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PMI Breaks Ground in Española; Expansion Will Create 50 New Jobs

on June 19, 2014 - 7:39am

From left, Española Mayor Alice Lucero, NMEDD Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela, Gov. Susana Martinez and Celina and Eric Quintana Break Ground at PMI’s New Site. Courtesy photo


ESPANOLA – Eric Quintana, founder of Performance Maintenance, Inc. (PMI), is putting down roots for his growing business with a new expansion in Española. Since launching PMI with his wife Celina from their home in 1994, the company now boasts more than 80 employees in two states.


Los Alamos Police, Fire, Schools to Receive $85,962 in PILT Funding

on June 18, 2014 - 10:50am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced counties in New Mexico are set to receive approximately $37 million as part of the 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, an over 8 percent increase from 2013.

Los Alamos County police, fire and schools will receive $85,962.
PILT is administered through the Department of the Interior and provides funding for mostly rural counties that have a limited ability to levy taxes due to the amount of federal property in their jurisdiction, including Bureau of Land

Udall Secures Critical Funding for Labs, WIPP

on June 18, 2014 - 7:25am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:      

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding for New Mexico’s national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and other Department of Energy (DOE) and water-related programs important to the state.

The full committee will vote on the bill as early as this week.

As a member of the subcommittee, Udall was instrumental in securing full funding for key DOE programs at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs and WIPP

Los Alamos Post Office Listed in State Register of Cultural Properties

on June 17, 2014 - 10:39am


State and National Register Coordinator Steven Moffson of the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division has announced that the Los Alamos Post Office was listed June 13 in the State Register of Cultural Properties by the Cultural Properties Review Committee (CPRC).

The Los Alamos Post Office opened in its present location at 199 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos in November 1948, on the site of the Ranch School Trading Post. The CPRC also will recommend that it be forwarded for consideration to the National Register.

The CPRC was created by the Cultural Properties

NMDOT Commission Meets in Cimarron June 19

on June 17, 2014 - 9:52am

NMDT News:

The policy making board of the New Mexico Department of Transportation will hold its monthly public meeting in Cimarron on Thursday, June 19. 

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at The Hardesty Casa Central, located at 39 Sombra Dr.

Action items on the agenda include:

  • FY 2015 Annual Office of Inspector General Audit Plan
  • FY 2014-2017 STIP Amendment 5
  • Debt Management Policy

State Transportation Commission meetings provide residents of local communities the opportunity to discusstransportation needs and projects with Transportation Commissioners and officials from The New Mexico


Two Los Alamos Eateries Make Top 50 Breakfast Burritos List

on June 17, 2014 - 8:45am

State News:

Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway's Top 50 burritos that earned a spot on the map.

Two Los Alamos restuarants earned a place on the list: Violas and Chile Works, both located on Trinity Drive.

"New Mexico's delicious, unique, authentic cuisine is one of the many things that draw visitors to our state," Martinez said. "The New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway is a fun and exciting way to highlight our incredible cuisine, promote tourism and help bring even more dollars to New Mexico restaurants."

For a restaurant's breakfast

Governor's Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion and False Statement Charges

on June 17, 2014 - 7:51am

Jamie Estrada

FBI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jamie Estrada, 41, of Los Lunas pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to the unlawful interception of electronic communications and false statement charges arising out of the unlawful interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and members of her staff.

In announcing Estrada’s guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Damon P.

Governor Announces Critical Reforms to Support Teacher Preparation in New Mexico

on June 16, 2014 - 9:10am

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Report Cards for Teacher Prep Programs Part of Reforms Supported By Higher Education Leaders

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Susana Martinez joined education leaders from several colleges and universities Tuesday to announce key reforms aimed at supporting teacher and principal preparation programs. 

Every year, six schools of education from around the state graduate about 1,000 students who become teachers in New Mexico classrooms.

Reminder: Event With Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez Cancelled Due to His Death

on June 14, 2014 - 8:32am

Chester Nez and Judith Avila. Courtesy/JSPL

JSPL News:

The Jemez Springs Public Library reminds the public that the Chester Nez event scheduled for today has been cancelled due to Nez’s recent death.

Author Judith Avila and Nez’s grandson Latham will be coming to Jemez Springs at some point to talk about the book she co-wrote with Chester about his experiences as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II,  but this is still an intense period of mourning for the Nez family scheduling is still uncertain.

Annual Massing of the Colors Ceremony in Santa Fe Saturday

on June 11, 2014 - 7:36am


Honoring Old Glory and those who have served to protect her will be the focus of the 19th annual Massing of the Colors ceremony at 9 a.m., June 14 at the Santa Fe Veterans’ Memorial, on the northwest corner of the Bataan Memorial Building at the intersection of Galisteo and Montezuma streets in Santa Fe.

The public is invited to attend this free ceremony.

Veterans, Military and Civic groups also are invited to bring flags representing their organizations and take part in the ceremony, which begins with a Musical Prelude performed by the Santa Fe Concert Band.

The host is once

Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award Winners Announced!

on June 10, 2014 - 12:06pm

LAPS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) announced today the teachers selected to receive the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for their state.

Allen Andraski, a teacher at Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, was selected as one of two state winners.

“This award means a lot to me as an affirmation of all the hours I have spent working with students in the National History Day program,” Andraski said. “I have been the High School sponsor of NHD for the past 10 years. This year I have the largest group of participants ever in my NHD Club.

State Gives 'All Clear' for Brewpub's Open Air Dining

on June 10, 2014 - 11:48am

Pajarito Brewpub and Grill co-owner Patrick Mockler-Wood stands beneath the new air curtain installed between the restaurant's kitchen and dining room to satisfy state inspectors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Just in time for nice weather, the state has granted approval to the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill to once again offer open air dining to its patrons.

Level 1 Fire Restrictions Begin at Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve June 12

on June 10, 2014 - 9:09am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve remain in very high fire danger, despite recent rains.

Grasses and other small fuels have dried out enough to carry fire; larger fuels, such as logs, are exceptionally dry and able to burn. The extended weather forecast calls for continued dry and windy conditions. All of these factors raise the potential for both human and lightning-caused fires.

To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to forest resources, Level 1 Fire Restrictions will be implemented on all National Forest

Heinrich Statement On Release Of Internal VA Nationwide Audit Report

on June 9, 2014 - 4:25pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its internal nationwide audit report:

"The internal audit revealed that far too many New Mexicans have waited far too long for care. VA doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and others play a critical role in providing the best care to our veterans, but our nation must provide them with the resources and staff they need to meet the needs of our veterans.

"Last month, I visited the regional VA facility

Monsoon Awareness Week In New Mexico June 8-13

on June 9, 2014 - 9:09am

Courtesy photo


Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed June 8-13 as “Monsoon Awareness Week” in New Mexico. The National Weather Service (NWS) and New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) will mark Monsoon Awareness Week in New Mexico with a series of informational projects to promote awareness.

New Mexico joins the annual campaign to promote awareness of the life-threatening weather hazards that affect New Mexico during the Summer Monsoon. The keys to avoiding serious injury or death during the Summer Monsoon include:

  • knowing the safety rules

New Mexico State Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting in Espanola

on June 9, 2014 - 7:38am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) report that at about 10 a.m. Sunday, two Espanola police officers responded to the area of Riverside Drive and Corlett Road in Espanola to the report of a suspicious person.

They made contact with the person and the person and during the contact the person produced a weapon and pointed it at the officers. One officer fired his weapon, striking the person.

The person was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead. He is identified as Victor Villalpando, 16, of Espanola.

The incident is under investigation.

High Profile Absconder Arrested

on June 8, 2014 - 10:43am

NMCD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) Security Threat Intelligence Unit detectives, with collaboration with its partners at the U.S. Marshals, have arrested parole absconder Joseph Borja.

Borja was on parole for child abuse resulting in great bodily harm or death.

Borja, after serving a year and a half in prison, was paroled in August. He absconded at the end of November and since then officers have been on his heels. Officers, working on a tip, went to an apartment complex of Borja's current girlfriend.

Heinrich Welcomes New Mexico Honor Flight Veterans to World War II Memorial

on June 7, 2014 - 7:32am
Sen. Martin Heinrich with World War II Veteran Ralph Kress at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Kress traveled to Washington with the Northern New Mexico Honor Flight. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. welcomed World War II veterans with the first ever Northern New Mexico Honor Flight to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The group of veterans was sponsored by the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. 

Bridge Work Continues on U.S. 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange

on June 6, 2014 - 9:38am

NMDOT News: 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6. 

6 a.m. Saturday, June 7, the North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) will be closed, and the U.S. 84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane and be detoured through the off ramps and on ramps at this interchange. The cross-road at the North Tesuque Interchange will be closed during this time. There will be an 18’ width restriction.

Udall, Heinrich Honor Last Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez

on June 6, 2014 - 6:31am

Chester Nez


WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján issued the following statements celebrating the life and service of Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, who died Wednesday morning, and honoring the historic role the Native American Code Talkers played in the Allied victory in World War II.

"The passing of Chester Nez is a solemn moment for the Navajo Nation, the state of New Mexico and our country, and my thoughts are with the Nez family," Udall said.

Last of Original Navajo Code Talkers Has Died

on June 5, 2014 - 1:15pm
Chester Nez during his days as a Navajo Code Talker. Courtesy/ and Chester Nez

Staff Report:

Chester Nez, the last remaining of the original 29 Navajos recruited by the Marine Corps to develop the legendary code that was used for vital communications during battle  died Wednesday at his home in Albuquerque at age 93.

Nez had been scheduled to speak in  Jemez Springs on June 14 on his new book, a memoir of his days as a  Code Talker,coauthored with Judith Avila. That event has of course been cancelled.


Udall, Heinrich Urge President to Revise Budget To Address Changes In Design And Operation At WIPP

on June 5, 2014 - 7:51am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urge President Obama to send Congress an amendment to his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget to ensure that the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has the funding it needs to continue implementing the recommendations of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Accident Investigation Boards, including required changes in design and operation.

A fire and radiation release earlier this year have left WIPP closed while the Department of Energy investigates the root cause of the accidents and develops a recovery plan

Rabies Confirmed in Two Bats from Albuquerque’s South Valley

on June 4, 2014 - 11:17pm

Bat. Courtesy/CDC


  • Health Department urges parents to tell children not to handle wild animals and make sure pets are vaccinated

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department announced today two bats from the South Valley of Albuquerque have tested positive for rabies in the last two weeks.

The bats were tested at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division.

The most recent bat tested positive Tuesday and had been found crawling on a woman’s bare foot before she kicked it away.

Eight Candidates Face Off in Los Alamos County Council Race in November

on June 4, 2014 - 12:43pm

Candidates and community members watch election results provided by the County Clerk's Office Tuesday evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The results of Tuesday night's Primary Election leave a field of four Democrats facing Four Republicans in the November race for four available seats on the Los Alamos County Council.

David Izraelevitz drew the largest number of votes among the five Democrats in the race with 1,010 votes. Ed Birnbaum drew the least votes with 627, so will be dropped from the November ballot.

Dist. 43 GOP Candidate Vincent Chiravalle Throws Support to Opponent Geoff Rodgers

on June 4, 2014 - 10:43am
Geoff Rodgers
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tuesday's 2014 Primary Election has come to a close and the candidates are beginning to weigh in on the results. In the Republican race for House Dist. 43, Vincent Chiravalle of Los Alamos threw his support this morning to opponent Geoff Rogers of White Rock who won with 842 votes to Chiravalle’s 747.

Vincent Chiravalle

"I wish to congratulate Geoff Rodgers. He has my support in the general election,” Chiravalle said in a statement.