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Sen. Candelaria Introducing Legislation Allowing Public Testimony Online To Legislative Committee Meetings

on November 6, 2017 - 10:15am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria 



SANTA FE – Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Bernalillo, has announced that he will introduce legislation to allow the public to submit online testimony to Legislative Committee meetings.

Candelaria issued the following statement:

“In a large state like New Mexico, distance should not stop people from participating in the legislative process. The time and cost of traveling to Santa Fe is an obstacle preventing many New Mexicans from taking part in the discussion of important issues. Everyone should have an opportunity to engage.

FBI: Man Wearing Dark Wig Robs Albuquerque Bank

on November 6, 2017 - 8:43am
FBI News:
A man wearing a dark wig robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Friday, Nov. 3.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 50s, approximately 6'0" tall with a medium build. He wore a gray and white baseball cap, a gray T-shirt, and black jeans. The suspect had a goatee and wore a dark wig.
At approximately 5:55 p.m., the suspect entered New Mexico Bank and Trust at 7021 Jefferson St., NE.
He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

Scenes From Cross Country State Championship

on November 6, 2017 - 8:33am

The 'Topper athletes and coaches at Saturday's State Cross Country Championship at Rio Rancho High School. The 'Topper Girls and Boys took 2nd to Academy in the 5A classification. The Boys took 3rd to Academy and Kirtland Central. Photo by Blake Wood

Freshman Lidia Appell and 8th grader Norissa Valdez lead the pack up a steep, sandy hill past the one mile point. Appell and Valdez are the top and runner-up 'Toppers of the day in 5th and 6th places overall, with times of 19:47 and 19:52, respectively. Photo by Blake Wood

Junior Marin Kelly and freshman Mabel Pyle at the halfway point of the

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Honor Native American Heritage Month

on November 6, 2017 - 8:16am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich announced that they have cosponsored a resolution to establish the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month.
The resolution recognizes and celebrates the many contributions Native Americans make to our nation's identity through their rich heritages, cultures, languages, and the arts.
“Every chapter of American history is touched by the contributions of tribes and Native American leaders -  from Po’Pay and the Pueblo Revolt

BLM Resource Advisory Council To Meet In Farmington

on November 6, 2017 - 8:02am
BLM News:
FARMINGTON  Dec. 5-6, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Farmington District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will convene for a day long meeting in Farmington at the Farmington District Office at 6251 College Blvd, Ste. A, followed by a field trip the following morning.
Both the meeting and the field trip are open to the public.
Dec. 5, the RAC meeting is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Farmington District Office.

Pearce Votes To Extend Vital Healthcare Programs

on November 6, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers (CHC), and other important public health priorities including additional Medicaid Assistance funding.
This bill also includes a two-year funding extension for the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program.
“Passage of this bill today is a vital step to providing essential funding for communities throughout New Mexico.

FBI: Man With Short Hair, Mustache, Robs Albq. Bank

on November 6, 2017 - 6:33am
FBI News:
A man with short black hair and a mustache robbed an Albuquerque bank Monday Oct. 30.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5'8" to 5'9" tall, with a medium build. He had short black hair and a mustache, and wore a black hooded sweatshirt and dark, baggy jeans. 
At approximately 4:55 p.m., the suspect entered U.S. Bank at 3801 Isleta Blvd. SE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

Lujan Grisham Votes Against CHIP Cuts

on November 5, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has voted against legislation that would cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund, sabotage the ACA, and raise Medicare premiums for seniors to pay for reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers.
“Like many others who care deeply about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHC), I am appalled by the vote we took in the House today.

Animal Protection Of New Mexico: Federal Court Ruling Allows Challenge To Cougar Trapping To Proceed

on November 5, 2017 - 6:18am

Cougar with cub. Courtesy/


APNM News:


ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge has rejected New Mexico’s second request to dismiss a lawsuit that asserts the state Department of Game and Fish’s 2016 decision to open a cougar trapping season on public lands—for the first time in almost 50 years—violates the Endangered Species Act.


The ruling came just one day after the start of the 2017-2018 cougar trapping season.


Judge William P.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Hold Community Discussion On Medicaid Public Option Bill & Republican Tax Plan

on November 4, 2017 - 11:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) is holding a community discussion at the Corrales Flying Star in Albuquerque this afternoon to provide a congressional update on his Medicaid Public Option bill and the Trump/Ryan/McConnell tax plan.
Luján will be on hand to discuss details of the tax proposal being put forward by the Trump White House, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
The State Public Option Act, introduced by Luján with Sen.

Los Alamos Police Department Announces Newest Academy Graduate: Ofc. David Randleman

on November 3, 2017 - 4:46pm

New LAPD Ofc. David Randleman, center, at his Oct. 27 graduation from the Police Academy with LAPD Cmdr. Oilver Morris, left, and Sgt. Daniel Roberts. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department’s newest Police Academy graduate Ofc. David Randleman graduated Oct. 27 as class Valedictorian.

New LAPD Ofc. David Randleman graduated the Police Academy as class Valedictorian. Courtesy/LAPD

Ofc. Randleman was one of 34 cadets from around the State of New Mexico who became certified police officers last Friday.

During the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy’s 195th class, Ofc.

AG Balderas Trains Mexican Prosecutors, Forensic Scientists, Investigators In Effort To Stop Crime From Crossing Border

on November 3, 2017 - 10:04am

Attorney General Hector Balderas during a training in Santa Fe with Mexican law enforcement officials on investigative and trial presentation skills to help prevent crime from crossing the border. Courtesy photo

Attorney General Hector Balderas, seated at center, with Mexican law enforcement officials and New Mexico Office of the Attorney General prosecutors and special agents in Santa Fe during a recent training. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas hosted a delegation of 21 prosecutors, forensic scientists and investigators from the states of

USDA Invests $2.5 Billion In Electric Infrastructure

on November 3, 2017 - 9:51am
USDA News:
WASHNGTON, D.C.  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states.
“These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities need in a 21st Century economy,” Perdue said.

Lujan Grisham Statement On GOP Tax Package

on November 3, 2017 - 9:43am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement Thursday in response to the massive tax package released by Republicans in Congress.
“Rather than create economic opportunity for American families, the Republican tax package resembles the failed policies of the past that only reward the wealthiest people and special interests, while adding as much as $1.5 trillion to our national debt.

SFNF May Conduct Prescribed Burn On French Mesa

on November 3, 2017 - 8:13am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct the previously announced French Mesa prescribed burn as early as Monday, Nov. 6.

The French Mesa treatment area totals 5,041 acres approximately 10 miles north of the community of Gallina and may take three to four days to complete.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Hilltopper Girls Soccer Advances To Semifinals

on November 2, 2017 - 9:00pm

Hilltopper Alix Hailey scores the game winning goal in the 2nd overtime to beat St. Pius 3-2. The Hilltoppers advance to play Aztec at 10 a.m. Friday. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

BERNALILLO –  Plenty of action, plenty of excitement, and two overtimes. What else would you expect from a state playoff game?

The #6 Los Alamos Hilltoppers girl’s soccer team needed two overtimes to upset #3 St. Pius Sartans 3-2 Thursday morning to advance to the semifinals of the New Mexico Activities Association State Tournament.


Hilltoppers Beat Roswell To Advance To Semifinals

on November 2, 2017 - 8:42pm

Coach Ron Blue and the Hilltoppers root on the reserve players as they hold the lead. Photo By RJ Montaño/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

BERNALILLO – It was business as usual for the Los Alamos Hilltopper Boys Soccer Team, who beat Roswell 3-0 today to advance to the semifinals of the New Mexico Activities Association state tournament.

‘Topper Freshman Sam Cirigliano got things rolling when he put Los Alamos up 1-0 in the fifth minute of the match. A few missed opportunities and good defense would make this the halftime score.


Scenes From District Judge Greg Shaffer Swearing In

on November 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer swears in newly-appointed Judge Greg. S. Shaffer Thursday morning in Santa Fe. Former chief legal counsel for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, Judge Shaffer was appointed by Gov. Susanna Martinez following the August retirement of Judge Sarah M. Singleton. Also present for the ceremony were, from right, Judge Francis J. Mathew, Judge Raymond Z. Ortiz, Judge David K. Thomson and Judge Sylvia LaMar, as well as Judge Shaffer's wife and children.

Garnett S. Stokes Appointed President Of UNM

on November 2, 2017 - 11:24am

Garnett S. Stokes

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has unanimously selected Garnett S. Stokes as its 22nd president. Stokes, 61, will succeed Interim President Chaouki Abdallah, who has served in the role since the beginning of 2017. Stokes will take office March 1, 2018.

Stokes’ selection follows a 10-month search by a 22-member committee, chaired by UNM Board of Regents’ President Rob Doughty, that included regents, faculty, students, staff and alumni. Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, was engaged in November 2016 to work alongside the committee.

Stokes was

NMAM Annual Conference In Los Alamos Nov. 15-18

on November 2, 2017 - 10:31am

NMAM News:

The New Mexico Association of Museums annual conference is taking place Nov. 15-18 in Los Alamos.

This year’s conference theme is “New Mexico Museums: Where Discoveries Happen!” Attendees will explore how the process of discovery is transforming New Mexico museums, science centers and historic sites by igniting curiosity, inspiring creativity, and instilling a spirit of innovation.

One highlight will be a keynote from Superintendent Kris Kirby sharing her perspective on how the NPS is interpreting the newest National Historic Park, the Manhattan Project National Historic Park.

Udall, Heinrich Back Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

on November 2, 2017 - 10:09am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution authored by Udall and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and cosponsored by Heinrich, designating Oct. 30, 2017, as the ninth National Day of Remembrance.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

This resolution is meant to honor the contributions of thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War.

“Thousands of scientists, maintenance workers, miners, millers

NMCD: New Operation Captures Fugitive Sex Offenders

on November 2, 2017 - 10:02am
NMCD News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Corrections Department has announced a new operation to capture fugitive sex offenders. Officers will be looking for offenders to continue to ensure New Mexico’s streets are safe for children, especially during Halloween.
Additionally, probation and parole officers in every part of the state will be making contact with registered sex offenders on supervision to ensure they aren’t interacting with children during the holiday.
“It’s not only important to apprehend the sex offender absconders, but to monitor the activities of registered sex

NMSP: Missing Mother And Daughters Found Safe

on November 2, 2017 - 8:46am
NMSP News:
TAOS – The New Mexico State Police found missing mother Cheyenne Crystal, 49, and her two daughters.
All three are safe and well, NMSP said. 
See original missing person announcement here.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Local Fundraiser

on November 2, 2017 - 8:24am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's 3rd Congessional District with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard outside on a windy deck during a fundraiser for the congressman's re-election campaign early Monday evening at a private residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

FBI: Roswell Woman Gets 63 Months For Methamphetamine Trafficking And Firearms Conviction

on November 1, 2017 - 2:49pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Renee Rodriguez, 33, of Roswell was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces to 63 months in prison for her conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. Rodriguez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.


Rodriguez and co-defendant Joseph Vallejos, 25, also of Roswell, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in September 2015, with conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, and firearms offenses in Chaves County.