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Two Los Alamos Businesses Garner New Mexico 20/20 Awards

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


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Santa Fe National Forest Prescribed Burns Next Week

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.


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Unclaimed Remains of Veterans to be Interred with Full Military Honors

NMDVS News:

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


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

STATE News:

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


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Comment Sought on State Rail Plan

NMDOT News:

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. The plan also evaluates the benefits, costs and efficiency of potential new projects and services and prioritizes these after considering funding availability and other factors affecting


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

NMDOT News:

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. Northbound


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Udall Welcomes Conservation Plan for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to endorse the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan (RWP). 

Udall has been a leading supporter for the groundbreaking, five-state effort to conserve the habitat of the lesser prairie-chicken, which was proposed for listing as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FWS endorsement is an important


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New Mexico Delegation Requests Disaster Declaration for September Floods

STATE News:

  • Quick action urged to help state and Santa Clara Pueblo recover from widespread storm damage

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have sent two joint, bipartisan letters to President Obama, urging him to respond quickly to separate requests for disaster assistance for the state of New Mexico and Santa Clara Pueblo.

The state and the Pueblo are asking the federal government for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged between Sept. 9 and


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Public Comment Sought for Replacing Bandelier Electrical System

NPS News:

The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated the planning process to complete an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the replacement of primary and secondary electrical systems within Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument.

The purpose of the proposed action is to provide the Monument visitor center and headquarters area with a reliable electrical system that is readily and easily serviceable and complies with Los Alamos County and federal regulations.

The current electrical system, which is approximately 50 years old, has exceeded its anticipated life cycle of 30-40


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Los Alamos Tapped #2 Best for Raising Families

Staff Report

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, has analyzed national and statewide data to determine the best places in New Mexico for raising a family. Los Alamos was named number two in the state after Clayton. Cities were evaluated on five criteria:

  • Public school rating
  • Median home value
  • Ongoing cost of homeownership
  • Median income
  • Economic growth

See survey results here: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2013/best-towns-new-mexico-young-families/


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