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House Health Committee Chair: Dept. Of Aging Violated Federal Law In Canceling Major Elder-Care Contract

on January 8, 2018 - 8:00am
ALBUQUERQUE  Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Bernalillo), chair of the New Mexico House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee, Thursday denounced the Department of Aging and Long-Term Services Department’s decision to arbitrarily cancel a critical elder-care program as a violation of federal law, as well as the Department’s own regulations, and a threat to the health and well-being of thousands of New Mexico seniors.
“Disrupting services to vulnerable seniors in rural communities in the middle of winter is an outrage on multiple levels,” said Rep.

Brian Colón Announces Campaign For State Auditor

on January 8, 2018 - 7:59am

Brian Colón


“I am running for State Auditor because like so many New Mexicans I am fed up and not willing to sit on the sidelines.” –Brian Colón

ALBUQUERQUE – Brian Colón announced Sunday afternoon that he is running for New Mexico State Auditor to hold government agencies and officials accountable, fight for educators and students, and improve public safety in New Mexico’s diverse communities.

Colon earned his undergraduate degree in finance at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and then graduated from the University of New Mexico’s School of Law.

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 8, 2018 - 7:38am

Courtesy photo



Snow is in the forecast and Pajarito Mountain crews are ready to open more terrain with more snow.

Current Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  for daily operations.

For the snow report and ticket info, click here.

Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):

Jan. 20 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band series.

Heinrich Statement On December Jobs Report

on January 8, 2018 - 7:14am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced 148,000 jobs were added in December:
“Despite inheriting a strong and resilient economy, the President and Republicans in Congress decided to do absolutely nothing to improve the lives of working Americans in 2017. Real wages only grew by 0.2 percent last year from the election through November.

New Mexico Third Largest Oil Producer In America

on January 8, 2018 - 7:13am
SANTA FE  Newly released data from the United States Energy Information Administration shows that oil production in New Mexico booming, propelling the state up to the 3rd-largest oil producer in the United States in September and October, passing Oklahoma and California and trailing only Texas and North Dakota.
EIA data also shows New Mexico hitting a record-high in monthly oil production, producing 16,367,000 barrels of oil with New Mexico on pace to set an annual oil production record in 2017.
“Strong oil and gas production equals a strong New Mexico, providing

Attorney General Balderas Releases Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement

on January 8, 2018 - 7:09am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  In collaboration with the solar, energy and housing industries, consumer protection groups and regulators, Attorney General Hector Balderas has released the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.
This form is designed in an easily understood and visually distinct manner to help consumers understand the important terms of a solar power system purchase, lease or power purchase agreement.
The Attorney General is releasing the first version of the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement today as part of his

Reporters Without Borders: Chinese Court Sentences Anti-Corruption Blogger Wu Gan To 8 Years In Prison

on January 8, 2018 - 6:58am
A Chinese court sentences anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan to eight years in prison. Courtesy photo
Anti-corruption blogger Wu Gan
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the eight-year prison sentence that a Chinese court has imposed on Wu Gan, a blogger who campaigned tirelessly against government corruption until his arrest in 2015.
A court in the northern city of Tianjin passed the sentence Dec. 26 after convicting Wu of “subverting state power” at the end of a trial held behind closed doors.

Fall Prevention Talk: ‘Stay On Your Feet’ Jan. 23

on January 8, 2018 - 6:38am

Federal Judge Imposes Sanctions On Attorney In Dismissed Lawsuit Challenging Bail Reform

on January 8, 2018 - 6:37am

U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell

From Administrative Office of the Courts:

SANTA FE – A federal court has imposed sanctions on an attorney for making what the judge described as “groundless” and “frivolous” claims in a lawsuit that challenged New Mexico’s system of pretrial release and detention of criminal defendants.

U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell dismissed the lawsuit last month, and Thursday ordered sanctions against the attorney representing those who brought the lawsuit – the Bail Bond Association of New Mexico, several legislators and an Albuquerque woman who was charged

Daily Postcard: Hiking Pueblo Canyon

on January 8, 2018 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Hiking over the holidays above Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

National American Legion Cmdr. Denise Rohan Visits Los Alamos

on January 7, 2018 - 2:24pm
American Legion National Cmdr. Denise Rohan and her husband Mike Rohan, New Mexico American Legion Cmdr. Evone Harrison and various department representatives visited Los Alamos Friday as part of the national commander’s tour of the United States. Cmdr. Rohan and Cmdr. Harrison are the first women ever elected to their respective positions in the American Legion. During her visit to Los Alamos, Cmdr. Rohan and her contingent toured areas of Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is only the second national commander to do so.

Atravesada: Poetry Of The Border Performance Jan. 18-28

on January 7, 2018 - 9:44am
TP News:
Atravesada: Poetry of the Border performance is 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 18-28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.
Atravesada is part of Teatro Paraguas’ annual Poesía Viva – living poetry – series. It explores the physical and political U.S.-Mexico border and also the Borderlands of the Self. Woven with corridos and other music of the frontera (the borderlands), Atravesada has plenty of humor – but also offers an unflinching portrait of the border as “una herida abierta.”
Atravesada is enacted poetry performed as a mix of solo

Obituary: Johnny Russell Harper Aug. 13, 1947 – Sept. 19, 2017

on January 7, 2018 - 9:35am

JOHNNY RUSSELL HARPER Aug. 13, 1947 – Sept. 19, 2017

Johnny Russell Harper was born in San Francisco, California to parents Grant and Beatrice Harper. He was raised at the farm in Redrock, NM. After Johnny received his Master of Science Degree in Radiological Science in 1971, he moved to Los Alamos to start his career with University of California at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Johnny worked at Los Alamos until he retired in 2010.

He is survived by his wife Margaret of Corrales, NM and son Aaron of McPherson, Kansas.


Istvan Vardai & Shai Wosner To Perform In Los Alamos

on January 7, 2018 - 6:55am
István Várdai holding the Stradivarius cello, will play at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Crossroads Bible Church. Courtesy/LACA

LACA News:

The Los Alamos Concert Association presents István Várdai, Hungary’s rising young cellist, and esteemed Israeli-American pianist Shai Wosner at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 in the Crossroads Bible Church at 97 East Road.

LACA’s usual venue, the Duane Smith Auditorium is undergoing renovation and will not be available for this performance.

New Mexicans With Disabilities Able To Take Advantage Of Investment Program Jan. 18

on January 7, 2018 - 6:48am
An opportunity for New Mexicans with disabilities to save is coming Jan. 18.
ABLE New Mexico will allow people with disabilities to contribute to an investment account without jeopardizing other benefits such as Social Security or Medicare. The program – administered by the State Treasurer’s Office – is launching Jan. 18.
ABLE New Mexico gives people with disabilities a path to financial independence by increasing their ability to save. All the earnings through the program are tax free.
Participants will be able to contribute up to $15,000 per year into their

McQuiston: Are You Covered For The Havoc Old Man Winter Can Wreak?

on January 7, 2018 - 6:47am
The Jemez Agency
With the huge winter storm hitting the east coast, I thought I would do this week's column on some of the common claims we see this time of year.
You prepare for cold weather and preventing some of the damage that comes with it. But what if, despite your best efforts to reduce your risk, you end up suffering damage from winter weather? Are you covered? Let’s walk through some very likely scenarios and determine what coverage you might have under a basic, unendorsed homeowner’s policy.
Scenario #1: You’ve experienced several days of single-digit

County P&Z Commission Meets Jan. 10

on January 7, 2018 - 6:44am

ATF On Proposed Legislative Budget Priorities

on January 7, 2018 - 6:43am

Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein

ATF News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:

“Gov. Martinez and Legislative leaders both released their draft budgetary priorities for the upcoming 30-day session of the New Mexico Legislature, and their approaches offer stark contrasts on how to best utilize the small increase in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

“Legislators are calling for a 1.5 percent increase for all educational employees across the board -- including early education, higher education, and

Venture Acceleration Fund Discussion Jan. 17

on January 7, 2018 - 6:41am
RDC News:
Join representatives from the Regional Development Corporation and the Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, for a discussion and information session on the Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF).

VAF is a non-dilutive funding source for early stage technology and manufacturing startup companies in northern New Mexico who are on track to add jobs, grow revenues, or attract follow-on investment. The fund is known as some of the best money available in the region.

Fr. Glenn: Looking Ahead To The Past

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Entropy: a measure of the amount of disorder within a system; lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.” Such is an amalgam of some definitions found on the ‘net. More on that later.

Well … I recently caught myself doing … “it”: reminiscing in the past … the “When I was growing up…” syndrome. All that was missing was a few “whipper-snappers” thrown in.

Republican Party Of Los Alamos County Holds 2018 Pre-Primary County Convention At UNM-LA Jan. 25

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County (RPLA) announces the Ward Caucuses and Pre-Primary County Convention to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 in Room 505 of Jeannette Wallace Hall at the UNM-Los Alamos.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the doors close promptly at 7 p.m. to begin the Ward Caucuses and Pre-Primary County Convention.

An Open Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m followed at 7.p.m. by the Pre-Primary County Convention.

A featured speaker at this pre-meeting will be Abraham Keyvan from the Albuquerque Young Republicans.

The purpose of this Convention is to

Governor Identifies Tourism For Increased Investment

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am

New Mexico Hospitality Association News:
  • The proposed budget released by Governor Susana Martinez requests increased spending for one of New Mexico’s strongest industries

Gov. Susana Martinez released her administration’s budget proposal, which calls for a $3.5 million increase for the New Mexico Tourism Department to be used for a significant marketing push in the San Francisco area.

“Governor Martinez continues to demonstrate her commitment to growing New Mexico’s economy through her prioritization of the Tourism Department’s marketing budget.

DNCU Helps Over 20 Northern New Mexico Families With Their Groceries During Holidays

on January 7, 2018 - 6:38am
DNCU News:
SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, finished the 2017 year by launching the Twelve Days of Giving, a yearly employee driven initiative that helps families with their groceries during the holidays.
For this community initiative, selected DNCU staff are tasked with a simple mission: drive to a local grocery market, pick a random family, and pay up to $100 of their groceries. In all, over 20 families were helped and over $2,100 was donated.
“The Twelve Days of Giving shines a light on the culture that lives

Registration Underway For UNM-LA Classes

on January 7, 2018 - 6:35am

UNM-LA Academic Student Success Manager Elizabeth Radmacher. left, advises student Lydia Gurulé as she registers for classes. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News: 

Spring classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will begin Jan. 16. Registration is open through Jan. 26, but earlier registration is advised as classes have seating limits.

With a high number of faculty holding a Ph.D in their teaching fields, UNM-LA provides an exceptional quality of instruction. Small class size allows for personal attention that is critical for student learning and success.

Heinrich, Wyden Call For Intelligence Assessment Of President's Latest North Korea Tweet

on January 7, 2018 - 6:34am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats requesting that the Intelligence Community assess the risk to the United States and to U.S. interests and personnel arising from President Trump’s latest North Korea tweet.

“In particular, we request that the assessment address the likely North Korean response to the President’s January 2 tweet and the President’s other threatening tweets and statements, and whether this