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Luján On House Passage Of PFAS Action Act

on January 10, 2020 - 4:03pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the House passage of the PFAS Action Act:
 
“Every person living in the United States has a right to clean and safe drinking water. I was proud to vote today for comprehensive legislation to address PFAS contamination and protect New Mexicans from these harmful chemicals.

Governor Kicks Off First Space Valley Summit

on January 10, 2020 - 8:12am

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks fastens a pin on the lapel of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday during the Space Valley Summit at NMSU in Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks facillitates the first Space Valley Summit. Courtesy photo

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off New Mexico’s first Space Valley Summit Wednesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

The event brought together federal and state leaders of New Mexico’s space industry.

Facilitated by Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan

Los Alamos National Laboratory On Delayed Opening

on January 10, 2020 - 7:38am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening today due to weather conditions.

Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and noon.

Los Alamos Public Schools On 2 Hour Delay

on January 10, 2020 - 7:07am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is on a 2-hour delay today.

LAPS encouraged the community to exercise extreme caution on the slick roads and walkways.

UNM-LA Campus On Two-Hour Delay Today

on January 10, 2020 - 6:13am
UNM-LA News:
 
Due to inclement weather, the UNM-LA campus will open at 10 a.m. today.

AGU: Searching For Oldest Ice In Antarctica

on January 10, 2020 - 6:10am
Robert Mulvaney (dressed in black) and the Beyond EPICA surveying team. Courtesy/British Antarctic Survey
 
AGU News:
 
Drilling engineer and ice core scientist Robert Mulvaney has driven thousands of kilometers over Antarctica in the past few years in a snow tractor, creeping slowly over one of the highest points of the ice sheet, near a location known as Dome C.
 
He’s looking for the perfect place to drill one and a half million years into the past.

NWS: Today’s High Near 32; Tonight’s Low Around 13

on January 10, 2020 - 5:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 32 with a 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11 a.m. and new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight’s low around 13. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Moon Over Clouds Above Los Alamos

on January 10, 2020 - 4:53am

Daily Postcard: The moon emerges above the clouds Thursday evening as viewed from the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Trisha Ancell

State Takes Enforcement Action Against Cannon Air Force Base For Discharging Without Permit

on January 9, 2020 - 3:48pm

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) today issued an administrative compliance order to the United States Air Force for ongoing violations of state law related to the protection of groundwater resources.

The administrative compliance order seeks immediate compliance with groundwater discharge permitting requirements and assesses a civil penalty of $1,699,872.60.

In 2018, the state began protecting groundwater resources from three per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, a group of manmade chemicals known to cause adverse health effects.

Study: Deforestation Changing Animal Communication

on January 9, 2020 - 6:57am

Howler monkey. Courtesy/UofW

University of Waterloo News:

Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study.

This study, led by an anthropologist at the University of Waterloo, offers the first evidence in animal communication scholarship of differences in vocal behaviors in response to different types of forest edge areas.

Working in a tropical lowland rainforest in Costa Rica, the researchers examined how human-caused forest habitat changes have affected vegetation and, in turn, the rate and length of howling by the group-living

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