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Midwest Book Reviews Gives New Mexico Historical Chronology Five Stars

on March 27, 2019 - 5:46pm
Don Bullis of Rio Grande Books. Courtesy photo
 
RGB News:
 
Midwest Book Reviews, one of the largest book review publications in the U.S. gave high marks to a local book on New Mexico history.
 
Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review is an organization committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing.
 
The MBR publishes the following monthly book review magazines specifically designed for community and academic librarians, booksellers, and the general reading public:
 
  • The Bookwatch
  • California Bookwatch
  • Children's Bookwatch
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USDA On Investments In Water And Wastewater Infrastructure To Benefit 171,000 Rural Residents

on March 27, 2019 - 4:41pm
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley Tuesday announced that USDA is investing $116 million to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 171,000 rural Americans in 23 states.
  
“Helping to bring modern water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities will increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural residents,” Baxley said. “The investments USDA is announcing today are foundational to health, safety and economic development in rural communities across America.”
  
USDA is

CIR Afghan Naan Chaasht: Updates From Afghanistan

on March 27, 2019 - 4:17pm
Dr. Elizabeth Manak
 
CIR News:
 
Join CIR for Afghan Naan Chaasht: Updates from Afghanistan, a unique luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 8 at Christ Lutheran Church, 1701 Arroyo Chamiso in Santa Fe.
 
Six Afghans (here as part of the CIR International Visitor Program), together with two experts on US-Afghan relations will provide a fascinating discussion exploring the many sides of modern Afghanistan.
 
Lunch will be catered by Beyond the Plate, with Afghan women refugees preparing a series of delectable dishes.
 
What is the impact of President Trump’s desire to

Governor Signs House Bill 85 Into Law ... A Victory For New Mexico Working Families

on March 27, 2019 - 4:12pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, center, today signed HB 85 - the Union Security Agreements. Courtesy photo 

AFL-CIO News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO today released the following statement:

The passage of HB 85 Union Security Agreements (Ely/A Romero/Cervantes) is a victory for all working families in New Mexico. Deceptive and divisive “right to work laws have no place in our state.

During multiple legislative sessions, working people mobilized to stop so-called right to work laws from passing in the Roundhouse.

Forty Seven Senate Democrats Introduce ‘For the People’ Act To Put Power Back In Hands Of American People

on March 27, 2019 - 3:36pm

U.S. SENATE News:

Entire Senate Democratic caucus co-sponsors companion legislation to H.R. 1

Udall & Merkley’s landmark bill would help repair our broken politics, restore the promise of American democracy, and make government work for the people

Sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms makes it easier — not harder — to vote, ends the dominance of big money in politics, and ensures public officials work for the public interest

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S.

New Mexico House Leadership Commends Bronze Star Medal Recipient Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon

on March 27, 2019 - 8:33am
Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan)
 
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) released the following statement Friday in recognition of Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan) receiving his Bronze Star medal for his service as a combat medic in Vietnam:
 
"Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon has spent his career serving others – in Vietnam and now in the State Legislature. Decades following his service in the military, Rep. Alcon still didn't receive his Bronze Star, but now his medal is safely under his guard.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small Introduce White Sands National Park Establishment Act

on March 27, 2019 - 8:10am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) introduced the White Sands National Park Establishment Act, a bill to designate White Sands National Monument as New Mexico's newest national park.
 
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)
 
“Everyone who visits White Sands marvels at its remarkable geology, spectacular scenery, and outstanding recreation experiences,” Heinrich said.

‘Sacred Land, Sacred Water’ At Nature Center April 2

on March 27, 2019 - 8:10am
‘SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley’ screens free at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center and the director will give a Q & A after the film. Courtesy/PEEC
 

PEEC News:

 
The community is invited to join the Sierra Club and Voices of Los Alamos for a special screening of the film “SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
The screening is free to attend and director, editor and producer Lewis Jacobs will be available for a Q & A session after the film.
 
The

NWS: Today’s High Near 63, Tonight’s Low Around 42

on March 27, 2019 - 7:52am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 63 with mostly cloudy skies and tonight’s low around 42. Courtesy/NWS

Udall Speaks Out Against Plans For 46 Miles Of New Mexico Border Wall ... $1 Billion Transfer

on March 26, 2019 - 5:14pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen.

NMED Launches Interactive Online Methane Map

on March 26, 2019 - 3:31pm

NMED today launched a new interactive online map focused on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry ... click here. Courtesy/NMED

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) today launched a new interactive online map focused on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
 
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of more than 84 times that of carbon dioxide, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. After carbon dioxide, methane is the most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the U.S. from human activities.

New Mexico State Police Conducting Sobriety Checkpoints; Saturation Patrols Across State In April

on March 26, 2019 - 9:13am

NMSP News:

STATEWIDE – New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints during the month of April in all counties across the state.

NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Comments On Udall Announcement To Not Seek Re-election

on March 26, 2019 - 8:49am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on Sen. Tom Udall's announcement not to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2020:
 
“It is an honor and a pleasure to work alongside my colleague and friend, Sen. Tom Udall. Over his decades-long career working for the people of New Mexico, Sen. Udall has shown what it means to be a true public servant. His principled leadership has been a guiding light for me.
 
“Over the next two years, we have an incredible opportunity to stand up for New Mexico

Meet The Scientists! The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition Is Hosting An interactive Workshop April 3

on March 26, 2019 - 8:41am

The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition is hosting a workshop 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Courtesy photo

SFFC News:

SANTA FE ― The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition is hosting a workshop based on the recent report “A Statement of Common Ground Regarding the Role of Wildfire in Forested Landscapes of the Western United States.”

The workshop is 3-6 p.m.

NWS: Today’s High Near 61, Tonight’s Low Around 42

on March 26, 2019 - 7:48am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 42 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly before midnight. Courtesy/NWS

Udall Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election

on March 25, 2019 - 10:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

 

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • “I see these next two years as an incredible opportunity … to help reverse the damage done to our planet, end the scourge of war, and to stop this president’s assault on our democracy and our communities.”

 

SANTA FE — Today, in a message to New Mexicans, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that he will not seek re-election to a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2020. 

 

“I’m confident that we could run a strong campaign next year to earn a third term, because of all the work you and I have done together, along

NWS: Today’s High Near 59, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on March 25, 2019 - 7:47am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 59 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 34. Courtesy/NWS

NMDOT Discusses NM 502 Project At Public Meeting

on March 24, 2019 - 9:04am
Members of the public attend the NMDOT meeting on the N.M. 502 roadway reconstruction project Wednesday in Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Souder, Miller & Assoc. and Star Paving Consultant Designer for NMDOT Matthew Nighbert discusses the project. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Drivers, get ready.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Presents Recovered Vietnam Service Medals To State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon

on March 24, 2019 - 7:48am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich presents service medals Thursday to Vietnam veteran and New Mexico State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon of Milan. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
FARMINGTON U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) presented service medals Thursday to Vietnam veteran and New Mexico State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon of Milan.
 
“It is my honor to recognize a great New Mexican for his military and public service,” Heinrich said. “Representative Alcon spent over a year on the battlefield working to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Presentation Of Mortgage-Free Home To Wounded Army Veteran

on March 24, 2019 - 7:42am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
RIO RANCHO U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) spoke Wednesday during the presentation of a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home to injured veteran Army Spc. Jason Thompson.
 
He was joined by Erin Dominguez, U.S. Bank District Manager; Len McMorrow, Senior Vice President REO & Special Asset Servicing at U.S. Bank; Chiquita Martin, Assistant Vice President Customer Analytics (U.S. Army Veteran) at U.S. Bank; and Tom Kilgannon, President of Freedom Alliance.
 
The home – the second of its kind in New Mexico – is part of a

NOAA Spring Outlook: Historic, Widespread Flooding To Continue Through May

on March 24, 2019 - 7:06am
NOAA News:
 
Nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states face an elevated risk for flooding through May, with the potential for major or moderate flooding in 25 states, according to NOAA’s U.S. Spring Outlook issued today.
 
The majority of the country is favored to experience above-average precipitation this spring, increasing the flood risk.
 
Portions of the United States – especially in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins including Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa – have already experienced record flooding this year.

New Mexico Highlands Media Arts Technology Students Programming App For Los Alamos Trails

on March 24, 2019 - 7:05am

Courtesy/NMHU

 

NMHU News:

 

New Mexico Highlands Media Arts and Technology Department students are programming 19 new scenic trails into a popular mobile app that features trails in the Los Alamos area.

 

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is making the free app available for hikers and mountain bikers via iOS or Android phones. http://www.nmhu.edu/students-in-media-arts-program-app-for-los-alamos-trails/

New Mexico Environment Department Seeks To Withdraw From 2015 Waters Of The U.S. Rule Lawsuit

on March 24, 2019 - 7:03am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) filed a motion Thursday in Federal Court in North Dakota to withdraw from litigation challenging the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule.
 
NMED believes the positions taken in the 2015 lawsuit are inconsistent with its current position on the proposed rule issued by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in February, in which the EPA seeks to revise the definition of a “Water of the United States.”
 
“New Mexicans understand the value of water as a natural and cultural resource,” said Environment Department

New U.S. Department Of The Interior Order Supports Recreational Access To Public Lands

on March 24, 2019 - 6:58am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has directed the BLM to prioritize public access in decisions regarding the disposal and exchange of BLM public lands.
 
Bernhardt signed Secretarial Order 3373, Evaluating Public Access in Bureau of Land Management Land Disposals and Exchanges, to help ensure that BLM public lands, no matter how small, remain in public hands if they are highly valued for outdoor recreation access.
 
“Sportsmen and women across the West will benefit from this Interior Department action to sustain and enhance recreational access to

NWS: Today’s High Near 56, Tonight’s Low Around 32

on March 24, 2019 - 6:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 56 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 32. Courtesy/NWS

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