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Coleman Continues To Invest In Purgatory Resort

on December 30, 2017 - 6:04am
DMR News:
 
DURANGO, Colo. Officials at Mountain Capital Partners, ownership group of Purgatory Resort, announced that they have purchased seven parcels of land that are immediately adjacent to Purgatory’s base area. 
 
The land was purchased from affiliates of Durango Mountain Resort (DMR), which is owned by Ambassador Chuck Cobb and his partners. The parcels purchased, totaling approximately 14 acres, include future phases of Purgatory Lodge, Peregrine Point, land between Lower Hades and Pandemonium ski trails, as well as other mixed-use projects. 
 
“We’re excited to complete the

New Mexico Court Of Appeals Upholds Need For Public Hearing For LANL Discharge Permit

on December 30, 2017 - 5:58am
New Mexico Environmental Law Center News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regarding its decision to uphold the NMED’s denial of a public hearing requested by Communities for Clean Water (CCW) as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security (DOE/LANS).
 
Communities for Clean Water, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, is a coalition of six organizations:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear

EM’s Cleanup Year In Review For 2017

on December 30, 2017 - 5:50am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  EM has published its 2017 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of this year.

The Year in Review highlights major achievements at each EM site and at EM headquarters, including:

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Over White Rock

on December 30, 2017 - 5:44am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Friday morning over White Rock. Photo by Erika Clark

Promising New Wildfire Behavior Model May Aid Fire Managers In Near Real Time

on December 29, 2017 - 9:04am

NASA Global Fire Map. Courtesy/NASA

HSNW News:

Wildfires continue to scar California beyond the normal fire season in what’s been a particularly catastrophic year for natural disasters across the U.S. But a new big-data solution for predicting wildfire spread is also heating up, and it may become a useful tool in the firefighters’ arsenal, according to wildfire researchers attending the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

The more readily available updates of wildfire behavior are, the more informed the decisions of fire managers, according to the researchers.

Daily Postcard: Scenes From Natural Arch Trail

on December 29, 2017 - 6:22am

Daily Postcard: Afternoon hike last week up Natural Arch trail in Los AlamosPhoto by Robert Beberniss

Natural Arch trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument

on December 28, 2017 - 7:55am

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

Pajarito Mountain Open ... Torchlight Parade Canceled

on December 27, 2017 - 3:42pm
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito is open daily for the holidays through Jan. 7, and then will be open Wednesdays - Sundays, Jan. 10 through March 4. 
 
Unfortunately, the Torchlight Parade on New Year's Eve is canceled due to weather.  
 
For more information on mountain conditions, other events at the mountain, and operations schedule, click here.

AGU: Scientists Engineer Microbes To Form ‘Memories’ Of Their Environment

on December 27, 2017 - 10:35am
Inserting chemically sensitive genes into the DNA of bacteria can produce lasting memories of their environment and show scientists how they communicate. Courtesy/Pixabay
 
AGU News:
By JEREMY REHM
 
Microbes like bacteria aren’t conscious enough to form memories, but a group of scientists in Texas developed a new way for them to do so at the genetic level.
 
Researchers report they’ve successfully engineered microbes to report on their environments and form genetic “memories” of the event.

Wildlife Hospital Forms New Partnerships

on December 27, 2017 - 9:16am
Golden Eagle with wounded wing. Courtesy photo
 
NMWC News:
 
The New Mexico Wildlife Center has announced the addition of several local veterinarians to its volunteer animal care team. Dr. Julie Breer, Dr. Bridget Lyman and Dr. Nicole Walrath, all of Smith Veterinary Hospital, will be helping treat injured and orphaned wild animals admitted to the wildlife hospital.
 
Dr. Sarah Sirica of the Thaw Animal Hospital and Dr. Michelle Salob, staff veterinarian at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter,” round out the group of veterinarians who will be assisting in the hospital. Dr.

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