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Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn Now March 7

on March 6, 2018 - 11:51am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Due to conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) delayed the start of the East Rowe Mesa area prescribed burn to Wednesday, March 7. 
The treatment is designed to improve wildlife habitat and promote forest health. As weather conditions permit, the East Rowe Mesa prescribed burn could continue into April.
Up to 5,000 acres of the 22,000-acre project area are expected to be treated in the East Rowe Mesa area by hand and aerial

Consumer Protection Week FACTS: 'F' Is For Finances

on March 6, 2018 - 11:49am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  During National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas urges New Mexico consumers to get the FACTS about their finances.
The New Mexico Office of Attorney General receives frequent complaints of finance-related problems—that is, problems with debt collectors, banks and credit unions, and also the payment of loans, including student loans and mortgages.
Attorney General Balderas advises, “Educating yourself on your own financial strengths and weaknesses is the first step to controlling your financial

Kirtland Fire Contained, Crews Mopping Up

on March 6, 2018 - 11:42am
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE  The fire on an eastern range in a remote area of the base has been contained and is under control.
The fire is no longer burning, but crews remain on the scene to monitor potential hotspots to ensure they don’t reignite.
Firefighters were busy clearing brush and assessing the area Monday. The area affected was assessed via aerial surveillance at about 100 acres. 
Fire crews were assisted overnight by winds turning in a favorable direction, helping to contain the fire.
The fire began Sunday just before 4 p.m.

Governor Signs Two Bills To Protect Sick And Vulnerable

on March 6, 2018 - 7:19am
SANTA FE  Feb. 28, two bills with bipartisan support from the House and Senate were signed by Governor Martinez and will now become law.
Senate Bill 11 will improve “step therapy” – the practice used by insurance companies to cut costs by requiring patients to try more affordable treatment options before more expensive ones. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Sen. Gay G. Kernan (R-Hobbs), Sen. Elizabeth "Liz" Stefanics (D-Cerrillos), and Rep.

New Mexico Press Women Announces Speakers For 2018 Conference In Santa Fe

on March 6, 2018 - 7:06am
NMPW News:
New Mexico Press Women announces its program for its 2018 state conference, “Telling Truths Boldly: Harnessing the Narrative Drive,” April 27 and April 28 at the Lodge at Santa Fe.
The conference, geared toward writers and communicators from a variety of genres, will feature talks, panels and a memoir writing workshop.
New Mexico Press Women, an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, is New Mexico’s largest inclusive media organization and is open to men and women. Conference registration is open through April 12 at

Jesse Denver Hanes Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Conviction On Federal Firearms And Carjacking Charges Arising Out Of Shooting Of Hatch Police Officer

on March 5, 2018 - 5:00pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division and Chief James Gimler of the Hatch Police Department announced that Jesse Denver Hanes, who shot and killed Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez Aug. 12, 2016, was sentenced today to a lifetime of imprisonment for his conviction on federal firearms and carjacking charges arising out of his efforts to evade arrest following the shooting.  
Hanes was also ordered to pay a total of $38,553.02 in restitution to the victims of his crimes.

P&Z Discusses Changes To Sign Code

on March 5, 2018 - 2:39pm
Los Alamos County Community Development Department Assistant Planner Anita Barela, right, Planning Manager Tamara Baer and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission discuss proposed changes to the sign code Wednesday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
A dispute over signage between a church and the town of Gilbert, Ariz., which was carried all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, prompted Los Alamos County to make changes to its own sign codes.
The changes were introduced to the Planning and Zoning

Fire Officials Report Status Of Fire On Kirtland

on March 5, 2018 - 2:28pm
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE  Officials have assessed the status of the brush fire burning in a remote area in the eastern training ranges.
Overnight winds turned in a favorable direction, helping to contain the fire. Firefighters were then able to address the fire from the west.
Current estimate is less than 200 acres.
Crews will be augmented today by the U.S. Forest Service, including helicopter support. A well water source is located near the fire’s main staging point.
The fire began just before 4 p.m. Sunday.
No injuries have been reported and no structures

How Can We Reshape American Politics: No Labels Director Speaks March 12

on March 5, 2018 - 2:25pm
Francisco Figueroa/Courtesy photo
VLA News:
Voices of Los Alamos will host a special meeting with speaker Francisco Figueroa, No Labels NM State Director, who will discuss how we can reshape American politics.
The talk is 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. March 12, at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The public is welcome to attend.
Founded in 2010, No Labels ( is a bi-partisan citizens’ movement that believes in creating a stabilizing force within Congress that brings our country together despite differences of ideologies.

Heinrich, Flake, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill To Ban Bump Stock Devices

on March 5, 2018 - 8:12am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of bump stock devices and other mechanisms which allow semi-automatic firearms to materially increase their rate of fire and effectively operate as fully automatic weapons.
A bump stock was used by the shooter during the Oct. 1, 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting which resulted in the deaths of 59 people, including the gunman.
“There's no possible defense for anyone owning bump stock devices or any other

Events Planned At New Mexico Historic Sites

on March 5, 2018 - 7:39am
NMHS News:
SANTA FE ― New Mexico Historic Sites will host the following series of public events this spring:
Saturday, March 24 ... 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • New Mexico Art Auction
  • Coronado Historic Site
All cultures art auction of old and new pottery, furniture, glass, paintings, textiles, toys, musical instruments, sculptures and much more. All profits go to support Kuaua Pueblo at Coronado Historic Site. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, the event will start with a preview of auction items between 9 a.m. and noon. The auction begins at 1 p.m. at the Prairie Star, 288

Mora Man Arrested For Shooting At Ex-Girlfriend

on March 5, 2018 - 7:29am
Anthony Gabriel Valdez
NMSP News:
GUADALUPITA  Around 4 p.m., Feb. 26, New Mexico State Police officers responded to State Road 434 in Guadalupita, between Mora and Angel Fire, for a reported assault with a deadly weapon call.
The initial investigation determined that Anthony Gabriel Valdez, 28, of Mora, pointed a rifle at his ex-girlfriend while she was in her vehicle. As she drove away from him he fired at least one shot, which struck the back of her vehicle.
State Police officers quickly located Valdez who still had the rifle in his possession.

HDA Statement On Review Of Annual Production Quotas For Opioids

on March 5, 2018 - 7:00am
HDA President and CEO John M. Gray
HDA News:
ARLINGTON, VA — HDA (Healthcare Distribution Alliance) President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent memo regarding opioid production quotas:
“We welcome Attorney General Sessions’ call to evaluate potential changes to the annual production quotas for opioids. This critical step reflects the growing recognition of the federal government’s role in addressing this public health crisis.
“During the height of the opioid epidemic, the Drug Enforcement

Governor Enacts Small Business Tax Relief

on March 5, 2018 - 6:51am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Thursday to provide as much as $3 million or more in tax relief for New Mexico families and small businesses.
“Since taking office, helping New Mexico families and small businesses keep more of their hard-earned money has always been one of my top priorities,” Martinez said.

NMEDD: Application Period Opens For Opportunity Zone Designation

on March 4, 2018 - 12:58pm
SANTA FE  Friday, the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) announced that the Department is soliciting applications for Opportunity Zone designations from each County through March 21.
NMEDD will then submit a list of priorities to the Governor for her nomination. Designation as an Opportunity Zone aims to encourage investment and grow the economy in lower income areas of the state with tax advantages. 

"We're excited to move forward with the designation process as we look for opportunities to create a healthier economy," Economic Development Cabinet

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos County Delegates Elected At 2018 County Pre-Primary Convention

on March 4, 2018 - 12:47pm
Scene from the 2018 Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Pre-primary Convention Sunday, Feb. 25 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
More than 80 local Democrats signed in and participated in the Los Alamos Democratic Party 2018 Pre-primary Convention. Courtesy photo
Democrats pack Fuller Lodge Feb. 25 for the 2018 Los Alamos County Pre-primary Convention. Photo by James Robinson
Los Alamos Daily Post

More than 80 local Democrats signed in and participated in the Los Alamos Democratic Party 2018 Pre-primary Convention

Heinrich Cosponsors Legislation To Establish Tuition-Free Community College

on March 4, 2018 - 11:32am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored the America's College Promise Act, which would provide two years of free community college and create an affordable pathway to a four-year college degree for low-income students.
“There's no question that in order to continue to grow our economy, we must have a well-educated and well-trained workforce,” Heinrich said.

NM Delegation Welcomes Interior Department Decision To Cancel Oil And Gas Lease Sale In Chaco Region

on March 4, 2018 - 9:20am

News from the Offices of U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham responded to news Friday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will cancel a planned oil and gas lease sale in the Greater Chaco region.

More than 450 protests were filed over the planned March 8 sale, and after hearing from the delegation and many other New Mexicans, Zinke has agreed to halt the sale and return to a joint planning

Governor Signs Bill to Ensure More Efficiency In School Budgets And Support At-Risk Students

on March 4, 2018 - 7:31am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE – Last night, a bill to ensure more efficiency in school budgets was signed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

House Bill 188, sponsored by Rep. George Dodge (D-Santa Rosa), amends the Public School Finance Act to allocate funds more equitably among schools.

“We need to ensure that every child has access to a quality education, regardless of their background or their zip code,” Rep. George Dodge said. “This bill gives more funding to schools with higher numbers of at-risk students, and to schools with more experienced staff.

House Passes Biggs/Luján Legislation To Ensure Tribal Communities Have Full Access To AMBER Alert System

on March 4, 2018 - 7:27am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, bipartisan legislation that was cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
The bill provides funding and other support for expanding the AMBER Alert system to provide full access for those on Tribal lands. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
U.S. Rep.

FBI: Man Arrested In Albuquerque Bank Robbery; Driver Sought

on March 3, 2018 - 12:21pm
FBI News:
William Robert Lancaster IV, 36, of Albuquerque, was arrested on a federal bank robbery charge for allegedly robbing a Wells Fargo in northeast Albuquerque Monday, Feb. 26.
The FBI is seeking to talk to a driver who allegedly gave the suspect a ride from a business near the bank to another location about three and a half miles away, where Lancaster was detained by the Albuquerque Police Department.
The driver, who witnesses said was approached by Lancaster after the robbery, is considered a witness and not a suspect at this time.

NMTC 2018 Women In Technology Honors Prisca Tiasse Yoder And Caitlin Kontgis Of Los Alamos

on March 3, 2018 - 7:51am

Prisca Tiasse Yoder, Ph.D, owner of The Community Lab, LLC


New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) will recognize eight women in multiple tech industries at its 2018 Women in Technology Celebration March 8 at the Sandia Casino.

Two of the eight honorees are from Los Alamos:

  • Prisca Tiasse Yoder, Ph.D, owner of The Community Lab, LLC; and
  • Applied Scientist Caitlin Kontgis of Descartes Labs.

They join women being recognized at this annual event from the fields of aeronautics to biotechnology and information technology in large organizations to startups.

All of the honorees

Happy World Wildlife Day Los Alamos!

on March 3, 2018 - 7:09am

Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation Chairman James Robinson with photos of Blue Beary, discovered weighing just 6 lbs., and with a severely broken arm. She was operated on and healed by wildlife rehabilitator Dr. Kathleen Ramsey and released back into the wild in late 2017. Courtesy photo
Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation

We here in Los Alamos are so lucky to live in a town that has such a close connection to the amazing abundance of wildlife New Mexico has to offer

One of the greatest opportunities I have had is to be a champion and advocate for the

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Sees Bright Future For LANL

on March 2, 2018 - 6:03pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce speaks confidently about the future of LANL during an interview this afternoon with Publisher Carol A. Clark at the Los Alamos Daily Post World Headquarters in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce visited the Los Alamos Daily Post today and spoke about the importance of keeping plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“I am supportive of keeping pit production here and will fight for that,” Pearce said.

FBI: Two New Mexico Men Face Federal Charges Arising From Social Media School Shooting Threats

on March 2, 2018 - 12:20pm
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The FBI has filed federal charges against two New Mexico men for using social media platforms to post school shootings threats, announced U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division. 
The criminal charges arise from tips received by the FBI and its law enforcement partners since the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
“The Department of Justice will investigate and prosecute school shooting threats on social media platforms, which have recently spread like wildfire in the District of New