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PERA’s $5 Billion Hole Draws Member Concern

on May 26, 2012 - 12:52pm

A room full of PERA members pack into Monday's meeting in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

People jammed into the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) meeting in Santa Fe Monday with many more turned away for lack of space.

The agenda item that drew the massive crowd is proposed cuts and changes to the retirement plan affecting thousands of employees across the state and hundreds in Los Alamos.

PERA’s assets declined by a staggering $6 billion during the global financial market downturn of 2008-09.

Although PERA’s assets have increased since the downturn – a $5

Evacuation of Mogollon Underway

on May 26, 2012 - 9:13am

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Situation:  An evacuation of Mogollon has been ordered by the Catron County Sheriff's Office effective noon today.

Evacuees will be sheltered at the Glenwood Community Center located on Community Center Road with their small pets.

Large animals can be relocated to a temporary animal collection center at the residence of County Commissioner Hube McKeen.

Tony Sciacca’s Southwest Type 1 Fire Management Team has assumed command of the complex as of this morning.

The Incident Command Post is now set up and located at the Reserve Fair Grounds.

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Bandelier Temporary Bridge

on May 25, 2012 - 9:54am

Temporary bridge installed Thursday at Bandelier National Monument. Photo Courtesy.
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N.M. 4 Improvements Reach New Heights

on May 25, 2012 - 9:39am
Workers install tall new streetlights across the street from White Rock Firestation 3 and several more along N.M. 4 this week. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com
A worker installs a banner side-arms on the light pole. White Rock will now have seasonal  banners on its streetlights similiar to Los Alamos. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com
A worm's eye view of a new streetlight installed Thursday in White Rock as part of the N.M. 4 road improvement project. LED lights that have a guaranteed life of five years are being installed. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com

Elks Honor Fallen Soldiers Monday

on May 25, 2012 - 9:09am

Courtesy/Elks

This year’s community Memorial Day Celebration: “Remembering All Who Have Fallen,” by James Hay, Commissioner, Governor’s Commission on Disability

State of New Mexico for the Disabled, will be hosted by the Los Alamos Elk’s Lodge at 11 a.m., Monday at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

The planning committee consists of the Elk’s Lodge BPOE 2083; The American Legion Post 90; Knights of Columbus 4th Degree – Donald A. Larson Assembly; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874; Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874; and Daughters of the American Revolution.

A complimentary lunch

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Information - 5/25/12 AM Update

on May 25, 2012 - 8:30am

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News

Situation: Incident Command Post relocated to the Reserve Fairgrounds on Thursday. Phone numbers for fire information will be changing and an updated number will be posted as soon as possible. In the interim please call the Reserve Ranger District at (575) 533-6231 for fire information.

The Whitewater Fire (detected on Wednesday, May 16) has merged with the Baldy Fire (detected on Wednesday, May 9), and is now being called the Whitewater-Baldy Complex.

Senators Engage Air Force on Aggressive Kirtland Fuel Spill Cleanup

on May 25, 2012 - 8:21am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are asking the Air Force to partner with county and state authorities to “conduct further scientific and technical analysis” to determine the scope of the Kirtland jet fuel leak and develop contingency plans for the continued safety of the drinking water.
 
The Senators, who met with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers in Washington last week for an update on the plume, wrote to him today in support of the Air Force’s goal to cleanup the spill and ensure the area continues to meet federal drinking
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N.M. House District 43 May Update

on May 24, 2012 - 8:39am

Column by House District 43 Representative Jim Hall

This is the third in my monthly series on “doings” in District 43. 

It will be brief since I submitted previous articles on two major issues this month Opioid Abuse and on Forest Restoration. 

Other activities since the middle of April included a meeting with the Northern New Mexico branch of the National Association of Women Small Business Owners. 

I heard many inspiring stories of successful startups in Northern New Mexico, usually at the cost of many, many hours and great financial risk. 

This was followed by meetings in La

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Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Update

on May 24, 2012 - 7:17am

STATE FORESTRY News:

Situation: Extreme fire behavior has caused the Whitewater and Baldy Fires to combine, creating the Whitewater-Baldy Complex.

Evacuations of the Willow Creek and Mogollon are still in effect. 

Smoke from these fires is clearly visible from the Silver City area and is affecting much of the southern third of New Mexico. 

The fire has now come out of the Gila Wilderness and on to the Gila National Forest in the Willow Creek Subdivision, crossed State Road 159 at Silver Creek Divide and is working its way into Mineral Creek.

  • Incident Name: Whitewater-Baldy Complex
  • Start
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Quality New Mexico Accepting Examiner Applications

on May 23, 2012 - 9:13pm

QUALITY NEW MEXICO News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the Board of Examiners through May 31.

Examiners are volunteers who, working in teams, review applications submitted to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards program, administered by Quality New Mexico.

The awards program recognizes New Mexico business, government, education, health care and nonprofit organizations for their commitment, progress, or achievement in performance excellence.

The program is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, using the same Baldrige Criteria for

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