Udall, Wyden, Merkley Urge Interior Department To Suspend Policy Actions Unrelated To COVID-19 Response

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt urging the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to immediately suspend any policy proposals or actions unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency that require a public comment period until the threats of COVID-19 have subsided.

The senators sent the letter as New Mexicans and Americans


Udall, Heinrich To EPA: Be Transparent About Agency Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with nine Democratic colleagues have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, asking detailed oversight questions about how the agency is adjusting its operations in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while continuing its critical mission to protect human health and the environment.

While EPA has announced it will reduce enforcement of environmental laws during the pandemic emergency and is moving ahead with controversial rules that threaten


Amateur Naturalist: Giant Earthworms And Leeches

Los Alamos

We had reported previously that archival laboratory reports show that several Los Alamos physicists and biologists had visited the Hy-yi-yi archipelago shortly before its destruction.

It was not too distant from the Bikini Atoll where 23 nuclear bomb tests were conducted in the 1940s. The Hy-yi-yi archipelago unfortunately was destroyed as an unanticipated side effect of the nuclear testing. 

All of the Rhinogradentia species (popularly called Snouters) at the archipelago became extinct. Snouters had evolved noses that could be used for gliding or flipping


LAFD Wildfire Fuels Reduction Mitigation Gets Underway

Los Alamos Fire Department map of the wildfire fuels reduction project area. Courtesy LAFD

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will begin work this week on an important wildfire fuels reduction project that will provide much-needed mitigation in several areas of Los Alamos.

LAFD has received grant funding for the project, which will include the following areas:

  • Ponderosa Estates Range Road;
  • North Horse Stable Bench;
  • Walnut Bench, Villa Bench;
  • Lower Loma Linda;
  • Camino Redondo; and
  • Camino Uva.

Starting Thursday, April 2, LAFD crews along with crews from Santa Fe County will begin