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Community Seed Swap Sunday Feb. 7 & 14

on January 29, 2016 - 9:25am

Courtesy/UCLA

UCLA News:

The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is hosting its annual community seed swap.

The swap is 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday Feb. 7 and 14, at the church at 195 East Road, Suite 101.

Remember:

  • Bring only packets of seeds you wish to give away entirely. You may not get any back!
  • Take only enough seeds to use in one growing season.
  • If you are sharing seeds you’ve saved from your garden, please mark them clearly with the name of the plant and the year from which they were saved.

Participation is FREE. For more information, contact the church office at 505.662.2346, or email

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Prosperity Builds On Regulation

on January 29, 2016 - 7:46am

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Prosperity Builds On Regulation

A popular sound bite says “kill regulation” so prosperity will rise. Regulation is likened to a stalking horse brought out to snatch away property rights. Yet in history, property rights are created by regulation. Why do these stories sound so conflicting?

As usual, the message heard depends on which scraps of the whole story are told. Huge amounts are left out in boosting policy preferences.        

The pride of our nation is the rule of law. “Rule” means regulation.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Selection Of Valles Caldera, Bandelier For National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project

on January 28, 2016 - 4:12pm

Sen. Tom Udall in September at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/jemezdailypost.com

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

  • Funding award will engage Tribal youth in forest restoration, public lands preservation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier National Monument have been selected to participate in the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project.

The National Park Service (NPS) has selected 69 projects at 63 parks nationwide to highlight during its centennial

Sea Monsters At Nature Center Saturday & Sunday

on January 28, 2016 - 8:07am

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Café Scientifique Launching Two-Part Series About Mars

on January 28, 2016 - 7:01am
TSCN News:
 
Café Scientifique, New Mexico’s portion of the Teen Science Café Network, is gearing up for a two-part series of cafés about Mars.
 
The first café is 7 p.m., Feb. 2 at the YMCA Teen Center in Los Alamos. The second café is 7 p.m., Feb. 23 in Taos at the Mural Room of the old county courthouse and will be presented on Human Landing sites on Mars.
 
Suzi Montaño and Steve Johnstone from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3) work on the Curiosity rover ChemCam team, and will present on the state of manned missions to Mars, and how close to a

Feedback Sought On Brush And Bulk Item Collection

on January 28, 2016 - 6:51am
COUNTY News:
 
The County is seeking community feedback on the brush and bulk item collection program in Los Alamos County.
 
Visit the Open Forum link.

WIPP: Revised Schedule For Resumption Of Operations In 2016 Announced

on January 27, 2016 - 7:20am
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) approved the new integrated Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
The new PMB integrates WIPP recovery activities, baseline operations and capital asset projects into a single plan with a schedule that identifies a path to resumption of waste emplacement operations.
 
The new PMB considers potential risks that could impact the project and adds appropriate contingency to the schedule to help ensure activities can be achieved safely.
 
The new PMB schedule shows the initial resumption

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Statement On BLM’s Venting And Flaring Rule

on January 25, 2016 - 3:55pm
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
 
NMSA News:
 
SANTA FE  Friday, Jan. 22, State Auditor Tim Keller released the following response to the Bureau of Land Management’s rule proposal to reduce methane emissions and wasted gas on public and tribal lands:
 
“Today’s announcement is a step towards ensuring our state doesn’t waste our precious natural resources.
 
“Given the current economic conditions in New Mexico, it is important that we update industry practices that will ultimately increase funding streams available to support our public schools.”

New Mexico Delegation, BLM Move To Save Money, Improve Public Health And Protect Climate

on January 25, 2016 - 3:22pm
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
On Friday morning, most of New Mexico's congressional delegation sent a letter urging EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to not only strengthen and finalize its rule to reduce methane waste from new oil and gas drilling operations, but to issue a new rule addressing existing sources. 
 
New Mexico's senators and U.S. Reps. Ben R.

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes BLM's Draft Rule On Reducing Natural Gas Loss, Fighting Climate Change

on January 25, 2016 - 2:22pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Friday, that they welcome the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) draft rules for curbing natural gas waste.
 
New Mexico is the nation's leading producer of oil from onshore federal land, and second for natural gas production. Yet too much of the state's natural gas goes to waste through venting, flaring and leaks - causing dangerous methane pollution over the San Juan Basin.
 
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, more than 80 times as potent as

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