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PARCC Testing Comes To Los Alamos

on March 3, 2015 - 12:17pm
LAMS Prinicpal Rex Kilburn discusses the PARCC exam with parents last week as students and staff prepare for the testing window to open. Courtesy photo
Prevention Specialist
Los Alamos Public Schools

While the media is currently a buzz with examples of student and parent reaction to state testing, the work continues as the testing window is ready to open for local students.

Earlier this week, Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn held a meeting for parents to explain the multitude of testing and how parents can be helpful and assist their students

CASA: Make A Difference - Be A Child's Voice

on March 3, 2015 - 12:07pm
CASA News:
CASA is an organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to be strong advocates for children who have been abused.
Our advocates are the “eyes and ears” of the Court and report to the Judge as to the wellbeing of the children they are assigned to. Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of children who’ve been hurt and need a caring and trustworthy adult in their lives.
We are looking for individuals who are passionate about advocating for children, who can be objective and report the facts to the Court, and who can work as part of a team of

Valles Caldera Turkey Hunt Lottery Now Open

on March 3, 2015 - 11:40am

A turkey on the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/VCT

VCT News:

Hunters can enter the 2015 Valles Caldera Trust lottery for a chance to hunt Merriam turkeys on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The 2015 hunt will be the ninth since the Preserve was established in 2000 and the second since the one ticket, per hunter, per hunt lottery was established last year in order to offer turkey hunts to a wider range of applicants.

Eight hunt authorizations will be issued for the two hunts scheduled for May 2-4 and May 8-10.

Each applicant will be limited to one ticket per hunt code but can apply to both

IRS: Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions

on March 3, 2015 - 11:37am

IRS News:
  • IRS's Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions; Part of Ongoing Efforts to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud

PHOENIX - Continuing its enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service today announced the Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14). 

The ongoing efforts to bring identity thieves to justice remains a significant priority as part of the IRS’s comprehensive identity theft strategy focusing on preventing, detecting and resolving identity theft cases as soon as possible.

“Identity theft is a crime that carries

Freemasons Open Doors To Community Saturday

on March 3, 2015 - 7:30am

A masonic initiation. Paris, 1745. Courtesy/wikipedia


ALBUQUERQUE – Freemasons across New Mexico will open the doors of their lodges Saturday to anyone who wants to see what is inside.

With most of the state’s 55 lodges participating in this open house event, the Freemasons invite everyone to come inside, meet the members, and ask all the questions you want. 

In Los Alamos, Pajarito Lodge 66 will open its doors 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1400 Sage Loop at 15th Street and Canyon Road.

The oldest fraternal organization in the world, Freemasons trace their traditional roots to

Pile Burn Planned On Virgin Mesa Near Jemez

on March 2, 2015 - 1:04pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are continuing a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District this week.

The Virgin Mesa prescribed burn may be conducted through March 31, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Virgin Mesa prescribed pile burn is 450 acres in an area one mile west of Jemez Springs and eight miles north of the communities of Gilman and Cañon. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools

Pay Equity Bill Passes House Committee

on March 2, 2015 - 12:57pm

  • Change to Procurement Code Will Add Points in Bid if Companies Show Pay Equity

Today, Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s bill, HB 389, which would amend the state Procurement Code to reward businesses seeking government contracts if they demonstrate that they have a practice of paying equal wages to men and women for the same work, unanimously passed the House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee.

Armstrong’s bill would allow businesses with a clearly documented record of providing equal pay to receive extra points in the procurement bidding process with any governmental

Hey 'New' York ... We Are 'New' Mexico!

on March 2, 2015 - 12:15pm


NMTD News:

"NEW" York. We are "NEW" Mexico." ... "Maybe they had the same editor as The Bachelor..." ... "What is wrong with people? For the last time, New Mexico is in the United States." ... "I guess the country of Mexico annexed part of the USA when we weren't looking." ... "Heck. Maybe we aren't so new any more. We've been a state since 1912."

These are a few of the comments made by New Mexicans on the Visit New Mexico Facebook page in reaction to the cover of the New York Times Magazine that showed the area between Texas and Arizona simply as "Mexico."

"This certainly

Legislation To Protect Pregnant Women In The Workplace Clears Another House Committee

on March 2, 2015 - 12:09pm

Rep. Terry McMillan


SANTA FE – Legislation that will protect pregnant women in the workplace and ensure that New Mexico meets federal guidelines passed the House Business and Employment Committee by a unanimous 10-0 vote. Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Doña Ana, of Las Cruces, is the sponsor.

“This legislation balances our desire to protect pregnant women in the workplace as well as the economic needs of our small businesses," McMillan said. "I look forward to voting for this bill on the House floor."

The legislation makes employers provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant

NMAA's February 'Compete with Class' Honoree Is Clovis Girls Basketball Team

on March 2, 2015 - 12:03pm

Clovis Girls Basketball Team and coaches. Courtesy photo

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE—The New Mexico Activities Association is proud to announce that the Clovis Girls Basketball Team has been recognized as the Compete with Class award recipient for the month of February.

A true act of sportsmanship was displayed by the Lady Wildcats before their game against Alamogordo in mid-February. Kim Buie, Alamogordo High School Varsity Cheer Coach, nominated the Lady Wildcats and shared this story:

“As each team member from Clovis was announced and after acknowledging the opposing coach and officials,

NMDOT Park And Ride Offers Real-Time Bus Tracking And Mobile Apps

on March 2, 2015 - 8:58am


SANTA FE – Real-time technology is elevating the public transit experience for the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (NMDOT) Park and Ride passengers with P&RealTime.

The addition of real-time transit information allows riders to know the location and arrival time of their bus at any point along the route. This puts riders in control of their schedule by minimizing wait time and avoiding anxiety over missed buses. The information can be accessed in real time from a web browser, SMS or smartphone using top-rated mobile apps developed by TransLōc.

“NMDOT Park and Ride bus

Poll Shows New Mexico Business Leaders Urge More Campaign Finance Transparency

on March 2, 2015 - 8:50am


WASHINGTON, D.C./ALBUQUERQUE – Today, a poll of New Mexico business leaders was released showing serious concern about the lack of transparency in the state’s government and campaign finance system.

The poll shows overwhelming support for reform amid serious concerns among the business community over the lopsided influence of political donors compared to every day voters. The poll was commissioned by the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board, a nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization, and conducted by Research & Polling, Inc.

EEOC Discrimination And Harassment Report Reveals Good And Bad News For New Mexico

on March 1, 2015 - 2:57pm


EEOC News:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement and litigation report on reported cases of discrimination and harassment in New Mexico’s workplaces revealed both good and bad news.

The good news is that in Fiscal Year 2014, which ran from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014, the number of cases filed went down compared to previous reporting period. In FY 2013, the total number of charges was 1,121, compared to the reported 955 reported cases in FY 2014.

Additionally, the EEOC speculates this could a result of businesses  putting more time and effort

Bill To Toughen Child Abuse Laws Passes House

on March 1, 2015 - 2:03pm


SANTA FE — Legislation that will toughen penalties for convicted child abusers and those whose abuse contributes to the death of a child passed the House floor Thursday by a vote of 50-10.

“This bill protects our children by going after the predators that intentionally seek to harm them,” said Rep. Conrad James, R-Bernalillo, the bill’s sponsor. “Tonight, we sent a message that child abuse will not be tolerated.”

Currently, those who intentionally beat a child to death only face life in prison if the victim was under the age of 12. This is called Baby Brianna’s Law, named after

Los Alamos Senior Center Officials Visit Garcia Richard At Roundhouse For 'I Heart Caregiver Day'

on March 1, 2015 - 9:20am

Officials from the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Center visit the Roundhouse recently for 'I Heart Caregiver Day' to talk with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard about issues affecting seniors--including the need for a kitchen in the White Rock Senior Center. Following up on their visit, Garcia Richard reports that the funding for the kitchen has been placed in SB 159 as part of a list of prioritized statewide capital projects.

Canceled: All Remaining Competition For State Speech And Debate Tournament

on February 28, 2015 - 8:41am

LAPS News:

All remaining competition for the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament being held in Los Alamos has been canceled due to heavy snowfall from the winter storm.

The tournament will conclude at 10:30 a.m. with awards.

Major, Record-Breaking Snow Event For Area

on February 28, 2015 - 8:18am


NWS News:

  • Prolonged Winter Weather Pattern Continues

Record-breaking snow impacting portions of central and northern New Mexico will continue to ease in intensity through the remainder of the morning, with warmer air making a solid push from southwest to northeast as the day progresses.

This will force snow levels higher, with significant additional snow during the afternoon and evening focused over the northern mountains and lower elevations near the New Mexico Colorado state line. 

Meanwhile, very cold air firmly entrenched across the eastern plains will also moderate and

Luján Statement On Funding DHS For Seven Days

on February 27, 2015 - 10:24pm

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 tonight after voting for a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for seven days.

“By passing a seven-day funding bill tonight, we are laying the foundation to bring up a full-year funding bill next week rather than prolonging it for three weeks. Tonight’s vote assures us that we will vote for full funding next week and put House Republicans’ irresponsible manufactured political crisis to an end.”

Heinrich Welcomes $6.4 Million For Operationally Responsive Space Program At Kirtland Air Force Base

on February 27, 2015 - 1:12pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced $6.4 million for the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) program in the Air Force's fiscal year 2016 budget request, which still must be approved by Congress. 

For the past three years, the Air Force has attempted to terminate ORS, and this budget request marks the first time it has reinvested in the program.

Last October, Heinrich wrote a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James requesting ORS funding in the budget so

Electronic Payments Allowed For Court Fines, Fees

on February 27, 2015 - 12:04pm


SANTA FE – State courts have launched a new system allowing online payments of traffic tickets as well as fines and fees owed in criminal cases in magistrate courts and the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

Payments can be made from the following court website using a credit card or debit card:

“Our courts are providing a secure, convenient method for paying fines and fees,” said Artie Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. “The electronic payment system saves time and money for the public.

IRS Issues Nearly 40 Million Tax Refunds

on February 27, 2015 - 9:43am

IRS News:

PHOENIX—Almost 40 million tax refunds worth nearly $125 billion have been issued as of Feb. 20, according to Internal Revenue Service statistics released Thursday.

The average refund is $3,120.

The IRS has processed nearly 50 million returns, about one-third of the total individual federal income tax returns the agency expects to receive this year, with almost 83 percent of those returns resulting in refunds. More than 92 percent of refunds have been directly deposited into taxpayer accounts.

Will Governor & Education Secretary Take PARCC Test?

on February 27, 2015 - 9:06am

Gov. Susana Martinez



SANTA FE – Responding to parent and student concerns about the over-use of standardized tests, Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez, D-Valencia, Bernalillo, Thursday challenged Gov. Susana Martinez and Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera to take the PARCC exam to find out if they can pass it. 

PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera


All public school students in New Mexico grades 3-11 are required to complete the new computerized test beginning next Monday and

Parade Of Storms To Continue Through Sunday

on February 27, 2015 - 7:52am

Snow covers the area overnight including this Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter storm warning expected to continue until 4 p.m., Sunday.

Winter Storm Warning:



Garcia Richard's DWI Bill Passes House 61-0

on February 26, 2015 - 10:16pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

SANTA FE – Efforts to stop drunk driving and close loopholes in the current DWI laws secured a major victory this evening.

The New Mexico House voted unanimously (61-0) to pass Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's, D-Los Alamos, DWI Interlock Removal Requirements legislation, House Bill 86.

"For three sessions, I have fought alongside of DWI prevention advocates to continue to raise awareness and pass legislation to address shortcomings and loopholes hindering our state from fully eradicating its drunk driving problem," Garcia Richard said.

WIPP Hosts All-Hazards Planning Meeting

on February 26, 2015 - 3:07pm
WIPP News:
WIPP hosted the first annual All-Hazards, Offsite Interface Briefing and Regional Radiological Response Planning Meeting Feb. 20 to provide information on changes and enhancements to WIPP’s Emergency Management Program and how these changes would be coordinated with WIPP’s offsite partners.
The meeting was attended by local, state and federal agencies with emergency response roles related to incidents or accidents at the WIPP facility.