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Udall On Passage Of Chemical Safety Reform

on May 26, 2016 - 9:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed passage in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote of 403-12 of landmark reform of the nation's broken chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).
 
Udall authored the reform bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, with Senator David Vitter (R-La.) to finally enable the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate the thousands of chemicals manufactured each year and used in common household items  including known carcinogens and highly

Flows Increase On Rio Grande And Rio Chama

on May 26, 2016 - 9:28am
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Flows through the Middle Rio Grande and Rio Chama are on the rise as the spring runoff is supplemented with water from El Vado Reservoir for the benefit of the environment and endangered species.
 
The Bureau of Reclamation, New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and Rio Chama Watershed Partnership came together to create this coordinated flow event.
 
“This is a great example of what can happen when everyone works together for the benefit

Nature Center Talk: Dr. Roger Wiens Reveals Discoveries From Curiosity Mars Rover

on May 24, 2016 - 7:46am

Curiosity rover’s three-year journey reveals fascinating information about the history of Mars. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Dr. Roger Wiens will discuss the search for life on Mars at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. His talk will reveal discoveries from the Curiosity rover’s journey and the next steps for exploring this intriguing planet. This is a free talk organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Dr. Roger Wiens discusses Mars at Tuesday talk. Courtesy/PEEC

The 1-ton Curiosity rover has been trekking toward the 3-mile-high Mt.

Daily Postcard: White Lilacs Bloom On Walnut Street

on May 24, 2016 - 7:12am

Daily Postcard: White Lilacs in bloom Monday on Walnut Street. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Heinrich Secures Major Gains For National Labs, Military Bases, Defense Industry, And Border Security

on May 24, 2016 - 7:08am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that benefit New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, border security, and job creation throughout the state.
 
The bill was reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Nambe Iris: Garden Open House & Sale May 28-29

on May 24, 2016 - 7:06am

Today's Bear Sighting In Quemazon Is Reminder About Living With Large Predators In Los Alamos County

on May 23, 2016 - 3:47pm

A bear is spotted at 1 p.m. today first on the deck and then helping himself to the contents of a birdfeeder hanging in a tall tree in the backyard of a home in Quemazon. The homeowner contacted the police who are now tracking the bear. When the bear left the residence, he was traveling in a northeasterly direction. The latest word is he was spotted near Torreon in Quemazon a short while later and perhaps moved on to lower Quemazon. The Quemazon Montessori has been notified. Courtesy photo

The bear takes down a hummingbird feeder this afternoon in the yard of a residence in Quemazon.

Childrens Activities At Garden Fair June 11

on May 23, 2016 - 7:39am

Butterfly in the Demonstration Garden. Photo by Doris Thielemann

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Master Gardeners invites the community to their Demonstration Garden Fair, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11.

Children are invited to come and participate in the activities especially for them. For a Butterfly Hunt, children will be given a list of questions. Each of the butterflies, scattered throughout the garden, answers one of the questions. A second activity will be seed planting in cups that the child will take home. Every child is a winner with prizes for participating.

Mother Fountain.

Hike Water Canyon With Trail Expert Craig Martin

on May 21, 2016 - 9:54am

Spring in Water Canyon. Photo by Craig Martin

PEEC News:

What better way to celebrate National Trails Day than to hike? Local trail expert Craig Martin is leading a hike 10:15 a.m. Saturday, June 4, up Water Canyon to the meadow, where hikers can enjoy running water, flowers, and interesting trail stories.

This free hike is great for kids with a bit of hiking experience. The hike is about two miles round trip with around 400 feet of elevation gain.

The Water Canyon hike is limited to 20 participants. To participate, register online at www.peecnature.org. Afterward, meet Craig and other

Visitors To Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District Campgrounds Advised To Check For Potable Water

on May 21, 2016 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  As the outdoor recreation season gets underway on the Santa Fe National Forest, visitors to three campgrounds on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are advised to bring enough drinking water to meet their needs for their stay.
 
The Holy Ghost, E.V. Long and El Porvenir Campgrounds do not have potable water this year. Shallow wells at these campgrounds may receive surface water recharge from the nearby river and natural runoff, which is at risk of contamination from pathogens harmful to human health. 
 
“Public health and safety is a top forest priority,” Forest

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest Coyote Ranger District

on May 20, 2016 - 10:31am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of conditions next week to conduct a prescribed burn on the Coyote Ranger District. The 5,041-acre French Mesa treatment area is located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.  

Hand ignitions may begin as early as Monday, May 23, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts. Once ignitions have started, crews hope to treat up to 150 acres per day

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Video Game Tournament At Planetarium May 24

on May 20, 2016 - 9:17am

Free Super Smash Bros. video game tournament at the Los Alamos Nature Center May 24. Courtesy/PEEC.

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Teen Center and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) are hosting a video game tournament at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 24.

Video games will be projected on a 10’ x 20’ screen in the planetarium dome at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

County Halts Weed Spraying Due To Citizen Concerns

on May 20, 2016 - 9:06am

COUNTY News:

Due to concerns voiced by citizens regarding the use of herbicides as a weed management tool, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division has postponed indefinitely spraying in the following turf areas: 

  • Rover Park;
  • East Park;
  • Community Soccer;
  • Myrtle Green;
  • Ashley Pond;
  • Fuller Lodge;
  • Aquatic Center;
  • Western Area;
  • Urban Park;
  • Barranca Mesa; and
  • North Mesa Sports Complex.

County ordinance requires weed abatement, due to health and safety, and general appearance of the common areas in the community, and so County departments and divisions are continuing their weed control programs in

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

on May 18, 2016 - 8:22am
SENATE News:
 
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
SENATE News:
 
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/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

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 Hubblesite.org
 

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

BANDELIER News:

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.

Registration Opens For PEEC’s Summer Geology Program For Kids

on May 12, 2016 - 4:33pm
Kids will love the hands-on activities and field trips provided by the summer Pebble Pups program. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is helping kids explore geology this summer by hosting a Pebble Pups program for youth ages 5 to 9.
 
This eight-week program helps kids embark on a journey to learn about rocks, fossils, and local geology through active games and activities with Patrick Rowe of the Los Alamos Geological Society and Kate Cleveland, an experienced PEEC educator.
 
From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 7 Pebble Pups will meet on Tuesdays.

Los Alamos County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden Fair June 11

on May 12, 2016 - 4:17pm
Carlos Valdez is giving a mini-talk at the 2013 Fair. Photo by Bob Walker
 
LACMG News:
 
The Los Alamos County Master Gardeners will be hosting a Garden Fair, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the Demonstration Garden on Central Ave, across the street from the Mesa Public Library.
 
Tours of the garden, a plant sale, children's activities, and information on four garden topics will be offered to the community. There is no cost for attending this event. Docents will be located throughout the garden to talk with visitors about the diverse garden designs and answer questions.
 
Three workshops

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