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Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunrise In Quemazon

on November 12, 2017 - 5:56am

Daily Postcard: A lavendar and pink colored sunrise viewed Friday morning from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

New Report Gives First Ever Statewide Look At Methane Waste Problem In New Mexico

on November 11, 2017 - 7:41am
Courtesy/NASA
 
EDF News:
 
Environmental Defense Fund released a new report giving the first complete picture of the methane waste problem from oil and gas development in New Mexico.
 
Drawing upon peer-reviewed scientific analysis and industry-reported inventories the report estimates the overall venting, leaking, and flaring of natural gas in New Mexico results in a loss of $182-$244 million worth of natural gas each year. That results in taxpayers and the state budget losing up to $27 million in taxes and royalty revenues per year.
 
This waste includes intentional emissions

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Nov. 14

on November 11, 2017 - 7:17am
Melissa Mackey designs creative, hands-on activities for PEEC's Family Nights program on the second Tuesday of each month. Courtesy photo 
 
PEEC News:
 
Tuesday, Nov. 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
 
Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the nature center. Each month is different with engaging activities crafted by the talented Melissa Mackey.
 

Daily Postcard: Elk Herd Spotted Near Bandelier

on November 11, 2017 - 7:03am

Daily Postcard: Elk spotted Thursday near Bandelier. Photo by Scot Rygh

Photo by Scot Rygh

Daily Postcard: Strawberry–Banana Sunrise

on November 10, 2017 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: A strawberry–banana colored sunrise Thursday on North Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

SFNF Plans Gallinas Watershed Burn Today

on November 9, 2017 - 10:05am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers are planning to resume the previously announced prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District today. 
 
The decision to proceed will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. 
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-severity wildfire.

Grants Enhance NM Elk Habitat, Hunting Heritage

on November 9, 2017 - 7:31am
RMEF News:
 
MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $107,605 in grant funding toward 19 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in New Mexico.
 
The grants benefit 4,670 acres across Bernalillo, Catron, Curry, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel and Torrance Counties. There are also two projects of statewide benefit and another that benefits northeast Arizona.
 
“Water is at a high premium across New Mexico’s arid landscape,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Nearly a third of our projects this year focus on

Amateur Naturalist: How Young Is Young And How Old Is Old?

on November 9, 2017 - 7:29am
The dark color of one tree and brownish-orange of the other suggests that one is young while the other is mature. However both trees have similar diameters and both have their branches emerging further up their trunks. Are they different or similar in their maturity? Photo by Robert Dryja

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

A ponderosa tree may live for as long as 700 years. This is 10 times longer than a person. This means there are some ponderosa trees that were already approaching 200 years old when Columbus discovered the Americas.

CDC: Be Prepared To Stay Safe And Healthy In Winter

on November 9, 2017 - 7:23am

CDC News:

Though winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Take These Steps for Your Home

Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check

New Mexicans Deliver Methane Comments To Local BLM Offices Around State

on November 9, 2017 - 7:17am
BLM News:
 
On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, faith and elected leaders joined parents, grandparents, scientists and other New Mexicans to deliver comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices.
 
The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.
 
“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy.

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