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RCLC Meeting Moved To Oct. 19 In Los Alamos

on September 18, 2018 - 5:25pm

RCLC News:

The September meeting of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) has been canceled due to a change in the availability of the scheduled presenter.

All actions and presentations are moved to the next regular meeting scheduled for Oct. 19 in Los Alamos. 

NFIB/New Mexico Endorses Republican Candidate Lisa Shin For State Rep. Dist. 43

on September 18, 2018 - 4:46pm

Lisa Shin

NFIB News:

Lisa Shin of Los Alamos is officially endorsed for House Dist. 43 by the National Federation of Independent Business/New Mexico.

Its small business owners statewide appreciate her alignment with their issues, her willingness to run for this important position and, most importantly, believe she will be a good leader within the New Mexico House of Representatives.

NFIB will be promoting her endorsement on the state webpage and member communication including its signature New Mexico Voter Guide that is mailed to each and every member.

Udall Named To House-Senate Conference Committee To Finalize Interior And Environment Funding

on September 18, 2018 - 9:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, has been named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies.
The conference committee includes leaders of four House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees and

Bernalillo County Champions ‘Medicaid Buy-In’

on September 18, 2018 - 9:29am
The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners, after hearing from NM Together for Healthcare leaders from Bernalillo County, passed a resolution Sept. 11 that supports the state’s commitment to exploring an innovative proposal to allow New Mexicans to purchase health insurance coverage through Medicaid -- including those who do not qualify for Medicaid or cannot afford to use their current insurance.
“The Medicaid Buy-in plan is important because insurance is very expensive, and all New Mexicans need healthcare coverage,” said Reyna Tovar, a Partnership for

Celebrate National Public Lands Day At Bandelier

on September 18, 2018 - 8:30am
Volunteers will gather Sept. 29 to help remove this invasive plant species called Mullein growing at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day is generally billed as the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
On this day, thousands of people do volunteer work such as trail maintenance and litter pickup, while others make a special point of taking the day to enjoy the public lands that belong to everyone. To celebrate this special day, many federal lands, and some state parks as well, offer free admission.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rejects Invitation To Heritage Month Celebration At White House

on September 18, 2018 - 8:07am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump rejecting his invitation to attend a reception honoring Hispanic Heritage Month and detailing the ways this administration’s rhetoric and actions have stood in stark contrast to the history and values of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The letter opens, “I write to inform you that I decline your invitation to attend a reception for Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House because your

Otero County Crash Survivor Fatally Struck By Passing Car

on September 18, 2018 - 6:25am
NMSP News:
OTERO COUNTY At about 5:30 a.m., Sept. 16, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 82 around mile post 11 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft.
The initial investigation indicated a Hyundai, driven by Jason Clapper, 35, of Alamogordo was traveling west on US 82 at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the Hyundai left the roadway and rolled. Clapper, who was wearing his seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was able to exit the vehicle.
After the crash, while standing in the west bound lane of US 82 in a dark and unlit area, Clapper was

Libertarian: End Taxation Of Currency, Gold, Silver

on September 18, 2018 - 6:17am
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Sept. 7 would eliminate capital gains taxes on most transactions conducted with precious metals.
West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney introduced the Money Metals Tax Neutrality Act, which was quickly cosponsored by Rep. French Hill of Arkansas and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho. If passed, the bill’s tax exemptions would encompass “(1) gold, silver, platinum, or palladium coins minted and issued by the (U.S.

SVHsupport Renamed Anchorum St. Vincent

on September 18, 2018 - 6:17am
ASV News:
SANTA FE — Sept. 13, Santa Fe-based SVHsupport, one of the largest nonprofit charitable organizations in the State of New Mexico providing financial and strategic support to CHRISTUS St. Vincent, has announced the company’s new name – Anchorum St. Vincent – as it celebrates its 10-year partnership with CHRISTUS Health as the 50 percent community owner of CHRISTUS St. Vincent.


Anchorum also unveiled its new vision for serving as a nonprofit community health impact organization, improving the well-being and quality of life for the people of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.

Northern Foundation Annual Gala Nov. 10

on September 18, 2018 - 6:07am
NNMC News:
Save the date for Espanola Valley’s social event of the year: The Northern Foundation 23rd Annual Gala, Saturday Nov. 10 at Ohkay Owingeh Convention Center.
Have a grand time and help raise scholarship money to create futures for Northern New Mexico College students and the communities of the Espanola Valley.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and auction items are being assepted. For information, contact Robin Duran at 505.747.2218,

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges Congress To Support Funding Under Violence Against Women Act

on September 17, 2018 - 3:47pm


Courtesy image


From the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined 55 other state and territory attorneys general to urge Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The attorneys general sent a letter earlier today to congressional leaders and the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, urging lawmakers to vote to reauthorize VAWA before it expires this year.

“Congressional leaders have a responsibility to fight for women in dangerous situations,” Balderas said.

Student Donates Celestial Tree Sculpture To Highlands

on September 17, 2018 - 3:30pm
Fine arts senior Mary Miller stands with her sculpture, Celestial Tree, that she donated to Highlands. Courtesy/Ali Romero/Media Arts
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM An 11-foot-tall steel tree sculpture depicting the total solar eclipse of 2018 is planted firmly in the earth in front of New Mexico Highlands’ Burris Hall, thanks to a donation from a fine arts student.
The university’s Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve fine arts senior Mary Miller’s Celestial Tree sculpture installation in front of the fine arts building.
“Trees are used as a symbol that connects us to

FBI: Illegal Alien Sent To Federal Prison For Trying To Drown Federal Agent

on September 17, 2018 - 2:42pm
FBI News:
A 31-year-old Illegal alien residing in Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacan, Mexico, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of assaulting a Border Patrol (BP) agent during his attempt to illegally enter the country, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Edgar Garrido-Miranda pleaded guilty Dec. 5, 2017.
Monday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered him to prison for 60 months and ordered restitution in the amount of $4,788.79. At the hearing, the court heard that this was not an accidental act on Garrido-Miranda's part.

Fall For Bach Sept. 30

on September 17, 2018 - 12:55pm
SOSF News:
Keyboard music of J.S. Bach is scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday Sept. 30, at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave. Santa Fe.
Kathleen McIntosh will perform on harpsichord and Ron McKean on organ and harpsichord.
Reserve your tickets here.

Tech Trek Summer Camp For Seventh Grade Girls Comes To New Mexico For Fifth Year

on September 17, 2018 - 12:53pm
Tech Trek NM, a residential summer camp focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for ascending 8th  grade girls, was conducted June 10-16 on the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro, sponsored by the American Association of University Women New Mexico. Courtesy photo
Madelyn Crotzer. Courtesy photo
LAMS News:
Los Alamos Middle School student Madelyn Crotzer attended Tech Trek NM June 10-16. She reflected on her camp experience to AAUW Los Alamos Branch members during their annual lunch Saturday, Sept. 15.
Participants were nominated by their science or math teacher.

American Legion Hosts Candidate Town Hall Saturday

on September 17, 2018 - 12:32pm

9:00:00 AM1Christine ChandlerNM House Rep 43Democrat
9:15:00 AM2Joseph GranvilleLA County SherifDemocrat
9:30:00 AM3David IzraelevitzLA CouncilorDemocrat
9:45:00 AM4Lisa ShinNM House Rep 43Republican
10:00:00 AM5Brady BurkeLA CouncilorRepublican
10:15:00 AM6Stephanie Garcia RichardLand ComissionerDemocrat
10:30:00 AM7Randall RytiLA CouncilorDemocrat
10:45:00 AM8Sarah ScottLA CouncilorDemocrat
11:00:00 AM9James RobinsonLA CouncilorDemocrat
11:15:00 AM10Judge Michael VigilNM Supreme Court 
11:30:00 AM11Greg WhiteLos Alamos County SherifIndependent
11:45:00 AM12Dawn VossLA CouncilorRepublican
12:00:00 PM

Auditor Johnson Warns Alamogordo About Potential ‘Job Fund’ Violations

on September 17, 2018 - 7:48am
Wayne Johnson
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson this week warned Alamogordo city leaders about potential violations of the Local Economic Development Act and other missteps as they built an entertainment venue.
Johnson says his office received more than a dozen complaints about the project, and initiated a special investigation.
“There appears to have been lots of confusion over the years as this project staggered along,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, such chaos creates an environment that is ripe for waste or abuse.

Scenes From GOP Picnic At Urban Park Sunday

on September 17, 2018 - 7:44am

Republican candidates running for local and state offices gathered for a community picnic sponsored by Dist. 28 Rep. Jimmie C. Hall Sunday afternoon at Urban Park. From left, Court of Appeals Judge Hank Bohnhoff (incumbent) Municipal Judge Alan Kirk (incumbent), Rep. Jimmie Hall, Brady Burke (county council), Lisa Shin (Dist. 43), John Bliss (county council), Dawn Voss (county council) and James Whitehead (sheriff). Photo by John

Scene from GOP picnic Sunday at Urban Park. Photo by John

Candidates from left, Lisa Shin (Dist.

Balderas On EPA Rollback Of Methane Emission Regs

on September 17, 2018 - 6:16am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
From the Office of the Attorney General:
Attorney General Hector Balderas issued this statement Sept. 11, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s dangerous plan to roll back methane regulations:
“By rolling back critical methane waste regulations, President Trump’s EPA continues to put industry profits before New Mexican families’ safety and our environment.
“Wasting New Mexico’s natural resources not only harms our families, but jeopardizes our precious environment, so I will continue to fight these harmful acts with every tool

Business Breakfast With Chandler And Shin Sept. 20

on September 17, 2018 - 6:07am

Lujan Grisham Requests Funding For National Caregiving Grants

on September 17, 2018 - 6:06am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) led a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) to request $10 million in Care Corps grant funding in the fiscal year 2019 LHHS Appropriations bill.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been working to enact and fund Care Corps grants since her first term in Congress.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Announces Strong Funding For NM Priorities In Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

on September 16, 2018 - 6:13am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced major wins for New Mexico in the Energy and Water appropriations bill, which was part of the minibus funding package that passed the House Thursday.
“This funding package makes significant investments in New Mexico, providing key federal resources for our local infrastructure, science and innovation initiatives, and clean energy programs.
“One of my priorities has long been to ensure local communities are made whole for the work they have completed with the Army

NHCC Hosts Bless Me, Ultima Reading Oct. 14

on September 16, 2018 - 5:58am
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will present a beginning-to-end reading of Rudolfo Anaya's acclaimed novel, Bless Me, Ultima Sunday, Oct. 14.
The reading will take place in the NHCC Art Museum where an exhibition, La Ultima Exhibición, enters its final month.
Over 40 dignitaries, New Mexico authors, youth (including school students), adults and elders will read, each for 15 minutes, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The reading is free and open to the public with museum entrance fee.

Udall Addresses National Congress Of American Indians

on September 16, 2018 - 5:25am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday at its 2018 Tribal Unity Impact Days.
In his remarks, Udall discussed the committee’s work to achieve Indian Country’s priorities and his commitment to fighting for issues vital to tribal communities – including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and strengthening its tribal provisions. Udall also highlighted his concerns regarding U.S.

Lightning Sparks Bales Fire On Cuba Ranger District

on September 16, 2018 - 4:24am

SFNF News:

Lightning has sparked the Bales Fire on the Cuba Ranger District og the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Start Date: Smoke reported Sept. 14
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 14 acres
  • Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Fuels: Mixed conifer, dead and down
  • Weather: Partly cloudy, winds out of southwest 5-10 mph
  • Resources: 50 personnel

Situation: The Bales Fire is in the Bales Canyon area along Forest Road 534 approximately two and one half miles southwest of the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.