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Attorney General Hector Balderas Statement Regarding Phil Griego Sentencing

on February 20, 2018 - 6:23am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE Friday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding the sentencing of Phil Griego:
"New Mexico has long been victimized by abuse and corruption and we will continue to fight on behalf of all New Mexicans. While we felt more accountability was in order, we respect the Court’s attention to this case, as well as its authority to decide the term of incarceration."

National Hispanic Cultural Center Premieres Documentary On Acclaimed Folklorist Nasario García

on February 20, 2018 - 6:15am
Acclaimed folklorist and author Nasario García will be at the premiere of the documentary ‘Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco’ Thursday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

NHCC News:

SANTA FE ― The documentary, Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco, a film about landscape and memory, will have its National Hispanic Cultural Center premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Bank of America Theatre, 1701 4th St SW in Albuquerque.

The film is presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

Officials Respond To Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct In New Mexico Democratic Party

on February 20, 2018 - 5:42am
Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and New Mexico Rep. Angelica Rubio released the following statement Thursday in response to recent news of sexual harassment allegations in the Democratic Party of New Mexico:
“As Democrats, we believe that all people deserve to be treated with respect. We stand with the silence-breakers who have come forward in recent months—in New Mexico and around the country—to share their stories of sexual harassment and sexual abuse.

Lujan Grisham Urges OMB Director Mick Mulvaney To Visit Communities In New Mexico

on February 20, 2018 - 5:29am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. During the House Budget Committee’s hearing on President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to visit New Mexico and see first-hand how the President’s proposed cuts would impact middle-class families and vulnerable populations in the state.
The cuts proposed in President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget include:
  • $1.4 trillion cut to Medicaid;
  • $500 billion cut to Medicare;
  • $72 billion cut to disability programs, including Social Security; and
  • $213 billion cut to

Luján: What President's Day Means To Me

on February 19, 2018 - 3:59pm
By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District

When I was young, I remember reading about great Presidents in American history. I read about the accomplishments of Presidents like Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt. They carried heavy burdens understanding the effect of every decision they made. They also represented the best of American values, and inspired younger generations to carry those values into their daily lives and into their hopes and dreams.

Being President of the United States comes with tremendous responsibility.

New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Convictions Of Roswell Man For 2014 Murder

on February 19, 2018 - 2:54pm

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed today the convictions of Steven Lee Lucero for a 2014 killing in Roswell.

In a unanimous decision, the Court found there was sufficient evidence to support a jury’s verdict convicting Lucero of felony murder and conspiracy to commit felony murder. The victim, Isaiah Sanchez, was beaten and fatally stabbed after being lured to a house in Roswell as part of a plan by Lucero to steal Sanchez’s truck. Lucero enlisted the help of his ex-wife, his brother and the brother’s girlfriend.

SFNF: President’s Day Holiday Closure, Feb. 19

on February 18, 2018 - 9:58am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of President’s Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Feb. 20.
In honor of President’s Day, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Feb. 19.
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System. Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed for the winter,

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Honors Black History Month

on February 18, 2018 - 6:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, cosponsor of a resolution authored by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) marking February as Black History Month, released the following statement honoring the contributions of African Americans in New Mexico and across the nation:
“Each February, we celebrate the immeasurable and indelible contributions that African Americans have made to our state and our nation.

NMED Accepting Grant Applications For Scrap Tire, Illegal Dumping, And Recycling

on February 18, 2018 - 6:44am
NMED News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is now accepting applications for 2018-2019 Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Fund grants for scrap tire management, illegal dumping abatement, and recycling projects.
Municipalities, counties, solid waste authorities, cooperative associations (as defined in the RAID Act), land grant communities, pueblos, tribes, and nations are eligible for funds totaling $900,000. Two-thirds of the fund is available for scrap tire projects, and one-third is available for other projects.

Scenes From Pajarito Cliffs Crime Site

on February 17, 2018 - 5:47pm

Los Alamos Police Officers and law enforcement officials from neighboring agencies pursued this vehicle to Espanola early Saturday morning. The two tires reportedly came off the rims shortly after the vehicle headed out of Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Department Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero looks on as New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields uses a three dimension camera to map the crime scene this afternoon outside Building 4 at the Pajarito Cliffs Site. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

New Mexico State Patrol Agent Dezjuan Shields

New Mexico State Police Investigate Los Alamos Police Department Shooting

on February 17, 2018 - 5:46pm
NMSP News:
Early this morning, February 17, 2018, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) were involved in a police shooting. The New Mexico State Police was asked to investigate this shooting.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the LAPD has been investigating numerous burglaries at the Pajarito Cliffs Site (PCS) county buildings, located at 1001 Camino Entrada, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. LAPD officers were conducting surveillance outside these buildings due to the burglaries.
Around 3:30 a.m.

FBI, Navajo Nation Seek Help Identifying Body Found In Shiprock Fire

on February 17, 2018 - 5:22pm
FBI News:
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are seeking to identify a body found in a burned trailer in Shiprock, New Mexico.
The fire on Mesa Farm Road 4th Lane South was reported early Thursday morning, Feb. 8. The body of an unknown male was discovered inside the trailer.
The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Anyone with information on the victim’s identity is asked to contact the FBI at 505.889.1300.
The San Juan County Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.

News Alert: Officer Involved Shooting In Los Alamos

on February 17, 2018 - 10:58am

News Alert:

An officer involved shooting occurred this morning in Los Alamos. No injuries have been reported at this time.

New Mexico State Police have been called in to investigate. Details on what led up to the shooting have not yet been released.

Check back for more on this developing story.


New Mexico Teachers Receive Training On Award-winning Financial Education Program In Los Alamos

on February 17, 2018 - 7:47am
UCEC News:
Sponsored by Nusenda Credit Union and in partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association, the University of Cincinnati Economics Center is offering two 60-minute training sessions for $martPath, an online teaching resource focused on financial literacy.
These training sessions are 10-11 a.m. and 1:15-2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown in Los Alamos.
$martPath is an engaging, interactive, and easy-to-use way for teachers in grades 1-8 to embed relevant economic and financial education into their classrooms.

NMED Secretary Tongate And AG Balderas On Lawsuits Against Gold King Mine Contractor Ruling

on February 17, 2018 - 7:43am
NMED News:
SANTA FE Wednesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Butch Tongate released a joint statement regarding a federal judge’s ruling that lawsuits filed by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor will proceed:
“We are pleased that our lawsuit against EPA's contractor, Environmental Restoration LLC, will proceed, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navajo Nation to recoup the damages done to our environment, cultural sites, and our economy.”

Los Alamos Learns About New Mexico Museum Of Art's 100 Year History

on February 17, 2018 - 7:26am

New Mexico Museum of Art Docent Lee Manning discusses the museum's history Thursday night at projectY. Manning said the presentation is part of the museum's celebration of its 100th birthday. He has done the presentation several times in Santa Fe, starting in September and Manning explained he will be back up in Los Alamos Thursday to present at the Kiwansis Club. He added he also will share his presentation in March at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the White Rock Senior Center and Aspen Ridge and Sombrillo.

Scenes From SGR’s Final ‘Sine Die’ Event

on February 16, 2018 - 3:34pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (SGR), right, with Los Alamos Democrat Amy Storey and friend Thursday afternoon at the Santa Fe Spirits Downtown Tasting Room for SGRs 4th and final ‘sine die’ celebration to mark the end of the legislative session in Santa Fe. This is her final ‘sine die’ event because she is running for New Mexico Land Commissioner. If elected, she will make history as the first female and first Hispanic to hold that office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SGR with House Speaker Brian Egolf Thursday at her ‘sine die’ event. Photo by Carol A.

Steve Pearce Qualifies For Ballot As Sole GOP Candidate For Governor Of New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:16am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has officially qualified for the primary ballot as the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico.
According to the Secretary of State, the Bureau of Elections has reviewed Pearce's declaration of candidacy, nomination petitions, and certificate of registration and has determined they are all in proper order and timely filed.
"It's a great honor to officially be the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico," Pearce said.

Flu Activity Still Rising In New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:13am


Seasonal flu activity remains high in both our state and nationwide.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico.

NMDOH reports 28 flu-related deaths and 100 pneumonia related deaths in adults so far in the 2017-2018 flu season.

Flu-related hospitalizations, especially in those aged 65 and older, continue to steadily increase.since October, the department has investigated 27-flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, a number that is already more than the number of outbreaks

Udall, Heinrich Commemorate National Tribal Colleges And Universities Week

on February 16, 2018 - 10:05am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 22 senators in passing a resolution unanimously in the Senate recognizing the week of February 11, 2018, as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week.
The resolution recognizes the unique and critically important role these institutions of higher education play in supporting Native students.

Chandler: My Gig At The Legislature

on February 15, 2018 - 9:15am
Los Alamos

I have been privileged to work for the New Mexico Legislature over the last several sessions. I was a legislative analyst for the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Los Alamos’ Sen. Richard Martinez.

This committee comprises some of the most experienced Senators and is known for its critical consideration of bills based on sound policy, consistency with existing statutes, and constitutionality.

What does an analyst do? Not all are attorneys, some are subject matter experts.

Supreme Court Issues Ruling On State Funding Deductions For Schools Receiving Federal Impact Aid

on February 15, 2018 - 1:04am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday the Public Education Department must obtain annual certification or permission from the U.S. Department of Education before reducing monthly allotments of state equalization funding to local school districts to offset anticipated federal impact aid payments.
In a unanimous decision, the Court concluded the state agency erred in lowering monthly state funding to Zuni Public School District, #89, by about $4.6 million over 10 months during the 2010 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.
The school

Bill To Help Fund Libraries And Historic Preservation Efforts Heads To The Governor’s Desk

on February 15, 2018 - 1:02am
House Democrats News:
SANTA FE Monday, a bill to allow the New Mexico State Library and the state Historic Preservation Division to fundraise for the support of their programs and services passed the Senate Floor unanimously.
House Bill 117 is sponsored by Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), and would authorize the two organizations to seek non-state funds.
“This would provide opportunity for our libraries to find support from the community.

NHCC Museum Opens La Ultima Exhibición

on February 15, 2018 - 12:53am

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum will hold an as new works by artists invited to participate in the 2018 version of the show opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, for La Ultima Exhibición.

The exhibition is curated by Augustine Romero and organized around the visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya's acclaimed book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972) -- a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II.

Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a

Bipartisan Public Safety Package Clears Another Hurdle

on February 15, 2018 - 12:32am
SANTA FE The bipartisan public safety package that passed the House with overwhelming support passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support today and will move to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
The package includes bills sponsored by Representatives Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), David E.