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FDA Recalls Romaine Lettuce Sold in New Mexico

on August 20, 2012 - 4:27pm

Tanimura & Antle voluntarily recalls single lot of Romaine Lettuce because of possible health risk. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Lettuce Already Pulled From New Mexico Stores But Consumers Should Check Labels At Home


Santa Fe – The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is alerting residents to a nationwide recall that was issued Sunday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involving Romaine Lettuce that was shipped to New Mexico

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New Mexico Dead Last in Internet Availability

on August 17, 2012 - 1:20pm

Staff report

In an age where being connected and having access to information is critical to economic success, U.S. Census figures show that New Mexico is dead last when it comes to households having access to the Internet. 

The Census Bureau survey shows that only 64.1 percent of New Mexico households had high-speed internet access in 2010.

The average rate nationwide for Internet access is 71 percent. 

New Hampshire is number one with a rate of 86.2 percent. 

Even Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana have higher access rates than New Mexico.

Following New Hampshire, states

NMDOT Installing New Stop Signs in Espanola

on August 16, 2012 - 10:54am

NMDOT News :

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have additional stop signs installed at two “T” intersections on N.M. 369 in the City of Espanola by Aug. 24.

The additional stop signs will help to improve traffic safety at the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Upper San Pedro Road, and the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Lower San Pedro Road. 

Currently, there is only one stop sign at each “T” intersection.

The installation of the new stop signs means that traffic coming from all directions must now stop.

A portable electronic message board will be

Cruise the Caldera Aug. 25

on August 16, 2012 - 9:32am

VCNP News:

Cruise the Caldera

Explore more than 60 miles of roads on the Valles Caldera National Preserve by Mountain Bike Saturday, Aug. 25.

This event will happen only once this season, and it is open for all ages and abilities.

Participants can ride from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at one of two entrances; Banco Bonito Staging area, mile marker 30 off N.M. 4 or the Valle Grande Staging Area mile marker 39.2 off N.M. 4.

New this year, the Preserve has combined this event with the Twilight Mountain Bike Ride, which starts only at the Valle Grande entrance, to allow cyclists the choice of

Udall Co-Hosts 57th New Mexico Water Conference

on August 13, 2012 - 10:26am
 
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference Aug. 28 in Las Cruces.
 
The daylong event, also co-hosted by New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture, will take place at the Corbett Center on the NMSU campus.
 
The conference is put on by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) and is titled, “Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity.”
 
“Water is crucial to our economy and to our way of life,” said Udall.
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Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge Makes State Registry

on August 13, 2012 - 10:02am

The Los Alamos County Sheriff's Posse Lodge garnered unanimous approval Friday for placement on the State Register of Cultural Properties. Photo by Sal Zapien/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Board President Carey Grzadzinski of the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Posse was beaming with pride following Friday's meeting before the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee in Santa Fe.

"We couldn't be happier ... we received unanimous approval and the Posse Lodge is now listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties," Grzadzinski said during Saturday's sold out rodeo dinner at the

Trinity Drive Curb and Gutter Work Begins Aug. 13

on August 11, 2012 - 6:31am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) crews will begin work on a curb and gutter replacement project on westbound Trinity Drive Monday, Aug. 13.

The work area will extend from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 1.0, or from the intersection of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive to the Ashley Pond area.

Pedestrian sidewalks along westbound Trinity Drive will be closed as crews remove and replace crumbling and damaged curb and gutters.

The project is scheduled for completion within three weeks, weather permitting.

Motorists may encounter temporary lane drops and minor

Kiwanis Presents Prestigious Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship Award to Michelle Boerigter

on August 10, 2012 - 1:47pm

KIWANIS News:

Tuesday, Aug. 7, Kiwanis awarded Michelle Boerigter the prestigious Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship award. Wallace was a longtime Kiwanian and former New Mexico State Representative for District 43. Michelle will be attending Hope College in Holland, MI and will study Bio Chemistry and Religion/Theology. From left, Key Club members Morrie Pongratz, Kiwanis President Kristy Ortega and Don Casperson; Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace; Michelle Boerigter; and parents Cathy and Steve Boerigter. Photo by Sharon Stover

 

Heron Lake Paddle Festival is Aug. 10-12

on August 9, 2012 - 10:14pm

Editor's Note: This story was first published on July 29, 2012

Near the Heron Lake Paddle Festival Center at the launching site with a beach campground.in background. Courtesy photo
 

The Heron Lake Paddle Festival is set for Aug. 10, 11 and 12. Heron Lake State Park is 11 miles west of Tierra Amarilla via U.S. highways 64 and 84 and N.M. 95.

This three day event includes canoe and kayak clinics, demos and races among other activities such as a used gear sale.

The Paddle Festival site is in the Ridge Rock area of Heron Lake State Park - just west of the dam.

Heron Lake is a no-wake lake

NMFA Arrests Shouldn't Impact Los Alamos

on August 8, 2012 - 2:12pm
By Carol A. Clark
 
Two top officials from the New Mexico Finance Authority have been arrested for state securities violations related to a fake financial audit.
 
Chief Operating Officer John T. Duff of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department's Securities Division and former controller Greg Michael Campbell were booked at 9:08 a.m. today into the Santa Fe County Jail.
 
Photo: John Duff. Courtesy/Santa Fe County Jail
 
Duff, 70, is facing eight counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy, according to court records. Campbell, 52, resigned his post in June.

PRC Commissioner Doug Howe Talks Natural Gas

on August 7, 2012 - 6:19pm

Editor's Note:  The Los Alamos Daily Post has received Commissioner Howe's presentation slides. You may view them by clicking here (google docs).

 

PRC Commissioner Doug Howe discusses Natural Gas At Mesa Public Library Wednesday evening. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

District 3 PRC Commissioner Doug Howe presented "Focus on ... Unconventional Natural Gas: Boon or Bust?" to a full Mesa Public Library conference room audience Wednesday evening.

The talk was sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network.)

Howe began his

Valles Caldera Workshop and Campout, Aug. 17-19

on August 4, 2012 - 12:50pm

Courtesy/LADVC

Los Amigo de Valles Caldera News:

The final of three workshops planned on the tributaries of San Antonio Creek this summer is on the Santa Rosa Creek Aug. 17-19.

Santa Rosa Creek ia a major tributary to San Antonio Creek and is being severely impacted by increased runoff from adjacent slopes burned by the Las Conchas Fire. 

During a July workshop,  Los Amigo de Valles Caldera members and  volunteers completed an array of 26 stone structures that were severely tested in a flood that Saturday evening. The structures came through in flying colors.

Los Amigos is again

New Mexico Municipal League Chief Appears Sunday on Report From Santa Fe

on August 3, 2012 - 10:10am

Executive Director Bill Fulginiti of the New Mexico Municipal League with host Lorene Mills of Report From Santa Fe. Courtesy Photo

This week's guest on Report From Santa Fe is Bill Fulginiti, Executive Director of the New Mexico Municipal League. Fulginiti serves as the Vice Chair of the New Mexico Finance Authority and the Water Trust Board.

Recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the New Mexico Distinguished Public Administration Award, Fulginiti's public service experience also extends nationally with his two terms on the Board of the powerful National League

Unconventional Natural Gas Supplies Subject of Wednesday "Focus On" Meeting

on July 31, 2012 - 10:04pm
 
Doug Howe, PRC Commissioner for District 3, will hold a “Focus On” meeting to discuss the new found attention on unconventional natural gas supplies – what we know, what we don’t know.  The meeting will be 30 minutes of remarks by the commissioner, followed by open Q&A.

The meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Mesa Public Library (upstairs meeting rooms 1 & 2.)
 
The meeting is open to the public. To make suggestions for a future “Focus On …” meeting, send information to charlotte.duran1@state.nm.us or contact the office of Commissioner Douglas J. Howe at 505-827-4533 P.O.
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Nearly 8,000 in Rural N.M. Getting High-Speed Internet Access

on July 31, 2012 - 6:45am
WASHINGTON – U.S. . Udall, D-N.M. has announced that nearly 8,000 rural New Mexico residents will gain high-speed internet access within the next three years.
 
This is part of the first phase of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Connect America Fund.”
 
Udall is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees telecommunications issues.
 
Broadband and telecommunications companies CenturyLink and Windstream will receive $2.3 million to build broadband infrastructure for New Mexico homes and businesses that currently lack high-speed internet access, connecting
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Medicaid, New Mexico, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

on July 30, 2012 - 2:17pm
 
Column by Rep. Jim Hall
House District 43

This is the second — somewhat delayed column on Medicaid. This column discusses Medicaid’s future in New Mexico.

The June 28 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) decision by the Supreme Court makes the Medicaid issue even more timely and important.

Let’s start with a review of Medicaid’s importance and its basic structure. Medicaid matters for two major reasons. 

First, it provides about 560,000 New Mexicans with health coverage.

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Udall Advocates Constitutional Amendment to Rein in Flood of Secret Money

on July 30, 2012 - 8:59am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall speaking at a congressional hearing Tuesday. Courtesy photo
 
Washington, D.C. – At a committee hearing on Capitol Hill last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. built support for the constitutional amendment he is sponsoring to give Congress the authority to undo dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system.
 
"Money has poisoned our political system," Udall said.

FBI Seeks Identity of Woman Found Dead in Shiprock

on July 30, 2012 - 8:58am

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an adult female whose body was found in an irrigation canal in the Paradise area of northern Shiprock in New Mexico.

The body was discovered at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

The woman is believed to have been Native American, approximately 25 to 40 years old. She was about 5’3” to 5’6” tall and weighed approximately 150 to 170 pounds.

She was wearing a yellow T-shirt, blue denim shorts, and Nike running shoes. Her hair was braided.

The cause of death is not being

Udall, Bingaman & Luján Announce Federal Assistance for Santa Clara Pueblo

on July 28, 2012 - 9:14pm
Sen. Tom Udall, right, tours the Santa Clara Pueblo burn area one year after the Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy photo
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman and Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced Friday that more than $11 million in federal assistance relief is being made available for Santa Clara Pueblo following recent flooding in the area.
 
On July 13, the New Mexico officials wrote a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, FEMA Administrator William Fugate and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy, asking that federal funding dedicated for flood mitigation and

Back to School Tax Free Weekend Starts Friday

on July 28, 2012 - 10:08am

UNMLA-SBDC News:

It is that time of year again for the New Mexico Annual Tax Holiday.

This year it starts at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 3, and goes through Aug. 5 at midnight.

This is a great time to purchase school supplies and clothing without paying tax.

The New Mexico Legislature established a deduction from gross receipts tax for retail sales of tangible personal property in 2005 and has continued it each year the first weekend in August.

This is possible because the retailers can deduct the gross receipts tax during this period and therefore can pass the savings onto you for a weekend of

Udall Votes to Cut New Mexico Taxes

on July 26, 2012 - 8:37am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. voted Wednesday to extend tax cuts for more than 98 percent of New Mexico middle-class families. The Middle Class Tax Relief Bill, S. 3412, passed the Senate by a vote of 51-48.
 
"The average New Mexico family of four makes less than $45,000 a year and extending tax cuts for them is critical," Udall said. "The bill we passed today would benefit 98 percent of New Mexico families and businesses to help keep our economy moving forward."
 
The Senate-passed package continues tax cuts for 97 percent of small businesses and 98 percent families nationwide.
 
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Steven Guldan Talks to Rotary about Sustainable Agricultural Science

on July 25, 2012 - 1:49pm

ROTARY News:

Steven Guldan, right, professor and superintendent of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at UNM selects a ticket from Rotarian Kevin Honnell for the Club's weekly free lunch drawing Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Guldan spoke to the group about the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The NMSU Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center staff in cooperation with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to attend its Field Day Program at Alcalde Wednesday, Aug. 15:

NM Small Businessman Participates in Senate Steering Committee

on July 24, 2012 - 8:12am

SonicSEO President Arvind Raichur participates with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., at a Steering Committee meeting July 18 on Capitol Hill. Courtesy photo
 
WASHINGTON – At the invitation of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, New Mexico small business owner Arvind Raichur atttended a Democratic Steering Committee meeting on Capitol Hill July 18 and shared his personal experience creating jobs.
 
Raichur is president and founder of SonicSEO, an Albuquerque-based company that offers online marketing services to businesses throughout North America.
 
At the meeting, Democratic senators and small

Traffic Advisory: Proceed with Caution on N.M. 4

on July 24, 2012 - 7:54am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will continue its chip seal work on N.M. 4 this week between mile marker 59.0 and mile marker 51.5.

Between Monday, July 23 and Thursday, July 26, minor traffic delays can be expected on that stretch of road. 

Motorists will encounter one-lane road closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.with a flagging operation and pilot car escort.

Drivers are asked to proceed through the work zone with caution and observe traffic control signing and reduced speed limits. 

Bicycling through the work zone is “highly discouraged” due to the oily surface,

Asphalt Truck Bed Tips Over on N.M. 4

on July 23, 2012 - 5:52pm

 

This photo was taken just before 3 p.m., today July 23, on N.M. 4 on the south side of Ancho Canyon near Technical Area-33. Police said the driver was working on the road at the time the rear of the truck tipped sidways. He was not cited. Police conducted traffic control until the truck was straightened back up. Photo by Alan Madsen

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