Commissioner Garcia Richard, Sen. Ivey-Soto Join Governor At Signing Of Senate Bill 458

From left, Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard gather Monday as the governor signs Senate Bill 458 into law. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE Monday, Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-15) joined Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as she signed Senate Bill 458 into law.
The new state law will require public notice and input prior to the land office taking final action on any proposed land sales, land exchanges and rights-of-way (ROW) permits for large-scale electrical transmission

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County-Sponsored Astronomy Dark Night April 6

Pajarito Astronomers News:
The Pajarito Astronomers is holding its first County-Sponsored Dark Night of 2019 starting at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.  
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.
The moon and the planet Mars will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the late-winter and spring constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
The public is invited and encouraged

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Commissioner Garcia Richard Signs Executive Order Mandating All 9 million Surface Acres Under State Land Office Adhere To Permanent Daylight Saving Time

Longtime champion of year-round daylight saving time Sen. Cliff Pirtle


From the State Land Office:

SANTA FECommissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announced this morning a new Executive Order mandating all 9 million surface acres under the control of the State Land Office adhere to permanent daylight saving time hours. 

Sen. Cliff Pirtle (R-32), leading advocate for making New Mexico a state with year-round daylight saving time said, “I appreciate the land office taking the first step on an important issue that is critical to saving lives.”

Read the full text here:

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LAFD: New Mexico Gas Inline Inspections Begin Today

LAFD News:

New Mexico Gas is conductung its DOT required In-line Inspection on the Los Alamos DOE 12” Transmission Pipeline.

This project consists of running a tool, normally called a pig, inside the pipeline to assess the integrity of the pipe itself. The project starts at Los Alamos West, near the Quemazon community, down to Los Alamos East, which is right off N.M. 502 and Camino Entrada.

At some point during this project, blowing down small amounts of gas at Los Alamos West is required to put the tool inside the line and gas venting will be necessary at the Los Alamos East station for a short time

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Weekly Fishing Report: April 1

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
With apricot trees blooming all over the Espanola Valley, spring is definitely here. People with allergies are starting to suffer as juniper pollen fills the air. The spring winds are starting to blow and the snow is starting to melt. The lower elevation snowpack is disappearing rapidly. A lot of snow still remains at high elevations thanks to our wet winter. Rivers are beginning to rise and soon some spring flowers like daffodils and tulips will begin to bloom if they haven’t already.
We may still get some more spring snowstorms,

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DOE Awards Contract For Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program To Technical Resources Group

DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of a contract to Technical Resources Group, Inc. for support services under the DOE Office of Packaging and Transportation’s TEPP program.
The contractor shall provide support to Federal, State, Tribal and local authorities to prepare for a response to a transportation incident/accident involving DOE shipments of radiological material.
The Contractor conducts reviews of state and federal regulations and standards to identify current requirements and changes in regulations that

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New Mexico And National Wildlife Federations Herald U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Leadership And Service

NMWF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The New Mexico Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation thanks U.S. Sen. Tom Udall for his service to New Mexico and the nation — and on behalf of the nation’s wildlife, public lands and natural resources.
Udall has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020.
“Every New Mexican has benefited from Udall’s leadership on conservation and wildlife issues,” said Jesse Deubel, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “We appreciate all he has done for the state.”
“Tom Udall’s conservation legacy

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Udall, Senate Democrats Press For Commitment To Honor Existing National Monuments Boundaries

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, led 16 Senate Democrats in calling on Department of the Interior (DOI) acting Secretary David Bernhardt to make a public commitment to leave existing national monument boundaries intact as originally intended before the Senate votes on his nomination for Secretary of the Interior.
“For more than a century, the Antiquities Act has empowered presidents from both

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Santa Fe Botanical Garden Receives Dancing Star Foundation Grant To Deepen And Expand Research

View from the Dry Garden at the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill in Santa Fe. Photo by Brian Koehl
SFBG News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is committed to protecting our delicate ecosystem and biodiversity through preserving our habitat and modeling how to prepare gardens for an uncertain future.
However, until recently, the organization has had only a modest research arm. The Botanical Garden is excited to announce that with its new partner, the Dancing Star Foundation, the organization will be able to deepen and expand the research it conducts and share with

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Santa Fe Public Libraries And Teatro Paraguas Present Cuentos de Primavera (Stories For Spring)

Courtesy photo
Teatro Paraguas will present a performance of bilingual interactive cuentos (or traditional folk tales) for kids of all ages at all three Santa Fe Public Library Branches Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28.
JoJo Sena de Tarnoff directs a cast of actors ages 4-70. The program includes two cuentos: Abelardo’s Dinner (La Comida de Abelardo), based on a story told by Joe Hayes; and The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Dancing (El Hombre Que No Podia’ Dejar de Bailar). Both tales have been adapted for Teatro

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New Mexico Announces Funding For Conservation Innovation Grants

Graduate student Vesh Thapa and NMSU-ASC farm staff Landon O’Rear collecting soil samples for soil health testing. Courtesy/NMSU
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Mexico is accepting applications for Conservation Innovations Grants (CIG) to fund innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies.
NRCS uses CIG to accelerate the transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches that address some of the state’s most pressing natural resource concerns. New Mexico NRCS will provide up

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SFNF: Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed

Fire managers may conduct a prescribed burn as early as Tuesday near the Nichols Reservoir on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy photo 
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to proceed with the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed as early as April 2, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
Up to 500 acres, including 50 acres of piles, will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions.

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Protect Communities, Protect Climate: No New Leases

SANTA FE Crowds gathered today for a climate strike in front of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state office in Santa Fe to protest the lease sale of 11,000 acres of public and ancestral tribal lands in Greater Chaco and Greater Carlsbad regions.
The BLM is moving forward with this controversial lease sale despite having received over 33,000 protest comments from tribal leaders, environmental groups, and members of the public expressing concerns that the sale would have negative impacts on cultural resources, public health, and the climate.

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