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Closure Order Rescinded For Continental Divide Trail

on October 3, 2017 - 4:43pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest has rescinded the closure order for a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District effective at 8 a.m. today, Oct. 3.
 
The CDT from the Ojitos Trailhead at Scull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96 was closed on July 26 to provide for public safety as fire crews worked on the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. 
 
Although the Ojitos Fire passed through the CDT area, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298, weeks ago, Forest Service

U.S. Sen. Steve Pearce Urges Voters To Oppose ‘Healthy Workforce’ Ordinance

on October 3, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce urged Albuquerque voters to oppose the so-called ‘Healthy Workforce’ ordinance, a new sweeping government regulation that will hammer small businesses and lead to fewer jobs and lower wages, he said.

“We should be looking for ways to move our economy forward, not imposing obstacles that hurt our workers and small businesses,” Pearce said.

State Archaeology Fair In Taos Oct. 14

on October 3, 2017 - 7:22am
NMHPD News:
 
SANTA FE — Would-be archaeologists can be part of a mock excavation at the Oct. 14 New Mexico Archaeology Fair held this year in Taos at the Millicent Rogers Museum.
 
Presented by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, Department of Cultural Affairs, the fair is a chance for children and adults to experience activities associated with cultures that trace their origins back thousands of years. At the same time, they can learn techniques developed over the last 150 years that have helped us better understand the lives of some of New Mexico’s earliest inhabitants.
 

New Mexico Film Office Announces 'The Kid'

on October 2, 2017 - 5:56pm
MOVIE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Sept. 29 that the theatrical feature "The Kid" produced by Suretone will begin principal photography at the end of September through the end of October in Santa Fe.
 
"New Mexico's one-of-a-kind landscapes and superior film infrastructure make New Mexico an unrivaled location to film," said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. "We're proud to welcome another production that brings our state's unique history to life."
 
The production will employ approximately 80 New Mexico crew members, 20 New

AFT-NM: Early Endorsements For 2018 Election

on October 2, 2017 - 3:36pm

AFT-NM News:
  • Statewide Candidates for Secretary of State, Treasurer and Attorney General are Champions for Educators and Working New Mexicans

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and AFT-NM Committee on Political Education Chair Sara Attleson announced that AFT-NM’s Executive Committee, in late September, voted to endorse the 2018 re-election campaigns of:

  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver for New Mexico Secretary of State;
  • Tim Eichenberg for New Mexico Treasurer; and
  • Hector Balderas for New Mexico Attorney General.

The decisions were based on the candidate's

Mentoring Café Gives Students Taste Of Science

on October 2, 2017 - 2:42pm

Scott Crooker from LANL’s High Magnetic Field Laboratory demonstrates magnetic principles to students from Santa Fe Indian School at the recent STEM Mentoring Café at the Bradbury Science Museum. In this DOE initiative, middle schoolers try hands-on demonstrations, learn about how the scientists got their start, and find out what they are  working on. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • In show-and-tell chats with Los Alamos researchers, Santa Fe Indian School students try out hands-on science in the DOE education initiative

More than 100 eighth-grade students from Santa Fe Indian School received

Lujan Grisham, Faso Introduce Bill To Crack Down On Fake Organics

on October 2, 2017 - 12:43pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and John Faso (R-NY) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation, the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act.
 
“Organic farming and ranching is the fastest growing segment of agriculture in New Mexico,” Grisham said. “However, fraudulent organic imports threaten the integrity of the USDA Organic label that so many New Mexicans rely on.

Heinrich Statement On Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

on October 2, 2017 - 8:05am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., where some 50 people are dead and 200 injured.

“I'm sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are all keeping everyone impacted by this act of domestic terrorism and those working on the front lines in our thoughts.” Heinrich said. “These incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common, yet each one is no less tragic or heartbreaking. Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy.

BLM: Annual Adjustment To Drilling Permit Fee

on October 2, 2017 - 7:40am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As directed by Congress, the Bureau of Land Management will adjust the fee it charges to process oil and gas drilling permits on public and Indian lands for inflation, effective Oct. 1. That adjustment will increase the fee by $180, to $9,790.
 
The non-refundable processing fee is collected when an oil and gas operator submits a drilling permit, called an Application for Permit to Drill, and is required whether or not a particular permit is subsequently approved.

Sen. Udall And Rep. Price Introduce Bicameral We The People Democracy Reform Act Of 2017

on October 2, 2017 - 6:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) have introduced the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017.
 
This bicameral legislation addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to the broken political system. 
 
This legislation is more expansive than past versions and includes proposals to comprehensively reform campaign finance laws, increase transparency and accountability in the political system, end extreme partisan gerrymandering, increase

New Mexico District Attorneys Express Concern About Pre-Trial Detention Rules

on October 2, 2017 - 6:34am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna joined District Attorneys from New Mexico’s 13 Judicial Districts Sept. 26 in expressing concern regarding the implementation of the recently adopted pretrial detention rule, 5-409 NMRA in a letter to Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura.

The District Attorneys collectively asked her to amend the rule to better protect the public, comport with established federal precedent and align with the intent of the recently adopted amendment to the state Constitution.

The letter to Justice

Need A Reason To Support Public Lands? Here’s 8,000

on October 1, 2017 - 2:22pm

NPLD News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of National Public Lands Day, Trout Unlimited is celebrating by releasing 8,000 reasons public lands are important.

The responses come from individuals from across the country who signed a petition in support of keeping public lands in public hands and gave their own personal reasons why these lands matter to them.

The petition will be sent to the White House and members of Congress and caps off a month-long celebration of public lands which features thirty public land locations throughout the country. “30 Great American Places” highlighted some of

Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Guardianship Services

on October 1, 2017 - 1:01pm
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory raising concerns about the Development Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) Office of Guardianship.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted an initial review of the statewide program that oversees companies that provide guardianship services of last resort for disabled adults who are incapacitated. The OSA’s review revealed a widespread failure of the Office of Guardianship to adequately oversee contract guardians.

Governor: New Mexico True Scholars Program

on October 1, 2017 - 7:34am

PED Sec. Christopher Ruszkowski, HED Sec. Barbara Damron, Gov. Susana Martinez, NMTD Sec. Rebecca Latham, EDD Sec. Matt Geisel, and Flagship Food Group CEO Rob Holland with 4-H and Future Farmers of America students from the Albuquerque area after the announcement Friday of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars program. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE –  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the first year of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars scholarship program, which recognizes students with a passion for the future of agriculture in New Mexico.

Last Chance To View Masterpiece Paintings From Spain's Museo Del Prado In Santa Fe

on October 1, 2017 - 6:56am
One-of-a-kind Outdoor Exhibition Closes Oct. 31. Courtesy photo
 
ART News:
 
SANTA FE  Time is quickly running out for visitors to experience The Prado in Santa Fe, a free outdoor exhibit in Cathedral Park, featuring 92 full-scale reproductions of European artwork organized by the Museo Nacional del Prado of Spain – The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.
 
The exhibit, opened in May 2017, is now in its final weeks, and the public only has until, Oct.

Santa Fe Opera Names Gayletha Nichols New Director Designate Of Apprentice Program For Singers

on October 1, 2017 - 6:55am
Gayletha Nichols
 
SFO News:
 
SANTA FE  General Director Charles MacKay announced Tuesday that Gayletha Nichols, executive director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and member of Santa Fe Opera’s teaching staff during the last two seasons, is the new director designate of the Apprentice Program for Singers.
 
Nichols will accompany Santa Fe Opera’s Head of Music, Robert Tweten, on next month’s audition tour.

State Auditor Tim Keller Confirms Investigation Into City Of Las Vegas, NM

on September 30, 2017 - 10:42am

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed Friday that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is designating the City of Las Vegas for a special investigation.

The OSA will examine concerns related to procurement such as conflicts of interest with a city vendor, contracting without seeking competitive prices, and budget adjustments without the approval of the Las Vegas City Council.

“We are going to look into concerns about whether the City of Las Vegas has followed the rules when it comes to purchasing,” Keller said.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Demands Answers From EPA’s Scott Pruitt On ‘Privacy Booth,’ Chartered Flights

on September 30, 2017 - 5:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, demanded answers from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about his potentially excessive spending of taxpayer money.
 
Media reports indicate that the EPA is devoting $25,000 in taxpayer money to build a “privacy booth for the administrator,” despite EPA already having a fully functioning Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) for use by the administrator.

FBI: Felon From Sandia Pueblo Sentenced For Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

on September 29, 2017 - 9:58am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Robert Lorenzo Perea, 32, of Sandia Pueblo, was sentenced Sept. 26 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 21 months in prison for violating federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition. 
 
Perea will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Perea was arrested in Nov. 2016, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition Jan. 31, 2016, in Sandoval County. 
 
According to the indictment, Perea was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because

FBI: Albuquerque Felon Charged With Violating Federal Firearms Laws

on September 29, 2017 - 8:22am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Timothy W. Mims, 28, of Albuquerque, made his initial appearance this week in Federal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with violating the federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm. 
 
The firearm at issue allegedly was stolen from a bank security guard and used to perpetuate a bank robbery Sept. 23, 2017. Mims remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing both of which are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.   
 
The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) arrested Mims Sept.

VIDEO: Udall on Senate Floor ... ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care For Indian Country

on September 29, 2017 - 7:52am
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, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country.
 
In remarks Sept. 26 on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality health care.

WIPP Monitoring Potential Rock Fall

on September 28, 2017 - 9:58pm

WIPP News:

CARLESBAD Highly-sensitive ground monitoring instrumentation in Panel 7, Room 6, of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground is indicating increasing ground movement rates.

This area has been prohibited to personnel access for more than a year, meaning no one has entered the area. The increased rates of movement are a sign of ground (rock) instability and indicate a possible rock fall will occur. Based on current instrumentation readings and experiences from Panel 7, Room 4, last year, the likelihood of a rock fall in Room 6 is increasing.

Rock falls are not uncommon

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Operating Across New Mexico In October

on September 28, 2017 - 8:11am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in every county across the state during the month of October.
 
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.

NMTA Honors State Rep. Bobby Gonzales

on September 28, 2017 - 7:42am
NMTA President Anthony Mortillaro presents Rep. Bobby Gonzalez with a model bus as Gonzales is honored by the NMTA for his untiring efforts to champion public transportation in the State of New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
NMTA News:
 
The New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA), has honored New Mexico State Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales for his untiring efforts to champion public transportation, at its quarterly meeting Sept. 21 in Taos.
 
Upon presenting the award to Gonzales, who chairs the New Mexico House of Representatives Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee,

Udall On Human Trafficking In Indian Country

on September 28, 2017 - 7:32am
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, highlighted the urgent need for additional resources and support, including law enforcement and training – but also mental health care and substance abuse treatment – to help address human trafficking in Indian Country.
 
Udall made his comments Wednesday during an oversight hearing titled, “The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States," which was held to discuss implementation of recommendations by

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