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Luján Introduces Bill To Spur Partnerships Between National Labs And Local Businesses

on December 8, 2017 - 7:29am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Bill Makes it More Affordable for NM Businesses to Partner with Labs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced legislation to help foster relationships between businesses and national laboratories that can help spur new economic growth and create new jobs.

Luján’s bill authorizes funding for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) that foster partnership with businesses and startups to transfer commercially relevant technologies to the private sector.

“For over a half a century, our national laboratories

New Mexico Delegation Writes Air Force In Support Of Restoring Air National Guard Tacos Flying Mission

on December 8, 2017 - 7:14am
NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján have announced that they are urging the Air Force to transfer legacy HH-60G PAVE Hawk combat search-and-rescue helicopters to the N.M. Air National Guard when the Air Force fields the new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter at Kirtland Air Force Base.
 
The leadership of the 58th Special Operations Wing (SOW) at Kirtland has told the delegation that they anticipate that the transition from the PAVE Hawk to the Combat

State Police Arrest AleRT Fugitive Robert Martinez

on December 8, 2017 - 7:09am
Absconder Robert Martinez
 
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State Police officers, in conjunction with New Mexico Corrections Department Security Threat Intelligence Unit (STIU) working on the Analysis Led Recidivism Team (ALeRT) initiative, located and arrested Monday wanted fugitive Robert Martinez.
 
Martinez was an absconder from the New Mexico Corrections Department for charges relating back to receiving/transferring a stolen motor vehicle. Jessica Mena, who was located with Martinez was arrested for an unrelated outstanding warrant.
 
Jessica Mena
 
Both Martinez and Mena were

'Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day' At Legislature Jan. 18

on December 8, 2017 - 7:05am
ALZHEIMER'S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is inviting all caregivers, supporters and concerned community members to join them for a day of advocacy and awareness-building with New Mexico’s policy-makers at the Santa Fe Capitol Building for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day.
 
Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Legislature. There will be a Press Conference at 11 a.m. The Capitol Building (aka “The Roundhouse”) is located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Community College And Santa Fe Higher Education Center Winter Break Closure

on December 8, 2017 - 6:53am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close for Winter Break Saturday, Dec. 18  through Monday, Jan. 1.
 
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available during this time. Snow removal and grounds maintenance will not be operational during this time. The college’s early childhood development center, Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.
 
The SFCC main campus at 6401 Richards Ave., and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road

Rich: Leaked Document Indicates LANL May Lose Plutonium Pit Production To South Carolina

on December 8, 2017 - 6:39am
By MICK RICH
Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate
 
According to a leaked report by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) may lose a project to produce plutonium pits to South Carolina.
 
Not only would this represent a gigantic failure – for almost two decades, LANL has been America’s only nuclear weapons site capable of producing plutonium pits – it would reduce LANL’s mission to produce and secure America’s nuclear weapons capability.
 
Senators Heinrich and Udall crafted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that

Heinrich Statement On Aztec High School Shooting

on December 7, 2017 - 2:49pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the shooting today at Aztec High School in Aztec, NM:

“I am distraught to learn of this tragic shooting at Aztec High School. This is a parent’s biggest nightmare – every child deserves to be safe at school.

“I want to thank and commend our local law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, teachers and staff who took immediate action to protect and aid those who were hurt.

“But Aztec now joins a list of communities touched by school shootings and gun

New Mexico Mental Health Rankings Rise

on December 7, 2017 - 8:06am
NMHSD News:
 
SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest has announced that New Mexico has once again improved in Mental Health America’s “The State of Mental Health in America 2018” report.
 
Since 2015, New Mexico has improved from 46th to 21st in the overall category. 
 
“One of our priorities is to continue working with our partners to improve the state’s behavioral health system,” Earnest said. “And we’re seeing results from our work. Putting the patient first and more effectively coordinating care is essential to improving outcomes.

O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction ‘Bear Lake’ Finds Home At New Mexico Museum Of Art

on December 7, 2017 - 7:53am
Georgia O'Keeffe, Desert Abstraction ‘Bear Lake’, 1931, oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 36 1/2 in. On long term loan to the New Mexico Museum of Art from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation (1984.336) © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Photo by Blair Clark
 
MNMF News:
 
SANTA FE  In honor of the New Mexico Museum of Art Centennial year celebration, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation made permanent its long-term loan of the Georgia O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction (Bear Lake) to the Museum.
 
With this move, the 1931 O’Keeffe piece becomes part of the Museum of Art’s permanent collection. 
 
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FBI: Man In Jacket With Under Armour Logo Robs Albuquerque Bank

on December 7, 2017 - 7:51am
Anyone recognizing this bank robber should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a black jacket with a white Under Armour logo on the front robbed a northwest Albuquerque bank Monday Dec. 5.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his 40s, with a heavy build. He wore a black ski cap, a black jacket with a white Under Armour logo, black pants, and a dark bandana over his face. At approximately 2:30 p.m., the suspect entered Washington Federal bank, located at 3761 Highway 528.
 
The suspect threatened a teller and demanded money.

Townsend Appointed To Lead House GOP Policy Development Working Group

on December 7, 2017 - 6:56am
Rep. Jim Townsend
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — Dec. 1 House Republican leadership tapped Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) as chair of the newly-formed Policy Development Working Group for the House Republican Caucus.
 
The group will provide a forum to develop legislative proposals, offer policy recommendations, and set long-term strategic goals.  
  
“New Mexicans want fresh ideas to solve the problems facing our state, and Jim Townsend is the right person for this job,” House Republican Floor Leader Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) said.

AFT New Mexico, ATF, And AEAA Respond To NM PED School Closure Threats

on December 6, 2017 - 2:51pm
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Albuquerque Educational Assistants Association President Kathy Chavez, and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:
 
“Yesterday, Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski announced the New Mexico Public Education Department is placing four elementary schools on “rigorous intervention” tracks – three in the Albuquerque Public School district, and one in the Dulce Independent School district.
 
“It is incredible disheartening that instead of

Educators Pension Fund Investments Posts Positive Return For The Eighth Consecutive Quarter

on December 6, 2017 - 12:18pm
NMERB News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Fund, which provides defined pension benefits to the state’s public educational employees, posted an investment return of 3.0 percent, net of management fees for the three months ending Sept. 30, 2017.
 
This marks the eighth consecutive quarter of positive returns. The fund has experienced only one negative quarter in the last 17 calendar quarters.
 
The fund also reached a new high in assets at $12.6 billion, an increase of $365.6 million for the quarter.
 
As for longer term results, net of investment management

Fajardo Demands Report On Legislative Agency Directors Response To Sexual Harassment Complaints

on December 6, 2017 - 9:24am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
LOS LUNAS — Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) sent a letter Monday to the directors of the Legislative Counsel Service (LCS) and Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) calling on them to disclose how their agencies handled three sexual harassment complaints brought to their attention since 2013, including one involving a sitting legislator.  
 
Fajardo sent the letter after she was made aware of the existence of the complaints following her letter to New Mexico legislative leaders Nov.

NMSP Investigate Police Shooting In Peñasco

on December 6, 2017 - 8:53am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS  The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is investigating a police shooting, which occurred Nov. 25, involving NMSP and Taos County Sheriff's Office (TCSO).
 
Around 8 a.m. Nov. 25, NMSP officers responded to a domestic disturbance call to assist TCSO deputies at 57 A Santa Barbara Road in Peñasco. It was reported that Nelson F. Rodarte, 39, of Peñasco was inside that residence and had battered and assaulted his girlfriend. In a later interview, it was learned on the evening of Nov. 24, Rodarte was highly intoxicated and began to harass his girlfriend.
 

Chamisa Students Compete In Electric Car Challenge

on December 5, 2017 - 11:12am

Chamisa 6th graders who participated in the Electric Car Challenge include Seth Javernick, Owen Wylie, Rosario Dodd, Victoria Raven, Lia Rushton, Maya Carpenter, Julianna McCabe and Ella Javernick. Courtesy/LAPS

Chamisa students with their medals and trophy. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

With support from Los Alamos National Laboratory, two teams of Chamisa Elementary School 6th graders participated in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge and proudly brought home a 3rd place trophy.

Susan Hettinga, a teacher at Chamisa Elementary School, was the “ringleader” of the eight students who

NMAA Realigns Classes And Districts

on December 5, 2017 - 10:31am

Hilltopper Football defense gets instructions from Coach Chuck Cotter. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By RJ MONTAÑO

Los Alamos Daily Post
rjmontano@ladailypost.com

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Activities Association has made significant changes for the 2018-2020 seasons. The first change is eliminating the 6-A Class in all sports except football. Using three-year average attendance records as the metric, schools are placed in classes by size and broken into districts by region. Schools with an average attendance of 550-1,299 students are placed into the 4-A classification.

In football,

Heinrich Releases Video Promoting Computer Science Education Week, STEM Education

on December 5, 2017 - 9:18am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following video promoting "Hour of Code" events taking place this week across New Mexico during Computer Science Education Week.
 
 
The Hour of Code is a national initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the

Wreaths Across America Ceremony Dec. 16

on December 5, 2017 - 9:16am
The national Wreaths Across America ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 16. Courtesy photo
 
NMDVS News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Secretary Jack Fox will take part in a special 10 a.m. Christmas Wreath ceremony Monday, Dec. 11, at the State Capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe.
 
The public is invited to attend this annual ceremony presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution/Stephen Watts Kearny Chapter.
 
Secretary Fox will represent the state of New Mexico in accepting a giant wreath donated by the Worcester Wreath Company.

Udall Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Expand AMBER Alert System In Indian Country

on December 5, 2017 - 8:09am
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 announced that the full Senate passed the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017 by unanimous consent late Wednesday.
 
The bill comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported. 
 
The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) would make the Tribal AMBER Alert

RTD ‘Blue Bus’ Customer Friendly Trip Planner Now Available Through Google Maps

on December 5, 2017 - 8:08am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) is now offering a customer friendly trip planning feature, in partnership with Google Maps, that will offer convenience and ease in planning a trip utilizing any of the transit district’s RTD “Blue Buses.”
 
In Google Maps you can access transit directions and departure times, and have your trip planned for you.

NMDOH Urges New Mexicans To Be Antibiotics Aware

on December 5, 2017 - 8:01am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in participating in Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational campaign that encourages patients, families and healthcare professionals to be aware of antibiotics by learning about safe antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotics are a key tool in preventing, treating and eliminating bacterial diseases in both humans and animals. They are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics do not work against viral infections, such as the cold or flu.

Legislature Joint Statement On No Harassment Policy

on December 4, 2017 - 4:15pm
STATE LEGISLATURE News:
 
SANTA FE  Leaders from both the House and Senate of the New Mexico Legislature have announced the following plan to address the issue of sexual harassment in the Legislature:
 
Everyone who conducts business with or on behalf of the legislature should be able to do so in a safe and productive environment. Individuals who have experienced harassment of any kind must feel assured that they can come forward without fear of personal or political retribution.

LANL FY2017 Hazardous Waste Facility Noncompliance Numbers Decline

on December 4, 2017 - 3:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 

Los Alamos National Laboratory had 25 noncompliance reports under its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit from the New Mexico Environment between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, according to a report filed Nov. 28 with state.

The number is down from 100 instances in 2016 and 400 in 2015. The report also states that there were no releases from a permitted unit that could have posed a threat to human health or the environment.

Noncompliance issues included containers not labeled “hazardous waste”, failure to protect two containers

Pearce Statement On Final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Plan

on December 4, 2017 - 3:27pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released their final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program’s plan:
 
“I appreciate the Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt at greater collaboration with local governments and communities as they finalized this plan, unfortunately the plan itself continues to fall short.

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