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Udall, Heinrich Urge Department Of Interior To Lift Sudden Suspension Of Public Land Advisory Groups

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a coalition of Western Democratic senators in urging the Department of the Interior (DOI) to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing local committees and advisory boards that provide essential community input on public land management.
 
In response to reports that the Department of the Interior postponed all meetings for public resource advisory councils and committees (RACs) until September, the senators wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asking

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Ice Particles In Earth’s Atmosphere Create Glints

One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off Earth. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off Earth.
 
The homeward-facing instrument on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, launched in 2015, caught hundreds of these flashes over the span of a year. NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) instrument aboard DSCOVR is taking almost-hourly images of the sunlit planet from its spot between Earth

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Clean Up Los Alamos Day Another Sweeping Success!

Clean Up Los Alamos Day Appreciation Luncheon May 13 at Ashley Pond Park Pavillion. Courtesy photo
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Environmental Services would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in the 14th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day Saturday May 13.
 
It was a great success again this year with 339 participants collecting trash and brush around the Los Alamos and White Rock area.
 
The county collected approximately 10.5 tons of solid waste and 156 residents utilized the Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center Saturday

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Additional Funds From $5.5 Million Settlement To Be Disbursed For New Mexico’s Environmental Restoration

 
ONRT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (collectively, the Trustees) have finalized the Addendum to the Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) for the Chino, Cobre, and Tyrone Mine Facilities in Southwestern New Mexico.
 
The ONRT is a small state agency administratively attached to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) ensuring that New Mexico’s natural resources that were injured because of contamination are restored for

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PEEC Offers New Forest Explorers Program

PEEC’s new summer program takes kids out in nature to play, hike and be creative. Photo by Denise Matthews

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a new program this summer for 5 to 8 year olds, called Forest Explorers. This hike-and-play club will take children on weekly hikes, every Wednesday beginning June 14 through Aug. 9, with ample time for child-directed play in nature.

Forest Explorers is a 9-week drop off program that meets 9:30-11 a.m. each Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, starting June 14. The children will take hikes into the canyon next


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Public Astronomy Dark Night Saturday

Astronomy News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Mars, Jupiter and its moons and Saturn with its rings and moons will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the 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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Local Expert To Lead Wildflower Walk Monday

Wildflowers are important for pollinators like this swallowtail butterfly. Photo Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Would you like to learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau? Starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller will lead a Wildflower Walk.

These popular monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflowers in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.


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National Nuclear Security Administration Notice Of Proposed Floodplain And Wetland Actions At LANL

NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing activities within the 100-year floodplain in Delta Prime (DP) Canyon and within a wetland in Mortandad Canyon in Technical Areas-(TA) 21 and TA-03 respectively, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, NNSA has prepared a joint floodplain and wetland assessment for the proposed actions. The floodplain assessment analyzes the installation

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NNSA Awards NNSS Site Management & Operating Contract To Mission Support And Test Services, LLC

NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today it has awarded Mission Support and Test Services LLC (MSTS) with the management and operating contract for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas, Nev.
 
MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (SN3).
 
NNSA conducted a full and open competition for the follow-on NNSS M&O contract. The award is valued at $5 billion

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Clean Up Los Alamos Day Is Today!

COUNTY News:
 
Due to inclement weather on April 29, Clean Up Los Alamos Day has been rescheduled for today, Saturday, May 13.
 
Let’s keep Los Alamos litter free. Join the fun and help tidy up the community by collecting trash and recyclables from your neighborhoods and public places. An appreciation lunch will be provided to volunteers noon – 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond.
 
Free gloves and bags will be provided upon registration. The Eco Station will allow free trash disposal to all Los Alamos County residents.
 

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Pajarito Greenhouse Has Huge Selection Of Flowers And Plants For Mother’s Day

Beautiful blooms at Pajarito Greenhouse. The Greenhouse has the most selection for the season right now, just in time for Mother’s Day. The Greenhouse is at 238 Rio Bravo in Pajarito Acres. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 505.695.4640. Visit online at www.cbfox.com/pajaritogreenhouse. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

Certified Arborist Laural Hardin advises Pajarito Greenhouse owner Dave Fox on the proper care of his trees. This one certainly looks happy! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com


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NMED Seeks Appointees For Recycling And Illegal Dumping Alliance

NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is seeking appointees for the Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Alliance that supports a cleaner, healthier environment for New Mexicans.
 
The industry waste generator seat, the nonprofit organization seat, and the solid waste authority seat are open.
 
The RAID Alliance, established by the 2005 New Mexico RAID Act, provides recommendations to NMED to award grants designed to protect the health and welfare of the environment and current and future residents of New Mexico

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AG Balderas Sues President To Properly Compensate State For Coal Extraction And Its Climate Change Impact On New Mexico

STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the Attorneys General of California, Washington and New York to file a challenge in federal District Court in Montana to the Trump Administration’s decision to resume federal coal leasing without completing the required environmental impact statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
 
“Yet again, President Trump is breaking the law and New Mexicans stand to pay the price for his illegal actions,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said. “New Mexico taxpayers must be properly

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