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When you hear about the fires in California, or see pictures of people and animals surrounded by plastic waste, when you watch refugees fleeing drought and starvation all over the world, do you wonder if there are changes you can make in your daily life that would make a difference?

Are you looking for ways you can live more sustainably, reduce your impact, and improve your life, your community and the planet? Even small, personal actions have a global impact, the legendary flap of a butterfly’s wings that starts the storm that ends Somalia’s drought, and the EcoChallenge is a fun way

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What’s At Farmers Market This Week?

Courtesy photo
What’s at the market this week?
Pig & Fig will be at the market with Chef/Owner Laura Hamilton’s famous crossiants and coffee and a few other treats.
Also at market: Crumpackers quiches, pies and tarts. Gene with be at market will calzone type breads and fruit breads. Shure Bakery always has new and fresh baking ideas and items such as burritos, rolls, cookies, and sweets and more!
Meats will be Yak- Beef- Chicken- Turkey-Lamb- Apple Cider- Kettle corn if humidity permits; Sharpening Service, Roasted Green Chile

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AGU: Polluted Groundwater Likely Contaminated South Pacific Ocean Coral Reefs For Decades

Rarotonga. Photo by Dirk Erler
AGU News:
Groundwater containing excess nitrogen from agricultural fertilizers likely contaminated coral reefs on the Cook Islands during the second half of the 20th century, continuing for years after fertilizer use stopped, according to a new study.
The finding suggests human activities have long-lasting impacts on coral reef communities and could be contributing to their decline.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth, supporting more species per unit area than any other marine environment,

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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Passes Critical Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Sagebrush Habitat

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich 

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 7, 2018) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announced the passage of the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act by unanimous consent in the Senate. He introduced the bipartisan legislation with U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to streamline scientifically-recognized vegetation management projects to conserve or restore the habitat of the sage-grouse and mule deer, and reduce the risk of catastrophic

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La Jara Prescribed Burn Sept. 18 – Nov. 16

A prescribed burn is planned Sept. 18 – Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn as early as Sept. 18 through Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District.

Some 338 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers

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Santa Fe Botanical Garden Equinox Celebration Sept. 22

SFBG News:
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden provides more than 13,000 student engagements through educational programming and classes each year.

Through these programs, Northern New Mexico children and youth learn about the unique ecosystem and its challenges and discover the wonderful world of nature.

The community is invited to attend a festive fundraiser to support the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and its commitment to education and community service. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, signature cocktail by KGB Spirits, seated dinner, live music and more.

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Luján Requests Hearing On Legislation To Recognize Traditional Land Uses In New Mexico

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) appeared before the House Committee on Natural Resources to call for action on his Land Grant and Acequia Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act, which would provide greater consultation between the federal government and New Mexico’s land grants and acequias.
Luján’s legislation, introduced in July 2018, would for the first time recognize the traditional uses of land grants and acequias’ natural resources in New Mexico.
At the hearing, Luján

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Nature On Tap: Bird Banding At Bandelier Sept. 10

Nature on Tap presents a talk on bird banding at Bandelier 5:30-7 p.m. Monday at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo


Come to UnQuarked Wine Bar 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 for Nature On Tap and learn more about the bird banding program at Bandelier National Monument.

Staff members from Bandelier will give a brief talk about the project and how individuals can get involved and then the audience can join in a lively discussion.

On Tap is a series of discussions hosted at UnQuarked in downtown Los Alamos. Each month features one On Tap with a rotating theme.

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Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets Sept. 20

LAGA News:
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at the White Rock Public Library.  
Note the unusual date and place due to the temporary closure of the Los Alamos Public Library. The speaker will be Cary Skidmore, and his presentation is entitled, “Our Breathtakingly Amazing (and Continuing) Adventure with Family History”.
The traditional no-host social dinner will start at 5:30 p.m., that night at “Pig + Fig” in White Rock.
BTW, RootsTech 2019 registration opens Sept. 20 — the same

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Zinke Expands Hunting And Fishing Opportunities At 30 National Wildlife Refuges

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will open more than 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System.
This will now bring the number of units where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312.
This will open more new acres to hunting and fishing than in the past and takes steps

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SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned For Late September

SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed starting as early as Sept. 23.
Two separate units expected to be treated within the Santa Fe Watershed total 950 acres and are approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe. One unit is 450 acres northeast of Nichols Reservoir, and the other is 500 acres just south of McClure Reservoir. If conditions are favorable,

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Daily Postcard: Waterfall Follows Rainstorm At Overlook

CORRECTION: we have been made aware that rather than a waterfall caused by the rainstorm Thursday – this is actually effluent water that usually doesn’t run during the summer because the parks department is watering the ballfields at Overlook. Daily Postcard: A waterfall develops from the rainstorm Thursday at Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene of effluent water running Thursday at Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Scene of effluent water running Thursday at Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibb

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Game & Fish: Hunts Open For Many Small Game Species

NMGF News:
SANTA FE White-winged dove, mourning dove, dusky (blue) grouse and squirrel seasons are open statewide. These hunts offer great opportunities to get a new hunter out in the field. The weather tends to be warmer and good opportunities exist with minimal hiking.
Here are a few tips for hunting these species:
  • White-winged and mourning doves can typically be found throughout the state in warmer, open habitats, around water and near farm or agriculture fields. New Mexico has two hunting zones, North and South. The dividing line starts at the Arizona/New Mexico border and

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Daily Postcard: Rainbow Colors Sky Above Zia CU

Daily Postcard: A rainbow colors the sky above Zia Credit Union at 1001 Central Ave., Tuesday afternoon in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Adam Baker

About Zia Credit Union:

In 1955, a group of approximately 200 individuals from Zia Company, support contractors for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, organized and founded Zia Credit Union as a special interest group, a common practice for that time in the credit union movement. The contractors felt they needed their own financial institution. Management of the newly-founded Zia Credit Union chose to become a state-charted credit union.

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