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State Transportation Commission Meeting in Carlsbad

on November 13, 2012 - 9:35am


Santa Fe – The StateTransportation Commission will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Pecos River Conference Center, 1711 Muscatel Ave. in Carlsbad.

Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • A request for additional $1,456,029 for the Transit and Rail budget
  • Additions and deletions from the State Highway System
  • Introduction of our new commissioner Robert Wallach who is representing District 2 in southeastern New Mexico

The meeting will be webcast live on Gov. Susana Martinez’s website,

The State Transportation Commission is an


Clouds Could Explain How Snowball Earth Thawed Out

on November 12, 2012 - 8:26am

Giant snowball created by Oxford students. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

Glaciation events during the Neoproterozoic (524-to-1,000 million years ago) and Paleoproterozoic (1,600-to-2,500 million years ago) periods - events that
spawned ice ages that persisted for millions of years at a time - may have seen glacier ice encircle the planet in a frosty planetary configuration known as a
Snowball Earth.

Whether the planet could have existed in such a state, however, is a matter of considerable debate.

An elevated planetary albedo, caused by the planet being covered in reflective snow and ice,

State's Former Chief Medical Officer Now Practicing in Los Alamos

on November 11, 2012 - 7:30am

Dr. Grant Gerner, Dr. Erin Bouquin, center, and Dr. Barbara Medlin of Los Alamos Urgent Care. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Within a matter of days, Dr. Erin J. Bouquin went from being forced to resign as Chief Medical Officer at the New Mexico Department of Health to an exciting new position on the medical team at Los Alamos Urgent Care.

"Working at the state was an incredible experience and I wouldn't change a minute of it ... I knew going into it that it wouldn't be a long experience but I never imagined it would be that short," Bouquin said.

Lujan Honors Nation’s Veterans

on November 11, 2012 - 6:58am


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day and the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces.

“All across the country this weekend, communities will come together to celebrate Veterans Day, an opportunity to take time out of our busy schedules and pause to reflect on the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made to protect our freedom and ensure the safety of our great nation.

"We thank them for their extraordinary service and sacrifices that they and their families have

CIA Director Resigns Citing Poor Judgement

on November 9, 2012 - 10:11pm

CIA News:

Message from General David H. Petraeus (US Army Retired) to employees
Nov. 9, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA.  After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of


Valles Caldera Trust Identifies Visitor Center Site / Final Environmental Impact Statement Released

on November 8, 2012 - 12:22pm

VCT News:

Jemez Springs The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Public Access and Use Plan (PAUP.)

The plan aims to expand visitor access while preserving the natural and cultural resources of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

In June of this year, the Trust opened a 60-day public comment period on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that featured six public access alternatives.

A total of 125 written comments from agencies, pueblos, organizations and individuals were submitted.

The DEIS was revised


Udall to Participate in WIN Forum at Intel

on November 8, 2012 - 11:34am
ALBUQUERQUE – Friday Nov. 9, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be the featured guest at a Women at Intel (WIN) forum in Rio Rancho to discuss the importance of providing women and girls with skills to succeed in the workforce.
At Intel Corporation, Udall will meet with senior staff and participate in an open forum hosted by Women at Intel Network (WIN), an employee organization.
He will emphasize the importance of encouraging more women and girls to enter into the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM.)
Saturday Nov.

Photojournalist Tony O’Brien's 'Contemplative Landscape' on Display at NM History Museum

on November 4, 2012 - 7:39am

A Quiet Moment, Monastery of Christ in the Desert. Photo by Tony O'Brien


After covering the lives of drug addicts and prostitutes in America and the struggle of Afghan rebels fighting the Soviets – including a stint as a prisoner of war – Santa Fe-based photojournalist Tony O’Brien turned to Christ in the Desert Monastery in Abiquiu to restore his spirit.

During the year he spent living with the Benedictine monks, they allowed him to document their daily activities and rituals, both contemplative and secular.

O’Brien’s work from that era now forms the heart of a


Palace’s Front Door to Close for Renovation Project

on November 4, 2012 - 7:09am


Visitors can still visit via the History Museum and Palace Courtyard

Santa Fe—A long-awaited maintenance project to refinish or replace some of the floors in the entryway of the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors will temporarily inconvenience visitors accustomed to entering themuseum complex through its doors.

As of Friday Nov. 2, the Palace doors facing the Santa Fe Plaza are closed as workers begin deconstruction in the entry and front-desk area.

Visitors are asked to come in through the New Mexico History Museum, just around the corner at 113 Lincoln Ave.

The work is