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Senators Sponsor Bills To Protect Young Athletes From Brain Injuries

on February 12, 2015 - 8:36am

Sen. Bill Soules


SANTA FE – Sen. Bill Soules, D-Dona Ana and Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Bernalillo & Valencia, recently introduced bills to protect young athletes who suffer concussions and brain injuries. Both bills would strengthen existing measures to protect young athletes by ensuring parents and coaches take the proper safety precautions for their children.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez

Soules’ bill would require brain injury training for student athletes.

Deadline For Special Use Authorization On Santa Fe National Forest Feb. 15

on February 12, 2015 - 8:28am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest will implement a key change to the process of obtaining a Special Use Authorization.

Starting this year, the Santa Fe National Forest will require all proposals for outfitter and guide services for the year to be submitted no later than Sunday. Proposals received after that date will not be accepted for this calendar year. This date coincides with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish deadline for inclusion in the outfitter pool for state license tag drawings without penalty.

A Special Use Authorization is required when any use or

Local Students Shine At District Sonata Contest

on February 12, 2015 - 7:54am
Los Alamos piano teacher Janna Warren with her students. Courtesy photo
Students from Janna Warren's piano studio in Los Alamos participated Feb. 7 in the District Sonata Contest in Santa Fe.
Janna Warren with her students. Courtesy photo
Warren's students are recognized for their success:
  • Jack Ammerman placed first in level 2;
  • Fayrouz Mourad placed first in level 3;
  • Daniel Kim placed first in level 5;
  • Yunseo Kim placed first in level 6;
  • Jennie Gao placed third in level 6;
  • Phillip Ionkov was awarded Honorable Mention; and
  • Nikolai Nelson was awarded Honorable Mention.

I-25 /Old Pecos Trail Interchange: Earthwork Operations

on February 11, 2015 - 8:25pm


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) maintenance crews began earthwork operations today on the northbound I-25/Old Pecos Trail Interchange at mile marker 284.  

Motorists are being alerted that there will be heavy truck traffic at the I-25/Old Pecos Trail Interchange. Haul trucks will be loading and hauling material near the I-25 northbound ramp. 

This project is anticipated to be completed Feb. 16, weather permitting.

Drivers are urged to proceed with caution through the work zone, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the posted limit.

New Mexico House In Bipartisan Vote Passes Bill To End Failed Policy Of Social Promotion

on February 11, 2015 - 8:10pm

Rep. Monica Youngblood


  • Republicans Highlight President Bill Clinton’s Call To End Social Promotion

SANTA FE—Legislation that would end the failed policy of social promotion cleared the House floor today by a bipartisan vote of 38-30.

Social promotion passes kids onto the next grade even when they cannot read. On the House floor, Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Bernalillo, pointed out that Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama both favor ending social promotion.

“Improving our schools and helping struggling students learn continues to be one of our top priorities,” said

Congressional Delegation: Right-to-Work Legislation Has Consequences For New Mexico Working Families

on February 11, 2015 - 2:39pm


U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following against right-to-work legislation in the legislature:

As the national economy shows signs of real improvement, New Mexico's recovery has been challenging and slow. Working families want to know when we will see more jobs, higher salaries and access to quality education at every level. The state legislature has an opportunity to put New Mexico in a position to provide that economic security and rebuild the middle class.

Legislation Filed To Protect Working Women

on February 11, 2015 - 12:58pm

Rep. Terry McMillan


SANTA FE – Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Doña Ana County announced today that he has filed legislation that will protect pregnant women in the workplace and ensure that New Mexico meets federal guidelines. The legislation makes employers provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, such as more flexibility with their schedules, shorter hours or leave time.

“We can do a better job protecting pregnant women in the workplace,” McMillan said. “This bill is commonsense and will bring us in line with federal standards.”

The legislation mirrors language from

Legislation To Expand State’s Voyeurism Law Clears Safety And Civil Affairs Committee Vote

on February 11, 2015 - 10:23am

Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage


  • Bi-partisan Vote Passes Committee - Bill Heads To House Floor

SANTA FE – Legislation that would crack down on sexual predators attempting to secretly view or record a person’s intimate areas has passed the House Safety And Civil Affairs Committee with a bi-partisan vote.

The legislation sponsored by Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-San Juan County, is headed to the House floor for a vote. Current law fails to bring justice to predators who, despite their best effort to view or record the victim, fail to do so.

“We have the right to our privacy

LAHS Swimmers Earn Several Wins At APS Year End Invitational Saturday

on February 11, 2015 - 9:42am

Sophomore Jake Hollis wins the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:06.33, qualifying for his first-ever state meet swim. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School swimming teams earned top scores at the APS Year End Invitational Saturday at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque.

The Hilltoppers won the boys team title over Albuquerque High by a 525 to 435 count, while the girls got second to the state champ Eldorado Eagles, 641-508.

The meet was a last tune-up before the Hilltoppers host the District I Swimming and Diving Championships at the Larry R.

A Different Big Bang Theory: Los Alamos Unveils Explosives Detection Expertise

on February 11, 2015 - 8:47am

Instructors discuss the production of aluminum based explosives, part of an advanced course in worldwide threats from homemade explosives created by the Los Alamos Collaboration for Explosives Detection (LACED). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Collaboration project defeats explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies

Having long kept details of its explosives capabilities under wraps, a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists is now rolling out a collaborative project to defeat explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies.

“We’re aiming to create a

Celebrate The Seasons At Fire And Ice Restoration Festival

on February 11, 2015 - 8:40am

SW Jemez Mnts Landscape Restoration Project. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District and the Village of Jemez Springs will host the Fire and Ice Restoration Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 28 at the Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs. 

This free community event will feature educational booths and presentations that highlight the 210,000-acre Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. Special guests include Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. 

Activities scheduled throughout the day include a chain saw carving competition and

USDA Announces Funding For Renewable Energy Projects

on February 11, 2015 - 7:33am

Geothermal heating and cooling equipment being installed by the Central Valley Electric Cooperative in Artesia. The equipment was partially paid for by the REAP program. Courtesy/USDA

USDA News:

  • REAP Program Reduces Energy Costs for 47 Ag Producers and Small Rural Businesses in NM Since 2009

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

These efforts help farmers, ranchers and other small

‘Bathtub Row Brewing’ In Los Alamos Becomes Fourth Beer Co-op In United States

on February 10, 2015 - 3:56pm

LABC News:

After a six-month process, the Los Alamos Beer Coop (LABC) announced today that it has received its brewer’s license from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, officially making Los Alamos’ first and only brewery the fourth cooperative-owned brewery in the United States.

The LABC’s brewery will be called “Bathtub Row Brewing” – a reference to the city’s historic Bathtub Row, named during the Manhattan Project era since the buildings on that street were the only ones that contained bathtubs.

“The state licensing employees were incredibly helpful with guidance and

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on February 10, 2015 - 2:35pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burns on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District this week. 

The burns are planned through March 31, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is 1,000 acres, 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Scouts Test Skills At 2015 Klondike Derby

on February 10, 2015 - 9:20am

Boys Scouts of America Troop 98 in Taos. Courtesy photo


The Annual Klondike 2015 derby is Saturday at the Elliott Barker Girl Scout Camp in Angel Fire. The Boys Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 98 of Taos will host the race.

In the late 1890s, gold prospectors traveled the frigid reaches of Alaska and Canada by dog sleds to reach the gold fields of the Klondike. They braved all kinds of winter weather and hardships and therefore needed great survival skills. Boy Scouts recreate this awesome trek using their heads, scouting skills and team work.

LAMS Early Dismissal Feb. 26 For State Speech Debate Tournament

on February 10, 2015 - 9:03am

Courtesy image/NS&DA

LAPS News:

The State Speech/Debate tournament will be hosted by Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School Thursday, Feb. 26. There will be approximately 350 students, along with their coaches and chaperones, arriving at LAMS that afternoon.

To accommodate the facility needs associated with this tournament, LAMS students will be dismissed at 1 p.m., that day in order to utilize LAMS for the registration of participants and for State Speech and Debate competitions in the afternoon and evening.

Because it is the first day of the tournament, registration must

Sierra Club Hosts Citizen Lobby Training Wednesday

on February 10, 2015 - 8:36am

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter (SCRGC) will offer lobbying trainings 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday during its Lands, Water and Wildlife Day at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.  

Citizens who would like to learn how to make their voice heard at the New Mexico Legislature can join the free trainings at the Sierra Club table near the Rotunda and trainers will help them identify their own legislators and the best ways to find and speak to them at the Roundhouse.

For training times and other details, RSVP to Diane Reese at

Lands, Water and Wildlife Lobby Day at the

Governor Proclaims Feb. 11 '2-1-1 Day'

on February 10, 2015 - 7:48am


Gov. Susana Martinez has officially proclaimed Feb. 11 as “2-1-1 Day” in recognition of the free, confidential, easy to use service that connects callers to essential services in their area.  

Self Help, Inc. operates the 2-1-1 information and referral line for Los Alamos as well as Taos, Mora, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and San Miguel.

With approximately 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. plus scores of government agencies, finding help can be confusing and intimidating.

New Mexico Corrections Department Receives Secretary Of State Award For Service Excellence

on February 10, 2015 - 7:33am

NMCD Secretary Gregg Marcantel

NMCD News:

The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) has been honored as the second agency in the United States to receive the service excellence award from the State Department and Secretary of State John Kerry.

The New York Police Department is the only other agency to receive the award.

Secretary of State John Kerry

Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield presented the award to NMCD Secretary Gregg Marcantel at a ceremony Monday in Long Beach, Calif.

“This award praises NMCD for the work of our training academy to mentor and train fellow

Bill Cracking Down On Corrupt Public Officials Passes House Floor Unanimously

on February 10, 2015 - 6:31am

Majority Floor Leader Nate Gentry


 SANTA FE – Legislation that will crack down on corrupt government officials by toughening penalties passed the House floor Monday by a unanimous vote.

The legislation, sponsored by Majority Floor Leader Nate Gentry, can add as much as one additional year of jail time for government officials and government employees convicted of felony corruption offenses.

“We need to send a clear message: Government corruption will not be tolerated,” Gentry said.

Senators Murkowski, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act

on February 10, 2015 - 5:48am

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski


  • Bill Aims To Enhance Opportunities For Hunters, Anglers, Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., have introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

Access to public lands is the number one issue for America's sportsmen and women.

SFNF Waives Fees Presidents Day Weekend

on February 9, 2015 - 3:13pm

Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FEThe Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities over the Presidents Day weekend Feb. 14-16. 

Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Remaining fee waiver dates in 2015:

  • June 13, National Get Outdoors

Representative Files Legislation To Allow Adjunct Teachers To Teach In New Mexico

on February 9, 2015 - 2:33pm

Rep. Conrad James


SANTA FE – Rep. Conrad James announced today that he has filed legislation that will allow industry professionals to teach part time in the classroom without having to go back to college to receive their teaching degree.

This will allow experts in their respective fields to share their knowledge with students.

“Every classroom deserves a good teacher,” James said. “With this bill, not only will we be able to recruit more teachers – we can bring industry experts into the classroom where they can pass on their wealth of knowledge and experience directly to the

Udall And Heinrich To Visit Los Alamos To Celebrate Passage Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on February 9, 2015 - 11:20am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


The community is invited to join Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda for a special reception and chance to thank them for all of the work they did to ensure passage of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

U.S. Sen.Martin Heinrich

At 3:30 p.m., the senators will participate in a short program to talk about the importance of the park and its importance to Los Alamos.

NMSA Welcomes Guest Artist Kathleen Hill

on February 9, 2015 - 9:40am

NMSA News:
SANTA FE – Feb. 12, 13 and 14, the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) Music Department will host Violist and Conductor Kathleen Hill to present master classes to NMSA students.
The master classes, 2-6 p.m. Thursday, 2-5 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday will take place at New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda in Santa Fe, and are free and open to the public.
Kathleen Hill was born in Wisconsin where she began her early music training on viola. At a young age, she moved to Albuquerque, where she graduated from Sandia High School.