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'YMCA Day' Honors Organization at Legislature

on February 23, 2013 - 6:45am
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, holds YMCA Day in New Mexico Proclamation with members of New Mexico State Alliance of YMCAs, from left, Youth Gov. Valeria Ojeda (YMCA Youth In Government Program); Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, CEO YMCA of Central NM Steven Paternoster, CEO of The Family YMCA Linda Daly, Family YMCA Board President John Wolfe, Family YMCA Board Member Sharon Stover and CEO YMCA of El Paso Kevin Pearson. Courtesy/Family YMCA

US, UK, Russian Federation Hold Trilateral Nuclear Security Best Practices Workshop

on February 22, 2013 - 11:39am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence and Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) met this week in Vienna, Austria, for their Seventh Annual Nuclear Security Best Practices Exchange.

The two-day workshop focused on overcoming challenges associated with securing nuclear materials worldwide.

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington.

These workshops grew out of commitments in a 2005 U.S.-Russian Joint Statement on Nuclear Security.

House Delivers $5.9 Billion Budget Now Headed to Senate

on February 22, 2013 - 9:37am


SANTA FE – The House of Representatives has passed a budget for the next spending year that begins July 2013. HB 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 would provide $5.907 billion in state spending, an increase of $255 million over this year’s budget.

That amount includes both recurring and non-recurring items. The total appropriations contained in the bills would leave the state with reserves of $589.2 million or 10 percent of fiscal year 2014 recurring appropriation levels next fiscal year.

The bulk of the budget would go toward education - 57 percent.


House Clears Free Elk Licenses to Disabled Vets

on February 22, 2013 - 8:03am

HB 272 will allow disabled New Mexico veterans to receive free elk hunting licenses. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE - House Bill 272 passed the New Mexico House of Representatives Thursday with a vote of 65 to 0.

HB 272 was introduced by Rep. Phillip Archuleta (D-Dona Ana-36) to help disabled New Mexico veterans get free elk hunting licenses.

Archuleta recognizes veterans’ commitment and service to New Mexico and the United States and wants to show them thanks.

This program would be monitored by the Game and Fish Department to make sure licenses are given out in a fair manner.


Fireworks Restrictions Bill Clears Committee

on February 21, 2013 - 9:03am

Two ignited pinwheels consisting of a powder-filled spiral tube mounted with a pin through its center that rotates quickly, producing a display of sparks and colored flame when ignited. Courtesy/Wikipedia


SANTA FE – By a vote of 6-5, House Bill 373 “Local Governments Fireworks Restrictions” has passed the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

HB 373 sponsored by Rep. Emily Kane (D-Bernalilllo-15), changes the standard for local government fireworks restrictions – it is not based on drought conditions only.

The bill also authorizes the Forestry Division of Energy,


Meteorite Over Russia May Reap Benefit for Impoverished Residents

on February 20, 2013 - 11:20am

The spectacular meteorite that exploded in a fireball over Russia's Ural Mountains and sent shock waves through the city of Chelyabinsk Friday may have been a blessing in disguise for its impoverished residents. When the meteorite exploded, it showered the city with thousands of tiny black stones that may be worth more than their weight in gold. See more at

Public Comments Sought on STIP

on February 20, 2013 - 11:12am


SANTA FE - The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (NMDOT) seventh amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP.)

The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program. The NMDOT has posted the 2012-2015 STIP amendment online asking for public comment until March 20.

In addition, the NMDOT will be soliciting final public comment in conjunction with the State Transportation Commission meeting in Albuquerque Thursday, March 21. 

The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and


Computer Modeling Reveals How Surprisingly Potent Hepatitis C Drug Works

on February 20, 2013 - 8:34am

LANL News:

A study by researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and a multinational team reveals how daclatasvir, a direct-acting antiviral agent in development for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV), targets one of its proteins and causes the fastest viral decline ever seen with anti-HCV drugs – within 12 hours of treatment.

Chronic infection with hepatitis C virus affects about 150 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplants and results in some 350,000 deaths worldwide every year.

The team’s work reveals that daclatasvir

Astronomer Speaks on Eclipse Experiences

on February 20, 2013 - 7:56am
Photos of the Nov. 14, 2012 eclipse taken from onboard a ship on the Coral Sea. Photos by Steve Becker

PEEC News:

Local astronomer Stephen Becker will share his eclipse experiences through photos and video, with a special focus on the total solar eclipse of November 2012 at a talk from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 3540 Orange St. in Los Alamos.


HB 579 Restricts Animal Traps and Poisons

on February 19, 2013 - 8:48am


SANTA FE - Rep. Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos-42) has introduced House Bill 579, the “New Mexico Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act,” which would restrict the use of traps and poisons across New Mexico.

Gonzales said he believes reform of New Mexico's wildlife management policies is key to making New Mexico competitive for tourist dollars.

“While we struggle with enhancing New Mexico’s economic development, it’s to our advantage to make our fabulous outdoor recreational destinations safe and enjoyable for our residents, for tourists and visitors.