Environment

SUWA: BLM Opens Scenic Factory Butte Area In Utah To Off-Road Vehicle Destruction

Left, a spring wildflower bloom enhances Factory Butte’s unique photographic appeal in Utah. Right, Extensive ruts left by ORVs near Factory Butte remain visible even after torrential rainfall. Courtesy/Ray Bloxham/SUWA
 
SUWA News:
 
MOAB, Utah The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) reports that without prior notice or opportunity for public input, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Richfield Field Office announced Wednesday that it is opening 5,400 acres of public lands surrounding Utah’s iconic Factory Butte to unfettered cross-country off-road vehicle

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NM Delegation Lauds Decision To Grant Request For Major Disaster Declaration For Navajo Nation

 
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. After historic snowstorms and flooding in local Navajo communities that occurred in February, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres-Small, lauded the decision to grant the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation.
 
This declaration will trigger the release of federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed to help weather-affected

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Environmental Services/Sustainability Board Thank Community For Successful Clean Up Los Alamos Day

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Environmental Services and the Environmental Sustainability Board would like to thank all the volunteers that participated in the 16th annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day Saturday, May 18.

Volunteers helped pick up trash from all over the county including school grounds, parks and trails. More than 100 participants registered to volunteer in 15 groups. With their help, 600 pounds of trash was collected around the community. A volunteer appreciation lunch was held at Ashley Pond Park following the cleanup.

At the Eco Station approximately 150 residents utilized


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LANL Profile: Bill Priedhorsky

Bill Priedhorsky, the program director for Laboratory-Directed Research & Development. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Bill Priedhorsky, director of the Laboratory-Directed Research & Development (LDRD) program, has been walking for several hours.

The whisper of his passage across the desert disappears as thoroughly as the morning dew dries under the unrelenting heat of New Mexico’s sun. He leans on a hiking pole and takes in his surroundings.

There are convoluted shadows on the rocks all about him—nature is a gifted sculptor, using erosion to craft all types of interesting and bizarre


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County: Vote For Zero Waste Champion Of The Year

COUNTY News:

To promote recycling and zero waste in the community as well as to encourage more businesses to participate in the recycling program, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Environmental Sustainability Board is sponsoring the Zero Waste Champion of the Year award

To become eligible, a business is nominated by a member of the community for contributing to sustainability, recycling and waste reduction. The nominees are required to submit a brief overview about how their business recycled, reduced waste, conserved energy or water and contributed to overall


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SFNF Offices Close For Memorial Day Monday

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday.
 
Last year, SFNF fire personnel found 84 abandoned campfires over the three-day Memorial Day weekend in spite of Stage 2 fire restrictions, which prohibited campfires and other activities.
 
This year, after a winter with above-average moisture and snowpack, conditions on the forest are much different, and there are currently no fire restrictions on the SFNF. But fire managers are asking

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