The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo
From the Office of House Speaker Brian Egolf:
SANTA FE – After meeting with land grant and acequia community leaders today, House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) announced important changes to House standing committees to elevate the voices and concerns of these communities.
The new Rural Development, Land Grants, and Cultural Affairs Committee will be established in the coming session, and will be chaired by Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo).
Two other standing committees also will be newly titled: the Agriculture, Acequias, and Water Resources Read More
Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura Daniel-Davis
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is extending the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund program through 2034 and making other changes to the program, as directed by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
This extension, through an interim final rule, will provide for continued funding to states and Tribes for reclaiming hazardous abandoned mines, replacing polluted water supplies, and reducing legacy pollution in coalfield communities. Read More
EMNRD Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst
SANTA FE — Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst presented the department’s FY23 budget Wednesday to the Senate Finance Committee.
This year’s Executive Budget recommendation increases EMNRD’s budget by 16.4 percent for FY23, better positioning the agency to fulfill our mission and retain and recruit expert staff.
Since the beginning of the Lujan Grisham administration in 2019, EMNRD has implemented a natural gas waste rule requiring 98 percent gas capture in the oil and gas Read More
ALBUQUERQUE — Verus® Research, a New Mexico-based team of scientists and engineers specializing in advanced research and development, announces it has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for “Optimized Waveforms for X-Band Missile-Defense Radars”.
Through the effort, Verus Research will research and develop X-band waveforms that are both producible and optimal for missile-defense applications by leveraging current state-of-the-art technologies in commercially available radar electronics. Read More
Two small goats spending time together. Courtesy/animalresourcefoundation.com
Animal Resource Foundation News:
For the most part, we have all seen a goat, whether it’s in real life, a book or on the television. Here are some fun and cute facts about goats.
Goats Have Been Around A Long Time
Over 9,000 years ago, goats were one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans. They were first domesticated in Asia, where they were used for milk and cheese.
Goats Like To Eat:
- Goats have a very unique appetite. They like to walk around and explore, which leads them to adventure out in the pasture and
County Update: Power Now Restored To All Customers In Oppenheimer, Trinity Through Western Area Neighborhoods
Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities reports that the power outage that occured overnite affecting customers in the Oppenheimer, Trinity through Western Area neighborhoods is now restored.
Power was restored to the majority of customers around 11 p.m. Tusesday.
Customers in Trinity Village and Caballo Peak Apartments were without power until around 8:30 this morning.
The outage was due to the an underground cable fault in the same area as the outage that occured Dec. 22, 2021. Read More
The Los Alamos County Resiliency Energy and Sustainability Task Force (LARES) will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 virtually on Zoom.
This meeting is open to the public.
Find the agenda to this meeting here: Jan. 14, 2022 LARES Agenda.
Find the link to this meeting here.
Webinar ID: 814 3546 3514
Passcode: 518492 Read More
SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Monday issued separate closure orders for seasonal road closures on the Española, Cuba and Jemez Ranger Districts.
The orders are issued to protect public safety during the winter months and to prevent damage to natural resources and infrastructure.
Order 10-499 for the Española Ranger District prohibits traffic on the following restricted roads:
- Forest Road (FR) 31 starting at the gate south of La Careda and continuing south for approximately 10.6 miles;
- FR 27 from its intersection with FR 31 south to the cattle guard at the boundary
Daily Postcard: A pair of V-22 Ospreys are spotted flying across a sky filled with patriotic colored clouds at sunset late Tuesday afternoon over North Community. Photo by Marc Bailey Read More
SANTA FE — All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, for the federal holiday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Virtual business hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Observed on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. The national day of service celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy by encouraging all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
This is a good time of the year to give the fishing equipment a rest. Now is when you can make an inventory of your fishing equipment and figure out what you are going to need for the upcoming year.
Clean your rods and reels, including putting new line on your fishing reels. Go online and order some of your favorite lures and accessories so you are well-equipped to begin the season.
Over the years, I have discovered that it’s best not to depend on local tackle shops having your favorite lure in stock. Even big-box stores like Walmart are often out Read More
New Mexico Supreme Court Affirms Financing Order For Utility’s Abandonment Of Coal-Fired Power Plant
Post file photo
SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court Monday rejected constitutional challenges to the Energy Transition Act (ETA), which requires electric utilities to move to carbon-free power generation.
In a unanimous opinion, the court affirmed a Public Regulation Commission financing order for the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) abandonment of the San Juan Generating Station.
The ETA, which was enacted in 2019, provides a financing framework for utilities to stop using coal-fired power plants.
Citizens for Fair Rates and the Environment (CFRE) and New Read More
SIERRA CLUB News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court Monday rejected New Energy Economy’s challenges to the constitutionality of the Energy Transition Act (ETA) and upheld the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) decision relating to the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.
These rulings end months of delays in sending transition funds to communities and issuing bonds that will reduce customer costs.
The court rejected all of the remaining challenges to the constitutionality of the ETA and concluded that the state legislature properly exercised its authority to set energy Read More
SANTA FE — The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) has announced the establishment of a first-of-its-kind reforestation center in New Mexico.
A Memorandum of Agreement between EMNRD and three state universities – New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico State University and University of New Mexico was signed Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 following several years of effort to address the reforestation needs of areas burned by severe wildfires.
Filling the backlog of burned areas requires more than 300 million seedlings – but the tree nursery capacity can only Read More
A San Ildefonso ancestral cooking pot replica south of the White Rock Visitor Center viewed Monday afternoon from the walking path along N.M. 4. Pots such as this were widely used in the southwest for cooking and storage, the vessels were sturdy enough to withstand the heat from direct contact with a wood fire and had no painted designs that would be obscured by smoke smudges. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
Sign near the San Ildefonso pottery replica Monday on N.M. 4. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com Read More
- New Mexico Tourism Department worked with communities to plan and promote cleanup events throughout the state
Life is teeming nearly everywhere in the oceans, except in certain pockets where oxygen naturally plummets and waters become unlivable for most aerobic organisms.
These desolate pools are “oxygen-deficient zones,” or ODZs. And though they make up less than 1 percent of the ocean’s total volume, they are a significant source of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. Their boundaries can also limit the extent of fisheries and marine ecosystems.
Now MIT scientists have generated the most detailed, three-dimensional “atlas” of the largest ODZs in the world. The new Read More