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Udall Issues Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

on March 4, 2013 - 8:33pm
DOE Secretary Nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,D-N.M., issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively:
 
"I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.

Letter to the Editor: Support Fire Arms Transfer Act

on March 2, 2013 - 9:07am

BY MIRANDA VISCOLI

In the next week, our senate will vote on Rep. Miguel Garcia’s House Bill 77, also known as the Fire Arms Transfer Act. 

The bill would require background checks at gun shows. It has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and Gov. Susana Martinez has said she would sign the bill.

In New Mexico today, anyone can sell a gun at a gun show. You are not even required to ask if that person is a felon. 

Whether they have been convicted of domestic violence, are a fugitive from the law or restricted from owning a gun because they are considered

Innovate+Educate Announces Grant Recipients

on March 2, 2013 - 7:12am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – On Feb. 27, Innovate+Educate announced $200,000 in funding to communities in New Mexico interested in building their talent pipeline. 

The grants will bring together industry, community and education leaders to bridge the skills gap and develop new mechanisms for hiring, skills assessment and training.

These grants were made possible due to the funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to advance the New Options Project.

Awardees include:

  • CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe;
  • Four Corners Economic Development (4CED) in the Farmington region;

Alert: FBI Seeks Public's Help in Finding Bank Robber

on March 1, 2013 - 1:39pm

Robbery Suspect Jay Patrick Mount. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is looking for Jay Patrick Mount, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for the Feb. 25 robbery of U.S. Bank, 1418 Carlisle Blvd NE, in Albuquerque.

Anyone with information on Mount's whereabouts is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Anyone spotting Mount in Los Alamos may also call local police at 662-8222.

Mount is described as a white male, approximately 5'10" tall with a medium build.

Luján Statement on Failure to Prevent Sequester

on March 1, 2013 - 9:53am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today after Congress failed to pass legislation to prevent the sequester's budget cuts that are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

"Today is a disappointing day, when partisanship and ideology stood in the way of compromise and the best interests of the American people. The arbitrary cuts from the sequester will impact education, public safety, health care, and more - leading to job losses and harming an economic recovery.

Valles Caldera Trust Welcomes New Trustee

on March 1, 2013 - 8:23am

Catherine Allen

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS - Catherine Allen was officially appointed as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Trust, Board of Trustees Thursday.

She is the fifth trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and joins Kent Salazar and Karyn Stockdale, who were also appointed by the Obama administration.

“The Valles Caldera is a national treasure and must be respected as such,” said Allen, who served on President Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committee during the
first Administration.

Bandelier Tourism Creates $9 Million in New Mexico Economic Benefit

on February 28, 2013 - 9:53pm

Bandelier. Courtesy/BNM

BNM News:

  • New report shows visitor spending supports 252,000 jobs nationwide


A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 193,914 visitors in 2011 spent $9,218,000 in Bandelier National Monument and in communities near the park.

That spending supported 139 jobs in the local area.


“Bandelier National Monument is a wonderful place to relax, get exercise and learn about America’s story,” park superintendent Jason Lott said. “And the people in our nearby communities are invested in the park.

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