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GSUSA Unveils Protraits In Leadership

on December 8, 2014 - 12:19pm

Albuquerque Girl Scout Annika Cushnyr interviews Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham for the video series 'Portraits in Leadership' that can be viewed at http://youtu.be/MSnNt9aXfWI. Courtesy photo

GSUSA News:

  • Tomorrow’s Female Leaders Absorb Life Lessons From Today’s Female Trailblazers

 

New York Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the world’s preeminent girl leadership development organization, today announced the release of an inspiring new video series called Portraits in Leadership. In an intimate and candid series of profiles, Girl Scouts across the country conducted interviews about

FBI's Frank Fisher Tours Los Alamos Daily Post

on December 7, 2014 - 2:22pm

Public Information Officer Frank Fisher of the Albuquerque Office of the FBI visited with Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark Saturday and took a tour of the newspaper's new downtown headquarters on Central Avenue. Clark is a 2008 graduate of the FBI Citizen's Academy. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

Udall Statement On State's Decision To Fine DOE Following Accident At WIPP

on December 7, 2014 - 10:38am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

STAFF REPORT

WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement Saturday on the state of New Mexico's decision to fine the U.S. Department of Energy over $54 million for numerous violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory:

"The investigation by the state of New Mexico found that the accident last February put at risk the health of workers and the nearby community. The action the state has taken is appropriate and shows why I have long fought for state environmental authority over WIPP waste operations.

Valles Caldera Trust Proposes More Affordable Fee Structure

on December 6, 2014 - 8:52am

Snowshoeing in the Valles Grande. Photo by Ryan Heffernan

VCTB News:

Jemez Springs - The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to amend the fees assessed for admission to, and the use and occupancy of, the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The proposal will replace the current system, in which fees are assessed based on an a la carte, per person basis, with a more streamlined and cost-effective entry fee system.

Department Of Public Safety Thanksgiving 2014 Weekend Wrap Up

on December 5, 2014 - 11:44am

NMDPS News:

SANTA FE – Over the Thanksgiving weekend, New Mexico State Police and Motor Transportation Police were proactive in making it a safe one for New Mexico residents, visitors and travelers.

Following is a breakdown of the weekend wrap up:

New Mexico State Police:

  • Fatal Crashes - 1
  • Crashes with injures - 14
  • Non-injury crashes - 58
  • DWI arrests - 44
  • Cell phone use citations - 10
  • Speeding citations - 2,705
  • No seatbelt citations - 239
  • Saturation patrols - 26

Motor Transportation Police:

  • Crashes with injuries - 1
  • Non-injury crashes - 5
  • Commercial motor vehicle inspections conducted - 500

Udall Recruiting Spring Interns For New Mexico Offices

on December 5, 2014 - 11:25am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Positions available in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring semester internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices. 

For more information and to apply for an internship, visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. 

"Congressional

NCRTD Welcomes Town Of Taos

on December 5, 2014 - 10:16am

Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone

NCRTD News:

The Town of Taos has joined the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) as a full member to its Board of Directors.

Named to represent the Town on the NCRTD Board is Town of Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone. As a commissioner representing Taos County, Barrone has served as Board Chair since 2012. His seat on the County Commission will expire in January. 

The NCRTD Board is comprised of thirteen city councilors, county commissioners and tribal representatives from throughout the four-county District.

Udall Statement On Nomination of Ashton Carter As Secretary of Defense

on December 5, 2014 - 9:53am
Ashton 'Ash' Carter
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the president’s decision to nominate Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of Defense: 
 
"The United States and the broader international community are confronting multiple quickly evolving threats in the Middle East, including the emergence of the brutal terrorist organization ISIS. Ashton Carter has the respect of senior military leaders having served under multiple secretaries of defense, managed large budgets and handled many demands under scrutiny.

Sandia's Sean Dunagan New Senior WIPP Recovery Manager

on December 5, 2014 - 8:58am

WIPP News:

Sean Dunagan, Research and Development Manager with Sandia National Laboratories, has been appointed as the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Senior WIPP Recovery Manager, effective Dec. 8, 2014. He replaces Tom Teynor, who returned to Hanford to be the Federal Project Manager of the Plutonium Finishing Plant project.

Directly leading and representing the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Recovery Project, Mr.

World Affairs Discussion Addresses International Drug Trafficking

on December 4, 2014 - 12:15pm

Michael S. Vigil

CIR News:

Michael S. Vigil, former DEA Chief of International Operations, Senior Executive Service, and author of DEAL is presenting a talk Saturday on International Drug Trafficking, Terrorism, and the Impact on Society, including New Mexico.

The Santa Fe Council on International Relation (CIR) is hosting the talk 3-5 p.m., Dec. 6 at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the Forum, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr. The cost is $15 for CIR members and $20 for non-members and guests.*
*Students, teachers and law-enforcement officers are welcome to attend this event for free.

Drug

Los Alamos Public Schools Receives 2014 Performance Excellence Award

on December 4, 2014 - 9:20am

From left, QNM's Bill Wadt, LAPS School Board Member Nan Holmes, Megan Baldrige, LAPS School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:            

Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and School Board Member Nan Holmes, along with Superintendent Gene Schmidt and Quality New Mexico Board Member Bill Wadt attended a Quality New Mexico Recognition Ceremony hosted at the Governor’s Mansion Dec.

Udall Secures Provisions In NDAA To Improve Tech Transfer At New Mexico's National Laboratories

on December 4, 2014 - 7:31am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday that he has successfully pushed for key reforms to fund technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and upgrade how the federal government buys and manages information technology (IT) as part of a critical national defense bill.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall has championed tech transfer and IT reform, and the inclusion of his provisions in the end-of-year National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will help researchers spin off new businesses from New

Heinrich Secures Provisions In Defense Authorization Act To Strengthen N.M. Military Bases, National Security

on December 4, 2014 - 7:22am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., successfully included several key provisions in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to strengthen national security and New Mexico's military bases, and boost the economy.

The NDAA sets the Department of Defense (DOD) spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year.

"New Mexico's military bases are home to thousands of men and women who dedicate their lives to the safety and security of our great nation," Heinrich said.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Included In National Defense Authorization Act Finalized Tonight!

on December 2, 2014 - 10:47pm

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

Several landmark conservation and energy bills, including the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act, championed by Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have been included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was finalized tonight.

Sen. Martin Heinrich

The critical annual bill is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate before the end of the year. http://rules.house.gov/.

"We are closer than ever to making historic gains in protecting some of New Mexico's most treasured landscapes," Heinrich said.

Heinrich To Deliver Keynote At Quality Of Life Initiative Symposium In Santa Fe

on December 2, 2014 - 12:25pm

SFCC News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. will deliver the keynote address to kick off the second annual Quality of Life Initiative Symposium at 1:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5  at the Santa Fe Community College.

 The two-day symposium, entitled, "Education, Engagement, Empowerment, Equity," will focus on ways the community can strengthen their efforts to improve the quality of life in Santa Fe's south side.   

Heinrich will be joined by local leaders, including Santa Fe City Councilors Carmichael Dominguez and Chris Rivera, and health, education, food access, transportation, and youth and

Urgent Response Needed From Community Now!

on December 2, 2014 - 11:01am

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

It looks like the legislation for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park may be crashing today but it's still being discussed on the floor so urgent action from the community is needed now.

Please call Sen. Martin Heinrich, p: (202) 224-5521, and Sen. Tom Udall, (202) 224-6621 immediatley and ask them to talk to their colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee to support the Park as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

If you can't get through on the phone, please e-mail them at http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact and

2014 NMAA Fall State Championships Conclude Saturday

on December 2, 2014 - 8:05am

SPORTS News:

ALBUQUERQUE - The New Mexico Activities Association will hold its final State Championships of the 2014 Fall Season this weekend. 

The Class 6A, 5A, 4A, and 3A Football Finals will take place either Friday, Dec. 5 or Saturday, Dec. 6.

Game details:

Football

Official Championship Name:

  • U.S. Bank State Football Championships, presented by Farmers Insurance Group

Tickets:

Game Information:

  • Class 3A Final – Clayton @ Estancia
  • Saturday 12/6/14 @ 1 p.m.

Class 4A

State Police Hold Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across State Through December

on December 2, 2014 - 6:48am

Courtesy photo

STATE News:

New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties throughout December.

This effort continues to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities and is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Heinrich Calls For Full Funding Of PILT, SRS For Critical Local Government Services

on December 2, 2014 - 6:44am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined a bipartisan coalition urging Senate leaders to fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) in any end-of-year legislation.

"Moving forward, we hope that we can work together to seek a long-term solution to provide a consistent and stable source of funding for the nation's counties containing federal lands," the lawmakers wrote to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Los Alamos Man Involved In Pojoaque Crash In Which Woman Dies

on December 1, 2014 - 11:41am

STAFF REPORT

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office reports that a Los Alamos man was driving a vehicle Saturday in Pojoaque that collided with another vehicle in which the driver died at the scene from her injuries.

SFCSO Lt. Joe McLaughlin told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Robbin Wood of Los Alamos was traveling north on N.M. 30, Mile Marker 3 in the San Ildefonso Pueblo at 4:45 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 when he lost control of his 2006 Chevy four-door vehicle.

New Transloading Facility Breaks Ground Today

on December 1, 2014 - 9:47am

GandyDancer LLC equipment lines up near rail tracks. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez will announce at an event today that GandyDancer LLC, a longtime New Mexico family-run railroad maintenance and construction company, is expanding, creating 200 new jobs and breaking ground on a new transloading facility, New Mexico Transloading LLC.

Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela, the City of Albuquerque, Wells Fargo, and representatives of GandyDancer and New Mexico Transloading will join Martinez for the announcement.

This expansion will not only create 200

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $400,000 For Navajo Distance Learning

on November 29, 2014 - 8:33am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $447,748 in funding for a distance learning initiative for the Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, N.M. 

This funding, made possible through the Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, is intended to counteract high unemployment and poverty in the Navajo community. Quality distance learning is an important tool, especially for the large Navajo Nation, where many students have to travel long distances in order to take classes on campus.

Governor To Light State Christmas Tree Monday

on November 28, 2014 - 9:55am

Gov. Susana Martinez will participate in the annual lighting of the New Mexico State Christmas Tree Monday evening in Santa Fe. The community is invited to attend and enjoy hot apple cider and biscochitos. The tree lighting ceremony is 5:15 p.m. in the southwest corner of the state capitol grounds at 490 Old Santa Fe Trail. Photo is of the tree lighting in 2011.  Courtesy/NMGO

Valles Caldera Board Of Trustees Meets Dec. 4

on November 28, 2014 - 8:49am

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) Board of Trustees (Board) will conduct a public meeting 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in Albuquerque.

The meeting is at the Hilton Garden Inn – Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque.

 The agenda will include an update on recreation activities planned for the upcoming winter and summer seasons, the status of visitor use and recreation planning, proposed revisions to the Trust’s fee structure, and the development of a wildlife management policy for the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Public comments will be heard

Udall Nominates Three Los Alamos Students To United States Service Academies

on November 27, 2014 - 8:38am
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced 43 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2015, including three students from Los Alamos.

A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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