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La Jara Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe National Forest

on November 14, 2014 - 5:44am

USFS News: 

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct an additional prescribed pile burn on the Cuba Ranger District. In addition to the previously announced Cedar Springs and Chaparral prescribed burns, the La Jara prescribed burn may be conducted through next March, only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

The La Jara prescribed pile burn is a total of 275 acres in the area northeast of the community of La Jara. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools

New Report Looks At NM Student Drop-Out Numbers

on November 13, 2014 - 8:40am


Communities In Schools of New Mexico (CISNM) announces in a new report released today that there has been continued improvement and growth in graduation rates in New Mexico schools.

Communities In Schools of New Mexico is part of the nation's leading dropout prevention organization and states that today's report demonstrates the program's impact on dropout rates, highlighted by local success stories, as well as data regarding the program's recent expansion to provide additional services to students in the region.

Scenes From American Legion's Veterans Day Event

on November 13, 2014 - 7:39am

Keynote Speaker Vernon Kerr addresses the crowd at the Veterans Day 2014 event 'Honoring all who served' Tuesday at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Community members turn out Tuesday to honor veterans at the American Legion. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Officials gather at Tuesday's Veterans Day event including, at left, newly elected County Councilor Rick Reiss and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Leland Lehman/

County Councilor Rick Reiss reads a Veterans Day proclamation on behalf of the Los Alamos

Prescribed Burns Planned For Santa Fe National Forest

on November 13, 2014 - 5:02am

U.S. Forest Service News:

SANTA FE– Fire managers at the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District.

The Cedar Springs and Chaparral prescribed pile burns may be conducted from Nov.13 through March 30 only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

The Cedar Springs prescribed pile burn is a total of 160 acres in the area north of the community of LLaves and Dead Man’s Peak Lookout. The Chaparral prescribed pile burn is a total of 120 acres north of the community of Gilman and south of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp near Cuba.


Con Alma Awards Grants In 17 Counties, Two Tribal Communities

on November 12, 2014 - 11:01am


SANTA FE - Con Alma Health Foundation announced today it is awarding $475,000 in grants to nonprofits that work toward sustainable changes that improve New Mexicans' health.

The state's only private foundation dedicated solely to health is providing four $50,000 multi-year grants and more than a dozen small grants to communities across New Mexico. The grants include $150,000 to 14 nonprofits that serve people in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and northern Santa Fe counties through a partnership between Con Alma and the Hospital Auxiliary for the Los Alamos Medical Center, called the

Taos Man Charged With Trafficking Controlled Substance

on November 12, 2014 - 10:23am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police officers were sent to assist New Mexico State Probation and Parole officers Nov. 7 at a residence on Camino De Albino in Taos County.

State Police were informed that the officers where conducting a home visit at Daniel Herrera Jr.’s residence. During the visit, the officers and New Mexico State Police officers found items consistent with the trafficking of suspected cocaine and heroin; including scales, records, drug sale ledgers, cell phones, U.S. currency, a digital recorder and various other Items. 

Daniel Herrera Jr., 41, was arrested on the

Report: Half Of NM Families With Young Children Are Low Income

on November 12, 2014 - 9:57am

NMVC News:
  • Casey report recommends connecting families with early education services

ALBUQUERQUE—More than half of New Mexico families with children under age eight are low-income. A new KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at the challenges faced by the 10 million families nationwide who are just trying to make ends meet. The report looks at two-generation solutions, meaning they address the needs of both the young children and their working parents.

“The early years in a child’s life are so critical to shaping that child’s future,” said Veronica C.


State Of LGBT Equality In Five New Mexico Cities

on November 12, 2014 - 8:49am

Municipal Equality Index. Courtesy/HRC

HRC News:

  • Many municipalities extend vital protections to their LGBT citizens and employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including five in New Mexico.

The 2014 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including New Mexico, continue

Sustained Winds Postpone Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn

on November 11, 2014 - 1:14pm

VCNP News:

Today’s prescribed burn scheduled for the Valle Grande on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has been postponed.

Sustained winds prevented the late morning scheduled ignition and are not expected to dissipate in time to complete the project today. Therefore, the prescribed burn is postponed and will be rescheduled for a date later in the season when conditions permit.


Governor Appoints Brigadier General Jack Fox Cabinet Secretary Of NM Department Of Veterans Services

on November 11, 2014 - 12:37pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced today that New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Cabinet Secretary Tim Hale will leave his post. Hale has served as DVS cabinet secretary since 2011 and is leaving after nearly four years of service to New Mexico veterans.

Martinez has appointed retired Brigadier General Jack Fox to succeed Hale as DVS cabinet secretary. Fox brings a long and distinguished military career to the department.

“Secretary Hale has served New Mexico’s veterans well,” Martinez said.


SFNF Plans Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn

on November 11, 2014 - 9:17am

USFS News:

SANTA FE—Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.

The Gallinas Watershed burn may be conducted from Nov. 12, through the month of December only on favorable days as conditions allow. 

A total of 1,000 acres may be treated in the Gallinas Canyon area approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring

Today Is Veterans Day - Honoring People Who Have Served In U.S. Armed Forces

on November 11, 2014 - 6:25am

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War. Courtesy/

Staff Report

Today is Veterans Day, an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a federal holiday observed Nov. 11.

It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I

Bandelier: Fee-Free Day, Photo Hike, Celebration of 'America Recycles Day'

on November 10, 2014 - 8:33am

Visitor Center, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

Cliffs and Tyuonyi Pueblo site, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


This week Bandelier National Monument is offering three special events:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11 - Fee-Free Day on Veterans Day;
  • Saturday, Nov. 15 - Photo Hike; and
  • Saturday, Nov. 15 - America Recycles Day.

In honor of Veterans Day, Tuesday will be a Fee-Free Day at National Park areas throughout the country, in which everyone is welcome to visit with no entrance fee.

New Mexico Finishes 38th - Again - In Business Tax Climate

on November 10, 2014 - 7:00am

In the annual rankings of business tax climates, New Mexico finishes 38th for the fourth year in a row. Image/Creative Commons


By Rob Nikolewski

There hasn’t been much climate change in New Mexico — at least when it comes to the business tax climate.

For the fourth straight year, New Mexico finished 38th in national rankings compiled by the Tax Foundation, a pro-growth organization that compiles an annual list of states with the most business-friendly tax climates.

“New Mexico still has some problems,” said Scott Drenkard, economist and manager of state projects at

Scenes From Saturday's State XC Championship

on November 10, 2014 - 5:30am

Every one of the past 15 years, the 'Toppers and the Chargers have gone 1-2 in the State Championship. It was a great day for Los Alamos High School Cross Country Saturday at the New Mexico State Championship. Both the Boys and Girls teams were the 5A State Champions, the Boys for the 4th year in a row and the Girls for the 6th year in a row. Red-and-Green, competitors in the race, comrades afterward. Photo by Blake Wood

Head Coach Rob Hipwood congratulates Greg Ahlers on the victory from the stands. Photo by Blake Wood

Alex Shirey negotiates one of the many steep hills on the Rio Rancho

LAHS XC Boys And Girls Teams Are 5A State Champions!

on November 9, 2014 - 11:32am
LAHS Cross Country Boys and Girls team members gather Saturday with their trophies and banners. Check back for more photos from the event. Photo by Blake Wood
It was a great day for Los Alamos High School Cross Country at Saturday's New Mexico State Championship. Both the Boys and Girls teams were the 5A State Champions, the Boys for the 4th year in a row and the Girls for the 6th year in a row. 
Going into the meet, it was felt both races would be an even contest between LAHS and Albuquerque Academy - after all, AA had beaten Los Alamos convincingly only two weeks

Watch Election Night Videos Of Local Candidates

on November 8, 2014 - 1:23pm


The Los Alamos Daily Post interviewed local and state candidates during Tuesday's 2014 General Election in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.

Former County Councilor Mike Wismer lightened the mood with his special form of commentary to kick off the evening's interviews:


Former County Councilor Mike Wismer









House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (Dem.)

Stephanie Garcia Richard (winner)






House Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff Rodgers (Rep.)








Magistrate Court

Andy Welch New Director Of New Mexico VA

on November 8, 2014 - 8:44am
STATE news:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Friday on the appointment of Andy Welch as director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System:
"I am pleased that Secretary McDonald has finally appointed a permanent director at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, Andy Welch. I met with Mr. Welch at the Clovis Community-Based Outpatient Clinic last year, and I was impressed by his dedication in serving the veterans of eastern New Mexico.

Valles Caldera Trust Plans Prescribed Burn

on November 8, 2014 - 7:25am
The Valles Caldera in summer. Courtesy/VCT

VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Trust is planning a prescribed burn project on the Valles Caldera National Preserve that will begin as early as next Wednesday, Nov. 12 and last for one to three days.

The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to NM Highway 4 near mile marker 39.2. Some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.

If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during midday in order minimize impacts to morning and afternoon commuter


Taos County Historical Society Hosts Christmas Luncheon

on November 8, 2014 - 7:15am

TCHS News:

The Taos County Historical Society will host its annual Christmas Luncheon at noon Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Los Vaqueros Dining Room of the Sagebrush Inn, 1508 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, in Taos.

Menu selections offer a choice of three entrees at $25 per person, and includes a salad, dessert, tea and gratuity. Reservations and payment is due by Nov. 27 to TCHS, PO Box 2447, Taos NM 87571. For more information, call Ernestina Cordova, president, at 575.770.0681.

Thomas A.

Rail Runner Express Launches Pilot Program To Provide Free Annual Passes For Veterans

on November 7, 2014 - 9:30am


ALBUQUERQUE Just in time for Veterans Day, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express is launching a pilot program that gives veterans with a VHIC (VA Medical ID card an annual pass to ride the train for free!

The program starts this Veterans’ Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 and runs through Dec. 31 of next year.

"The Rail Runner initiative is another key link the veterans of our highly rural state,” said Secretary Timothy Hale, New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services.

WIPP Reports Air Monitoring Results Following Fan Restart

on November 7, 2014 - 9:29am

WIPP News:

Laboratory results from air samplers located on and around the WIPP facility following the restart of the 860A fan Oct. 21 showed minimal levels of radioactive contamination detected at two of the on‐site air sampling locations.

The levels were well below that which would impact worker health or the environment, according to WIPP.

The 860A fan, which is part of the underground ventilation and filtration system, ran for approximately two months following the radiological incident before being taken off‐line for maintenance. Since that time, the 860B
or the 860C fans have been

U.S. Treasury Awards $4.4 Million To New Mexico To Aid Small Business And Economic Development

on November 6, 2014 - 1:57pm

Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Treasury Department today announced that New Mexico has received $4,477,239 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds to help small businesses access the capital they need to grow and create jobs.

To date, $13,168,350 in SSBCI funds have been disbursed to the New Mexico Economic Development Department and the New Mexico Finance Authority to support businesses and the local economy.

“Small businesses are the engines of our nation’s economy, and they need access to capital in order to expand

Santa Fe National Forest Waives Fees For Veterans Day

on November 6, 2014 - 12:12pm


SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities over the Veterans Day weekend from Nov. 8-11.

“We honor our veterans each Nov. 11 and every other day of the year,” U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said. “We hope that this time will serve as a way for our veterans and other visitors to find our national forests and grasslands as a year-round respite, a place where they can take time out for themselves.”

Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Daniel Roberts Selected Commander Of Army National Guard 1209th ASMC

on November 5, 2014 - 11:48am

Capt. Daniel Roberts, left, of Los Alamos in front of 1209th ASMC with 1SG Bowyer. Photo by L&L productions

Capt. Daniel Roberts of Los Alamos with his wife Kim Roberts and grandfather Merle Roberts, a WWII Navy veteran. Photo by L&L productions


Daniel Roberts, a sergeant with the Los Alamos Police Department, has served 12 years with the United States Army and holds the rank of captain. At a Change of Command Ceremony Sunday, Nov. 2 in Albuquerque, Roberts became Commander of the Army National Guard 1209th ASCM (Area Support Medical Company).

The 1209thASMC is made up of