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Thirteen Organizations Honored with 2013 New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards

on November 18, 2013 - 3:22pm

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico, Administrator of the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards (NM Executive Order 2012-003), announces 13 recognition recipients including eight Piñon Recognition and five Roadrunner Recognition. There was no Zia Award Recipient in 2013. 

“I’m delighted to announce the 2013 New Mexico Performance Excellence Award Recipients,” said Julia Gabaldon, President/CEO of Quality New Mexico. "These organizations have made a commitment to provide the best service/product to their customers and to be role model organizations in our state.”

The New Mexico

New Mexico Volunteers Are Needed for Community Free Tax Help Programs

on November 18, 2013 - 1:19pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX - Helping in either the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs can be rewarding while serving a vital role in your local community.

The VITA and TCE programs offer free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income, senior citizens, persons with disability, those who have limited English proficiency and others who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. In the majority of the free tax help sites, taxpayers can get one-on-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes for them.


FBI Seeking Matthew Maley on Federal Drug Charges

on November 18, 2013 - 10:42am

Matthew Duke Maley is on the lam and the FBI is asking the public's help in finding him. He is considered armed and dangerous so do not approach him but rather call the Albuquerque FBI at 505.889.1300 (24 hours). Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is asking for the public's help in locating Matthew Duke Maley, 46, of Tucson, Ariz., who is wanted on federal drug charges and has ties to New Mexico, California, Colorado, Texas and Nevada, besides Arizona. 

Maley is a white male, 6'1" tall, approximately 180-190 pounds, bald, with hazel eyes.

Rep. Garcia Richard Advocates for Veterans

on November 17, 2013 - 10:57am
Dist. 43 Representative

As some of you may know, I am a proud daughter of a World War II Veteran. My father’s service overseas and later back home helped shape my siblings and me. My Dad made sure I understood the value in dedicating one’s life to service, to protect and respect the rights of all Americans. My father and the millions of other men and women who willingly sacrifice for our rights are a driving force behind my determination to be a voice for the people in public office. 

One of the things I enjoy most about being a State Representative are the

Strong Winds & Mountain Snow on the Way

on November 16, 2013 - 12:34pm


NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports that a potent upper level disturbance is bringing accumulating snow to the higher terrain, then jet stream to strengthen and bring strong and potentially damaging winds.

Timing Through Sunday Morning.

Location –  Snow impacts Northern Mountains; Wind impacts area wide, but most significant eastern slopes of the Central Mountain Chain, Adjacent Highlands and East Central Plains.

Key Impacts:

  • West winds 40 to 50 mph with some gusts near 60 mph Saturday through early Sunday east slopes of the Central Mountain

Valles Caldera Modifies Hunt Lotteries

on November 16, 2013 - 10:55am

VCNP News:

  • New Format Expected to Boost Participant Numbers

JEMEZ SPRINGS - The Valles Caldera Trust has made dramatic changes to its elk and turkey hunt lotteries, which are expected to deepen the pool of applicants during these difficult economic times.

The Trust will combine a reduction in lottery application fees with a one ticket per hunt code purchase limit to attract more participants. The Trust will also eliminate multiple-ticket discount purchases. The changes are effective immediately and will apply to the 2014 hunting seasons.

“In the past, every ticket had an equal chance of

Bill Expanding White Sands Missile Range Clears Key Committee

on November 16, 2013 - 6:30am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, a bill sponsored by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Tom Udall, D-N.M., and John Cornyn, R-TX, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss cleared the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Earlier this year Heinrich, a member of the committee, along with Senators Udall and Cornyn, introduced the bipartisan proposal that represents a three-party agreement between the two military installations and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

"This expansion to White Sands Missile Range is critical to

Udall Introduces Bill to Prevent Stormwater Pollution

on November 16, 2013 - 6:24am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

 U.S. SENATE News:          

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a bill to reduce the leading cause of water pollution nationwide, while creating jobs and supporting infrastructure and neighborhood redevelopment. 

Polluted stormwater runoff is caused when rain or snow flows over roads, roofs, parking lots and other surfaces, picking up toxic chemicals and sediment and carrying them to rivers and streams. The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 would encourage the use of innovative and economic approaches to

Holiday Superblitz Begins This Weekend

on November 15, 2013 - 8:39am


SANTA FE – Buckle up, watch your speed and don’t drink and drive. The State of New Mexico’s Holiday Superblitz gets underway today.

During this time, law enforcement agencies from across the state, including local, state and tribal, will be out in force conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, seatbelt enforcement, speeding enforcement and looking for other traffic safety violations. 

This crackdown coincides with the holidays, since drunk driving crashes increase significantly during this time of the year. 

“Let’s make this holiday season a time where law

Governor to Propose Streamlining Licensure for Nurses Relocating to New Mexico

on November 13, 2013 - 9:14am


Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will announce at 10 a.m. today a proposal to make New Mexico more competitive for nursing professionals by streamlining the process for nurses licensed in other states to become licensed in New Mexico. 

Martinez also will talk about her efforts to recruit more nurse practitioners to New Mexico from states like Texas, Oklahoma and Utah, where restrictions on nurse practitioners are higher than they are in our state.

FBI Asks If Anybody Recognizes 'Jimmy'

on November 12, 2013 - 10:20pm

Clues to the identity of this man believed to call himself 'Jimmy' include a residence with a distinct plaid chair, male pattern baldness on the back of his head, and a ring on his right ring finger. Submit tips to the FBI at Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

  • FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Suspected Child Sexual Predator

The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child.

IMPORTANT: There are no specific details linking the suspect to New Mexico, a

Chamisa's Carolyn Torres Named New Mexico Teacher of the Year!

on November 12, 2013 - 10:27am

Carolyn Torres is surrounded by her Chamisa Elementary School third grade students at a surprise assembly this morning at which Superintendent Gene Schmidt made the exciting announcement that Torres has been named New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Torres was named Los Alamos Teacher of the Year in May and now becomes the New Mexico nominee for National Teacher of the Year. Torres teaches science and math to all third graders at Chamisa in addition to serving as a third grade homeroom teacher. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Carolyn Torres of Chamisa Elementary School has been named

American Legion Hosts Boys/Girls State Dinner

on November 11, 2013 - 9:21am

American Legion Post 90 Cmdr. Bill Cooper congratulates Boys State Delegate Daniel Ahrens. Photo by Leland Lehman/

County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, left, introduced by Post 90 Cmdr. Bill Cooper. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report

A Boys and Girls State dinner was hosted Saturday by the American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. The 2013 Delegation to Boys State including Daniel Ahrens, Jeremy Goettee and Esteban Summers and Girls State delegates Marie Trujillo and Rachel Barthel and their parents were honored during the special event.

LAHS Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams Are 2013 State Champions!

on November 10, 2013 - 12:48pm

Los Alamos High School 2013 Cross Country State Champs. Photo by Blake Wood


Los Alamos High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams won the State Championships Saturday at Rio Rancho High. This is the third-straight team title for the Topper boys who edged out Albuquerque Academy 52-54.

Topper Collin Hemez was named boys 4A State Champion after crossing the finish line in 15 minutes, 54.4 seconds.

NMAA Team Results: 4A Boys:

1. 52 Los Alamos (16:36.81 1:23:04.05 1:03.50)

1 1 Colin Hemez 15:54.40
2 7 Mike Walker 16:21.00
3 13 Gus Saeger 16:53.20
4 15 Cameron Staples 16:57.55

Rep. Garcia Richard Announces 2014 Campaign to Packed House

on November 10, 2013 - 12:40pm
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard announces her 2014 campaign kickoff Saturday at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill in Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with Lew Agnew of Los Alamos at the launch of her 2014 campaign Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard announced her re-election campaign to a packed house Saturday at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill in Los Alamos.

House Majority Whip Antonio "Moe" Maestas welcomed the crowd of more than 40 supporters, spanning the

Udall and Luján Announce Federal Assistance for Santa Clara Pueblo

on November 10, 2013 - 7:49am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that more than $2.8 million in federal assistance relief is being made available to Santa Clara Pueblo through the Public Assistance Grant Program to assist with the installation of debris collection structures. As a result of a disaster declaration in August of 2012 in response to severe flooding from June 22 to July 12, 2012, the pueblo was made eligible for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Sen. Udall, then-Senator Jeff Bingaman, and Rep.

Forest Waives Day Use Fees in Honor of Veterans Day

on November 8, 2013 - 8:42am

USFS News:

SANTA FE -- The Santa Fe National Forest is joining other Federal agencies in waiving its day use fees over Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9-11. Members of the public, veterans, active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families are invited to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and enjoy the great outdoors. 

No fees will be charged at Battleship Rock and Spanish Queen Picnic Areas on the Jemez Ranger District. The fee waiver does not apply to campgrounds.

"We wholeheartedly salute the men and women who represent the nearly 22 million American veterans who have

Heinrich Introduces Bill to Strengthen Film Industry and DOD Partnerships

on November 8, 2013 - 8:39am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., along with Sen. David Vitter, R-LA, introduced the Military Equitable Reimbursement Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow the Department of Defense (DOD) to retain payments for costs incurred during support of non-governmental film productions. 

Currently, DOD units can accept reimbursement for expenses associated with the use of military assets for production.

Comments Sought on State Rail Plan

on November 8, 2013 - 8:32am


SANTA FE–The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the State’s railroad program. 

The Rail Plan, which is a Federal requirement, sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation.  It identifies current and future passenger and freight rail facilities, services, needs, issues and opportunities. 

The plan also evaluates the benefits, costs and efficiency of potential new projects and services and prioritizes these after considering funding availability and other factors


Udall to Honor Veterans Monday

on November 7, 2013 - 7:49am


Monday, Nov. 11, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will honor and celebrate New Mexico's veterans during the 28th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences.

Udall will offer the keynote address at the ceremony. Afterward, he will visit with residents and join Lori Montgomery, director of the State Veterans' Home, to discuss the facility's expansion project.  

Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, is the author or cosponsor of a number of bills to ensure service

Heinrich Secures Comprehensive Sportsmen's Package

on November 7, 2013 - 7:34am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, cosponsored the Sportsmen's and Public Outdoor Recreation Traditions (SPORT) Act, a comprehensive sportsmen's legislative package that includes two of Senator Heinrich's sponsored bills: the Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act and a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

Taos County Historical Society Holds Reception and Signing for ‘Taos: A Topical History’

on November 7, 2013 - 7:26am

TCHS News:

In the 1950s Frank Waters observed, “For a tiny hinterland community that has never heard the whistle of a train, (Taos's) impact has been exceeded by a few metropolitan communities.”

Surprisingly, the last full-length book to attempt the history of this storied town is Blanch C. Grant's 1934 When Old Trails Were New. That was almost 80 years ago. Now, there is a new book that fills the need for a substantial new account of this place, where three cultures–Tiwa, Spanish and Anglo–have shared land, water, and traditions continuously for at least 700 years.

In six parts and 25

No RTD Blue Buses on Veterans Day

on November 6, 2013 - 10:11am

Blue Buses. Courtesy/NCRTD


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. 

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Comments Sought On State Transportation Improvement Program

on November 6, 2013 - 8:25am

NMTD News:

SANTA FE The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s second amendmentto the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program.

The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).

The NMDOT has posted the 2014-2017 STIP amendment on the internet asking for public comment until Dec.


Los Alamos Aquatomics Swimmer Sets State Record!

on November 5, 2013 - 9:12am
Ming-Yuan Lo, 8, of the Los Alamos Aquatomics set state record in the 100 yard butterfly Saturday. Courtesy photo
Ming-Yuan Lo, 8, of the Los Alamos Aquatomics set a New Mexico State record in the 100 yard butterfly Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Lobo Holiday Classic swimming meet in Albuquerque.
Lo’s time of 1:17.21 shattered the previous record of 1:23.75 set by James Zamora in February 2009. Lo's feat was particularly remarkable as his record came while he was swimming the event for the first time. His time places him in the top 20 in the United States for his age this year.