Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office Shows Progress Compensating New Mexicans

FEMA News:

SANTA FE — The FEMA Claims Office has published updated claims data as of Sept. 15, 2023. The office has provided $67 million to New Mexican’s affected by last year’s Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.

The infographic updates the numbers of claimants, total compensation of claims, and provides a breakdown by types of losses. To view our progress in Spanish and English click here.

This data is posted on the Claims Office website: Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire | and  Facebook page: Facebook/HermitpeakCalfCanyon. For information in Spanish, visit Read More

Heinrich, Luján, Torres Introduce Bicameral Legislation To Commemorate, Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Congressional News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to replace the official holiday recognized on the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The bill would also replace any mention of Columbus Day in all federal laws or regulations with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  

More than a dozen states across the country have recognized this change, including New Mexico. In 2021, President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to formally commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Read More

U.S. Dept. Of Education Officials Commend New Mexico’s Leading Work In Higher Education During State Visit

U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Amy Lloyd visit Monday with President Charles Roessel of Diné College and President Elmer Guy at Navajo Technical University. Courtesy/NMHED

U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Amy Lloyd meeting Monday with with Acting Higher Education Secretary Patricia Trujillo, President Becky Rowley, students and administrators at Santa Fe Community College. Read More

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Issues Proclamation Recognizing October 2023 National Cooperative Month  

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

From the Office of USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued a USDA proclamation recognizing October 2023 as National Cooperative Month to celebrate the vital role cooperatives play in improving economic opportunities and advancing equity in America. 

This year’s National Cooperative Month theme is “Owning Our Identity,” echoing the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to create more and better markets, address climate change and advance equity.  

In his proclamation, Read More

FEMA And FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test For Oct. 4, 2023

FEMA News:

          • Test Messages Will be Sent to All TVs, Radios and Cell Phones

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this fall.

The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET (12:20 p.m. MT) on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. This will be the third nationwide test, but the second test to all Read More

Heinrich, Luján, Leger Fernández Bill To Rename Gallup VA Clinic Hiroshi ‘Hershey’ Miyamura Becomes Law

Hiroshi ‘Hershey’ Miyamura

Congressional News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) applauded President Biden’s signing of their legislation to rename the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Gallup as the Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura VA Clinic.

The name will honor the late Medal of Honor recipient and World War II and Korean War veteran Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura.  

“I am pleased that President Biden has signed our bill to rename the VA Clinic in Read More

EDD Awards $2.3 Million For 2023 Outdoor Infrastructure

Pueblo of Jemez Planning, Development & Transportation Department trail improvements. Courtesy/EDD

EDD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Outdoor Recreation Division Director Karina Armijo has announced the first round of Outdoor Recreation Trails+ Grant awardees for 2023.

Awards total $2,360,289 for 20 projects by organizations bringing in an additional $1,953,453 in matching funding.

The Outdoor Recreation Trails+ Grant invests in conservation-minded shovel-ready projects that are open to the public, increase access to outdoor opportunities, Read More

PED Taps Margaret Cage, Ed.D Special Education Director

New Special Education Director Margaret Cage, Ed.D

PED News:

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has appointed Margaret Cage, Ed.D, as the new Special Education Director.

Dr. Cage, who will begin work today, has spent more than 25 years in education, serving as a teacher, instructional coach, turnaround specialist, school leader and school system director. She has invested her career in transforming schools and school systems to improve the futures and lives of all students.

“We conducted an extensive nationwide search for the best person to do this critical Read More

LAMS Spring Break Trip To Washington DC Sign Up Open

LAMS News:

It’s time to sign up for this year’s annual 8th grade Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) spring break trip to Washington, D.C., to be held March 23-26.

The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School 8th graders and Los Alamos home school students. The sign-up deadline is Oct. 13.

After Oct. 13, it will still be possible to sign up for the trip, however, a price increase might occur because of increases from airlines, restaurants and hotels. Signing up with a $99 deposit will lock in this year’s trip price! Payment plans, financial assistance and fundraising tools are available.

All first Read More