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Vandals Destroy San Juan County Income Support Drop Box

Vandalized drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division Office in Farmington. Courtesy/HSD

HSD News:

SANTA FE — The drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division office in Farmington was vandalized by a fire that was intentionally set, announced the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

Employees discovered the vandalism this morning and the documents in the drop box at the time of the incident were destroyed.

A police report has been filed and the department is working to get the box repaired.

There were approximately seven envelopes in the drop box at the time of the


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SFNF: Take Care Of Santa Fe National Forest This Fourth Of July Weekend No Fireworks, No Campfires, Leave No Trace

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is preparing for big crowds this Fourth of July holiday weekend as more and more people seek solace from COVID-19 in nature

All are welcome, but if you plan to spend the holiday camping, hiking or otherwise enjoying your public lands, please do so responsibly.

Although the monsoons are expected soon, New Mexico is still in fire season. Moderate to severe drought conditions with well-below-normal rainfall and above-average temperatures translate to elevated fire risk across northern New Mexico, and fire managers do not expect that to


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LANL: Building Better Electron Sources With Graphene

An added layer of graphene allows photocathode substrates to be cleaned and reused repeatedly in place inside electron microscopes and accelerators. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Photocathodes that produce electron beams for electron microscopes and advanced accelerators can be refreshed and rebuilt repeatedly without opening the devices that rely on them, provided the electron emitting materials are deposited on single-atom-thick layers of carbon known as graphene, according to a new study published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.

“The machines that rely on these electron


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New Mexico Fishing And Stocking Report: July 1

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NMGF News:

We hope you enjoy this special Aquatic Education edition of the fishing report. Every fishing excursion can be turned into an educational opportunity for children and adults alike.

The activities outlined below can be utilized to learn more about the fish we pursue and the habitats they rely on, which in turn can make us better anglers. Happy fishing!

Dissecting A Fish And Identifying It’s Internal Body Parts

Fishing is a great way to spend a day outdoors with children, but it can also be an opportunity to teach them a little more than just how to catch and clean fish.


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Spinning Yarn On The Lawn Behind Fuller Lodge

Windy Hahn set up her spinning wheel Sunday afternoon on the back lawn of Fuller Lodge to spin yarn to celebrate the Tout de Fleece holiday, a holiday celebrated in conjunction with the Tour de France bicycle race for those who spin yarn. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Manager Mary Fellman of Close-Knit Yarn Cooperative at 1247 Central Ave., celebrates the Tout de Fleece holiday Sunday using a drop spindle to weave yarn on the back lawn of Fuller Lodge. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Santa Fe Botanical Garden Announces Staff Changes Amid Pandemic … Persisting During Difficult Times

Lavender daisies blooming at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at 715 Camino Lejo. Courtesy/SFBG 

Santa Fe Botanical Garden News:

SANTA FE – The Board of Directors and professional staff of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden have worked continuously since early March to confront the difficult financial and operational challenges of the ongoing pandemic crisis. 

Board Chair Scott McIntyre said today that “the staff has been particularly resourceful, flexible, and determined to preserve the physical Garden intact and support our ongoing programs. We owe them a great debt of gratitude for persisting


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U.S. Department Of Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million To Communities To Support Critical Local Services

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Monday that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020.

“This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure,” Secretary Bernhardt said.

PILT payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands


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Thomas Bowles Of Los Alamos Honored With Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award In Nuclear Physics

Dr. Thomas J. Bowles of Los Alamos has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of nuclear physics. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Thomas J. Bowles, PhD, of Los Alamos with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

An accomplished listee, Dr. Bowles celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical


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Weekly Fishing Report: June 30, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is coming up and this is traditionally one of the busiest weekends for camping and fishing as families seek relief from the heat.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic combined with high fire danger and dry conditions, there will be a number of restrictions in place on campers and anglers.

Overnight camping is not allowed at any of New Mexico’s state parks. Most state parks are limited to day use only.

Fenton Lake State Park in the Jemez Mountains and Bluewater Lake State Park near Grants remain closed.

Most developed


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Doe Gives Birth To Fawns In Yard On North Mesa Sunday

Early Sunday morning a doe was spotted lying on the ground in the backyard of a residence on North Mesa. She had delivered two fawns that weren’t walking yet. Fawns learn to walk within about seven hours of birth. The family spent the morning observing the fawns struggle to their feet – taking a few wobbly steps before lying down for a while and then trying again. By mid-afternoon the fawns started feeling comfortable on their feet. Today, the fawns were actually frisky when their mother was around, though they spent most of the time in quiet seclusion. Photo by Charles Kooshian
A pair of fawns born

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Public Regulation Commission Hearing Examiners Recommend 100% Renewable Energy Replacement Power

From New Energy Economy:

SANTA FE — The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) hearing examiners have issued their Recommended Decision on the issue of what power generation resources PNM should utilize when it shuts down its San Juan Generating Station in 2022.

In their Recommended Decision, the Hearing Examiners adopted NEE’s requested approach to replacement resources and rejected PNM’s.

PNM had requested PRC approve its Scenario 1, which consisted of PNM-owned 280 MW of new gas, 350 MW of solar and 60 MW of storage built, operated and owned by independent renewable energy companies, and


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Kindness Rocks Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos

Sweet little rocks with messages of kindness are lifting spirits all over Los Alamos including these nestled into the crevices of boulders in Walnut and Rendija canyons. Photo by Jeffrey Howell
A small kindness rock spotted recently tucked into the crevice of a boulder. Photo by Jeffrey Howell
A tiny kindness rock spotted recently tucked into the crevice of a large boulder. Photo by Jeffrey Howell

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