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Los Alamos County Credit Card Debt Among Lowest In New Mexico

on September 18, 2017 - 7:13am
SMARTASSET News:
 
It’s no secret that people love using their credit cards. It’s not uncommon to see friends squabble over who gets to pay the bill at a group dinner.
 
Between cash back rewards, airline miles and other benefits that credit card companies offer - people have plenty of incentive to break out the plastic.
 
Eventually the credit card bill comes due and if it isn’t paid in full, cardholders start accruing interest. Managing that credit card debt can be difficult and some people are better at keeping that debt low than others.
 
In light of this, SmartAsset, a financial
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Lujan Grisham Secures $5 million In Additional Funding For High-Crime Cities

on September 18, 2017 - 6:42am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham successfully added four amendments to the omnibus appropriations bill, including increased funding for the hiring of state and local police officers in high-crime communities like Albuquerque.
 
The House passed the appropriations bill today, which now heads to the Senate for consideration.
 
The legislation includes an amendment from Rep. Lujan Grisham that increases funding by $5 million under the Byrne JAG Program. This is the same program highlighted recently by U.S.

Santa Fe Community College Announces Forums For Interim President Candidates Sept. 20-22

on September 18, 2017 - 6:41am
Gregory Maxwell South, Ph.D.
 
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College announces two public candidate forums for the position of Interim President. The first forum will feature Gregory Maxwell South, Ph.D., at 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 20. The second forum will feature Cecilia Y.M. Cervantes, Ph.D., at 1 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 22.
 
The SFCC Governing Board launched a search for an Interim President after President Randy W. Grissom announced his retirement Aug. 4. Grissom’s retirement is effective Oct.

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison For Aiding And Abetting Armed Bank Robbery

on September 18, 2017 - 6:02am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Christian Herrera 21, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Sept. 14 in Federal Court to 37 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for aiding and abetting the armed robbery of an Albuquerque-area bank.
 
Herrera was arrested in March 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him and four co-defendants, Greg Miera, 51, Martin Huertta, 43, Christian Herrera, 21, Christopher Gallegos, 33, and Isaiah Gallegos, 22, all of Albuquerque, with robbing March 30, 2016 the US Bank branch at 5620 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
 
According to the complaint, Albuquerque

DOE Announces WIPP Contract Extension

on September 17, 2017 - 7:00am

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo

WIPP News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a three-year extension to the AECOM Management and Operations Contract for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad:

“WIPP is a major contributor to the Carlsbad economy and plays a critical role in our nation’s security.

Monday Is National Cheeseburger Day

on September 17, 2017 - 6:56am

Courtesy/New Mexico True

STATE News:

  • Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on the New Mexico True Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

This Monday, carnivores across the country will unite to recognize one of America’s most iconic and beloved dishes. National Cheeseburger Day falls annually on Sept. 18, and while numerous states lay claim to the invention of the cheeseburger itself only one state can say it’s perfected the burger by adding a single magnificent ingredient: green chile.

The New Mexico Tourism Department is encouraging you to celebrate the occasion on the New Mexico True Green Chile

Appropriations Bill Passes With Pearce Amendments

on September 17, 2017 - 6:27am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018, which finishes the FY18 appropriations process for the House of Representatives by providing funding levels for eight funding bills.
 
This package included two amendments by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce that rollback excessive and duplicative regulations on the oil and gas industry. Inclusion of these amendments will greatly benefit New Mexico.
 
“New Mexico’s oil and gas industry represents nearly

NMED Confirms ‘Boil Water Advisory’ To Be Issued By Chaco Culture National Historic Parks Water System

on September 15, 2017 - 8:08pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required “boil water advisory” for the Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System.
 
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to issue the advisory today after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water System is required to notify all water system users of this finding.
 
Chaco Culture National Historic Park Water

Valles Caldera Entrance Road Improvements Continue

on September 15, 2017 - 9:52am

VCNP News: 

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will continue making improvements to the preserve’s main entrance road starting Monday, Sept. 18 through Thursday, Sept. 28. 

The road improvement work is being implemented using Congressional funding provided to the National Park Service to reduce its deferred maintenance backlog. Visitors can expect minor traffic delays; one lane of the road will remain open while the road work occurs over the next two weeks. Flagmen will control the flow of traffic keeping all visitors and staff safe.

The road improvements will start at the

Letter To The Editor: Truth Matters

on September 15, 2017 - 9:29am
By MIRANDA VISCOLI, Co-president
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence

Mr. Visel’s latest offensive and dangerous diatribe (link) attacking the important work of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) is a troubling reminder that we live in a time when a complete disregard for the facts and intentional distortion of the truth is the new law of the land.

He states, rather emphatically, that NMPGV is financially backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There is not an ounce of truth to this statement.

FBI: Bank Robber Flees On Sport Bicycle

on September 15, 2017 - 8:57am
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank and fled on a sport bicycle Thursday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2017.
 
The suspect is described as approximately 5'6” tall. His face and head were covered and he wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. At approximately 2:54 p.m., the suspect walked into Bank of America, located at 6605 Uptown Boulevard NE. He displayed a handgun and took money from a teller counter.
 
The suspect left the bank on a gray or green BMX-style bicycle and was last seen in the area of San Pedro

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Transparency Report On New Mexico Tax Policy Choices

on September 15, 2017 - 8:40am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a report shining a light on New Mexico’s tax policy choices.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) tallied more than $1 billion in tax breaks, with helpful collaboration from the Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD). The OSA report contains a broader array of tax breaks than what is included in the annual TRD tax expenditure report.
 
“Last year, we gave over $1 billion in tax revenue to different types of tax breaks with little reporting to determine whether they are helping to create

Governor Orders Flags Half-Staff To Honor Domenici

on September 15, 2017 - 8:29am

Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise today to sunset Saturday in honor and mourning of former U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici.

The text of the executive order is below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-018 FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF SENATOR PETE V. DOMENICI

WHEREAS, Senator Pete V. Domenici, who honorably served the State of New Mexico, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017;

WHEREAS, Senator Domenici dedicated his entire career to putting New Mexico first;

WHEREAS, Senator

A Celebration Of Native Artists In Santa Fe

on September 15, 2017 - 7:25am
IAIA News:
 
SANTA FE — The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) invites the public to join their artists-in-residence in learning about their craft through a free, hands-on event 1-2:30 p.m., Sept. 23.
 
IAIA also will host a free dinner, open to the public, 5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 28 in honor of their Native artists-in-residence. The artists’ studios will be open for viewing after the dinner.
 
Along with Native artists Leanne Campbell and Marlene Ann Nielsen, weaver Janice George has been an artist-in-residence at the IAIA for the month of September.

Alzheimer’s 'Legal And Financial Planning' Presentation

on September 15, 2017 - 6:49am
ALZHEIMER’S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families dealing with the multitude of issues that come with Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a FREE presentation in Santa Fe, New Mexico offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
The presentation, “Living with Alzhiemers: Legal and Financial Planning” will help explain the basics of legal and financial planning for families facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The event will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and will be hosted by Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe, NM 87507. 
 
Contact David

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero Endorses Jeff Apodaca For Governor Of New Mexico

on September 14, 2017 - 11:20am
By Sheriff Marco V. Lucero
Los Alamos County
 
As the Sheriff of Los Alamos County, I would like to express my strong support of Jeff Apodaca in his bid to be the next Governor of New Mexico.  
 
I grew up with Jeff and have known him, his values, and his character since we were 12 years old. Together we attended junior high through our college days at the University of New Mexico. Jeff was presented with some very difficult circumstances while he was young, and his unwavering faith and strength helped him overcome cancer. This is a true testament to his character.
 
Mr.

SFCC Presents LAUNCH! Sept. 28

on September 14, 2017 - 8:51am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents LAUNCH!, an exhibition by the Sculpture Union art club of SFCC.
 
This inaugural event features selections from each of the group’s members.The exhibit opens with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 28. The exhibition continues through Nov. 1.
 
The exhibition includes sculpture in diverse media and conceptual approaches from SFCC sculpture students includingJanet Abrams, Colin Barker, Faye Bates, David Burling, Charlie Carruthers, Cary Cluett, Dason Culver, Monique DeNys, Rose Driscoll, Lisa

Luján Amendment Providing $2 Million For Peer Support Programs Included In 2018 Federal Spending Bill

on September 14, 2017 - 7:57am
Congressman Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ―  An amendment authored by Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) providing funding for Peer Support programs was approved for inclusion in the 2018 federal spending bill.
 
The amendment provides $2 million in dedicated funding for Peer Support Paraprofessionals as part of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (B-HWET). The BHWET Program helps create greater access to behavioral health services by establishing partnerships with community organizations.
 
Peer support specialists are individuals

SFCC Equivalency/GED Registration Open

on September 14, 2017 - 7:42am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College announces that registration for classes to prepare for the High School Equivalency/GED tests is open now. Classes begin Oct. 16 in Spanish and English. Call 505.428.1356 for more information.
 
New students must fill out and submit an orientation packet. Packets are available now at the Adult Education office on the SFCC campus, 6401 Richards Avenue in Room 502, between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 5 p.m. Fridays. New students must attend an orientation session. The sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m.

Udall Proposes Amendments To Benefit New Mexico & Nation In Major Defense Bill

on September 13, 2017 - 2:53pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

  • Measures would strengthen mission & safety of NM’s labs, help military families, and modernize government IT systems & save taxpayers money

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he is proposing several amendments to a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to benefit New Mexico’s national labs and military families, modernize outdated and wasteful government IT systems and save taxpayers money.

The bill, which sets defense policy for the nation, is being debated on the

Pete Domenici Has Died

on September 13, 2017 - 12:01pm

Staff Report

Former New Mexico U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici died this morning at the age of 85 at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. He had recently undergone abdominal surgery and had been in intensive care.

Domenici represented New Mexico in the United States Senate from 1972 until 2008, making him the longest serving U.S. Senator from New Mexico. During his career, Domenici who was a Republican, rose in the ranks of the Senate to eventually serve as chairman or ranking minority member of the budget committee, depending on which party controlled the Senate.

He also rose to be

WIPP Marks Milestone With 50th Waste Shipment

on September 13, 2017 - 8:36am
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant employees pose for a photo to celebrate the resumption of transuranic waste shipments to the facility. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
CARLSBAD, N.M.  EM recently achieved a significant milestone when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 50th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since April 7.
 
Shipments to WIPP resumed this past spring after the facility reopened in January. WIPP suspended operations after a truck fire and unrelated radiological event in 2014.
 
“This is another important milestone for us,” Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager
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Heinrich, Lujan Grisham, Luján Introduce Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on September 13, 2017 - 7:50am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 12, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján introduced bicameral legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact.
 
Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, announced the legislation during a Subcommittee on Energy hearing yesteray on the contributions of the DOE’s

SFCC: Hablando de Nosotros―Talking About Ourselves Sept. 26

on September 13, 2017 - 7:11am
SFCC News:
 
Join Santa Fe Community College’s Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning (CDIL) and the Higher Education Center (HEC) for a community conversation series exploring individual and collective definitions and relationships to Hispanic identities.
 
The next conversation in the series is "Hablando de Nosotros: Talking About Ourselves" 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the HEC (1950 Siringo Rd.) with the topic Code-Switching.
 
For more information contact CDIL Coordinator Emily Stern, thecenter@sfcc.edu or 505.428.1467.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall To Cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All Legislation

on September 13, 2017 - 4:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will sign on as an original cosponsor to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation, which would ensure every American would have access to comprehensive health insurance regardless of income or employment status.
 
Udall supported similar proposals sponsored by Rep. John Conyers when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Udall made the following statement:
 
“I believe that health care is a human right, and that all New Mexicans – and

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