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Luján Statement On Sec. Zinke’s Recommended Changes To Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

on September 24, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Sept. 20 issued the following statement in response to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to President Trump on several national monuments.
 
Among the recommendations contained in Secretary Zinke’s report to the President are suggested changes to the management of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, located near Taos, including an expansion of activities which are currently not allowed at the monument.
 
“Secretary Zinke’s recommendations on the Rio Grande

Senators Introduce Bill To Reform Antiquated Hardrock Mining Laws

on September 24, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 19, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017, legislation to modernize the nation’s antiquated hardrock mining laws.
 
The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensure that taxpayers aren’t on the hook for cleaning up abandoned mines, and seeks to prevent another toxic

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

on September 24, 2017 - 6:59am

CDC News:

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months.

Daily Postcard: Pajarito Acres Sunset

on September 24, 2017 - 6:53am

Daily Postcard: The sunset Saturday from my home in Pajarito Acres in White Rock taken from an iPhone7. Photo by Mohini Rawool-Sullivan

LANL: Notice Of Air Quality Permit Application

on September 23, 2017 - 6:21am
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory announces its application to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for an air quality permit for the modification of its Technical Area (TA) 3 Power Plant facility.
 
The permit number associated with the TA-3 Power Plant facility is 2195B-M2. The net effect of this modification will result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and provide a reliable and sustainable heat and electric supply to support the Laboratory. The expected date of application submittal to the NMED Air Quality Bureau is Sept. 25.
 
The exact location for the

SFNF Crews Continue Work On West Side Fires

on September 23, 2017 - 6:01am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to manage the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District and the Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Ojitos Fire is at 2,850 acres within a planning area of 7,610 acres on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. Fire crews continue to use natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to keep the fire within the planning area.

Valles Caldera Hosts Elk Festival

on September 23, 2017 - 5:57am
Two bull elk are fighting one another during the rut season. Courtesy/NPS
 
Children listen to an expert explain how elk antlers grow. Courtesy/NPS
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is home to one of the largest elk herds in New Mexico. Each fall, the sound of elk bugling in the mountains marks the start of their mating season, known as the ‘rut’.
 
To celebrate the upcoming elk rut and to learn about this fascinating creature, the National Park Service will host the 9th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival 2-6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the preserve. 
 
This free,

Daily Postcard: Main Hill Sunrise

on September 23, 2017 - 5:56am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise viewed Wednesday from the Main Hill Road. Photo by Nathan Burnside

Fall Festivals Around New Mexico

on September 22, 2017 - 1:49pm
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta may be the most well known, but fall is full of fairs and festivals all across New Mexico.
 
The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a roundup of some of the best fall events happening this season. From harvest fests to Oktoberfests, there is something for everyone in all four corners of the state.
 
Highlights from the New Mexico True Fall Festivals & Event calendar include:
 
Steampunk Spectacular in Madrid (Sept. 23): There will be live entertainment, workshops, a costume contest, and a live action role-play of a murder

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces $1,103,088 For New Mexico Parks And Outdoor Recreation

on September 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Sept. 21 announced that $1,103,088 will be distributed to the state of New Mexico for outdoor recreation and conservation projects from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing.
 
This was part of $94.3 million distributed across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

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