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New Data Tool Shows New Mexico Among Top in Science & Engineering Categories

on May 16, 2014 - 11:48am

HSNW News:

Homeland Security News Wire (HSNW) reports that a newly updated, online, interactive state data tool allows policymakers, educators and other users to discern trends in education, science and research in each of the 50 states and New Mexico is among the top three.

The three states with the highest scores in the number of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded, share of a state’s workforce employed in science and engineering occupations, and the amount of R&D performed, as a share of a state’s gross domestic product (GDP), are Vermont, Virginia and New Mexico.


Udall Opposes FCC's Proposed Internet 'Fast Lane'

on May 16, 2014 - 8:06am



WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement expressing concern about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote Thursday for net neutrality rules that include a "fast lane" or "toll lane" to charge companies for faster delivery of content: 


"Today's vote by the FCC is very disappointing. As the commissioners move forward to make a final rule, I'm calling on them to protect free expression, competition and innovation online.

Nightlife and New Activities Highlight Valles Caldera Summer Season

on May 15, 2014 - 4:08pm

Caldera Moon. Photo by Dan Williams


Jemez Springs – Nightlife and new activities highlight the attractions at the Valles Caldera National Preserve this summer. It all begins this weekend with the Family Fun & Games Campfire Program and Summer Twilight events.

Once a month Preserve hours of operation will extend to as late as 10 p.m. so visitors can enjoy the Preserve after dark. The Family Fun & Games Campfire program will provide free stories, games and activities for children of all ages.

Those same nights visitors can hike, mountain bike or fish the East Fork

Bridge Work Continues South Bound U.S. 84/285 & North Tesuque Interchange May 17

on May 15, 2014 - 3:25pm


Santa Fe–The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6.

This work includes the removal and replacement of the bridge approach slabs, bridge sleeper slabs, transition slabs and roadway improvements at the interchange.

Starting at 5 a.m. Saturday, May 17, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue bridge rehabilitation work and paving operations on U.S.

Governor Signs Executive Order to Grant Leave for State Employees to Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences

on May 15, 2014 - 12:06pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Governor Also Encourages Local Governments, Businesses to Provide Similar Accommodations

Albuquerque—Gov. Susana Martinez signed an executive order Wednesday directing state agencies to provide administrative leave for employees with school-aged children, so that they can regularly participate in parent-teacher conferences in the fall and spring of each school year.

The Governor also encouraged other public bodies not covered by her executive order (such as independent state agencies, local governments, and universities), as well as private sector

Los Alamos Police Hold Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony This Morning at the Justice Center

on May 15, 2014 - 10:55am

LAPD Officers from left, Daniel Roberts, David Boe and Paige Early at this morning's Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony outside the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone at this morning's Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony honoring the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. A crowd begins to gather at the Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony this morning outside the Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/

Police Det. Daniel Roberts, left, and Cpl. David Boe prepare to raise the American flag to

Mountain School’s Green Team Wins State Competition!

on May 14, 2014 - 4:17pm

Mountain Elementary School Green Team are the state champions in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. Courtesy photo

Mountain Elementary School Green Team state champions with their sponsors Michele Altherr and Karen Henderson. Courtesy photo


This past year Mountain School’s Green Team took up the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. The 15 club members rallied the school and community and turned in a final count of 67,469 plastic bags and overwraps! 

They won the New Mexico competition.

WIPP Personnel Upgrading Safety Programs

on May 14, 2014 - 4:04pm

WIPP News:

While attention is focused on determining the cause of the February radiological release, WIPP personnel are also upgrading WIPP safety programs and addressing issues identified by federal accident investigators following the fire and radiological event.

Experts from across the DOE complex and nuclear industry are on-site to evaluate and help improve WIPP safety, emergency management and radiological programs.

A corrective action plan for the salt haul truck fire is in development and improvements to emergency response plans are being implemented.