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NM Governor Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff to Honor Arizona's Fallen Firefighters

on July 1, 2013 - 6:50pm



Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that all flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff from sunrise July 2 to sundown July 5 in honor and mourning of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Firefighters.


The thoughts and prayers of all New Mexicans go out to the families and friends of these fallen heroes and we honor them for their courageous service, she said.




WHEREAS, nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday, June 30th, 2013, while battling the

Luján Addresses Doubling of Student Loan Rates

on July 1, 2013 - 12:39pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans.

"As of today, the interest rates on all new federal student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a college education for millions of young adults.

NM Governor Addresses Arizona Firefighter Deaths

on July 1, 2013 - 11:56am



Albuquerque - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez released the following statement this morning about the tragic deaths of Arizona Hotshot Firefighters this weekend in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Central Arizona:


"I was saddened to hear the news about the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona, members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, based in Prescott. They were killed when the wind suddenly shifted as they fought the fast-moving Yarnell Hill Fire, sparked by lightning.


"For New Mexicans, this news hits especially close to home because just a few short weeks ago,

Congressional Delegation Seeks to Help New Mexicans with Genetic Brain Disorder

on July 1, 2013 - 9:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The New Mexico Congressional Delegation has introduced legislation to expand needed research, treatment and education efforts related to Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM), a relatively unknown disorder of the brain and spinal cord more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.
The Cavernous Angioma Research and Treatment Act would build upon an existing network of clinical and research labs to increase coordination, information sharing and awareness about the disease for both professional and patient education.

Bandelier Weekly Nightwalks in Frijoles Canyon Begin July 5

on July 1, 2013 - 8:01am

Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS


Starting Friday, July 5, Bandelier National Monument will be offering the popular Nightwalks each week (weather permitting) until the end of August.
"The Nightwalk is a very beautiful, timeless, and unusual experience, walking silently with a ranger in the dark in Frijoles Canyon" Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. "We encourage visitors to take the Main Loop Trail in the daytime to learn about the Ancestral Pueblo people who lived here, and then come back in the evening to see their homes in a very different way."
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Governor Shares Her Own New Mexico True Story

on June 30, 2013 - 1:34pm

  • Governor Urges New Mexicans to enter New Mexico True Stories Contest


Santa Fe - Gov. Susana Martinez is sharing her own New Mexico True Story today to encourage people to travel this 4th of July, and remind New Mexicans that there are only six weeks left to enter the NM True Stories contest.


“I am so excited to add my NM True Story to the many amazing and rich travel stories that New Mexicans have shared over the past six weeks,” Martinez said. “And I want everyone to know how fast and easy it was to do!


Warnings Issued For Flooding and Mudflows

on June 30, 2013 - 10:50am

Flooding Downstream of Burned Areas Precautions:

NOTE: It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mudflows.

Residents living near or around a recently burned area need to:

Monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, follow local county and city advisories, and act accordingly.

Use a “weather radio” or smart phone “weather apps” that monitors “all hazards” alerts issued by the NOAA-National Weather Service:

Prepare for

Firefighters Respond to Four Lightning Fires

on June 30, 2013 - 8:38am

Current fires on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FEFirefighters responded to four lightning caused fires as a result of Friday's massive thunderstorm in the area.

The Rattlesnake, Alameda and San Antonio fires all located on the west side of the Forest within the Jemez Mountains have been contained. The fires ranged in size from .10 to .25 acres.

Firefighters are still working to contain the Aragon Fire, also burning in the Jemez Mountains.

Fire Name: Aragon

Time/Date Reported: 10:02 a.m., June 29, 2013

Location: Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe

2013 SBA Scores Show Record Gains in High School Reading Proficiency

on June 29, 2013 - 4:29pm



BERNALILLO – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday the results of the latest Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA), administered earlier this year to New Mexico students in 3rd through 8th grades, as well as 10th and 11th grades.


New Mexico’s 11th grade class posted impressive gains in reading proficiency, increasing proficiency rates by 9.9 percentage points over 2012 – to the highest level seen since the NMSBA began in 2007. As a group, when factoring in the gains that were also posted by this class when they were 10th graders last year, these students have increased their

State Tightens Sex Offender Registration Laws

on June 29, 2013 - 8:27am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled a new, central location for New Mexicans to find sex offender information state-wide, including real-time e-mail notifications if an offender moves into your community.

This marks the first time that sex offender registration information is available to parents and the community in a single source that is consistent throughout New Mexico.

Martinez also said that new sex offender registration requirements go into effect July 1, that will tighten registration requirements while closing an out-of-state


Udall Stands Up for N.M. in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

on June 29, 2013 - 7:55am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON –U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in approving a bill that includes significant support for important New Mexico installations and programs, including Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and New Mexico water projects Thursday.

The bill includes record-level base funding for waste cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and significant funding levels for WIPP operations and maintenance.

Schools' 2013 Standards Based Assessment Results Unveiled at 12:30 p.m. Today

on June 28, 2013 - 8:49am

Gov. Susana Martinez




SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez, together with Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera will present the results of the 2013 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA)  at 12:30 p.m. today.


PED Secretary Hanna Skandara

Students in grades 3rd through 8th, as well as high school sophomores and juniors take the NMSBA every spring and results are used to determine if students are on grade level in core subject areas.


Check back at for full details on how Los Alamos schools rank on the assessments.

Luján: With Only a Few Days Left until Interest Rates Double on Student Loans, It’s Time for Congress to Act

on June 28, 2013 - 7:43am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today to bring up legislation to address the increase in interest rates on student loans that is scheduled to occur on July 1.

With only five days to go until rates double, Luján joined with all his Democratic colleagues in an attempt to immediately bring legislation to the floor that would freeze rates at 3.4 percent for the next two years. Not one Republican voted with Democrats to bring up the legislation, blocking the effort.

“House Republicans have passed a bill that is a

Thompson Ridge Fire 95 Percent Contained ... 3 Percent Sustained High Intensity Burn

on June 27, 2013 - 10:15am

Initial Burn Severity Map for Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy/BAER

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Thompson Ridge BAER specialists recently completed their field surveys and are finalizing their analysis and findings.

The hydrologists and soils scientists finished their modeling for predicted post-fire water run-off and erosion levels.

The BAER team identified critical values-at-risk and is finalizing their recommended emergency stabilization actions and treatments for these values that will be included in their BAER assessment report along with their data, analysis, and findings.

Los Alamos County Clerk Elected VP of NMAC

on June 26, 2013 - 12:12pm

NMAC News:

CLOVIS – Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover was elected vice president of the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) June 20 at the 77th Annual Conference in Curry County.

Stover has served as the NMAC treasurer and board representative for Los Alamos County. Previously, she was a Los Alamos County Councilor and involved with economic development in her community. She was chosen as part of the new leadership by her peer elected officials to help guide the NMAC Board of Directors representing all 33 counties in New Mexico.

“New Mexico’s counties will be well represented

Thompson Ridge Fire Bear Cub Gains Weight

on June 26, 2013 - 11:51am

VCNP News:

Sunday, June 16, a hungry, thirsty and frightened bear cub was searching for the mother he lost during the Thompson Ridge Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Firefighters working the line came across the cub a day earlier and decided to add him to their monitoring duties. They watched from a distance as he climbed trees and scampered in and out of the tall grass. But when it became obvious a mother-cub reunion would not come in time to save the toddler’s life his buddies on the fire line called for help.

New Mexico Game and Fish Department was summoned to collect the

Bandelier Hosting July 4 Naturalization Ceremony

on June 26, 2013 - 11:38am


Last year's July 4 Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ 


July 4th is traditionally the day when Americans celebrate our freedom and independence.

This year, building on the success of last year's ceremony, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony.

Fifteen candidates, after years of fulfilling their requirements, will be taking their oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.

Governor Launches New Mexico Film Trails Map and Webpage

on June 25, 2013 - 11:49am


ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez has assisted in the launch of New Mexico's new Film Trails Map and Webpage that will help visitors experience authentic movie adventures in New Mexico.

The new travel planning resource created by the state’s Tourism Department can be found here. The website can be used by in-state travelers as well as out-of-state visitors planning a New Mexico vacation or visit. Martinez made her announcement Monday at the Albuquerque Studios.

Travelers can plan trips based on popular movies and TV series shot in New Mexico, Martinez said.

The website

Governor Launches Summer Safety Blast

on June 25, 2013 - 8:44am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez launches the Summer Safety Blast. Courtesy photo


Gov. Susana Martinez joined law enforcement officials to launch the Summer Safety Blast.

The season-long initiative focuses on decreasing traffic deaths by enforcing DWI and seat belt laws. The safety blast includes State Police’s new zero tolerance policy on unrestrained drivers and passengers, including children not properly restrained in a child safety seat.

The initiative also includes:

  • National Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaign; and
  • New Mexico’s 100 Days of Summer D.W.I. crackdown.


Senate Appropriations Passes $148 Million for NM Military Construction Projects

on June 25, 2013 - 8:34am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Monday that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved funding for essential military construction projects for New Mexico's Air Force bases and provisions to improve veteran care.

"Our nation's military readiness relies on the quality of our people, their equipment, and our facilities.

Bronze Statue Honors Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry

on June 25, 2013 - 8:21am

U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry

SANTA FE—A bronze statue of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry was unveiled at Santa Fe City Hall’s South Lawn Monday.

The statue was crafted by Pojoaque Pueblo Governor and sculptor George Rivera in honor of the only Santa Fe native to be awarded the Medal of Honor—our nation’s highest award for military valor bestowed upon an individual serving in the United States Armed Forces. The award is presented by the President of the United States in the name of Congress.

SFC Petry is the 14th New Mexican to receive the award, which was presented to him


Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 25, 2013 - 7:41am

Smoldering Areas of the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,937; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 3 crews, 6 engines, 5 water tenders, 1 dozer; Total personnel: 170 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Acreage on the Thompson Ridge Fire increased by 18 acres according to last night’s infra-red flight.

Current Trail Conditions and Closures

on June 24, 2013 - 9:20am


At 8 a.m. today, all trails on the Santa Fe National Forest have closed due to fire danger.

This includes, but is not limited to:

Sections of the Perimeter Trail (visit and Parks/Open Space & Trails/Trails Network to link to a land ownership map for details)

  • Mitchell Trail above (north of) the Perimeter Trail
  • Rendija Trail, Pajarito Trail, Cabra Loop
  • Guaje Ridge Trail, Guaje Canyon Trail
  • Pipeline Road
  • Quemazon Trail from about 0.6 miles above the trailhead
  • Cañada Bonita Trail (Guaje Canyon Trail)
  • Water, Valle, Pajarito Canyon trails and the Nail Trail

Also, due

Udall Meets With Local Supporters

on June 24, 2013 - 7:21am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., shown here with Los Alamos resident Karyl Ann Armbruster and Dist. 46 Rep. Carl Trujillo, answered questions during a gathering at a Santa Fe home Sunday on topics such as national security, the immigration bill and Syria asked by a group of supporters from Los Alamos and Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Bandelier National Monument Implements Stage III Fire Restriction

on June 22, 2013 - 10:04am

Beginning at 8 a.m. June 24, Stage III Fire Restrictions are in effect for Bandelier National Monument and will remain in effect until further notice.

This restriction is a result of high fire danger, low fuel moistures, and regional fire preparedness level. For Bandelier National Monument, Stage III Fire Restrictions only add a prohibition on camping in the canyon bottom zones in Bandelier’s backcountry.

Other Stage II Restrictions still in effect are: prohibition on the use of campfires or charcoal grills (gas grills may be used), and all outdoor smoking with the exception