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Udall, Heinrich: We Must Do More To Provide Debt Relief And Support to Students, Veterans Suffering From Impacts Of ITT Tech Closure

on September 24, 2016 - 3:27pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter commending the U.S. Department of Education for its decision to stop additional federal student aid from flowing to ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT Tech).
Following these restrictions and serious concerns echoed by law enforcement agencies and ITT Tech's accreditor with regard to the company's "deceptive practices, dubious educational quality, and financial integrity," ITT Tech announced that it would halt operations and shutdown all of its campuses on September 6, 2016.

Stephanie Lopez Released From Prison

on September 24, 2016 - 3:24pm
Convicted criminals in the Baby Brianna torture, rape and murder case are Andrew Walters, Steven Lopez and Stephanie Lopez. Courtesy/NMCD
NMCD News:
GRANTS — Stephanie Lopez was released from the New Mexico Corrections Department this week after serving nearly 13 years in prison. Lopez was convicted
of child abuse resulting in death in 2003.
“This case sent shockwaves through the entire community.

New Mexico AG's Office Participates In Out Of The Darkness Walk Promoting Suicide Awareness

on September 24, 2016 - 9:02am

Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walks are taking place in communities across the country in honor of suicide awareness month. Courtesy image

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE -- The Albuquerque Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting is annual Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walk in honor of suicide awareness month.

This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office will participate in the walk in Albuquerque.

County Council Notice Of Possible Quorum

on September 24, 2016 - 8:29am


Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend a data presentation at the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency (NM-YRRS) Roadshow, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

A quorum of the council may be present, however no council action will be taken.

The NM-YRRS is a tool to assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency (protective) factors of New Mexico high school and middle school students. The NM-YRRS is part of the national CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), but the survey results have

Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter To Visit LANL

on September 24, 2016 - 8:11am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter

DOD News:

Secretary of Defense the Honorable Ash Carter is visiting Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico Sept. 27-28 to discuss the nuclear enterprise and thank personnel for their work to ensure the readiness of the nuclear force.

During his visit to New Mexico, Carter also will tour facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories to thank scientists and engineers at these facilities for their ongoing work involving the development, assessment and security of the nuclear triad.

AG Balderas Issues Safety Advisory After Yahoo Admits 500 Million User Accounts Were Stolen

on September 23, 2016 - 2:52pm

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit issued a Safety Advisory in response to Yahoo’s announcement that 500 million of its user accounts were stolen.

“This incident is a stark reminder that all New Mexicans should be proactively protecting themselves online,” Balderas said.

Hazmat Incident On Interstate 25

on September 23, 2016 - 11:40am

NMSP News:

Around 8 a.m. Thursday, New Mexico State Police handled a hazmat incident on Interstate 25 at mile marker 257 northbound involving a commercial vehicle leaking liquid oxygen.

A State Police officer on patrol noticed the vehicle leaking fluid and initiated a traffic stop. After initial contact, both northbound and southbound I-25 lanes were closed as a precaution due to the potentially hazardous chemical.

Officers determined the cause for the leak was an issue with a safety valve on the commercial vehicle.

'Love Apple' Celebrates New Mexico's Farm-To-Table Culture And Cuisine

on September 23, 2016 - 6:44am
SANTA FE  September is the beginning of autumn and harvest season, and to celebrate this magical time in the Land of Enchantment, the New Mexico Tourism Department has released another video in its popular “New Mexico True Stories” series called ‘The Love Apple’.
‘The Love Apple’ spotlights the Taos restaurant of the same name and features its chef, Andrea Meyer. “I design the menu around what I can get from growers that I know and trust and that are local,” Meyer says.
The restaurant, featured as one of 12 on the department’s new list of farm-to-table experiences

Political Fact Check: HB145 Causes House Race Controversy

on September 23, 2016 - 6:36am
Los Alamos Daily Post

It is election season and as usual inboxes fill up quickly with political ads and press releases. Usually these pass without comment but one recent press release has become an issue in Los Alamos because it concerns the local race for state representative, but is based largely on inaccurate information.

A press release distributed Sept. 16 by the Republican Party of New Mexico claimed that State Rep.

SFNF Waives Fees For National Public Lands Day; Activities Include Trail Work, Kids’ Event In Cuba

on September 22, 2016 - 9:11am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities Sept. 24, 2016, as part of the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). 
The largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, NPLD is a great opportunity to encourage people to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate our national forests and other public lands.
Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds, non-reserve campgrounds and developed trailheads.

Heinrich Commends Rudolfo Anaya For National Humanities Medal

on September 22, 2016 - 9:06am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement commending New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya for being awarded the National Humanities Medal. President Obama and the First Lady will award the 2015 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room of the White House today:
“Rudolfo Anaya’s stories touch the soul of New Mexico and reveal the deep cultural roots of our beautiful state.

Mesa Potrero Prescribed Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on September 22, 2016 - 9:02am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the Mesa Potrero pile burn on the Coyote Ranger District. 
Ignitions on the 470-acre fire, located 7 miles northwest of Coyote, could begin as early as Sept. 22 and run through Dec. 31, 2016. That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Two NM Destinations Take Home Tribal Tourism Awards At American Indian Tourism Conference

on September 22, 2016 - 9:01am
Last week, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) hosted the Enough Good People Awards Banquet and Silent Auction at the 18th annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) in Tulalip, Washington, honoring the best tribal destinations and leaders in the tourism industry.
The proceeds raised from this annual silent auction are used to award scholarships to Native American students interested in pursuing careers in the hospitality and tourism industry and culinary arts.
Each year, AIANTA, as the national organization representing the tribal

AG Sends Investigatory Letter To EpiPen Manufacturer

on September 22, 2016 - 8:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has sent an investigatory letter requesting information to the manufacturer of EpiPen, the brand name of an auto-injector used so that synthetic adrenaline can be administered safely and quickly to treat anaphylaxis caused by a severe allergic reaction.
In the past months, the price of EpiPens has risen dramatically, raising alarm that some New Mexico families may not be able to afford this life-saving medication.

NMCCB Statement On Death Penalty Reinstatement

on September 21, 2016 - 1:47pm
ALBUQUERQUE  We, the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico, find the decision by Governor Susana Martinez to place the reinstatement of the Death Penalty on the agenda of a special legislative session to be irresponsible. 
The legislature spent a decade debating the issue, ending with a bipartisan vote that ended the practice of a state-sanctioned death penalty. This was a definitive decision and had ample discovery of evidence and debate. That decision should remain final.
The abomination of taking a life, the death penalty, needs to be addressed in a general session

New Mexico #6 In Women Murdered By Men

on September 21, 2016 - 1:44pm
VPC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Mexico ranked sixth in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 1.71 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data.
This annual report is being released in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The study uses 2014 data, the most recent year for which information is available.

AUDIO: Udall Announces Effort To Put Wi-Fi On School Buses, Help Close 'Homework Gap'

on September 21, 2016 - 10:23am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

  • Idea inspired by Hatch Valley High School Student
  • Also discusses efforts to address exorbitant EpiPen price hikes and treat prescription drug abuse on ‘Tuesdays with Tom’


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced an initiative -- inspired by a Hatch Valley High School student -- to help close the “homework gap” by installing Wi-Fi on school buses.


Udall's proposal would allow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand its E-Rate program, which ensures schools

Balderas Launches Year Of The Student Outreach Campaign To Empower New Mexicans Of All Ages

on September 21, 2016 - 8:32am
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas proudly announces his 2016-2017 Outreach campaign, Year of The Student.
This newest phase of his office’s ongoing educational campaign encourages New Mexicans of all ages to see themselves as students and invest in learning opportunities that will equip them with the tools they need to make healthy and informed decisions.
“We recognize that all New Mexicans need skills and training to empower themselves for a safer, healthier and more prosperous future,” Balderas said.

Northern NM Entities Receive Federal Funding For Art Business Education And Business Development Projects

on September 21, 2016 - 8:27am
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Española Sept. 19 to honor the Northern New Mexico Regional Art Center (NNMRAC) and the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) for their successful application for funds to expand business opportunities in northern New Mexico.
“Today’s announcement is an example of the Obama Administration’s efforts to create opportunities for people in the rural communities like northern New Mexico,” Brunner said.

AFT-NM Reacts To OECD Education Report

on September 21, 2016 - 8:24am
AFT-NM News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) latest education report paints a troubling picture for early education access and enrollment and educator pay in the United States.
“We have a lot of work to do to serve the needs of our students from cradle to career according to the newly released ‘Education at a Glance’ report.

Organic Farm Goes Green With Solar Power System

on September 21, 2016 - 8:16am
USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner (second from left) presents a certificate of congratulations to Ronald Ice (third from left) and his wife Gayle for the recent completion of construction of a solar power system at their farm; as Karen Paramanandam of SunPower by Positive Energy Solar looks on. Courtesy photo
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner dedicated the new solar photovoltaic system recently installed at the Ice’s Organic Farm and Tea House in Alcalde.
While presenting a certificate of completion, Brunner said, "This

Los Alamos Pony Club Team Wins Top Scores

on September 21, 2016 - 7:58am
Los Alamos Pony Club Team members Ashley Smith, Madison McKee and Sydnee Etuk win the top scores at the recent Southwest Regional Quiz Rally. Courtesy photo
LAPC News:
Three members representing the Los Alamos Pony Club Team won the top scores at the recent Southwest Regional Quiz Rally and won the opportunity to compete in next year's National United States Pony Club Quiz Competition next July at the famous Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Visit Kentucky Horse Park :: Lexington, KY and USPC Championships - United States Pony Clubs.
The winning members of the Los Alamos Pony

Governor Rallies Crowd For Sharon Stover

on September 20, 2016 - 9:19pm

Local businessman and White Rock resident Brian D’Andrea visits with Gov. Susana Martinez and House Dist. 43 candidate Sharon Stover as Stover campaign manager Denny Erickson and Los Alamos County Clerk candidate Naomi Maestas enjoy the band Sunday at Rover Park in White Rock. Courtesy photo

Gov. Susana Martinez congratulates LAHS Chemistry teacher Kathy Boerigter on receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Courtesy photo


Heinrich, Flake Introduce Legislation To Complete Parks, Wilderness Areas And Increase Revenues For Schools

on September 20, 2016 - 8:20am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have introduced legislation to better facilitate land exchanges between Western state land offices and federal public land agencies.
The Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act specifically focuses on state trust land inholdings within the boundaries of federal conservation areas like parks, monuments, and wilderness areas.  

"Inholdings present challenges for both public land managers and state trust land commissioners because differing policies and missions of the respective

NMDOT Sponsors Statewide Child Safety Seat Clinics

on September 20, 2016 - 8:02am
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is sponsoring child safety seat clinics statewide 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24. The clinics are free to the public.
Clinics Across The State:
  • Alamogordo: Alamogordo Police Department, 700 Virginia Ave.;
  • Albuquerque North: Kohl’s, 6800 Holly Ave. NE;
  • Albuquerque West: Kohl’s, 3715 Ellison Dr. NW;
  • Albuquerque East: Home Depot, 200 Eubank Blvd. SE;
  • Artesia: Wal-Mart, 604 North 26th St.;
  • Las Cruces: Kohl’s, 2500 North Triviz Dr.; and
  • Las Vegas: Cornerstone Church, 2207 7th St.
“These statewide child safety seat