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Heinrich Promotes Conservation And Water Initiatives In Columbine Hondo

on October 22, 2014 - 10:20am
Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Forest Service Ranger Eric Garner during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wildernes Study Area. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

TAOS - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, highlighted conservation and water initiatives and growing the outdoor recreation economy during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area with the U.S. Forest Service, regional stakeholders and local officials.

Heinrich also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at a campfire celebration and emphasized the

Prescribed Burn 17 Miles Southwest Of Los Alamos

on October 22, 2014 - 9:27am

Prescribed pile burn. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District.

The Los Griegos prescribed pile burn may be conducted Oct. 23 through Oct. 31 only on favorable days as conditions allow.  A total of 300 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

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

First Liquid Fueled Vehicle Returned To Service In WIPP Underground

on October 21, 2014 - 8:35pm

WIPP News:

The first piece of diesel-powered equipment has been returned to service in the WIPP underground facility.

Last week, workers inspected the four-ton forklift and performed preventative maintenance so that it could be returned to service. The forklift will support various activities over the next several weeks, including resumption of bolting activities, final waste hoist inspections, and moving equipment associated with project REACH.

Preventative maintenance activities and inspections are also being performed on the roof bolting machine and the mobile vehicle that supplies

Region 6 States Receive More Than $1.1 Million In FEMA

on October 21, 2014 - 3:16pm

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas — Agencies in five Region 6 states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas –have been awarded more than $1.1 million in non-disaster hazard mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

These grants are part of FEMA’s Community Assistance Program – State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE). The CAP-SSSE grants provide funding for technical assistance to communities in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to evaluate community performance in implementing NFIP floodplain management activities.

The agencies that

Mayor’s Ball Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Northern New Mexico

on October 21, 2014 - 3:12pm
BBS supporters at the Mayor's Ball. From left to right: Back row, Dawn Brown, BBBS-NNM Regional Director, LA/RA Regional Board members, Jim Liberty, Leo Marquez, Art Brown and Rhonda Montoya. Front row, Kenna Chavarria, BBBS-NNM,  Linda Padilla,  Regional Board Member, Big Sister Sarb and Little Sister Eve. Not pictured, Caitlin Cleary, BBBS-NNM and Regional Board Members Kelly Myers, Paula Pana and Darroll Abeyta. Courtesy/BBBS

BBBS News:

SANTA FE– Mayor Javier Gonzales hosted his first Mayor’s Ball on Oct.11 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Report: NM’s Per-Pupil K-12 Funding Remains Much Lower

on October 20, 2014 - 2:38pm

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico is still spending 8 percent less per pupil on K-12 education than before the recession.

That translates to $633 less being spent per student than funding levels in 2008, when adjusted for inflation. That’s according to a report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

“A well-educated workforce fosters economic growth,” said Executive Director Veronica C. García of New Mexico Voices for Children, which works closely with CBPP.

NMCD Secretary Gregg Marcantel Orders Statewide Lockdown

on October 20, 2014 - 12:47pm

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown of all 11 prison facilities as part of a periodic review to ensure safety and security.

During this time, officers and staff will review procedures, search and clear every housing unit, cell and inmate, and take account of the current condition of the facilities. Operations like this are vital to not only ensuring the safety of our staff and other inmates, but also promote the pro-social prison environments necessary for reducing recidivism.

House Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff Rodgers Meets With Residents In Jemez Springs

on October 18, 2014 - 4:54pm

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers addresses citizens Thursday evening at a community meeting in Jemez Springs. The residents discussed the various issues that impact them in the Jemez Valley. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

Governor Directs DOH To Coordinate New Mexico’s Ebola Preparedness Plan

on October 18, 2014 - 2:38pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the unlikely event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico.

DOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola.

“The risk of New Mexicans

Post Everlasting Ceremony Honors Vets Oct. 25

on October 18, 2014 - 9:49am

John Stanhope

By CATHY RENEE STANHOPE

To honor the sacrifice of John Stanhope – Pearl Harbor Veteran, who passed away Aug. 25, the American Legion Post #75 in Jemez Springs will host a Post Everlasting Ceremony and building fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 25.

Stanhope wanted a new American Legion building to honor the veterans who served before him, during his military service, those who served after him, and those serving now. He stated, “The veterans deserve a new building for their sacrifice and service for our great country – America!"

Per Stanhope's last request, all proceeds will go

Los Alamos Receives 2014 Google eCity of New Mexico Award

on October 17, 2014 - 5:51pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich presents the Google 2014 eCity for New Mexico award to Los Alamos Commerce and Development Chair Bill Wadt on behalf of the community during a special event this morning at the Los Alamos Co+Op Market. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LACDC Chair Bill Wadt. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Co+Op General Manager Steve Watts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BUSINESS News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market hosted an awards ceremony this morning for Google, which has named Los Alamos the 2014 Google eCity for New Mexico.

The eCity Awards recognize

Wilderness Act And Bandelier Wilderness Anniversary; Crews Thanked For Help With Trails

on October 17, 2014 - 7:42am

Members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps on their way to do trail work. Courtesy/NPS

One of the newly replaced bridges at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

Bandelier News:

For the past nearly three months, a crew from the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) has been working on the trails at Bandelier National Monument, helping repair effects of the Las Conchas Fire and resulting flooding. 

The crew is one of several sponsored by the Taos-based RMYC.

Barranca's Lynne Higdon Named 2014 NM Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year!

on October 16, 2014 - 10:55am

Lynne Higdon holding her awards for New Mexico Elementary PE Teacher of the Year. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Lynne Higdon, the physical education teacher at Barranca Elementary School, was named the 2014 New Mexico Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made at the State PE Conference in Albuquerque.

Higdon demonstrates rope turning in Double Dutch. Courtesy/LAPS

Higdon has served as the PE teacher at Barranca for the past 10 years.

SGR: Advance NM Now PAC Caught Lying To Voters

on October 16, 2014 - 10:20am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

POLITICAL News:

Statement from Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, "After a string of fraudulent mailers and yesterday's (Oct. 15) utterly false attack against a vote I didn't even make, Advance New Mexico Now PAC has clearly illustrated their disregard for the facts and the depths with which they will deceive to sway an election. The truth is that I voted against the bill cited in the mailer and Advance New Mexico PAC and my opponent have repeatedly distorted the facts instead of focusing on real solutions to solve New Mexico's problems.

"I am

Purple Pinkie Day Coming To Los Alamos!

on October 16, 2014 - 9:14am

ROTARY News:

 As world health officials struggle to respond to the Ebola epidemic, Pakistan has passed a grim milestone in its efforts to combat another major global health crisis: the fight against polio. 

Los Alamos Public Schools has generously agreed to support Rotary's effort to raise awareness and funds to counter polio. Hopefully, the community and its children will wish to participate and wear their "purple pinkie" as a badge of honor for saving the life of another child.

To support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is holding an awareness and

SFNF Pecos And Las Vegas Ranger Stations Change Operating Hours

on October 16, 2014 - 8:55am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective immediately, the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos and Las Vegas Ranger Stations have changed operating hours for selling Forest maps and Forest product permits (i.e., firewood, latillas, vigas, wildlings, and posts).

Although the ranger stations will remain open for business 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m., the new hours for sales are 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 12:30-3 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 12:30-4 p.m. in Las Vegas. 

For more information, contact the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger Stations at

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on October 16, 2014 - 8:28am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 17 in the Los Alamos County Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.


The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is comprised of eight cities, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).   Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to create one voice to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Federal/Local Officials To Announce $8 Million To Improve Access To Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

on October 15, 2014 - 6:10pm

From left, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tom Udall, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Bernalillo County Commissioner Art De La Cruz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle and Mountain View Neighborhood Association President Angela West at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE At the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined U.S.

Heinrich Discusses High-Tech Manufacturing, Job Creation At Albuquerque Photonics Facility

on October 14, 2014 - 7:54am

Sen. Heinrich with OptiSource staff Oct. 10 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., toured OptiSource, a photonics manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, to discuss its latest projects and how research and development can help spur innovation and job creation.

Optisource, a local photonics business, manufacturers wave plates, mirrors, prisms, and laser beamsplitters for purchase by industry and research and development groups at universities and laboratories. 

"Photonics manufacturing facilities like OptiSource help provide

Court: Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Illegal

on October 13, 2014 - 2:42pm

SIERRA CLUB News:

In response to a petition by the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has ordered New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and the Water Quality Control Commission to explain the illegal scheduling of a hearing on groundwater-protection rules for the dairy industry.

Although 57 percent of New Mexico dairies have polluted groundwater in excess of health standards, Flynn’s Environment Department has not been enforcing a groundwater-protection rule the commission passed in 2011 specifically for the dairy industry.

The Environment Department and

Los Alamos Named 2014 Google eCity For New Mexico

on October 13, 2014 - 10:08am

BUSINESS News:

Los Alamos has been named the 2014 Google eCity of New Mexico. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state – the digital capitals of America.

These cities’ businesses are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. Los Alamos joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy. 

Google will recognize the Los Alamos' innovative businesses by holding a community celebration with the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct.

'Stand Down' For Homeless/Near-Homeless Veterans Oct. 24-25 In Santa Fe

on October 12, 2014 - 2:25pm

NMDWS News:
  • Free Clothing, Backpacks, Blankets, Shoes, Jackets, Toiletries

SANTA FE - Homeless and near-homeless veterans in northern New Mexico can receive free clothing, food and services at the Fourth Annual Vet MissionPossible Stand Down for homeless and near-homeless veterans on Friday, Oct. 24 and continuing Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design.

This year’s stand down is once again at university’s Alumni Hall. Oct. 24 is set aside for veterans only; Oct. 25 is open to veterans and non-veterans. The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The Fourth Annual Vet

Jeremy Davis Shares Volunteer Experience With Catch-A-Dream Hunt On Valles Caldera

on October 11, 2014 - 4:00pm
Catch-a-Dream hunter Tyler Gunlogson
 
Catch a Dream in 2014
By Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis is from Bluff Dale, Texas and a vegetation ecologist for the Valles Caldera Trust. He writes about his volunteer experience with Catch-A-Dream hunt on the Preserve.

There was only one thing was bigger than 15 year old Tyler Gunlogson’s size 15 hunting boots on the morning of the 28th of September; his smile. Why was he all grins? Well, that’s just what happens when you fulfill a lifelong dream within a 24 hour span of time. This is his story.

Mornings start early in the hunting camp but that

Jemez Ranger District Temporarily Closed For Protection Of New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

on October 11, 2014 - 3:03pm

New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse. Credit/USFWS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective immediately, portions of Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District will be under a special closure order for the protection of occupied habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

This is in compliance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The mouse was listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as endangered earlier this year and these protections are needed until consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can be concluded.

Specifically, the closure area is located in the

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