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Udall, Heinrich Urge Against NASA Funding Cuts

on May 22, 2017 - 10:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to support NASA’s Office of Education in the coming fiscal year despite a proposal by President Trump to eliminate the office, which works to inspire and educate students across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
 
NASA’s Office of Education programs include the Space Grant College and Fellowship Program -- a competitive, state-federal partnership that functions through consortia in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the

Anna Zhang Is Girl's Swimming Official Of The Year

on May 22, 2017 - 9:34am

Mountain Club Swimming Coach Anna Zhang

SPORTS News:

The National Federation Officials Association has selected Mountain Club Swimming Coach Anna Zhang of Los Alamos as the 2016-2017 Girl's Swimming Official of the Year for the state of New Mexico.

The National Federation of State High School Associations annually recognizes up to 20 officials in each state for the outstanding service they provide for young people participating in high school sports across the country.

Zhang is both an official for the New Mexico Activities Association and New Mexico Swimming.

Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 22, 2017 - 9:06am

FOREST SERVICE News:

TAOS – The Hondito Fire, started May 15 from a lightning strike, has consumed 5,000 acres four miles southwest of Tres Piedras and two miles north of Las Tablas and is 0 percent contained.

Fire managers took advantage of favorable conditions Sunday and completed 5,000 acres of the 14,900 acre planning area. Crews spent the morning constructing perimeter line in advance of afternoon aerial ignitions. Utilizing the helicopter, crews were able to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time.

EPA Urged To Prioritize Gold King Mine Cleanup

on May 22, 2017 - 8:48am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the EPA to fulfill the directive in the omnibus bill passed last week for Gold King Mine cleanup efforts.
 
The bill provides the EPA $4 million to implement a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.
 
The delegation asked that the EPA use these funds to support the Long-Term Monitoring Plan prepared by the

Man Charged In 13-Count Dog Fighting Indictment

on May 22, 2017 - 8:03am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A federal grand jury in Albuquerque returned an indictment charging Albuquerque resident Robert Arellano, 63, with 13 counts of violating the animal fighting prohibitions of the federal Animal Welfare Act, announced James D. Tierney, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Jeffrey H. Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
 
Arellano had previously been arrested and indicted on additional charges in the District of New Jersey pertaining to his alleged involvement in a

Northern New Mexico College Nursing Student Soraida Sanchez Awarded 2017 Nightingale Scholarship

on May 22, 2017 - 8:01am
Ellen Trabka, Dean for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, presents 2017 Nightingale Nursing Scholarship recipient Soraida Sanchez with a $1,000 check. Courtesy/NNMC
 
NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA  Northern New Mexico College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) student, Soraida Sanchez, was one of five associate degree nursing program students in the state to be awarded this year’s $1,000 Nightingale Scholarship. 
 
Nightingale scholarships are funded through a grant from the Nurse Excellence Fund of the New Mexico Board of Nursing, and are based on academic achievement, professional

State Environment Department Announces Air Quality Compliance Assessment Program For Small Businesses

on May 22, 2017 - 7:54am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is pleased to announce that the Air Quality Bureau has developed a compliance assessment program for New Mexico small businesses, except for those located in Bernalillo County or on tribal lands. The program offers free assistance to small businesses who want help in discovering air quality permit violations.

Is New Mexico Becoming A Safe Haven For Criminals?

on May 22, 2017 - 7:52am

BBANM News:

We can all agree, crime seems to be everywhere, and seems to be getting worse. This week, the Albuquerque Police Department announced they would be directing officers to issue citations rather than make arrests on low-level crimes to comply with a settlement agreement on a class-action lawsuit. Many people are asking now, why would a city do this in a time where crime seems to be rising? 

This lawsuit, McClendon v.

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