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RANM: Housing Market Continues To Improve

on April 18, 2013 - 1:33pm

RANM News:

2013 First Quarter sales and median prices reported to the REALTORS Association of New Mexico (RANM) show an increase over 2011 and 2012 first quarter reports.

In the first quarter of 2013 there were 3,306 sales reported. This tops the 2012 number of 3,018.

Nineteen reporting counties showed an increase in sales numbers this year over last. In March 2013, there were 1,272 New Mexico sales reported - a 3.7 percent increase over the number of March 2012 sales.

First quarter 2013 median prices also show an increase over the last two years.

Udall Statement on Defeat of Bipartisan Background Check Amendment

on April 18, 2013 - 1:04pm
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement following the Senate’s consideration of amendments to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, including the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on commercial gun sales:
"The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey agreement would have expanded criminal background checks to reduce gun violence while upholding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
"Fifty-four United States senators voted in agreement with 90 percent of the American people that

Bandelier National Monument Celebrates National Park Week

on April 18, 2013 - 10:59am

A look from the mesa top affords a breathtaking view of Frijoles Canyon, as well as a bird's-eye view of Long House. Sally King/NPS


BNM News:

  •  National Park Week at Bandelier - Crafts, Stars, Fee Free Days and More
Beginning Saturday, April 20, Bandelier National Monument and other National Park Service areas around the country will be observing National Park Week. With more than 400 areas, there's a lot to celebrate.
Of course Bandelier is always a great place to visit, and special events during that week will make it even better.
Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, will be

Quality New Mexico Hosts JetBlue’s CEO

on April 18, 2013 - 10:19am

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico hosts JetBlue’s CEO and four Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipients April 22 & 23.

ALBUQUERQUE. Quality New Mexico’s Learning Summit begins Monday, April 22 at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Leaders from six states will speak about “excellence” in business, education, government, healthcare and non-profits.

  • Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education, Ky.
  • David Barger, CEO, JetBlue, N.Y.
  • Tommy Gonzalez, City Manager, City of Irving, Texas
  • Craig Deao, Studer Group, Fla.
  • Karen Koch, North Mississippi Health Services, Miss.

Luján, Lujan Grisham Write to President Obama with Concerns over Proposed Cuts to Social Security Benefits

on April 17, 2013 - 9:41am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote to President Obama recently to express their concerns with provisions in the President's budget that would impact Social Security and reduce benefits for New Mexico seniors.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
Below is the text of the letter:

April 16, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20502

Dear Mr. President:

It was with great interest that we reviewed the 2014

Luján: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act Passage Important Step

on April 17, 2013 - 8:14am


Washington, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today in support of legislation to address the evolving cyber threats facing the nation.

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act passed with wide bipartisan support. Luján is a cosponsor of the legislation that includes provisions he worked on last Congress to enhance the role of the national laboratories, to encourage the rapid transfer of research and development advances into new commercial cybersecurity technologies, and to improve consumer privacy protection.

"As our country and our economy

Quality New Mexico/Intel launch Mentoring Program

on April 17, 2013 - 7:40am

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico in collaboration with Intel New Mexico will launch a new mentoring program April 22 at Quality NM Learning Summit at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Any size New Mexico non-profit, education or governmental entity interested in performance improvement is eligible to participate in complimentary mentoring by an Intel employee.

A mentoring request form will be available at the Intel exhibit booth at the Learning Summit.

Quality New Mexico’s mission is to drive performance excellence in New Mexico organizations by providing role models, knowledge,

Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival Celebrates Traditional Crafts

on April 16, 2013 - 8:38am

Hand-dyed wool at a previous Spring Harvest Festival. Courtesy/Dave Thomson
Sheep shearing at Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival. Courtesy/Dave Thomson
Staff report:

The Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival will take place Saturday, April 27 in Los Ojos.

The Festival will feature sheep shearing, spinning, dying and weaving demonstrations. Music and refreshments will be part of the celebration.

Tierra Wools is a spinning, hand dyeing, and hand weaving workshop and a retail store.


Udall Applauds USPS Decision to Continue Saturday Delivery

on April 14, 2013 - 10:05am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall commended the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) announcement Wednesday that it will not go through with plans to eliminate Saturday delivery.
USPS' decision comes in response to congressional protest and legislative action by Udall and others to ban a reduction in services.
"The continuation of Saturday delivery is a win for the countless Americans who rely on mail services,” Udall said.

Employers Thanked/Honored for Support

on April 14, 2013 - 9:46am

ESGR News:

SANTA FE Twenty-one New Mexico businesses and public entities were honored last week for their support of members of the New Mexico Guard and Reserve.

The New Mexico Chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), hosted the lunchtime event April 11 at the National Guard Armory Aviation Support Facility in Santa Fe.

ESGR works to assist and educate employers about working with employees who are members of the National Guard or Reserve Units.

Larger businesses honored are Los Alamos National Security, Chugach Management, Fresenius Medical Corp., Honeywell,

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Shinseki Friday

on April 13, 2013 - 9:04am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., meeting with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met Friday afternoon with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to discuss ways to improve veterans care in New Mexico and around the country.
"Secretary Shinseki and I had a productive conversation about the need to improve services for veterans in our state.

GAO Report Finds ATM Fees on the Rise

on April 13, 2013 - 8:25am

  • Large banks shown to have higher and more prevalent fees; Surcharges at non-bank ATMs higher and more frequent
WASHINGTON, D.C. – American consumers have paid higher automated teller machine (ATM) fees over the past five years according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation released Friday.
Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the GAO investigation.
The lawmakers requested the report to assess increased ATM use by Americans in recent years.

National Work Zone Awareness Week Begins April 15: 'We're All In This Together'

on April 12, 2013 - 9:51am


Work Zone Safety For Drivers and Construction Crews

SANTA FE - The week of April 15 marks the ceremonial start to highway construction season as well as National Work Zone Awareness Week.

This year's campaign's slogan: "We're All In This Together" was designed to bring awareness to worker and driver safety in work zones.

Nationally, more than 700 people are killed and more than 37,000 are injured each year in crashes in highway work zones.

On average, four out of five people killed in work zone crashes are drivers or their passengers.

The New Mexico Department of

Forest Announces Release of New Motor Vehicle Use Map

on April 11, 2013 - 2:24pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective Monday, April 15, the Santa Fe National Forest will release the Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows the public where it is legal to drive motorized vehicles on the forest.

The map is a result of work that began over six years ago in response to National Guidelines known as the 2005 Travel Management Rule, requiring all national forests in the country to evaluate their motorized system of roads and trails.

“After years of extensive analysis and public involvement, the MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map) displays the forest’s designated network of roads and trails for

Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project

on April 11, 2013 - 2:06pm


SANTA FE – The Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (SWJMCFLRP) will present a monitoring project update Friday, April 12 at Santa Fe Community College.

A complete day of presentations is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall auditorium, Room 216.

In 2009, Congress established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program to fund and encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes.

In 2010 The Southwest Jemez Mountains Project was among the first selected to

Kiva in Alcove House at Bandelier Closed for Assessment

on April 11, 2013 - 12:59pm

The stonework on the kiva in Alcove House at Bandelier National Monument may have become unstable, so Alcove House is closed today while an assessment is done of the situation. Check back to for more information on the results of the assessment. Courtesy/BNM

Veterans' Benefits Outreach in Los Alamos April 25

on April 11, 2013 - 12:14pm


Los Alamos RSVP is hosting a free Armed Forces Veterans Benefits Outreach 10 a.m. to noon, April 25 at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.

RSVP gets federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, state funding from the Aging and Long Term Services Department and support from Los Alamos County.

Two Veterans’ Service officers from the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) will be on hand to assist veterans and their families with filing for or answering any questions about VA and state veterans’ benefits—ranging from health care needs,

Udall Statement on Senate Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

on April 11, 2013 - 11:24am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., released this statement following the Senate's vote to begin debate and consideration of the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013:
"Congress has an obligation to pass sensible legislation in an effort to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our nation and prevent tragic mass shootings.
"We can take logical steps to expand criminal background checks, increase school safety and strengthen laws against gun trafficking and illegal purchases, without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding

State Transportation Commission to Meet in Deming

on April 11, 2013 - 10:19am


SANTA FE – The State Transportation Commission will meet Thursday, April 18 in Deming.

The meeting is 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Deming Conference Center, 119 East Pine Street.

The STC determines all matters of policy for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

The purpose of these meetings, which are held monthly at different locations around the state, is to update the Commission on NMDOT’s activities and to determine how the two groups can enhance New Mexico’s transportation system.

Action items on the agenda include:

  • Approval of $50 Million Rolling Taxable Revolving Line

Udall Statement on President's Budget Request

on April 10, 2013 - 7:25pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal:
"The president's budget request is overall positive news for New Mexico. It replaces harmful sequester cuts with a more balanced approach and calls for investments in Pre-K and manufacturing to help bolster the middle class.

MISSing Angels Bill Signed: Momentous Day for Grieving New Mexico Families

on April 10, 2013 - 9:28am

SANTA FENew Mexico joins 33 other states in changing the way stillbirths are treated. Gov. Susanna Martinez signed HB658 into law April 4, 2013.

The MISSing Angels Bill, as it has commonly been known in other states, establishes a Certificate of Still Birth to be issued by the Bureau of Vital Records to families upon request after a baby is stillborn.

Unlike other states, New Mexico's bill also changes the reporting requirement to follow the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control.

Since 1980, New Mexico has been reporting fetal deaths at 500 grams.


New Mexico Consortium Launches Volunteer Program

on April 10, 2013 - 9:02am

NMC News:

Volunteer recruitment open houses and information sessions are scheduled for later this month

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) invites community members who are interested in volunteering to attend one of the upcoming open houses and information sessions.

Dates are scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2-2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 23, 5:30-6:00 p.m., at the NMC offices at Los Alamos’s Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road, suite 301.

The NMC engages volunteers and interns in its research programs in positions ranging from administration to technicians to researchers.



FBI Honors New Mexico Human Rights Projects

on April 8, 2013 - 9:33am

Executive Director Regina Turner accepts the award on behalf of New Mexico Human Rights Projects from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service.

The Albuquerque Division of the FBI honored New Mexico Human Rights Projects (NMHRP), a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on programs

Udall Welcomes FAA Decision to Delay Tower Closures

on April 7, 2013 - 6:43am
The control tower at the Double Eagle II airport in Albuquerque. Courtesy/DAAPII
  • Udall Will Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block Closures For Next Two Years
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to delay air traffic control tower closures, including those in New Mexico.
He also announced support of a bipartisan bill to halt the closures for the next two years.
Last month, the FAA announced it would end funding for 149 air traffic control towers as a result of sequestration.

Repairs Close Museum Hill Café April 8-April 10

on April 6, 2013 - 9:21am

MHC News:

The Museum Hill Café on Milner Plaza, Museum Hill in Santa Fe will close Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 10 for repairs.