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FBI: Man With Lazy Eye; Neck And Cheek Tattoos, Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 25, 2017 - 8:16am
FBI News:
 
A man with a lazy eye and tattoos on his neck and cheek robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The robbery occurred at approximately 5:57 p.m. at U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Boulevard NE.
 
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'5” to 5'8” tall, with a slender build and close-cropped hair. He wore a dark baseball cap with a red visor, a black hooded jacket over a white T-shirt, and blue jeans. The suspect had tattoos on the left side of his neck and his left cheek. Witnesses also said he had a lazy eye. 
 

Prescribed Fire Planned In Gallinas Canyon

on September 25, 2017 - 7:02am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed burn in Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The planned burn will include a combination of pile burning and broadcast burning.

The window for the Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn will open Sept. 28 and extend through Dec. 31, 2017. The decision to burn will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts, and available resources.

The 800-acre Gallinas Canyon treatment area is located approximately 20 miles west/southwest of Las Vegas.

Luján Statement On Sec. Zinke’s Recommended Changes To Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

on September 24, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Sept. 20 issued the following statement in response to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to President Trump on several national monuments.
 
Among the recommendations contained in Secretary Zinke’s report to the President are suggested changes to the management of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, located near Taos, including an expansion of activities which are currently not allowed at the monument.
 
“Secretary Zinke’s recommendations on the Rio Grande

Listo Nuevo México Launches Website To Aid DACA Recipients

on September 24, 2017 - 7:06am
LNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Listo Nuevo México, Albuquerque’s largest immigrants’ rights coalition, has launched a new website centralizing available information for DACA recipients in New Mexico.  
 
Wednesday's launching comes after the surge of questions and need for information regarding the new reality faced by DACA recipients since the Sept. 5 announced end to the program.
 
On Listo Nuevo México’s website, the nearly 7,000 DACA recipients in NM are able to find information including:

New Mexico Suicide Rate Declines In 2016

on September 24, 2017 - 7:02am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a six percent decrease in the number of suicides in the state in 2016. The decrease reverses a trend of rising suicide rates in New Mexico over the last three years.

There were 469 reported suicides in New Mexico last year, down from 498 in 2015.

“The suicide of a loved one, whether it’s a parent, sibling, or friend, impacts the lives of those left behind forever.” said New Mexico Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher, “Suicides are preventable, and this administration is determined to reach more New Mexicans early enough to get

Senators Introduce Bill To Reform Antiquated Hardrock Mining Laws

on September 24, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 19, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017, legislation to modernize the nation’s antiquated hardrock mining laws.
 
The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensure that taxpayers aren’t on the hook for cleaning up abandoned mines, and seeks to prevent another toxic

FBI Releases New Photo Of SF Bank Robbery Suspect

on September 23, 2017 - 8:12am

Bank robbery suspect peddling away from scene Tuesday. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI in Albuquerque has released new photos from Tuesday's bank robbery in Santa Fe. The photos show the suspect on a bicycle.

The bicycle is described as a dark BMX style bicycle with four pegs on the wheels.

After robbing the bank, the suspect ran north on Griffin Street and jumped over a small wall inside the bank parking lot to get to his bicycle. He peddled north and crossed Griffin Street near Carlos Gilbert Elementary School. He turned left and headed west on Paseo De Peralta.

Prior to the robbery,

Heinrich Welcomes $1 Million Federal Investment In Innovate ABQ Bioscience Incubator

on September 23, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomes the announcement that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration will award Innovate ABQ with a $1 million grant to establish a bioscience business incubator.
 
Innovate ABQ is a collaborative initiative that brings together the research powers of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico's government, education, and business communities.

"I've been proud to support Innovate ABQ from the start," Heinrich said.

FBI: $1,000 Reward In NM Bank & Trust Robbery

on September 23, 2017 - 6:10am
FBI News:
 
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed a New Mexico Bank & Trust branch in Albuquerque Wednesday, Sept. 20.
 
The suspect was described as a slender white male in his 50s, approximately 5'9” tall. He had a light growth of gray or white hair on his face. He wore a dark baseball cap, dark jacket, sunglasses, dark jeans, and white tennis shoes. At approximately 3:06 p.m., the suspect entered the bank at 3701 4th Street NW.
 
He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of

SFNF Crews Continue Work On West Side Fires

on September 23, 2017 - 6:01am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to manage the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District and the Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Ojitos Fire is at 2,850 acres within a planning area of 7,610 acres on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. Fire crews continue to use natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to keep the fire within the planning area.

Valles Caldera Hosts Elk Festival

on September 23, 2017 - 5:57am
Two bull elk are fighting one another during the rut season. Courtesy/NPS
 
Children listen to an expert explain how elk antlers grow. Courtesy/NPS
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is home to one of the largest elk herds in New Mexico. Each fall, the sound of elk bugling in the mountains marks the start of their mating season, known as the ‘rut’.
 
To celebrate the upcoming elk rut and to learn about this fascinating creature, the National Park Service will host the 9th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival 2-6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the preserve. 
 
This free,

Fall Festivals Around New Mexico

on September 22, 2017 - 1:49pm
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta may be the most well known, but fall is full of fairs and festivals all across New Mexico.
 
The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a roundup of some of the best fall events happening this season. From harvest fests to Oktoberfests, there is something for everyone in all four corners of the state.
 
Highlights from the New Mexico True Fall Festivals & Event calendar include:
 
Steampunk Spectacular in Madrid (Sept. 23): There will be live entertainment, workshops, a costume contest, and a live action role-play of a murder

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces $1,103,088 For New Mexico Parks And Outdoor Recreation

on September 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Sept. 21 announced that $1,103,088 will be distributed to the state of New Mexico for outdoor recreation and conservation projects from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing.
 
This was part of $94.3 million distributed across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

LANL Director Shares Insights At Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting At UNM-LA

on September 22, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan speaks to legislators at the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meeting Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Steven Smith and Sen. Richard Martinez listen to the Lab Director's presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, responds to a question about Lab safety from Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily

Officials Gather For Annual REDI Summit

on September 22, 2017 - 10:07am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) delivering the welcoming address. Courtesy/LANL CPO

From left, Los Alamos County Economic Development Director Joan Ahlers, with RDC Board members Kristin Henderson and Javier Sanchez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/valleydailypost.com

Staff Report

Officials gathered Thursday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Summit. “Navigating Our Economic Future” was the theme for this year's event.

The REDI Strategic Plan was completed nearly 10 years ago in 2008. This year, the summit featured successes and shared information on

State Police Arrest Drunk Driver After School Bus Hit-and-Run Crash

on September 22, 2017 - 9:33am
Gabriella Uzueta
 
NMSP News:
 
ESPANOLA  Around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 20, the New Mexico State Police was notified of a hit-and-run crash in La Mesilla involving a school bus from the Espanola Public Schools.
 
The collision occurred on N.M. 399 near County Road 110. When officers arrived on scene they learned the school bus was occupied by eight middle school and high school students and the bus driver. No injuries were reported and the bus sustained minor damage to the rear bumper.
 
Through investigation officers learned the bus was stopped, with its integrated stop sign and signal

Goodwin: Governor Does Not Initiate, Suggest Or Influence Investment Decisions By NMERB

on September 22, 2017 - 7:09am
By JAN GOODWIN
Executive Director
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

An article in the New York-based International Business Times alleging that Gov. Susana Martinez influenced investment decisions at the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board is simply false. The Governor does not initiate, suggest or influence investment decisions by NMERB.

Staff and Trustees are solely interested in making investments in the best interest of NMERB and its beneficiaries as required by our fiduciary duty.

LAFD: Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 22, 2017 - 6:27am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is recognizing Sept. 22, National Falls Prevention Day, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

Adult falls are the leading cause of death and hospitalization for New Mexico residents over the age of 65. In fact, New Mexico has the ninth highest death rate from falls in the country and the alarming rate of adult falls is one of the state’s health priorities.

FBI: Man In Black Long-Sleeve T-Shirt Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 22, 2017 - 6:18am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a black long-sleeve T-shirt robbed an Albuquerque bank Friday, Sept. 15.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, approximately 5'4” tall, with a slender build, short cropped hair, and an unshaven face. He wore a black long-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.
 
At approximately 10:52 a.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West, located at 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect was last seen walking south on Walter Street NE.
 

RTD Launches Jicarilla Route Sept. 29

on September 22, 2017 - 6:15am

Santa Fe Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day Oct. 9

on September 22, 2017 - 6:14am
SANTA FE News:
 
SANTA FE ― Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day to honor and recognize the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States.  
 
On Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day, we reserve the day to take time to, honor and uphold our valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, our urban Indian citizens and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and

BLM Seeks Comments On Analysis Of Northern New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Parcels

on September 21, 2017 - 9:01am
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE  The Bureau of Land Management is seeking input on the analysis of 26 parcels in northern New Mexico for the March 2018 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The parcels are located in Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and San Juan counties.
 
The draft environmental assessment analyzes a range of alternatives for the sale, and is available for review at https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 20.
 
Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy

Teachers Night Out: A Garden Party In Santa Fe Oct. 4

on September 21, 2017 - 7:45am
SFBG News:
 
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is partnering with the Santa Fe Community Educators Network, made up of education directors from local nonprofits and government entities, to offer a celebration of school educators through Teacher’s Night Out: A Garden Party, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe.
 
This is a free opportunity for teachers (including public, private, and home school educators) to exchange information and share their love of teaching and learning. 
 
Refreshments will be served and live entertainment provided in a

Pearce Announces Awards That Aid Small Business Growth And Development

on September 21, 2017 - 7:21am
Congressman Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded a total of $3,780,521 to a number of New Mexico institutions under the FY2017 Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program).
 
“New Mexico is made up of many rural and native communities with individuals, families, and small businesses who rely on access to

Udall, Heinrich Honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Hispanic-Serving Institutions

on September 21, 2017 - 7:13am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, members of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, have cosponsored a Senate resolution to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 and recognizes the culture, heritage, history and contributions of the Hispanic community in New Mexico and across the nation.
 
Udall and Heinrich also cosponsored a Senate resolution designating the week of Sept.

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