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Udall, Heinrich Back DOD Plan To Better Protect Military Families From Abusive Financial Practices

on November 27, 2014 - 8:02am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. are supporting the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to update the Military Lending Act (MLA) and close existing loopholes in order to better protect soldiers and their families from abusive financial practices. In a letter sent today to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Senators expressed strong support for the proposed new rule to help prevent lenders from charging excessive fees and taking advantage of military families.

"As our service members are asked to take on even more tasks in

Chamisa Students Participate In Electric Car Challenge

on November 26, 2014 - 7:16pm

Inmates To Serve Thanksgiving Meals

on November 26, 2014 - 1:34pm

Secretary Gregg Marcantel

NMCD News:

For the first time ever, the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) will have 50 low level inmates serve Thanksgiving lunch to the homeless and those in need.

We are grateful to our partners at Joy Junction who are always welcoming to our offenders and give them a chance to serve others. We also appreciate the help and coordination of the Convention Center staff to make this happen today at 11 a.m. at the Convention Center in Albuquerque for the Joy Junctions annual holiday meal.

Secretary Gregg Marcantel, executive staff, probation and parole

Los Amigos Christmas Tree Sales Begin Friday

on November 25, 2014 - 1:34pm

Christmas Trees go on sale Friday. Courtesy photo


Los Amigos is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve to offer Christmas Trees once again. All proceeds from the sale go to help projects on the Preserve including restoration of wetlands, roads, streams and recreation opportunities.

Trees will be sold 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas at the Valle Grande Staging area just off N.M.

WalletHub Study: New Mexico Has Third Biggest Spenders

on November 24, 2014 - 9:16am


WalletHub, a leading personal finance social network has issued an in-depth analysis of 2014’s States with the Biggest Spenders and ranks New Mexico as number three.

On the heels of its recent report on the Best & Worst Retailers for Black Friday Deals, the group sought to identify the states where Americans are spending the most cash. They did so by examining 10 key metrics such as personal spending on various categories, the number of cars per household, and auto and credit card debt.  

Spending in New Mexico (1=Biggest; 25=Average)

  • 3rd in Personal Expenditure on Food &

Governor To Recognize New Mexico True Heroes

on November 24, 2014 - 8:54am

Gov. Susana Martinez


Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Albuquerque at 2 p.m. today to recognize the extraordinary citizens being honored as New Mexico True Heroes.

Through a partnership with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the New Mexico True Heroes program honors four New Mexicans who contribute to making their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

The Governor will recognize:

  • John Masterson, Roswell, is being recognized for his bravery in ceasing a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School in early 2014. Masterson is a married father of three who teaches

Egolf, Stapleton, Caballero Make Up House Democrats New Leadership Team For 2015-2016

on November 23, 2014 - 11:04am


SANTA FE - Democrats in the New Mexico House of Representatives have elected  a new Floor Leader, Whip and Caucus Chair for the 52nd Legislature. 

Floor Leader Rep. Brian Egolf

Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, who was elected on the first ballot, will represent the Democrats as their new Floor Leader.

Egolf  has served in the House since 2009  and has chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.




Minority Whip Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton

Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D-Bernalillo, elected in 1995, will represent the Democrats as Minority Whip.  




Udall, Heinrich Seek Additional Resources For WIPP

on November 23, 2014 - 9:35am


WASHINGTON, D.C.As Congress finalizes its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they are seeking continued support for funding for the recovery of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

In a letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, the senators urged them to provide an additional $113 million above 2014 funding levels to ensure ongoing recovery efforts are maintained and the facility can safely resume operation.

WIPP has been closed

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Boost Tech Transfer

on November 23, 2014 - 8:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 2932, the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act of 2014, a bill to accelerate technology transfer by establishing off-campus microlabs that would serve as the "front-door" to national laboratories.

The microlabs would give academia, local government, businesses owners, and communities direct access to the equipment, facilities and personnel of our national labs. 

"If we are going to realize the true potential

Gov. Announces Changes In Cabinet Secretary Posts

on November 22, 2014 - 10:30am


Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced four cabinet level appointments taking effect Dec. 1:

  • Kelly Zuni replaces Art Allison as cabinet secretary of the Department of Indian Affairs;
  • Jay Mitchell replaces Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary Greg Myers;
  • Tom Blaine replaces Scott Verhines as New Mexico’s state engineer; and
  • Brent Earnest replaces Sidonie Squier as cabinet secretary of the Human Services Department.

The changes will take effect Dec. 1.

“We’ve accomplished a great deal in the last four years, and I’m grateful for

Udall Responds To President’s Immigration Decision

on November 21, 2014 - 8:12am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the president’s decision to take executive action on immigration: 
“Over 40,000 people in New Mexico and millions more around the country are living in immigration limbo while they work and raise families here in the United States. Deporting these children and families isn’t a realistic option. We need to focus our limited resources on securing the border and going after drug dealers, gang members and potential terrorists.
“New Mexicans have seen firsthand the problems caused by House

Significant Activities Resume At WIPP

on November 20, 2014 - 11:08am

WIPP News:

Two functions that are vital to recovery operations resumed this week at the WIPP site. Over the weekend, crews resumed roof bolting operations necessary for ground control and continued safe access to many areas of the underground facility.

Roof bolts, sometimes as long as 12 feet, are inserted into predrilled holes and tightened to required specifications to help secure the roof and walls of the access routes in the underground facility. Under normal operations, roof bolts are added or replaced on a routine basis, as necessary.

LANL, Sandia, Other Major Employers Commit To STEM Education In New Mexico

on November 20, 2014 - 9:04am

Placing their signatures on a proclamation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and other major employers commit to STEM education in New Mexico. Courtesy/LANL

Santa Fe National Forest Plans Prescribed Pile Burn

on November 19, 2014 - 3:27pm


SANTA FE— Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed pile burn in the Santa Fe Watershed on the Espanola Ranger District. The Santa Fe Watershed pile burn may be conducted from Dec. 1 through the month of February on favorable days as conditions allow. 

Approximately 100 acres of piles may be treated in the Santa Fe Watershed area, which is located approximately two miles east of Santa Fe. Small blocks of piles may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available

QNM Presents Nine Performance Excellence Awards

on November 19, 2014 - 8:15am

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico’s (QNM) New Mexico Performance Excellence Award Program announces nine recognition recipients: six receiving Piñon Recognition and three receiving Roadrunner Recognition.

Quality New Mexico’s Performance Excellence program is designed to recognize New Mexico organizations that strive to be role models.

“I’m delighted to announce the 2014 New Mexico Performance Excellence Recognition Recipients” QNM President/CEO Julia Gabaldon said. “These organizations are striving for world class excellence and providing the best service to their customers.

MOIFA Raises Funds To Restore Giant Giraffe

on November 19, 2014 - 7:26am

Sculptor Felipe Archuleta with his giraffe creation, created in 1973. Courtesy photo


The Museum of International Folk Art is undertaking the restoration of this giraffe created by sculptor Felipe Archuleta in December of 1973.

Of the many imaginative animals he created (some currently on view at MOIFA in the exhibition Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico) this giraffe is one of his first large-scale exotic animals.

Since its donation to the museum in 1973 by the Atrium Orbis Gallery Corporation of Santa Fe, this magnificent sculpture has brought smiles to thousands of museum


Indian Country, The Art Of David Bradley

on November 18, 2014 - 5:45am

Harvest Moon, Godzilla vs. Zozobra, 2009, David Bradley, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in., Collection of Ed and Pam deZevallos, Houston, Texas.

ART News:

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

SANTA FE—David Bradley (b. 1954), Minnesota Chippewa, creates narrative artworks which tell stories and histories not often heard by non-Native people nor understood from a Native American perspective.

Saturated with a powerful Native voice and evocative visual descriptions of Indian experience, Bradley's artworks


Attack Research Of Los Alamos Among Nine Companies Identified As High-Growth, Job Creators

on November 17, 2014 - 12:50pm

Los Alamos technology company Attack Research was honored Thursday evening as one of the top high-growth companies for creating jobs and bringing revenue to the region. From left, Board member Jack Jekowski, Jeff Lunsford of TIG, Lynn Saxton of AR and Greg Fisher of Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A crowd gathered for Thursday's business awards at Hotel Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


  • Attack Research of Los Alamos Honored at Northern New Mexico 20/20 Campaign Award Reception

SANTA FE – The Northern New Mexico 20/20 Campaign

Heinrich, Flake Lead 30 Senators In Call For Monthly Bipartisan Lunches

on November 17, 2014 - 6:44am

  • Senators Push To Bridge Partisan Divide To Address Common Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. led a bipartisan group of 30 senators Friday in calling on their party leaders to schedule monthly lunches between their caucuses in the next Congressional session in the hope of building better and more productive relationships among all members of the Senate.

"We believe that regular bipartisan meetings like the one in July 2013 can help foster the kind of productive relationships that will be critical for the Senate to live up

NM House Majority Announces Senior Staff

on November 16, 2014 - 3:08pm

SANTA FE The New Mexico House Majority Caucus has announced its senior staff.

The team includes:

  • Denise Greenlaw Ramonas as chief clerk;
  • Ryan Gleason as chief of staff for House Speaker-nominee Don Tripp;
  • Ryan Hedin as chief of staff for Majority Floor Leader Nate Gentry; and
  • Chris Sanchez as communications director for the caucus.

"Our number one priority this session is putting New Mexico first. We have a lot of work to do, but I believe we can come together to pass an agenda that creates good jobs and improves our school system," House Speaker-nominee Tripp said.

SFNF Christmas Tree Permits Available Nov. 24

on November 15, 2014 - 12:17pm

SFNF News:

Follow a familiar family tradition or start a new one this year by cutting a Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Christmas tree permits go on sale Monday at Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters and Ranger District offices. The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 24. Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree. 

One tag is valid for a tree up to five inches in diameter and 10 feet in height.

New Mexico History Museum: Christmas, Fred Harvey, Las Posadas And More

on November 15, 2014 - 8:45am

Photo by Hannah Abelbeck

NMHM News:

December events at the New Mexico History Museum begin Friday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m., with Free First Friday Gallery Talk: "Mapping New Mexico".

As New Mexico morphed into the state we know today, its paper outlines changed the lives of those who called it home. Gather in the exhibition Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, where Librarian Tomas Jaehn will demonstrate those changes via maps, plus explain a cartographic error that determined who was American and who was Mexican. Free admission 5-8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 7 is the opening of Setting the


LANL Foundation's Susan Herrera Receives Luminaria Award

on November 15, 2014 - 6:51am
LANL Foundation CEO Susan Herrera , right, was honored with a Luminaria Award by New Mexico Community Foundation President and CEO Jenny Parks, left, and Board Chair Sandy Kizser during the Nov. 1 Gala at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Luminarias are selected because they motivate, inspire and support the dreams of others, promote diversity and equity, and build community strength. Photo by Evan Hubbard

New Mexico School For The Arts Partners With Whole Foods For Community Support Day

on November 15, 2014 - 6:48am

NMSA News:

Thursday, Nov. 20, shoppers at both Whole Foods locations in Santa Fe on Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Road will be directly helping to support New Mexico School for the Arts.

NMSA has been selected to participate in the Whole Foods Market Santa Fe Community Support Day, also known as 5 percent day. Nov. 20, 5 percent of all sales in Santa Fe Whole Foods stores will go to support NMSA’s arts and residence program.  

NM School for the Arts will staff tables at both locations throughout the day, with information to share with shoppers about the high school and its dual

Udall, Heinrich Announce Grant To Support Medicaid And CHIP Enrollment for Eligible Children

on November 15, 2014 - 6:44am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $383,152 for the Connecting Kids to Coverage project at Santo Domingo Pueblo to support increased Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment and retention among eligible children. 

The grant was awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2014 American Indian and Alaska Native Outreach and Enrollment Grants, which provided $3.9 million for outreach and enrollment efforts in seven states to help reduce the number of children who remain uninsured.