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  • Director addresses Caldera board

    The new executive director of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, delineated his top five priorities to the board of trustees on Friday during a meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.
    “I truly believe that the Valles Caldera has the potential to become the premier destination in all of New Mexico. It has so much potential and so much opportunity that we just need to move together with the communities to move in that direction,” Silva-Bañuelos said.
    For Silva-Bañuelos, public access is “first and foremost.”
    “That certainly is going to be reconciled and aligned with our long-term goals of both public access along with the preservation and protection of our cultural and natural resources that we have at the preserve,” Silva-Bañuelos said. “But I don’t believe that those are mutually exclusive, and that’s something that we can achieve by working together to find that right balance.”
    Communication is also high on Silva-Bañuelos list.

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  • Germany wins World Cup

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title.

    Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of individual skill.

    Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post.

  • SGR heads to D.C.

    This past week, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with New Mexico’s federal delegation and discuss LANL funding and NNSA procurement policies. In her meetings with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Henrich and Representatives Ben Ray Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce, Garcia Richard stressed the region’s concerns that the NNSA is wanting LANL and other NNSA facilities to use the NNSA Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) for commodity purchases under unequal and non-competitive terms. This NNSA directive bypasses the normal competitive LANL RFP process and drives LANL purchases away from local and regional contractors to out-of-state firms. Garcia Richard asked the Congressional delegation to support a proposal to have NNSA/DOE provide resources and guidelines for a regional business cooperative that will allow New Mexico based contractors to become competitive and participate in the NNSA SCMC procurement system.