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Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings

on July 10, 2013 - 9:41am

STATE News:

Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings

SANTA FE—The following legislative interim committees are meeting this week:

July 10 at 9 a.m. - Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee

  • Room 307, State Capitol, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Chair: Representative Jim Trujillo (D–Santa Fe–45)
  • Vice Chair: Senator George Muñoz (D–Cibola, McKinley, San Juan–4)

July 10-12 at 9 a.m. - Legislative Education Study Committee

  • Ruidoso High School
  • 125 Warrior Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Chair: Senator John M. Sapien (D–Bernalillo, Sandoval–9)
  • Vice Chair: Representative Rick Miera (D–Bernalillo–11)

New Mexico School for the Arts Announces New Chair

on July 10, 2013 - 9:29am

NMSF News:

SANTA FE -- New Mexico School for the Arts is proud to announce the appointment of the new Music Department Chair Neil Swapp.

“Not only does Neil bring to NMSA a distinguished career of 24 years as a professional music educator,” says NMSA-Art Institute Director, Riis Gonzales, “his life history mirrors our charter school initiative to provide young students from around the state an opportunity to develop their artistic talents – an opportunity many of them, especially those from smaller New Mexico towns, might not otherwise have.”

“Being a native of New Mexico and growing up

Thompson Ridge Burn Scar Experiences Monsoon Events

on July 10, 2013 - 8:07am

Sulfur Creek Burned Area. Courtesy/NPS

Thompson Ridge BAER Assessment Update:

JEMEZ SPRINGSFor the past few days, the Thompson Ridge burn scar has experienced some monsoon rain events.

The Forest Services Jemez Springs Ranger Station and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) shared these recent observations:

  • Saturday afternoon, July 6, there was some minor sheet flow flooding along the VC02 road in the lower Redondo Canyon (near the west gate), but no flooding was reported in the upper Redondo watershed (Union building and up-canyon) area.
  • Monday afternoon, July 8, Sulphur Creek

Vernon Kerr Briefs Council on Boys and Girls State

on July 9, 2013 - 7:12pm

Longtime Los Alamos resident Vernon Kerr briefs members of the County Council on recent Boys and Girls State activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Homemade Alcohol Involved in Inmate Melee

on July 9, 2013 - 5:32pm

New Mexico Prison Facility. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

Three Central New Mexico Correctional Facility (CNMCF) officers are recovering after being attacked Monday night during dinner clean up.

Thirteen inmates were assigned to the kitchen area of CNMCF to clean up from dinner service. Sgt. Manuel Romero saw one of the inmates, Andrew Hernandez, break the rules and confronted the inmate about his behavior. That’s when another offender, David Armijo, rushed the officer, kicked him in the stomach and hit him in the face.

Sgt.

FBI: Sending Hoax Letter Is Serious Crime

on July 9, 2013 - 9:53am

FBI News:

The FBI, U.S. Postal inspectors and state and local authorities are investigating two suspicious letters that were received at New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office in Santa Fe Monday, July 8.

One letter contained a white powder substance. The other was unopened. At this point, field tests have been negative. Additional testing will be conducted at local laboratories.

Other responding agencies included New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe Fire Department and 64th Civil Support Team.

Even sending a hoax letter is a serious crime. Anyone with information about these letters is

New Mexico Governor Attending Arizona Firefighters Memorial Today

on July 9, 2013 - 6:27am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
Santa Fe - Gov. Susana Martinez will attend Today's memorial service for 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed last Sunday when a wildfire overran them on a mountainside northwest of Phoenix.
 
It was the deadliest day for U.S. fire crews since 9/11. The service will take place at 11 a.m. at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Ariz.
 
"It's a great honor to represent New Mexico to pay our respects to these American heroes," Martinez said. "This is a reminder that this is very dangerous work, and we have thousands of men and women on the front
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White Powder Sent to New Mexico Governor

on July 8, 2013 - 9:05pm

Illustration photo.

STATE News:

A suspicious envelope with white powder was sent to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office this afternoon.

The envelope was discovered about 3 p.m. while the governor's staff was processing and sorting incoming mail. A white powdery substance spilled out of one of the envelopes, according to reports.

Staff members called the Department of Public Safety and State Homeland Security Department for directions on how to respond. Two staffers who came in contact with the substance were quarantined.

Santa Fe Fire Department Hazmat arrived on scene and tested

Alert: Areas Downstream of Recent Wildfires Will Flood!

on July 7, 2013 - 9:37am

Courtesy/NWS

SFNF News:

Fire Facts:

Thompson Ridge: 23,965 acres; 100 percent contained

Tres Lagunas: 10,219 acres; 100 percent contained

Jaroso: 11,141 acres; 0 percent contained

Post-fire Flooding:

The rainy season is here. Areas downstream of recent wildfires will flood. Be ready!

It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mudflows. Residents living near or around a recently burned area need to:

  • Monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, follow

Udall Announces $1 Million to Expand NM Children's Health Insurance

on July 7, 2013 - 7:05am

Sen. Tom Udall
U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has announced that the New Mexico Human Services Department is receiving $1 million in federal grant money to expand health insurance for children in New Mexico through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP.)

The funding comes from the Affordable Care Act and will be used to to increase the number of children eligible, but not yet enrolled in, Medicaid and CHIP, and to keep them covered for as long as they qualify.

Bandelier Hosts 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony for 15 New Citizens

on July 6, 2013 - 12:17pm
Candidates taking citizenship oath July 4 at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
 
The Naranjo Family Dancers perform the Butterfly Dance. Courtesy/NPS
 

BANDELIER News:

Under the auspices of Chief United States District Judge M. Christina Armijo, and in the spectacular scenery of Frijoles Canyon, 15 new citizens took their oath on the Fourth of July.  

Included were candidates from Australia, Canada, Eduador, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom. 

In his keynote speech, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott told them: "America is the land of opportunity,

Hilltopper Girls JV Basketball Team Wins Hope Christian Summer Sizzle Tournament

on July 6, 2013 - 11:16am
The Los Alamos Hilltopper Girls JV Basketball Team won the Hope Christian Summer Sizzle Tournament by 1 point in overtime against the La Cueva Bears last weekend. The future continues to look bright for Los Alamos Basketball! Courtesy/Tarah Logan

Needed: Honor Guards, Pipes & Drums, Buglers and Rifle Teams for Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorials

on July 6, 2013 - 10:15am

STATE News:

The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Incident Management Team is reaching out to all Honor Guards, Pipes & Drums, Buglers, and Rifle Teams to help with the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial, individual funerals in Prescott, and to facilitate transfer of fallen brothers, escorts, and subsequent honor guards in their home towns.

Participants are needed starting now through late July. Those wishing to participate must pre-register. Send the following information to honorguardforyarnellfallen@gmail.com:

  • Total number of personnel coming, and their position; Specify Honor Guard,
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Luján Statement on Death of Gov. David Cargo

on July 6, 2013 - 10:01am

David Francis Cargo (Jan. 13, 1929 – July 5, 2013) was the 22nd Governor of New Mexico, having served between 1967 and 1971. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on the death of former Gov. David Cargo.

"New Mexico has lost a true public servant who was dedicated to men and women he was honored to serve. Gov. Cargo was a great man who cared deeply about New Mexico's children, understanding that they represented the future of our great state.

"He appreciated the importance of education and sought

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Visit New Mexico's Only Boy Scout Museum

on July 6, 2013 - 9:25am

Boy Scout flags hang from the ceiling in the Boy Scout Museum in Raton. Courtesy photo

LABSMS News:

The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society has scheduled a trip Saturday, July 13 to Raton to visit New Mexico’s only Boy Scout Museum.

It is one of only 26 such museums in the United States and privately owned by Dennis and Susan Downing. The museum has been in existence for 20 some years, or about one half the scouting experience time of Dennis Downing─40 years in scouting.

Any person who desires to accompany Society members on this trip can meet at 7:30 a.m.

Forest Remains Closed This Weekend

on July 5, 2013 - 9:12am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—“The Santa Fe National Forest will remain closed to public access through the Fourth of July weekend,” Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia said.

The isolated rain showers received over the past week have helped to reduce fire danger and forest officials are considering which parts of the Santa Fe National Forest will be safe to open next week.

“Rainfall and a decrease in fires, does not mean the forest will reopen unless all conditions are safe,” she added.

After the Forest reopens, fire emergency closures will remain in effect for the protection of public health and

Udall: $28 Million Coming to NM for Head Start

on July 5, 2013 - 7:28am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced today that a New Mexico non-profit organization and the City of Albuquerque are receiving a combined $28 million in federal grant money for children's Head Start education in the state.
 
This comes as New Mexico was recently ranked 50th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book.
 
HELP-New Mexico, Inc., a community-based organization with 40 offices and/or Head Start and Pre-K Centers throughout New Mexico, will receive

Governor and Albuquerque Mayor Urge New Mexicans to Attend Public Fireworks Displays Tonight

on July 4, 2013 - 8:16am

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

 

Santa Fe - Gov. Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard J. Berry urged New Mexicans to not use their own fireworks and instead attend a public display on the 4th of July.

 

The Governor and Albuquerque Mayor spoke Wedensday afternoon at Balloon Fiesta Park, where the City of Albuquerque will host its Freedom Fourth Fireworks Display on July 4th as part of the annual Red, White and Balloons celebration.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry

 

“We have been blessed to have no loss of life or structures burned this season and we want to keep it that

New Mexico Implements Expanded Amber Alert and New Silver Alert Program

on July 2, 2013 - 7:42am

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the implementation of the expanded Amber Alert parameters and the new Silver Alert Program for New Mexico.

The governor stated that both tools will help law enforcement and case workers keep vulnerable children and seniors safer.

“I have long advocated that we do everything we can to protect an endangered child,” Martinez said. “Before now, Amber Alert statutes required law enforcement to sit on the sidelines when a child was taken by a family member, even when that child was though to be in danger.

Thompson Ridge Fire Declared 100 Percent Contained

on July 2, 2013 - 7:14am

BAER Assessment Team sifts through ash from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Thompson Ridge fire was officially declared 100 percent contained last night.

Mop-up and patrol will continue.

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires result in damage that requires special efforts to reduce impacts afterwards. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water run-off may increase and cause flooding.

NM Governor Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff to Honor Arizona's Fallen Firefighters

on July 1, 2013 - 6:50pm

STATE News:

 

Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that all flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff from sunrise July 2 to sundown July 5 in honor and mourning of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Firefighters.

 

The thoughts and prayers of all New Mexicans go out to the families and friends of these fallen heroes and we honor them for their courageous service, she said.

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2013-026:

 

WHEREAS, nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday, June 30th, 2013, while battling the

Luján Addresses Doubling of Student Loan Rates

on July 1, 2013 - 12:39pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans.

"As of today, the interest rates on all new federal student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a college education for millions of young adults.

NM Governor Addresses Arizona Firefighter Deaths

on July 1, 2013 - 11:56am

STATE News:

 

Albuquerque - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez released the following statement this morning about the tragic deaths of Arizona Hotshot Firefighters this weekend in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Central Arizona:

 

"I was saddened to hear the news about the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona, members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, based in Prescott. They were killed when the wind suddenly shifted as they fought the fast-moving Yarnell Hill Fire, sparked by lightning.

 

"For New Mexicans, this news hits especially close to home because just a few short weeks ago,

Congressional Delegation Seeks to Help New Mexicans with Genetic Brain Disorder

on July 1, 2013 - 9:11am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The New Mexico Congressional Delegation has introduced legislation to expand needed research, treatment and education efforts related to Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM), a relatively unknown disorder of the brain and spinal cord more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.
 
The Cavernous Angioma Research and Treatment Act would build upon an existing network of clinical and research labs to increase coordination, information sharing and awareness about the disease for both professional and patient education.

Bandelier Weekly Nightwalks in Frijoles Canyon Begin July 5

on July 1, 2013 - 8:01am

Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Starting Friday, July 5, Bandelier National Monument will be offering the popular Nightwalks each week (weather permitting) until the end of August.
 
"The Nightwalk is a very beautiful, timeless, and unusual experience, walking silently with a ranger in the dark in Frijoles Canyon" Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. "We encourage visitors to take the Main Loop Trail in the daytime to learn about the Ancestral Pueblo people who lived here, and then come back in the evening to see their homes in a very different way."
 
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