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State Police: Fatal Crash Near Chimayo

on March 10, 2018 - 6:59am
NMSP News:
RIO ARRIBA COUNTY  At about 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, New Mexico State Police officers in Española were alerted to a single vehicle crash on County Road 98 near Chimayo.
Officers arrived to find a silver Honda passenger car that had struck a barbed wire fence. The driver, Rudy Sandoval, 42, of Hernandez, was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Offers Reward For Information On Cow Elk Poacher

on March 9, 2018 - 12:24pm
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Late on the evening of Monday, March 5, or early in the morning hours of Tuesday, March 6, a cow elk was poached in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The incident occurred along N.M. 4 near mile post 41.

Park Rangers are requesting the public’s help in solving this crime. A reward of up to $1500 will be paid for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area or has knowledge of this incident is asked to call or text the Park Crime Tip Line at 505.709.0077. Callers may

70th Anniversary Skiesta Saturday March 17

on March 9, 2018 - 12:06pm

Sipapu Hosts 15th Annual Cardboard Derby Saturday

on March 9, 2018 - 10:59am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
VADITO  This Saturday, Sipapu Ski Resort hosts its annual spring competition, the 15th Annual Cardboard Derby, Sipapu’s most popular family-friendly competition. Saturday, March 10, guests race their hand-built cardboard vessels down the mountain for a chance to win one of dozens of great prizes.
Guests build their own vessel using only cardboard, duct tape, string or twine, and paint. Then they race down the mountain on Saturday for a chance to win prizes.

FBI Seeks Help Locating Missing Navajo Nation Man

on March 9, 2018 - 10:40am
Roger Johnson
FBI News:
The FBI is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person from Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation.
Roger Johnson, 69, was last seen Feb. 26, 2018.
Shortly before his disappearance, Johnson is believed to have been in the company of an unidentified individual, whom the FBI would like to contact.
Roger Johnson
This unidentified person is not considered a suspect at this time.
The Isleta Police Department is assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300.

NEA-New Mexico: Election Recommendations For State Treasurer, Attorney General And Secretary Of State

on March 9, 2018 - 10:35am
NEA News:
NEA-New Mexico Announces Election Recommendations for State Treasurer, Attorney General and Secretary of State
National Education Association – New Mexico President Betty Patterson and our elected Education Political Action Committee (EdPAC) announced today our Recommendation to our members of the 2018 re-election campaigns of:
  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver for New Mexico Secretary of State;
  • Tim Eichenberg for New Mexico Treasurer; and
  • Hector Balderas for New Mexico Attorney General.
 “Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Tim Eichenberg, and Hector Balderas are Recommended for their 2018

State Warns Salon Owners About Phony Inspectors

on March 9, 2018 - 10:33am
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The Regulation and Licensing Department is warning New Mexico salon owners to be on the lookout for imposters posing as state inspectors and asking for payment of hundreds of dollars to supposedly avoid closure.
Scam artists are calling local nail salons and demanding payment of as much as $1,200 while threatening the owners with court action and closure of their shop. The scam often includes fraudulent documents, including letters and settlement agreements that look real, and are copied from genuine state documents.

Chamisa Elementary School Student Kyler Young To Attend Southwest District Kiwanis International

on March 9, 2018 - 8:25am
Chamisa sixth grader Kyler Young with his art teacher Renee Mitsunaga. Young will represent K-kids of New Mexico at the Southwest District Kiwanis International. Courtesy photo


Sixth grade student Kyler Young from Chamisa Elementary School has been selected to represent the K-kids Club of New Mexico at the Southwest District Kiwanis International. 

K-kids is a service club sponsored by the Kiwanis and led by elementary students, that is designed to teach the value of helping others by taking part in community service projects.

Young was nominated by his peers and art

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Planned Today

on March 8, 2018 - 9:40am
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 initiate a one-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed Thursday, March 8.
With thirty five percent of the 755-acre treatment area under snow pack, the areas adjacent to the snow pack are to be treated. 
The treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and McClure Reservoirs.

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Restore And Rebuild National Parks

on March 8, 2018 - 9:39am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address the maintenance backlog at our national parks.
The National Park Restoration Act will help restore and rebuild roads, buildings, campgrounds, trails and water systems in New Mexico’s 15 national parks, improving facilities for the more than 1.7 million yearly visitors to the parks.
“From the ancient wonders in Chaco Culture National Historical

New Mexico Democrats Announce $16 Million Grant To Repair Southwest Chief Line

on March 8, 2018 - 9:38am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded New Mexico’s Colfax County a $16 million grant to replace segments of aging rail line on which Amtrak’s Southwest Chief operates.
The grant, which was awarded under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, will fund critical repair work in New Mexico, Kansas, and Colorado.

Shin: Thanks To Our Governor For SB17 Veto!

on March 8, 2018 - 8:05am
Candidate for House District 43

A big thanks to our Governor for her veto of Senate Bill 17! Our Legislature should advocate for policies that bring more job creators to our state, not drive them away. Susana Martinez was right to veto this onerous and flawed tax policy on the #1 job creator in Northern New Mexico. 

Senate Bill 17 failed to meet the following Legislative Finance Committee tax policy principles:

1. Adequacy: Revenue should be adequate to fund needed government services. Our elected representatives lobbied vigorously for SB 17, not to secure funding for

Michelle Lujan Grisham Statement On Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorsement

on March 8, 2018 - 7:54am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Following the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued this statement:

“Women across New Mexico trust Planned Parenthood to be both their healthcare provider and their advocate. I am honored that Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico has placed its trust in me to be our state’s next governor. I will always fight to make sure that deeply personal decisions about reproductive healthcare remain between a woman, her family, and her doctor.

Pearce Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition

on March 8, 2018 - 7:52am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce invites high school students from across New Mexico’s Second Congressional District to apply for this years’ Congressional Art Competition.
Since this competition was created in 1982, hundreds of thousands of high school students from around the country have participated at the local level. 
The winning entry will be displayed on the grounds of the United States Capitol, hanging in the tunnel of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

NMED Releases Draft 2018 Strategic Plan For Kirtland Air Force Base Fuel Cleanup Project

on March 8, 2018 - 7:17am
NMED News:
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) releases its draft 2018 Strategic Plan for the Kirtland Air Force Base aviation fuel cleanup project for public comment.
The draft 2018 Strategic Plan, and Strategic Plans for 2015, 2016 and 2017, can be accessed from the NMED website here:
Written comments on the draft 2018 Strategic Plan will be accepted through April 6, 2018, and should be sent electronically to

Los Alamos High School Student Miriam Wallstrom Accepted Into United States Senate Youth Program

on March 8, 2018 - 7:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich with LAHS student Miriam Wallstrom. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Wednesday evening in honoring Miriam Wallstrom of Los Alamos and Aaron Braddock of Carlsbad at a reception celebrating their acceptance into the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Funded by The Hearst Foundation, the United States Senate Youth Program allows high school students to gain an in-depth understanding of the American political process, while strengthening their passion for a career in public

Martin Heinrich Launches First Digital Ad And Website Of His Re-Election Campaign

on March 8, 2018 - 6:58am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
ALBUQUERQUE  Sen. Martin Heinrich released the first digital ad Wednesday of his re-election campaign for the U.S. Senate and launched his new campaign website at
The ad highlights Martin’s work to grow New Mexico’s economy and his vision for New Mexico’s future. 
“As a senator, I’ve worked to diversify New Mexico’s economy and create new jobs by positioning New Mexico as a leader in renewable energy and securing forward-looking missions for our military installations,” Sen. Heinrich said.

Governor Torpedoes LANL GRT Bill

on March 7, 2018 - 4:31pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos and the Northern New Mexico region took a significant hit today when Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 17.

Dubbed the Lab Tax Stabilization Bill, SB17 was introduced by Senators Carlos R. Cisneros and Richard C. Martinez and Dist. 42 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Its purpose was to stabilize gross receipts tax revenues received from prime contractors at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

Garcia Richard spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon saying she was extremely

Drunk Driver Rams State Police Car

on March 7, 2018 - 4:25pm
Alex Vigil
SANTA FE -- Tuesday around 2:30 p.m., a concerned citizen called the Drunk Buster Hotline (#DWI) to report a suspected drunk driver.
The citizen told New Mexico State Police dispatchers a white pick-up pulling a flatbed trailer was possibly driving drunk on north bound I-25.
A New Mexico State Police officer received the call and began looking for the suspected drunk driver. The officer saw the white pick-up pull into the I-25 La Bajada rest area south of Santa Fe.

Governor Signs $6.3 Billion State Budget

on March 7, 2018 - 12:08pm

  • Spending Plan Invests in Teachers and Police, Bolsters Cash Reserves

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez today signed into law New Mexico’s state budget for the 2019 fiscal year.

The $6.3 billion spending plan provides for raises for police officers, teachers, and bolsters New Mexico’s cash reserves to nearly 10 percent.

“Overall, I’m pleased that this budget invests in key priorities like public safety and education,” Martinez said.

NMSP District Office Dedication Ceremony Friday

on March 7, 2018 - 8:59am
NMSP News:
ESPANOLA  The New Mexico Department of Public Safety and New Mexico General Services Department invites the public to attend the building re-dedication ceremony in the name of fallen Ofc. Glen Huber and grand opening of the newly constructed New Mexico State Police Office.

When: 11 a.m. Friday, March 9

Where: Espanola State Police Office at 1410 N. Paseo de Onate in Espanola.

Governor Vetoes Pet Food Tax

on March 7, 2018 - 7:34am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed legislation Thursday that would have imposed a pet food tax in New Mexico.
“I strongly encourage New Mexicans to spay and neuter their pets – however this misguided legislation is nothing more than a tax increase that would not solve the problem,” Martinez said. “I gave my word to New Mexicans that I would not raise taxes, and I intend to keep that promise throughout my entire term.”
House Bill 64, sponsored by Representatives Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Debbie Rodella (D-Espanola) and Joanne Ferrary

New Mexico Film Office Announces Two New REELZ TV Specials And Network Commercials To Film In NM

on March 7, 2018 - 7:31am
NMFO News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that REELZ will produce two TV specials and network commercials in New Mexico. Production on the projects will be throughout 2018. 

The production will employ 20 New Mexico crew members and one New Mexico actor. The TV specials "REELZ Reviews" feature movie critic Leonard Maltin and Rotten Tomatoes' Grae Drake discussing movies coming to theaters and also those available on-demand.
"Screening Room", hosted by Casey Messer, is a weekly look at movies offered on-demand on DirecTV. 

FBI: Navajo Man From Gallup Sentenced To Prison For Making False Statements To FBI

on March 7, 2018 - 7:30am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Bronson Tony, 45, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gallup, was sentenced Feb. 22 in Santa Fe, Federal Court to a six-month term of imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release for making false statements to the FBI.
Bronson Tony was charged in a felony information filed Aug.

NHCC Issues RFQ To Create Commemorative Artwork On The Plaza Mayor

on March 7, 2018 - 7:20am
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Local Selection Committee (LSC) is seeking an artist or artist team to create an exterior, site-specific commissioned artwork on the NHCC Plaza Mayor in Albuquerque, to commemorate the substantial contributions of Virginia and Edward Lujan to the creation and continued significance of the NHCC.
The deadline to submit proposals is April 2, 2018.
This Request for Qualification (RFQ) is open to all artist or artist teams whose work reflects Latino and Hispanic artistic traditions or contemporary manifestations and