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Information Session About New Mexico Centennial Care Oct. 25 at Mesa Public Library

on October 24, 2013 - 8:34am


An information session about New Mexico Centennial Care is being held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at Mesa Public Library. Centennial Care is the new name for
Medicaid and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Friday's session is very important for more than just current Medicaid recipients because of the New Mexico "Medicaid expansion" that extends health care benefits to everyone up to age 64 who is low income and has no health insurance. There are also other categories of coverage (disabilities, mental health, etc.).

Everyone who currently has Los Alamos County Health Care Assistance


United Nations Day Founded 68 Years Ago

on October 24, 2013 - 8:15am

The United Nations was founded 68 years ago on Oct. 24, 1945. The olive branches on the UN flag symbolize peace. The world map depicts the area of concern to the United Nations in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. Photo by Skip Dunn



Following the failure and collapse of the post World War I League of Nations and subsequent World War II, a group of 51 nations drew up the Charter for a new United Nations. The preamble to the Charter rings true today for the now 193 member states (nations):


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Comment Sought on State Rail Plan

on October 24, 2013 - 8:01am


Santa Fe – The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the State’s railroad program. The Rail Plan, which is a Federal requirement, sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation.

It identifies current and future passenger and freight rail facilities, services, needs, issues and opportunities.

U.S. 84/285 Traffic Switch North of Pojoaque

on October 24, 2013 - 7:58am


NMDOT continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2. The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting, and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County.

There will be a switch in traffic on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 24. The northbound U.S. 84/285 traffic will be taken off of the northbound on and off ramps and placed on the newly constructed southbound U.S. 84/285 lanes, travelling in a northbound direction through the project limits.

Udall Welcomes Conservation Plan for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

on October 24, 2013 - 7:55am

Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) decision to endorse the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan (RWP). 

Udall has been a leading supporter for the groundbreaking, five-state effort to conserve the habitat of the lesser prairie-chicken, which was proposed for listing as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FWS endorsement is an important step toward protecting the species

New Mexico Delegation Requests Disaster Declaration for September Floods

on October 23, 2013 - 9:50am

  • Quick action urged to help state and Santa Clara Pueblo recover from widespread storm damage

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have sent two joint, bipartisan letters to President Obama, urging him to respond quickly to separate requests for disaster assistance for the state of New Mexico and Santa Clara Pueblo.

The state and the Pueblo are asking the federal government for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged between Sept.


NIST Carbon Nanotube Chips Go Ballooning for Climate Science

on October 23, 2013 - 9:10am

Scientific balloon launched from New Mexico in September 2013 carrying an experimental instrument designed to collect and measure the energy of light emitted by the Sun, with the help of NIST chips coated with carbon nanotubes. Courtesy/LASP

NIST News:

A huge plastic balloon floated high in the skies over New Mexico Sept. 29, carrying instruments to collect climate-related test data with the help of carbon nanotube chips made by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The onboard instrument was an experimental spectrometer designed to collect and measure visible and

A Golden Anniversary for Space-Based Treaty Verification

on October 23, 2013 - 8:41am

LANL researcher Richard Belian performs a final check of the Vela V-B satellite prior to its launch in April 1970. Vela V-B was the last of the Vela twin satellites launched as part of a program to improve the United States' capability to detect, locate and identify nuclear explosions conducted in a variety of environments. Los Alamos is commemorating 50 years of space-based arms treaty verification efforts this month to coincide with the launch of the first Vela satellite Oct. 17, 1963. During the past 50 years, some 200 space vehicles have been launched with Los Alamos payloads aboard.

Public Comment Sought for Replacing Bandelier Electrical System

on October 23, 2013 - 8:17am

NPS News:

The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated the planning process to complete an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the replacement of primary and secondary electrical systems within Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument.

The purpose of the proposed action is to provide the Monument visitor center and headquarters area with a reliable electrical system that is readily and easily serviceable and complies with Los Alamos County and federal regulations.

The current electrical system, which is approximately 50 years old, has exceeded its anticipated life cycle of 30-40