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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich To Introduce Legislation To Establish Bandelier National Park And Preserve

on March 21, 2019 - 10:42am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Bandelier National Monument his intent to introduce legislation to establish the Bandelier National Park and Preserve. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, left, and Council Chair Sara Scott with Sen. Martin Heinrich Wednesday at the Bandelier press conference to express the Los Alamos community's endorsement of the proposed legislation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Tribal leaders, wildlife advocates, and northern New Mexico

NWS: Today’s High Near 49, Tonight’s Low Around 36

on March 21, 2019 - 7:19am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 49 with a 70 percent chance of showers likely and tonight’s low around 36. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunrise Over White Rock

on March 21, 2019 - 7:07am

Daily Postcard: A colorful sunrise paints the sky early this morning over White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Interior Provides Over $291 Million In Conservation Funding For States And Tribes To Clean Up And Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

on March 20, 2019 - 3:22pm
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the availability of the Fiscal Year 2019 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).
This year’s grants will provide more than $291.2 million [1] for states and tribes to reclaim and repurpose abandoned coal lands.
“These grants are a great example of Interior partnering with states, Tribes, and local governments to provide resources for conservation efforts and infrastructure and public safety improvements,

Explore Discoveries Of Cassini Mission To Saturn

on March 20, 2019 - 11:41am
Learn about the Cassini Mission to Saturn at 7 p.m., Friday at the Nature Center. Plus, watch the full-dome film 'Incoming!' at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The community is invited to join Dan Reisenfeld at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn more about what scientists have discovered from the Cassini mission that orbited Saturn.
NASA and the European Space Agency had a spacecraft at Saturn sending back a continuous stream of images for 13 years. The Cassini mission orbited Saturn 2004 to 2017 and made what is described as spectacular

New Mexico Land Office: March Lease Sales Generate Nearly $5 Million … State Lands Are Open For Business

on March 20, 2019 - 10:28am


SANTA FE – The State Land Office held its monthly online oil and gas lease sales, raising $4.9 million for New Mexico schools, hospitals and colleges.

Twenty-four tracts of land were offered, 22 of which were closed for bid. Closed bids included 4,285 acres in Chaves, Lea and Eddy counties. The aggregate bid amounted to an average per-acre price of $1,444.56.

“With each monthly lease sale since I took office, we continue to uphold our constitutional obligation to fund our schools, hospitals, and colleges.

NWS: Today’s High Near 51, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on March 20, 2019 - 7:49am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 51 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 34 with a 30 percent chance of scattered rain and snow showers after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Moon Over Clouds Above Los Alamos

on March 20, 2019 - 7:35am
Daily Postcard: The moon is spotted over clouds in the sky Monday from North Mesa. Photo by Trisha Ancell

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Wins 2019 SXSW Pitch Competition, Hyper-Connected Communities Category

on March 19, 2019 - 5:53pm

Andrew Hyde, host of the SXSW Startup Pitch® Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, hands the microphone to UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel, center, who accepts a check following his successful presentation. Second from left is Dan Houck who visited Los Alamos for the past four months as a 'Chemical Engineering Intern' at UbiQD but recently returned to UT Austin to finish his PhD (in ChemE). Courtesy photo

Dr. Hunter McDaniel, CEO at UbiQD at the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) 11th Annual SXSW Pitch® competition in Austin, Texas. Courtesy photo

SXSW News:

  • The advanced materials company

More Scenes From Skiesta 2019 On Pajarito Mountain

on March 19, 2019 - 11:10am

Large crowd turns out Saturday for Skiesta 2019 at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

Scene from Skiesta 2019 Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

A pair of Tyrannosaurus rex strut their stuff on the slope during Skiesta 2019 Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

Scene from Skiesta 2019 Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

Yikes - taking a tumble Saturday during Skiesta 2019 at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

Scene of a reverse backscratcher during Skiesta 2019 Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

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N.M. Delegation Urges Department Of Defense To Consider New Mexico For Space Development Agency

on March 19, 2019 - 8:48am

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small urged Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan to consider New Mexico as a host for co-locating the Space Development Agency headquarters and to fully utilize the state’s existing core research and development space assets.

Shanahan recently noted that the DoD must make changes to its research, development, and acquisition processes to protect U.S. vital interests in space.

Museum Joins Collaboration With NM State Parks & CNM To Map One Of Largest Dinosaur Tracksites In US

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
Dinosaur tracksite at Clayton Lake State Park. Photo by Spencer Lucas, Ph.D.
ALBUQUERQUE  This spring the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and the New Mexico State Parks Department are undertaking a project to document, map, and model one of the largest dinosaur tracksites in the United States.
Hundreds of tracks, from at least four different species of dinosaurs, are exposed at the Clayton Lake State Park in northeastern New Mexico.

SFNF: Seeks Volunteers For Trail Hike/Clean-Up

on March 19, 2019 - 5:11am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is looking for volunteers to hike to scenic Window Rock Sunday, March 31, and help clean up the trail by picking up trash.
Part of a health initiative called Forest Your Health in partnership with El Centro Family Health Clinics, the Window Rock hike is an 8-mile roundtrip trek to one of New Mexico’s largest rock spans, a “window” weathered out of an igneous rock wall.
The hike will begin at 10 a.m.

NWS: Today’s High Near 51, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on March 19, 2019 - 5:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 51 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Hiking Trail Off Rio Bravo

on March 19, 2019 - 4:57am

View from the hiking trail Monday off Rio Bravo in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartra/

NMDOT Prepares Trees For Relocation

on March 18, 2019 - 6:02pm

New Mexico Department of Transportation crews working in the area of the incoming roundabout, where N.M. 502, Trinity Drive and Central Avenue merge, removed trees today and prepared them for relocation. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/

Increase In Deer And Elk Presence On Local Streets

on March 18, 2019 - 11:24am

The presence of deer and elk is increasing on local streets especially around dusk. This young deer held up motorists for several minutes early Sunday evening on Rose Street before meandering over to nibble on a patch of grass. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


NMED Issues Notice Of Violation To San Juan Oil And Gas Producer For Air Quality Control Act Violations

on March 18, 2019 - 8:51am
NMED News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has issued a Notice of Violation to Hilcorp Energy Company for violations of the state’s Air Quality Control Act. NMED joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in putting Hilcorp on notice for these violations.
In February 2018, Hilcorp Energy Company violated both state and federal air quality laws by improperly controlling emissions from one of its wells in the San Juan Basin.

NWS: Today’s High Near 52, Tonight’s Low Around 33

on March 18, 2019 - 7:22am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 52 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33 with a slight chance of rain showers after 7 p.m., mixing with snow after 1 a.m. Courtesy/NWS


Daily Postcard: Snowy Sangre De Cristos

on March 18, 2019 - 7:16am
Daily Postcard: The snowy Sangre de Cristos viewed recently from the East Gate area of Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hanson

NWS: Today’s High Near 50, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on March 17, 2019 - 7:45am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 50 with msunny skies and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Elk Herd Spotted Near Pajarito Acres

on March 17, 2019 - 7:37am

Daily Postcard: An elk herd is spotted early Thursday evening at the intersection of NM 4 and N. Monte Rey Drive in White Rock. Photo by John Bartlit

Weather Experts Call Windstorm ‘Bomb Cyclone’

on March 16, 2019 - 12:04pm


SANTA FE — New Mexico experienced an unprecedented weather pattern this past week designated by weather experts as a “bomb cyclone.”

The storm caused extensive damage in several counties throughout the state. Interstate 25 was temporarily closed due to the risks of high-profile vehicles. Reports of 80-100 mile-an-hour winds were reported throughout the state.

The winds were so powerful they caused a freight train to be derailed off a truss bridge near Logan, falling approximately 50 feet into an arroyo causing complete destruction of the train and cargo.

Fortunately, in this

USFS Moves Forward With Massive Timber Sale

on March 16, 2019 - 9:58am
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Alaska Representative Patrick Lavin
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it is signing the Record of Decision for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project today, March 16.
The project entails widespread old-growth clearcutting on the largest island in our nation’s largest forest. In 2016, the USFS committed to a transition out of old-growth logging and away from uneconomical and destructive timber sales like this proposal.
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Alaska Representative, Patrick Lavin, issued

Udall Statement On EPA Methylene Chloride Rule

on March 16, 2019 - 8:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on EPA’s final rule on methylene chloride:
“The Trump administration has again failed to live up to the letter and spirit of the historic bipartisan reform of TSCA that Congress passed in 2016. In that law, we explicitly authorized EPA’s work to ban methylene chloride-based paint strippers because of their dangerous effects on both workers and the