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Tales Of Our Times: Partisan Discourse Forges The Hobbles It Wears

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Partisan Discourse Forges The Hobbles It Wears
 
A year before the 2016 election, this column remarked on news about the hard physical evidence that shows barriers are hardwired into partisan thinking. Since then, political discourse has shown more such evidence. A natural quirk in our brains minimizes the exchange of ideas, the essential mulch that a democratic republic needs to survive and be fruitful. Nature is not an easy friend.

In partisan issues, and other issues made partisan to stir voters,


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Lujan Grisham And Luján Introduce Crop Insurance Fairness Act To Protect Rio Arriba Farmers

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
STATE News:
 
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have introduced the Crop Insurance Fairness Act.
 
The bill is a response to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New Mexico’s mid-year reduction in Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) payments for Rio Arriba farmers.
 
The Crop Insurance Fairness Act would require that any adjustments made mid-year that result in a decrease in NAP payments not take effect until the following year. This ensures that farmers receive the full payments they budgeted for and anticipated.

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Jemez Ranger District Joaquin Piles Burn Begins Today

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today on piles that will reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Fire managers will take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and recent precipitation.

Should the weather permit this morning, crews will treat up to 230 acres of the Joaquin piles.

The Joaquin piles area is 6.5 miles north of Gilman, just south of Porter Landing. Smoke may be visible from Cuba, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, N.M. 4, San Ysidro


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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Honored In TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards

The slot canyon at Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, formed by the wear of water rushing through rock. Courtesy photo
 

BLM News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The Bureau of Land Management and Pueblo de Cochiti have announced that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument has been named a winner in the inaugural TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards in the 2018 Beaches and Natural Attractions category.  

The TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards takes a two-pronged approach to choose winners: a combination of data and real, human vetting to recognize the very best restaurants, hotels, and attractions


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Pajarito Astronomers Hold Final Dark Night Nov. 3

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding their final County-Sponsored Dark Night of 2018 at starting at 6 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, Nov. 3 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park, weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.

The planets Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the fall and early-winter constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.


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Rep. Lujan Grisham Supports BLM Decision To Suspend Certain Lease Sales Around Chaco Canyon But Joins APCG To Continue To Call For Permanent Protections

Rep. Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham has released the following statement to Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement that the agency would suspend the sale of several leases within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon.
 
Rep. Lujan Grisham had previously urged BLM to maintain a 10 mile protection zone around Chaco Canyon and to not include it in any future lease sales.
 
“Despite this announcement, I remain concerned that if BLM does not take additional precautions, important archeological and cultural resources in the area could be

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Weekly Fishing: Report Oct. 25

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The river valleys are especially beautiful this time of the year with the golden cottonwoods along their banks ablaze with color. The recent moisture that we’ve been getting is most welcome and we will need a lot more if we are to recover from the drought conditions we experienced earlier in the year. Seeing a cap of white snow on the Sangre de Cristos is certainly encouraging.
 
Reservoir water levels remain low throughout the state.
 
New Mexico is not alone when it comes to low water levels in our reservoirs. The big lakes on the

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Weather Alert: Dense Fog Advisory This Morning

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports dense fog will limit visibility to one quarter mile or less at times across portions of northern and western New Mexico.

Patches of dense fog along I-25 between Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Raton will make for dangerous driving conditions. Motorists should proceed with extreme caution.

Today’s high near 55. Tonight’s low around 38.


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State Engineer Extends Deadline To Comply With Nambé-Pojoaque-Tesuque Metering Order

OSE News:
 
SANTA FE State Engineer Tom Blaine has announced that the deadline to comply with the Metering Order for the Nambé-Pojoaque-Tesuque (NPT) Basin Water Master District has been extended to Oct. 3, 2019.
 
The original order required totalizing flow meters to be installed and operational by Oct. 3, 2018 for every groundwater well within the NPT Water Master District. This includes wells on the Nambé, Pojoaque, Tesuque and San Ildefonso Pueblos. The deadline was extended in response to public requests for more time to bring their wells into compliance with the order.

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PEEC: Explore World Of Black Holes Oct. 26-27

Explore the world of black holes this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center. At 7 p.m. Friday, join Aycin Aykutalp to learn about her recent research on infant massive black holes in the early universe. At 2 p.m. Saturday, watch the full-dome film ‘Black Holes’. CourtesyPEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Explore the world of black holes at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. Aycin Aykutalp will discuss her research on possible pathways for the formation of massive seed black holes in the early universe and on Saturday, Oct. 27 the nature center will show the full-dome film “Black Holes” in the planetarium at 2

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AGU: New Research Shows Strong Indian Monsoons Steer Atlantic Hurricanes Toward Land

Hurricane Maria near peak intensity, moving north towards Puerto Rico, Sept. 19, 2017. New research finds strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas. Courtesy/Naval Research Laboratory/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they’ll make landfall in the Americas, according to new research.
 
A new study finds

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Zinke Announces Public-Private Partnership Bringing $2.7 Million To Habitat Conservation Of Big Game Migration Corridors And Winter Range

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and ConocoPhillips, has announced a new NFWF $2.7 million grant program to enhance and improve the quality of habitat in state identified, priority big-game winter range, stopover areas, and migration corridors on federal land and/or voluntary efforts on private land.
 
This grant program is possible from funding support provided by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife

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ORNL: Past And Present DOE Missions Displayed In American Museum Of Science & Energy At Oak Ridge

Participants in the Oct. 18 opening of the new American Museum of Science and Energy facility gather for the ribbon cutting. Courtesy/ORNL

From left, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann tour the new American Museum of Science &d Energy facility with Museum Director Julia Bussinger. Courtesy/ORNL

Visitors are greeted by an interactive map of Oak Ridge and five exhibit areas when they enter the new American Museum of Science & Energy facility. Courtesy/ORNL

ORNL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.


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Daily Postcard: Sunset Colors Sky Over Los Alamos

Daily Postcard: The coloful sunset Monday evening looking east over the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: The coloful sunset Monday evening looking east over ZIA Credit Union in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: The coloful sunset Monday evening looking west over the rooftop of New Mexico Bank & Trust in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos Mountaineers: Talk On Adventures In East Greenland At Nature Center Tuesday Evening

Learn about Eiichi Fukushima’s adventures in East Greenland at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting beginning by 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This talk is free open to the public. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting and hear about Eiichi Fukushima’s trip to East Greenland in 1971.

This presentation is free and open to the public and starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. The Mountaineers’ regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Fukushima


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Forest Personnel Seek Volunteers For Trail Cleanup

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The public is invited to volunteer alongside USDA Forest Service personnel to a hike up the Arroyo Toro Route to Window Rock, and help clean up the trail, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
 
There is a briefing at the Arroyo Toro Route at 10 a.m., 11.5 miles north of Española on US Highway 84. The point of contact is referenced below for exact briefing location. Volunteers will then hike to the trail.
 
The hike will be an eight mile round trip. Volunteers must wear long pants and sturdy closed toe shoes. Bring a day pack with water and sunscreen. Light snacks

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NMHU Revitalizes Campus With Public Art

William Goodman’s Arabesque sculpture adjacent to Burris Hall on the Highlands University campus is part of a new public art installation. Courtesy Margaret McKinney/NMHU
 
NMHU News:
 
New Mexico Highlands is revitalizing its main campus through public artwork, thanks to the state’s Art in Public Places Program.
 
Ten artworks ranging from soaring outdoor sculptures to stoneware pottery and a series of bird paintings are being installed throughout the university.
 
“We wanted a variety of diverse artistic aesthetics,” said David Lobdell, chair of the Visual and

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