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New Mexico Sports Hall Of Fame: Public Voting

on September 13, 2017 - 3:37am
NMSHOF News:
 
For the fourth year, there will be a "Public Voting" sponsored by ESPN 101.7 THE TEAM during the entire month of September.
 
Here is an opportunity to create excitement for your candidate. People can vote twice - once at www.nmshof.com and on the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame Facebook page, which will have a photo of your candidate. Each "like" counts as a vote. 
 
Here are the direct links to share with people in your area:
 
Website: VOTING FORM
Facebook: Candidate Page
 
Unfortunately, we will only induct 7-9 individuals this year.

SFCC Hosts College Night Oct. 4

on September 13, 2017 - 3:33am
SFCC News:
 
Start planning your academic future! Meet with college representatives from across the state and the country and pick up information on financial aid, support services and academic programs 6-8 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 4 at SFCC's William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
 
College Night is free and no registration is required. For more than 20 years, SFCC has proudly hosted this event as part of its ongoing commitment to the community.
 
High school and prospective college students, their families and community members get firsthand information

State Auditor Uncovers Likely Fraud, Embezzlement

on September 12, 2017 - 3:19pm

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Keller identifies hundreds of checks worth more than $475,000 written to vendors were cashed into a former employee’s personal bank account

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released the results of an investigation into La Promesa Early Learning Center, a state charter school in Albuquerque.

The Risk Review found about half a million dollars were diverted from the School into a former employee’s personal bank account between June 2010 and July 2016. Office of the State Auditor (OSA) subpoenas of bank records uncovered that the former

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Opening Statement At Joint Economic Committee Hearing On E-Commerce

on September 12, 2017 - 1:48pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, delivered the following statement at Sept. 12 hearing entitled “The Dynamic Gains from Free Digital Trade for the U.S. Economy.” Ranking Member Heinrich highlighted in his opening remarks how e-commerce is crucial to growing and democratizing the economy.
 
Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
 
Thank you, Vice Chairman Lee, and thank you to our panel for being here today.
 
E-commerce touches industries across all sectors

FBI: Albuquerque Felon Sentenced To Four Years For Violating Federal Firearms Laws

on September 12, 2017 - 9:24am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Pilar Angel Lucero, 33, of Albuquerque, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for violating federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition. Lucero will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Lucero was charged by criminal complaint July 7, 2016, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition June 16, 2016, in Bernalillo County, following a routine traffic stop by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). subsequently was indicted on the same charge on July 28, 2016.
 
According to

Wildfire Mitigation Project Public Meeting Sept. 20

on September 12, 2017 - 9:23am
FEMA News:
 
Los Alamos County Fire Department in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting public input on a proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project in Los Alamos County, New Mexico.
 
 
The County will host a public meeting Sept. 20, to provide details about the project and to solicit input from the public. The public meeting is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Building in the Training Room, at 999 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.
 
The proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project would include vegetation thinning on

AG Warns Of Massive Equifax Data Breach; Urges New Mexicans To Protect Themselves From Identity Theft

on September 12, 2017 - 7:20am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has released the following fraud alert regarding the massive Equifax data breach impacting up to 143 million Americans:
 
Equifax, a credit reporting agency has announced that it had a massive data breach affecting more than 143 million Americans. The announcement informed the public that the breach occurred sometime between May and July-- Equifax discovered the breach July 29.
 
Equifax has set up a secure website with information here: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/. There also is a

Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Adopts Final Campaign Finance Rule

on September 11, 2017 - 5:48pm

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today adopted the final version of a campaign finance rule intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA) and to bring the CRA into constitutional compliance following numerous court cases.

The rule will go into effect Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, which is the first day of a new campaign finance reporting period.

“For too long our campaign finance disclosure laws have been vague and confusing, and this rule will provide much needed

AFT New Mexico Responds To Release Of PED’s Teacher Evaluation Ratings

on September 11, 2017 - 9:30am
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The New Mexico Public Education Department has released their annual teacher evaluation ratings, and already, educators are reporting inaccurate, incomplete, or missing data from their evaluations. Sadly, these errors on the part of the NM PED will continue to be used to blame New Mexico’s public educators for the shortcomings and failed promises of seven years of so-called PED ‘reforms’ under Hanna Skandera, and now, Christopher Ruszkowski.
 
“Let’s be clear – the

NMDOT To Present State Rail Plan Update

on September 11, 2017 - 7:29am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Department of Transportation has initiated an update of the New Mexico State Rail Plan, to be completed in 2018. 
 
NMDOT Staff are making presentations to introduce the Rail Plan and solicit input from each of the State’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) during their public meetings in the Summer and Fall of 2017.
 
The schedule for all MPO and RTPO presentations is available on NMDOT’s Transit and Rail web page -http://dot.state.nm.us/content/nmdot/en/Transit_Rail.html

Pearce Calls For Investigation Of UNMHSC, SWWO

on September 11, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has sent a letter to the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request an investigation into the wrongdoings between the University of New Mexico Health Service Center (UNMHSC) and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO).
 
“I’ve worked tirelessly with New Mexico officials and Members in Congress to ensure the rights and liberties of women and the unborn are protected. In 2016, an investigation by the U.S.

AG Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors For Fueling Epidemic Crippling New Mexico

on September 11, 2017 - 7:22am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has brought a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the country’s largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioids, a crucial first step toward holding these companies responsible for flooding New Mexico’s communities with prescription opioids and fueling the opioid epidemic by putting profits over people.
 
The State of New Mexico is filing suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three largest wholesale

Federal Grand Jury Files Obstruction Charges Against Santa Fe Cardiologist Awaiting Sentencing For Fraud

on September 9, 2017 - 12:07pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division announced that a federal grand jury has returned a new indictment charging Roy G. Heilbron, 54, a cardiologist residing in Santa Fe, with false statements and obstruction charges.
 
The new charges against Heilbron arise out of his alleged attempt to obstruct and impede proceedings in a pending criminal case.
 
The two-count indictment, which was filed yesterday, charges Heilbron with making and presenting fraudulent documents regarding his medical

Man Wearing Chicago Bears Cap Robs Albq. Bank

on September 9, 2017 - 6:22am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a Chicago Bears baseball cap robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday.
 
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5'3” to 5'4” tall, with a slender build. He had an unshaven face. He wore a dark Chicago Bears baseball cap, a long-sleeve gray flannel shirt, and blue jeans.
 
At approximately 10:04 a.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West, located at 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Avenue NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

Governor Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff To Honor Victims Of Sept. 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

on September 8, 2017 - 5:20pm

Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The text of the executive order is below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-017

FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE OF THE VICTIMS OF THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACKS

     WHEREAS, 16 years ago, deadly terrorist attacks took place in the United States in New York City, Washington, D.C., and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania;

 

$9 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Education Department For 232 Violations Of IPRA Law

on September 8, 2017 - 7:20am
RGB News:
 
Los Ranchos book publisher, Barbe Awalt, Senior Partner of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books (RGB), has filed a third lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department and NMPED Custodian of Records, Beverly Friedman, for $9,427,800.
 
The lawsuit, filed in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, asserts that New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and Beverly Friedman, violated the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) in 199 "3-day" letters by putting the wrong wording on the letters and 33 letters that were completely missing.
 
The wording is very

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Zinke To Defer Leases On Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

on September 8, 2017 - 7:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
 
The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land.
 
The BLM previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon until all Tribal

Estate Of Diana Mariani-Stepan To Receive $2.249 Million In Whistleblower Case

on September 7, 2017 - 11:48am
Diana Mariani-Stepan
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The estate of the late Diana Mariani-Stepan, former Los Alamos County assistant manager and Indigent Healthcare administrator, will receive $2.249 million following an agreement reached in a case involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

According to the Department of Justice, CHRISTUS St.

2017 Condition Of College And Career Readiness: LAHS Demonstrates Significant Progress On ACT Scores

on September 7, 2017 - 11:17am

LAPS News:

Each year, ACT provides an analysis of high school graduates college and career readiness. Based upon the report, Los Alamos High School class of 2017 had higher scores than in the past five years, and higher than the state as a whole.

The ACT is a set of curriculum-based tests to measure educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science, and is used to measure how prepared a student is for the first year of college coursework.

Each section has a benchmark (or the minimum score needed) to indicate that the student will have a 50 percent chance of earning a B

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on September 7, 2017 - 10:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) announced plans to take advantage of favorable fall conditions to conduct prescribed burns on approximately 4,000 acres. 
 
If conditions are favorable, ignitions could begin as early as Sept. 21 on approximately 1,500 acres in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed east of Santa Fe, 2,300 acres in Mesitas 8 miles southwest of Abiquiu, and another 110 acres on Borrego Mesa 6 miles southeast of Truchas.

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Report On New Mexico’s Financial Health

on September 7, 2017 - 10:06am
State Auditor Tim Keller 
 
STATE News: 
 
The Findings Report: A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits shines light on how public money is managed in hundreds of state and local governments
 
SANTA FE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released The Findings Report: A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits. The third annual report from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) compiles information that would otherwise remain buried deep within thousands of pages of annual audits.

Letter To The Editor: Stop Wild Horse, Burro Slaughter

on September 7, 2017 - 8:43am
By NANCY TEAGUE
White Rock

I believe our New Mexico lawmakers are opposed to the round up and slaughter of wild horses and burros, but some in congress are not. I’m not sure with everything that is happening in our nation at this time that people are aware of the urgency of this situation and of the necessity of contacting their representatives on this issue.

In 1971 there was a law enacted to protect wild horses and burros. These animals are symbols of our Western Heritage.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Lone-Wolf And Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks

on September 7, 2017 - 7:55am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce led a Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing Thursday entitled “Low Cost, High Impact: Combatting the Financing of Lone-Wolf and Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks” to examine funding mechanisms used to coordinate low-scale attacks.

“Efforts to combat terrorist financing have traditionally focused on large scale funding sources; however, small-scale and lone-wolf style attacks have become more common and require significantly less funding,” Pearce said.

Governor Announces ALeRT Fugitives Arrested

on September 7, 2017 - 7:44am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that two fugitives from the state’s Corrections Department have recently been captured since the Governor announced the state would join the Analysis Led Recidivism Team (ALeRT) initiative Aug. 10.
 
“Getting criminals off our streets is important to keeping our families and communities safe,” Martinez said. “By working more closely with local leaders and law enforcement we’re tracking down more fugitives and putting them back where they belong –behind bars.”
 
Andrew Lucero was arrested Aug.

Thanks For Supporting Millicent Rogers Museum

on September 6, 2017 - 7:11am
MRM News:
 
At our recent Turquoise Gala, we were able to raise over $100,000 for the museum! Thanks to everyone who made our gala possible.
 
You can see some fun pictures from gala night here or read more about this event on our blog. Funds from the gala support a variety of needs at the museum, which range from simple building maintenance to new exhibition installations.
 
A portion of the funds raised at this year's gala support Corn: Sacred Giver of Life and Feast Days, A Cycle of Faith, two new exhibits that are now on view at the museum.

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