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Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

on May 5, 2013 - 9:43am

HOLIDAY News:

Today is Cinco de Mayo—the fifth of May—which commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867.)

A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

History of Cinco de Mayo: Battle of Puebla

In 1861 the

Veterans Job Fair in Albuquerque This Week

on May 4, 2013 - 8:24am

Staff Report

New Mexico Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján are urging New Mexico veterans to sign up for a major job fair to be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on May 8 and 9.

More than 120 potential employers and business leaders will have exhibits at the New Mexico Veterans Business Expo & Job Fair, which will focus on:

  • Introducing veterans to potential employers
  • Introducing Prime contractors to qualified, veteran-owned businesses
  • Introducing veteran-owned businesses to potential buyers of their services.

The job fair is free to attend, but veterans are urged to

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Bandelier: Alcove House Open ... Kiva Remains Closed

on May 4, 2013 - 7:27am
The climb to Alcove House requires four sets of ladders ascending some 140-feet. Courtesy/BNM
 
BNM News:
 
The Alcove House site at Bandelier National Monument reopened Friday May 3 after Monument staff closed it April 10 due to concerns over the structural stability of the archaeological site.
 
The reconstructed kiva in Alcove House remains closed until further notice. Visitors must follow closure guidelines for their safety.
 
The public should expect another closure in late fall when crews will repair the cracks in the walls of the structure.
 
A few weeks ago, staff from

Public Response to DEA’S National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Keeps Growing

on May 2, 2013 - 10:11am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past Saturday collected 50 percent more pills than the previous event.

This demonstrates the American public’s continued appreciation and need for the opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

On April 27, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and

New Bill on Horizon to End Doping of Racehorses

on May 2, 2013 - 8:06am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:

Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ken., and Joe Pitts, R-Penn., revealed draft legislation they intend to introduce to end doping in horseracing and kick cheaters out of the sport.
 
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to cleanup the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering.  
 
USADA is a non-governmental organization that is designated as the official anti-doping agency for the U.S.

Underage Drinking an Epidemic in New Mexico

on May 1, 2013 - 8:00am

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NMDOT News:

Here’s a sobering statistic. New Mexico is first in the nation for children who have their first alcoholic drink before the age of 13. 

And that brings all sorts of consequences, including traffic crashes, brain damage and early alcohol addiction. It’s a tough battle that we face but will continue to fight. 

Monday May 6, Gov. Susana Martinez, the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Transportation will unveil a new media public service campaign and a new website called MYINSTEAD.

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

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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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