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Statement from Los Alamos County Clerk

on August 30, 2013 - 3:41pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover


The following statement was issued to the media today from Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover:

“Late this morning, Los Alamos County received a complete package of documentation regarding a recent lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County and related order from First Judicial District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson for the Clerk’s office to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Judge Rafaelson’s order stated that I should begin issuing the licenses or appear before her in court on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.

Statewide Lockdown of Jails Underway

on August 30, 2013 - 11:28am

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown on all prison facilities as part of the annual accountability and prisons assessment initiative.

This yearly event of locking down all facilities allows NMCD staff to examine our structures, security measures and policies to ensure our we are operating on the highest level of awareness and security.

"The public has placed their trust in our ability to serve them in a courageous, responsible, ethical, and dedicated way," Marcantel said. "To ensure we are keeping the public safe we must
turn the

More than 300 Cases of Pertussis Reported in New Mexico

on August 30, 2013 - 10:50am



  • Department of Health Encourages Vaccinations

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that 331 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported in New Mexico in 2013.

“Pertussis is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent pertussis.

CANCELED: AMBER Alert for 2-year-old New Mexico Girl

on August 30, 2013 - 9:05am

Update: AMBER Alert for Elyssia Cavazone-Salas is canceled as the child has been found safe. 

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas, 2, was last seen today, Aug. 29, in Alamogordo. She was taken by her aunt.

The child and the suspect are traveling in a 2008 Ford Escape, Blue/Green with New Mexico license plate #714-RKZ.

She and the suspect may be traveling to Ruidoso or Mescalero Indian Reservation in New Mexico.

The child is in danger due to the suspect's propensity to drink and use drugs.

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas:

  • Age: 2
  • Sex: Female
  • Skin: Native American
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 3'0

Judge Orders Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage License to Same Sex Couple

on August 29, 2013 - 7:04pm

Los Alamos County Clerk discusses New Mexico laws related to sex marriages during an interview this afternoon in her office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Judge Orders Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage License to Same Sex Couple

  • All 33 counties in New Mexico ask for Supreme Court ruling
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover has been ordered by District Judge Sheri Raphaelson to issue a marriage license to the same sex couple turned away Tuesday.
"Judge Raphaelson signed our writ this afternoon and is ordering the clerk to

Action-Packed Labor Day Weekend at Bandelier

on August 29, 2013 - 12:29pm
Herrera Dance. Courtesy/BNM

Want something fun to do this weekend? Bring the whole family to Bandelier over Labor Day Weekend to participate in a number of exciting events and activities. 

Board the free shuttle from the White Rock Visitor Center to Frijoles Canyon and explore the ancestral cliff dwellings, take a hike to a waterfall, and participate in the following weekend events.    

Friday August 30: Bandelier Nightwalk ... Join a Park Ranger for a silent night walk that transports you back in time. This is the last Nightwalk offered for the season.

Governor Announces Stipends for Teachers

on August 29, 2013 - 9:35am

  • Up to 400 Teachers Could Earn Additional $5000

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that a new education reform initiative will pay 400 New Mexico teachers an additional $5,000 to work with students in struggling schools or to help students earn Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

The first step in the initiative will reward 100 teachers who agree to move from a school with a grade of an A or B to a school with a D or F grade. Teachers must commit to a minimum of two years at the struggling school in order to receive the stipend.

Additionally, 300

Key Stakeholders Attend Luján's Video Forum on Hunger and Poverty in New Mexico

on August 27, 2013 - 9:32am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján speaks with stakeholders throughout northern New Mexico on a video forum addressing the causes of and solutions to hunger and poverty in communities across the state. Courtesy photo

A group in Gallup join in the video forum. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined constituents from throughout northern New Mexico on Saturday, Aug. 24 to discuss issues related to hunger and poverty. 

The video forum brought together key stakeholders who addressed both best practices and challenges regarding these important

Udall: NM Receives $10 Million in Homeland Security Grants

on August 25, 2013 - 8:17am
  • State, southern counties will receive funding for border security and emergency preparedness


LAS CRUCES ­- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Friday that the state of New Mexico and five counties will receive a combined $10 million in border security and emergency preparedness funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP.)
Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna and Otero counties will share $3,146,501 through a program called Operation Stonegarden, while the state of New Mexico will receive $3,459,364 through the State

New Mexico Ranks Low in Educational Attainment and Median Wages

on August 24, 2013 - 7:29am


ALBUQUERQUE—The best way for states to foster a productive economy is to invest in a well-educated workforce, according to a new paper published by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI.)

Unfortunately, New Mexico ranks low in both educational attainment and in median wages.  

The report, “A Well Educated Workforce is Key to State Prosperity,” shows that the states with the highest wages and most productive economies are the states with the best-educated workforces. 

The report concludes that investment in education—which is a state’s primary economic development tool—will build

Sen. Tom Udall Recruits Fall Interns

on August 24, 2013 - 7:23am


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining experience in a congressional field office to apply for fall internships in his offices in Santa Fe, Portales, Carlsbad, Las Cruces and Washington, D.C.

To apply online or download an application, click here or visit Students or individuals looking for more information on internships in the New Mexico offices can also call (505) 346-6791.

“Congressional internships are an invaluable experience for anyone interested in public

Luján to Hold Video Forum Targeting Poverty and Hunger

on August 23, 2013 - 7:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján will hold the Third Congressional District’s first district-wide video forum addressing hunger and poverty issues at a number of locations around the state. The event takes place 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 and is now filled to capacity.

Stakeholders, including nonprofits and local government representatives, will come together at locations throughout the district to consider and collaborate on best practices, challenges and needs. 

Stakeholders will initially meet as smaller groups in their local communities

No Map or Permit Sales on Santa Fe National Forest Aug. 27-28

on August 22, 2013 - 9:51am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Aug. 27 and 28 there will be no sales of maps, permits (including fuelwood permits) or interagency recreation passes at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Santa Fe or at any of the ranger district offices in Las Vegas, Pecos, Espanola, Jemez Springs, Cuba or Coyote (the satellite location in Los Alamos remains closed.)

On those two days, all front desk personnel from the entire forest will be involved in a training session to learn a new system that will be used to sell maps, permits and other items.

Valles Caldera Expands Mountain Biking

on August 22, 2013 - 9:27am


VCT News:

  • Backcountry Shuttle Reaches 80 Miles of New Trails

Jemez Springs - A new Backcountry Shuttle has expanded the Valles Caldera National Preserve mountain biking program to more than 80 miles of trails.

The addition of bike racks to three vans will provide additional cycling access to the northern half of the preserve, which was available only once a month or during special events.

“Mountain biking was restricted to the headquarters loop trail and the Cruise the Caldera events,” VCT Recreation Specialist Lance Weinbrenner said, “Now the Backcountry Shuttles can take

Udall Urges NM Businesses to Join Development Mission to Mexico

on August 22, 2013 - 8:00am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is encouraging New Mexico businesses to join U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on a business development mission to Mexico from Nov.18-22.

In a letter to area business leaders, Udall highlighted the potential commercial opportunities it could open up for local businesses with Mexico.

“Companies from past trade missions reported that the meetings they participated in helped develop relationships and create business leads that would have taken years to establish on their own,” Udall said.

Bandelier’s Popular Alcove House to Re-open Aug. 26

on August 21, 2013 - 1:27pm

Alcove House kiva at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
A member of the Bandelier Vanishing Treasures crew using a special hand-held air hammer to loosen and remove cement from mortar joints in the kiva wall in Alcove House. Courtesy/NPS

Starting Monday, Aug. 26, the popular Alcove House archeological site will re-open to the public.

In April, the staff at Bandelier National Monument closed it when the reconstructed kiva inside became unstable and unsafe.

New State Plan to Combat Alzheimer's Disease

on August 21, 2013 - 11:03am


ALBUQUERQUE - Gov. Susana Martinez announced today that her administration is creating a new position that will be dedicated to coordinating services, research, and public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Martinez wants to provide help and support to family caregivers who often feel isolated and alone. She says more than 31,000 New Mexicans have Alzheimer’s disease and the number is expected to increase to 43,000 by 2025.

“This new position will allow for better communication and more collaboration between all the organizations and individuals already


Consultant to Former New Mexico Secretary of State Gets 10 Years in Prison

on August 21, 2013 - 9:55am

FBI News:

U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson on Tuesday sentenced Armando C. Gutierrez, 65, of Corpus Christi, Texas, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his convictions for conspiracy, theft of government property, obstruction of justice, and money laundering.

Gutierrez was ordered to pay $2,500,483 in restitution to the state of New Mexico, including $746,375, which is to be paid jointly with co-defendant Joseph C. Kupfer, 50, of Rio Rancho.

$27 Million Awarded to New Mexico Head Start Program

on August 21, 2013 - 7:03am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Monday that the Mid-West New Mexico Community Action Program (NMCAP) will receive $5,494,451 a year for the next five years, totaling more than $27 million to continue its Head Start projects helping children in Valencia, Socorro, Cibola and McKinley counties.

In 2012, Mid-West NMCAP helped nearly 1,000 children, with almost 75 percent living in households with income below the federal poverty line.

“New Mexico’s future relies on the success of its children, and we know that giving children a strong early


Political Signs Prohibited In State Rights-Of-Ways

on August 19, 2013 - 10:01pm


SANTA FE - With election season quickly approaching, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) would like to remind political campaigns that department rules prohibit the placement of political signs within NMDOT’s rights-of-ways. 

Signs in these areas are a public safety issue because they can impede a driver’s visibility and distract motorists from existing legal traffic signs.

New Mexico Administrative Code ( states, “Signs and political posters are not allowed on highway right-of-way and

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Gathering at Los Alamos Home

on August 17, 2013 - 3:49pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico's 3rd District, seated center, attended a gathering Friday evening at the home of Marvel Harrison Csanadi and Dr. Tom Csanadi on North Mesa. The private event gave Luján an opportunity to speak one on one with local residents. Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, standing to Luján's left, new Probate Judge Chris Chandler to Luján's right, and District Court Judge Sylvia LaMar in white dress were among those gathered around Luján showing support for UNM-LA's mil levy election set for Sept. 17. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Rep.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown Underway

on August 17, 2013 - 10:27am


SANTA FENew Mexico law enforcement agencies are participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2013 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” nationwide drunk driving crackdown Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.

The campaign coincides with the September Labor Day holiday weekend.

Ninety-five individual law enforcement agencies in New Mexico, along with the 12 State Police districts, are participating in the crackdown which includes checkpoints, saturation patrols and sustained enforcement activities.

Fee Free Day at Bandelier Aug. 25 for Founders Day

on August 17, 2013 - 7:53am

The National Park Service (NPS) was established Aug. 25, 1916, to protect and preserve the then-young system of park areas being designated for the benefit and enjoyment of people throughout the country and visitors from around the world.

Now, in 2013, there are more than 400 areas that are administered by the NPS, ranging from battlefields to coral reefs, Yosemite to the Washington Monument, Everglades to Bandelier National Monument.

Congressional Delegation Urges Increased Oversite of New Mexico's Behavioral Health Crisis

on August 15, 2013 - 8:13am


New Mexico's Congressional Delegation sent the following letter Wednesday to U.S. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health & Human Services regarding the state's behavioral health crisis:

Dear Secretary Sebelius,

As you are aware, the State of New Mexico is in the process of investigating allegations of fraud against 15 behavioral health providers that offer Medicaid services and has suspended payments to those organizations. We want to thank you for your ongoing involvement to protect the integrity of the process and the needs of beneficiaries.

The Dogs Claim Summer League Championship!

on August 14, 2013 - 7:36am

Dog Members: Front row from left, Cedric Patterson, Josh Esquibel, Scotty Alexander, Jevon Montoya, DeAndre Lawrence and Daniel Gallegos. Back row from left, Alejandro Quintana, Jordan Valdez, Coach Mel Montoya, Michael Naranjo, Coach Scott Alexander, Austin Martinez, Brandon Bustos, Cameron Martinez, Coach Mark Lopez. Courtesy photo


The Dogs are an AAU Basketball Team comprised of players from Los Alamos Middle School, McCurdy Charter School, Carlos F. Vigil Middle School, Cleveland Middle School and Sombrillo Elementary. 

The Dogs basketball members and staff were