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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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Daily Postcard: Grey Fox Spotted On Barranca Mesa

Daily Postcard: This grey fox is spotted eating spelt bird seed Thursday afternoon in the yard of a Barranca Mesa home. The grey fox, is a carnivorous mammal of the family Canidae ranging throughout most of the southern half of North America from southern Canada to the northern part of South America. No other canid’s natural range spans both North and South America and it is the only American canid that can climb trees. Source wikipedia.com. Photo by Ken Hanson


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Environmental Sustainability Board Updates Council

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and Environmental Sustainability Board Chair John Bliss update the Los Alamos County Council about the Sustainability Board during the Council’s special session Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. In the presentation, it is reported the Environmental Sustainability Board is recommending a rate increase. The Fiscal Year 2018 budget assumed a $3 household rate increase and a 3 percent commerical rate increase. It is also stated in the presentation that working capital is being


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Chamisa Green Team Organizes Waste Free Lunches

The Chamisa Green Team. Top row from left, Dilynn A., Louis G., Zoe B. and Ava S. Bottom row,  Kylie A., Ella M. and Jen Bennett of Los Alamos Co+op Market, Natalie C and Rebecca B. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Chamisa Elementary students finished their week long challenge of bringing a waste free lunch to school Friday, April 28.

Led by teacher Megan Lee, the Green Team an environmentally-minded club comprised of fourth grade students at Chamisa, successfully deployed a one day event in February. More than 175 students participated by bringing a waste free lunch. Students who brought


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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry Praises National Laboratories During Los Alamos Visit

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks with the media this afternoon following his talk with Laboratory employees at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Energy Secretary Rick Perry during his press conference today at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Energy Secretary Rick Perry met with media representatives Wednesday afternoon after he had toured Los Alamos National Laboratory and addressed lab employees. He praised the national labs as a whole and said every country should have at least one lab like


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Bandelier Shuttles Begin Operating Season Sunday

One of the Atomic City Transit shuttle buses that will carry visitors from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument May 14 to Oct. 15 this year. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
It’s been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument. There have been many days when it was very noticeable that there’s just not enough parking in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, and visitors and rangers alike wished the shuttles were running.
 
Now the waiting is over – the shuttles will start back up this Sunday, May 14. On the same day, the Bandelier Visitor Center hours

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Eat And Celebrate Nature Like A Bear And Experience The Great Outdoors At Bandelier National Monument

PEEC News:
 
Los Alamos is the perfect destination to get back to the great outdoors this May, with unique and exciting activities, as well as scenic and unforgettable outdoor trails for hiking, biking, exploring history and more.
 
This May, celebrate nature and one of its most incredible creatures at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Bear Festival. In conjunction with Bear Month, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation (LEWF) will be presenting an entertaining, fun and informative event—Bear Buffett from 6–8 p.m., May

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Udall: Senate Rejects Repeal Of Commonsense Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate voted 49-51, defeating a measure to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Udall helped lead the fight against the repeal.
 
“This is a victory for taxpayers and school children in New Mexico — because we were able to fend off this dangerous repeal, New Mexico will continue to benefit from the BLM’s commonsense

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Nature Center Talk: Unusual Wildlife Of Madagascar

This leaping lemur, diademed sifaka, is endemic to specific regions of eastern Madagascar. Photo by Martin Cooper

PEEC News:

Local photographer Martin Cooper will share photos from his three-week visit to Madagascar, which covered four ecosystems and gave him the chance to capture images of wildlife including lemurs, chameleons, and endemic birds that are unique to the island. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Madagascar has been biologically isolated from Africa


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Southwest Nordic Ski Club And Santa Fe National Forest Celebrate 30 Years Of Partnership

SFNF Recreation Specialist Jennifer Sublett presents Partnership Award to Clay Moseley. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  It has been 30 years since David Platts first “adopted” the trail to Canada Bonita with the intent to create a first-rate Nordic course for the Junior Nordic Team in Los Alamos. 
 
That was the beginning of a long and successful partnership between the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).
 
In honor of their 30-year collaboration, the SFNF recently presented the Southwest Nordic Ski Club with a Partnership

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Interior Department Releases List Of Monuments Under Review, Announces Formal Public Comment Period

USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  The Department of the Interior announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Department released a list of monuments under review under the President’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017.
 
A public comment period is not required for monument designations under the Antiquities Act; however, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump both strongly believe that local input is a critical

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LANL: Data Analysis Could Trigger New Shale Gas Revolution

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Manipulating ‘tail production’ could yield huge long-term gains while minimizing environmental impacts

Extensive data mining and analysis of 20,000 shale gas wells has revealed how “refracturing” existing wells with new technology could transform them from diminished producers into high-performers long after their initial peak production period has ended.

“Our analysis could potentially aid in reducing the number of new wells to be drilled,” said Richard Middleton, lead author of the study by a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists. “In addition,


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County Council Proclaims May Bear Month

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presents James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

During Tuesday’s Council meeting, Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presented James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County.

Proclamation

WHEREAS: Los Alamos


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Mysteries In Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

To prepare for the upcoming Bear Festival, this Friday there will not be an evening planetarium show. However, there will be fun for the whole family at the Los Alamos Nature Center Saturday, May 13, including New Mexico’s first Bear Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a full-dome planetarium show at 2 p.m. of Mysteries of the Unseen World. This full-dome film, which allows viewers to discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum, also will play at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open regular hours this month:


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Letter To The Editor: Response To Nebel

By DONALD A. NEEPER
Portola Valley, Calif. 
(Los Alamos resident 1968-2014)

I was a signatory to the letter published in the May 4 edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), in which 18 retired LANL scientists expressed concern regarding federal plans to suppress scientific research and monitoring related to environmental protection and public health.

In the May 6 edition of the Daily Post, Richard Nebel responded thoughtfully, pointing to the productivity of private industry, the bureaucratic ineptness of government, and the feelings of laborers (link). However, he missed the


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