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AG Balderas Announces Conscious Campus Initiative

on March 29, 2017 - 9:06am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

LAS VEGAS, NM – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of his office’s statewide Conscious Campus initiative.

The educational initiative aims to help college communities discuss the realities of sexual assault on campus, explore interventions, and benefit from community resources.

“I applaud my alma mater, Highlands University and other participating colleges in New Mexico for taking steps toward making their campuses safer,” Balderas said.

Local Athletes Shine At KofC State Free Throw Contest

on March 28, 2017 - 12:17pm

2017 Northern New Mexico State Champion competitors and coaches, from left, District Deputy Harry Montoya, Lukas Ulibarri (Los Alamos), Josh Sanchez (Espanola), Adam Montoya (Espanola), Benjamin Sanchez (Los Alamos), Joshua Woodson (Los Alamos) and Los Alamos K of C Youth Coordinator Roger Anaya. Courtesy photo

2017 State Champion competitors who placed first through 3rd. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

More than 70 boys and girls ages 9-14 from around the state participated in the annual Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Contest March 18 at Bernalillo High School.

Keller Highlights State’s Risk Of Deficit Spending With 'Hot Checks' During Budget Standoff

on March 28, 2017 - 8:47am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Last week, State Auditor Tim Keller highlighted the risk of the State of New Mexico’s deficit spending with “hot checks” during the ongoing budget standoff.
 
A bipartisan budget was sent to the Governor but she has stated that she will reject it. Continuing without a signed budget means that the state may spend money it does not have and jeopardize its bond rating. The Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) recent audits noted that the state’s financial controls aimed at preventing deficit spending are inadequate.
 
In January, the

Court Appointed Special Advocates Needs Volunteers

on March 28, 2017 - 6:57am
CASA Executive Director Annie Rasquin and CASA volunteer Bob Martin  spoke at Kiwanis recently on the importance of the program and its desperate need for more volunteers. Photo by Don Casperson
 
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Annie Rasquin, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in the First Judicial District, spoke at Kiwanis recently, explaining CASA's goals and asking for more volunteers from Los Alamos County to assist in the program.

Rasquin has a master's degree in social work and has spent 20 years dealing with family traumas

DPNM Rally For Governor To Sign Balanced Budget

on March 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

Democrats rally today outside a Governor Martinez event in Albuquerque calling on her to sign the state budget and protect New Mexico from harmful cuts. Courtesy/DPNM

 

DPNM News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE—The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) called on Gov. Susana Martinez today at a rally outside of her event in Albuquerque to sign the balanced budget.

 

The rally drew more than 50 people including DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland, who said, “The legislature passed a reasonable, bipartisan, and balanced budget. There is a way out of a government shutdown and harmful furloughs—sign the budget.

Supreme Court Justice Speaks To Los Alamos LWV

on March 27, 2017 - 10:26am

Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels discusses court functions and bail reform at recent Los Alamos League of Woman Voters' Lunch with a Leader talk at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels with Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados, left, and Karyl Ann Ambruster at March's Lunch With A Leader meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos League of Woman Voters members heard from Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels at their March Lunch with a Leader

Museum Of Art Explores Cady Wells’ Modernist Interpretation Of The Southwest

on March 27, 2017 - 8:27am
Cady Wells, Untitled (New Mexico Landscape), 1934, watercolor on paper, 21 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum. Bequest of E. Boyd, 1976 (3504.23P) Photo by Blair Clark
 
NMMA News:
 
SANTA FE — Cady Wells: Ruminations presents watercolor paintings from one of the Southwest's most interesting modernists.
 
The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on March 25 and is on view through Sept. 17, 2017. A public reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m., April 7. 
 
Ruminations explores the dynamic and psychologically penetrating watercolor paintings of Cady Wells
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State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols To Launch Across New Mexico Throughout April

on March 26, 2017 - 10:37am

NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE -- State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during April.
 
We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.
 
Hundreds

Udall To Oppose Gorsuch For Supreme Court

on March 26, 2017 - 8:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will vote against confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. He issued the following statement: 
 
"I have met with Judge Gorsuch, followed the hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and studied his record, and I have decided that I can't support his confirmation. 
 
"The Supreme Court changes people's lives, and its decisions stand for generations.

FBI: Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Federal And Local Law Enforcement Officers

on March 26, 2017 - 7:32am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Richard Ruiz Leyva, 36, of Las Cruces, pled guilty March 22 in Federal Court to assaulting federal and local law enforcement officers. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Leyva will be sentenced to 82 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Leyva was arrested in August 2016 and charged by a criminal complaint with assaulting and resisting federally commissioned officers of the U.S.

Sen. Heinrich Celebrates 4th Anniversary Designation Of Río Grande Del Norte National Monument

on March 26, 2017 - 7:26am

Río Grande del Norte National Monument. Courtesy photo

 

STATE News:

Saturday was the fourth anniversary of the designation of Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico. From the tops of Cerro de la Olla and Ute Mountain, to the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge, the Río Grande del Norte is one of the most 

spectacular places on earth.

Volunteers Needed To Improve And Maintain Trails

on March 26, 2017 - 6:48am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Spring on the Santa Fe National Forest means it’s time to get out and work on trails, getting them ready for the heavy use of the summer recreation season. 
 
Volunteer opportunities are waiting for anyone interested in donating some time and a little manual labor to benefit the forest.
  • Saturday, April 15 – Work will continue on the reroute of a steep and unsustainable leg of the original Borrego Trail, which is part of the Borrego/Bear Wallow Trail. Forest staff and volunteers plan to work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29 – Forest staff and volunteers will

Try Spelling Regret Without GRT: The Martinez Administration’s ‘37’ Tax Cuts

on March 25, 2017 - 11:50pm
By RAPHAEL PACHECO, MBA
NM Voices For Children

As the 2017 regular legislative session ends, New Mexico finds itself in familiar territory—with no money in a slow-moving economy. The same tired rhetoric of no tax increases—a pledge made by Governor Susana Martinez since she has taken office—has led to deep cuts in essential services like education, public safety and health care.

Because we often hear the administration touting the 37 tax cuts made since Governor Richardson left office in 2011, obviously the executive believes we can cut our way to prosperity.

Road Closure: US 64/87 Between Clayton And Raton

on March 25, 2017 - 9:07am

NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police closed US 64/87 between Clayton and Raton for several hours Friday due to hazardous driving conditions.

It is reported that certain ares had three to four foot snowdrifts covering the roadway.

Officers and tow trucks removed stuck and stranded motorists and the New Mexico Department of Transportation cleared the roadway.

Demonstrations At White Sands Missile Range Support Trinity Downwinders April 1

on March 25, 2017 - 8:37am
CCNS News:
 
The community is invited to join the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium at two White Sands Missile Range entrances during the Trinity Site open house Saturday, April 1 to support those who have been negatively affected by radiation exposure from the first atomic test there July 16, 1945. 
 
The Army opens the Trinity Site twice a year for people from around the world to visit the radioactively contaminated site, http://www.wsmr.army.mil/PAO/Trinity/Pages/Home.aspx 
 
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the Consortium will gather at the Tularosa Gate, on Tulie Gate Road west of

Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff In Honor And Mourning Of U.S. Air Force Major Andrew Becker

on March 25, 2017 - 7:55am

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Governor Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today, March 25, 2017 in honor and mourning of U.S. Air Force Major Andrew Becker.

Major Becker and his crewmates Capt. Kenneth Dalga and Capt. Frederick Dellecker were killed in the line of duty March 14, 2017.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-009

FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF U. S. AIR FORCE MAJOR ANDREW BECKER

     WHEREAS, U.S.

‘Forest Your Health’ Hosts Hike On SFNF April 8

on March 25, 2017 - 7:45am

Window Rock Trail. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The health benefits of outdoor recreation will be the focus Saturday, April 8, when the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and El Centro Family Health Clinics sponsor a hike on the Window Rock Trail as part of a health initiative called “Forest Your Health”.

Forest Your Health promotes healthy habits by encouraging community members in the Española area to hike, mountain bike and ride equestrian along area trails.

FBI Seeks Special Agents With Diverse Backgrounds

on March 25, 2017 - 6:28am
FBI News:
 
At a recent event in Houston sponsored by the FBI’s Diversity Agent Recruitment Program, potential employees with varied backgrounds learned what it takes to become a special agent. 
 
To read more, click here.

Luján On Postponed House Vote On Trumpcare

on March 24, 2017 - 5:01pm
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after House Republicans delayed a high profile vote on the Republican health care repeal bill when the legislation failed to gain sufficient support to pass the House:
 
“President Trump and Congressional Republicans hatched a bill in a back room and tried to slip it through the House with no hearings before anyone – even members of their own party – were able to understand the details,” Lujan said.

Richard Atencio Charged With Stealing From LANL Heads To First Judicial District Court April 3

on March 24, 2017 - 11:42am

Staff Report

Richard Atencio, 53, of Espanola is slated for a plea hearing in First Judicial District Court April 3 on larceny and tampering with evidence charges in connection with property he allegedly stole in 2015 from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The criminal complaint, filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April 2016, indicates that the value of the property was more than $2,500 and less than $20,000.

Police records indicate Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias received a telephone call Sept.

Operation Spring Cleaning Defendants Face Judge

on March 24, 2017 - 10:13am

COURT News:

Seven people arrested Tuesday morning during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep spearheaded by the Los Alamos Police Department, had their first appearances Thursday before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

All seven defendants were released on their own recognizance with conditions that include no firearms, no alcohol or drugs, urinalysis requirements, checking in with the probation officer, not being allowed to leave the state without contacting the court, and not being allowed any contact with victims or others involved in the case.

Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff In Honor And Mourning Of U.S. Air Force Capt. Kenneth Dalga

on March 24, 2017 - 8:20am
Flag at half-staff in mourning of Capt. Kenneth Dalga. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today, March 24, 2017 in honor and mourning of U.S. Air Force Capt. Kenneth Dalga.
 
Capt. Dalga and his crewmates Major Andrew Becker and Capt. Frederick Dellecker were killed March 14, 2017 in the line of duty. Martinez is calling for flags to be flown at half-staff in their memory until sunset Saturday, March 25, 2017.
 
The full text of the executive order:
 
EXECUTIVE ORDER

FBI: Rio Rancho Woman Sentenced For Filing False Claim For Federal Tax Refund

on March 24, 2017 - 6:37am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Frances Jo Mehner, 71, of Rio Rancho was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Federal Court in Albuquerque to a 207-day term of imprisonment, which she has already served, followed by a year of supervised release for filing a false claim for a federal tax refund.

 

Given Mehner’s obstructive behavior toward the IRS, the federal judge also ordered Mehner to comply with several special conditions during her term of supervised release. Mehner is required to file timely, accurate, and lawful tax returns. Mehner also may only communicate with the IRS through a licensed attorney.

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned To Reduce Risk Of Wildfire; Restore Forest Health

on March 24, 2017 - 5:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed as early as Friday, April 7, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Hand and aerial ignitions on the 850-acre treatment area approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe could continue for up to three days, depending on fuel conditions, forecasted weather and smoke dispersion conditions.

Los Alamos Students Shine At 'MathCounts' Competition

on March 23, 2017 - 8:41am

Four students from Mountain Elementary School took fourth place out of 25 teams at the New Mexico State MathCounts Competition Feb. 18 at UNM-Albuquerque. From left, Alex Livescu, Pasha Trudolyubov, Isaac Gao, Sonya Ebey, Coach Jane Lataille and Coach Phuong Nguyen. Also pictured is Dr. Walter Gerstle, PE, president of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, whose firm organizes the state competition. A team from Los Alamos Middle School took second place. Courtesy photo

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