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MODIS Images of Thompson Ridge Fire

on June 2, 2013 - 9:01am
MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) images of the Thompson Ridge Fire as of about 11 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Courtesy/Bill Knight, Los Alamos
 

Repair Work to Cause Temporary Closure of Bandelier's Alcove House

on May 31, 2013 - 10:44am
One of the ladders leading up the cliff to Alcove House, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 

For months, the stonework of the kiva at Alcove House (formerly known as Ceremonial Cave) in Bandelier National Monument has become more and more unstable.

 

Recently that part of the alcove was fenced off as a temporary measure so visitors could go up the ladders and enjoy the rest of the alcove while staying clear of any rocks that might break off from the weakened kiva walls.

Luján Announces $180,000 in Economic Development

on May 31, 2013 - 8:08am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District has announced that the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District will receive $180,000 through the Economic Development Administration to assist with efforts to increase private capital investments and job creation in the region.

"A comprehensive strategy to promote economic growth is essential in the effort to attract businesses that can create jobs in the private sector," Luján said.

Governor's Former Campaign Manager Indicted on Computer Intrusion and False Statement Charges

on May 30, 2013 - 5:00pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, announced that a federal grand jury has indicted Jamie Estrada, 40, of Los Lunas on computer intrusion and false statement charges.

The charges against Estrada arise out of the interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and members of her staff.

Counts one through 12 of the 14-count indictment allege that Estrada unlawfully intercepted wire communication intended for individuals who had e-mail

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Governor Appoints Jim Hall to State's IT Commission

on May 29, 2013 - 9:18am

Commissioner Jim Hall

STATE NEWS:

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed James Hall of Los Alamos to New Mexico's 15-member Information Technology Commission.

New Mexico's Information Technology Commission reviews and approves information technology plans and initiatives for the state.

"I look forward to working with the Information Technology Commission," Hall told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning.

Saturday Event Marks Largest Submarine Crew Visit in New Mexico’s History

on May 26, 2013 - 9:24am
USS Santa Fe: Crew members of the USS Santa Fe Submarine smile for the cameras along with the Red Turtle Dancers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey
 
Lawry Mann of Los Alamos shares in a buffet of traditional Pueblo food at Saturday's event honoring USS Santa Fe crew members. Photo by Kirsten Laskey
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO – USS Santa Fe Submarine Culinary Specialist Third Class Joseph Aispuro may be off-duty but he still started his Saturday at 7 a.m. and in a typical setting – the kitchen.

This kitchen, however, is not located in a submarine but in the home of Deborah and Elmer

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SFNF; Valles Caldera in Stage I Fire Restrictions

on May 25, 2013 - 7:24am

USFS News:

Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve entered Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m.Tuesday, May 14, due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.

The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

During Stage I fire restrictions,

Luján: Republican Student Loan Bill Makes College More Expensive

on May 24, 2013 - 6:15am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today against a House Republican bill that will make it more expensive for students to attend college with federal subsidized Stafford student loans. With the interest rate on these loans set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on June 1 action is needed to keep costs down for millions of students across the country.

"Rather than passing legislation that simply keeps interest rates on student loans where they are, House Republicans have come up with a disappointing plan that is

Bandelier Memorial Day Activities; Shuttle Buses Begin Friday

on May 23, 2013 - 3:24pm

Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

The Memorial Day holiday marks the beginning of the summer season at Bandelier National Monument, with the shuttle buses beginning Friday, May 24, and special activities happening throughout the weekend.

"If you haven't been to Bandelier lately, this is a good time to come," Park Superintendent Jason Lott said. "You can catch a free bus in White Rock, relax and enjoy the scenery on the way to and from the park, and have a leisurely day with the family in Frijoles Canyon."

The shuttle buses begin running Friday morning.

Luján: To Combat Climate Change We Need a Workforce Prepared to Work in a Clean Energy Economy

on May 17, 2013 - 7:43am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor last night about how enhancing green job training programs at community colleges can prepare workers for careers in a clean energy economy that helps address the impacts of climate change.

The Safe Climate Caucus, a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Watch Luján's speech here:

NMDOT Seeks Public Comment on STIP

on May 16, 2013 - 9:41am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE—The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 8th amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP.) 

The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program. The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).

The NMDOT has posted the 2012-2015 STIP amendment on the Internet asking for public comment until Thursday, June 20. In addition, NMDOT

In Focus Looks at Texas Water Rustling; NM Tea Party Scrutiny From IRS

on May 16, 2013 - 9:10am

Attorney General Gary King

NM PBS News:

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King talks about the state’s water battle with Texas on this week’s edition of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, airing 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 on New Mexico PBS/KNME 5.1.

With both states mired in historic droughts, every drop of water has the potential to be contentious. The A.G. says it amounts to “water rustling” but is there anything the state can do to prevent a Texan water grab?

Also on the program, open government issues still swirl around King and the Martinez administration as the two prepare to do battle in 2014.

The

Udall Addresses DOJ's Collection of AP Records, IRS Targeting and Mineral Royalties Bill

on May 15, 2013 - 7:29am
U.S. SENATE NEWS:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed legislation he's introducing with Wyoming's senators to protect New Mexico’s mineral royalties from sequestration cuts.
 
He also expressed strong concern over the Department of Justice’s collection of Associated Press phone records and reacted to reports that the IRS targeted groups based on political ideology.
 
 
 
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
 
0:00 – Udall

Udall Initiative Would Increase Graduation Rate, Help Underperforming Schools

on May 15, 2013 - 7:00am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With graduation season underway, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced a bill today that would increase the graduation rate in New Mexico and across the nation.
 
Nationwide, approximately one-fifth of high school students drop out of school each year. According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, the state's graduation rate was 70.3 percent in 2012, with a 67.7 percent rate for Hispanic students and 64.9 percent for Native Americans.

Luján Cosponsors Bill to Protect New Mexico Royalty Payments from Sequester Cuts

on May 15, 2013 - 6:51am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined with a number of Representatives from Western states to introduce legislation that protects state mineral royalty payments from cuts due to the sequester.

The States Mineral Protection Act allows states the option of directly collecting their share of federal mineral royalties under the Mineral Leasing Act.

Quality New Mexico Elects Officers, Board Members

on May 14, 2013 - 1:21pm

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Quality New Mexico elected its 2013-14 Board of Directors Officers this month.

The new directors begin their term June 1:

BILL WADT Chairman of the Board (LANL Foundation)

 

 

 

 

KIM HERDICK Chair-Elect (UNM Medical Group, Inc.)

 

 

 

 

STEVE KEENE Secretary-Treasurer (MOSS ADAMS, LLP)

 

 

 

 

 

TROY GREER Immediate Past-Chair (Lovelace Medical Center)

 

 

 

 

JULIA GABALDON is President/CEO of Quality New Mexico.

The following individuals were elected by QNM membership for a three-year term beginning June 1:

  • Donna Agnew, Admin Director for

Regional Coalition Pleased with DOE Reprogramming Request for LANL Clean Up Funding

on May 14, 2013 - 12:41pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FEThe Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is pleased to announce that New Mexico is one step closer to receiving critical federal funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House sent a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

Los Alamos American Legion Riders Participate in Massing of Colors

on May 13, 2013 - 11:38am
Members of the Los Alamos American Legion Riders participated in the Massing of Colors with the Military Order of World Wars at the New Mexico Bataan Memorial Saturday, May 11, from left, Ken Nadeau, Scott Wilkinson, Dave Bullock, Dave Demello and Randi Moore. Photo by Louis Rosocha

Forest Announces 2013 Season Open Recreation Sites

on May 13, 2013 - 10:18am

Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

  • Forest announces 2013 season open recreation sites; Asks public to help keep forest clean

SANTA FE – Forest recreation specialists are currently busy preparing 54 campgrounds, trail heads and picnic areas for the summer season across the Santa Fe National Forest.

Hazard tree inspections, drinking water sampling, and general maintenance to facilities brought on by winter snow are being accomplished so that visitors can once again enjoy their national forests.

However, there will be a reduction in services at some sites.

Forest & VCNP Enter Stage I Fire Restrictions Tuesday

on May 13, 2013 - 9:33am

Smokey Bear. Courtesy/SFNS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Despite recent scattered rain showers, the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme/exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger.

 

The Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas are exempt from Stage I fire restrictions. Devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel that can be turned on and off are allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

 

Mules and More at Bond House Museum

on May 12, 2013 - 8:48am

Archival photograph of the Bond House in former days. Courtesy/Center for SW Reach Archives at UNM

By SHERRY HARDAGE

Our neighboring city of Española is where many of us shop. We know about Wal-Mart, Lowes, maybe even the bowling alley in the casino, but what about their history museum?

Who knew there was such a gem as the Bond House? It’s behind the church on the plaza. Most of us pass right by it when we head home to Los Alamos.

Franklin Bond arrived from Canada, when Española was little more than a dirt rail yard on the banks of the Rio Grande.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Make Progress Restoring LANL Cleanup Funding

on May 11, 2013 - 9:44am

NM DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy and the White House have responded to their calls for critical funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory by sending a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

They are now urging the necessary Congressional Committees to approve the without delay and advocating for an additional $21 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to meet a

Valles Caldera's 2013 Recreation Program Highlights

on May 10, 2013 - 8:41am

Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

Thirteen years ago, July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To celebrate that occasion and the many accomplishments of past and present staff, volunteers and contributors, we will host the second annual Valles Caldera Preservation Act Celebration from July 25-28. A new addition to this year’s celebration will be the Jemez Valley Storytellers Jamboree July 27-28. Storytellers from across New Mexico will gather to share their tall tales and legends from the Land of

Bandelier Announces Weekend Activities

on May 9, 2013 - 11:30pm
Upper Falls. Photo by Sally King/BNM
 
BNM News:
 
Visitors to Bandelier National Monument may enjoy participating in some special programs this weekend.
 
Saturday May 11 all day: Bring your binoculars to Bandelier for Internationa Migratory Bird Day. Still time to sign up!
 
Many migratory birds have left their wintering areas to the south and are heading towards breeding sites to the north. Spring migration bird counts conducted across the continent on IMBD provide a snapshot of bird migration in progress.

The 2013 International Migratory Bird Day focuses on bird life cycles.

Massing of the Colors Ceremony Saturday

on May 9, 2013 - 9:08am

MOWW News:

SANTA FEHonoring Old Glory and those who have served to protect her are once again the focus of this year’s 18 annual Massing of the Colors Flag Day Ceremony in Santa Fe, which will be celebrated May 11 at the Santa Fe Veterans’ Memorial.

Flag Day is one of the oldest observed ceremonies in America. It commemorates the adoption of the first American Flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

The festivities get underway at 9 a.m. with a free concert by the New Mexico National Guard’s 44th Army Band, followed at 9:30 a.m. by the ceremony. The host is the Santa Fe Chapter

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