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Crisis Underway At Cariños Charter School In Española

on August 31, 2014 - 11:26am

Fearing a lock out, teachers, staff and parents stage a sit in beginning Friday and running through the holiday weekend at Cariños Charter School in Española. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teachers and supporters at Cariños Charter School in Española are fighting to keep their doors open. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Fearing they will be locked out over the holiday weekend, teachers and staff at Cariños Charter School in Española have staged a sit in, taking shifts to ensure an around the clock presence inside the school.

The school was "red-tagged' Tuesday

Additional Resources Arriving For Pino Fire

on August 31, 2014 - 10:04am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Today and Monday, more firefighters and equipment will be arriving in Jemez Springs to strengthen the Type 3 Incident Management organization on the Pino Wildfire.

The lightning caused fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 141 acres. The fire is five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. The wildfire is being managed for resource benefit.

Saturday, firefighters observed low intensity fire activity. Smoke from this fire is still not significant, but will steadily increase over the holiday weekend.

Los Alamos Scientist To Hike Grand Canyon 'Rim-To-Rim-To-Rim' in 22 Hours for Veterans For Justice

on August 30, 2014 - 1:23pm

Pawel Listwan

NMLA News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Pawel Listwan has always liked a challenge – like leaving his home country of Poland at the age of 19, living, studying and exploring Australia for nearly 20 years and arriving in Los Alamos eight years ago where he settled with his wife Dorota Listwan and their three children.

In November 2012, together with his business partners, Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and his wife Dorota, they opened the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill, an American-style restaurant and pub.

Now Listwan has set his sights on a new challenge.

Pino Fire Management Activity Increases

on August 30, 2014 - 10:43am

SFNF News:

Firefighting operations on the Pino Fire are gradually intensifying to take advantage of predicted favorable weather. It is expected that conditions on Tuesday, Sept. 2 will be optimal for aerial and hand ignitions to direct fire to holding and control features. Management of the wildfire is under the direction of a Type 3 Incident Management organization.

The lightning caused fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 132 acres. The fire is located five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

Los Alamos County's Allison Majure Elected Vice Chair Of Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board

on August 29, 2014 - 11:37am

Allison Majure. CourtesyNNMCAB

NNMCAB News:

The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) held elections at its July 30 board meeting at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe.

Los Alamos resident Allison Majure was elected to serve as vice chair. Majure works in communications at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. She has served on the NNMCAB since March 8, 2012.

Doug Sayre served as vice chair over the past fiscal year was elected at the July 30 meeting to serve as chair for Fiscal Year 2015. He is a native resident of Santa Fe and has served on the NNMCAB since

FBI Offers $2,000 Reward in Albq. Hate Crime Case

on August 29, 2014 - 8:36am

FBI News:

The FBI is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for attacking and robbing an Albuquerque woman while yelling obscenities about Muslims.

The FBI, which is working closely with the Albuquerque Police Department on this case, is investigating this incident as a hate crime.

On June 5, 2014, an unknown masked man forced his way into the victim’s home in Albuquerque. The victim said the suspect punched her in the head and stomach while yelling obscenities about Muslims.

Nominations Open For MADD Heroes

on August 29, 2014 - 7:32am

MADD News:

Saturday, Nov. 8, MADD New Mexico, the state’s largest and most active nonprofit dedicated to ending DWI, is holding its annual Honoring Heroes brunch.

This event takes place every year to recognize outstanding law enforcement officers, first responders, judges and regular citizens, who demonstrate a remarkable commitment to MADD’s mission – to end drunk driving, to support the victims of this crime, and to prevent underage drinking.

The event is open to the community, with proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction reinvested into MADD’s victim advocacy and underage

Senators Visit Sandia to Discuss Tech Transfer

on August 28, 2014 - 7:45am

Senators Tom Udall and Richard Durbin meet with scientists at Sandia National Laborator. Courtesy/Office of Sen. Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. visited Sandia National Laboratories with fellow Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois to discuss ways to support New Mexico's national labs and promote technology transfer to create new well-paying jobs.

Udall welcomed Durbin, who chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, to receive an update on Sandia's work on the B61 Life Extension Project.  

Udall has fought to maintain adequate funding for this and

CIR Benefit Banquet 2014 Features Talk by Ambassador Marc Grossman

on August 28, 2014 - 7:41am

Ambassador Marc Grossman

CIR News:

Join the Citizen Diplomats of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at the CIR Benefit Banquet 2014 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Palace Ballroom of the New Drury Plaza Hotel, 228 East Palace Ave. in Santa Fe.

This is the kick-off event for CIR’s upcoming 50th anniversary year of hosting international visitors and bringing greater knowledge of world affairs to the community of Santa Fe.  

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails in the garden of the new Drury Plaza Hotel, followed by an elegant dinner in the Palace Ballroom. 

The

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Sen. Candelaria Calls Upon Legislature to Fund Bullying Prevention Act

on August 28, 2014 - 7:37am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria

N.M. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE—In light of new state revenue projections, Sen. Jacob Candelaria D-26-Bernalillo renewed calls today for the state of New Mexico to fund student-centered, effective bullying prevention programs statewide.

“I was bullied growing up because I was different, so I can relate and understand the damage bullying can do to a child,” Candelaria said. “Our fundamental duty to New Mexico students requires that we stand up, speak out and support student and community efforts to eliminate bullying in our schools.”

This will mark the second year that

Museum of New Mexico Staffers Win Major Publications Awards

on August 28, 2014 - 7:32am
Promotional materials for 'Turquoise, Water, Sky.' Courtesy/ Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

STATE News:

SANTA FE—The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is proud to announce that members of its staff have won three of four awards in the 2014 Publications Design Competition of the Mountain-Plains Museum Association.

The awards, to be presented at the organization’s Sept. 28–Oct. 2 conference, represent excellence in the design of exhibition catalogues, books and other collateral materials produced for museums within a 10-state region of Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New

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Pino Fire Not Expected to Impact Facilities Over Labor Day Weekend

on August 28, 2014 - 6:54am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire, on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, is now estimated at 120 acres. The fire is located five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

The heavy rain that was expected yesterday produced a little over one tenth of an inch of rain on the fire. Robust drying is forecast to begin Friday and carry through next week. This drying trend will result in lower humidities and better opportunities for fire growth. An increase in smoke is expected. 

Minimal fire activity was observed yesterday.

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New Mexico Electric Car Challenge Nov. 22

on August 27, 2014 - 6:58am

Valles Caldera Answers ALS Bucket Challenge

on August 26, 2014 - 9:40am
The Valles Caldera staff was challenged by Giggling Springs Hot Springs to the ALSA.org Ice Bucket Challenge. The staff in turn challenges their friends at Bandelier National Monument, The Forest Service (Santa Fe National Forest) and Fenton Lake State Park. Watch Monday's bucket challenge video here. PrintScreen/VCNP

Elevated Heavy Rainfall Threat Through Tonight

on August 26, 2014 - 8:35am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a weather alert through late tonight.

Event:

  • Type – Heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding.
  • Timing – Late this morning through late tonight.
  • Location – Central and western New Mexico. Areas along the Continental Divide and the central mountain chain will be favored for heavy rainfall.

Key Impacts:

  • Stronger storms will produce heavy downpours with rain at rates near 1.5 inches per hour
  • An overall drier period the past couple weeks will help mitigate the chances for serious flash flooding, however the potential

Vehicle Crashes Into Canyon Near Anderson Overlook ... Main Hill Road Remains Closed

on August 25, 2014 - 9:39pm

The Main Hill Road remains closed this evening following a single-vehicle accident this afternoon near Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A male and female were seriously injured and air lifted to area hospitals today after their vehicle left the roadway near Anderson Overlook and landed in the canyon.

"We're still investigating this single-vehicle accident that occurred about 3:30 p.m. today at mile marker 5 on N.M. 502," said Major Ken Johnson of the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Department during an interview at about 9 p.m.

Fate of Pajarito Ski Area in Public's Hands ... Proposed Temporary Pipeline Permit Meeting Tonight

on August 25, 2014 - 4:14pm

USFS News:

The proposed Pajarito Ski Area temporary pipeline permit will be explained at a public meeting at 6 p.m. today.

The Española Ranger District is hosting the meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos. The meeting will be in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Dr. side of the church.

Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the “scoping” period.

“This proposal is pretty simple in design,” Española Ranger District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker said.

Pajarito String Band of Los Alamos Wins Bluegrass Band Competition!

on August 25, 2014 - 10:32am

Showing off their blue ribbons, Pajarito String Band, a Los Alamos based swing and bluegrass group, won the Bluegrass Band Competition Sunday at the 40th Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. Band members include John Wohlbier, Lorelei Wohlbier, Evelyn Wohlbier, Mark Schraad and Ian Fleming. Watch their performance at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-Y59bCmgwkat. Courtesy photo

Pajarito String Band performing for the 40th Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. PrintScreen/Courtesy

Highway Use Tax Return Due Sept. 2 for Most Truckers

on August 24, 2014 - 10:07am

Tax due for 18 wheelers. Courtesy/txdps.state.tx.us

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service reminds truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due Tuesday, Sept. 2.

This year’s Sept. 2 due date, pushed back two days because the normal Aug. 31 deadline falls on a Sunday, generally applies to Form 2290 and the accompanying tax payment for the tax year that begins on July 1, 2014, and ends on June 30, 2015.

Returns must be filed and tax payments made by Sept. 2 for vehicles used on the road during July.

SFNF Officials Seek To Preserve Traditional Grazing While Protecting Endangered Mouse Habitat

on August 24, 2014 - 9:46am

Interested parties gather Monday to discuss ways to sustain trans-generational grazing operations in the Jemez Mountains while protecting habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - Representatives from Santa Fe National Forest, the U. S.

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Udall Staff Host Military Service Academy Information Session Tuesday In Albuquerque

on August 24, 2014 - 9:06am
The United States Corps of Cadets assembled on the Plain, Aug. 16, for the Acceptance Day Parade to officially welcome the Class of 2018 into the Long Gray Line. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley/USMA Public Affairs
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE - Staff for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will host an information session Tuesday in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico Student Union Building for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.
 
Udall is accepting applications for nominations to the academies.

Wet Weather Slows Pino Fire Growth

on August 24, 2014 - 8:00am

SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District is now estimated at 91 acres.

The fire, which is being managed for resource benefit, was slowed Friday due to wetting rains in the area most of the day. Some active fire behavior was observed in the heavy fuels. Fire crews continued to monitor behavior and made preparations to step up ignition operations next week if conditions allow.

There are no road closures due to the fire at this time.

Breaking News: SOS Candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver Taps Sheryl Nichols of Los Alamos As Her Deputy

on August 23, 2014 - 2:35pm
Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver, left, candidate for N.M. secretary of state with her choice for deputy, Sheryl Nichols of Los Alamos, at a private residence in Barranca Mesa. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Democratic candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that if elected New Mexico secretary of state, she intends to appoint Sheryl Nichols of Los Alamos as her deputy.

Nichols worked for the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office for 24 years. She retired as chief deputy clerk earlier this year.

"The voters of Los Alamos have

WIPP: Samples Taken From Materials Surrounding Suspected Waste Drum In Underground Facility

on August 23, 2014 - 11:10am

Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Workers entered the underground facility to collect additional samples Aug. 15, in support of the Accident Investigation Board’s (AIB) ongoing investigation into the cause of the February radiological event at WIPP.

The AIB requested additional samples of the materials surrounding the waste drum that is the suspected source of the radiological release in Room 7 of Panel 7. The samples will be sent to offsite laboratories for analysis in an effort to further evaluate what types of material were released from the drum at the time of the event.

Another key component of

Bandelier's Summer End Activities Include Fee Free Day, Hikes and More

on August 22, 2014 - 9:44am

Sign at the entrance to Bandelier National Monument Courtesy/NPS

BNM News:

There's only a little over a week before summer "unofficially" ends on Labor Day, and Bandelier National Monument will be offering lots of activities to encourage people to come out and enjoy the time in between.
 
Aug. 25 is a special day at National Park areas all over the country, since it is Founders Day, the day in 1916 that the National Park Service (NPS) was established. This year it is a Fee Free Day, when entrance fees are waived at all NPS areas.

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