Environment

Hookers And Stitchers Spotted In Rover Park Thursday

Members of the Hookers and Stitchers group spotted Thursday afternoon at Rover Park in White Rock. Pictured are Helena Whyte, back of Bev Edwards, Diana Langner and Ann Longmire. Additional members in attendance recently  include Carole Rinard, Helena Whyte, Edwina Matthews, Nancy Cope and more. The volunteers social distance, wear masks and get to enjoy visiting in person while stitching, knitting, crocheting and chatting, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays … all are welcome. Photo by Nancy Cope


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Updates From Local Land Managers At Virtual Nature On Tap

Join PEEC and Los Alamos Creative District at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 6 for a virtual Nature On Tap event. This panel will feature representatives from local land management agencies. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Alamos Creative District for a virtual Nature On Tap event at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 6.

Audience members will hear from some of our local land managers, who will give updates on the trails and open spaces that they help oversee. Eric Peterson of Los Alamos County, Scott McFarland of Bandelier National Monument, Jennifer Sublett


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Luján Applauds Passage Of Moving Forward Act

From the Office of U.S. Rep Ben Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) applauded the passage Wednesday of the Moving Forward Act, which includes key provisions secured by the congressman to bolster broadband access, create economic opportunities, and safeguard the health and well being of New Mexicans. 

“COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to our economy as well as our health. Now is not the moment to take our foot off the gas when it comes to supporting struggling workers and families,” Luján said. “The Moving Forward Act makes strong investments to modernize America’s


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LANL: Newer Variant Of COVID-19–Causing Virus Dominates Global Infections

This chart tells the essential story of how the pandemic has shifted over time from orange (the original D type of the virus) to blue (the now-widespread G form, D614G). Courtesy/LANL

Chart: ARS-CoV-2 Spike. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Virus with D614G change in Spike out-competes original strain, but may not make patients sicker

Research out today in the journal Cell shows that a specific change in the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus virus genome, previously associated with increased viral transmission and the spread of COVID-19, is more infectious in cell culture.

The variant in question, D614G,


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Vandals Destroy San Juan County Income Support Drop Box

Vandalized drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division Office in Farmington. Courtesy/HSD

HSD News:

SANTA FE — The drop box at the San Juan County Income Support Division office in Farmington was vandalized by a fire that was intentionally set, announced the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

Employees discovered the vandalism this morning and the documents in the drop box at the time of the incident were destroyed.

A police report has been filed and the department is working to get the box repaired.

There were approximately seven envelopes in the drop box at the time of the


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SFNF: Take Care Of Santa Fe National Forest This Fourth Of July Weekend No Fireworks, No Campfires, Leave No Trace

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is preparing for big crowds this Fourth of July holiday weekend as more and more people seek solace from COVID-19 in nature

All are welcome, but if you plan to spend the holiday camping, hiking or otherwise enjoying your public lands, please do so responsibly.

Although the monsoons are expected soon, New Mexico is still in fire season. Moderate to severe drought conditions with well-below-normal rainfall and above-average temperatures translate to elevated fire risk across northern New Mexico, and fire managers do not expect that to


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LANL: Building Better Electron Sources With Graphene

An added layer of graphene allows photocathode substrates to be cleaned and reused repeatedly in place inside electron microscopes and accelerators. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Photocathodes that produce electron beams for electron microscopes and advanced accelerators can be refreshed and rebuilt repeatedly without opening the devices that rely on them, provided the electron emitting materials are deposited on single-atom-thick layers of carbon known as graphene, according to a new study published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.

“The machines that rely on these electron


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New Mexico Fishing And Stocking Report: July 1

Courtesy/NMGF

NMGF News:

We hope you enjoy this special Aquatic Education edition of the fishing report. Every fishing excursion can be turned into an educational opportunity for children and adults alike.

The activities outlined below can be utilized to learn more about the fish we pursue and the habitats they rely on, which in turn can make us better anglers. Happy fishing!

Dissecting A Fish And Identifying It’s Internal Body Parts

Fishing is a great way to spend a day outdoors with children, but it can also be an opportunity to teach them a little more than just how to catch and clean fish.


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Spinning Yarn On The Lawn Behind Fuller Lodge

Windy Hahn set up her spinning wheel Sunday afternoon on the back lawn of Fuller Lodge to spin yarn to celebrate the Tout de Fleece holiday, a holiday celebrated in conjunction with the Tour de France bicycle race for those who spin yarn. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Manager Mary Fellman of Close-Knit Yarn Cooperative at 1247 Central Ave., celebrates the Tout de Fleece holiday Sunday using a drop spindle to weave yarn on the back lawn of Fuller Lodge. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Santa Fe Botanical Garden Announces Staff Changes Amid Pandemic … Persisting During Difficult Times

Lavender daisies blooming at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at 715 Camino Lejo. Courtesy/SFBG 

Santa Fe Botanical Garden News:

SANTA FE – The Board of Directors and professional staff of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden have worked continuously since early March to confront the difficult financial and operational challenges of the ongoing pandemic crisis. 

Board Chair Scott McIntyre said today that “the staff has been particularly resourceful, flexible, and determined to preserve the physical Garden intact and support our ongoing programs. We owe them a great debt of gratitude for persisting


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U.S. Department Of Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million To Communities To Support Critical Local Services

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Monday that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020.

“This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure,” Secretary Bernhardt said.

PILT payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands


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Thomas Bowles Of Los Alamos Honored With Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award In Nuclear Physics

Dr. Thomas J. Bowles of Los Alamos has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of nuclear physics. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Thomas J. Bowles, PhD, of Los Alamos with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

An accomplished listee, Dr. Bowles celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical


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