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Lt. Gov. Candidate Rick Miera In Los Alamos Jan. 10

on January 4, 2018 - 10:37am
Candidate for lieutenant governor Rep. Rick Miera
 
POLITICAL News:
 
Rep. Rick Miera, candidate for lieutenant governor of New Mexico, will be in Los Alamos for a meet and greet with Los Alamosians as part of his statewide MainStreet tour of the state’s Main Streets.
 
Rep. Miera will be at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 163 Central Park Square in Los Alamos, to listen and discuss how to reinvest in New Mexico’s working families and small businesses.
 
“It is vital that the state invest in local communities to provide them with the tools that they need

Abe Dispennette Trains For Infantry Command

on January 4, 2018 - 8:56am
Abe Dispennette of Los Alamos is sworn in Decemeber to the New Mexico National Guard. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos business owner Abe Dispennette moved his status in the Army Reserves to a position in the New Mexico National Guard during a special swearing in ceremony in December.

“I will be going through training as an 09S, which is an enlisted position that will commission me as an infantry commander of the 1-200 Regiment once training is over,” he said.

Dispennette left Tuesday for that training, which runs through late

SFNF: Gallinas Rx Monitoring Continues

on January 3, 2018 - 12:44pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn continues at this time through January. Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) crews continue to monitor treated units while engaging residual fires within the burn perimeter of the watershed. 
 
Small pockets within the project area continue to burn at variable intensity with smoke visible from Mineral Hill, Gallinas, Romeroville, El Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas, and I-25.  
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las

Balderas & State Mortgage Regulators Reach $45 Million Settlement With PHH Mortgage Corporation

on January 3, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners will receive payments thanks to the settlement.
 
The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage servicer, improperly serviced mortgage loans from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec.

Young Democrats Of New Mexico Launch ‘Young People Vote’ Campaign … Set To Register High School Seniors

on January 3, 2018 - 5:55am
POLITICAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — The Young Democrats of New Mexico announced Tuesday afternoon a new campaign called “Young People Vote”. The campaign is a statewide initiative to register high school seniors across New Mexico.
 
“We are entering 2018 with crucial elections and need voter turnout across the board,” said Presiden Zack Quintero of the Young Democrats of New Mexico. “Young New Mexican's  have an opportunity here to show the power of our voting block and we must act on it.

FBI: Man With Mustache Robs Albuquerque Bank

on January 3, 2018 - 5:55am

Anyone who recognizes this man should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI

 

FBI News:

 

Tuesday a man with a mustache and wearing a dark baseball cap and a dark hooded sweatshirt robbed a northeast Albuquerque credit union.

 
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, approximately 5'8" tall, with a medium build and a mustache.
 
At approximately 4:26 p.m., the suspect entered Nusenda Credit Union at 6501 Indian School Road NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.
 
The suspect left the

Wonder On Wheels Mobile Museum Reaches Thousands Of Students In New Mexico’s Rural Communities In 2017

on January 2, 2018 - 8:14am
Wonder on Wheels Mobile Museum retrofitted with Dinosaurs of  New Mexico exhibit, 2017. Courtesy/NM Dept. of Cultural Affairs
 
NMMNHS News:
 
SANTA FE — From mid-April through the end of 2017, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Wonder on Wheels (WoW) mobile museum was visited by 17,430 New Mexicans.
 
WoW’s featured exhibit for 2017 sampled the vast paleontological resources held by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) in Albuquerque.

LWVLA And AAUW Host 2018 Legislative Preview

on January 2, 2018 - 5:56am

LWVLA/AAUW News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women invite the community to the 2018 Legislative Preview 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Fuller Lodge. Refreshments and conversation begin at 6:30 p.m. for this event.

Los Alamos egislators—Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez—will share their views on the upcoming session.

Bingaman: Why I'm Endorsing Damon For Congress

on January 1, 2018 - 9:04am
By SEN. JEFF BINGAMAN
 
Please join me in supporting Damon Martinez’s candidacy for Congress.
 
I have known Damon since 1993 when he joined my staff in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Assistant where he worked on many issues for me, including crime, and energy and natural resources. 
 
Since then, he’s gone on to work on behalf of New Mexicans and Americans in a variety of public service roles, including, most recently, serving as the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. 
 
New Mexicans elected me to represent them in the United States Senate for 30 years.

Heinrich Joins Lankford To Introduce Major Bipartisan Election Security Bill

on December 31, 2017 - 8:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has joined U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in introducing the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, a bill to strengthen election cybersecurity in America and protect against foreign interference in future elections.
 
During the 2016 election, intelligence reports have factually established that Russia hacked presidential campaign accounts, launched cyberattacks against at least 21 state election systems, and

New Mexico MainStreet Receives Funding From USDA To Support Rural Economic Development

on December 31, 2017 - 8:23am
Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel
 
NMEDD News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel announced that New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS), a program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund in-depth rural economic development services in the communities of Belen, Las Vegas, Raton and Tucumcari. The four rural municipalities are participants in the Great Blocks on MainStreet initiative.
 
"This type of innovative public infrastructure program directly

New Mexico Court Of Appeals Upholds Need For Public Hearing For LANL Discharge Permit

on December 30, 2017 - 5:58am
New Mexico Environmental Law Center News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regarding its decision to uphold the NMED’s denial of a public hearing requested by Communities for Clean Water (CCW) as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security (DOE/LANS).
 
Communities for Clean Water, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, is a coalition of six organizations:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear

Watch Holly Holm Vs. Champion Brazilian Cris Cyborg At VFW 8 p.m. Saturday Dec. 30

on December 29, 2017 - 6:26pm
 
VFW News:
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars will be showing the much-anticipated UFC 219 fight between Albuquerque's Holly Holm and champion Brazilian Cris Cyborg 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. 
 
Undefeated for more than a decade, Cyborg has established herself as the most dominant fighter on the ladies’ side of the sport while Holm holds a 33-2-3 record and multiple world titles during her 11-year boxing career and transitioned to mixed martial arts where she shocked the world with her second-round knockout win over then-champion Ronda Rousey at the UFC 193.

The VFW will also be hosting a

Attorney General Hector Balderas Launches New Ad Campaign To Combat Online Sexual Predators

on December 28, 2017 - 9:08am

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas launched a new ad campaign targeting New Mexico teenagers and parents with children under 18 years if age in an effort to combat sexual predators.

The ad, titled “Monsters”, reminds New Mexicans that monsters behind their computer, tablet or phone screen really do exist in the form of sexual predators seeking to abuse children and teens. The ad can be found at www.facebook.com/NMAttorneyGeneral/ and is sponsored in order to specifically reach New

‘Santa Fake’ To Film In New Mexico

on December 27, 2017 - 6:12pm

FILM OFFICE News:

SANTA FE - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the feature "Santa Fake," produced by Santa Fake Movie, LLC, will begin principal photography at the end of December through mid-January.

"Even during the holiday season, New Mexico's film industry is at work," said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. "New Mexico is a prime location for movies of all genres and we're proud to welcome another production to New Mexico."

The production will employ approximately 45 New Mexico crew members, approximately 15 New Mexico principal actors and

NMSP Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols In January

on December 27, 2017 - 9:41am
NMSP News:
 
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2018.
 
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events 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.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.
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Wildlife Hospital Forms New Partnerships

on December 27, 2017 - 9:16am
Golden Eagle with wounded wing. Courtesy photo
 
NMWC News:
 
The New Mexico Wildlife Center has announced the addition of several local veterinarians to its volunteer animal care team. Dr. Julie Breer, Dr. Bridget Lyman and Dr. Nicole Walrath, all of Smith Veterinary Hospital, will be helping treat injured and orphaned wild animals admitted to the wildlife hospital.
 
Dr. Sarah Sirica of the Thaw Animal Hospital and Dr. Michelle Salob, staff veterinarian at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter,” round out the group of veterinarians who will be assisting in the hospital. Dr.

Super Blue Moon Eclipse Preview At Museum Jan. 5

on December 27, 2017 - 8:56am
Courtesy/NASA
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  There is an astronomical trifecta happening Jan. 31 – a Super Blue Moon Eclipse. On that morning, the moon will be full and is both a Super Moon and Blue Moon and it will also be totally eclipsed! 
 
During the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s $5 First Friday event on January 5 there will be a preview event of this astronomical phenomenon convergence.     
 
Each First Friday, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open in the evening and focuses on a topic in science.

BLM New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Nets More Than $30 Million

on December 27, 2017 - 8:51am
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE — In keeping with the administration’s goals of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico quarterly oil and gas lease sale resulted in $30,361,782.50 in competitive bids for 2,104.15 acres. 
 
The combined bids will be distributed between the federal government and the State of New Mexico. 
 
The BLM offered 7 parcels in Eddy and Lea counties. The highest bid per acre was made by Federal Abstract Company, Santa Fe, N.M. at $40,001.00. This set a BLM record for the highest bid per acre.
 
For more details about the sale

NMSP Investigate Homicide Near Cuba

on December 26, 2017 - 11:04am
Kimsey Barboan is charged with murder. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched Dec. 16 to the Circle K in Cuba to perform a welfare check on an occupant of a pickup.   

In the pickup they found Kimsey Barboan, 33, of Cuba. Barboan appeared intoxicated and had a laceration across his forehead. Barboan told officers he had been assaulted by a group of unknown males. 

During the interaction officers noticed a baseball bat with blood on it as well as a rifle in the pickup.

New Mexico Delegation Announces Disaster Declaration To Help Pueblo Of Acoma Recover From October Storms

on December 26, 2017 - 8:55am
NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a major disaster declaration has been issued for the Pueblo of Acoma to provide federal aid for the severe storm and flooding that occurred between Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, 2017.
 
The lawmakers sent a letter to the President earlier this month asking for prompt action on the Pueblo of Acoma’s request for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged by severe weather and flooding.

Largest Array To Date To Be Constructed At Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant

on December 23, 2017 - 10:25am

BUSINESS News:

TAOS – Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC), alongside its energy supplier Guzman Energy Partners, announced Friday a land-lease agreement and 30-year solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to build up to a four-megawatt solar array at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.

This agreement represents the largest solar array built in KCEC’s service area to date and further demonstrates the Taos community’s commitment to embracing resilient, renewable energy generation and distribution.

KCEC has been committed to its role in providing low energy rates for its members

Gov. Susana Martinez Announces Appointments

on December 23, 2017 - 8:49am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Presents 46 Season

on December 23, 2017 - 8:08am
SFCMF News:
 
For five weeks this summer — July 15 to Aug. 20, 2018 — the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presents dozens of the world’s greatest musicians in intimate, one-of-a-kind performances as part of its dynamic, not-to-be-missed 46 season.
 
Set amid the backdrop of a stunning Southwestern landscape, the Festival features more than 40 concerts in Santa Fe and Albuquerque that spotlight its signature lineup of classic and cutting-edge works, performed by longtime Festival favorites as well as internationally acclaimed artists making their much-anticipated Festival debuts.
 
Alan

Luján And Schakowsky Urge FTC To Scrutinize Uber’s Handling Of Data Breach Involving 57 Million Customers

on December 22, 2017 - 9:05am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

POLITICAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) this week sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expressing significant concerns regarding Uber’s privacy and security practices.

Earlier this year, Uber and the federal government reached an agreement to address privacy and data security violations. However, while the company was negotiating this settlement, it also was concealing a massive data breach involving more than 57 million consumers and Uber drivers.

The lawmakers’ letter

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