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FBI: Navajo Man Sentenced To Decade In Prison

on March 23, 2017 - 8:17am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Norman Yazzie, 56, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock was sentenced March 21 in federal court in Albuquerque to 10 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
 
Yazzie was arrested in May 2016 on a criminal complaint charging him with assault and firearms offenses on April 29, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Represents Judiciary During Legislative Session

on March 23, 2017 - 7:24am
Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados seemed relieved that the legislative session was over as she headed to court Monday morning. She has been spending two to three days a week at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe representing the judiciary and in particular the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association.

Casados has served on the bench since 2003 and was elected president of the association last September.

“I make sure the Magistrate Court Docket is cleared,” she said.

Los Alamos County 2017 Voter Purge Completed

on March 22, 2017 - 3:28pm

COUNTY News:
  • Board of Registration reviews list of inactive voters for removal

The Los Alamos County Board of Registration (the board) met Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to review the list of inactive voters (748) to ascertain whether they meet the criteria to be purged from the voter rolls.

The list of voters was compiled through efforts of the New Mexico Secretary of State (NM SOS) and the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993, (NVRA). The board, consisting of George Chandler, Jess Cullinan and James N. Robinson, were appointed Feb. 14 by the Los Alamos County Council.

In order to be

FBI: Kirby Cleveland Charged With Murder Of Navajo Nation Tribal Police Officer

on March 22, 2017 - 2:38pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Kirby Cleveland made his initial appearance in federal court this morning on a criminal complaint charging him with murder, announced Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Director Jesse Delmar of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.
 
Cleveland remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, both of which are scheduled for March 22, 2017.
 
The criminal complaint, which was filed on March 14, 2017, charges Cleveland, 32, an enrolled member of the

Heinrich: On Largest Wind Farm In New Mexico

on March 22, 2017 - 10:06am

A New Mexico wind farm. Courtesy photo

From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

  • Xcel Energy’s major new wind project in eastern New Mexico made possible by production tax credits secured by Senator Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the announcement from Xcel Energy that it will be building a wind farm in Roosevelt County, highlighting the impact it will have to the local economy.

“The Sagamore Wind Project will be the largest wind farm in the state, resulting in hundreds of clean

Senate Democrats On 2017 Legislative Session

on March 21, 2017 - 1:23pm
SENATE DEMOCRATS News:
 
On the most critical issues facing the Senate, including balancing both the FY17 and FY18 budget, the chamber acted in a bipartisan fashion to address the fiscal crisis in a responsible way that demonstrated the unity that continues to exist within the chamber.
 
Left with no easy solutions, legislators were called to make several difficult decisions necessary to the financial future of our state.

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Resolution To Honor Legacy Of Los Alamos National Laboratory On 75th Anniversary

on March 21, 2017 - 11:49am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
  • The resolution urges the Secretary of the Navy to name the next U.S. Navy submarine “USS Los Alamos” in recognition of the contributions of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the people of Los Alamos, and nearby communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall introduced a resolution urging the Secretary of the Navy to name the next nuclear-powered submarine of the United States Navy “USS Los Alamos” to honor and recognize the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy.

“Los

LANL: Less Radiation In Inner Van Allen Belt Than Previously Believed

on March 21, 2017 - 7:55am

This artist’s rendering of the Van Allen Probes mission shows the path of its two spacecraft through the radiation belts that surround Earth, which are made visible in false color. Courtesy/NASA  

LANL News:

  • New study shows scientists the ‘snowflake in a rainstorm’

The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected.

ATR President Grover Norquist To Keynote RGF Event

on March 21, 2017 - 6:18am

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Courtesy photo

RGF News:

The Rio Grande Foundation (RGF) announces its keynote speaker this year is Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). ATR is a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels and supports tax reform that moves toward taxing consumed income one time at one rate.

Courtesy photo

ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for

Los Alamos Native Rose Evans Crowned Mrs. New Mexico

on March 20, 2017 - 6:56pm

Rose Evans, a Los Alamos native, was crowned Mrs. New Mexico United States 2017 Sunday night at the New Mexico United States Pageant at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque. She will continue on to compete for New Mexico at the Mrs. United States National Competion in July in Orlando, Fla. She plans to spend her year as Mrs. New Mexico advocating for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and youth facing adversity in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos native Rose Evans was crowned Mrs. New Mexico United States 2017. Courtesy photo

Newly crowned Mrs.

LAPD's Operation Spring Cleaning Nets Seven Arrests

on March 20, 2017 - 3:12pm

Staff Report

Seven people were arrested this morning during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep by Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD), which began around 7 a.m. and was the result of some four months of work by the department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone confirmed that the operation was a success and there were no injuries while taking suspects into custody at several local residences.

A news release from Cmdr. Preston Ballew says personnel from New Mexico State Police, Department of Corrections, and the U.S.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Marks End Of 2017 Legislative Session

on March 20, 2017 - 8:13am

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly

AFT-NM News:

SANTA FE – Following the conclusion of the 2017 Legislative Session Saturday at the State Capitol, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“With the 2017 regular Legislative session ending at noon (Saturday), proactive agendas for public education and workers continue to make advances with pro-education and pro-worker allies in the Roundhouse.

“From support for all employees in their places of work, to modernizing what our high school students can

Heinrich Launches #KeepMeCovered Campaign

on March 20, 2017 - 6:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) launched “Keep Me Covered,” a social media campaign calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #KeepMeCovered to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and congressional Republicans’ health care plan. 
 
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday that the bill will cancel health care for 14 million people in just one year, with 24 million losing care by 2026. 
 
“President Trump and

CVNM On Senate's EMNRD Secretary Confirmation

on March 20, 2017 - 6:36am
Ken McQueen
 
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE The Senate confirmed the Governor's nominee for secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) in a 32-4 vote.
 
Ken McQueen is a former executive of WPX Energy, an Oklahoma-based fossil fuel company. During his time with the company, WPX was a top donor to Gov. Martinez’ reelection campaign, her political action committees and her legislative allies.
 
In response to his appointment, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:
 
“Gov.

New Mexico GOP Releases Statement On Conclusion Of 2017 Legislative Session

on March 19, 2017 - 5:04pm

New Mexico GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement following the end of the 2017 legislative session:

“Republican legislators have a lot to be proud about this year,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene. “Despite the Democrat majority wasting time on donor service, virtue-signaling against our president, and useless memorial bills, Republican legislators sponsored and passed several landmark pieces of legislation this session.

“From creating an ethics commission to providing local communities the resources to

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Our Teachers...

on March 19, 2017 - 11:39am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
A concerned mother grateful for her children’s teachers

Dear Governor and dear Representatives who voted against the resolution that would’ve allowed teachers to take more than 3 sick days without penalty, let me ask you: how many times did you take a sick day this past year? How many times did you have to assist a sick family member, whether a child, a spouse, or an elderly parent? And all this when you hold a position that doesn’t keep you inside a classroom five days a week. Along with train stations and public places, schools are the primary route for the spread of

Think New Mexico: 2017 Legislative Session Recap

on March 19, 2017 - 8:16am

Think New Mexico News:

The 2017 legislative session wrapped up at noon Saturday and here are the final outcomes of Think New Mexico's initiatives:

Food Tax Defeated Once Again

Yet again this year there was a serious effort to reimpose the food tax. Along with three stand-alone food tax bills, the comprehensive tax reform package (House Bill 412) initially proposed to reimpose the food tax.

We firmly believe that a food tax has no place in a tax reform bill, and we were grateful that the House voted unanimously to remove the food tax from House Bill 412 before passing it.

NMG&F: Special Hunter Education Camp Offered At Philmont Scout Ranch

on March 19, 2017 - 7:14am
NMG&F News:
 
CIMARRON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn a hunter education certification.
 
The camp is open to youth ages 11 to 17, accompanied by a registered, responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of April 28-30, 2017 at the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided.
 
Registration opens March 27. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/

House Subcommittee Probes Nuclear Weapons Windfall

on March 18, 2017 - 10:41am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan appears Thursday before House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/HASC webcast

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

President Trump’s budget priorities were on parade in the House Armed Services subcommittee hearing Thursday, as the White House was releasing a sketch of its fiscal plans for the next 18 months. The White House projection for the nuclear security enterprise proposes strong support for a “nuclear force that is second to none.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan spoke

2017 Legislative Session Ends Noon Today

on March 18, 2017 - 10:27am

STATE News:

The 2017 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature opened at noon Tuesday, Jan. 17 and ends at noon today.

Bill To Restore Classroom Funding Heads To Governor

on March 18, 2017 - 10:22am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Friday, Senate Bill 462 passed the New Mexico Legislature. Instead of funding infrastructure projects in their home communities, legislators chose to strengthen public schools’ bottom line statewide after several years of tough budgets.

The bill utilized a complicated transfer of capital outlay funds to the general fund to strengthen classrooms. The bill restores $46 million that was cut from public school cash balances, or ‘reserves’, earlier in the session to address FY ’17 budget solvency.

Governor Acts On Four More Pieces Of Legislation

on March 18, 2017 - 9:54am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE—Late Friday night, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez acted on the following legislation:

  • Signed Senate Bill 103 — Transfer Of College Credits [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 32 — K-3 Plus Eligibility [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 75 — Deferred Compensation Changes [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 28 — Educational Retirement Changes [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed Senate Bill 297 — Disabled Veteran License Plate Options [MESSAGE]

 

Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on March 18, 2017 - 9:50am
Courtesy/SFNF
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE -- The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for new site stewards. Site stewards work in assigned areas to monitor archaeological and historical sites for evidence of deterioration due to natural causes or vandalism.
 
Steward responsibilities include visits to sites on a regular assigned basis (usually once a month, weather and roads permitting), to report damage or significant changes. This is a great way to get outdoors and become more familiar with the forest’s cultural resources.
 
The next formal training is a full-day session Saturday, April

Voters To Decide On Independent Ethics Commission

on March 18, 2017 - 9:46am

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – House Joint Resolution 8, to create an Independent Ethics Commission that will restore trust in government, will now head to the ballot.

HJR 8, sponsored by Representatives Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), Bill McCamley (D-Las Cruces), Daymon Ely (D-Corrales) and Jim Dines (R-Albuquerque), proposes a constitutional amendment creating an Independent Ethics Commission tasked with investigating and issuing advisory opinions regarding any violations of laws or misconduct by elected state officials.
 

New Democratic leadership and new members in each chamber with a

Statement On Attempted Override Of Governor’s Veto Of HB 241 - Attendance Component In Teacher Evaluations

on March 18, 2017 - 8:39am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) released the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of House Bill 241:
 
“In her veto message, Gov. Martinez stated that she would be willing to consider changes to attendance measures as part of a comprehensive teacher evaluation system. Attendance measures account for just five percent of a teacher’s overall evaluation. House Bill 241 sought to address only the attendance component in teacher evaluations, and we respect Gov.

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