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Los Alamos American Legion Riders Participate in Massing of Colors

on May 13, 2013 - 11:38am
Members of the Los Alamos American Legion Riders participated in the Massing of Colors with the Military Order of World Wars at the New Mexico Bataan Memorial Saturday, May 11, from left, Ken Nadeau, Scott Wilkinson, Dave Bullock, Dave Demello and Randi Moore. Photo by Louis Rosocha

Forest Announces 2013 Season Open Recreation Sites

on May 13, 2013 - 10:18am


SFNF News:

  • Forest announces 2013 season open recreation sites; Asks public to help keep forest clean

SANTA FE – Forest recreation specialists are currently busy preparing 54 campgrounds, trail heads and picnic areas for the summer season across the Santa Fe National Forest.

Hazard tree inspections, drinking water sampling, and general maintenance to facilities brought on by winter snow are being accomplished so that visitors can once again enjoy their national forests.

However, there will be a reduction in services at some sites.

Forest & VCNP Enter Stage I Fire Restrictions Tuesday

on May 13, 2013 - 9:33am

Smokey Bear. Courtesy/SFNS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.


The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.


Mules and More at Bond House Museum

on May 12, 2013 - 8:48am

Archival photograph of the Bond House in former days. Courtesy/Center for SW Reach Archives at UNM


Our neighboring city of Española is where many of us shop. We know about Wal-Mart, Lowes, maybe even the bowling alley in the casino, but what about their history museum?

Who knew there was such a gem as the Bond House? It’s behind the church on the plaza. Most of us pass right by it when we head home to Los Alamos.

Franklin Bond arrived from Canada, when Española was little more than a dirt rail yard on the banks of the Rio Grande.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Make Progress Restoring LANL Cleanup Funding

on May 11, 2013 - 9:44am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy and the White House have responded to their calls for critical funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory by sending a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

They are now urging the necessary Congressional Committees to approve the without delay and advocating for an additional $21 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to meet a

Valles Caldera's 2013 Recreation Program Highlights

on May 10, 2013 - 8:41am


VCNP News:

Thirteen years ago, July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To celebrate that occasion and the many accomplishments of past and present staff, volunteers and contributors, we will host the second annual Valles Caldera Preservation Act Celebration from July 25-28. A new addition to this year’s celebration will be the Jemez Valley Storytellers Jamboree July 27-28. Storytellers from across New Mexico will gather to share their tall tales and legends from the Land of

Bandelier Announces Weekend Activities

on May 9, 2013 - 11:30pm
Upper Falls. Photo by Sally King/BNM
BNM News:
Visitors to Bandelier National Monument may enjoy participating in some special programs this weekend.
Saturday May 11 all day: Bring your binoculars to Bandelier for Internationa Migratory Bird Day. Still time to sign up!
Many migratory birds have left their wintering areas to the south and are heading towards breeding sites to the north. Spring migration bird counts conducted across the continent on IMBD provide a snapshot of bird migration in progress.

The 2013 International Migratory Bird Day focuses on bird life cycles.

Massing of the Colors Ceremony Saturday

on May 9, 2013 - 9:08am

MOWW News:

SANTA FEHonoring Old Glory and those who have served to protect her are once again the focus of this year’s 18 annual Massing of the Colors Flag Day Ceremony in Santa Fe, which will be celebrated May 11 at the Santa Fe Veterans’ Memorial.

Flag Day is one of the oldest observed ceremonies in America. It commemorates the adoption of the first American Flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

The festivities get underway at 9 a.m. with a free concert by the New Mexico National Guard’s 44th Army Band, followed at 9:30 a.m. by the ceremony. The host is the Santa Fe Chapter


Governor Views Progress of 3706 TRU Waste Campaign at LANL

on May 8, 2013 - 5:33pm

Gov. Susana Martinez speaking today at TA-55 during her visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory to receive an update of the 3706 TRU Waste Campaign. Photo by Richard Robinson/LANL

Jeff Mousseau, LANL Environmental Programs Directorate leader speaking during today's press briefing at TA-54 with Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Richard Robinson/LANL


Rangers, Los Alamos Firefighters Aid Visitor at Bandelier

on May 7, 2013 - 3:44pm
BNM News:
Mid-morning today, May 7, a visitor reported to a park volunteer that another visitor had collapsed along Bandelier's Main Loop Trail. Park rangers and the Los Alamos Fire Department responded, and found him conscious and alert.
They transported him to the Los Alamos Medical Center. At that time, the cause of his collapse had not been determined .The man and his wife were visiting from Florida.

Veterans Job Fair in Albuquerque This Week

on May 4, 2013 - 8:24am

Staff Report

New Mexico Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján are urging New Mexico veterans to sign up for a major job fair to be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on May 8 and 9.

More than 120 potential employers and business leaders will have exhibits at the New Mexico Veterans Business Expo & Job Fair, which will focus on:

  • Introducing veterans to potential employers
  • Introducing Prime contractors to qualified, veteran-owned businesses
  • Introducing veteran-owned businesses to potential buyers of their services.

The job fair is free to attend, but veterans are urged to


Underage Drinking an Epidemic in New Mexico

on May 1, 2013 - 8:00am



Here’s a sobering statistic. New Mexico is first in the nation for children who have their first alcoholic drink before the age of 13. 

And that brings all sorts of consequences, including traffic crashes, brain damage and early alcohol addiction. It’s a tough battle that we face but will continue to fight. 

Monday May 6, Gov. Susana Martinez, the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Transportation will unveil a new media public service campaign and a new website called MYINSTEAD.

Udall to Unveil 'Hard Choices' Water Policy Findings

on April 28, 2013 - 2:52pm
Sen. Tom Udall
  • Senator will visit Otero and Doña Ana Counties
LAS CRUCES – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be in Las Cruces next week to announce policy recommendations following last summer’s 57th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference.
He will also present service medals to a Korean vet's family and give remarks at the ribbon cutting for the new East Mesa Campus of the Doña Ana Community College.
In August 2012, Udall co-hosted the water conference, entitled "Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity," which focused on drought and water

Quality New Mexico Examiner Applications Due May 10

on April 28, 2013 - 7:39am

Courtesy photo

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2013 Board of Examiners through May 10.

Examiners are volunteers who, working in teams, review applications submitted to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards program, administered by Quality New Mexico.

The awards program recognizes New Mexico business, government, education, health care and nonprofit organizations for their commitment, progress, or achievement in performance excellence.

Forrest Fenn Talks Treasure April 28

on April 26, 2013 - 8:08am

KNME News:

Forrest Fenn, author and former owner of Santa Fe’s Fenn Gallery is this week’s guest on Report from Santa Fe airing 8 a.m. Sunday, April 28 on KNME, PBS Channel 5.1.

Forrest Fenn is the author of “The Thrill of the Chase: a Memoir,” as well as“The Secrets of San Lazaro Pueblo,” “Teepee Smoke,” “The Beat of the Drum and the Whoop of the Dance,” and “Historic American Indian Dolls.”

The memoir includes the true story about his secret treasure, along with an outrageous dare.

“Unlock the clues that are scattered among these pages and you can go home with a bronze chest that is so


Quality New Mexico Accepting Award Applications

on April 26, 2013 - 6:59am

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2013 NM Performance Excellence Awards. The awards, which will be awarded next spring, include:

  • Piñon Recognition, commitmentto performance excellence

  • Roadrunner Recognition, progress toward performance excellence

  • Zia Award for Performance Excellence, best-in-class results

Organizations wishing to participate in the awards program must send in an intent to apply form by May 10. The form is available at The application is due July 12.

The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards, modeled after the Malcolm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Holds Town Hall Meeting

on April 25, 2013 - 7:54am

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard addresses the crowd gathered for her town hall meeting at Betty Ehart Center Friday. Courtesy photo

Staff report

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard held a town hall meeting Friday afternoon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

More than 30 people attended the event, which was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos chapter of the AARP.

Garcia Richard gave a presentation on the 2013 legislative session outcomes.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses outcomes of the 2013 legislative session. Courtesy photo


Luján: Sequester Cuts Will Impact Ability to Address Climate Change

on April 24, 2013 - 8:54am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor last night on the negative impact that the sequester's arbitrary cuts will have on the effort to address climate change.

"Mr. Speaker, at a time when our communities are dealing with the impact of climate change, cuts from the sequester will negatively impact our long-term efforts to combat this challenge.

"Energy conservation is a vital component of reducing carbon emissions.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

on April 23, 2013 - 7:38am

Columbine-Hondo Wheeler Peak Wilderness Legislative Map.


In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation Monday to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness – a proposal with strong support from the local community.

A companion bill will be introduced today in the House by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. 

Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a “Wilderness Study Area” since 1980.
“For more than 30 years, we have considered the Columbine Hondo’s

Jemez Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge

on April 22, 2013 - 2:28pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jerome Dominic Concha, 20, a member and resident of Jemez Pueblo, pleaded guilty this morning to a federal assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Concha was arrested Jan. 10, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon. In February, Concha was indicted and charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to court records, on Jan. 1, Concha repeatedly struck another Jemez Pueblo man in the face and head with a hatchet in a residence on Jemez Pueblo.

During this morning’s proceedings,

U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Call For Students Interested in Military Service Academies

on April 21, 2013 - 8:50am

U.S. Military Academy's Washington Hall and Cadet Chapel. Courtesy/USMA


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Staff for members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation will hold information sessions for high school students interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall began holding Service Academies Nights in 2012 to give prospective applicants and their families the opportunity to speak to representatives from each military service academy and in-state ROTC programs.

Udall's Office will be joined this year by staff members for Sen.

Governor's Chief of Staff Addresses LANL Consortium

on April 20, 2013 - 8:18am
From left, Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, Consortium President Floyd Archuleta, Consortium Secretary/Treasurer Liddie Martinez, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Carl Trujillo and Robert Hollen. Courtesy Photo
RDC News
Wednesday April 17, Keith Gardner, Chief of Staff to Gov. Susana Martinez addressed the Consortium of Major LANL Subcontractors, an organization made up of LANL’s 33 largest subcontractors.

Western States Sheriffs’ Association Nominates Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero For Sheriff of the Year

on April 18, 2013 - 3:03pm

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero

NMSA News:

ALBUQUERQUEThe New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association commends Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero for nomination of Sheriff of the Year from Western States Sheriffs’ Association.

Sheriff Lucero was nominated for Sheriff of the Year by his peers at the Western States Sheriffs’ Association at the annual spring conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in March.

"I am humbled by this honor," Lucero said. "I feel there are many more deserving sheriffs."

Western States Sheriffs’ Association is comprised from Sheriffs from 16 states.