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Los Alamos Lab Admits Mishandling Toxic Waste, Causing Repository Radiation Leak

on July 9, 2014 - 9:31am


HSNW News:

In a letter addressed to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), lab officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have admitted to mishandling toxic waste shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, the nation’s only permanent repository for plutonium-contaminated waste from government nuclear facilities.

The letter, released by state regulators last Thursday, does not confirm whether the violations or LANL’s use of an organic absorption material in waste containers is to blame for the underground radiation leak, which occurred Feb.

Public Meeting to Discuss NPDES Stormwater Individual Permit at 5:30 p.m. Today

on July 8, 2014 - 3:05pm

LANL News:

A public meeting will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 8, at the Cities of Gold Conference Center, 10 Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque to discuss the bi-annual update on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Individual Permit.

The agenda is as follows:

  • 5:30 p.m. Poster Session
  • 5:50 p.m. Welcome
  • 6:00 p.m. Flood Event Mitigations
  • 6:20 p.m. Canyon Gage Network
  • 6:40 p.m. Permit Renewal
  • 7:10 p.m. Communities for Clean Water
  • 7:30 p.m. Wrap-up

The Individual Permit authorizes the discharge of storm water associated with industrial

Governor Announces 7 Percent Increase in Tourism Revenue

on July 8, 2014 - 7:47am


Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday, yet another record-breaking year for tourism in New Mexico.

Overall spending by visitors to New Mexico increased by 7 percent in 2013, which translates to roughly $300 million in new revenue taken in by communities throughout the state. As a result of this growth, the leisure and hospitality industry was able to create 1,700 new jobs last year, with an additional 700 new jobs already created between January and May of 2014.

“Tourism is a strong economic driver and a critical component of the diverse economy we are working to create in

LANL Foundation's Susan Herrera Receives Luminaria Award

on July 8, 2014 - 7:43am

Susan Herrera

NMCF News:

New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) has announced its 2014 Luminaria Awards, a proud NMCF tradition paying tribute to outstanding individuals from throughout the state who make a profound difference in their communities.

Luminarias are selected because they motivate, inspire and support the dreams of others, promote diversity and equity, and build community strength through their leadership and vision while embodying the values of NMCF.

Seven awards will be presented at the NMCF 2014 Luminaria Galaon Nov. 1, at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe.

Among this

Valles Caldera Trust Invites Public Input On Stewardship Plan

on July 8, 2014 - 7:20am

Meander Cutoff Work. Photo by Van Clothier

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS - The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan (Stewardship Plan).

The Stewardship Plan proposes a 10-year strategy for the restoration and stewardship of the forest, grassland, shrubland, and riparian ecosystems of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

CYFD Awards $517,500 Grant to First Born® Los Alamos

on July 7, 2014 - 1:51pm


First Born® Los Alamos has been awarded a $517,500 grant from the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department to resume providing support for families having their first child.

CYFD will award $172,500 a year over five years to serve 58 families each year. First Born Los Alamos, which opened in 2008, had been closed for two years due to lack of funding. A project of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, home visitors provide free support for first-time parents from pregnancy until a child is three years old.

FBI Seeks Information on Truck in Navajo Death Investigation

on July 7, 2014 - 10:55am

FBI News:

The FBI is releasing additional details on the death of a 21-year-old Native American man whose body was found June 22 on a road near Shiprock on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

A witness reported seeing a man run after a bright red GMC or Chevy pickup truck, possibly a 2012 model, with rims, tires and a tailgate that were shiny, shortly before the man was discovered dead at approximately 9:26 p.m. on Mesa Farm Road, about six miles west of Shiprock.

The truck had a man and three possibly Native American women in the back and an unknown number of people in the cab, whose windows were

Santa Fe Council on International Relations: Champagne Brunch & Film July 22

on July 7, 2014 - 9:16am

CIR News:

Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) is hosting a Champagne Brunch and viewing of the film "Welcome," 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the CIR's new location at 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D in Santa Fe.

Join the Council on International Relations for a delightful champagne brunch and film entitled: Welcome, directed by Phillippe Lioret on Tuesday, July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CIR’s new location: 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D in Santa Fe.

The multi award-winning new film from writer/director Philippe Lioret, WELCOME is a compassionate and inspiring

Valles Caldera Board Meets in Los Alamos Friday

on July 7, 2014 - 7:18am

VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a meeting in public 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 11 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 60 Entrada Dr., in Los Alamos. 

The agenda includes an update on public access and use, planning, a review of post fire conditions and the introduction of new Executive Director Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. Silva-Bañuelos was named to the post May 28 after the Board completed a nationwide search. He fills the vacancy created when Dennis Trujillo retired in January.

Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled

Fifteen People Become American Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier

on July 5, 2014 - 4:30pm

Peace Izabayo listens intently to instructions on how the ceremony will proceed. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Bandelier's Chief Ranger, Tom Betts, explains to the candidates that the flags they are to be given once flew at the US Embassy in each of their home countries. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Jerome Daligault's family wait for him to be declared a citizen of the United States. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Michele Jacquez-Ortiz of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's Santa Fe Office, reads a prepared statement from the senator.

Bandelier's Tom Betts Wins Highest National Park Service Ranger Award

on July 5, 2014 - 2:04pm

From left, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, Bandelier Chief Ranger Tom Betts with Yount Award, Bett's son Drew, wife Beth, daughter Dana and mother Kathy. Courtesy/NPS


Bandelier National Monument Chief Ranger Tom Betts, a 32-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named the 2013 recipient of the Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award.

The honor, bestowed at a ceremony June 25 in Washington, D.C., is the NPS’s highest accolade for excellence in the art and science of rangering.

Betts, who grew up in national parks as a park ranger’s son, became

New Mexico's Lujan Grisham Proposes National Homeowners Bill of Rights

on July 5, 2014 - 8:13am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, last week introduced the National Homeowners Bill of Rights Act of 2014 (NHBOR), which will help protect homeowners and ensure working-class families can benefit from the housing recovery.

“This legislation gives homeowners the necessary resources to protect their rights,” Lujan Grisham said.

Iconic Fred Harvey ‘American West’ Exhibit Opens at Millicent Rogers Museum Aug. 1

on July 4, 2014 - 7:47am

Old postcard depicting the making of the movie, 'The Harvey Girls.' Courtesy/MRM

MRM News:

The Millicent Rogers Museum (MRM) in Taos announces the opening of its latest exhibition, "Fred Harvey and the Making of the American West." This unique exhibition will open to the public Aug. 1 and closes Jan. 31, 2015.

Featuring more than 100 objects drawn from the family of Fred Harvey, various private collections and the Couse Foundation (Taos), the exhibit focuses upon how Fred Harvey and his company created the popular imagery that Americans came to understand as representing the West.


Valles Caldera Trustees Hold Public Meeting in Los Alamos July 11

on July 4, 2014 - 7:29am
VCT News:

The Valles Caldera Board of Trustees will conduct a public meeting 6-9 p.m., Friday, July 11 in Los Alamos at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 60 Entrada Dr.

The agenda includes an update on public access and use, planning, a review of post-fire conditions, and the introduction of new executive director, Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. Silva-Bañuelos was named to the post May 28 after the Board completed a nationwide search. He fills the vacancy created when Dennis Trujillo retired in January.

Public comments will be heard after the last report, with adjournment scheduled immediately

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.