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Otter expert to speak at ABQ Aquarium

March 27th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by under Latest Posts

The playful river otter once thrived in the waters of New Mexico, but by 1953, after decades of habitat loss and trapping, there were none left in the state. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has been working to reintroduce the semi-aquatic weasel relative in Northern New Mexico since 2008. James Stuart with the NMDGF will help wrap up Marine Mammals Appreciation Week at the Aquarium with a talk on Friday, March 28 about the state’s recovery efforts for the highly social animal.

Stuart will begin his presentation at 10 a.m. in the Aquarium theater, showing videos and slides of river otters in New Mexico with insight into the antics and environmental needs of these animals.

For more information contact the ABQ BioPark at 505-168-2000 or online at



Bernalillo County requires background checks for applicants

March 18th, 2014 at 7:36 pm by under Latest Posts

Bernalillo County – All Bernalillo County employees and applicants, including volunteers, internal employee transfers, and newly promoted employees are required to pass a criminal background check before gaining employment at Bernalillo County.

The policy change began in 2010 and requires that all prospective employees undergo a background check before they’re hired by theCounty. It also requires employees who plead guilty to or are convicted of a criminal offense to notify their supervisors.

The 2010 change in policy also instituted a random background check every year of 2 percent of the county’s employees to ensure compliance with the notification requirements.

Since 2010 the Human Resources Department has refined the county’s policy even further requiring background checks for volunteers and for employees who either transfer to other departments or receive promotions.

Amtrak Exhibit Train rolling into Santa Fe

March 13th, 2014 at 8:46 pm by under Latest Posts

Can you hear the sound of a whistle? That’s the Amtrak Exhibit Train coming to the Santa Fe Railyard on Saturday, March 22nd, and train lovers of all ages are invited to climb aboard and tour this unique museum on rails.

Learn about Amtrak’s history and catch a glimpse into the company’s future. Displays include vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware, period uniforms, photographs, and other items of memorabilia from Amtrak’s creation in 1971. Visitors will also see a model of today’s modern-sleeping accommodations and high-speed rail service displays. Interactive exhibits include railroad horns, trivia questions, workable signals and an engineer’s stand.

Visitors can tour the Amtrak Exhibit train from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the event call (866) 795-RAIL (7245).

Animal Humane needs dog coats, sweaters

December 8th, 2013 at 4:38 pm by under Latest Posts

The dogs at Animal Humane’s campus in Albuquerque can’t avoid the freezing temperatures, but the staff has figured out how to help keep the dogs warm with dog coats and sweaters.

“A lot of the short-coat dogs are having a hard time with (the cold), and so we’re just finding ways of keeping them warm and the dog coats seem to be working,” said Sam Blankenship of Animal Humane.

Staff says they don’t have enough coats for the larger dogs.

Animal Humane is asking for donations of extra dog sweaters, fleece blankets and dog igloos to keep their animals safe outside this winter.

Rail Runner won’t run Christmas, New Year’s

December 8th, 2013 at 4:25 pm by under Latest Posts

Those who were hoping to grab a ride on the Rail Runner Express this Christmas or New Year’s Day will have to make other plans.

Officials with the Rio Metro Regional Transit District say their commuter train will not operate on either day, nor will the Rio Metro buses.

However, the Rail Runner is expected to run on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.