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Forest Service Visitor Map Price Increases Jan. 1

on December 18, 2017 - 1:15pm

USDA Forest Service News:

SANTA FE – The cost for USDA Forest Service visitor maps will increase from $10 to $14 effective Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Rising costs of production, printing and distribution drive the need for the price increase of the paper and plastic-coated visitor maps, the first such increase in almost a decade.

The agency continually updates its maps, seeking to enhance them as well. The Forest Service also expects to shorten the revision cycle as its cartographers continue applying new digital technology to the map revision process.

The agency also is increasing the

Scenes From Wreaths Across America At Santa Fe National Cemetery Saturday Morning

on December 18, 2017 - 8:57am

Hundreds of people braved cold temperatures Saturday morning to participate in the annual Wreaths Across America event at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, in partnership with Los Alamos National Security LLC, Centerra-LA (the Lab's protective force contractor), Berardinelli Funeral Home, the International Guard Union of America Local 69, and Los Alamos National Bank raised $11,500 to sponsor 1,150 wreaths of remembrance for the ceremony. The Wreaths Across America initiative coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and other

Attorney General Balderas Announces $57 Million Clean Energy Jobs Package As Part Of Sagamore Wind Project

on December 18, 2017 - 8:48am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has reached an agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company, Western Resources Associates and Collation for Clean Affordable Energy on a $57 million jobs package as part of the Sagamore Wind Project.
 
The agreement will foster and expand skilled construction and environmental job opportunities throughout the State.

SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico

SFNF Seeks Public Input On Master Plan For Trails In Los Alamos County

on December 17, 2017 - 5:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hopes to harness public passion for outdoor recreation to develop a master plan for Forest Service trails in Los Alamos County. 
 
Members of the public are invited to share their ideas and priorities for an integrated trail system at a meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.
 
The discussion will focus on the development of a master plan to preserve, maintain and provide public access to SFNF trails in and around Los Alamos.
 
“Trails connect us with each other, with our communities and with our

AG Balderas Announces New Mexico Joining Legal Fight Against Illegal Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules

on December 16, 2017 - 8:22am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

Santa Fe – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that he has joined other state attorneys general in announcing a multi-state lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over its vote to rollback net neutrality protections.

The FCC voted to eliminate rules that prohibit Internet Service Providers from blocking or throttling Internet traffic. The commission also eliminated a rule that prohibits charging websites for priority access over home and mobile Internet services.

Brittany Alert: Rio Rancho/Albuquerque Area

on December 16, 2017 - 8:12am
Armando Partida with shorter hair, he now has longer hair and went missing Thursday from the Rio Rancho/Albuquerque area. Courtesy/SCSO
 
SCSO News:
 
Sandoval County – The following is information from the distribution of a Brittany Alert from Sandoval County:
 
The Sandoval County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating Armando R. Partida. He is a hispanic male who is 31 years old, five feet eight inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with long black hair, and brown eyes.
 
Partida was last seen wearing a black sweat shirt and black pants at about 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec.

Democratic Party Of New Mexico Moves On Trailblazing Sexual Harassment Prevention Program

on December 16, 2017 - 7:54am

DPNM News:

The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) is moving on its trailblazing sexual harassment prevention program. The DPNM released its policy Friday to proactively prevent sexual harassment and assault by requiring candidates to complete a comprehensive training program with a focus on creating safe work environments and implementing effective reporting guidelines.

New Mexico's state Democratic Party is one of the first state party organizations to implement a policy of this kind in the country.

The DPNM requested the assistance of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault

FBI: Man Wearing University Of New Mexico Football Jersey Robs Albuquerque Bank

on December 16, 2017 - 7:27am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a red University of New Mexico football jersey robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday Dec. 14.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s, approximately 5'11" tall, with a slender build. He wore a red football jersey with the number 12 on both sides and "New Mexico" on the back, a dark long-sleeve shirt under the jersey, a dark baseball cap, and dark pants. He possibly used a light-colored wig.
 
At approximately 1:29 p.m., the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank, 7530 Montgomery Blvd. NE.

SFNF: Meeting For Fire Equipment Vendors

on December 16, 2017 - 7:20am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service will hold an informational meeting for vendors interested in providing resources to support wildfires and other emergency incidents. 
 
The meeting on the 2018 solicitations is scheduled 1-4 p.m. MST Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, via video teleconference (VTC) at Forest Service offices throughout New Mexico. Vendors are welcome to attend the VTC at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe.
 
Topics for the meeting include:
  • How to become a Federal Government vendor;
  • How to locate and

Heinrich Cosponsors CRA Resolution To Restore FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

on December 16, 2017 - 6:51am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that he will be joining a group of 15 Senators in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reinstate robust net neutrality protections and the 2015 Open Internet Order.
 
Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to approve Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal that guts the Open Internet Order, which the D.C.

Udall Congratulates Northern New Mexico Nominees To United States Service Academies

on December 16, 2017 - 6:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Friday the 50 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2018, including four students from Northern New Mexico.
 
A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Navajo Midwife Seeks To Better Women’s Health

on December 15, 2017 - 7:49am

The Changing Woman Initiative team. Courtesy photo 

 

A rendering of the reproductive wellness and birth center in Pojoaque. Courtesy image 

Changing Woman Initiative News:

POJOAQUE—Because of modern medicine and insurance, women have less control of their birth experiences, especially in sterile and highly regulated hospital environments. But having a baby doesn’t have to be that way, according to Nicolle Gonzales, a Navajo midwife and founder of the Changing Woman Initiative, a nonprofit that aims to revolutionize how people—particularly Native women—think about reproductive health.

Santa Fe County And Four Pueblos Reach Monumental Agreement On Roads

on December 14, 2017 - 7:46am

San Ildefonso Pueblo Lt. Gov. Christopher Moquino, left, and Councilman Tim Martinez await the discussion of rights of way on Pueblo lands Tuesday at the Santa Fe County Commission meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Residents of El Rancho gather at Tuesday evening's Santa Fe County Commission meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Santa Fe County Commission and the Pueblos of San Ildefonso, Pojoaque, Nambe and Tesuque have reached agreements in principle on road rights of way and hope to sign four

Girl Scouts Of New Mexico Trails Welcomes New Members To Board Of Directors

on December 13, 2017 - 11:11am
GSNM News:
 
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails welcomes the following new members to their Board of Directors:
 
Duane Trythall, Albuquerque
 
Duane is currently with Trythall Advisory Group that facilitates sales, mergers, and acquisitions for medium size business in the Southwest and Rock Mountain regions. Duane has always been impressed by the ability of the Girl Scouts to adapt to the changing needs of America’s youth while maintaining and promoting traditional values of scouting.

Arthur A. Garcia Appointed State Director For USDA Rural Development In New Mexico

on December 13, 2017 - 9:51am
Arthur A. Garcia
 
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Trump Administration recently appointed Arthur A. Garcia as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in New Mexico. Garcia began his new role Nov. 27.
 
Garcia brings years of experience to USDA Rural Development. April 1, 2002 Garcia was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Administrator of the Rural Housing Service in Washington DC.

U.S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Call On FCC Chairman Pai To Abandon ‘Reckless’ Plan To End Net Neutrality

on December 13, 2017 - 8:57am

U.S. SENATE News:

39 senators tell FCC not to repeal net neutrality rules that protect the free and open Internet

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have joined a group of 39 Democratic senators in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his plan to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules in favor of giving Internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers’ access to the Internet.

The senators’ letter comes ahead of a Thursday vote by the FCC to dismantle net neutrality protections. 

“Your

Lujan Grisham On Plan For Methane Mitigation Making New Mexico A Leader In Clean Energy Production

on December 13, 2017 - 8:50am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign announced a plan to create jobs and generate revenue for schools through methane mitigation by implementing a statewide methane rule that would cut waste and pollution at both new and existing oil and gas wells while creating jobs and generating revenue for schools.
 
“As governor, I’ll work to make New Mexico a national leader in clean energy by moving to renewable energies such as solar and wind and through innovative, smart policy and practices such as methane mitigation,” Grisham

Udall’s Landmark Bipartisan MGT Act To Reduce Wasteful IT Spending, Strengthen Cybersecurity Included In FY18 NDAA Signed Into Law

on December 13, 2017 - 7:34am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • New law would save taxpayers up to $20 billion a year

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed news that his Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act has been signed into law.

Udall introduced the bill with U.S. Sen.

Pearce Commends U.S. Department Of Justice Action To Review Two Criminal Referrals

on December 12, 2017 - 2:25pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that the Criminal Investigative Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will review the two criminal referrals sent to the New Mexico Attorney General by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives regarding violations made by the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO).
 
"I've worked tirelessly with New Mexico officials and members in Congress to ensure the rights and liberties of women and the unborn are

Pete Sheehey Announces Bid For House Dist. 43

on December 12, 2017 - 12:14pm

Pete Sheehey visited the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning to discuss his decision to run the House Dost. 43. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey has announced his candidacy for state representative in New Mexico Dist. 43, which includes Los Alamos and portions of Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties.  

Sheehey garnered the largest number of votes in the 2016 election when he ran for re-election to Council. He said he is not daunted by the larger population in Dist.

Why Did Some Sandoval County Commissioners Order $62,000 Oil And Gas Study They Don’t Plan To Use?

on December 12, 2017 - 10:48am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
Why is the Sandoval County spending $62,000 to pay for an oil and gas resource assessment of the County if it does not plan to use it?
 
In July 2016, the county entered into an agreement with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology costing taxpayers $62,009.07. Services include assessing potential oil and natural gas resources throughout Sandoval County as well as mapping aquifer distribution and depth to understand the effects of modern drilling on groundwater (which 90 percent of New Mexicans depend on for their drinking water in Albuquerque Basin Aquifer).
 

New Mexico History Museum And Santa Fe Opera Presentations Recognize State’s ‘Atomic Histories’

on December 12, 2017 - 10:46am
Test of Atomic Bomb at Trinity Site, New Mexico, July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, NM. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Courtesy/National Park Service
 
General Leslie Groves walks across the Trinity Site in September 1945, 45 days after the first nuclear bomb was tested there. Courtesy/Historical AP News Features Photo
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe Opera will each feature presentations exploring New Mexico’s Atomic Histories during 2018 and 2019.
 
The History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition opens June 3, 2018 and runs through May 2019.

Fajardo Requests Agency Directors Presentation On Experiences Enforcing ‘No Harassment’ Policy

on December 12, 2017 - 6:46am

Rep. Kelly Fajardo

 

STATE News:

 

LOS LUNAS —Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) has asked New Mexico legislative leaders Brian Egolf and Mary Kay Papen to schedule a presentation from legislative agency directors on their experiences enforcing the Legislature’s current “No Harassment” policy at a meeting of the Legislative Council later this week.

 

The Legislative Council will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 in Room 307 of the State Capitol.  

 

Fajardo noted that the Legislative Council will discuss the formation of a working group to review the current policy and recommend

Tim Keller Concludes Tenure As State Auditor

on December 12, 2017 - 5:54am
Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Over the last three years, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has made transformational progress on long-standing challenges and addressed some of the state’s most critical issues.
 
In spite of budget reductions each year, the OSA has improved and streamlined processes to bring transparency and accountability to public funds. As Tim Keller concludes his tenure as State Auditor, the office is in excellent condition to continue good government work.
 
“Serving as New Mexico’s State Auditor has been one of the greatest honors of my life and we

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