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Udall to Unveil 'Hard Choices' Water Policy Findings

on April 28, 2013 - 2:52pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senator will visit Otero and Doña Ana Counties
 
LAS CRUCES – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be in Las Cruces next week to announce policy recommendations following last summer’s 57th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference.
 
He will also present service medals to a Korean vet's family and give remarks at the ribbon cutting for the new East Mesa Campus of the Doña Ana Community College.
 
In August 2012, Udall co-hosted the water conference, entitled "Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity," which focused on drought and water

Quality New Mexico Examiner Applications Due May 10

on April 28, 2013 - 7:39am

Courtesy photo

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2013 Board of Examiners through May 10.

Examiners are volunteers who, working in teams, review applications submitted to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards program, administered by Quality New Mexico.

The awards program recognizes New Mexico business, government, education, health care and nonprofit organizations for their commitment, progress, or achievement in performance excellence.

Forrest Fenn Talks Treasure April 28

on April 26, 2013 - 8:08am

KNME News:

Forrest Fenn, author and former owner of Santa Fe’s Fenn Gallery is this week’s guest on Report from Santa Fe airing 8 a.m. Sunday, April 28 on KNME, PBS Channel 5.1.

Forrest Fenn is the author of “The Thrill of the Chase: a Memoir,” as well as“The Secrets of San Lazaro Pueblo,” “Teepee Smoke,” “The Beat of the Drum and the Whoop of the Dance,” and “Historic American Indian Dolls.”

The memoir includes the true story about his secret treasure, along with an outrageous dare.

“Unlock the clues that are scattered among these pages and you can go home with a bronze chest that is so

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Quality New Mexico Accepting Award Applications

on April 26, 2013 - 6:59am

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2013 NM Performance Excellence Awards. The awards, which will be awarded next spring, include:

  • Piñon Recognition, commitmentto performance excellence

  • Roadrunner Recognition, progress toward performance excellence

  • Zia Award for Performance Excellence, best-in-class results

Organizations wishing to participate in the awards program must send in an intent to apply form by May 10. The form is available at www.qualitynewmexico.org. The application is due July 12.

The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards, modeled after the Malcolm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Holds Town Hall Meeting

on April 25, 2013 - 7:54am

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard addresses the crowd gathered for her town hall meeting at Betty Ehart Center Friday. Courtesy photo

Staff report

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard held a town hall meeting Friday afternoon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

More than 30 people attended the event, which was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos chapter of the AARP.

Garcia Richard gave a presentation on the 2013 legislative session outcomes.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses outcomes of the 2013 legislative session. Courtesy photo

 

Luján: Sequester Cuts Will Impact Ability to Address Climate Change

on April 24, 2013 - 8:54am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor last night on the negative impact that the sequester's arbitrary cuts will have on the effort to address climate change.

"Mr. Speaker, at a time when our communities are dealing with the impact of climate change, cuts from the sequester will negatively impact our long-term efforts to combat this challenge.

"Energy conservation is a vital component of reducing carbon emissions.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

on April 23, 2013 - 7:38am

Columbine-Hondo Wheeler Peak Wilderness Legislative Map.

NM DELEGATION News:

In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation Monday to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness – a proposal with strong support from the local community.

A companion bill will be introduced today in the House by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. 

Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a “Wilderness Study Area” since 1980.
 
“For more than 30 years, we have considered the Columbine Hondo’s

Jemez Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge

on April 22, 2013 - 2:28pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jerome Dominic Concha, 20, a member and resident of Jemez Pueblo, pleaded guilty this morning to a federal assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Concha was arrested Jan. 10, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon. In February, Concha was indicted and charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to court records, on Jan. 1, Concha repeatedly struck another Jemez Pueblo man in the face and head with a hatchet in a residence on Jemez Pueblo.

During this morning’s proceedings,

U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Call For Students Interested in Military Service Academies

on April 21, 2013 - 8:50am

U.S. Military Academy's Washington Hall and Cadet Chapel. Courtesy/USMA

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Staff for members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation will hold information sessions for high school students interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall began holding Service Academies Nights in 2012 to give prospective applicants and their families the opportunity to speak to representatives from each military service academy and in-state ROTC programs.

Udall's Office will be joined this year by staff members for Sen.

Governor's Chief of Staff Addresses LANL Consortium

on April 20, 2013 - 8:18am
From left, Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, Consortium President Floyd Archuleta, Consortium Secretary/Treasurer Liddie Martinez, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Carl Trujillo and Robert Hollen. Courtesy Photo
 
RDC News
 
Wednesday April 17, Keith Gardner, Chief of Staff to Gov. Susana Martinez addressed the Consortium of Major LANL Subcontractors, an organization made up of LANL’s 33 largest subcontractors.

Western States Sheriffs’ Association Nominates Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero For Sheriff of the Year

on April 18, 2013 - 3:03pm

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero

NMSA News:

ALBUQUERQUEThe New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association commends Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero for nomination of Sheriff of the Year from Western States Sheriffs’ Association.

Sheriff Lucero was nominated for Sheriff of the Year by his peers at the Western States Sheriffs’ Association at the annual spring conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in March.

"I am humbled by this honor," Lucero said. "I feel there are many more deserving sheriffs."

Western States Sheriffs’ Association is comprised from Sheriffs from 16 states.

RANM: Housing Market Continues To Improve

on April 18, 2013 - 1:33pm

RANM News:

2013 First Quarter sales and median prices reported to the REALTORS Association of New Mexico (RANM) show an increase over 2011 and 2012 first quarter reports.

In the first quarter of 2013 there were 3,306 sales reported. This tops the 2012 number of 3,018.

Nineteen reporting counties showed an increase in sales numbers this year over last. In March 2013, there were 1,272 New Mexico sales reported - a 3.7 percent increase over the number of March 2012 sales.

First quarter 2013 median prices also show an increase over the last two years.

Udall Statement on Defeat of Bipartisan Background Check Amendment

on April 18, 2013 - 1:04pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement following the Senate’s consideration of amendments to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, including the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on commercial gun sales:
 
"The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey agreement would have expanded criminal background checks to reduce gun violence while upholding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
 
"Fifty-four United States senators voted in agreement with 90 percent of the American people that

Bandelier National Monument Celebrates National Park Week

on April 18, 2013 - 10:59am

A look from the mesa top affords a breathtaking view of Frijoles Canyon, as well as a bird's-eye view of Long House. Sally King/NPS

 

BNM News:

  •  National Park Week at Bandelier - Crafts, Stars, Fee Free Days and More
Beginning Saturday, April 20, Bandelier National Monument and other National Park Service areas around the country will be observing National Park Week. With more than 400 areas, there's a lot to celebrate.
 
Of course Bandelier is always a great place to visit, and special events during that week will make it even better.
 
Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, will be

Quality New Mexico Hosts JetBlue’s CEO

on April 18, 2013 - 10:19am

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico hosts JetBlue’s CEO and four Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipients April 22 & 23.

ALBUQUERQUE. Quality New Mexico’s Learning Summit begins Monday, April 22 at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Leaders from six states will speak about “excellence” in business, education, government, healthcare and non-profits.

  • Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education, Ky.
  • David Barger, CEO, JetBlue, N.Y.
  • Tommy Gonzalez, City Manager, City of Irving, Texas
  • Craig Deao, Studer Group, Fla.
  • Karen Koch, North Mississippi Health Services, Miss.
  • Steve Harris,

Luján, Lujan Grisham Write to President Obama with Concerns over Proposed Cuts to Social Security Benefits

on April 17, 2013 - 9:41am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote to President Obama recently to express their concerns with provisions in the President's budget that would impact Social Security and reduce benefits for New Mexico seniors.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
Below is the text of the letter:

April 16, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20502

Dear Mr. President:

It was with great interest that we reviewed the 2014

Luján: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act Passage Important Step

on April 17, 2013 - 8:14am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today in support of legislation to address the evolving cyber threats facing the nation.

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act passed with wide bipartisan support. Luján is a cosponsor of the legislation that includes provisions he worked on last Congress to enhance the role of the national laboratories, to encourage the rapid transfer of research and development advances into new commercial cybersecurity technologies, and to improve consumer privacy protection.

"As our country and our economy

Quality New Mexico/Intel launch Mentoring Program

on April 17, 2013 - 7:40am

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico in collaboration with Intel New Mexico will launch a new mentoring program April 22 at Quality NM Learning Summit at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Any size New Mexico non-profit, education or governmental entity interested in performance improvement is eligible to participate in complimentary mentoring by an Intel employee.

A mentoring request form will be available at the Intel exhibit booth at the Learning Summit.

Quality New Mexico’s mission is to drive performance excellence in New Mexico organizations by providing role models, knowledge,

Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival Celebrates Traditional Crafts

on April 16, 2013 - 8:38am

Hand-dyed wool at a previous Spring Harvest Festival. Courtesy/Dave Thomson
Sheep shearing at Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival. Courtesy/Dave Thomson
 
Staff report:

The Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival will take place Saturday, April 27 in Los Ojos.

The Festival will feature sheep shearing, spinning, dying and weaving demonstrations. Music and refreshments will be part of the celebration.

Tierra Wools is a spinning, hand dyeing, and hand weaving workshop and a retail store.

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Udall Applauds USPS Decision to Continue Saturday Delivery

on April 14, 2013 - 10:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall commended the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) announcement Wednesday that it will not go through with plans to eliminate Saturday delivery.
 
USPS' decision comes in response to congressional protest and legislative action by Udall and others to ban a reduction in services.
 
"The continuation of Saturday delivery is a win for the countless Americans who rely on mail services,” Udall said.

Employers Thanked/Honored for Support

on April 14, 2013 - 9:46am

ESGR News:

SANTA FE Twenty-one New Mexico businesses and public entities were honored last week for their support of members of the New Mexico Guard and Reserve.

The New Mexico Chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), hosted the lunchtime event April 11 at the National Guard Armory Aviation Support Facility in Santa Fe.

ESGR works to assist and educate employers about working with employees who are members of the National Guard or Reserve Units.

Larger businesses honored are Los Alamos National Security, Chugach Management, Fresenius Medical Corp., Honeywell,

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Shinseki Friday

on April 13, 2013 - 9:04am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., meeting with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met Friday afternoon with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to discuss ways to improve veterans care in New Mexico and around the country.
 
"Secretary Shinseki and I had a productive conversation about the need to improve services for veterans in our state.

GAO Report Finds ATM Fees on the Rise

on April 13, 2013 - 8:25am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Large banks shown to have higher and more prevalent fees; Surcharges at non-bank ATMs higher and more frequent
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – American consumers have paid higher automated teller machine (ATM) fees over the past five years according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation released Friday.
 
Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the GAO investigation.
 
The lawmakers requested the report to assess increased ATM use by Americans in recent years.

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