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Governor Proposes Medical Care Investments

on December 6, 2013 - 7:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE – Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez proposed a nearly $2.5 million dollar investment to further prepare New Mexico to confront unprecedented changes in health care and connect New Mexicans in rural areas with the health care they need. Martinez proposed to allocate $2.5 million to expand the family practice residency and nurse practitioner programs at the University of New Mexico.

Martinez also recently proposed to establish $600,000 in grant funding to connect rural New Mexico’s patients and providers with telemedical services.


Udall Presents Two New Mexico Consortium Outstanding Achievement Awards for Mentored Research

on December 5, 2013 - 10:57am

Sangeeta Negi works with Dr. Richard Sayre, a joint NMC-LANL scientist. Courtesy/LANL

Loreen Lamoureux of UNM. Photo by Ann Kuiper 

LANL News:

  • Sangeeta Negi of the NMC and Loreen Lamoureux of UNM to receive awards for their work in Algal Bio-technology and Bio-medical Engineering.

Senator Tom Udall will recognize Dr. Sangeeta Negi of the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) for achieving a two-fold increase in bio-mass productivity in algae this Friday. Loreen Lamoureux, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico (UNM) will be recognized for her work on rapid E. coli detection methods.

Special Event at Governor’s Residence Applauds Quality

on December 5, 2013 - 9:35am

2013 New Mexico Performance Excellence Award recipients were congratulated and volunteer Board of Examiners thanked at a special event Dec. 2 at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe. From left, Gene Schmidt (Los Alamos Public Schools), Kelly VanDerpoel (QNM Volunteer), Bill Wadt (LANL Foundation), Anne Kain (LANB), Lt. Gov.

Updated Snow Potential

on December 4, 2013 - 9:07pm


NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports the a new model guidance coming in this evening suggests the Thursday morning commute could be even more problematic than previously thought in the Albuquerque Metro, Tijeras Canyon to Moriarty and Clines Corners, and also the I-25 corridor from Albuquerque to Santa Fe.  

This will also be a situation where temperatures for much of central New Mexico will remain steady or slowly fall after daybreak Thursday.          

These snow events are especially tricky since snow to liquid ratios are often 20:1 or higher.

Bandelier Offers Reward for Information on Elk Poaching

on December 4, 2013 - 7:34am

Courtesy photo


Between 6:15 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, an elk was poached within Bandelier National Monument. The incident occurred along N.M. 4, west of the Sandoval and Los Alamos County Line, between mile markers 45 and 46. To someone driving past the suspect vehicle, it may have appeared to be stuck in the snow on the shoulder/ditch on the north side of the road.

Anyone who has any information they believe may be related is asked to call 505-672-3861 extension 402 or 401.  

A reward is being offered for information leading to the prosecution of those involved.


General Dynamics Hiring More than 200 New Employees in Las Cruces

on December 3, 2013 - 8:30am





SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announce the creation of 200 new jobs at the General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) Las Cruces location. The company, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), will also be adding 20,000 square feet to its existing facility.

“As a leader in the aerospace, health care, and defense industries, we are excited that General Dynamics Information Technology chose Las Cruces as the site of its latest expansion,” Martinez said.

USDA Urges Shoppers to Support Local Businesses

on November 29, 2013 - 10:05am

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner. Courtesy

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner is urging everyone to support local small businesses this Small Business Saturday celebration this week end.

“Please take time to thank the small business owners in your community for their contributions to the local economy by purchasing their products and services,” Brunner said.

His comments coincide with the U.S.

Help Your Community ... Shop Local This Holiday Season

on November 28, 2013 - 9:02am


  • Udall Cosponsors "Small Business Saturday" resolution in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement announcing his cosponsorship of a resolution to designate Nov. 30, 2013, as “Small Business Saturday” and to increase awareness of the importance of locally owned small businesses. On Saturday, Udall will visit Albuquerque small businesses to talk to owners and shoppers about the important role small business plays in our economy.

“Small businesses have been the economic foundation of communities across America since our nation’s

Governor to Light New Mexico State Christmas Tree

on November 27, 2013 - 12:50pm

Christmas candle. Courtesy photo




SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez will participate in the annual lighting of the New Mexico State Christmas Tree Monday in Santa Fe.


The public is invited to attend this event and hot apple cider and biscochitos will be served.


When: Monday Dec. 2, 5:15 p.m.


Where: Southwest corner of State Capitol Grounds, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.49 Million Federal Grant for Innovation Center

on November 27, 2013 - 12:36pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced federal funding to help develop a new high-tech business district in Albuquerque.
STC.UNM, the technology-transfer and economic-development arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM), will receive a $1,498,048 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to go toward the purchase of property to be developed into an innovation center between downtown Albuquerque’s central business district and the University of New Mexico.

Saturday: Udall to Discuss Toy Safety

on November 26, 2013 - 1:05pm


  • Udall, CPSC, UNM to provide tips to help parents avoid hazards, keep kids safe during the holidays

ALBUQUERQUE – As the holiday shopping season begins, parents across New Mexico will head to the stores to buy children’s gifts. Saturday, Nov. 30, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will hold an informational news conference at UNM Children’s Hospital to announce tips that will help parents ensure the toys they buy are safe for their kids. Joining Udall at the event will be Commissioner Marietta Robinson of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Dr.

Governor Proposes $450,000 for Water Emergencies

on November 26, 2013 - 10:37am

Gov. Susana Martinez




Plan Will Help Struggling Communities Ensure Safe and Secure Water Supply


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has announced plans to include in her budget recommendation two new state funds that will support local communities dealing with water emergencies, and help struggling communities come up with sound technical plans for projects and upgrades to prevent such emergencies. Martinez’s proposal seeks to establish a Dry Community Water Emergency Fund and a Technical Assistance Planning Fund.


The Dry Community Water Emergency Fund will

New Mexicans Show Support for Solar Energy at Santa Fe Town Hall

on November 25, 2013 - 6:28am


SANTA FE– On Friday, New Mexicans from Albuquerque to Taos attended Environment New Mexico’s Go Solar, New Mexico! Town Hall to discuss the vital role of solar power in our state, the importance of further developing renewable energy, and the effects of the Public Regulation Commission recent ruling on renewable energy, which effectively cuts in half the quota of solar energy that New Mexico utilities are required to produce.

“We are the second sunniest state in the nation, with 310 days of sunshine per year.


Winter Storm Warnings Across New Mexico

on November 24, 2013 - 8:14am

A blanket of snow covers the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Snow covers the patio of a White Rock home this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports for the Los Alamos area heavy snow at times with a high near 27, south wind around 10 mph and a total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Tonight there is a 50 percent chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 18 and new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Monday there is a 20 percent chance of

NCRTD 'Blue Buses' Not in Service Nov. 28-29

on November 23, 2013 - 10:15am


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Monday, Dec. 2.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba,

'Fast for Families' Calls for Immigration Reform

on November 23, 2013 - 8:43am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


ALBUQUERQUE – In conjunction with the National "Fast for Families" in Washington, D.C., and echo fasts being held across the nation, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico's First Congressional District, faith leaders, local and state elected officials, workers and families impacted by the broken immigration system will fast in Albuquerque after Mass Sunday, Nov. 24.

The fast is being taken to draw attention to the moral crisis and suffering being caused by the broken immigration system.

Participants will fast, as able, in phases during a

Governor Appoints Los Alamos Housing Manager Paul Andrus to Regional Board

on November 23, 2013 - 7:47am

Paul Andrus


Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Paul Andrus of Los Alamos to the Northern Regional Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Andrus has more than 20 years of experience in community development and affordable housing. He serves as Los Alamos County's manager of Housing and Special Projects in the Community and Economic Development Department.

Andrus was hired for the post one year ago, replacing former manager Steve Brugger who took a position with the County of Santa Fe.

Andrus is from Aurora, Colo., has a wife, children and three schnauzers.

Efforts to Designate Columbine-Hondo as Wilderness Continue

on November 23, 2013 - 6:29am

Courtesy/Jan Studebaker


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who serves on the committee, continued their effort to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.

Udall and Heinrich introduced the proposal, S. 776, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, earlier this year. A companion bill, H.R. 1683, was introduced in the House by Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.-03).

The legislation would expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by

Heinrich Votes to End Stalemate on Nominations

on November 23, 2013 - 6:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations, except to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Opposition and obstructionism rather than accountability and deliberation have become far too common in Washington. 

"Today, we put an end to Senate Republicans repeatedly blocking qualified judicial and public service nominees from receiving an up or down vote.

Governor Proposes $2 Million to Boost Water Research

on November 23, 2013 - 6:05am

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled a proposal to invest an additional $2 million to boost water research and innovation in New Mexico.

Addressing the 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference via video, Martinez called on the New Mexico Legislature to allocate $2 million dollars in additional funding to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NMWRRI) during the upcoming legislative session. NMWRRI works to solve New Mexico’s pressing water problems through supporting research projects at New Mexico’s colleges and universities.

“Earlier this week I

Winter Storm Warning

on November 22, 2013 - 7:03am

NWS News:

615 AM MST FRI NOV 22 2013



Outdoor Advertising Hearings Scheduled

on November 22, 2013 - 6:33am

NMDT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will hold two additional public hearings next month to receive oral and written public comment on Rule Number 18.21.5 NMAC, New Mexico Department of Transportation Outdoor Advertising Requirements. 

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to establish procedures and standards for all off-premises outdoor advertising in New Mexico including the use of changeable electronic variable message signs, to amend the current fee structure, to update and clarify the rule where necessary, including definitions and permit-related


Governor Proposes $112 Million Capital Investment in Water Infrastructure

on November 22, 2013 - 6:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE-Governor Susana Martinez today proposed a $112 million capital investment in New Mexico’s water infrastructure. This investment amounts to approximately 60 percent of the capital outlay funding that will be available when the New Mexico Legislature convenes in January.

Martinez’s proposal prioritizes water investments in communities that are in danger of going dry, or struggling with poor water quality, as well as water projects such as watershed and dam rehabilitation to help communities survive and thrive economically.


Luján Honors Native American Code Talkers

on November 22, 2013 - 6:14am
Members of the Pueblo of Acoma at the National Museum of the American Indian during the presentation of medals to representatives of the Code Talkers. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined members of the Pueblo of Acoma - including tribal leaders, veterans, and family members of Code Talkers - at the National Museum of the American Indian Thursday.

Luján released the following statement after Native American Code Talkers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in World War I and II:

Democrat Lawrence Rael Joins Race for Governor

on November 22, 2013 - 6:09am

Lawrence Rael

Staff Report

Joined by his wife, Kim, and their three children, Lawrence Rael announced Wednesday his candidacy for governor of New Mexico in 2014 in Santa Fe.

Rael serves as the president of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. He has been chief administrative officer of Albuquerque, deputy secretary of Transportation for the State of New Mexico and director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, serving Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance and Sandoval counties.

He issued the following statement to the press:

My life has been shaped by the goodness and decency of New