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Lujan Grisham Marks 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

on July 4, 2014 - 7:16am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act July 2 by calling on Congress to pass an update to the landmark legislation, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.   

“It could be argued that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the most significant law in this nation’s history, and today’s anniversary is a time to remember the debt all of us owe to all of the courageous leaders of the civil rights movement,” Lujan Grisham said.

State Police Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols Underway

on July 3, 2014 - 10:24am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of July 2014.

Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.

People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Helicopters Pass Above Los Alamos To Fight Diego Fire

on July 2, 2014 - 12:26pm

A helicopter was spotted flying above Los Alamos several times Tuesday that was heading to drop fire retardent on the Diego Fire near Coyote. Full suppression actions will continue today with crews taking advantage of higher humidity and more favorable weather conditions. Anchor points have been established and crews and dozers will continue to build line around the fire. Personnel continue to assess structures and remove fuel where necessary. Overall, the fire should be less active than previous days, according to the state's Incident Information System. Photo by Robert Beberniss



Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Attends Diego Fire Community Meeting

on July 2, 2014 - 10:18am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with constituents at Tuesday evening's Diego Fire community meeting in Coyote. Garcia Richard explained that the fire is between Coyote and Gallina and several families have ranch land that the fire has burned through or is threatening. The fire is approximately four miles northwest of the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the fire management team is hopeful that tonight's moisture will help get the blaze under control, Garcia Richard said. Courtesy photo


Acres: 3,635 Start Date: First reported June 25, lightning map

Funds Help Make College Education More Affordable

on July 2, 2014 - 8:43am

Gov. Susana Martinez


Gov. Susana Martinez announced the awarding of $750,000 in scholarship funds to New Mexico higher education institutions to help make college education more affordable for New Mexicans.

These scholarships will be given to students in awards of up $1,000. The funding will also be expanded to include fees, books and supplies. The funding, which will be available for Fiscal Year 2015, is a $250,000 increase from funding levels in past years.

“Making these funds available will help more New Mexico students cope with the financial challenges of higher

New Mexico One of Five States Receiving $1.7 Million in FEMA Fire Preparedness Grants

on July 2, 2014 - 8:30am

FEMA News:

Fire departments in five states, including New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have been awarded more than $1.69 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In New Mexico, the grant totals $84,093 and covers the cost of firefighting equipment and wellness and fitness equipment for the City of Alamogordo Fire Department.

A grant awarded in Arkansas totals $36,100 and pays for an air quality control device for a fire truck for the Gravel Ridge Fire Department.

FBI Seeks Public’s Help Solving String of Albuquerque Bank Robberies

on July 2, 2014 - 7:40am

FBI News:

The FBI and local law enforcement authorities are asking for the public’s help in solving six bank robberies that occurred in the Albuquerque area in June.

The FBI is investigating whether some of these robberies may be related. Anyone with information about these or other bank robberies is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Field Office at 505.889.1300 (24 hours). Tips also can be submitted online at

The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a bank robber.

Diego Fire Consumes More Than 3,400 Aces

on July 1, 2014 - 1:57pm

Smoke plume from the Diego Fire photographed from Los Alamos late Monday. Photo by Leland Lehman/


Crews worked overnight to tie in some roads on the eastern edge of the fire, creating buffer for interior pockets of fuel that could experience extreme fire behavior today.

Bulldozers are being used to create containment lines on the southern portion of the fire along Jarosa Canyon to Forest Road 93 and Guardia spring west of FR 103.

Safety is paramount on all divisions today.

Texting While Driving In New Mexico Outlawed Today!

on July 1, 2014 - 1:53pm


  • New Mexico Joins 41 Other States in Fighting Distracted Driving

SANTA FE—The New Mexico Department of Transportation reminds New Mexicans that the state’s prohibition of texting while driving goes into effect today.

“Texting while driving is now the leading cause of death for teen drivers,” Gov. Susana Martinez said. “There is no text message, no Facebook post, no tweet, worth a person’s life. All of us can play a role in keeping our roads safe — and that means keeping our eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and our minds on driving safely.”

Martinez signed New Mexico’s

Bandelier Hosts 3rd Naturalization Ceremony July 4

on July 1, 2014 - 7:53am
Last year's naturalization ceremony. Courtesy/NPS
July 4th is traditionally the day when Americans celebrate our freedom and independence. This year, building on the success of the last two years’ events, Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park.
Fifteen candidates from 12 countries, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Bandelier Superintendent

Luján Issues Statement on Immigration Reform

on July 1, 2014 - 6:46am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan


Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement on President Obama's speech on immigration reform and the announcement that Speaker John Boehner will not allow the House to act on comprehensive immigration reform this year:

"It is shameful that the Republican House leadership has failed to act on immigration reform and has now confirmed that they have no intention of doing so.

Additional Evacuations Ordered For Diego Fire Area

on June 30, 2014 - 7:05pm


Smoke from the Diego Fire seen from Los Alamos a short while ago. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The communities of Wetherall Estates and Dunlap Spring are being evacuated along with Jarosa. An evacuation shelter has been established at the Rural Events Center in Abiquiu, located near the junction of High Way 84 and State Road 554.

Fire crews are fighting the 1,000 plus acre Diego Fire, which is burning southeast of Coyote.

Significant Shift to Weather Pattern Coming

on June 30, 2014 - 10:39am



NWS News:


The National Weather Service (NWS) in Abluquerque reports that the hot and mostly dry conditions of late will be abruptly altered.


  • Type – Hot and mostly dry period coming to an end with significant increase in showers/storms.
  • Timing – Today through Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Location – All of northern and central New Mexico.

Key Impacts:

  • Hot and mostly dry conditions today with potential for strong downburst winds from dry T-storms this afternoon.
  • Strong back door cold front to bring gusty winds over eastern New Mexico tonight. Strong winds will be channeled

Udall Secures Resources for N.M. Wildfire Prevention, Border Security, FLETC in DHS Appropriations Bill

on June 28, 2014 - 8:08am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Appropriations Committee June 26 in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding to protect New Mexico’s border, ensure our ports of entry operate smoothly and address the use of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia to detain women and children in removal proceedings.

Udall also included an amendment that would help New Mexico communities prevent serious wildfires.

Ten New Mexico Businesses Win 2014 VAF Awards

on June 28, 2014 - 7:43am

Purple Adobe Lavender Farm owners Elizabeth and Roger Inman. Courtesy photo 


Ten New Mexico businesses headquartered in Abiquiu, Albuquerque, Alcalde, Santa Fe and Taos have been named winners of the 2014 Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards.

VAF was initiated in 2006 by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), to stimulate the economy by supporting growth-oriented companies. 

“Since the VAF was initiated in 2006, Los Alamos National Security has invested approximately $3 million in 49 New Mexico businesses,” said

Heinrich on Immigration Reform: A Year of Inaction

on June 28, 2014 - 7:33am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement June 27 calling on House Republicans to act on the Senate bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the Senate one year ago:

"After a vigorous public debate last year, the Senate passed a common-sense proposal to reform our country's immigration policies.

Council Adopts New Health Care Assistance Policy

on June 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

County Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne addresses Council questions with the Health Care Assistance Policy during today's noontime Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Social Services Division Manager Kim Gabaldon discusses the Indigent Fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor Pete Sheehey speaks indepth about the County's Indigent Fund and requests that safeguards be included to protect those in need. Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and others commend Sheehey for delving into the complicated issue and sharing his knowledge. Photo by Carol A.

Senate Votes to Improve Training & Education for New Mexico Workers, Job Seekers

on June 27, 2014 - 8:29am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. joined the Senate in voting 95-3 to pass a bipartisan bill that will help New Mexico workers get updated workforce and skills training to better enable them to compete for new jobs and career advancement.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives soon, will also help employers find the qualified workers they need to grow and expand their businesses.

"This bill is a critical investment in New Mexico’s workforce,” Udall said.

Heinrich Votes For Bill To Improve NM Workforce Programs

on June 27, 2014 - 7:57am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bipartisan bill to improve existing federal workforce development programs in New Mexico.

"It is critical now more than ever to equip New Mexicans with the tools they need to compete in today's job market," Heinrich said. "This bill helps update and streamline some of New Mexico's federal workforce development programs, which means more training and education opportunities for job seekers or those looking to sharpen their skills.

NBA Draft Prospect Alex Kirk Thanks Los Alamos

on June 26, 2014 - 5:18pm
2014 NBA Draft Prospect Alex Kirk expressed his appreciation to the people of Los Alamos during an interview today at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos native Alex Kirk, center, with former Lobos athlete Emmanuel Negedu and his father Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan Kirk today outside the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Native Alex Kirk will go down in history as the first player ever to make it to the NBA Draft who

Bandelier Announces Artist in Residence

on June 26, 2014 - 2:07pm
Cliffs at the Tsankawi section of Bandelier by Bandelier Artist in Residence David Halpern. Courtesy/David Halpern

Bandelier Artist in Residence photographer David Halpern


Bandelier National Monument is very pleased to announce that, for the first time since 1983, the park will have an artist in residence, photographer David Halpern.  

“We are very happy to have a photographer with Mr. Halpern’s talent, experience, and background, and look forward to the activities he will be offering to the public.” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

NM Counties Land $37 Million in PILT Payments

on June 26, 2014 - 7:54am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted more than $37 million that New Mexico counties are receiving through the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for Fiscal Year 2014. 

Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewel announced that 32 local governments throughout New Mexico are receiving $37,677,905 $3 million more than last year through the program that compensates counties and local governments for non-taxable federal land in their jurisdictions.

"The PILT program provides vital resources for New Mexico's

PEEC and New Mexico PBS Present Science Café: Mysterious Life of Caves

on June 25, 2014 - 8:43am
A caver explores Lechuguilla Cave. Courtesy/PEEC
Fantastic formations inside Lechuguilla Cave. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is once again teaming up with the New Mexico Public Broadcasting System (PBS), to bring to Los Alamos another installation of the popular New Mexico PBS Science Café.

This time the topic will be the mysterious life of caves and will focus on the Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico. The free program is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28 at PEEC.

Lechuguilla Cave, often considered the most beautiful cave in the

'Images of Mary in the New World' Exhibit Opens at New Mexico History Museum June 29

on June 25, 2014 - 8:34am

Scene from 'Tatoo Nation.' Courtesy photo

NMHM News:

A new exhibit, “Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World” opens June 29 at the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) in Santa Fe, with an array of special events planned throughout the summer and fall.

Events include:

Saturday, July 19, 1-3 p.m., Printing Our Lady, Gathering Space. Free with admission. Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily. Bring the family and print a historic image of Our Lady on a replica medieval press.