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NMDOT Announces New Electronic Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Website

on November 11, 2017 - 7:16am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced a new website where the public can find live data on projects programmed in the Departments Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
 
The website is called eSTIP and can be accessed here

The eSTIP is a functional interactive web-based system that supports NMDOT’s planning and programming functions. The eSTIP System will:
  • Provide a web-based application and database customizable to meet additional state-wide requirements, which shall include all aspects of project information,

New Mexico Launches Network Of 500+ Teacher-Leaders Statewide

on November 10, 2017 - 5:50pm
NMTLN News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski announced the launch of the second wave of the New Mexico Teacher Leader Network (NMTLN) – comprised of more than 500 teacher-leaders from districts and charters across the state.
 
These teachers-leaders are working together to elevate the profession, share best practices, create new communications channels, bring classroom teacher voice to the forefront of policy and program conversations, and leverage all available resources in an effort to bring our professional community together, improve the

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Safeguarding U.S. Financial System

on November 10, 2017 - 10:45am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Nov. 8 led the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance entitled, “Financial Intelligence and Enforcement: Treasury’s Role in Safeguarding the American Financial System.”
 
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) plays a vital role in combatting terrorist financing, money laundering, financial crimes, and other threats to our national security.
 
“TFI, and the bureaus and agencies that comprise it, play a vital role in exposing the

Heinrich Statement In Honor Of Veterans Day

on November 10, 2017 - 7:59am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

LAS CRUCES – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:

“Today and every day, I join communities across New Mexico and our nation in offering sincere gratitude for our veterans for their service to our country. Few sacrifices are as selfless as those made by our military service men and women. Their unwavering devotion and extraordinary courage reflect the core principles we share as Americans.

“The tradition of answering the call of duty runs deep in New Mexico’s

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Roundtable Discussion On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country

on November 10, 2017 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Presses administration for action to help Native communities fight the opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from and learn about best practices from Tribes, the federal government, and industry for responding to the opioid crisis in Indian Country.

LAVNS Among New Mexico Home Health Agencies Receiving 2017 HealthInsight Quality Awards

on November 10, 2017 - 7:00am
HEALTHCARE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Nineteen home health agencies across New Mexico, including Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services, were recognized for their commitment to improving performance and promoting patient-centered care.
 
The HealthInsight Quality Award Program promotes transparency in health care. Since 2004, the program has recognized nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies and outpatient medical practices and clinics in Utah and Nevada.
 
This year, HealthInsight New Mexico and the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care partnered to launch the program in New

LAPS Earns ‘A’ On District Report Card

on November 9, 2017 - 4:24pm

Courtesy/PED

LAPS News:

The New Mexico Public Education Department has released its annual list of district report cards and Los Alamos Public Schools earned an “A”.

District report cards provide a summary of:

  • Demographic profile
  • Accountability
    • Summaries of A-F School Grades
    • Cohort graduation rates (4, 5, and 6 year)
    • Status of non-graduates
    • Attendance
    • Growth for Q1 (lowest 25 percent) and Q3 (highest 75 percent) subgroups
  • Achievement
    • Proficiencies in reading, mathematics, and science
    • Participation in assessments
    • NAEP statewide summary for grades 4 and 8
  • School board member training
  • Budgeted

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Keynote Address At Cyber Security Conference

on November 9, 2017 - 7:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich delivers the keynote address Nov. 8 at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich honored at Nov. 8 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S. in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a keynote speech at the 2017 International Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S.

Rep. Luján Statement Recognizing National Native American Heritage Month

on November 9, 2017 - 7:42am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, celebrated each year during the month of November:
 
“Every November, we come together to recognize the timeless history and heritage of Native Americans in New Mexico and across the country. The foundation of our entire nation has been indelibly shaped by the language, culture, art, and faith of our indigenous brothers and sisters.

Nearly 635,000 New Mexican Adults Have Prediabetes: Only One In Five Knows It

on November 9, 2017 - 7:34am

NMDH News:

This test asks you to answer a few quick questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Your results are reported as a score indicating low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program encourages residents to both learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and take preventive steps to potentially reduce developing the disease.

Almost 635,000 New Mexican adults have

Grants Enhance NM Elk Habitat, Hunting Heritage

on November 9, 2017 - 7:31am
RMEF News:
 
MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $107,605 in grant funding toward 19 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in New Mexico.
 
The grants benefit 4,670 acres across Bernalillo, Catron, Curry, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel and Torrance Counties. There are also two projects of statewide benefit and another that benefits northeast Arizona.
 
“Water is at a high premium across New Mexico’s arid landscape,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Nearly a third of our projects this year focus on

New Mexicans Deliver Methane Comments To Local BLM Offices Around State

on November 9, 2017 - 7:17am
BLM News:
 
On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, faith and elected leaders joined parents, grandparents, scientists and other New Mexicans to deliver comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices.
 
The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.
 
“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy.

Santa Fe National Forest Waives Fees In Honor Of Veterans Day

on November 9, 2017 - 7:07am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest will honor Veterans Day by waiving fees at many recreation sites and amenities over Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11 and 12, 2017.
 
Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and US Fish and Wildlife Service also participate in fee-free days to encourage Americans to visit their public lands.
 
Fees will

FBI: Man Wearing Wig, Make-up And Fake Nose Robs Albuquerque Bank

on November 9, 2017 - 6:47am

Suspected thief. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

A man wearing a disguise of make-up, a fake nose and a wig robbed a northwest Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The suspect fled in an early 2000s model gray or blue Hyundai four-door sedan with a teal New Mexico plate. 

He was described as a light-skinned male in his 50s, approximately 6' tall, with a medium build. The suspect wore make-up, a fake nose and moustache, a wig, sunglasses, a plaid fedora hat, a white long-sleeve shirt and brown pants. 

Bank robbery suspect. Courtesy/FBI

He wore a blue glove on his right hand. 

At approximately

Governor Proclaims Nov. 9 ‘Congratulations To 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman; Ken Giles Day’

on November 8, 2017 - 1:14pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 as “Congratulations to 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman and Ken Giles Day” throughout New Mexico.

Bregman and Giles, both of Albuquerque, made significant contributions to the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series championship-winning season.

Full text of the proclamation:

WHEREAS, THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPION HOUSTON ASTROS DEFEATED THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION LOS ANGELES DODGERS IN THE 2017 WORLD SERIES; AND

WHEREAS, TWO NEW MEXICANS, ALEX BREGMAN AND KEN GILES — BOTH FROM ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO —

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Violence Against Healthcare Workers

on November 8, 2017 - 9:22am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Violence against doctors, nurses in public hospitals is common and underreported

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory on Violence Against Healthcare Workers to all public hospitals in New Mexico.

Workplace violence occurs at high rates in public hospitals and many incidences go unreported. Violence against nurses, doctors and other staff can impact the financial health of government-run facilities in addition to posing a clear threat to safety.

“We’re concerned by the high rates of violence against nurses and doctors in our public

AG Balderas Shuts Down Deceptive Veterans Charity

on November 8, 2017 - 8:50am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement between 27 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution.
 
The states alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors, including in New Mexico. The investigations of VietNow by Attorney General Balderas and other states led to the present negotiated resolution.
 
“Preying on New Mexicans’ generosity and desire to help our veterans is

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Veterans Day

on November 8, 2017 - 8:40am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Monday, Nov. 13.
 
If you plan to visit the Santa Fe National Forest over the weekend, know before you go. Check the weather forecast, and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. Use good judgment and basic safety precautions when hiking, fishing or camping on the SFNF. 
 
Although fire danger has decreased across the SFNF, campfire

State Museums Offer Free Admission To Vets In Honor Of Veteran’s Day Saturday

on November 8, 2017 - 7:26am
Courtesy/NMDCA
 
NMDCA News:
 
SANTA FE  All museums under the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) will offer free admission to active duty military, veterans, and National Guard personnel in celebration of Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
 
“Offering a free admission day in honor of their service is a small token of the gratitude we share for the service and sacrifice of our military men and women,” DCA cabinet Secretary Veronica Gonzales said.  
 

AG Balderas Files Supreme Court Brief To Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers To Pay State & Local Taxes

on November 8, 2017 - 7:23am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers.
 
With the decline of brick and mortar shopping and the rise of online shopping, out-of-state retailers – including online retailers – have used the physical presence rule set forth in Bellas Hess, and later reaffirmed in the U.S.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Trade Adjustment Aid For New Mexicans Affected By Questa Mine Closure

on November 7, 2017 - 10:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Labor has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers who lost their jobs when Chevron closed its molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M.
 
The TAA will help former employees of the mine transition to new jobs by providing career training, employment services and other support. 
 
Since Chevron closed the mine in Questa in 2014, the lawmakers have supported the mine workers’ application for TAA.

ICYMI: Pearce Amendment Passes With Wildfire Prevention Bill

on November 7, 2017 - 6:31am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sponsored an amendment that has passed Congress along with H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.
 
This bill works to prevent catastrophic wildfires and improve the health of forests. This year’s devastating wildfire season burned nearly 8,000 homes and cost upwards of $3 billion in fire suppression efforts.
 
Environmental groups are acknowledging the increased use of forest thinning and restoration efforts that can lessen the severity of wildfires and better protect the

Attorney General Balderas Requests Public Comment On Proposed Default Rule For Administrative Rulemaking

on November 7, 2017 - 5:43am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
SANTA FE  The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is inviting public comment on its proposed default rule on administrative rulemaking.
 
During its 2017 regular session, the New Mexico Legislature adopted House Bill 58 (Laws 2017, Chapter 137), amending the State Rules Act, NMSA 1978, Section 14-4-1 to -11, and mandating that by Jan.

Hike To Scenic Window Rock For Your Health

on November 7, 2017 - 5:39am

The Window Rock formation on the Española Ranger District. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and El Centro Family Health Clinics are sponsoring a hike Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Window Rock Trail, as part of a health initiative called Forest Your Health. 

Forest Your Health promotes healthy habits by encouraging community members in the Española area to hike, mountain bike and ride horses along area trails.

Hilltopper Volleyball Ends Season In District Semifinal

on November 6, 2017 - 4:51pm

Sophia Salazar's spike kills the ball in the first set. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

 

Kimberly McKinley blocks a ball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By RJ MONTAÑO 

Los Alamos Daily Post

rjmontano@ladailypost.com

 

SANTA FE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team got on a roll, winning three of their past four games heading into a District 2-5A semifinal match against the Capital Jaguars on Thursday night.

The ‘Toppers started out strong as the aggressors in game one, maintaining a two- to four-point lead for the majority of the match.

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