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NMDOH Launches Statewide Summer Awareness Campaign To Prevent Spread Of Zika Virus

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced the launch of a summer campaign to educate the public about Zika virus prevention. So far this year, there has been just one reported case of West Nile Virus and no reported cases of Zika Virus in New Mexico. However, we are entering the 2017 mosquito season.  

The campaign focuses on providing information to pregnant women and their partners who may be considering travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

The prevention efforts are being supported by television and radio spots throughout New Mexico as well


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Upcoming CaveSim Adventure At Nature Center

Try out caving at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo

ENVIRONMENT News:

Delve into a simulated world of caves 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This is the perfect opportunity to crawl through 60-foot tunnels, observe vertical rope climbing demos, and practice rescue missions. The electronic simulator will track your movements so you can learn what it takes to access some of the most remote places on Earth.

To add to the adventure, the Classic Air Medial helicopter will land at 9:30 a.m. at the nature center. Parking will be available on the street and across


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Zinke Announces New Mexico Will Receive $21,574,904 Share Of Billion-Dollar National Distribution

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
 
New Mexico will receive a total of $21,574,904, including $6,107,387 in Sport Fish Restoration program funds and $15,467,517 in Wildlife Restoration program funds.
 
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast, where the

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Daily Postcard: McCauley Hot Springs

Daily Postcard: McCauley Hot Springs is not as wet as many states but just as beautiful when water is found. The Jemez are full of little treasures. Photo by Avery Neal


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Summit Garden Club Announces Scholarship Recipient

The Summit Garden Club is happy to announce the 2017 graduating senior recipient of the Pat Edmonds & Sue Graves Memorial Scholarship. Erica Keevama (second from left) will be attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, majoring in biology. The club’s Scholarship Committee members, from left, Susan Larocque, Norma Tech and Ann Cooke. Courtesy photo
 

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces Distribution Of $1.1 Billion To State Wildlife Agencies

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Tuesday announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
 
State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal year 2017 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration Program fund can be found here and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund here.
 
The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast

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SFNF: Report It … Don’t Ignore It

SFNF News:

EL RITO — Each year the El Rito Ranger District hosts thousands of visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Unfortunately, a small number of these visitors behave badly and cause big problems for the forest. Fire prevention patrols in the forest find abandoned or unattended campfires almost every day.

Abandoned campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire. Every large wildfire begins as a small fire. In 2011 the Wallow wildfire in Arizona burned 522,000+ acres. One small campfire left unattended burned an area 28 miles by 28 miles.

June is high fire season at the El Rito Ranger


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The Scoop Behind The Crane…

A crane heads down Trinity Drive Monday toward the CenturyLink Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Map of the legacy clean up area. Courtesy image

Staff Report

The purpose of the large crane that made its way up the Main Hill Road Monday evening and over to the CenturyLink Building on Trinity Drive is to clean up an area of decades old contaminated dirt.

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus explained today that the crane has been brought it to remove legacy waste along the side of the canyon behind the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building on Trinity


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Scenes From Hike On Canada Bonita Trail

A scene of  a very green ski hill spotted during a hike Thursday on the Canada Bonita Trail. Photo by Patricia Rathbone

A scene of  wild irises spotted during a hike Thursday on the Canada Bonita Trail. Photo by Patricia Rathbone


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New President, Project Manager Bruce Covert Takes Helm For Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC At WIPP

Bruce Covert

WIPP News:

Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), the AECOM-led management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), has a new president and project manager this week. Bruce Covert has replaced Phil Breidenbach who, for the past two years, has led NWP efforts to safely recover the facility and resume WIPP transuranic waste emplacement operations.

“I want to thank Phil for his hard work and leadership. He has been a true asset to WIPP and an outstanding partner to the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO),” CBFO Manager Todd


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Small Streams And Tributaries Have Good Fishing

Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

With the temperatures soaring here in the Espanola Valley and the big rivers still swollen with runoff, escaping the heat and finding good fishing in flowing water was a challenge. There are several viable options for local anglers. Head to the high country and fish the smaller headwater streams and tributaries where runoff has peaked and the water levels are falling.

Los Alamos-based anglers can head to the Jemez Mountains where the water is dropping fast.


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Worry About Aging Belgian Nukes

Tihange 2 nuclear reactor. Photo by Michielverbeek – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5747203

By Homeland Security News Wire:

More micro-cracks have been discovered at the Belgian Tihange 2 nuclear reactor near the German border. safe. The worries in Germany about radiation leaks from the old reactor are strong.

Last year, the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is on the other side of the Belgian-German border, purchased iodine tablets for distribution to the public in the event of radiation leak. Belgium


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Bear Tears Apart Suet Feeder At Los Alamos Home

This black bear visited a Los Alamos residence around 7:50 p.m. Sunday. Apparently bears like suet. It tore apart the suet feeder and then moved on to a nyjer-seed feeder and a bird house. The bird house is six feet above the ground; obviously this bear can reach that high. So people should keep their bird feeders at least 6.5 feet above the ground. Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson


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USDA Seeks Applications To Help Socially Disadvantaged Ag Producers And Rural Business Owners

USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rural Development Acting Deputy Undersecretary Roger Glendenning announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help socially disadvantaged agricultural producers and rural business owners.
 
“These grants help ensure that rural business owners have what they need to succeed in today’s competitive, global economy,” Glendenning said. “According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses employ more than half of all U.S. workers. Their success is vital to the nation’s economy.”
 
USDA is awarding

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Physicist Speaks On ‘No Wonder You Wonder!’

Cover of ‘No Wonder You Wonder!’ by Claude Phipps. Phipps will speak Thursday, June 15 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

Claude Phipps

LIBRARY News:

What holds a satellite up while it goes around the earth? Why can’t you travel back in time? These are just two of the many questions explored by Claude Phipps in his book “No Wonder You Wonder!” published by Springer International in 2016. Phipps will speak at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m., Thursday, June 15 in the Upstairs Rotunda. The talk will be followed by a book-signing.

Phipps has degrees from MIT and Stanford, and has spent his


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Youth Invited To Share Art For Pollinator Party

A pollinator visits a flower. Photo by Katherine Eagleson 
 

NMWC News: 

 

New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) invites area youth, K-12, to create a piece of “hangable” art centered on the theme “pollinators.” All media accepted. Winners receive free admission to NMWC’s Pollinator Party on July 8 to view their art hanging in the center!

 

New Mexico Wildlife Center will hold a special celebration in honor of pollinators – bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, bats, moths and more – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  July 8 at NMWC, 19 Wheat St. in Espanola.


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Udall, Heinrich: $13 Million From U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers For Flood Control And Water Quality Projects

U.S. SENTATE News:

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has provided $13 million for flood management, water infrastructure, and environmental restoration projects throughout New Mexico.

The funding comes at the request of Udall and Heinrich following passage in May of the Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, which funds the government through September. The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for designing and building major flood control, waterway management, and environmental restoration projects


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