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Deputy Secretary Bernhardt: $660,000 In Historic State And Tribal Preservation Grants To New Mexico

on August 20, 2017 - 5:40am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service has announced the distribution of $341,169 in historic preservation grants to New Mexico as well as $322,404 for historic preservation grants to eleven Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state.
 
This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Open Application Process For 2018 United States Senate Youth Program

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its annual statewide selection process and encouraged New Mexico high school students to apply.

Each year, two students from each state and the District of Columbia – as well as two children of service members stationed and living abroad — are selected to participate in a week-long study of the federal government and its leaders.

Public Forum Targets Veterans Transportation Issues

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

VETERANS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Veterans, National Guard/Reserve personnel, and their spouses are invited to attend a public forum to address transportation issues facing veterans at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Central New Mexico College (CNM) Workforce Training Center at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE.

This public forum follows a morning Veterans Transportation Summit sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) attended by representatives from public and private transportation agencies throughout the state, who will be discussing how they can improve the transportation

Governor: New TV Ads Fight DWI; Distracted Driving

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

Courtesy/NMDOT

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced powerful TV ads – called “Just a Matter of Time” – to fight drunk and distracted driving. 

Both of the new ads are from the point of view of a driver breaking the law – until ultimately they crash. The ads can be viewed here.

“When you drive drunk or distracted you put your life and the lives of every other person on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “It just isn’t worth it. Make the responsible decision when you get behind the wheel – it will save lives.”

In one ad a man is featured driving distracted over and over

State Auditor Tim Keller To Award Financial Aid To Small, Rural Communities Across New Mexico

on August 19, 2017 - 7:43am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE State Auditor Tim Keller has announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is set to award financial assistance to small political subdivisions across New Mexico.
 
The OSA will award grants to entities, such as acequias and soil and water conservation districts, to help them complete state audit requirements that bring transparency to public funds. Over the last three fiscal years, the OSA has awarded about $420,000 to 64 small, mostly rural entities in 19 different counties.
 
Helping entities become compliant with audit requirements allows entities to

FBI: Navajo Man Sentenced To Prison For Killing One Person And Assaulting Another While Driving Drunk

on August 19, 2017 - 7:08am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Travis Arthur Mustache, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced Aug. 14 in Albuquerque, to 37 months in prison for his conviction on federal involuntary manslaughter and assault charges. He will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Mustache was arrested in March 2017, on an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

New Mexico State Police Seeking Public's Assistance On Missing Person Case

on August 18, 2017 - 4:27pm
Henry T. Duran has been on the lam since February. Courtesy/NMSP
 
NMSP News:
 
Henry Thomas Duran was involved in the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle (which was later recovered) Feb. 18, 2017, and has been missing since that date. Duran, 30, is five feet six inches tall, and weighs 157 pounds. He has multiple tattoos. He is currently entered as a missing person.
 
Duran is from the Las Vegas, N.M. area. He has not made contact with his family or friends and his disappearance has concerned law enforcement about his well-being. 
 
Anyone with any information about Henry's

Udall, Heinrich: G.I. Bill Reforms For NM Veterans And Families Becomes Law

on August 18, 2017 - 3:36pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to modernize and strengthen veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill became law Thursday.
 
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 further invests in the proven educational success of our veterans and helps propel them toward becoming our nation’s civic, business, and public leaders. 
 
“New Mexico’s men and women in uniform sign up willing to risk everything for our country, and they deserve a modern post 9/11 G.I.

Governor Announces NM Participation In National DWI Crackdown: ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’

on August 18, 2017 - 3:34pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico will participate in the national DWI crackdown: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’. The crackdown begins today and runs through Labor Day weekend.
 
“Getting drunk drivers off our streets is a top priority,” Martinez said. “When you get behind the wheel drunk you’re putting lives in danger – that’s unacceptable. If you do make the reckless decision to drive drunk, you will be caught.”
 
So far this year, preliminary data shows there have been 76 DWI related traffic fatalities on New Mexico roads – that’s down

‘Hunted By My Ex’ Completes Filming In New Mexico

on August 18, 2017 - 3:28pm
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the theatrical motion picture “Hunted By My Ex”, produced by Vociferous Films, LLC has filmed in Albuquerque. 
 
The production employed 30 New Mexico crew members, 14 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 60 New Mexico background talent.
 
Local crew included: Line Producer Rick Metz, Production Designer Will Albarez, Director of Photography Nolan Rudy, Set Decorator Nathally Bothelho and Costume Designer Kim Trujillo.
 
The theatrical motion picture was directed by Danny J.

Reminder: Community/Economic Development Training, Strategic Planning - Mid-Central SET Aug. 19

on August 18, 2017 - 9:44am
COUNTY News:
 
Community input is requested at a community/economic development training and strategic planning session for the Mid-Central Rural Corridor and South-Eastern New Mexico regions.
 
Breakfast is 8:30 a.m. and the session is 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the Jemez Pueblo Community Center.
 
The purpose is to provide feedback on what is important to the community of Los Alamos and surrounding areas; how to partner together within the SET region with the other communities to leverage assets and set goals; and how the SET proposal should be drafted.
 
Background: In May USDA

NPS Action Provides Park Visitors Better Access To Safe, Healthy Water

on August 18, 2017 - 8:28am
NPS News:
 
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Visitors to all of America’s national parks will have better access to the healthiest packaged beverage now that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has rescinded a policy that allowed individual national parks to ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve plastic containers.
 
“The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauds this action, which recognizes the importance of making safe, healthy, convenient bottled water available to the millions of people from around the world who want to stay well-hydrated while visiting national parks,” IBWA

Secretary Geisel Announces $167,500 In LEADS Grants To New Mexico Communities

on August 18, 2017 - 7:36am
Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel
 
NMEDD News:
 
SANTA FE  Yesterday, Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel announced $167,500 in Local Economic Assistance & Development Support Program (LEADS) grants to 18 communities across the state.
 
The grants will fund a variety of economic development projects throughout New Mexico and support the continued growth of our state and local economy.
 
"Community development is a crucial aspect of economic growth," Geisel said. "These LEADS grants will promote job creation, corporate recruitment and business development.

FBI: Leader Of Sunland Park Heroin Trafficking Ring Sentenced To Six Years

on August 18, 2017 - 7:29am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Raymundo Munoz, 69, of Sunland Park, was sentenced Aug. 15 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 72 months in prison for his conviction on heroin trafficking charges. Munoz will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Munoz was the ringleader of a heroin trafficking organization operating out of Sunland Park, that obtained its heroin from Juan Francisco Rivera, 60, of El Paso, Tex., that was the target of a DEA-led investigation.

Alzheimer’s ‘Basics’ Presentation In Espanola Sept. 7

on August 18, 2017 - 7:22am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Espanola, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Espanola Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Parkway, Espanola NM, 87532. All citizens from Espanola and surrounding areas are invited to attend. 
 
For more information, contact David L Davis, (505).473.1297 or dldavis@alz.org.
 
This presentation is primarily a general introduction for those seeking a basic knowledge of

Keller Statement On Replacement Of Superintendent Of Dora Consolidated Schools Following Special Audit

on August 18, 2017 - 7:12am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Aug. 15, State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed that the Superintendent of Dora Consolidated Schools was placed on administrative leave and will be replaced by the Dora School Board following the Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) Special Audit.
 
School board members voted unanimously last night to place the Superintendent on leave and begin seeking applicants for the job.
 
The OSA initiated the audit after it received several complaints from concerned citizens in the small town south of Portales and revealed over $100,000 in

History Museum Symposium Embraces Community Conversations About Pueblo Revolt; Reconquista

on August 18, 2017 - 6:49am
Courtesy/NMHM
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico History Museum is hosting a Fiesta Symposium focusing on the history of the Pueblo Revolt, the Reconquest and the Fiesta itself. 
 
Featuring an array of presenters, this event aims to open broader understandings of the complexities of New Mexico’s history. The day will culminate in a roundtable community conversation in which audience members are invited to participate.
 
Presentations for the event, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Sentenced For Federal Bank Robbery Conviction

on August 18, 2017 - 6:48am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Kenneth Columbus Burwell, 54, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Aug. 8 in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a bank robbery charge.
 
Burwell was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the US Bank branch located at 3000 Central Ave. SE in Albuquerque on Oct. 14, 2015. Burwell subsequently was indicted on Nov. 15, 2016, and charged with bank robbery.
 
On March 7, 2017, Burwell pled guilty to the indictment, and admitted that on Oct.

Ojitos Fire On SFNF Provides Opportunity To Use Fire For Resource Benefit

on August 17, 2017 - 7:02am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District with a focus on using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The 330-acre Ojitos Fire is on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness where fire managers are using natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to limit the fire’s spread. The fire’s growth has been limited by monsoonal moisture and topography, which includes drainages, cliffs and patches of bare soil. 
 
Over the

Public Meeting To Discuss KAFB Bulk Fuels Facility's Risk Assessment Sept. 28

on August 17, 2017 - 6:46am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — The Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department will host an informational meeting to discuss the Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) Bulk Fuels Facility leak Risk Assessment report at 6 p.m. Sept. 28, 2017 at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque.  
 
The Risk Assessment report evaluates potential fuel leak-related threats to all human exposure pathways, including drinking water supply. The report is now available for community and stakeholder review at www.kirtlandjetfuelremediation.com. The Air Force provided the report to NMED last
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Inspection Operation Puts 17 Commercial Vehicles ‘Out Of Service’ Near Waldo

on August 16, 2017 - 2:37pm
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police officers participated in a Weight and Inspection Operation, Aug. 1-3, near Waldo off I-25.
 
During a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors with the New Mexico State Police conducted inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, with an emphasis on infractions that would cause them to be placed Out of Service.

FBI: Man With Salt And Pepper Beard Robs Albuquerque Bank

on August 16, 2017 - 6:45am
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for an unidentified man who robbed U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Blvd. NE, at approximately 5:35 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
 
The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5'6 to 6' tall with a medium to stocky build, dark hair, and a salt and pepper beard.
 
He wore a black baseball cap, black T-shirt, khaki pants, and dark shoes. The suspect entered the bank and presented a demand note to a teller.

Secretary Of State Dismisses Brenner Complaint Against Los Alamos Future PAC

on August 15, 2017 - 7:23pm

POLITICAL News:

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that her office has dismissed a complaint filed in May by Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner against the Los Alamos Future PAC.

The Secretary of State letter:

New Mexico Attorney General Opinion:

Udall Delivers Keynote Address At New Mexico WRRI’s Annual Water Conference: 'Federal Water Policy And New Mexico: Our Progress And The Challenges Ahead’

on August 15, 2017 - 4:05pm

Discusses his legislation to improve water policy for New Mexico communities, including the 2017 New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

SOCORRO — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered the keynote address at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.

In his address, entitled "Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead," Udall discussed the current water challenges facing New Mexico, including climate change, innovative solutions and opportunities for making

FBI: Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Man Heads To Prison

on August 15, 2017 - 3:40pm

FBI News:
  • Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE – Peter Calvert-Cata, 21, a member and resident of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, was sentenced Monday in Federal Court in Albuquerque to 48 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for his conviction on a sexual assault charge. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

 

Calvert-Cata was arrested Nov. 18, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with aggravated sexual abuse.

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