Environment

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Publishes Floodplain Assessment For Road Upgrade At N.M. 4 And East Jemez

NNSA News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (DOE/NNSA) has issued a Floodplain Assessment for the New Mexico State Road 4 (N.M. 4) and East Jemez Road Intersection at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Floodplain Assessment) for a 15-day public review and comment period commencing with publication of this notice.

DOE/NNSA is proposing to modify and upgrade the intersection of N.M. 4 and East Jemez Road.

The purpose of the proposed modifications and upgrades is to improve safety and increase the capacity and efficiency of the intersection.


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Four Years After Toxic Substances Control Act Reform, Fight Continues To Protect Bipartisan Chemical Safety Measure

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Tuesday marking the fourth anniversary of Congress passing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, bipartisan legislation Udall authored that comprehensively reformed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The reform act represented the first major environmental legislation passed by Congress in more than 25 years.

“Four years ago, Congress took the bold, bipartisan step of fixing our broken chemical safety law. TSCA had been on the books since


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New Mexico Fishing Report: June 24

A fisherman helping load his friend in wheelchair into and accessible drift boat. Courtesy/NMGF

NMGF News:

In this week’s fishing report, Dustin highlights how people in the angling community can work together to ensure equal access for all.

Dustin is founder and executive director of Albuquerque-based GO Unlimited, an organization that creates access to outdoor recreation opportunities for people living with disabilities. Learn more about Dustin and GO Unlimited here:

If you choose to go fishing this weekend, make sure to practice #ResponsibleRecreation. 

Accessible fishing and


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Environment New Mexico Launches Solar Home Campaign

ENM News:

ALBUQUERQUE — As New Mexico moves towards 100 percent clean energy and on the heels of California becoming the first state to require all new houses be built with solar panels, Environment New Mexico is embarking on a new campaign that calls for a similar solar mandate in New Mexico. 

“In order for New Mexico to be a leader on clean, renewable energy, change can and must start at home,” said Environment New Mexico Director John Ammondson. “Americans have made it clear that they want solar power, and by creating a direct path for every new home to include this essential resource, New Mexico


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Daily Postcard: Sprinkler Creates Glittering Image

Daily Postcard: The refreshing sight of a yard sprinkler creating a glittering image in the morning sunlight spotted Tuesday in White Rock brings to mind: ‘It was midsummer, but fresh water from the gasping sprinklers made the lawn glitter like spring.’  –F. Scott Fitzgerald. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


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Los Alamos County Manager Updates RCLC On Radioactive Waste Discovered On DP Road

A map shows the areas on DP Road impacted by the radioactive material as well as the location of the new apartment complexes. Screenshot/LADP

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Work on the Los Alamos County sewer infrastructure in preparation for the two affordable housing apartment complexes on DP Road revealed unwelcome surprises.

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess reported during the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) meeting Friday afternoon that in February and again in May, County contractors discovered radioactive material while


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U.S. Sen. Heinrich, Commissioner Garcia Richard, Business And Regulatory Leaders Host Virtual Panel On Future Of Wind Energy In New Mexico 

New Mexico State Land Office News:

…New Mexico leaders to discuss the state’s emergence in wind power and its potential as a national leader 

SANTA FE – Wednesday, June 24, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard and several business and industry leaders will participate in a virtual panel on the emergence of wind energy in New Mexico.

Sponsored by the New Mexico State Land Office in partnership with Powering New Mexico, the panel will be discussing New Mexico’s rapidly increased development of wind and its potential to be a national


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New Mexico Fishing Report: June 22

Tyler Berg with his dad and a 20-inch brown trout Tyler caught at Navajo Lake May 2019. Courtesy photo

NMGF News:

In this time of change, the Department would like to encourage anglers to continue COVID safe practices; it is a great time to mend equipment, stock tackle boxes and prepare for upcoming fishing trips.

In the weekly fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg of Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, we will continue to share tips and tricks to help you be ready and to safely go on your next adventure.

Check out the latest stocking report.

Pictures and


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BLM Asks Public’s Help Preventing Human-Caused Wildfires

BLM News:

BOISE, Idaho – The arrival of vacation season and increasing wildfire activity with hot, dry summer weather in the West is prompting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ask the public to help prevent wildland fires, the majority of which are caused by people.

The Southwest and Alaska are currently experiencing fire activity, with numerous large wildfires occurring, and other states may experience significant wildfire activity over the next few months.

“Every year, human-caused wildfires comprise approximately 87 percent of all wildfire ignitions across the country, posing


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Los Alamos Daily Post Launches Weather Widget

Beginning this morning, Los Alamos Daily Post readers will find the local weather forecast displayed in real time daily on a new weather widget to the right hand side of this page. This weather widget displays the current temperature throughout the day and night and a 3-day high and low temperature forecast. Screenshot/LADP


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Daily Postcard: Tsankawi Sun Symbol On Summer Solstice

Daily Postcard: The Tsankawi Sun Symbol taken at 11:24 a.m. Saturday, June 20, when the shadow of a rock  hits the center of the sun on the day of the summer solstice. So like Chaco Canyon, our local pueblo built one too during 1200-1400 AD. Note the additional inscriptions to the right. This was a telephoto shot taken from N.M. 502 by the White Rock turn off near the second large traffic sign. Photo by Steve Becker

As opposed to the telephoto shot taken above, this photo shows what the scene looks like to the unaided eye. Photo by Steve Becker


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Bear Spotted Roaming Near Roundabout This Morning

While on a morning walk today, local resident Amy Storey spotted this young bear at the top of the roundabout, near Chamisa. It quickly ran off when yelled at it, she said, but headed toward Barranca Mesa. “I noticed lots of garbage cans outside, not in the garage, tomorrow is pick up for this area so probably some are smelly,” she said. “Can everyone remind neighbors to keep cans in the garage until the morning of garbage day? Please don’t make me get a bullhorn and be the ‘Garbage Can Monitor’ … it’s time for us to do our part to protect bears … be good humans!” Photo by Amy Storey

 

 


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Video: Udall Calls On Committee To Oppose Nancy Beck Nomination Due To Anti-Consumer, Worker Safety Record

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), questions Dr. Nancy B. Beck, the Trump administration nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission, during a hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Screenshot/LADP

Scene of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), questioning Dr. Nancy B. Beck, nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission, during a hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Screenshot/LADP

U.S. SENATE News:  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned Dr. Nancy B. Beck, the Trump administration


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Purgatory Activities, Mountain Bike Trails Open Saturday

Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride on Lift 1 at Purgatory Resort. Ride round-trip, or hop off at the top and enjoy the breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort

PURGATORY News:

DURANGO, Colo. — Purgatory Resort opens Saturday, June 20 for the summer season.

The resort will be open for daily activities through Aug. 16. Weekend operations will run Aug. 22 to Oct. 4, with the resort open on Labor Day as well.

New this season, Purgatory will offer two activity sessions daily: a morning session 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and an afternoon session 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Summer activities will


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