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Los Alamos County And Historical Society Honored With Edgar Lee Hewett Award

on May 23, 2017 - 10:53am

County Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, left, and Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan with the Edgar Lee Hewett Award given by the Historical Society of New Mexico to the County and the Historical Society for outstanding service to the people of New Mexico, as related to New Mexico history. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Don Bullis, Historical Society of New Mexico board member, presented the 2017 Edgar Lee Hewett Award to Georgia Strickfaden, who represented the Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County at the presentation. Courtesy/LAC

Udall, Heinrich Urge Against NASA Funding Cuts

on May 22, 2017 - 10:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to support NASA’s Office of Education in the coming fiscal year despite a proposal by President Trump to eliminate the office, which works to inspire and educate students across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
 
NASA’s Office of Education programs include the Space Grant College and Fellowship Program -- a competitive, state-federal partnership that functions through consortia in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the

Anna Zhang Is Girl's Swimming Official Of The Year

on May 22, 2017 - 9:34am

Mountain Club Swimming Coach Anna Zhang

SPORTS News:

The National Federation Officials Association has selected Mountain Club Swimming Coach Anna Zhang of Los Alamos as the 2016-2017 Girl's Swimming Official of the Year for the state of New Mexico.

The National Federation of State High School Associations annually recognizes up to 20 officials in each state for the outstanding service they provide for young people participating in high school sports across the country.

Zhang is both an official for the New Mexico Activities Association and New Mexico Swimming.

Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 22, 2017 - 9:06am

FOREST SERVICE News:

TAOS – The Hondito Fire, started May 15 from a lightning strike, has consumed 5,000 acres four miles southwest of Tres Piedras and two miles north of Las Tablas and is 0 percent contained.

Fire managers took advantage of favorable conditions Sunday and completed 5,000 acres of the 14,900 acre planning area. Crews spent the morning constructing perimeter line in advance of afternoon aerial ignitions. Utilizing the helicopter, crews were able to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time.

EPA Urged To Prioritize Gold King Mine Cleanup

on May 22, 2017 - 8:48am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the EPA to fulfill the directive in the omnibus bill passed last week for Gold King Mine cleanup efforts.
 
The bill provides the EPA $4 million to implement a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.
 
The delegation asked that the EPA use these funds to support the Long-Term Monitoring Plan prepared by the

Man Charged In 13-Count Dog Fighting Indictment

on May 22, 2017 - 8:03am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A federal grand jury in Albuquerque returned an indictment charging Albuquerque resident Robert Arellano, 63, with 13 counts of violating the animal fighting prohibitions of the federal Animal Welfare Act, announced James D. Tierney, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Jeffrey H. Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
 
Arellano had previously been arrested and indicted on additional charges in the District of New Jersey pertaining to his alleged involvement in a

Northern New Mexico College Nursing Student Soraida Sanchez Awarded 2017 Nightingale Scholarship

on May 22, 2017 - 8:01am
Ellen Trabka, Dean for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, presents 2017 Nightingale Nursing Scholarship recipient Soraida Sanchez with a $1,000 check. Courtesy/NNMC
 
NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA  Northern New Mexico College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) student, Soraida Sanchez, was one of five associate degree nursing program students in the state to be awarded this year’s $1,000 Nightingale Scholarship. 
 
Nightingale scholarships are funded through a grant from the Nurse Excellence Fund of the New Mexico Board of Nursing, and are based on academic achievement, professional

State Environment Department Announces Air Quality Compliance Assessment Program For Small Businesses

on May 22, 2017 - 7:54am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is pleased to announce that the Air Quality Bureau has developed a compliance assessment program for New Mexico small businesses, except for those located in Bernalillo County or on tribal lands. The program offers free assistance to small businesses who want help in discovering air quality permit violations.

Is New Mexico Becoming A Safe Haven For Criminals?

on May 22, 2017 - 7:52am

BBANM News:

We can all agree, crime seems to be everywhere, and seems to be getting worse. This week, the Albuquerque Police Department announced they would be directing officers to issue citations rather than make arrests on low-level crimes to comply with a settlement agreement on a class-action lawsuit. Many people are asking now, why would a city do this in a time where crime seems to be rising? 

This lawsuit, McClendon v.

Children’s Grief Center Hosts Free Summer Activities For Grieving Youth And Families

on May 21, 2017 - 6:06am
COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, which offers free support groups during the school year, is providing free summer activities for children and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one.
  • Good Grief Day Camp: June 17 – The Children’s Grief Center is hosting a six hour day camp for children aged seven to high school senior who have had someone they love die. Good Grief Day Camp offers fun and healing through outdoor activities/challenges, sharing circles/crafts, a closing presentation and butterfly release.

Udall Questions GAO, Administration Witnesses On ‘High Risk’ Designation For Indian Programs

on May 20, 2017 - 3:58pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has joined Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recent “High Risk” designation of programs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and Indian Health Service.
 
Noting that Tribal communities “have long reported” management challenges and funding barriers at these agencies, Udall said that the GAO’s “High Risk” designation represents an “opportunity” for

Los Alamos Boys Tie For Fourth At State

on May 20, 2017 - 11:48am
Nathaniel Ortega completes the handoff to Isaac Timmerman in the 4x100 m relay prelim. In the May 13 final, the Los Alamos team of Nic Dowdy, Ortega, Timmerman, and Kevin Maresca (all seniors) placed 2nd with a time of 43.22 seconds. Ortega also placed 3rd in the 400 m with a time of 50.01 seconds, 4th in the 200 m with a time of 22.96 seconds, and anchored the 2nd place 4x400 m relay (with Miroslav Betts, Kai Coblentz, and Elijah Velasquez). Photo by Blake Wood
 
Senior Liam Johnson was State Champion in the pole vault, clearing 15' and taking three close attempts at a state record 15' 6".

Udall Votes To Confirm Lighthizer, Citing His Commitment To Protect NM Companies That Depend On NAFTA Trade

on May 20, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative after Udall secured a commitment from Lighthizer to oppose unilateral withdrawal from NAFTA by the Trump administration.
 
Earlier this week, Udall wrote to Lighthizer seeking assurances that he would be a voice of reason to help protect the thousands of New Mexicans who rely on trade made possible by NAFTA, given President Trump’s reckless rhetoric and dangerous policy proposals that already have damaged the U.S.-Mexico trade

Smith’s Motto: ‘Making Hope For Kids’ Through May 27

on May 20, 2017 - 7:26am
Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
“Making Hope for Kids,” to benefit UNM Children's Hospital is the motto of the local Smith’s Food and Drugstores through May 27.
 
Smith’s‘Making Hope For Kids’ logo. Courtesy photo
 
The goal is to bring hope to children in New Mexico and Smith’s hopes to locally do that by raising $12,000. Last year the Los Alamos and White Rock stores raised just over $8,000.
 
“It is easy to donate at the cash registers and donation boxes are located at the wine bar, customer service and the pharmacy,” said Smith's Associate and

NMAMA Names David Ploeger Of Los Alamos ‘Airport Manager Of The Year’

on May 19, 2017 - 10:54am

The New Mexico Airport Managers Association names David Ploeger of Los Alamos, center, Airport Manager of the Year. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

RUIDOSO—At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Airport Managers Association (NMAMA) May 10-12 in Ruidoso, Los Alamos County Airport Manager David Ploeger was named New Mexico Airport Manager of the Year.  

This award goes to the airport manager who does an outstanding job in managing the airport and advancing aviation safety at his/her airport.

Governor Announces 2017 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge

on May 19, 2017 - 7:51am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
PLACITAS — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the 2017 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge, which helps students maintain and improve their reading skills over the summer months when they aren’t in class.
 
“This is a great way to keep kids reading all year long – even when they’re not in school,” Martinez said. “Not only does the reading challenge prepare students to hit the ground running in the new school year – it’s also a fun way for them to learn more about our state.”
 
The New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge is open to

Budget Crisis Causes Need For Special Session

on May 19, 2017 - 5:26am
By Rep. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval Rio Arriba

Last week I was approached by a constituent who was wondering about the upcoming special legislative session. She had been trying to follow the developments since the close of the regular session and had many questions:

“Had a budget deal been made public?” she wondered. The governor had mentioned tax reform. “Would that be part of the negotiations?” “How could citizens who wanted to weigh in, do so?” She had all of these questions and more.

And these are all good questions and thoughts.

EPD Captures Top 10 DWI Fugitive Pablo Salazar

on May 18, 2017 - 9:04am
 
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that one of the state’s top 10 DWI fugitives, Pablo Salazar, was recently captured by the Espanola Police Department.
 
Pablo Salazar
 
He is back behind bars on a probation violation. Salazar has been on the run since September 2016. This was the third time he fled supervision.
 
“I am very grateful to law enforcement for getting this dangerous offender off our streets,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “Everyone needs to make the responsible choice not to drink and drive.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Department Of Interior To Lift Sudden Suspension Of Public Land Advisory Groups

on May 18, 2017 - 9:01am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a coalition of Western Democratic senators in urging the Department of the Interior (DOI) to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing local committees and advisory boards that provide essential community input on public land management.
 
In response to reports that the Department of the Interior postponed all meetings for public resource advisory councils and committees (RACs) until September, the senators wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asking that he allow the RAC's to do the work their

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Forensic Audit Of Bernalillo Public Schools

on May 18, 2017 - 8:30am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller has released a forensic audit of Bernalillo Public Schools (BPS).
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit after the Town of Bernalillo Police Department requested assistance to investigate financial irregularities at two schools. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also was notified. The audit identified the apparent theft of about $50,000 over a two and a half year period by a former bookkeeper at W.D. Carroll Elementary and La Escuelita Pre-School.
 
“We see our fair share of fraud, but it’s especially

Governor Delivers Commencement Speech At New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy

on May 18, 2017 - 8:21am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is set to deliver the commencement speech at 10 a.m. today for the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy graduation.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy is at 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. The Basic Training Bureau is the vehicle through which those entering the profession of Law Enforcement are empowered and enabled to protect the citizens of the State of New Mexico and safeguard the stability of society.

Heinrich Marks National Teacher Appreciation Week

on May 17, 2017 - 9:31pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored a bipartisan resolution to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week and recognize the important work of teachers in New Mexico and across the nation.
 
The resolution recognizes the roles and contributions of the teachers in building and enhancing the civic, cultural, and economic well-being of the United States. 
 
“In New Mexico and across the nation, teachers make a lasting impact on students,” Heinrich said.

UPDATE: New Mexico Rail Runner Fatality

on May 17, 2017 - 5:15pm
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE  Around 3 p.m., May 13, the New Mexico State Police responded to a pedestrian fatality involving the New Mexico Rail Runner Express train. The incident occurred on the tracks nearest Interstate 25 at mile marker 275 in Santa Fe County.
 
Witness statements made to officers and the investigation at the scene indicate that James D. Chavarria, 21, of Santa Fe exited his vehicle, which was parked on the northbound interstate shoulder and crossed the roadway entering the median area occupied by train tracks.
 
Chavarria then ran onto the train tracks as the New Mexico

New Mexico First Announces Spirit Of Bipartisanship Award Recipients

on May 17, 2017 - 3:43pm

POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The nonpartisan public policy organization New Mexico First will recognize five outstanding leaders for their exceptional commitments to collaboration and effective policy. The Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards will be presented at the First Forum Lecture Series June 7 in Albuquerque.

“This organization is proud to recognize lawmakers and community leaders who put the people of New Mexico first and work to find good solutions to the challenges we face,” Selection Committee Chair Ricardo Gonzales said.

Additional Funds From $5.5 Million Settlement To Be Disbursed For New Mexico’s Environmental Restoration

on May 17, 2017 - 9:13am
 
ONRT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (collectively, the Trustees) have finalized the Addendum to the Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) for the Chino, Cobre, and Tyrone Mine Facilities in Southwestern New Mexico.
 
The ONRT is a small state agency administratively attached to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) ensuring that New Mexico’s natural resources that were injured because of contamination are restored for the full benefit of New

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