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New Mexico Congressional Delegation’s PFAS Legislation Included In National Defense Bill

on December 14, 2019 - 8:02am
 
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes the New Mexico delegation’s bill, H.R.

Four Years After Paris Climate Accords, Udall Joins Shaheen, Bipartisan Group Of Senators In Voicing Support For Global Efforts To Combat Climate Change

on December 14, 2019 - 6:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and a group of bipartisan senators in a letter to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in support of the organization’s global efforts to mitigate climate change.
 
The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) is currently convening a meeting on the historic Paris Climate Agreement in Madrid. Earlier this week, Udall joined a group of senators in calling on President

BLM New Mexico Issues Policy To Reduce Wildfire Risk Around Power Lines On Public Lands

on December 14, 2019 - 6:03am
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE Building on the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce the threat of wildfires through active management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) New Mexico State Office issued a new policy Friday to limit fire risk from power lines crossing BLM-managed public lands.
 
The policy provides guidance for effective vegetation management within and adjacent to electric transmission and distribution line rights-of-way, also known as ROWs.
 
“This policy will reduce the risk of wildfire associated with vegetation conditions in and around powerline rights-of-way by

NWS: Today’s High Near 47; Tonight’s Low Around 31

on December 14, 2019 - 5:33am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 47 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 31 with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Peeping Deer Spotted In Los Alamos

on December 14, 2019 - 5:22am

Daily Postcard: A deer is spotted peeping through the bedroom window of a home Friday in Little Urban near Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Susan Brockway-Hahn

Pajarito Opens With Best Terrain In Years!

on December 13, 2019 - 6:00pm
Pajarito opened this morning with 17 runs, with plans to open the Mother Lift Saturday plus eight more intermediate and expert runs. This is the best terrain at Pajarito in years for opening day with nearly 75 percent of the mountain already open. Skiers were ready to shred these trails this morning with sunny skies and moderate temperatures in the 30s. This weekend may see a little more snow. Courtesy/Pajarito

Clean Energy Jobs Act Passes Out Of Committee

on December 13, 2019 - 4:37pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, The Clean Energy Jobs Act (S. 2393), introduced by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), was passed by a voice vote in a key legislative business meeting in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
 
The bill establishes a comprehensive, nationwide program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create a well-trained workforce in the energy sector.
 
This program would improve education and training for careers in energy-related industries, especially for minorities and other underrepresented groups in New Mexico.
 
“The

DOE Awards Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract

on December 13, 2019 - 4:23pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Central Plateau Cleanup Contract that will provide a variety of services at the Hanford Site, to Central Plateau Cleanup Company LLC of Aiken, SC.
 
The Central Plateau Cleanup Company LLC members are AECOM Management Services, Inc. (Germantown, MD), Fluor Federal Services, Inc. (Greenville, SC), and Atkins Nuclear Secured, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN). This is an Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity contract under which firm-fixed-price and/or Cost Reimbursement task orders may be issued.

Heinrich: Closer Than Ever To Establishing New National Park In New Mexico

on December 13, 2019 - 7:47am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that his provision to designate White Sands National Monument as New Mexico’s newest national park was included in the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
 
The House is expected to vote on the bill this week with Senate consideration to follow.
 
“Everyone who visits White Sands marvels at its remarkable geology, spectacular scenery, and outstanding recreation experiences,” Heinrich said.

EPA: $44 Million To Reduce Diesel Engines Emissions

on December 13, 2019 - 7:14am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines.
 
EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants.
 
“Modernizing our nation’s aging fleet of diesel-powered vehicles is an important part of the Trump Administration’s plan to further reduce harmful emissions and guide counties and States from nonattainment, into

NWS: Today’s High Near 47; Tonight’s Low Around 29

on December 13, 2019 - 6:08am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 47 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 29. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Deer Graze On Andanada Street

on December 13, 2019 - 6:00am

Daily Postcard: Nine deer including a buck and several does and yearlings are spotted hanging out and grazing in various yards Monday afternoon at the northern end of Andanada Street. Photo by Ken Hanson

A buck spotted Monday afternoon at the northern end of Andanada Street. Photo by Ken Hanson

Deer spotted Monday afternoon at the northern end of Andanada Street. Photo by Ken Hanson

A deer spotted Monday afternoon at the northern end of Andanada Street. Photo by Ken Hanson

Deer spotted Monday afternoon at the northern end of Andanada Street. Photo by Ken Hanson

Highlights From Council Meeting Dec. 3

on December 12, 2019 - 3:38pm
Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Here are a few highlights from the Dec. 3 regular Los Alamos County Council meeting.

Council approves water flow through system for splash pad

Design of the splash pad in White Rock progresses forward as a result of Los Alamos Council approving a flow through water system for the recreation facility.

The motion to approve the water system passed 6-1 with Councilor Katrina Martin opposed.

Pajarito Mountain Kicks Off Ski Season Friday!

on December 12, 2019 - 6:44am

The community is invited to ski Friday at Pajarito Mountain as the season opens with approximately 15 runs open. Photo by Peter Dickson
 
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain begins its winter season this Friday with approximately 15 runs open.
 
The Aspen lift, Beginner’s Lift, and the magic carpet will all be running. After a record snow year last year, Pajarito is poised for another season of skiing and snowboarding in Los Alamos.
 
“This will be one of our best openings in recent years,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 12, 2019

on December 12, 2019 - 5:41am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather has not been cold enough to allow ice fishing on any lakes in Northern New Mexico.
 
During this time areas of the lakes where there is still open water to allow for bank fishing can be good. Eagle Nest Lake was closed to boating and ice fishing last week. There was a small area of open water near the south dock and the fishing was reportedly very good for trout in this area. Bank fishing is allowed where open water touches the bank.
 
Small areas like this can freeze very quickly so it is best to call ahead to

NWS: Today’s High Near 44; Tonight’s Low Around 28

on December 12, 2019 - 5:07am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 44 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 28. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunset From North Mesa Stables

on December 12, 2019 - 4:53am

Daily Postcard: Sunset viewed Wednesday from the North Mesa horse stables. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Sunset viewed Wednesday from the North Mesa horse stables. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Sunset viewed Wednesday from the North Mesa horse stables. Photo by Trisha Ancell

New Mexico Economic Development Department Outdoor Recreation Division Launches Website

on December 11, 2019 - 11:19am

Photo by Jay Hemphill

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) launched Friday, Dec. 6 an independent website.

The new ORD site will be a valuable resource for outdoor recreation companies looking to expand or relocate, as well as nonprofits and government agencies looking to get involved with the division’s work.

Additionally, the website offers information including a full list of the ORD Advisory Committee as well as opportunities for volunteers.

“The Outdoor Recreation Division’s website and social platforms are

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Michelle Thompsen Awarded Prestigious Fleming Medal

on December 11, 2019 - 10:41am

LANL fellow Michelle Thomsen awarded the John Adam Fleming Medal by the American Geophysical Union. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

Michelle Thomsen, a Los Alamos National Laboratory fellow and guest scientist, was awarded the John Adam Fleming Medal by the American Geophysical Union today at a ceremony in San Francisco, Calif.

The Fleming Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition of original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, or related sciences.

Heinrich Pushes For Clean Energy Tax Extenders

on December 11, 2019 - 9:45am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate continue to discuss a potential legislative package of tax extenders, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is calling on Congressional leadership to prioritize clean energy extenders in any tax legislation.
 
Heinrich, along with U.S. Senators Edward J.

SFNF: Hyde Park, Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burns

on December 11, 2019 - 9:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement the previously announced prescribed pile burns in Pacheco Canyon and Hyde Park as early as today if conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
 
The pile burns are designed to remove woody debris from the Pacheco Canyon and Hyde Park fuels reduction project areas.

Angel Fire Resort Opens For Winter Season Friday

on December 11, 2019 - 9:09am
Courtesy/AngelFireResort
 
Courtesy/AngelFireResort
 
AFR News:
 
ANGEL FIRE Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico, has benefited from late fall storms that have tracked over the southwest.
 
The storms are providing the northern New Mexican mountains with a few inches of consistent snow with each storm.
 
The family-friendly resort kicks off ski season this Friday, Dec. 13, with a 52” of natural snow. The mountain operations team has also been taking advantage of the colder temperatures throughout the past four weeks making snow in anticipation of this year’s opening.
 

Governor, Legislative Leaders Petition Supreme Court For Emergency Review Of Energy Law

on December 11, 2019 - 8:52am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and legislative sponsors of the 2019 Energy Transition Act petitioned Monday afternoon the New Mexico Supreme Court for an emergency review, asking the Court to direct the Public Regulation Commission to apply the 2019 Energy Transition Act in cases filed after the ETA’s enactment.
 
New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf, Sen. Jacob Candelaria, Sen. Mimi Stewart and Rep.

2020 Master Gardener Classes Run Feb. 4 – April 25

on December 11, 2019 - 8:19am
Courtesy/NMSU
 
MASTER GARDENER News:
 
Winter is here with all its pleasures, but many of us are looking forward to the warmer days.
 
If you are desiring inspiration for next years's garden or landscaping, it is not too early to register for the Master Gardener classes offered by the Los Alamos County and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service.
 
Classes are 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 4 through April 25 Fuller Lodge. Classes are open to anyone who desires to learn more about gardening and to share what they've learned with others.
 
Specialists from New Mexico

NWS: Today’s High Near 42; Tonight’s Low Around 24

on December 11, 2019 - 7:45am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 42 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 24. Courtesy/NWS

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