Snow Expected From Incoming Storm System

NOAA News:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque would like to provide you with the latest information regarding an upcoming storm system.
Overview: A Pacific storm system will move toward the Baja Peninsula today, eventually turning toward New Mexico tonight and into Saturday.
Abundant subtropical moisture and relatively warm temperatures amidst southwesterly breezes will set the stage for fairly widespread swaths of rain and very high elevation snows, especially Saturday and Saturday evening.
A special web briefing has been posted at:


Accelerate Program Helps Students Transition to Career

Accelerate Program News:

ESPANOLA – On Feb. 8, students earning 2-year business and technical degrees in six northern New Mexico colleges will have an opportunity to practice using skills vital to finding a job, contributing to an organization, and establishing a career.

The Accelerate program is partnering with local and regional human resource directors and hiring managers to host a one day workshop for graduating students entitled “From Classroom to Career – A Dress Rehearsal.”  

Accelerate, a program of the Regional Development Corporation in conjunction with six northern


Chaparral Prescribed Burn Begins Today

SANTA FE —The Santa Fe National Forest Cuba Ranger District expects to begin the 60-acre Chaparral prescribed burn today, Jan, 24 northwest of Fenton Lake and Seven Springs, 10 miles southeast of Cuba and nine miles northwest of Jemez Springs.

Smoke will be visible from Gillman, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Cuba, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases.

To reduce


Luján Cosponsors Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act, Calls for Swift Passage


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján joined as an original cosponsor of legislation introduced today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

Passed 19 years ago, this landmark legislation focused the resources, time, and energy of federal, state, and local law enforcement on the task of preventing and stopping domestic abuse, while providing victims of violence with critical services and assistance.

“It was with great disappointment that the 112th Congress came to an end without action on a bipartisan reauthorization that addressed


Officers From 1980 NM Penitentiary Riot Honored

Former Corrections Officer Valentine Martinez, center, was honored Jan 21 and seen here with his wife, Angelina Martinez and far left, Gov. Susana Martinez and NMCD Cabinet Secretary Gregg Marcantel. Courtesy/NMCD
NM Corrections Department News
SANTA FE – Monday Jan. 21, Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel honored the Corrections Officers involved in the 1980 Penitentiary of New Mexico Prison Riot.
“As painful as it is to remember the 1980 riot is a part of this State’s history,” the governor said. “We must remember


NYT Backs Udall’s Filibuster Reform Efforts

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
Today, The New York Times came out in support of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall‘s efforts to end Senate gridlock and filibuster abuse in its editorial, “A Chance to Fix the Senate.”
Read the full editorial here.
“For six years, Democrats in the Senate have chafed at an unprecedented abuse of the filibuster by Republicans, who have used the practice to hold up nominees high and low and require a supermajority for virtually every bill. But now that they finally have an opportunity to end much of this delay and abuse,


Los Alamos Eligible to Receive USDA Funds


Washington, D.C. Los Alamos is among several counties in northern New Mexico eligible to receive funds after submitting their application to USDA.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District Friday highlighted the more than $10.2 million that has been awarded to New Mexico counties to support local schools and roads as well as wildfire protection programs.

The funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are part of $323 million for 41 states and Puerto Rico as a result of the one-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination


Luján Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Friday in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, our nation will pause to reflect on the life and legacy of a remarkable man whose compassion and enduring pursuit of justice and equality impacted the lives of so many and whose message continue to resonate to this very day.

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached of our responsibility to each other, that we are one nation,


Submit Beef Recipe for Chance to Win $25,000

NMBC News:

Cooks, start your ovens … the New Mexico Beef Council is calling for home cooks throughout New Mexico to submit their favorite recipes to the 2013 National Beef Cook-Off for a chance to win $25,000 and a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. in November, 2013.

New Mexico home cooks can submit their best beef recipes through April 15, online at

This is the  30th National Beef Cook-Off® competion and this   year’s contest theme is “Making the Most of MyPlate,” which encourages delicious, healthy recipes


Panel Analyzes Reaction to Gov.’s State of State Address

Speaker of the House Ken Martinez

NM PBS News:

This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, the Line opinion panel will analyze reaction to Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State Address.

Then, the group digs into education proposals as it asks where lawmakers can get the most policy bang for their buck.

NMIF gauges the Democratic response to the governor’s agenda with two “IN FOCUS” segments. Newly elected Speaker of the House Ken Martinez sits down together with Senate Majority Floor Leader Michael Sanchez to talk about the upcoming session.

Rep. Martinez takes the post held by his father decades before