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Udall Welcomes FAA Decision to Delay Tower Closures

on April 7, 2013 - 6:43am
The control tower at the Double Eagle II airport in Albuquerque. Courtesy/DAAPII
  • Udall Will Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block Closures For Next Two Years
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to delay air traffic control tower closures, including those in New Mexico.
He also announced support of a bipartisan bill to halt the closures for the next two years.
Last month, the FAA announced it would end funding for 149 air traffic control towers as a result of sequestration.

Repairs Close Museum Hill Café April 8-April 10

on April 6, 2013 - 9:21am

MHC News:

The Museum Hill Café on Milner Plaza, Museum Hill in Santa Fe will close Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 10 for repairs.




LAHS Teen Named 2013 Santa Fe Rodeo Princess

on April 5, 2013 - 10:19am

Abigail Woodmansee

Los Alamos High School junior Abigail Woodmansee is the 2013 Santa Fe Rodeo Princess.

Woodmansee tried out for the Santa Fe Rodeo Royalty in April of last year.

The competion included horsemanship, modeling, giving a speech, answering impromptu questions and a personal interview.

The competition had a panel of two judges. The winners for princess and queen were crowned the last night of Rodeo de Santa Fe and reign one year.

Throughout the year, Rodeo Queen Alex Tapia and Princess Abigail Woodmansee have been traveling to rodeos, parades and different functions

Russians Visit Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

on April 5, 2013 - 8:02am

Russian visitors from Sarov spent time last week with New Mexico Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos on the House floor at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, from left, Elena Babinova, Paul White, Irina Starostina, Oxana Gorelova, Garcia Richard, Dmitry Avdeev and Natalia Kochetkova. Courtesy photo


Senators Want Expanded Mental Health Services for Students

on April 5, 2013 - 7:47am


Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are spearheading an effort with 16 of their colleagues to expand comprehensive school-based mental health services for children.

The Mental Health in Schools Act would authorize funding for grants to schools and other mental health centers to partner with community-based organizations to expand access to services for students.

“Removing the stigma around mental illness and making treatment available at early ages is critical to raising a stable and productive society," Udall said.

NMDOT Selects Roundabout Alternative for NM 502–Trinity Drive

on April 1, 2013 - 4:02pm


Santa Fe – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will move forward with plans to develop a roundabout at the N.M. 502-Trinity Drive/Central Avenue intersection in Los Alamos.

Construction will begin in the summer of 2014, and according to NMDOT, the roundabout will improve traffic flow and safety at this intersection.

Based on recent comments received from the public, the majority of commenters supported the roundabout, NMDOT said.

During the past decade, NMDOT and Los Alamos County developed and evaluated several alternatives to reconstruct N.M.

LANL Hosts Community Leaders Breakfast

on March 29, 2013 - 2:26pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, speaks with Ohkay Owingeth Pueblo representative Ray Chavez at Tuesday's Community Leaders Breakfast in Española. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Several hundred northern New Mexico community leaders attended a breakfast at Ohkay Owingeth Conference Center in Española with LANL officials and staff Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory hosted a breakfast for northern New Mexico community leaders Tuesday at Ohkay Owingeth Conference Center.


Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's 2013 Legislative Session Review

on March 29, 2013 - 11:05am
Stephanie Garcia Richard is the newly elected State House Representative for District 43, which includes Los Alamos and parts of Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and teaches 3rd grade at Pablo Roybal Elementary School in Pojoaque. Courtesy photo
SGR News:

In her 2013 Legislative Session Review, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard issued the following information to her constituents:

It has been an honor to serve as your State Representative for District 43 and I am excited to continue to work together as we build a better

New Mexico Consortium Reports 20 New Jobs Created at Biological Research Facility

on March 28, 2013 - 8:03am


NMC News:

  • New research facility at Entrada Park to supply jobs, research opportunities and economic advantage to Los Alamos County


The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) reported that it has created 20 new jobs since it received a major economic development grant from Los Alamos County in March of 2012.


The NMC, Los Alamos County, and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) jointly recruited Dr. Richard Sayre and his team to Los Alamos in 2011. Los Alamos County contributed $2.6 million to the effort through the New Mexico Local Economic Development Act (LEDA).


The grant supports

NMDOT Resuming Work on NM 599 Interchange

on March 28, 2013 - 8:00am

NMDOT news:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation resumes work April 1 on the newly built NM 599 Interchange in Santa Fe.

The interchange facilitates public access to South Meadows Road, West Alameda Street, and County Road 62 and gives the public a safer way to cross NM 599 to reach neighborhoods and facilities on the west side of the city.

There will be flagging operations at the roundabouts and at the bridge. The right-hand lanes of NM 599 northbound and southbound will be closed during the first phase of work.

Later, the left-hand lanes of NM 599 northbound and

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed Until Fall

on March 28, 2013 - 7:59am


SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest has announced there are no plans to resume treatments in the Santa Fe Watershed project area until this fall when conditions are more favorable.

SFNF would like to thank the public for its continued support for the prescribed fire program.

The Espanola Ranger District was able to safely complete 220 acres this fiscal year on the Santa Fe Watershed prescribed burn project.

The total project is approximately 7,200 acres of which about 5,500 acres have been treated with prescribed fire.

Prescribed fire is an important part of our

Los Alamos Historical Society's April Lecture: 'Bandelier Trails: Before & After'

on March 27, 2013 - 1:29pm

Dale Cocker

LAHS News:

Bandelier's Trails Program Manager Dale Coker will present, “Bandelier Trails: Before & After” at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

Coker's April lecture is sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Coker will take the audience on a journey where he presents and annotates his Bandelier National Monument photo album, entertaining questions along the way. 

He will begin with a short history of the trail system in Bandelier and then talk about the effects of the Las Conchas Fire on the trails and give an update on current conditions.

About the

Million March Against Child Abuse April 22 in Santa Fe

on March 27, 2013 - 10:14am

Judge Sylvia LaMar Speaks With Local Democrats

on March 26, 2013 - 9:00am

Judge Sylvia LaMar with Los Alamos Democratic Party Chair Mike Wheeler and Party Secretary Carlotta McInteer. Photo by Carl Newton

DPLA News:

New Mexico's 1st Judicial District Judge Sylvia LaMar spoke at the monthly meeting of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos March 21.

LaMar discussed her judicial docket, which includes hearing domestic cases each Wednesday in the district courtroom of the Los Alamos Justice Center.

Before she was appointed by Gov. Susanna Martinez last November, LaMar practiced domestic relations and personal injury law in Santa Fe for many years.

Following her

Signed! Río Grande del Norte a National Monument

on March 26, 2013 - 7:39am
New Mexico's Río Grande del Norte. Photo by Bob Wick/BLM
WASHINGTON – From the Oval Office to Taos, New Mexicans and members of the Congressional Delegation celebrated Monday the Río Grande del Norte National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama.
The national monument designation is widely welcome by Taos and Rio Arriba county residents. A recent study shows the national monument will support hundreds of jobs and bring millions of tourism dollars to the area.
Retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen.

Nuclear Submarine Officers Visit San Ildefonso Pueblo Home

on March 25, 2013 - 10:18am

USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe receives gifts from Deborah and Elmer Torres during Saturday's Pueblo visit. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The Red Turtle Dancers perform Buffalo, Butterfly and Rain dances for Commander Timothy Poe in the San Ildefonso Pueblo living room of Doborah and Elmer Torres. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Jerome Trujillo, 5, a member of the Red Turtle Dancers has been dancing since he was 2 years old. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


Los Alamos Daily Post

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO – USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe

Luján: Evidence Mounting Sequester Already Negatively Impacting New Mexico

on March 25, 2013 - 7:34am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement Friday on the negative impact that the arbitrary cuts of sequestration are having on New Mexico.

"While the full effect of the sequester is still coming into focus, it is apparent that New Mexico is already feeling the negative impacts of these arbitrary spending cuts. At a time when too many families are already struggling to get by or find work, these deep spending cuts are only going to make this situation worse.

"In recent days we have learned that

USS Santa Fe Commander Visits NNM

on March 24, 2013 - 1:00pm

USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe, center, speaks with Executive Director Kurt Steinhaus of the Community Programs Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Michael Lucero of the Ysleta Pueblo Saturday at the San Ildefonso Pueblo home of Elmer and Deborah Torres. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Commander Timothy Poe shares a medal in the shape of New Mexico now ingraved with the USS Santa Fe submarine. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The USS Santa Fe's commanding officer Timothy Poe watches as Jerome Trujillo, 5, performs with fellow Red Turtle Dancers from the

Monday: Udall to Host Río Grande del Norte White House Proclamation Celebration in Taos

on March 23, 2013 - 9:42am
TAOS - While President Barack Obama signs the Río Grande del Norte National Monument proclamation in the Oval Office Monday, March 25, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will celebrate the historic designation with the local community at a gathering in Taos.
“The National Monument proclamation for the Río Grande del Norte was achieved through strong community support and the tireless efforts of many,” Udall said.

Caver Presents Lechuguilla Cave Exploration History

on March 22, 2013 - 12:50pm

Caver John Lyles at Northern Lights. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC at 6:30 p.m. April 5, to learn about the history of exploration in Lechuguilla Cave.

Local caver John Lyles will present highlights of his 20 years of involvement in the project to map Lechuguilla.

Volunteers dug open Lechuguilla Cave, the “Jewel of the Underground” at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 1986.

The cave quickly earned world-class status among caves, passing 50 miles of discovered length in four years, and 100 miles within the first decade of exploration. 

John Lyles’ personal involvement began in

New Mexico Home Sales Continue Upward Trend

on March 22, 2013 - 10:51am

RANM News:

Home sales and median prices reported to the REALTORS Association of New Mexico (RANM) for February 2013 continue the upward trend begun in January.

In February, 1,026 sales were reported. This is an increase of more than 21 percent sales than reported during February 2011 (845) and 5 percent more than the February 2012 number of 977.

February’s median price of $165,000 is up 3.4 percent from February 2012 and equal to the median reported in February 2011. Median price indicates half the properties sold for more and half for less.

“Home prices are rising, the number of homes for sale

NMDOT Prepares for Annual Pilgrimage to El Santuario De Chimayó

on March 22, 2013 - 10:01am

Pilgrams walk along the highway to Chimayó in 2012. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


SANTA FE – The highways and roads that lead to the village of Chimayó, New Mexico will be crowded next week as thousands of people begin their pilgrimage to el Santuario de Chimayó.

The largest crowds will be seen on Good Friday, March 29, but road congestion and minor delays can be expected any time in this area during Holy Week, the week before Easter Sunday.

“Generations of New Mexicans have participated in the Holy Week pilgrimage to Chimayó and over the years this tradition has

NM Delegation Applauds Creation of Río Grande del Norte Monument

on March 22, 2013 - 9:17am
Río Grande del Norte. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation today applauded the decision by President Barack Obama to create a national monument to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico.
The president will hold a National Monument Proclamations Signing Ceremony at the White House Monday.
The Bureau of Land Management, under the direction of the Department of the Interior, currently manages the 240,000 acres of land in Northern New Mexico.
The Río Grande del Norte monument

Harvard upsets New Mexico Lobos

on March 22, 2013 - 6:53am

UNM News:

Harvard upsets New Mexico Lobos 68 to 62 in heart breaker game Western Region 2nd Round NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City.

Luján Urges House Leaders to Include IDEA Funding Provision in Continuing Resolution

on March 21, 2013 - 9:45am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


  • Senate-Passed Provision Could Significantly Benefit New Mexico

WASHINGTON. D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today urging them to support the inclusion of an import provision in the final continuing resolution (CR) that addresses IDEA funding.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

The Senate-passed CR includes a provision that changes the penalty for states that fail to meet the maintenance of effort requirement for IDEA funding (Individuals with