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FBI: Man In Gray Suit Robs Albuquerque Bank

on May 23, 2018 - 8:44am
FBI News:
 
An armed man wearing a gray suit robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Monday, May 21, 2018.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'8” tall, with dark brown hair, a thin mustache, and a skinny build. He wore a gray suit with pinstripes, a white dress shirt, black frame glasses with clear lenses, and black tennis shoes.
 
At approximately 4:33 p.m., the suspect entered Bank of America, 5600 Lomas Boulevard, NE, and passed a demand note and a bag to a teller. The suspect also lifted his jacket to reveal a pistol in a holster on his belt.

AG Balderas Files Counterclaims And Answers in Texas v. New Mexico Water Lawsuit

on May 23, 2018 - 7:28am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General:

  • Balderas Now Executing His New Strategy After Last King Action Has Been Heard by the Supreme Court

LAS CRUCES – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he’s filed counterclaims and answers to Texas and the U.S. government in the Texas v. New Mexico water lawsuit making it clear that New Mexico’s traditionally underrepresented populations have been taken advantage of for decades by the parties.

Balderas, raised in rural New Mexico, understands that this case is about protecting working

Letter To The Editor: Pete Sheehey Can Be Counted On To Faithfully Represent Dist. 43 Citizens

on May 23, 2018 - 6:59am
By ROBERT WELLS
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Democrats (plus others in House District 43) have to choose in the upcoming New Mexico primary election for State Representative (June 5, with early voting open through June 2) between two Los Alamos County Councilors, Pete Sheehey, a retired LANL scientist, and Christine Chandler, an attorney.

I have supported both Pete and Chris in each of their previous campaigns, but my choice in this election is Pete Sheehey.

Lujan Grisham Releases Workforce Training And Development Policy

on May 23, 2018 - 6:30am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of Michelle Lujan Grisham:

  • Preparing New Mexicans for the high-paying jobs of the future

 

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham has released her Workforce Training and Development Policy.

 

“As governor, my focus will be creating and building upon economic opportunities for New Mexico. That means fighting to create better-paying jobs, ensuring we keep the jobs we have, and making the investments necessary to remain competitive in our changing, global economy.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Speaks At Nature Center

on May 22, 2018 - 5:21pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján discusses environmental issues with local officials and community members gathered Sunday afternoon for a special meeting at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Valley Daily Post Publisher Eric Vazquez and his wife Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, who is running for State Land Commissioner, listen at a gathering Sunday at the nature center as U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján discusses environmental issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Rep.

House Dist. 43 Candidates Christine Chandler, Pete Sheehey And Lisa Shin Share Views At Kiwanis Club

on May 22, 2018 - 2:51pm

Candidates appearing recently at Kiwanis, from left, Lisa Shin, a Republican unopposed in the GOP Primary, and Peter T. Sheehey and Christine Chandler, both Democrats, who are running against each other in the Democratic Primary, all seeking the District 43 seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Photo by Don Casperson

 

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis CLub of Los Alamos

Three candidates for state representative in District 43 spoke recently at Kiwanis —Democrats Christine Chandler and Peter T. Sheehey and Republican Lisa Shin.

Sheehey and Chandler, both currently serving on the

New Exhibits At Millicent Rogers Museum

on May 22, 2018 - 10:12am
From the On a National Scale: Mary B. Rogers and the New American Indian Art exhibit. Courtesy photo
 

From the Earthen Temples, The Life of Adobe Churches exhibit. Courtesy/MRM
 
From the Horse Cultures of the Southwest exhibit. Courtesy/MRM
 
MRM News:
 
New exhibits at the Millicent Rogers Museum:
 
On a National Scale: Mary B. Rogers and the New American Indian Art - This new exhibit tells the story of Mary B. Rogers, Millicent Roger's mother, and her advocacy for American Indian art. Shortly before Millicent Rogers' untimely death, Mary B.

Lujan Grisham’s Record On Fighting Opioid Epidemic

on May 22, 2018 - 10:00am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

 
ALBUQUERQUE During the KOAT debate, an opponent of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s falsely claimed that she voted to take away the DEA’s authority to freeze narcotics shipments.
 
In fact, Lujan Grisham did not support S483, the bill in question. It was pushed through the U.S. House by Republicans under the suspension of the rules - meaning there was no opportunity to amend or vote on the bill. Lujan Grisham has cosponsored legislation (H.R. 4073) that would reverse the impact of this bill.
 

ABC Program Supporting Education Completes Its 17th Year With Total Donations Over $1.2 Million

on May 22, 2018 - 9:21am
SBFN News:
 
DENVER, Colo. This month schools and students are receiving $99,760 in grants from the ABC Program that supports education in Sunflower Bank and First National 1870’s communities.
 
Since the start of the ABC Program in 2001, Sunflower Bank has given away more than $1,238,000 in support of education.
 
“It is exciting to bring the possibilities of the ABC Program to all our Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 communities,” Mollie Carter, Chairman of Sunflower Bank said.

NMED: Air Quality Bureau Regulatory And SIP Bulletin

on May 22, 2018 - 8:55am
NMED News:
 
Pursuant to the federal Data Requirements Rule for the 2010 1-hour Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) to submit an annual report regarding the SO2 emissions from the San Juan Generating Station.
 
The draft SO2 Emissions Annual Report for the San Juan Generating Station is available for public comment and can be found at https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/proposed-regs/.
 
Hard copies of this report are available at various offices in Santa

FBI: Supervisory U.S. Border Patrol Agent Arrested

on May 22, 2018 - 8:24am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Jason Christopher Davis, 45, of Las Cruces, made his initial appearance May 18 in Federal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with receipt of material containing or constituting child pornography.  
 
Davis, who is employed as a Supervisory U.S. Border Patrol Agent, remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, which are scheduled for May 23.
 
The criminal complaint alleges that Davis received child pornography in April 2018, in Dona Ana County.

Letter To The Editor: Vote Christine Chandler For Dist. 43 ... A Person Of Energy, Intelligence And Integrity

on May 21, 2018 - 12:59pm
By SHEILA BROWN
Santa Fe

I highly recommend Christine Chandler for District 43, New Mexico State House.

I have known Christine for more than 30 years as a colleague, supervisor and friend. She is a person of energy, intelligence and integrity. In all the time I have known her, she has devoted herself to public service and to volunteering in the community.

As we all know, New Mexico has a serious problem with its education system. This impacts not only the   lives and futures of the children themselves, but the ability of our state economy to thrive in a highly competitive atmosphere.

FBI: Arizona Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Trafficking Charges In New Mexico

on May 21, 2018 - 12:53pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Scott Richard Lange, 55, of Phoenix, Ariz., pled guilty May 18 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to methamphetamine trafficking charges.
 
Officers of the Las Cruces Police Department arrested Lange and co-defendant Amy R. Bailey, 42, also of Phoenix, Ariz., in September 2017, on methamphetamine trafficking offenses. According to the criminal complaint, the officers executed the arrests after finding approximately 1,885.5 grams (4.16 pounds) of methamphetamine in a vehicle driven by Lange during a routine traffic stop.
 
Lange and Bailey subsequently were

New Mexico Participates In Click It Or Ticket And Seatbelt Awareness Initiative

on May 21, 2018 - 12:41pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE ― Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the kick off to the National Click It or Ticket seatbelt crackdown, which runs through June 3.
 
Additionally today, New Mexico law enforcement agencies will partner with agencies across the nation for a one-day national seat belt awareness event – called Border to Border (B2B).
 
“It’s important that we remind people that just putting on their seatbelt could save their life,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said.

Gov. Susana Martinez Announces 120 New Jobs

on May 21, 2018 - 12:11pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA TERESA Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that Corrugated Synergies International (CSI) is expanding to Santa Teresa, creating 120 new manufacturing jobs.
 
The company will invest more than $31 million in infrastructure, production equipment, and the renovation of their new facility. New Mexico beat out Nevada and Texas for the expansion.
 
"Once again, the power of New Mexico's economic development tools are on full display," Martinez said.

Udall, Heinrich Urge FCC On Rural Health Program

on May 21, 2018 - 8:40am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 30 U.S. Senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase the funding cap for a program aimed at improving the quality of health care available to patients in rural areas.
 
In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the Senators highlight the need to strengthen the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to address the shortage of broadband connectivity for rural health care providers.

Pearce Meets With Acting Secretary Of Veterans Affairs

on May 21, 2018 - 8:17am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met Wednesday with Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie to discuss the Veterans Choice Program and its benefits for veterans who live in rural and underserved communities.
 
Later Wednesday, the House voted on the VA MISSION Act, which will end the Veterans Choice Program entirely. The meeting centered around Congressman Pearce’s concern with ending the Veterans Choice Program and the impact that would have on access to care.
 
“As a veteran from a rural community, I

BLM Launches Wild Horse And Burro ‘Online Corral’ To Connect Americans With Adoptable Animals

on May 20, 2018 - 2:57pm

Courtesy/BLM

BLM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management has announced the launch of the Wild Horse and Burro “Online Corral” -- a new website focused on connecting the American public with wild horses and burros available for adoption or purchase.

The BLM also announced the 2018 wild horse and burro event schedule, featuring nearly 70 events nationwide that focus on placing wild horses and burros in good homes. To access the 2018 schedule visit the BLM wild horse and burro adoption events page at: https://on.doi.gov/2wVItz0; the Online Corral can be accessed at:

Hutchinson-Bass: Grades Strengthen Accountability In Education Preparation Programs

on May 20, 2018 - 2:44pm
By Jill Hutchinson-Bass
Santa Fe Teacher
 
I am a proud Aggie and Lobo! I graduated from New Mexico State University in 1991, the same university my paternal grandparents graduated from as teachers in the 1920’s. After I got my BA in education, I earned a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Mexico. Still, I struggled as a new teacher, starting out with so little time in the field.
 
There were things I wished I knew how to do better, such as valuing the cultural context of English Language Learners and building better relationships with students and

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Needs Christine Chandler’s Brains, Talent, Commitment Representing Us

on May 20, 2018 - 2:21pm
By Janie O'Rourke
Los Alamos

I am writing in support of Christine Chandler for Seat 43 in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Christine has all the important attributes to make her an outstanding representative for Los Alamos. She is hard working, smart as a tack, perseveres when the going gets tough, and she is completely capable of holding her own against the prevailing wind. But in addition, Christine also is capable of listening to all sides, and open to new ideas and new solutions that make sense.

Christine brings years of important experience in both the professional, as well

Shin: No Need For Financial Pain To Expand Pre-K

on May 20, 2018 - 1:31pm
By LISA SHIN
GOP Candidate
NM House Dist. 43
 
Expanding pre-K access is a positive step forward for New Mexico's children. Research shows the benefits of early education, especially for "high risk" kids living with poverty, abuse, and neglect. Chris Chandler says that “there may be financial pain” (link) involved with raiding our Land Grant Permanent Fund or raising taxes to fund more public pre-K.  In the 2019 legislative session, there will undoubtedly be another push for a constitutional amendment to do just that, with the end goal of a “universal pre-K” pipe dream.

There's a better

Udall Urges Support For NM’s Air Force Bases

on May 20, 2018 - 7:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

 
WASHINGTON — Thursday, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the FY2019 budget for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to support funding and resources for projects critical to the operations and competitiveness of Holloman, Cannon, and Kirtland Air Force bases.
 
Udall pressed Wilson and Chief of Staff of the U.S.

Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Group Of Senators Urging Trump Administration To Combat Anti-Semitism

on May 20, 2018 - 7:04am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of 41 U.S. senators urging President Donald Trump to appoint a Special Envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism, a position at the U.S. Department of State that has now remained vacant for more than 15 months.
 
In a letter to President Trump, the senators emphasized the importance of the United States leading with action to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad.
 
“There has been an acute global increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the last year, often

Notice Of Possible Quorum: LAPS Board Monday

on May 20, 2018 - 6:53am

State Police Mourn Loss of Sgt. Thomas Vitale

on May 20, 2018 - 6:53am

Sgt. Thomas Vitale

NMSP News:

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of New Mexico State Police Sgt. Thomas Vitale. Sgt. Vitale suffered an unexpected medical incident while on duty Saturday and did not survive.

Sgt. Vitale was a dedicated and hard-working member of the New Mexico State Police family, and he will be sorely missed.

Sgt. Vitale served with the New Mexico State Police for 18 years and was assigned to District 12 in Deming. He also is a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife and three children.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete

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