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Conservation Voters NM Releases 2017 Scorecard

on October 25, 2017 - 11:56am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its statewide Conservation Scorecard for the 2017 legislative session.
 
In the Scorecard, CVNM reports the votes cast on the most critical issues affecting our air, land, water, health and communities during the 2017 regular legislative session.
 
The average conservation score earned in the Senate in the 2017 Scorecard is 68 percent. The average conservation score earned in the House of Representatives in the 2017 Scorecard is 67 percent.

AGU: Scientists Use Seismic Waves When Touched Down To Measure Tornado Intensity

on October 25, 2017 - 11:20am
Tornado with dust and debris cloud forming at surface. Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr
 
AGU News:
 
Seismic waves generated by tornadoes when they touch down could be used to measure a twister’s intensity, according to a new study.
 
The new research examined a catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in May 2011 and revealed the size of seismic waves produced by the tornado on the ground correlated with its strength.
 
The results suggest researchers can estimate a large tornado’s strength by measuring the seismic waves it creates, a finding that could open the door to

LAEC: Talk On Case For Modular Nuclear Reactors For Utility Scale Electricity Generation Saturday

on October 25, 2017 - 10:22am

Jack Bailey of NuScale Power

ASME/ASM/IEEE/ANS News:

The Los Alamos Engineering Council (ASME/ASM/IEEE/ANS) Dinner Meeting features a talk by Jack Bailey, vice president Business Development, NuScale Power, on the case for modular nuclear reactors for utility scale electricity generation, Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

  • Social Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6 p.m.
  • Lecture: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Abstract:

NuScale Power was incorporated in 2007 following a reactor concept initiated in 2000 as a collaborative project with Oregon State University, the Idaho National

Help Needed For Acid Canyon Clean-up Day Oct. 28

on October 25, 2017 - 5:43am
Photo of White Rock Canyon near the Blue Dot Trailhead before and after the last clean-up day in 2016. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Calling all volunteers! Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos County Open Space and Trails need help Saturday to remove the last bits of fence from Acid Canyon and restore this great, little canyon to a more natural state.
 
The goal is to clean up the old chain-link fence that mars the steep slope below the nature center in Acid Canyon.

Enjoy Holiday Events At New Mexico Historic Sites

on October 25, 2017 - 5:31am
Farolitos illuminate San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church at Jemez Historic Site. Photo by Eric Maldonado
 
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE  Explore history this holiday season where it happened at one of the New Mexico Historic Sites that are hosting several free events.
 
Enjoy Christmas at the Bosque 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial. Listen to history unfold with December letters from the reservation. The evening includes supper and refreshments.
 
Take a stroll during Light Among the Ruins 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec.

Daily Postcard: Red-tailed Hawk in Barrancas Canyon

on October 25, 2017 - 5:20am
Daily Postcard: Red-tailed Hawk in Barrancas Canyon. Photo by Cornell Wright
 
Red-tailed Hawk spotted in Barrancas Canyon. Photo by Cornell Wright

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against Efforts To Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge To Drilling

on October 24, 2017 - 7:38am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall spoke Oct. 18 on the Senate floor in strong opposition to a provision slipped in the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would pay for tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy in part through oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
 
A longtime champion of protection for the Arctic refuge, Udall called for the removal of any language in the budget that would open to drilling the refuge’s coastal plain, known as the 10-02 area. 
 
VIDEO: 

Daily Postcard: Fall Leaves In Quemazon

on October 24, 2017 - 6:53am

Daily Postcard: Fall Leaves in Quemazon. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Fall Leaves in Quemazon. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Robinson: Eco Station Saving Energy

on October 23, 2017 - 4:16pm
Eco Station on East Jemez Road. Photo by James Robinson
 
By JAMES ROBINSON
Environmental Sustainability Board

In July, I was reappointed to the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board by the County Council. Although this board is mainly known for the Plastic Bag Ban and the recent Wildlife Ordinance discussion, this board, and Los Alamos County Environmental Services, has done a lot of work to make Los Alamos more sustainable, and save our citizens money.

Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Amendment Directing Congress To Provide Mandatory Full Funding For PILT

on October 23, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate approved an amendment by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Oct. 19 that directs Congress to fully and permanently fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps local governments in New Mexico and across the West pay for critical services like schools, police, and roads.
 
The amendment to the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed 58 to 41 and was the only amendment offered by a Democrat to pass on a roll-call vote.
 
New Mexico is the third-highest recipient of PILT payments in the

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