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Volunteers Invited To Plant Trees Along 501 Corridor In Los Alamos

on April 2, 2014 - 3:54pm

SFNF News:

Santa Fe National Forest is seeking volunteers to plant trees within the 2011 Las Conchas Fire burn area, near Los Alamos. This activity will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Pajarito Canyon Trailhead, just south of the Pajarito Ski Hill turn off.

Douglas fir trees will be planted on 14 acres along the 501 corridor as part of a larger planting initiative. The trees were ordered in the fall of 2011, immediately after the Las Conchas Fire. Local seed stock was germinated in the spring of 2013 and the trees are now ready for planting.

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Udall Responds to Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Decision - Renews Call For Campaign Finance Reform

on April 2, 2014 - 12:38pm


WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down aggregate limits on campaign donations.

The McCutcheon v. FEC decision will allow a federal politician to solicit – or a wealthy donor to give – a $3.6 million check to benefit a political party and federal candidates over a two-year election cycle.

Udall issued the following statement:

“Americans already believe the election system has been fundamentally corrupted by big money from corporate special interests.

Seven Students Win Los Alamos County Library’s Battle of the Books Competition

on April 2, 2014 - 12:30pm

The winning elementary team, including from left, Cinlong Huang, Audrey Nolen, Kezia Tripp, Andrew Watson, Anna Batista, A.J. McPherson and Olivia Koo hold up their prizes, copies of the book Fake Mustache. Courtesy photo


Twenty-nine children participated in the Los Alamos County Library’s annual elementary school "Battle of the Books" competition March 28. 

"Battle of the Books" is a statewide program in which children are invited to read books from a designated list of recommended titles selected by librarians across the state and then participate in a competition testing

Alert: FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information About Suspected Child Sexual Predator

on April 2, 2014 - 11:31am

FBI News:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. 

Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are attached to this email with the request that media publish and broadcast this information as widely as possible.

The materials also can be found online at

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit

Breakfast Burrito Byway Nominations Now Open!

on April 2, 2014 - 9:03am

Los Alamos - nominate your favorite local burrito! Which will it be? Violas? Chili Works? El Parasol? Morning Glory? Fusion Cafe? Ruby K's? Other? Pick one! Go to and get Los Alamos on the tourism map!


Bandelier's Chief Ranger Tom Betts Named Regional Winner of Park Service’s Top Ranger Honor

on April 2, 2014 - 8:11am

Chief Ranger Tom Betts


Bandelier's Chief Ranger Tom Betts, a 34-year veteran ranger for the National Park Service (NPS), has been named Intermountain Region recipient of the Harry Yount Award.

The annual award, named after the first U.S. national park ranger, recognizes excellence in the field of “rangering.” Betts and seven other regional recipients are now the finalists for the national Harry Yount Award, which will be presented in June in Washington, DC.

Betts, himself the son of an NPS ranger, grew up in national parks from Rocky Mountain to Yosemite to Grand Teton.

Albuquerque Police Dept. and Maslow's Hammer

on April 1, 2014 - 9:11am
Albuquerque Police Dept. and Maslow's Hammer
Los Alamos

"I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail."  --Abraham Maslow

On Sunday, there were protests in Albuquerque, with police lobbing tear gas and angry and increasingly unruly crowds blocking streets and the Interstate near UNM and the Nob Hill area. All the result of festering anger over some 23 fatal shootings of civilians by APD officers over the last few years, culminating in the death of James Boyd, a mentally disturbed and occasionally violent homeless

Udall, Heinrich Ask for Explanation of Missed Mine Safety Inspections at WIPP

on April 1, 2014 - 7:52am

  • Senators ask mine safety administration for assurance that steps will be taken to ensure safety, prevent future accidents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced Thursday that they sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, asking for a written report on why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) had not conducted legally required regular inspections at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

Records in a Department of Energy accident report on the Feb.

Meet U.S. Senate Candidate Dave Clements at Fusion Cafe Thursday

on March 31, 2014 - 1:19pm

Dave Clements


U.S. Senate candidate Dave Clements will be at the Fusion Cafe, 723 Central Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to meet the public.

The event is organized by the Los Alamos Branch of the Northern New Mexico Tea Party.

For information, contact Rose Stephens at 505.662.5776.

Apple Tree Grafting at Bandelier 4 p.m. Today!

on March 31, 2014 - 1:03pm

Apple tree grafting. Courtesy/wikipedia


Rory Gauthier at Bandelier National Monument announced a last-minute opportunity to watch grafting being done on the apple trees in the old orchard near the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon.

"We didn't know when the supplies would arrive, and the grafting has to be done almost immediately. So it will be done beginning at 4 p.m. today. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come." 

For more information, contact the Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.

This Is New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week 2014

on March 31, 2014 - 11:45am

Campfire. Courtesy/wikipedia


  • Interagency Partners Stress Preparedness and Prevention Ahead of the 2014 Fire Season


ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that March 30 through April 5 is New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week, and calls upon residents and visitors to continue doing their part to prevent and be prepared for wildfires. 


“Continuing historic drought conditions heighten the risk of what already has the potential to be another active and dangerous wildfire season,” Martinez said.

FUNdamentals of Leadership Workshop Helps Students Gain Career Skills

on March 31, 2014 - 11:33am

RDC News:

ESPANOLA – Friday, April 4, Accelerate program students from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and five other colleges and universities around northern New Mexico will learn and practice leadership skills in a workshop at Northern New Mexico College.

The event, Learning the FUNdamentals of Leadership, aims to increase career readiness and assist in completing certificates and 2-year technical degrees for non-traditional students.

Heinrich, Udall Honor César Chávez Legacy

on March 31, 2014 - 11:10am

 Civil rights leader César E. Chávez. Courtesy/ 


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., both members of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, cosponsored a resolution to honor civil rights leader César E. Chávez.

“César Chávez was a fearless leader and deeply committed to improving the lives of others. He was a champion of justice, tirelessly fighting for better working conditions and fair wages, and inspired a generation of community organizers across the country,” Heinrich said.

“César Chávez’s ability to bring the

Peaceful Dia de los Muertos Demonstration Planned at Trinity Site Entrance April 5

on March 30, 2014 - 10:32am

CCNS News:

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) has announced an upcoming event at the Trinity Test Site, the location of the first test explosion of a nuclear device July 16, 1945 on the White Sands Missile Range.

The Trinity Site is open to the public one day a year, which this year is Saturday, April 5. The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and Las Mujeres Hablan advocacy groups are organizing a peaceful Dia de los Muertos demonstration at the Stallion Range Station on Highway 380, east of San Antonio, beginning at 9 a.m.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

on March 30, 2014 - 9:48am

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Receives Congressional Accolades

  • SIPI Receives Grants Totaling More Than $923,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham congratulated the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) on its recent progress and achievements in Albuquerque Thursday.

On March 12, Assistant Secretary of the Interior-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced that SIPI was awarded two separate grants in excess of $923,000 to support undergraduate research, and to encourage students to engage in science, technology,

Heinrich Statement on Endangered Species Act Listing for the Lesser Prairie Chicken

on March 30, 2014 - 9:42am

Lesser prairie chicken. Courtesy/wikipedia


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., made the following statement Thursday on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the lesser prairie chicken, found in New Mexico as well as four other states, as a threatened species:

“New Mexico communities, oil and gas producers and farmers and ranchers deserve credit for implementing voluntary habitat conservation measures through the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances process, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service

Santa Fe Celebrates George R. R. Martin Day Saturday

on March 30, 2014 - 8:41am
Author and Santa Fe resident George R. R. Martin gives a thumbs up, as Mayor Javier Gonzales declares March 29 George R. R. Martin Day in Santa Fe. In addition to writing the award-winning 'Song of Ice and Fire' book series on which the HBO blockbuster, 'Game of Thrones' is based, Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which premiered the fourth season of 'Game of Thrones' Saturday. 'It's wonderful that the top show on television is premiering in Santa Fe in both Spanish and English,' Gonzales said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Santa Feans queued up to sit atop the Iron Throne,

LAHS Girls T&F Competes at Cleveland HS

on March 30, 2014 - 8:37am
The Los Alamos High School Girls Track & Field team competed Saturday at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. The meet was an all-relays format so all events were either run as traditional relays or scored by combining the individual marks in the event.

Los Alamos finished second overall and had two more State qualifiers. Sophia Galvez qualified in the 3200m (12:10.84) and the 4x400m team of Elena Abeyta, Sienna Ahlers, Clare Ticknor and Hayley Schake ran a qualifying time of 4:12.11.

"It's been a great start to the season and we hope to continue to improve," Girls Track & Field

Santa Fe Trail Association Hopes to Keep Rail Access Open

on March 30, 2014 - 8:00am
The view from the Southwest Chief as it travels from Lamy to Las Vegas, N.M. Photo by Inez Ross

Ron Kemp entertains passengers on the Southwest Chief Amtrak Train. Photo by Inez Ross


Members and friends of the End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association took the two hour train ride from Lamy to Las Vegas, N.M. and enjoyed the joys of train travel as they lunched in the dining car, took in views from the observation car and got to meet travelers on their way to Chicago.

The group was also raising awareness of historic sites along Apache Canyon and Glorieta

Many Retirees Face April 1 Deadline To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions

on March 29, 2014 - 8:35am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently reminded taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2013 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs. Normally, it also applies to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans.

The April 1 deadline only applies to the required distribution for the first year.

Candidates Speak At Lincoln Day Dinner

on March 29, 2014 - 8:14am

New Mexico House of Representatives Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers with Secretary of State Dianna Duran at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Los Alamos Research Park. The annual event was sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico House of Representatives Dist. 43 candidate Vincent Chiravalle speaks about his candidacy. He is a former Los Alamos Couny Councilor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

State Treasurer candidate Rick Lopez ueged the crowd to vote for Secretary of State Dianna Duran in her bid for re-election.

New Mexico Community Foundations Hope To Make History

on March 29, 2014 - 7:29am
SANTA FE - The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico is organizing Give Grande NM, a day of giving dedicated to supporting local causes. Because Give Grande NM is one of many giving days being held across the country, it could become one of the largest online fundraising events in history.
Give Grande NM is one of many giving events happening May 6 as part of the national Give Local America event. Donors will be able to donate directly to nonprofits working in their communities by visiting Visitors to the site will also be able to search

Los Alamos Lincoln Day Dinner Draws Secretary of State, Community Members and Candidates

on March 28, 2014 - 1:26pm

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Audience members stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran was the keynote speaker at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Los Alamos Research Park on West Jemez Road Jemez Road.

In addition to being the chief elections officer of the state, Duran also overseas campaign finance reporting, lobbyist registration, and financial disclosures by certain public officials.

FBI Opens Investigation Into APD Shooting

on March 28, 2014 - 1:18pm

FBI News:

The FBI has opened an investigation into the March 16, 2014, shooting involving the Albuquerque Police Department.

The Albuquerque FBI Division wants to assure the public that a thorough and fair investigation will be conducted to determine if any civil rights were violated.

No time frame or additional details about this investigation will be provided at this time.

IRS Releases Virtual Currency Guidance

on March 28, 2014 - 1:05pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -– The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a notice providing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. These FAQs provide basic information on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, virtual currency.


In some environments, virtual currency operates like “real” currency -- i.e., the coin and paper money of the United States or of any other country that is designated as legal tender, circulates, and is customarily used and accepted as a medium of exchange in the country of