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Udall Hosts Roundtable To Highlight Need To Extend LWCF At Valles Caldera National Preserve Friday

on September 3, 2015 - 2:30pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. om Udall will host a roundtable discussion Friday on the urgent need to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The LWCF conserves and promotes public access to the country’s national parks, forests and public lands, but it is set to expire at the end of the month without congressional action. New Mexico Wildlife Federation leaders and several other conservation partners will join the conversation.

While at the Valles Caldera, Udall also will receive an update on the management transition

Gallinas Canyon Road Reopens In Time For Holiday

on September 3, 2015 - 2:18pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Crews have completed the repair work on Forest Road (FR) 263 in Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest in time for the Labor Day Holiday. 

FR 263, which was closed to the public after severe damage from monsoonal flooding in 2013, is now open to traffic in time for the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend. Prior to reopening FR 263, forest personnel performed a hazard tree inspection at developed recreation sites along FR 263 to ensure public health and safety.

Funding and engineering services for the road work were

Bench Warrant Sweep Collects More Than $150,000

on September 3, 2015 - 10:55am
ALBUQUERQUE — For the fourth year in a row, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the success of New Mexico’s annual child support bench warrant round up.
This year’s program collected more than $150,000 in unpaid child support.
“The bench warrant round up is an invaluable tool in standing up for New Mexico’s children,” Martinez said. “The round up delivers real, meaningful results for children and families, and it sends a clear message that if parents don’t fulfill their financial obligations to their kids, law enforcement will hold them accountable.”
This year’s bench warrant round up

House Speaker Creates Investigative Committee To Assess Charges Against Secretary Of State

on September 3, 2015 - 10:51am
House Speaker Don Tripp
New Mexico Speaker Don Tripp issued the following statement about creating a Special Committee to investigate charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran: 
Secretary of State Dianna Duran
Given the serious nature of the allegations made by the Attorney General against the Secretary of State, I believe the appropriate and responsible next step for the House of Representatives is to begin the process of determining whether these charges have merit and rise to the level of impeachment.

Los Alamos County Fire Department Awarded International Accreditation

on September 2, 2015 - 12:05pm

At the awards banquet Thursday in Atlanta from left, CPSE Technical Advisor Gerard Kay, Deputy Chief Justin Grider, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, CFAI Commission Chair Steven Westermann, County Manager Harry Burgess, CPSE Technical Advisor Team Lead Gary Aleshire, IAFF President Bert Quintana and EMS Battalion Chief Ben Stone. Courtesy/LAFD

During the accreditation hearing last week in Atlanta, from left, County Manager Harry Burgess, Gary Aleshire, Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Chief Justin Grider and EMS Division Chief Stone. Courtesy/LAFD


Los Alamos Daily Post

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Labor Day; Recreational Areas Open

on September 2, 2015 - 7:43am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest is preparing for one of the busiest recreation weekends of the year.  

All recreation facilities on the forest will be open with one exception. The E.V. Long Campground on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is closed for restoration due to flood damage in 2013. 

To check the availability of campgrounds that require reservations, visit the Reserve America website. The first-come, first-served sites will likely fill up fast. With the increase in visitors over the holiday weekend, please remember that recreation and camping etiquette is

Luján And FTC To Educate Children And Seniors On Safe Online Practices

on September 2, 2015 - 7:09am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


  • Encourages Students to Share with Care and Help Seniors Learn How to Avoid Scams

SANTA FE –  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District will join with a representative from the Federal Trade Commission to hold two events Wednesday, Sept. 2 to share best practices and tips to be safe online and avoid scams, identity theft, and other forms of fraud.

At Luján’s invitation, Dama Brown, the FTC’s director of the Southwest Region, will be in Northern New Mexico to participate in a school assembly regarding cyber safety and bullying,

Pajarito Environmental Education Center Leads Efforts To Certify Los Alamos As A Community Wildlife Habitat

on September 1, 2015 - 6:38pm

PEEC Board members celebrating the certification of the nature center as a Wildlife Habitat, from left, Jeremy Campbell, Bob Walker, Jennifer Macke, Selvi Viswanathan, Esta Lee Albright, Michele Altherr, Nancy Arendt, Felicia Orth, Ann Shafer, Sue Watts, Mary Carol Williams, Becky Shankland, Talia Dreicer, Karla Sartor and Rebecca Oertel. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A team of Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers is working to make Los Alamos the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico.

To date, our community consists of 126 backyards, four common areas, and

Governor Surprises Piñon Elementary Student With Grand Prize In Summer Reading Challenge

on September 1, 2015 - 3:57pm

Gov. Susana Martinez surprises 2nd grade student Rocko Del Mauro Monday at Piñon Elementary School. The Governor announced that Del Mauro is a grand prize winner of the Summer Reading Challenge. Courtesy/LAPS

Alberta and Ronald Heil (grandparents), Diana Del Mauro (mom), Summer Reading Challenge grand prize winner Rocko Del Mauro, Gov. Susana Martinez and David Del Mauro (dad) celebrate the 2nd graders achievement Monday at Piñon Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:


Udall Announces New Chief Of Staff

on September 1, 2015 - 11:22am

Bianca Ortiz Wertheim


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has hired Bianca Ortiz Wertheim to serve as his new chief of staff starting Sept. 8.

A native of Nambé, north of Santa Fe, Ortiz Wertheim has worked for Udall for six years as the director of his state offices, supervising his constituent service work and team of local representatives. She will move to Washington with her husband, attorney and businessman John Wertheim.

She succeeds Michael Collins, of Taos, who is leaving for the private sector. Collins has worked in Udall’s U.S.

New Mexico Department Of Transportation Sponsors Statewide Child Safety Seat Clinic Sept. 19

on September 1, 2015 - 9:34am
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is pleased to sponsor a statewide child safety seat clinic from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19.
The clinics will take place in six cities and seven different locations as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week Seat Check Saturday.
The free clinics are held on a first-come, first-serve basis and are open to the public.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14.
“Whether they are taking short trips or long vacations, our families should do everything they can to ensure a

New Mexico State Police Issues Amber Alert

on September 1, 2015 - 7:55am

Private Well Water Precautions For San Juan County & Other Affected New Mexico Residents

on August 31, 2015 - 1:00pm
NMED News:
SANTA FE  Private domestic water well owners in San Juan County and other parts of New Mexico inundated by floodwater caused by recent heavy rain are being advised to take precautions.
Flood water can be tainted by sewage leaked by flooded septic systems, or other contaminants, and the floodwater can contaminate water wells.
For private domestic water well users whose wells have been inundated by the floodwater, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) recommends the following actions:
1. The well water should be vigorously boiled for 5 minutes before use for drinking,

Albuquerque Rotary Seeks Service Award Nominations

on August 31, 2015 - 10:55am
ALBUQUERQUE  In celebration of the club’s centennial, The Rotary Club of Albuquerque announced that it is seeking nominations for its “Centennial Celebration of Service Above Self” Awards.

The Club, which has been a staple of the Albuquerque community since its inception in 1916, will recognize volunteer service to the community with one-time awards to five living New Mexicans (individuals or groups) in the following categories:
First Responders, Military, Community, Youth and a Rotarian within District 5520.
Awards will be presented to those who have demonstrated

Common Cause Statement On SOS Charges

on August 31, 2015 - 9:22am

Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director Viki Harrison

CCNM News:

Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director Viki Harrison released the following statement Sunday regarding the Secretary of State situation:

“Like the rest of the state, Common Cause New Mexico was shocked to hear of the criminal complaints filed against our Secretary of State, Dianna Duran, by the Attorney General.

“As Secretary of State, Dianna Duran is the elected official in New Mexico in charge of many important functions, including the implementation of campaign finance laws; ethics enforcement for candidates

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Statement On Thursday's Game Commission Decisions

on August 29, 2015 - 8:29am


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game Commission voted Thursday to approve trapping for cougars on state trust land and private land throughout New Mexico.

The commission also voted to increase bear-hunting quotas. Both decisions came without sufficient scientific evidence and in the face of overwhelming public opposition. 

More than 1,000 New Mexicans sent written comments and several hundred people came to Thursday's meeting to ask the Commission not to adopt New Mexico Game and Fish's proposals, which may put bear populations in danger and would allow traps on private and

Udall Welcomes Committee On Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing On Gold King Mine Disaster

on August 29, 2015 - 8:27am

Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Tom Udall welcomed an announcement by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming,chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), that the committee will hold an oversight hearing to examine the harmful impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Gold King Mine spill on Indian Country.

Udall and fellow committee member Sen. John McCain of Arizona, wrote a letter earlier this month to Barrasso and SCIA Vice Chairman Jon Tester of Montana requesting the hearing.

The hearing, titled “EPA’s Gold King Mine Disaster: Examining

Main Hill Road Work Bogs Down Morning Commute

on August 29, 2015 - 8:11am

Workers from the New Mexico Department of Transportation were patching areas of the Main Hill Road Friday morning bringing traffic to a standstill and causing many to be late for work, appointments and other engagements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Patch work by NMDOT on the Main Hill Road Friday morning brought traffic to a standstill, causing people to be late for work, appointments and other engagements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMDOT workers fill in gaps under this guardrail Friday morning as part of repair work on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A.

Alert: Hazard Tree Felling On Cañada Bonita Trails ... Hikers Urged To Use Caution

on August 28, 2015 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Crews are working on the Cañada Bonita trails accessed from the Pajarito Ski Area trailhead through Sept. 2, felling hazard trees in the burn area from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.

In coordination with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Southwest Nordic Ski Club contracted with the non-profit American Conservation Experience to perform the work along the original road and on the trail loops above the main trail.

Post-fire erosion, higher-than-normal moisture and wind are bringing weakened trees down in record numbers.

NMED, State Engineer, RMSC Win Injunction

on August 28, 2015 - 8:49am

NMED News:

Santa Fe – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez’s executive agencies - the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) - along with 12 other co-plaintiff states (States) prevailed in their motion to block the Aug. 28 implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). 

Chief Judge Ralph Erickson granted the States’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction in the U.S.

NM Business Latest Honored For Installing Solar System

on August 28, 2015 - 7:17am
Wayne Sonchar owner of B.T.U. Building Materials, Inc., right, accepts a certificate of completion from USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner for the installation of a solar power array on his business . Courtesy photo
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, August 25, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner presented Wayne Sonchar the owner of B.T.U. Materials, Inc. in Las Vegas, New Mexico a certificate of completion to dedicate the solar power system recently installed at the business.
While making his remarks during the event Brunner said, “I congratulate B.T.U.

FBI, SFPD Look For Woman Who Tried To Rob Bank

on August 28, 2015 - 7:13am

Suspect who attempted to rob a Bank of America branch in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a woman who attempted to rob a Bank of America branch in Santa Fe.

The suspect involved in the Aug. 12, 2015 attempted robbery is described as a white female in her mid-20s with long black or dark brown hair. She wore a baggy white T-shirt, dark blue sweat pants and large frame sunglasses when she walked into the bank at approximately 2:30 p.m. on 4037 W. Rodeo Road.

The suspect gave a teller a note demanding money, but the suspect left without

LAFD Earns International Accredited Agency Status!

on August 27, 2015 - 8:19pm

Personnel in the LAFD Administration Office in Los Alamos watch today's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Courtesy/LAFD

Staff Report

For the fourth time in its history, the Los Alamos County Fire Department has achieved International Accredited Agency status.

The award was presented this evening at a special ceremony in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta. County Manager Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, LAFD Union President Bert Quintana and EMS Supervisor Ben Stone traveled to Atlanta to accept the award on behalf of the department.

Program Members Help Park, Learn Skills At Bandelier

on August 27, 2015 - 5:16pm
Members of the Bandelier Preservation Corps working on the Ancestral Pueblo walls at Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Mnument. Courtesy/NPS
Members of the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, with visiting U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Courtesy/NPS

Bandelier News:


This summer, two programs at Bandelier National Monument, the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, provided local young people the opportunity to learn skills and help improve and maintain the park. 
Funding came from project money, the

New Mexico Judiciary Endorses Bail Reform Constitutional Amendment

on August 27, 2015 - 4:53pm
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Judiciary will ask the Legislature to let voters decide whether to approve reforms to the bail system for the release of criminal defendants awaiting trial.
The proposed amendment to the New Mexico Constitution will allow judges the lawful option of denying pretrial release on bail to defendants who are too dangerous or unreasonable flight risks. The proposal also will guarantee that no person entitled to pretrial release is held in jail simply because they are financially unable to afford a money bond.    
Current provisions of the state