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Udall, Heinrich, Coalition of Senators Call for Extension of Open Enrollment

on October 26, 2013 - 9:36am
U.S. SENATE news:
  • As technical glitches persist, Senators urge HHS Secretary to push back health insurance exchange enrollment deadline
WASHINGTON – As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the open enrollment period to give Americans more time to obtain health insurance coverage.
“As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll

Los Alamos and Sarov Officials Meet as Part of Sister City Program

on October 26, 2013 - 8:14am

From left, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Administrator Harry Burgess and County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers meet with leaders of Sarov, Russia. Courtesy photo

From left, LASSCI Board Member Paul White, interpreter Tatiana Klimov, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Administrator Harry Burgess, County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and at far right, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, meet with leaders of Sarov, Russia. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Council Chair

A delegation of Los Alamos leaders is meeting in Sarov, Russia, the Sister City of Los

Two Los Alamos Businesses Garner New Mexico 20/20 Awards

on October 26, 2013 - 7:50am

NNM20/20 News:

SANTA FE – The most recent class of high-growth companies honored with the Northern New Mexico 20/20 Campaign awards include:

  • Don Quixote Distillery; and
  • GeoEnergy Monitoring Systems.

Both Los Alamos businesses were among eight New Mexico businesses recognized.

The Regional Development Corporation of Española launched the campaign in 2012, which aims to develop at least 20 companies who are on track to double their workforce and/or revenues before the year 2020. Key partners in the Campaign are Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Bank, the Regional Economic

Santa Fe National Forest Prescribed Burns Next Week

on October 26, 2013 - 6:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Starting Monday, Oct. 28, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct several prescribed fires across the forest to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce overcrowding of vegetation. 

Through hand ignition firefighters will burn slash piles and conduct broadcast burns (burning surface fuels in a mosaic pattern). The start dates and duration of the burns are subject to change depending on favorable burning conditions. Smoke could possibly settle into drainages and valley bottoms at night but should lift by mid-morning. 


Unclaimed Remains of Veterans to be Interred with Full Military Honors

on October 25, 2013 - 6:48am


SANTA FEThe cremated remains of 14 U.S. Armed Forces veterans who upon death, went unclaimed by family members will be interred with full military honors at a special funeral at 2:15 p.m., Nov.1 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

The interments are in accordance with New Mexico’s Forgotten Heroes Burial Program, established by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services to provide a military funeral, with an Honor Guard and Flag Fold Ceremony, for any honorably discharged veteran who upon death goes unclaimed by family members or friends.

The Forgotten Heroes Burial Program


Information Session About New Mexico Centennial Care Oct. 25 at Mesa Public Library

on October 24, 2013 - 8:34am


An information session about New Mexico Centennial Care is being held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at Mesa Public Library. Centennial Care is the new name for
Medicaid and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Friday's session is very important for more than just current Medicaid recipients because of the New Mexico "Medicaid expansion" that extends health care benefits to everyone up to age 64 who is low income and has no health insurance. There are also other categories of coverage (disabilities, mental health, etc.).

Everyone who currently has Los Alamos County Health Care Assistance


United Nations Day Founded 68 Years Ago

on October 24, 2013 - 8:15am

The United Nations was founded 68 years ago on Oct. 24, 1945. The olive branches on the UN flag symbolize peace. The world map depicts the area of concern to the United Nations in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. Photo by Skip Dunn



Following the failure and collapse of the post World War I League of Nations and subsequent World War II, a group of 51 nations drew up the Charter for a new United Nations. The preamble to the Charter rings true today for the now 193 member states (nations):


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Comment Sought on State Rail Plan

on October 24, 2013 - 8:01am


Santa Fe – The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the State’s railroad program. The Rail Plan, which is a Federal requirement, sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation.

It identifies current and future passenger and freight rail facilities, services, needs, issues and opportunities.

U.S. 84/285 Traffic Switch North of Pojoaque

on October 24, 2013 - 7:58am


NMDOT continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2. The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting, and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County.

There will be a switch in traffic on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 24. The northbound U.S. 84/285 traffic will be taken off of the northbound on and off ramps and placed on the newly constructed southbound U.S. 84/285 lanes, travelling in a northbound direction through the project limits.