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Udall to Honor Veterans Monday

on November 7, 2013 - 7:49am

U.S. SENATE News:

Monday, Nov. 11, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will honor and celebrate New Mexico's veterans during the 28th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences.

Udall will offer the keynote address at the ceremony. Afterward, he will visit with residents and join Lori Montgomery, director of the State Veterans' Home, to discuss the facility's expansion project.  

Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, is the author or cosponsor of a number of bills to ensure service

Heinrich Secures Comprehensive Sportsmen's Package

on November 7, 2013 - 7:34am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, cosponsored the Sportsmen's and Public Outdoor Recreation Traditions (SPORT) Act, a comprehensive sportsmen's legislative package that includes two of Senator Heinrich's sponsored bills: the Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act and a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

Taos County Historical Society Holds Reception and Signing for ‘Taos: A Topical History’

on November 7, 2013 - 7:26am

TCHS News:

In the 1950s Frank Waters observed, “For a tiny hinterland community that has never heard the whistle of a train, (Taos's) impact has been exceeded by a few metropolitan communities.”

Surprisingly, the last full-length book to attempt the history of this storied town is Blanch C. Grant's 1934 When Old Trails Were New. That was almost 80 years ago. Now, there is a new book that fills the need for a substantial new account of this place, where three cultures–Tiwa, Spanish and Anglo–have shared land, water, and traditions continuously for at least 700 years.

In six parts and 25

No RTD Blue Buses on Veterans Day

on November 6, 2013 - 10:11am

Blue Buses. Courtesy/NCRTD

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. 

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Comments Sought On State Transportation Improvement Program

on November 6, 2013 - 8:25am

NMTD News:

SANTA FE The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s second amendmentto the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program.

The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).

The NMDOT has posted the 2014-2017 STIP amendment on the internet asking for public comment until Dec.

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Los Alamos Aquatomics Swimmer Sets State Record!

on November 5, 2013 - 9:12am
Ming-Yuan Lo, 8, of the Los Alamos Aquatomics set state record in the 100 yard butterfly Saturday. Courtesy photo
AQUATOMICS News:
Ming-Yuan Lo, 8, of the Los Alamos Aquatomics set a New Mexico State record in the 100 yard butterfly Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Lobo Holiday Classic swimming meet in Albuquerque.
Lo’s time of 1:17.21 shattered the previous record of 1:23.75 set by James Zamora in February 2009. Lo's feat was particularly remarkable as his record came while he was swimming the event for the first time. His time places him in the top 20 in the United States for his age this year.

Winter Weather Advisory

on November 4, 2013 - 8:47pm

NWS News:

...A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON MST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON MST TUESDAY.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...TRAVEL COULD BECOME DIFFICULT DUE TO WET SNOW AND SLUSHY CONDITIONS ALONG N.M. 4 BETWEEN LA CUEVA TO LOS ALAMOS AND ALONG HIGHWAY 84 BETWEEN TIERRA AMARILLA TO THE COLORADO BORDER.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES BELOW 7,500 FEET AND 3 TO 6  INCHES ABOVE 7,500 FEET.

Quality New Mexico Targets Performance Excellence

on November 3, 2013 - 12:01pm
QNM Chair Bill Wadt of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Quality New Mexico Targets Performance Excellence
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bill Wadt of Los Alamos is chairman of the Board of Quality New Mexico (QNM.) He stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post’s downtown headquarters recently to talk how about the non-profit organization helps businesses achieve performance excellence.

“QNM is 20 years old and has always had strong bipartisan support,” Wadt said. “Through Executive Order, Gov.

Lujan Grisham Honors New Mexico Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders

on November 3, 2013 - 9:44am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. PrintScreen photo

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M. Dist. 1, spoke on the House floor Wednesday to honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officials and first responders in the wake of the recent shootings of police officers in New Mexico. Below is a transcript of her remarks and a link to the video.

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and thank the brave men and women in law enforcement who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.

"In the past week alone, seven law enforcement officials in

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Key Proposal for NM Water Source Development Draws Legislative Panel Interest

on November 3, 2013 - 8:49am

Courtesy/APR

APWP News:

  • Augustin Plains Ranch Water Project Holds Potential to Supply Middle Rio Grande Valley With Abundant Water for Centuries

LAS CRUCES — In response to a positive hearing with the New Mexico State Drought Sub-Committee in Las Cruces in October, Augustin Plains Ranch Project Director Michel Jichlinski released the following statement:

“We are very encouraged to hear that key leaders in the Legislature and in other areas of water law and policy in New Mexico view our proposal as viable, deserving of further investigation, and in need of an active role by the State.

Udall, Heinrich Back End To Dragnet Collection Of Phone Data

on November 2, 2013 - 7:30am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are backing legislation that seeks to restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records and requiring greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities. 

"In 2001, I voted against the Patriot Act because I believed it was hastily written and had the power to undermine the constitutional rights of our citizens.

Governor and Comcast Kick-Off Year Three of Broadband Access Program

on November 2, 2013 - 6:39am

Governor Susana Martinez

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE ─ Gov. Susana Martinez joined former NFL coach Tony Dungy and Comcast officials Thursday morning to announce the continuation of a program that provides low-cost broadband internet access to qualified families with school-age children.

The program, now in its third year, has already helped more than 4,000 families in New Mexico bridge the digital divide. 

The two most important groups of people in a child's education are their teachers and engaged parents, Martinez said.

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Bernalillo County Man Dies of Plague

on November 1, 2013 - 9:00pm

NMDOH News:
  • Fourth New Mexico Plague Case in 2013

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health announced today a fatal case of plague in an 80-year-old Bernalillo County man. Confirmatory testing was performed at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division.

This is the fourth human case of plague in New Mexico and in the United States this year. An environmental investigation by the Urban Biology Division of the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department will take place at the man’s home to look for ongoing risk to others in the surrounding area.  

“The Department of

Town Hall Meetings Gather Community Input On Education

on November 1, 2013 - 11:22am
Members of the panel at the Santa Fe Town Hall Meeting on Education held Wednesday. From left, Ryan Ross, a Los Alamos elementary school teacher; Stephanie Duran, Santa Fe parent of two school-age boys; Kersti Tyson, assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico; Bernice Garcia Baca a school counselor and president of the National Education Association - New Mexico, which represents Santa Fe educators; and Randy Mondragon, a Santa Fe school bus driver. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com.
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

A group of 40-50

Veterans Day Events Across The State

on November 1, 2013 - 8:17am

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Heinrich: FISA Improvements Act Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect American Privacy Rights

on November 1, 2013 - 7:59am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was one of four senators to vote against the FISA Improvements Act citing that the bill did not go far enough in curbing the bulk collection of law-abiding Americans' private records:

"This bill falls short of implementing necessary reforms to balance the government's need to keep our nation safe with protecting our civil liberties.

'Udall Serving YoU' Office Hours in Los Alamos

on October 31, 2013 - 11:22am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SANTA FE – A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be holding two "Udall Serving YoU" office hours sessions for Los Alamos and Taos area residents who need help with federal agencies.
 
Staff will be available at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 and staff also will be vailable at the Ancianos Senior Center in Taos at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. Residents are encouraged to stop by for assistance.
 
“If you need assistance with a federal agency, my staff will guide you through the process and do what they can to help,” Udall

NMFRW Elects Officers at 37th Biennial Convention

on October 31, 2013 - 10:16am
The 37th Biennial Convention of the New Mexico Federation of Republican  Women (NMFRW) was held Oct. 18-20 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid. New officers elected for 2014-2015 at the convention include  from left, Jo Mitchell and Delaine Berry (members at large), 2nd Vice President Vickie Kneemeyer, President Krista Edwards, 1st VP JoAnn Johnson, Secretary Frances Fernandes, 3rd VP Geraldine Sanchez and Treasurer JoHanna Cox. Courtesy photo
 
The Los Alamos delegation attending the 37th biennial Convention include from left, Mary Wilhoit, JoAnn Johnson, Norma Tech, Kelly Benner, Terry

USDA Has Best Year Ever in NM Home Loans

on October 31, 2013 - 9:32am

Zuni Pueblo Self Help Groundbreaking. Courtesy/USDA

Sundland Park home construction. Courtesy/USDA

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today his agency set a record in the number of home loans produced in the 2013 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

In making the announcement Brunner said, “In the last five years USDA increased the number of home loans and grants made across the state. We attribute this success to excellent staff work and the development of community partners that help us deliver our programs deeper into rural communities.”

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New Online Resources Helps Parents Boost Student Literacy Skills

on October 30, 2013 - 9:49am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE– Gov. Susana Martinez has announced new resources to help parents reinforce strong literacy skills with their children. The "New Mexico Reads to Lead!" website, LiteracyNewMexico.org, includes monthly calendars with daily reading activities, recommended reading lists for every grade level and many other resources available in English, Spanish and Diné. Parents and educators can also utilize the website to create school-wide reading events titled "Readers Raise the Roof."

"A strong partnership between a student’s parents and their teachers results

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President’s Disaster Declaration

on October 30, 2013 - 9:22am

STATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that President Obama has declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico and Santa Clara Pueblo for the severe storms and flooding from Sept. 9-22. 

 

The declaration means the president has ordered federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts.

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Paint Spill Removal Underway at Bandelier

on October 30, 2013 - 8:31am

Construction crew digging up dirt soiled with paint and hauling it down to N.M. 4. Courtesy/NPS

Trees will be left to naturally shed the layer of paint. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

San Bar Construction Corporation continues work to remove paint associated with a September 2012 vehicle accident within Bandelier National Monument’s boundary. Crews began work last Monday and are expected to continue into this week. There will be no road closures during removal operations.

The paint spill is a result of a tractor-trailer accident that occurred Sept.

Teacher Unions Host Town Hall Today

on October 30, 2013 - 8:05am
COMMUNITY News:
 
The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association - unions who represent teachers have scheduled a Town Hall meeting at 6-7 p.m. today at Capital High School in Santa Fe.
 
Los Alamos community members and parents are invited to share in the discussion of teacher evaluations, issues with education and possible solutions.  

Free Guided Field Trip to Visit Southwest Jemez Mountains Restoration Project

on October 28, 2013 - 2:52pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest is hosting two free field trips 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nov. 8-9 for the public to learn about restoration efforts planned for the Southwest Jemez Mountains. The field trips include travel to various locations in the forest and hear from specialists engaged in managing this intricate and complex landscape. 

All are welcome but reservations are required. Spaces are limited and it is first come, first served. Following your confirmed reservation, you will receive detailed instructions on meeting time and location.

Bandelier Volunteer George Best Gives Back

on October 28, 2013 - 6:24am

George Best. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

George Best may be retired but he still has a job. Every Monday, he dons a uniform and heads to Bandelier National Monument to work as a volunteer.

Best, 93, provides assistance to the staff at the visitor center, which includes answering questions and greeting visitors as they disembark the shuttle buses. Additionally, Best said he walks the trails to answer questions as well as point out archeological features. He added he also keeps an eye out for anyone who needs help.

Best has a lot of history with Bandelier; he first traveled to

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