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'A Dose of Reality' Campaign Launched To Combat Teen Prescription Painkiller Abuse

on April 26, 2015 - 9:17am
HSD News:
SANTA FE  the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) announced Tuesday a new statewide prevention campaign to further combat prescription drug abuse.
Called A Dose of Reality, the campaign educates youth and their parents about the serious risks of addiction and overdose from prescription painkiller abuse.
Every day, almost 2,500 youth nationwide between the ages of 12 and 17 will abuse prescription drugs for the first time. In New Mexico, nearly one in 11 high school students report having abused prescription painkillers.

Heinrich Introduces Healthy Kids Outdoors Act

on April 26, 2015 - 8:33am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D- N.M., a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced Thursday the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act, a bill to make it easier for kids to connect with the outdoors and realize the many physical and mental health benefits associated with a more active, outdoor lifestyle.
Companion legislation was introduced by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc. in the House of Representatives.
"The Healthy Kids Outdoors Act would enrich the lives of our children, improve public health, and

IRS Offers Top 10 Tax Tips

on April 25, 2015 - 7:05am

IRS News:

The IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers each year.

There are a variety of reasons why the IRS might send someone a notice.

Here are the top 10 tips to know in case a notice arrives:


  • Don’t panic. You often can take care of a notice simply by responding to it.
  • An IRS notice typically will be about your federal tax return or tax account. It will be about a specific issue, such as changes to your account. It may ask you for more information. It could also explain that you owe tax and that you need to pay the amount that is due.
  • Each notice has specific instructions, so

DOE Accident Investigation Board Concludes: Plenty Of Blame To Go Around For Radioactive Release At WIPP

on April 24, 2015 - 3:09pm
DOE Accident Investigation Board Chair Ted Wyka speaking at Thursday's Town Hall meeting at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visual depiction of Panel 7, Room 7 at WIPP, where Drum 68660 in row 16, column 4 leaked radioactive material. The DOE Accident Investigation Board issued a 670-page forensic study of the Feb. 2014 accident and its aftermath. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Ted Wyka, chairman for the Department of Energy Accident Investigation Board was at Fuller Lodge Thursday night to inform the Los

Los Alamos National Bank CEO John Gulas Participates In 2015 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit

on April 24, 2015 - 2:35pm

Los Alamos National Bank CEO John S. Gulas participates in 2015 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit. Courtesy photo


Six national Baldrige Award recipients were invited to participate in the 2015 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit that took place April 7-8. Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) was awarded the prestigious Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award in 2000. The award recognizes U.S. organizations for performance excellence and is presented by the President of the United States.

John S. Gulas, CEO of LANB represented the bank at the Quality New Mexico Learning Summit.

SFNF Firewood Permits Go On Sale May 4

on April 24, 2015 - 2:18pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Firewood permits for dead and down timber are now available for purchase at Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters and most Ranger District offices. 

The Española Ranger District will begin fuelwood permit sales May 4.

The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $20 for five cords with a maximum of 10 cords per household per year. Customers may purchase permits by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 31, 2015. Permit purchasers will receive load tags, a fuelwood cutting map and guidelines for harvesting the wood.

Permit holders

New Mexico Hikes And Outings For April 25 - June 30

on April 24, 2015 - 7:14am

All Sierra Club outings are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Participants must contact outings leader beforehand. For updates, see

Saturday, April 25: Strenuous loop hike to Yapashi Pueblo and Stone Lions in Bandelier. Starting at the visitors center, we will take the usual route to Yapashi and Stone Lions, but return via the Upper Alamo Canyon trail crossing and the Frijoles Rim trail. Early start. About 15 miles and 2,300-foot elevation gain. Larry, 505.913.0589

Sunday, April 26: Work trip cleaning

Eligible Employers Have Until April 30 To Make Request

on April 24, 2015 - 7:10am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  Businesses and tax-exempt organizations planning to claim the  work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) for eligible workers hired during 2014 have until April 30 to request the certification required for these workers, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Newly revised Form 8850 (, now available on, is used by employers to request certification from their state workforce agency. The Tax Increase Prevention Act, enacted Dec. 19, 2014, retroactively extended this credit for one year through the end of 2014.
The work opportunity tax

SBA New Mexico Hires Deputy District Director

on April 24, 2015 - 6:46am
Kerrie Hurd
SBA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Kerrie Hurd as the Deputy District Director for New Mexico, to oversee the daily operations of the district office and assist with the delivery of the SBA’s programs and services throughout the state.
SBA New Mexico District Director John Woosley said, “I am very happy to have Kerrie join the New Mexico team.

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Streamline Approval Of New Energy Transmission Projects To Help Modernize Grid

on April 24, 2015 - 6:27am


WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced a bill today, S. 1017, to amend the 80-year-old Federal Power Act to provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) narrow authority to approve and site new priority electric transmission lines in cases where local or state approval processes have been unsuccessful.

Ensuring that transmission projects get timely regulatory approvals, especially when there are multiple jurisdictions involved, is critical to building a robust 21st century

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Nominated For 2015 Secretary Of Defense Freedom Award

on April 23, 2015 - 8:07pm

Los Alamos County Environmental Services was nominated for the prestigious 2015 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award. Councilor Rick Reiss, third from left, Public Works Director Philo Shelton, second from right, and Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule with Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, attended the Awards and Recognition Luncheon today hosted by the New Mexico Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the National Guard Readiness Center.

WIPP Mine Rescue Team Train In Smoky Environment

on April 23, 2015 - 1:57pm

WIPP mine rescue team members practice emergency response activities in a simulated smoke-filled environment. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

WIPP mine rescue teams recently participated in an onsite rescue drill that tested their ability to perform emergency operations in a smoke filled environment.

Donning respiratory masks and oxygen tanks, team members entered a simulated smoke filled room and practiced emergency response procedures and actions that prepare them should a fire occur in the WIPP underground.

In a facility like WIPP, rescue teams must be prepared to handle underground fires.

Loretta Lynch Confirmed As U.S. Attorney General

on April 23, 2015 - 1:07pm

Loretta Lynch


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate today confirmed Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General by a vote of 56 to 43. She is the first woman of color to hold the position.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement after voting to confirm Lynch to be the next United States Attorney General:

"Loretta Lynch's impressive legal career and commitment to justice will make her an outstanding Attorney General. She is intelligent, fair, and an admired public servant.

No Child Left Behind Reform Bill Includes NM Priorities

on April 23, 2015 - 8:33am

  • ‘We must make sure these resources reach all students, especially those who need them most to succeed' –Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday that several of the priorities he has championed for New Mexico students have been included in the Every Child Achieves Act.

The bill, which the full Senate will debate in the coming months, reforms and updates No Child Left Behind to improve access to a high-quality K-12 education.

The Every Child Achieves Act, which was approved unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Nature Center Features Talk On Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction In Jemez Mountains/White Rock Canyon

on April 22, 2015 - 4:39pm

Conservation bighorn sheep group. Courtesy photo


The Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center present a talk by Eric Rominger: Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction, at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the new PEEC Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. The community is invited to attend this talk, which is free of charge.

Eric Rominger

Eric Rominger,  the bighorn sheep biologist for the state of New Mexico, will talk about the reintroduction of bighorn in the Jemez Mountains/White Rock Canyon.

Earth Day Celebrated In La Union And Mesquite Colonias With Dedication Of New Water Systems

on April 22, 2015 - 4:11pm

Children from the La Union Elementary School join USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner, center in the rear, to dedicate the new water treatment facility. Courtesy/USDA

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner turns on the water at the Mesquite water system symbolizing the completion of construction of the water system. Looking on is Johnny Holguin , left, vice chair of the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority and Roberto Nieto, chairman of the water authority. Courtesy/USDA

USDA News:

  • New water systems now eliminate harmful arsenic in water supply


Udall: Celebrate Earth Day By Committing To Pass Meaningful Chemical Safety Reform

on April 22, 2015 - 3:24pm



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Congress to make it a priority to pass meaningful chemical safety reform into law this year.

Momentum is continuing to build for Udall's bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety law, the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Udall's legislation has 21 cosponsors from across the political spectrum, and a parallel bipartisan effort is underway in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

The bill, which Udall wrote with

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Statement On Earth Day

on April 22, 2015 - 11:12am

Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in celebration of Earth Day.

“For 45 years, Earth Day has brought together communities and individuals from around the world to advocate for a cleaner, healthier and sustainable future. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, we have seen important progress – making our air and water cleaner, combating acid raid, and growing our use of renewable energy.

Udall Presses VA Secretary McDonald On Wait Times For NM Veterans, Efforts To Improve Care

on April 22, 2015 - 8:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall meets with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss the VA’s ongoing efforts to improve care for veterans. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. ― April 15, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee, met with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss the VA’s ongoing efforts to improve care for veterans in the wake of the appointment scheduling scandal that has affected the Albuquerque VA and other clinics in New Mexico.

Udall has called

To Feel Less Alone: Gay Block, A Portrait

on April 22, 2015 - 7:40am
Photo by Gay Block. Courtesy/NMMA

NMMA News:

SANTA FE — Longtime Santa Fe resident Gay Block's photography is internationally recognized for its fearless exploration of personal identity issues—gender, class, religion, familial relationships and sexual orientation.

A survey of more than 40 of her works from 1975 to 2012 in To Feel Less Alone: Gay Block, A Portrait, opens Friday, May 1, at the New Mexico Museum of Art. The exhibition runs through July 26.

"Gay Block has always used the camera as a tool for understanding life," said the museum's curator of photography Katherine Ware.


Tourism Department Encourages Residents To 'Keep New Mexico True'

on April 21, 2015 - 2:47pm
NMTD News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) is celebrating Keep America Beautiful Month by encouraging residents to sign up for a community cleanup event, and using a big voice to get the message across.

To inspire and remind residents what a pristine landscape the state has, the department is releasing a new video in its “New Mexico True Stories” series. “Wild Territory,” the seventh in the series, showcases the natural beauty of the Land of Enchantment along with people who use the land for recreation and preservation of cultural heritage.

Hobbs Forensic Lab Secures Coveted Accreditation

on April 21, 2015 - 1:29pm

From left, Forensic Chemist Martin Brady, Lab Quality Assurance/Operations Manager Abi Chidambaram, Technician Catherine Gallegos, Lab Manager Edard Love, Ralph Keaton and Noreen Purcell. Courtesy/NMDPS


HOBBS – In a ceremony April 9, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Hobbs Forensic Laboratory was acknowledged for its technical competence and accredited in the disciplines of drug chemistry, firearms, toolmarks and serial number restorations by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB).

“The accreditation

Udall Staff Host Military Service Academy Information Session In Santa Fe 6-8 P.M. Today

on April 21, 2015 - 7:53am


SANTA FE – Staff for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will host an information session 6-8 p.m., today at the St. Michael's High School Library, 100 Siringo Road for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.

Representatives from Udall's office, the New Mexico congressional delegation and the military service academies will be available to field questions from prospective applicants and parents. Udall is accepting applications for nominations to the academies.

Four of the five service academies – the U.S.

Heinrich Tours Movie Set At Kirtland, Highlights N.M. Film Industry / Military Installations Partnerships

on April 20, 2015 - 11:08am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


  • Military Equitable Reimbursement Act--signed into law--ensures New Mexico remains top destination for movie and TV productions

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, highlighted the partnership between New Mexico's film industry and military installations earlier this month while touring the production set for a new film from Paramount Pictures starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, and Martin Freeman, currently being filmed at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) in Albuquerque.

Heinrich met with some of the

Annual Inmate Craftsmanship And Trades Fair May 2

on April 20, 2015 - 10:41am

New Mexico State Penitentiary 'Old Main' Prison. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

It’s that time of year when the New Mexico Corrections Department hosts the Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair May 2.

The fair will feature inmate artists from 11 prisons across the state. Furniture, wood working, paintings, sewing and much more will be on display and for sale.

Proceeds from sales benefit victims, the offender’s children or designated family member, funds other inmate programs and is deposited into a savings account for the inmate artist.