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Santa Fe Botanical Garden Announces Staff Changes Amid Pandemic … Persisting During Difficult Times

Lavender daisies blooming at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at 715 Camino Lejo. Courtesy/SFBG 

Santa Fe Botanical Garden News:

SANTA FE – The Board of Directors and professional staff of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden have worked continuously since early March to confront the difficult financial and operational challenges of the ongoing pandemic crisis. 

Board Chair Scott McIntyre said today that “the staff has been particularly resourceful, flexible, and determined to preserve the physical Garden intact and support our ongoing programs. We owe them a great debt of gratitude for persisting


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U.S. Department Of Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million To Communities To Support Critical Local Services

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Monday that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020.

“This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure,” Secretary Bernhardt said.

PILT payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands


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Thomas Bowles Of Los Alamos Honored With Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award In Nuclear Physics

Dr. Thomas J. Bowles of Los Alamos has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of nuclear physics. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Thomas J. Bowles, PhD, of Los Alamos with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

An accomplished listee, Dr. Bowles celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical


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Weekly Fishing Report: June 30, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is coming up and this is traditionally one of the busiest weekends for camping and fishing as families seek relief from the heat.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic combined with high fire danger and dry conditions, there will be a number of restrictions in place on campers and anglers.

Overnight camping is not allowed at any of New Mexico’s state parks. Most state parks are limited to day use only.

Fenton Lake State Park in the Jemez Mountains and Bluewater Lake State Park near Grants remain closed.

Most developed


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Doe Gives Birth To Fawns In Yard On North Mesa Sunday

Early Sunday morning a doe was spotted lying on the ground in the backyard of a residence on North Mesa. She had delivered two fawns that weren’t walking yet. Fawns learn to walk within about seven hours of birth. The family spent the morning observing the fawns struggle to their feet – taking a few wobbly steps before lying down for a while and then trying again. By mid-afternoon the fawns started feeling comfortable on their feet. Today, the fawns were actually frisky when their mother was around, though they spent most of the time in quiet seclusion. Photo by Charles Kooshian
A pair of fawns born

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Public Regulation Commission Hearing Examiners Recommend 100% Renewable Energy Replacement Power

From New Energy Economy:

SANTA FE — The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) hearing examiners have issued their Recommended Decision on the issue of what power generation resources PNM should utilize when it shuts down its San Juan Generating Station in 2022.

In their Recommended Decision, the Hearing Examiners adopted NEE’s requested approach to replacement resources and rejected PNM’s.

PNM had requested PRC approve its Scenario 1, which consisted of PNM-owned 280 MW of new gas, 350 MW of solar and 60 MW of storage built, operated and owned by independent renewable energy companies, and


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