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NIST: Why You Should Water Your Christmas Tree

on December 5, 2017 - 8:01am
A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried out Christmas tree fire burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate. Courtesy/NIST
 
Courtesy/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 200 home fires each year start with a Christmas tree. In these videos, Click here, NIST fire researchers demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs.

NMDOH Urges New Mexicans To Be Antibiotics Aware

on December 5, 2017 - 8:01am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in participating in Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational campaign that encourages patients, families and healthcare professionals to be aware of antibiotics by learning about safe antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotics are a key tool in preventing, treating and eliminating bacterial diseases in both humans and animals. They are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics do not work against viral infections, such as the cold or flu.

Legislature Joint Statement On No Harassment Policy

on December 4, 2017 - 4:15pm
STATE LEGISLATURE News:
 
SANTA FE  Leaders from both the House and Senate of the New Mexico Legislature have announced the following plan to address the issue of sexual harassment in the Legislature:
 
Everyone who conducts business with or on behalf of the legislature should be able to do so in a safe and productive environment. Individuals who have experienced harassment of any kind must feel assured that they can come forward without fear of personal or political retribution.

LANL FY2017 Hazardous Waste Facility Noncompliance Numbers Decline

on December 4, 2017 - 3:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 

Los Alamos National Laboratory had 25 noncompliance reports under its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit from the New Mexico Environment between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, according to a report filed Nov. 28 with state.

The number is down from 100 instances in 2016 and 400 in 2015. The report also states that there were no releases from a permitted unit that could have posed a threat to human health or the environment.

Noncompliance issues included containers not labeled “hazardous waste”, failure to protect two containers

Pearce Statement On Final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Plan

on December 4, 2017 - 3:27pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released their final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program’s plan:
 
“I appreciate the Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt at greater collaboration with local governments and communities as they finalized this plan, unfortunately the plan itself continues to fall short.

FBI: Eric Matthew Reddick Pleads Guilty To Federal Armed Robbery And Firearms Charges

on December 4, 2017 - 3:18pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Eric Matthew Reddick, 22, of Albuquerque, pled guilty Thursday in Federal Court to a two-count indictment charging him with violating the Hobbs Act and federal firearms laws. 
 
The charges against Reddick arise out of the armed robbery of a convenience store Oct. 6, 2017, during which Reddick shot and injured two individuals. Reddick entered the guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement. 
 
Acting U.S. Attorney James D.

Strong Support For Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

on December 4, 2017 - 3:16pm
ESC News:
 
BOULDER, Colo.  Of the more than 100,000 comments submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on the Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan, more than 99 percent were in support of recovery, according to wildlife conservation organizations who reviewed the comments submitted this summer.
 
“We wanted to be able to definitively say that the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is important to Americans, and we can,” Hailey Hawkins, Southern Rockies Field Representative for the Endangered Species Coalition said.

Documentary Shines Spotlight On Influential Manhattan Project Scientist Dr. Raemer Schreiber

on December 4, 2017 - 3:11pm
An MP with Dr. Raemer Schreiber. Courtesy photo
 
BY KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Ben Saunders’ grandfather, Dr. Raemer Schreiber, or Schreib to his friends, had an extraordinary career during and after the Manhattan Project. In fact, Schreiber’s work caught the interest of Documentarian John Webb so much so that Webb reached out to Saunders about doing a documentary about his grandfather.  

 

Saunders said Webb felt his grandfather was a “person who had a story that needed to be told.”

 

After three years crafting this story, the film, “Half-Life of a Genius,”

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Urges Legislature To Address Physical And Verbal Harassment

on December 4, 2017 - 10:47am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) has sent a letter to New Mexico House and Senate Leaders urging them to include the topics of physical and verbal harassment in their announced mandatory training and “No Harassment” policy revisions. 
 
Maestas Barnes made her request after describing incidents of physical and verbal intimidation she experienced during previous legislative sessions.  
 
“I share my story now because I believe it raises important issues about how matters of harassment are handled in Legislature,” Maestas

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