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Sen. Tom Udall Visits NMC's Bio Lab

on December 8, 2013 - 10:00am
Sen. Tom Udall, center, questions scientist Natalia Friedland, left, about her research on plants to be used as biofuel. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Sen. Tom Udall addresses guests at a reception during his visit to the New Mexico Consortium’s Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., visited the New Mexico Consortium’s Biological Research Laboratory and Greenhouse in Los Alamos Friday.

NMCD: Bombs Found

on December 8, 2013 - 9:48am

This suspect on a black sports motorcycle launched two explosive devices at the Albuquerque Probation and Parole office. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

A tip into the Albuquerque bomber task force, created to locate and arrest the suspect in the November Probation and Parole attacks, led investigators from New Mexico Corrections, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and Albuquerque Police Department to a property near 2nd and Rio Bravo in Albuquerque Friday night.

There officers found three explosive devices.

National Weather Service Update

on December 7, 2013 - 7:06pm
Courtesy/NWS
 
NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports the following update:

Event:

Type – Upper level disturbance to bring additional snow, strong winds, and a reinforcement of colder air.

Timing – Tonight / Sunday / Monday.

Location – Snow concentrated over northern and northwestern New Mexico. Cold air will impact all of New Mexico, especially northern parts of the state.

Overview:

An upper level disturbance will move over northern New Mexico, allowing snow to spread over the northern mountains and northwest to west central portions of the state tonight through Sunday.

Kristy Ortega Among United Way Officials Meeting with Governor

on December 7, 2013 - 9:02am
Gov. Susana Martinez, left, with Kristy Ortega, executive director of United Way of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo

UWNNM News:

United Way of Northern New Mexico was among several United Ways of New Mexico Association (UWNMA) members who met with Gov. Susana Martinez Dec. 2 in Santa Fe. The UWNMA gave a presentation outlining the work of the association throughout the state, such as the 2-1-1 Help Line and Tax Help New Mexico, as well as local program highlights.

There are nine members of the UWNMA, representing every county in the state.

Veterans Get 1.5 Percent Cost-of-Living Increase

on December 6, 2013 - 7:56am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

CONGRESSIONAL News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) announced that veterans, their families and survivors who receive disability compensation and pension benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

“New Mexico’s veterans, their families and their survivors have sacrificed a great deal in service to our country, and they deserve the added financial stability that next year’s cost-of-living increase will provide,”

Udall Hosts Women's Career Success Conference

on December 6, 2013 - 7:29am

Sen. Tom Udall at a previous Women’s Career Success Conference held in October. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is hosting an additional Women’s Career Success Conference at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. 

The Women's Career Success Conference will bring together businesses, nonprofit organizations and federal agency officials to help women in New Mexico learn how to enhance their careers and increase their competitiveness in the job market.

Space is limited, so women interested in attending are asked to

Governor Proposes Medical Care Investments

on December 6, 2013 - 7:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez proposed a nearly $2.5 million dollar investment to further prepare New Mexico to confront unprecedented changes in health care and connect New Mexicans in rural areas with the health care they need. Martinez proposed to allocate $2.5 million to expand the family practice residency and nurse practitioner programs at the University of New Mexico.

Martinez also recently proposed to establish $600,000 in grant funding to connect rural New Mexico’s patients and providers with telemedical services.

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Udall Presents Two New Mexico Consortium Outstanding Achievement Awards for Mentored Research

on December 5, 2013 - 10:57am

Sangeeta Negi works with Dr. Richard Sayre, a joint NMC-LANL scientist. Courtesy/LANL

Loreen Lamoureux of UNM. Photo by Ann Kuiper 

LANL News:

  • Sangeeta Negi of the NMC and Loreen Lamoureux of UNM to receive awards for their work in Algal Bio-technology and Bio-medical Engineering.

Senator Tom Udall will recognize Dr. Sangeeta Negi of the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) for achieving a two-fold increase in bio-mass productivity in algae this Friday. Loreen Lamoureux, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico (UNM) will be recognized for her work on rapid E. coli detection methods.

Special Event at Governor’s Residence Applauds Quality

on December 5, 2013 - 9:35am

2013 New Mexico Performance Excellence Award recipients were congratulated and volunteer Board of Examiners thanked at a special event Dec. 2 at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe. From left, Gene Schmidt (Los Alamos Public Schools), Kelly VanDerpoel (QNM Volunteer), Bill Wadt (LANL Foundation), Anne Kain (LANB), Lt. Gov.

Updated Snow Potential

on December 4, 2013 - 9:07pm

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports the a new model guidance coming in this evening suggests the Thursday morning commute could be even more problematic than previously thought in the Albuquerque Metro, Tijeras Canyon to Moriarty and Clines Corners, and also the I-25 corridor from Albuquerque to Santa Fe.  

This will also be a situation where temperatures for much of central New Mexico will remain steady or slowly fall after daybreak Thursday.          

These snow events are especially tricky since snow to liquid ratios are often 20:1 or higher.

Bandelier Offers Reward for Information on Elk Poaching

on December 4, 2013 - 7:34am

Courtesy photo

BANDELIER News:

Between 6:15 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, an elk was poached within Bandelier National Monument. The incident occurred along N.M. 4, west of the Sandoval and Los Alamos County Line, between mile markers 45 and 46. To someone driving past the suspect vehicle, it may have appeared to be stuck in the snow on the shoulder/ditch on the north side of the road.

Anyone who has any information they believe may be related is asked to call 505-672-3861 extension 402 or 401.  

A reward is being offered for information leading to the prosecution of those involved.

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General Dynamics Hiring More than 200 New Employees in Las Cruces

on December 3, 2013 - 8:30am

Courtesy/GDIT

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announce the creation of 200 new jobs at the General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) Las Cruces location. The company, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), will also be adding 20,000 square feet to its existing facility.

“As a leader in the aerospace, health care, and defense industries, we are excited that General Dynamics Information Technology chose Las Cruces as the site of its latest expansion,” Martinez said.

USDA Urges Shoppers to Support Local Businesses

on November 29, 2013 - 10:05am

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner. Courtesy

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner is urging everyone to support local small businesses this Small Business Saturday celebration this week end.

“Please take time to thank the small business owners in your community for their contributions to the local economy by purchasing their products and services,” Brunner said.

His comments coincide with the U.S.

Help Your Community ... Shop Local This Holiday Season

on November 28, 2013 - 9:02am

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Udall Cosponsors "Small Business Saturday" resolution in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement announcing his cosponsorship of a resolution to designate Nov. 30, 2013, as “Small Business Saturday” and to increase awareness of the importance of locally owned small businesses. On Saturday, Udall will visit Albuquerque small businesses to talk to owners and shoppers about the important role small business plays in our economy.

“Small businesses have been the economic foundation of communities across America since our nation’s

Governor to Light New Mexico State Christmas Tree

on November 27, 2013 - 12:50pm

Christmas candle. Courtesy photo

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez will participate in the annual lighting of the New Mexico State Christmas Tree Monday in Santa Fe.

 

The public is invited to attend this event and hot apple cider and biscochitos will be served.

 

When: Monday Dec. 2, 5:15 p.m.

 

Where: Southwest corner of State Capitol Grounds, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.49 Million Federal Grant for Innovation Center

on November 27, 2013 - 12:36pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced federal funding to help develop a new high-tech business district in Albuquerque.
 
STC.UNM, the technology-transfer and economic-development arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM), will receive a $1,498,048 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to go toward the purchase of property to be developed into an innovation center between downtown Albuquerque’s central business district and the University of New Mexico.

Saturday: Udall to Discuss Toy Safety

on November 26, 2013 - 1:05pm

STATE News:

  • Udall, CPSC, UNM to provide tips to help parents avoid hazards, keep kids safe during the holidays

ALBUQUERQUE – As the holiday shopping season begins, parents across New Mexico will head to the stores to buy children’s gifts. Saturday, Nov. 30, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will hold an informational news conference at UNM Children’s Hospital to announce tips that will help parents ensure the toys they buy are safe for their kids. Joining Udall at the event will be Commissioner Marietta Robinson of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Dr.

Governor Proposes $450,000 for Water Emergencies

on November 26, 2013 - 10:37am

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

 

Plan Will Help Struggling Communities Ensure Safe and Secure Water Supply

 

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has announced plans to include in her budget recommendation two new state funds that will support local communities dealing with water emergencies, and help struggling communities come up with sound technical plans for projects and upgrades to prevent such emergencies. Martinez’s proposal seeks to establish a Dry Community Water Emergency Fund and a Technical Assistance Planning Fund.

 

The Dry Community Water Emergency Fund will

New Mexicans Show Support for Solar Energy at Santa Fe Town Hall

on November 25, 2013 - 6:28am

STATE News:

SANTA FE– On Friday, New Mexicans from Albuquerque to Taos attended Environment New Mexico’s Go Solar, New Mexico! Town Hall to discuss the vital role of solar power in our state, the importance of further developing renewable energy, and the effects of the Public Regulation Commission recent ruling on renewable energy, which effectively cuts in half the quota of solar energy that New Mexico utilities are required to produce.

“We are the second sunniest state in the nation, with 310 days of sunshine per year.

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Winter Storm Warnings Across New Mexico

on November 24, 2013 - 8:14am

A blanket of snow covers the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow covers the patio of a White Rock home this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports for the Los Alamos area heavy snow at times with a high near 27, south wind around 10 mph and a total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Tonight there is a 50 percent chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 18 and new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Monday there is a 20 percent chance of

NCRTD 'Blue Buses' Not in Service Nov. 28-29

on November 23, 2013 - 10:15am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Monday, Dec. 2.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba,

'Fast for Families' Calls for Immigration Reform

on November 23, 2013 - 8:43am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – In conjunction with the National "Fast for Families" in Washington, D.C., and echo fasts being held across the nation, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico's First Congressional District, faith leaders, local and state elected officials, workers and families impacted by the broken immigration system will fast in Albuquerque after Mass Sunday, Nov. 24.

The fast is being taken to draw attention to the moral crisis and suffering being caused by the broken immigration system.

Participants will fast, as able, in phases during a

Governor Appoints Los Alamos Housing Manager Paul Andrus to Regional Board

on November 23, 2013 - 7:47am

Paul Andrus

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Paul Andrus of Los Alamos to the Northern Regional Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Andrus has more than 20 years of experience in community development and affordable housing. He serves as Los Alamos County's manager of Housing and Special Projects in the Community and Economic Development Department.

Andrus was hired for the post one year ago, replacing former manager Steve Brugger who took a position with the County of Santa Fe.

Andrus is from Aurora, Colo., has a wife, children and three schnauzers.

Efforts to Designate Columbine-Hondo as Wilderness Continue

on November 23, 2013 - 6:29am

Courtesy/Jan Studebaker

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who serves on the committee, continued their effort to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.

Udall and Heinrich introduced the proposal, S. 776, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, earlier this year. A companion bill, H.R. 1683, was introduced in the House by Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.-03).

The legislation would expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by

Heinrich Votes to End Stalemate on Nominations

on November 23, 2013 - 6:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations, except to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Opposition and obstructionism rather than accountability and deliberation have become far too common in Washington. 

"Today, we put an end to Senate Republicans repeatedly blocking qualified judicial and public service nominees from receiving an up or down vote.

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