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New Mexico Museum Of Art Announces Exhibition Of Patrick Nagatani’s Photographs

on April 12, 2018 - 9:32pm
Patrick Nagatani, Trinitite Ground Zero, Trinity Site, New Mexico.
NMMA News:
SANTA FE — A survey of work by the Albuquerque-based artist and teacher Patrick Nagatani (1945-2017) that highlights the artist’s creative process and use of visual storytelling across his career opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art May 26, 2018 and will be on display through September 9, 2018.
A leading figure in the “directorial photography” style, Nagatani often constructed complex tableaus and detailed models for the camera to bring attention to truths that are often hidden in plain sight.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Responds To National Assessment Of Educational Progress Scores

on April 12, 2018 - 7:29am
President Stephanie Ly
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Lreleased the following statement:
“The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a barometer of student proficiency and rightly referred to as the ‘Nation’s Report Card.’ However, today’s results show New Mexico continues to struggle, and our state is not immune to shifting priorities away from a strong system of public education in our country.
“Today’s report card shows a stagnation in many states across our country, where funding levels for our public

SFNF Issues Stage I Fire Restrictions Effective April 13

on April 11, 2018 - 10:10pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Due to current dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest will implement forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective 8 a.m. Friday, April 13.

Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

High Wind Warning Until 8PM Thursday

on April 11, 2018 - 9:34pm


National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

* LOCATION...Much of central and western New Mexico, including the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Metro areas.

* WINDS...Sustained at 35 to 45 mph from the southwest and west with occasional gusts ranging from 55 to 70 mph.

* TIMING...Winds will strengthen through the late morning Thursday, peaking in the mid afternoon, then decreasing through the evening hours.

* VISIBILITY...Widespread visibility reductions to 3 to 5 miles can be expected due to blowing dust, except below a

Democratic Candidates Greet Community Members

on April 11, 2018 - 1:28pm

Local Democratic candidates gather for a group photo Monday evening during a Meet & Greet event hosted by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos. Each candidate was given an opportunity to speak during the event in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from the Meet & Greet event for Democratic candidates Monday evening in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Chair Robyn Schultz briefs the audience prior to introducing the candidates during the Meet & Greet event Monday in Wallace Hall. Photo by Carol A.

DPNM Acting Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra Highlights Call For Equal Pay For Equal Work

on April 11, 2018 - 12:14pm
DPNM News:
Acting Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Neomi Martinez Parra issued the following joint statement Tuesday on Equal Pay Day – a day that represents how far into the year women have to work to earn as much as their male counterparts made the previous year:
“As Democrats, we stand by the principle of equal pay for equal work. We’re proud of Democrats in Congress for moving us closer to realizing true equality through the Lily Ledbetter Act and local lawmakers for putting equal pay protections in state statute, but there’s still more work to be done.  
“It’s long

Alzheimer's Association Presents Conference For Healthcare Professionals On Research Update

on April 11, 2018 - 12:12pm
AA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter announces its 7th Annual Professional Conference, themed: “Research Update: Local and National.” 
The two-day event is May 10 and 11 in Albuquerque at the Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE. The Thursday session runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (May 10) and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday (May 11). The conference will highlight updates in dementia research and related fields. Healthcare Professionals, Researchers, Educators, Students and interested parties from all communities in the state are highly encouraged to attend.

Lujan Grisham Raises More Than $3.6 Million To Date

on April 11, 2018 - 8:04am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D-NM) campaign has released fundraising totals for her campaign – raising more than $3.6 million to date, including almost $1.4 million over the previous six months.
These staggering numbers come on the heels of her commanding victory at the Democratic Pre-Primary Convention last month where she earned 67% of the vote and the top spot on the ballot for Democratic primary this June.
“I’m proud of the vast support our campaign has earned since I announced more than a year ago,” Lujan

FBI: Espanola Man Charged With Bank Robbery

on April 11, 2018 - 7:54am
FBI News:
Mario Garcia, 42, of Espanola, has been arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging him with bank robbery.
Garcia is charged with the Feb. 20, 2018, robbery of Wells Fargo Bank at 3 West Gutierrez Street in Santa Fe.
The FBI, with the assistance of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Police, and Ohkay Owingeh Police Department, arrested Garcia in Espanola Friday.
Garcia had an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Monday.
The public is reminded that all defendants are considered innocent unless convicted in a court of law.

Udall Questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg On Protecting American Elections & Consumer Privacy

on April 10, 2018 - 7:50pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall presses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today during a Joint Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Screenshot/LADP 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers questions today in Washington, D.C. Screenshot/LADP

Video of Udall’s questioning is available here.

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen.

SDV Construction Gives $25,000 To UNM School of Engineering For New Scholarship

on April 10, 2018 - 5:20pm

Mahmoud Taha, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, stands with Kirk McWethy, left, of SDV Construction and Leslie Currie, right, director of development for the School of Engineering. Courtesy photo


SDV Construction, a New Mexico construction firm, has donated $25,000 to The University of New Mexico School of Engineering for the creation of a new scholarship.

The gift will create the SDV Construction Scholarship for Veterans, which will be awarded to full-time students pursuing a degree in construction management who have been honorably discharged from any branch of

New Mexico Foundation For Open Government Names Interim Director

on April 10, 2018 - 3:17pm
ALBUQUERQUE  The Board of Directors of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) Monday announced that Melanie J. Majors will become NMFOG’s interim executive director.
She replaces Peter St. Cyr, who was named executive director in late 2016. A longtime advocate for open government, Mr. St. Cyr plans to continue to work in the public’s interest and will be consulting with civic organizations, businesses and public entities on how they can leverage government data and technology to tackle state and local priorities.
NMFOG would like to thank him for his

Luján Announces $5.64 Million In Federal Funding For Northern New Mexico Bus Systems

on April 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded two grants, totaling $5.64 million, to fund maintenance and construction of new bus facilities in Santa Fe and Española.
“Public transportation is a vital driver of economic growth for rural communities in New Mexico. Improvements to these facilities will enable New Mexicans to continue to get to work, school, and home safely and efficiently,” Luján said.

Land Commissioner Candidate SGR Opens Albuquerque Campaign Office

on April 10, 2018 - 10:11am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos takes her message statewide in her run to become the state's first woman Land Commissioner as she opens her newest campaign office Saturday at 6101 Candelaria NE in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

American Western Artist, Adam Baker Makes Compelling Observation In Reference Photo

on April 10, 2018 - 9:26am
Adam Bakers Hermosa New Mexico painting
Original photo
Adam Baker/Courtesy photo
ART News:
Adam Baker did this painting based on an old photograph taken sometime between 1886 and 1900 of the town of Hermosa New Mexico. He first saw the photo when his daughter had been assigned a report for her New Mexico history class. As Baker studied the hodgepodge of characters in the photo, he knew he had to paint it, but what he discovered in the photo blew him away!
Baker’s daughter had chosen to do her report on Hermosa because of the main character in the photo.

SFNF: Osha Fire 50 Percent Contained

on April 10, 2018 - 9:24am
SFNF News:
The Osha Fire in the Cow Creek/O-Shaw area on the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest was reported to the Pecos Ranger District office at 3:55 p.m. Saturday, April 7 by a Pecos Ranger District firefighter. 
Resources were dispatched via ground and helicopter to the fire at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet. Forty-four personnel in a multi-agency effort are on the fire with containment now at 50 percent.
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke may settle into lower elevations in the evenings in the Gallinas Canyon and areas east of the fire.

Focusing On Advanced Solar Could Mean Over 6,800 Jobs For New Mexico

on April 10, 2018 - 8:52am
AJP News:
ALBUQUERQUE  With targeted investments and forward-looking policies, New Mexico could leverage its strengths in leading-edge advanced solar technologies to drive economic growth and support over 6,800 jobs annually.
That’s according to The New Mexico Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Advanced Solar Technology, a new report created by the American Jobs Project in partnership with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at The University of New Mexico.
“New Mexico has already made significant investments to tap into the $1.4 trillion global advanced

FBI: Farmington Felon Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Trafficking And Firearms Charges

on April 10, 2018 - 8:50am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Gerald Soliz, 42, of Farmington pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque Friday to drug trafficking and firearms charges in three separate criminal cases.

Soliz’s plea agreement recommends a sentence within the range of 100 to 125 months of imprisonment.

Soliz and two other Farmington residents were charged in three separate indictments filed in July 2017, alleging drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

NMDOT Encourages Safe Driving In Work Zones

on April 10, 2018 - 8:47am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to drive safely in work zones in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13.
This also serves as a reminder that road projects across the state will start ramping up as the weather warms up.
“Our Department knows first-hand how devastating work zone crashes can be,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “We always want to encourage safe driving – especially in work zones – because it can save lives.”
In 2016, two NMDOT employees, David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, were

Fundraiser Gala Spotlights Humanity Of Former Inmates & Importance Of Reintegration April 28

on April 10, 2018 - 7:22am
APH News:
ALBUQUERQUE — A Peaceful Habitation (APH) is hosting its annual gala fundraiser Saturday, April 28 to ultimately help formerly incarcerated women reintegrate into society. The gala is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Albuquerque Marriott and includes raffle prizes, lunch and guest speakers including former Secretary of State Dianna Duran who plead guilty in 2015 for misusing state campaign funds.
Since 2007, APH has been helping a multitude of incarcerated and recently released women from New Mexico correctional facilities to transition back into society.

Letter To The Editor: Vote Christine For Dist. 43

on April 9, 2018 - 1:50pm
Los Alamos
I enthusiastically support Christine Chandler to be our representative for New Mexico House District #43. I especially appreciate Christine’s role while on the County Council, in helping save the PAC 8 Community Media Center -- several times!
While working with Christine on various civic activities – most recently the Los Alamos County Transportation Board, I have come to appreciate her insights and fear her questions. And she doesn’t stop.

First National 1870 Hires Dolores F. Overton As Market President For Los Alamos And Santa Fe

on April 9, 2018 - 1:18pm
Dolores F. Overton
SANTA FE  First National 1870 is pleased to announce that Dolores F. Overton has joined its team in Santa Fe in the newly created role of Market President.
Overton is responsible for management and growth of the bank in Santa Fe and Los Alamos, with a focus on building and strengthening relationships with First National 1870’s customers and communities.
“It’s with immense excitement that we welcome Dolores Overton as the new Market President for Santa Fe and Los Alamos.

Balderas Announces Lawsuit To Block Citizen Question From 2020 Dicennial Census

on April 9, 2018 - 12:29pm
Attorney General Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Balderas Tuesday joined a coalition of attorneys general, cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors in filing a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump Administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 dicennial Census.
The states argue that demanding citizenship information would depress Census turnout in states with large immigrant populations, directly threatening those states' fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College as well as billions of dollars in critical federal funds

Los Alamos Cardiologist Anthony Sandoval Elected To New Mexico Sports Hall Of Fame

on April 9, 2018 - 8:07am

Dr. Anthony Sandoval of  Los Alamos has been inducted into the 2017 New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo

Dr. Anthony Sandoval of Los Alamos finishing a marathon in 1982 in Athens, Greece. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

ALBUQUERQUE – In May of 1980, a 26-year-old medical student named Anthony Sandoval from Los Alamos set a U.S. Olympic Trials record with a 2:10:19 time in the marathon trial, earning his way on to the USA Olympic Team.

 “The ability to accomplish something this great in any individual athletic sport is statistically