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Los Alamos Teachers Overwhelmed, Protest Skandera

on September 11, 2013 - 5:09pm
Los Alamos teachers gathered at the corner of Diamond Drive and Trinity protesting policies of New Mexico Secretary of Education designate, Hanna Skandera, who is in Los Alamos today visiting the Los Alamos Middle School and High School.  Skandera is also giving a speech tonight at the Los Alamos Research Park for the local Republican Party.  Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry explained why the teachers are protesting during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Udall: U.S. Must Keep up Pressure on Russia to Follow Through with Commitment to Secure Syria’s Chemical Weapons

on September 11, 2013 - 11:27am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call Tuesday for the United States to use diplomatic, economic and political pressure to ensure Russia and Syria keep their commitment to surrender Syria’s chemical weapons to the international community for destruction.

He issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech:

“The single greatest reason Bashar al-Assad has been able to remain in power is that he is receiving support from outside governments, including Russia.

Katie's Law Results in New Mexico's 500th DNA Match

on September 11, 2013 - 10:56am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE ─ Jayann Sepich and Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that Katie’s Law has led to the 500th match of DNA data to a criminal case in New Mexico. 

The match came as the DNA  Administrative Center, located in Albuquerque, compiled their final statistics for the month of August.

The Administrative Center notified Jayann Sepich of the milestone Friday, which was also the 10th Anniversary of her daughter Katie Sepich being laid to rest.

New Mexico’s DNA collection law, entitled “Katie’s Law,” is one of the toughest in the country and is named after

Heron Lake Has Water!

on September 11, 2013 - 10:43am

Heron Lake. Courtesy photo

 

By RUTH and DOUG LIER,
Volunteers for Heron Lake special events
 

We enjoyed a beautiful long weekend camping at Heron Lake State Park, a two hour drive north of Los Alamos. Heron Lake has water!

The Park Ranger reports the water level has risen several inches in the past two weeks when they ceased releasing water from the Heron Lake dam into the Chama River flowing into El Vado lake.

The late summer wild flowers are abundant In the park, plenty of water to enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing.

White Rock Visitors Center Wins Design Contest

on September 11, 2013 - 7:11am

White Rock Visitors Center. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The White Rock Visitors Center designed by Mullen Heller Architecture has won the HardieDesign Contest in the Modern Category.

The facility is a prime example of the benefits of James Hardie products engineered for climate.

In a region known for wildfires and monsoons, Mullen Heller designed the White Rock Visitor Center to stand up to dry temperatures and wet climates while maintaining a modern lodge appeal using a combination of HardiePlank and HardieTrim products.

Udall Explains his Opposition to Limited Military Strike on Syria to NM Press

on September 10, 2013 - 11:07am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Staff Report

In a telephone press conference with New Mexico media this morning, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., explained his position opposing a limited military strike on Syria.

“The United States has not yet exhausted all political, economic and diplomatic options,” Udall said. “The administration hasn’t made a case that a limited military strike will deter the use of chemical weapons. If our goal is to save lives, a military strike is not the best response.”

The American people and the international community are not behind the President’s proposed military action, he

Nearly 9,000 NM Homes to Gain Broadband Access

on September 10, 2013 - 7:38am

FCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE ─ Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) allocation of $5.18 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand and improve broadband service to nearly 9,000 New Mexico households.

This announcement follows Udall’s efforts to urge the FCC to free up unused funds that would help close the digital divide between urban areas that have access to high-speed Internet and rural areas that do not.

“Reliable high-speed Internet is critical to leveling the playing field between rural and urban communities,” Udall said.

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts From Sam

on September 9, 2013 - 10:52am
Thoughts From Sam
By SAM BREGMAN
Chairman, NMDP

This past weekend over 500 New Mexico Democrats attended our first “Rising Star” Dinner, which was a sold out extravaganza. Congressman Jaoquin Castro spoke strongly and eloquently about how Democrats are slowly but surely turning America ‘blue.’ The next day, close to 300 Dems attended our Fall SCC meeting which conducted important business, listened to potential 2014 candidates and adjourned early!

The big news was the announcement from Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver-she is running for the Democratic nomination for

Central Labor Council Hosts Labor Day Celebration

on September 9, 2013 - 7:00am
Salt of the Earth performs at Labor Day Celebration in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

CLC News:

The Central Labor Council put on a big Labor Day party in Santa Fe to celebrate the contributions labor made to America.  

Beginning with making a middle class and including vacation and sick days, then establishing the 40 hour work week, abolishing child labor, and making safe conditions of employment, labor has been a huge  group to make America what it is.  

Between 300 and 400 people came to the events.The Salt of the Earth  sang songs and poetry was read.

News Conference on Token Adams' Search/Recovery

on September 7, 2013 - 9:35am

Mountaineer Ranger District shared the following link to the news conference about Token Adams' Search/Recovery: http://www.krqe.com/news/local/search-for-firefighter-enters-into-day-8
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Search and Rescue Find Body of Token Adams

on September 6, 2013 - 10:23pm

U.S. FOREST SERVICE News:

Search and Rescue personnel this morning found the body of the firefighter who went missing Aug. 30 while scouting reports of smoke in the Jemez.

Officials said today that Token Adams, 41, apparently crashed his ATV atop a mesa in a remote area.

Adams leaves behind a pregnant wife and young son.

Letter to the Editor: Keep New Mexico's Special Places Free From Fracking

on September 6, 2013 - 8:05am
By SANDERS MOORE
Environment New Mexico

In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the historic march on Washington, President Obama said “Change does not come from Washington, but to Washington.”

We agree. Last week Americans submitted more than one million comments urging President Obama to protect our national forests, parks, and the drinking water they provide from dirty gas drilling.

Fracking – a dirty and dangerous method of drilling for oil and gas – has wrought widespread environmental damage across the country, including in New Mexico, turning treasured landscapes into industrial

Udall Votes Against Proposal to Use Force in Syria

on September 5, 2013 - 7:32am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., voted in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
 
The resolution passed the committee by a vote of 10-7. The full Senate will consider the resolution by next week.
 
Udall said that while he believed Assad must be deterred from attacking his own citizens, Udall opposed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) because he

Judge Upholds Ruling for Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

on September 4, 2013 - 12:59pm
Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, left, issues a marriage license today to Maria Thibodeau, center, and her partner Janet Newton after being ordered to do so by District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson during a court hearing this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Cameras roll as the judge enters the courtroom this morning to hear the case involving the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler, Junior Attorney Katie Thwaites and Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales look on at right as

U.S. 84/285 Roadwork Continues North of Pojoaque

on September 4, 2013 - 7:53am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2.

The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting, and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County.

On September 3, the northbound traffic on U.S. 84/285 will be detoured onto the newly constructed northbound off ramp and northbound on ramp. The traffic switch will detour travelers off of the main line of U.S.

Attorney for Same Sex Couple Responds to Los Alamos County Clerk's Statement

on September 3, 2013 - 4:39pm

Attorney John Day

Staff Report

Attorney John Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day law firm in Santa Fe issued the following response moments ago on behalf of his clients Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau to the statement issued today by Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover regarding her position on the issuance of same sex marriage licenses.

Stover denied Newton and Thibodeau a marriage license late last month and the couple hired Day to represent them in court action against her.

"We filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in District Court requesting that Judge Sheri Raphaelson order the Los Alamos

Breaking News: Los Alamos County Clerk Opts to Face Judge Regarding Same Sex Marriage Issue

on September 3, 2013 - 3:52pm
 

Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler, center, Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales and Junior County Attorney Katie Thwaits in their conference room this morning have worked on the legal question surrounding the issuance of same sex marriage licenses during the last four days. At the heart of the matter is the fact that the marriage license in State statute has not been updated since 1961. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover has issued the following statement regarding the issuance of same sex marriage licenses:"Last week, Los

Bandelier Superintendent to Give Updates on Monument's Transportation and Fire Management Plans at Sierra Club Sept. 4

on September 3, 2013 - 8:33am
SIERRA CLUB News:
The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus in building 2, room: 220 with guest speaker Superintendent Jason Lott from Bandelier National Monument.
Lott will give an update on the Monument's transportation and fire management plans as well as the most recent flash flood.
 

Experienced Volunteer Ground Personnel Invited to Join Search for Firefighter in Jemez

on September 1, 2013 - 11:47pm

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police is heading up a Search and Rescue (SAR) effort in the Santa Fe Nat’l Forest near Jemez Springs to locate a firefighter, Token Adams, who went missing Friday while conducting size up for a new start in the forest. 

Volunteer SAR is proceeding, and experienced volunteer ground personnel are invited to join in this effort. 

Directions to the ICP are:

  • Head west on Rt. 4
  • Turn right onto 126
  • Turn left onto NF-376
  • Turn left onto NF-604
  • Turn right onto School House Mesa/604
  • Turn left onto Cebollita Springs NF-606 Look for a big clearing with emergency vehicles

NM Public Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera to Speak at Los Alamos Community Dinner

on September 1, 2013 - 9:10am

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Republican Party is sponsoring a community dinner emphasizing public education in New Mexico.

New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera is the guest speaker for the event set for 6 p.m., Sept. 11 in the large conference room at the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road.

Skandera has served as a senior policy advisor and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education. During former President George W.

Locally Heavy Rainfall & Flash Flooding Threat Labor Day Weekend

on August 30, 2013 - 3:48pm
 
NWS News:
 
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque would like to provide you with an update on the forecast of locally heavy rainfall and the potential for flash flooding this Labor Day Weekend. 
 
Due to a high pressure center aloft over our area, storms will be moving very slowly. In addition, a backdoor cold front will usher additional moisture into northeast portions of the state on Sunday then continue westward Sunday night into Monday beyond the central mountain chain.
 
This additional moisture will increase the potential for locally heavy rainfall and resulting flash

Statement from Los Alamos County Clerk

on August 30, 2013 - 3:41pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover

COUNTY News:

The following statement was issued to the media today from Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover:

“Late this morning, Los Alamos County received a complete package of documentation regarding a recent lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County and related order from First Judicial District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson for the Clerk’s office to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Judge Rafaelson’s order stated that I should begin issuing the licenses or appear before her in court on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.

Statewide Lockdown of Jails Underway

on August 30, 2013 - 11:28am

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown on all prison facilities as part of the annual accountability and prisons assessment initiative.

This yearly event of locking down all facilities allows NMCD staff to examine our structures, security measures and policies to ensure our we are operating on the highest level of awareness and security.

"The public has placed their trust in our ability to serve them in a courageous, responsible, ethical, and dedicated way," Marcantel said. "To ensure we are keeping the public safe we must
turn the

More than 300 Cases of Pertussis Reported in New Mexico

on August 30, 2013 - 10:50am

 

NMDOH News:

  • Department of Health Encourages Vaccinations

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that 331 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported in New Mexico in 2013.

“Pertussis is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent pertussis.

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