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Lujan Grisham, Faso Introduce Bill To Crack Down On Fake Organics

on October 2, 2017 - 12:43pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and John Faso (R-NY) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation, the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act.
 
“Organic farming and ranching is the fastest growing segment of agriculture in New Mexico,” Grisham said. “However, fraudulent organic imports threaten the integrity of the USDA Organic label that so many New Mexicans rely on.

BLM: Annual Adjustment To Drilling Permit Fee

on October 2, 2017 - 7:40am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As directed by Congress, the Bureau of Land Management will adjust the fee it charges to process oil and gas drilling permits on public and Indian lands for inflation, effective Oct. 1. That adjustment will increase the fee by $180, to $9,790.
 
The non-refundable processing fee is collected when an oil and gas operator submits a drilling permit, called an Application for Permit to Drill, and is required whether or not a particular permit is subsequently approved.

Geology Outing With Patrick Rowe Oct. 14

on October 2, 2017 - 6:20am
A Pebble Pup and parent show off what they found while exploring the windmill site with Patrick Rowe last fall. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Local geologist Patrick Rowe will lead an outing to the Cabezon Peak area in search of geological treasures at two sites Saturday, Oct. 14.

Participants can expect to find minerals and marine fossils at the windmill site, and Shark’s Tooth Ridge is aptly named for the fossilized teeth from five species of Cretaceous Period sharks that the group will find.

Daily Postcard: Clouds Over Los Alamos

on October 2, 2017 - 5:08am

Daily Postcard: Clouds floating in the sky Thursday over Los Alamos. Photo by Michael Perkins

Need A Reason To Support Public Lands? Here’s 8,000

on October 1, 2017 - 2:22pm

NPLD News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of National Public Lands Day, Trout Unlimited is celebrating by releasing 8,000 reasons public lands are important.

The responses come from individuals from across the country who signed a petition in support of keeping public lands in public hands and gave their own personal reasons why these lands matter to them.

The petition will be sent to the White House and members of Congress and caps off a month-long celebration of public lands which features thirty public land locations throughout the country. “30 Great American Places” highlighted some of

Daily Postcard: Bobcat Visits Barranca Mesa

on October 1, 2017 - 6:01am

Daily Postcard: A bobcat visits a backyard Saturday on Barranca Mesa. Elusive and nocturnal, bobcats are roughly twice as big as the average housecat. Though the bobcat prefers rabbits, it also hunts insects, chickens, geese and other birds, small rodents and deer. Source: wikipedia.com. Photo by Ann Funsten

Year Of The Bear: 13 Cubs Inundate Cottonwood Rehab

on September 30, 2017 - 11:06am

One of 13 bears that have recently inundated the Cottonwood Rehab Center. The Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation is seeking the public’s assistance to help feed and care for these bears during their rehabilitation. Photo by James Robinson/LEWF

A bear undergoing rehabilitation at the Cottonwood Rehab Center. Photo by James Robinson/LEWF

LEWF News:

SANTA CRUZ – The Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, a New Mexico not for profit organization, is seeking the public’s assistance in response to an inundation of Black Bears overwhelming one of its partner organizations.

New Mexico True

PEEC: Earth Art Workshop Oct. 8

on September 30, 2017 - 5:59am
Earth art photo by Liz Martinea. Courtesy/PEEC

Green to Yellow Leaves by Andy Goldsworthy. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Sunday, Oct. 8, local artist and educator Liz Martineau will offer an Earth Art Workshop for adults and children at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Based on the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, Earth Art provides participants inspiration to create their own works of art using natural materials. The workshop is $8 for individuals and $10 for a pair of artists working together. Advance registration is available at www.peecnature.org.
 
Earth Art is a form of

It's A Good Time For Seeing Tarantulas In Bandelier – And Lots Of Other Places In New Mexico

on September 30, 2017 - 5:47am
Tarantulas found in the Bandelier National Monument area. Courtesy/NPS Photo
 
NPS News:
 
Around here, in Bandelier National Monument and many other parts of New Mexico, everyone starts noticing tarantulas about this time of year. 
 
Autumn is the time when males mature and start out on their quest to find a mate. This exposes them to many dangers, from hawks and skunks, which want to eat them, to fast-moving cars, to people who just find them creepy and may think they should be squashed. 
 
Tarantulas have been around for more than 16 million years, and comprise more than 900

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Demands Answers From EPA’s Scott Pruitt On ‘Privacy Booth,’ Chartered Flights

on September 30, 2017 - 5:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, demanded answers from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about his potentially excessive spending of taxpayer money.
 
Media reports indicate that the EPA is devoting $25,000 in taxpayer money to build a “privacy booth for the administrator,” despite EPA already having a fully functioning Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) for use by the administrator.

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