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Reps. Chandler, Gonzales, McQueen Co-Sponsoring Bill To Protect Native Wildlife And Companion Animals

on January 20, 2019 - 10:40am
Photo by J. E. Newman
WildEarth Guardians News:
ALBUQUERQUE—Drivers in Albuquerque and Las Cruces are confronting a brutal reality about wildlife management in New Mexico thanks to a series of billboards, bus shelter ads, and bus banners recently unveiled by WildEarth Guardians.
The billboards feature a bobcat in a steel leg-hold trap with the message “Trapping is Torture: Protect Public Lands.” The billboards were deployed this month in an effort to mobilize popular support to support for a New Mexico legislative campaign to ban trapping on public lands.
It’s a message New

Luján Statement On President Trump’s Speech

on January 20, 2019 - 10:31am

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

SANTA FE – Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the President’s address:

“What the American people were expecting to see today was immediate action to open the federal government. There is no reason that 800,000 federal employees continue to be held hostage due to the President’s failed leadership. Small businesses and local governments across America are being hurt as a result of the Trump shutdown.

“Democrats have been clear from day one.

Morales Adds Visibility To Lieutenant Governor’s Role

on January 20, 2019 - 9:54am
Lt. Gov. Howie Morales on the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session Tuesday at the Roundhouse. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Lt. Gov. Howie Morales Tuesday on the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
A bell on a desk greeted visitors to the lieutenant governor's office during Howie Morales' first couple weeks on the job.
Ring for service, a sign said.
Not particularly glamorous, it seemed to sum up the office of lieutenant governor, which

New Mexico True Collaborates For National Park Gateway Communities

on January 20, 2019 - 9:47am
New Mexico True is collaborating for National Park Gateway Communities. Courtesy/MTD
NMTD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Tourism Department—in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department—launched a new campaign including a consumer webpage to minimize negative impact of the partial federal government shutdown to gateway communities.
New Mexico and its 15 National Park Service (NPS) units have been directly impacted by the partial shutdown.

New Mexico Unemployment Rate 4.7% In December

on January 20, 2019 - 9:31am
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) report showing New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December 2018, up from 4.6 percent in November and down from 6.0 percent a year ago.
The national unemployment rate in December was 3.9 percent, up from 3.7 percent in November and down from 4.1 percent in December 2017.
Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 20,400 jobs, or 2.4 percent, between December 2017 and December 2018. Most of the aggregate gains came from the private sector, which was up 19,000

SFCC Faculty And Staff Exhibition Opening Jan. 22

on January 20, 2019 - 9:21am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents an exhibition by faculty and staff members at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.
The exhibition opens 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22 and closes with a reception Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The SFCC School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts offers comprehensive coursework in fine arts design, media arts, dance, drama and performance. Associate degrees in Architecture, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Photography and Professional Crafts are offered.

New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites Offering Free Admission To Furloughed Federal Employees & Their Families During Government Shutdown

on January 20, 2019 - 9:10am
Jemez Ruins at Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Springs. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites are offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and their families during the government shutdown.
“New Mexico's Department of Cultural Affairs is opening doors at all of our facilities to furloughed federal government workers and their families,” said Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego. “Our goal is to support the furloughed worker.”
DCA will be offering free admission at all

U.S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

on January 20, 2019 - 8:42am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
“Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long,” Udall said. “New Mexicans shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer at the mercy of corporate executives padding their bottom line.

Ringside Seat: Keep An Open Capitol

on January 19, 2019 - 11:48am
The east entrance to the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
One of several statues and sculptures on the grounds of the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Dist. 40 House Rep. Joseph Sanchez, right, (Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba and San Miguel counties) looks over the rotunda Tuesday at the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
What a spectacular place the New Mexico Capitol is.
Millions of dollars of artworks line the

NMHU: Ruthy Watson Keynote Speaker At Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event Monday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:49am
Ruthy Watson
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Ruthy Watson of New Mexico Highlands will deliver the keynote address for the Santa Fe Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. event commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 21.
Watson directs the HU – Center for Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support at Highlands. She speaks at the New Mexico Roundhouse rotunda at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 21.
“We believe Dr. Watson’s presentation will excite the audience and encourage them to be active as they address the challenges identified by Dr. King throughout his life,” said Cedric Page, chair of the MLK, Jr.

House Democrats Announce ‘Rocket Docket’ Bills

on January 19, 2019 - 10:38am
NMHD News:
SANTA FE Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and House Democrats have announced the House bills that will be on the “rocket docket” for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
House Democrats are eager to expedite these bipartisan bills to create economic progress for New Mexicans and keep the legislature moving forward in this historic legislative session.
The following House bills will be on the rocket docket:

Rep. Joseph Sanchez Sponsors Bill To Help Families Of Missing Persons

on January 19, 2019 - 10:20am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Rep. Joseph Sanchez (D-Alcalde) introduced House Bill 16 in the House of Representatives.
House Bill 16 would require the state’s Department of Public Safety to share pertinent missing persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, created by the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.
“One of my constituents has been deeply impacted by this issue,” Rep. Joseph Sanchez said.

GOP On Sanctity Of Human Life Sunday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:10am
From the Republican Party of New Mexico:
Many churches across the nation will shed light on the issue of life and the unborn this Sunday, Jan. 20, which is recognized as the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
Few people are aware that New Mexico has become the late term abortion capitol of the country and has become a late term abortion magnet.

GOP Blasts Idea Of Paying New Mexico Legislators

on January 19, 2019 - 10:01am
Republicans in the state House of Representatives are blasting a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow legislators to receive a salary.
House Joint Resolution 5 would ask voters to create a commission that would set pay for statewide elected officials and lawmakers, who currently receive a daily stipend but no annual salary.
In a statement, House GOP leaders signaled they would not support the measure in the face of proposals by Democrats to raise taxes.
"House Republicans are standing against the Democrat plan to raise

Shutdown Hurting Workers Outside Government

on January 19, 2019 - 9:12am

Peter Brill, president of Sarcon, looks at blueprints for the Spectra Hangars Thursday at his office. His plan to begin the construction in early January was halted by the government shutdown. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican



Federal employees and contractors aren’t the only ones suffering because of the government's nearly monthlong partial shutdown.

A local construction company with an $8.4 million contract to build two new hangars for private aviation companies at the Santa Fe Airport is unable to begin work on the project because it needs

Bill Seeks Voter OK To Pay Legislators A Salary

on January 19, 2019 - 7:50am
Roberto ‘Bobby’ J. Gonzales, D-Ranchos De Taos, sits in the House chambers Tuesday, the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Roberto ‘Bobby’ J. Gonzales, D-Ranchos De Taos, takes the oath of office in the House chambers Tuesday in Santa Fe. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales has been in the state House of Representatives for nearly 25 years. Plenty of colleagues have come and gone.

UNM Student Esteban Abeyta Selected To Study At University Of Cambridge As Churchill Scholar

on January 19, 2019 - 7:40am

Churchill Scholar Esteban Abeyta

UNM News:

Receiving the Churchill Scholarship is an honor bestowed upon a very select cohort of college students from across the U.S.

The University of New Mexico’s Esteban Abeyta, a senior biochemistry major and honors minor, can now count himself as one of the scholarship’s elite.

The Churchill Scholarship was awarded to Abeyta for one year of master’s study at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The award covers full tuition, a stipend, travel costs, and the chance to apply for a $2,000 special research grant.

The Scholarship was set up

New Mexico State Police Seize 956 Pounds Of Marijuana At Gallup Port Of Entry In Two Days

on January 19, 2019 - 7:13am

NMSP seize 391 pounds of marijuana at the Gallup port of entry. Courtesy photo

Eaid Gheith and Cemil Durgut are booked into the Gallup-McKinley County Detention Center. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

GALLUP  The New Mexico State Police seized 391 pounds of marijuana Tuesday, out of a car hauler carrying two SUV’s at the Gallup port of entry.

The very next day two men were arrested at the Gallup port of entry when state police officers found 381 pounds of marijuana and 183 pounds of drug paraphernalia in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

While officers conducted a safety inspection on the CMV

Rep. Gonzales Remarks On Taos Avalanche

on January 19, 2019 - 7:10am
Rep. Roberto Gonzales
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Thursday, an avalanche fell just before noon at Taos Ski Valley leaving one skier dead and one critically injured.
Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales (D-Ranchos de Taos) released the following statement:
“I am grateful to the ski patrol, first responders, and good Samaritans that responded instantly and without hesitation. Our community sends our thoughts, prayers, and will hold close the victims and families of those affected.”

NWS: Today’s High Near 40 With Sunny Skies

on January 19, 2019 - 6:53am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 40 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 21. Courtesy/NWS

Officials Identify Man killed In Taos Ski Valley Avalanche

on January 18, 2019 - 10:31pm
Matthew Zonghetti in an undated high school photo provided by The Sun Chronicle in Massachusetts. Courtesy/The Sun Chronicle

Officials have confirmed the identity of the skier killed Thursday in an inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley as Matthew Zonghetti, 26, of Mansfield, Mass.

The second skier caught in the avalanche remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at University of New Mexico Hospital, according to Alex Sanchez, public information officer for the facility. His name has not yet been confirmed by officials.

According to WHDH-7News

Chief Justice: NM Court System In Better Shape

on January 18, 2019 - 6:41pm
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura delivers her State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura told a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday the state's justice system, which her predecessor described in 2017 as a patient on life support, is beginning to breathe on its own.
Nakamura said funding appropriated over the past two years means the judicial branch

FBI: Man Wearing LSU Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on January 18, 2019 - 6:34pm

Suspect wanted in bank robbery in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI


FBI News:


An unknown man wearing a purple LSU baseball cap this afternoon robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, approximately 5'5" tall, with a slim build. He had brown hair and mild acne scaring. The suspect wore a purple LSU baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket, and wore multiple rings on his left hand.
At approximately

Christine Chandler Sworn In As House Dist. 43 Representative; Committee Assignments Announced

on January 18, 2019 - 10:36am

Christine Chandler of Los Alamos is sworn in Tuesday on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives as Dist. 43 Rep. for Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rep. Christine Chandler, center, celebrates her formal swearing in to office Tuesday with her husband George Chandler and Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard who previously held the Dist. 43 seat before her election in November to lead the New Mexico State Land Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

House of Representatives News:

SANTA FE –  In an

Udall Calls For Action On Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill ... To Reopen Federal Government

on January 18, 2019 - 9:45am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the 27th day of the longest government shutdown in American history, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to demand action on the bipartisan Interior appropriations bill passed by the House last week, H.R. 266 -- a move that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked.