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EM’s Los Alamos Site Completes Canyon-Side Cleanup

on July 30, 2015 - 8:59am

A spider excavator extracts mercury-contaminated soil. Courtesy/

A waste container is loaded for off-site disposal. Courtesy/

DOE News:

The Environmental Management (EM) Los Alamos Field Office has completed the steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of Smith's Marketplace shopping center in Los Alamos.

The project was finished in about five weeks — approximately three weeks ahead of schedule.

FBI Hunts Suspected Bank Robber

on July 29, 2015 - 9:17am

FBI News:

Monday, July 27 at approximately 1:15 p.m., an unknown male subject entered the branch of First National Rio Grande located at 7620 Jefferson St. NE in Albuquerque in the Market Place shopping center.

The subject approached a bank employee, presented a handwritten note threatening that he had a firearm, and verbally demanded money. The subject fled the branch with an undisclosed amount of United States currency, heading on foot toward Jefferson Street.

The subject is described as a Native American or Hispanic male in his mid-20s, approximately 5’10” tall, of slender build, with

NSA To Destroy Millions Of American Call Records Collected Under Controversial Program

on July 28, 2015 - 6:17pm

NSA bulk collection image. Courtesy photo

HSNW News:

The director of national intelligence said on Monday that the NSA would no longer examine call records collected by the NSA in its controversial bulk collection program before the June reauthorization of the Patriot Act which prohibits such collection.

Bulk records are typically kept for five years, but the director said that although the records in the NSA database were collected lawfully, they would not be examined, and would soon be destroyed.

The Obama administration has announced that the NSA will soon stop examining, and soon

Temporary Road Closure In Holy Ghost Canyon

on July 28, 2015 - 5:46pm


SFNF News:

SANTA FE -- Forest Road (FR) 122 in Holy Ghost Canyon situated in a steep canyon right along Holy Ghost Creek, 16 miles north of Pecos on N.M. 63 and FR 122 on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District will be temporarily closed Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 6 for repair work.

The work to re-stabilize one section of the road damaged by flooding after the 2013 Tres Lagunas wildfire should be completed within that timeframe, weather permitting.

The closure is necessary to accommodate the heavy machinery required for the road work.

FBI: Former Ringleader Of Albuquerque-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To Federal Prison

on July 28, 2015 - 2:38pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Christopher Roybal, 35, the former leader of an Albuquerque-based drug trafficking organization, was sentenced this morning in federal court to 168 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on cocaine trafficking and money laundering charges.

Roybal also is required to pay a $184,080.00 money judgment under the terms of his plea agreement.

Roybal was one of the 19 defendants charged in Dec. 2012, with drug trafficking and money laundering charges in a 60-count indictment. The indictment was superseded twice; first in Feb.

State Police Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In August

on July 28, 2015 - 2:24pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month August.

Our 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.

Governor Directs NM State Parks To Establish First Miles Of Rio Grande Trail

on July 28, 2015 - 2:12pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Six New Mexico State Parks to Designate More than 20 Miles for proposed trail

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez directed New Mexico State Parks Division to designate more than 20 miles in six parks throughout the state as the first miles of the Rio Grande Trail.

The proposed trail would stretch more than 500 miles from Texas to Colorado.

“The Rio Grande Trail has the potential to attract visitors from all around the world, much like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail,” Martinez said.

‘Polluted Parks’ Analysis Finds Southwestern National Parks Among Worst In Air Quality

on July 28, 2015 - 9:52am

NPCA News:
  • Majority of Parks Experience Days Risky for Vulnerable Visitors; Four Parks Regularly Unsafe for Most People

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new analysis, released today by National Parks Conservation Association, shows that every one of the 48 national parks with the greatest Clean Air Act protections are plagued by significant air pollution problems and climate change impacts.

Fifteen of the parks in the Southwest with these protections rank among the worst for air quality, including Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

Rio Arriba County Fair July 29-Aug. 1

on July 27, 2015 - 4:28pm

RACF News:

The Rio Arriba County Fair is July 29-Aug. 1 and the Rio Arriba County Fair Association is welcoming all food, arts and crafts, promotional and information vendors to participate.

To obtain a $20 permit for the entire fair, visit This year's fair will feature the most livestock and indoor projects seen. Come out and see the lambs, goats, swine, steers, breeding heifers, rabbits and poultry.

Indoors, fair goers will find baking, photography, welding, sewing, cake decorating and many youth projects.

The Rio Arriba County Fair also will feature a kid’s rodeo

Governor Announces Statewide Vaccination Program

on July 27, 2015 - 2:33pm

  • Got Shots? Protect Tots! Program Protects New Mexico’s Children from Dangerous Diseases

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced a statewide vaccination program to help make it convenient for parents to get their children immunized before they head back to class.

Aug. 1-15, the Got Shots? Protect Tots! program will offer clinics throughout the state at convenient hours and at little or no cost. The Governor made the announcement at a public health office in Albuquerque and reminded parents about the importance of vaccinating their children before the new school year.

Griffin & Associates Makes Inc. 5000 List For 2015

on July 27, 2015 - 1:56pm


Griffin & Associates, one of New Mexico’s largest communications firms, has made the Inc. 5000 list for 2015 of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S.

Joanie Griffin, the company’s CEO, got official word this morning and will receive the award at the Inc. 5000 conference in Orlando in October. Griffin & Associates handles tourism marketing for Los Alamos County.

“I am thrilled to receive this award, especially coming out of the tough economic times that has plagued all small businesses,” Griffin said.

Joe Kabourek To Lead Democratic Party Of New Mexico

on July 27, 2015 - 1:36pm

Joe Kabourek

DPNM News:

  • Hire begins building much needed ties between Border States

New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Haaland announced thi morning the selection of Joe Kabourek as executive director of the DPNM.

Kabourek, an attorney and top-level staffer from Colorado, has been called on to lead the Democrat’s into the crucial 2016 election cycle.

"I look forward to working with Democrats across New Mexico to win in 2016 and to create a strong foundation for elections to come,” Kabourek said.

Kabourek comes to New Mexico from Denver, Colo., where he worked on multiple

LAHS's Chloe Keilers Represents New Mexico At National Youth Science Camp

on July 27, 2015 - 1:35pm
Cloe Keilers of Los Alamos in class at National Youth Science Camp. Courtesy/NYSC

CHARLESTON, W.V. – Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School represented New Mexico receently as a delegate to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC).

Keilers joined 100 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eight other countries at the prestigious three and a half week program.

The NYSC, in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.


¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Fundraiser Draws Sell Out Crowd

on July 26, 2015 - 5:46pm

Speaking from the heart, Los Alamos Rotary STARS members Michael Erickson and Laura Loy thank the sold out crowd at Satuday's ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! fundraiser at Fuller Lodge. Proceeds will provide shelter for parents of children receiving medical treatment in Cd. Juarez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Members of the El Camino Real Rotary Club of El Paso share in the festivities at Saturday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

A sold out crowd of more than 220 people gathered Saturday evening at Fuller Lodge for the ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!

Final Week Of Summer Reading Challenge

on July 26, 2015 - 4:56pm

LAPS News:

On June 20, the Los Alamos School Board announced additional student incentives to help address the “summer slide” in reading skills.

This is the final week for participation.

The idea began at an Aspen Elementary School kickoff when Gov. Susana Martinez announced a statewide reading challenge encouraging students to read more books over the summer break. 

Reading is the foundation for learning and when students read well, they are better positioned to succeed academically, in the workplace, and in life. 

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Commerce and

Luján On Death Of Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty

on July 25, 2015 - 8:37am

Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the recent passing of Kee Etsicitty, a Navajo Code Talker from Chichiltah, N.M.:

“As a young man more than 70 years ago, Kee Etsicitty joined the Marine Corps to help fight the forces of tyranny that were waging war across Europe and in the Pacific. Mr. Etsicitty proudly answered the call when his country needed him, serving in the battles of Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima.

“As a member of the Navajo Nation, Mr.

Reminder From Bandelier: It's Flash Flood Season Again

on July 25, 2015 - 7:53am

Major flash flood Sept. 14, 2013 at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS


Although it has been a rainy summer so far, there haven't yet been any large flash floods in Bandelier National Monument, either in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, or in the other canyons in the park. 
However, floods are certainly possible, and the park has announced that the annual closure of all canyon bottom camping zones July 1 through Sept. 15 is in effect. Hikers are still welcome to go out on the trails, and backpackers can get Wilderness permits to camp in zones on mesa tops.

IRS Spotlights Benefits For ADA 25th Anniversary

on July 25, 2015 - 7:51am

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- Sunday, July 26 is the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Internal Revenue Service is marking the occasion by spotlighting a number of tax benefits and services that can help taxpayers with disabilities.

Achieving a Better Life Experience or ABLE Accounts

This new program was passed by Congress in Dec., 2014.  Under the law, states can offer specially designed, tax-favored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts (click here) to people with disabilities who became disabled before age 26. Recognizing the special financial burdens

San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James R. Mountain Visiting Los Alamos Rotary Aug. 11

on July 24, 2015 - 6:10pm

San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James R. Mountain in his office Thursday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post visited San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James R. Mountain, a 1990 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Thursday at his office.

Mountain was elected in December to serve a three year term and took office Jan. 2. He spoke Thursday about his initiative to promote the culture and history of his pueblo and his desire to be a good regional partner with his neighbors throughout Northern New Mexico.

The San Ildefonso Pueblo comprises approximately

New Mexico Teacher Of The Year Debra Minyard Participates In Annual Event In Washington, D.C.

on July 24, 2015 - 2:22pm

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard of White Rock stops to pose with with a military band recently while in Washington, D.C. for the annual Education Commission of the States event. Photo by Joshua Minyard

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard of White Rock poses with other 2015 Teachers of the Year from across the nation recently while in Washington, D.C. for the annual Education Commission of the States event. Photo by Joshua Minyard

New Mexico's Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail Front-runner In USA Today Contest

on July 24, 2015 - 9:12am


New Mexico is known as the epicenter for green chile and its most beloved culinary treasure, the green chile cheeseburger.

USA Today announced the 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, and the New Mexico True Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail is a front-runner. The New Mexico Tourism Department is asking that residents display their pride and vote for New Mexico’s beloved Cheeseburger Trail.

With more than 100 stops on the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail it is truly a one-of-a-kind destination for travelers.

Governor Praises Los Alamos ScienceFest: 'It's Great ... A Festival For Smart People!'

on July 23, 2015 - 11:33pm
Gov. Susana Martinez addresses the crowd during today's press conference at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham, left, and Gov. Susana Martinez watch short films produced by New Mexico True along with the audience. 'I never get tired of them,' Martinez said.
Los Alamos Daily Post


Attorney General On PRC Refusal To Study Costs And Benefits Of Wind And Solar Energy In New Mexico

on July 22, 2015 - 7:11pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas


SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement today in response to the Public Regulation Commission’s refusal to study the costs and benefits of solar and wind energy in New Mexico:

“I continue to urge the PRC to gather more accurate and transparent information for taxpayers, including the study of the true costs and benefits of wind and solar energy in New Mexico. New Mexico's energy system must be modernized in order to strengthen the economic security of New Mexico's working families.”

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero Sworn Into Governor Appointed Board Position

on July 22, 2015 - 6:51pm

Magistrate Judge Patricia Casados swears in Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero today at the Justice Center. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Sheriff Lucero to the New Mexico Oversight Search and Rescue Board and it is required that he be sworn into this new position. Sheriff Lucero was welcomed onto the Board when he attended his first meeting last week. Courtesy photo

Heinrich Statement On 2015 KIDS COUNT Report

on July 22, 2015 - 9:15am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. issued the following statement Tuesday after the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranked New Mexico as 49th in the nation for child well-being.

The report ranked all 50 states on 16 indicators that fall into the categories of economic well-being, education, health, family and community.

"It's unacceptable that nearly a third of New Mexico children are living in poverty.