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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

SFNF Seeks Volunteers To Improve National Forest

on March 2, 2018 - 9:51am
Santa Fe National Forest seeks volunteers for projects from trail maintenance to data collection. Photo by Ross Hardage/SFNF
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Spring is near, which means it’s time for volunteers to plan for support of projects with Forest Staff on the Santa Fe National Forest. 
From trail maintenance to data collection, volunteers provide an invaluable service to summer recreation, and to forest health and sustainability.
The opportunities include:
  • Volunteer Wilderness Rangers for the Pecos/Chama River/San Pedro Parks Wildernesses - one weekend a month during the warm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Cosponsors Legislation To Preserve A Free And Open Internet

on March 2, 2018 - 9:44am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced that he cosponsored legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) to preserve a free and open Internet and overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) recent action to repeal existing net neutrality protections.
“A free and open Internet is essential to a free and open society, which is why we must protect net neutrality,” Luján said.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Floor Speech On Bipartisan Proposal To Keep Guns From Terrorists

on March 2, 2018 - 8:51am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spoke Tuesday on the Senate floor to urge support for the bipartisan Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act, legislation to prevent individuals who are on the No Fly List from purchasing firearms.
The legislation, led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), was introduced today and also is cosponsored by Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn March 6

on March 2, 2018 - 8:42am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable 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) expect to begin a prescribed burn Tuesday, March 6 in the East Rowe Mesa area 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 ignitions.

Heinrich Presses NSA Director On Lack Of National Cyber Deterrence Doctrine

on March 1, 2018 - 10:45am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  — In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the United States Cyber Command’s fiscal year 2019 budget, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) raised concerns about the lack of a national cyber deterrence strategy to prevent future Russian attempts to interfere in U.S. elections.
In the hearing, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Admiral Michael Rogers told Heinrich that the Trump Administration’s response to Russia’s

Forecast Pushes Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Into Next Week

on March 1, 2018 - 7:19am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) anticipate favorable conditions by the middle of next week to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed. 
Fire managers anticipated starting the prescribed burn Friday until the latest weather forecast prompted the decision to delay. 
Conditions such as fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts, collectively play a part in the decision.
The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and

Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony Scheduled In Clovis March 16

on March 1, 2018 - 6:39am
CLOVIS The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated in Clovis at a special 11 a.m. ceremony March 16, presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) at American Legion Post 25 at 2400 West 7th Street. 

All veterans who served during the Vietnam War era, as well as family members of deceased Vietnam War-era veterans, are invited to attend—and will be presented with a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pin and a Certificate of Appreciation for their service and sacrifice.
The ceremony is part of an ongoing nationwide effort launched in 2008 by

New Mexico Democrats Cosponsor Resolution To Reinstate Net Neutrality

on February 28, 2018 - 12:33pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  On the Net Neutrality National Day of Action, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham cosponsored a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) partisan decision on net neutrality.
The Senate CRA resolution of disapproval stands at 50 supporters, including Republican Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine.). U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle's (PA-14) resolution in the House of Representatives currently has 150 co-sponsors.
Last year, the

Update: New Mexico State Police Investigate Los Alamos Police Department Shooting

on February 28, 2018 - 8:31am
NMSP News:
  • This update identifies Antonio Trujillo as the suspect and contains additional details from the investigation

During the early morning hours of Feb. 17, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) were involved in a police shooting. The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was asked to investigate this incident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the LAPD has been investigating numerous burglaries at the Pajarito Cliffs Site (PCS) county buildings, at 1001 Camino Entrada, in Los Alamos.
LAPD officers were conducting surveillance outside these buildings

Luján Hosts Medicaid Buy-In Roundtable

on February 28, 2018 - 7:03am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) hosted a Medicaid Buy-In Roundtable Tuesday between representatives from the New Mexico State Legislature and some of the most prominent healthcare policy experts in the country.

Earlier this year, the New Mexico state legislature passed a Memorial that directed the New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services (LHHS) Committee to study the policy and fiscal implications of offering a Medicaid Buy-In plan.

AFT New Mexico Endorses Statewide Races

on February 27, 2018 - 6:57am
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Senator Howie Morales released the following statements:
“Today we are proud to announce our union, the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico, have voted to endorse Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor of New Mexico and Howie Morales for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.
“Each of these candidates have a proven track record of advocating for a strong system of

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn Planned

on February 27, 2018 - 6:56am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable 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) expect to begin a prescribed burn in early March in the East Rowe Mesa area to improve wildlife habitat and promote forest health.
As weather conditions permit, the East Rowe Mesa prescribed burn could take place anytime beginning early March, and continue as late as April.
Up to 5,000 acres of the 22,000-acre project area are expected to be treated in the

Comments Sought On State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

on February 27, 2018 - 6:55am
SANTA FE The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s second amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  
The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program.
The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).
The NMDOT has posted the 2018-2023 STIP amendment on the internet asking for public comment until March 16, 2018. The

AG: Four Corners Woman Faces Life In Prison

on February 27, 2018 - 6:44am
Shanah Chadwick-McNally

AG News:

AZTEC ― Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division and denied the appeal of Shanah Chadwick-McNally in her first-degree murder case for the bludgeoning death and robbery of an Aztec man.

The State charged the defendant with an open count of first-degree murder and alleged two aggravating circumstances:

  • (1) that defendant committed the murder with the intent to kill in the commission of or attempt to commit kidnapping; and
  • (2) that defendant

Interior Provides More Than $2.8 Million In Conservation Funding For New Mexico To Reclaim And Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

on February 26, 2018 - 9:57am
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) today announced the availability of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants, which will provide $2,802,000 million to New Mexico to reclaim abandoned coal mines.
More than $300 million in AML Reclamation funding will be available to states and tribes in FY 2018.
“Restoring the usability of abandoned mine lands is an example of the Department of the Interior’s multiple-use mission of conservation in action.

State Police Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols In March

on February 26, 2018 - 9:44am
NMSP News:
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of March 2018.
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

FBI: Navajo Man From McKinley County Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse Charge

on February 26, 2018 - 8:07am
FBI News:
  • Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE – Clyde Peterson, 46, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Yahtahey, N.M., pled guilty Friday morning in federal court in Albuquerque to a sexual abuse of a minor or ward charge.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Peterson will be sentenced 21 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  Peterson also will be required to register as a sex offender.

Peterson was arrested on April 18, 2016,