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NMED To Administer $18 Million In Volkswagen Smog Device Software Settlement Funds

on July 26, 2017 - 4:22am
NMED News:
SANTA FE ― The state of New Mexico is slated to receive approximately $18 million in settlement funds following resolution of the Volkswagen smog device emissions scandal.  
The scandal involved embedded software in more than 500,000 vehicles' electronics that allowed Volkswagen’s cars to emit up to 40 times the legally allowed amount of nitrogen oxide while appearing in tests to be within the limit. 
The New Mexico Environment Department is named as the state’s lead agency for disbursing the approximately $18 million in settlement funds, most likely for projects that

Letter To The Editor: Pearce And Infrastructure Bill

on July 26, 2017 - 3:54am
Los Alamos

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce claims, in a recent Los Alamos Daily Post news release (link), that his vote for H.R. 2910 is a vote for reducing the bureaucracy associated with approving construction of oil and gas pipelines. However, the dissent expressed by the Ranking Member on the Committee that considered this legislation, Frank Pallone, Jr., and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, Bobby L. Rush, summarized some important problems associated with the bill, which were ignored in Rep. Pearce's statement, as quoted below.


Letter To The Editor: Dangers Of Allowing Cats Outside

on July 26, 2017 - 3:11am
Animal Care & Control Specialist
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Norfolk, VA

The recent case of rabies in a bat who was caught by a cat near Espanola is a reminder about the dangers that allowing cats outdoors poses to wildlife, humans, and the cats themselves (“Child cuddles rabid bat” link).

Cats who roam outdoors are exposed to a variety of dangerous contagious diseases that are also transmissible to humans, including rabies, plague, tularemia, and toxoplasmosis.

Update On Tuesday's Earthquake In Los Alamos

on July 26, 2017 - 3:11am

Staff Report

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s seismic network detected an extremely small earthquake at 10:32 a.m. Tuesday, according to spokesman Kevin Roark. The event did not have any impact on Laboratory operations and there were no reports of anyone feeling the earthquake on Laboratory property, he said.

“A Laboratory seismologist has calculated a preliminary ‘signal duration’ magnitude of 1.5 at a location about two kilometers west-northwest of the northwestern edge of the town of Los Alamos and at a depth less than one kilometer,” Roark said.

Small Earthquake Felt In Los Alamos

on July 25, 2017 - 12:39pm

Staff Report

Seismometers at Los Alamos National Laboratory recorded a small earthquake at around 10:23 a.m. today in the Los Alamos area, according to seismologist Peter Roberts. No information on the magnitude or the intensity of the quake will be available for two to three hours, Roberts said.

Roberts and his colleagues are gathering "felt reports" and have asked the community to email them describing what they felt as well as what time and at what street address they felt the activity. Emails may be sent to or

Residents are commenting on social

Bear And Cubs Spotted Near 35th And Arizona Today

on July 25, 2017 - 7:40am

This bear and her cubs were spotted at 6 a.m. today at 35th Street and Arizona Avenue. Photo by Stan Bodenstein

This bear and her cubs were spotted trying to reach bird seed at 6 a.m. today at 35th Street and Arizona Avenue. Photo by Stan Bodenstein

ESB Members Get The Dirt On Compost

on July 25, 2017 - 7:27am
Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Jennifer Baca shows a pile of compost to County Councilor Pete Sheehey during a tour Environmental Sustainability Board members took July 20. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 
Superintendent Jeff Ayers, far back, shows a piece of machinery that handles bio solids and squeezes out water from the solids. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

The composting operation at the wastewater treatment plant in Pueblo Canyon is not just environmentally friendly, it is

Daily Postcard: Quemazon Sky Resembles Painting

on July 25, 2017 - 7:07am

Daily Postcard: The evening sky looks like a painting in Quemazon. Photo by Dino Sgambellone

Child Cuddles Rabid Bat

on July 24, 2017 - 9:46pm

A 6-year-old girl holds a bat that a cat brought into her grandmother’s house. She cuddled and kissed it on its head and the bat was later found to be infected with rabies. She is undergoing treatment. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post
Staff Report
Valley Daily Post
  •  Cats, Bats and Rabies: What NOT to do When You Find a Bat 

Tiki is a beautiful young cat who lives 15 minutes north of Espanola and loves to go outside. He is colored like a Siamese but his soft hair and broad head make him stand out in the crowd. 

Early Thursday morning, a week ago Tiki went inside after a short time outside and

Bear Spotted Peering Into Trash Bin On 46th Street

on July 24, 2017 - 8:38pm

This bear wandered over to a neighbor's trash bin at about 7:30 p.m. today on 46th Street and stood up to take a look inside. He appeared to hear the clicking of a phone camera and left the scene. Photo by Wendy Lott