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RCLC Issues Response To DOE-IG Report

on October 2, 2019 - 1:46pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FE – The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) issued the following response today to the Department of Energy Inspector General report:

The RCLC is pleased to see the Department of Energy Inspector General report issued and is working with the Department of Energy to provide them with the information they need to complete this process.

The RCLC looks forward to continuing to represent our local communities to the Washington leadership who control the lab.

There are benefits and challenges to hosting a DOE facility.

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit To Protect Dunes Sagebrush Lizard In New Mexico And Texas

on October 2, 2019 - 9:48am
A dunes sagebrush lizard. Courtesy/wikipedia
Defenders of Wildlife News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court Tuesday challenging the Trump administration’s continued failure to protect severely imperiled dunes sagebrush lizards under the Endangered Species Act.
The groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) to list the species as threatened or endangered in May 2018. The agency had 90 days to determine whether the petition showed the lizard could warrant listing, and if so, initiate a status review.

Unemployment Insurance Division Receives Two U.S. Department Of Labor Performance Excellence Awards

on October 2, 2019 - 8:46am
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division received two national awards from the United States Department of Labor for Performance Excellence in Benefit Payments and Program Integrity Excellence.
The awards were presented in Boston, MA during the 2019 National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Workforce Summit.
The awards criteria reflect an array of UI system and performance areas most critical to its success and allow for recognition to be given to the top-performing agencies from small,

New Mexico GOP Chairman Steve Pearce Issues Statement On Forest Service Suspensions

on October 1, 2019 - 7:55pm
GOP Chairman Steve Pearce
New Mexico GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the U.S. Forest Service lifting the suspension of sales of fuelwood permits:

“Today’s announcement lifting the suspension of fuelwood permits only addresses one of the four main problems created by the U.S. district court judge who made a ruling against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

New Mexico Delegation Announces HHS Grant To Taos For Rural Maternity And Obstetrics Development

on October 1, 2019 - 8:14am
Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $2,982,779 to Taos Health Systems, Inc. in New Mexico as part of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program.
A total of $9 million was awarded to address health disparities in rural communities

Posts From The Road: Split Rock Lighthouse

on September 30, 2019 - 9:25pm
A view from Highway 61 gives visitors a nice view of the Split Rock Lighthouse, which sits high on a cliff overlooking Lake superior. Photo by Gary Warren/
The lighthouse stands 54 feet high. The building to the left is the Fog Signal Building, which is equipped with two huge fog horns. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos
The North Shore Scenic Drive, or Minnesota Highway 61, is a scenic route that starts in Duluth, MN running in a northeasterly direction along the shores of Lake Superior for more than 150 mile to the

AGU: Report Addresses Flooding In Communities

on September 30, 2019 - 1:21pm
A school bus drives through flooded streets in Houston, Texas Sept. 19 after heavy rain from Tropical Depression Imelda caused one of the worst flash floods in U.S. history. Courtesy/Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images News/Getty Images
AGU News:
AGU’s global community of Earth and space scientists has contributed research and expertise to our understanding of—and solutions for—climate change, natural hazards, and their related impacts on people.
Climate change, the increasing severity of extreme weather, and resulting floods are health and economic crises that we cannot ignore.

AG Balderas Files Brief In U.S. Supreme Court To Preserve DACA And Protect DREAMers

on September 30, 2019 - 9:37am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, joining a coalition of 16 attorneys general, announced today the filing of a brief in the United States Supreme Court in the coalition’s ongoing lawsuit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The lawsuit, originally filed in September 2017 and to be heard by the Supreme Court this fall, argues that the Trump Administration’s attempt to revoke DACA was based on a faulty legal analysis and harmed State residents, institutions, and economies.

NMDOT Supports Walk And Roll To School Day 2019

on September 30, 2019 - 9:11am


SANTA FE – Thousands of students, parents, teachers and community leaders across New Mexico will walk, bike, scoot, or skate to school Wednesday in celebration of the 23rd Annual National Walk to School Day.

This year, 38 elementary and middle schools in New Mexico have registered Walk to School Day events on The total number of schools and events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout October, National Walk to School Month.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and local law enforcement encourage drivers, pedestrians and

New Mexico Delegation Announces $3 Million Grant For Youth Behavioral Health

on September 29, 2019 - 7:54am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $3,000,000 grant to New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department’s Behavioral Health Services (CYFD BHS).
The CYFD BHS will use this grant to expand the existing infrastructure and capacity of the statewide behavioral health service system for children and youth ages 0-21,

Udall Secures Strong Investments For New Mexico In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

on September 28, 2019 - 12:03pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, advanced major funding Tursday for New Mexico’s public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
The billed passed the committee and will now head to the full Senate.
“This bipartisan bill – which makes key investments to benefit and strengthen New

Delegation Calls On Forest Service To Act Swiftly To Allow New Mexicans To Resume Use Of National Forests

on September 28, 2019 - 11:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, wrote to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen Friday pressing the agency to take immediate action to comply with the law and allow the resumption of traditional forest activities on national forests in New Mexico.
“We write regarding the reported impacts of the recent pause of several forest activities on national forests in New Mexico as a result of the District Court of Arizona’s decision that the U.S.

NMMSH: Free Lunar Viewing Event Oct. 4

on September 28, 2019 - 8:36am
A waxing gibbous moon was pictured above the Earth's limb as the International Space Station orbited over the southern Indian Ocean just southwest of the African continent. Courtesy/NASA
ALAMOGORDO  Once a year, everyone on Earth is invited to join together and learn about our planet’s nearest neighbor, the Moon. 
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, in conjunction with NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night, will be hosting Moon Over the Museum Friday, Oct. 4. 
This free event starts at 6:30 p.m.

INL Marks 500th WIPP Shipment Since Reopening

on September 27, 2019 - 12:36pm
EM crews pose with Idaho State Police (ISP) officers in advance of the 500th shipment of transuranic waste leaving the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, headed for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. ISP officers inspect each shipment that leaves the DOE Idaho National Laboratory Site. Courtesy photo
Fluor Idaho Transportation Certification Official Shawn Strozzi, left, double-checks the 500th shipment's manifest as Idaho State Trooper Peter Sibus conducts an inspection of the shipment. Courtesy/DOE
DOE News:
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho EM crews safely and compliantly sent the 500th

New Mexico-U.S. Small Business Administration Ink Cooperation Agreement To Collaborate; Share Resources

on September 27, 2019 - 11:38am
SBA News:
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the New Mexico Economic Development Department signed a formal agreement today to better collaborate and share resources that will boost business growth and create jobs.
The Strategic Alliance Memorandum agreement was signed at the National Hispanic Culture Center Salon Ortega Building in Albuquerque.
The purpose of this Strategic Alliance Memorandum is to develop and foster mutual understanding and a working relationship between the SBA and New Mexico Economic Development Department in order to strengthen and expand small

Tales Of Our Times: Know-How In Waste Handling Attained Sudden Importance

on September 27, 2019 - 8:18am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Know-How In Waste Handling Attained Sudden Importance
New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air & Water has lobbied to have the Manhattan Project National Historical Park include environmental history. This task began before the park existed.
History will always be debated. If history is kept in accurate context and a breadth of aspects, the debate may be one of substance.

Court-Ordered Injunction Halts Fuelwood Permit Sales

on September 26, 2019 - 10:34am

A pair of Mexican spotted owls. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

Under a recent court-ordered injunction, the five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona have suspended all permit sales for collecting fuelwood.

The federal court's ruling is related to the recent court-ordered injunction in the case WildEarth Guardians vs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, et al, concerning the Mexican spotted owl.

In addition to fuelwood permits, the six national forests have also suspended all timber management activities, including stewardship contracts, timber sales, thinning and

Scenes From Meet & Greet Held For Congressional Candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez Sunday

on September 26, 2019 - 8:46am

Third Congressional District Democratic candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez, center, greets guests arriving for her Meet & Greet hosted Sunday by Pat Soran and his wife Ann Hayes at their home on Los Pueblos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pat Soran, left, and Congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez welcome Valley Daily Post Publisher James Mountain to their Meet & Greet hosted Sunday by Soran and his wife Ann Hayes at their home. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Leslie Hayes, left, and her mother Ann Hayes, center, introduce Congressional candidate Teresa Leger

Udall, Collins Secure Federal Action To Address Lunch Shaming In Agriculture Funding Bill

on September 26, 2019 - 8:01am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have secured report language within the Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Agriculture funding bill directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to curb the practice of lunch shaming.
The language directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide additional guidance to program operators to address the ongoing issue of shaming school children for unpaid school lunch fees.
Under the provision, schools would be encouraged to identify approaches that protect children from

Governor Commits New Mexico To Bold Clean Car Standards At Climate Week Event In NYC

on September 25, 2019 - 5:00pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
NEW YORK, NY Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced that New Mexico will be proposing, adopting and implementing clean car standards, standing shoulder to shoulder with states demonstrating environmental leadership across the country.
The governor made the announcement at Climate Week in New York City, joining other U.S. governors on a panel to discuss states advancing ambitious climate action in the face of federal inaction.
While highlighting the bold and forward-thinking actions New Mexico is taking to address climate change

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Registers Voters

on September 25, 2019 - 4:18pm

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office staff from left, Election Manager Gloria Maestas, County Clerk Naomi Maestas, Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz encourage the public to register to vote Tuesday in the Municipal Building as part of National Voter Registration Day. Ortiz said that 40 people registered to vote Tuesday alone and 20 of those individuals were from Los Alamos High School. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

RTD 255 Mountain Trail Fares Waived To Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 28

on September 25, 2019 - 3:24pm
RTD News:
In partnership with the Santa Fe National Forest and to celebrate National Public Lands Day, the North Central Regional Transit District will waive fares on its RTD Blue Bus 255 Mountain Trail route Saturday, Sept. 28.
On that day, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities. In cooperation with other federal agencies and under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, the forest service encourages "fee-free days" to create an opportunity for more Americans to connect with their public lands and participate in outdoor activities. 

Luján Statement On House Impeachment Inquiry

on September 25, 2019 - 1:40pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House impeachment inquiry:
“President Trump betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security, and betrayed the security of our elections. His attempt to manipulate our elections by pressing for foreign interference is unprecedented and wrong.
“I previously called for an impeachment inquiry because the president’s corruption is jeopardizing our national security, elections, and Democracy.

Santa Fe Council On International Relations 2019 Gala With Ambassador Christopher Hill At La Fonda Oct. 10

on September 25, 2019 - 8:47am
Ambassador Christopher Hill
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents its 2019 Annual Gala, Thursday, Oct. 10 at La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe. 
This evening begins at 5:15 p.m. with a VIP Reception, moving into a cash bar at 6 p.m. in the Lumpkins Ballroom. This will then be followed by an elegant meal and a talk by our distinguished guest speaker, Ambassador Christopher Hill, the chief advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver.
As last year, the

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Celebrates National Voter Registration Day Across Community Tuesday

on September 25, 2019 - 8:26am

On the job in Los Alamos is County Clerk Naomi Maestas at a Voter Registration booth Tuesday on the UNM-LA campus. Maestas and her staff spread out across the community to register voters as part of National Voter Registration Day. Local booths also were set up on the sidewalk near Starbucks, at Los Alamos High School, White Rock Town Hall/Senior Center, Los Alamos County Municipal Building and the Los Alamos Nature Center. The slogan for the nationwide endeavor is ‘Register in September … Vote in November’. Photo by Carol A. Clark/