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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
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
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

Commentary: Science Education Is Essential To New Mexico’s Future

on September 28, 2017 - 7:15am
By U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

As senators who proudly represent the world-class scientists at New Mexico’s national laboratories, research universities, military installations and high-tech businesses, we call on policymakers to use science as a guiding light. 
Our capacity to seize opportunities and face the many challenges ahead rests heavily on our ability to make decisions driven by scientific data.

State Auditor Tim Keller’s Report On New Mexico’s 'Swiss Cheese' Tax Code Featured In Bloomberg BNA

on September 28, 2017 - 6:47am
State Auditor Tim Keller
OSA News:
SANTA FE  The national news outlet Bloomberg BNA featured an article about State Auditor Tim Keller’s report shining a light on New Mexico’s “Swiss Cheese” tax code.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) tallied more than $1 billion in tax breaks that the state gave with little reporting to determine return on investment.

Enjoy Bandelier And Other Public Lands With No Entrance Fee On National Public Lands Day Saturday

on September 28, 2017 - 6:45am
Take a walk to see Ancestral Pueblo dwellings on Bandelier's Main Loop Trail. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day (Sept. 30) is generally billed as the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
Saturday, Sept. 30, thousands of people will do volunteer work such as trail maintenance and litter pickup, while others make a special point of taking the day to enjoy the public lands that belong to everyone. To celebrate this special day, many federal lands, and some state parks as well, offer free admission.
At Bandelier

Udall, Heinrich Call For Extension Of DACA Renewal Deadline In Wake Of Storms

on September 28, 2017 - 6:14am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the wake of three massive storms that have disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 36 senators calling on the Trump administration to extend the crucial Oct. 5 deadline for Dreamers to renew their DACA status.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), tens of thousands of DACA recipients live in areas impacted by the storms.
“In the last month, several major hurricanes made landfall in the Unites States.

FBI: Man Wearing Green Bay Packers Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 27, 2017 - 12:43pm

FBI News:

A man wearing a Green Bay Packers baseball cap robbed an Albuquerque bank Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 26.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5'9” to 5'10” tall with a medium build, and a beard. He wore a Green Bay Packers baseball cap, black short-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.

At approximately 4:11 p.m., the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank at 13140 Central Avenue SE, in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

The suspect left the bank and headed

Scam Alert: Balderas Warns Of Jury Duty Scams

on September 27, 2017 - 10:31am

AG News:

SANTA FE – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding scammers who are calling people in the Santa Fe-area threatening to jail or fine them $2,000 for failure to report to jury duty.

The jury duty scam may be familiar to people in other parts of the state as the Office of the Attorney General has had previous reports from Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties, but the scam appears to have resurfaced in the Santa Fe-area.

New Mexico Humanities Council Welcomes New Executive Director Dr. Brandon L. Johnson

on September 27, 2017 - 10:19am
NMHC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) announces the appointment of Dr. Brandon L. Johnson as its new executive director.
“The Council is fortunate to have Dr. Johnson as the new Executive Director. Our national search yielded an impressive field of candidates, all with measures of experience, expertise, and commitment to the humanities,” NMHC Board Chair Doris Fields said. “Brandon brings not only knowledge and skill but also great passion to the New Mexico humanities community.”

Prescribed Burn Set To Start In Gallinas Watershed

on September 27, 2017 - 9:17am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  A prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District may begin today. 
The decision to burn on Wednesday will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-intensity wildfire. 
The 800-acre Gallinas Watershed treatment area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of

Heinrich: Preliminary CBO Score Of Graham-Cassidy

on September 27, 2017 - 7:53am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement Sept. 25 after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a preliminary score of Graham-Cassidy.
Although not able to provide point estimates on health insurance coverage and premium increases at this time, the CBO concluded that millions fewer people will have insurance that covers high-cost medical events and Medicaid will be cut by $1 trillion over a decade:
“Republicans’ latest attempt to rush

SFNF: Why It Makes Sense To Manage Wildfires Now

on September 27, 2017 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of three unplanned lightning-caused wildfires to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including safer communities and healthier forests and watersheds. 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District and Palmer Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are being managed for resource benefit, part of a national strategy to use low-intensity fire under optimal conditions to reduce the frequency, size and duration of future wildfires. 

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce, Luján Announce Federal Funds For Economic Development Projects In New Mexico

on September 27, 2017 - 7:40am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 25, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce for economic development projects at the Village of Questa and New Mexico State University. 
The Village of Questa will receive $1.2 million in matching funds to expand the Business Park and improve the roadways, drainage system, water and sanitary sewer, signage, parking, roadway lighting, and utilities connections in the area.

Keller Joins Survivor Advocates To Provide Rape Kit Backlog Update To Legislative Committee

on September 27, 2017 - 7:26am
State Auditor Tim Keller
OSA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Sept. 21, State Auditor Tim Keller and Sarita Nair, Chief Government Accountability Officer of the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) joined sexual assault survivor advocates to provide an update to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee about the backlog of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits, commonly known as “rape kits.”
The OSA presented along with representatives from the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Valencia Shelter Services, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs, and the University of New

Udall Joins In Introducing Bill To Expand Access To Affordable, Quality Child Care For New Mexico Families

on September 27, 2017 - 7:20am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 14, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined a number of Democrats in introducing major legislation to ensure working families throughout New Mexico and across the country have access to affordable, high-quality child care.
The Child Care for Working Families Act is a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure working families can afford high-quality child care and preschool programs.
The Child Care for Working Families Act would create a partnership between the federal and state governments to ensure families

Governor Announces Nearly $27 Million Of Road Improvements From WIPP Settlement

on September 26, 2017 - 8:59am


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday nearly $27 million of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) route road improvements between Carlsbad and Vaughn, as part of the state’s 2014 settlement with the U.S. Department of Energy.

“When we first learned of the fire and radiation leak in 2014, we moved quickly to hold the federal government accountable, and I’m pleased that we’ll be able to use these funds to further strengthen the safety of WIPP and the surrounding communities,” Governor Martinez said.

Prescribed Fire Training Planned In October On Bureau Of Land Management And State Trust Lands

on September 26, 2017 - 7:01am
BLM News:
PENASCO  Taos BLM, the New Mexico State Land Office, The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network, and the Forest Stewards Guild are organizing a prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) to safely return fire to approximately 500 acres of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper forests state trust and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of Peñasco.
This burn is training new firefighters who will be working alongside highly qualified and experienced firefighters. The TREX also offers advanced training opportunities in a learning environment.

AG: Grand Jury Indicts Eli Kronenanker

on September 26, 2017 - 6:59am
Eli Kronenanker/Courtesy photo
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 21 that Eli Kronenanker was indicted by a grand jury in the 2013 alleged rape and kidnapping of a Rio Rancho teen.
The Bernalillo County Grand Jury indicted Kronenanker on four counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration, one count of Kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Intimidation of a Witness, and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children.
“I will continue to target individuals who sexually assault, threaten, and abuse members of

New Mexico Delegation Encourages Boeing To Conduct Phantom Express Development Contract At SPA, WSMR

on September 26, 2017 - 6:56am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have encouraged Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express development contract at Spaceport America (SPA) with support of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).
“New Mexico offers a number of strategic advantages for Boeing’s spaceplane contract, and I’m confident that a partnership with Spaceport America and White Sands Missile Range will lead to the successful completion of this program.

FBI: Man Wearing Baseball Cap With Bright Red Visor Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 26, 2017 - 6:54am
FBI News:
A man wearing a black baseball cap with a bright red visor robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s, with a medium build, and scruffy goatee. He wore a dark short-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.
The suspect walked into Bank of the West, 780 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, at approximately 4:51 p.m. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect. The suspect left the bank and was seen running south on Juan Tabo Boulevard.
The FBI and Albuquerque

NMED Confirms Lifting 'Boil Water Advisory' For Artesia Municipal System, Morningside Users Coop

on September 26, 2017 - 6:50am
NMED News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming that the Artesia Municipal Water System has met the requirements to lift the “boil water advisory” for the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative located in Eddy County.
Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative were required to issue the advisory Sept. 16, 2017 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for E. coli was discovered in drinking water at the Artesia water system.