Skip directly to content


UbiQD Of Los Alamos Wins 2019 SXSW Pitch Competition, Hyper-Connected Communities Category

on March 19, 2019 - 5:53pm

Andrew Hyde, host of the SXSW Startup Pitch® Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, hands the microphone to UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel, center, who accepts a check following his successful presentation. Second from left is Dan Houck who visited Los Alamos for the past four months as a 'Chemical Engineering Intern' at UbiQD but recently returned to UT Austin to finish his PhD (in ChemE). Courtesy photo

Dr. Hunter McDaniel, CEO at UbiQD at the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) 11th Annual SXSW Pitch® competition in Austin, Texas. Courtesy photo

SXSW News:

  • The advanced materials company

New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón And Team OSA Launch 2019 Audit Rule Roadshow

on March 19, 2019 - 5:01pm

New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón


New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón and members of Team OSA will hit the road beginning Wednesday, March 19 for its annual, statewide Audit Rule Roadshow.

Each year the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) embarks on a statewide tour to provide training to governmental agency employees and independent public accountant (IPA) firm representatives to provide training on significant and critical updates to the Audit Rule. This year, Auditor Colón and Team OSA will visit six cities across the state: Las Vegas, Las Cruces, Portales, Farmington,

NMPED Releases Four-Year Graduation Rates

on March 19, 2019 - 10:19am

Public Education Secretary Dr. Karen Trujillo


Public Education Secretary Dr. Karen Trujillo announced today that New Mexico’s official 2017-2018 four-year graduation rate was 73.9 percent, an all-time high.

This figure is nearly three percentage points higher than the 71.1 percent four-year rate in the 2016-2017 school year. Graduation rates increased across all student subgroups, including Hispanic and American Indian students, students with disabilities, and English learners.

“Let’s give credit where credit is due,” Secretary Trujillo said.

N.M. Delegation Urges Department Of Defense To Consider New Mexico For Space Development Agency

on March 19, 2019 - 8:48am

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small urged Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan to consider New Mexico as a host for co-locating the Space Development Agency headquarters and to fully utilize the state’s existing core research and development space assets.

Shanahan recently noted that the DoD must make changes to its research, development, and acquisition processes to protect U.S. vital interests in space.

Ringside Seat: Cigar Shop Fired Up By Lower Tax Rate

on March 19, 2019 - 7:13am
What a reversal of fortune.
Just three months ago, the owners of Primo Cigar Shop faced the possibility of a 76 percent state tobacco tax on their products. They now pay a tax of 25 percent upfront, an amount they say makes it impossible to compete with cigar retailers on the internet.
Tripling the state tax would have turned off Primo's lights and closed its doors, said Jack Sweeney, who 10 years ago founded the business.
But bizarre turnabouts can occur in the blur of New Mexico's 60-day legislative session.
One of the more

Pinon Elementary School Student Ariela Rittner Named National Geographic GeoBee Semifinalist

on March 19, 2019 - 6:47am

National Geographic GeoBee semifinalist Ariela Rittner with her parents Christian and Stephanie Rittner. Courtesy photo

National Geographic GeoBee News:

Pinon Elementary School 5th grade student Ariela Rittner has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee New Mexico State Competition. The contest is Friday, March 29 at NDI in Albuquerque.

Ariela Rittner is the daughter of Christian and Stephanie Rittner.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now

Land Commissioner SGR To Speak At NNMPW

on March 19, 2019 - 5:51am

New Lensic Community Council Gathers Perspectives, Ideas From Local Leaders

on March 19, 2019 - 5:34am
SANTA FE — The Lensic has established a new Community Council to guide the nonprofit performing arts center as it develops new and better ways to serve Santa Feans.
Council participants—community leaders with varied perspectives as well as Lensic staff and supporters—will share ideas, provide feedback, and discuss ways The Lensic can serve as a resource for as many Santa Feans and Northern New Mexicans as possible. It will meet four times a year and submit its recommendations to Lensic leadership.
“Providing meaningful, accessible, and affordable performing arts

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act

on March 19, 2019 - 5:31am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, along with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, led a group of Senate and House Democrats in re-introducing the Native American Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation that would provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans and Alaska Natives have equal access to the electoral process.  
Udall led the introduction of the Native American Voting Rights Act last Congress.

Museum Joins Collaboration With NM State Parks & CNM To Map One Of Largest Dinosaur Tracksites In US

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
Dinosaur tracksite at Clayton Lake State Park. Photo by Spencer Lucas, Ph.D.
ALBUQUERQUE  This spring the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and the New Mexico State Parks Department are undertaking a project to document, map, and model one of the largest dinosaur tracksites in the United States.
Hundreds of tracks, from at least four different species of dinosaurs, are exposed at the Clayton Lake State Park in northeastern New Mexico.

NMMNHS: 2019 Workshops For Adults And Families

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story and the exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Drugs: Costs and Consequences the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting a series of workshops for adults and families. Associated programming also includes the Curator’s Coffees, and Lecture series.
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to

SFNF: Seeks Volunteers For Trail Hike/Clean-Up

on March 19, 2019 - 5:11am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is looking for volunteers to hike to scenic Window Rock Sunday, March 31, and help clean up the trail by picking up trash.
Part of a health initiative called Forest Your Health in partnership with El Centro Family Health Clinics, the Window Rock hike is an 8-mile roundtrip trek to one of New Mexico’s largest rock spans, a “window” weathered out of an igneous rock wall.
The hike will begin at 10 a.m.

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Robert Wilkie Regarding Help For Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits...

on March 19, 2019 - 5:07am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall met with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss the urgent need to enact bipartisan legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and other issues critical to health and wellbeing of veterans in New Mexico and across the country.
Udall has long worked to ensure that New Mexico veterans receive better access to the medical treatment they need.

NWS: Today’s High Near 51, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on March 19, 2019 - 5:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 51 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Los Alamos Fundraiser Held For Rep. Ben Ray Luján

on March 18, 2019 - 10:25pm
Nearly 100 supporters of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján gathered this evening at a local residence for a fundraiser, including elected Democrats front row from left, New Mexico Secretary of Education Karen Trujillo, Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott, Lujan, Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Public Education Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster. Back row from left, Los Alamos County Councilors David Izraelevitz and Randy Ryti. Courtesy photo

NMSP: Four Missing Endangered Runaway Juveniles Arrested For Armed Robbery In Guadalupe County

on March 18, 2019 - 6:10pm

NMSP News:

Guadalupe County – New Mexico State Police responded at about 5:09 p.m., Friday, March 15, to an armed robbery at the Milagro Gas Station off Interstate 40, near mile post 243, west of Santa Rosa.

The initial investigation determined two individuals armed with a firearm, later determined to be a BB gun, entered the gas station, robbed the business and left with an undisclosed amount of money. The individuals fled eastbound onto I-40 in a grey passenger car after the robbery.

At about 5:50 p.m., State Police officers located the suspect vehicle traveling east on I-40 near mile

NMDOT Prepares Trees For Relocation

on March 18, 2019 - 6:02pm

New Mexico Department of Transportation crews working in the area of the incoming roundabout, where N.M. 502, Trinity Drive and Central Avenue merge, removed trees today and prepared them for relocation. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/

Finance New Mexico: Following The Signs To Small Business Success

on March 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

P&M Signs owner Phil Archuletta in front of his manufacturing facility in Mountainair. Courtesy/FNM
Finance New Mexico

You've seen the signs.

For nearly half a century, Phil Archuletta, the CEO of P&M Signs, has crafted signs for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. He got his start in 1970 in Ojo Caliente before opening P&M Signs in Mountainair in 1991. He now employs a dozen people in the rural community in Central New Mexico.

If you’ve toured a national forest, Archuletta's signs likely guided your way.

Increase In Deer And Elk Presence On Local Streets

on March 18, 2019 - 11:24am

The presence of deer and elk is increasing on local streets especially around dusk. This young deer held up motorists for several minutes early Sunday evening on Rose Street before meandering over to nibble on a patch of grass. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


NMED Issues Notice Of Violation To San Juan Oil And Gas Producer For Air Quality Control Act Violations

on March 18, 2019 - 8:51am
NMED News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has issued a Notice of Violation to Hilcorp Energy Company for violations of the state’s Air Quality Control Act. NMED joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in putting Hilcorp on notice for these violations.
In February 2018, Hilcorp Energy Company violated both state and federal air quality laws by improperly controlling emissions from one of its wells in the San Juan Basin.

Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts Team Ranks First In 2019 State Competition

on March 18, 2019 - 7:45am

Winning team members and coaches from left, Coach Do Vo, Coach Phuong Nguyen, Isaac Gao, Charles Cai, Alex Livescu, Sonja Ebey and Coach Jane Lataille. Courtesy photo

LAMS News:

The Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts team took first place in the 2019 MathCounts State competition Saturday at UNM in Albuquerque.

LAMS sent a team of four Mathletes to compete, as well as four additional Mathletes. The team members were Charles Cai, Sonja Ebey, Isaac Gao and Alex Livescu. The four additional competitors were Minhtet Htoon, Daniel Kim, Rebecca Li and Nicholas Witkowski.

In the individual

SFCC Hosts Fantastic Futures Career, Education And Training Resource Fair April 11

on March 18, 2019 - 7:27am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College hosts its annual career, education and training resource fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 11 in the Main Hallway and Campus Center on the campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
This is largest annual hiring event each year in Santa Fe. Students, faculty and community members make important contacts with employers and are able to explore the various job and career opportunities in the Santa Fe area.
More than 50 employer and education representatives are participating from local, regional and national businesses related to health care,

NWS: Today’s High Near 52, Tonight’s Low Around 33

on March 18, 2019 - 7:22am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 52 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33 with a slight chance of rain showers after 7 p.m., mixing with snow after 1 a.m. Courtesy/NWS


Don't Forget Road Construction Begins Monday!

on March 17, 2019 - 10:52pm

The New Mexico Department of Transportation road work project is set to get underway Monday morning on N.M. 502. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The NMDOT road work project gets underway Monday morning on N.M. 502. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Done Deal: 2019 New Mexico Legislature Adjourns

on March 17, 2019 - 9:09am
House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, center, delivers final remarks as the 2019 Legislative session comes to a close at noon Saturday. Courtesy/SFNM
Lawmakers are packing it up and heading home following the close of the 2019 60-Day Legislative Session at noon Saturday in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
The 60-day legislative session ended Saturday with a down-to-the-wire agreement on a sweeping tax bill that will raise rates on e-cigarettes and new vehicles while nearly doubling an income tax credit for some families.
The scaled-back