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NWS: Today’s High Near 52, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on April 3, 2019 - 5:48am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 52 with a 60 percent chance of showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds possible. Tonight’s low around 34 with mostly clear skies. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s chances of precipitation around the state and areas to the south under burn bans. Courtesy/NWS

Governor Creates New Outdoor Recreation Division

on April 2, 2019 - 5:49pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, center, signs into law a new initiative to boost the marketing of New Mexico’s outdoor recreation industries and create a division in the Economic Development Department to grow outdoor businesses. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed into law a new initiative to boost the marketing of New Mexico’s outdoor recreation industries and create a division in the Economic Development Department to grow outdoor businesses.
 
The Legislature has appropriated an initial $200,000 to launch the Outdoor Recreation Division as

Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand RECA To Include Tularosa Downwinders, Post-1971 Uranium Workers

on April 2, 2019 - 10:59am
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019.  
 
The legislation would expand coverage of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to cover victims in New Mexico including the Tularosa Downwinders and Post-1971 Uranium Workers, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Guam.
 
“Justice is long, long overdue for the New Mexico families and Tribal members who are victims of radiation exposure as a result of the government’s nuclear testing during the Cold War,” Udall

‘Pharmaceuticals Purchasing Council’ Bill Signed

on April 2, 2019 - 10:27am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed Senate Bill 131 into law that will establish an “Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council.”
 
The Council will be comprised of nine departments and entities that purchase pharmaceutical drugs for state beneficiaries, and task them to evaluate a range of cost containment strategies to try and get a better deal for taxpayers and recipients.

NMHU: New Career Clothing Closet For Students

on April 2, 2019 - 10:12am
New Mexico Highlands University Board Of Regents Chairman Leveo Sanchez, right, hands a suit to Tranquilino “Kino” Hurtado, director of NMHU Career Services, as part of a clothing drive to help NMHU students when they are applying for jobs. Regent Sanchez donated numerous suits and shoes to the drive. Photo by Rick Loffredo/University Relations
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM The Highlands University Career Services Office has started a free career clothing closet to help the university’s students look their best at job interviews.
 
“With their other college expenses, many students

Governor Authorizes First Statewide Minimum Wage Increase Since 2009

on April 2, 2019 - 9:38am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Monday signed into law the first increase to the statewide minimum wage since 2009, delivering on a promise to New Mexico workers and families.
 
More than 100,000 New Mexicans stand to benefit from the escalating phased-in raises that will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. Beginning that date, employers in the state must pay workers at least $9 an hour, up from $7.50 an hour.
 
The rate will subsequently rise in each of the next three years: to $10.50 beginning Jan. 1, 2021; to $11.50 beginning Jan.

NMMNHS Hosts ‘This Is Your Brain’ Dance April 19

on April 2, 2019 - 9:34am
Dinosaur at Dusk outside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Courtesy/NMDCA

NMMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― Want a great way to rejuvenate after a long work week? Unwind, relax, hit the dance floor, and learn about what dancing does to your brain at the “This is your Brain on Dance” happening 6-10:30 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

“In addition to just being a fun-filled way to start your weekend, this dance offers a little more,” Museum Executive Director Margie Marino said.

Commissioner Garcia Richard, Sen. Ivey-Soto Join Governor At Signing Of Senate Bill 458

on April 2, 2019 - 8:53am
From left, Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard gather Monday as the governor signs Senate Bill 458 into law. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-15) joined Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as she signed Senate Bill 458 into law.
 
The new state law will require public notice and input prior to the land office taking final action on any proposed land sales, land exchanges and rights-of-way (ROW) permits for large-scale electrical transmission

NWS: Today’s High Near 57, Tonight’s Low Around 38

on April 2, 2019 - 8:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 57 with mostly cloudy skies and tonight’s low around 38. Courtesy/NWS

Commissioner Garcia Richard Signs Executive Order Mandating All 9 million Surface Acres Under State Land Office Adhere To Permanent Daylight Saving Time

on April 1, 2019 - 9:59am

Longtime champion of year-round daylight saving time Sen. Cliff Pirtle

 

From the State Land Office:

SANTA FECommissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announced this morning a new Executive Order mandating all 9 million surface acres under the control of the State Land Office adhere to permanent daylight saving time hours. 

Sen. Cliff Pirtle (R-32), leading advocate for making New Mexico a state with year-round daylight saving time said, “I appreciate the land office taking the first step on an important issue that is critical to saving lives.”

Read the full text here:

Ben Ray Luján Announces Campaign For U.S. Senate

on April 1, 2019 - 9:40am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announces his run for the U.S. Senate. Courtesy photo

POLITICAL News:

Nambé – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) this morning announced his campaign for the United States Senate:

“Tom Udall is a champion for New Mexico and has always put our people first. New Mexico needs another champion in the U.S. Senate – someone who has a proven record of fighting to lower health care costs, protecting our environment, connecting communities large and small with the resources needed to thrive, and upholding our New Mexico values.

LAFD: New Mexico Gas Inline Inspections Begin Today

on April 1, 2019 - 9:33am

LAFD News:

New Mexico Gas is conductung its DOT required In-line Inspection on the Los Alamos DOE 12” Transmission Pipeline.

This project consists of running a tool, normally called a pig, inside the pipeline to assess the integrity of the pipe itself. The project starts at Los Alamos West, near the Quemazon community, down to Los Alamos East, which is right off N.M. 502 and Camino Entrada.

At some point during this project, blowing down small amounts of gas at Los Alamos West is required to put the tool inside the line and gas venting will be necessary at the Los Alamos East station for a

Weekly Fishing Report: April 1

on April 1, 2019 - 8:45am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
With apricot trees blooming all over the Espanola Valley, spring is definitely here. People with allergies are starting to suffer as juniper pollen fills the air. The spring winds are starting to blow and the snow is starting to melt. The lower elevation snowpack is disappearing rapidly. A lot of snow still remains at high elevations thanks to our wet winter. Rivers are beginning to rise and soon some spring flowers like daffodils and tulips will begin to bloom if they haven’t already.
 
We may still get some more spring

New Mexico And National Wildlife Federations Herald U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Leadership And Service

on April 1, 2019 - 7:18am
NMWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The New Mexico Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation thanks U.S. Sen. Tom Udall for his service to New Mexico and the nation — and on behalf of the nation’s wildlife, public lands and natural resources.
 
Udall has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020.
 
“Every New Mexican has benefited from Udall’s leadership on conservation and wildlife issues,” said Jesse Deubel, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “We appreciate all he has done for the state.”
 
“Tom Udall’s conservation legacy is among the

NWS: Today’s High Near 50, Tonight’s Low Around 32

on April 1, 2019 - 6:44am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 50 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 32. Courtesy/NWS

Luján On Legislation To Close Gender Pay Gap

on March 31, 2019 - 9:03am
Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act:
 
“The pay gap between men and women has been a burden on families and economy for decades. And when nearly 64 percent of women are the chief earners for their households, we cannot afford to let these pay disparities persist.
 
“I am proud to strongly support the Paycheck Fairness Act, a critical first step in closing the wage gap and ending pay discrimination, and to meet our commitments to the American

Udall, Senate Democrats Press For Commitment To Honor Existing National Monuments Boundaries

on March 31, 2019 - 8:58am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, led 16 Senate Democrats in calling on Department of the Interior (DOI) acting Secretary David Bernhardt to make a public commitment to leave existing national monument boundaries intact as originally intended before the Senate votes on his nomination for Secretary of the Interior.
 
“For more than a century, the Antiquities Act has empowered presidents from both political

National Week Of Conversation 2019 Runs April 5-13

on March 31, 2019 - 8:42am
NWC News:
 
National Week of Conversation is a bold annual occasion when people with diverse perspectives #ListenFirst to understand.
 
Through in-person and virtual conversations coast to coast exploring any topic of interest, people of all stripes intentionally convene with the goal of mending our frayed social fabric and revitalizing America together. The first NWOC was in April 2018.
 
Individuals and organizations are invited to host or join a conversation during NWOC 2019, April 5-13, and use the #ListenFirst hashtag to invite others and spread the message.

Museum Of Spanish Colonial Art Spring Auction April 5

on March 31, 2019 - 8:07am
MSCA News:
 
SANTA FE — The community is invited to the first live Spring Auction of museum-quality art works Friday evening, April 5 on the patio of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, at 750 Camino Lejo at Museum Hill in Santa Fe.
 
The event starts at 4:30 p.m., with cocktails and hor d’oeurves while viewing the objects d’art in the Museum’s Grand Sala. Preview hour followed by a live auction at 5:30 p.m., on the museum patio with auctioneer Russel Kloer.
 
The Live Auction will include a variety of antiquities to contemporary expressions including works by Traditional Spanish

High School Ethics Essay Contest Deadline April 30

on March 31, 2019 - 8:04am
NMEW News:
 
New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting ethics in governance and public life, announced its annual high school ethics essay contest.  
 
Open to high school juniors and seniors across the state, in public and private high schools, as well as home-schooled students, the contest topic asks students, “What does being ethical mean to you?”
 
In the three years NMEW has been in existence, the organization has produced reports and materials based on research regarding the Financial Disclosure Act (requiring elected and appointed officials to report

New Mexico Department Of Workforce Solutions Asks Sitel To Provide Rapid Response Services

on March 31, 2019 - 8:02am
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions has reached out to Sitel management to coordinate Rapid Response efforts for the employees affected by the layoff announced Wednesday March 27.
 
The Rapid Response Team is prepared to provide assistance and information on services provided by the state, such as: local job openings and job search assistance; Unemployment Insurance Benefit registration; education and training opportunities; and Veteran Services.  
 
"In New Mexico we are all neighbors, when we heard about the Sitel layoff on Wednesday of this

CYFD Receives $5M Grant To Expand Community­ Based Mental Health Services In Underserved Areas

on March 31, 2019 - 7:44am
CYFD News:
 
SANTA FE — The state Children, Youth and Families Department has received a $5 million federal SAMHSA grant to expand its capacity to serve youth in transition with serious emotional disturbance and serious mental illness through the Healthy Transitions Expansion Program, or HTEP.
 
The CYFD program expansion will serve individuals aged 16 through 25 in both Doña Ana County and San Juan County with high-fidelity wraparound services, trauma-informed care and peer and family support services. Two selected clinical programs — La Clinica de Familia in Doña Ana and Desert View Family

NWS: Today’s High Near 38, Tonight’s Low Around 23

on March 31, 2019 - 7:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 with an 80 percent chance of snow showers of 1-2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 23 with a 70 percent chance of snow showers of 2-4 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Democratic Women’s Caucus Unveils Election Results For 116th Congress, Haaland To Serve As Vice Chair

on March 30, 2019 - 1:54pm
Deb Haaland
 
DWC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), formerly the Democratic Women’s Working Group, announced the results of their leadership elections today for the 116th Congress.
 
Congresswomen Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Jackie Speier (CA-14) will serve as Co-Chairs and Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01) will serve as Vice Chairs. The Democratic Women’s Caucus is comprised of all the Democratic women in the U.S. House of Representatives and currently has 91 members.
 
“With more women in Congress

Barranca Reunification Exercise Set For Wednesday

on March 30, 2019 - 1:26pm

LAPS holds its first state-required off site evacuation drill Wednesday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

At Los Alamos Public Schools, student and staff safety comes first and Barranca Mesa Elelmentary School is the first school to practice the state-required off site evacuation drill to evaluate preparedness in the event of an emergency.

LAPS will conduct this exercise in an effort to prepare all local schools for successful reunification with parents.

The reunification exercise is 10:30 a.m.

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