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IRS Launches 2015 Tax Season

on January 21, 2015 - 9:12am

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Tuesday's on-time opening of the nation’s 2015 filing season and highlighted a growing array of online services.

Some online services include features that help taxpayers understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them at tax time, along with the availability of the Free File program. Taxpayers have until Wednesday, April 15, to file their 2014 tax returns and pay any tax due.

The IRS expects to receive about 150 million individual income tax returns this year.

Senate Majority Leader Delivers Democratic Response To Governor's State Of New Mexico Address

on January 21, 2015 - 8:56am

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-29-Bernalillo and Valencia counties, delivered a Democratic response Tuesday to Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State address at the State Capitol. 

Sanchez laid out significant differences between Democratic priorities and the Governor’s policy agenda, including so-called ‘Right to Work’ legislation, repeal of drivers’ licenses of undocumented immigrants, mandatory retention of third graders, over-testing in public schools, funding of early childhood education,

Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning

on January 21, 2015 - 7:41am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning through Thursday in the Los Alamos area and other parts of New Mexico.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM 4:16 AM MST WED JAN 21 2015

...WIDESPREAD SNOW WITH MAJOR IMPACTS TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY...

A PAIR OF UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCES WILL COMBINE WITH A SURFACE COLD FRONT TO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OVER A LARGE SWATH OF NEW MEXICO TODAY AND THURSDAY. SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING OVER THE MOUNTAINS AND FAR NORTHEAST PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO.

New Mexico House Elects First Woman Chief Clerk

on January 21, 2015 - 7:00am

STATE News:                  

Lawmakers elected Denise Greenlaw Ramonas as chief clerk of the New Mexico House of Representatives, becoming the first woman to ever serve in the position.

“Today is historic,” House Speaker Don Tripp said Tuesday. “For the first time in New Mexico history, we will have a woman serve as chief clerk for the state House. Denise brings a wealth of experience to the legislature, and we are honored to have her.”

As chief clerk, Greenlaw Ramonas will oversee voting procedures and day-to-day operations of the New Mexico House.

In addition, Steve Shaw also was

Governor Delivers State Of The State Address

on January 20, 2015 - 6:11pm

Gov. Susana Martinez delivers 2015 State of the State Address. Photo by Nancy Partridge

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The following is the prepared text of the 2015 State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Susana Martinez today from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

2015 State of the State Address:

Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tempore; our new House Speaker; Democratic and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature; honorable members of the judiciary; former New Mexico governors; tribal governors; former Senator Pete Domenici;

Valles Caldera Preserve Becomes New Unit Of NPS

on January 20, 2015 - 5:00pm

NPS News:

DENVER — On Dec. 19, 2014, Congress designated the Valles Caldera National Preserve a unit of the national park system. Another six new national park units were also authorized recently by Congress. When fully implemented, these will bring the total number of National Park Service (NPS) units to 408.

Located in the Jemez Mountains of north central New Mexico, the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of three super volcanoes in the United States and is known for its rich geologic and cultural history, scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

New Mexico's 60-Day Legislative Session Underway

on January 20, 2015 - 4:50pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, at her desk on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives at today's opening of the 60-day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard takes the oath of office with fellow legislators on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives at today's opening of the 60-day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Don Tripp Accepts Gavel As New House Speaker

on January 20, 2015 - 4:33pm

New House Speaker Don Tripp accepted the gavel today saying it is not a Republican gavel or a Democratic gavel, but a gavel of the people of New Mexico. Photo by Nancy Partridge

Gov. Susana Martinez speaking at today's opening of the legislative session in Santa Fe. Photo by Nancy Partridge

STATE News:

Republican Don Tripp accepted the gavel as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives today as the New Mexico 60-day Legislative Session got underway at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Below are his prepared remarks:

My friends, I accept this gavel.

NMMNHS: ‘Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution’

on January 20, 2015 - 6:22am

Courtesy/National Geographic

Courtesy/National Geographic

NMMNHS News:

Beginning Jan. 24, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) invites the public to take a journey to New Guinea and the exotic world of birds-of-paradise with “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution,” a National Geographic Traveling Exhibition.

Highlighting the groundbreaking research of photographer Tim Laman and Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes, the exhibit features the extravagant plumage, crazy courtship dances and bizarre behaviors of the extraordinary birds.

Heinrich Applauds President's Actions To Expand Paid Sick And Family Leave For Workers

on January 19, 2015 - 8:23am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement Wednesday after President Obama announced a plan to expand paid sick and family leave for working families.

In New Mexico, there are an estimated 270,000 workers currently without paid sick leave.

"The fact that we are the only developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave is unacceptable. We shouldn't force working moms and dads to choose between a paycheck and caring for a newborn.

Summer Of Color On Santa Fe's Museum Hill

on January 19, 2015 - 8:16am

Monarch Butterfly Alights on Child's Hand. Photo by Charles Mann

Monarch Butterfly on Cosmos. Photo by Sonny Tucker

MUSEUM News:

SUMMER OF COLOR

SANTA FE Santa Fe appears to be awash in gradations of adobe brown yet it is a city of rich colors found nowhere else – as seen by the generations of artists who've made this city their home. And color in its many shades and hues comes to the fore this summer when some of the city's leading cultural institutions located on Museum Hill coordinate a series of exhibitions and events.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the participating

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Trail Of Turbulence Follows New Mexico Airlines

on January 18, 2015 - 2:18pm

New Mexico Airlines CEO Greg Kahlstorf 

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

In an email to his customer service manager Wednesday, New Mexico Airlines CEO Greg Kahlstorf calls Los Alamos a "s---hole". 

"I have no interest in discussing Los Alamos with the press. I'm trying to end service to that s---hole effective tomorrow, and they can make their own assumptions about why," Kahlstorf stated in the email to Cheryl Leong, which he copied to NMA President Gabriel Kimbrell as well as Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess.

In another email obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post through a

WIPP Hosts Stakeholder Workshop

on January 18, 2015 - 11:57am

Nuclear Waste Partnership Deputy Recovery Manger Tammy Reynolds answers a question during Wednesday’s workshop. Courtesy/WIPP

From left, New Mexico State Representatives Cathrynn Brown and Jim Townsend, CBFO Manager Joe Franco and State Sen. Carroll Leavell take the first trip on the waste hoist following its return to full operations. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

DOE's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) hosted a stakeholder workshop Wednesday to discuss details of the WIPP Recovery Plan Project Management Baseline.

The baseline was conditionally approved by CBFO in late December, and the meeting

Udall Speaks Against Congress Mandating Approval Of Keystone Pipeline

on January 18, 2015 - 9:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Congress should focus on broad energy policy that includes renewables, rather than a pipeline for a private foreign corporation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered a speech Friday on the Senate floor against a bill to mandate approval of the Keystone pipeline. Udall said that Congress should not intervene in approving a pipeline for a foreign corporation.

“We are being asked to do something that I believe is unprecedented,” he said in his remarks, “for Congress to step in and promote a bill for one private sector energy project,

Legislation Targets Toughening Child Pornography Possession Penalties

on January 18, 2015 - 9:48am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Representative-elects Randy Crowder of Clovis and David Adkins of Albuquerque plan to file legislation to toughen penalties for possessing child pornography. Currently, offenders are charged with just one count of possession of child pornography even if they have dozens of images.

“We need to clarify the law if we want to get tough on predators in possession of child pornography,” Crowder said. “I call on my colleagues to join me in protecting New Mexico’s children.”

The courts have said that current law fails to define what constitutes one count of child pornography.

IRS Launches Free File For Taxpayers

on January 17, 2015 - 12:20pm

IRS News:
  • Free File Will Help New Mexico Taxpayers With New Health Care Law

PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Free File Alliance announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers for free.

Free File is available only at IRS.gov/FreeFile -- thanks to a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance -- a consortium of 14 leading tax software companies that make their branded products available for free.

Free File software can help taxpayers with tax preparation, including the health

Indian Country: The Art Of David Bradley

on January 17, 2015 - 12:03pm

Harvest Moon by David Bradley. Courtesy/Ed and Pam deZevallos Collection

MIAC News:

  • "To be an artist from the Indian world carries with it certain responsibilities ... which I do not take lightly." David Bradley

SANTA FE — Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) Feb. 15 and runs through Jan. 16, 2016.

On view will be 32 works of art spanning his career, including paintings, mixed media works and bronze sculptures.

David Bradley of Minnesota Chippewa, creates narrative artworks that tell stories and histories not often heard by

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Heinrich: ‘Let Us Be Reminded Of His Dream’

on January 17, 2015 - 10:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Heinrich makes statement on MKL Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is celebrated Monday, Jan. 19.

“On Martin Luther King Day, communities across New Mexico come together to honor Dr. King’s profound lessons of justice and equality.
"He gave a voice to the marginalized and oppressed and inspired a nation to stand up against intolerance.
"Let us be reminded of his dream to build a country where social and economic opportunities are

Face Jugs: A Southern Tradition

on January 17, 2015 - 10:05am

Face Jug by Lanier Meaders, Mossy Creek, GA. Photo by Addison Doty/MOIFA

MOIFA News:

  • John Burrison Presents History Of This Southern Tradition Followed By Mike Craven's Face Jug Demonstration

SANTA FE Face jugs of the American South are the subject of a two-part public program 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA).

The programs are in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. Both events are by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free Sundays.

The face jug is now an icon of

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‘Blue Buses’ Not In Service MLK Day

on January 16, 2015 - 10:16am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.                                                                                               

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Tuesday, Jan. 20.

 

SFNF Offices Closed For MLK Holiday Jan. 19

on January 16, 2015 - 10:03am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 20.

For additional information, contact your local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300.

 

Letter to the Editor: Frustration With Mandated Testing

on January 16, 2015 - 9:50am
By DARREN MEADOWS
Los Alamos

I thought I would share a note from a friend of mine regarding the state’s flawed teacher/student evaluation plan and encourage all of the community to get involved, informed and evaluate the opt out option.

Dear Mrs. Skandera and Governor Martinez: I am a level 3, National Boards Certified Teacher in my 14th year teaching high school English. I score AP essays each summer and write curriculum.

As one of the highest paid teachers in the state, I am also a divorced mother of two children who can hardly pay rent without side work.

New Mexico ACI, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Introduce Legislation For New Mexico Business

on January 15, 2015 - 2:32pm

Dr. Beverlee McClure

STATE News:

Today, The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) partnered with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard to introduce HB 130, a bill to strengthen the procurement process in New Mexico and modernize the state’s definition of small business.

ACI President and CEO Dr. Beverlee McClure praised Garcia Richard for working closely with ACI and ACI member businesses to develop this legislation. 

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard 

“Rep. Garcia Richard’s bill takes much-needed steps to strengthen our state’s procurement process,” said McClure.

News Alert: Fire Closes U.S. 550

on January 15, 2015 - 1:29pm

DPS News:

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY - The Department of Public Safety just announced that U.S. 550 is closed in both direction due to two 500-gallon propane tanks, and one hot oil tank that is on fire.

Northbound traffic is stopped at the 101 mile marker and southbound traffic is being stopped at the 105 mile marker. The fire is too hot for fire crews to approach at this time. Multiple agencies are responding and assisting with this incident.  

Area residents are not allowed to enter the area until the fire is contained. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Los Alamos High School's Deanna Gutierrez Selected For United States Senate Youth Program

on January 15, 2015 - 12:23pm

Deanna Gutierrez of Los Alamos High School

U.S. SENATE News:

Students Headed to Washington, D.C.; Receiving $5,000 Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) set for March 7-14 in Washington, D.C.

Deanna Gutierrez of Los Alamos and Jonathan Salazar of Albuquerque were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week.

Gutierrez attends

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