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Udall Opens Application Process For Military Service Academy Nominations April 7

on March 31, 2015 - 4:19pm

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Staff to host service academy information sessions across New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Beginning April 7, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will accept applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies.

Throughout April, members of Udall's staff will host several information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying. 

Four of the five service academies – the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S.

Pamela Valdez And Randy Fraser Of Los Alamos Receive NNSA's 2014 Security Professional Of The Year Awards

on March 31, 2015 - 4:06pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the recipients of the Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards:

  • Pamela Valdez from the Los Alamos Field Office will receive the federal award; and
  • Randy Fraser from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will receive the contractor award.

The awards recognize one federal and one contractor employee whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA enterprise exemplify the excellence and commitment for which NNSA is known.

Valdez’s leadership as

Many Questions Surface In Preparing Community For Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on March 31, 2015 - 3:50pm

Los Alamos County Councilors, County staff and MPNHP Committee members, during a work session March 24 in White Rock, discuss a mounting list of questions for preparing the community to receive an estimated 200,000 visitors annually. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

At right, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director / MPNHP Committee Chair Heather McClenahan presents an update to County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Councilor Steven Girrens listen to an update on the MPNHP project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Dept. Of Education Grants Four-Year Extension To New Mexico’s 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

on March 31, 2015 - 2:42pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • NM one of only five states to receive fast-tracked NCLB waiver extension

SANTA FE — Today, the U.S. Department of Education approved a four-year extension to New Mexico’s “No Child Left Behind” waiver, allowing the state to continue implementing reforms to help struggling schools and students.

New Mexico is just one of five states to receive the extension, which recognizes the state’s success in implementing strong education reform and accountability efforts.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

“Today’s recognition proves that with hard work and the

InnovAge Appoints Martin Rosenblatt Regional Executive Director For New Mexico

on March 31, 2015 - 1:37pm

Martin Rosenblatt

STATE News:

InnovAge Greater New Mexico PACE has announced the appointment of Martin Rosenblatt to Regional Executive Director. 

PACE is the Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Rosenblatt has served in the role of Center Manager for the Albuquerque PACE location since February 2004, during which time he managed the day-to-day operations for more than 11 years.

Prior to his tenure in PACE, he was the Bureau Chief of Quality, Fraud and Abuse Detection and Control for the State of New Mexico Medicaid. He has a J.D.

NMAA Selects March 'Compete With Class' Honoree

on March 31, 2015 - 1:29pm

Cobre High School Softball Team earns March 2015 'Compete with Class' award. Courtesy/NMAA

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Activities Association is proud to announce that the Cobre High School Softball team has been recognized as the Compete with Class award recipient for the month of March.

Cobre’s Softball team showed sportsmanship when Chaparral’s special education student, Santana Carrillo, stepped up to the plate.

“They were all supportive and thrilled to help this young lady to feel a part of the team and the game,” Patricia Garcia (Chaparral High School) stated. “When

NNM VAF Awarded Grant Under U.S. Commerce Department’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program

on March 31, 2015 - 11:28am

Flow Science of Santa Fe receives the 2014 VAF Award. Courtesy photo
Mark Sanchez of FLUTe in Alcalde receives the 2014 VAF Award. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

  • EDA Awards Cluster Grant To Regional Development Corporation

Española – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) is among the first 26 recipients of the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program grants.

The Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, which is being run by the Department’s Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Innovation and

AG To Request Arrest Of Fraudulent Auto Shop Owner; Issues Risk Advisory To Consumers

on March 31, 2015 - 10:27am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released an update in the Office of the Attorney General’s lawsuit against A Reliable Engine Rebuilder.

Earlier this month, Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash ordered the business closed after the owner, Robert “Bobby” Mitchell, failed to appear at a hearing where he was set to explain how he would comply with a 2013 court order requiring him to pay restitution to consumers he scammed, imposing civil penalties, and prohibiting his unlawful business practices.

Judge Nash’s order requires the business to remain locked

Los Alamos High School FIRST Robotics Team 4153 Competes In Hub City Regional

on March 30, 2015 - 7:21pm
Los Alamos High School FIRST Robotics Team 4153. Courtesy photo
 

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School FIRST Robotics Team 4153 competed with is robot "Fermi" in the Hub City Regionals this past weekend and made it all the way to the elimination rounds.

They finished the qualifying rounds in 14th place (and with an offensive power rating, which put the team in the top 10) going into the final elimination rounds. They were chosen and went to battle with two teams that just happened to be right next to them in the pits in the end.

"We had an awesome first match working well as an alliance

More Than 100 Los Alamos Volunteers Show Youth How Fun Science, Engineering And Math Can Be

on March 30, 2015 - 7:03pm

Students peeking into the world of an ecologist through microscopy. Courtesy photo

 

EDUCATION News:

And the best part was ... “the learning part!”

This was the kind of feedback organizers received from students attending the March 6 "Expanding Your Horizons 2015" Student Technical Workshop.

More than 100 volunteers from Los Alamos traveled down to the Santa Fe Convention Center to volunteer their talents to show Northern New Mexican youth how fun science, engineering, and math can be.

Activities included an engaging Career Fair, an inspiring keynote address by Dr.

AG Announces Completion of Internal Review Of Pending Litigation Involving Outside Counsel

on March 30, 2015 - 1:47pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

  • AG confident that pending cases can move forward as meritorious

SANTA FE — Today New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the completion of an office-wide review of all pending litigation involving outside counsel.

Moving forward, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is committed to utilizing a set of best practices to ensure the Office takes on only meritorious cases that are in the best interest of New Mexicans, as stated in today's news release.

“As Attorney General, I am committed to operating an open and transparent

Heinrich Introduces Budget Amendment To Protect America's Treasured Public Lands

on March 30, 2015 - 10:35am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. introduced an amendment to the Senate's budget resolution that would protect America's parks and public lands, including national forests, wildlife refuges, and conservation lands, from being sold off as a deficit reduction tactic.

The amendment is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

"Selling off America's treasured lands to the highest bidder would result in a proliferation of locked gates and no-trespassing signs in places that have been

New Mexico Delegation Responds To Report By WIPP Technical Assessment Team

on March 28, 2015 - 10:11am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Technical Assessment Team, analyzing the scientific cause of the drum failure that led to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). 

"Today's report answers some of the questions about what led to the radiological release at WIPP on Feb.

DPS Reorganization Act Signed Into Law

on March 28, 2015 - 9:32am

DPS Cabinet Secretary Greg Fouratt

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law Senate Bill 95, the Department of Public Safety Reorganization Act.

This landmark bill represents the first statutory reorganization of the New Mexico State Police Division (DPS) in its 28-year history and takes effect July 1, 2015. This bill enjoyed widespread legislative support, having passed the Senate 31-9 and the House 54-1.

The primary effect of this bill is the merger of all three DPS law enforcement entities into the DPS:

  • New Mexico State Police;
  • Motor Transportation Police

Rep. Garcia Richard's Legislative Session Recap

on March 28, 2015 - 9:28am
By Dist. 43 Rep. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Sandoval
 

As Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "You may delay, but time will not," and as we learned this legislative session, delaying critical votes has left New Mexico in a state of confusion and panic. 

 
For three years, I have served on House Appropriations and am proud of the bipartisan work we have accomplished to deliver New Mexicans a balanced and fair budget and comprehensive capital improvement legislation. 
 
In those three years, I have never once seen a move as destructive as the 11th hour coup by

RTD Adds Additional Bus To Accommodate Chimayo Pilgrims On Good Friday

on March 27, 2015 - 3:29pm

RTD News:

In addition to its regular Chimayo Route bus, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD “Blue Bus”) will be adding an additional bus along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 3.

Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 8:30 a.m.) departing from the RTD stop on the north side of the Santa Claran Hotel in front of the Arrow Motel.

The route then traverses NM Highway 76 with multiple

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Leads Effort To Keep Dark Money Out Of Elections

on March 27, 2015 - 11:42am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the Senate debating amendments to this year’s proposed budget resolution, Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. aimed at making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence federal elections through unlimited and undisclosed campaign expenditures – so-called “dark money.”

Their amendment would have facilitated passage of legislation that promotes transparency in political spending and prevents big corporate and wealthy donors from evading campaign

Five-Year Plan Released To Protect Antibiotics

on March 27, 2015 - 11:35am
Courtesy image

NMPIRG News:

  • Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Administration Plan to Protect Antibiotics ... Plan fails to adequately address growing public health threat

The New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) reports that the National Task Force for Combatting Resistant Bacteria released a five-year action plan today to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

While the plan takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are

Udall, Heinrich Announce $833,700 Grant To Improve N.M. Affordable Housing Options

on March 27, 2015 - 8:21am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NeighborWorks America will award three New Mexico nonprofit affordable housing organizations with a total of $833,700 in grants funded through last December’s “omnibus” appropriations bill to fund the government.
 
The funds will be used to help families who need safe, affordable housing, and create jobs in New Mexico.  
  • Homewise, Inc. will receive $591,450 to help New Mexicans in Santa Fe and Albuquerque buy homes and make home improvements to improve energy efficiency.
  • Tierra del Sol

Luján Votes To Protect Seniors’ Access To Doctors And Extend Health Care For Children

on March 27, 2015 - 8:10am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted Thursday in support of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to protect seniors’ access to doctors through Medicare. 

“Year after year for more than a decade, Congress has passed short-term fixes to a flawed system in order to prevent seniors on Medicare from losing access to the doctors they trust. Time and again, rather than enacting a stable payment system for doctors, Congress has kicked the can down the road.

Pecos National Historical Park Comes Alive With Tension And Noise Of Civil War In The West

on March 27, 2015 - 7:45am
PNHP News:
 
Pecos National Historical Park is set to come alive with the tension and noise of the Civil War in the West, complete with artillery demonstrations, music by a fife and drum corps, a look at period military medicine, and the chance to interact with costumed interpreters who demonstrate both camp and homefront life. 
 
The Pecos NHP Civil War Weekend activities are Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. The weekend’s events will highlight the 153rd anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass, referred to by some as the “Gettysburg of the West.”

New Mexico and the

Technical Assessment Team Report Released On Cause Of Breached Drum At WIPP

on March 26, 2015 - 8:34pm

DOE EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP. The contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible and the drum breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.  

The

Governor Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff Friday For Navajo Nation Police Officer Alex Yazzie

on March 26, 2015 - 8:11pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday, March 27 in honor and mourning of Navajo Nation Police Officer Alex Yazzie.

The full text of the Governor’s executive order:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2015-004

FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF NAVAJO NATION POLICE OFFICER ALEX YAZZIE

WHEREAS, On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Navajo Nation Police Officer and United States Marine Corps veteran Alex Yazzie was killed in the line of duty;

WHEREAS, Officer Yazzie was in pursuit of a domestic violence

Rio Grande Trail Commission To Study Corridor For 500-Mile Rio Grande Trail

on March 26, 2015 - 12:14pm

That rock that was in the middle of the Blue Dot Trail isn't there anymore. In fact, the trail is in great shape from rim to river, and March and April are the best time to take a walk in White Rock Canyon. Photo/Text by Craig Martin

Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY OPEN SPACE News:

The 2015 Legislature passed a bill, HB 563, creating a Rio Grande Trail Commission to study a corridor for the proposed Rio Grande Trail. The 500-mile trail would extend from the Colorado to Texas borders using existing trails and creating new ones.

Never mentioned in the proposal is the existing Los Alamos County River

Two LANL Organizations Receive Performance Excellence Recognition From Quality New Mexico

on March 26, 2015 - 7:54am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group and the Quality and Performance Assurance Division received 2014 Performance Excellence Recognition awards from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony April 7-8 in Albuquerque.

“These organizations are striving for world-class excellence and providing the best service to their customers,” said Quality New Mexico Executive Director Julia Gabaldon. “We are very proud of them and I encourage organizations in every sector to follow their lead.”

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