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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Welcomes Decision To Reject Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline

on December 4, 2016 - 8:16pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the incoming vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to reject the current route for the Dakota Access Pipeline and explore alternatives:
 
"I appreciate the president and the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision today to deny an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing under Lake Oahe in North Dakota and to explore alternate routes.

State Initiates Special Audit And Plan To Resolve Potential Tax Underpayments By Insurance Companies

on December 4, 2016 - 9:24am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Nov. 30, State Auditor Tim Keller announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) outlined a plan for the resolution of longstanding questions about revenue collection at the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI).
 
The plan includes the initiation of an in-depth audit, to be conducted by an independent firm, to determine amounts that may be owed to the state. The plan also includes recommendations for multiagency coordination for oversight of the audit findings and responsibilities for any settlement claims. 
 

Culture, Farolitos All Aglow At ‘NM True Light Among The Ruins’ In Jemez Dec. 10

on December 4, 2016 - 9:19am
Light among ruins. Courtesy/Jemez Historic Site
 
JEMEZ News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The historic ruins of the Jemez Historic Site in Jemez Springs, New Mexico will be lit by more than 1,400 farolitos during the unforgettable, “NM True Light Among the Ruins” event from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
 
Complimentary horse and wagons will bring visitors to and from Jemez Springs’ Plaza to the Jemez Historic Site throughout the evening for both an immersive cultural and holiday experience.
 
Tickets will be issued to visitors to get on the wagons at three locations - Jemez Historic Site, Los

Luján Addresses National Defense Authorization Act

on December 4, 2016 - 9:13am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement after voting in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a number of priorities for New Mexico.
 
“From the dedicated men and women who serve our country at Cannon Air Force Base, to the cutting edge research taking place at Los Alamos National Labs, I am proud of the leading role New Mexico’s Third District plays in ensuring our national security policy.

WIPP: Ground Control Progress In Panel 7

on December 3, 2016 - 10:52am
An Underground Operations employee, wearing anti-contamination clothing and a respirator, installs bolts in Panel 7 of the WIPP underground. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
Underground operations personnel installed 360 bolts in one recent week – doubling the previous weekly record.
 
The significant progress made in ground control maintenance over the past several weeks in the WIPP underground has exceeded expectations. Ground control is important to ensure safe working conditions for resuming waste emplacement.
 
“The performance of our underground operations crews has been

Luján Hails Inclusion Of Opioid Funding In 21st Century Cures Act

on December 3, 2016 - 8:34am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District on Wednesday spoke on the House floor in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, which included language Congressman Luján championed that authorizes $1 billion in funding to combat the growing opioid epidemic.
 
Earlier this year, Luján introduced the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act, which reflected President Obama’s request for much-needed resources to increase treatment programs that will help address the drug crisis.

State Police Seek Help Identifying Fraud Suspects

on December 3, 2016 - 8:31am
State Police seek the public's assistance in identifying and locating these two suspects involved in fraud. Courtesy photo
 
NMSP News:
 
The New Mexico State Police is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating two suspects involved in fraud.
 
The suspects are both African-American males between the ages of 20-35. They are using stolen credit card numbers to purchase gift cards and have been targeting retail stores in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. One of the suspects used the name "Eric Young."
 
Anyone with any information is asked to contact New Mexico State Police

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Continues On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on December 3, 2016 - 8:29am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn next week, focusing on a 180-acre block in the Las Dispensas area and a 1,120-acre unit on Johnson Mesa. 
 
Ignitions may begin Monday, Dec. 5, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable and may continue through Thursday, Dec. 8.
 
The Gallinas Watershed, located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM, is a priority for forest restoration, including prescribed burning, because it is the primary water

Public Meeting Notice: Replacement Wastewater Treatment Plant In White Rock

on December 2, 2016 - 2:47pm

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

White Rock, New Mexico

Los Alamos County White Rock Water Resource Recovery Facility Project

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Time: 4:00 – 7:00pm

Place: White Rock Branch Library, 10 Sherwood Blvd., White Rock, NM 87544

Agenda: 4:00 – 4:30pmOpen House

4:30 – 5:30pm – Presentation

5:30 – 6:30pm - Question and answer session

Purpose: Los Alamos County is in the process of rehabilitating and replacing the existing White Rock Water Resource Recovery Facility.

Heinrich: Declassify Information Regarding Russia And U.S. Election

on December 2, 2016 - 9:58am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined several of his colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to declassify information relating to the Russian government and the U.S. election.
 
“We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public,” wrote Heinrich and his colleagues in their letter.
 
U.S.

AG Announces Operation Holiday Home Protection

on December 2, 2016 - 9:53am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a new initiative aimed at educating and protecting New Mexico consumers: Operation Holiday Home Protection. 
 
During the month of December, the Office of the Attorney General will be focusing its consumer protection efforts towards keeping New Mexicans in their homes.

2016 Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-LA

on December 1, 2016 - 10:53pm

Presenter Jenna White MD speaks to first responders Nov. 19 at the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Management and Critical Care Conferance at UNM-LA.. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the conferance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

First responders from across the Southwest convened Nov. 18-20 for the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Conference at UNM-Los Alamos.

Speakers from across the region presented talks on various aspects of emergency and critical care to 75 first responders.

Among the many

Udall Joins Senate In Passing ECHO Act To Increase Rural Access To Health Care

on December 1, 2016 - 8:53am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting 97-0 to approve the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act -- a measure based on the University of New Mexico's successful Project ECHO program -- to increase access to high quality health care in rural communities.
 
Udall is a cosponsor of the bill and, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, has been a strong supporter of funding for the program.
 
The ECHO Act would expand the successful Project Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO), a model program founded at the

New Mexico Youth Ice Hockey Teams Headed To International Finals In Canada

on November 30, 2016 - 11:40am
SPORTS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico Ice Wolves youth ice hockey will send three teams to Canada to compete at the International Silver Stick Finals Tournament in January 2017 after all three won Regional Silver Stick championships over Thanksgiving weekend.
 
The Squirt C NM Ice Wolves team (10 years old and under) advanced to play in the Pelham, Ontario Recreational Finals tournament running Jan. 5-8, 2017.
 
The Midget Minor A NM Ice Wolves team (16 years old and under) advanced to play in the Newmarket, Ontario Finals tournament running Jan.

NMAA Hall Of Fame ‘Class Of 2017’ Announced

on November 30, 2016 - 10:56am
NMAA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Activities Association, in conjunction with the NMAA Hall of Fame Committee, announces the Class of 2017 for induction into the NMAA Hall of Fame.
 
The NMAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon will be at 12 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel.
 
The ring ceremony, presented by Herff Jones, will take place during the U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships on March 9, 2017, at halftime of the 6:30 p.m. semifinal game at WisePies Arena aka The Pit. 
 
The Inductees Are:
 
Bruce Carver – Eunice

Udall Welcomes EPA Announcement Of First 10 Chemicals For Review Under New Law

on November 30, 2016 - 10:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of the first 10 chemicals that the agency will review for possible risks to public health and the environment, as required under Udall’s Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.
 
Udall’s landmark, bipartisan bill, which was signed into law by President Obama in June, reforms the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), ensuring that children and communities across the nation are protected from dangerous

SUN PATH Legislative Luncheon/Program Update Dec. 5 At The Capitol

on November 30, 2016 - 10:46am
SFCC News:
 
New Mexico Skill up Network: Pathway Acceleration in Technology & Healthcare (SUN PATH) will provide statewide program updates on performance outcomes and successes in the first two years of implementation to legislators and stakeholders in a scheduled luncheon next week for legislators, participants and press.                            
 
Who: SUN PATH Consortium, funded by a $15,000,000 grant received from US Department of Labor to fund a statewide collaboration to develop and expand healthcare career pathways.

Heinrich Welcomes Senate Passage Of Bill To Expand Innovative UNM Rural Tele-Health Program

on November 30, 2016 - 10:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomes the Senate’s passage of S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, a bill to boost access to high-quality health care in hard-to-reach regions.
 
Heinrich is a cosponsor of the bill, which aims to better integrate the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s groundbreaking Project ECHO telehealth model into health systems across the country.
 
“Families across New Mexico, including in our rural and tribal communities, deserve access to high-quality

Albuquerque Man Charged With Using Explosive Device To Damage Or Destroy Building

on November 30, 2016 - 10:36am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― David A. Hickman, 28, of Albuquerque has been charged with using an explosive device to damage or destroy a building – the Old Navy store in the Pavilions at San Mateo shopping center in Albuquerque – used in interstate commerce.
 
The charge against Hickman was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Chief Gorden E.

Eastern New Mexico Businesses Receive Energy Efficiency Funds

on November 30, 2016 - 10:33am

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today two grants to Eastern New Mexico businesses to help improve their energy efficiency. 

Highland Dairy in Clovis, NM received a grant of $16,522 for the purchase and installation a chiller with heat recovery for their dairy. The chiller is expected to save 441,013 kWh which would power the equivalent of 40 homes. 

Russell’s Endee Truck & Travel Center, LLC in San Jon, NM received a grant of $18,810 for the replacement of existing equipment towards more energy efficient LED lighting.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Invited To Free Presentation

on November 30, 2016 - 8:57am
HEALTH News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. 
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Early Stage)” is a FREE educational event presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The event will be hosted by the Kingston Residence at 2400 Legacy Court in Santa Fe.
 
To register or for more information, contact Tina De La Luz, 505.473.1297 or tdelaluz@alz.org

These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or

Governor Announces Dr. Kathleen Ramsay Among 2016 New Mexico True Heroes

on November 29, 2016 - 4:59pm

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay honored among 2016 New Mexico True Heroes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STATE News:

  • 2016 Honorees Devoted to Making Life Better and Safer for Children, Families, Veterans, and Wildlife

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the 2016 New Mexico True Heroes, five New Mexicans devoted to making New Mexico a better place to live, work and raise a family.

“Our 2016 New Mexico True Heroes all have one thing in common – they go above and beyond every day, leading by example to make our state a better place,” Governor Martinez said.

PED Releases District Report Card

on November 29, 2016 - 2:41pm

LAPS News:

The Pubic Education Department (PED) today released the District Report Card for last school year. The 2015-16 report summarizes student achievement, school board qualifications, educator quality, demographics, expenditures and parent satisfaction. Highlights for Los Alamos Public Schools include:

  • High graduation rates and proficiency in reading and math that consistently outperform state averages;
  • Enrollment growth and increased demographic diversity; and
  • High levels of parent satisfaction on the Quality of Education Survey.

School Board President Jim Hall noted that the lowest

NMDVS Veterans Service Officer Changes Locations

on November 29, 2016 - 8:08am
NMDVS News:
 
SANTA FE — The Office of the Santa Fe-based Veterans Service Officer of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) has moved to a new location.
 
Effective Tuesday, Dec. 6, NMDVS Veterans Service Officer Jeff George’s office work on the second floor of the Santa Fe Workforce Connection building at 301 W. De Vargas St.
 
As with all sixteen NMDVS field offices statewide, walk-ins are welcome—but veterans, spouses, or eligible widows of deceased veterans needing assistance with VA or state veterans’ benefits are encouraged to schedule an appointment by
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Construction Begins This Week Along East Road

on November 28, 2016 - 10:27am

COUNTY News:

The Department of Public Utilities’ contractor Parker Construction Company will be performing work starting today replacing gas and electric infrastructure along East Road, N.M. 502, between Airport Drive and Camino Entrada.

 According to Department officials, the majority of the work will take place within the airport property line and on the outside of the road bed, therefore there are no lane closures, detours or interruption of utility services anticipated. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-February. 

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the

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