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Expansion of WIC Reimbursements to Include Farm Food Stands

on July 17, 2014 - 7:28am

Gov. Susana Martinez

WIC News:

Gov. Susana Martinez announced New Mexico’s successful expansion of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits to include reimbursement for any authorized farmer food roadside stand selling fresh, local produce.
 
WIC is the Special Supplemental Food Program for women, infants, and children, which helps more kids and families get the nutritious food they need to eat and live healthier. The program also includes Senior Dollars, a supplemental food program for low-income seniors.

“Our New Mexico farmers grow some of the highest-quality produce in the
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Camp Corazones Issues Urgent Call For Lifeguards

on July 15, 2014 - 8:36am

CAMP CORAZONES News:

Camp Corazones, an annual three-day summer camp for children and families infrected or impacted by HIV/AIDS, is in urgent need of certified lifeguards to volunteer and supervise pool time Thursday and Friday, July 17 and 18.

Camp Corazones is an all-volunteer, grassroots, community based organization. The planning, organizing and funding for the annual camp is guided by a core of dedicated volunteers who support the relevance of Camp Corazones and how important this summer camp is to the children and their families.

This is the highlight of their summer vacation to

Darren White Launches PI & Security Firm

on July 15, 2014 - 8:21am

Darren White

BUSINESS News:

Former Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White has started a private investigations and security company. 

White, who is nationally known as a public safety expert, served as secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Bernalillo County sheriff and director of Public Safety for the City of Albuquerque. White also runs Buzzsaw Strategies, a government relations company.

White is partnering with David Linthicum, former chief deputy for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

New Mexico State Police Investigate Vehicular Homicide in Rio Arriba County

on July 15, 2014 - 7:28am

NMSP News:

State Police responded to the Espanola hospital Friday regarding a deceased 28-year-old female, later identified as Lisa Espinoza.

Espinoza had suffered blunt force trauma to her head and upper body and was brought to the hospital by Richard Trujillo, 42, Espinoza’s boyfriend.

Through the course of the investigation, it was learned Espinoza and Trujillo were consuming alcohol earlier in the day. They were drinking at their cabin and at the El Cuerno Bar in Cebolla. Later in the evening, they left the bar in Trujillo’s flatbed truck.

State DOTs Honored for Innovation and Cost Savings

on July 15, 2014 - 7:01am

DOT News:

Department of Transportation (DOT) projects that are improving safety on all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways and providing additional transportation options while saving taxpayer dollars, were named recipients of top honors in the Western Regional America's Transportation Awards competition at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ 2014 conference.

"The America's Transportation Awards competition showcases the exceptional, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects by state

Los Alamos Citizens Advocate For Continuing Historic Rail Route of Southwest Chief

on July 14, 2014 - 8:11am
Six Los Alamos residents joined other supporters of maintaining the existing route of the Southwest Chief in Lamy to welcome Amtrack CEO Joe Boardman to the state. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

More than 50 people gathered at Lamy Station Saturday to welcome Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman on his special train from Washington, D.C. to visit stations along the route of the Southwest Chief.

Six people from Los Alamos, along with others, many from Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Trail Association, waited till 9 p.m.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Goes To Washington

on July 13, 2014 - 11:03am

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján at his office in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to meet with New Mexico's federal delegation and discuss LANL Funding and NNSA procurement policies.

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

In her meetings with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Henrich and Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pierce, Garcia Richard stressed the region’s concerns that the NNSA

It’s Baby Season at The Wildlife Center!

on July 13, 2014 - 10:41am
Bobcat kitten residing at The Wildlife Center near Espanola. The Center works to conserve and restore native wildlife and their habitats through action-oriented education, promotion of public awareness, strategic partnerships and responsible wildlife rehabilitation. Each year, The Wildlife Center takes in up to 1,000 orphaned, ill and injured animals from across the state. These animals include mountain lions, porcupines, pelicans, owls, eagles, hummingbirds and ravens. The Center rehabilitates large mammals, such as bobcats and elk, endangered species and the bald eagle. The Center's success

Udall: Campaign Finance Reform Momentum Builds With Panel Vote on Constitutional Amendment

on July 13, 2014 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., welcomed the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of his proposed constitutional amendment to restore power to regulate campaign finance to the people.

Udall’s amendment would clarify in the Constitution that money does not equal speech, effectively reversing U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which have unraveled campaign finance regulations and handed undue influence over elections to corporations and wealthy donors.

Following the July 10 committee vote, Udall's amendment is expected to be considered by the full Senate later this

N.M. Delegation Expresses Serious Concerns With VA's Handling of Veteran's Death

on July 13, 2014 - 7:39am

STATE News:

Thursday, all five members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the acting director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to express their serious concerns about the New Mexico VA’s handling of the recent tragic death of a veteran at its Medical Center in Albuquerque, as well as its lack of transparency in response to requests for information from the public and their offices.

In the letter, the lawmakers said the lack of transparency is not only eroding the public’s faith in the VA, it is inhibiting their ability to conduct congressional oversight

WIPP: Investigation Continues in Room 7

on July 12, 2014 - 10:36am

WIPP News:

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) employees are continuing their efforts to develop a system that allows workers to obtain additional video footage, photographs and samples in Room 7 of Panel 7.

The Accident Investigation Board requested this work to gather more information on the waste containers beyond what has already been obtained. To date, the project has been able to examine the first 16 rows of waste containers. After evaluating and testing a variety of options, the Reach team selected a 90-foot carbon adjustable boom with a base that rides on a beam system.

This will

BBBS Charity Golf Tournament July 26

on July 12, 2014 - 8:44am

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BBBS News:

The Los Alamos Golf Course is hosting the “Drive For Matches” Golf Tournament, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.

The event is 11 a.m. to  6 p.m., with tee-off at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 26. This event will help BBBS support existing matches and goes toward matching more local children with caring adult mentors.

The cost is $100 per individual or $400 for a team of four. The price also includes greens fees, driving range access and range balls, golf-cart, 18 holes of golf, dinner and awards.

Bandelier Events Calendar Update Through Aug. 24

on July 11, 2014 - 11:33am
Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
Bandelier Events Calendar Update through Aug. 24:

JULY

11        Frijoles Canyon Nightwalk
            9 p.m. Silent walk among the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings. Fee, reservations required 505.672.3861 x 517
 
12        Evening Ranger Talk – Juniper Campground Amphitheater
            8:45 p.m. Topic tonight: “Wild About Bandelier.” Free. Campers and non-campers welcome.
 
12, 13  Cultural Demonstrator – Back porch, Visitor Center
            10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This weekend: Josephine Toya, Jemez Pueblo, pottery
 
18        Frijoles Canyon Nightwalk
            9 p.m.

ACI Calls Out State for Paying Outside Company to Create 'New Mexico True' Campaign

on July 11, 2014 - 9:31am
ACI News:
 
The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) led a panel of business leaders and experts who testified July 8 on issues with New Mexico's procurement procedures.
 
Concerns were raised that major opportunities are being lost for local businesses when the state government spends tax dollars outside New Mexico.
 
Dr. Beverlee McClure, ACI’s President and CEO, explained that the presentation was intended to empower the committee to take action on a key issue that is costing New Mexico jobs.
 
“When the state government spends money in New Mexico, that money

State Receiving $500,000 Through LWCF

on July 11, 2014 - 9:02am

STATE News:

U.S. Senators Tom Udall D-N.M., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., have announced more than $500,000 in funding for the state of New Mexico through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

The designated resources will help fund outdoor recreation and conservation projects as part of a $43 million investment in all 50 states, the territories and the District of Columbia.

"New Mexico is blessed with precious lands that are a part of our culture and way of life," Luján said.

'New Mexico True' Proves Powerful Tourism Tool

on July 11, 2014 - 8:32am

STATE News:

Gov. Susana Martinez lauded members of the tourism industry for the role they have played in delivering a second straight year of record-breaking tourism growth by putting their support and money behind community-specific “New Mexico True” messages.

“It is gratifying to see so many New Mexico communities working together to create a unified message about our wonderful state,” Martinez said.

Los Alamos County All Stars 9-10's in Round One of State Play Friday

on July 10, 2014 - 11:32am

Los Alamos County All Stars 9-10's beat Pojoaque last Wednesday and won the District Championship. The team advances to round one of State play Friday in Bayard, N.M. Courtesy photo
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An Open Invitation to Los Alamos Community From Valles Caldera Trust Executive Director

on July 10, 2014 - 10:21am

Executive Director Jorge Silva-Bañuelos of the Valles Caldera Trust. Courtesy/VCT

By JORGE SILVA-BANUELOS News:

I am excited to be returning home after 10 years of living and working in Washington, D.C. For eight of those years, I rode my bike past the Capitol on my daily commute to Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office. The sight made me feel privileged to be a public servant working in the halls of Congress.

Above all, I was fortunate that my job with Sen. Bingaman kept me connected to New Mexico and allowed me to work on matters related to public land management, including the Valles Caldera.

Sipapu, Los Alamos County, Pajarito Collaborate on New Mexico’s Most Powerful Season Ski Pass

on July 10, 2014 - 9:23am

Courtesy/Sipapu

NEW MEXICO SKI News:

As part of its continued commitment to give skiing enthusiasts open and unlimited access to Pajarito Mountain, the Los Alamos Ski Area and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will offer skiers and snowboarders unlimited access to both mountains this upcoming winter, plus free lift tickets at more than 20 other resorts in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and throughout the country on one season pass: the New Mexico Power Pass.

The New Mexico Power Pass is available for adults for $299 now through Aug.

Lujan Grisham Advocates For Federal Labs

on July 10, 2014 - 9:13am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, spoke on the floor of the House today to advocate for policy changes needed to support the work of federal laboratories like Sandia National Labs.

Her speech was delivered during debate on the House’s Energy and Water Appropriations bill:

“I thank my colleague for yielding time, and I commend her and the Chairman for their efforts to put together a bipartisan bill and bring it to the floor. But I do have a couple of concerns with the bill that I would like to address today.

“First, it

Luján Calls for Environmental Cleanup Funding at LANL

on July 10, 2014 - 7:47am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.-03, spoke on the House floor July 9 in an exchange with the chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.

Luján encouraged appropriate funding for environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to restore operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The exchange occurred during debate on the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. Below are their remarks. 

Lujan: "Mr.

Heinrich Releases Statement On Cybersecurity Act

on July 10, 2014 - 7:41am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement July 8 after voting to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act:

"Cybersecurity is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. The future of warfare is moving further away from the battlefield and closer to the machines and the networks everyday citizens have become so dependent on. 

"The ability to defend our nation against cyber-attacks requires a comprehensive approach that

HD3 hosts ‘Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food’ Nov. 5-6 in Roswell

on July 10, 2014 - 7:10am

HD3 News:

High Desert Discovery District (HD3) – New Mexico’s first privately-lead high-technology start-up accelerator – will partner with the Association of Commerce and Industry, Roswell Chaves County Economic Development Corporation and Delicious New Mexico, to host the next HD3 Discovery Day™ themed “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food,” Nov. 5-6 in Roswell.

This two-day HD3 signature event will focus on statewide innovation and commercialization opportunities that impact the agriculture, value-added food products and food industries.

Man Wearing Gardening Gloves Robs Albuquerque Bank

on July 9, 2014 - 10:51pm

Suspected bank robber. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

A man wearing gardening gloves robbed a BBVA Compass Bank branch on 9500 Sage Road SW in Albuquerque Monday.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5’10” tall, either bald or with close-croppped hair. He wore a dark, long-sleeved shirt; dark pants; a black bandana that covered part of his face; a red baseball cap with yellow writing and a yellow bill and light-colored gardening gloves.

Suspected bank robber. Courtesy/FBI

The man entered the bank at approximately 12:24 p.m.

Udall, Heinrich Support Bill to Protect Women's Health in Wake of Hobby Lobby Decision

on July 9, 2014 - 1:20pm

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined their Senate colleagues July 9 in introducing the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement and other services guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, and prevent employers from imposing their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits.

The bill was filed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. 

"New Mexicans know that a woman's personal health care decisions should

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