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NM Press Women Excellence in Communications Contest Deadline Jan. 15

on December 14, 2013 - 6:45am

NMPW News:

New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) invites entries for the 2014 Communications Contest, recognizing excellence in print or electronic media, books, photography, advertising, public relations, graphic arts, blogs/websites, and academic journalism throughout New Mexico. You don’t have to be a member of NMPW to participate in this open competition.

There are some important changes this year:

  • This year NMPW is moving to an online system, which will streamline the entry process for entrants.
  • Entry fees are reduced to $10 for the first entry and $5 for each succeeding entry, for members;

White Sands Expansion Provision Included in Defense Authorization Act

on December 14, 2013 - 6:37am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. made the following statements in response to a provision included in the compromise language of the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released yesterday. The provision is part of a bill the New Mexico senators introduced earlier this year, which passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss.

"I am pleased that both the House and Senate came together to support this important provision for

Luján Addresses Budget Vote

on December 13, 2013 - 8:28am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today after voting for a compromise budget plan that reduces sequester cuts over the next two years.

"While this budget plan is not perfect, and neither side got everything they would have liked, it represents a compromise that takes important steps to chip away at the devastating cuts of the sequester. It rejects the calls of the extreme Tea Party elements that have demanded even deeper cuts that would harm New Mexico.

First Ever Native American Food Hub Helps Farmers Find Markets

on December 13, 2013 - 7:03am
SDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner, center, presents a certificate of obligation honoring the successful application of funds to create the first ever Native American food hub in the nation to the Ten Southern Pueblos Council at Sandia Pueblo. Courtesy photo.


ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner presented a certificate of obligation to the Acoma Business Enterprise, LLC to develop a business plan to expand the marketing the produce grown by Native American farmers through a food hub at the Southern Pueblos Council monthly meeting.

Governor’s Proposal Would Raise Starting Teacher Salaries

on December 12, 2013 - 9:41am


Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced proposals to better recruit, retain, and compensate new teachers, as well as reward teachers and school leaders whose students are achieving strong academic growth in the classroom.

Martinez’s plan would increase the minimum base starting salary for teachers in New Mexico by 10 percent and allow every school district to propose a plan to utilize new state funding to provide significant financial rewards to its high-performing teachers and school leaders.

“Teaching is an honorable profession," Martinez said.

NAACP Leader Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

on December 12, 2013 - 7:14am

FBI News:

Albuquerque FBI Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee presented the 2013 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award today to Dr. Harold Bailey, president of the Albuquerque chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices annually selects an individual or organization to receive this award, which honors efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America.

“It is an honor to receive this prestigious community service award,” Dr. Bailey said.

Frozen Pipes Burst in Coyote Ranger District Office

on December 12, 2013 - 7:05am

USFS News:

SANTA FE – The Coyote Ranger District office of the Santa Fe National Forest is temporarily closed due to water damage. The Coyote District Office flooded Saturday, Dec. 7 after frozen pipes burst in the fire sprinkler system. 

 To reach employees of the Coyote Ranger District, continue to call the main office number at 575-638-5526, which is forwarded to the Cuba Ranger Station. Front desk personnel will put you in touch with Coyote District employees who are temporarily working out of the Cuba and Espanola Ranger Stations. You may also contact an employee directly via email. 


Buy a Tree, Ski for Free or Howl at the Moon this Weekend at the Valles Caldera

on December 11, 2013 - 4:00pm


VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — A packed weekend schedule of winter fun awaits visitors to the Valles Caldera National Preserve this weekend. Visitors can cross country ski or snowshoe in the moonlight or daylight and then take home a Christmas Tree.

The first of four scheduled Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing events is this Saturday, Dec. 14. Visitors can enjoy extended hours to experience the magic of the Preserve after the sun goes down. Purchase your Skiing and Snowshoeing Permit at the Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop as late as 8 p.m. and enjoy the full moon,

Governor Launches Heroes to Highways Program to Help Returning Veterans

on December 11, 2013 - 8:07am


  • Governor’s Program Eases Transition to Civilian Workforce for Qualified Veterans

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announces that the new Heroes to Highways Program, helping returning veterans obtain New Mexico commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) more easily, will officially start today, Wednesday Dec. 11. Heroes to Highways will recognize military transportation credentials to help veterans, as well as Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel, obtain employment in the civilian workforce.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Dec. 13

on December 10, 2013 - 8:11am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is holding its Regular Business Meeting at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the City of Santa Fe Council Chambers, 200 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe.

For more information, visit the Regional Coalition website at

The Regional Coalition is comprised of eight cities and counties surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL.) Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

New Job Training Program for Prison Inmates

on December 10, 2013 - 7:49am

Gov. Susana Martinez


Gov. Susana Martinez announced a new program to provide job training for prison inmates. This program will have inmates repair and refurbish broken wheelchairs and bicycles, and send them to those in need.

The New Mexico Corrections Department has partnered with Joni and Friends Wheels for the World. The non-profit organization will provide the broken wheelchairs, and active gang members at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility (SNMCF) will refurbish the wheelchairs.

Governor to Honor Fallen Military Members at Wreaths Across America Ceremony

on December 9, 2013 - 7:55am





SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez will honor fallen military members by delivering the keynote address at New Mexico's Wreaths Across America ceremony at the New Mexico State Capitol.


The special event is at 10 a.m., today, Dec. 9 at the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe.


Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies all across the country to honor America's fallen military members.

Sen. Tom Udall Visits NMC's Bio Lab

on December 8, 2013 - 10:00am
Sen. Tom Udall, center, questions scientist Natalia Friedland, left, about her research on plants to be used as biofuel. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Sen. Tom Udall addresses guests at a reception during his visit to the New Mexico Consortium’s Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., visited the New Mexico Consortium’s Biological Research Laboratory and Greenhouse in Los Alamos Friday.

NMCD: Bombs Found

on December 8, 2013 - 9:48am

This suspect on a black sports motorcycle launched two explosive devices at the Albuquerque Probation and Parole office. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

A tip into the Albuquerque bomber task force, created to locate and arrest the suspect in the November Probation and Parole attacks, led investigators from New Mexico Corrections, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and Albuquerque Police Department to a property near 2nd and Rio Bravo in Albuquerque Friday night.

There officers found three explosive devices.

National Weather Service Update

on December 7, 2013 - 7:06pm
NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports the following update:


Type – Upper level disturbance to bring additional snow, strong winds, and a reinforcement of colder air.

Timing – Tonight / Sunday / Monday.

Location – Snow concentrated over northern and northwestern New Mexico. Cold air will impact all of New Mexico, especially northern parts of the state.


An upper level disturbance will move over northern New Mexico, allowing snow to spread over the northern mountains and northwest to west central portions of the state tonight through Sunday.

Kristy Ortega Among United Way Officials Meeting with Governor

on December 7, 2013 - 9:02am
Gov. Susana Martinez, left, with Kristy Ortega, executive director of United Way of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo


United Way of Northern New Mexico was among several United Ways of New Mexico Association (UWNMA) members who met with Gov. Susana Martinez Dec. 2 in Santa Fe. The UWNMA gave a presentation outlining the work of the association throughout the state, such as the 2-1-1 Help Line and Tax Help New Mexico, as well as local program highlights.

There are nine members of the UWNMA, representing every county in the state.

Veterans Get 1.5 Percent Cost-of-Living Increase

on December 6, 2013 - 7:56am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) announced that veterans, their families and survivors who receive disability compensation and pension benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

“New Mexico’s veterans, their families and their survivors have sacrificed a great deal in service to our country, and they deserve the added financial stability that next year’s cost-of-living increase will provide,”

Udall Hosts Women's Career Success Conference

on December 6, 2013 - 7:29am

Sen. Tom Udall at a previous Women’s Career Success Conference held in October. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE – The Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is hosting an additional Women’s Career Success Conference at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. 

The Women's Career Success Conference will bring together businesses, nonprofit organizations and federal agency officials to help women in New Mexico learn how to enhance their careers and increase their competitiveness in the job market.

Space is limited, so women interested in attending are asked to

Governor Proposes Medical Care Investments

on December 6, 2013 - 7:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE – Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez proposed a nearly $2.5 million dollar investment to further prepare New Mexico to confront unprecedented changes in health care and connect New Mexicans in rural areas with the health care they need. Martinez proposed to allocate $2.5 million to expand the family practice residency and nurse practitioner programs at the University of New Mexico.

Martinez also recently proposed to establish $600,000 in grant funding to connect rural New Mexico’s patients and providers with telemedical services.


Udall Presents Two New Mexico Consortium Outstanding Achievement Awards for Mentored Research

on December 5, 2013 - 10:57am

Sangeeta Negi works with Dr. Richard Sayre, a joint NMC-LANL scientist. Courtesy/LANL

Loreen Lamoureux of UNM. Photo by Ann Kuiper 

LANL News:

  • Sangeeta Negi of the NMC and Loreen Lamoureux of UNM to receive awards for their work in Algal Bio-technology and Bio-medical Engineering.

Senator Tom Udall will recognize Dr. Sangeeta Negi of the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) for achieving a two-fold increase in bio-mass productivity in algae this Friday. Loreen Lamoureux, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico (UNM) will be recognized for her work on rapid E. coli detection methods.

Special Event at Governor’s Residence Applauds Quality

on December 5, 2013 - 9:35am

2013 New Mexico Performance Excellence Award recipients were congratulated and volunteer Board of Examiners thanked at a special event Dec. 2 at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe. From left, Gene Schmidt (Los Alamos Public Schools), Kelly VanDerpoel (QNM Volunteer), Bill Wadt (LANL Foundation), Anne Kain (LANB), Lt. Gov.

Updated Snow Potential

on December 4, 2013 - 9:07pm


NWS News:

The National Weather Service reports the a new model guidance coming in this evening suggests the Thursday morning commute could be even more problematic than previously thought in the Albuquerque Metro, Tijeras Canyon to Moriarty and Clines Corners, and also the I-25 corridor from Albuquerque to Santa Fe.  

This will also be a situation where temperatures for much of central New Mexico will remain steady or slowly fall after daybreak Thursday.          

These snow events are especially tricky since snow to liquid ratios are often 20:1 or higher.

Bandelier Offers Reward for Information on Elk Poaching

on December 4, 2013 - 7:34am

Courtesy photo


Between 6:15 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, an elk was poached within Bandelier National Monument. The incident occurred along N.M. 4, west of the Sandoval and Los Alamos County Line, between mile markers 45 and 46. To someone driving past the suspect vehicle, it may have appeared to be stuck in the snow on the shoulder/ditch on the north side of the road.

Anyone who has any information they believe may be related is asked to call 505-672-3861 extension 402 or 401.  

A reward is being offered for information leading to the prosecution of those involved.


General Dynamics Hiring More than 200 New Employees in Las Cruces

on December 3, 2013 - 8:30am





SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announce the creation of 200 new jobs at the General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) Las Cruces location. The company, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), will also be adding 20,000 square feet to its existing facility.

“As a leader in the aerospace, health care, and defense industries, we are excited that General Dynamics Information Technology chose Las Cruces as the site of its latest expansion,” Martinez said.

USDA Urges Shoppers to Support Local Businesses

on November 29, 2013 - 10:05am

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner. Courtesy

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner is urging everyone to support local small businesses this Small Business Saturday celebration this week end.

“Please take time to thank the small business owners in your community for their contributions to the local economy by purchasing their products and services,” Brunner said.

His comments coincide with the U.S.