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Scenes From Los Alamos Farmers Market June 11, 2020

Scene from Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Scene from Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Scene from Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Farmers Market News:

Thursday markets take place 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through October at Ashley Pond Park.

Saturday markets are 8 a.m. to noon at the Justice Center parking lot and run through September.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, extra precautions


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New Mexico Game And Fish Relocate Bear And Three Cubs

NMGF conservation officers captured a female bear with three cubs Tuesday near Los Pueblos and successfully relocate them to western New Mexico. Courtesy photo

NMGF News:

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers captured a female bear with three cubs found roaming Tuesday near Los Pueblos in Los Alamos and successfully relocated them to western New Mexico.

A concerned resident called the Department last week about the bears raiding neighborhood dumpsters. Seven conservation officers worked around the clock over several days to ensure the capture and safe relocation


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State Land Office Hearing On Rule Change Allowing Temporary Shut-In Of Oil Wells 1 P.M. Friday, June 12

State Land Office News:

SANTA FE – In April, the New Mexico State Land Office finalized emergency rulemaking to allow oil and gas lessees to temporarily stop production of oil wells for at least 30 days.

Friday, June 12, a second virtual hearing will take place at 1 p.m. to consider longer-term relief through a rule that would be in effect for up to one year.

Shut-ins have been deemed necessary by the State Land Office based on plunging oil prices and storage capacity challenges, including the first-ever negative value of oil seen in the U.S. Prices began to drop in February as a result of a contentious


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Capulin Volcano National Monument To Reopen

Visitor access increasing June 15 at Capulin Volcano National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

CVNM News:

CAPULIN – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Capulin Volcano National Monument (CVNM) is increasing recreational access.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning June 15, Capulin Volcano National


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BLM To Hold Public Scoping Meeting Online For Horsethief Mesa Travel Management Area June 24

BLM News:

TAOS — The Bureau of Land Management invites the public to participate in an online public engagement meeting on the travel and transportation planning process for the Horsethief Mesa Travel Management Area (TMA).

The TMA is north of Arroyo Hondo, on the east rim of the Rio Grande.

Travel management includes all forms of transportation on BLM-managed public lands, including travel by foot, horseback, and mechanized vehicles such as bicycles as well as the numerous motorized vehicles such as four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles to cars and trucks, motorcycles and ebikes.

The goal


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State LEDA Investments Boost Rural Communities – Longtime Vacant Buildings Now Viable

Medlin Ramps purchases vacant Walmart store in Alamogordo. Courtesy/EDD

Big Dog Industries purchases cheese factory vacant for more than 10 years in Lovington. Courtesy/EDD

EDD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Economic Development Department has worked quickly in the past year to help rural communities across the state bring new life to some vacant properties through a series of Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) fund investments.

Alamogordo and Otero County were among the first local governments to pass a LEDA ordinance and the community has invested wisely over the years. Medlin Ramps


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In Key Hearing On Wildfire Management, Heinrich Questions Forest Service On COVID-19 Testing, PPE Resources

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in a key Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on wildfire management in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The impacts of COVID-19, combined with high levels of drought throughout the West, will create unprecedented wildland firefighting challenges and may hurt numerous rural areas across the country, making the 2020 wildfire season potentially one of the most threatening seasons to date.

During the hearing, Senator Heinrich


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NOAA, Schmidt Ocean Institute Team To Explore; Map Ocean

ROV SuBastian returning to R/V Falkor from a dive on the Rawaki seamount in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. Schmidt Ocean Institute partnered with NOAA on a mission from 2015-2017 to explore deepwater areas of U.S. marine protected areas in the central and western Pacific. Courtesy/Schmidt Ocean Institute

NOAA News:

NOAA today announced it will formalize and expand its longstanding partnership with Schmidt Ocean Institute to explore, characterize and map the deep ocean and boost public understanding of the global ocean.

“We are living through a technological revolution that has opened


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Gorham Scout Ranch Hosts New Virtual Program

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA News:

CHIMAYO — Maintained and staffed by the Scouters of the Great Southwest Council, Gorham Scout Ranch is a nationally accredited Scouts BSA summer camp for boys and girls enrolled in scouting programs across New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah.

Located in the western foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Gorham Scout Ranch is committed to providing memorable and impactful experiences in a variety of ways each and every summer in its unique and enriching setting.

Because of this commitment, Gorham Scout Ranch is excited to announce a digital alternative


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Legislation To Fully Fund Land And Water Conservation Fund  And Address Maintenance Backlog Gains Momentum

LWCF News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, the Senate began consideration of S.3422, the Great American Outdoors Act. Sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the bill would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and help tackle the multi-billion-dollar public lands maintenance backlog.

The proposal enjoys broad bipartisan support with 58 cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and President Trump has tweeted his support for the measure. 

Meanwhile, a group of bipartisan


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LANL – Artificial Brains May Need Sleep, Too

Intelligent machines of the future may need to sleep as much as we do. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

No one can say whether androids will dream of electric sheep, but they will almost certainly need periods of rest that offer benefits similar to those that sleep provides to living brains, according to new research from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“We study spiking neural networks, which are systems that learn much as living brains do,” LANL computer scientist Yijing Watkins said. “We were fascinated by the prospect of training a neuromorphic processor in a manner analogous to how humans and other


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