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Public Comment Sought On Tsankawi Management Plan

on December 19, 2014 - 8:51am
The Ancestral Pueblo people who lived at Tsankawi Pueblo carved a network of trails into the volcanic tuff mesa. Courtesy/NPS
 
The present-day trail around Tsankawi includes several ladders to get visitors up and down the mesa where the pueblo was built. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott announced today that the public is invited to review and comment on the park’s Tsankawi Unit Management Plan and Environmental Assessment.  

The plan and environmental assessment evaluate a range of alternatives to improve resource protection, address

Terry Brunner Addresses Affordable Care Act

on December 19, 2014 - 8:39am
Terry Brunner
 
By TERRY BRUNNER
USDA Rural Development Director

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Americans, including families right here in New Mexico Prior to the ACA, many rural families had a hard time finding affordable insurance coverage, paying an average of nearly half of their costs out of their own pockets.

Today, thanks to the ACA, families in New Mexico can choose from a

Study Shows Cataclysmic Event That Killed Dinosaurs Also Profoundly Effected Mammals

on December 19, 2014 - 8:03am

NMNHS News:

The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.

Metatherian mammals--the extinct relatives of living marsupials ("mammals with pouches", such as opossums) thrived in the shadow of the dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period. The new study, by an international team of experts on mammal evolution and mass extinctions, shows that these once-abundant mammals nearly followed the dinosaurs into oblivion.

When a 10-km-wide asteroid struck what is now

CEMRC Releases Final Summary Report On WIPP

on December 18, 2014 - 1:11pm

WIPP News:

The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) has posted its final summary report regarding the Feb. 14 radiological event that occurred at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

CEMRC is a division of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University that provides independent monitoring of the WIPP facility.

Following the radiological release that occurred at WIPP, CEMRC increased its monitoring activities – both at the WIPP site and in the surrounding area.

Los Alamos County Recount Numbers Issued In New Mexico Commissioner Of Public Lands Race

on December 18, 2014 - 10:31am

Presiding Judge Sanchez, center, explains recount procedures to recount election clerks Dec. 11 for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race. From left, District Judge Designee George Chandler, Recount Election Clerk Peggy Pendergast, Sanchez and Recount Election Clerk Stephen Ciddio. Courtesy photo

STAFF REPORT

The original Los Alamos County totals in the Dec. 11 recount for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race were 3,781 for incumbent Ray Bennett Powell, a Democrat, and 3,741 for Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The final totals are Powell 3,782 and Dunn 3,743.

Before the recount, there

USNRC Public Document Room Holiday Closure

on December 18, 2014 - 10:11am

USNRC News:

The USNRC Public Document Room will be closed, along with the rest of the Federal government, Friday, Dec. 26.

This closure is in addition to the Christmas Day holiday Thursday, Dec. 25. It will open again Monday, Dec. 29.

The mission of NRC's Public Document Room is to help the public find and obtain NRC information in the agency's extensive electronic, paper, and microfiche collections. Located in Rockville, Md., it is staffed by reference and technical librarians.

Foxx: From Rags To Riches In Memories?

on December 17, 2014 - 1:54pm
Sydney Frazier and her family volunteer to help work in a rice paddy while traveling in Asia. Courtesy photo
 
World travelers from left, Sydney Frazier and her parents Kerri and Jason Frazier being faux farmers in New Zealand. Courtesy photo
 
By TERALENE FOXX
Los Alamos

Just over two years ago, my youngest daughter, husband, and then, 8-year-old child left on a two year travel around the world. Two years seemed like a long time but Jan. 7 they leave New Zealand to return to the United States.

Santa Fe National Forest Office Holiday Hours

on December 17, 2014 - 1:05pm

SFNF News:

All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed for the holidays Thursday Dec. 25, Friday Dec. 26 and Thursday Jan. 1, 2015.

For additional information about the Santa Fe National Forest’s holiday hours, contact a local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300.

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Senate Confirms Estevan López As New Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

on December 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Estevan López
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate Tuesday in confirming Estevan López, a native New Mexican, as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. 
 
López, who previously served as director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, replaces former Commissioner and fellow New Mexican, Michael Connor, who was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior in February. 
 
"Water is a defining issue in New Mexico and across the Western United States today, and the Bureau of Reclamation plays a

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