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FBI: Man In Under Armour Jacket Or Sweatshirt Robs Albuquerque Bank Thursday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:18am
Anyone with information about this man should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a black Under Armour jacket or sweatshirt robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday Jan. 11, and fled in a dark sport utility vehicle.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, approximately 6' tall, with a heavy build. He wore sunglasses, a black Under Armour jacket or sweatshirt, a black beanie, and dark pants and shoes.
 
At approximately 1:55 p.m., the suspect walked into Los Alamos National Bank, at 7445 Pan American Fwy NE.

New Mexico Film Office Announces 'Better Call Saul' To Film Its Fourth Season In New Mexico

on January 13, 2018 - 8:11am
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Thursday that the television series "Better Call Saul", produced by Sony Pictures Television and starring Golden Globe Nominee and SAG Nominee Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad," "The Post"), will begin principal photography in Albuquerque.
 
"We're proud to welcome this incredible production team back for a fourth season of 'Better Call Saul,'" New Mexico Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis said.

SFNF: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Closure Jan. 15

on January 13, 2018 - 8:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 16.
 
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 15. Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System
 
Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest

Nephesh: Nonprofits Are Not Loopholes

on January 12, 2018 - 9:47am
By Tsiporah Nephesh
Executive Director, New Mexico Thrives
 
Nonprofits are a crucial part of the fabric that strengthens our communities. Many provide vital services, while others add to the quality of life. But nonprofits will have a diminished role in New Mexico if Governor Martinez gets her way. She would like to end the tax exemption for nonprofits as part of a plan to close tax loopholes. But nonprofit tax exemptions are not loopholes.
 
Governor Martinez is talking about restructuring the tax system in such a way that it could have devastating impacts on how nonprofits operate.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Hosts Tax Town Hall Saturday

on January 12, 2018 - 9:31am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) will be in Santa Fe 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, to host a town hall discussion at Community Café, Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road.
 
The Congressman will provide an update on new changes to the federal tax code, discuss the federal budget debate and offer an outlook for Congressional action in 2018.
 
This event is open to the public.

Heinrich On House FISA Reauthorization Vote

on January 12, 2018 - 8:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for six years: 
 
“The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was originally intended to collect the communications of foreign targets, which is without controversy.

FBI: Jicarilla Apache Man Pleads Guilty To Abuse

on January 12, 2018 - 7:55am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Zachary Wilson, 27, an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, pled guilty Tuesday morning in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to sexual abuse charges. 
 
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Wilson will be sentenced within the range of 24 to 36 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Wilson also will be required to register as a sex offender.
 
Wilson was arrested May 1, 2017, on a two-count indictment charging him with sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact July 30, 2016, on the

Governor Announces More New Mexico Students Than Ever Before Are Taking AP Courses

on January 12, 2018 - 7:03am
STATE News:
 
RIO RANCHO — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wedenesday that thousands more New Mexico students than ever before are taking and passing Advanced Placement courses.
 
AP classes are rigorous, university-level courses that give students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.
 
“I’m so proud of our students for stepping up and taking some of the most challenging high school courses possible,” Martinez said. “When our students succeed in Advanced Placement classes, they show that they can succeed in a college classroom.

Nine Inches Of Snow At Purgatory Resort

on January 12, 2018 - 6:56am
Grady James enjoying Tuesday's snow at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort
 
SKI News:
 
Purgatory Resort received 9 inches of snow Tuesday and a total of 14 inches of snow in the past four days.
 
The new snow comes just at the right time for the mountain team to be able to open more terrain for MLK weekend festivities, including Purgatory's annual Winterfest - a festival that celebrates *WINTER* with Snowcat Dinner Excursions, snowcat scenic tours, skiing and riding, and more.
 
Purgatory offers discounted lift tickets at the ticket window, plus online specials when

Acting Workshops From London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art

on January 12, 2018 - 6:20am
Rodney Cottier
 
ISC News:
 
International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe is welcoming Rodney Cottier, Head of Drama at London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art, back to Santa Fe.

Cottier was in Santa Fe during First Folio February 2016 and all of his workshops were sold out and received standing ovations, so register early. Actors and observers are all welcome.
 
This Shakespeare acting master class is interactive, stimulating, and a great deal of fun!

Attorney General On Western Mortgage Settlement

on January 12, 2018 - 6:12am
AG News:
 
CLOVIS  The New Mexico Office of Attorney General and Western Mortgage, a Clovis New Mexico business, have agreed to resolve a dispute regarding Western Mortgage’s past mortgage origination.
 
Western Mortgage, which is not a licensed mortgage lender, has stopped originating mortgages and has agreed to refrain from doing so in an Assurance of Discontinuance with the Office of the Attorney General.

Alzheimer's Day At The Legislature Jan. 18

on January 12, 2018 - 6:10am

Open House On Draft GCP-Oil & Gas Permit Jan. 12

on January 12, 2018 - 6:07am
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau announces an open house on the draft General Construction Permit for the oil & gas industries (GCP-Oil & Gas).
 
A link to the text of this DRAFT GCP-Oil & Gas can be found at the top of this web page: https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/permitting-section-procedures-and-guidance/
 
This permit revises and combines the existing GCP-1 and GCP-4 permits into a single permit. This new permit has improved and updated language allowing for a wider variety of equipment, control devices, and operating scenarios.  
 
The

Lisa Shin Announces Bid For House Dist. 43

on January 11, 2018 - 11:14pm

Lisa Shin of Los Alamos has publicly announced that she is running for New Mexico House Dist. 43. Shin, an optometrist and vice chair of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County, shared her big news this evening during the GOP’s monthly meeting in Jeannette Wallace Hall on the UNM-LA campus. Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard is running for Land Commissioner and vacating the House seat at the end of 2018. Shin is the second Los Alamos resident to announce a bid for the seat. Last month County Councilor Pete Sheehey, a Democrat, launched his campaign. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Luján Addresses Vote On FISA Surveillance Bill

on January 11, 2018 - 4:50pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today released the following statement following his vote in opposition to the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act:
 
“We must ensure that our intelligence agencies have the tools they need to keep us safe while making sure individual liberty and privacy rights are protected. Unfortunately, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act fails to strike the appropriate balance.
 
Much of the debate centers on one provision of the surveillance law – Section 702. Section 702 is supposed to allow

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero Sues Attorney General Hector Balderas Under IPRA

on January 11, 2018 - 4:38pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has filed suit against Attorney General Hector Balderas and his records custodian Patricia Salazar in First Judicial District Court alleging Balderas is withholding a 2016 memorandum containing an opinion or evaluation of the ongoing dispute involving the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s duties.

The suit was filed by Lucero’s attorney A. Blair Dunn who recently announced his candidacy for Balderas’s position.

Los Alamos County Garners Another Clean Audit

on January 11, 2018 - 7:48am

Los Alamos County Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio, left, and independent auditor Janet Pacheco Morton discuss County's financial operation at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

 

By CAROL A. CLARK

Los Alamos Daily Post

caclark@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council voted 6-0 Tuesday evening to accept the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. Councilor Susan O’Leary was absent.

During the meeting in Council Chambers, Los Alamos County Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio briefed Council on

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Board Of Directors Elects New Members

on January 11, 2018 - 7:48am
NCWHM News:
 
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Board of Directors at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has announced the appointment of native New Mexico resident Bert Madera to the Associate Board. Madera joins 77 others on the Board, which is comprised of individuals nationwide.
 
The National Cowboy Museum’s Board of Directors’ objective is to oversee and direct management in fulfilling the Museum’s mission and purposes. The Museum’s business and affairs are managed by its Board of Directors; they also set policy and strategy as well as provide oversight and decision-making guidance.
 

Manager Of DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office Receives Top U.S. Civilian Leadership Award

on January 11, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after two senior level executives with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) received the 2017 Meritorious Rank Award, the nation’s highest civilian career leadership recognition.
 
Todd Shrader, Manager of EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), received this award for his outstanding accomplishments relating to waste management in southeastern New Mexico.
 
“The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is vital to national security

Lt. Gov. Candidate Miera Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on January 10, 2018 - 8:24pm

Rep. Rick Miera, candidate for lieutenant governor, stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening to talk about the issues he wants to address to improve the state. He is seen here with Daily Post Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

POLITICAL News:

 

Rep. Rick Miera, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, was in Los Alamos for a meet and greet with Los Alamosians as part of his statewide MainStreet tour of New Mexico’s Main Streets.

Quorum Notice: Legislative Dinner

on January 10, 2018 - 4:57pm

QUORUM NOTICE:

Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend the Legislative Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at El Nido, 1577 Bishop's Lodge Road in Tesuque.

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

 

Udall, Heinrich Resolution To Restore Net Neutrality Protections Gains Momentum In U.S. Senate

on January 10, 2018 - 12:31pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Tuesday that 40 senators have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reinstate robust net neutrality protections and the 2015 Open Internet Order.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
Last month, 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.

FBI: Farmington Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge

on January 10, 2018 - 12:29pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Alexis Tarango, 22, of Farmington, pled guilty last week in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to a methamphetamine trafficking charge.
 
Tarango was arrested July 13, 2017, on indictment charging him with possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute Jan. 30, 2016, in San Juan County. Jan. 5, 2018, Tarango entered a guilty plea to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.
 
At sentencing, Tarango faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison.
 
This case was investigated by

Pearce On Executive Order Supporting Veterans

on January 10, 2018 - 12:23pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Tuesday released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order to provide veterans with greater access to mental health care:
 
“Our nation’s veterans sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and liberties. As a nation, the very least we can do it honor the commitments our government has made. The experiences endured by servicemembers are not always left on the battlefield.

Clarkson Announces Bid For Congressional Seat

on January 10, 2018 - 7:52am

Dr. Gavin Clarkson. Courtesy photo

 

POLITICAL News:

 

Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump administration official and New Mexico State University business professor, announced his candidacy Monday morning for the Republican nomination for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Pearce who is running for governor.

 

Clarkson, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, resigned his post Dec. 29 as deputy assistant secretary for Policy and Economic Development - Indian Affairs.

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