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Luján: It’s Time House Republicans End Political Games, Allow Vote to End Shutdown

on October 5, 2013 - 7:08am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the government shutdown and House Republicans’ refusal to allow a vote on the Senate-passed Continuing Resolution:

“Enough is enough. New Mexico families are hurting as workers have been off the job for days and critical services have been delayed. It is long past time for Congress to act to end the government shutdown and make sure that the employees who have been furloughed through no fault of their own are made whole.

Heinrich on Thursday's Capitol Hill Incident

on October 4, 2013 - 8:10am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was in his office in the Hart Senate Building in Washington. D.C., Thursday when gunshots were reported. The Senator and the few staffers who were working quickly followed procedure, locking the doors and gathering in a designated secure place in the office, while the police worked to secure the area, Heinrich said in a statement. Unaccounted for staff were contacted and told to stay away from the building.
"On behalf of everyone in my office, I want to thank the Capitol Police and our first responders for the risks

Public Forum on Local Response to Climate Change Oct. 8 at SFCC

on October 3, 2013 - 8:13am

RDC News:

What: SFCC, LANL, Sen. Tom Udall, the RDC, the City of Santa Fe and others have come together to present a community forum: "Local Response to Climate Change." The forum will focus on strategies that communities can use to deal with this all-important issue.

The event will include an introduction from SFCC President, Dr. Ana M. Guzman, leading climate researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a recorded speech from Sen. Tom Udall.

Stronger Winds; Colder Temps On The Way

on October 3, 2013 - 7:40am


Note: Due to the federal government shutdown, and most associated websites are unavailable. However, because the information provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the federal government shutdown.




Type – Seasonably strong cold front to usher in strong winds and colder temperatures.

Timing – Thursday night, and remainder of the area Friday.

Location northern two-thirds of New Mexico

Key Impacts:

  • Windy conditions to expand across eastern New Mexico

Governor Joins New Mexico Kindergarteners in World Record Reading Attempt

on October 3, 2013 - 7:09am

STATE news:

Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will join students in Santa Fe today to participate in the national "Read for the Record" Event.

Martinez and the students will join millions of others in reading the same book, on the same day to promote literacy and attempt to break the current world record.

For the last two years, Martinez and students in New Mexico have participated in breaking the world record for adults reading to children in a single day.

Public Comments Requested for Replacing Frijoles Canyon Section of Park's Electrical System

on October 2, 2013 - 9:56am


The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated the process to plan an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the replacement of the Frijoles Canyon section of electrical systems at Bandelier National Monument.

The purpose of the proposed action is to provide the Monument with a reliable electrical system that is readily and easily serviceable and complies with Los Alamos County and federal regulations. The current electrical system is approximately 50 years old. It has exceeded its life expectancy of 30-40 years, and is in need of replacement.

Further, the existing lines were

Luján Encourages Uninsured New Mexicans to Sign Up for Health Care on New Exchange

on October 2, 2013 - 8:02am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District encourages uninsured New Mexicans, those with insurance who are seeking a more affordable plan, and small businesses with less than 50 employees to sign up for coverage through the new health care exchange that opened Tuesday.

As of Oct. 1, individuals can sign up for health insurance that will begin Jan. 1, 2014. Small businesses can start comparing plans today and can sign up beginning Nov. 1.

New Mexicans can sign up through the exchange, also called a marketplace, online at or by calling


NM Academic Librarians Hold Ribbon Cutting in Los Alamos

on October 2, 2013 - 7:05am


The New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 to celebrate an initiative five years in the making.

The event will celebrate the new collaboration between universities and colleges in the state to use General Obligation funds to collectively purchase a set of databases that will provide every student, as well as all patrons of academic libraries, with access to reliable, quality information.

As well as ensuring high-quality academic resources, negotiating the purchase

Battle Over Teacher Evaluations Heads To Court

on October 1, 2013 - 9:07am
Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) President Ellen Mills briefed teachers Sept. 25 on the statewide teachers union plans to battle new teacher evaluation system. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
New Mexico President Stephanie Ly of the American Federation of Teachers addressed Los Alamos teachers at a Sept. 25 meeting. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Things are heating up in the battle between teachers unions and New Mexico Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera.

A Day in Wildlife Surgery With Dr. Kathleen Ramsay

on October 1, 2013 - 8:48am

A Peregrine Falcon with a broken wing is prepared for surgery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Santa Fe Raptor Center Director Lori Paras, left, assists Dr. Kathleen Ramsay during surgery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay invited the Los Alamos Daily Post to spend a typical busy Saturday with her at her Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in Espanola as she performed surgeries on birds with injured wings.

Ramsay explained that it's a common injury because many birds target their meal from high in the sky, dive bombing

Closed Session Meeting Notice for Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

on October 1, 2013 - 8:33am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced this morning that it will hold a Closed Session to discuss Certain Purchases - Executive Director Contract Negotiations.

The closed session is set for 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4., in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

For more information, visit the Regional Coalition website at

Udall Statement on Government Shutdown

on September 30, 2013 - 11:04pm



WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement:


"A small minority of extremists in the Republican party is now holding the entire country hostage over a law that has cleared the Congress and the Supreme Court, and survived a presidential election. Insisting on a government shutdown to prove a point isn't leadership, it's a temper tantrum, and the American people are rightly disgusted.


"In New Mexico, the impacts of a shutdown will be felt immediately as our civilian employees are sent home from military installations, national parks and

Governor to Promote Vaccinations for Vulnerable New Mexicans

on September 30, 2013 - 8:50am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will promote vaccinations that protect vulnerable New Mexicans like children, the elderly and others at high risk for infections.

The governor will receive a vaccination for influenza at a Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Albuquerque today, and share with the public important information to protect New Mexicans from several dangerous and debilitating diseases.

New Mexico's Dr. Kathleen Ramsay Launches Wildlife Foundation

on September 29, 2013 - 1:10pm

An orphaned bear cub in rehabilitation at Dr. Kathleen Ramsay's compound north of Espanola. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A dozen rescued bears ranging in weight from 4 to 150 pounds are recuperating and rehabilitating along with other wildlife at a secluded compound north of Espanola. The 150-pound bear was emaciated when it arrived a couple of months ago, weighing just 27 pounds.

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, founder of The Wildlife Center in Espanola, and her son Tyrone Horak

Governor Promotes Employment Connection Offices for Workers 50 & Older

on September 29, 2013 - 9:37am


SANTA FE - Gov. Susana Martinez wants to remind New Mexicans 50 and older about a program that can help them find work.

The 50+ Employment Connection at the Aging and Long-Term Services Department provides general job search assistance for anyone 50 years and older. Staff and volunteers can help polish resumes, develop “networking” cards, and help with interview skills and computer tutoring.

The Aging Department held an informational event Friday at the Santa Fe 50+ Employment Connection Center at the Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe (505-476-4623.)


Udall Responds to Latest Push by House to Shut Down Government

on September 29, 2013 - 9:09am



WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.N., released the following statement on the latest attempt by the U.S. House of Representatives to push the nation to a government shutdown:


“Shutting down the government over an issue that was settled in the last election isn't leadership, it's political gamesmanship at its worst. 


“A shutdown would cause hardship for thousands of people in New Mexico, hurt our already struggling economy, and delay military pay and veterans' benefits.

Udall Urges FTC to Investigate Phone Scams

on September 29, 2013 - 8:23am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON – Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., wrote a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to take “aggressive action” to investigate and prevent telephone scams targeting utility customers in New Mexico.

More than 130 New Mexico utility customers have been targeted so far. Some have lost of thousands of dollars in the telephone scams, in which callers threaten to disconnect electric service unless the customer sends money via prepaid card or online payment.

The scammers are using a practice known as caller ID “spoofing,” in


on September 28, 2013 - 9:42am

National Weather Service reports much colder temperatures expected through Sunday, including freezing or near freezing in some areas. Courtesy/NWS



Jemez Pueblo's Claim for Valles Caldera Land Dismissed

on September 28, 2013 - 9:11am

VCT News:

On Sept. 24 the United States District Court of the District of New Mexico dismissed the Pueblo of Jemez’s lawsuit, which sought to return the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the Jemez Pueblo.

“We will continue to work closely with the Pueblo nonetheless, to ensure the cultural history, spiritual significance and the landscape are preserved for generations to come," said Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees Chairman Kent Salazar in a statement at the Board of Trustees meeting in Pojoaque Thursday, Sept.


Caja Del Rio Plateau Closed to Vehicles

on September 28, 2013 - 9:04am

USFS News:

Roads on the Caja Del Rio Plateau in the Santa Fe National Forest are currently closed to motor vehicle traffic until further notice by order of the U.S. Forest Service due to wet weather conditions.

Udall Backs Bill to Reform Surveillance Program

on September 28, 2013 - 7:49am


WASHINGTON – Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced his support for a new bipartisan bill to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and ensure Americans’ rights to free speech and freedom from unreasonable searches are protected. 

“The National Security Agency’s mission is to protect our nation from foreign threats, and I support that goal, but it is becoming clear that millions of Americans’ communications are being swept up in their dragnet,” Udall said. “I have been concerned about the potential for abuse of these programs for years.

NMCD Responds to Flooding Emergency

on September 28, 2013 - 7:29am
New Mexico Corrections Department inmates fill sandbags to protect neighboring communities from flooding. Courtesy photo

NMCD News:

As much of the state was pounded by heavy rains and flooding conditions, the New Mexico Corrections Department put inmates to work to protect the community and provide for those in need.

It started with a call for sandbag crews to work across the state. Crews at half a dozen facilities filled more than 15,000 sandbags to protect neighboring communities

"Making sure our offenders give back to the community is essential to rehabilitation," Corrections Secretary


Council Holds Final Noon Meeting of Year

on September 27, 2013 - 12:23pm

The Los Alamos County Council is holding its final noon meeting of the year today in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator/Acting Police Chief Philmont Taylor briefs Council today at noon on the status of flood relief funds from the state and details of the Presidential Declaration being sought by the state. He said this is his seventh major disaster in the 14 years that he has worked for the County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members and County staff attend today's Council meeting.

Udall Backs Measure to Protect Military Pay in Case of Government Shutdown

on September 27, 2013 - 8:42am

Tom Udall




WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Thursday that he is joining a bipartisan group of senators in cosponsoring a bill to protect military pay in the event of a government shutdown.


The Military Pay Protection Act, which is based on a similar proposal introduced in January, would ensure the nation's military families, including National Guard units assisting in disaster recovery, and critical Defense Department civilian workers, would not see a delay in their paychecks if the government were to shut down.


“Our military men and women

Teamsters Local #492 Endorses Gary King for Governor

on September 27, 2013 - 7:06am
Gary King
ALBUQUERQUE - Attorney General Gary King Thursday received the endorsement for his bid to be the next Governor of New Mexico from New Mexico Teamsters Local #492, representing the families of more than 2,300 active members in the state. 
“We are pleased today to announce our endorsement of Gary King in this Democratic primary contest for Governor of New Mexico,” said Walter R. Maestas, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local #492. “It is rare for us to endorse in a primary, but it is more than warranted in this instance. Gary King has always been a good friend to the