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New Mexico Majority Whip Tim Keller Selected CSG Toll Fellow

on July 30, 2014 - 8:24am

Sen. Tim Keller. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Sen. Tim Keller, who serves as New Mexico’s majority whip, is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.

The 48-person class of 2014 Toll Fellows represent 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine hailing from the executive. A nine-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.

“The Henry Toll

GOP's Star Parker to Speak in Santa Fe Aug. 9

on July 30, 2014 - 8:19am

Star Parker. Courtesy photo

SFFRW News:

Star Parker is the honored guest speaker for the Santa Fe Federated Republican Women’s (SFFRW) Gala 6-10 p.m., Aug. 9 at the La Fonda Ballroom.

Parker is founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a regular commentator on CNN, TBN, CSPAN and CBN.

When she commands the stage, it is hard to believe that for seven years she participated in robbery at gunpoint, defrauding the government welfare system, habitual drug use, and had multiple abortions. 

Parker is currently sought-after as a social policy consultant on

Cutting Edge Breast Cancer Screening Comes to Santa Fe

on July 30, 2014 - 8:03am

MEDICAL News:

According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), more than 40 percent of all U.S. women have dense breast tissue, and women in the highest dense-breast category established by the ACR are four to six times more likely to get breast cancer compared to women with low breast density.

Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to generate a picture of the breast tissue, and no compression is necessary.

Entry to WIPP Underground Facility Resumed

on July 30, 2014 - 8:01am

WIPP News:

Entries into the WIPP underground facility have resumed after being suspended for several weeks while workers changed air filters on the WIPP Ventilation System.

The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has completed their examination in most of the underground facility. However, Room 7 Panel 7 will be inaccessible to recovery workers until the AIB investigation is completed.

Employees entered the underground facility July 18 to conduct radiological surveys and evaluate ground control conditions to ensure the continued safety of future entry teams.

State of the Art Hotel Coming to Old Town Albuquerque

on July 30, 2014 - 7:59am

BUSINESS News:

Plans have been finalized for a new multi-million dollar hotel in Old Town, Albuquerque, according to Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. 

The 118-room project will break ground by late fall with completion set for spring, 2016. The hotel will provide 100 new jobs in Albuquerque. The contemporary boutique hotel will be a contrast of ancient and modern elements. 

The property will be built adjacent to Hotel Albuquerque and will share Hotel Albuquerque’s pool, ballrooms and chapel.

Best-Selling Author John Sandford Joins Hillerman Conference

on July 30, 2014 - 7:56am

John Sanford. Courtesy photo

ARTS News:

Wordharvest is pleased to feature The New York Times best-selling author and Santa Fe resident John Sandford at the 10th annual Tony Hillerman Writers Conference in November.

Sandford is the author of 31 published novels, all of which have appeared in one format or another on The New York Times best-seller lists. His latest thriller, Field of Prey, was released this summer to stellar reviews. The Huffington Post calls it “one of his best,” and Booklist named it “another top notch thriller destined for best-seller lists.”

A Pulitzer Prize winning

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Freewheeling Discussion on Science of Cities with Zappo's Tony Hsieh and SFI's Geoffrey West

on July 29, 2014 - 9:09am

Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

In 2011, Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh announced a $350 million effort called The Downtown Project to rejuvenate Las Vegas, Nev.'s downtown, home to some lower-end casinos and motels and not a whole lot else.

His plan is to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about a mile north of the neon blitz of the Strip into a thriving, vibrant and connected urban core.

NMPED Gives NMSA Third Consecutive 'A' Grade

on July 29, 2014 - 8:53am

NMSA News:

The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) has just received its third consecutive “A” grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), recognizing NMSA’s academic excellence during the 2013-2014 school year.

The NMPED overall annual grade is based on a composite of scores in Reading and Math Proficiency, College Readiness, Opportunities to Learn, and Graduation.

“These ‘A’ grades are due to the blend of faculty dedication and student motivation that characterizes the school culture of NMSA – I know that everyone here who works to recreate that culture on a daily

MSHA Issues 52 Citations At WIPP

on July 29, 2014 - 7:54am

WIPP News:

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently inspected the WIPP facility. Since underground access was not available at the time of the visit, inspectors focused on the surface facilities.

Following their inspection, MSHA issued 52 citations for various conditions including general workplace tidiness, exposed electrical wiring and missing safety guards on equipment.

Currently, 49 of the citations have been addressed and corrective actions completed. A list of citations and dispositions can be found at here.

The three outstanding citations are related to missing

Vietnam Veterans Organization Seeks Local Members

on July 28, 2014 - 11:07am

NMDVS News:

SANTA FE—Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Northern New Mexico Chapter 996 is looking for Vietnam War veterans to join the chapter and meet fellow Vietnam War veterans, learn about available VA and state veterans’ benefits, and organize into a stronger community service unit.

Founded in 1978, the VVA is the only national Vietnam veterans’ organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (19) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

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Governor Announces Back-to-School Programs For Foster/Low-Income Children

on July 28, 2014 - 10:56am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Española—Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced programs to provide assistance to low-income and foster children for back to school needs.

“These are two ways in which we can ensure that our neediest children have everything they need to be able to focus in the classroom,” Martinez said. “Proper clothing and supplies make it easier for students to concentrate and makes it more likely that they will have a successful school year.”

The Human Services Department (HSD) and the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) will provide assistance for low-income

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce to Host DOE Secretary in Carlsbad Regarding Recovery at WIPP

on July 27, 2014 - 12:04pm
Courtesy/WIPP
 
NM DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce have announced that U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit Carlsbad Aug. 12 for a discussion about the ongoing recovery at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
Last month, the lawmakers invited Moniz to visit to get an update on cleanup efforts and to talk with workers and local officials about WIPP’s importance to the community and to our national defense, as the only deep geologic repository for Cold War transuranic waste.

Los Alamos Hosts 2014 NM Master Gardner Conference

on July 27, 2014 - 11:16am

NMMG News:

The New Mexico Master Gardner (NMMG) organization held its annual conference July 24-26 in Los Alamos.

Participants attended a variety of gardening workshops and toured downtown Los Alamos including stops at the Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Museum and the Smart Grid House.

The Bradbury Science Museum has some 40 interactive exhibits on display that trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project and highlight Los Alamos National Laboratory's current and historic research projects related to defense and technology.

At the Los Alamos Historical Museum,

Lujan Grisham Says No Session Break Without VA Reform

on July 27, 2014 - 10:49am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M. and 115 other members of Congress called on House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to not let either the House or Senate go out of session until it passes vital legislation to boost veterans’ access to health care.

In a letter to both leaders, Lujan Grisham and others said that the House and Senate must agree to and pass the Veterans’ Access to Care Act, which would allow many veterans to receive some healthcare from non-VA facilities.

Belen Airport Gets Nearly $4 Million For New Runway

on July 27, 2014 - 7:45am

STATE News:

Nearly $4 million to build a new runway at the Alexander Municipal Airport in Belen will finally be available now that Belen Airport officials have received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The FAA authorization was the last step needed before the bidding process for construction could begin.

According to Belen’s airport manager, Robert Uecker, the proposal to build a new runway was prompted for safety reasons.

“When the wind blows in from the west, the current runway becomes almost impossible to use,” he said.

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Study Shows Film Industry Tax Incentives Reap Big Pay-Off For New Mexico’s Economy

on July 26, 2014 - 9:15am

STATE News:

The New Mexico Film Office reports that a recent state-commissioned study shows that film production spending in New Mexico has created nearly 15,900 well-paying jobs and generated more than $1 billion in economic impact, thus resulting in a positive outcome of film production tax credits.

In 2011 Senate Majority Whip, Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo successfully sponsored Senate Bill 44 (SB44), as part of a ‘cap and study’ compromise to avoid the administration’s proposed cuts to the film incentive program and allowed for the continuation of tax credit rates to the film industry.

New Mexico History Museum Named Best in the West

on July 26, 2014 - 8:45am

A young buckaroo outside the Cowboys Real and Imagined exhibit. Courtesy/Cheron Bayna Ryan

STATE News:

Now landing in subscribers’ mailboxes, the September 2014 issue of True West magazine names the New Mexico History Museum as the nation’s best Western museum, “in recognition of their superior exhibitions and ability to reach all generations through their creativity in interpreting the West while fulfilling their institution’s mission.”

The honor follows the announcement that the museum won a national Award of Merit for Leadership in History from the American Association of State and

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Luján On Human Trafficking And Humanitarian Crisis At Border

on July 26, 2014 - 8:39am

U.S. Rep Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor Thursday evening during the debate on a number of bills aimed at combating human and sex trafficking.

Luján highlighted the importance of protecting children from violence and the need to do the same for children who are fleeing extreme violence in Central America.

Click here to watch his speech.

Los Alamos Schools Earn High Marks From State

on July 24, 2014 - 1:11pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools received high marks from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Three schools were awarded “A” grades and four schools earned “B” grades for 2014. 

Just released report cards by the NMPED reflected the high quality of instruction by Los Alamos schools. Schools receiving “A” grades included Los Alamos High School, Barranca Mesa Elementary and Mountain Elementary. Aspen, Chamisa, Pinon and Los Alamos Middle School received “B” grades.

All seven school principals were pleased with their school grades.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Chairs Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting In Los Alamos

on July 24, 2014 - 11:46am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard chairs Wednesday's Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Committee Chair Sen. Peter Wirth, second from left, and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Wednesday's Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee meeting at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

New Mexico senators and representatives traveled to Los Alamos Wednesday to hold a public hearing on the Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee.

Los Alamos' Rep.

O’Neill Reintroducing Bill Protecting Homeless From Hate Crimes

on July 24, 2014 - 9:21am

Sen. Bill O’Neill

STATE News:

Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Bernalillo, is planning to once again introduce a bill that was unanimously endorsed by the bi-partisan Courts Corrections and Justice Committee in the 2013 regular legislative session that protects homeless individuals from being targeted for harm.

Senate Bill 124 from our 2013 session enjoyed strong bi-partisan support, and made it to the Senate Floor. But time ran out before it could be moved into the House for further consideration,” O’Neill said.

Luján Amendment to Examine New Broadcasting Markets Passes House

on July 24, 2014 - 8:33am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-NM, highlighted the passage of legislation July 23 that included an amendment he offered as part of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) reauthorization. 

Luján's amendment explores how new broadcasting markets could be created if they are based upon the potential of current and future technologies instead of the limitations of aging broadcasting antennas.

Taos Fall Arts Festival Celebrates 40 Years

on July 24, 2014 - 8:13am
Projection installation of featured artist Markus Dorninger Courtesy/http://www.paseotaos.org

TAOS ARTS News:

The oldest art festival in Taos, Taos Fall Arts Festival, is celebrating its 40th year by expanding and enhancing the festival, adding new features such as The Paseo on opening night. The 2014 festival is scheduled for Sept. 26-Oct. 5 with an opening reception 4-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.

“We chose to create a community focus group and listen to local artists to find out how we could better serve the arts community going forward and local businesses," spokesman Paul Figueroa said.

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NMpreps.com's Elite Combine Showcases State's Top High School Football Players

on July 24, 2014 - 8:00am

SPORTS News:

The seventh annual NMpreps.com's Elite Combine powered by Defined Fitness is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and will showcase more than 200 of New Mexico's best high school athletes.

The event is at the Cleveland High School Football Stadium, 4800 Laban Road, NE in Rio Rancho. Admission is free.

Each high school athlete will be tested in five core events:

  • Bench Press;
  • 40-Time;
  • Vertical Jump;
  • Standing Broad Jump; and
  • Shuttle Run.

The 2014 premier event will showcase the athletic talent of top New Mexico high school football players.

Udall, Heinrich: New Leadership Needed at N.M. VA Medical Center

on July 23, 2014 - 6:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 21, as the acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary visits New Mexico, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the VA to move quickly to hire a qualified permanent director for New Mexico's VA hospital to help it immediately begin the work to regain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling, emergency response, care for rural veterans and other challenges.

Numerous vacancies at the VA, including the New Mexico VA Medical Center (VAMC) director, have made it extremely difficult to make

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