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NMED Offers Free Water Tests For Pojoaque Basin Private Well Owners

on July 3, 2017 - 7:13am

NMED News:

Santa Fe – Santa Fe County, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) are hosting a free Domestic Well Water Testing event for residents in the Pojoaque Basin with private wells serving homes not connected to a public water utility.

The event is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 7 at the Pojoaque High School Gymnasium, 1574 N.M. 502 in Pojoaque.

These free well water tests will be offered on a first‐come, first‐served basis.

Distant Earthquakes Trigger Underwater Landslides

on July 3, 2017 - 6:29am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research finds large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away, weeks or months after the quake occurs.
 
Researchers analyzing data from ocean bottom seismometers off the Washington-Oregon coast tied a series of underwater landslides on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, 80 to 161 kilometers (50 to 100 miles) off the Pacific Northwest coast, to a 2012 magnitude-8.6 earthquake in the Indian Ocean – more than 13,500 kilometers (8,390 miles) away.

House Committee Passes Resilient Federal Forest Act

on July 2, 2017 - 7:05am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation commends the House Committee on Natural Resources for the passage of H.R.2936 as well as Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) for his continued efforts to improve the management of our federal forests.
 
The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, introduced by Westerman earlier this month, aims to increase proactive forest management to combat catastrophic wildfires, promote healthy and sustainable forests and create early successional wildlife habitat.
 
The act would streamline a multitude of processes involved in the

Daily Postcard: Crew Fishes Algae From Pond

on July 1, 2017 - 6:37am

Daily Postcard: A county crew working Thursday to fish the algae out of Ashley Pond. Photo by Greg Kendall

Bear Goes After Hummingbird Feeder On 35th Street

on June 30, 2017 - 9:39pm

This bear is spotted around 5 p.m. today drinking from this hummingbird feeder in the back yard of a home on 35th Street. Courtesy photo

This bear is spotted around 5 p.m. in the back yard of a home on 35th Street. Courtesy photo

PEEC Offers Discussion Course To Explore Creating Climate Change Solutions

on June 30, 2017 - 2:25pm
PEEC brings another Northwest Earth Institute discussion course, Change is our Choice, to Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing another discussion course developed by the Northwest Earth Institute to Los Alamos. 
 
Change is our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions is a five-week discussion course where participants will learn about climate change and how to take action to mitigate its causes and effects in their own lives, our community, and our world.
 
This course meets at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Thursdays

Bandelier Hosting Sixth Annual Naturalization Ceremony On Fourth Of July

on June 30, 2017 - 2:20pm
A previous year's Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
For Americans, July 4th is traditionally a day to celebrate freedom and independence. 
 
For the sixth year, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day. Sixteen candidates, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.  
 
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Celebrate Fourth Of July On Santa Fe National Forest But 'Know Before You Go'

on June 30, 2017 - 7:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is ready to welcome the large number of visitors who traditionally celebrate Independence Day weekend in the great outdoors. 
 
But if you decide to take advantage of the recreational opportunities on the SFNF, it’s always good to “Know Before You Go” (https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go).
 
The SFNF remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions. Campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and picnic areas with established fire rings and grills.

Los Alamos Nature Center's Summer Holiday Hours

on June 30, 2017 - 7:52am
Water Canyon is one of the beautiful hikes that is part of the second Passport to the Pajarito Plateau. Photo by Beth Cortright
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed Tuesday, July 4, which is a great time to use the free Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike.
 
Take your Passport to the Pajarito Plateau with you, find the rubbing plates, and get even closer to your next prize. There are different prizes for hiking two, five, eight, 12 and 16 trails in the passport booklet. It is fun for all ages.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will resume regular hours 10 a.m.

BLM Taos Field Office Announces Emergency Fire Prevention Closure Of San Pedro Mountains

on June 30, 2017 - 7:46am

BLM News: 

 

Taos – Due to increased risk of human-caused fire and current fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is temporarily closing public lands into or upon the San Pedro Mountains in Santa Fe County.

 

 Closure warnings have been posted at the entrances to the San Pedro Mountains. This order will remain in effect until July 29 or until the area receives significant moisture.

 

A map and copy of the fire prevention order are available at www.blm.gov/new-mexico.

 

Exemptions to this order: Any Federal, State, local and/or military employee acting

They’re Back! Tent Caterpillars Munching Aspens Again

on June 29, 2017 - 3:09pm

Photo by Tom W. Coleman, Ph.D.,/USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection

Photo by Tom W. Coleman, Ph.D.,/USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – If you drive up New Mexico State Highway 475 (the road to the Santa Fe Ski Basin) anytime soon, you will probably notice something going on in the aspen groves that create one of the most popular vistas on the Santa Fe National Forest.

To the casual observer, the aspens may appear to be dying.

DOE Renews Grant To NMED

on June 29, 2017 - 12:11pm
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD, NM  The Department of Energy ‘s Carlsbad Field Office yesterday renewed a grant with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) by extending the project period five years to June 30, 2022. The five-year renewal cost is estimated at $2 million.
 
Through the grant, the DOE provides funding to NMED to conduct non-regulatory environmental oversight and monitoring to evaluate activities conducted at DOE’s facilities.

NMED will evaluate the adequacy of DOE facility activities related to Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s environmental monitoring.
 
WIPP is the nation’s only

Tales Of Our Times: Old Mines Tell Candid Stories

on June 29, 2017 - 8:45am
Tales of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water


Preface
 
The story below is one I wrote in 1993 for New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air & Water. In 1997, I submitted the article to Governor Gary Johnson as part of my technical credentials, from which he nominated me to serve five years as a public member of the New Mexico Mining Commission.
 
In 2015, a three million-gallon spill of waste water from the old Gold King Mine near Silverton in western Colorado made national news by coloring some 100 miles of the Animas River an eerie orange.

Newnam Best Predictor In This Week's Pace Race

on June 29, 2017 - 8:13am
ACRR News:
 
Almost 40 runners and walkers took to one, two, three or four mile pace race courses on Barranca Mesa. All finishers were treated to cool watermelon and cold grapes.
 
In the one mile course around Navajo, Los Pueblos and Barranca Roads, Brian Newnam had the best prediction, only 1 second off his prediction for an adjusted delta of 3 seconds off.
 
Other good predictors were Katie Gattiker with an adjusted delta of 21 seconds, Diego Leonard with an adjusted delta of 39 seconds, Kieran Gattiker with an adjusted delta of 42 seconds, and Leeza Trudolyubov with an adjusted

Local Expert Leads Monthly Wildflower Walk July 3

on June 29, 2017 - 8:12am
Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller
 
PEEC News:
 
The recent rains have brought out a variety of different flowers, transitioning our landscape into the colors of summer. At 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 3, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead this year’s first summer Wildflower Walk.
Wildflower expert Chick Keller, right, leads wildflower walks for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric
 
These monthly outings will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos.

Environmental Services Offers Help To Recycle Glass Correctly

on June 29, 2017 - 7:57am
Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda checks out material deposited in the glass roll-off dumpster at the Los Alamos County Eco Station Tuesday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Cardboard boxes and plastic bags were mistakenly tossed in with glass recycleables. Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda said people tend to use a disposable container to haul their glass to the recycle bin but instead of removing the glass from the container, everything gets tossed into the bin. The Eco Station does offer free yellow plastic tubs to hold glass recycleables. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Udall: EPA's Budget Proposes ‘Offensive’ Widespread Cuts Threatening Public Health, Clean Air, Clean Water

on June 29, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 27, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanded that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explain the administration’s dangerous and “offensive” proposal to slash funding for programs essential to the EPA’s core mission of protecting clean air, clean water, and public health.
 
 
During a hearing on the EPA's

Nuclear Crisis Group Urges Steps To Prevent Nuclear Conflict

on June 29, 2017 - 7:53am
NCG News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Global Zero’s Nuclear Crisis Group (NCG), a newly-formed team of seasoned diplomats, military leaders and national security experts from nuclear-armed and allied countries, released a set of urgent recommendations to avoid the use of nuclear weapons and called on national leaders to act now to reduce the unacceptably high risk of nuclear conflict.
 
The report comes as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington to discuss, among other things, the escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Specifically:
  • The

Daily Postcard: Deer Searches For Hummingbird Food

on June 29, 2017 - 7:28am

Daily Postcard: A deer is spotted Wednesday morning searching for hummingbird food at a residence in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Letter To The Editor: Carbon Dividends

on June 28, 2017 - 5:26pm
By PAUL O. FREDERICKSON
Los Alamos

Carbon Dividends. Many scientists in Los Alamos have a clear understanding that climate change is very real, and cite several observable effects as evidence. One of these effects is the very rapid increase in the number of record amounts of rainfall across the country, or record drought severity, or record heat spells, or record cold spells, various examples of instability in our climate.

See below for more in the way of evidence, but first we want to call everyone’s attention to a possible solution.

The June 20 edition of the Wall Street Journal, The

Ashley Pond Algae Treatment Continues

on June 28, 2017 - 3:44pm

COUNTY News:

Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton provided an update today regarding recent activity to treat algae in Ashley Pond. The algae has been noticeable to visitors who inquired about whether or not the pond water was “healthy” and was first identified as an issue last year.

The County contracted with a specialist, Jason Rector from Wildcat Environmental, to help with pond management. Last fall, Rector treated the algae in the pond with a product that is an environmentally friendly, safe algaecide. Additionally, the County released 30 sterile grass carp into the pond.

Public Meeting: Individual Storm Water Permit Today

on June 28, 2017 - 11:41am

Los Alamos Nature Center Summer Family Evenings Presents Santa Fe Botanical Gardens Event

on June 28, 2017 - 7:17am

The Santa Fe Botanical Gardens brings plants and hands-on activities to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program presents a plant-inspired experience with the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens at 6:30 p.m., .Wednesday, July 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. 

Activities inclue planting a seedling to take home, a family-friendly scavenger hunt and discovering how to make one's garden thrive in northern New Mexico.

A representative from the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens will share her knowledge and bring fun

Celebrate July 4 At Pinon Park Pool

on June 28, 2017 - 7:00am
Cannonball contest. Courtesy photo
 
PPP News:
 
Manager Jeremy Goettee explains “Pinon Park Pool's biggest celebration of the season, the 4th of July, will be a full day filled with games, contests, and prizes - fun for the whole family!"
 
"Special events throughout the day will include floaty races, diving contests, penny toss, and your chance to splash the managers on the guard stand. As always we will be having the classic battle of the year between the adults and the pool staff taking part in a greased watermelon scramble in the afternoon.

Pearce On Proposed Rule Rolling Back WOTUS

on June 28, 2017 - 6:32am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to rollback the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule:
 
“This is great news for stronger job growth throughout New Mexico. Under the WOTUS Rule, Washington bureaucrats were given complete authority to regulate small streams along with natural and manmade ditches on lands owned by farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.

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