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Reps. Lujan Grisham And Luján Demand Air Force Secretary Address Cannon AFB Water Contamination

on October 19, 2018 - 3:08pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, after New Mexico’s Environment Department (NMED) issued a warning that water from several wells on and off the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) have been contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

These chemicals are found in foam used for firefighting and are associated with an increased risk of cancer.

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SFNF: Hunters, Know Before You Go

on October 19, 2018 - 9:24am

SFNF officials are encouraging hunters to be well prepared before entering into the forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) officials encourage hunters to be well prepared before entering into the forest and to operate safely.

People require rescue almost every year because they weren’t prepared to enter into the forest and wilderness areas.

“Hunters got lost in two separate instances in the Santa Fe National Forest within the past few days,” said Diane Prather, Forest staff officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator.

Cannon AFB Reveals Groundwater Contamination

on October 19, 2018 - 8:30am
NMED News:
 
CLOVIS The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) have been informed by Cannon Air Force Base that Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), chemicals associated with fire-fighting foams - used by Cannon Air Force Base personnel - have been detected in groundwater on and off base.
 
PFAS are emerging chemicals that may be associated with an increased risk of cancer and other health ailments.

BLM Announces Sagebrush Treatments In San Juan And Rio Arriba Counties Beginning Oct. 26

on October 19, 2018 - 7:47am
BLM News:
 
FARMINGTON Beginning Oct. 26, the Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with the San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District, will treat up to approximately 9,803 acres of sagebrush.
 
Treatments will occur on BLM, state and private lands within San Juan and Rio Arriba counties in northwestern New Mexico where sagebrush densities have surpassed historic, naturally-occurring levels.
 
The objective of the treatments is to improve plant species diversity, which will benefit wildlife, rangeland and watershed health by reducing the density of sagebrush.

Late-Season Archery Elk Licenses Available Oct. 31

on October 19, 2018 - 7:38am
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Game & Fish Department announces that 275 first-come, first-served late season bull elk archery hunting licenses will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 31.
 
The licenses will be available on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.
 
Available licenses include: Game Management Unit 12, Nov. 17-21, 25 licenses; Unit 34, Dec. 15-19, 200 licenses; and Unit 37, Dec. 1-5, 50 licenses. Special restrictions for elk harvested in Unit 34 can be found on page 85 of the current New Mexico Hunting Rules and Information booklet.
 
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Daily Postcard: Fall Foliage Surrounds Los Alamos

on October 19, 2018 - 7:24am

Daily Postcard: View of colorful fall foliage looking west from Canyon Road near the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC Hosts Wilderness First Aid Course Nov. 3 & 4

on October 18, 2018 - 4:15pm

Earn Wilderness First Aid certifications at a two-day course 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3-4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The class 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. Participants will receive their WFA certification, which is good for two years. Register now at peecnature.org or by visiting or calling the Los Alamos Nature Center at 505.662.0460.

Jeff DeBellis from SOLO Wilderness Medical School will teach this class.

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Oct. 22

on October 18, 2018 - 7:29am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  If favorable conditions allow, to include acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit as early as Monday, Oct. 22.
 
Up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit may be treated with a focus on heavier slash left by wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.   
 
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

EM’s Office Of River Protection Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Laboratory

on October 18, 2018 - 6:12am
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards. Courtesy photo
 
An electrician tests control panel switches in Hanford’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization’s four primary facilities to be fully energized. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:

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Arctic Ice Sets Speed Limit For Major Ocean Current

on October 18, 2018 - 6:06am
A large pool of meltwater over sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. Courtesy NASA/Operation IceBridge
 
The evolution of sea ice over the Beaufort Gyre: In springtime, as ice thaws and melts into the sea, the gyre is exposed to the Arctic winds. Courtesy of the researchers
 
AGU News:
 
The Beaufort Gyre is an enormous, 600-mile-wide pool of swirling cold, fresh water in the Arctic Ocean, just north of Alaska and Canada. In the winter, this current is covered by a thick cap of ice.

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