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Udall, Heinrich Advance Funding For National Labs, Water Projects, WIPP In Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

on May 18, 2016 - 8:22am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate, in a 90-8 vote May 12 to pass the fiscal year 2017 funding bill for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and several New Mexico water projects.
The Energy and Water Appropriations Act is critical for New Mexico and supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs nationwide. Udall helped write the legislation as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. A final version of the bill now must be worked out with the U.S.

Interior Department Expands Buy-Back Program Across Indian Country

on May 18, 2016 - 8:19am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following extensive outreach with tribal leaders and American Indian landowners, Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor announced an expanded schedule for implementing the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Program) at 63 additional locations from 2018 through mid-2021.
Since it began making offers in December 2013, the Program has paid more than $740 million to individual landowners and restored the equivalent of nearly 1.5 million acres of land to tribal governments.
The expansion brings the number of locations planned for the Program to 105, a total

Environment Department Launches Review Process For Water Protection Regulations

on May 18, 2016 - 8:17am

NMED News:

SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Environment Department’s Ground Water Quality Bureau will host an informational public meeting 2-4 p.m., Friday to launch the review process and public dialogue for proposed revisions to water protection regulations at the Runnels Auditorium at 1190 St. Francis Dr. in Santa Fe.

The current ground and surface water protection regulations can be found at 20.6.2 of the New Mexico Administrative Code. 

The meeting will describe the forthcoming review process, highlight areas of the regulations that are under consideration for revision, and answer questions about

Udall On New Standards To Combat Methane Pollution

on May 17, 2016 - 3:35pm
WASHINGTON D.C.  Thursday May 12, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's final rules for new and modified oil and gas wells, which limit emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas that, combined with other pollutants, has been linked to cancer, lung ailments, and other public health problems:
"Natural gas waste has cost New Mexico taxpayers and oil and gas producers millions of dollars — while contributing to a methane hot spot the size of Delaware over the San Juan Basin — and we must take action

County Installs Spring Flower Baskets Downtown

on May 17, 2016 - 11:53am
Los Alamos Landscape workers install spring flower baskets Monday along Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/
Photo by Chris Clark/
Photo by Chris Clark/

Taos Author Speaks At Los Alamos Nature Center May 17

on May 16, 2016 - 3:44pm

Author and hiker Cindy Brown takes in the view from Chimney Rock. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Hear from author Cindy Brown about hiking in Northern New Mexico at the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, May 17. Courtesy/PEEC

Come get ready for spring hiking! Writer Cindy Brown will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Brown is the author of the Taos Hiking Guide, published last summer, and has been the hiking columnist for The Taos News for the last five years.

Los Alamos Is Latest EM Field Office To Transition To Energy.Gov

on May 16, 2016 - 11:01am

EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Douglas E. Hintze

DOE News:

The EM Los Alamos Field Office today introduced a new user-friendly website with a sleek, simple design that delivers timely information about the legacy cleanup activities underway at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Previously, EM’s Los Alamos cleanup efforts were featured on the laboratory’s website.

Explore Heavens At Planetarium Show May 20

on May 16, 2016 - 10:20am
Photo of bright blue, newly-formed stars taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Courtesy

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is providing an astronomy show in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20. Galen Gisler will use images and data from star clusters visible in the February skies to illustrate concepts in stellar evolution and discuss how chemical elements are synthesized in stars.

This astronomy show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the Nature Center.

Bandelier Recruiting For Youth Corps Jobs

on May 14, 2016 - 10:15am

Bandelier Preservation Corps 2015. Courtesy/NPS


For young people looking for an active, outdoor job for the summer, Bandelier National Monument is recruiting for two crews - the Bandelier Conservation Corps (BCC) and the Bandelier Preservation Corps (BPC).  Opportunities are available for men or women, ages 16-25. 
The BCC will be engaged in thinning and fuel reduction projects, trail work, and assisting the park maintenance crew with projects and special events.

PEEC: Local Expert Leads Monthly Wildflower Walks

on May 13, 2016 - 9:15am
Wildflower expert Chick Keller (right) leads a wildflower walk for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric
PEEC News:
At 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 16, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead a Wildflower Walk to introduce people to spring wildflowers. These monthly outings will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos.

Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller


Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time.