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SFNF’s Coyote Ranger District Office Opens

on April 7, 2014 - 12:42pm

SFNF News:

District Ranger Andrew Vigil, from Santa Fe National Forest, announced this week that the Coyote Ranger Station has reopened. 

The office, located on New Mexico Highway 96 in Coyote, has been closed since early December when a break in the sprinkler system caused severe flooding throughout the building. Since then, employees have been working out of neighboring offices in Cuba and Espanola. 

The flood damage was so extensive that several walls, insulation, and flooring had to be removed to allow the interior to dry out.

For Resident Safety - SFNF Proposing 10-year Shooting Closure Along Caja del Rio

on April 7, 2014 - 11:12am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest’s Española Ranger District is proposing a 10-year shooting closure along the east boundary of the Caja del Rio, east of Santa Fe, to protect the lives and property of those who live adjacent to the Forest boundary.

Shooting a firearm within the National Forest is allowed; however, in order to protect adjacent property owners, the area has been closed since May 24, 2001. Due to an increase in development on private land near the Forest boundary, there is a greater need to enforce the closure to keep residents safe.

Under the National Environmental

National Work Zone Awareness Week: Watch Out For Workers And Stay Safe

on April 6, 2014 - 9:42am

Arnold Murphy from the NMDOT Moriarty Project Office created this 'orange barrel family' as a safety reminder in the work zone just west of Moriarty on I-40. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE—The week of April 7 marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, which also is the official start of the roadway construction season across most of the country. 

Each year local, state and federal transportation officials observe National Work Zone Awareness Week by reminding drivers to slow down and drive safely through work zones. 

What many motorists may not realize is that they are more at risk of

WIPP Conducts Q&A With Public

on April 6, 2014 - 8:39am

WIPP News:

With regard to the Feb. 5 incident, the public has asked a number of questions at recent Town Hall meetings and in an effort to share this information, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has provided some of the questions and corresponding answers:

Q. If the filters were not deployed, how much radiation would have come out of the exhaust?
A. We cannot speculate. The filtration system is in place to minimize the amount released to the environment, and this is what happened.

Q. Wasn’t there some time after the air monitors went off, but before the filters were deployed?
A.

NCRTD Board Elects Three New Officers

on April 6, 2014 - 7:23am

NCRTD News:

The Board of Directors of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has elected three members to serve as officers for the District.

Daniel R. Barrone, Taos County Commissioner, District 1, was re-elected to the post of NCRTD Board Chair;

 

 

 

Miguel M. Chavez, Santa Fe County Commissioner, District 2, will now serve as Vice Chair; and

 

 

 

Dennis Tim Salazar, City of Española Councilor, is the newly elected Treasurer/Secretary.  NCRTD officers are elected to serve a two-year term.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service

Unique Opportunity to Influence Long Term Strategic Management Plan for Santa Fe National Forest

on April 5, 2014 - 11:08am

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest is beginning a four-year process to revise its Forest Plan, the guiding document that serves as a “vision” for land management activities. Once approved, the Forest Plan will guide activities for the next 10-15 years.

The public is invited to provide input and participate in the Forest Plan revision process. This unique opportunity will allow community members to influence the long term strategic management plan for Santa Fe National Forest. 

The Forest Plan is a comprehensive document that addresses many activities including hunting, hiking, camping,

CCNS Calls For Independent Investigation of WIPP

on April 5, 2014 - 10:24am

Courtesy/WIPP

CCNS News:

By Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS)

It has been almost two months since the vehicle fire and radiation release from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and we don’t know the essential facts about what happened. We do know that the radiation release was never supposed to happen, and the federal government is unprepared to safely address the situation. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency, charged with determining whether WIPP would leak in 10,000 years, said it would not.  

On Wednesday, two eight-person teams traveled down an elevator to the

Albuquerque FBI Seeks Ricardo Alonzo Perez-Trujillo

on April 4, 2014 - 9:48am

Ricardo Alonzo Perez-Trujillo

FBI News:

The FBI and Valencia County Sheriff's Office are looking for Ricardo Alonzo Perez-Trujillo, 48, who is wanted for his alleged involvement in a major drug-trafficking organization that operated out of New Mexico.

Perez-Trujillo has ties to Phoenix, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Mexico. He is also known to use narcotics, and may possibly travel to Chihuahua, Mexico, where he was born.

Perez-Trujillo, a white Hispanic male, uses several aliases.

Governor Issues Two Child Welfare Executive Orders

on April 4, 2014 - 9:37am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez issued two executive orders to take a more proactive and coherent approach to working with families who have faced multiple Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) investigations, and to improve communication between child welfare caseworkers and law enforcement officers.

 

“This new approach allows us to take a more proactive, deeper interest in families where CYFD has been regularly called to intervene, even when investigations of those incidents were unable to substantiate abuse or neglect of the children in the

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Addresses Chamber Business Breakfast Guests

on April 3, 2014 - 9:44am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaking this morning about legislation of interest to Chamber members at the Chamber's monthly business breakfast at UNM-LA. She spoke about the fate of bills the Chamber has been following closely, and the potential to revive issues, which weren't addressed in the recent 30-Day Legislative Session. Garcia Richard represents all of Los Alamos and portions of Sandoval, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties. She is a teacher by profession, and a resident of White Rock. Photo by Katy Korkos/Chamber

LAHS Takes Top Spots In State In National German Exams

on April 3, 2014 - 9:08am
Her high marks and interview earned Los Alamos High School student Alice Shao a summer study trip to Germany. Shao with her LAHS German Teacher Anita Boshier. Courtesy photo
 
Congratulations to all the German students who took the German National Exam. Students did extremely well at all three levels: German 2, 3 and 4. Nineteen students scored in the 90th to 99th percentile nationally – that means 19 Gold Medals. And LAHS took the top 3 spots in the state at EVERY level. Wunderbar! Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Alicia Shao of Los Alamos High School has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid

Jemez Mountain Homeschool Team Performs Well at State Speech & Debate Tournament

on April 2, 2014 - 5:52pm

Front row from left, Caleb Schultz, Elsa Gram, Annika Davenport, Hannah Gram, Ryan Naffziger, Tom Hanlon. Back row from left, Connor Schultz, Matthew Davenport, Robert Naffziger, Coach Carolyn Connor, Michael Booton, Andre’ Green, Richard Naffziger. Courtesy photo

JMHS News:

The Jemez Mountain Home School Speech and Debate Team received numerous awards at the 2014 Annual New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament.  

The team won 1st Place in Limited Entry Sweepstakes and 3rd Place in Overall Speech Sweepstakes.

I-25 Road Rehabilitation Work Begins April 10

on April 2, 2014 - 4:24pm

NMDOT News:

Santa Fe – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will start roadway rehabilitation work the week of April 7 on Interstate 25 north of Santa Fe between Canoncito and Glorieta (mile post 294.5 - 299.5). 

There will be intermittent single lane closures starting on the northbound lanes of I-25 and then moving to the southbound lanes of I-25. Motorists can expect minor delays 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the work week. 

This $4.9 million roadway rehabilitation project is scheduled for completion this summer.

Volunteers Invited To Plant Trees Along 501 Corridor In Los Alamos

on April 2, 2014 - 3:54pm

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest is seeking volunteers to plant trees within the 2011 Las Conchas Fire burn area, near Los Alamos. This activity will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Pajarito Canyon Trailhead, just south of the Pajarito Ski Hill turn off.

Douglas fir trees will be planted on 14 acres along the 501 corridor as part of a larger planting initiative. The trees were ordered in the fall of 2011, immediately after the Las Conchas Fire. Local seed stock was germinated in the spring of 2013 and the trees are now ready for planting.

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Udall Responds to Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Decision - Renews Call For Campaign Finance Reform

on April 2, 2014 - 12:38pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down aggregate limits on campaign donations.

The McCutcheon v. FEC decision will allow a federal politician to solicit – or a wealthy donor to give – a $3.6 million check to benefit a political party and federal candidates over a two-year election cycle.

Udall issued the following statement:

“Americans already believe the election system has been fundamentally corrupted by big money from corporate special interests.

Seven Students Win Los Alamos County Library’s Battle of the Books Competition

on April 2, 2014 - 12:30pm

The winning elementary team, including from left, Cinlong Huang, Audrey Nolen, Kezia Tripp, Andrew Watson, Anna Batista, A.J. McPherson and Olivia Koo hold up their prizes, copies of the book Fake Mustache. Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

Twenty-nine children participated in the Los Alamos County Library’s annual elementary school "Battle of the Books" competition March 28. 

"Battle of the Books" is a statewide program in which children are invited to read books from a designated list of recommended titles selected by librarians across the state and then participate in a competition testing

Alert: FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information About Suspected Child Sexual Predator

on April 2, 2014 - 11:31am

FBI News:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. 

Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are attached to this email with the request that media publish and broadcast this information as widely as possible.

The materials also can be found online at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit

Breakfast Burrito Byway Nominations Now Open!

on April 2, 2014 - 9:03am

Los Alamos - nominate your favorite local burrito! Which will it be? Violas? Chili Works? El Parasol? Morning Glory? Fusion Cafe? Ruby K's? Other? Pick one! Go to newmexico.org/burrito and get Los Alamos on the tourism map!

 

Bandelier's Chief Ranger Tom Betts Named Regional Winner of Park Service’s Top Ranger Honor

on April 2, 2014 - 8:11am

Chief Ranger Tom Betts

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier's Chief Ranger Tom Betts, a 34-year veteran ranger for the National Park Service (NPS), has been named Intermountain Region recipient of the Harry Yount Award.

The annual award, named after the first U.S. national park ranger, recognizes excellence in the field of “rangering.” Betts and seven other regional recipients are now the finalists for the national Harry Yount Award, which will be presented in June in Washington, DC.

Betts, himself the son of an NPS ranger, grew up in national parks from Rocky Mountain to Yosemite to Grand Teton.

Albuquerque Police Dept. and Maslow's Hammer

on April 1, 2014 - 9:11am
Albuquerque Police Dept. and Maslow's Hammer
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

"I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail."  --Abraham Maslow

On Sunday, there were protests in Albuquerque, with police lobbing tear gas and angry and increasingly unruly crowds blocking streets and the Interstate near UNM and the Nob Hill area. All the result of festering anger over some 23 fatal shootings of civilians by APD officers over the last few years, culminating in the death of James Boyd, a mentally disturbed and occasionally violent homeless

Udall, Heinrich Ask for Explanation of Missed Mine Safety Inspections at WIPP

on April 1, 2014 - 7:52am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators ask mine safety administration for assurance that steps will be taken to ensure safety, prevent future accidents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced Thursday that they sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, asking for a written report on why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) had not conducted legally required regular inspections at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

Records in a Department of Energy accident report on the Feb.

Meet U.S. Senate Candidate Dave Clements at Fusion Cafe Thursday

on March 31, 2014 - 1:19pm

Dave Clements

POLITICAL News:

U.S. Senate candidate Dave Clements will be at the Fusion Cafe, 723 Central Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to meet the public.

The event is organized by the Los Alamos Branch of the Northern New Mexico Tea Party.

For information, contact Rose Stephens at 505.662.5776.

Apple Tree Grafting at Bandelier 4 p.m. Today!

on March 31, 2014 - 1:03pm

Apple tree grafting. Courtesy/wikipedia

BANDELIER News:

Rory Gauthier at Bandelier National Monument announced a last-minute opportunity to watch grafting being done on the apple trees in the old orchard near the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon.

"We didn't know when the supplies would arrive, and the grafting has to be done almost immediately. So it will be done beginning at 4 p.m. today. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come." 

For more information, contact the Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.

This Is New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week 2014

on March 31, 2014 - 11:45am

Campfire. Courtesy/wikipedia

STATE News:

  • Interagency Partners Stress Preparedness and Prevention Ahead of the 2014 Fire Season

 

ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that March 30 through April 5 is New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week, and calls upon residents and visitors to continue doing their part to prevent and be prepared for wildfires. 

 

“Continuing historic drought conditions heighten the risk of what already has the potential to be another active and dangerous wildfire season,” Martinez said.

FUNdamentals of Leadership Workshop Helps Students Gain Career Skills

on March 31, 2014 - 11:33am

RDC News:

ESPANOLA – Friday, April 4, Accelerate program students from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and five other colleges and universities around northern New Mexico will learn and practice leadership skills in a workshop at Northern New Mexico College.

The event, Learning the FUNdamentals of Leadership, aims to increase career readiness and assist in completing certificates and 2-year technical degrees for non-traditional students.

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