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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/ladailypost.com

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

 

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

STATE News:

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.)

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Udall Responds to Latest Push by House to Shut Down Government

on September 29, 2013 - 9:09am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

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

Brrrrr...

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

Courtesy/NWS

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.

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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

U.S. SENATE News:

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

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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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com

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

 

U.S. SENATE News:

 

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
STATE News:
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

Forest Service Seeks 8-minute Feedback

on September 26, 2013 - 7:49am

FOREST SERVICE News:

SANTA FE—Forest Service and contract employees working in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Santa Fe National Forest roads want to know about your visit to the national forest as part of a recreation visitor program.

The interviewers gather basic visitor information. All responses are totally confidential. In fact, a person’s name is never written anywhere on the survey. The basic interview lasts about eight minutes.

Udall Talks Storm Recovery, Government Shutdown

on September 25, 2013 - 10:11am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall provided an update on federal storm recovery funding to help repair recent flood damage in New Mexico. He also discussed Republicans’ looming threat of a government shutdown and the impact it would have on the state if agreement cannot be reached prior to Oct. 1.

 

Click here to listen to the full audio online.

 

Click here to download the audio.

 

Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:

 

0:00 - Udall opens the call with remarks on cleanup efforts from the recent storms, noting

FBI Searches for Bank Robbery Suspect

on September 25, 2013 - 10:10am

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed Western Commerce Bank, 1910 Wyoming Blvd NE, Tuesday.

The suspect is described as a white male, age ranging from 25 into his 30s, approximately 6' to 6'2" tall, with a slender build, shoulder-length dark brown hair, a brown goatee, and tattoos on both arms. He wore a black T-shirt with a gray skull design, and black pants.

Witnesses said the suspect entered the bank at approximately 12:11 p.m. and handed a teller a note that demanded money.

Udall Calls on VA to Take Immediate Action on Claims Errors

on September 23, 2013 - 12:13pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, announced that he has called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to immediately address New Mexico claims processing errors highlighted in a recent report by the Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General (VA OIG).
 
Numerous problems were found at the Albuquerque VA Regional Office (VARO), including that the office incorrectly processed 40 percent of the disability claims reviewed, and incorrectly processed 10

Policy Agenda to Address State’s 50th Ranking in KIDS COUNT Report

on September 23, 2013 - 10:26am

STATE News:

 ALBUQUERQUE—In response to New Mexico’s fall to dead last in the nation in child well-being in the national KIDS COUNT Data Book, New Mexico Voices for Children is launching a policy campaign to improve child well-being. Advocates hope the campaign, called NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us, will be embraced by elected officials and other leaders.

 “New Mexico has real problems when it comes to the well-being of our children, but they are not insurmountable,” said Veronica C. García, Ed.D., Executive Director of the child advocacy organization. “There is no single solution.

LANL Announces Scholarship Winners

on September 22, 2013 - 1:39pm

LANL FOUNDATION News:

Thirteen Northern New Mexicans have received $1,000 Returning Student/Regional College scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

The awards help students returning to a formal education for certification or a two-year degree at an accredited regional college. Many are pursuing new careers.

Funding comes from donations by LANL employees and a matching amount from Los Alamos National Security, LLC., and the scholarships are administered by the LANL Foundation.

Awards go to:

  • Oakley Blasdel, Rowe, who is pursuing a degree in

Local GOP Attends State Central Committee Meeting

on September 22, 2013 - 12:53pm

Several Los Alamos Republicans attended the Republican Party of New Mexico State Central Committee meeting Sept. 21 at Sandia Resort in Albuquerque. Front row from left, JoAnn Johnson, Norma Tech and Marie Todd. Back row from left, former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, Vincent Chiravelle, Bill McKerley and Robert Gibson. Photo by John Rockwell

Gary King Opposes Deep Cuts to Federal Food Stamps

on September 22, 2013 - 10:01am

Attorney General Gary King

STATE News:

New Mexico Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Governor Gary King today strongly spoke out against Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to impose harsh cuts to American families who depend on federal food stamps. 

Yesterday House Republicans passed billions of dollars in cuts to federal food stamps by a vote of 217-210; the cuts will push millions of American families, including those in New Mexico, into poverty during the ongoing economic slump.

"While this is a federal issue, and I intend to be the next Governor of

Potential for Severe T-Storms in North Central/Northwestern NM Today

on September 22, 2013 - 9:54am

NWS News:

This is a brief update from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque on the potential for severe weather over portions of north central and northwestern New Mexico today, Sunday, Sept. 22.

Impacts:

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to take shape this afternoon over northwestern and north central New Mexico, many of which will be strong to severe. These storms will be capable of producing severe hail (greater than 1" diameter) and/or severe wind gusts (greater than/equal to 58 mph.) 

In addition, breezy to windy conditions will spread over much of New

Free Guided Trips to Southwest Jemez Mountains

on September 22, 2013 - 7:29am

FOREST SERVICE News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest will be hosting several free field trips for the public to learn about restoration efforts planned for the Southwest Jemez Mountains.

Oct. 11 and 12, three field trips will be scheduled each day. Choose from a full day or a half day trip. The group will travel to various locations in the forest and hear from the specialists who are engaged in managing this intricate and complex landscape.

Each day, there will be one all day trip and two half day trips.

Crowd Turns Out for Opera on the Rocks

on September 21, 2013 - 10:18pm

Park Superintendent Jason Lott introduces Opera on the Rocks this evening in Bandelier. Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Guild of the Santa Fe Opera presented Amahl and the Night Visitors by Giancarlo Menotti, an Opera Alta production. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos High School Honor Choir Bel Canto takes the stage. Photo by Katy Korkos

Crowd gathers for Opera on the Rocks at Bandelier. Photo by Katy Korkos

Rotary Stars set up their cheese platters at this evening's event. Photo by Katy Korkos

The weather cleared up just in time for people to get on the shuttles at the

Flooding Closes Areas of SFNF Through Dec. 30

on September 21, 2013 - 10:33am

Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

Recent heavy rainfall in the Pecos/Las Vegas area of the Santa Fe National Forest has required that certain roads and sites be closed for public safety. 

Several forest roads are impassible due to washouts, debris such as trees and branches along roadways, and plugged culverts. There are also a few bridges that were jammed up with debris and sustained damage. 

Forest personnel continue to assess the damage but are unable to reach some areas due to impassable roads.

Prescribed Burns Planned on Santa Fe National Forest

on September 21, 2013 - 10:12am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest is planning a prescribed fire on the Coyote Ranger District within the next seven days.

The Mesa Camino burn may start as early as tomorrow (Sunday.) If conditions don’t allow that burn to be successful, they may burn in the Gallina area instead. Planned benefits from these burns: reduce hazardous fuels, break up continuous fuels, prepare the land for new growth, help plants and trees to grow healthier, improve wildlife habitat.

Smoke will be monitored and the Forest Service will comply with New Mexico air quality regulations.

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