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

on November 25, 2013 - 6:28am


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.


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/

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

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


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


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


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


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.

Governor Proposes $2 Million to Boost Water Research

on November 23, 2013 - 6:05am

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled a proposal to invest an additional $2 million to boost water research and innovation in New Mexico.

Addressing the 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference via video, Martinez called on the New Mexico Legislature to allocate $2 million dollars in additional funding to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NMWRRI) during the upcoming legislative session. NMWRRI works to solve New Mexico’s pressing water problems through supporting research projects at New Mexico’s colleges and universities.

“Earlier this week I

Winter Storm Warning

on November 22, 2013 - 7:03am

NWS News:

615 AM MST FRI NOV 22 2013



Outdoor Advertising Hearings Scheduled

on November 22, 2013 - 6:33am

NMDT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will hold two additional public hearings next month to receive oral and written public comment on Rule Number 18.21.5 NMAC, New Mexico Department of Transportation Outdoor Advertising Requirements. 

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to establish procedures and standards for all off-premises outdoor advertising in New Mexico including the use of changeable electronic variable message signs, to amend the current fee structure, to update and clarify the rule where necessary, including definitions and permit-related


Governor Proposes $112 Million Capital Investment in Water Infrastructure

on November 22, 2013 - 6:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE-Governor Susana Martinez today proposed a $112 million capital investment in New Mexico’s water infrastructure. This investment amounts to approximately 60 percent of the capital outlay funding that will be available when the New Mexico Legislature convenes in January.

Martinez’s proposal prioritizes water investments in communities that are in danger of going dry, or struggling with poor water quality, as well as water projects such as watershed and dam rehabilitation to help communities survive and thrive economically.


Luján Honors Native American Code Talkers

on November 22, 2013 - 6:14am
Members of the Pueblo of Acoma at the National Museum of the American Indian during the presentation of medals to representatives of the Code Talkers. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined members of the Pueblo of Acoma - including tribal leaders, veterans, and family members of Code Talkers - at the National Museum of the American Indian Thursday.

Luján released the following statement after Native American Code Talkers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in World War I and II:

Democrat Lawrence Rael Joins Race for Governor

on November 22, 2013 - 6:09am

Lawrence Rael

Staff Report

Joined by his wife, Kim, and their three children, Lawrence Rael announced Wednesday his candidacy for governor of New Mexico in 2014 in Santa Fe.

Rael serves as the president of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. He has been chief administrative officer of Albuquerque, deputy secretary of Transportation for the State of New Mexico and director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, serving Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance and Sandoval counties.

He issued the following statement to the press:

My life has been shaped by the goodness and decency of New

National Forest Christmas Tree Cutting Permits Begin Nov. 25

on November 22, 2013 - 5:57am


USFS News:

Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos, and Las Vegas will begin selling Christmas Tree cutting permits Nov. 25.

Trees may be cut between Nov.25 and Dec. 24. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving Day, please purchase your permit ahead of time, because all Forest Service offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Cost is $10 per tree (up to 10 feet). For trees taller than 10 feet, an additional permit must be purchased. The tags are also good to dig up a living tree.

For Christmas tree maps, guidelines, Forest

FBI Seeks Help Finding Whoever Threw Explosive Device at Probation-Parole Office

on November 21, 2013 - 6:24pm

FBI News:

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Albuquerque Police Department are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons who threw an improvised explosive device in front of the New Mexico Probation-Parole Division Office, 3010 Monte Vista Blvd NE, Albuquerque today, Nov. 21, 2013.

The device did not explode, and nobody was injured. The incident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. and the APD Bomb Squad rendered the device safe.

Anybody with information on this incident is asked to contact the Albuquerque FBI at 505.889.1300 (24 hours) or

First Significant Snowfall Heading This Way

on November 21, 2013 - 5:02pm


NWS News:

This afternoon's National Weather Service briefing slides indicate Los Alamos should start feeling and seeing the impacts of its first significant snowfall of the year. 

Beginning with drizzle and freezing rain, sleet and snow tonight into Friday morning, and continuing off and on Friday with an expected 1-2 inches. Saturday should demonstrate precipitation mostly in the form of snow with another 5-7 inches as the brunt of this system hits. 

Sunday also will be an off/on day of snow, sleet and drizzle, and the Monday morning commute could prove challenging as

Free Days and Christmas Tree Sales Highlight Valles Caldera's Winter Calendar

on November 21, 2013 - 9:38am

Snowshoeing on the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/VCNP

Horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides offer visitors an hour long excursion through the Valles Caldera's winter landscape. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

Jemez Springs – Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sleigh rides highlight a full calendar of activities and events at the Valles Caldera National Preserve this winter. In addition, two free trail access days will be offered. Dogs are permitted on the K9 Trail and non-groomed areas.

Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Valle Grande Staging Area.

NMDOT Ready For Winter Storm

on November 21, 2013 - 9:16am

State snow plow. Courtesy/NMDOT


Santa Fe – New Mexico’s first wave of winter weather is on our doorstep and the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to assure the public that our crews are on standby and ready to go. 

Snowplows and trucks that apply salt and cinder to icy roads are loaded and ready. Crews will work around the clock to clear roads and assist where needed.

“The Department of Transportation is prepared for the storm and asks all motorists to be safe,” said NMDOT Deputy Secretary of Highway Operations Anthony Lujan.

The NMDOT’s Traffic Management Center

Heinrich Challenges Effectiveness of Dragnet Surveillance Program in NSA Court Case

on November 20, 2013 - 9:52am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today challenged the effectiveness of the National Security Agency's bulk phone records collection program.

The senators' amicus curiae brief, filed in the First Unitarian Church vs. National Security Agency U.S. District Court case, questioned a central premise of the government's argument.

Ben Lujan Honored Posthumously

on November 20, 2013 - 9:07am

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico Voices for Children is honoring four exceptional people at its annual Spirit of Hope Awards Ceremony this weekend. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan will be honored posthumously with the Alice King Public Service Award. Frank Sanchez, who is known, among other things, as one of the lead plaintiffs in New Mexico’s first successful Voting Rights Act lawsuit, will receive the Patty Jennings and Polly Arango Citizen Advocacy Award.

 “Speaker Lujan really embodied the spirit of what a citizen legislator should be,” said Veronica C.

LANL Community Leaders' Breakfast Draws Crowd

on November 20, 2013 - 8:52am
Influential people from around northern New Mexico gathered at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe Tuesday for the LANL Community Leaders' Breakfast. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists were seated at each table to share their research in a wide variety of areas. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with Director Kurt Steinhaus of LANL's Community Programs Office, was among legislators from across the state in attendance at Tuesday's breakfast event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Alan Bishop, LANL Principal Associate Director

Educators Wear Black in Statewide Day of Action to Take Back Joy of Learning

on November 20, 2013 - 8:41am
By Charles Goodmacher
NEA-New Mexico UniServ
Research, Communication & Government Relations

Today is the statewide day of action in New Mexico to take back the joy of learning, time for teaching and professionalism in public education.

In schools across New Mexico, education employees will wear black to express outrage against the Governor’s policies that are failing our schools, our students and our state, including the new teacher evaluation system which is largely based on standardized test scores.

I-25 Southbound Lane Closures

on November 19, 2013 - 9:48am


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Geotechnical Section will begin sampling material on upper La Bajada Hill off of the I25 southbound shoulders from the Waldo Exit (MP 267) to the Cochiti Exit (MP 265). 

The sampling and testing of material will start Wednesday, Nov. 20 and continue over the next few days. There will be intermittent right lane and left lane closures Wednesday through Friday. The lane closures will be in effect 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the work is anticipated to be completed by Friday, Nov. 22, weather permitting.   

NMDOT urges

Governor to Propose Substantial Capital Investment in New Mexico’s Water Infrastructure

on November 19, 2013 - 8:41am

Gov. Susana Martinez




SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will propose a substantial capital investment in water infrastructure throughout New Mexico.


Several statewide and community groups working to improve New Mexico’s water and business environment will join Martinez for this announcement, which will address dire needs in water infrastructure across New Mexico in the face of historic drought and unprecedented wildfires and floods.


Texting While Driving ... Lethal Distraction

on November 19, 2013 - 7:05am


Gov. Susana Martinez is encouraging New Mexico’s teenagers to prevent fatal motor vehicle accidents by not texting and driving.

Martinez’s announcement comes during “National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 21 percent of teenagers in fatal crashes were killed because of drivers distracted by cell phone use.

“I’m challenging New Mexico’s teenagers to take the lead in setting an example for our fellow drivers not only here in New Mexico, but across the country, by pledging not to text while driving.