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FBI To Hold Diversity Recruiting Event In Albuquerque

on July 17, 2019 - 7:03am
FBI News:
 
The Albuquerque FBI Division will hold a recruiting event next month to encourage members of underrepresented communities - especially women and minorities - to consider becoming Special Agents.
 
The Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event is 6-9 p.m., Aug. 20 in Albuquerque.
 
 
"The FBI is stronger when it better represents the communities it serves," said James Langenberg, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in New Mexico.

Kirtland Air Force Base Releases RFP For New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System

on July 17, 2019 - 6:09am
Minuteman III ICBM launches during an operational test. An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 2:42 a.m. Pacific May 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM is the follow-on to the aging Minuteman III, which first became operational in the mid-1960s. The GBSD program is managed by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill AFB, Utah.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AFB The Air Force released a request for proposals Tuesday for its

Secretary Of State Releases Amendment To Campaign Finance Rule; Announces Public Input Process

on July 17, 2019 - 5:59am
SOS Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released Tuesday a draft amendment to the state’s Campaign Finance Rule and announced a public hearing in the state’s capital to gather community input about the draft amendment.
 
The amendment was mandated by the passage of Senate Bill 3 during the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session, which directed the Secretary of State to promulgate rules in order to implement the changes to the Campaign Reporting Act (“the Act”) contained in Senate Bill 3. 
 
“The proposed amendment to the

Weekly Fishing Report: July 17

on July 17, 2019 - 5:49am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather has entered what we like to call “monsoon season” here in the Southwest.
 
Mornings may start out warm and clear. In the afternoon, thunderstorms develop over the mountains due to the heating of the air, which causes it to rise. Once it cools down enough, the moisture in the clouds starts to condense and fall as rain (even sometimes hail).
 
These storms generate a lot of energy with frequent lightning strikes.

NWS: Today’s High Near 85; Tonight’s Low Around 61

on July 17, 2019 - 5:47am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 85 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 61. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Tech And Los Alamos National Laboratory Make Joint Appointment To Work On Robotics Projects

on July 16, 2019 - 5:23pm

From left, Joint appointee David Grow, Laboratory Director Thom Mason and New Mexico Tech President Stephen Wells at the ceremony to mark the joint appointment. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineer becomes first researcher hired under cooperative agreement

New Mexico Tech (NMT) and Los Alamos National Laboratory marked the first scientific staff appointment under their cooperative agreement at a July 11 ceremony held at the Laboratory and attended by NMT President Stephen Wells and Laboratory Director Thom Mason.

Appointee David Grow will work as an R&D Engineer with the Laboratory’s

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Selected For National Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship

on July 16, 2019 - 4:58pm

Speaker Brian Egolf

NM Legislature News:

SANTA FE – Speaker of the House of Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) has been selected for the national Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.

The program will bring together elected officials who have shown exceptional leadership and the ability to work across party lines.

Speaker Egolf was nominated for the Fellowship by Tobias Read, the State Treasurer of Oregon, and is one of only 24 elected political “rising stars” from around the country to be chosen.

“Speaker Egolf has been a long-time champion for New Mexico

FBI Seeks Public’s Assistance In Identifying Body Found In Trunk Of Burning Car Near Church Rock

on July 16, 2019 - 4:24pm
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating a body that was found in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock.
 
The vehicle, believed to be a Dodge Avenger SXT, was discovered on fire Monday morning off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock.
 
The body, which was badly burned, was taken to the state Office of the Medical Investigator for determination of cause of death and identification.
 
Anybody with information about this incident, or who recalls seeing anything suspicious in the area between the hours of 6 a.m.

Maggie Toulouse Oliver: It’s Time to Abolish ICE

on July 16, 2019 - 10:10am

From the Maggie Toulouse Oliver For Senate Campaign:
  • Agency Created to Fight Terrorism Now Creates Terror in U.S.

SANTA FE -- New Mexico Secretary of State and candidate for U.S. Senate Maggie Toulouse Oliver called today for the federal government to do away with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency saying that it has overstepped its original mission and is actually undermining safety and stability in American communities.
 

“It’s time to abolish ICE,” Toulouse Oliver said. “ICE was created to stop terrorism and keep Americans safe.

Udall, Heinrich: $1 Million Grant For Veterans Housing

on July 16, 2019 - 6:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust in partnership with New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority will receive a $1 million competitive grant for a Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
The U.S.

NWS: Today’s High Near 86; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on July 16, 2019 - 6:47am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 86 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Luján Calls On Nexstar And AT&T/DirecTV To End Blackout Of News Programs In New Mexico

on July 15, 2019 - 6:24pm

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speake Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) called on Nexstar and AT&T/DirecTV to restore access to critical news programs in New Mexico as the two companies continue negotiations.

In the letter to Nexstar Chief Executive Officer Perry Sook and AT&T/DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, Luján, Haaland and Torres Small criticized that ongoing negotiations have put their constituents at risk because of a loss of access to KRQE and Fox New

Single Vehicle Fatal Crash On I-25 In Santa Fe County

on July 15, 2019 - 6:08pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash Sunday on Interstate 25 at about mile post 277 in Santa Fe County.  

The initial investigation indicates a 2007 Corvette was traveling south on Cerrillos Road at a high rate of speed. The driver took the south bound ramp onto Interstate 25 and for reasons unknown, the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled. 

The driver, Hector Hugo Madrid Gutierrez, 22, of Rio Rancho was ejected and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Gutierrez was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Valerie Plame Off To Strongest Start In New Mexico 3rd Congressional District Race

on July 15, 2019 - 5:52pm

Valerie Plame

From the Valerie Plame For CD3 Campaign:

SANTA FE Valerie Plame announces the strongest fundraising haul in the Democratic primary race for the New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, according to FEC filings.

Plame reports having raised $236,373.44 and received 3,889 individual donations. Her campaign reports that her average donation was just $60.78. Candidate filings were due today for the 2nd quarter, which covered April 1 to June 30. 

Plame raised the most money for the quarter despite having announced her campaign roughly halfway through the quarter, on May 9.

“I’m

LANL Director Thom Mason Shares Plans For Working With Local Communities During RCLC Board Meeting

on July 15, 2019 - 9:25am
LANL Director Thom Mason briefs board members Friday during the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Council Chambers at Española City Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Councilor and RCLC liaison David Izraelevitz, right, speaks with LANL Director Thom Mason, left, as RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, second from left, and Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA “It’s a scary world out there,” Los Alamos National

Los Alamos Scientists Abigail Hunter And Shea Mosby Win 2019 Presidential Early Career Awards

on July 15, 2019 - 8:24am

Abigail Hunter and Shea Mosby are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Abigail Hunter, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Computational Physics Division, and Shea Mosby, of the Laboratory’s Physics Division, have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

“Abigail has become a technical thought leader within the Laboratory’s weapons program and our materials modeling community, as well as an internationally recognized expert in materials science and the physics of solid-state materials,”

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small: Over $3.2 Million To Help Modernize Pueblo Of Laguna Wastewater Systems

on July 15, 2019 - 8:19am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small have announced that the Pueblo of Laguna was awarded $3,242,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for three projects to renovate and improve wastewater infrastructure in Seama Village, Paquate Village, and New Laguna Village.
 
The funding will help modernize the Pueblo of Laguna’s wastewater systems, eliminating the use of septic tanks and connecting residents to sewer services.
 
The projects will benefit 1,241 residents in

New Report Card From Retake Our Democracy Reveals Who Has Real Power In State Legislature

on July 15, 2019 - 8:10am

Courtesy/Retake Our Democracy

From Retake Our Democracy:

SANTA FE – We can no longer tolerate New Mexico’s 49th or 50th place on so many social and economic indicators.

We did well in the 2019 Legislative Session, but we can do much better.

The 2019 New Mexico Legislative Report Card from Retake Our Democracy reveals the inner workings of our state’s legislature––the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling. This report will inspire people to show up, speak up, and take action to make the changes we need in our state. Read the full report here.

Retake Our Democracy volunteers tracked 46

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Fights For Communities Impacted By PFAS Contamination

on July 15, 2019 - 6:56am
 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight last week for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Earlier this year, the New Mexico delegation introduced the PFAS Damages Act to provide relief to communities and businesses affected by PFAS, including farms and ranches in New Mexico that have been upended by PFAS contamination from Cannon Air

NMFO: ‘Half Brothers’ Begins Filming In New Mexico

on July 15, 2019 - 6:46am
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen has announced that the feature film “Half Brothers,” a moving comedy with heart in the vein of “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Green Book” and “Rain Man,” is starting production today in New Mexico.
 
Based in Albuquerque, “Half Brothers” will film ithrough late August, shooting on locations in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Cedar Crest, Los Lunas and Hatch.
 
The movie will employ approximately 150 New Mexico crew members, 30 New Mexico actors and stunt performers, and 300 background players.

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján Named REFORMA Legislator Of The Year

on July 15, 2019 - 6:24am
REFORMA named U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Legislator of the Year. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd at the REFORMA event in which he was named Legislator of the Year. Courtesy photo
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. REFORMA - The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking has named Assistant Speaker U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico Legislator of the Year for his ongoing commitment to improving library services at the national and local levels.
 
Luján gained the attention of the REFORMA

New Mexico Supreme Court Vacates Death Sentences Of The Last Inmates On Death Row

on July 15, 2019 - 6:19am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The State Supreme Court has set aside the death sentences of the only inmates awaiting execution in New Mexico, concluding that their sentences were unlawfully disproportionate in comparison to the penalties imposed in similar murder cases.
 
In a divided decision, three justices sent the cases of Timothy Allen and Robert Fry back to a District Court in San Juan County to impose sentences of life imprisonment.
 
New Mexico repealed the death penalty a decade ago for murders committed after July 1, 2009. However, the death sentences of Allen and Fry remained in

NWS: Today’s High Near 83; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on July 15, 2019 - 6:18am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with a 40 percent chance of rain and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Visitor Spending At National Wildlife Refuges Boosts Local Economies By $3.2 Billion

on July 14, 2019 - 3:15pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced that 53.6 million people visited national wildlife refuges in 2017, which had an economic impact of $3.2 billion on local communities and supported more than 41,000 jobs.
 
The figures come from a new economic report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service titled Banking on Nature 2017: The Economic Contributions of National Wildlife Refuge Recreational Visitation to Local Communities. The report is the sixth in a series of studies since 1997 that measure the economic contributions of national

Comment Period For Santa Fe Mountains Project Scoping Extended To Wednesday July 17

on July 14, 2019 - 7:35am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the scoping period for the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency (SFMLR) project until Wednesday, July 17, 2019, because of a technical issue with the comment submission inbox that may have made some comments undeliverable. The 30-day comment period was scheduled to end July 10.
 
“Comments received during the scoping period literally help us determine the scope of the entire project,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said.

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