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Today's Bear Sighting In Quemazon Is Reminder About Living With Large Predators In Los Alamos County

on May 23, 2016 - 3:47pm

A bear is spotted at 1 p.m. today first on the deck and then helping himself to the contents of a birdfeeder hanging in a tall tree in the backyard of a home in Quemazon. The homeowner contacted the police who are now tracking the bear. When the bear left the residence, he was traveling in a northeasterly direction. The latest word is he was spotted near Torreon in Quemazon a short while later and perhaps moved on to lower Quemazon. The Quemazon Montessori has been notified. Courtesy photo

The bear takes down a hummingbird feeder this afternoon in the yard of a residence in Quemazon.

View Bernie Sanders' Speech Delivered At SFCC

on May 23, 2016 - 10:42am
Bernie Sanders speaks to the overflow crowd Friday at Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

PAC 8 recorded the speech given by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Thursday at Santa Fe Community College. Click the link to watch the video:

Luján Named To Conference Committee On Legislation Addressing Opioid Epidemic

on May 23, 2016 - 10:28am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District has been appointed to a conference committee that will work to complete legislation addressing the opioid crisis that is hurting communities in New Mexico and across the country. 
Conference committees are formed after the Senate and House each pass its own bills in order to work out differences between the legislation.
“The drug crisis is one that touches communities throughout New Mexico, robbing friends, family, and neighbors of a brighter future.

Memorial Day Celebration At Guaje Pines Monday

on May 23, 2016 - 9:25am


The community is invited to attend the annual Memorial Day Celebration hosted this year by the Elks at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30 at Guaje Pines Cemetery.


Opening Salute

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC

Welcome and Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies

  • Robert Villa Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks #2083

March on the Colors

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC

Flag Raising

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC

National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner”

  • Lauren Partin

Pledge of Allegiance

  • Boys and Girls Scouts of America


  • Fr.

Gessing: Accidental Criminals - Why New Mexico Needs 'Mens Rea' (Criminal Intent) Reform

on May 23, 2016 - 8:10am
By PAUL GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico could make significant improvements to its criminal justice system by embracing a common-law principle called mens rea.

A new Rio Grande Foundation paper describes in detail why the New Mexico Legislature should embrace the principle of “guilty conscience” in criminal justice. As described by Roscoe Pound, the dean of Harvard Law School from 1916 to 1936: “Historically, our substantive criminal law is based upon a theory of punishing the vicious will.

Blake’s Lotaburger Wins Title Of Best Green Chile Cheeseburger In New Mexico

on May 23, 2016 - 7:22am


 ALBUQUERQUE – Blake’s Lotaburger, the New Mexico hamburger chain famous for its signature Green Chile Cheeseburger, has won the title of “Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in New Mexico” in the “USA Today 10Best” Readers’ Choice Awards.

Blake’s Lotaburger beat out 19 other nominees in this category to earn the title of the state’s best green chile cheeseburger – a New Mexico staple and Blake’s signature burger made famous by its Hatch Valley Green Chile.

The USA Today 10Best Awards provide trusted travel and lifestyle advice in cities nationwide.

Santa Fe Veterans Benefits & Resources Fair June 25

on May 23, 2016 - 7:09am

Harvey Yates Elected National Committeeman And National Delegates Elected At New Mexico GOP 2016 Quadrennial Convention

on May 22, 2016 - 10:11am

RPNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – After months of planning, the Republican Party of New Mexico's 2016 Quadrennial Convention Saturday at Sandia Resort & Casino was a huge success. The use of an electronic voting system meant that voting was organized, easy and efficient and results were tabulated in record time. 

Harvey Yates elected National Committeeman. Courtesy Photo

“Our months of planning this important event paid off,,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Debbie Maestas.

President Clinton To Campaign For Hillary In Española

on May 22, 2016 - 9:43am

Bill Clinton to stump Tuesday in Española. Courtesy/wikipedia


President Bill Clinton will campaign Tuesday for Hillary Clinton in New Mexico ahead of the June 7 primary.

President Clinton will hold a public event in Española where he will discuss why Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to raise wages and break down all the barriers holding New Mexico families back.

Information on President Clinton’s Wednesday stop planned in Albuquerque will be forthcoming.

President Bill Clinton Española Event:

  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Plaza De Española, 706 East Bond

Bernie Sanders Brings Populist Message To Santa Fe

on May 21, 2016 - 12:55pm
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to a packed crowd during his campaign rally Friday afternoon at Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Rally goers react to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Friday during rally at SFCC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

More than 3,000 New Mexicans felt the Bern Friday during a campaign rally at Santa Fe Community College.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took time before his speech in the SFCC Fitness Education Center to

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Memorial Day

on May 21, 2016 - 10:53am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, May 31.

There are currently no fire restrictions on the SFNF. Visitors are reminded that fireworks and explosives are prohibited on federal lands. Law enforcement officers, fire personnel and recreation staff will be patrolling over the Memorial Day weekend to ensure visitor safety.

Forest visitors are asked to follow campfire safety guidelines and adhere to the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics.

HHS On New Mexico Health Insurance Rate Changes

on May 21, 2016 - 10:28am

HHS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jonathan Gold, press secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, issued the following statement on New Mexico health insurance rate changes.

“Consumers in New Mexico will continue to have affordable coverage options in 2017. Last year, the average Marketplace premium among people with tax credits stayed the same at $127 per month, despite reports based on preliminary rate filings predicting increases of ‘51 percent’.

“People in New Mexico understand how the marketplace works, and they know that they can shop around and find coverage that fits

Udall Advances Priorities Of NM Farmers And Ranchers, Rural Communities In Agriculture Funding Bill

on May 21, 2016 - 8:19am
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee Friday in advancing an Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration funding bill that makes critical investments in agriculture and nutrition programs to support New Mexico families and rural communities.
The bill sets the Fiscal Year 2017 budgets for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and now heads to the full Senate for a vote. 
"Farming and ranching are part of our heritage and a key economic engine for New Mexico,

Visitors To Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District Campgrounds Advised To Check For Potable Water

on May 21, 2016 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  As the outdoor recreation season gets underway on the Santa Fe National Forest, visitors to three campgrounds on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are advised to bring enough drinking water to meet their needs for their stay.
The Holy Ghost, E.V. Long and El Porvenir Campgrounds do not have potable water this year. Shallow wells at these campgrounds may receive surface water recharge from the nearby river and natural runoff, which is at risk of contamination from pathogens harmful to human health. 
“Public health and safety is a top forest priority,” Forest

Heinrich Meets With U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland, Urges Republicans To Do Their Job

on May 21, 2016 - 7:05am
Sen. Martin Heinrich meets Judge Garland. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday May 19, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
"Judge Garland and I had an extensive conversation, which shed light on his distinguished record and thoughtful judicial philosophy. I will continue to thoroughly consider his nomination for our highest court," Heinrich said.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Rally Underway At Santa Fe Community College

on May 20, 2016 - 3:53pm

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is speaking now on the campus of Santa Fe Community College. He is speaking first to the crowd left standing outside the packed Fitness Center where he will speak in a few minutes. Check back at for the full story and more photos from today's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is speaking now on the campus of Santa Fe Community College. Check back at for the full story and more photos from today's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Security is tight

Former Senator Ken Salazar To Campaign For Hillary Clinton In New Mexico

on May 20, 2016 - 3:47pm
ALBUQUERQUE  On Saturday May 21, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will campaign for Hillary Clinton across the state of New Mexico. 
Salazar will launch New Mexico's Hispanics for Hillary at Abuelita’s New Mexican Kitchen, convene a roundtable with Hispanic business leaders, and kick off a grassroots get out the vote events with Rep. Ben Ray Luján in Santa Fe, Espanola and Taos as he encourages voters to vote early in the Democratic Presidential Primary.
This effort to reach New Mexico voters kicks off the same day as early voting begins

Los Alamos Police Department Participates In Thursday's 2016 Special Olympics Torch Run

on May 20, 2016 - 11:48am

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department gather Thursday morning for the 2016 Special Olympics Torch Run. Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD

From left, Special Olympics athletes Sam and Jenny run the first leg of the 2016 Torch Run to Jemez Springs Thurday with Los Alamos Special Olympics Chair Cmdr. Oliver Morris. Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD

Runners gather in Jemez Springs with Santa Ana police officer after 42 miles of running in the 2016 Torch Run! Photo by Anthony Lucero/LAPD

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest Coyote Ranger District

on May 20, 2016 - 10:31am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of conditions next week to conduct a prescribed burn on the Coyote Ranger District. The 5,041-acre French Mesa treatment area is located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina.  

Hand ignitions may begin as early as Monday, May 23, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts. Once ignitions have started, crews hope to treat up to 150 acres per day

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Chamisa Fourth Graders Celebrate New Mexicans

on May 20, 2016 - 7:51am
Chamisa fourth grader Alanna Fresquez chose Frank Chavez of Duke’s Car Club in Albuquerque as the subject of her Wax Museum portrayal. The fourth grade classes pick important New Mexicans to impersonate. They research the figures and tell visitor’s their story. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Rafael Matt-Jinks as Forrest Fenn. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The third and fourth grade students at Chamisa Elementary presented the annual Wax Museum Wednesday.

The students dressed in costume and performed the part of their

LAHS Intel ISEF Results

on May 19, 2016 - 11:33am

Los Alamos High School students Sophia Li (10th grade) and Jovan Zhang (12th grade) recently placed 4th with their team project in the Computational Biomedical and Bioinformatics Category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 7-13 in Phoenix, Ariz. Zhang is a three-time Intel Finalist and winner. He and Li represented the State of New Mexico and competed against 1,760 students, in grades 9-12th, from 76 countries, regions and provinces across the globe for $5 million in prizes and awards.

LAHS Track & Field State Championship Results

on May 18, 2016 - 3:36pm
'Topper Girls Head Coach Paul Anderson and his athletes show off their State Runner-Up trophy at the conclusion of the State Championship. The 'Toppers went into the competition seeded 43 points behind eventual winner Piedra Vista, but finished only 9 points back. Photo by Blake Wood
8th grader Jazmine Tuning placed 4th in the high jump with a leap of 5' 2". Photo by Blake Wood
Even the fencing appears to be urging Liam Johnson upward in the pole vault. Liam placed 4th with a vault of 13' 0". Photo by Blake Wood
A set of remarkable performances by the 'Topper

Udall, Heinrich Advance Funding For National Labs, Water Projects, WIPP In Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

on May 18, 2016 - 8:22am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate, in a 90-8 vote May 12 to pass the fiscal year 2017 funding bill for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and several New Mexico water projects.
The Energy and Water Appropriations Act is critical for New Mexico and supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs nationwide. Udall helped write the legislation as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. A final version of the bill now must be worked out with the U.S.

Interior Department Expands Buy-Back Program Across Indian Country

on May 18, 2016 - 8:19am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following extensive outreach with tribal leaders and American Indian landowners, Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor announced an expanded schedule for implementing the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Program) at 63 additional locations from 2018 through mid-2021.
Since it began making offers in December 2013, the Program has paid more than $740 million to individual landowners and restored the equivalent of nearly 1.5 million acres of land to tribal governments.
The expansion brings the number of locations planned for the Program to 105, a total

Environment Department Launches Review Process For Water Protection Regulations

on May 18, 2016 - 8:17am

NMED News:

SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Environment Department’s Ground Water Quality Bureau will host an informational public meeting 2-4 p.m., Friday to launch the review process and public dialogue for proposed revisions to water protection regulations at the Runnels Auditorium at 1190 St. Francis Dr. in Santa Fe.

The current ground and surface water protection regulations can be found at 20.6.2 of the New Mexico Administrative Code. 

The meeting will describe the forthcoming review process, highlight areas of the regulations that are under consideration for revision, and answer questions about