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At House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus EM Highlights More Than $100 Million In Cost-Saving Initiatives

on June 16, 2017 - 7:10am
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, speaks at the June 7 event in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
 
EM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM and federal contractor officials at a panel discussion June 7 on Capitol Hill highlighted more than $100 million in costs savings at cleanup sites.
 
Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange outlined the effort to members of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and more than 100 others attending the event.
 
It was one of three gatherings held each year by the caucus whose members represent cleanup

Los Alamos County Hosts Community Bike Ride

on June 16, 2017 - 6:57am

A group of cyclists take part in Thursday's Los Alamos County community bike ride. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

STAFF REPORT: 

 

About 20 people strapped on their bicycle helmets and climbed on their bikes Thursday to take part in Los Alamos County’s community bike ride.

 

The 3-mile ride was originally scheduled for May 19 but needed to be rescheduled due to the weather. The new date coincided with the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

Local Smoky Haze Caused By Fire In Bonita Canyon

on June 15, 2017 - 9:19am

Smoky haze from a lightning-sparked fire 19 miles north of El Rito in Bonita Canyon fills the sky this morning looking east from the Main Hill Road. The wildfire reported June 3, increased in size to approximately 280 acres, driven by wind and dry air. It is burning in a remote area of the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest. Information on air quality and protecting one's health can be found at https://nmtracking.org/fire. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

NMDOH Launches Statewide Summer Awareness Campaign To Prevent Spread Of Zika Virus

on June 15, 2017 - 7:14am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced the launch of a summer campaign to educate the public about Zika virus prevention. So far this year, there has been just one reported case of West Nile Virus and no reported cases of Zika Virus in New Mexico. However, we are entering the 2017 mosquito season.  

The campaign focuses on providing information to pregnant women and their partners who may be considering travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

The prevention efforts are being supported by television and radio spots throughout New Mexico as well

Upcoming CaveSim Adventure At Nature Center

on June 15, 2017 - 6:36am
Try out caving at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo

ENVIRONMENT News:

Delve into a simulated world of caves 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This is the perfect opportunity to crawl through 60-foot tunnels, observe vertical rope climbing demos, and practice rescue missions. The electronic simulator will track your movements so you can learn what it takes to access some of the most remote places on Earth.

To add to the adventure, the Classic Air Medial helicopter will land at 9:30 a.m. at the nature center.

Zinke Announces New Mexico Will Receive $21,574,904 Share Of Billion-Dollar National Distribution

on June 15, 2017 - 6:20am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
 
New Mexico will receive a total of $21,574,904, including $6,107,387 in Sport Fish Restoration program funds and $15,467,517 in Wildlife Restoration program funds.
 
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast, where the Secretary met with state

Daily Postcard: McCauley Hot Springs

on June 15, 2017 - 6:16am

Daily Postcard: McCauley Hot Springs is not as wet as many states but just as beautiful when water is found. The Jemez are full of little treasures. Photo by Avery Neal

Summit Garden Club Announces Scholarship Recipient

on June 14, 2017 - 2:29pm
The Summit Garden Club is happy to announce the 2017 graduating senior recipient of the Pat Edmonds & Sue Graves Memorial Scholarship. Erica Keevama (second from left) will be attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, majoring in biology. The club’s Scholarship Committee members, from left, Susan Larocque, Norma Tech and Ann Cooke. Courtesy photo
 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces Distribution Of $1.1 Billion To State Wildlife Agencies

on June 14, 2017 - 9:40am
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Tuesday announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
 
State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal year 2017 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration Program fund can be found here and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund here.
 
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast where Secretary Zinke met with New Hampshire

SFNF: Report It ... Don’t Ignore It

on June 14, 2017 - 7:26am

SFNF News:

EL RITO — Each year the El Rito Ranger District hosts thousands of visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Unfortunately, a small number of these visitors behave badly and cause big problems for the forest. Fire prevention patrols in the forest find abandoned or unattended campfires almost every day.

Abandoned campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire. Every large wildfire begins as a small fire. In 2011 the Wallow wildfire in Arizona burned 522,000+ acres. One small campfire left unattended burned an area 28 miles by 28 miles.

June is high fire season at the El

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