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Udall Calls For Infrastructure Improvements To Bolster New Mexico Border Economies

on February 21, 2019 - 8:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questioned transportation leaders on opportunities for infrastructure improvements at ports of entry during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “America’s Infrastructure Needs: Keeping Pace with a Growing Economy.”
As a member of the Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees, Udall has long championed strong federal investment to improve infrastructure and technology throughout New Mexico, including along the U.S.-Mexico border, which would bolster economic development in New Mexico’s border

Rep. Melanie Stansbury Introduces Bill To Address Albuquerque’s Homeless Crisis

on February 21, 2019 - 8:44am

Rep. Melanie Stansbury Introduces Bill to Address Albuquerque’s Homeless Crisis. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) held a press conference with community organizations, advocates and officials from the City of Albuquerque to announce the introduction of House Bill 657—an Affordable Housing Study bill—which would support the development an evidence-based framework for addressing homelessness in Albuquerque and across the state.

With strong bi-partisan support, HB 657 is co-sponsored by 23 legislators, including most of the Representatives from the

State Land Office: Open For Business

on February 21, 2019 - 8:37am

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard


  • February Lease Sales Generate Largest Bid Amount Ever For Open Lease 

SANTA FE – The State Land Office held its monthly online oil and gas lease sales, which garnered the largest open bid sale in history and generated more than $35 million for New Mexico schools, hospitals and colleges.

The open bid included 8,920.27 acres in Chaves, Lea and Eddy Counties and closed at over $12 million, more than double the previous record for an open bid.

The aggregate bid amounted to an average per-acre price of $3,961.25. 

“The Land Office is

Los Alamos Rotary Club Seeks Funding Requests From Local Organizations

on February 21, 2019 - 8:29am

Recipients of some of last fall’s funding from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Courtesy/RCLA


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos has announced that its community funding request applications are now being accepted.

This is the second year that the local service organization has offered funding opportunities in the fall and spring. Organizations in Los Alamos and around northern New Mexico may request up to $500 for a specific project.

Applications are due March 29 and can be found on the Rotary Club’s website at

All projects will be


LAFD: Learn To Save A Life During CPR/AED Training

on February 21, 2019 - 8:20am

LAFD News:

February is American Heart Health Month. Each year more than 790,000 Americans have a heart attack and nearly 15 percent will die as a result.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart.

Time is a critical component to surviving a cardiac event, with every moment that passes, the chances of survival diminish tremendously. Moments count during a cardiac event.

The amount of heart muscle damaged is directly proportionate to the amount of

Birds Spotted feeding, fighting And frolicking In Snow

on February 21, 2019 - 7:27am

Various birds including this Steller's Jay are spotted feeding, fighting and frolicking in the snow Tuesday at a home on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson
Juncos fighting in the snow Tuesday at a home on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson
Spotted Towee eating in the snow Tuesday at a home on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson
Evening Grosbeaks in the snow Tuesday at a home on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson

Bill To Keep New Mexico’s Children Safe Advances

on February 21, 2019 - 7:13am

Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena


SANTA FE – A bill to keep New Mexico’s children safe passed Wednesday the House Health and Human Services Committee.

House Bill 500, sponsored by Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla) and Rep. Willie Madrid (D-Chaparral), would extend the authority of the Children, Youth and Families Department to regulate, inspect, and sanction programs for at-risk youth.

Rep. Willie Madrid

During the committee hearing, members heard heart-wrenching stories of abuse of at-risk youth, bringing to light both the urgency and importance of this legislation.

“The stories

Scouts BSA Program Now Available In Los Alamos

on February 21, 2019 - 6:48am

Members of Scouts BSA Troop 2 at a recent meeting. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

This  month, the Boy Scouts of America began accepting girls from fifth grade through high school into a newly named program called Scouts BSA, which allows girls the opportunities boys have, including becoming Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.

The move comes a year after girls from first to fifth grade were allowed to join Cub Scouts.

The Scouts BSA program is now available in Los Alamos.

House GOP Budget Calls For Rebates, Fewer Raises

on February 21, 2019 - 6:44am
Republicans in the House of Representatives want to use some of the state's budget surplus to give every New Mexican $200.
These rebates are part of a $6.6 billion budget that GOP lawmakers are putting forward as an alternative to a spending plan sponsored by Democrats and headed for a vote in the House as soon as Thursday night.
The House Republican plan would still increase the state budget, but by 5 percent instead of the 11 percent boost in spending included in House Bill 2 and related legislation.
New Mexico is in the midst of a

Earth May Be 140 Years Away From Reaching Carbon Levels Not Seen In 56 Million Years

on February 21, 2019 - 6:42am

A new study shows humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse gas was emitted during a global warming event 56 million years ago that made the oceans more acidic and drove some marine species extinct. Courtesy/AGU
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth’s last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds.
A new study finds humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse

Stewart Bill To Create Wildlife Corridors To Protect Animals, People Heads To Senate Floor

on February 21, 2019 - 6:39am
Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to create wildlife corridors to protect animals and people on New Mexico roads is headed to the Senate floor after it passed the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.
“Without carefully planned wildlife corridors, New Mexico roads are incredibly dangerous for animals and people alike,” Stewart said. “By using overpasses and underpasses, among other tools, we can keep animals off our roads and ensure drivers and their passengers get where they’re going safely.”
SB 228 authorizes the Department of Game and Fish and the Department of Transportation

LANL Foundation & Eight Northern Pueblos Attend National Quality In Home Visiting Summit

on February 21, 2019 - 6:37am
Members of the LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff, along with representatives from the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos at the National Quality in Home Visiting Summit Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff, along with representatives from the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, recently attended the National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting in Washington, D.C.
The conference was held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2019, and was hosted by the Ounce of Prevention Fund, an organization that serves

NHCC Art Museum Opens Qué Chola March 8

on February 21, 2019 - 6:34am
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum's upcoming exhibition, Qué Chola, opens Friday March 8, with a reception in the Art Museum 6-9 p.m., and closes Aug. 4.
The exhibit features Cholas and homegirls in art and pop culture and celebrates the Chola as a symbol of strength, power and resilience in the face of racial, gender and economic adversity.
The term Chola is commonly used to refer to women of a particular subculture in the U.S. often characterized by cultural pride, tough behavior and a distinctive style.

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 21

on February 21, 2019 - 6:24am
Max Rodriguez, left, and Sebastian Hatcher look up to the balcony of the Capitol Rotunda before performing music with other students from The Montessori Elementary & Middle School Wednesday in Albuquerque in Santa Fe. Olivia Harlow/The New Mexican
Zoelle Strober, a student from The Montessori Elementary & Middle School in Albuquerque, plays the violin during a musical performance Wednesday at the Capitol in Santa Fe. Olivia Harlow/The New Mexican
By The New Mexican
Days left in the session: 23
Confirmations: The Senate voted 31-0 Wednesday to confirm Kate O'Neill, the former

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 21

on February 21, 2019 - 6:11am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather this week turned sharply colder. There was snow, but it was hit-or-miss. Here in the Espanola Valley there was very little, while nearby Los Alamos was buried. One area that has been really slammed with snow is Chama. They have already had over 100 inches of total snowfall and more is still on the way.
It’s been crazy not just here, but around the world. There was snow in Hawaii.

Daily Postcard: Mountains Viewed From Quemazon

on February 21, 2019 - 5:43am

Daily Postcard: The mountains viewed Wednesday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

NWS: Today’s High Near 35, Tonight’s Low Around 26

on February 21, 2019 - 5:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 35 with a 40 percent chance of precipitation and a new snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight’s low around 26 with a 70 percent chance of snow likely and a new snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Utility Work On Arizona Set For 8 a.m. Thursday

on February 20, 2019 - 6:50pm


Due to inclement weather, utility work on Arizona Avenue that was scheduled for Tuesday will occur instead Thursday, Feb. 21.

Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the south side of Arizona, just east of 45 Street to locate a water leak. 

Traffic will be restricted to one lane Thursday at the construction zone beginning at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with two-way traffic accommodated by a flagging operation.

Motorists can expect some delays.

Repairs to the waterline will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

View Of Valle Toledo From Rim Run

on February 20, 2019 - 5:58pm
A view of the Valle Toledo from Rim Run as the powder was light and fluffy today on the Pajarito Mountain and more snow is expected. Photo by Jim O'Donnell
A view of the Valle Toledo from Rim Run today on the Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Jim O'Donnell

Los Alamos Gets Insight On Directing Short Play

on February 20, 2019 - 5:26pm

Jacqueline Reid, center, gives instruction to actor Eric Bjorklund on the precise timing of movements she wants his character to execute. Courtesy photo

LALT News:

Jacqueline Reid, a founding member of Fusion theatre in Albuquerque, recently taught a class on directing the short play at the Performing Arts Center in Los Alamos.
The class attracted participants from Santa Fe, Dixon, Albuquerque and Arizona, as well as local residents, totaling 22 participants in all.
The class was subsidized by the Los Alamos Little Theatre, which provides instruction and promotes interest in the

Obituary: Lesley (Les) G. Wood Feb. 4, 1958 – Feb. 11, 2019

on February 20, 2019 - 5:04pm

LESLEY (LES) G. WOOD Feb. 4, 1958 – Feb. 11, 2019

Les passed away on February 11, 2019, at home in Rio Rancho after a hard fought, courageous battle with a long-term illness. The Lord relieved Les of his pain and took him to a better place.

Les graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1976. He was a happy, outgoing, well-loved and thoughtful person. He brought many smiles to many people and was fun to be with. 

Les was very passionate about animal welfare and loved his five kitties. He loved the outdoors and spent his free time fishing and camping.


Iwo Jima Event At Mesa Public Library 2 p.m. Sunday

on February 20, 2019 - 4:44pm

Bill Hudson in 2009 at his Los Alamos home with his Iwo Jima collection, which he later sold to the Pritkin Institute. Photo by Nancy Bartlit
Remembering The Teenaged Soldiers Of WWII
By Karen Tallentire

Wars tend to be fought mainly by teenagers. Bill Hudson was just sixteen when Pearl Harbor happened, and thought the war would be over before he was old enough to be in it. But when he turned 18, the war was still going on, so he joined the Marines, wanting to see some action.

As it turned out, this war was not winding down toward the end; in fact, in the Pacific the bloodiest


RCLC Meeting Postponed To March 1

on February 20, 2019 - 4:18pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting scheduled for Friday has been postponed to March 1.


LAPS Students Heading To Regional Science Fair

on February 20, 2019 - 3:57pm

Lillian Petersen and Garyk Brixi were named Grand Award in the Environmental Science Senior Division for their project, ‘A Novel Computational Tool to Inform Cost-Effective Nutrition Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa’. They will next compete at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science & Engineering Fair March 2 at New Mexico Highlands University. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is sending 50 students to the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science & Engineering Fair March 2 at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM.

Students qualified for the regional

Get A Flu Shot! Influenza Widespread Across State

on February 20, 2019 - 3:44pm


With influenza (flu) activity remaining steady across New Mexico since the beginning of the year, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reminds New Mexicans that it’s not too late to get your flu shot.

Since October, NMDOH has investigated six flu outbreaks in facilities around the state. Children age 4 and younger have been hospitalized for influenza at a higher rate than at this time last year, or any year since the 2009 pandemic. There have been 19 influenza related deaths in adults this year with no confirmed pediatric deaths in residents of New Mexico.