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SFCC Fitness Center Opens 10 A.M. Jan. 9

SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College’s services including academic advising, registration assistance and the cashier’s office as well as the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center will open at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9 due to a campus-wide staff and faculty meeting.
 
SFCC’s Kids Campus will be open for regular hours (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Jan. 9. The Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, also will observe regular hours (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
 
Throughout the year, SFCC offers a number of ways to stay notified about weather- and holiday-related

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American Geophysical Union: Scientists Use Satellites And Social Media To Detect Potential Famines

Oxfam delivers food aid to Turkana, Kenya during an ongoing food crisis fueled by drought. This year, below-average rains caused crop production to fall nearly 50 percent. Courtesy/Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam under Creative Commons 2
 
AGU News:
 
Deaths due to famine have fallen precipitously in recent decades, but undernutrition, which affects one in five children worldwide, remains rampant. Now, researchers are using satellite imagery and social media to detect food-scarce regions before they become full-blown crises.
 
Molly Brown of the University of Maryland conducts

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EDD: Grants For Science And Technology Start-Ups

EDD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department is offering a new small grants program to science and technology start-ups, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes has announced.
 
The Business Start-Up Grants can be used by potentially high-growth, for profit companies in New Mexico in the science and technology fields with fewer than 50 employees.
 
Applicants must demonstrate the potential to create jobs or generate additional private investment, be headquartered in New Mexico, and provide a letter of good standing or Certificate of Compliance with the

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Udall Hails Interior Appropriations Bill Passage

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, hails the bipartisan vote to pass the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill as part of a larger package of government funding bills.
 
The bill includes the largest proposed budget for the EPA in a decade and provides strong funding for New Mexico’s public lands, protections for Chaco Canyon, programs for Indian Country, and gains

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NWS: Today’s High Near 38; Tonight’s Low Around 18

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 with a 20 percent chance of snow showers and patchy fog before 9 a,m., otherwise, partly sunny, and tonight’s low around 18 with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Courtesy/NWS


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Daily Postcard: Brazen Buck Binges On Bird Seeds

Daily Postcard: This brazen buck sauntered up a flight of stairs to get to a bird feeder on an upper patio and cleaned out the seeds Monday at a residence on Andanada Street. Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson

Photo by Ken Hanson


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NMED Hosts Public Meeting Focused On Scientific Monitoring; Environmental Oversight Of LANL Jan. 9

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announce today details of the upcoming quarterly public engagement meeting to discuss issues related to scientific monitoring and environmental oversight of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 9 in Room 631, Building 6 at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr.

The primary topic of the meeting is the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Order on Consent (Consent Order) signed by the United States Department of Energy and NMED in 2016.

“The Los Alamos community asked for this discussion


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How The Hen House Turns: Birds In A Mixed Flock

Bobbi the Chinese goose, left, being mothered by Lucy the Embden goose. Photo by Cary Neeper
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
One of our most poignant memories of Los Alamos is the vision of Lucy Goose sitting outside the Hen House yard, watching two chicken chicks play over and around their adoptive mother, Turkey 2.
 
We called her “Little Bear” because she survived a bear attack on the bomb proof nest boxes Don built.
 
It was the spring of 2014 when Turkey’s vigil ended. In just a few weeks the chicks had grown up enough to run around exploring the Hen House yard by themselves.

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NWS: Today’s High Near 42; Tonight’s Low Around 25

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 42 with a 50 percent chance of snow and rain showers and tonight’s low around 25 with an 80 percent chance of snow. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s probability of precipitation around the state. Courtesy/NWS


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DOE: Notice Of Draft EA For Construction And Operation Of Second Fiber Optic Circuit Route To LANL

DOE News:

This notice is to inform the public that the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has published for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Construction and Operation of a Second Fiber Optic Circuit Route to Los Alamos National Laboratory (EA).

The purpose of the EA is to provide sufficient evidence and analysis for determining whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement or to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact.

NNSA is providing stakeholders and the public with a 30-day


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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Bill To Promote Transmission Infrastructure Growth Across Nation

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Electric Power Infrastructure Improvement Act Friday to provide a new investment tax credit that will help promote the construction of regionally significant transmission projects across the U.S.
 
Heinrich’s legislation will help drive investments needed to not only alleviate the current strain on existing transmission lines, but improve the resilience of the grid and support new projects that connect modern renewable energy resources to the

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EPA Finalizes List Of Next 20 Chemicals To Undergo Risk Evaluation Under Toxic Substances Control Act

EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reviewing input from stakeholders and the public, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
 
Finalizing this list of high-priority chemicals for risk evaluation represents the final step in the prioritization process outlined in TSCA and marks another major TSCA milestone for EPA in its efforts to ensure the safety of existing chemicals in the marketplace.
 
“Today we are continuing to deliver on the promise

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BLM: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day

Truchas Peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Pecos Wilderness area within Santa Fe National Forest. Photo by Jerry Friedman
 
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE President Donald Trump has issued an executive order excusing federal employees from duty for the scheduled workday of Tuesday, Dec. 24.
 
Therefore, all Bureau of Land Management offices and developed recreation areas will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and reopen Thursday, Dec. 26.
 
In addition, offices and developed recreation areas also will be closed New Year’s Day.

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New Mexico Christmas Trees Brighten U.S. Capitol

On display this month in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the Red River area in the Questa Ranger District of the Carson National Forest in New Mexico is by far the most impressive tree with its 11,000 ornaments created by New Mexicans. The tradition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, or the ‘People’s Tree’, began in 1964, and this year New Mexico is providing the tree for the third time. Photo by Donald Taylor

Close up view of some of the 11,000 ornaments created by New Mexicans that decorate the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on display in Washington, D.C. Photo by Donald Taylor


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Posts From The Road: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument In The Sonoran Desert Of Arizona

Last Light: The last light of day covers the desert mountains while cacti and other plants fall into the shadow in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Afternoon Light: Beautiful late afternoon light colors the hillsides in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument sits in southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert.
 
The park is more than 500 square miles and

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LARSO New Year’s Eve Party Fundraiser Dec. 31

Moon Pies and other old time candy are part of the New Year’s Eve party fundraiser at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy/LARSO
 
LARSO News:
 
The Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers are hosting a New Year’s Eve party fundraiser 5-8 p.m. Tues, Dec. 31 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.
 
The community is invited to the fundraiser for the centers. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Admission includes free popcorn and a chance to win prizes throughout the night.
 
There will be music, a slide show, and the sale of drinks, snacks and candy,

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