James Robinson: Every Bear Has His Day

Layton, a Black Bear cub weighed just over 4 pounds when discovered inside a small crate. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Earlier this spring, Layton, a Black Bear cub came to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay’s Cottonwood Rehab in desperate need of help.

Layton was found inside a crate outside a feed store in Tijeras and only weighed 4.25 pounds. Although challenging, Dr. Ramsay and Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation worked together to raise the funds to help her get Layton to a releasable weight.

Despite the challenges, Layton now weighs more than 50 pounds and is very much a Read More

CVNM On Governor’s Gold King Mine Spill Comments

CVNM News:

SANTA FE – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) is saddened by the devastation that has been caused by the Gold King Mine spill, and stands in solidarity with all communities that have been and will be impacted by this event.

In response to the comments Gov. Susana Martinez made today concerning the Gold King Mine spill that has now reached New Mexico’s Four Corners region, CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster issued the following statement:

”We call upon Governor Martinez to address the very real toxic legacy that has plagued many of New Mexico’s rural, impoverished, Read More

Gold King Mine Spill’s Groundwater Effects Still Being Investigated In New Mexico

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn

NMED News:

  • Plume Passes Through New Mexico; Leaves Sediments Behind

FARMINGTON – Today, seven well water testing teams were deployed by the New Mexico Environment Department in concert with the Environmental Protection Agency to test domestic water wells near the Animas River which flows through Farmington and Aztec. 

“Although the Gold King Mine Spill’s heavy metals plume has mostly passed through the area, the sediments left behind are capable of influencing groundwater quality,” NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn said. “We are operating with an abundance of Read More

AGU: Melting Glaciers Feed Antarctic Food Chain

AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Nutrient-rich water from melting Antarctic glaciers nourishes the ocean food chain, creating feeding “hot spots” in large gaps in the sea ice, according to a new study.
New research finds that iron stored in the region’s glaciers is being shuttled by melting water to open areas of the ocean, called polynyas, where it stimulates growth of phytoplankton, ocean algae that form the base of the marine food chain.
Krill and fish thrive on phytoplankton, and these smaller animals support penguins, seals and whales that feed and breed in the polynyas
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Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Community To Celebrate LWCF At Petroglyph National Monument

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham will join a diverse coalition of community leaders this morning to celebrate the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) during its 50th anniversary with a visit to the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque.
At a community event, local leaders will call for reauthorization and full funding of the landmark conservation law that is set to expire Sept. 30. The public and media are encouraged to attend.
Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee
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WIPP Hosts Fire Protection & Response Workshop

Representatives from DOE headquarters and other agencies meet in Carlsbad for a fire protection and emergency response workshop. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
Fire protection experts from the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) gathered for a workshop this week in Carlsbad.
The purpose of the workshop was to identify and discuss applicable
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Governor Declares State of Emergency From EPA Spill

Contamination discolors Animas River in Aztec. Photo by Randy Foster


SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency in response to the massive 3 million gallon waste spill in the Animas River in Colorado that EPA officials have admitted to causing.

The Governor toured the spill by helicopter and met with local officials Saturday in San Juan County. The day before, Martinez established a multi-agency response team that has been assisting affected communities, and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn issued emergency orders allowing for Read More

NM Lawmakers Write EPA On Gold King Mine Spill


  • Lawmakers Call for Point Person to Oversee Agency’s Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján expressed their concern with the EPA’s response to the Gold King Mine spill that has sent three million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River.

In the letter, the lawmakers called on EPA to improve communication with federal, state, and local officials and with members of the public, urging the agency to appoint one point person to oversee the Read More

Lujan On Mine Spill: ‘EPA Caused This Mess And They Must Take Full Responsibility To Clean It’

The normally ‘crystal clear’ Animas River today in Aztec following Wednesday’s EPA mine spill. Photo by Randy Foster


The Animas River today in Aztec following Wednesday’s EPA mine spill. Photo by Randy Foster



FARMINGTON – U.S. Rep Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after participating in a public meeting in Farmington with federal, state, and local officials and members of the community to provide information on the Gold King Mine spill that Read More

Governor Touring Waste Spill In Animas River

Gov. Susana Martinez


Farmington — Today at 3:30 p.m., Gov. Susana Martinez will tour the massive waste spill in the Animas River that EPA officials have admitted to causing.

The Governor will then go to Berg Park in Farmington to share the state’s response to this incident. Read More

NMED Informs Residents On Gold King Mine Spill

NMED News:

SANTA FE – San Juan County officials along with New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn and New Mexico State Engineer Tom Blaine held two informational meetings Friday on the Gold King Mine Spill coursing through the Animas River.

San Juan County communities and news media were updated with the most current information on state and local responses, with information on the movement of the sediment and on currently imposed public safety precautions.

The New Mexico Environment Department is on the ground taking independent water quality samples every Read More

NMED Issues Precautions For EPA Gold King Mine Spill

NMED News:

  • Contaminated Plume Now in New Mexico

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department continues working with local, regional, and federal stakeholders to advise San Juan County citizens of safety precautions, while updating those affected about the Gold King Mine Spill’s pulse location and effects. 

Adherence to the following important safety measures is critical during and after the period of time while the Gold King mining wastewater release courses through the Animas and San Juan Rivers and the surrounding communities. It is likely precautions will be needed for several Read More

Luján Statement On Waste Spill In The Animas River

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


SANTA FE ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on Wednesday’s toxic spill of mine waste that has reached the Animas River:

“The Animas River is a vital source of water to communities in San Juan County and this spill that has released heavy metals into the water is of great concern. The EPA must act swiftly and thoroughly to mitigate the effects of this spill. 

“I am closely monitoring the situation and my office has been in close contact with EPA to see that the appropriate

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Contaminated Plume From Gold King Mine Toxic Spill Expected To Pass Aztec/Farmington Area This Evening

Gold King Mine toxic spill. Courtesy photo

NMED News:

SANTA FE – A contaminated plume from the Gold King Mine toxic spill is expected to pass the Aztec/Farmington area this evening, according to New Mexico Environment Department.

The spill occurred Wednesday when an EPA team probing contamination at the abandoned mine accidentally released a million gallons of orange-hued waste water into a local river system, according to the EPA. The waste water contains sediment and metals that had been held behind a barrier near the mine. It spilled into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River in Read More

Opposition Mounts To Proposal Increasing Cougar Hunting And Trapping In New Mexico

APNM Wildlife Campaign Manager Phil Carter

APNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexicans of all stripes are opposed to proposed changes to the state Bear & Cougar Rule released Monday by New Mexico Department of Game & Fish (NMDGF).

The ill-conceived and problematic proposals seek to expand the use of cruel trap and snare devices to kill cougars by eliminating the permit requirement for property owners to set traps for the native big cat species and by allowing the use of traps and snares on cougars on State Trust lands, which total nine million acres across New Mexico.

The department also is recommending Read More

NMED Reminds Animas River Water Users To Stop Taking Water Following EPA Gold King Mine Toxin Spill

State Engineer Tom Blaine

NMED News:

SANTA FE —The New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer remind water users along the Animas River to stop taking water from the Animas River during the EPA Gold King Mine Spill that released about one million gallons of contaminated water Wednesday into a tributary of the Animas River in Colorado.

“We have successfully reached out to the communities, water systems, and other stakeholders who rely upon the Animas River for water supplies and they have ceased taking river water,” State Engineer Tom Blaine said. “Despite Read More

Dr. Monica Regalbuto Confirmed As DOE Assistant Secretary For Environmental Management

Dr. Monica Regalbuto

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today confirmed Dr. Monica Regalbuto as the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for environmental management.

“Having served in both the Office of Environmental Management and the Office of Nuclear Energy, Monica is more than ready for her new role at the Department,” DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz said. “Her hands-on experience in all aspects of nuclear waste cleanup and her tenure as an Argonne National Lab scientist have prepared her for the position of assistant secretary for environmental management. I thank the Read More

The Perseids Are Coming, The Perseids Are Coming!

A multicolored, long Perseid meteor striking the sky in 2009 just to the left of Milky Way. Courtesy/wikipedia


Three Upcoming Dixon Star Parties:

El Valle Astronomers is planning three upcoming Star Parties at the Dixon Ballfield in August. The dates are Saturday Aug. 8, Wednesday Aug. 12 and Saturday Aug. 15. For all three, meet in front of the Dixon Coop Market at 8 p.m. and President Lee Mesibov will lead the procession up the hill to the Dixon Ballfield.

The big Perseid event is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Bring folding chairs and tarps, blankets and pillows, food and drinks. Read More

Laser Light Shows At Los Alamos Nature Center

Laser Pink Floyd: The Best of Echoes is one of 12 shows at the Nature Center. Courtesy image

PEEC News:

PEEC is hosting 30 laser light shows in the new planetarium in August..

Aug. 7 through Aug. 15 there will be at least two laser light shows per day. Attendees will have the opportuity to experience a feast for the senses in these dazzling and captivating laser light programs.

With 11 unique shows playing during the week, there is truly something for everyone. Classic music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands, with separate shows dedicated to the music of Led Zeppelin, Read More

Secretary Moniz Statement On Release Of Final Clean Power Plan Rules

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued their final Clean Power Plan rule that will encourage energy innovation by reducing the carbon emissions from America’s power plants.

Below is the statement from Secretary Moniz:

“Before President Barack Obama took office, America did not have a comprehensive national plan to avert the worst impacts of climate change. Seven years later, we are cutting carbon emissions from our cars, our trucks, Read More


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