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Snow Expected From Incoming Storm System

on January 25, 2013 - 7:13am
NOAA News:
 
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque would like to provide you with the latest information regarding an upcoming storm system.
 
Overview: A Pacific storm system will move toward the Baja Peninsula today, eventually turning toward New Mexico tonight and into Saturday.
 
Abundant subtropical moisture and relatively warm temperatures amidst southwesterly breezes will set the stage for fairly widespread swaths of rain and very high elevation snows, especially Saturday and Saturday evening.
 
A special web briefing has been posted at: http://go.usa.gov/4K9H
 
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Accelerate Program Helps Students Transition to Career

on January 24, 2013 - 7:16am

Accelerate Program News:

ESPANOLA – On Feb. 8, students earning 2-year business and technical degrees in six northern New Mexico colleges will have an opportunity to practice using skills vital to finding a job, contributing to an organization, and establishing a career.

The Accelerate program is partnering with local and regional human resource directors and hiring managers to host a one day workshop for graduating students entitled “From Classroom to Career – A Dress Rehearsal.”  

Accelerate, a program of the Regional Development Corporation in conjunction with six northern New Mexico

Chaparral Prescribed Burn Begins Today

on January 24, 2013 - 7:08am

SANTA FE —The Santa Fe National Forest Cuba Ranger District expects to begin the 60-acre Chaparral prescribed burn today, Jan, 24 northwest of Fenton Lake and Seven Springs, 10 miles southeast of Cuba and nine miles northwest of Jemez Springs.

Smoke will be visible from Gillman, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Cuba, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.

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Luján Cosponsors Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act, Calls for Swift Passage

on January 23, 2013 - 5:28pm

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján joined as an original cosponsor of legislation introduced today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

Passed 19 years ago, this landmark legislation focused the resources, time, and energy of federal, state, and local law enforcement on the task of preventing and stopping domestic abuse, while providing victims of violence with critical services and assistance.

"It was with great disappointment that the 112th Congress came to an end without action on a bipartisan reauthorization that addressed domestic

Officers From 1980 NM Penitentiary Riot Honored

on January 23, 2013 - 8:12am
Former Corrections Officer Valentine Martinez, center, was honored Jan 21 and seen here with his wife, Angelina Martinez and far left, Gov. Susana Martinez and NMCD Cabinet Secretary Gregg Marcantel. Courtesy/NMCD
 
NM Corrections Department News
 
SANTA FE – Monday Jan. 21, Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel honored the Corrections Officers involved in the 1980 Penitentiary of New Mexico Prison Riot.
 
“As painful as it is to remember the 1980 riot is a part of this State’s history,” the governor said.

NYT Backs Udall's Filibuster Reform Efforts

on January 22, 2013 - 9:34am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Today, The New York Times came out in support of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's efforts to end Senate gridlock and filibuster abuse in its editorial, "A Chance to Fix the Senate."
 
Read the full editorial here.
 
"For six years, Democrats in the Senate have chafed at an unprecedented abuse of the filibuster by Republicans, who have used the practice to hold up nominees high and low and require a supermajority for virtually every bill.

Los Alamos Eligible to Receive USDA Funds

on January 19, 2013 - 8:16am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. Los Alamos is among several counties in northern New Mexico eligible to receive funds after submitting their application to USDA.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District Friday highlighted the more than $10.2 million that has been awarded to New Mexico counties to support local schools and roads as well as wildfire protection programs.

The funds from the U.S.

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Luján Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 19, 2013 - 7:23am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/bio.org

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement Friday in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"On Monday, our nation will pause to reflect on the life and legacy of a remarkable man whose compassion and enduring pursuit of justice and equality impacted the lives of so many and whose message continue to resonate to this very day.

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Submit Beef Recipe for Chance to Win $25,000

on January 18, 2013 - 8:49am

NMBC News:

Cooks, start your ovens ... the New Mexico Beef Council is calling for home cooks throughout New Mexico to submit their favorite recipes to the 2013 National Beef Cook-Off for a chance to win $25,000 and a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. in November, 2013.

New Mexico home cooks can submit their best beef recipes through April 15, online at www.beefcookoff.org.

This is the  30th National Beef Cook-Off® competion and this   year’s contest theme is “Making the Most of MyPlate,” which encourages delicious, healthy recipes from a variety of food

Panel Analyzes Reaction to Gov.'s State of State Address

on January 18, 2013 - 7:33am

Speaker of the House Ken Martinez

NM PBS News:

This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, the Line opinion panel will analyze reaction to Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State Address.

Then, the group digs into education proposals as it asks where lawmakers can get the most policy bang for their buck.

NMIF gauges the Democratic response to the governor’s agenda with two “IN FOCUS” segments. Newly elected Speaker of the House Ken Martinez sits down together with Senate Majority Floor Leader Michael Sanchez to talk about the upcoming session.

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Luján Brings $1 Million to Northern New Mexicans

on January 18, 2013 - 7:33am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced Thursday that he brought more than $1 million to Northern New Mexico during the last year as a result of his commitment to constituent services.

In total, Luján brought back just over $1,078,000 to New Mexicans through casework in 2012, assisting residents with Social Security benefits, veterans' services, and other federal programs and helping thousands of constituents navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration and other federal agencies.

"I have

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Former New Mexico State University Student Sentenced to Prison for Making False Bomb Threats

on January 18, 2013 - 7:31am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Thursday morning, Jan. 17, a federal judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico sentenced Daud Anwar, 30, of Albuquerque to 24 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his conviction for making false bomb threats.

Anwar’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

SAC Carol K.O. Lee

On March 21, 2012, Anwar was charged with using electronic communication devices on March 3, 2011, to falsely claim that buildings on the New Mexico State

Bandelier's First Fee Free Day of 2013 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 17, 2013 - 4:23pm

BANDELIER News:

On Monday, Jan. 21, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of eleven days throughout 2013 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

If you are planning a trip in 2013 that includes multiple national parks and monuments, you may consider buying the $80 annual America the Beautiful pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other

Luján Writes Napolitano on REAL ID Implementation

on January 17, 2013 - 8:56am

Secretary Janet Napolitano

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS:

WASHINGTON D.C.U.S.Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday urging the department to provide New Mexico with policy options that respect the state's need to ensure that drivers carry insurance and comply with the REAL ID Act.

Below is the text of the letter:

January 16, 2013

Secretary Janet Napolitano
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528


Secretary Napolitano,

I appreciated working with you and your staff in the days and

Govenor Delivers State of the State Address

on January 16, 2013 - 9:55am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives Tuesday, Jan. 15:

2013 State of the State Address

Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tem; Mr.

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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.”

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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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