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Fish And Wildlife Conservation Leaders Call For $1.3 Billion Annual Investment For States

on March 6, 2016 - 10:33am
NWTF News:
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — A group of energy, business and conservation leaders released their recommendations March 3 on how to avert the growing endangered species crisis in this country.
The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources determined that utilizing a portion of revenues from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to fund state-based conservation could address conservation needs for thousands of species.

Storytelling Workshops At Nature Center With Harriet Cole March 12

on March 6, 2016 - 10:05am
Harriet Cole, storyteller and story-teacher, captivates audiences with the art of performance storytelling. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Learn more about the art of performance storytelling. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering three storytelling workshops with storyteller Harriet Cole at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Saturday, March 12.
Each workshop has a different focus, and all the workshops will be interactive, experiential, and filled with storytelling games designed to increase performing confidence.
(Mis)adventures in Story starts at 10 a.m.

Cardin, Delaney, Luján Introduce Resolutions Establishing National Clean Energy Goals

on March 5, 2016 - 5:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.-3) and U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (Md.-6) filed resolutions in the House and Senate affirming the establishment of a national goal of more than 50 percent of America’s electricity production coming from clean and carbon-free electricity sources by 2030 and calling for the enactment of new legislation to achieve this goal.
In a show of significant support for this initiative, the “50x30 Resolutions” are cosponsored by 30 Senators and 103 House Members.

Hubble Team Breaks Cosmic Distance Record

on March 5, 2016 - 5:29am
NASA News:
By pushing NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to its limits, an international team of astronomers has shattered the cosmic distance record by measuring the farthest galaxy ever seen in the universe.
This surprisingly bright, infant galaxy, named GN-z11, is seen as it was 13.4 billion years in the past, just 400 million years after the big bang. GN-z11 is located in the direction of the constellation of Ursa Major.

"We've taken a major step back in time, beyond what we'd ever expected to be able to do with Hubble.

Heinrich Pushes For New Mexico Priorities In DOE FY 2017 Budget

on March 5, 2016 - 5:05am
WASHINGTON, D. C.  During a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the U.S. Department of Energy's fiscal year 2017 budget request, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich continued to push for Waste Isolated Pilot Plant (WIPP) safety and recovery efforts, a new cleanup schedule at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and technology transfer opportunities.
The committee received testimony from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz.
During the hearing, Heinrich underscored that the safety of WIPP workers and the surrounding community should

March Night Sky Planetarium Show At Nature Center Tonight

on March 4, 2016 - 11:20am
A view of the night sky and our Milky Way galaxy. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Do you want to learn more about the stars and constellations visible in March? At 7 p.m., Friday, March 4 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium, astrophysicist Galen Gisler will give a tour of the March evening skies including neighboring galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Night Sky shows are ideal for stargazers who want to expand their knowledge.
For astronomers in the northern hemisphere, March is the start of “galaxy season.” It is a time when the Milky Way hugs the

DOE On Launch Of U.S. - Republic Of Korea High Level Bilateral Commission

on March 4, 2016 - 7:24am

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Korea Cho Tae-yul announced Thursday the launch of the High Level Bilateral Commission (HLBC). 

Republic of Korea Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yul

In their roles as HLBC Co-Chairs, Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall and Vice Minister Cho also announced that the first meeting of the HLBC will take place April 14 in Seoul.

Udall Fights For New Mexico Priorities In Interior Department Budget

on March 4, 2016 - 6:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, helped lead a hearing Wednesday on the president's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Udall welcomed proposals for increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and mandatory funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.
He also pressed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on several other issues important to New Mexico communities, including curbing natural gas

Udall Raises Concerns About Gila River Diversion, Pushes For Funding For New Mexico Water Projects

on March 4, 2016 - 5:54am
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall raised concerns Wednesday about a potential Gila River diversion project and pushed for continued funding for several water projects important to New Mexico communities at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
Udall has previously expressed skepticism over the high cost of a Gila River diversion project. He asked Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan R. López for an update and assurances that any proposed project would get a thorough economic and environmental review.
“The Gila River is a

Heinrich Statement On Adding Gold King Mine Spill Site To Superfund National Priorities List

on March 3, 2016 - 8:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement in support of adding the site of the Gold King Mine spill that polluted the Four Corners region last summer to the Superfund National Priorities List.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper formally endorsed a Superfund cleanup for 48 abandon mining sites, including the Gold King Mine.

"I fully support the local communities and Gov.