State, Nation & World

DOE Awards Co-op Agreement To New Mexico Energy, Confederated Tribes Of Umatilla Indian Reservation

DOE News:

CARLSBAD — The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office Monday awarded a $375,000, five-year cooperative agreement to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Ore. for the coordination of activities to ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Activities under the cooperative agreement focus on technical assistance to be provided through training and exercises for the Indian Nation to prepare emergency responders and emergency management for the continued assurance of safe

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NCRTD Holiday Schedule


The North Central Regional Transit District RTD “Blue Buses” and RTD Chile Line Red Route will not be in service Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays – Mountain Trail to Ski Santa Fe and TSV Green to Taos Ski Valley will operate on those days.

The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route to Ski Santa Fe and the 341 TSV Green Route to Taos Ski Valley will operate each day, Saturday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 1, on a weekend/holiday schedule. (Both will operate on weekday schedules Dec. 23 and Jan. 2.)

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UNM Press Acquires High Desert Field Guides

UNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of High Desert Field Guides.
Effective immediately, UNM Press will distribute all High Desert Field Guides titles. Founded in 2006 by Dick and Kathryn Huelster, High Desert Field Guides is a Santa Fe publisher of printed field guides and maps relating to the history, culture, and landscapes of New Mexico and the Southwest.
“High Desert Field Guides’s expertly-produced publications complement UNM Press’s list of regional travel-related books, and we look forward to further
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New Mexico Department Of Cultural Affairs First Free Sunday Jan. 8

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs announces that the first free Sunday for New Mexico residents at its four Santa Fe museums, two Albuquerque Museums, and seven historic sites, is Sunday, Jan. 8, because Sunday, Jan. 1, is New Year’s Day and the Museums will be closed for the holiday.
A previous release did not clarify that the free admission is for New Mexico residents only.
The New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico Museum of History/Palace of the Governors, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture,
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Northern New Mexico Air Alliance Celebrates Inaugural Flight American Airlines Phoenix To Santa Fe Direct

SANTA FE  Northern New Mexico now has direct flights on American Airlines from Phoenix to Santa Fe.
Flight 3080 touched down at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport at 11:19 a.m. Dec. 15 and was celebrated by state and city officials, business leaders, and citizens from all over northern New Mexico. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, New Mexico Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham and Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun were among those greeting the passengers on the inaugural flight.
“We look forward to what we believe will be a successful
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IRS: Plan Now On Health Flexible Spending Arrangements For 2017

IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently reminded eligible employees that now is the time to begin planning to take full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2017.
FSAs provide employees a way to use tax-free dollars to pay medical expenses not covered by other health plans. Because eligible employees need to decide how much to contribute through payroll deductions before the plan year begins, many employers this fall are offering their employees the option to participate during the 2017 plan year.
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U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell Leads Call To Protect National Laboratory Employees From Blacklisting

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA15) today led 26 members of Congress, including Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), in sending President-elect Donald Trump their vow to defend the scientific freedom of employees at the Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories, following reports that Trump’s transition team sought personal information regarding department employees’ work on climate change.

Swalwell’s district includes Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories. The Trump transition Read More

Scenes From Wednesday’s Chamber Breakfast

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaking at Wednesday’s Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast at UNM-LA. Rep. Garcia Richard briefed the gathering of business owners and managers on the upcoming Legislative Session. She explained that the Legislature’s interim committees meet between sessions to study a broad range of issues in preparation for the next legislative session. This next Legislative Session begins at noon Jan. 17 and runs through noon March 18. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard listens to questions and concerns from local business Read More

Report: New Mexico’s TANF Program In Need Of More Comprehensive Approach

NMVC News:

  • Nothing spent on education or job training; benefits like child care assistance not well coordinated

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program—what was formerly known as ‘welfare’—could do a much better job of helping families find educational pathways out of poverty.

No TANF money is spent on education and training services that help parents gain credentials and secure family-sustaining employment. And while a significant percentage of TANF funding is used to pay for services like child care assistance and NM Pre-K, too few families Read More

RSF: 74 Journalists Killed Worldwide This Year

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reports that at least 74 professional and non-professional journalists have been killed in connection with their work in 2016.

Some were killed while out reporting. Most were clearly deliberately targeted victims of deadly violence.

This is fewer than in 2015, when 101 journalists were killed. But the fall is not encouraging because it is due largely to the fact many journalists have fled countries that became too dangerous, especially Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and Burundi. These exoduses have created news and information black holes Read More

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