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Volunteers Place Wreaths at Santa Fe National Cemetery

on December 15, 2013 - 8:51am


Military personnel gather at Saturday's Wreaths Across America ceremony at Snata Fe National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers. Photo by Diane Swan


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall honors fallen military personnel during Saturday's ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Photo by Diane Swan


Photo by Diane Swan

Staff Report

Remembering fallen military, one wreath at a time, volunteers from across the area including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, SOC Los Alamos and local community partners, sponsored holiday wreaths for a military gravesite at the Santa Fe National

Fire Positions Available in Santa Fe National Forest

on December 15, 2013 - 8:05am

USFS News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest along with the other ten National Forests in in the Southwestern Region are hiring.

Temporary positions are available in multiple locations across Arizona and New Mexico in various specialty areas including: fire, range, wildlife, archeology, fisheries, and recreation. Permanent fire positions are also available, including: firefighters, engine operators, helitack, dispatchers and others.  

Applications can be submitted at any time during the year.


Agriculture Secretary Announces Electric System Funding

on December 14, 2013 - 8:01am

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday more than $1.8 billion in funding for electric utility infrastructure projects in 25 states and one territory to improve service for more than 37,000 rural customers. 

The projects include more than $45 million for smart grid technology, $73 million for renewable energy projects and over $213 million targeted to benefit Native Americans. This funding will build or improve more than 6,500 miles of line to deliver electricity to rural America.

“Rural electric cooperatives

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Bill

on December 14, 2013 - 7:22am
Organ Mountains scenery. Courtesy/Henrich's Office


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve some of Doña Ana County’s most iconic landscapes, while boosting the region’s tourism and outdoor economy, creating jobs and improving hunting and hiking opportunities. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act would designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to conserve, protect and enhance scenic, recreational and culturally significant land. 

The new monument would be managed by the

NM Press Women Excellence in Communications Contest Deadline Jan. 15

on December 14, 2013 - 6:45am

NMPW News:

New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) invites entries for the 2014 Communications Contest, recognizing excellence in print or electronic media, books, photography, advertising, public relations, graphic arts, blogs/websites, and academic journalism throughout New Mexico. You don’t have to be a member of NMPW to participate in this open competition.

There are some important changes this year:

  • This year NMPW is moving to an online system, which will streamline the entry process for entrants.
  • Entry fees are reduced to $10 for the first entry and $5 for each succeeding entry, for members;

White Sands Expansion Provision Included in Defense Authorization Act

on December 14, 2013 - 6:37am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. made the following statements in response to a provision included in the compromise language of the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released yesterday. The provision is part of a bill the New Mexico senators introduced earlier this year, which passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss.

"I am pleased that both the House and Senate came together to support this important provision for

Luján Addresses Budget Vote

on December 13, 2013 - 8:28am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today after voting for a compromise budget plan that reduces sequester cuts over the next two years.

"While this budget plan is not perfect, and neither side got everything they would have liked, it represents a compromise that takes important steps to chip away at the devastating cuts of the sequester. It rejects the calls of the extreme Tea Party elements that have demanded even deeper cuts that would harm New Mexico.