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NM Search and Rescue Annual Conference at Buffalo Thunder Resort

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council Announces Annual Search and Rescue Conference.

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) will be hosting ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event), its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers on May 4-6 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa, and Casino in Pojoaque, NM.  Over 200 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, will be attending to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.  The three-day conference also has a trade show, featuring the latest in search and rescue


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Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input on Management of Tsankawi Unit

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT News

Bandelier  National  Monument  has  announced that the park is initiating a 30-day  scoping  period,  from  April  16, 2012 to May 15, 2012, as part of planning  to  improve  resource protection and visitor understanding of the unique  Tsankawi  Unit.  The resulting decisions will provide guidance and direction  for  managing  visitor  safety,  accessibility, and natural and cultural resource protection for the next ten years.

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NM House District 43 Update

Column by Rep. Jim Hall

This is the second monthly column discussing a few of the concerns and issues that have come to me in New Mexico House District 43 in the past 30 days. 

It is a short column intended to recognize both the diversity and community in this beautiful part of Northern New Mexico. 

If anyone in District 43 has state government issues (1) that are referenced in the column or (2) are not being addressed, I welcome questions or comments.

During the last 30 days l gave three presentations on the last legislative session to local organizations. 

Since the even-year sessions


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Luján Offers Bipartisan Legislation to Address Fire Hazards in National Forests

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District introduced legislation to help protect national forests from wildfires while creating jobs in local communities.

The Forest Stewardship and Fire Fuels Reduction Act of 2012 is a 10-year reauthorization of a federal program that funds efforts to reduce overgrown vegetation in forests that contributes to the intensity and devastation of wildfires. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona.

“Last year our national forests were devastated by wildfires. In New Mexico alone, wildfires destroyed


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Wildfire 2012 Featured Public Safety Tips

Snow fell Saturday during the Wildfire 2012 public information event at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Officials from Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Los Alamos Fire Department, Bandelier Fire Department, Valle Caldera Fire Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Forest Service were among the agencies on hand to answer questions and provide the public with safety information related to this year’s upcoming fire season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

During Saturday’s Wildfire 2012 event, a crowd gathered around


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Road Action at Sherwood and N.M. 4

Workmen are still required in paving roads with these fancy machines. This crew mans the “lay-down” machine and assures an even thickness of the asphalt coating. The hot asphalt can melt the soles of the men’s boots if they stay in one pace to long. The N.M. 4 job will require two coats of material to form the finished roadway. Each coat appears to be about 2 to 3 inches thick. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

This “shuttle buggy” picks up a load of fresh asphalt hot mix that has just been dumped in a ribbon onto the roadway by a bottom-dump semi truck this past week


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New Mexico WW2 Internment Camps Symposium: Inside and Outside the Barbed Wire

The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors will hold a symposium on New Mexico World War II internment camps. Learn more about the experiences of Japanese people held in New Mexico’s internment camps during World War II at an April 21 and 22 symposium. “From Inside and Outside the Barbed Wire: New Mexico’s Multicul­tural World War II Internment Stories,” will be in the History Museum auditorium, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

Organized by the Committee to Preserve New Mexico’s Internment History, the symposium commemorates the 10th


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PNM Seeks Lower Emissions Limits For San Juan Generating Station

San Juan Generating Station News:

Albuquerque: PNM today requested changes to the New Mexico air permit for San Juan Generating Station to allow for the installation of new visibility controls at the plant in the next several years.

“We are prepared to move forward on installing new environmental controls that will meet federal visibility requirements and further reduce the plant’s emissions. Our strong preference is to do this in the most cost-effective way so that the cost to PNM customers and our state’s economy is kept as low as possible,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president


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