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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.

Palmer Fire On Pecos Ranger District To Be Managed For Resource Benefit

on September 21, 2017 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Palmer Fire on Rowe Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits, including reducing the risk of future high-severity wildfire and improving range and wildlife habitat.
 
The Palmer Fire was confirmed Sept. 12 after smoke was reported in the Valle Grande on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, an area marked by islands of grassy meadows interspersed among stands of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper.

AFTNM On ‘Chronic Teacher Absenteeism’ Report

on September 20, 2017 - 10:01am

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly

AFTNM News:

Report Funded by Charter School Industry Attempts to Undermine Public Schools; Unions

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The recently released report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute is the latest attempt by the charter school industry to undermine traditional public schools.

Regional Coalition Remembers Pete Domenici: Strong Leader Of NNM Communities And LANL

on September 20, 2017 - 9:51am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — Upon receiving news of former U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici’s recent passing, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences to Domenici’s family and to all those who mourn the passing of a much-respected leader and public servant.

As we reflect on Domenici’s steadfast service to Northern New Mexico communities, we are reminded of the Senator’s commitment to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) national security mission and ensuring a strong pledge to the Laboratory into the future.

Domenici was New

Deer Creek Fire On Jemez Ranger District To Be Managed For Resource Benefit

on September 20, 2017 - 9:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Deer Creek Fire on Peggy Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The Deer Creek Fire started Sept. 15 on Peggy Mesa in the old San Diego prescribed burn area and adjacent to the site of this summer’s lightning-caused Peggy Fire. Objectives for managing the Deer Creek Fire include:
  • mitigating the risk of high-intensity destructive wildfires by reducing excess fuels, including fuelwood slash and bug kill in the piñon/juniper and

NMEDD Launches Of Innovation Voucher Program

on September 20, 2017 - 9:23am
NMEDD News:
 
SANTA FE Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel and the Technology Research Collaborative have announced the launch of the Innovation Voucher Program.
 
This competitive grant is designed to enable early stage science and technology companies, in New Mexico, to receive small amounts of funding to help offset costs during critical moments of company growth.
 
"This program continues to move New Mexico forward as a leader in technology ventures," Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel said.

NEA-New Mexico Weighs In On New Mexico PED Proposed Science Education Standards

on September 20, 2017 - 9:21am

NEA-NM News:
The National Education Association – New Mexico believes the entirety of the Next Gen standards should be adopted, not the version proposed by the P.E.D. which substitutes non-scientific notions where science should be taught," says Charles Goodmacher, Spokesperson for the National Education Association - New Mexico. 
 
"The PED proposed changes infuse politics into local classrooms across New Mexico," Goodmacher said.

NHCC Brings 4,000-Sq.-Foot Fresco And Other Masterpieces Online On Google Arts And Culture

on September 20, 2017 - 8:16am
Frederico Vigil’s sketch of the 3-foot-high Romanesque statue of Virgen de Guadalupe, Extremadura. Courtesy/NHCC
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  People around the world can now view artifacts from the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) online through a partnership with Google Arts and Culture.
 
Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, users will be able to see Mundos de Mestizaje, a 4,000-square-foot painting that is the largest concave fresco in North America, in addition to select pieces from the NHCC Art Museum's permanent collection.
 
Get up close with ultra-high resolution

NM 502 Pavement Preservation Work Lane Closures Begin 9 a.m. Today

on September 20, 2017 - 7:54am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will begin pavement preservation work at 9 a.m. today on N.M. 502 from milepost 8.50 to milepost 18.50 from the Totavi Gas Station to Cities of Gold Casino.  

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.

Starting Today: N.M. 502 westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane for three weeks. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will be weekend work Saturday’s only. No work on Sunday.

Starting Oct. 10: N.M.

Balderas Joins 37 States, Territories In Fight Against Opioid Incentives

on September 20, 2017 - 7:00am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  As an expansion of Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention and Education Network, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 37 states and territories urging health insurance companies to examine financial incentives that contribute to the opioid epidemic in New Mexico.
 
The bipartisan coalition announced today a two-step strategy intended to identify problematic policies and encourage reforms to spur increased use of non-opioid alternatives for treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain.

Heinrich Secures Amendments In Defense Authorization Bill To Benefit Military Bases, National Labs In N.M.

on September 20, 2017 - 6:58am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has voted for the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and announced amendments he secured in the bill that benefit New Mexico's military installations, national laboratories, and job creation throughout the state.
 
The bill passed the Senate Armed Services Committee in June and passed the full Senate Monday by a vote of 89-8.
 
“New Mexicans go above and beyond to support our state’s military bases, test ranges,

FBI: Man Wearing Wig Robs LANB In Santa Fe

on September 20, 2017 - 6:16am

Suspect in Tuesday bank robbery in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are searching for a young man who wore a goofy looking wig when he robbed a bank Tuesday. 

The suspect is described as a white male about 20 years old, approximately 5'5" to 5'9" tall, with wide shoulders. He wore a blue hat with a flat bill, aviator sunglasses with dark lenses, a gray or light-blue short wig, a dark hooded jacket with a zipper, and dark pants and dark shoes. 

The suspect entered Los Alamos National Bank at approximately 4:57 p.m. at 301 Griffin St., in Santa Fe.

Joseph Maestas Announces Bid For Santa Fe Mayor

on September 19, 2017 - 3:04pm

Santa Fe City Councilor Joseph Maestas

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE -- Santa Fe City Councilor Joseph Maestas announced today that he met with the Santa Fe City Clerk to formally begin a campaign to seek the Office of Mayor in lieu of a bid for re-election of his City Council District 2 position.

Councilor Maestas released the following statement:

“I’ve devoted my entire adult life to public service as a Federal civil servant and municipal elected official.

Udall And Moran’s Bipartisan MGT Act Clears Senate In FY18 National Defense Authorization Act

on September 19, 2017 - 8:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Monday applauded the inclusion of their Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act as part of the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 (FY18).
 
Their bipartisan legislation was introduced as an amendment (#1006) to the FY18 NDAA to modernize government information technology (IT), eliminate wasteful spending and strengthen cybersecurity.
 
“The MGT Act is a perfect example of what we can accomplish when we seek common-sense solutions in a bipartisan way,”

NMDOT Announces Child Safety Seat Clinics In Coordination With Child Passenger Safety Week

on September 19, 2017 - 8:08am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  Yesterday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the sponsorship of annual statewide child safety seat clinics.
 
The clinics will be held 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 23. The clinics will take place in eight cities and nine different locations as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week Seat Check Saturday.
 
“We are pleased to be able to offer these clinics to the parents and caregivers of New Mexico.

Udall, Heinrich Urge U.S. Trade Rep. To Support New Mexico’s Pecan Farmers, Lower Export Tariffs

on September 19, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of six other senators Sept. 18 urging U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer to help New Mexico's pecan farmers increase exports by taking action to lower the tariffs on pecan exports to India.
 
India’s current high tariffs on pecans are impacting New Mexico and American pecan farmers, and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers. 
 
In a letter to Lighthizer, the senators note that the current tariff on U.S.

Balderas To Equifax: Disable Fee-Based Monitoring Services & Reimburse Fees For Security Freezes

on September 19, 2017 - 7:25am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has written credit reporting firm Equifax to protest the firm's policy of charging for some credit monitoring services after a security breach caused by the firm's own mistakes.
 
Joining with attorneys general from around the country in a letter to Equifax, the New Mexico Attorney General protested that charging for credit monitoring after the breach affecting 143 million people could be seen as profiting from the firm's own mistakes.
 
Balderas is investigating the

Hard Work Pays Off On Bandelier’s Frijoles Canyon Trail

on September 19, 2017 - 6:25am

Trail volunteers using a 2-person crosscut saw to remove a fallen tree from the trail. Courtesy/NPS

Volunteers who just finished making stonework to support trail. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

One of Bandelier National Monument’s most scenic and popular trails, the Frijoles Canyon Trail between Upper Crossing and Alcove House, can now be hiked without having to climb over the huge logjams and other barriers caused by the floods following the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.  

For several years volunteer crews have been gradually working their way up the canyon, making spaces in the debris piles,

DOI Announces $62 Million Construction Contract On Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

on September 19, 2017 - 5:02am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of the Interior announced Friday that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a construction contract of almost $62 million for part of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico to increase the supply of clean drinking water to surrounding communities.
 
“This contract is a big step toward completing the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which is a top priority as it fits into the administration's commitment to improving infrastructure,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.

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