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Udall Statement On Vote For Stopgap Measure To Keep US Government Open

on December 22, 2017 - 5:52am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
  • Congress now must act in January to stop sequester, fund CHIP, and protect DREAMers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted for the continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through Jan. 19, 2018. In addition to continuing federal funding into next year, the measure waives so-called PAYGO laws to prevent a $136 billion cut to Medicare, state mineral leasing payments, farm bill payments, and other critical funding in 2018.

Waiving PAYGO was necessary to offset massive budget cuts caused by President Trump and the Republicans’ tax cut, which will cost $1.5

FBI: Man Wearing White Miami Dolphins Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on December 22, 2017 - 5:30am

Bank robber. Courtesy/FBI


FBI News:


A man wearing a white Miami Dolphins baseball cap and a tan jacket robbed a bank Thursday in northwest Albuquerque.

The suspect is described as approximately 5'10" tall, with a medium build. He wore a white Miami Dolphins baseball cap, a tan jacket, sunglasses, dark gloves and a dark bandana over his face. 
The suspect entered Bank of Albuquerque at approximately 4:56 p.m. at 401 Coors Blvd. NW. He presented a demand note to a teller, who gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect left the bank on a moped or small

Pattiz: UC Places ‘Utmost Importance’ On Local Communities

on December 21, 2017 - 2:32pm
University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz
Los Alamos Daily Post

University of California Regent Norman J. Pattiz has responded to a letter from Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz assuring him that UC views its partnership with the Northern New Mexico Communities as a critical component to the successful operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Pattiz said UC understands the County’s concerns and how important the gross receipts tax revenue derived from the operation of the Lab is to Los Alamos County.


State Film Office Announces 2018 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Call For Entries

on December 21, 2017 - 8:48am
NMFO News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) has announced a call for entries for the 2018 NM Filmmakers Showcase.
The yearly juried competition is open to all New Mexico filmmakers and there is no fee to submit your film. The winners of the showcase will be announced at an Awards Ceremony May 19, 2018 at the National Hispanic Cultural Arts Center. The winning films will be screened at the 2018 NM Film & Media Industry Conference in the fall.
The NMFO is accepting entries now through March 15th at 5 p.m.

FBI: Man Wearing White Hard Hat, Orange Vest Tries To Rob Albuquerque Bank

on December 21, 2017 - 8:47am
Man attempting to rob bank. Courtesy/FBI
FBI News:
A man wearing a white hard hat and an orange safety vest attempted to rob a northeast Albuquerque bank and fled on a purple bicycle Tuesday Dec. 19.
The suspect is described as a white male with tanned skin. He is in his 20s or early 30s, approximately 6'2" tall, with a thin build. He wore a white hard hat, a white dusk mask, sunglasses or safety glasses, a dark hooded sweatshirt, an orange safety vest, dark gloves and dark pants. 
At approximately 4:35 p.m., the suspect entered Bank of America at 5600 Lomas Blvd.

Attorney General Balderas Announces Charities Compliance Sweep In New Mexico

on December 21, 2017 - 8:45am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he is launching the New Mexico Charities Compliance Sweep.
The Office of the Attorney General has started sending out notices to charities across the state that are delinquent in their registration and reporting requirements as required by the Charitable Solicitations Act. The sweep offers delinquent charities the opportunity to come into compliance without having to face formal legal action.  
“New Mexicans who open their hearts and wallets deserve to know where their

DeBenedittis Calls For New Mexico Governor And Legislators To Lead On Net Neutrality

on December 21, 2017 - 8:40am

Peter DeBenedittis

From the Office of gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis:

Stating that “The new Federal Communications Commission appointees have shown their true colors and sold out Internet users, small businesses, and free speech by eliminating net neutrality,” Progressive Democratic candidate for governor, Dr. Peter DeBenedittis, is calling on Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Legislators to take the lead where regulators in DC have failed.

The new rules passed by the FCC allow internet service providers to block or charge more for any content they choose.

“Is it

Valles Caldera Entrance Closed Christmas Day

on December 21, 2017 - 6:12am
Valle Grande Entrance Station. Courtesy/VCNP
VCNP News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS – Valles Caldera National Preserve will close its main gate and Valle Grande entrance station Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday; the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trails will remain open from sunrise to sunset. The entrance station and main gate will reopen at 9 a.m. Dec. 26.
The snow hasn’t graced the preserve just yet, so visitors still have the opportunity to hike, bike, or ride horses. Visitors who like to watch wildlife might catch sightings of coyotes, elk, and bald eagles.
When the snows

NMAA: ‘Compete With Class’ Honors Seven Rival High Schools For Compassion Following Aztec Tragedy

on December 20, 2017 - 7:59am
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Activities Association has announced that seven schools from the Northwest corner of the state have been recognized as the Compete with Class award recipients for the month of December 2017.
In an email to the NMAA from Aztec Athletic Director Bryan Sanders following the tragic events that occurred on the Aztec High School campus in early December, he explained how these seven rival high schools rallied in support of a community in need.
“On Dec. 7, 2017, Aztec High School experienced an unthinkable tragedy.

AG Balderas Joins 20 Attorneys General Urging Congress To Swiftly Pass Clean Dream Act To Protect Dreamers

on December 20, 2017 - 7:11am
Attorney General Balderas
AG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the holiday district work period for Congress approaches, Attorney General Balderas joined 19 other Attorneys General on the statement released below urging Congress to pass the Dream Act before adjourning.
The statement reads:
“As our states’ chief legal officers, we urge Congress to pass the Dream Act before adjourning for the holidays. Congress must act to address the status of the youth and young adults who were brought into our country as children and who now live, work and attend school in our communities.

Amber Wallin Promoted To Deputy Director Of NMVC

on December 20, 2017 - 7:09am
Amber Wallin
NMVC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Amber Wallin, who has been with New Mexico Voices for Children (NMVC) since 2012, has been promoted to deputy director of the child advocacy organization. She’ll be reporting directly to Executive Director James Jimenez and helping to oversee the group’s research, analysis and advocacy work.
“Amber is known around here colloquially as a ‘rock star,’” Jimenez said. “Whether she’s presenting at a conference or testifying before a legislative committee, she exudes extraordinary energy, passion and warmth.

Andrea Romero To Run For NM State House Dist. 46

on December 20, 2017 - 6:25am

Andrea Romero


Romero will challenge incumbent Carl Trujillo in the Democratic Primary 

SANTA FE – Andrea Romero, the director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, and an entrepreneur with deep roots in northern New Mexico has announced her candidacy for New Mexico State House District 46. Romero will challenge incumbent Carl Trujillo in the June 5, 2018 Democratic Primary.

“Northern New Mexico is my heart and home. I am running because we need a leader who can bring people together to solve our most serious challenges.

Pearce Votes To Pass Tax Reform Bill

on December 19, 2017 - 3:04pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Stave Pearce:

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass the House and Senate Conference Committee final report on the compromised version of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act:

“Today, the House passed historic legislation to completely overhaul our nation’s tax code for the first time in 30 years. Passage of this bill moves us one step closer to helping lower- and middle-class families in New Mexico keep more money in their pockets,” U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said.

Forest Service Visitor Map Price Increases Jan. 1

on December 18, 2017 - 1:15pm

USDA Forest Service News:

SANTA FE – The cost for USDA Forest Service visitor maps will increase from $10 to $14 effective Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Rising costs of production, printing and distribution drive the need for the price increase of the paper and plastic-coated visitor maps, the first such increase in almost a decade.

The agency continually updates its maps, seeking to enhance them as well. The Forest Service also expects to shorten the revision cycle as its cartographers continue applying new digital technology to the map revision process.

The agency also is increasing the

Scenes From Wreaths Across America At Santa Fe National Cemetery Saturday Morning

on December 18, 2017 - 8:57am

Hundreds of people braved cold temperatures Saturday morning to participate in the annual Wreaths Across America event at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, in partnership with Los Alamos National Security LLC, Centerra-LA (the Lab's protective force contractor), Berardinelli Funeral Home, the International Guard Union of America Local 69, and Los Alamos National Bank raised $11,500 to sponsor 1,150 wreaths of remembrance for the ceremony. The Wreaths Across America initiative coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and other

Attorney General Balderas Announces $57 Million Clean Energy Jobs Package As Part Of Sagamore Wind Project

on December 18, 2017 - 8:48am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has reached an agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company, Western Resources Associates and Collation for Clean Affordable Energy on a $57 million jobs package as part of the Sagamore Wind Project.
The agreement will foster and expand skilled construction and environmental job opportunities throughout the State.

SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico

SFNF Seeks Public Input On Master Plan For Trails In Los Alamos County

on December 17, 2017 - 5:10am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hopes to harness public passion for outdoor recreation to develop a master plan for Forest Service trails in Los Alamos County. 
Members of the public are invited to share their ideas and priorities for an integrated trail system at a meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.
The discussion will focus on the development of a master plan to preserve, maintain and provide public access to SFNF trails in and around Los Alamos.
“Trails connect us with each other, with our communities and with our

AG Balderas Announces New Mexico Joining Legal Fight Against Illegal Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules

on December 16, 2017 - 8:22am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

Santa Fe – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that he has joined other state attorneys general in announcing a multi-state lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over its vote to rollback net neutrality protections.

The FCC voted to eliminate rules that prohibit Internet Service Providers from blocking or throttling Internet traffic. The commission also eliminated a rule that prohibits charging websites for priority access over home and mobile Internet services.

Brittany Alert: Rio Rancho/Albuquerque Area

on December 16, 2017 - 8:12am
Armando Partida with shorter hair, he now has longer hair and went missing Thursday from the Rio Rancho/Albuquerque area. Courtesy/SCSO
SCSO News:
Sandoval County – The following is information from the distribution of a Brittany Alert from Sandoval County:
The Sandoval County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating Armando R. Partida. He is a hispanic male who is 31 years old, five feet eight inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with long black hair, and brown eyes.
Partida was last seen wearing a black sweat shirt and black pants at about 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec.

Democratic Party Of New Mexico Moves On Trailblazing Sexual Harassment Prevention Program

on December 16, 2017 - 7:54am

DPNM News:

The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) is moving on its trailblazing sexual harassment prevention program. The DPNM released its policy Friday to proactively prevent sexual harassment and assault by requiring candidates to complete a comprehensive training program with a focus on creating safe work environments and implementing effective reporting guidelines.

New Mexico's state Democratic Party is one of the first state party organizations to implement a policy of this kind in the country.

The DPNM requested the assistance of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault

FBI: Man Wearing University Of New Mexico Football Jersey Robs Albuquerque Bank

on December 16, 2017 - 7:27am
FBI News:
A man wearing a red University of New Mexico football jersey robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday Dec. 14.
The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s, approximately 5'11" tall, with a slender build. He wore a red football jersey with the number 12 on both sides and "New Mexico" on the back, a dark long-sleeve shirt under the jersey, a dark baseball cap, and dark pants. He possibly used a light-colored wig.
At approximately 1:29 p.m., the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank, 7530 Montgomery Blvd. NE.

SFNF: Meeting For Fire Equipment Vendors

on December 16, 2017 - 7:20am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service will hold an informational meeting for vendors interested in providing resources to support wildfires and other emergency incidents. 
The meeting on the 2018 solicitations is scheduled 1-4 p.m. MST Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, via video teleconference (VTC) at Forest Service offices throughout New Mexico. Vendors are welcome to attend the VTC at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe.
Topics for the meeting include:
  • How to become a Federal Government vendor;
  • How to locate and

Heinrich Cosponsors CRA Resolution To Restore FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

on December 16, 2017 - 6:51am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that he will be joining a group of 15 Senators in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reinstate robust net neutrality protections and the 2015 Open Internet Order.
Thursday, 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.

Udall Congratulates Northern New Mexico Nominees To United States Service Academies

on December 16, 2017 - 6:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Friday the 50 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2018, including four students from Northern New Mexico.
A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.