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LANL: Drought Impact Study Shows New Issues For Plants And Carbon Dioxide

on November 29, 2019 - 11:04am
Drought is already the most widespread factor affecting plant production via direct physiological impacts such as water limitation and heat stress. Courtesy/Dreamstime
LANL News:
Extreme drought’s impact on plants will become more dominant under future climate change, as noted in a paper out today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Analysis shows that not only will droughts become more frequent under future climates, but more of those events will be extreme, adding to the reduction of plant production essential to human and animal populations. 
“Even though plants can, in

UP Aerospace Launches Space Loft-14 Rocket

on November 29, 2019 - 8:25am
UP Aerospace News:
Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico and UP Aerospace, a space launch and flight test service provider based in Highlands Ranch, Colo. with facilities at Spaceport America, announced the successful launch Friday, Nov. 22 of UP Aerospace’s Space Loft 14 (SL-14) rocket from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area.
With NASA and multiple university programs present, the launch—which was part of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program—marked UP Aerospace’s thirteenth launch from Spaceport America.

NMDOH: Influenza Activity Increasing In New Mexico

on November 29, 2019 - 7:36am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is reporting that influenza is widespread across the state and anticipates heightened activity for weeks to come.
Last season, 237 New Mexicans died of pneumonia and/or influenza and already 21 pneumonia and influenza deaths have been reported during the 2019-20 season. Flu symptoms may include rapid illness onset with fever, cough, sore throat, headache, and/or muscle aches.
The predominant virus circulating in the Southeast is influenza B Victoria, while the Metro region is seeing mostly influenza A(H1N1). Both

NWS: Today’s High Near 37; Tonight’s Low Around 23

on November 29, 2019 - 7:27am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with a 90 percent chance of snow and patchy freezing fog before 9 a.m., then rain between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., followed by more snow after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 23. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall And Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Stop Cyber Grinches From Ruining Holidays

on November 28, 2019 - 7:22am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), announced the introduction of the Stopping Grinch BOTS Act, legislation that will crack down on the use of digital “bot” technology being used to buy up large batches of trending holiday toys in order to resell them at grossly inflated prices.
These third-party sellers are using these automated tools to manipulate online sales

Con Alma Health Foundation Names Trinidad De Jesus Arguello, PhD, RN, 2019 Health Hero

on November 28, 2019 - 6:54am
CAHF News:
SANTA FE Con Alma Health Foundation announced Wednesday that this year’s hero of health is Trinidad de jesus Arguello, PhD, RN, co-founder and administrator of Compostela Community and Family Cultural Institute in Taos County.
Arguello is a nurse, administrator, social worker and advocate who volunteers on numerous national and state boards to help people who need mental health care and domestic violence services.

Bandelier, Valles Caldera May Begin Pile Burns Sunday

on November 28, 2019 - 6:45am
NPS News:
With the arrival of snow providing favorable conditions for pile and prescribed burning, fire crews at Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve are planning to burn up to 300 acres of piled fuel materials along N.M. 4 throughout Bandelier and on South Mountain in the Valles Caldera.
These burns will begin as early as Dec. 1 and continue through the winter months as conditions allow. 
The parameters for implementing a prescribed burn are based upon specific assessments, agency guidelines and safety protocols.
Managers continuously monitor

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 28, 2019

on November 28, 2019 - 5:57am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather is forecast to be unseasonably cold this week. High temperatures just in the 30’s and lows below freezing for several days are what’s coming.
At temperatures like this, it won’t be long before some of the lakes in Northern New Mexico start to freeze.
Smaller lakes at high elevations like the Canjilon Lakes, Trout Lakes, Lagunitas Lakes and Hopewell Lake are likely already frozen over and will soon be inaccessible due to snow.
Anglers should remember that Clayton Lake, Maxwell Lake 13 and the Charette

NWS: Today’s High Near 35; Tonight’s Low Around 33

on November 28, 2019 - 5:39am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 35 with a 70 percent chance of snow and rain. Tonight’s low around 33. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Unemployment Insurance Operations Center Closed Thursday And Friday In Observance Of Thanksgiving

on November 27, 2019 - 5:52pm

Workforce Solutions News:
  • Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System Available

ALBUQUERQUE  All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ offices, including the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System ( will remain available Thursday and Friday.

New Mexico Small Businesses May Get Holiday Boost

on November 27, 2019 - 9:22am
SBA News:
America’s booming economy is having a positive effect on both holiday shoppers and retailers, as seasonal sales are expected to increase this year by up to 4.2 percent, according to the National Retail Federation.
It’s become an American tradition to officially focus on spending in our neighborhoods supporting independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday which, this year is Nov. 30, the day after Black Friday.
Nearly 60 percent of entrepreneurs said Small Business Saturday sales contribute significantly to their holiday revenue, according to a survey

Fire Ghosts Booksigning At Nature Center Saturday

on November 27, 2019 - 7:33am
Cover of FIRE GHOSTS, book on the Las Conchas Fire by Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan with writers Craig D. Allen and William deBuys. Courtesy photo
Photo from FIRE GHOSTS, by Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan with writers Craig D. Allen and William deBuys. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The community is invited to a booksigning for FIRE GHOSTS, by Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan with writers Craig D. Allen and William deBuys 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.
Prints of the art are on display now.
The haunting

Silver City Museum Receives AAM Accreditation

on November 27, 2019 - 6:41am
Silver City Museum. Courtesy photo
SCM News:
SILVER CITY The Silver City Museum in Silver City, New Mexico—known for its wealth of cultural heritage and history—has received accreditation from the prestigious American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
The museum, which had been previously accredited and had not gone through the accreditation process in 15 years, now joins the seven other accredited museums in the state. One of the smaller museums on the elite list, Silver City Museum also was awarded the AAM’s Gold Standard Award.
“We’re thrilled to have received this

SFNF May Implement La Presa Prescribed Burn

on November 27, 2019 - 6:38am

SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire crews on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin blacklining the perimeter of the previously announced La Presa prescribed fire on Mesa los Indios near Forest Road 473 as early as Dec. 2.
The decision to proceed will depend on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather. 
The blacklining operation would prepare the unit for planned aerial ignitions in spring 2020. The 1,200-acre La Presa prescribed burn is designed to mimic a natural fire regime by using low-intensity fire to

BLM Now Issuing Personal Christmas Tree Permits

on November 27, 2019 - 6:19am
BLM News:
SANTA FE The Bureau of Land Management offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Socorro, Taos and Farmington began Monday issuing personal Christmas tree permits for harvest on BLM lands.
The permits will be sold through Dec. 24 and cost $5.
Maps may be obtained when purchasing the permits at a local BLM office. When transporting a tree taken from BLM public land, the permit must be attached to the tree.
Only piñon and juniper trees are available for harvest as Christmas trees on BLM lands.
Locations where permits are available:
New Mexico State Office
301 Dinosaur

NWS: Today’s High Near 33; Tonight’s Low Around 25

on November 27, 2019 - 5:11am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 33 with a 20 percent chance of snow after 2 p.m. and tonight’s low around 25 with an 80 percent chance of snow tonight with possible new snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts snowfall through 5 p.m. today across the state. Courtesy/NWS

Lantern Launch At Buffalo Thunder Wednesday

on November 26, 2019 - 6:43pm
BTR News:
SANTA FE Thousands of prayers, wishes, promises and dreams will float toward the heavens once the Northern New Mexico sun sets Nov. 27, carried there in brilliantly lit paper lanterns. 
The visual effect, according to event management, will create an unforgettable spectacle of lights for miles around that won't soon be forgotten.
The 2019 Lantern Launch takes place at the Towa Golf Club at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino the night before Thanksgiving. Already one year in the planning, it's an event unlike any other.
"We're expecting thousands of people from

NMHU Anthropology Partnership Produces First Drone Aerial Survey Of Anasazi Pueblo

on November 26, 2019 - 7:33am
Highlands anthropology faculty member Vick Evans, left, and Katie Withnall of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute hold a NMFWRI drone used to help develop the first aerial maps of a prehistoric Navajo site. Behind them is one of the geographic information system (GIS) site maps Withnall developed for the project. Courtesy/NMFWRI
Highlands University News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Drones recorded the first aerial imagery of a prehistoric Anasazi Pueblo on the Navajo Nation in Northwest New Mexico, thanks to a unique partnership the New Mexico Highlands University

Governor, Congressional Delegation, House Speaker, AG Discuss Action On Violent Crime, Domestic Terrorism

on November 26, 2019 - 6:48am
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf and Attorney General Hector Balderas met Monday in Santa Fe to advance ongoing discussions between New Mexico elected leaders on prospective action to decrease the risk of violent crime and domestic terrorism in the state.
Meeting at the state Capitol, the governor, congressional delegation, speaker and attorney general built upon the analysis of the domestic terrorism summit convened by the governor Aug.

NWS: Today’s High Near 32; Tonight’s Low Around 15

on November 26, 2019 - 6:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 32 with a 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 15. Courtesy/NWS

SFNF: Coyote Ranger District Reports Rash Of Fires

on November 25, 2019 - 4:04pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are concerned about a rash of fires that posed a potential threat to homes in the wildland urban interface (WUI).

The cause of the fires is under investigation.

Since Oct. 31, firefighters have responded to three fires on the Coyote District:

  • The 96 Fire near NM State Road 96, which occurred in a pile of woody debris from previous fuels reduction work;
  • The 76 Fire off of Forest Road 76, which directly threatened homes on the east side of Gallina; and
  • The Wood Fire off of Forest Road 103,

Bail Reform Working As Intended ... Is Not Cause Of Crime Problem In Albuquerque

on November 25, 2019 - 2:50pm
NMSC News:
SANTA FE Voter-approved reforms to New Mexico’s pretrial justice system are not fueling a crime problem in the state’s largest city and instead are working as intended, Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin told lawmakers today.
In a progress report about bail reform, Pepin shared new data compiled by the Judiciary about the pretrial detention of defendants and highlighted a study by University of New Mexico researchers that analyzed nearly 6,400 cases between July 2017 and March 2019 in which defendants charged with felonies were released from custody

‘Take A Ride On Us’ This Thanksgiving Holiday

on November 25, 2019 - 7:38am


ALBUQUERQUE – Celebrate the Holidays with a safe ride home. 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation, is committed to ending DWI. NMDOT is partnering with Bernalillo County, the city of Albuquerque, Cumulus radio stations and Uber to support “Take a Ride on Us”.

A single Uber credit of up to $10 will be offered in the Bernalillo County metro area beginning at noon Wednesday, Nov. 27 through 3 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

Two thousand rides will be available for the Thanksgiving “Take a Ride on Us” program under the Uber app, using the code: ABQTURKEY19. Tips are not included and

Senators Heinrich, Udall Request Investigation Of Conditions For ICE Detainees In All Detention Facilities

on November 25, 2019 - 6:33am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari requesting an investigation into the conditions and oversight for detainees held at all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities.
The Senators are asking that the DHS Office of Inspector General evaluate violations of detention standards and to make that report public.
“We are troubled by continued reports of inhumane treatment at ICE

New Mexico’s First Workforce Native American Summit Held With 14 Pueblos And Tribes In Attendance

on November 25, 2019 - 6:11am
ALBUQUERQUE For the first time in the state’s history, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) hosted the first Native American Workforce Summit with 14 Pueblos and Tribes in attendance that receive Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding.
The Summit provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about workforce development programs delivered through Tribes and Pueblos as well as Identify opportunities for engagement and partnership to leverage resources, tools, and funding to increase services and support for Native American job seekers