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NMDOT Begins Work March 11 on Bishops Lodge Road and Paseo de Peralta Intersection

NMDOT News:

Santa Fe – The New Mexico Department of Transportation will begin work Monday, March 11 on the intersection of Paseo de Peralta and Bishops Lodge Road/Washington Avenue in Santa Fe.

Beginning next week, Bishops Lodge Road will be closed from Paseo de Peralta to Artist Road.Pedestrians will still have access to Bishops Lodge Road but motorists will be detoured onto Murales Road and Old Taos Highway.

In addition, the north half of Paseo de Peralta will be closed from Old Taos Highway to Magdalena Road.

Work will include roadway reconstruction, new signage, roadway striping, signal


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Public Hearing March 20 on N.M. 502

NMDOT News:

Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Assessment is March 6 through April 8 for:

  • N.M. 30 Improvement Project
  • N.M. 502 to U.S. 84/285
  • C.N. 5100440 (formerly C.N. 3980)

Hearing Date: Wednesday, March 20
Hearing Time: 4–6 p.m. open house with 4:30 p.m. presentation
Location: Santa Clara Pueblo Senior Center

Project Purpose: The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration is proposing to improve N.M. 30 from the N.M. 502 Interchange in Santa Fe County to the U.S. 84/285 intersection in Española.

purpose of the N.M. 30 improvement project


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Letter to the Editor: A Person’s Opinion Does Not a Fact Make

By JANIE O’ROURKE

Opinions – we all have them and we are very attached to them. But a person’s opinion does not a fact make.

An opinion worth having should be supported by facts. I recently read a couple of letters in the Monitor and Los Alamos Daily Post that were filled with very strong opinions regarding Trinity Drive and roundabouts.

How should we judge these opinions? First let’s look at the facts regarding roundabouts as published by reputable and mainstream engineering organizations.

As an example, the Federal Highway Administration sponsored a study to determine


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Hunter Education Class in Los Alamos March 16-17

NMG&F News:

There are several spaces remaining in the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Hunter Education class scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17 in Los Alamos.

All course registration is conducted online at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us and it is recommended to enroll as early as possible as courses fill quickly.


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Udall Issues Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

DOE Secretary Nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,D-N.M., issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively:
 
“I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. These critical agencies ensure that America benefits from our diverse energy resources in a manner that is economically

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Letter to the Editor: Support Fire Arms Transfer Act

BY MIRANDA VISCOLI

In the next week, our senate will vote on Rep. Miguel Garcia’s House Bill 77, also known as the Fire Arms Transfer Act. 

The bill would require background checks at gun shows. It has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and Gov. Susana Martinez has said she would sign the bill.

In New Mexico today, anyone can sell a gun at a gun show. You are not even required to ask if that person is a felon. 

Whether they have been convicted of domestic violence, are a fugitive from the law or restricted from owning a gun because they are considered dangerously mentally


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Innovate+Educate Announces Grant Recipients

STATE News:

SANTA FE – On Feb. 27, Innovate+Educate announced $200,000 in funding to communities in New Mexico interested in building their talent pipeline. 

The grants will bring together industry, community and education leaders to bridge the skills gap and develop new mechanisms for hiring, skills assessment and training.

These grants were made possible due to the funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to advance the New Options Project.

Awardees include:

  • CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe;
  • Four Corners Economic Development (4CED) in the Farmington

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Alert: FBI Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Bank Robber

Robbery Suspect Jay Patrick Mount. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is looking for Jay Patrick Mount, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for the Feb. 25 robbery of U.S. Bank, 1418 Carlisle Blvd NE, in Albuquerque.

Anyone with information on Mount’s whereabouts is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Anyone spotting Mount in Los Alamos may also call local police at 662-8222.

Mount is described as a white male, approximately 5’10” tall with a medium build. He has brown eyes and


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Luján Statement on Failure to Prevent Sequester

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after Congress failed to pass legislation to prevent the sequester’s budget cuts that are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

“Today is a disappointing day, when partisanship and ideology stood in the way of compromise and the best interests of the American people. The arbitrary cuts from the sequester will impact education, public safety, health care, and more – leading to job losses and harming an economic


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Valles Caldera Trust Welcomes New Trustee

Catherine Allen

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Catherine Allen was officially appointed as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Trust, Board of Trustees Thursday.

She is the fifth trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and joins Kent Salazar and Karyn Stockdale, who were also appointed by the Obama administration.

“The Valles Caldera is a national treasure and must be respected as such,” said Allen, who served on President Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committee during the
first Administration. “I am honored and excited to become a part of the effort to ensure


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