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Hazard Trees Pose Springtime Danger

on April 13, 2015 - 12:21pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Strong spring winds on the Santa Fe National Forest are likely to increase risks from falling trees. 

Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest are urged to use extra caution during recreation activities, especially in areas that have been severely burned by wildfire.

On the west side of the Santa Fe National Forest, trails in the Jemez Mountains are still feeling the effects of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.

Udall Office To Co-host Northern New Mexico Healing Our Communities Forum And Youth Summit

on April 13, 2015 - 11:45am

COMMUNITY News:

ESPAÑOLA – The office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will co-host the 6th annual Northern New Mexico Healing Our Communities Forum and Youth Summit Thursday and Friday. 

The two-day event will focus on preventing substance abuse and addiction, substance abuse treatment, and incorporating youth and community member perspectives into an anti-drug strategic plan for northern New Mexico.

Additional co-hosts include the office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, the office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the U.S.

Weekend Drive To Ghost Ranch In Abiquiu

on April 12, 2015 - 11:19am

Scene from a Saturday drive to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu and surrounding area. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from a Saturday drive to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu and surrounding area. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from a Saturday drive to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu and surrounding area. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Staff Report

Located at 280 Private Dr., in Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch is a unique combination of natural beauty, paleontology, geology, archaeology, history and art.

For more than 55 years, Ghost Ranch has been a national education and retreat center owned by the Presbyterian Church.

Gathering of Nations April 23-25

on April 12, 2015 - 9:20am

American Princess. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

Pow wow dancer. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

GON News:

The Gathering of Nations (GON) three day event starts Thursday evening, April 23 with the Miss Indian World Talent Presentations at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Downtown Albuquerque.

The Gathering of Nations PowWow is a two day and night event, April 24-25; also included with the price of the Gathering of Nations PowWow admission is the Indian Traders Market and Stage 49. 

The Gathering of Nations PowWow is held at the UNM Arena “The Pit” in Albuquerque.

New Mexico Art In Public Places Program In Jeopardy

on April 12, 2015 - 8:17am

By TISA GABRIEL,
Former New Mexico Arts Division Director 1983-1988

JAMES RUTHERFORD,
Former Director of the Governor’s Gallery 1986-1992

Tucked away in the Capital Outlay Bill, which died in the final hours of the recent Legislative session is a clause that should be of great concern to artists, supporters of the arts, and indeed anyone who appreciates the quality of life enhancements that public art provides.

Section 43 of the House amendment takes $2.4 million from the Art in Public Places fund that has already been designated to specific projects across the state – at least half of

Governor Signs E-cigarettes Child Safety Legislation

on April 12, 2015 - 7:30am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Wednesday to help protect New Mexico’s children from e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine products.

Senate Bill 433, sponsored by Sen. John Ryan, R-Albuquerque, will prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and requires retail liquid nicotine packages to be sold in child-resistant containers. If a child consumes liquid nicotine, it can be fatal.

House Bill 213, sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Albuquerque, also requires child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine products.

Martinez also acted on the

Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Postponed

on April 12, 2015 - 7:10am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest cancelled plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the lower portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed next week based on the wind forecast and concerns for firefighter and public safety. 

According to the National Weather Service, winds may range from 10 to 40 miles per hour next week, significantly increasing the likelihood of area Red Flag Warnings, which alert firefighting and land management agencies to short-term weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior. 

Prescribed fire is part of the collaborative plan

Inmates Build Hoop House For School

on April 12, 2015 - 7:09am
Inmates construct hoop house at Turquoise Trail Charter School. Courtesy photo
 
Inmates work to give back to the community. Courtesy photo

CI News:

Inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County are giving back to the community.

The inmates built a hoop house for Turquoise Trail Charter School in Santa Fe. The hoop house will provide the children at the school with the opportunity to grow and harvest their own fruits and vegetables.  

The project gave the inmates the opportunity to give back and do something good while in prison.

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NCRTD Asks Congress To Renew Transportation Bill

on April 12, 2015 - 7:09am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District has joined more than 240 organizations and community groups throughout the U.S. to call for action as expiration of Federal Transportation Bill approaches May 31.

It has been determined by APTA (American Public Transportation Association), without a long-term federal transportation funding bill, NCRTD (North Central Regional Transit District), along with many other transit organizations, could face tremendous uncertainty, and a bill is needed for better and expanded transportation options, and to continue to grow the economy.

For more

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Gathers Friday Morning In Española

on April 11, 2015 - 1:31pm

Assistant Manager Pete Maggiore of NNSA's Environmental Projects Office at the Los Alamos Field Office gives a presentation at Friday's RCLC meeting in Española City Chambers. Photo by Eric Vasquez/valleydailypost.com

Staff Report

The Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities (RCLC) met Friday morning in the Española City Chambers at 405 N. Paseo de Oñate.

RCLC members heard an update on activities of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation.

Governor Signs Legislation Supporting Military Members And Veterans

on April 11, 2015 - 12:20pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed several pieces of legislation Friday that provide support for New Mexico’s military members, veterans and their families.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos

The Governor signed House Bill 427, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, that brings New Mexico into compliance with federal G.I. Bill guidelines. This will allow veterans’ family members to receive in-state tuition, allowing them to earn a college education at an affordable cost.

“New Mexicans have always stood ready to answer the

Valles Caldera Trust Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

on April 10, 2015 - 12:49pm

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust is looking for an opportunity to conduct a prescribed burn project on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in April or early May. 

The project will last for 1-3 days. The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grassland in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 near mile marker 39.2. If conditions are suitable to implement the burn, some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.

If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid day in order to minimize impacts to morning and

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $3.5 Million To Restore Nambé Falls Reservoir, Reimburse Firefighting For Tres Lagunas Fire

on April 10, 2015 - 9:26am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced Thursday that more than $3.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will be awarded to New Mexico to help San Miguel and Santa Fe counties recover from severe fires and flooding.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

Pojoaque Valley Irrigation District will receive $1,028,174 for emergency repairs to the Nambé Falls Reservoir to clear out debris and sediment that flowed into the reservoir during severe storms and flooding in

Governor Signs $6.235 Billion State Budget

on April 10, 2015 - 7:05am

STATE News:

Budget Prioritizes Job Creation, Education Reform, Public Safety and Child Wellbeing

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed New Mexico’s Fiscal Year 2016 State Budget Thursday, which prioritizes job creation, continuing education reform, and improvements to public safety.

As signed, the $6.235 billion budget increases state spending by 1.3 percent over the current fiscal year. 

“This is a responsible budget that invests heavily in creating jobs and educating our children,” Martinez said.

SFNF Issues Order Prohibiting Underage Drinking

on April 10, 2015 - 7:04am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE In order to provide for public health and safety, protect resources and comply with state law on underage drinking, the Santa Fe National Forest issued an order prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21 within Forest boundaries.

The order, which is in effect until April 30, 2017, allows Forest Service law enforcement personnel to issue citations to violators.

State Police Seek Help With Hit And Run Crash

on April 10, 2015 - 7:02am

NMSP News:

SANTA FE COUNTY – The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) is seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of a hit and run crash, which resulted in severe injuries to an 18-year-old male from Santa Fe.

At around 8:45 p.m., Friday, April 3, Christian Diaz was walking the pilgrimage along N.M. 503 to El Santuario de Chimayó. He was struck by a vehicle driving northbound on N.M. 503 near milepost 2. 

Witnesses on scene described the hit and run vehicle as a white, early to middle-2000 year model Toyota pickup, possibly a Tacoma model.

The New Mexico State Police is actively

Critical Funding Vetoed For Magistrate Courts

on April 10, 2015 - 6:57am

Courtesy/NM Courts

 

NM COURTS News:

 

SANTA FE – Artie Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, issued the following statement about court funding in HB2:

 

As for the overall budget, Pepin said: “The courts will receive a modest budget increase next year that is essential for fulfilling our responsibility to provide fair and timely justice for New Mexico’s citizens.”

 

“The Judiciary appreciates that the Governor agreed to state budget provisions that will provide a total increase of $627,700 next year for treatment services for drug courts statewide.

Los Alamos Historical Society Leads Trinity Site Tour

on April 9, 2015 - 11:13am

The Los Alamos contingent joins others on a tour April 3-4 of the Trinity test site. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Editor's note: Los Alamos Daily Post photographer Leland Lehman traveled with members of the Los Alamos Historical Society on a two-day tour April 3-4 of the Trinity test site. Here are photos and a story from that event.

Staff Report

Marking the 70th anniversary of the test of the first nuclear weapon on July 16, 1945, the Los Alamos Historical Society led a tour to the Trinity test site

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Shares Legislative Session Recap With Los Alamos Rotarians

on April 9, 2015 - 10:13am
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaking Tuesday about the 2015 Legislative Session to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard answers questions from the audience Tuesday during her talk to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Looking back at the 60-day state legislative session, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard described it as “everything but the kitchen sink.” 

The session not only featured

Women's Continued Pay Gap Spotlighted By National Equal Pay Day April 14

on April 9, 2015 - 8:58am
Courtesy/U.S. Dept. of Labor
 
AAUW News:
 
National Equal Pay Day is April 14 and AAUW New Mexico is sponsoring forums informing businesses and the legal community about the 2013 NM Fair Pay for Women Act.  

Charles Strickfaden To Serve As Interim Superintendent Of Valles Caldera National Preserve

on April 8, 2015 - 10:09am

Charles Strickfaden

VCNP News:

DENVER – Charles Strickfaden, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named interim Superintendent of the newly established Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico, according to Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica.

Strickfaden will assume his new duties in mid-April.

“Charles’s diverse and wide-ranging skills and knowledge in all aspects of park management have prepared him well to assist with the transition of Valles Caldera National Preserve as the newest addition to National Park Service,” Masica said.

NM National Guard Hosts Ceremony Commemorating 73rd Anniversary Of Surrender Of Bataan

on April 8, 2015 - 10:07am

NMNG News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico National Guard (NMNG) will host a ceremony honoring the 73rd anniversary of the surrender of Bataan in the Pacific theater of World War II.

The event is 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9 at the Bataan Building, 407 Galisteo St., in downtown Santa Fe. 

Following the ceremony, a special unveiling of Bataan Death March and other WWII artifacts will be dedicated and placed on permanent display inside the Bataan Memorial Building.

ACI: Independent Hearing Office Bill Becomes Law

on April 8, 2015 - 9:28am

NMACI News:

“Today we see a good idea become a good law.” Beverlee McClure

SANTA FE The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (NMACI) announced Tuesday that Senate Bill 356, a bill to improve accountability and fairness for businesses and individuals addressing tax disputes, was signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. 

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-26, who worked closely with ACI to develop the legislation.

Dr. Beverlee McClure

“SB 356 was a top priority for ACI this session,” said ACI President and CEO Dr. Beverlee McClure.

Governor Acts On Legislation To Help Diversify New Mexico’s Economy And Create More Jobs

on April 8, 2015 - 8:01am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Tuesday to help diversify New Mexico’s economy and create more jobs.

Senate Bill 356, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque and Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, makes the hearing process for tax disputes truly independent, so that taxpayers do not have to appear before the same agency that is billing them.

Senate Bill 352, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, allows the state to offer companies looking to relocate to New Mexico an economic development rate for their electric utilities.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Visits Los Alamos

on April 7, 2015 - 7:28pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Congressional Third District held 'Conversations with Ben Ray' today at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos to assist residents with casework and discuss issues of concern in order to be a voice on their behalf. Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Barranca Mesa Elementary School students Jasmine Tierney, 10, and Kaya Loy, 9, spent a few minutes chatting with the Congressman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third Congressional District visited today with Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A.

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