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FBI: Santa Fe Man Faces Life In Prison For Kidnapping Charge And Carjacking At Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

on July 20, 2018 - 8:24am

FBI News:
  • Non-Indian Defendant Acknowledges Kidnapping and Carjacking Two Women at Pueblo’s Casino and Resort and Robbing Them

ALBUQUERQUE – Luis Molina, 33, of Santa Fe, pled guilty Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque to a kidnapping charge. In entering the guilty plea, Molina acknowledged kidnapping and carjacking two women at the Ohkay Owingeh Casino and Resort in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in December 2015 and robbing them.

Molina was indicted in December 2016 and charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of carjacking.

National Governors Association Meeting In Santa Fe

on July 20, 2018 - 7:44am

DPNM News:

Today at the National Governors Association summer meetings in Santa Fe, Democratic governors will hold a news conference to address the importance of Democratic leadership at the state level, and the historic significance of the 2018 gubernatorial election cycle. 

DGA Chair Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) will be joined by Govs. Dan Malloy (D-CT), John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and others in highlighting Democratic governors’ priorities at this NGA conference – and the significance of state leadership given recent Supreme Court developments and Trump administration actions.

America’s

Ruszkowski Discusses PARCC Results With LFC

on July 20, 2018 - 7:04am
PED Secretary-Designate Chris Ruszkowoski accompanited by Deputy Secretary Debbie Rael speaks to the LFC Wednesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Just days after Gov.

SFNF: Aragon Fire Update

on July 20, 2018 - 6:53am
Aragon Fire Update:
 
Start Date: July 12
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Size: 150 acres, 50 of which are by fire crew hand ignitions
 
Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
 
Containment: 0%
 
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
 
Weather: warm temperatures, 20% chance for rain
 
Resources: 15 personnel
 
Situation: The fire is in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area. Fire behavior is low to moderate. Current fire behavior is favorable to improve forest health. Fire managers continue to monitor the area.

FBI: Rio Rancho Police Find Man Wanted On Federal Arrest Warrant

on July 20, 2018 - 6:51am
FBI News:
 
An Albuquerque man wanted on a federal arrest warrant for absconding from pre-trial release has been apprehended by the Rio Rancho Police Department.
 
The FBI arrested Thang Nguyen, 22, July 5 on a federal complaint charging him with transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat to injure another person.
 
Nguyen was placed under pre-trial release supervision July 9. He left the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Office in Albuquerque without permission and his whereabouts were unknown. A federal warrant was issued for Nguyen's arrest.
 
Rio Rancho

AG Balderas Joins FTC, 50 States To Combat Fraudulent Charities Claiming Aid To Veterans And Service Members

on July 20, 2018 - 6:36am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joined the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials and charity regulators from every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico in announcing Thursday “Operation Donate with Honor,” a sweeping new donor education campaign to help donors spot and avoid fundraising solicitations that falsely promise their donations will help veterans and service members.
 
The new campaign is being released in conjunction with announcements of new and recent law

FBI In Albuquerque Arrests North Carolina Man Wanted For Murder

on July 19, 2018 - 9:12pm

FBI News:

FBI Special Agents in Albuquerque Wednesday arrested Jamaal Griffin, who is wanted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg North Carolina Police Department on a charge of murder.

Griffin, 33, was apprehended without incident. He is from Charlotte, NC., and accused in a June 30, 2018, fatal shooting in Charlotte.

The public is reminded that all defendants are considered innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.

White Accuses Supreme Court Of Not Doing Its Duty

on July 19, 2018 - 11:16am

Los Alamos sheriff candidate Greg White
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos resident Greg White, a candidate for Los Alamos County Sheriff, filed a brief in the Supreme Court this week asking why the Court “refused to do its constitutionally-mandated, authorized, ministerial and non-discretionary duty to order Gov. Susana Martinez to do hers”.

The brief was filed July 17 in a case in which White attempted to have the Court mandate that Martinez appoint a Los Alamos County councilor to take the place of former Councilor James Chrobocinski who resigned

Chandler; Cisneros Discuss LANL Contract With LFC

on July 19, 2018 - 10:06am

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, left, chats with LFC Chair Sen. Patricia Lundstrom and Commitee Director David Abbey Wednesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros questions the tax status of LANL's new managment and operating contractor, Triad National Security, LLC during Wednesday's LFC meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Concerns about the potential loss of gross receipts tax revenue to Los Alamos County and the state were discussed

DNCU Named Among Top Credit Unions

on July 19, 2018 - 9:40am
DNCU News:
 
Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, was named among the nation’s best credit unions in Forbes’ ranking of America's Best In State Credit Unions.
 
DNCU ranked second in New Mexico, ahead of the much larger Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union and just behind First Financial Credit Union. More than 25,000 consumers were surveyed by Statista for the Forbes rankings.
 
“I am incredibly pleased with DNCU’s ranking and the fact that only 2.4 percent of U.S.

Legislative Finance Committee Meets In Los Alamos

on July 19, 2018 - 9:39am
Rep. Patricia Lundstrom opens the Legisaltive Finance Committee meeting Wednesday morning at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, right, and UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney answer questions Wednesday following their opening remarks. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

The Legislative Finance Committee spent the day Wednesday in Los Alamos at UNM-LA hearing from representatives of Los Alamos National Laboratory, UNM-LA, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Public Schools, Public Education Department and New Mexico

Zhennovate LLC Of Los Alamos Awarded $20,000 Investment Prize From Arrowhead Center At NMSU

on July 18, 2018 - 11:41am
projectY cowork News:
 
projectY cowork Los Alamos member, Zhennovate LLC, a Los Alamos-based education startup that scales personalized skillset development to help individuals achieve and sustain high performance, was recently chosen as the winner of the $20,000 investment prize awarded by the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
 
The investment prize was decided based on the customer traction and company growth potential that Team Zhennovate demonstrated throughout the five-month long HealthSprint accelerator program, developed by the Arrowhead Center and

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall On Treasury Department Ending Disclosure Requirements For Dark Money Donors

on July 18, 2018 - 11:14am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the Treasury Department ended a requirement that “dark money” groups must disclose their donors to the IRS:

“Secret, undisclosed money has flooded our electoral system and completely drowned out the voices of everyday citizens. Now, the Trump administration is making an already rigged system even worse -- ending some of the limited disclosure we have about who is spending these unlimited sums of money to try to buy our democracy.

FBI: Kewa Pueblo Man Faces Eight Years In Prison For Assaulting Federal Officer

on July 18, 2018 - 9:57am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Fabian Louis Bailon, 39, an enrolled member of Kewa Pueblo, who resides in Santa Fe, pled guilty Monday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to assaulting a federal officer.
 
Bailon was arrested Jan. 12, 2018, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a federal officer. According to the criminal complaint, Bailon was arrested on tribal charges Nov.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson Warns Government Entities About Costly Invoicing Scam

on July 18, 2018 - 9:44am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The City of Alamogordo last week paid more than $250,000 to an unknown scam artist, and recovery of that public money is likely to be difficult if not impossible.
 
In light of that scam, State Auditor Wayne Johnson is reminding all of the state’s government entities to be extremely cautious and aware when it comes to e-mail communication from any vendors.
 
A staff member with the City of Alamogordo received an email request to change banking information from someone who appeared to be a representative of Cooperative Education

AG Balderas Fights to Return Unlawfully Transferred Land In Rio Arriba County To Land Grant Heirs

on July 18, 2018 - 9:09am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office’s plan to fight for the rights of the Land Grant, Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla.

In 2003, an unlawful transfer of title of property belonging to Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla was made to Al Frente de Lucha, a Colorado corporation.

Indian Affairs, Rules Committees Hold Bipartisan Roundtable On Protecting Voting Rights In Indian Country

on July 18, 2018 - 8:50am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Senate Committees on Indian Affairs and Rules and Administration held a bipartisan roundtable Tuesday on “Voting Rights, Access, and Barriers in Indian Country.”

 
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, led the hearing and were joined by tribal and state leaders.

Delegation Urges ITC To Reverse Newsprint Tariffs Hurting New Mexico Newspapers

on July 18, 2018 - 7:29am
NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham have urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to reverse the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian newsprint, which threaten to devastate local newspapers across New Mexico.
 
In a letter sent to USITC Chairman David S.

Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Antiquities Act

on July 18, 2018 - 7:20am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) led a group of 61 Democratic Members of Congress in introducing legislation Tuesday to enhance protections for national monuments against the Trump administration’s attacks on public lands.
 
The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018 is the House companion to Senator Tom Udall’s (D-NM) ANTIQUITIES Act (S.

NNMCAB Holds Board Election, Talk On Material Disposal Area C; Updates From Hintze, NMED July 25

on July 18, 2018 - 7:13am

NNMCAB News

Members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board are scheduled to elect a new chair and vice chair for FY-2019 during a meeting 1- 5:15 p.m., July 25 in the Jemez Complex at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.

Also on the agenda is a presentation on Material Disposal Area C at Los Alamos National Laboratory and an overview of the aggregate areas. In addition, there will be agency updates from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management-Los Alamos Field Office and John Kieling of the New Mexico Environment Department. 

The Northern

Native American Veterans Exhibit In Angel Fire Aug. 4

on July 18, 2018 - 6:45am
DVS News:
 
ANGEL FIRE A Native American Veterans Exhibit will open Aug. 4 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire.
 
New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Secretary Jack Fox will be joined at a noon ceremony by prominent Native American veterans and members of the veteran community to welcome the exhibit to the Memorial, which is managed by DVS.
 
Joining them will be artist and U.S. Marine/U.S.

PARCC Testing Results For Los Alamos Public Schools

on July 17, 2018 - 4:11pm

Chart shows district-level percent of students proficient and above on PARCC by ELA and Math. Courtesy/LAPS

Chart shows district-level percent of students proficient and above on PARCC by ELA and Math. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test are now available. Students in the Los Alamos Public Schools demonstrated promising results. PARCC is one of the statewide standardized tests required by the New Mexico Secretary of Education.

For PARCC scores for each school district in New Mexico, visit

CVNM Action Fund Endorses Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard For Commissioner Of Public Lands

on July 17, 2018 - 3:40pm
Stephanie Garcia Richard
 
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), the state’s leading political advocacy voice for sound environmental policies that support healthy communities, announced Monday its endorsement of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard for New Mexico Land Commissioner via its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund.
 
“Rep. Garcia Richard has been vocal and ambitious in her plans for environmental protection,” said Ben Shelton, CVNM’s Political and Legislative sirector. “Rep.

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