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LANL: Gene Regulation Tool Makes Medical And Biofuel Advances Possible

on August 30, 2015 - 9:37am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have manufactured molecular 'dimmer' switches to control cellular metabolism with exquisite precision. The research has potential widespread application in biomedicine and bioenergy. The switches (pink) are made of RNA molecules and designed to control transmission of information (green/blue) to molecular machines (grey/orange) inside living cells. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

  • Tunable riboregulator switches for post-translational control of gene expression

Recent work by Los Alamos National Laboratory experimental and theoretical biologists describes

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Statement On Thursday's Game Commission Decisions

on August 29, 2015 - 8:29am


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game Commission voted Thursday to approve trapping for cougars on state trust land and private land throughout New Mexico.

The commission also voted to increase bear-hunting quotas. Both decisions came without sufficient scientific evidence and in the face of overwhelming public opposition. 

More than 1,000 New Mexicans sent written comments and several hundred people came to Thursday's meeting to ask the Commission not to adopt New Mexico Game and Fish's proposals, which may put bear populations in danger and would allow traps on private and

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

on August 29, 2015 - 8:27am

Sen. Tom Udall


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

Main Hill Road Work Bogs Down Morning Commute

on August 29, 2015 - 8:11am

Workers from the New Mexico Department of Transportation were patching areas of the Main Hill Road Friday morning bringing traffic to a standstill and causing many to be late for work, appointments and other engagements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Patch work by NMDOT on the Main Hill Road Friday morning brought traffic to a standstill, causing people to be late for work, appointments and other engagements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMDOT workers fill in gaps under this guardrail Friday morning as part of repair work on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A.

Alert: Hazard Tree Felling On Cañada Bonita Trails ... Hikers Urged To Use Caution

on August 28, 2015 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Crews are working on the Cañada Bonita trails accessed from the Pajarito Ski Area trailhead through Sept. 2, felling hazard trees in the burn area from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.

In coordination with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Southwest Nordic Ski Club contracted with the non-profit American Conservation Experience to perform the work along the original road and on the trail loops above the main trail.

Post-fire erosion, higher-than-normal moisture and wind are bringing weakened trees down in record numbers.

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.

NM Business Latest Honored For Installing Solar System

on August 28, 2015 - 7:17am
Wayne Sonchar owner of B.T.U. Building Materials, Inc., right, accepts a certificate of completion from USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner for the installation of a solar power array on his business . Courtesy photo
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, August 25, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner presented Wayne Sonchar the owner of B.T.U. Materials, Inc. in Las Vegas, New Mexico a certificate of completion to dedicate the solar power system recently installed at the business.
While making his remarks during the event Brunner said, “I congratulate B.T.U.