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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Files Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act As Amendment To Defense Bill

on June 19, 2019 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, filed the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AI-IA) as an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
 
Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are cosponsors of the amendment.
 
The amendment is the text of S.

Paul Fogg Appointed Executive Director Of Ghost Ranch Education And Retreat Center

on June 19, 2019 - 7:52am
Ghost Ranch, a Presbyterian education and retreat center, encompasses 21,000 acres 60 miles north of Santa Fe. Photo by Jamie Clifford/Ghost Ranch
 
Scene at Ghost Ranch. Photo by Jamie Clifford/Ghost Ranch
 
NGRF News:
 
Newly appointed Executive Director Paul Fogg
 
ABIQUIU The National Ghost Ranch Foundation announced Tuesday the appointment of Paul Fogg as new executive director of the Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), effective Sept. 30, 2019.
 
The previous executive director, Debra Hepler, retired in February after serving as Ghost
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Bandelier Celebrates The Great American Campout – Star Gazing And Free Camping June 22

on June 19, 2019 - 7:37am
Juniper Campground at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Stephen Fehnel
 
NPS News:
 
Saturday is the date of a nationwide event, the Great American Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage people to enjoy and protect wildlife and the outdoors.  
 
At Bandelier, camping will be free at Juniper Campground that night, except for the group sites. Non-group sites are first-come, first-served.

Crews Demolish Largest Structure At Oak Ridge ETTP

on June 19, 2019 - 7:21am
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asbestos-containing panels from portions of the K-1037 Building while demolition and debris removal are underway on other sections. Courtesy/DOE
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) gained headway with the completion of demolition of the K-1037 Building recently — the largest and one of the most challenging facilities still standing there. Watch a video of the demolition here.
 
Crews began tearing down the building in February and safely completed the project almost four months ahead of schedule.
 
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FBI: Five Syndicato New Mexico Prison Gang Members Sentenced To Life For Murders In Aid Of Racketeering

on June 19, 2019 - 6:34am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Five members of the Syndicato New Mexico prison gang were sentenced to life in prison this week in federal court in Las Cruces after juries convicted them in 2018 of committing murder in aid of racketeering.
 
These defendants were previously charged along with 17 others for murder and other offenses in a superseding indictment. Several of those charged went to trial while others pleaded guilty. March 12, 2018, a jury found Anthony Ray Baca, 55, of Albuquerque and Carlos Herrera, XX, of XXX.

SFCC Presents Maasai Beading Class July 9

on June 19, 2019 - 6:25am
Maasai beaded necklace with beaded medallion. Courtesy/SFCC
 
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education Department will offer a Maasai beading Continuing Education class presented by International Folk Artist Phoebe Lasoi 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.
 
Lasoi is a Maasai designer and beading expert from the Kitengela community in Kenya, just outside Nairobi city and on the southern border of the Nairobi National Game Park. Under the auspices of Acacia Moyo, (www.acaciamoyo.org) she has been invited to participate in the International Folk Art Market this year,

DOI’s Law Enforcement K-9 Unit Apprehends Traffickers And $559,000 In Heroin In New Mexico

on June 19, 2019 - 5:49am
Ofc. Nicholas Jackson and his K-9 Kofi seized 9.4 pounds of heroin June 5 on the Pueblo of Laguna. Courtesy photo
 
DOI News:
 
LAGUNA PUEBLO — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS) Ofc. Nicholas “Nick” Jackson and his K-9 Kofi seized 4.3 Kilos (9.4 pounds) of heroin, which has an estimated street value of approximately $559,000, on the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico last week.
 
“I commend BIA-OJS Ofc.

Sixteen New Mexico Airports Receiving Makeovers

on June 19, 2019 - 5:41am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Aviation Division would like to recognize the state communities that will receive more than $7 million in grant installments from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revamp 16 airport runways throughout the state.
 
The three largest airport improvement projects will take place in Santa Teresa, Farmington and Hobbs. Ninety percent of these projects will be federally funded, the remainder will come from State and local government dollars.
 
The FAA is awarding $3.18 billion in airport infrastructure grants across the United States in

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