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Northern New Mexico Fire Academy Hosts First Classes

on April 7, 2015 - 10:58am

NMFI News:

SANTA FE – A total of 181 wildland firefighters from five states representing 36 different federal, state, local and non-governmental jurisdictions are attending the inaugural session of the new Northern New Mexico Fire Academy in multiple locations centered around Santa Fe this week. 

The Academy is offering nine classes based on a training needs analysis that identified the Incident Command System (ICS) and wildland firefighting courses in highest demand in the region.

RCLC Meets 9-11 A.M. In Española Friday

on April 7, 2015 - 10:09am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) meets 9-11 am., Friday in the Española City Chambers at 405 N. Paseo de Oñate in Española.

The agenda includes:

Call to Order by Mayor Alice Lucero - 9 a.m.

Confirmation of Quorum 

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Meeting Minutes - 9:15 a.m. 

Discussion/Action Items (1 hr 20 min) 9:15-10:35 a.m.

  • New Mexico Congressional Delegation Updates (5 mins) 9:15-9:20 a.m.
  • Presentation by Pete Maggiore, Asst. Manager Environmental Projects Office (30 mins) 9:20-9:50 a.m.
  • Presentation by Carole Rutten, Deputy Director of LANL Community

New FEMA Region 6 Deputy Is Moises Dugan

on April 7, 2015 - 8:59am

Moises Dugan

DENTON, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 6 Office has a new deputy administrator. Moises Dugan was officially sworn in Monday by FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson.

“Moises Dugan is an effective leader and brings a wealth of experience to this critically important position at FEMA Region 6,” Robinson said. “As Deputy Regional Administrator, he will work very closely with our federal, state, local and tribal partners in our Region 6 states – New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma Arkansas, Louisiana, and ”

Dugan began his emergency management career in

Santa Fe National Forest Turns 100 Today

on April 6, 2015 - 1:25pm

Jemez Mountain Trail takes hikers past geological formations, ancient Indian ruins and a pueblo. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest was established April 6, 1915, when the Jemez Forest Reserve west of Santa Fe and the Pecos Forest Reserve to the east were merged into one entity.  

Over the next 100 years, the Forest has provided robust recreational, social, cultural, ecological and economic benefits to both residents and visitors to Northern New Mexico’s high desert mountains.

The Santa Fe National Forest will celebrate its rich history over the next 12

Governor Signs Bill To Help Pay Off Student Loans For Nurses Who Go Back To School

on April 6, 2015 - 1:12pm


LAS CRUCES — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation that will help pay off student loan debt for nurses who go back to school to become educators in their field.

Senate Bill 341, sponsored by Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, allows eligible nurses to enter into loan-for-service agreements through the Nurse Educators Fund. Currently, only faculty are eligible to receive aid from this fund. This legislation helps address the state’s shortage of nurses by encouraging nurses to enter the classroom and teach the next generation in their field.

SBA Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

on April 6, 2015 - 11:58am

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

SBA News:

  • National Winner to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C., May 8

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A panel is currently reviewing all the packages and a national winner and two runners-up will be selected and announced at a future date.

Senate Democrats Support Special Session

on April 6, 2015 - 9:34am

Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez



SANTA FE – Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez, D-Bernalillo and Valencia said he and Senate Democrats may be willing to support calling a special session of the Legislature following Gov. Susana Martinez’s reported comments last week.

Sen. Sanchez has sent out the following statement:

"If the Governor and the Legislature do not get an agreement on a capital outlay spending package, thousands of needed jobs will be lost across New Mexico this year.

AT&T Invests Nearly $200 Million Over Three-Year Period To Enhance Local Networks In New Mexico

on April 6, 2015 - 8:26am


ALBUQUERQUE -- AT&T has invested nearly $200 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in New Mexico between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made 108 wireless network upgrades in New Mexico, including new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.

"With a growing range of connected home

Luján Holds ‘Conversations With Ben Ray’ At Mesa Public Library In Los Alamos Tuesday

on April 5, 2015 - 8:52am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

SANTA FE – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District will hold “Conversations with Ben Ray” in Los Alamos.

The event is 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave.

Luján will meet with constituents to assist them with casework and discuss issues of concern so he can be a voice on their behalf.

Governor Signs Game And Fish-Related Bills

on April 5, 2015 - 8:10am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed a series of game and fish-related bills Friday that will improve outdoor recreation and allow aquaponic farming of tilapia.

“New Mexico has amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, especially hunting and fishing. They are a core part of our state’s tourism industry and support our local economies throughout the state,” Martinez said. “These bills will further improve these opportunities and help support a growing commercial sector in the state.”

House Bill 202, sponsored by Rep.

Heinrich Highlights Free Tax Assistance For Families

on April 5, 2015 - 8:04am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich 


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. visited Tax Help New Mexico at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to highlight free tax assistance for New Mexico residents.

During the event, Heinrich talked with Tax Help New Mexico volunteers and residents.

"Tax Help New Mexico is providing a key service throughout the state to residents who need it most," Heinrich said. "This important service ensures that New Mexico families receive the tax credits they qualify for and have access to in-person tax preparation assistance."


New Mexico Receives Nearly $2.5 Million In Federal Disaster Assistance For Tres Lagunas Fire

on April 5, 2015 - 7:49am


DENTON, Texas – The state of New Mexico has been awarded nearly $2.5 million in federal disaster assistance in the aftermath of the Tres Lagunas Fire that happened in late May, early June 2013.

The funding, which is made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Fire Management Assistance Grant Program, serves as reimbursement for firefighting costs incurred while fighting the fire.

In 2013, the Tres Lagunas Fire threatened hundreds of homes, as well as roads and bridges, and burned thousands of acres of land in San Miguel County.

FBI: Defendant Prosecuted Under Federal ‘Worst of the Worst’ Anti-Violence Initiative

on April 4, 2015 - 12:10pm

FBI News:

Federal Jury Finds Albuquerque Man Guilty of Violating the Hobbs Act

ALBUQUERQUE—A federal jury sitting in Santa Fe, returned a verdict Thursday finding David Savoy Thomas guilty of four counts of violating the Hobbs Act by robbing and attempting to rob commercial businesses involved in interstate commerce after a three-day trial.

The guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden, Jr.

Thomas, 55, of Albuquerque, N.M., was charged with four counts of

Udall Issues Statement Regarding Diplomatic Framework Of Iran’s Nuclear Program

on April 4, 2015 - 10:26am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement Friday on the diplomatic framework reached by the United States, five other world powers and Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear program:

"The goal of the framework presented yesterday — accomplished through an intensive diplomatic effort by multiple countries — is to reduce Iran's nuclear capability while providing for extensive verification measures to preclude nuclear weapons development.

Governor Appoints Ted Barela To Fill Senate Vacancy

on April 4, 2015 - 10:25am

Newly Appointed Sen. Ted Barela


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday the appointment of Ted Barela to fill the vacancy in Senate District 39 created by the resignation of former Sen. Phil Griego.

Griego represented a portion of Los Alamos prior to redistricting. He resigned in March after drawing scrutiny for his involvement in the real estate transaction of a state-owned building in Santa Fe. He was one of several lawmakers who approved the sale of the building after which he was hired to manage the sale.

Barela was recommended by the Torrance County Commission.

2015 NM Trucking Association Job Fair For Military Veterans, Guard/Reserve/Transitioning Military

on April 4, 2015 - 7:36am


ALBUQUERQUE—Are you an active-duty military truck driver or heavy equipment operator looking to put that truck-driving training to work in the private sector once you’ve fulfilled your military commitment?

Are you a military veteran with truck driving experience who’s also looking to put that experience toward a new job?

Then you’ll want to attend the 2015 New Mexico Trucking Association Job Fair for Military Veterans-- a free trucking industry job fair May 1 for veterans, Guard/Reserve and transitioning active-duty members presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’

WIPP Technical Assessment Team Issues Final Report

on April 3, 2015 - 5:14pm

WIPP News:

This week the Department of Energy’s Technical Assessment Team (TAT) visited Carlsbad and met with federal and contractor staff at WIPP and the Mayor’s Nuclear Task Force to provide a briefing and answer questions on their final report that was released March 26.

The TAT, which was established shortly after the Feb.

Gov. Susana Martinez, Firefighters Urge New Mexicans To Prepare For 2015 Fire Season

on April 3, 2015 - 7:44am

  • New Mexico Recognizes Wildfire Awareness Week

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez joined with firefighters Thursday to talk about the dangers of wildfires and urged New Mexicans to prepare for the upcoming season.

The Governor has proclaimed March 29 through April 4 as Wildfire Awareness Week.

“As we continue to face serious drought, it is more important than ever that we work together to prevent fires,” Martinez said.

Heinrich Statement On Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action For Iran’s Nuclear Program

on April 3, 2015 - 7:42am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the United States, five other world powers, and Iran announced a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear program:

Our mission is clear: we must ensure that Iran is never allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.

IRS Seeks Nominations For Advisory Committee

on April 3, 2015 - 7:42am

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service is requesting membership nominations for the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), a federal advisory committee that advises the IRS on various tax administration issues.

The IRPAC presents a report to the IRS Commissioner at a public meeting each fall. Members are appointed to three-year terms, but terms are staggered so that approximately one-third of the committee membership changes each year. Nominations are currently being accepted for up to six appointments that will begin in January 2016.

The deadline for

Governor Signs Legislation To Create Commission To Establish New Mexico’s Rio Grande Trail

on April 3, 2015 - 7:36am


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Thursday creating a commission to bring state, local, tribal and private stakeholders together to establish the Rio Grande Trail, which would span 500 miles across the state from Colorado to Texas.

Martinez also signed legislation to ensure that the Firefighter’s Survivors Fund is sufficiently funded.

House Bill 563, sponsored by Representative Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, will establish a commission led by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) that will be tasked with establishing the Rio

Los Alamos Nature Center Featured In April Edition Of New Mexico Magazine

on April 2, 2015 - 11:01am

The Los Alamos Nature Center opens April 22 and hosts PEEC’s annual Earth Day Festival April 25. /New Mexico Magazine

Editor’s note: New Mexico Magazine features the Los Alamos Nature Center in its April edition and has granted the Los Alamos Daily Post permission to publish the piece. 


Over the decades, the residents of Los Alamos have basked in the region’s spectacular natural attributes, from Bandelier National Monument to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

Explore The Civil War In New Mexico

on April 2, 2015 - 9:04am

Unidentified girl in mourning dress holding framed photograph of her father as a cavalryman with sword and Hardee hat. Courtesy/Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-36863

NMHM News:

Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War
An exhibit and collaborative programming series

Santa Fe—Civil War battles raged across America's northern and southern states as Texas Confederates launched a plot: Head north and west through the New Mexico Territory with hopes of seizing California's goldfields and sea ports.

In 1862, battles erupted in Mesilla, Valverde, and Glorieta.

Heinrich Delivers Keynote Address At Southwest Clean Energy Transmission Summit

on April 2, 2015 - 8:48am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, delivered the keynote address Wednesday at the Southwest Clean Energy Transmission Summit.

The event was hosted by the Energy Future Coalition and its "Americans for a Clean Energy Grid" electric transmission initiative. Heinrich is a staunch proponent of growing New Mexico's clean energy economy and building a robust 21st century transmission infrastructure.

Below are Senator Heinrich's remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you

Governor Acts On Legislation

on April 2, 2015 - 8:01am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Wednesday to extend gross receipts tax deductions to New Mexico’s military bases and test facilities to continue making them more competitive for certain defense projects.

Senate Bill 448, sponsored by Sen. William Burt, R-Otero, extends certain gross receipts tax deductions through the year 2025.

Martinez also acted on the following legislation:

  • Signed Senate Bill 450 — Museum and Monument Board and Director (MESSAGE)
  • Signed Senate Bill 62 — Affordable Housing Act Definitions (MESSAGE)