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Santa Fe Celebrates George R. R. Martin Day Saturday

on March 30, 2014 - 8:41am
Author and Santa Fe resident George R. R. Martin gives a thumbs up, as Mayor Javier Gonzales declares March 29 George R. R. Martin Day in Santa Fe. In addition to writing the award-winning 'Song of Ice and Fire' book series on which the HBO blockbuster, 'Game of Thrones' is based, Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which premiered the fourth season of 'Game of Thrones' Saturday. 'It's wonderful that the top show on television is premiering in Santa Fe in both Spanish and English,' Gonzales said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Santa Feans queued up to sit atop the Iron Throne,

LAHS Girls T&F Competes at Cleveland HS

on March 30, 2014 - 8:37am
The Los Alamos High School Girls Track & Field team competed Saturday at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. The meet was an all-relays format so all events were either run as traditional relays or scored by combining the individual marks in the event.

Los Alamos finished second overall and had two more State qualifiers. Sophia Galvez qualified in the 3200m (12:10.84) and the 4x400m team of Elena Abeyta, Sienna Ahlers, Clare Ticknor and Hayley Schake ran a qualifying time of 4:12.11.

"It's been a great start to the season and we hope to continue to improve," Girls Track & Field

Santa Fe Trail Association Hopes to Keep Rail Access Open

on March 30, 2014 - 8:00am
The view from the Southwest Chief as it travels from Lamy to Las Vegas, N.M. Photo by Inez Ross

Ron Kemp entertains passengers on the Southwest Chief Amtrak Train. Photo by Inez Ross


Members and friends of the End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association took the two hour train ride from Lamy to Las Vegas, N.M. and enjoyed the joys of train travel as they lunched in the dining car, took in views from the observation car and got to meet travelers on their way to Chicago.

The group was also raising awareness of historic sites along Apache Canyon and Glorieta

Many Retirees Face April 1 Deadline To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions

on March 29, 2014 - 8:35am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently reminded taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2013 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs. Normally, it also applies to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans.

The April 1 deadline only applies to the required distribution for the first year.

Candidates Speak At Lincoln Day Dinner

on March 29, 2014 - 8:14am

New Mexico House of Representatives Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers with Secretary of State Dianna Duran at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Los Alamos Research Park. The annual event was sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico House of Representatives Dist. 43 candidate Vincent Chiravalle speaks about his candidacy. He is a former Los Alamos Couny Councilor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

State Treasurer candidate Rick Lopez ueged the crowd to vote for Secretary of State Dianna Duran in her bid for re-election.

New Mexico Community Foundations Hope To Make History

on March 29, 2014 - 7:29am
SANTA FE - The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico is organizing Give Grande NM, a day of giving dedicated to supporting local causes. Because Give Grande NM is one of many giving days being held across the country, it could become one of the largest online fundraising events in history.
Give Grande NM is one of many giving events happening May 6 as part of the national Give Local America event. Donors will be able to donate directly to nonprofits working in their communities by visiting Visitors to the site will also be able to search

Los Alamos Lincoln Day Dinner Draws Secretary of State, Community Members and Candidates

on March 28, 2014 - 1:26pm

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Audience members stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran was the keynote speaker at Wednesday's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Los Alamos Research Park on West Jemez Road Jemez Road.

In addition to being the chief elections officer of the state, Duran also overseas campaign finance reporting, lobbyist registration, and financial disclosures by certain public officials.

FBI Opens Investigation Into APD Shooting

on March 28, 2014 - 1:18pm

FBI News:

The FBI has opened an investigation into the March 16, 2014, shooting involving the Albuquerque Police Department.

The Albuquerque FBI Division wants to assure the public that a thorough and fair investigation will be conducted to determine if any civil rights were violated.

No time frame or additional details about this investigation will be provided at this time.

IRS Releases Virtual Currency Guidance

on March 28, 2014 - 1:05pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -– The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a notice providing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. These FAQs provide basic information on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, virtual currency.


In some environments, virtual currency operates like “real” currency -- i.e., the coin and paper money of the United States or of any other country that is designated as legal tender, circulates, and is customarily used and accepted as a medium of exchange in the country of

Vincent P. Chiravalle Launches Official Campaign Website

on March 28, 2014 - 12:43pm

Dist. 43 Candidate Vincent P. Chiravalle


Vincent P. Chiravalle, a republican candidate for New Mexico’s House of Representatives District 43, has launched his official campaign website,

The website describes Chiravalle’s political views and goals. Visitors can sign up to receive campaign news and event invitations, read his blog, volunteer and donate to the campaign.

Comments Sought on State Transportation Improvement Program

on March 28, 2014 - 7:23am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has posted a 2014-2017 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) amendment on the internet asking for public comment until April 26.

The document is posted on the NMDOT website at Email comments can be sent to the NMDOT STIP coordinator at

The Fourth Amendment is an out-of-cycle amendment to STIP. The program will serve as a four-year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program and, in accordance with federal legislation, contains proposed road and bridge projects.

DOE Initiates Recertification Process for WIPP

on March 28, 2014 - 7:13am

WIPP News:

CARLSBAD – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) submitted its third Compliance Recertification Application (CRA) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday, demonstrating continued compliance with EPA regulations for radioactive waste disposal, as required by Congress.

The recertification process is not related to recovery efforts from the recent events at WIPP, but rather a process to verify that changes at the site in the preceding five-year
period comply with EPA disposal standards for radioactive waste.

EPA first

Luján Calls for Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

on March 28, 2014 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives.
House Democrats have introduced a discharge petition that would require an up or down vote on H.R. 15, a bipartisan immigration bill, once a 218-member majority of the House signs that petition. Luján signed the petition Wednesday.
“Enough is enough - it is time to bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.” Luján said.

$20.7 Million Excise Tax Revenue Will Support New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Programs

on March 27, 2014 - 8:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the U.S. Department of Interior's announcement Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute $20,698,851 in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen, recreational shooters, and boaters to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across New Mexico.

"Hunting and fishing are a way of life for thousands of New Mexicans and the taxes paid by sportsmen in our state help support wildlife management and

EPA to Deploy Mobile Air Monitors to WIPP Within Two Weeks

on March 26, 2014 - 9:42am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Tuesday that within the next two weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

In a Feb. 27 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators had asked the EPA to send the additional air monitors to conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following the Feb. 14 radiation leak at WIPP. For a copy of the senators' letter, click

Free Legal Fair Saturday in Santa Fe

on March 25, 2014 - 6:51am

LAHS Boys and Girls T&F Teams Compete in APS Buddy Robertson Invitational at Wilson Stadium

on March 23, 2014 - 9:17am

Chelsea Challacomb in the high jump. Photo by Assistant Coach Blake Wood, LAHS Boys T&F

Simon Bailey narrowly winning the 4x400 relay. Photo by Assistant Coach Blake Wood, LAHS Boys T&F

Seth Drop wins the pole vault. Photo by Assistant Coach Blake Wood, LAHS Boys T&F


It was a fine day at Wilson Stadium in ABQ Saturday for the Los Alamos High School Boys and Girls Track & Field teams.

SQ (state qualifying marks) for Los Alamos athletes:

  • Amanda Mercer, 12:10.7 SQ in 3200 m.
  • Colin Hemez, 4:33.21 SQ in 1600.
  • Skyler McCall, Alexis Ortega, Greg Ahlers, Simon Bailey, 3:28.72

Testing Set For WIPP Ventilation System Filter Banks

on March 23, 2014 - 8:19am

WIPP News:

An aerosol test to determine the effectiveness of the WIPP ventilation system filter banks is targeted for early next week.

The test will be performed by Los Alamos National Laboratory by introducing aerosolized oil in front of the filter banks then using highly sensitive equipment that will measure the concentration of aerosol particles at the back of the filter banks to determine filter efficiency.

WIPP’s individual HEPA filter banks are tested annually and consistently meet the efficiency standard. Two filter banks service the underground exhaust.

IRS Has $5.9 Million for New Mexico Taxpayers Who Have Not Filed For 2010

on March 22, 2014 - 8:41am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - Refunds totaling almost $760 million may be waiting for an estimated 918,600 taxpayers across the country who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced.

Here in New Mexico, the IRS estimates 7,200 taxpayers did not file a 2010 federal income tax return potentially leaving $5,915,000 on the table. To collect the money, a return for 2010 must be filed with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

"The window is quickly closing for people who are owed refunds from 2010 who haven't filed a tax return,"


Governor Appoints Dr. Paul Daly of Los Alamos to State Board

on March 21, 2014 - 4:05pm

Dr. Paul Daly




SANTA FE—Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that she has appointed Dr. Paul Daly of Los Alamos to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Advisory Board. Dr. Daly is a clinic and staff physician at Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, and previously served as a clinic physician at Acadia Medical Group in Reno, Nev., and Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos.


Dr. Daly also has worked at the U.S. Naval Hospitals in Bremerton, Wash., and Naples, Italy, and is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Naval Reserves. He holds an M.D.

Los Alamos American Legion Riders Escort 'The Wall That Heals' to Santa Fe

on March 20, 2014 - 7:23am
Members of the Los Alamos Chapter of the American Legion Riders joined the New Mexico Patriot Guard in escorting 'The Wall That Heals' Tuesday from west of Albuquerque to Ft. Marcy Park in Santa Fe where it will be on display this week. Los Alamos American Legion Riders from left, Jim Hay, Fred Humphry, Ron Shuttles, Ken Nadeau, Dave Bullock and Chris Larribas. Photo by Los Alamos Rider Randi Moore
Staff Report

SANTA FE—A half-size replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is now in Santa Fe for a six-day stop. The Wall That Heals arrived Tuesday Ft.

NMiF Focuses on Experience of 'Crypto-Jews'

on March 20, 2014 - 7:10am

PBS News:

This week, at 7 p.m. Friday, New Mexico in Focus (NMiF) presents a companion piece to the national series The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama,” which premieres 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 on PBS Ch.5.1. The program will repeat at 5 p.m. Saturday on channel 9.1.

NMiF Producer Megan Kamerick focuses on the experience of “conversos” or “crypto-Jews” in New Mexico.

In 1492, the Edict of Expulsion launched the diaspora of Sephardic Jews from Spain. Many found their way to the New World, including New Mexico, although they could not openly practice their religion. 


Rep. Garcia Richard Addresses Los Alamos Military Order of the World Wars

on March 19, 2014 - 12:32pm
New Mexico Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard made her annual briefing Tuesday night to the Los Alamos Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars about the recent legislative session and current issues facing the state. Courtesy photo
MOWW Los Alamos Chapter Commander Gregg Giesler presents Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with a Certificate of Appreciation for her presentation and service. Tuesday evening was Garcia Richard's third time presenting to the MOWW. Courtesy photo

One-Stop Business Portal Bill Signed Into Law

on March 19, 2014 - 10:48am

Senate Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 9 March 6 to create a one-stop online portal for New Mexico businesses.

The bill is sponsored by Senate Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen, D-Dona Ana and co-sponsored by Rep. Luciano Varela, D-Santa Fe.

This legislation provides for the development of a free, user-friendly, searchable and public website that will allow businesses to simplify their online transactions with state agencies.

According to the bill, the one-stop business portal, which is predicted to be in full operation by July 2017,

Valles Caldera 2014 Elk Hunt Lottery Deadline Looms

on March 19, 2014 - 10:21am

VCNP News:

Only a few hours remain for hunters to purchase a lottery draw chance for the revamped 2014 Valles Caldera Trust Elk Hunt. Entries must be postmarked or received by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

In November 2013, the Trust announced the reduction of ticket prices and one chance, per hunt code, per hunter sales policy. (See Trust Modifies Hunt Lotteries

Applying to hunt on the Preserve is as simple as entering our lottery. Lottery chances are available at $25 each for a mature bull or either sex hunt.