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Udall, Heinrich Urge President to Revise Budget To Address Changes In Design And Operation At WIPP

on June 5, 2014 - 7:51am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urge President Obama to send Congress an amendment to his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget to ensure that the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has the funding it needs to continue implementing the recommendations of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Accident Investigation Boards, including required changes in design and operation.

A fire and radiation release earlier this year have left WIPP closed while the Department of Energy investigates the root cause of the accidents and develops a recovery plan

Rabies Confirmed in Two Bats from Albuquerque’s South Valley

on June 4, 2014 - 11:17pm

Bat. Courtesy/CDC


  • Health Department urges parents to tell children not to handle wild animals and make sure pets are vaccinated

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department announced today two bats from the South Valley of Albuquerque have tested positive for rabies in the last two weeks.

The bats were tested at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division.

The most recent bat tested positive Tuesday and had been found crawling on a woman’s bare foot before she kicked it away.

Eight Candidates Face Off in Los Alamos County Council Race in November

on June 4, 2014 - 12:43pm

Candidates and community members watch election results provided by the County Clerk's Office Tuesday evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The results of Tuesday night's Primary Election leave a field of four Democrats facing Four Republicans in the November race for four available seats on the Los Alamos County Council.

David Izraelevitz drew the largest number of votes among the five Democrats in the race with 1,010 votes. Ed Birnbaum drew the least votes with 627, so will be dropped from the November ballot.

Dist. 43 GOP Candidate Vincent Chiravalle Throws Support to Opponent Geoff Rodgers

on June 4, 2014 - 10:43am
Geoff Rodgers
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tuesday's 2014 Primary Election has come to a close and the candidates are beginning to weigh in on the results. In the Republican race for House Dist. 43, Vincent Chiravalle of Los Alamos threw his support this morning to opponent Geoff Rogers of White Rock who won with 842 votes to Chiravalle’s 747.

Vincent Chiravalle

"I wish to congratulate Geoff Rodgers. He has my support in the general election,” Chiravalle said in a statement.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Votes in White Rock

on June 3, 2014 - 9:59am

This morning, House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard voted at the White Rock Fire Station in the Democratic Primary Election. Photo by Tarin Nix

Eric Vasquez and his wife House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard voted this morning at the White Rock Fire Station in the Democratic Primary Election. Photo by Tarin Nix

Gubernatorial Candidate Alan Webber Meets With Los Alamos Business and Community Leaders

on June 2, 2014 - 11:39am

From left, CEO Tom Bowles of New Mexico Computing Applications Center, Gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber and County Council candidate Ed Birnbaum at a recent meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber addresses a May 14 gathering of business and community leaders. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

CEO Tom Bowles of New Mexico Computing Applications Center held a lunch meeting May 14 for Los Alamos business and community leaders to introduce gubernatorial

For New Mexico’s Attorney General and His Wife – It Really Was Chemistry

on June 2, 2014 - 10:58am
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King and his wife Yolanda Jones at his office in Sante Fe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King and his wife Yolanda Jones during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post at his office in Santa Fe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE—A mutual interest in chemistry sparked a marriage that has spanned more than three decades. Gary King and Yolanda Jones met, became best friends, fell in love, married and together have traveled the globe.

Their story began in

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Joins American Legion Post 90 Riders at Angle Fire Event

on June 1, 2014 - 1:48pm
The American Legion Post 90 Riders Chapter 19 of Los Alamos participated in Memorial Day Ceremonies that included 'Respectful Retirement of used American Flags' and a Flag raising ceremony last weekend at the Viet Nam Memorial in Angle Fire. House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of White Rock is a member of the American Legion Post 90 Axillary participated in the events. Photo by Randi Moore
Photo by Randi Moore
Photo by Randi Moore
Photo by Randi Moore
Photo by Randi Moore
Photo by Randi Moore
House Dist. 43 Rep.

LAHS Standout Jared Mang Named Gatorade® New Mexico Baseball Player of the Year

on June 1, 2014 - 12:24pm


CHICAGO — In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, has announced that Jared Mang of Los Alamos High School as its 2013-14 Gatorade New Mexico Baseball Player of the Year.

Mang is the first Gatorade New Mexico Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Los Alamos High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Mang as New

WIPP: Tests Begin in Preparation for Filter Change Out

on June 1, 2014 - 11:16am

WIPP News:

Workers began Friday the process to test underground ventilation fans to verify that airflow can be safely reduced during the filter replacement process. New filters are required to replace those that have been capturing material since the Feb. 5 fire and Feb. 14 radiation event.

Workers are replacing the filters in phases so that exhaust air leaving the underground facility will continue to be filtered during the activity. This is the first filter replacement to be done at WIPP, and workers will be assisted by experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.

Minority Whip Rep. Nate Gentry Travels to Los Alamos to Support Geoff Rodgers for House Dist. 43

on May 31, 2014 - 10:47am

House Minority Whip Nate Gentry, R-Bernalillo, traveled to town Friday to emphasize his support of House Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers, fourth from left, to a gathering of voters at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. "Geoff is the type of individual with that unique ability to work across party lines," Gentry said. "There are many important issues facing our state and both Sen. Pete Domenici and I publicly support Geoff because we recognize the urgent need in the Legislature for lawmakers like Geoff who will help build consensus to get these issues resolved." Photo by Carol A.

Crew From '505 and 575 Faces' Stops in Los Alamos to Capture Local Personalities

on May 30, 2014 - 12:11pm


The crew from 505 and 575 Faces in front of their RV parked in the Central Park Square lot at 15th and Central Avenue Thursday to interview and photograph local folks for an upcoming book and online series about New Mexico. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Crew members interview local residents Thursday as part of their 505 and 575 Faces project. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report

A crew of Albuquerque writers and photographers is using the 505 and 575 area codes for their project "505 and 575 Faces," which involves touring around the state to "photograph and

Petitions Filed to Eliminate Jail and Reduce Penalty for Pot Possession in Santa Fe and Albuquerque

on May 30, 2014 - 8:06am


Voters in Santa Fe and Albuquerque filed petitions Thursday to give residents in two of New Mexico's largest cities a vote on marijuana penalties.   

Similar ballot language filed with the city clerks in both cities would eliminate incarceration and lower the penalty to a simple $25 fine under city code for persons possessing less than one ounce of marijuana and paraphernalia.

The city charters of each city permit voters to petition their government for changes to city ordinances, including those relating to marijuana.

"Momentum for more sensible marijuana policies has been


Bridge Work Continues U.S. 84/285 & North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) May 30

on May 29, 2014 - 11:59am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6. 

This work includes the removal and replacement of the bridge approach slabs, bridge sleeper slabs, transition slabs and roadway improvements at the interchange. 

Starting  at 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, the North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) will be CLOSED, and the U.S.

Valles Caldera Board of Trustees Names New Executive Director

on May 28, 2014 - 2:59pm

Jorge Silva-Bañuelos

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) today announced the appointment of Jorge Silva-Bañuelos to the position of executive director. Silva-Bañuelos was selected from a competitive field of 24 applicants to fill the position vacated when Dennis Trujillo retired in January.

“Jorge has extensive experience in natural resource policy, management and leadership of government agencies,” said Kent Salazar, chairman of the Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees. His experience working with a broad citizen constituency on public lands issues will also be

Republican Whip Rep. Nate Gentry Endorses Geoff Rodgers for State House

on May 28, 2014 - 11:13am

Nate Gentry


ALBUQUERQUE – Republican Whip Rep. Nate Gentry, R-30, today endorsed Geoff Rodgers for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43.

"I am pleased that we were successful in recruiting such a quality candidate for this seat. Geoff has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a true conservative with a long track record of getting results for the people of House District 43.  I have no doubt that Geoff will be a great addition to the New Mexico House," Gentry said.

Geoff Rodgers

Gentry is currently the Republican Whip in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

WIPP: Waste Control Specialists Continues Precautionary Measures

on May 28, 2014 - 9:38am

An employee with Waste Control Specialists examines modular concrete casks, similar to those that are being used to overpack waste containers from LANL. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in Andrews, Texas, continues implementing precautionary measures this week to ensure the safety of the public, environment and workers.

WCS is loading standard waste boxes from the suspect waste stream originating from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) into modular concrete casks.

Prior to loading, thermal readings are taken of each  standard waste box container to verify

Title Insurance Discounts Expanded for Homeowners Who Refinance Mortgages

on May 28, 2014 - 7:42am
CEO Think New Mexico

The Superintendent of Insurance has signed an order expanding enhanced title insurance discounts to every homeowner who refinances a mortgage in New Mexico. The discounts were advocated for by Think New Mexico, the independent statewide think tank that successfully championed a reform to the state’s title insurance laws in 2009. The enhanced discounts are scheduled to take effect July 1.

Title insurance, which is required by banks before they will approve or refinance a mortgage, is one of the largest elements of a homebuyer’s upfront closing costs.

Scenes From Memorial Day Ceremony at Guaje Pines

on May 27, 2014 - 10:45am

The flag is at half staff at Monday's Memorial Day Ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Leland Lehman/ 

Democratic House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephaine Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers bow their head as Father Glenn Jones gives the Invocation at Monday's ceremony. Photo by Leland Lehman/ 

Staff Report

The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Donald A. Larson Assembly 0688 of Los Alamos organized Monday's annual Memorial Day Celebration at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

The event, “The Courage to Serve and Those That Gave All,” was

Los Alamos Sheriff Attends Memorial Honoring Friends Who Lost Their Lives in the Line of Duty

on May 24, 2014 - 1:44pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero at Wednesday's memorial for best friend Isaac Martinez and other officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Gov. Susana Martinez issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday, May 21 as New Mexico Law Enforcement Memorial Day.

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero represented the County at a special ceremony hosted Wednesday in Santa Fe by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

Courtesy photo

The ceremony honored the memory of the 195 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life in the protection of

Plague Activity Heats Up in Santa Fe County

on May 24, 2014 - 9:24am


Latest Activity in a Dog from the West Side of Edgewood 

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting significant plague activity in the East Mountain area, which includes parts of Bernalillo, Torrance and Santa Fe coun


A dog was confirmed positive for plague this week at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division. The dog was from an area just on the west side of the town of Edgewood in southwestern Santa Fe County.

So far this year, there have been three dogs from the Edgewood area and a cat from Torrance County with confirmed plague.

Governor Orders Flags Half-Staff Sunrise to Noon Memorial Day

on May 24, 2014 - 9:00am


SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon Monday, May 26, in honor of the men and women who served America and died while protecting its freedoms.

The full text of the Governor’s executive order:



WHEREAS, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women who served our country and died while protecting our freedoms;

WHEREAS, we must also remember and recognize members of the U.S.

Sobriety Checkpoints Out in Force this Memorial Day Weekend

on May 23, 2014 - 10:57am
A caravan of six assorted police vehicles with DUI trailers and other vehicles and a police motorcycle were headed north from Albuquerque on I-25 Thursday. Sobriety Checkpoints are active across the state this Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Sobriety Checkpoints are being set up across the state this Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Leland Lehman/

New Mexico's Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Officially A National Monument

on May 22, 2014 - 9:37am

Retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and community leaders from New Mexico joined the president and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for Wednesday's signing ceremony at the Department of Interior. Courtesy/Sen. Udall's Office

The Organ-Mountains. Photo by Mike Groves


WASHINGTON, D.C.—New Mexicans celebrated Wednesday the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama. 

Retired U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, U.S.

Damon Martinez New U.S. Attorney for New Mexico

on May 22, 2014 - 9:08am

Damon P. Martinez

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting unanimously to confirm Damon P. Martinez to be U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

Martinez has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001 and as acting U.S. Attorney since March 2014. He is highly experienced in cases concerning national security and anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics. The senators recommended Martinez for the position of U.S. Attorney in an April 26, 2013, letter to President Obama.

"Damon Martinez has already stepped up to the plate as