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Breaking News: Bandelier National Monument Searches for Missing Hiker

on March 9, 2013 - 10:36am

UPDATE: It was just announced that rescuers have found the missing woman and are "walking her out now." The woman spent the night out in the elements, but appears to be okay now.

Upper Falls. Photo by Sally King/BNM

BNM News:

A search is in progress for a missing hiker at Bandelier National Monument.

The monument is working with New Mexico Search and Rescue under unified command.

The search involves dog teams, technical rescue, Los Alamos Police Department, Los Alamos Fire Department and three aircraft.

On Friday, March 8, Los Alamos County dispatch received a call from a man in

Volunteers Needed to Plant Trees; Post Las Conchas Fire

on March 9, 2013 - 9:55am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest is seeking volunteers for tree planting efforts within the 2011 Las Conchas fire burn area near Los Alamos.

Exact dates are dependent upon weather, soil moistures and soil temperatures, but possible dates are the Fridays and Saturdays of April 12, 13 and 19, 20.

A 56-acre area around the Nordic Ski Trails at the base of Pajarito Ski Hill within the burn area will be planted with Douglas Fir trees.

The effort is part of a larger contracted planting initiative mostly in the Jemez District involving about 2,000 acres and almost half a million trees.

Bill Offers Help to Families of the Mentally Ill Who End Up in Jail

on March 8, 2013 - 8:57am

HB 588 Gets “Do Pass”

SANTA FE – Emotional testimony was heard Tuesday in the House Health, Government, and Indian Affairs Committee regarding House Bill 588 “Community Engagement Teams” (CETs.)

HB 588 sponsored by House Majority Leader, Rick Miera (D-Bernalillo-11) establishes methods of intervention for families who are caring for their loved ones who are mentally ill and unable to care for themselves.

In gut wrenching testimony, some people described how their mentally ill family members often cycle in and out of jail or hospitals or end up homeless.

One police officer said the

Las Conchas Fire Area Closures and Hazards

on March 8, 2013 - 8:25am

SFNF News:
  • Before visiting your public lands, “Know Before You Go”. Call ahead and check conditions.

The Santa Fe National Forest reminds the public that even though it is winter and snow is on the ground, the Las Conchas Fire Area restrictions are still in effect on the Jemez Ranger District due to existing safety hazards and risk for resource damage.

Motorized travel is restricted to roads that have been assessed and cleared of major public safety hazards. However, currently the roads are temporarily closed due to snow and road surface protection.

Only FR 289 from N.M.

Governor Calls Out Rep. Garcia Richard

on March 7, 2013 - 1:29am

Gov. Susana Martinez
By GREG KENDALL
Los Alamos Daily Post

This morning on the KRSN AM 1490 morning show, Gov. Susana Martinez accused Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of breaking her campaign promise to voters in Los Alamos with regard to driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants (House Bill 606.)

Garcia Richard is on record during her campaign for favoring the repeal of the current law, which grants driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, saying “It’s a bad law that needs to be changed.”

It appears Garcia Richard was trying to do just that through her vote yesterday.

Volunteer Opportunities on Santa Fe National Forest

on March 6, 2013 - 9:22am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest is offering spring trail projects to volunteers to build new sections of trail.

Specific projects include construction of winding trails and retaining walls. There are six days from which to choose and there is no experience required.

The trail projects will be hosted on the Dead Dog Trail, located west of Santa Fe in the Caja del Rio for the following dates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day:

  • Friday, March 8
  • Sunday, March 17
  • Saturday, March 30
  • Saturday, April 13
  • Friday, April 19
  • * * Saturday, April 20
  • Sunday, May 19

Trail workday attire for everyone

LANS LLC Recognizes Rep. Nick Salazar Today

on March 6, 2013 - 6:46am

Rep. Nick Salazar

LANL News:

SANTA FE – Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, will be recognized today, March 6, by Los Alamos National Security LLC for the “Lifetime Achievement Award” he received from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earlier this year.

Salazar serves on the Board of Directors of LANL and will be video-conferencing into the board meeting of LANS LLC, to be officially recognized by LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

Salazar has been associated with the Lab for more than 60 years, as an employee, associate and now as a member of the Board of

NM House of Representatives Highlights March 5

on March 5, 2013 - 10:09am

STATE News:

 

On the Floor

  • House Education Committee Substitute For House Bill 27 (“Expand Lottery Scholarship Eligibility”) sponsored Rep.

NMDOT Begins Work March 11 on Bishops Lodge Road and Paseo de Peralta Intersection

on March 5, 2013 - 9:03am

NMDOT News:

Santa Fe – The New Mexico Department of Transportation will begin work Monday, March 11 on the intersection of Paseo de Peralta and Bishops Lodge Road/Washington Avenue in Santa Fe.

Beginning next week, Bishops Lodge Road will be closed from Paseo de Peralta to Artist Road.Pedestrians will still have access to Bishops Lodge Road but motorists will be detoured onto Murales Road and Old Taos Highway.

In addition, the north half of Paseo de Peralta will be closed from Old Taos Highway to Magdalena Road.

Work will include roadway reconstruction, new signage, roadway striping,

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Public Hearing March 20 on N.M. 502

on March 5, 2013 - 7:08am

NMDOT News:

Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Assessment is March 6 through April 8 for:

  • N.M. 30 Improvement Project
  • N.M. 502 to U.S. 84/285
  • C.N. 5100440 (formerly C.N. 3980)

Hearing Date: Wednesday, March 20
Hearing Time: 4–6 p.m. open house with 4:30 p.m. presentation
Location: Santa Clara Pueblo Senior Center

Project Purpose: The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration is proposing to improve N.M. 30 from the N.M. 502 Interchange in Santa Fe County to the U.S. 84/285 intersection in Española.

purpose of the N.M.

Letter to the Editor: A Person's Opinion Does Not a Fact Make

on March 5, 2013 - 7:06am
By JANIE O'ROURKE

Opinions - we all have them and we are very attached to them. But a person's opinion does not a fact make.

An opinion worth having should be supported by facts. I recently read a couple of letters in the Monitor and Los Alamos Daily Post that were filled with very strong opinions regarding Trinity Drive and roundabouts.

How should we judge these opinions? First let's look at the facts regarding roundabouts as published by reputable and mainstream engineering organizations.

As an example, the Federal Highway Administration sponsored a study to determine the effectiveness and

Hunter Education Class in Los Alamos March 16-17

on March 5, 2013 - 5:55am

NMG&F News:

There are several spaces remaining in the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Hunter Education class scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17 in Los Alamos.

All course registration is conducted online at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.
us and it is recommended to enroll as early as possible as courses fill quickly.

Udall Issues Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

on March 4, 2013 - 8:33pm
DOE Secretary Nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,D-N.M., issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively:
 
"I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.

Letter to the Editor: Support Fire Arms Transfer Act

on March 2, 2013 - 9:07am

BY MIRANDA VISCOLI

In the next week, our senate will vote on Rep. Miguel Garcia’s House Bill 77, also known as the Fire Arms Transfer Act. 

The bill would require background checks at gun shows. It has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and Gov. Susana Martinez has said she would sign the bill.

In New Mexico today, anyone can sell a gun at a gun show. You are not even required to ask if that person is a felon. 

Whether they have been convicted of domestic violence, are a fugitive from the law or restricted from owning a gun because they are considered

Innovate+Educate Announces Grant Recipients

on March 2, 2013 - 7:12am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – On Feb. 27, Innovate+Educate announced $200,000 in funding to communities in New Mexico interested in building their talent pipeline. 

The grants will bring together industry, community and education leaders to bridge the skills gap and develop new mechanisms for hiring, skills assessment and training.

These grants were made possible due to the funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to advance the New Options Project.

Awardees include:

  • CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe;
  • Four Corners Economic Development (4CED) in the Farmington region;

Alert: FBI Seeks Public's Help in Finding Bank Robber

on March 1, 2013 - 1:39pm

Robbery Suspect Jay Patrick Mount. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is looking for Jay Patrick Mount, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for the Feb. 25 robbery of U.S. Bank, 1418 Carlisle Blvd NE, in Albuquerque.

Anyone with information on Mount's whereabouts is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Anyone spotting Mount in Los Alamos may also call local police at 662-8222.

Mount is described as a white male, approximately 5'10" tall with a medium build.

Luján Statement on Failure to Prevent Sequester

on March 1, 2013 - 9:53am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today after Congress failed to pass legislation to prevent the sequester's budget cuts that are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

"Today is a disappointing day, when partisanship and ideology stood in the way of compromise and the best interests of the American people. The arbitrary cuts from the sequester will impact education, public safety, health care, and more - leading to job losses and harming an economic recovery.

Valles Caldera Trust Welcomes New Trustee

on March 1, 2013 - 8:23am

Catherine Allen

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS - Catherine Allen was officially appointed as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Trust, Board of Trustees Thursday.

She is the fifth trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and joins Kent Salazar and Karyn Stockdale, who were also appointed by the Obama administration.

“The Valles Caldera is a national treasure and must be respected as such,” said Allen, who served on President Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committee during the
first Administration.

Bandelier Tourism Creates $9 Million in New Mexico Economic Benefit

on February 28, 2013 - 9:53pm

Bandelier. Courtesy/BNM

BNM News:

  • New report shows visitor spending supports 252,000 jobs nationwide


A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 193,914 visitors in 2011 spent $9,218,000 in Bandelier National Monument and in communities near the park.

That spending supported 139 jobs in the local area.


“Bandelier National Monument is a wonderful place to relax, get exercise and learn about America’s story,” park superintendent Jason Lott said. “And the people in our nearby communities are invested in the park.

Northern New Mexico Leaders Highlight Dangers of Sequestration for New Mexico's Economy

on February 28, 2013 - 10:05am

RCLC News:

 

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today the endorsement and unanimous support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's House Memorial 71 that recognizes the critical importance of New Mexico's National Laboratories and DOE facilities to the state's economic welfare and the dramatic negative effects that sequestration will have on New Mexico's economy.

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory alone has close to a $3 billion impact on the state's economy each year and supports more than 24,000 jobs in Northern New Mexico.

 

"Sequestration would have a devastating effect
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Column: Finishing the Job of PRC Reform

on February 28, 2013 - 9:44am
Finishing the Job of PRC Reform
Column by FRED NATHAN

The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) touches the lives of every New Mexican who pays a gas, electric, or landline telephone bill, or buys home, auto, or health insurance, among many other things.

Unfortunately, the PRC has had a troubled history ever since it was created about 16 years ago.

In late 2011, Think New Mexico published a policy report entitled “Rethinking the PRC,” which proposed a strategy for reforming the agency.

Our report concluded that the PRC’s poor performance was due, in part, to a fundamental structural

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State House Highlights: Feb. 23-27

on February 28, 2013 - 9:14am

STATE News:

On the Floor

  • House Judiciary Committee Substitute for House Bills 349, 479 and 31 (Comprehensive DWI Prevention Package), a bipartisan effort on behalf of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Bernalillo-24), Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Rio Arriba & Santa Fe-43) and Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Sandoval-60), has passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 63-0. The House Judiciary Committee substitute for HBs 349,479 and 31 aims to help end New Mexico’s reputation as the worst drunk-driving state in the nation.
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Comprehensive DWI Prevention Bill Passes House

on February 28, 2013 - 8:09am

STATE News:
  • HB 349, 479 and 31 merge into One

SANTA FE The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a comprehensive DWI Package that will help New Mexico clean up its reputation for being the worst drunk-driving state in the nation.

The vote was 63-0. In a bipartisan move, Democratic Representatives Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Bernalillo-24) and Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, & Santa Fe-43) worked with Republican Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Sandoval-60) and the House Judiciary Committee to consolidate their three separate bills into one comprehensive package.

Luján Hosts Briefing Highlighting Latino Support to Combat Climate Change and Carbon Pollution Solution

on February 28, 2013 - 7:02am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico hosted a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday designed to offer solutions to climate change that featured a proposal by the Natural Resources Defense Council, and discussed a new poll showing that Latinos strongly support taking action against climate change.

Luján convened the briefing for Members of Congress, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, policy staffers, and Latino organizations concerned about climate change.

From extreme storms to drought, wildfires and floods, climate change is increasingly

Udall Gives Sepich Family Signed 'Katie's Law' Legislation

on February 27, 2013 - 6:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in his Washington, D.C. office Tuesday with the family of murdered NMSU student Katie Sepich. Courtesy/Tom Udall's Office
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Sepich family to his Washington office Tuesday to present them with signed copies of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, the federal legislation President Obama recently signed into law.
 
Udall met with Jayann and Dave Sepich and their two children to give them copies of the legislation and praise their efforts to expand "Katie's Law" nationwide.
 

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