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Hearing Forces NM Secretary of State to Obey Law

on June 1, 2012 - 12:06am

By Cynthia B. Hall, Candidate for PRC

Chief Judge Barbara Vigil of the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico will hear arguments at 4 p.m. today (May 31) from publicly-funded PRC Candidate Cynthia B. Hall and others concerning whether New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran should release matching funds as required by state law. 

Hall hopes for a decision today on the Temporary Restraining Order and Amended Petition for Writ of Mandamus she filed over the last week. 

This hearing has the potential to remedy the damage the Secretary of State has done to Hall and other

County Sends Letter Supporting Manhattan National Park

on May 31, 2012 - 10:51pm

Los Alamos County has sent a letter of support for the proposed Manhattan National Park to three congressional leaders.

Clear HERE to view the letter.

For more information on the status of the potential Manhattan National Park, read the newsletter story from the Atomic Heritage Foundation:

MP National Historical Park Legislation Moves Ahead

 

Free Shuttle Service Transports Visitors to Bandelier

on May 31, 2012 - 10:44pm

Benches and canopies have been installed in a parking area on Rover Boulevard near N.M. 4 in White Rock for visitors to park their vehicles and wait in the shade for Atomic City Transit to transport them to Bandelier this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

A free shuttle service operated by Atomic City Transit is the only way in which visitors will have access to Bandelier National Monument this summer through November, Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Visitors should park in the designated lot at the intersection of N.M.

Los Alamos Daily Post Launches 'Social' Page

on May 31, 2012 - 9:50pm

Check out the new "Social" page on the Los Alamos Daily Post!

We are now showing the Post's Tweeter and Facebook feeds. On the Post's Tweeter feed you will find retweeted stories that are of interest to Los Alamos.

Retweets are small story blurbs from around Los Alamos, the state of New Mexico and beyond. 

The staff of the Los Alamos Daily Post selects only stories to "retweet" that are likely to be of interest to past and present Los Alamos citizens.

You can click on the links within the retweets to view the full external stories that are described.

It is a great way to see what is

New Mexico Receiving Nearly $1.6 Million for AmeriCorps Jobs

on May 31, 2012 - 8:22am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced Wednesday that New Mexico will receive nearly $1.6 million to support AmeriCorps projects across the state.
 
The AmeriCorps grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will fund more than 282 positions in areas such as education, health and wellness and youth service programs.
 
"AmeriCorps allows members to engage in meaningful public service that will make a lasting difference in New Mexico," Udall said.
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Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Grows to 170,272 Acres

on May 30, 2012 - 10:27pm

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Raging fire is visible from Forest Road 141. Photo by Steven Meister, Mt. Tayloyr Hotshots. Courtesy/USFS Gila National Forest

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire has grown to 170,272 acres, which makes it the largest fire in New Mexico history. Last summer's Las Conchas fire burned 156,293 acres.

The fire has continued to spread in all directions as it remains active on more than 95 percent of the perimeter.

Firefighters are working on the line around the fire to provide the buffer needed to minimize the spread.

Burnout operations on the north side of the

Quality New Mexico Accepting Applications for 2012 NM Performance Excellence Awards

on May 29, 2012 - 9:52pm

QUALITY NEW MEXICO News

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2012 NM Performance Excellence Awards. The awards, which will be awarded next spring, include:

  • Piñon Recognition, commitmentto performance excellence
  • Roadrunner Recognition, progress toward performance excellence
  • Zia Award for Performance Excellence, best-in-class results

Organizations wishing to participate in the awards program must send in an intent to apply form by June 15. It can be obtained at  www.qualitynewmexico.org. 

Applications are due on July 20. 

The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards,

Thousands Cycle Through Red River Rally

on May 29, 2012 - 6:52am

Photo by Gary Warren

Nearly 30,000 motorcycle riders rallied at Red River over the Memorial Day weekend.

The annual springtime event jump starts the tourist season in the Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado region.

Red River is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its scenic location and mild climate.

Centrally located in the north central mountains of New Mexico, Red River is the closest resort area to Texas and Oklahoma, as well as a short drive from Southern Colorado.

At 8,750 feet above sea level, Red River is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Update

on May 27, 2012 - 8:40pm

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Fire Facts:

Date Started: 05/16/2012Number of Personnel: 907 personnel including
Location: Approximately 15 miles E of Glenwood, NM11 hotshot crews, 10 hand crews
Cause: LightningEquipment: 39 Engines, 19 Water Tenders, 6 Dozers
Size: 122,388Aircraft: 5 Helicopters
Percent Contained: 0Injuries to Date: Five

Special Announcement The Gila National Forest has reported a new fire approximately 15 miles northeast of Reserve near Aragon, N.M.

Fire crews and helicopters are providing assistance with initial attack efforts on the Wagon Tongue Fire.

For more information on

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PERA’s $5 Billion Hole Draws Member Concern

on May 26, 2012 - 12:52pm

A room full of PERA members pack into Monday's meeting in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

People jammed into the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) meeting in Santa Fe Monday with many more turned away for lack of space.

The agenda item that drew the massive crowd is proposed cuts and changes to the retirement plan affecting thousands of employees across the state and hundreds in Los Alamos.

PERA’s assets declined by a staggering $6 billion during the global financial market downturn of 2008-09.

Although PERA’s assets have increased since the downturn – a $5

Evacuation of Mogollon Underway

on May 26, 2012 - 9:13am

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News:

Situation:  An evacuation of Mogollon has been ordered by the Catron County Sheriff's Office effective noon today.

Evacuees will be sheltered at the Glenwood Community Center located on Community Center Road with their small pets.

Large animals can be relocated to a temporary animal collection center at the residence of County Commissioner Hube McKeen.

Tony Sciacca’s Southwest Type 1 Fire Management Team has assumed command of the complex as of this morning.

The Incident Command Post is now set up and located at the Reserve Fair Grounds.

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Bandelier Temporary Bridge

on May 25, 2012 - 9:54am

Temporary bridge installed Thursday at Bandelier National Monument. Photo Courtesy.
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N.M. 4 Improvements Reach New Heights

on May 25, 2012 - 9:39am
Workers install tall new streetlights across the street from White Rock Firestation 3 and several more along N.M. 4 this week. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com
A worker installs a banner side-arms on the light pole. White Rock will now have seasonal  banners on its streetlights similiar to Los Alamos. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com
A worm's eye view of a new streetlight installed Thursday in White Rock as part of the N.M. 4 road improvement project. LED lights that have a guaranteed life of five years are being installed. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Information - 5/25/12 AM Update

on May 25, 2012 - 8:30am

NEW MEXICO STATE FORESTRY News

Situation: Incident Command Post relocated to the Reserve Fairgrounds on Thursday. Phone numbers for fire information will be changing and an updated number will be posted as soon as possible. In the interim please call the Reserve Ranger District at (575) 533-6231 for fire information.

The Whitewater Fire (detected on Wednesday, May 16) has merged with the Baldy Fire (detected on Wednesday, May 9), and is now being called the Whitewater-Baldy Complex.

Senators Engage Air Force on Aggressive Kirtland Fuel Spill Cleanup

on May 25, 2012 - 8:21am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are asking the Air Force to partner with county and state authorities to “conduct further scientific and technical analysis” to determine the scope of the Kirtland jet fuel leak and develop contingency plans for the continued safety of the drinking water.
 
The Senators, who met with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers in Washington last week for an update on the plume, wrote to him today in support of the Air Force’s goal to cleanup the spill and ensure the area continues to meet federal drinking
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N.M. House District 43 May Update

on May 24, 2012 - 8:39am

Column by House District 43 Representative Jim Hall

This is the third in my monthly series on “doings” in District 43. 

It will be brief since I submitted previous articles on two major issues this month Opioid Abuse and on Forest Restoration. 

Other activities since the middle of April included a meeting with the Northern New Mexico branch of the National Association of Women Small Business Owners. 

I heard many inspiring stories of successful startups in Northern New Mexico, usually at the cost of many, many hours and great financial risk. 

This was followed by meetings in La

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Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Update

on May 24, 2012 - 7:17am

STATE FORESTRY News:

Situation: Extreme fire behavior has caused the Whitewater and Baldy Fires to combine, creating the Whitewater-Baldy Complex.

Evacuations of the Willow Creek and Mogollon are still in effect. 

Smoke from these fires is clearly visible from the Silver City area and is affecting much of the southern third of New Mexico. 

The fire has now come out of the Gila Wilderness and on to the Gila National Forest in the Willow Creek Subdivision, crossed State Road 159 at Silver Creek Divide and is working its way into Mineral Creek.

  • Incident Name: Whitewater-Baldy Complex
  • Start
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Quality New Mexico Accepting Examiner Applications

on May 23, 2012 - 9:13pm

QUALITY NEW MEXICO News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the Board of Examiners through May 31.

Examiners are volunteers who, working in teams, review applications submitted to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards program, administered by Quality New Mexico.

The awards program recognizes New Mexico business, government, education, health care and nonprofit organizations for their commitment, progress, or achievement in performance excellence.

The program is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, using the same Baldrige Criteria for

Bandelier Extends Public Comment Period

on May 23, 2012 - 8:01pm

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT News

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Bandelier National Monument has extended the public comment period on the management of the Tsankawi Unit to June 15. 

Earlier this month, the park hosted two public meetings on the planning process.

They invited everyone who is interested in the future of Tsankawi to provide input on how best to manage the cultural and natural resources found there.

The Tsankawi Unit is an 826-acre area that is geographically separate from the main portion of Bandelier National Monument. 

Tsankawi is home to more than 150 Ancestral

State's Chief Medical Officer Abruptly Resigns

on May 21, 2012 - 8:27am

By Carol A. Clark

The Los Alamos Daily Post contacted Erin J. Bouquin, MD of Los Alamos after learning that she suddenly resigned her new position as Chief Medical Officer of the New Mexico Department of Health under what appear to be curious circumstances.

Bouquin worked for Cabinet Secretary Catherine Torres who last Monday asked her to do an interview with KOAT Channel 7 for a story on teens engaging in unprotected sex, she said.

Bouquin taped the interview Wednesday morning in Albuquerque.

“It was about sexually transmitted diseases being on the rise among teens in New Mexico,”

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Dignitaries Break Ground on Biological Research Lab

on May 20, 2012 - 1:10pm

Dignitaries break ground Friday for a new research laboratory set to be constructed on property adjacent to the Los Alamos Cooperative Market at 95 Entrada Dr. From left, Dr. Peter Lammers (NMSU faculty), Bill Enloe (LANB), Secreary David Martin (NM Environment Dept.), Kevin Smith (LASO), Charlie McMillan (LANL), Richard Sayer (LANL/NMC), Sen. Tom Udall, Sharon Stover (LA County Council), Fran Berting (LA County Council) and Katherine Chartrand (NMC). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Sen.

House Passes Luján's Lab Mission Amendment

on May 19, 2012 - 11:01am

NNSA News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District offered an amendment Friday to the National Defense Authorization Act, which in response to recent reports, calls for a study about broadening the mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) national laboratories.

The amendment passed with unanimous support.

"Our national labs provide a tremendous resource that is essential to our efforts to spur innovation and economic development, but multiple reports have called attention to the need to expand the labs’ mission in order to

Kiwanis Club 4th of July Celebration Line Up

on May 17, 2012 - 11:55am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club and Los Alamos County have announced the tentative schedule for the annual Fourth of July festivities at Overlook Park. Expect fireworks, food, kid’s activities, skydivers and a much more.

Courtesy photo

Everything kicks off at 2 p.m., Wednesday July 4 at the park. New this year is your chance to win the Best Seat in the House!  Tickets will go on sale mid-June at local businesses around Los Alamos and will also be available the night of the fireworks.

Summer in Taos is Chamber Music Heaven

on May 17, 2012 - 12:08am
 
TAOS SCHOOL OF MUSIC News:
 
CELEBRATE OPUS 50, TAOS SCHOOL OF MUSIC’S 50th ANNIVERSARY
 
 
The Smithsonian calls it the #2 “Best Small Town” in America. Forbes says the “stunningly beautiful mountain community north of Santa Fe” is the #3 “Prettiest Town in America.” 
And we’re here to tell you when it comes to experiencing exquisite chamber music, Taos, New Mexico is #1 by far.
This summer, 19 talented young performers, students from the nation’s leading conservatories, will be in residence for eight weeks.
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Bandelier Offers Spectacular Viewing of Solar Eclipse

on May 16, 2012 - 9:34am

Bandelier National Monument News

Courtesy Poster By Tyler Nordgren

Bandelier National Monument, located in Northern New Mexico, will offer an amazing opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.  “The last solar eclipse in the United States occurred in 1994, this will truly be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

There are 33 national parks positioned for a great view of the eclipse.  At Bandelier, visitors will see an annular eclipse where a thin ring of the sun is visible around the moon.

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