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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

NWS: Today’s High Near 38; Tonight’s Low Around 22

on January 9, 2020 - 6:45am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 with partly sunny skies and a 10 percent chance of snow showers after 5 p.m., and tonight’s low around 22 with a 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after 8 p.m. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Frosty Effects In White Rock

on January 9, 2020 - 6:03am

Daily Postcard: Frost and snow cover a juniper tree early Friday morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Ice crystals cling to a fence early Friday morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Master Gardener Classes Start Tuesday Feb. 4

on January 8, 2020 - 11:00am

Basket of Gold (Alyssum montanum). Courtesy/LAMG

GARDENING News:

For anyone desiring inspiration for this year's garden or landscaping, now is the time to register for the Master Gardener course offered by the Los Alamos County and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Classes begin Feb. 4 and run through April 25, 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday in Fuller Lodge, and are open to anyone who desires to learn more about gardening.

Each of the 13 classes will be taught by specialists from New Mexico State University and Los Alamos County Agent – Carlos Valdez.

NWS: Today’s High 40s; Tonight’s Low 15 To 25

on January 8, 2020 - 7:07am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos in the 40s with mostly sunny skies and lows tonight around 15 to 25. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Buck Spotted On Chamisa Street Patio

on January 8, 2020 - 6:57am

Daily Postcard: A buck strolls around the patio of a Chamisa Street home Christmas Eve day on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Greg Holland

Journey Into World Of Fractals At Nature Center Friday

on January 7, 2020 - 4:28pm

Explore the fascinating world of fractals at 7 p.m. Friday in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Journey into the never-ending world of fractals in an amazing tour of science, math and art at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Peter Polko will show the award-winning, full-dome planetarium show “Fantastic Fractals”. This show takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractions.

Featuring original music, the show is both educational and highly entertaining and is appropriate

Los Alamos Farmers Winter Market Dates

on January 7, 2020 - 10:33am

Raul Rodriguez farms in El Quique. Courtesy/LAFM

Montoya's Family farm in Velarde. Courtesy/LAFM

William Perry Pendley Reauthorized As Acting Director Of BLM, Groups Protest His Arrival In Grand Junction

on January 7, 2020 - 6:14am

An unwelcoming committee waits for Acting Deputy Director William Perry Pendley to arrive Thursday at the Bureau of Land Management office in Grand Junction, Colo. Courtesy photo

ENVIRONMENTAL News:

 
On Thursday United States Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt reauthorized William Perry Pendley as acting deputy director for the Bureau of Land Management. Pendley has served as acting deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management since July 2019. 
 
In reaction to the news Political Director Brent Bolin of Clean Water Action said, “William Perry Pendley has repeatedly

NWS: Today’s High Near 40; Tonight’s Low Around 20

on January 7, 2020 - 6:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 40 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 20. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View Of Snowcapped Mountains

on January 7, 2020 - 5:55am

Daily Postcard: View of snowcapped mountains Saturday from Los Alamos. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Free Buck Tangled In Hammock

on January 6, 2020 - 9:09pm

An eyewitness at the scene of a buck tangled up in a hammock today commended Los Alamos police officers for their compassionate actions in freeing the trapped animal. ‘LAPD did a heroic job getting this thrashing buck untangled from a backyard hammock this afternoon in Los Alamos,’ he told the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Jim O'Donnell

NNSA Field Office Issues Floodplain Assessment For Starmer’s Gulch At LANL Technical Area-08

on January 6, 2020 - 2:52pm

Starmers Gulch at center left on map. Courtesy/LANL

NNSA FIELD OFFICE News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (NA-LA) has issued a Floodplain Statement of Findings, Los Alamos National Laboratory Starmer’s Gulch Floodplain Assessment for the Fencing Project at Technical Area-08.

NA-LA is proposing to take action within the Starmer’s Gulch 100-year floodplain at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area-08.

The action consists of the installation of approximately 4-5 T-posts by hand and strung with barbed 3-wire perimeter

SFNF Cuba District Plans Prescribed Pile Burns

on January 6, 2020 - 1:49pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement the Ojitos and Poso/Sanchez prescribed pile burns sometime between Jan. 13 and March 31.

The timing will be dependent on favorable conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts.

The pile burns are designed to remove woody debris from fuels reduction project areas.

The Ojitos pile burn, located 1 mile east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp, totals 379 acres, and the 90-acre Poso/Sanchez pile burn is

Plenty Of Snow On Dome Trail In Bandelier

on January 6, 2020 - 7:32am
The Dome Trail at the intersection of N.M. 4 and Forest Road 289 in Bandelier is a nice way to spend a couple of hours cross country skiing. A great way to see elk in their environment and get some exercise while your at it. At the halfway point on the blue trail is a good overlook spot for some lunch. Photo by Jim O'Donnell

SF Commissioner Anna Hansen Files For Re-Election

on January 6, 2020 - 6:23am
From the Anna Hansen Re-election Campaign:
 
SANTA FE After passing more than 35 progressive resolutions to solve critical issues within her district and countless protections for New Mexico land, water and air, Santa Fe County Commissioner Anna Hansen has decided she’s not even close to being done serving the residents of Santa Fe County. 
 
Hansen announced Thursday and filed paperwork for her re-election campaign to seek a second term as Santa Fe County Commissioner for District 2, which includes the Village of Agua Fria, Las Campanas, housing developments along 599 and the west side

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