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Luján Urges Congressional Leaders to Support Labs During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

on December 13, 2012 - 6:34am
  • Lujan Will Co-Chair New National Lab Caucus to Highlight Importance of Labs to National Competitiveness

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District sent a letter to Congressional leaders today urging them to resolve the fiscal cliff in a manner that prevents damaging funding cuts to the national laboratories, including Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

In the letter, Luján highlights the important role these labs have played in providing cutting-edge research and innovation for applications ranging from national security to the Mars rover and

NMOHVA Files Lawsuit Against Santa Fe National Forest Travel Management Decision

on December 13, 2012 - 6:34am

NMOHVA News:

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) filed a lawsuit against the Santa Fe National Forest Dec. 11 in Federal District Court.

The lawsuit contests the Forest's Travel Management decision signed by Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia June 12 and upheld by the Region 3 Appeal Deciding Officer Oct. 2.  

Filing a lawsuit is a major commitment of NMOHVA's time and money. The NMOHVA Board thought long and hard about this and then voted unanimously to go ahead with legal action.

"NMOHVA filed this lawsuit on the behalf of our members but it really is for everyone who

Panel Breaks Down Leadership Changes for NM Democrats and Republicans

on December 13, 2012 - 6:29am

PBS News:

New Mexico PBS' Public Affairs Series, "NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS” airs at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 on Ch. 5.1 and repeats at 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 and at 5 p.m. on Ch.9.1, Saturdays.

This week's topics:

1.) The Line Opinion Panel Breaks Down Leadership Changes For Both Democrats & Republicans In The State

a.) With A Vacancy In The Office of The Senate President Pro Tem, Democrats Announced Their Caucus Will Run Senator Pete Campos For The Position

b.) Republicans Have A New Party Chair - John Billingsley

c.) In Albuquerque, Mayor Richard Berry Appointed Roxanna Meyers To Replace City

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Udall and Lujan Garner New Committees

on December 13, 2012 - 6:27am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will begin serving on the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the new year, his office reported Wednesday.
 
“A seat on the Appropriations Committee is very meaningful for New Mexico,” Udall said. “From the labs, to the military bases and our public lands, we have a large federal presence in our state. I have no illusions about the difficult economic times and budgetary constraints our nation is facing, and I am eager to do my best and defend New Mexico through the appropriations process.”
 
Udall was an appropriator in the House of Representatives from

Taxpayer Losses, Lack of Needed Data Revealed in New Oil and Mining Report

on December 12, 2012 - 9:38am
Illustration of an oil rig. Courtesy photo
 
GAO News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. – A report released this morning by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), originally requested by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., describes glaring shortfalls in the data publicly available on hardrock minerals and highlights lost revenue from extraction on federal lands.
 
In 2011, Udall and Grijalva requested the report from GAO to identify the amount and estimated dollar values of minerals extracted from federal land.
 
The report examined available data on minerals extracted

State GOP Elects New Officers

on December 11, 2012 - 9:18am

John Billingsley

Staff Report

New Mexico Republican Party leaders elected retired businessman John Billingsley as state party chairman during Saturday’s biannual meeting in Albuquerque of the state party’s central committee. He replaces outgoing Chairman Monty Newman.

Billingsley has been chairman of the Lincoln County GOP as well as the state party’s first vice chairman for the last two years. He also served as U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s 2008 Senate race campaign manager.

Party leaders also elected Rube Render as 1st vice chair, Rick Lopez as 2nd vice chair, Charles Christmann as

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Letter to the Editor: County Has Reached Drop-Dead Point

on December 10, 2012 - 12:58pm
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos
 
County Council members and administrators,
 
The county has finally reached the drop-dead point with regard to the redo of N.M. 502 from Knecht to Tewa Loop.
 
The hastily generated design created by PW (Public Works) in January was done without serious critiquing, endorsed by the Transportation Board under questionable circumstances, and approved quickly by the Council as it “needed to rush this through urgently to insure funding,” even as some of us indicated that it would not meet LOS.
 
This design has now been soundly rejected by state (NMDOT) and federal

Newly Elected Representative Hosts Town Hall

on December 10, 2012 - 10:26am

Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie G. Richard with her husband Eric Vasquez at her Town Hall meeting at UNM-LA Sunday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie G. Richard answers questions during her Town Hall meeting Sunday at UNM-LA. County Councilor Mike Wismer, standing at left, passed the microphone to audience members during the Q&A portion of the event and her husband Eric Vasquez, at right, operates her PowerPoint presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Twenty-five community members attended Dist.

State Offices in Santa Fe on 2-Hour Delay

on December 10, 2012 - 6:58am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that due to inclement road conditions, all state offices in Santa Fe ONLY are on a two hour delay.

Udall Statement on Disabilities Treaty

on December 9, 2012 - 10:16am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Tuesday after 38 Senate Republicans blocked a treaty to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities around the world ... a two-thirds vote was required:
 
“As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I am deeply disappointed that a majority of Senate Republicans chose not to ratify this important treaty. The United States has been at the forefront of advocating for the dignity of people with disabilities.

Brainpower & Brownbags Lectures, 2013, Part 1

on December 9, 2012 - 9:48am

Eugenia Manderfield, ca. 1884-1891, by Dana B. Chase. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 010268.

NMHM News:

From Trail Riders to Bomb Builders with a Few Stops In-Between

SANTA FE – Experts on the Santa Fe Trail, women of the West, Clyde Tingley, “St. Kate’s” and the Manhattan Project will deliver lectures in the first half of the 2013 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series.

The annual series, organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, is free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch.)

Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem

SFNF to Burn 3,500 Acres of Hazardous Fuels

on December 8, 2012 - 8:03am

SFNF News:

Fire managers plan to begin ignitions Tuesday, Dec. 11 within the Coyote Ranger District to treat hazardous fuels with prescribed fire.

The total acreage includes Mesa Camino and Gallina WUI prescribed burn project areas. Depending on conditions, either one or the other project area will be treated next week.

This is an ongoing project that began 10 years ago. Approximately 75 percent of the project has been completed in prior treatments.

Gallina WUI, Mesa Camino, Coyote Ranger District:

  • Approximately 50 to 100 acres are to be treated per day when conditions are favorable

NMDOT Prepared for Arctic Blast

on December 7, 2012 - 4:33pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is prepared for the arctic front that’s scheduled to hit New Mexico on Sunday. 

The biggest impact is expected to be seen in NMDOT District 4, headquartered in Las Vegas, which encompasses the northeast corner of the state.

Approximately 80 dump trucks with snowplows and salt and cinder spreaders in District 4 are loaded and ready to go. All patrol crews that could be impacted have been preparing for the storm, readying vehicles and receiving briefings on both weather and expected roadway conditions.

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Rio Arriba County Board Honors Maintenance Patrol

on December 7, 2012 - 10:30am

From left, Ojo Caliente Highway Maintenance Patrol members Leandro Campos, Steve Chavez, Lawrence Aragon, Martin Rivera, Bernie Trujillo, and Harold Goodnight. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Ojo Caliente highway maintenance patrol was honored Dec. 6 with a special recognition plaque presented by the Rio Arriba County Board of Commissioners at a board meeting in Espanola. The patrol was honored for its good work and service to the local communities.

Ojo Caliente patrol foreman Lawrence Aragon accepted the plaque from Commissioner Felipe D.

New Mexico Awarded $25 Million in Race to Top Funds

on December 6, 2012 - 8:56am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

DEA News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District highlighted today $25 million in "Race to the Top" funds that New Mexico will receive to improve education in the state.

The grant from the Department of Education is part of the "Early Learning Challenge" that focuses on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting states’ efforts to:

· increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are enrolled in

I-25 / St. Francis Drive Update

on December 5, 2012 - 10:21am

NMDOT News:

NMDOT is shutting down detour lanes at the I-25 / St. Francis Drive interchange this afternoon and diverting traffic back on to I-25.

Traffic will be funneled into single lanes on northbound and southbound I-25. Open and closed lanes may alternate as the project winds down.

All lanes on I-25 at this key interchange in Santa Fe should be re-opened by Christmas, weather permitting. The $6.1 million rehabilitation project will enhance public safety and prolong the life of four bridges on I-25 and one bridge on the St. Francis Drive northbound off-ramp.

NMDOT urges motorists to

Tom Udall Op-Ed: 'Constitutional Option' will fix Senate

on December 5, 2012 - 9:55am
  • Filibuster abuse has prevented us from tackling important issues facing our nation.

Sen. Tom Udall

Debate and deliberation are rare in the Senate these days. Unprecedented abuse of the filibuster and other procedural rules has prevented the Senate from tackling important issues facing our nation.

Since Democrats became the majority party in the Senate in 2007, we have faced the highest number of opposition filibusters ever recorded. Lyndon Johnson faced one filibuster during his six years as Senate majority leader.

FBI Seeks Public's Help

on December 5, 2012 - 9:37am

Illustration: YUGO M-90 5.56mm assault rifle. Courtesy/ WSS Firearms

FBI News:

The Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations and the FBI are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Nov. 30 at the Sonic Drive-In in Shiprock.

Shortly after midnight, two individuals dressed in black and with blue bandanas over their faces entered the restaurant on Highway 491.

Witnesses said one of the robbers carried an AK-style assault rifle.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money and may have gotten into a silver or white four-door sedan.

Anyone with information on this incident is

'The Velocity Project' Selects Seven Companies for Pilot Program

on December 4, 2012 - 8:57am

SANTA FEThe Velocity Project, an entrepreneurial accelerator recently launched by the City of Santa, is announcing its selection of seven companies to participate in the pilot project.

The Velocity Project is an eight-week business accelerator that will begin in January 2013 and provides companies with a unique opportunity to rapidly expand and grow their business.

The companies selected to participate will learn from successful entrepreneurs and experts in key areas that are critical to success in the 21st century.

The Velocity Project sponsors include the City of Santa Fe, Los

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Launches New Website

on December 3, 2012 - 9:16am

RCLC News:

 

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today that it has launched a new website at www.regionalcoalition.org.

 

As part of the Regional Coalition's goal to increase transparency, the website includes the latest information regarding Regional Coalition Board members, meeting notices and minutes and news related to the Regional Coalition.

 

It also has a sign-up feature where community members can be added to the Regional Coalition's information distribution list.

 

"We are excited to launch the new website to ensure that our communities are informed and

Local Efforts Should Guide Decisions on Lesser Prairie Chicken

on December 2, 2012 - 7:42am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Friday that local conservation efforts should help guide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proceedings on a draft rule review process that would list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act.
 
In a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe, Udall highlighted the work of state and local efforts, which have been working in partnership on habitat conservation efforts.
 
“As you know, private citizens, companies and public land management agencies in New Mexico have been

FBI and Army Corps of Engineers Offer $55,000 Reward

on December 1, 2012 - 1:35pm

Shooting suspects were last seen leaving the area in a 1990s-model, white, two-door Ford F-250 with tinted windows similar to this one. The vehicle had a single step under each door, chrome rims and body damage on the passenger-side tailgate area. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Today marks the 5-year anniversary of when a park ranger was shot near Abiquiu Lake.

Authorities announced at a press conference at FBI Headquarters Friday that they are offering a $55,000 reward for help in cracking the case.

The crime began on the morning of Dec. 1, 2007 when Alfred J. Chavez, a U.S.

Potential Hazards Lurk in Las Conchas Burn Area

on December 1, 2012 - 9:29am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest reminds the public that certain areas of the Las Conchas Fire area are open, however, some areas remain closed due to safety hazardous.

Standing burnt trees that could fall on vehicles pose a significant risk to anyone driving on roads that have not been cleared of these hazards.

Vehicle camping is not permitted off designated open roads.

What’s Closed

  • FR 287
  • FR 500

What’s Open

  • FR 10
  • FR 36
  • FR 270
  • FR 266
  • FR 268 (N.M. 4 to Cochiti Mesa)
  • FR 280
  • FR 281
  • FR 282
  • FR 289

In the Las Conchas burn area, motor vehicles may travel on designated open roads only.

Udall: $275,000 in NEA Grants for NM Arts

on November 29, 2012 - 12:44pm
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that New Mexico will receive $275,000 in matching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA.)
 
The first major round of FY 2013 grants will help support nine music, theater and visual arts projects around the state.
 
“The arts are an important part of New Mexico’s culture, tradition and tourism economy,” Udall said. “These grants will provide valuable support for projects that both inspire and enrich our lives and make New Mexico a first-class destination for the arts.”
 
In this round of grants, the NEA will award over
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Full Slate of Public Affairs Coverage on Friday's New Mexico In Focus

on November 29, 2012 - 7:33am

"NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS" is back after the holiday with a full slate of public affairs coverage.

Airs this Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 5.1 - There is no Sunday repeat this week:

Fred Nathan

• After voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution requiring qualifications for Public Regulation Commissioners, the legislature must now decide on those standards.

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