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FEMA To Stop Discriminating Against Churches, Synagogues Hit By Hurricanes

on January 3, 2018 - 11:13am
BECKET News:
 
  • Supreme Court decision requires equal treatment for houses of worship hit by hurricanes
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  FEMA announced a new policy today that ought to put an end to its discrimination against churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship. The new policy comes in response to two lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking immediate and equal access to disaster relief aid.
 
FEMA says that the new policy is required by the Supreme Court’s June 2017 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, which ruled that the

Amateur Naturalist: The Shape Of Acid Canyon

on January 3, 2018 - 11:02am
Cracks in cooling lava. Courtesy Photo
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Shape of Acid Canyon
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
Acid Canyon is approximately 0.8 of a mile in length. The north side of Acid Canyon is relatively steep for its entire length. It has a nearly vertical drop of twenty feet at its start. The drop increases to nearly 200 feet at its end where it merges with Pueblo Canyon.
 
The south side follows a different pattern. The slope leading to the canyon bottom is relatively gentle for the initial half mile. It is an easy hike down the south slope to the bottom.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 3

on January 3, 2018 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Despite the frigid temperatures that cover much of the United States and that have spilled into parts of Eastern New Mexico, there remains open-water fishing on many of our lakes.
 
That includes Eagle Nest Lake, which would normally be New Mexico’s prime ice-fishing destination.
 
Warm temperatures created areas of open water and the fishing was fair for rainbow trout. There are still areas of thin ice around the lake and those areas are closed to fishing.

Morning Moon Spotted In White Rock

on January 3, 2018 - 7:06am

A 99 percent visible morning moon spotted this morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

LANL: Tweaking Quantum Dots Powers Up Double Pane Solar Windows

on January 3, 2018 - 7:00am

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different layers of low-cost quantum dots tuned to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum. The approach complements existing photovoltaic technology by adding high-efficiency sunlight collectors to existing solar panels or integrating them as semitransparent windows into a building’s architecture. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineered quantum dots

Nature On Tap: Recent Discoveries In Astronomy At UnQuarked Thursday

on January 2, 2018 - 5:00pm

PEEC News:

Nature on Tap is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Galen Gisler, Dr. Steve Becker and Dr. Paul Arendt will provide an engaging discussion about gravitational waves, the creation of precious metals, black holes, neutron stars, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows. Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature, and science. 

Gisler was born under the dark and starry skies of eastern New Mexico and eventually found his way back to his home state.

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 2, 2018 - 4:44pm
Mighty Mite Magic Carpet. Courtesy photo
 
SKI News:
 
Pajarito Mountain had an enjoyable holiday season and is open for daily operations. The new Mighty Mite Magic Carpet has been very popular with beginner skiers.
 
Mountain News:
 
Current Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages! Pajarito Mountain currently has Mushroom, Zero Road East, and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
For the snow report and ticket info, click here. Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar).
 
Upcoming Deals:
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Hiking Around Ojo Caliente Rock Cairns

on January 1, 2018 - 2:28pm

Hiking Friday around the rock cairns at Ojo Caliente. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Photo by Robert Beberniss

Daily Postcard: Pipeline Trail Above Quemazon

on December 31, 2017 - 7:56am

Daily Postcard: Scene taken Thursday from Pipe Line Trail above Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell 

Mule Deer Buck Spotted In Northern Area

on December 30, 2017 - 6:28am

This mule deer buck is spotted Thursday on 47th Street in the Northern Area. Photo by Melissa Smith

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