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Legislators Honor Search And Rescue Volunteers

on March 4, 2015 - 9:32am
Courtesy/nmsarc.org

STATE News:

SANTA FE—New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers and their services were recognized recently at the Roundhouse.

Legislators honored Search and Rescue volunteers Feb. 27, for the invaluable service they provide to the state, its citizens and visitors alike.

In 1978, New Mexico became the first state to organize search and rescue volunteers on the state level. When a person is reported lost or missing, New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers respond to the area to assist in the search.

New Mexico Search and Rescue is composed of all-volunteer search and

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PARCC Testing Comes To Los Alamos

on March 3, 2015 - 12:17pm
LAMS Prinicpal Rex Kilburn discusses the PARCC exam with parents last week as students and staff prepare for the testing window to open. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Prevention Specialist
Los Alamos Public Schools

While the media is currently a buzz with examples of student and parent reaction to state testing, the work continues as the testing window is ready to open for local students.

Earlier this week, Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn held a meeting for parents to explain the multitude of testing and how parents can be helpful and assist their students

CASA: Make A Difference - Be A Child's Voice

on March 3, 2015 - 12:07pm
CASA News:
 
CASA is an organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to be strong advocates for children who have been abused.
 
Our advocates are the “eyes and ears” of the Court and report to the Judge as to the wellbeing of the children they are assigned to. Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of children who’ve been hurt and need a caring and trustworthy adult in their lives.
 
We are looking for individuals who are passionate about advocating for children, who can be objective and report the facts to the Court, and who can work as part of a team of

Valles Caldera Turkey Hunt Lottery Now Open

on March 3, 2015 - 11:40am

A turkey on the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/VCT

VCT News:

Hunters can enter the 2015 Valles Caldera Trust lottery for a chance to hunt Merriam turkeys on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The 2015 hunt will be the ninth since the Preserve was established in 2000 and the second since the one ticket, per hunter, per hunt lottery was established last year in order to offer turkey hunts to a wider range of applicants.

Eight hunt authorizations will be issued for the two hunts scheduled for May 2-4 and May 8-10.

Each applicant will be limited to one ticket per hunt code but can apply to both

IRS: Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions

on March 3, 2015 - 11:37am

IRS News:
  • IRS's Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions; Part of Ongoing Efforts to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud

PHOENIX - Continuing its enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service today announced the Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14). 

The ongoing efforts to bring identity thieves to justice remains a significant priority as part of the IRS’s comprehensive identity theft strategy focusing on preventing, detecting and resolving identity theft cases as soon as possible.

“Identity theft is a crime that carries

Freemasons Open Doors To Community Saturday

on March 3, 2015 - 7:30am

A masonic initiation. Paris, 1745. Courtesy/wikipedia

FREEMASONS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Freemasons across New Mexico will open the doors of their lodges Saturday to anyone who wants to see what is inside.

With most of the state’s 55 lodges participating in this open house event, the Freemasons invite everyone to come inside, meet the members, and ask all the questions you want. 

In Los Alamos, Pajarito Lodge 66 will open its doors 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1400 Sage Loop at 15th Street and Canyon Road.

The oldest fraternal organization in the world, Freemasons trace their traditional roots to

Pile Burn Planned On Virgin Mesa Near Jemez

on March 2, 2015 - 1:04pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are continuing a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District this week.

The Virgin Mesa prescribed burn may be conducted through March 31, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Virgin Mesa prescribed pile burn is 450 acres in an area one mile west of Jemez Springs and eight miles north of the communities of Gilman and Cañon. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools

Pay Equity Bill Passes House Committee

on March 2, 2015 - 12:57pm

STATE News:
  • Change to Procurement Code Will Add Points in Bid if Companies Show Pay Equity

Today, Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s bill, HB 389, which would amend the state Procurement Code to reward businesses seeking government contracts if they demonstrate that they have a practice of paying equal wages to men and women for the same work, unanimously passed the House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee.

Armstrong’s bill would allow businesses with a clearly documented record of providing equal pay to receive extra points in the procurement bidding process with any governmental

Hey 'New' York ... We Are 'New' Mexico!

on March 2, 2015 - 12:15pm

Courtesy/NMDT

NMTD News:

"NEW" York. We are "NEW" Mexico." ... "Maybe they had the same editor as The Bachelor..." ... "What is wrong with people? For the last time, New Mexico is in the United States." ... "I guess the country of Mexico annexed part of the USA when we weren't looking." ... "Heck. Maybe we aren't so new any more. We've been a state since 1912."

These are a few of the comments made by New Mexicans on the Visit New Mexico Facebook page in reaction to the cover of the New York Times Magazine that showed the area between Texas and Arizona simply as "Mexico."

"This certainly

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