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Los Luceros Historic Site Open Third Sunday Of Month Through Fall

View of the Rio Grande from Los Luceros historic property. Photo by Gene Peach
 
NMDCA News:
 
ALCALDE From ancient pueblo settlements to Spanish colonial haciendas, Los Luceros Historic Property has provided a bountiful life for people through the centuries.
 
This summer, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ Historic Sites division invites you and your family to enjoy the Los Luceros Historic property.
 
“New Mexican’s are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the Río Grande or under the shade of the historic apple orchard,’ Patrick Moore, Director

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From Paleontology To Pupfish … Oddities Of White Sands Win Second Annual Pitch Competition

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NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department hosted its second annual Travel Tank, a “Shark Tank” style pitching competition that brings tourism professionals from all over the state face-to-face with top-tier travel writers for the chance to win media coverage for their unique story idea.
 
“Building upon last year’s momentum, Travel Tank 2.0 was great,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said. “Our tourism industry came to the table with some fantastic story ideas to pitch to travel writers, and I can’t wait to see the coverage our partners

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Mick Rich: Building New Mexico’s Energy Future

By MICK RICH
Republican Candidate for US Senate
 
I strongly advocate a full spectrum energy policy for New Mexico, tapping all our natural and intellectual resources. Here’s why.
 
New Mexico has abundant energy: New Mexico is the seventh-largest supplier of energy to America. Our oil production grew 17 percent in 2016 alone, making New Mexico America’s third-largest oil producer. We provide four percent our nation’s natural gas, and two percent of its coal. Although we have no nuclear power plants, we have the second-largest uranium reserves in the nation.
 
New Mexico produces

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Udall Secures Commitment From Zinke To Improve Public Input Process For Leasing Public Land

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), secured a commitment from DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke to improve public input while considering lease sales on public land, after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) updated its guidelines to severely limit public input.
 
Questioning Zinke about BLM’s new guidelines for considering lease sales on public lands Udall said, “In January, BLM issued new guidance about how to conduct

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Scenes From Farmers Market Thursday

The Los Alamos Farmers Market is held each Thursday morning in the parking lot adjacent to Mesa Public Library. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Scene from Thursday’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford


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Los Alamos Neighborhood Awakens To Bears In Tree

Three bears are spotted hanging out this morning in a tree behind a Woodland Road in Los Alamos. The two young bears climbed to the top and seemed to be content to stay there, while the agitated mother continued her quest to reach them. Four hours later the bears remain in the tree. According to the Los Alamos Police Department, New Mexico Game & Fish Department officials were notified but said to just leave the bears alone. A NMG&F spokesperson said community members should call 888.248.6866 during regular business hours or LAPD Dispatch at 505.662.8222 after hours. Photo by Maire


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DOE Moving Forward With Key WIPP Upgrades

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DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is moving forward with a key infrastructure upgrade at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico to enable increased progress in DOE’s mission to address the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.
 
Assistant Energy Secretary for Environmental Management Anne White approved the start of construction for a $288 million underground ventilation system at WIPP. The Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation

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PEEC: Three Days Exploring Geology Of Sierra Blanca

View of Sierra Blanca Peak from Lookout Mountain, one of the stops on an upcoming geology tour from PEEC and Fraser and Cathy Goff. These features form part of the roof of Three Rivers Stock. The tour will take place from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 and explore the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and local geology experts Fraser and Cathy Goff are offering an exciting three-day field trip to examine the geology and volcanology of the Sierra Blanca in south-central

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Western Tanager Spotted Sunday In Los Alamos

This Western Tanager was spotted Sunday in the backyard of a residence near Canyon Glen Road in Los Alamos. According to allaboutbirds.org, these birds live in open woods all over the west, particularly among evergreens, where they often stay hidden in the canopy. Nevertheless, they’re a quintessential woodland denizen in summertime, where they fill the woods with their short, burry song and low, chuckling call notes. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

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Registration Open For Two All-New Summer Camps

PEEC is offering two brand new summer camps this August. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center is offering two brand new summer camps for kids just before they go back to school.
 
Registration is now open for PEEC Pathfinders and PEEC Trailblazers, which will run from Aug. 6-10 and 13-15. Campers can attend the camps for a full week, the half week, or both.
 
“Parents have been asking PEEC to expand our summer programs for years now. We’re excited to finally be able to offer nature play-based camps during a time when there’s not much else available in town,”

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Heinrich Calls On Secretary Mattis To Explain Why DoD Removed Climate Change Data From Report

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following a report that the Department of Defense (DoD) revised a January 2018 vulnerability assessment by removing references to climate change and key findings on the risks from sea level rise, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined a group of senators in calling on Defense Secretary James Mattis to release the unpublished draft of the report and explain why the omissions were made.
 
“These are substantive, not stylistic, changes—and

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Secretaries Perdue And Zinke Join Forces To Combat 2018 Wildfire Season

Members of Congress include Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Maria Cantwell (WA), Mike Crapo (ID), Steve Daines (MT), Cory Gardner (CO), Dean Heller (NV), Jeff Merkley (OR), Jim Risch (ID), Ron Wyden (OR); and Representatives Rob Bishop (UT), Jim Costa (CA), Jared Huffman (CA), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Frank Lucas (OK), Tom McClintock (CA), Tom O’Halleran (AZ), Steve Pearce (NM), GT Thompson (PA), Greg Walden (OR), and Bruce Westerman (AR). Courtesy photo
 
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USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of the Interior

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Weekly Fishing Report: May 13

By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The State Game and Fish Department has resumed its stockings of bigger-than-average rainbow trout throughout Northern New Mexico. These fish will average more than 15 inches in size and provide anglers with a chance to catch a big trout they would not otherwise have.

This program began back in 2014 when trout normally raised and stocked at the Red River Fish Hatchery for stocking in the Shuree Ponds on the Valle Vidal had to be planted elsewhere because drought had degraded the  water quality at the Shuree Ponds to a point where trout


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Forest Increases Public Engagement To Prevent Fires

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) personnel will engage the public more often than usual to increase fire prevention awareness and reduce the chances for wildfires while in Stage 2 fire restrictions.

The Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect across the forest May 7 and will remain until conditions allow forest officials to change or lift the restrictions.

“We’re making a concerted effort on the forest to make sure as much of the public as possible is aware of, and understands, the restrictions we have in place,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said. “We use Twitter and Facebook


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State Game Commission Meets In Los Alamos May 22

Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Division Office Specialist Tiffany Pegoda checks out a bear proof trash cart made available to residents in April. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

NMSGC News:

The New Mexico State Game Commission will host a meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Dr., in Los Alamos.

Among the topics is Stewart Liley’s update on the bighorn sheep status in Cochiti Canyon. That item will be followed by one of importance to the local bear-populated community when the Department will recognize the cooperation


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BPU Will Decide County’s Participation In Coal Plant Post 2022

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will be recommending to its Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to let the county’s contract for a three percent ownership share in the San Juan Generating Station expire in 2022. 

Consideration of this recommendation will occur at the Wednesday, May 16, BPU meeting scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. The BPU decision will then be forwarded to the County Council for concurrence.

Los Alamos County entered into a plant participation agreement in the mid-1980s with eight other owners


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