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Valles Caldera Trust Public Meeting Sept. 24

on September 16, 2014 - 6:10pm

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) Board of Trustees (Board) will conduct a meeting in public 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Courtyard Marriott, 3347 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

The agenda will include a summary of 3rd quarter activities, status of the Transportation, Recreation, and Infrastructure Plan (TRIP), review of the fiscal year 2015 budget, plans for winter recreation, review of elk hunt lottery system and presentations by Trust staff.

Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled immediately thereafter.


Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed

on September 16, 2014 - 3:48pm

SFNF News:

 SANTA FE – Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have postponed the Santa Fe Watershed prescribed fire that was scheduled for ignition this week. 

The Southwest Coordination Center and the Weather Predictive Service have predicted that remnants of former Hurricane Odile will bring significant moisture and poor ventilation through the end of this week and possibly into next week. Weather conditions such as wind, temperature and humidity must meet specific criteria before any prescribed fire can be implemented. 

Because the forecasted conditions

Heinrich Marks Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 16, 2014 - 7:05am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15:

"This month, we celebrate the achievements and immeasurable contributions that Hispanic-Americans make every day to shape and enrich our nation. From serving in our Armed Forces, to starting businesses that strengthen our economy, to fighting for civil rights, the Hispanic community helps build a stronger, more resilient America.

Udall Votes For Equal Pay For Women

on September 15, 2014 - 11:46pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • Disappointed that Republicans again chose to filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall expressed his disappointment that Republicans again blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.

Although the bill received support from a majority in the Senate, 52-40, it failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to overcome the Republican filibuster. Today's vote was the second time this year that Republicans have filibustered equal pay for equal work.

Udall issued the

Bench Warrant Sweep Collects More Than $140,000 In Child Support

on September 15, 2014 - 11:31am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE — For the third year in a row, Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the success of New Mexico’s annual child support bench warrant round up, which collected more than $140,000 in unpaid child support.

“Parents have a responsibility to contribute to the upbringing of their children,” Martinez said. “This annual round up continues to show real results for kids and families in improving their economic stability. New Mexico remains committed to providing as many tools as possible to help parents support their children emotionally and financially.”


Heinrich Marks 20 Years Of AmeriCorps

on September 15, 2014 - 10:32am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the United States Senate and a member of the National Service Congressional Caucus.

Heinrich is a cosponsor of a resolution recognizing the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. He released the following statement commemorating the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, Sept. 12, 2o14:

"For 20 years, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billon hours of service to strengthen communities across the country, solve problems, and expand economic and educational

Udall Encouraged By Growing Support For Constitutional Amendment

on September 14, 2014 - 2:27pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • Disappointed GOP sided with corporations and billionaires in filibuster of measure to limit influence of big money on American elections
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led the Senate in rallying historic support for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance. The amendment, S.J. Res. 19, won 54 votes, a majority of the Senate, but failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote.
An outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions,

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $4 Million In Funding For New Mexico Health Centers

on September 13, 2014 - 10:11am


  • Funding will create jobs, help more than 16,000 new patients access health care

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich announced Friday that 16 health centers in New Mexico will receive more than $4 million to expand primary care services.

This includes hiring an estimated 52 staff, extending operating hours, and offering new services including oral health, behavioral health, vision services, and pharmacies. The funding was made possible under the Affordable Care Act, and will help health centers reach an estimated 16,943 new patients.

WIPP: Waste Hoist Transformer Replacement Nearly Complete

on September 13, 2014 - 9:43am

WIPP has been disposing of legacy TRU waste since 1999, cleaning up 22 generator sites nationwide. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Cleaning and soot removal activities on the waste hoist and associated components have been completed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

One additional repair is necessary before the hoist can be powered, inspected and returned to service.

Employees are currently working to replace the electrical transformer necessary to operate the hoist.

NCRTD 10th Celebrates Anniversary

on September 13, 2014 - 8:29am

Among the speakers at an event honoring the certification of the North Central Regional Transit District as the first regional transit district in the State of New Mexicoe from left, Patricia Dominguez, representing U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich; Leticia Delgado, representing U.S. Sen. Tom Udall; U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan; Dan Barrone, NCRTD chair, Taos County Commissioner and Mayor of the Town of Taos; James Rivera, First NCRTD Board chair, Pueblo of Pojoaque; and Dave Harris, New Mexico Department of Transportation director, Transit and Rail Division. Barrone holds the Sept.

Heinrich: President's Counterterrorism Strategy Makes Sense

on September 12, 2014 - 7:39am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement Wednesday on President Obama's speech on the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

"I remain adamantly opposed to returning American combat troops to battlegrounds in the Middle East, but I believe the President's counterterrorism strategy outlined tonight makes sense and stands in stark contrast to the previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"ISIL has barbarically killed and tortured

Espanola Fire District Plans Controlled Burn

on September 11, 2014 - 7:06am


SANTA FE–Fire managers from Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District have been working with the support of the City of Santa Fe, the Nature Conservancy, the Santa Fe Watershed Association, and New Mexico State Forestry to develop a long-term plan to improve forest health in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  Several fuel reduction treatments have been completed to date and another prescribed fire will be conducted as soon as weather conditions are favorable, perhaps as early as next week. 

Hand and aerial ignitions will be used to treat 844-acres in an area

Governor Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Sept. 11, 2011 Terrorist Attacks

on September 10, 2014 - 4:39pm

Courtesy photo


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Thursday, Sept. 11, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The full text of the Governor’s executive order:


WHEREAS, 13 years ago on an otherwise peaceful fall morning, our nation was attacked in New York City, Washington D.C., and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania by

WIPP: Additional Areas Cleared in Underground Facility

on September 10, 2014 - 3:56pm

WIPP: personnel continue to work diligently to restore normal access to the WIPP underground facility. The graphic identifies areas that have been surveyed for radiological contamination. The areas highlighted in green have been found to be contamination free. The surveys are conducted on the salt surfaces of the mine, but also include survey and release of any equipment or other structures located in these areas. Individuals conducting radiological surveys are trained on use of radiation detection equipment and the actions that are required should they identify radioactive contamination.

Los Alamos Students Take Top Prizes At 2014 New Mexico State Fair!

on September 10, 2014 - 1:38pm

Jordan Duran, left, and Caemlyn Tripp, right, of Los Alamos High School with their art teacher Mary Grace. Photos by Stephanie Rittner

Eliana Rodriguez of Chamisa Elementary School and her art teacher Renee Mitsunaga. Photos by Stephanie Rittner

From left, Art teacher Renee Mitsunaga, Eliana Rodriguez, Jordan Duran, Caemlyn Tripp and art teacher Mary Grace. Photos by Stephanie Rittner


Three students from Los Alamos Public Schools won prizes for the artwork they entered into the 2014 Students Art exhibit at the state fair.

Eliana Rodriguez of Chamisa Elementary School

Prescribed Fires Planned For Jemez Ranger District

on September 10, 2014 - 11:52am

USFS News:

SANTA FE — Prescribed fires will be conducted throughout Santa Fe National Forest Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 as conditions are favorable.

These fires are designed to reduce excess fuels, provide community protection, and improve forest health. The start dates and duration of these burns will be dependent on weather, wind, and fuel moisture conditions.

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe National Forest will host the International Fire Training Program again this year.

Udall Warns Utility Consumers About Scam During Service Outages

on September 10, 2014 - 11:44am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which oversees and funds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), warned New Mexicans about scams directed at utility customers. 
The FTC recently issued a consumer alert about scammers who claim to work for a utility company and seek cash payment for reconnecting service during power outages caused by severe weather or other events. 
The scammer may dress in a uniform, display a fake identification card, and claim that the

I-25 Northbound Off-Ramp to St. Francis Closed Sept. 11

on September 9, 2014 - 2:58pm


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is alerting motorists that the I-25 northbound off-ramp (Exit 282) to St. Francis Drive will be closed at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 and re-open at 5 a.m., Sept. 12. 

The contractor will be removing paint on the roadway due to vandalism that occurred last week. During this closure, motorists may use the Old Pecos Trail off-ramp (Exit 284) or the Cerrillos Road off-ramp (Exit 278).  

Drivers are urged to proceed through the work zone with caution, observe traffic control signs and obey speed limits.

Broken by Secrets: Robert Oppenheimer and the Early Atomic Age

on September 9, 2014 - 11:21am

Gen. Leslie Groves speaks at a ceremony honoring Robert Oppenheimer, far left, in Los Alamos in 1945. Courtesy/Palace of the Governors Archives

NMHM News:

  • A Free First Friday Evening Talk

SANTA FE—Less than a decade after he helped craft the weapons that helped bring an end to World War II, Robert Oppenheimer was stripped of his top security clearance.

In a public display played out in the nation’s newspapers, he was removed as even an advisor to the Atomic Energy Commission. Learn more about “Oppie’s” fall from grace when Dr.

Heinrich Highlights National Labs R&D Program

on September 8, 2014 - 11:46am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


ALBUQUERQUE - During a visit to the University of New Mexico's Science & Technology Park Aug. 28, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was briefed on Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

The projects ranged from software that helps prevent cybersecurity attacks to reducing water usage for the energy industry.

In an effort to foster and develop research in the area of national security, Congress in 1992 authorized national laboratories to begin the LDRD program.

Report: NM Should Revamp Education Programs For Low-Skilled Workers

on September 8, 2014 - 9:53am

  • Current adult education system is underfunded, fragmented, and has low completion rates

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico could improve the quality of its workforce and strengthen its economy by implementing changes to its adult education programs for workers who have low levels of education and few job skills. Developing a career pathways framework—which weaves together and aligns adult education, workforce training, and college courses—would increase the success rate, employment opportunities, and earning potential of the state’s low-skilled workers.

WIPP Personnel Completing Preparations For Underground Facility Rock Bolting Activities

on September 5, 2014 - 3:31pm

Mining personnel install a rock bolt that helps stabilize the rock formation in the WIPP underground facility. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Personnel at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are completing preparations to resume rock bolting activities maintaining the WIPP underground facility in a safe and stable condition as the recovery process continues.

At WIPP, rock bolts are typically installed in a pattern that optimizes the bolt’s effectiveness to ensure stability of disposal rooms and access tunnels.

State Police Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties Across State Throughout September

on September 5, 2014 - 12:30pm


State Police will conduct Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September.

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into friends and families.

Udall, Heinrich Invite Outstanding N.M. High School Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

on September 5, 2014 - 12:13pm



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the beginning of the statewide application process for the highly competitive United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), and encouraged outstanding New Mexico high school juniors and seniors to apply.

Two New Mexico students will be selected as delegates to the 53rd annual Washington Week program.

Pino Fire Appears To Have Met Resource Objectives

on September 4, 2014 - 10:18pm

The Pino Fire is burning five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Screenshot/ladp

SFNF News:

SANTA FE - The lightning caused Pino Fire is now estimated at 4,313 acres. The fire is burning on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District, five miles south of N.M. 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs.

This fire has been highly visible for the past few days as it has been managed to improve forest health. Through a combination of hand and aerial ignitions, low-intensity fires have been used to reduce excess fuels.