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Scenes From Recent Trip On Ring Road In Iceland

A penguin stands alone on a small iceberg spotted by Los Alamos Daily Post photographer and videographer Nate Limback during his recent 8-day trip traveling the Ring Road in Iceland. Limback shares his photos of the wildlife, landscapes, waterfalls and icebergs he encountered along the 825 mile road. The Ring Road is the nickname of Route 1, Iceland’s main motorway. Since most of Iceland’s interior is uninhabitable wilderness, this highway only goes around the populated coastal areas. The Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Dyrhólaey cliffs and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon


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School Access Improves For New Mexico Military Families

STATE News:

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A coalition of Air Force bases and state agencies were awarded for their efforts July 19, 2021 to improve early school access for more than 243,000 military-connected students and veterans in New Mexico.

The Military Child Education Coalition presented the Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award to a cohort of state-wide partners for creating an ideal relationship resulting in the passing of four New Mexico legislative bills aimed to ease the stress and frustrations of relocating military family.

Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham signed the Military Family


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State Office Of Natural Resources Seeking Project Ideas To Restore Resources Harmed By 2015 Gold King Mine Disaster

ONRT News:

The New Mexico Office of the Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) is seeking ideas from the public for restoration projects to be funded through a proposed $1 million settlement with the mining defendants in litigation following the 2015 Gold King Mine release.

The mining defendants include Sunnyside Corporation and its parent companies, Kinross Gold Corporation and Kinross Gold, U.S.A., Inc. This outreach is an important step toward restoring natural resources affected by the release. 

In August 2015, a blowout at the Gold King Mine in Colorado released millions of gallons of water


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Fort Union National Monument Candlelight Tours Aug. 7

Six mule Army wagon at Fort Union National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

Fort Union National Monument announces Candlelight Tours, which will be offered  7:30-9 p.m., Saturday Aug. 7 in Waltrous, some 28 miles north of Las Vegas, N.M.

The event is free to the public.

During this evening event, visitors will be guided through the fort, and, through a series of vignettes performed by costumed actors and interpreters, will discover the intimate and compelling stories of those that once lived and worked at the fort.

Tour times are 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Flash photography is allowed


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Heinrich, Senate Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Cyber Reporting Bill Following SolarWinds, Colonial Hacks

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined several of his colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation requiring federal agencies, government contractors, and critical infrastructure owners and operators to report cyber intrusions within 24 hours of their discovery.

The legislation is in part a response to the hack of IT management firm SolarWinds, which resulted in the compromise of hundreds of federal agencies and private companies, and the May 2021 ransomware attack on the Colonial


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Return Of Old Lincoln Days: ‘Last Escape Of Billy The Kid’

From the performance ‘The Last Escape of Billy the Kid’. Courtesy/NMDCA

NMDCA News:

Lincoln Historic Site will once again come alive with the return of Old Lincoln Days Aug. 6-8 in the village of Lincoln, some 57 miles west of Roswell. 

Experience history where it happened with three days of fun for all ages in one of the most legendary towns in America.  

Take a trip to New Mexico during the 1870s and 1880s and explore museums and historic buildings, interact with living historians, enjoy activities, watch a reenactment of one Lincoln’s many bloody gun-battles, learn about the town’s history


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NMAA Deputy Director Dana Pappas To Join NFHS Staff

Dana Pappas

NFHS News:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Dana Pappas, deputy director and commissioner of officials of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), will join the staff of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Aug. 1.

Pappas will take on the role of Director of Officiating Services – a newly designed staff position devoted to officials programming, services and courses.

Theresia Wynns, who has served as NFHS director of sports and officials education since 2012, will retire July 31 after a 50-year career in education at the local, state and national levels.


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State Disburses Over $63 Million To Local Governments

DFA News:

SANTA FE — The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) announces that $63 million of the American Rescue Plan Act Funding (ARPA) has been distributed to eligible local entities.

“DFA is pleased to be the conduit working with the U.S. Treasury to get this money out to local governments,” DFA Cabinet Secretary Debbie Romero said. “We have been preparing for this knowing how important it is to get the funding distributed efficiently and effectively.”

“Working in collaboration with the New Mexico Municipal League, city managers and governing bodies, allowed DFA to expedite the


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MOA: ‘Go West Said A Small Voice: Gustave Baumann And Dreams Of New Mexico’ Exhibit Opens Saturday Aug. 14

Go West Said a Small Voice: Gustave Baumann and Dreams of New Mexico’, opens Aug. 14 at the New Mexico Museum of Art at 107 W. Palace Ave., in Santa Fe. Courtesy/MOA

MOA News:

In 1918, artist Gustave Baumann moved to New Mexico, where the formidable yellow and red landscapes and open skies dramatically changed his aesthetic, shifting his palette from monochromatic neutrals to the brilliant and vibrant colors that have come to define his western landscapes. 

Baumann also encountered a diverse cultural environment like nothing he had experienced before, which will be showcased in “Go


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Planned Power Outage At Energy, Minerals And Natural Resources Department Main Office Today

EMNRD News:

SANTA FE — The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) main office in Santa Fe will undergo a planned power outage today, July 24, that will temporarily impact the website and phone lines. 

The website will be inaccessible, through 4 p.m. and the phone line will be off through the weekend.

The public will still be able to book State Parks reservations via https://newmexicostateparks.reserveamerica.com/. 

The power outage is part of upgrades at the Wendell Chino Building that includes installation of solar panels and additional energy-efficiency upgrades.


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