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Garcia Richard Signs Education Appropriation Bill

on January 16, 2013 - 8:16am

At the start of the 2013 60-day session Tuesday, newly elected Dist. 43 State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at her desk on the House Floor signs the education appropriation bill to fund New Mexico schools in 2013-14. Garcia Richard was named to serve on the House Appropriations Committee and is cosponsoring this funding bill. Photo by Garcia Richard's daughter, Elia Vasquez

Dr. Anastasia Steffen Presents Talk at PEEC

on January 16, 2013 - 7:17am

Dr. Anastasia Steffen examining an archaeological site post-burn. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 to learn about how archaeologists study ancient sites in the wake of forest fires. 

Dr. Anastasia Steffen will give a hands-on introduction to archaeological obsidian analyses and an overview of current projects underway at the VCNP.

The large forest fires of the last few decades have burned a much of the eastern Jemez Mountains including about one third of the Valles Caldera. 

Culminating with the recent Las Conchas Fire, this spate of wildfires

Luján Named to Energy and Commerce Subcommittees

on January 16, 2013 - 6:44am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District was named Tuesday to two subcommittees on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

During the 113 Congress, Luján will serve on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

“I am excited to get to work on these important subcommittees that will enable me to be a strong advocate for the needs of my district and New Mexico,” Luján said.

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Emerge New Mexico Women Sworn in to State House

on January 15, 2013 - 6:42am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

ENM News:

Monday, Jan. 14, Stephanie Garcia Richard, Emily Kane, Georgene Louis, Patricia Roybal Caballero and Elizabeth Thomson begin their tenures as New Mexico State Representatives.

All five have participated in Emerge New Mexico, the premier training program for Democratic women.

“All of these women are inspiring and true leaders,” said Ambrosia Ortiz y Prentice, Executive Director of Emerge New Mexico. “Their dedication to public service and willingness to work hard to attain these positions are commendable.”

Rep.

Suspect Sought in Robbery of Bank of Albuquerque Branch

on January 15, 2013 - 6:35am

Courtesy/FBI

UPDATE: Anastacio Amador, 39, of Albuquerque, was arrested Monday, Jan. 14 in connection with the robbery of the Bank of Albuquerque at 3301 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Amador is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Tuesday. FBI special agents, with the assistance of Albuquerque Police officers, apprehended Amador during a traffic stop.

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed the Bank of Albuquerque branch at 3301 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque Saturday, Jan. 12.

The suspect is

Caution: Winter Weather Making Travel Dicey

on January 14, 2013 - 3:28pm

Snow was blowing in downtown Los Alamos about four hours ago. Courtesy photo

NMDOT News:

Santa Fe - A winter storm moving across New Mexico is causing dicey travel conditions for parts of the state.  

Snow has hit the Albuquerque metro area as well as much of northeast New Mexico, causing slick roads. 

Due to the low temperatures, the snow is not melting. The National Weather Service is predicting the conditions will worsen between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Santa Rosa and down through Vaughn within the next few hours.

The New Mexico Department Of Transportation is

NM PBS Presenting Live Coverage of State of State Address/2013 Legislative Session

on January 13, 2013 - 7:35am

PBS News:

Tuesday, Jan. 15, New Mexico PBS, Ch. 5.1 will present live coverage of the 2013 Legislative session, beginning with the opening gavel.

This will include LIVE broadcast coverage on Channel 5.1 *and* live-streaming online at www.newmexicopbs.org and election of the Speaker of the House and Gov. Susana Martinez's "State of the State" address, followed by a live panel discussion with analysis from the New Mexico PBS studios.

Coverage will begin at noon, with an introduction by Gene Grant, host of NM PBS’s weekly public affairs series NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS.

Regular programming will resume

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Poet Laureate of Santa Fe Kicks Off Mesa Public Library’s 2013 Authors Speak Series

on January 13, 2013 - 7:24am

Jon Davis

LIBRARY News:

Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Jon Davis: Poet Laureate of Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Upstairs Rotunda.

Join Davis to kick off the beginning of  the new line up of Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series with a poetry reading.

The following is from www.santafenm.gov:

Jon Davis is the author of three chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), Scrimmage of Appetite (University of Akron Press, 1995), for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, and

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Jan. 18

on January 12, 2013 - 8:02am

RCLC members from top row left, Commissioner Mayfield, Brian Bosshardt, Harry Burgess, Mayor David Coss, Seth Kirshenberg, John Heaton. Bottom row from left, Sharon Stover, Commissioner Chavez, Mayor Alice Lucero. Courtesy photo

RCLC News:

 

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Business Meeting is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Ohkay Casino Conference Center, Suite C/D, Highway 68 - two miles North of Espanola in the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.

 

AGENDA

9:00

 

Welcome & Introductions

Mayor Lucero

 

Action

Confirmation of Quorum

Mayor Lucero

 

Action

Approval of Agenda

Mayor Lucero

 

Action

Governor Introduces Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

on January 11, 2013 - 12:37pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE–Under the backdrop of federal economic uncertainty, Gov. Susana Martinez has introduced a state budget that she says invests in reforming education, helping small businesses grow, and making New Mexico’s economy more competitive.

Martinez announced her Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal Thursday, saying it continues her commitment to responsible budgeting – particularly during such uncertain economic times at the national level.

The governor’s budget calls for significant investments in education reform, health care for those in need, and economic development efforts to

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Bataan Survivors' Stories Entered Into Library of Congress

on January 11, 2013 - 9:27am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUEIn partnership with the office of Sen. Tom Udall and The Oasis Veterans History Project in New Mexico, New Mexico PBS has been asked to submit the unedited footage of interviews conducted for the television program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, for inclusion into the permanent collection at the Library of Congress.
 
As a companion to the documentary TRAGEDY OF BATAAN, New Mexico PBS produced the program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, with survivors of the surrender of Bataan.
 
New Mexico PBS recorded 1 1/2 hours of interviews

President Signs Katie Sepich Bill Into Law

on January 10, 2013 - 12:29pm
President Barack Obama. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported that today President Barack Obama signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law.
 
Katie's Law will expand DNA collection efforts from serious criminal offenders in order to save lives, solve crimes and prevent future tragedies from occurring at the hands of repeat offenders.
 
The bill was named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at

LWVLA and AAUW Host Annual Legislative Preview

on January 10, 2013 - 11:22am

Annual legislative preview in Fuller Lodge Wednesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

LWVLA News:

Some 50 people turned out for the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women's annual legislative preview in Fuller Lodge Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Los Alamos legislators including Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez shared their views on the upcoming session.

Also, Dick Mason of Health Action New Mexico and Marcela Diaz of Somos Un Pueblo Unido addressed issues of health care and immigrant concerns.

Community Invited to UNM-LA Dedication of Jeannette O. Wallace Lecture Hall Sunday

on January 10, 2013 - 6:31am

Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The community is invited to pay tribute to the memory of longtime Legislator Jeannette O. Wallace from 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 in room 505 (Building 5) at UNM-Los Alamos.

In honor of her long service to the Los Alamos community and tireless commitment to education, the faculty and staff of UNM-Los Alamos are privileged to dedicate UNM-LA’s newest lecture hall in her name. The dedication will take place at 1 p.m.

The long time community leader died from illness in April 2011. She was serving her 11th term as a New Mexico State Representative, which she had

Former Bernalillo County Corrections Officer Sentenced for Civil Rights Violations

on January 10, 2013 - 6:25am

FBI News:

WASHINGTON—Demetrio Juan Gonzales, 40, a former corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for violating the civil rights of an individual in his custody when he struck and choked the victim in the shower room/dress-out area of MDC. Gonzales pleaded guilty in October 2012.

According to court documents, during the early morning hours of December 21, 2011, Gonzales was assigned to the Receiving-Discharge-Transfer (RDT)

New Mexico in Focus Features Udall, Martinez

on January 10, 2013 - 6:22am

Host/Commentator Gene Grant

NMiF News:

With a new Congress assembling in Washington, D.C. and the upcoming legislative session in Santa Fe, this week NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS talks to key leaders.

• U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., just four years into his first term, is now the senior senator from New Mexico. NMiF producer Matt Grubs speaks with Udall about the fiscal cliff’s real cost to middle class taxpayers and the battle the senator is leading to reform the filibuster in the Senate.

• New Mexico Gov.

Luján Appointed Chief Deputy Whip

on January 5, 2013 - 5:45am

Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District was appointed Chief Deputy Whip today for the 113 Congress by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

“I look forward to this new opportunity to work with Whip Hoyer and assist in House Democrats’ efforts to promote an agenda that creates jobs and opportunities for the American people,” Luján said.

Senators Introduce Rules Resolution to Restore Senate Debate and Accountability

on January 4, 2013 - 8:55am

U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced on Thursday a resolution to enact meaningful Senate rules reforms that would end filibuster abuse and restore debate to the chamber.
 
In accordance with Article 1, section 5 of the Constitution, a majority of senators have the power to adopt or amend the operating rules of the chamber at the beginning of a new Congress, a procedure known as the Constitutional Option.
 
Earlier on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the Senate will remain in the first

NMDOT Distict Five Honors Outstanding Employees

on January 4, 2013 - 7:59am

2012 Supervisor of the Year Kenny Gallegos has been directly involved in Los Alamos projects. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

  • NMDOT District Five Employees Honored

SANTA FE—NMDOT District Five has selected and honored the following employees for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the fourth quarter of 2012:

  • Rick Fernandez, Civil Engineer Technician-Advanced, Chama Project Office, has been named “Employee of the Fourth Quarter.”
  • Annette Trujillo, Assistant Supervisor, Pojoaque Project Office, has been named “Supervisor of the Fourth Quarter.”
  • Mallery Martinez, Bernadette
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Hazardous Fuels Treatment in Forest Begins Jan. 8

on January 3, 2013 - 6:37am

SNFN News:

The Santa Fe National Forest Fire Management plans a 20-acre hazardous fuels treatment on the Forest for January and February.

Santa Fe Watershed, Espanola Ranger District:

  • Approximately 20 acres of piles are to be treated at any point in time in the Santa Fe Watershed from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through the end of February, if conditions are favorable;
  • The pile burn location is approximately six miles east of Santa Fe, one mile east of McClure Reservoir;
  • The pile burn is expected to take place while snow is on the ground, which will help keep smoke levels low;
  • Smoke from the burning

LWVLA's 2013 Legislative Preview Set for Jan. 9

on January 2, 2013 - 11:07am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women will hold a legislative preview 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Fuller Lodge.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. for this event in which the public is invited to participate.

Sen. Carlos Cisneros

New Mexico legislators including Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez have all agreed to attend and share their views on the upcoming session.

Also, Dick Mason of Health Action New Mexico and Marcela Diaz of Somos Un

Udall Statement on Senate Fiscal Cliff Vote

on January 2, 2013 - 10:31am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the Senate voted 89-8 on a measure to avert the fiscal cliff:
 
"I remain disillusioned with the short-term nature of the deal that came through the Senate last night, but ultimately felt we had to pass it. We managed to make progress on middle-class tax cuts, wind energy tax incentives and unemployment insurance, but squandered an opportunity to implement a long-term vision to deal with the debt and deficit.
 
"Instead, the bill we passed kicked the can down a very

Correctional Officer Treated for Smoke Inhalation

on January 2, 2013 - 9:51am

CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT News:

On Dec. 30, at approximately 4:50 p.m., an inmate housed at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, Alternative Placement Area intentionally set a fire in his cell for the purposes of causing himself harm.

The Special Operations Response Team responded immediately to extinguish the fire and rescue the inmate. After the fire was extinguished and the inmate was rescued, the entire pod was evacuated.

One of the team’s first responders was treated and released from an area hospital for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The inmate was

NMDOT Saves Taxpayers Millions

on December 29, 2012 - 3:05pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE—The New Mexico Department of Transportation recently saved $32.9 million in taxpayer money that will be returned to road projects over the next four years. 

The savings are generated by refinancing bond debt at lower interest costs on the market.

“We went from an average interest rate of 5.02 percent to 1.83 percent, achieving $32.9 million savings by refinancing fixed rate debt of $220.4 million. This is a great deal for the state,” said Marcos Trujillo, Bond Manager for the NMDOT.

Standard and Poor’s rating agency upgraded the NMDOT bond rating to AAA based on

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Hundreds Pay Tribute to Speaker Ben Lujan

on December 28, 2012 - 9:13am
Former Sen. Steve Stoddard of Los Alamos, State Auditor Hector Balderas, Ray Powell, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and nearly all New Mexico representatives and senators joined hundreds of people at the State Capital Building Thursday to pay tribute to Speaker Ben Lujan who lay in state in the rotunda. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster
 
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan with his family greeted hundreds of mourners who came to pay tribute to his father. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster
 
Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie Garcia Richard shares memories of the Speaker with State Auditor Hector Balderas.
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