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Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 15, 2012 - 9:42am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today:

“Hispanic Heritage Month represents an opportunity to reflect on the enduring contributions of a community that has strengthened the fabric of a nation whose diversity is a source of strength and pride.

Udall Introduces VOW to Hire Heroes Extension

on September 14, 2012 - 10:06am
Bill Would Simplify Hiring Of Unemployed Vets
 
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has joined Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in introducing the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012 (S. 3536), a bill that simplifies the hiring of unemployed and disabled veterans.
 
Senators Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jim Webb, D-Va. and Dean Heller, D-Nev., are also original cosponsors of the legislation.
 
"New Mexico has 180,000 veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedom, often at a physical or emotional cost to themselves," Udall said. "In

Powering Up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

on September 11, 2012 - 11:20pm

Let the Demo Begin!  Powering up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

By Greg Kendall

  • First international project in the U.S. to demonstrate how to provide a significant proportion of renewable power on the electric grid to meet a community’s residential needs.


A $52 million state‐of‐the‐art, international smart grid project will power up at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at 1925‐D Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos, a high desert residential community of scientists, engineers and their families.

At the event, the New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan,

Local "Tower of Magic" Performs at Santa Fe Playhouse

on September 10, 2012 - 9:52pm

SANTA FE PLAYHOUSE News:

The community is invited to a staged reading of "Tower of Magic," a comedy by Los Alamos playwright, Tess Light, directed by Mish Schneider, and featuring an all-star cast of local film and Broadway actors. 

This quirky, award-winning comedy follows the ordinary Felix as he tries to fit in with an obsessive ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo soprano, a murderous chef, an occasionally-mute savant and a dual-personality linguist. 

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 East DeVargas Street in Santa Fe.  

Storytelling Jamboree in Jemez Springs

on September 10, 2012 - 9:36pm

STORYTELLING JAMBOREE News:

Scenic Jemez Springs is the scene for the Storytelling Jamboree at Jemez Springs Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Hear stories, play games, eat, and support vendors.

Storytellers are fine-tuning their yarns and will be coming from:

Corrales - Liz Mangual and Bob Kanegis;

Albuquerque - Elaine Maury and Steven Pla;

Santa Fe - Cynthia Dobson;

White Rock/Los Alamos - Terry Foxx;

Jemez Springs - Shefa Gold; and

Edgewood - Sarah Malone.

There will be a great mix of food vendors and a super group of arts and crafts people and several

County Line Highlights Fall Hours for Shuttle

on September 9, 2012 - 2:47pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:

Events

County Council Meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers)

What's on the agenda? It may be a fairly short meeting, with two public hearings on the schedule: one for a liquor license for the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill, and one for designating a lead agency for efforts related to the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. The only business item relates to adoption of property tax rates for calendar year 2012.

Download the agenda here: http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx

Grand Re-Opening of the Little Theater 11:30 a.m. Friday

Join the

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Project Completed

on September 6, 2012 - 12:05pm

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Courtesy/NM Tourism Dept.

NMDOT News:

NMDOT District Five announced today the completion of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge is 10 miles northwest of Taos.

Work began in July, 2011 and ended Aug. 29, 2012.

NMDOT congratulates all crew members on their great work and also thanks the people of the Taos area for their patience and cooperation.

Glen Baker

The job of restoring and repairing the nearly 50-year-old bridge was a monumental task headed up by Assistant District Engineer Phil A. Gallegos and Taos Project Manager Glen Baker.

Comment Dates on Plans to Expand Disposal at WIPP

on September 6, 2012 - 7:31am

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety News:

There are two opportunities to make public comment on the Department of Energy (DOE) proposals to expand the disposal options at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

DOE is seeking to use lead shielded containers for disposal of “hot” Remote-Handled (RH) waste and to dispose of six metric tons of “surplus plutonium.” 

Fact sheets and sample comment letters about both proposals are available on the CCNS website: http://www.nuclearactive.org. Public comments about the proposal to use shielded containers are due to the New Mexico Environment

Candidates React to Firefighters' Union Endorsement

on September 1, 2012 - 12:14pm

ELECTION 2012 News: 

By Carol A. Clark

Incumbent County Council candidate Vincent Chiravalle and Council candidate Pete Sheehey have responded to request for comment from the Los Alamos Daily Post following Friday's announcement by the Los Alamos Firefighters Association - IAFF Local 3279, that its membership elected to endorse them as well as House Dist. 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard for the November General Election:

Vincent Chiravalle

"I am happy and honored to receive the endorsement of our firefighters.

GOP Convention Takes Center Stage on NM In Focus

on August 30, 2012 - 11:37pm

NEW MEXICO PBS’ PUBLIC AFFAIRS SERIES “NEW  MEXICO  IN  FOCUS”
Airs
at 7 p.m. Friday,  Aug. 31  on Ch. 5.1
The program repeats 5 p.m. Saturday on Ch.9.1 and 7 a.m. Sunday on Ch. 5.1

This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, the Republican National Convention in Tampa has taken center stage in the political world. NMIF checks in with Gov. Susana Martinez from the convention, gathering her thoughts on its highpoints and on her prime-time speech Wednesday. The Line opinion panel will analyze Martinez’s performance. Panel regular and RNC delegate Jamie Estrada reports back from the convention hall.

Gov. Susana Martinez: In America, Everything is Possible [Video]

on August 30, 2012 - 7:24am

Watch New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as she addressed the Republican National Convention Wednesday night:

'Time Team America' Provides Hands-on Field School

on August 26, 2012 - 7:17pm

PBS News:

This week, 24 Zuni middle school students experience what it’s like to be an archaeologist through a hands-on field school connected to the PBS prime time archaeology television series Time Team America.

“We want to inspire the next generation of archaeologists and scientists,” says field school director Dr. Alexandra Jones, “especially populations underrepresented in the sciences.”

From Sunday through Wednesday the students meet at the University of New Mexico, Zuni Campus to learn the basics of archaeology and how to survey a site; how to use a metal detector and conserve metal

Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise Statewide

on August 26, 2012 - 11:23am

Courtesy/CDC

Staff report

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH.) Anyone can get whooping cough, and in fact, increases in disease are occurring in all age groups. But babies who get pertussis are the group at greatest risk of complications, including pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing, which often makes it hard to breathe.

After fits of many coughs,

Udall Announces $1.2 Million Award for STEM Education

on August 26, 2012 - 8:15am
ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced Friday that the National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology a $1.2 million grant to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees throughout colleges in underserved communities in northern New Mexico.
 
“For years, our state has led the way in science and technology thanks to educational institutions like New Mexico Tech," Udall said.

Bridge Work Begins Sunday on N.M. 84/285

on August 25, 2012 - 5:29pm

NMDOT Traffic Advisory:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will start work on a bridge maintenance project on N.M. 84/285 north of Santa Fe Sunday, Aug. 26.

The work will take place in the northbound lanes of the highway at mile marker 174.9 near Camel Rock Casino. 

The work will be done at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will be completed in two to three weeks, weather permitting.  

There will be single lane closures as crews work to stabilize the soil under the roadway and lift bridge approach slabs.

Drivers are asked to proceed through the work zone with caution, watch for

Senatorial Candidate Martin Heinrich Campaigns in Los Alamos

on August 24, 2012 - 2:51pm

U.S. Senatorial Candidate Martin Heinrich meets with a consortium of major Los Alamos National Laboratory subcontractors at UNM- Los Alamos Thursday. Courtesy photo

U.S. Senatorial candidate Martin Heinrich lunches on a green chile cheeseburger at Chile Works in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Local Democrat Kyle Wheeler chats with U.S. Senatorial candidate Martin Heinrich at the Los Alamos Farmer's Market Thursday. Photo by Robyn McCool Schultz

Luján Announces $600,000 in Drug-Free Communities Grants

on August 23, 2012 - 3:20pm

US REPRESENTATIVE BEN RAY LUJAN News

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that five organizations in Northern New Mexico are receiving more than $600,000 through grants from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. 

The DFC program, which is administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is designed to support community coalitions as they mobilize individuals and organizations to reduce youth substance abuse. 

Coalitions are composed of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care

Public Scoping Underway for Bandelier Transportation Plan

on August 23, 2012 - 1:43pm

Bandelier NP News:

The National Park Service has initiated the process to complete a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions at Bandelier National Monument.

Over three decades, a number of studies and workshops have documented transportation and congestion management challenges at Bandelier National Monument, including traffic congestion at the park entrance and a lack of adequate parking in Frijoles Canyon.

Recent fires and flooding have reduced available parking in Frijoles Canyon, creating more challenges to transportation at the park.

To

NMDOT Sponsors Statewide Child Safety Seat Clinic

on August 21, 2012 - 7:00am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE–The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is pleased to sponsor a statewide child safety seat clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25.

The clinics will take place in four cities and six different locations as part of the “100 Days and Nights of Summer” campaign that was kicked off late last month. 

The clinics are held on a first-come, first-served basis and the service is free and open to the public.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. Whether they’re taking short trips or long vacations, we want New

N.M. 599 Bridge Work Starts Aug. 20

on August 20, 2012 - 11:41pm

NMDOT is alerting motorists to bridge work starting on N.M. 599 on the northwest side of Santa Fe.  

The project, which involves grinding, overlay, and joint replacement work, starts Monday, Aug. 20 and will be completed in two to three weeks, weather permitting.

The N.M. 599 bridges being worked on are over Via Abajo at mile marker 7.4, Camino La Tierra at mile marker 10.1, and Avenida Rincon at mile marker 13.9.

The work is being performed by two NMDOT contractors, Meridian and Villalobos Construction Company.

There will be lane closures in both directions on N.M. 599 between 8 a.m.

FDA Recalls Romaine Lettuce Sold in New Mexico

on August 20, 2012 - 4:27pm

Tanimura & Antle voluntarily recalls single lot of Romaine Lettuce because of possible health risk. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Lettuce Already Pulled From New Mexico Stores But Consumers Should Check Labels At Home


Santa Fe – The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is alerting residents to a nationwide recall that was issued Sunday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involving Romaine Lettuce that was shipped to New Mexico

Tanimura & Antle Inc.

New Mexico Dead Last in Internet Availability

on August 17, 2012 - 1:20pm

Staff report

In an age where being connected and having access to information is critical to economic success, U.S. Census figures show that New Mexico is dead last when it comes to households having access to the Internet. 

The Census Bureau survey shows that only 64.1 percent of New Mexico households had high-speed internet access in 2010.

The average rate nationwide for Internet access is 71 percent. 

New Hampshire is number one with a rate of 86.2 percent. 

Even Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana have higher access rates than New Mexico.

Following New Hampshire, states

NMDOT Installing New Stop Signs in Espanola

on August 16, 2012 - 10:54am

NMDOT News :

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have additional stop signs installed at two “T” intersections on N.M. 369 in the City of Espanola by Aug. 24.

The additional stop signs will help to improve traffic safety at the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Upper San Pedro Road, and the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Lower San Pedro Road. 

Currently, there is only one stop sign at each “T” intersection.

The installation of the new stop signs means that traffic coming from all directions must now stop.

A portable electronic message board will be

Cruise the Caldera Aug. 25

on August 16, 2012 - 9:32am

VCNP News:

Cruise the Caldera

Explore more than 60 miles of roads on the Valles Caldera National Preserve by Mountain Bike Saturday, Aug. 25.

This event will happen only once this season, and it is open for all ages and abilities.

Participants can ride from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at one of two entrances; Banco Bonito Staging area, mile marker 30 off N.M. 4 or the Valle Grande Staging Area mile marker 39.2 off N.M. 4.

New this year, the Preserve has combined this event with the Twilight Mountain Bike Ride, which starts only at the Valle Grande entrance, to allow cyclists the choice of

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