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Udall, Heinrich Back DOD Plan To Better Protect Military Families From Abusive Financial Practices

on November 27, 2014 - 8:02am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. are supporting the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to update the Military Lending Act (MLA) and close existing loopholes in order to better protect soldiers and their families from abusive financial practices. In a letter sent today to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Senators expressed strong support for the proposed new rule to help prevent lenders from charging excessive fees and taking advantage of military families.

"As our service members are asked to take on even more tasks in

Small Volcanic Eruptions Could Be Slowing Global Warming

on November 27, 2014 - 7:49am

The Sarychev Peak Volcano, on Matua Island, erupted on June 12, 2009. New research shows that eruptions of this size may contribute more to the recent lull in global temperature increases than previously thought. Courtesy/NASA

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Small volcanic eruptions might eject more of an atmosphere-cooling gas into Earth’s upper atmosphere than previously thought, potentially contributing to the recent slowdown in global warming, according to a new study.

Scientists have long known that volcanoes can cool the atmosphere, mainly by means of sulfur dioxide gas that eruptions

Inmates To Serve Thanksgiving Meals

on November 26, 2014 - 1:34pm

Secretary Gregg Marcantel

NMCD News:

For the first time ever, the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) will have 50 low level inmates serve Thanksgiving lunch to the homeless and those in need.

We are grateful to our partners at Joy Junction who are always welcoming to our offenders and give them a chance to serve others. We also appreciate the help and coordination of the Convention Center staff to make this happen today at 11 a.m. at the Convention Center in Albuquerque for the Joy Junctions annual holiday meal.

Secretary Gregg Marcantel, executive staff, probation and parole

County Installing Safety Railing Along Ashley Pond Boardwalk

on November 25, 2014 - 11:55am
County workers are installing safety railings along the boardwalk during the winter months at Ashley Pond. Photo by Leland Lehman/

After Ashley Pond Park re-opened last year, the County recognized the danger to the public on the boardwalks during inclement weather and installed temporary gates when bad weather was anticipated, in order to limit public access.

To resolve this issue, the plan was to fabricate railings to be installed this year that would provide safety, but yet allow the public to enjoy the boardwalks freely.

LAPS Cancellation/Delayed And Start/Early Dismissal

on November 25, 2014 - 11:29am

LAPS News:

As fall turns to winter, we can anticipate some days when the weather will be a challenge because of ice or snow. There will be days that we either cancel school for the entire day or delay the start of the school day by two hours.

The decision about the status of the school day must be made by 5:30 a.m. so everyone who needs to be notified can get information in a timely manner. 

When a decision to cancel, delay or dismiss school early is made, all of the major network television stations and local media will be contacted.

Scenes From Monday's Swearing In Ceremony Of New Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief

on November 25, 2014 - 10:43am

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados swears in new Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera during a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Justice Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone welcomes those gathered in the Justice Center for the swearing in of his new deputy chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera, center, by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados at left. Chief Sgambellone noted that the different segments of the community represented in the audience was reflective of Wardlow-Herrera's involvement throughout the community. Photo by Carol A.

Udall Statement On DOD's Chuck Hagel Stepping Down

on November 24, 2014 - 10:15am
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Obama announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down: 
“Over the last year, we have seen the emergence of a brutal terrorist organization as well as other security threats that have required a targeted, strategic response, with little room for mistakes. As the commander in chief, President Obama needs to have a strong defense secretary who will handle these challenges with authority and clear leadership.