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Carly Fiorina To Keynote New Mexico GOP Silver Elephant Event In Albuquerque May 30

on March 25, 2015 - 4:47pm

Carly Fiorina

GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will be in Albuquerque Saturday, May 30 to keynote the Republican Party of New Mexico Silver Elephant Event.

"We are thrilled to have Ms. Fiorina come to our event and look forward to her keynote address," RPNM Chairman Debbie Maestas said. “New Mexico has an exciting opportunity to hear from such a high-powered and well-respected business woman paired with her political background."

Fiorina served as CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005 and was the GOP nominee for the U.S.

Udall To Question DOE Secretary On LANL Cleanup, WIPP Costs, Tech Transfer And Other N.M. Priorities

on March 25, 2015 - 12:42pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will discuss steps forward for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and several other New Mexico priorities with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

Udall will press Moniz to work constructively with the state of New Mexico to safely reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and discuss the Department of Energy’s plan to release a report on the radiological accident.

Udall also will discuss the budget

LAHS Student Directs Robot To Douse Butts

on March 25, 2015 - 10:24am
Los Alamos High School junior Isaiah Lang took a moment to assist in prevention efforts at LAHS to drown out tobacco as part of National Kick Butts Day last Wednesday. Lang has advanced to participate in the upcoming state competition with his firefighter robot. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen 

LAHS Topper Cheer Team Takes 2nd Place At District 2 5A Competition

on March 25, 2015 - 9:55am

The Los Alamos High School Topper Cheer Team achieved a 2nd place finish at the District 2 5A competition Saturday, March 21 at Capital High School in Santa Fe. In addition to cheering at home and away games in support of Topper athletics, the LAHS Cheer Team is required to participate in three competitions during the school year in order to participate in the State Spirit Competition. The Cheer Team will travel to the state competition Friday and Saturday at the Pit in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Gymnasts Shine At New Mexico Level 4 And 5 Junior Olympic Championships

on March 25, 2015 - 8:36am

Kayli Lincoln on the beam. Courtesy photo

LASG News:

This past weekend the New Mexico State championships for the level 4 and 5 junior Olympic program were held at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics in Albuquerque.

Katie Wingo represented Los Alamos School of Gymnastics in the level 5 junior age division. Wingo brought home a gold medal on beam. She was the balance beam champion with an 8.95 on that event. Wingo was fourth in the all around with a 34.975. Her other placements included fifth on vault (8.85) and bars (8.525) and sixth on floor (8.65).

Kayli Lincoln represented Los Alamos School of Gymnastics

2014 Pino Fire Recognized For Innovative Strategy, Ecosystem Benefits

on March 25, 2015 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Southwest Fire Science Consortium named the Pino Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest the 2014 “Incident of the Year” for lightning-caused fire in the Southwest. 
The 4,313-acre Pino Fire was cited for the innovative suppression strategy that focused on long-term benefits to the landscape and ecosystem.
The Southwest Fire Science Consortium said the Pino Fire stood out for several reasons, including its proximity to neighborhoods and smoke impact on Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Freedom Work Folk Forms And Variations April 11

on March 24, 2015 - 4:28pm

SFNF Closes Forest Road 263, E.V. Long Campground

on March 24, 2015 - 3:05pm


SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest today announced the closure of Forest Road (FR) 263 and the E.V. Long Campground on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District due to extreme soil moisture and flood risk. 

The restricted area includes the E.V. Long Campground next to Gallinas Creek as well as the entire length of FR 263 behind the locked gate at Oak Flats and land surrounding the road, including the Burro Mesa Trail Head, Big Pine, Fishing Hole and Baker Flats day use areas.

The closure will protect natural resources and infrastructure in the area, including

Udall, Heinrich Urge IRS To Make Paper Tax Forms Available To Rural New Mexicans

on March 24, 2015 - 12:16pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to express concerns about cuts to services, particuarly for rural and elderly New Mexicans.
The letter follows numerous complaints from residents of Fort Sumner, Elephant Butte, Taos and across rural New Mexico about a lack of paper filing forms and reduced office hours due to budget cuts.

IRS: Taxes, Ex-Spouse Benefits And You

on March 24, 2015 - 9:32am
Social Security Public Affairs Speciliast
Baltimore, Md

April 14 is both Ex-Spouse Day and the eve of tax day. These two observances are doubly important if you are an ex-spouse, because Social Security pays benefits to eligible former spouses, and you may need to claim this income on your tax forms.

If you are age 62, unmarried, and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be eligible to receive benefits based on his or her record. To be eligible, you must have been married to your ex-spouse for 10 years or more.

New Mexico Is My Home

on March 24, 2015 - 9:11am

Comb Morion helmet, probably Spanish or Italian, 16-17th centuries of the type worn by the Spanish conquistadores. On loan from a private collection to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Courtesy photo

MRM News:

The Millicent Rogers Museum (MRM) in Taos has announced a special exhibition, "New Mexico is My Home", opening Friday, March 27 and continuing until June 28.

The exhibition is featuring more than 50 objects borrowed from private collections that chronicle the history and cultures of New Mexico and the Southwest.


Udall, Rubio, Heinrich, Menendez And Grijalva Introduce Bill To Promote Historic Preservation Education

on March 24, 2015 - 8:59am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Bob Menendez, D-N.J. and U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz. introduced a bipartisan bill to give colleges and universities with a high enrollment of Hispanic students access to a grant program that encourages students to engage in historical and cultural projects.

The Preservation Research at Institutions Serving Minorities (PRISM) Act would amend the National Historic Preservation Act by expanding eligibility to include Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) for a

Anti-Conservation Bills Defeated In 2015 Legislature

on March 24, 2015 - 8:32am

CVNM News:

SANTA FE — Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) advocated for or against 89 bills at the Roundhouse during the 2015 New Mexico legislative session.

CVNM and our allies successfully defeated 100 percent of the anti-conservation bills that attacked common-sense laws that protect our families and communities for the 11th year in a row.

CVNM and our allies in the Environmental Alliance of New Mexico joined together to successfully pass an eight-year extension of the solar development tax credit. SB 391, sponsored by Sen.

Study: New Mexico Most Federally Dependent State

on March 24, 2015 - 8:19am


A WalletHub study reveals that New Mexico is the most federally dependent state.

In order to identify which states most and least depend on the federal government, WalletHub analyzed the 50 U.S. states across four key metrics, including:

  • the return on taxes paid to the federal government;
  • federal funding as a percentage of state revenue;
  • the number of federal employees per capita; and
  • the number of civilian non-defense federal employees per capita.

How Federally Dependent Is New Mexico? (1=Least, 25 =Avg.): 

  • 46th – Highest Return on Federal Income Tax
  • 42nd – Lowest

U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham Highlights Positive Effects Of Medicaid Expansion

on March 24, 2015 - 8:09am

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., marked the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by highlighting how hundreds of thousands of New Mexico families are benefiting from the expansion of Medicaid.

An additional 230,000 New Mexicans have gained health coverage through Medicaid and the federal children’s health insurance program – a 50-percent increase over 18 months.

“I am pushing Congress to make needed improvements to the Affordable Care Act so health care is more accessible to average families,” Lujan Grisham said.

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Bill To Boost Funding For Laboratory Directed R&D Program

on March 24, 2015 - 7:50am

  • LDRD program advances frontiers of science and engineering, invests in critical national security missions, helps recruit and retain staff for national laboratories

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. introduced S.830, the LDRD Enhancement Act of 2015, a bill to increase the maximum percentage each laboratory director may set aside for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) from 6 to 10 percent of the lab's budget.

The U.S.

Los Alamos Middle School Student Nora Cullinan Places 4th At State Spelling Bee

on March 24, 2015 - 6:57am

Nora Cullinan with her Los Alamos County Spelling Bee trophy. Courtesy photo

Education News:

Los Alamos County Spelling Bee Champion Nora Cullinan tied for fourth place at the New Mexico State Spelling Bee this Saturday. This is the highest state finish for a Los Alamos speller in recent memory.

An eighth grade student at Los Alamos Middle School, Cullinan took second place in the Middle School Bee to advance to the County Bee, which she won with the word "hippopotamus."

To prepare for the State Bee, Cullinan studied a list of more than 1,100 words provided by Scripps, the organizers of the

Udall On Fifth Anniversary Of Affordable Care Act

on March 23, 2015 - 6:43pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
U.S. SENATE News:            
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law:
"Five years ago today, hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans had no access to health insurance. Our state had one of the highest rates of uninsured, and among the highest rates for chronic disease. Many New Mexicans couldn't afford to see a doctor when they or their children got sick. They didn't have access to life-saving cancer screenings.

National Work Zone Awareness Week Highlights Start Of Annual Construction Season

on March 23, 2015 - 12:01pm

Slow down in construction zones. Courtesy/NMDOT


SANTA FE – Expect the unexpected when driving through work zones.

This week marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, the annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites.

The theme for National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 (March 23-27) is "Expect the Unexpected."

This was the original theme used 15 years ago when the national event was created by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Traffic Safety Services

LAHS Senior Sarah Criscuolo Represents Los Alamos Key Club

on March 23, 2015 - 11:33am

Los Alamos Key Club member Sarah Criscuolo speaks at the March 14 mid-year conference for the Southwestern District of the Kiwanis International at the Courtyard by Marriott in Farmington. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School Key Club member Sarah Criscuolo spoke March 14 at the annual mid-year conference for the Southwestern District of Kiwanis International at the Marriott in Farmington. 

Carl Mueller also spoke at the event. He is the father of Kayla Mueller, 26, of Prescott, Ariz., who was killed by the Islamic State in Syria last month.

Udall Warns About Scam Targeting Taxpayers

on March 23, 2015 - 9:32am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall warned consumers about a phone scam targeting thousands of taxpayers in New Mexico and throughout the country, and encouraged taxpayers to exercise caution when providing personal information solicited over the phone or online. 

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), criminals are targeting taxpayers throughout the country with an aggressive and sophisticated impersonation scam.

Capital Outlay Bill Dies As Legislature Adjourns

on March 23, 2015 - 8:29am

House Floor on Saturday during debate of SB 159. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

SANTA FE – At noon Saturday, the 2015 New Mexico legislative session came to an end as the constitutionally allotted 60 days expired. 

Once legislators adjourned, all uncompleted legislation died. This year's legislative session saw a Republican majority take control of the House of Representatives for the first time in six decades.

This change in party control meant little to most New Mexicans and there were signs of bipartisan cooperation as the Legislature passed a $6.2 billion budget for next year's funding

SFCIR: Dr. Nakhleh To Speak On ISIS And The Aftermath Of The Arab Spring - Threats And Challenges

on March 21, 2015 - 11:13am

Dr. Emile Nakhleh


The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a World Affairs Discussion Event "ISIS and the Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Threats and Challenges" by speaker Emile Nakhleh at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11.

The event is hosted at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, in the Forum, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr., and the cost is $15 for CIR members; $20 for non-members and guests, and qualified students with appropriate I.D. are welcome to attend this event for free.


NM REIA Enters PNM Rate Case To Protect ‘Rooftop’ Customer Sited Solar Projects And Jobs It Creates

on March 21, 2015 - 9:59am

REIA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The Renewable Energy Industries Association – New Mexico (REIA) has filed with the Public Regulation Commission to intervene in the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) rate case, in which the utility seeks to raise electricity rates approximately 12 percent. 

REIA’s interest in the case is PNM’s request for approval to add a monthly interconnection fee (access fee) to the bills of owners of rooftop solar systems and to eliminate those customers’ ability to carry forward excess generation on their bills, or “bank” that energy for use in winter months.

Rio Grande Trail Bill Goes To Governor's Desk

on March 21, 2015 - 8:43am

Rep. Jeff Steinborn


  • Legislation creates a commission to develop the Rio Grande Trail

SANTA FE – House Bill 563, “Rio Grande Trail Commission” sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces has passed in the Senate.

The bill now goes to the Governor for approval. Governor Martinez has already expressed support for creation of the Trail, stating in a news release that it would be a historic achievement for New Mexico.

HB 563 would create the Rio Grande Trail Commission to study and recommend the best paths for a new Rio Grande Trail.