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Attorney General Offers Suicide Prevention Trainings Across New Mexico

on September 27, 2015 - 7:04am

New Mexico Attorney General Balderas


SANTA FE - Today, in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas added suicide prevention to the list of topics covered in educational trainings offered across the state by the Office of the Attorney General.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in New Mexico among young adults age 15-24 and the 10 leading cause of death nationally.

“We must engage our communities across New Mexico in serious conversation about mental health and suicide prevention,” Attorney General Balderas said.

Wildlife Advocates To Rally Before Tuesday’s Game Commission Meeting

on September 27, 2015 - 7:02am

Mary Katherine Ray


Another critical wildlife decision looms for Gov. Martinez’s Game Commission — will it do the right thing?

On Tuesday, the New Mexico Game Commission will decide whether to allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release the endangered Mexican gray wolf in the wild in New Mexico in accordance with the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is appealing to the commission because New Mexico Game and Fish Director Alexa Sandoval denied the agency’s permit.

The public is invited to rally at 8 a.m.

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Responds To Upcoming State PARCC Results

on September 26, 2015 - 1:50pm

AFNM President Stephanie Ly


Secretary Skandera Warns Schools, Parents, And Educators To ‘Brace Themselves’    

Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“With the upcoming release of the Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores, Secretary Skandera is working hard to lower expectations for student performance, yet doesn’t tell the full story in her comments.

“In the absence of meaningful data until full PARCC results are released on Oct.

RPLA/LAFRW Host Constitution Day Dinner

on September 25, 2015 - 11:30pm

Chairman Bill McKerley of the Republican Party of Los Alamos welcomes state and local dignitaries and guests to last Saturday's annual Constitution Day Dinner at the Golf Course Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

At the head table from  left, Jacqueline Chrobocinski, County Councilor James Chrobocinski, Jennifer McKerley, RPLA Chair Bill McKerley, Rep. Saira Blair, James Robinson, Mary Wilhoit and Dennis Wilhoit. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rep. Saira Blair of the West Virginia House is the youngest elected legislator in the nation. Photo by Carol A.

Environmental Assessment Proposing To Address Chromium Contamination At LANL

on September 24, 2015 - 7:38pm

DOE News:

In this Environmental Assessment (EA), the Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to address chromium contamination in the groundwater beneath Mortandad Canyon at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Groundwater sampling data show the presence of chromium contamination in the regional aquifer resulting from historical use of potassium dichromate – a corrosion inhibitor – in non-nuclear cooling-tower water that was discharged to an outfall as part of operational maintenance activities.

DOE’s proposed action is to implement an interim measure that would control offsite migration of

DOE To Perform Ordnance Clearance Sweeps For Pre Manhattan-Era Munitions In Bayo And Rendija Canyons

on September 24, 2015 - 7:21pm

EM-LA News:

A multi-disciplinary team led by the Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) will begin setting up for ordinance clearance sweeps Sept. 27.

A comprehensive sweep will take place at the head of a tributary to Bayo Canyon on land primarily owned by the Los Alamos County, while similar work will be performed in Rendija Canyon on 15 acres owned by the United States Forest Service.

Got Drugs? Udall Encourages New Mexicans To Participate In National Take-Back Day Saturday

on September 24, 2015 - 10:32am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall encourages New Mexicans to participate in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and to return unwanted, unneeded or expired prescriptions for safe disposal. 

The Los Alamos Police Department is joining in this nationwide effort and will host three collection sites between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday:

  • Site 1: Los Alamos Police Department lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr. (please deposit prescription medications into the drop box)
  • Site 2: White Rock Visitor Center at 115 N.M.

New Mexico Serves More Than 2 Million Meals To Low-Income Children Over Summer Break

on September 24, 2015 - 9:04am


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that the state served more than 2 million meals to low-income children over the summer.

The Children, Youth, and Families Department, through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides free nutritious meals during the summer months to children age 18 and younger.

“Making sure that New Mexico’s children have food on their plates every day is so important to their health and wellbeing,” Martinez said.