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Additional Evacuations Ordered For Diego Fire Area

on June 30, 2014 - 7:05pm


Smoke from the Diego Fire seen from Los Alamos a short while ago. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The communities of Wetherall Estates and Dunlap Spring are being evacuated along with Jarosa. An evacuation shelter has been established at the Rural Events Center in Abiquiu, located near the junction of High Way 84 and State Road 554.

Fire crews are fighting the 1,000 plus acre Diego Fire, which is burning southeast of Coyote.

Significant Shift to Weather Pattern Coming

on June 30, 2014 - 10:39am



NWS News:


The National Weather Service (NWS) in Abluquerque reports that the hot and mostly dry conditions of late will be abruptly altered.


  • Type – Hot and mostly dry period coming to an end with significant increase in showers/storms.
  • Timing – Today through Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Location – All of northern and central New Mexico.

Key Impacts:

  • Hot and mostly dry conditions today with potential for strong downburst winds from dry T-storms this afternoon.
  • Strong back door cold front to bring gusty winds over eastern New Mexico tonight. Strong winds will be channeled

Udall Secures Resources for N.M. Wildfire Prevention, Border Security, FLETC in DHS Appropriations Bill

on June 28, 2014 - 8:08am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Appropriations Committee June 26 in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding to protect New Mexico’s border, ensure our ports of entry operate smoothly and address the use of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia to detain women and children in removal proceedings.

Udall also included an amendment that would help New Mexico communities prevent serious wildfires.

Ten New Mexico Businesses Win 2014 VAF Awards

on June 28, 2014 - 7:43am

Purple Adobe Lavender Farm owners Elizabeth and Roger Inman. Courtesy photo 


Ten New Mexico businesses headquartered in Abiquiu, Albuquerque, Alcalde, Santa Fe and Taos have been named winners of the 2014 Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards.

VAF was initiated in 2006 by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), to stimulate the economy by supporting growth-oriented companies. 

“Since the VAF was initiated in 2006, Los Alamos National Security has invested approximately $3 million in 49 New Mexico businesses,” said

Heinrich on Immigration Reform: A Year of Inaction

on June 28, 2014 - 7:33am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement June 27 calling on House Republicans to act on the Senate bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the Senate one year ago:

"After a vigorous public debate last year, the Senate passed a common-sense proposal to reform our country's immigration policies.

Council Adopts New Health Care Assistance Policy

on June 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

County Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne addresses Council questions with the Health Care Assistance Policy during today's noontime Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Social Services Division Manager Kim Gabaldon discusses the Indigent Fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor Pete Sheehey speaks indepth about the County's Indigent Fund and requests that safeguards be included to protect those in need. Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and others commend Sheehey for delving into the complicated issue and sharing his knowledge. Photo by Carol A.

Senate Votes to Improve Training & Education for New Mexico Workers, Job Seekers

on June 27, 2014 - 8:29am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. joined the Senate in voting 95-3 to pass a bipartisan bill that will help New Mexico workers get updated workforce and skills training to better enable them to compete for new jobs and career advancement.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives soon, will also help employers find the qualified workers they need to grow and expand their businesses.

"This bill is a critical investment in New Mexico’s workforce,” Udall said.

Heinrich Votes For Bill To Improve NM Workforce Programs

on June 27, 2014 - 7:57am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bipartisan bill to improve existing federal workforce development programs in New Mexico.

"It is critical now more than ever to equip New Mexicans with the tools they need to compete in today's job market," Heinrich said. "This bill helps update and streamline some of New Mexico's federal workforce development programs, which means more training and education opportunities for job seekers or those looking to sharpen their skills.

NBA Draft Prospect Alex Kirk Thanks Los Alamos

on June 26, 2014 - 5:18pm
2014 NBA Draft Prospect Alex Kirk expressed his appreciation to the people of Los Alamos during an interview today at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos native Alex Kirk, center, with former Lobos athlete Emmanuel Negedu and his father Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan Kirk today outside the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Native Alex Kirk will go down in history as the first player ever to make it to the NBA Draft who

Bandelier Announces Artist in Residence

on June 26, 2014 - 2:07pm
Cliffs at the Tsankawi section of Bandelier by Bandelier Artist in Residence David Halpern. Courtesy/David Halpern

Bandelier Artist in Residence photographer David Halpern


Bandelier National Monument is very pleased to announce that, for the first time since 1983, the park will have an artist in residence, photographer David Halpern.  

“We are very happy to have a photographer with Mr. Halpern’s talent, experience, and background, and look forward to the activities he will be offering to the public.” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

NM Counties Land $37 Million in PILT Payments

on June 26, 2014 - 7:54am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted more than $37 million that New Mexico counties are receiving through the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for Fiscal Year 2014. 

Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewel announced that 32 local governments throughout New Mexico are receiving $37,677,905 $3 million more than last year through the program that compensates counties and local governments for non-taxable federal land in their jurisdictions.

"The PILT program provides vital resources for New Mexico's

PEEC and New Mexico PBS Present Science Café: Mysterious Life of Caves

on June 25, 2014 - 8:43am
A caver explores Lechuguilla Cave. Courtesy/PEEC
Fantastic formations inside Lechuguilla Cave. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is once again teaming up with the New Mexico Public Broadcasting System (PBS), to bring to Los Alamos another installation of the popular New Mexico PBS Science Café.

This time the topic will be the mysterious life of caves and will focus on the Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico. The free program is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28 at PEEC.

Lechuguilla Cave, often considered the most beautiful cave in the

'Images of Mary in the New World' Exhibit Opens at New Mexico History Museum June 29

on June 25, 2014 - 8:34am

Scene from 'Tatoo Nation.' Courtesy photo

NMHM News:

A new exhibit, “Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World” opens June 29 at the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) in Santa Fe, with an array of special events planned throughout the summer and fall.

Events include:

Saturday, July 19, 1-3 p.m., Printing Our Lady, Gathering Space. Free with admission. Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily. Bring the family and print a historic image of Our Lady on a replica medieval press.


UPDATE: Endangered Person Alert

on June 24, 2014 - 11:16am

Baron Holloway

Update: The NMDPS just annouced that Baron Holloway and Frances Hidalgo have an ongoing releationship. He is 34, from Belen, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 215 pounds, green eyes and brown hair. He drives a white Dodge Magnum. This was reported as a forcible abduction. A warrant has been or will be obtained for his arrest.



MISSING: Frances Hidalgo, 25, was last seen June 20 in Belen.

Frances Hidalgo

She is believed to have been abducted and may be traveling with a man in a white Dodge Magnum.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hidalgo is urged to contact

Launch of VA Open Burn Pit Registry Helps Veterans Get Needed Care

on June 24, 2014 - 7:28am

Msgt. Jessey Baca


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which he was instrumental in creating through bipartisan legislation.

Similar to the Agent Orange and Gulf War registries, the burn pit registry will enable the VA to track service members and veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Heinrich Cosponsors Net Neutrality Legislation

on June 24, 2014 - 7:14am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to ensure an open Internet, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. cosponsored S. 2476, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, a bill that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish rules that prohibit preferential treatment or prioritization of Internet traffic.

The legislation would ensure that start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and consumers can access all content on the Internet equally.

"New Mexicans have made it clear that they want to protect net neutrality,"

Special Camp Promotion for Northern New Mexico Girls

on June 24, 2014 - 7:10am


Several upcoming camp sessions at Camp Elliott Barker in Angel Fire are being offered at a drastically reduced rate for Northern New Mexico girls. Camp sessions are available for $150 – about half the regular cost.

This promotion is available first come, first served, and while space allows. Girls do not have to be members of the Girl Scouts to participate.

Luján Writes to DOJ on Veterans Treatment at Albuquerque VA Facility

on June 24, 2014 - 7:07am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District wrote a letter Monday to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General Eric Holder concerning reports of mismanagement at the Albuquerque Veterans Affairs (VA) facility and mistreatment of veterans.

In the letter, Luján highlights the similarities in problems that have been exposed in Phoenix and in Albuquerque and the fact that DOJ is actively investigating the Phoenix VA facility, and should consider expanding its investigation to Albuquerque if necessary.

Below is the text of the

Breaking News: Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster To Lead Bloomfield PD

on June 23, 2014 - 5:31pm
New Bloomfield Police Chief Randy Foster
Los Alamos Daily Post
Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster has been hired as chief of the Bloomfield Police Department. He is replacing retired Police Chief Michael R. Kovacs.

Foster, 38, was recently selected out of a national pool of 48 applicants as one of the top three finalists for Santa Fe police chief. Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia got the job and last Friday, Bloomfield City Manager David Fuqua contacted Foster and offered him the police chief position in Bloomfield.

"He was the best - it's

FBI Seeks Public's Help In Finding Driver Involved In Fatal Accident In Shiprock

on June 23, 2014 - 11:33am

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a man near Shiprock Sunday night.

The man’s body was discovered at approximately 9:26 p.m. on Mesa Farm Road, about six miles west of Shiprock, on the Navajo Indian Reservation. The location is known locally as the “second wash before the old end of the pavement.”

No vehicle was found at the scene.

The man’s name is being withheld until positive identification can be made.

Investigators would like to talk to anyone who may have been in the area

Tessa Snyder of Los Alamos Receives $25,000 Scholarship

on June 22, 2014 - 10:12am

Tessa Snyder. File photo                   

UNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Leadership Institute will present 29 college-bound students with $25,000 scholarships during a banquet June 28 to celebrate the completion of a year-long leadership program.

The banquet will be on the campus of UNM, in the Student Union Building, Ballroom A. Senior members of the faculty and administration will be in attendance for the graduation. 

The New Mexico Leadership Institute is an innovative five-year program targeting New Mexico high school juniors who have demonstrated a particular aptitude for

President Urged to End Bulk Collection of Phone Records

on June 22, 2014 - 8:01am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged President Obama to take immediate steps, while Congress works to pass true surveillance reform, to end the ongoing bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

The senators, who all serve on the U.S.

Los Alamos Democrats Attend Unity Breakfast in Santa Fe

on June 21, 2014 - 10:50am

Five Los Alamos members of the State Central Committee attending a Democratic Unity Breakfast in Santa Fe this morning took the opportunity to pose for a photo with Attorney General Gary King, the Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico. From left, Mike Wheeler, Michael Redondo, Robyn Schultz, King, Phil Gursky and Cathy Chapman. Courtesy photo

Sen. Jacob Candelaria to Join FCC Chairman and Youth at Net Neutrality, Tech Policy Roundtable

on June 21, 2014 - 8:03am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria


Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Bernalillo will join Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and local youth for a roundtable discussion on net neutrality, the recent telecommunications mergers and other related technology issues affecting New Mexicans. The panel is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque.

The event titled, “Nuestras Voces/Our Voices: A Youth Dialogue with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler,” is hosted by the Media Literacy Project and Digital Justice Coalition of New