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NMPW Offers Scholarships in Journalism

on February 7, 2013 - 9:44am

NMPW News:

New Mexico Press Women invites students to apply for three higher education scholarships offered this year, open to students regardless of gender.

Main criteria for the awards are career potential and financial need, although scholastic standing is a consideration. The deadline is Friday, March 22.

NMPW offers a $2,000 Cary Herz scholarship to students studying photojournalism. This scholarship will be awarded to the student whose photojournalism best reflects Herz’s work.

Before applying, students are encouraged to become familiar with her work, especially her final project,

Search Continues for LANB Bank Robber

on February 6, 2013 - 10:05am

FBI News:

The FBI released the following information a few moments ago:

The FBI and Los Alamos Police Department are looking for a woman who robbed Los Alamos National Bank branch at 77 Rover Blvd. in White Rock Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5’4” tall, and weighing about 150 pounds.

She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.

The suspect wore a black jacket over a black hooded sweatshirt and a gray hooded sweatshirt. She also had on winter gloves.

Witnesses say the suspect entered the

Hearing on Election Problems Set for Feb.9

on February 6, 2013 - 9:53am


SANTA FE – Voters will have a chance to express their concerns about the election process during a special hearing by the House Voters and Election Committee and the Senate Rules Committee.

Many complaints have been aired about the 2012 General Election and they have resonated loud and clear. House Voters and Election Chair Rep. Mary Helen Garcia, D-Doña Ana County says, "New Mexicans deserve better ... Our voting system should be free, fair, and accessible for all New Mexicans."

Garcia says, “Keeping faith with our democratic values means we should ensure that all


Luján Encourages Tech Transfer; Oversight of National Labs

on February 6, 2013 - 7:03am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District submitted the following statement into the record Tuesday during the House Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up of the Committee's oversight plan for the current Congressional session.

"Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the inclusion of 'management and operations issues at the Department of Energy' within the Committee's Oversight Plan for the 113th Congress.

"As Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is located in my district in Northern New Mexico, I am particularly interested in the

LANL Presents 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to Rep. Nick Salazar

on February 5, 2013 - 5:52pm

LANL Executive Director Rich Marquez presents Rep. Nick Salazar with 'Lifetime Achievement Award.' Courtesy/LANL
  • Rep. Salazar Longest Serving House Member

SANTA FE – Los Alamos National Laboratory presented Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba and San Miguel counties, with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at a breakfast Jan. 30 in Santa Fe.

Salazar received the highest honor recognizing his profound and significant contributions during his 63 years of service, which include expanding opportunities for research and development, small business and minority business development,

FBI Releases Photo of Suspected Bank Robber

on February 5, 2013 - 5:12pm

Photo of suspected bank robber demanding cash from a teller this afternoon at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Los Alamos Police Department are looking for a woman who robbed Los Alamos National Bank, 77 Rover Blvd., in White Rock, today, Feb. 5.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5'4" tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.

The suspect wore a black jacket over a black hoodie and a gray hoodie. She also had on winter gloves.

FBI Takes Over Local Bank Robbery Case

on February 5, 2013 - 3:38pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police have handed off this afternoon's bank robbery case of the Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock to the FBI, which is standard procedure.

The latest information obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post is that the suspect is described as a 5'4'' Hispanic woman, mid 20-40 years of age with a blue star tattoo on her face and wearing a black sweatshirt with logo on it.


NM Delegation Introduces Mining Cleanup Legislation

on February 5, 2013 - 8:32am


  • Bill Would Allow States to Access Funding for Reclamation of Abandoned Uranium and other Mines

WASHINGTON D.C. – New Mexico Congressional Delegation members Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Steve Pearce, introduced legislation Monday in the United States Senate and House to help state and tribal governments complete high-priority uranium mine cleanup projects.

The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fund was created as part of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and requires fees to be paid on local coal

Los Alamos Students Perform Well in Sonata Contest

on February 4, 2013 - 7:10am

Some of the Los Alamos students who were winners at the Sonata Contest and their teachers. Front row from left, Jennifer Wang,  was the winner of the Level VII Division; Sruthi Garimella, won Second in the Level VI Division; and  Sonyia Williams won first place in the Level VI Division. Back row from left, teachers Madeline Williamson and Ronald Grinage.


The Santa Fe Music Teachers Association held their annual statewide Sonata Contest Saturday, Feb. 2.

Los Alamos residents did very well in the competition,

Prize winners from Los Alamos were as follows:

Level II:  Lenny

Congressional Delegation: Preserve Full Special-Ed Federal Funding

on February 2, 2013 - 9:10am
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON – New Mexico's Congressional Delegation today sent a letter encouraging the U.S. Department of Education to give serious consideration to the New Mexico Public Education Department's (NMPED) waiver request to avoid a reduction in the state's special education funding.
Sen. Martin Heinrich
"Educating students with special needs is a serious shared responsibility between the state and the federal government," the delegation wrote to Secretary Duncan.

Thompson Ridge Piles Rx Begins Feb. 5

on February 2, 2013 - 8:21am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest plans to begin the 188-acre Thompson Ridge piles prescribed burn Tuesday, Feb. 5 through Friday, Feb. 8, weather dependent.

Piles that don’t get treated in that time frame are expected to be in the following week, also weather dependent. Location description: The Medlin and Shields private property is adjacent to the north of the burn area.

Thompson Ridge Estates is one mile to the north, La Cueva 1/2 mile to the south, and Rancho De La Cueva one mile to the east.

The pile burns will be ignited by hand.

Udall & Heinrich: COOL Rules Must Put Americans First

on February 1, 2013 - 10:53am
  • Senators tell USDA to ensure consumers know meat origin


Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative to work with consumers, ranchers and meatpackers to make sure that American families know where their meat comes from.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently required the USDA to adjust its rules requiring American retailers to clearly label where meat was raised and processed.
The WTO said that while the U.S.

Federal Jury Finds Consultants to Former New Mexico Secretary of State Guilty of Theft, Obstruction of Justice, Money Laundering

on February 1, 2013 - 10:01am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Thursday, Jan. 31, a federal jury sitting in Albuquerque found Armando C. Gutierrez, 65, of Corpus Christi, Texas and Joseph C. Kupfer, 49, of Rio Rancho guilty of conspiracy and theft of government property charges after an eight-day trial.

The jury also convicted Gutierrez on obstruction of justice and money laundering charges. The jury’s guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, Acting Special Agent in Charge Gabriel L. Grchan of the Phoenix Division of the IRS-Criminal Investigation, and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

Whole Foods Expands Salmon Recall

on February 1, 2013 - 8:57am

NMED News:

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling some 4-ounce Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, cold-smoked and sliced, after a sample tested positive for listeria.

The lot code for the recalled smoked salmon is 7425A2298B. The UPC code is 0 99482 40880 0.

Whole Foods says the recalled items were sold in stores in New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Utah.

The recalled salmon is sold in black-and-gold, flat, rectangular vacuum-sealed packages.

Future of NM Spaceport on PBS This Week

on February 1, 2013 - 8:27am

NM PBS News:

On this week’s edition of New Mexico in Focus, the weekly news and public affairs series from New Mexico PBS, the conversation is about the future of Spaceport America near Alamogordo.

The program airs at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. on New Mexico PBS 5.1 and repeats at 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.

The program can also be seen at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at on New Mexico PBS 9.1.

The New Mexico Senate has approved a liability-limiting measure for companies operating from the Spaceport.


Udall Bill Increases Federal Contracting Opportunities

on February 1, 2013 - 8:24am
  • First bill of new congress would help New Mexico small businesses
WASHINGTON – In his first bill of the 113th Congress, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is seeking to expand opportunities for small businesses to secure federal contracts, and make the reporting requirements for those awarded more transparent.
The Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2013, would raise the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) government-wide small business contracting level from 23 to 25 percent.
It would also increase the contracting goal from 5 to 10 percent for businesses owned by veterans,

Valles Caldera Trust Recaps Record Year

on February 1, 2013 - 8:14am

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – A year of recovery, restoration and new beginnings was highlighted by record revenues and visitation at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2012.

The numbers are detailed in the Valles Caldera Trust’s Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.)

The report details the challenges and successes of 2012, reviews the historical accomplishments and progress made from 2008-2012 and presents the outlook for fiscal year 2013.

One of the new beginnings was the appointment of Dennis Trujillo as executive director.

Luján Addresses New Mexico Legislature

on January 30, 2013 - 7:20am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján greets lawmakers at the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District addressed the New Mexico State Legislature Tuesday afternoon.

Below are his remarks as prepared:

"Distinguished members of the New Mexico House of Representatives, the New Mexico Senate, Gov.


Senators Introduce Bill Cracking Down on Online Payday Loans

on January 30, 2013 - 6:56am
Sen. Tom Udall
Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act.
The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans.
Sen. Jeff Merkley
“We threw the payday lenders, who prey on families when they’re at their most vulnerable, out of Oregon back in 2007,” Merkley said.

Sumners Foundation Supports Española YMCA Teen Center Program

on January 30, 2013 - 6:47am

Teens work on projects at the  Española YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/Family YMCA


Española –The Española YMCA Teen Center is launching a middle school mock-government program thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

The grant is also supporting life-skills classes and tutoring.

“We’re in the process of finding the right person to engage the kids,” Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval said. “We have the kids, we have a model program, we just need a dynamic mentor to facilitate meetings once a week.

Bipartisan Immigration Reform Outline Released

on January 28, 2013 - 3:51pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. issued the following statement today after a bipartisan group of senators released an outline for comprehensive immigration reform legislation:
"I am very encouraged by the bipartisan framework that has been unveiled in the Senate to modernize our broken immigration system. Reform is long overdue.
"The proposal contains the elements necessary to overhaul the system, including securing our borders, a roadmap to earned citizenship and employment verification to hold employers accountable.
"I'm also pleased that it would

RECALL NOTICE: Hunt's 8 Oz. Tomato Sauce

on January 25, 2013 - 10:50pm

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environmental Department has issued a recall notice for Hunt's Tomato Sauce because the product was packaged in cans containing a defect in the inner lining.

There is no food safety concern associated with the product, but the can defect may cause the can to swell and the product to spurt out when opened.


TO: ALL New Mexico Environment Department District and Field Offices

FROM: Johnathan Gerhardt, NMED Food Specialist, District 1

DATE: Jan. 25, 2013



Udall Issues Statement on Senate Rules Reform Agreement

on January 25, 2013 - 7:22am
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement today on the Senate rules agreement reached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:
"For more than three years, I've been committed to changing the Senate rules so that Congress can effectively respond to the needs of the country. The Constitution has been the catalyst for reforming the current filibuster and that marks a breakthrough.
"The agreement that's been struck is a combination of rules and behavioral changes, and not as strong

Snow Expected From Incoming Storm System

on January 25, 2013 - 7:13am
NOAA News:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque would like to provide you with the latest information regarding an upcoming storm system.
Overview: A Pacific storm system will move toward the Baja Peninsula today, eventually turning toward New Mexico tonight and into Saturday.
Abundant subtropical moisture and relatively warm temperatures amidst southwesterly breezes will set the stage for fairly widespread swaths of rain and very high elevation snows, especially Saturday and Saturday evening.
A special web briefing has been posted at:

Accelerate Program Helps Students Transition to Career

on January 24, 2013 - 7:16am

Accelerate Program News:

ESPANOLA – On Feb. 8, students earning 2-year business and technical degrees in six northern New Mexico colleges will have an opportunity to practice using skills vital to finding a job, contributing to an organization, and establishing a career.

The Accelerate program is partnering with local and regional human resource directors and hiring managers to host a one day workshop for graduating students entitled “From Classroom to Career – A Dress Rehearsal.”  

Accelerate, a program of the Regional Development Corporation in conjunction with six northern New Mexico