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Private Well Water Precautions For San Juan County & Other Affected New Mexico Residents

on August 31, 2015 - 1:00pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  Private domestic water well owners in San Juan County and other parts of New Mexico inundated by floodwater caused by recent heavy rain are being advised to take precautions.
 
Flood water can be tainted by sewage leaked by flooded septic systems, or other contaminants, and the floodwater can contaminate water wells.
 
For private domestic water well users whose wells have been inundated by the floodwater, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) recommends the following actions:
 
1. The well water should be vigorously boiled for 5 minutes before use for drinking,

Meet Classic Air Medical At Los Alamos Nature Center

on August 31, 2015 - 8:59am

Classic Air Medical helicopter in flight. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

To live in Northern New Mexico is to be surrounded by rugged beauty. But what happens if you have a medical emergency when you're out exploring the wilderness?

Luckily Classic Air Medical, a helicopter medical transport service, is ready to help. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, meet pilot Geoff Rodgers and the medical team to discuss the exciting work of this helicopter rescue company and how they work with the local community.

Rodgers is a former Los Alamos County councilor who

LANL: Capture Sunlight With Your Window

on August 30, 2015 - 9:05am

The luminescent solar concentrator could turn any window into a daytime power source.Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • With integrated photovoltaics, quantum dot solar windows go non-toxic, colorless, with record efficiency

A luminescent solar concentrator is an emerging sunlight harvesting technology that has the potential to disrupt the way we think about energy; It could turn any window into a daytime power source.

“In these devices, a fraction of light transmitted through the window is absorbed by nanosized particles (semiconductor quantum dots) dispersed in a glass window, re-emitted at the

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Love And Mercy'

on August 30, 2015 - 8:44am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Love and Mercy” is an intense bio-pic about Brian Wilson, the genius behind the 1960s band the Beach Boys, and his downward spiral into mental illness.

Rated PG-13 “for thematic elements, drug content and language,” “Love and Mercy” is not light fare. Its focus on mental health, abusive therapists and parents requires of the audience a strong and merciful heart. However, the story is historically informative and courageous.

 

Movie poster for 'Love and Mercy.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

John Cusack plays a mentally and emotionally oppressed Brian in the

Udall Welcomes Committee On Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing On Gold King Mine Disaster

on August 29, 2015 - 8:27am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Tom Udall welcomed an announcement by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming,chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), that the committee will hold an oversight hearing to examine the harmful impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Gold King Mine spill on Indian Country.

Udall and fellow committee member Sen. John McCain of Arizona, wrote a letter earlier this month to Barrasso and SCIA Vice Chairman Jon Tester of Montana requesting the hearing.

The hearing, titled “EPA’s Gold King Mine Disaster: Examining

NMED, State Engineer, RMSC Win Injunction

on August 28, 2015 - 8:49am

NMED News:

Santa Fe – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez’s executive agencies - the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) - along with 12 other co-plaintiff states (States) prevailed in their motion to block the Aug. 28 implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). 

Chief Judge Ralph Erickson granted the States’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction in the U.S.

Game Commission Votes 7-0 For Cougar Trapping

on August 27, 2015 - 4:01pm

New Mexico Game Commission votes to endorse the NMDGF recommendations to drastically expand trapping, snaring and killing cougar across New Mexico. Courtesy/APNM

APNM News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Game Commission voted to endorse the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish’s (NMDGF) extreme recommendations to drastically expand trapping, snaring, and killing across New Mexico as part of revisions to the 2016 Bear & Cougar Rule.

By a unanimous vote, the Game Commission endorsed the NMDGF proposals to:

  • allow cougar trapping using leg-hold traps and snares on state trust lands,

Nature Center's Fourth Friday Fractal Show Cancelled

on August 27, 2015 - 11:01am
PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center's Fourth Friday Fractal show scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28 has been cancelled.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will start monthly fractal shows beginning Sept. 25 in the Los Alamos Nature Center's Planetarium.

Council Recognizes Los Alamos Co+op Market As 2015 Business Recycler Of The Year

on August 25, 2015 - 6:46pm

Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule and Public Works Director Philo Shelton recognize the  Los Alamos Co+op Market as the 2015 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year and present Co+op Board President Tracy McFarland with the award. This is the second time the Co+op has received this award. Print Screen/LADP

Staff Report

The County Council this evening recognized the Los Alamos Co+op Market as the 2015 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year.

Public Works Director Philo Shelton Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule presented the award to Los Alamos

Luján And DeGette Call For Oversight Hearing On Spill

on August 25, 2015 - 11:12am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Representatives Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico and Diana DeGette of Colorado have called for an oversight hearing on the Gold King Mine spill that released 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas and San Juan Rivers. 
 
Both members serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. DeGette is Ranking Member on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
 
The lawmakers sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy requesting the hearing.
 
“The EPA’s Office of

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