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Daily Postcard: Sunset Paints Sky With Radiant Glow

on January 14, 2018 - 6:03am

Daily Postcard: The sunset paints the sky in beautiful hues Friday above Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Closure Announced

on January 13, 2018 - 8:20am
FOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The plan to close California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, at the end of its current operating lease was approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission.
 
Pacific Gas and Electric, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations reached a historic agreement in 2016 to shut down the two reactors at Diablo Canyon and replace them with renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage. Thursday’s decision makes a nuclear-free California one step closer.
 
In response to the decision, Damon Moglen, Senior

BLM Waives Most Day Use Fees Monday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:13am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In order to increase recreational access to public land, the Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2018.
 
“On Monday, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the BLM invites families to spend the day together enjoying America’s rich public lands heritage,” Brain Steed, BLM Deputy Director said. “Most of these lands are just a short drive from your community.

SFNF: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Closure Jan. 15

on January 13, 2018 - 8:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 16.
 
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 15. Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System
 
Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest

Bandelier To Celebrate First 2018 Fee Free Day Monday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:02am
NPS News:
 
Every year the National Park Service (NPS) offers several days when the public is invited to visit fee free - that is, no entrance fees are charged.
 
Bandelier National Monument and the other approximately 120 NPS areas that charge entrance fees invite everyone to enjoy this year's first fee-free day Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also be fee free at lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation. 
 
"Mid-January is usually a very quiet time at Bandelier,"

Daily Postcard: Mule Deer Spotted On Alabama Avenue

on January 13, 2018 - 7:47am

Daily Postcard: A very gentle and shy old mule deer is spotted this week on Alabama Avenue. Photo by Justin H. Smith

Mule deer on Alabama Avenue. Photo by Justin H. Smith

Mule deer on Alabama Avenue. Photo by Justin H. Smith

Nine Inches Of Snow At Purgatory Resort

on January 12, 2018 - 6:56am
Grady James enjoying Tuesday's snow at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort
 
SKI News:
 
Purgatory Resort received 9 inches of snow Tuesday and a total of 14 inches of snow in the past four days.
 
The new snow comes just at the right time for the mountain team to be able to open more terrain for MLK weekend festivities, including Purgatory's annual Winterfest - a festival that celebrates *WINTER* with Snowcat Dinner Excursions, snowcat scenic tours, skiing and riding, and more.
 
Purgatory offers discounted lift tickets at the ticket window, plus online specials when

DOE Under Secretary For Science Visits Hanford Site

on January 12, 2018 - 6:36am
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar (center) dons protective clothing prior to entering the air lock of the 324 Building, located about 300 yards west of the Columbia River. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, WA  DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar spent his first working days of 2018 at the Hanford Site, emphasizing the importance of safety as he talked with EM officials, toured cleanup projects, and met with labor groups and others in the community. 
 
Dabbar visited three training facilities where workers practice using equipment in a non-hazardous environment

AGU: Study Finds First Direct Proof Of Ozone Hole Recovery Due To Chemicals Ban

on January 12, 2018 - 6:30am
A view of Earth’s atmosphere from space. A new study finds that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — For the first time, scientists have shown through direct satellite observations of the ozone hole that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.
 
new study in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, shows the decline in chlorine, resulting from an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called

Open House On Draft GCP-Oil & Gas Permit Jan. 12

on January 12, 2018 - 6:07am
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau announces an open house on the draft General Construction Permit for the oil & gas industries (GCP-Oil & Gas).
 
A link to the text of this DRAFT GCP-Oil & Gas can be found at the top of this web page: https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/permitting-section-procedures-and-guidance/
 
This permit revises and combines the existing GCP-1 and GCP-4 permits into a single permit. This new permit has improved and updated language allowing for a wider variety of equipment, control devices, and operating scenarios.  
 
The

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