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Arrowsmith Graduates from Leadership New Mexico

on June 24, 2012 - 1:25pm

From left, Leadership New Mexico Chair Tony Atkinson, Program Director Jenny Lewis, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and LNM Curriculum Committee Chair Jim Haynes at the LNM graduation ceremony June 15 in Taos. Photo by Sharon Stover/Cell Phone

Leadership New Mexico

Los Alamos Deprtment of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith is one of 38 members of the Leadership New Mexico class of 2011-2012 gathered June 13-15 in Taos for its final session and graduation ceremony.

Leadership New Mexico is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded to

Hikes, Talks & Walks on Tap at Bandelier

on June 22, 2012 - 1:05am
BANDELIER News:
 
An opportunity for anyone looking for a day of challenging volunteer trail work is set for Sunday, June 24 at Bandelier National Monument.
 
Volunteers, along with the Bandelier trail crew, will hike about 1.5 miles out along the trail from the Visitor Center toward mid-Alamo Canyon to reset water bars and do other needed work.
 
Be sure to call ahead to the Visitor Center, 505-672-3861 x 517, to sign up. Volunteers must be at least 13, but no experience is needed.
 
Bring at least a gallon of water, as well as lunch, sunscreen, hat, and good boots.

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Rodeo de Santa Fe is in Full Swing

on June 21, 2012 - 12:36pm

A contestant of the Mutton Busting competition clings to her lamb as it comes out of the chute during the Rodeo de Santa Fe. The Rodeo runs through June the 24 at the Rodeo Grounds in Santa Fe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe County Queen Sara Czmyrid watches the Mutton Busting competition at the Rodeo de Santa Fe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

A cowgirl pushes her horse hard during the barrel race portion of the Rodeo de Santa Fe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Miss Rodeo New Mexico Danika Jackson leads the opening procession of riders at the 63rd
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Rep. Jim Hall Meets with Gallina School Officials

on June 21, 2012 - 9:01am

Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties speaks with Superintendent Dr. Manuel Medrano and Vice Chair Randy Cordova while attending the Gallina School Board Meeting on June 19. Courtesy photo.

Rep. Jim Hall attended the Gallina School Board meeting Tuesday and visited with a number of the board members as well as members of the audience.

"Having been on the Los Alamos Public Schools Board, it was interesting to draw parallels and distinctions between our respective board meetings," Hall said.

He described typical similarities such as approval of minutes and the

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Udall: NM Tech to Receive $700,000 for Energy Research

on June 21, 2012 - 6:28am
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) Wednesday announced that the Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC) at New Mexico Tech in Socorro will receive nearly $700,000 to continue developing a method to treat water that is produced in oil and gas production using solar energy.
 
'Produced water' flows to the surface during oil and gas drilling and often has high concentrations of salts and other contaminants that make it unusable and costly to dispose of safely.
 
“Oil and gas production is a major part of New Mexico’s economy and we are always looking for ways to reduce the
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Bandelier Rangers and National Guard Rescue Distressed Hikers

on June 20, 2012 - 6:15pm

BANDELIER News:

On Tuesday, June 19 Bandelier Rangers with the assistance of National Guard air support, conducted a successful search and rescue operation in the area between Alamo Canyon and Capulin Canyon.

Sandoval County 911 Center received a cell call
Tuesday morning from a group in distress and requesting aid in the backcountry of Bandelier National Monument.

Sandoval County provided Bandelier personnel with the call's GPS coordinates, and Bandelier Archaeologist/Rangers Heath Bailey and David Shiffler, who were already in the vicinity, immediately responded.

The parties in

Santa Fe Rodeo Parade Draws Spectators to Plaza

on June 18, 2012 - 7:07am

The Santa Fe Rodeo Parade was held Saturday June 16. The Rodeo itself runs June 20-23. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
2012 Santa Fe Rodeo Queen Alexandria Layne Tapia waves to the crowd during the Rodeo Parade. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
A  princess of the Santa Fe Rodeo rides in the Rodeo Parade. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
Santa Fe Rodeo mascot "El Toro Diablo" makes its way down the streets of Santa Fe during the Rodeo parade. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
A rodeo clown entertains the crowd. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
A rodeo clown

Russian Delegates Visit State Capitol

on June 13, 2012 - 9:26pm

The Russian delegates visiting Los Alamos from Sarov this week listen as Rep. Jim Hall of White Rock talks about the workings of state government with Lt. Gov. John Sanchez at the State Capitol in Santa Fe Wednesday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties receives a small token of gratitude from the Russian delegates on the House floor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

The delegates take a tour of the Capitol building. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Maura Shelden takes a picture of the group as they tour the

AUDIO: Udall Discusses Farm Bill & Burn Pit Registry

on June 13, 2012 - 3:36pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
WASHINGTON – On his weekly radio call today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed the Farm Bill reauthorization currently being considered in the Senate, including two amendments he plans to introduce to the bill.  
 
Udall also talked about his upcoming Veterans’ Affairs Committee testimony this Wednesday on legislation to create a registry for veterans who may be suffering health problems due to their proximity to open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
 
 
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Santa Fe National Forest Launches New Website

on June 13, 2012 - 11:50am

Truchas Peak in the Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe National Forest is the second highest peak in New Mexico. Courtesy/SFNF

This morning the Santa National Forest launched a new website. The forest’s new web address is:http://fs.usda.gov/santafe.

The Santa Fe National Forest is one of the five National Forests in New Mexico.

National Forests are America's great outdoors, here to serve the American people at work and play.

Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.6 million acre Santa Fe National Forest.

Elevations rise from 5,300 to 13,103 feet at the summit of

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Sand Dune Lizard Escapes Endangered List

on June 13, 2012 - 9:57am
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides to forego adding the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard to the Endangered Species List. Courtesy/FWS
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to forego adding the Dunes Sagebrush (Sand Dune) Lizard to the Endangered Species List.
 
The Senators, who learned of the decision this morning, have been actively engaged with the administration as it determined whether listing the lizard was the best course of action based on science and in light of collaboration at the local level
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Colorado Peak and Bear Springs Fires are History!

on June 12, 2012 - 8:50pm

SFNF News:

Below you will find an evening fire update for the Colorado Peak and Bear Springs fires:

Colorado Peak: 246 acres,100 percent contained. The Colorado Peak fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe NF; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport

Bear Springs: 622 acres, 95 percent contained. No change. The Bear Springs fire is located on the Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe NF; 6 miles NE of Ponderosa and 6 miles SE of Jemez Springs.

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Los Alamos Day at NM History Museum Saturday

on June 12, 2012 - 7:29am

On Saturday afternoon, June 16, the New Mexico History Museum and its Los Compadres del Palacio support group will host a visit to the Museum for all Los Alamos County residents.  

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m., with an informal reception at the Museum.

At  2:15 p.m., Los Alamos visitors are invited to participate in a tour of the St. Johns Bible exhibition led by Tom Leech, head of the Palace Press.

They can also visit other exhibits in the Museum, including those in the Palace of the Governors. Museum admission will be free 1-5 p.m. for Los Alamos visitors.

During the afternoon

Fire and Water: The Las Conchas Fire

on June 11, 2012 - 11:03pm

Column by State Representative Jim Hall

On June 4 and 5, I attended a conference “Impacts and Lessons Learned from the Las Conchas Fire,” sponsored by New Mexico’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR--http://nmepscor.org/). 

NM EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation, and this year their focus was to research the impacts of climate change on Northern New Mexico water resources.

The Las Conchas Fire broadened their focus to the environmental impacts of wildfire--with water and water quality as an important subtext. 

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Fire Restrictions Tighten Tuesday

on June 11, 2012 - 10:21pm

Santa Fe – Due to increasing fire danger and resources fully engaged on multiple wildfires, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis and State Forester Tony Delfin today announced additional restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfires and open-fires would be extended to cover all non-municipal, non-federal and non-tribal lands throughout the State of New Mexico.

The restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m., Tuesday June 12.

“Recent high temperatures and low humidity levels have dried out forest and wildland vegetation significantly throughout the State of

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Caldera Work Party Helps Calves Stay with Herd

on June 10, 2012 - 9:26am

A work party coming from the visitor center and another from the highway are separated by elk herd as Saturday's fence tear-down endeavor got underway at the Valle Caldera National Preserve. Forty people from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque with organizations including Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Sierra Club, Wild Earth Guardians and the New Mexico Environment Department joined Caldera Chief Scientist Bob Parmenter to remove fences built for sheep in the 1930s. These fences have hindered elk movement.

N.M. 4 Paving Work Moves North

on June 10, 2012 - 8:03am

Paving was underway on the north side of N.M. 4 last week as the roadway project begins to wind down. Photo by TK Thompson

Park and Ride Issues Rider Alert

on June 7, 2012 - 11:17pm

ATOMIC CITY TRANSIT News:

Park and Ride has issued a Rider Alert summarizing additional Blue Route adjustments, tentativley scheduled to begin June 18.

Riders are asked to review the Rider Alert and the Draft Schedule and provide comments by noon Tuesday, June 12.

Comments may be sent to nmparkandride@state.nm.us.

Review proposed changes and draft bus schedule at www.AtomicCityTransit.com


In response to input from riders, departure times will be changed on the following runs of the Blue Route:

• Los Alamos 20th and Central stop has been re-named Mesa Public  Library to more accurately

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Friday Fire Restrictions Affect 21 Counties

on June 7, 2012 - 9:18pm

NM State Forestry Wildland News:

Due to high fire danger across parts of the state, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis and State Forester Tony Delfin today announced restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfire and open-fires for all or portions of 21 counties.

The restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m. Friday, June 8.

“Very high fire danger exists across much of western and parts of central New Mexico,” Delfin
said. “I’m urging all residents in the areas affected to follow the restriction guidelines to protect lives and property in their

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Bear Springs Fire June 6 Update

on June 6, 2012 - 10:34am

SFNF News:

Firefighters hope to gain the upper hand on the Bear Springs Fire with burnout operations today.

The fire, which began at 6:36 p.m. June 3 is burning in the Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, six miles northeast of Ponderosa and six mile southeast of Jemez Springs.

A lightning strike caused the fire, which has burned 400 acres of mixed conifer and ponderosa pine to date.

The fire is 10 percent contained as 190 personnel including four Type 1 crews, three Type 2 crews, three engines, one Type 1 helicopter, three Type 3 helicopters, two water tenders and two

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Check our "Social" page for Breaking State / Nation News

on June 5, 2012 - 8:44pm

Check our Social page for breaking state and national news. We are monitoring news source breaking tweets and will "re-tweet" them to our social page.  Click the social button in our menu at the top each page to see the latest breaking news statewide and nationally.

For example: TV Networks are predicting Walker will win his recall election in Wisconsin.

Campaigners in Los Alamos

on June 5, 2012 - 2:36pm

Today is Primary Election Day.  Here is a view of a couple of campaigners in Los Alamos. We aren't sure what the Los Alamos County sign code (or future sign code) says about this type of mobile sign, but it draws your attention.

Submitted by Lynn Strauss on her iPhone.

Bear Springs Fire Update June 5 (Noon)

on June 5, 2012 - 1:05pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post spoke to the Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Office to obtain an update on the Bear Springs Fire.

As of 10:20 a.m. today, the fire has grown to 200 acres. Forest Road 266 is being used as a barrier.

The fire is burning hottest at the north east portion of the fire. There are some forest service unused historic structures in the area.

Protection has been provided to these resources. Firefighters are making progress, but the fire is still at 0 percent contained.  

Paul Delmerico’s Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire

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Video from the Senate Democratic Primary Debate: Balderas vs Heinrich

on June 4, 2012 - 8:23pm

By Greg Kendall

If you missed last night's Senate Democratic Primary Debate between Hector Balderas and Martin Heinrich, your in luck. You can watch the entire debate at the KOAT 7 website.

For some interesting election eve analysis, including a review of the debate, check Joe Monahan's New Mexico Politics blog.

Bear Springs Fire Update

on June 4, 2012 - 7:25pm

The Bear Springs Fire's approximate location is 23 miles South West of White Rock.. 

The fire size is 182 acres. Total personnel are now 160. The fire is burning in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

From the Incident Information System:

The Bear Springs Fire started at 6:36 p.m. Sunday, June 3 on the Jemez Ranger District, Jemez.

Cause of the fire is lightning in an area of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer.

There are multiple ground and air resources en route and crews the on scene.

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