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Valles Caldera Welcomes Back Two Trustees

on September 15, 2013 - 8:54am

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust board of trustees has rescheduled its meeting in public to Sept. 26 at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder in Pojoaque instead of the originally planned Sept. 19 date in Espanola.

The meeting is pushed back a week to accommodate the return of Dr. Melissa Savage and Dr. C. Kenneth Smith to the board of trustees. The White House recently announced President Barack Obama's intent to nominate both former trustees for reappointment to the board. Their previous terms expired in January 2013.

By statute each trustee position is filled with a

Support Limits on Carbon Pollution

on September 15, 2013 - 8:25am

This summer, New Mexico saw deadly wildfires and yet more extreme drought.

Now, a new report reveals the biggest culprits causing the global warming pollution, which scientists warn will bring even worse extreme weather in the future.

Environment New Mexico Research and Policy Center finds that power plants are New Mexico’s single largest source of carbon pollution, responsible for over half of our carbon emissions. What’s more, the Four Corners Power Plant, outside Farmington, is the 15th most carbon polluting plant in the nation.

I urge New Mexico’s leaders,

Bandelier Bridge To Be Reinstalled Tuesday

on September 14, 2013 - 9:16am

Installation of bridge created by Cadillac Fabrications in May 2012. Courtesy photo

Bandelier News:

Tuesday, Sept. 17, Bandelier National Monument will be re-installing the steel bridge that allows vehicles to cross Frijoles Creek.

A crane, accompanied by trucks carrying the two halves of the bridge and the crane's counterweights, is scheduled to arrive in the Visitor Center area about 7 a.m. and by about 10:30 a.m. the procedure should be finished.

It will then take a couple of days for the park maintenance staff to prepare the bridge approaches and the areas across the creek for use.

Letter to the Editor: PRC Should Leave Renewable Energy Policies in Place

on September 14, 2013 - 7:25am
Environment New Mexico

The Public Regulation Commission is preparing to rule on how much New Mexico invests in renewable energy, and clean energy advocates argue that the PRC’s proposed changes would harm renewable energy development in the state. Looking at the facts, we have to agree.

New Mexico is the second-sunniest state in the country, but we currently get less than two percent of our electricity from the sun, lagging behind cloudy states like New Jersey.

Governor Declares State of Disaster Due to Flooding

on September 13, 2013 - 4:42pm


SANTA FE - Today, Gov. Susana Martinez signed an executive order declaring an emergency due to the floods caused by heavy rains in the past days.

The declaration covers the entire state of New Mexico and makes funding available to the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to assist local communities in recovery efforts.

“Through this Executive Order, I have directed state government resources to ensure the safety and well being of everyone affected by these heavy storms,” Martinez said.

Bandelier Sustains Flooding – Set to Reopen Monday

on September 13, 2013 - 2:10pm

Bandelier flooding. Photo by Sally King


Bandelier National Monument experienced two large flood events, one late afternoon Thursday, Sept. 12 and the other this morning. 

Flooding in Frijoles Canyon prompted Superintendent Jason Lott to close the monument for the safety of visitors due to debris on trails and the potential for flooding throughout the weekend.  Bandelier staff will begin clean-up efforts as soon as rains subside and hope to re-open the monument by Monday, Sept. 16. 

This morning, heavy rains caused flash flooding more severe than any recent flooding the

Bandelier is Closed Due to Flooding

on September 13, 2013 - 11:30am

Staff Report

Park Superintendent Jason Lott just confirmed that Bandelier National Monument is closed due to flooding. The park will likely be closed Saturday as well, he said.

"Our Flood Protection Plan has been effective ... there has been no damage to our buildings or archeological areas that we are aware of at this time," Lott said.

Lott added that no injuries have been reported as a result of this morning's flooding and that all personnel are accounted for.

NMED Issues Recall Notice for Chobani Greek Yogurt

on September 12, 2013 - 12:06pm

NMED News:


DATE: Sept. 12, 2013


PRODUCTS: Chobani Greek Yogurt with “Best By” date codes between Sept 11-13 and Oct 07-13 (see list of products and UPC codes below)
RECALLED BY: Chobani, Inc
DISTRIBUTION: Distributed nationwide from its Twin Falls, Idaho facility and delivered to consumers through retail and club stores

REASON: The product containers displayed bloating and swelling, and there have been unconfirmed reports of illness associated with the product.

Heavy Rain Potential Persists into Weekend

on September 12, 2013 - 9:18am
NWS News:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has provided an updated outlook regarding the possibility of additional heavy rain and increasing thunderstorm-related impacts Thursday into Saturday.
The break across central and western areas will be short-lived. It is now looking very likely that areas of the central and eastern New Mexico could see event total rainfall amounts in the 6 to 10 inch range with isolated higher amounts.

Overview: Record-setting rainfall that impacted much of central New Mexico late Tuesday shifted into eastern New Mexico very early

NM Democratic Party Holds Jobs Forum

on September 12, 2013 - 7:34am

NMDP News:

Chairman Sam Bregman has announced that the New Mexico Democratic Party will host a Jobs Forum 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Hall, 4921 Alexander Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

A wide range of representatives will address the jobs crisis in New Mexico, including New Mexico House Speaker Ken Martinez and New Mexico State Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. 

Others addressing the forum include representatives from the Green Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico State University, Somos Un Pueblo Unido and the New

Los Alamos Teachers Overwhelmed, Protest Skandera

on September 11, 2013 - 5:09pm
Los Alamos teachers gathered at the corner of Diamond Drive and Trinity protesting policies of New Mexico Secretary of Education designate, Hanna Skandera, who is in Los Alamos today visiting the Los Alamos Middle School and High School.  Skandera is also giving a speech tonight at the Los Alamos Research Park for the local Republican Party.  Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry explained why the teachers are protesting during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Udall: U.S. Must Keep up Pressure on Russia to Follow Through with Commitment to Secure Syria’s Chemical Weapons

on September 11, 2013 - 11:27am


WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call Tuesday for the United States to use diplomatic, economic and political pressure to ensure Russia and Syria keep their commitment to surrender Syria’s chemical weapons to the international community for destruction.

He issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech:

“The single greatest reason Bashar al-Assad has been able to remain in power is that he is receiving support from outside governments, including Russia.

Katie's Law Results in New Mexico's 500th DNA Match

on September 11, 2013 - 10:56am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE ─ Jayann Sepich and Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that Katie’s Law has led to the 500th match of DNA data to a criminal case in New Mexico. 

The match came as the DNA  Administrative Center, located in Albuquerque, compiled their final statistics for the month of August.

The Administrative Center notified Jayann Sepich of the milestone Friday, which was also the 10th Anniversary of her daughter Katie Sepich being laid to rest.

New Mexico’s DNA collection law, entitled “Katie’s Law,” is one of the toughest in the country and is named after

Heron Lake Has Water!

on September 11, 2013 - 10:43am

Heron Lake. Courtesy photo


Volunteers for Heron Lake special events

We enjoyed a beautiful long weekend camping at Heron Lake State Park, a two hour drive north of Los Alamos. Heron Lake has water!

The Park Ranger reports the water level has risen several inches in the past two weeks when they ceased releasing water from the Heron Lake dam into the Chama River flowing into El Vado lake.

The late summer wild flowers are abundant In the park, plenty of water to enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing.

White Rock Visitors Center Wins Design Contest

on September 11, 2013 - 7:11am

White Rock Visitors Center. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The White Rock Visitors Center designed by Mullen Heller Architecture has won the HardieDesign Contest in the Modern Category.

The facility is a prime example of the benefits of James Hardie products engineered for climate.

In a region known for wildfires and monsoons, Mullen Heller designed the White Rock Visitor Center to stand up to dry temperatures and wet climates while maintaining a modern lodge appeal using a combination of HardiePlank and HardieTrim products.

Udall Explains his Opposition to Limited Military Strike on Syria to NM Press

on September 10, 2013 - 11:07am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Staff Report

In a telephone press conference with New Mexico media this morning, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., explained his position opposing a limited military strike on Syria.

“The United States has not yet exhausted all political, economic and diplomatic options,” Udall said. “The administration hasn’t made a case that a limited military strike will deter the use of chemical weapons. If our goal is to save lives, a military strike is not the best response.”

The American people and the international community are not behind the President’s proposed military action, he

Nearly 9,000 NM Homes to Gain Broadband Access

on September 10, 2013 - 7:38am

FCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE ─ Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) allocation of $5.18 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand and improve broadband service to nearly 9,000 New Mexico households.

This announcement follows Udall’s efforts to urge the FCC to free up unused funds that would help close the digital divide between urban areas that have access to high-speed Internet and rural areas that do not.

“Reliable high-speed Internet is critical to leveling the playing field between rural and urban communities,” Udall said.

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts From Sam

on September 9, 2013 - 10:52am
Thoughts From Sam
Chairman, NMDP

This past weekend over 500 New Mexico Democrats attended our first “Rising Star” Dinner, which was a sold out extravaganza. Congressman Jaoquin Castro spoke strongly and eloquently about how Democrats are slowly but surely turning America ‘blue.’ The next day, close to 300 Dems attended our Fall SCC meeting which conducted important business, listened to potential 2014 candidates and adjourned early!

The big news was the announcement from Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver-she is running for the Democratic nomination for

Central Labor Council Hosts Labor Day Celebration

on September 9, 2013 - 7:00am
Salt of the Earth performs at Labor Day Celebration in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

CLC News:

The Central Labor Council put on a big Labor Day party in Santa Fe to celebrate the contributions labor made to America.  

Beginning with making a middle class and including vacation and sick days, then establishing the 40 hour work week, abolishing child labor, and making safe conditions of employment, labor has been a huge  group to make America what it is.  

Between 300 and 400 people came to the events.The Salt of the Earth  sang songs and poetry was read.

News Conference on Token Adams' Search/Recovery

on September 7, 2013 - 9:35am

Mountaineer Ranger District shared the following link to the news conference about Token Adams' Search/Recovery:

Search and Rescue Find Body of Token Adams

on September 6, 2013 - 10:23pm


Search and Rescue personnel this morning found the body of the firefighter who went missing Aug. 30 while scouting reports of smoke in the Jemez.

Officials said today that Token Adams, 41, apparently crashed his ATV atop a mesa in a remote area.

Adams leaves behind a pregnant wife and young son.

Letter to the Editor: Keep New Mexico's Special Places Free From Fracking

on September 6, 2013 - 8:05am
Environment New Mexico

In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the historic march on Washington, President Obama said “Change does not come from Washington, but to Washington.”

We agree. Last week Americans submitted more than one million comments urging President Obama to protect our national forests, parks, and the drinking water they provide from dirty gas drilling.

Fracking – a dirty and dangerous method of drilling for oil and gas – has wrought widespread environmental damage across the country, including in New Mexico, turning treasured landscapes into industrial

Udall Votes Against Proposal to Use Force in Syria

on September 5, 2013 - 7:32am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., voted in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
The resolution passed the committee by a vote of 10-7. The full Senate will consider the resolution by next week.
Udall said that while he believed Assad must be deterred from attacking his own citizens, Udall opposed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) because he