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Easter Sunday Events At Jemez Historic Site

on April 20, 2014 - 11:12am

Jemez Historic Site just north of Jemez Springs 7 a.m. sunrise service, with the Jemez Valley Baptist Church, the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, the Jemez Springs Community Presbyterian Church and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church participating. Photo by Matthew J. Barbour, manager, Jemez Historic Site

Easter Service this morning at the Jemez Site (Jemez State Monument). Photo by Matthew J. Barbour


Easter Sunday events at the Jemez Historic Site (formerly Jemez State Monument) just north of Jemez Springs began today with a 7 a.m.


Luján Visits UNM-LA on STEM Tour

on April 17, 2014 - 1:19pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján toured the UNM-LA campus Tuesday as part of his STEM Tour of northern New Mexico. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, right, talks with robotics students about their projects at UNM-LA Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District visited UNM-Los Alamos Tuesday as part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Tour of northern New Mexico.

Luján met with students and educators and to discuss the need to encourage

La Sotella Prescribed Burn Near Española April 22-25

on April 17, 2014 - 6:33am

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/

SFNF News:

ESPAÑOLA—April 22-25, fire managers on the Española Ranger District will be conducting a prescribed burn to 1,760 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 10 miles northwest of Española and 8 miles south of Abiquiu.

Smoke from the burn will be visible from Española, Abiquiu, Canones, Medanales, Chama Highway (84/285), and Highway 96. It is expected to settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings, but should lift by mid-morning. After ignitions are complete, smoke will still be visible for a few days.

Celebrate National Park Week at Bandelier April 19-27

on April 17, 2014 - 6:32am

View of Long House, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo and nearby cavates, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


All over the country, units of the National Park System will be celebrating National Park Week from April 19-27, including fee free days April 19-20 and Bandelier is joining in the festivities.

“Spring is a terrific time to be at Bandelier,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Corrections Department Eliminates Overnight Visits

on April 16, 2014 - 10:07am

NMCD News:

SANTA FE—In an effort to continue to provide opportunities for inmates to reconnect with their families, the New Mexico Corrections Department has made changes to its family visit policy.

The department has decided to eliminate overnight family visits effective May 1. Only a small portion of the nearly 7,000 inmates in the Corrections Department qualified for overnight family visits.

Inmates will now have more frequent contact visits with family during special seminar days.

Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center Issues Annual Safety Alert For Walkers

on April 15, 2014 - 9:11am

Pilgrims gather on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

EMO News:

SANTA FE – The annual journey to El Santuario de Chimayó is underway. Dozens of walkers have already begun their trek to the church. The Santuario de Chimayó Pilgrimage Joint Information Center would like to remind pedestrians and motorists to be safe as they make their way along the route. 

The public safety for this event is a joint coordinated effort between the Emergency Management Offices (EMO)  in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties.

Residents Asked to Sign Petition To Ban Trapping

on April 15, 2014 - 7:41am

TFNM News:

Trap Free New Mexico (TFNM) is asking residents to sign a petition here to ban animal trapping in New Mexico. 

TFNM is a coalition of citizens, conservation organizations and animal welfare groups who oppose the cruel, damaging and dangerous practice of trapping in New Mexico. Under-regulated and outdated, traps put citizens, pets and non-target species at risk, including the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

"We seek to ban traps in New Mexico for the sake of public safety and New Mexico's native wildlife," TFNM said.

New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair

on April 15, 2014 - 7:39am


Los Aamos sent 27 6-12th graders to the 62nd New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro April 4-5.

New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair is an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and is bound by the rules governing that organization. The fair also is a member of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA). NMSEF is a non-profit program hosted by New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (New Mexico Tech).

Financial support for the Fair comes from New Mexico Tech, the State of New Mexico,

RTD Adds Buses to Accommodate Chimayo Pilgrams on Good Friday, April 18

on April 14, 2014 - 2:42pm


The North Central Regional Transit District is adding additional buses along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 18.

Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., throughout the day (the first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 8:30 a.m.) departing from the RTD stop on the north side of the Big Rock Phillips 66 Station in front of the Santa Claran Hotel. 

The route will traverse N.M. 76 with multiple stops in each direction along the way.

NMSARC Announces Annual Search and Rescue Conference

on April 14, 2014 - 11:46am



The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) is hosting ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event), its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers April 25-27 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa, and Casino in Pojoaque.

More than 100 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma are attending to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.

The three-day conference also has vendors, featuring the latest in search and rescue gear, communications equipment and performance clothing, a silent auction

Udall Bill to Curb False Advertising Claims on Protective Sports Gear Clears Commerce Committee

on April 11, 2014 - 11:48am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that the Youth Sports Concussions Act (S. 1014), a bill he introduced with Commerce Committee Chairman John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., cleared a major hurdle when it passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
The legislation would help protect youth athletes from the dangers of concussions by curbing false advertising claims made by sports equipment manufacturers to increase protective sports gear sales. Action on S.

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary Invites Community to Two-Day Open House and Birthday Party

on April 11, 2014 - 10:26am

Mitch. Courtesy/KSAS

Mitch is an older dog who was part of a hoarding case in Edgewood. He was brought to Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, just outside of Santa Fe, which offers eldercare and hospice to older companion animals; dogs, horses and poultry. Mitch is blind and finally feels safe in his new home.

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary is hosting its annual Spring Open House and Collective Birthday Party for all the animals at the sanctuary.

The event is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11. Each day offers free workshops in successful Wellness Care, healthy

Rep. Lujan Grisham Urges APD to Accept All DOJ Recommendations

on April 10, 2014 - 10:55pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Albuquerque Police Department.

“The Albuquerque community has waited a long time – too long – for someone to acknowledge and take decisive action against the violence we’re all witnessing. The DOJ has confirmed longstanding allegations that the department has used excessive force and violated civil rights.

“After being briefed by the DOJ, I am confident that we are headed toward a

Zia Award Honors Three Outstanding Children’s Book Authors

on April 10, 2014 - 11:21am

NMPW News:

Four outstanding New Mexico women writers will be honored for their children’s books on Saturday, April 26, at noon at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces as part of the New Mexico Press Women’s annual conference.

 The 2014 Zia Book Award finalists for the Picture Book category are (in alphabetical order) Kitten Caboodle, written by Paige Grant and illustrated by Lisa Williams, and Tia’s Tamales, written by Ana Baca and illustrated by Noël Chilton. The finalists in the Youth category are (in alphabetical order) Children of Time: Evolution and the Human Story by Anne Weaver and


Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

on April 10, 2014 - 8:32am

Sen. Tom Udall


ALBUQUERQUE. – Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Staff for Udall will also host several information sessions throughout the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying. In northern New Mexico, the session is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Santa Fe High School at 2100 Yucca St.

Four of the five service academies – the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S.

FBI Alert: Man With Gun Robs Santa Fe Bank

on April 9, 2014 - 8:07pm

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a man who robbed First National Bank of Santa Fe today at 516 W. Cordova Road in Santa Fe.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, approximately 6' tall, with a slender to medium build. The man's face was covered by a black bandana with a white pattern. He wore a dark blue or black hoodie with a white logo and writing on the front that included the words "Santa Fe;" maroon sweat pants, white gloves, sunglasses and white tennis shoes.

Witnesses say the suspect walked into the bank at approximately 10 a.m.

Road Work Continues on U.S. 84/285 Traffic Switch North of Pojoaque

on April 9, 2014 - 12:36pm


SANTA FE - NMDOT continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2. The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County. The bridge construction work is anticipated to be completed by summer of 2014.

There will be a switch in traffic on Monday, April 7, 2014.  The northbound U.S. 84/285 traffic will be detoured to the newly constructed U.S. 84/285 southbound lanes, and will return to the existing northbound U.S.

Luján Highlights Equal Pay Day and Importance of Passing Paycheck Fairness Act

on April 9, 2014 - 10:10am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., highlighted Equal Pay Day and the importance of taking steps to close the wage gap that still exists between men and women, including passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. 

Equal Pay Day symbolizes when, more than three months into the year, women's wages finally catch up to what men were paid the previous year. Luján is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act that was signed into law nearly 51 years ago.

"Equal pay for equal work

Last Minute Filers Can Avoid Common Errors

on April 9, 2014 - 10:00am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds taxpayers to review their tax returns for common errors that could delay the processing of their returns.

Here are some ways to avoid common mistakes:

  • Mail a paper return to the right address. Paper filers should check or their form instructions for the appropriate address where to file to avoid processing delays.
  • Take a close look at the tax tables. When figuring tax using the tax tables, taxpayers should be sure to use the correct column for the filing status claimed.
  • Fill in all requested information clearly. When

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns for New Mexico Offices

on April 9, 2014 - 7:42am

Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON –Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices. 

For more information and to apply for an internship, visit Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. 

"Congressional internships provide an unparalleled educational opportunity for students to gain first-hand

Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World

on April 7, 2014 - 8:53pm

Our Lady of the Lote Tree Melchor Pérez Holguín (active 1694-1724), Potosí, Bolivia, 1716. Oil on canvas. New Mexico History Museum Collection, DCA 2005.27.32. Gift of the International Institute of Iberian Colonial Art This image of Our Lady of the Lote Tree represents the patron saint of the town of Castellón de la Plana in the Valencian region of Spain. The original tiny (2.4 inches) sculpture has been installed within the body of a larger sculpture representing the Virgin Mary that has been lavishly dressed. Photo by Blair Clark

Our Lady of Copacabana with Saint Joseph and Saint Peter.

SFNF’s Coyote Ranger District Office Opens

on April 7, 2014 - 12:42pm

SFNF News:

District Ranger Andrew Vigil, from Santa Fe National Forest, announced this week that the Coyote Ranger Station has reopened. 

The office, located on New Mexico Highway 96 in Coyote, has been closed since early December when a break in the sprinkler system caused severe flooding throughout the building. Since then, employees have been working out of neighboring offices in Cuba and Espanola. 

The flood damage was so extensive that several walls, insulation, and flooring had to be removed to allow the interior to dry out.

For Resident Safety - SFNF Proposing 10-year Shooting Closure Along Caja del Rio

on April 7, 2014 - 11:12am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest’s Española Ranger District is proposing a 10-year shooting closure along the east boundary of the Caja del Rio, east of Santa Fe, to protect the lives and property of those who live adjacent to the Forest boundary.

Shooting a firearm within the National Forest is allowed; however, in order to protect adjacent property owners, the area has been closed since May 24, 2001. Due to an increase in development on private land near the Forest boundary, there is a greater need to enforce the closure to keep residents safe.

Under the National Environmental

National Work Zone Awareness Week: Watch Out For Workers And Stay Safe

on April 6, 2014 - 9:42am

Arnold Murphy from the NMDOT Moriarty Project Office created this 'orange barrel family' as a safety reminder in the work zone just west of Moriarty on I-40. Courtesy/NMDOT


SANTA FE—The week of April 7 marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, which also is the official start of the roadway construction season across most of the country. 

Each year local, state and federal transportation officials observe National Work Zone Awareness Week by reminding drivers to slow down and drive safely through work zones. 

What many motorists may not realize is that they are more at risk of

WIPP Conducts Q&A With Public

on April 6, 2014 - 8:39am

WIPP News:

With regard to the Feb. 5 incident, the public has asked a number of questions at recent Town Hall meetings and in an effort to share this information, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has provided some of the questions and corresponding answers:

Q. If the filters were not deployed, how much radiation would have come out of the exhaust?
A. We cannot speculate. The filtration system is in place to minimize the amount released to the environment, and this is what happened.

Q. Wasn’t there some time after the air monitors went off, but before the filters were deployed?