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No RTD Bus Service Columbus Day

on October 10, 2013 - 8:16am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Monday Oct.14, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume on Tuesday, Oct.15.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and

Comments Sought on State Rail Plan

on October 10, 2013 - 8:11am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the railroad program.

The Rail Plan, which is a federal requirement, sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation. It identifies current and future passenger and freight rail facilities, services, needs, issues and opportunities.

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N.M. Delegation Working to Protect Federal and Lab Workers Hurt by Shutdown

on October 9, 2013 - 8:39am
STATE News:
  • Urges DOE to compensate national lab employees for back pay if furloughed because of shutdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham are working to ensure that federal workers in New Mexico are not financially hurt in the long-term by the federal government shutdown.

New Mexico is home to roughly 27,000 federal workers, and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employ an additional 18,000 New Mexicans.

All four lawmakers are strong supporters of the Federal

NMDOT Holding Outdoor Advertising Hearings

on October 8, 2013 - 9:37am

NMDOT NEWS:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will hold public hearings this month to receive oral and written public comment on Rule Number 18.21.5 NMAC, New Mexico Department of Transportation Outdoor Advertising Requirements. 

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to establish procedures and standards for all off-premises outdoor advertising in New Mexico including the use of changeable electronic variable message signs, to amend the current fee structure, to update and clarify the rule where necessary including definitions and permit-related processes,

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Scenes From Balloon Fiesta 2013

on October 7, 2013 - 8:44am

The 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta kick off Saturday with more than 500 hot air balloons representing 20 countries. The fiesta runs through Oct. 13 at Balloon Fiesta Park. The hot air balloon competitive flying starts today with pilots competing to win cash prizes. Competitive flying will continue throughout the week, taking a break on Wednesday for the Flight of the Nations. The Flight of the Nations will honor the 20 countries participating in the 42nd event, as each flies their nation’s flag from their balloon.

Luján Wants LANL Employees Compensated if Furloughed Due to Government Shutdown

on October 5, 2013 - 11:00am

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 spoke today on the House floor in support of H.R. 3223, legislation that ensures furloughed federal employees retroactively receive their pay.

During his remarks, Luján highlighted that it is the intent of Congress to also support contract employees at the national laboratories.

In addition, he submitted into the Congressional Record a letter he is sending Department of Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz to emphasize that fact.

Luján: It’s Time House Republicans End Political Games, Allow Vote to End Shutdown

on October 5, 2013 - 7:08am

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 on the government shutdown and House Republicans’ refusal to allow a vote on the Senate-passed Continuing Resolution:

“Enough is enough. New Mexico families are hurting as workers have been off the job for days and critical services have been delayed. It is long past time for Congress to act to end the government shutdown and make sure that the employees who have been furloughed through no fault of their own are made whole.

Heinrich on Thursday's Capitol Hill Incident

on October 4, 2013 - 8:10am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was in his office in the Hart Senate Building in Washington. D.C., Thursday when gunshots were reported. The Senator and the few staffers who were working quickly followed procedure, locking the doors and gathering in a designated secure place in the office, while the police worked to secure the area, Heinrich said in a statement. Unaccounted for staff were contacted and told to stay away from the building.
"On behalf of everyone in my office, I want to thank the Capitol Police and our first responders for the risks

Public Forum on Local Response to Climate Change Oct. 8 at SFCC

on October 3, 2013 - 8:13am

RDC News:

What: SFCC, LANL, Sen. Tom Udall, the RDC, the City of Santa Fe and others have come together to present a community forum: "Local Response to Climate Change." The forum will focus on strategies that communities can use to deal with this all-important issue.

The event will include an introduction from SFCC President, Dr. Ana M. Guzman, leading climate researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a recorded speech from Sen. Tom Udall.

Stronger Winds; Colder Temps On The Way

on October 3, 2013 - 7:40am

Courtesy/NWS

Note: Due to the federal government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated websites are unavailable. However, because the information http://www.weather.gov/abq provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the federal government shutdown.

Courtesy/NWS

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Event:

Type – Seasonably strong cold front to usher in strong winds and colder temperatures.

Timing – Thursday night, and remainder of the area Friday.

Location northern two-thirds of New Mexico

Key Impacts:

  • Windy conditions to expand across eastern New Mexico

Governor Joins New Mexico Kindergarteners in World Record Reading Attempt

on October 3, 2013 - 7:09am

STATE news:

Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will join students in Santa Fe today to participate in the national "Read for the Record" Event.

Martinez and the students will join millions of others in reading the same book, on the same day to promote literacy and attempt to break the current world record.

For the last two years, Martinez and students in New Mexico have participated in breaking the world record for adults reading to children in a single day.

Public Comments Requested for Replacing Frijoles Canyon Section of Park's Electrical System

on October 2, 2013 - 9:56am

BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated the process to plan an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the replacement of the Frijoles Canyon section of electrical systems at Bandelier National Monument.

The purpose of the proposed action is to provide the Monument with a reliable electrical system that is readily and easily serviceable and complies with Los Alamos County and federal regulations. The current electrical system is approximately 50 years old. It has exceeded its life expectancy of 30-40 years, and is in need of replacement.

Further, the existing lines were

Luján Encourages Uninsured New Mexicans to Sign Up for Health Care on New Exchange

on October 2, 2013 - 8:02am

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District encourages uninsured New Mexicans, those with insurance who are seeking a more affordable plan, and small businesses with less than 50 employees to sign up for coverage through the new health care exchange that opened Tuesday.

As of Oct. 1, individuals can sign up for health insurance that will begin Jan. 1, 2014. Small businesses can start comparing plans today and can sign up beginning Nov. 1.

New Mexicans can sign up through the exchange, also called a marketplace, online at www.bewellnm.com or by calling

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NM Academic Librarians Hold Ribbon Cutting in Los Alamos

on October 2, 2013 - 7:05am

NMCAL News:

The New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 to celebrate an initiative five years in the making.

The event will celebrate the new collaboration between universities and colleges in the state to use General Obligation funds to collectively purchase a set of databases that will provide every student, as well as all patrons of academic libraries, with access to reliable, quality information.

As well as ensuring high-quality academic resources, negotiating the purchase

Battle Over Teacher Evaluations Heads To Court

on October 1, 2013 - 9:07am
Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) President Ellen Mills briefed teachers Sept. 25 on the statewide teachers union plans to battle new teacher evaluation system. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
New Mexico President Stephanie Ly of the American Federation of Teachers addressed Los Alamos teachers at a Sept. 25 meeting. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Things are heating up in the battle between teachers unions and New Mexico Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera.

A Day in Wildlife Surgery With Dr. Kathleen Ramsay

on October 1, 2013 - 8:48am

A Peregrine Falcon with a broken wing is prepared for surgery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Raptor Center Director Lori Paras, left, assists Dr. Kathleen Ramsay during surgery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay invited the Los Alamos Daily Post to spend a typical busy Saturday with her at her Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in Espanola as she performed surgeries on birds with injured wings.

Ramsay explained that it's a common injury because many birds target their meal from high in the sky, dive bombing

Closed Session Meeting Notice for Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

on October 1, 2013 - 8:33am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced this morning that it will hold a Closed Session to discuss Certain Purchases - Executive Director Contract Negotiations.

The closed session is set for 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4., in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

For more information, visit the Regional Coalition website at http://regionalcoalition.org

Udall Statement on Government Shutdown

on September 30, 2013 - 11:04pm

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement:

 

"A small minority of extremists in the Republican party is now holding the entire country hostage over a law that has cleared the Congress and the Supreme Court, and survived a presidential election. Insisting on a government shutdown to prove a point isn't leadership, it's a temper tantrum, and the American people are rightly disgusted.

 

"In New Mexico, the impacts of a shutdown will be felt immediately as our civilian employees are sent home from military installations, national parks and

Governor to Promote Vaccinations for Vulnerable New Mexicans

on September 30, 2013 - 8:50am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will promote vaccinations that protect vulnerable New Mexicans like children, the elderly and others at high risk for infections.

The governor will receive a vaccination for influenza at a Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Albuquerque today, and share with the public important information to protect New Mexicans from several dangerous and debilitating diseases.

New Mexico's Dr. Kathleen Ramsay Launches Wildlife Foundation

on September 29, 2013 - 1:10pm

An orphaned bear cub in rehabilitation at Dr. Kathleen Ramsay's compound north of Espanola. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A dozen rescued bears ranging in weight from 4 to 150 pounds are recuperating and rehabilitating along with other wildlife at a secluded compound north of Espanola. The 150-pound bear was emaciated when it arrived a couple of months ago, weighing just 27 pounds.

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, founder of The Wildlife Center in Espanola, and her son Tyrone Horak

Governor Promotes Employment Connection Offices for Workers 50 & Older

on September 29, 2013 - 9:37am

STATE News:

SANTA FE - Gov. Susana Martinez wants to remind New Mexicans 50 and older about a program that can help them find work.

The 50+ Employment Connection at the Aging and Long-Term Services Department provides general job search assistance for anyone 50 years and older. Staff and volunteers can help polish resumes, develop “networking” cards, and help with interview skills and computer tutoring.

The Aging Department held an informational event Friday at the Santa Fe 50+ Employment Connection Center at the Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe (505-476-4623.)

“When

Udall Responds to Latest Push by House to Shut Down Government

on September 29, 2013 - 9:09am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.N., released the following statement on the latest attempt by the U.S. House of Representatives to push the nation to a government shutdown:

 

“Shutting down the government over an issue that was settled in the last election isn't leadership, it's political gamesmanship at its worst. 

 

“A shutdown would cause hardship for thousands of people in New Mexico, hurt our already struggling economy, and delay military pay and veterans' benefits.

Udall Urges FTC to Investigate Phone Scams

on September 29, 2013 - 8:23am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON – Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., wrote a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to take “aggressive action” to investigate and prevent telephone scams targeting utility customers in New Mexico.

More than 130 New Mexico utility customers have been targeted so far. Some have lost of thousands of dollars in the telephone scams, in which callers threaten to disconnect electric service unless the customer sends money via prepaid card or online payment.

The scammers are using a practice known as caller ID “spoofing,” in

Brrrrr...

on September 28, 2013 - 9:42am

National Weather Service reports much colder temperatures expected through Sunday, including freezing or near freezing in some areas. Courtesy/NWS

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Jemez Pueblo's Claim for Valles Caldera Land Dismissed

on September 28, 2013 - 9:11am

VCT News:

On Sept. 24 the United States District Court of the District of New Mexico dismissed the Pueblo of Jemez’s lawsuit, which sought to return the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the Jemez Pueblo.

“We will continue to work closely with the Pueblo nonetheless, to ensure the cultural history, spiritual significance and the landscape are preserved for generations to come," said Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees Chairman Kent Salazar in a statement at the Board of Trustees meeting in Pojoaque Thursday, Sept.

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