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CIR Panel Talk On Energy’s Global Future March 29

on March 21, 2018 - 2:09pm

Gov. Bill Richardson

CIR News:
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the O’Keeffe Room at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, to hear a panel of three experts discuss Energy’s Global Future.
Featured Panelists:
  • Gov. Bill Richardson
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
  • PNM’s CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn 
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
We have some real heavyweights to discuss where we are collectively heading in energy – as a globe, a country, a state and a city.
We’ll feature Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen.

Purgatory Celebrates Spring With New Festivities & More Fun On The Slopes

on March 21, 2018 - 2:04pm
DURANGO, Colo. Purgatory Resort has many great events, festivities and activities for all ages throughout the rest of March, with the biggest party of the season scheduled for Saturday, March 31 with pond skimming and a free Aerosmith tribute band concert.  
Purgatory is open daily through April 1 with lifts turning 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After April 1, Purgatory will be open weekends (Fridays through Sundays) as conditions allow. For more information on operations, visit the website,


Ski-Easter Celebration – March 24

Purgatory kicks off Easter week

U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Bill To Relieve Small Banks And Credit Unions

on March 21, 2018 - 1:59pm
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1116, the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act of 2017, to reform mandates under Dodd-Frank and relieve small banks and other community financial institutions from burdensome compliance regulations.
This bill requires federal regulatory agencies to tailor regulations to fit the institution’s profile and risk it presents to the stability of the financial system.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement:
“Due to regulations

Anne Hillerman Headlines Second Annual New Mexico Writers Dinner April 25

on March 21, 2018 - 1:36pm
Anne Hillerman books. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE — Anne Hillerman will be the keynote speaker at the second Annual New Mexico Writers Dinner scheduled for La Fonda Hotel on the evening of April 25.
Hillerman’s fourth novel, Cave of Bones, will be released on April 3. Hillerman will speak about her experiences carrying on the mystery series launched by her father, Tony Hillerman, and the more elevated role she gives to Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito.
The New Mexico Writers annual dinner, launched in 2017, is open to writers, editors, journalists,

NMSP Narcotics Operation Leads To Five Arrests In Rio Arriba And Taos Counties

on March 21, 2018 - 1:31pm
NMSP News:
In late 2017, the New Mexico State Police received several complaints of illegal narcotic activity occurring in the smaller communities of Rio Arriba and Taos Counties.
In January 2018, the New Mexico State Police launched an investigation into these complaints.
Through joint cooperation between the New Mexico State Police and the Region III Drug Task Force (which is comprised of the New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office, Drug Enforcement Agency, and is supported by The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas

NMMNHS Launches Da Vinci – The Genius In Me: Solutions For A Better Tomorrow Video Contest

on March 21, 2018 - 1:26pm
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico school students have a rare opportunity to explore their own genius have a rare opportunity to explore their own genius by creating a video showcasing the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) into their education. 
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) is hosting a video contest entitled, Da Vinci—The Genius in Me: Solutions for a Better Tomorrow for students in grades 4-12. Prizes will be awarded for different age categories (grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades

AG Balderas Urges Congress To Preserve New Mexico’s Authority To Enforce Data Breach & Data Security Laws

on March 21, 2018 - 1:22pm
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas Monday joined a coalition of 31 states and the District of Columbia urging Congress not to preempt state data breach and data security laws, including laws that require notice to consumers and state attorneys general of data breaches.
Attorney General Balderas is currently investigating the Equifax data breach and has previously settled with Nationwide and Target for their breaches impacting New Mexicans.

CAB Hears From EM Management And Contractor

on March 20, 2018 - 7:22am

Members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board listen to presentations at their March 14 meeting at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and NMED Manager for LANL Permitting Neelam Dhawan chat following the March 14 CAB meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/



Los Alamos Daily Post


Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board members meeting March 14 in Los Alamos heard updates from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management Field Office

Air Force And NMED Host Public Information Meeting Thursday, Open House Saturday

on March 20, 2018 - 7:12am


KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department will co-host a public information meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday at the African American Performing Arts Center, to provide an update about the Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Facility leak cleanup activities.

Additionally, an open house will be held at the groundwater treatment system facility 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

Community members are invited to participate in a poster session 5:30-6 p.m., March 22. The main meeting presentation runs 6-8 p.m,. and includes a project status update

NM Delegation Calls On U.S. Navy To Designate Next Nuclear Sub ‘USS Los Alamos’ Upon 75th Anniversary

on March 19, 2018 - 6:29pm

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


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in support of naming the Navy’s next Virginia class fast attack submarine the “USS Los Alamos” in recognition of the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy.

“The effort to honor the national laboratory responsible for the beginning of the nuclear age is a citizen-based initiative, and we hope their efforts

Pearce Leads Subcommittee Hearing On Transnational Criminal Organization

on March 19, 2018 - 4:31pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce will lead the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee hearing entitled “Exploring the Financial Nexus of Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime” at 2 p.m. EST March 20, in 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 
This hearing will explore how transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are financed, as well as the intersection between criminal groups and other illicit activity like terrorism and political corruption.
  • Mr.

Public Comment Needed On Proposed New Way Waste Is Measured At WIPP

on March 19, 2018 - 2:47pm
CCNS News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), submitted a Class 2 Permit Modification Request Jan. 31, 2018 to change the way that waste is measured at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the repository for defense plutonium-contaminated or TRU waste, in southeastern New Mexico.

Public comments can be submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department until Tuesday, April 3. 

Because the federal WIPP Land Withdrawal Act limits the amount of waste to 6.2 million cubic feet, how to measure

Convicted Spy Pedro Mascheroni Released From Prison

on March 19, 2018 - 9:01am

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni during an interview on the deck of his Barranca Mesa home in October 2010 just prior to his arrest by the FBI. Photo by Carol A. Clark


Los Alamos Daily Post

A scientist formerly employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory was released from federal prison March 16 after serving a sentence for communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person he believed was an official of the Venezuelan government.

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 82, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, was sentenced in 2013 in U.S.

Film Office Announces 'Untitled Roswell Project' Pilot To Begin Production In New Mexico

on March 19, 2018 - 7:57am
NMFO News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the "Untitled Roswell Project," a new pilot for Warner Bros. Television / Palladin Productions LLC, will begin principal photography in mid March through the end of March in Albuquerque.
"We're excited to welcome another production highlighting New Mexico's unique history," Film office Director Nick Maniatis said. "With strong tools, infrastructure, as well as unique stories and landscapes, New Mexico is a perfect location for any production."
The production will employ 90 New Mexico crew

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Elects New Chair And Treasurer

on March 19, 2018 - 7:28am
Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members convening Friday in Espanola, from left, Councilor Darien Fernandez, Town of Taos; Councilor Peter Ives, City of Santa Fe; Commissioner Barney Trujillo, Rio Arriba County; Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, County of Los Alamos and Commissioner Henry Roybal, County of Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
County officials at Friday's RCLC meeting, from left, Los Alamos County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess and Santa Fe County Attorney Bruce Frederick.

FBI: Federal Grand Jury Charges Espanola Man With Federal Child Sexual Abuse Offenses

on March 19, 2018 - 6:52am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  A federal grand jury has filed an indictment charging Kevin Vigil, 52, a non-Indian man from Espanola, with child sexual abuse offenses, announced U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Special Agent in Charge William McClure of District IV of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services.
The indictment charges Vigil with two counts of aggravated child sexual abuse. The indictment alleges that Vigil sexually abused an Indian child under the age of twelve years Feb.

AG Balderas Urges Congress To Reject Legislation Blocking State Oversight Of Student Loan Industry

on March 19, 2018 - 5:21am

Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general in a letter urging Congress to reject legislation that would block states from preventing and combatting fraud and abuse by the student loan industry.
“Thousands of New Mexican students have been victimized by the predatory student loan and for-profit education industries and this legislation would only put our students in more danger,” Attorney General Balderas said.

Lujan Grisham Meets With USDA Secretary To Increase Economic Development Through Broadband Access

on March 19, 2018 - 5:06am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham met with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to discuss investments to increase broadband access and boost economic growth in New Mexico. 
Lujan Grisham has introduced the Rural Broadband Expansion Act (H.R. 4308), which authorizes a $100 million grant program to install broadband infrastructure in areas where it is not economically viable for private companies to otherwise do so. 
In addition to providing access to the Internet for rural

USDA Designates Colfax County Primary Natural Disaster Area

on March 19, 2018 - 5:05am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Colfax County in New Mexico as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by drought.
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Harding, Mora, Taos and Union in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Costilla and Las Animas in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM)

State Supreme Court Affirms Adoption Of Water Pollution Regulations For Copper Mining

on March 19, 2018 - 5:00am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Supreme Court has affirmed the state Water Quality Control Commission’s adoption of regulations governing groundwater contamination at open pit copper mines.
The Court ruled unanimously that the regulations, known as the “Copper Rule,” were valid under the state’s Water Quality Act (WQA). The commission adopted the regulations in 2013.
The Court rejected arguments by the New Mexico Attorney General and other groups, including Amigos Bravos, the Gila Resources Information Project and Turner Ranch Properties, that challenged the

GAO Report Finds Over $1.5 Billion Tax Dollars Spent On Abortion Service Providers

on March 19, 2018 - 4:59am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the release of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report on the amount of taxpayer dollars that went toward funding for abortion service providers, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI) and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF):
“Congress has the responsibility to protect the rights and liberties of all American taxpayers, and to be transparent about how their hard-earned money is

Los Alamos Students Excel At Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science And Engineering Fair March 10

on March 18, 2018 - 3:48pm

LAHS student Lillian Peterson wins Best in Show in the Senior Division with her project, ‘Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery’. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public School students excelled at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair with 52 students representing the district March 10 and nearly half receiving top marks.

Los Alamos High School student Lillian Peterson won Best in Show for the Senior Division with her project, “Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery.”

Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their

Earthen Temples: The Life Of Adobe Churches

on March 18, 2018 - 7:59am
Rupert Chambers, Enjarre at San Francisco de Asis. Courtesy photo
MRM News:
Friday, March 23, the Millicent Rogers Museum will open a new exhibit titled Earthen Temples: The Life of Adobe Churches.
A reception will be held at the museum from 1-3 p.m. Palm Sunday, March 25. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue until Sunday, June 24.
Earthen Temples: The Life of Adobe Churches—This exhibit will share the story of how parish members come together to care for the adobe churches in their communities.

AG Balderas Announces Start Of White Peak Trial To Defend New Mexicans Access To Public Lands

on March 17, 2018 - 10:21am

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:


TAOS – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General will begin a major trial against a wealthy Texas landowner’s illegal attempts to bar New Mexicans from treasured public lands.

The trial begins Monday in front of Judge Sarah Backus in Taos County over the public's right to use historic roads that provide access to White Peak in Colfax and Mora counties.

The Office of Attorney General Balderas will demonstrate that there are several major public roads that have been used for over a century to

Teatro Paraguas Presents Poetry Reading/Book Launch By Larry Goodell April 22

on March 17, 2018 - 10:02am
Larry Goodell. Photo by Lenore Goodell
Teatro Paraguas News:
Teatro Paraguas will host a book launch and poetry reading with Larry Goodell reading from his new book Nothing to Laugh About, at 2 p.m., Sunday April 22 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie. Admission is free.
Larry Goodell is from Roswell originally and has been living and working in Placitas since 1963 when he started Duende Press.