Environment

World Religion Day: High Atlas Foundation Grows Trees In Nurseries Built On Moroccan Jewish Community Land

Aberrahim is the caretaker at the Akrich nursery, the first of the High Atlas Foundation’s fruit tree nurseries built on land lent in-kind by the Moroccan Jewish Community. Courtesy/HAF

High Atlas Foundation News:

Today is World Religion Day, and the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is celebrating its interfaith fruit tree nurseries, which are built on land lent in-kind by the Moroccan Jewish community and are enhancing livelihoods for Muslim farming families around Morocco.

These nurseries champion the notion that Morocco’s multicultural past and present, and the preservation of it, should


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State Of New Mexico Reaches $11M Settlement With Companies Responsible For 2015 Gold King Mine Disaster

The Gold King Mine toxic spill as it looked in 2015. File photo

The Animas River as it stands today. Courtesy/NMED

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee have announced an $11 million settlement associated with the 2015 Gold King Mine blowout that released tons of toxic metals and acidic waste into the Animas and San Juan Rivers.

The settlement is between the State of New Mexico and defendants Sunnyside Gold Corporation, which oversaw the construction of bulkheads that caused the Gold


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On The Job: ‘Challenge: Tomorrow’ Traveling Trailer Team

On the job Thursday are members of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s ‘Challenge: Tomorrow’ Traveling Trailer Team from the Bradbury Science Museum. The team gathered in a local driveway to mock up the layout of their trailers. From left, Stacy Baker, Jonathan Creel, Jennifer Cline and BSM Director Linda Deck. They are developing two trailers in which to travel to festivals, STEM events and schools and universities around New Mexico. The trailers will carry experiential components that Lab staff will use to help people understand what LANL scientists are working on to make a better tomorrow.


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 14

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are currently 84 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to


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Luján Meets With Interior Secretary-designee Deb Haaland

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Lujan:

NAMBÉ – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after meeting with Interior Secretary-designee, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico:

“I was honored to speak with Secretary-designee Deb Haaland this afternoon to discuss our shared priorities and how we can deliver results for New Mexicans. Together, we discussed protecting New Mexico’s sacred sites, bridging the digital divide across rural and Tribal communities, and overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Congresswoman Haaland’s historic nomination underscores


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Los Alamos National Laboratory 2020 Year In Review

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Looking back over 2020, Director Thom Mason said it is the 13,000 Laboratory employees that he is most proud of … how they have stepped up and met the challenges of a global pandemic.

LANL Director Thom Mason

Just shifting that large number of employees from working onsite to working remotely was quite an endeavor and Mason commended the employees on having adapted so well.

“Those employees that had to be onsite were safer by not having more people here,” he said during a recent


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Century Bank Joins Fun Of Backcountry Film Festival

Century Bank’s Tim Branch hands a Backcountry Film Festival sponsorship to PEEC Executive Director Katie Bruell. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Century Bank is again sponsoring the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) showing of the Backcountry Film Festival from the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

The screening is 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with the streaming link live for 72 hours for ticket-holders.

And exciting news just in! Thanks to Century Bank, ticket holders will receive one free drink from the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill plus a discount code for 15 percent off their food and drink


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Utilities Department Invites Public Comment On White Rock Water Resource Recovery Facility At Virtual Meeting Jan. 21

An aerial view of the wastewater treatment plant that has run its course in White Rock. Courtesy/LAC

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The wastewater treatment plant in White Rock has run its course and the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is working to replace the approximately 60-year-old plant with a new, cutting edge water resource recovery facility.

Before construction equipment is powered up to build a new facility, a public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 on Zoom. During the hearing, the project will be reviewed and


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New Mexico DFA Announces Executive Budget Recommendation Includes Key Climate Initiatives

EMNRD Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst

DFA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) has released the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget, which emphasizes Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s commitment to bold climate action.

The Executive Budget Recommendation includes an additional $7.9 million for the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) climate priorities.

Priorities include forest and watershed restoration, modernizing New Mexico’s electric grid, environmental compliance and oversight of the oil and gas industry,


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New Algorithm Mimics Electrosensing In Fish

Weakly electric fish are specially adapted to traverse obscured waters without relying on vision; instead, they sense their environment via electric fields. Courtesy/SIAM

SIAM News:

While humans may struggle to navigate a murky, turbid underwater environment, weakly electric fish can do so with ease. These aquatic animals are specially adapted to traverse obscured waters without relying on vision; instead, they sense their environment via electric fields.

Now, researchers are attempting to adapt these electrosensing techniques to improve underwater robotics.

Scientists have


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Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 13, 2021

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The drought in New Mexico continues. The weather has been cold enough to expand the ice-fishing opportunities here, but very little snow to go along with the cold weather.

The latest storm saw much of Northern New Mexico receive only a little bit of snow, while the City of Hobbs down in Southeastern New Mexico received eight inches of snow.

The storms have been very fickle and hit-or-miss (mostly missed) this winter.

Our neighbor to the north, Colorado, is also suffering from drought, particularly Southwestern Colorado.

The 2021-2022


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Zero Waste Team: Family Food Waste Prevention Pledge

From The County Zero Waste Team:

It’s that time again, time to take a look at what we might do to improve our lives in the New Year.

Often, we make resolutions to improve our health, save money for things we want, make time for our families or work to heal the planet.

How about accomplishing all those goals with one money and time saving resolution, that improves health and the environment?

It’s probably not one you’ve thought much about, but it is powerful: Waste Less Food.

In the U.S., households waste an average of $1,500 per year on food they don’t eat. That’s like throwing $125 out your car window every


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Bureau Of Land Management Seeks Public Input On Proposed Oil And Gas Lease Sale In New Mexico

BLM News:

SANTA FE — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking for public input on two parcels (202.16 acres) of federal minerals proposed for the July 15, 2021, competitive oil and gas lease sale.

The public scoping period is Jan. 19, 2021 to Feb. 1, 2021.

This scoping process is intended to solicit public input on relevant issues, potential impacts, and alternatives that the BLM should address in an environmental assessment to be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

The BLM will consider all substantive comments received during the public scoping period to


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