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Balderas Urges Congress To Repeal Law That Supports Opioid Oversupply & Handcuffs The DEA

on November 17, 2017 - 7:58am
Attorney General Hector Balderas 
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter late Monday to congressional leaders, urging them to repeal a 2016 federal law so registered drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the nation’s oversupply of pain killers (opioids), can be held accountable.
The “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016” (P.L. 114-145) has severely limited the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) response to the opioid crisis.

La Fonda Del Bosque Restaurant Now Open At National Hispanic Cultural Center In Albuquerque

on November 17, 2017 - 7:52am
La Fonda del Bosque serves a menu featuring New Mexican comfort foods. Courtesy photo
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) has announced that La Fonda del Bosque restaurant is now open 9-11:30 a.m. for pastries and coffee and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, Tuesday through Saturday in the NHCC History and Literary Arts Building at 1701 4th Street SW in Albuquerque.
The restaurant is owned and operated by Stefani Mangrum, chef and owner of City Treats Catering & Parties.
La Fonda del Bosque serves a menu featuring New Mexican comfort foods with a

New Mexico Makes Substantial Strides In Engaging Parents About Their Child’s Early Reading

on November 16, 2017 - 7:38am
SANTA FE  More parents and families than ever before are being notified of their students’ early reading progress. Two years ago, only 8 percent of families were notified mid-year when their child was reading below grade level. This past year, that number jumped to 57 percent.
Although more families were informed, only a fraction of them were given the option at the end of the year to provide their children with an additional year of instruction.

Heinrich, Flake, Shaheen Press DOD For Unpublished Domestic Violence Reporting Data

on November 16, 2017 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today sent a letter to the Defense Department (DOD) raising serious questions about how and where the agency is reporting domestic violence related convictions adjudicated in military court, and the recent FBI’s assertion that it cannot determine how many, if any, of these convictions have been reported to one of three databases used to prevent the sale of firearms to statutorily-barred individuals.
As the letter notes, currently available data shows only one

FBI: Man With Goatee Who Robbed Albuquerque Bank May Have Fled In Red Car

on November 16, 2017 - 6:48am
The thief in Tuesday's bank robbery. Courtesy/FBI
FBI News:
A man with a goatee and wearing a red baseball cap robbed an Albuquerque bank Tuesday and possibly fled in a red, older model car.
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5'9" tall, with a slender build. He had a goatee and wore sunglasses, a red baseball cap with a white logo on the front and black brim, a black T-shirt, black and white hooded jacket, and blue jeans. 
The suspect entered BBVA Compass bank, 13140 Central Ave. SE, at approximately 2:10 p.m.

Los Alamos German Language Meetup Monday

on November 16, 2017 - 6:21am
Los Alamos German Language Meetup at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.
For German speakers who want an opportunity to converse for an hour over snacks, beer and Gemütlichkeit, gather at the Blue Window Bistro’s bar.
Register at Bis dann! 

Scenes From 2017 Veterans Day At Ashley Pond

on November 15, 2017 - 3:50pm

Los Alamos Firefighters raise the American flag at the Veterans Day celebration hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Saturday at Ashley Pond. Photo by John McHale/

Girl Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of America lead the crowd gathered at Ashley Pond Saturday in the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo by John McHale/

From left, VFW Commander Roger Anaya, Col. Mark Miera, Lt. Col. Pia Romero, Fr. Glenn Jones, Master of Ceremony Corina Gonzales, County Councilor Chris Chandler and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard participate in the Veterans Day event.

Ray Powell Ends Bid For Land Commissioner ... Endorses Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

on November 15, 2017 - 2:52pm

Ray Powell


ALBUQUERQUE – Former Land Commissioner and current Democratic candidate for Land Commissioner Ray Powell today announced his decision to end his bid for Land Commissioner and endorsed Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

Powell released the following statement:

“New Mexico’s land, animals, and working families are my love and passion. Working to protect their well-being is the reason I decided to run again for New Mexico State Land Commissioner. I want to let you know that I recently learned that I have a rare auto-immune

NEA-NM Statement On PED Early Literacy Report

on November 15, 2017 - 2:08pm
Betty Patterson, NEA-NM President
NEA-NM News:
Responding to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Statements Regarding to Retention of NM students, Betty Patterson, NEA-NM President, issued the following statement:
As educators deeply committed to student success, our members and the districts they work for are providing reading interventions including extra reading classes to improve these skills. If a student is really trying and can’t achieve at their grade level, then testing to find problem areas is more successful than retention.
Many students were