Environment

Pearce Helps Push Largest Wind Farm Project In New Mexico Across The Finish Line

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement Wednesday after the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) approved the Sagamore wind project in Roosevelt County by a unanimous vote:
 
“I’m pleased to hear that the Sagamore wind project has been approved for Roosevelt County. This project will lead to the largest wind farm in New Mexico history, significantly increasing economic output. I have always believed that New Mexico should be the nation’s leader in

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Journey To Halt Allergies Leads To Startup Company Knoze Jr. Corp

Cliff Han, owner of startup company Knoze Jr. Corp., said he can now enjoy the outdoors allergy-free due to his prebiotic lollipop, which nurtures bacteria in the body to combat allergies. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

BUSINESS News:

One evening in March 2014, Los Alamos resident Cliff Han was attending a retreat and started to tear up during a talk.

He went outside for a break, but more tears arose accompanied by sneezing and a tightness in the chest. He realized his tears were not in fact caused by the speaker’s moving story, but by the pollen from the surrounding trees.

Until


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New Marketing Manager Joins PEEC

Rachel Landman in Alaska. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is very pleased to announce that Rachel Landman of Albuquerque has taken the marketing manager position vacated when Sandra West decided to move to an education and sustainability role at PEEC.
 
Landman is transitioning into the role this month, and will be working full time at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Landman has a wide variety of marketing experience, along with an environmental education background. She has worked as the editor-in-chief of her college newspaper,

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Spring Break Visitation Soars At Bandelier

Frijoles Canyon in 1917. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Visitation is rising along with spring temperatures. During the months of March and April, Bandelier National Monument is a popular destination for spring break travelers. Why not arrive early, before 10 a.m. to avoid crowded parking lots?
 
A walk along the Main Loop Trail in the morning and a shorter wait for a climb up one of the ladders might be a bit more relaxing. If arriving after 3 p.m. is a better option, then your visit must conclude by sunset, at about 7 p.m.
 
The café in Frijoles Canyon,

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CIR Panel Talk On Energy’s Global Future March 29

Gov. Bill Richardson

 
CIR News:
 
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the O’Keeffe Room at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, to hear a panel of three experts discuss Energy’s Global Future.
 
Featured Panelists:
  • Gov. Bill Richardson
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
  • PNM’s CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn 
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
We have some real heavyweights to discuss where we are collectively heading in energy – as a globe, a country, a state and a city.
 

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Purgatory Celebrates Spring With New Festivities & More Fun On The Slopes

PURGATORY News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. Purgatory Resort has many great events, festivities and activities for all ages throughout the rest of March, with the biggest party of the season scheduled for Saturday, March 31 with pond skimming and a free Aerosmith tribute band concert.  
 
Purgatory is open daily through April 1 with lifts turning 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After April 1, Purgatory will be open weekends (Fridays through Sundays) as conditions allow. For more information on operations, visit the

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Secretary Zinke Announces More Than $1.1 Billion For Sportsmen & Conservation

DOI News:
 
HORICON, WI  Tuesday U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts.
 
The Secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $34,966,603 while visiting the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments

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CAB Hears From EM Management And Contractor

Members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board listen to presentations at their March 14 meeting at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and NMED Manager for LANL Permitting Neelam Dhawan chat following the March 14 CAB meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board members meeting March 14 in Los Alamos heard updates from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental


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Air Force And NMED Host Public Information Meeting Thursday, Open House Saturday

KIRTLAND AFB News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department will co-host a public information meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday at the African American Performing Arts Center, to provide an update about the Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Facility leak cleanup activities.

Additionally, an open house will be held at the groundwater treatment system facility 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

Community members are invited to participate in a poster session 5:30-6 p.m., March 22. The main meeting presentation runs 6-8 p.m,. and includes a project status update


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Public Comment Needed On Proposed New Way Waste Is Measured At WIPP

CCNS News:
 

The Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), submitted a Class 2 Permit Modification Request Jan. 31, 2018 to change the way that waste is measured at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the repository for defense plutonium-contaminated or TRU waste, in southeastern New Mexico.

 
Public comments can be submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department until Tuesday, April 3. http://www.wipp.energy.gov/rcra-com-menu.asp 

Because the federal WIPP Land Withdrawal Act limits the amount of


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USDA Designates Colfax County Primary Natural Disaster Area

USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Colfax County in New Mexico as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by drought.
 
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Harding, Mora, Taos and Union in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
 
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Costilla and Las Animas in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
 
Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s)

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State Supreme Court Affirms Adoption Of Water Pollution Regulations For Copper Mining

NM SUPREME COURT News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Supreme Court has affirmed the state Water Quality Control Commission’s adoption of regulations governing groundwater contamination at open pit copper mines.
 
The Court ruled unanimously that the regulations, known as the “Copper Rule,” were valid under the state’s Water Quality Act (WQA). The commission adopted the regulations in 2013.
 
The Court rejected arguments by the New Mexico Attorney General and other groups, including Amigos Bravos, the Gila Resources Information Project and Turner Ranch Properties,

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SFI: Public Lecture By Chris Kempes March 20

‘Stellar Radiance’ (1970) courtesy of David A. Hardy – astroart.org
 
SFI News:
 
A Santa Fe Institute (SFI) community event “Life on Earth and Beyond” with Chris Kempes is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
 
Though scientists have yet to find life beyond our own planet, the universe is rife with possibilities. Where to look, and how to recognize it when we find it, are questions physical biologist Chris Kempes 

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Los Alamos Students Excel At Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science And Engineering Fair March 10

LAHS student Lillian Peterson wins Best in Show in the Senior Division with her project, ‘Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery’. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public School students excelled at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair with 52 students representing the district March 10 and nearly half receiving top marks.

Los Alamos High School student Lillian Peterson won Best in Show for the Senior Division with her project, “Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery.”

Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their


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Earthen Temples: The Life Of Adobe Churches

Rupert Chambers, Enjarre at San Francisco de Asis. Courtesy photo
 
MRM News:
 
Friday, March 23, the Millicent Rogers Museum will open a new exhibit titled Earthen Temples: The Life of Adobe Churches.
 
A reception will be held at the museum from 1-3 p.m. Palm Sunday, March 25. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue until Sunday, June 24.
 
Earthen Temples: The Life of Adobe Churches—This exhibit will share the story of how parish members come together to care for the adobe churches in their communities. The exhibition includes photographs

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