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Bandelier is Your Backyard!

on February 9, 2013 - 7:36am

The overall winner in the 2012 GBBC photo contest features this Cedar Waxwing. Photo by Ben Thomas, Georgia


Come visit Bandelier for the 16 annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 15-18.

After 15 years of success in North America, GBBC is now global. In 2013, anyone, from anywhere on earth, can participate by visiting or and reporting the kinds and numbers of birds they see during the annual count.

During the 2012 count, participants reported 17.4 million bird observations on 104,000 checklists.

Lawmakers Request Strong New NNSA Administrator

on February 9, 2013 - 7:26am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are asking President Obama to nominate a candidate to lead the Nuclear National Security Administration (NNSA) who will work with Congress to reform the agency and maintain the highest scientific and technical capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

In a letter to President Obama, the federal lawmakers who represent the two labs say, “The NNSA has recently suffered from a series

Native Women Have Waited Too Long for Justice

on February 8, 2013 - 11:19pm
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WASHINGTON –In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Thursday urged the Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with tribal provisions to protect Native American women from domestic abuse.
To watch Udall’s speech, click here.
Since VAWA’s passage, domestic violence has decreased by over 50 percent. Yet, one in three Native women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and Native women are victims of domestic violence at a disproportionately higher rate.
The VAWA provisions would help tribal courts prosecute domestic

NM House of Representatives Highlights

on February 8, 2013 - 9:49am

Floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives. Courtesy photo


      On The Floor

  • House Bill 308 Space Flight Informed Consent as amended passed the House with unanimous consent. HB308 limits the liability of space flight entities, while also requiring space flight entities to maintain a baseline level of liability insurance. It is the mirror of Senate Bill 240, which has been introduced in the House and is currently being heard in the House Business & Industry Committee. House Bill 308 will now go to the Senate.

LA Federated Republican Women Attend Governor's Tea

on February 8, 2013 - 8:12am
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez addresses members of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women and others at the annual Governor's Tea Feb. 1 at the Governor's Mansion. Courtesy photo
Ten members and guests of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women met women from across the state at a visit to the New Mexico Legislature Friday, Feb. 1.
The day began with Secretary of State Dianna Duran welcoming the women at a coffee in Capitol North.
Several women visited the Secretary of State's office and Lt. Gov.

New Mexico Aviation Industry Lands at State Capitol

on February 7, 2013 - 10:03am


SANTA FE - Show your love for aviation at the State Capitol Building on Valentine’s Day and see how it affects jobs, tourism, revenue and mobility for the citizens of New Mexico.

The New Mexico Airport Managers Association, in conjunction with the New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation Division, will host Aviation Day at The Roundhouse 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb.14 in the West Wing.

Those on hand with displays will include The New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association, Balloon Fiesta, EMS Services, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Air Care Alliance, Aircraft Owners and


Udall, Heinrich & Luján: Protect Río Grande del Norte

on February 7, 2013 - 9:49am


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, have reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico, an area comprised of more than 240,000 acres of BLM-managed lands in Taos and Rio Arriba Counties.

Since 2009, the three lawmakers and former Sen. Jeff Bingaman have worked -- with the support of the local communities - to pass legislation to designate the culturally and recreationally significant lands as a National Conservation Area.
"Some of Northern New Mexico's most