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National Forest Christmas Tree Cutting Permits Begin Nov. 25

on November 22, 2013 - 5:57am


USFS News:

Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos, and Las Vegas will begin selling Christmas Tree cutting permits Nov. 25.

Trees may be cut between Nov.25 and Dec. 24. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving Day, please purchase your permit ahead of time, because all Forest Service offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Cost is $10 per tree (up to 10 feet). For trees taller than 10 feet, an additional permit must be purchased. The tags are also good to dig up a living tree.

For Christmas tree maps, guidelines, Forest

FBI Seeks Help Finding Whoever Threw Explosive Device at Probation-Parole Office

on November 21, 2013 - 6:24pm

FBI News:

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Albuquerque Police Department are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons who threw an improvised explosive device in front of the New Mexico Probation-Parole Division Office, 3010 Monte Vista Blvd NE, Albuquerque today, Nov. 21, 2013.

The device did not explode, and nobody was injured. The incident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. and the APD Bomb Squad rendered the device safe.

Anybody with information on this incident is asked to contact the Albuquerque FBI at 505.889.1300 (24 hours) or

First Significant Snowfall Heading This Way

on November 21, 2013 - 5:02pm


NWS News:

This afternoon's National Weather Service briefing slides indicate Los Alamos should start feeling and seeing the impacts of its first significant snowfall of the year. 

Beginning with drizzle and freezing rain, sleet and snow tonight into Friday morning, and continuing off and on Friday with an expected 1-2 inches. Saturday should demonstrate precipitation mostly in the form of snow with another 5-7 inches as the brunt of this system hits. 

Sunday also will be an off/on day of snow, sleet and drizzle, and the Monday morning commute could prove challenging as

Free Days and Christmas Tree Sales Highlight Valles Caldera's Winter Calendar

on November 21, 2013 - 9:38am

Snowshoeing on the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/VCNP

Horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides offer visitors an hour long excursion through the Valles Caldera's winter landscape. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

Jemez Springs – Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sleigh rides highlight a full calendar of activities and events at the Valles Caldera National Preserve this winter. In addition, two free trail access days will be offered. Dogs are permitted on the K9 Trail and non-groomed areas.

Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Valle Grande Staging Area.

NMDOT Ready For Winter Storm

on November 21, 2013 - 9:16am

State snow plow. Courtesy/NMDOT


Santa Fe – New Mexico’s first wave of winter weather is on our doorstep and the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to assure the public that our crews are on standby and ready to go. 

Snowplows and trucks that apply salt and cinder to icy roads are loaded and ready. Crews will work around the clock to clear roads and assist where needed.

“The Department of Transportation is prepared for the storm and asks all motorists to be safe,” said NMDOT Deputy Secretary of Highway Operations Anthony Lujan.

The NMDOT’s Traffic Management Center

Heinrich Challenges Effectiveness of Dragnet Surveillance Program in NSA Court Case

on November 20, 2013 - 9:52am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today challenged the effectiveness of the National Security Agency's bulk phone records collection program.

The senators' amicus curiae brief, filed in the First Unitarian Church vs. National Security Agency U.S. District Court case, questioned a central premise of the government's argument.

Ben Lujan Honored Posthumously

on November 20, 2013 - 9:07am

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico Voices for Children is honoring four exceptional people at its annual Spirit of Hope Awards Ceremony this weekend. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan will be honored posthumously with the Alice King Public Service Award. Frank Sanchez, who is known, among other things, as one of the lead plaintiffs in New Mexico’s first successful Voting Rights Act lawsuit, will receive the Patty Jennings and Polly Arango Citizen Advocacy Award.

 “Speaker Lujan really embodied the spirit of what a citizen legislator should be,” said Veronica C.

LANL Community Leaders' Breakfast Draws Crowd

on November 20, 2013 - 8:52am
Influential people from around northern New Mexico gathered at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe Tuesday for the LANL Community Leaders' Breakfast. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists were seated at each table to share their research in a wide variety of areas. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with Director Kurt Steinhaus of LANL's Community Programs Office, was among legislators from across the state in attendance at Tuesday's breakfast event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Alan Bishop, LANL Principal Associate Director

Educators Wear Black in Statewide Day of Action to Take Back Joy of Learning

on November 20, 2013 - 8:41am
By Charles Goodmacher
NEA-New Mexico UniServ
Research, Communication & Government Relations

Today is the statewide day of action in New Mexico to take back the joy of learning, time for teaching and professionalism in public education.

In schools across New Mexico, education employees will wear black to express outrage against the Governor’s policies that are failing our schools, our students and our state, including the new teacher evaluation system which is largely based on standardized test scores.

I-25 Southbound Lane Closures

on November 19, 2013 - 9:48am


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Geotechnical Section will begin sampling material on upper La Bajada Hill off of the I25 southbound shoulders from the Waldo Exit (MP 267) to the Cochiti Exit (MP 265). 

The sampling and testing of material will start Wednesday, Nov. 20 and continue over the next few days. There will be intermittent right lane and left lane closures Wednesday through Friday. The lane closures will be in effect 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the work is anticipated to be completed by Friday, Nov. 22, weather permitting.   

NMDOT urges

Governor to Propose Substantial Capital Investment in New Mexico’s Water Infrastructure

on November 19, 2013 - 8:41am

Gov. Susana Martinez




SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will propose a substantial capital investment in water infrastructure throughout New Mexico.


Several statewide and community groups working to improve New Mexico’s water and business environment will join Martinez for this announcement, which will address dire needs in water infrastructure across New Mexico in the face of historic drought and unprecedented wildfires and floods.


Texting While Driving ... Lethal Distraction

on November 19, 2013 - 7:05am


Gov. Susana Martinez is encouraging New Mexico’s teenagers to prevent fatal motor vehicle accidents by not texting and driving.

Martinez’s announcement comes during “National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 21 percent of teenagers in fatal crashes were killed because of drivers distracted by cell phone use.

“I’m challenging New Mexico’s teenagers to take the lead in setting an example for our fellow drivers not only here in New Mexico, but across the country, by pledging not to text while driving.

Thirteen Organizations Honored with 2013 New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards

on November 18, 2013 - 3:22pm

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico, Administrator of the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards (NM Executive Order 2012-003), announces 13 recognition recipients including eight Piñon Recognition and five Roadrunner Recognition. There was no Zia Award Recipient in 2013. 

“I’m delighted to announce the 2013 New Mexico Performance Excellence Award Recipients,” said Julia Gabaldon, President/CEO of Quality New Mexico. "These organizations have made a commitment to provide the best service/product to their customers and to be role model organizations in our state.”

The New Mexico

New Mexico Volunteers Are Needed for Community Free Tax Help Programs

on November 18, 2013 - 1:19pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX - Helping in either the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs can be rewarding while serving a vital role in your local community.

The VITA and TCE programs offer free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income, senior citizens, persons with disability, those who have limited English proficiency and others who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. In the majority of the free tax help sites, taxpayers can get one-on-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes for them.


FBI Seeking Matthew Maley on Federal Drug Charges

on November 18, 2013 - 10:42am

Matthew Duke Maley is on the lam and the FBI is asking the public's help in finding him. He is considered armed and dangerous so do not approach him but rather call the Albuquerque FBI at 505.889.1300 (24 hours). Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is asking for the public's help in locating Matthew Duke Maley, 46, of Tucson, Ariz., who is wanted on federal drug charges and has ties to New Mexico, California, Colorado, Texas and Nevada, besides Arizona. 

Maley is a white male, 6'1" tall, approximately 180-190 pounds, bald, with hazel eyes.

Rep. Garcia Richard Advocates for Veterans

on November 17, 2013 - 10:57am
Dist. 43 Representative

As some of you may know, I am a proud daughter of a World War II Veteran. My father’s service overseas and later back home helped shape my siblings and me. My Dad made sure I understood the value in dedicating one’s life to service, to protect and respect the rights of all Americans. My father and the millions of other men and women who willingly sacrifice for our rights are a driving force behind my determination to be a voice for the people in public office. 

One of the things I enjoy most about being a State Representative are the

Strong Winds & Mountain Snow on the Way

on November 16, 2013 - 12:34pm


NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports that a potent upper level disturbance is bringing accumulating snow to the higher terrain, then jet stream to strengthen and bring strong and potentially damaging winds.

Timing Through Sunday Morning.

Location –  Snow impacts Northern Mountains; Wind impacts area wide, but most significant eastern slopes of the Central Mountain Chain, Adjacent Highlands and East Central Plains.

Key Impacts:

  • West winds 40 to 50 mph with some gusts near 60 mph Saturday through early Sunday east slopes of the Central Mountain

Valles Caldera Modifies Hunt Lotteries

on November 16, 2013 - 10:55am

VCNP News:

  • New Format Expected to Boost Participant Numbers

JEMEZ SPRINGS - The Valles Caldera Trust has made dramatic changes to its elk and turkey hunt lotteries, which are expected to deepen the pool of applicants during these difficult economic times.

The Trust will combine a reduction in lottery application fees with a one ticket per hunt code purchase limit to attract more participants. The Trust will also eliminate multiple-ticket discount purchases. The changes are effective immediately and will apply to the 2014 hunting seasons.

“In the past, every ticket had an equal chance of

Bill Expanding White Sands Missile Range Clears Key Committee

on November 16, 2013 - 6:30am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, a bill sponsored by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Tom Udall, D-N.M., and John Cornyn, R-TX, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss cleared the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Earlier this year Heinrich, a member of the committee, along with Senators Udall and Cornyn, introduced the bipartisan proposal that represents a three-party agreement between the two military installations and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

"This expansion to White Sands Missile Range is critical to

Udall Introduces Bill to Prevent Stormwater Pollution

on November 16, 2013 - 6:24am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

 U.S. SENATE News:          

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a bill to reduce the leading cause of water pollution nationwide, while creating jobs and supporting infrastructure and neighborhood redevelopment. 

Polluted stormwater runoff is caused when rain or snow flows over roads, roofs, parking lots and other surfaces, picking up toxic chemicals and sediment and carrying them to rivers and streams. The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 would encourage the use of innovative and economic approaches to

Holiday Superblitz Begins This Weekend

on November 15, 2013 - 8:39am


SANTA FE – Buckle up, watch your speed and don’t drink and drive. The State of New Mexico’s Holiday Superblitz gets underway today.

During this time, law enforcement agencies from across the state, including local, state and tribal, will be out in force conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, seatbelt enforcement, speeding enforcement and looking for other traffic safety violations. 

This crackdown coincides with the holidays, since drunk driving crashes increase significantly during this time of the year. 

“Let’s make this holiday season a time where law

Governor to Propose Streamlining Licensure for Nurses Relocating to New Mexico

on November 13, 2013 - 9:14am


Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will announce at 10 a.m. today a proposal to make New Mexico more competitive for nursing professionals by streamlining the process for nurses licensed in other states to become licensed in New Mexico. 

Martinez also will talk about her efforts to recruit more nurse practitioners to New Mexico from states like Texas, Oklahoma and Utah, where restrictions on nurse practitioners are higher than they are in our state.

FBI Asks If Anybody Recognizes 'Jimmy'

on November 12, 2013 - 10:20pm

Clues to the identity of this man believed to call himself 'Jimmy' include a residence with a distinct plaid chair, male pattern baldness on the back of his head, and a ring on his right ring finger. Submit tips to the FBI at Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

  • FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Suspected Child Sexual Predator

The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child.

IMPORTANT: There are no specific details linking the suspect to New Mexico, a

Chamisa's Carolyn Torres Named New Mexico Teacher of the Year!

on November 12, 2013 - 10:27am

Carolyn Torres is surrounded by her Chamisa Elementary School third grade students at a surprise assembly this morning at which Superintendent Gene Schmidt made the exciting announcement that Torres has been named New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Torres was named Los Alamos Teacher of the Year in May and now becomes the New Mexico nominee for National Teacher of the Year. Torres teaches science and math to all third graders at Chamisa in addition to serving as a third grade homeroom teacher. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Carolyn Torres of Chamisa Elementary School has been named

American Legion Hosts Boys/Girls State Dinner

on November 11, 2013 - 9:21am

American Legion Post 90 Cmdr. Bill Cooper congratulates Boys State Delegate Daniel Ahrens. Photo by Leland Lehman/

County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, left, introduced by Post 90 Cmdr. Bill Cooper. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report

A Boys and Girls State dinner was hosted Saturday by the American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. The 2013 Delegation to Boys State including Daniel Ahrens, Jeremy Goettee and Esteban Summers and Girls State delegates Marie Trujillo and Rachel Barthel and their parents were honored during the special event.