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Udall Offices Recruit Spring Interns

on November 17, 2012 - 10:00am
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices.
To apply online or download an application, click here or visit
The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in spring internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Dec. 16.
“Congressional internships are an invaluable experience for anyone interested in public service,” Udall

Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts

on November 16, 2012 - 6:18am

Amish Quilt. Courtesy/MIFA

Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts explores the origins and aesthetics of a tradition that has evolved in a changing world.

Opening at the Museum of International Folk Art Sunday, March 3, 2013, 34 quilts will be on view from the museum’s collection and from local collectors.

These remarkably crafted textiles illustrate the influence of religious proscriptions, westward migration, and interaction with "English" neighbors. The exhibition runs through Sept. 1, 2013.

The Amish practice a very conservative form of Protestantism.


Four U.S. Organizations Receive 2012 Baldrige National Quality Award

on November 16, 2012 - 6:10am


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Thursday named four U.S. organizations as recipients of the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

The winners in this, the 25th anniversary year of the award, represent four different sectors, one repeat recipient and a health network recognized for the same honor earned previously by its flagship hospital.

The 2012 Baldrige Award recipients—listed with their category—are:

De Colores Hosts Benefit For Hurricane Sandy Victims

on November 15, 2012 - 8:11pm

Sue Dummer of De Colores Restaurant sings a song Thursday evening during a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims. Dummer is originally from New York and has family and friends who still live there. She and De Colores owner Joan Duran hosted the event. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Local police officers and firefighters including Firefighter Brian Hanson, center, and Police Commander Jason Wardlow-Hererra, participated in arm wrestling competitions Thursday evening at De Colores Restaurant to help raise money, which will be given to the Red Cross to aid Hurricane Sandy victims.

New Mexico Participates in America Recycles Day

on November 15, 2012 - 1:57pm
By Tom Nagawiecki
Environmental Services Specialist
Los Alamos County

Each year, like a national holiday, America Recycles Day comes around to remind us about the importance of recycling.

New Mexico itself has been fortunate to see continued growth of recycling programs with new or expanded programs taking off this past year in Los Alamos County, San Miguel County, Las Vegas, Raton, Angel Fire, Taos County, San Juan County, Torrance County, Deming, Cibola County, Otero County, Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Chaparral and Truth or Consequences.

Here in Los Alamos County a glass drop-off recycling

Christmas Tree Cutting Permits Go On Sale Monday

on November 15, 2012 - 9:55am

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos and Las Vegas will sell personal-use Christmas tree permits for $10 beginning Monday, Nov. 19 through Dec. 24. Christmas tree cutting also begins Nov. 19.

Anyone planning to cut their tree Thanksgiving Day must purchase a permit ahead of time because all Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Vendor Locations & Contact Information:

Los Alamos Historic Society & Gift Shop, 1921 Juniper, Los Alamos, (505)662-4493

REI, 500 Market St., Santa Fe, (505)-982-3557

Pecos Canyon


State Transportation Commission Meeting in Carlsbad

on November 13, 2012 - 9:35am


Santa Fe – The StateTransportation Commission will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Pecos River Conference Center, 1711 Muscatel Ave. in Carlsbad.

Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • A request for additional $1,456,029 for the Transit and Rail budget
  • Additions and deletions from the State Highway System
  • Introduction of our new commissioner Robert Wallach who is representing District 2 in southeastern New Mexico

The meeting will be webcast live on Gov. Susana Martinez’s website,

The State Transportation Commission is an


Clouds Could Explain How Snowball Earth Thawed Out

on November 12, 2012 - 8:26am

Giant snowball created by Oxford students. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

Glaciation events during the Neoproterozoic (524-to-1,000 million years ago) and Paleoproterozoic (1,600-to-2,500 million years ago) periods - events that
spawned ice ages that persisted for millions of years at a time - may have seen glacier ice encircle the planet in a frosty planetary configuration known as a
Snowball Earth.

Whether the planet could have existed in such a state, however, is a matter of considerable debate.

An elevated planetary albedo, caused by the planet being covered in reflective snow and ice,

State's Former Chief Medical Officer Now Practicing in Los Alamos

on November 11, 2012 - 7:30am

Dr. Grant Gerner, Dr. Erin Bouquin, center, and Dr. Barbara Medlin of Los Alamos Urgent Care. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Within a matter of days, Dr. Erin J. Bouquin went from being forced to resign as Chief Medical Officer at the New Mexico Department of Health to an exciting new position on the medical team at Los Alamos Urgent Care.

"Working at the state was an incredible experience and I wouldn't change a minute of it ... I knew going into it that it wouldn't be a long experience but I never imagined it would be that short," Bouquin said.

Lujan Honors Nation’s Veterans

on November 11, 2012 - 6:58am


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day and the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces.

“All across the country this weekend, communities will come together to celebrate Veterans Day, an opportunity to take time out of our busy schedules and pause to reflect on the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made to protect our freedom and ensure the safety of our great nation.

"We thank them for their extraordinary service and sacrifices that they and their families have