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Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Feb. 26

on February 21, 2018 - 3:33pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. Possibly starting Monday, Feb. 26.  
 
The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and McClure Reservoirs.
 
Impacts from the hand and aerial ignitions are expected to be minimal due to this being a second entry prescribed burn into this particular

AG Balderas & Bipartisan Coalition Of Attorneys General Urge Congress To Pass The CLOUD Act

on February 21, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE In a bipartisan letter signed by Attorney General Hector Balderas and the attorneys general of 35 other states, the National Association of Attorneys General today urged Congress to pass the Clarify Lawful Overseas Use of Data (“CLOUD”) Act.  
 
The CLOUD Act would update and amend several provisions of the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”).
 
“It’s absurd and contrary to the rule of law that global corporations would seek to shield evidence of horrific crimes like child exploitation and murder committed in the United States

Shooting At Albuquerque Downs And Casino

on February 21, 2018 - 11:50am
 
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Around 1 a.m. today, agents with the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau were called to investigate a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of the Downs and Casino on Louisiana and Central in Albuquerque.
 
Agents learned that an unknown male suspect shot a 42-year-old year old male victim. The victim was struck by the gunfire and transported to an area hospital for what is believed to be life threatening injuries.

FBI: Armed Man Robs Wells Fargo In Pojoaque

on February 21, 2018 - 7:03am

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

An armed man robbed Wells Fargo Tuesday afternoon in Pojoaque.

The suspect is described as approximately 5'7" tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He wore a dark ski mask, dark jacket, gloves and a dark pair of pants with a checkered pattern.

At approximately 3:02 p.m., the suspect entered the bank at 3 W. Gutierrez St., Santa Fe, and displayed a handgun.

He demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect left the bank.

The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the

Santa Fe National Forest Hiring Vets For Fire Duty

on February 21, 2018 - 6:34am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest seeks to hire five Veterans to form a crew in support of wildland fire operations for three or more months beginning in May.
 
Duty location is the Pecos District Ranger Office in Pecos, and work will primarily be in support of the hazardous fuels program. VIWF crew members will earn Federal Civil Service pay and benefits at the GS-3 pay grade, and receive crew housing if needed.
 
The Santa Fe National Forest’s Veterans in Wildland Fire (VIWF) – Hazardous Fuels Program 2018 is an opportunity for

National Organization For Women PAC Endorses Deb Haaland For Congress

on February 21, 2018 - 6:18am
 

The National Organization for Women PAC has announced its endorsement of Deb Haaland for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District. Courtesy photo

 

NOW News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Momentum continues to build as the National Organization for Women PAC (NOW) announced its endorsement of Deb Haaland for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District.
 
NOW is the largest organization of grassroots feminists in the country. Haaland is an active and ardent supporter of NOW and its mission and will be a forceful voice for women in Congress.

Attorney General Hector Balderas Statement Regarding Phil Griego Sentencing

on February 20, 2018 - 6:23am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Friday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding the sentencing of Phil Griego:
 
"New Mexico has long been victimized by abuse and corruption and we will continue to fight on behalf of all New Mexicans. While we felt more accountability was in order, we respect the Court’s attention to this case, as well as its authority to decide the term of incarceration."
 

National Hispanic Cultural Center Premieres Documentary On Acclaimed Folklorist Nasario García

on February 20, 2018 - 6:15am
Acclaimed folklorist and author Nasario García will be at the premiere of the documentary ‘Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco’ Thursday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

NHCC News:

SANTA FE ― The documentary, Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco, a film about landscape and memory, will have its National Hispanic Cultural Center premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Bank of America Theatre, 1701 4th St SW in Albuquerque.

The film is presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

Officials Respond To Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct In New Mexico Democratic Party

on February 20, 2018 - 5:42am
STATE News:
 
Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and New Mexico Rep. Angelica Rubio released the following statement Thursday in response to recent news of sexual harassment allegations in the Democratic Party of New Mexico:
 
“As Democrats, we believe that all people deserve to be treated with respect. We stand with the silence-breakers who have come forward in recent months—in New Mexico and around the country—to share their stories of sexual harassment and sexual abuse.

Lujan Grisham Urges OMB Director Mick Mulvaney To Visit Communities In New Mexico

on February 20, 2018 - 5:29am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. During the House Budget Committee’s hearing on President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to visit New Mexico and see first-hand how the President’s proposed cuts would impact middle-class families and vulnerable populations in the state.
 
The cuts proposed in President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget include:
  • $1.4 trillion cut to Medicaid;
  • $500 billion cut to Medicare;
  • $72 billion cut to disability programs, including Social Security; and
  • $213 billion cut to

Luján: What President's Day Means To Me

on February 19, 2018 - 3:59pm
By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District

When I was young, I remember reading about great Presidents in American history. I read about the accomplishments of Presidents like Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt. They carried heavy burdens understanding the effect of every decision they made. They also represented the best of American values, and inspired younger generations to carry those values into their daily lives and into their hopes and dreams.

Being President of the United States comes with tremendous responsibility.

New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Convictions Of Roswell Man For 2014 Murder

on February 19, 2018 - 2:54pm

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed today the convictions of Steven Lee Lucero for a 2014 killing in Roswell.

In a unanimous decision, the Court found there was sufficient evidence to support a jury’s verdict convicting Lucero of felony murder and conspiracy to commit felony murder. The victim, Isaiah Sanchez, was beaten and fatally stabbed after being lured to a house in Roswell as part of a plan by Lucero to steal Sanchez’s truck. Lucero enlisted the help of his ex-wife, his brother and the brother’s girlfriend.

SFNF: President’s Day Holiday Closure, Feb. 19

on February 18, 2018 - 9:58am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of President’s Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Feb. 20.
 
In honor of President’s Day, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Feb. 19.
 
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System. Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed for the winter,

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Honors Black History Month

on February 18, 2018 - 6:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, cosponsor of a resolution authored by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) marking February as Black History Month, released the following statement honoring the contributions of African Americans in New Mexico and across the nation:
 
“Each February, we celebrate the immeasurable and indelible contributions that African Americans have made to our state and our nation.

NMED Accepting Grant Applications For Scrap Tire, Illegal Dumping, And Recycling

on February 18, 2018 - 6:44am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is now accepting applications for 2018-2019 Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Fund grants for scrap tire management, illegal dumping abatement, and recycling projects.
 
Municipalities, counties, solid waste authorities, cooperative associations (as defined in the RAID Act), land grant communities, pueblos, tribes, and nations are eligible for funds totaling $900,000. Two-thirds of the fund is available for scrap tire projects, and one-third is available for other projects.

Scenes From Pajarito Cliffs Crime Site

on February 17, 2018 - 5:47pm

Los Alamos Police Officers and law enforcement officials from neighboring agencies pursued this vehicle to Espanola early Saturday morning. The two tires reportedly came off the rims shortly after the vehicle headed out of Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Department Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero looks on as New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields uses a three dimension camera to map the crime scene this afternoon outside Building 4 at the Pajarito Cliffs Site. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields

New Mexico State Police Investigate Los Alamos Police Department Shooting

on February 17, 2018 - 5:46pm
NMSP News:
 
Early this morning, February 17, 2018, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) were involved in a police shooting. The New Mexico State Police was asked to investigate this shooting.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed that the LAPD has been investigating numerous burglaries at the Pajarito Cliffs Site (PCS) county buildings, located at 1001 Camino Entrada, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. LAPD officers were conducting surveillance outside these buildings due to the burglaries.
 
Around 3:30 a.m.

FBI, Navajo Nation Seek Help Identifying Body Found In Shiprock Fire

on February 17, 2018 - 5:22pm
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are seeking to identify a body found in a burned trailer in Shiprock, New Mexico.
 
The fire on Mesa Farm Road 4th Lane South was reported early Thursday morning, Feb. 8. The body of an unknown male was discovered inside the trailer.
 
The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Anyone with information on the victim’s identity is asked to contact the FBI at 505.889.1300.
 
The San Juan County Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.

News Alert: Officer Involved Shooting In Los Alamos

on February 17, 2018 - 10:58am

News Alert:

An officer involved shooting occurred this morning in Los Alamos. No injuries have been reported at this time.

New Mexico State Police have been called in to investigate. Details on what led up to the shooting have not yet been released.

Check back for more on this developing story.

 

New Mexico Teachers Receive Training On Award-winning Financial Education Program In Los Alamos

on February 17, 2018 - 7:47am
UCEC News:
 
Sponsored by Nusenda Credit Union and in partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association, the University of Cincinnati Economics Center is offering two 60-minute training sessions for $martPath, an online teaching resource focused on financial literacy.
 
These training sessions are 10-11 a.m. and 1:15-2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown in Los Alamos.
 
$martPath is an engaging, interactive, and easy-to-use way for teachers in grades 1-8 to embed relevant economic and financial education into their classrooms.

NMED Secretary Tongate And AG Balderas On Lawsuits Against Gold King Mine Contractor Ruling

on February 17, 2018 - 7:43am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Wednesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Butch Tongate released a joint statement regarding a federal judge’s ruling that lawsuits filed by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor will proceed:
 
“We are pleased that our lawsuit against EPA's contractor, Environmental Restoration LLC, will proceed, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navajo Nation to recoup the damages done to our environment, cultural sites, and our economy.”

Los Alamos Learns About New Mexico Museum Of Art's 100 Year History

on February 17, 2018 - 7:26am

New Mexico Museum of Art Docent Lee Manning discusses the museum's history Thursday night at projectY. Manning said the presentation is part of the museum's celebration of its 100th birthday. He has done the presentation several times in Santa Fe, starting in September and Manning explained he will be back up in Los Alamos Thursday to present at the Kiwansis Club. He added he also will share his presentation in March at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the White Rock Senior Center and Aspen Ridge and Sombrillo.

Scenes From SGR’s Final ‘Sine Die’ Event

on February 16, 2018 - 3:34pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (SGR), right, with Los Alamos Democrat Amy Storey and friend Thursday afternoon at the Santa Fe Spirits Downtown Tasting Room for SGRs 4th and final ‘sine die’ celebration to mark the end of the legislative session in Santa Fe. This is her final ‘sine die’ event because she is running for New Mexico Land Commissioner. If elected, she will make history as the first female and first Hispanic to hold that office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

SGR with House Speaker Brian Egolf Thursday at her ‘sine die’ event. Photo by Carol A.

Steve Pearce Qualifies For Ballot As Sole GOP Candidate For Governor Of New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:16am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has officially qualified for the primary ballot as the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico.
 
According to the Secretary of State, the Bureau of Elections has reviewed Pearce's declaration of candidacy, nomination petitions, and certificate of registration and has determined they are all in proper order and timely filed.
 
"It's a great honor to officially be the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico," Pearce said.

Flu Activity Still Rising In New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:13am

NMDOH News:

Seasonal flu activity remains high in both our state and nationwide.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico.

NMDOH reports 28 flu-related deaths and 100 pneumonia related deaths in adults so far in the 2017-2018 flu season.

Flu-related hospitalizations, especially in those aged 65 and older, continue to steadily increase.since October, the department has investigated 27-flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, a number that is already more than the number of outbreaks

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