Pumps, prices, and polls

Today’s Denver Post includes a story about how high gas prices may affect who Colorado voters choose during the presidential election. Here’s an excerpt: Rising gasoline prices “certainly can have an effect in a razor-close race in a razor-close state,” Denver political analyst Eric Sondermann said. A Denver Post poll conducted last week found Barack … Continue reading

NM pitches new copper mining rules to public

NM pitches new copper mining rules to public

From the New Mexico Environment Department: The New Mexico Environment Department will be holding two public meeting to present proposed new rules to protect water quality at copper mine facilities.  The meetings will be held on September 25 in Albuquerque and September 26 in Silver City. These new rules are required because of legislative changes … Continue reading

Feds extend public comment for Four Corners power plant and Navajo mine

Here at KUNM, we just learned that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has just extended the scoping comment period for the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine Energy Project’s Environmental Impact Statement until Nov. 1. For more information about the project and the public comment period, you can visit http://www.wrcc.osmre.gov/Current_Initiatives/FCNAVPRJ/FCPPEIS.shtm or call … Continue reading

Bird Nerd

Bird Nerd

Are confessions allowed on the Earth Air Waves Blog? I hope so. My confession is that I’m a huge bird nerd. I love watching birds, especially in my neighborhood, and I really enjoy paying attention to who is passing through during migration season. (As an aside: I just saw my first Northern Flicker in a … Continue reading

Bears, drought, and hunger

Bears, drought, and hunger

Bears have been in the news here in New Mexico all week.  First there was the bear that wandered into Santa Fe and amused folks who were hanging around not too far from the plaza.  Then the Cibola National Forest announced the closure of two campgrounds and a trailhead because of bears. In general, I … Continue reading

Upcoming Valles Caldera Trust meeting, Sept. 20

From the Valles Caldera National Preserve: The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a meeting in public on Thursday, September 20, 2012, scheduled from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Santa Claran Hotel, in Espanola, New Mexico. The meeting agenda will include a proposed operational budget for Fiscal Year 2013, a post … Continue reading

LA Times covers Kirtland spill

In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Times has a story about the jet fuel leak at Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base. This excerpt provides a good overview of what’s happening beneath the surface: At some point the buried pipe started leaking and the volatile fuel seeped deep into the sandy soil. Estimates range … Continue reading

NPS public meeting about transportation issues at Bandelier

From the National Park Service: The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a process to complete a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument. In an effort to inform the public and solicit input regarding the plan/EA, NPS will be hosting two public meetings. The format of the public meetings … Continue reading