Christmas Bird Count for Los Alamos and other areas in northern New Mexico.
Previously we had considered those species that had been unique to Los Alamos and each of the other five areas in the count. We now consider the 44 species that are common across all six areas. The presence of a species in all six areas indicates that it is flexible for its type of habitat.