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James Robinson: Every Bear Has His Day

on August 11, 2015 - 6:40pm
Layton, a Black Bear cub weighed just over 4 pounds when discovered inside a small crate. Courtesy photo
 
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

Earlier this spring, Layton, a Black Bear cub came to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay's Cottonwood Rehab in desperate need of help.

Layton was found inside a crate outside a feed store in Tijeras and only weighed 4.25 pounds. Although challenging, Dr. Ramsay and Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation worked together to raise the funds to help her get Layton to a releasable weight.

Despite the challenges, Layton now weighs more than 50 pounds and is very much a

CVNM On Governor's Gold King Mine Spill Comments

on August 11, 2015 - 6:17pm

CVNM News:

SANTA FE – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) is saddened by the devastation that has been caused by the Gold King Mine spill, and stands in solidarity with all communities that have been and will be impacted by this event.

In response to the comments Gov. Susana Martinez made today concerning the Gold King Mine spill that has now reached New Mexico's Four Corners region, CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster issued the following statement:

”We call upon Governor Martinez to address the very real toxic legacy that has plagued many of New Mexico's rural, impoverished, indigenous,

Gold King Mine Spill’s Groundwater Effects Still Being Investigated In New Mexico

on August 11, 2015 - 6:06pm

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn

NMED News:

  • Plume Passes Through New Mexico; Leaves Sediments Behind

FARMINGTON – Today, seven well water testing teams were deployed by the New Mexico Environment Department in concert with the Environmental Protection Agency to test domestic water wells near the Animas River which flows through Farmington and Aztec. 

“Although the Gold King Mine Spill’s heavy metals plume has mostly passed through the area, the sediments left behind are capable of influencing groundwater quality,” NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn said.

AGU: Melting Glaciers Feed Antarctic Food Chain

on August 11, 2015 - 11:47am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Nutrient-rich water from melting Antarctic glaciers nourishes the ocean food chain, creating feeding “hot spots” in large gaps in the sea ice, according to a new study.
 
New research finds that iron stored in the region’s glaciers is being shuttled by melting water to open areas of the ocean, called polynyas, where it stimulates growth of phytoplankton, ocean algae that form the base of the marine food chain.
 
Krill and fish thrive on phytoplankton, and these smaller animals support penguins, seals and whales that feed and breed in the polynyas that ring the

Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Community To Celebrate LWCF At Petroglyph National Monument

on August 11, 2015 - 9:26am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham will join a diverse coalition of community leaders this morning to celebrate the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) during its 50th anniversary with a visit to the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque.
 
At a community event, local leaders will call for reauthorization and full funding of the landmark conservation law that is set to expire Sept. 30. The public and media are encouraged to attend.
 
Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural

WIPP Hosts Fire Protection & Response Workshop

on August 11, 2015 - 9:06am
Representatives from DOE headquarters and other agencies meet in Carlsbad for a fire protection and emergency response workshop. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
Fire protection experts from the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) gathered for a workshop this week in Carlsbad.
 
The purpose of the workshop was to identify and discuss applicable fire safety and emergency response

Governor Declares State of Emergency From EPA Spill

on August 10, 2015 - 6:14pm

Contamination discolors Animas River in Aztec. Photo by Randy Foster

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency in response to the massive 3 million gallon waste spill in the Animas River in Colorado that EPA officials have admitted to causing.

The Governor toured the spill by helicopter and met with local officials Saturday in San Juan County.

NM Lawmakers Write EPA On Gold King Mine Spill

on August 10, 2015 - 3:46pm

STATE News:
  • Lawmakers Call for Point Person to Oversee Agency’s Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján expressed their concern with the EPA’s response to the Gold King Mine spill that has sent three million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River.

In the letter, the lawmakers called on EPA to improve communication with federal, state, and local officials and with members of the public, urging the agency to appoint one point person to oversee the

Lujan On Mine Spill: 'EPA Caused This Mess And They Must Take Full Responsibility To Clean It'

on August 8, 2015 - 6:45pm

The normally 'crystal clear' Animas River today in Aztec following Wednesday's EPA mine spill. Photo by Randy Foster

 

The Animas River today in Aztec following Wednesday's EPA mine spill. Photo by Randy Foster
 

 

STATE News:

FARMINGTON – U.S. Rep Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after participating in a public meeting in Farmington with federal, state, and local officials and members of the community to provide information on the Gold King Mine spill that has impacted the Animas River.

“Today’s meeting made it clear that there must be

Governor Touring Waste Spill In Animas River

on August 8, 2015 - 2:37pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Farmington — Today at 3:30 p.m., Gov. Susana Martinez will tour the massive waste spill in the Animas River that EPA officials have admitted to causing.

The Governor will then go to Berg Park in Farmington to share the state’s response to this incident.

NMED Informs Residents On Gold King Mine Spill

on August 8, 2015 - 8:22am

NMED News:

SANTA FE – San Juan County officials along with New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn and New Mexico State Engineer Tom Blaine held two informational meetings Friday on the Gold King Mine Spill coursing through the Animas River.

San Juan County communities and news media were updated with the most current information on state and local responses, with information on the movement of the sediment and on currently imposed public safety precautions.

The New Mexico Environment Department is on the ground taking independent water quality samples every six

NMED Issues Precautions For EPA Gold King Mine Spill

on August 7, 2015 - 8:05pm

NMED News:
  • Contaminated Plume Now in New Mexico

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department continues working with local, regional, and federal stakeholders to advise San Juan County citizens of safety precautions, while updating those affected about the Gold King Mine Spill’s pulse location and effects. 

Adherence to the following important safety measures is critical during and after the period of time while the Gold King mining wastewater release courses through the Animas and San Juan Rivers and the surrounding communities.

Luján Statement On Waste Spill In The Animas River

on August 7, 2015 - 10:18am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 

CONGRESSIONAL News:

SANTA FE ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on Wednesday's toxic spill of mine waste that has reached the Animas River:

“The Animas River is a vital source of water to communities in San Juan County and this spill that has released heavy metals into the water is of great concern. The EPA must act swiftly and thoroughly to mitigate the effects of this spill. 

“I am closely monitoring the situation and my office has been in close contact with EPA to see that the appropriate steps are being

Contaminated Plume From Gold King Mine Toxic Spill Expected To Pass Aztec/Farmington Area This Evening

on August 7, 2015 - 10:04am

Gold King Mine toxic spill. Courtesy photo

NMED News:

SANTA FE – A contaminated plume from the Gold King Mine toxic spill is expected to pass the Aztec/Farmington area this evening, according to New Mexico Environment Department.

The spill occurred Wednesday when an EPA team probing contamination at the abandoned mine accidentally released a million gallons of orange-hued waste water into a local river system, according to the EPA. The waste water contains sediment and metals that had been held behind a barrier near the mine.

Opposition Mounts To Proposal Increasing Cougar Hunting And Trapping In New Mexico

on August 7, 2015 - 9:29am

APNM Wildlife Campaign Manager Phil Carter

APNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexicans of all stripes are opposed to proposed changes to the state Bear & Cougar Rule released Monday by New Mexico Department of Game & Fish (NMDGF).

The ill-conceived and problematic proposals seek to expand the use of cruel trap and snare devices to kill cougars by eliminating the permit requirement for property owners to set traps for the native big cat species and by allowing the use of traps and snares on cougars on State Trust lands, which total nine million acres across New Mexico.

The department also is

NMED Reminds Animas River Water Users To Stop Taking Water Following EPA Gold King Mine Toxin Spill

on August 7, 2015 - 8:06am

State Engineer Tom Blaine

NMED News:

SANTA FE —The New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer remind water users along the Animas River to stop taking water from the Animas River during the EPA Gold King Mine Spill that released about one million gallons of contaminated water Wednesday into a tributary of the Animas River in Colorado.

“We have successfully reached out to the communities, water systems, and other stakeholders who rely upon the Animas River for water supplies and they have ceased taking river water,” State Engineer Tom Blaine said.

Dr. Monica Regalbuto Confirmed As DOE Assistant Secretary For Environmental Management

on August 5, 2015 - 5:55pm

Dr. Monica Regalbuto

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today confirmed Dr. Monica Regalbuto as the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for environmental management.

“Having served in both the Office of Environmental Management and the Office of Nuclear Energy, Monica is more than ready for her new role at the Department,” DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz said. “Her hands-on experience in all aspects of nuclear waste cleanup and her tenure as an Argonne National Lab scientist have prepared her for the position of assistant secretary for environmental management. I thank the

The Perseids Are Coming, The Perseids Are Coming!

on August 5, 2015 - 9:20am

A multicolored, long Perseid meteor striking the sky in 2009 just to the left of Milky Way. Courtesy/wikipedia

ASTRONOMERS News:

Three Upcoming Dixon Star Parties:

El Valle Astronomers is planning three upcoming Star Parties at the Dixon Ballfield in August. The dates are Saturday Aug. 8, Wednesday Aug. 12 and Saturday Aug. 15. For all three, meet in front of the Dixon Coop Market at 8 p.m. and President Lee Mesibov will lead the procession up the hill to the Dixon Ballfield.

The big Perseid event is Wednesday, Aug.

Laser Light Shows At Los Alamos Nature Center

on August 4, 2015 - 8:27am

Laser Pink Floyd: The Best of Echoes is one of 12 shows at the Nature Center. Courtesy image

PEEC News:

PEEC is hosting 30 laser light shows in the new planetarium in August..

Aug. 7 through Aug. 15 there will be at least two laser light shows per day. Attendees will have the opportuity to experience a feast for the senses in these dazzling and captivating laser light programs.

With 11 unique shows playing during the week, there is truly something for everyone.

Secretary Moniz Statement On Release Of Final Clean Power Plan Rules

on August 3, 2015 - 9:54pm

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued their final Clean Power Plan rule that will encourage energy innovation by reducing the carbon emissions from America’s power plants.

Below is the statement from Secretary Moniz:

“Before President Barack Obama took office, America did not have a comprehensive national plan to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

Four LANL Projects Are R&D 100 Award Finalists

on July 27, 2015 - 11:19am

A team uses the PipeLIBS tool, which can quickly assess the condition of a pipe. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Finalists include X-ray imaging, pipe corrosion, data handling and damage-detection software

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory projects have been selected as finalists for the 2015 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.

The Los Alamos finalists are:

  • LARS: Lab-scale Asynchronous Radiographic System;
  • PipeLIBS: A Self-Contained Elemental Analysis Tool for the Oil Industry;
  • MDHIM:

'Art, Wind And Fire' Event At PEEC Tuesday

on July 25, 2015 - 8:37am
Artwork by Rumi Vesselinova shows the landscape after the Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy/PEEC
 

PEEC News:

PEEC offers the unique opportunity to explore fire through both art and science.

The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos. During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how this event altered the visual landscape of the region.

Join the artist as she presents these images 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 at the Nature Center.

Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss

Reminder From Bandelier: It's Flash Flood Season Again

on July 25, 2015 - 7:53am

Major flash flood Sept. 14, 2013 at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Although it has been a rainy summer so far, there haven't yet been any large flash floods in Bandelier National Monument, either in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, or in the other canyons in the park. 
 
However, floods are certainly possible, and the park has announced that the annual closure of all canyon bottom camping zones July 1 through Sept. 15 is in effect. Hikers are still welcome to go out on the trails, and backpackers can get Wilderness permits to camp in zones on mesa tops.

Attorney General On PRC Refusal To Study Costs And Benefits Of Wind And Solar Energy In New Mexico

on July 22, 2015 - 7:11pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement today in response to the Public Regulation Commission’s refusal to study the costs and benefits of solar and wind energy in New Mexico:

“I continue to urge the PRC to gather more accurate and transparent information for taxpayers, including the study of the true costs and benefits of wind and solar energy in New Mexico. New Mexico's energy system must be modernized in order to strengthen the economic security of New Mexico's working families.”

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