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Labor Day Weekend At Bandelier: Cultural Demonstrators And More

on August 31, 2017 - 3:59pm
The Fragua family of Jemez Pueblo will be demonstrating their work at Bandelier National Monument over the Labor Day weekend. Courtesy/NPS
It's hard to believe, but it's already Labor Day weekend! Bandelier National Monument will have not one, but three, cultural demonstrators on the three days of the holiday weekend. All of them have been coming to Bandelier for many years to demonstrate their work, so while some visitors may have not met them before, others may enjoy the chance to see them again.
The Candelaria family from Santo Domingo Pueblo are known for their

LANL Foundation Works With Eight Northern Indian Pueblos To Strengthen Early Childhood Support Systems

on August 31, 2017 - 8:49am
LANL Foundation early childhood Pueblo Outreach Project team from left, RJ Martinez, Jovanna Archuleta and Anna Marie Garcia. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
LANL News:
ESPANOLA  The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has begun a project, as a request by the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council (ENIPC) governing board, to help improve the health and early development of children in the eight northern Pueblo communities of Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos and Tesuque.
The Pueblo Outreach Project is funded by a $1,066,240 grant from the

Common Cause New Mexico Releases First ‘New Mexico GPA’ Report Card

on August 31, 2017 - 7:32am
CCNM News:
Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) has issued its first New Mexico GPA (NMGPA) Legislative Report Card recording the votes of legislators on its 2017 priority transparency, ethics and good government legislation.
The report card is featured on the organization’s new website.  
The NMGPA grades elected officials on how they voted on five priority measures in the 2017 session including:
  • SB 96, Sen. Peter Wirth, Rep. Jim Smith: Campaign Finance Disclosure
  • SB 393, Sens. Jeff Steinborn, Daniel Ivey-Soto, Jacob Candelaria, Rep. Jim Smith: Lobbyist Reporting Requirements
  • HJR 3

State Auditor Finds Nearly $20 Million In Funds To Support Charter Schools Lacks Tracking, Accountability

on August 31, 2017 - 7:31am
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE State Auditor Tim Keller has released a Risk Review of Administrative Support of Charter Schools.
The report from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reveals a lack of transparency and accountability for funds withheld from charter schools intended to provide administrative support to safeguard education dollars at those schools and help them succeed.
Over a five-year period, nearly $20 million was withheld from charter schools, much of it which cannot be tracked to specific expenditures to support those schools.

SFNF Crews Continue To Monitor, Manage Ojitos Fire

on August 31, 2017 - 7:27am
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, taking advantage of favorable windows to use low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
Since July 7 when lightning struck a tree in the 90,000-acre Rio Chama block that has been cleared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest restoration, fire crews have added fire to the ground on both sides of Forest Road (FR) 468 and on the west side of the fire perimeter to remove hazardous

FBI: Albuquerque Bank Robber Gets 57 Months

on August 31, 2017 - 7:26am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Christopher Gallegos, 33, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Aug. 29 in Federal Court to 57 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on an armed bank robbery charge.
Christopher Gallegos was arrested in March 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him and four co-defendants, Greg Miera, 51, Martin Huertta, 43, Christian Herrera, 21, and Isaiah Gallegos, 22, all of Albuquerque, with robbing the US Bank branch located at 5620 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque, March 30, 2016.
According to the complaint, Albuquerque Police

Jurisdiction Questioned In Sherman Dogs Case

on August 31, 2017 - 7:16am

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, right, chats with Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera Wednesday as Public Safety Aide Robert Aragon looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados opted to maintain jurisdiction in a civil “dangerous dog” case Wednesday against Leslie Sherman of White Rock despite opinions from Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart and Sherman’s attorney Aaron Boland.

The case pertains to a March 29 incident in which Sherman’s dogs allegedly

Governor, Red Cross New Mexico Announce State Employees Raise More Than $13,500 For Disaster Relief

on August 31, 2017 - 6:48am
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez and Red Cross New Mexico announced Wednesday that state employees have raised more than $13,500 in this year’s Dollars for Disaster campaign.
The sixth annual partnership between Red Cross New Mexico and New Mexico state employees raises money to provide relief to victims and help to emergency responders throughout the state.
“From fires, floods and other emergencies, New Mexicans know more than most how important it is to be prepared – and how to come together to help those in need,” Martinez said.

Alert: FBI Offers $10K Reward For ‘Double Hat Bandit’ Seen In Vehicle With New Mexico License Plates

on August 30, 2017 - 4:45pm
FBI News:
The FBI is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a serial bank robber dubbed the “Double Hat Bandit”, who drove a vehicle with New Mexico license plates during one of his robberies in the northwestern part of the country. 
On June 27, 2017, after a bank robbery in Spokane, Wash., the subject was seen in a grayish/blue Malibu style vehicle with New Mexico license plates. (Photo of vehicle is in attached wanted poster)
The subject, who wears two hats during his crimes, is responsible for at least 13

FBI Offers $5,000 Reward In Albuquerque Serial Bank Robbery Case

on August 30, 2017 - 10:43am

FBI News:

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a man suspected of robbing three Albuquerque banks, including a robbery that occurred Tuesday, Aug. 29.

The Bank of the West at 10050 Coors Blvd NW, was robbed at approximately 1:55 p.m., Tuesday.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or white male in his 50s or 60s, approximately 5'10” tall, with a slender build and unshaven face. He wore a blue hooded sweatshirt with “2011 Knights” written on the back, sunglasses, a dark baseball cap with a logo on the front and blue jeans.

The suspect

New Mexico Political Parties Unite During Tragic Week

on August 30, 2017 - 9:40am

Staff members from the New Mexico Democratic and Republican state parties donate blood Tuesday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico’s political parties joined efforts Tuesday afternoon, giving back to the community during a tragic week.

In the wake of a violent shooting in Clovis and a disastrous hurricane in Texas, the state’s political party staff members donated blood at United Blood Services. 

Both Parties put aside political differences to help communities during these hard times. 



SFCC Continuing Education Open House Sept. 6

on August 30, 2017 - 8:26am
SFCC News:
Ever wanted to learn Spanish? Ever dream of working with clay, painting or drawing, “one day?” Ever wanted to impress your friends with your creations in the kitchen?
Find out about these offerings and much more during the Continuing Education open house from 4-6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 6 at Santa Fe Community College, in Room 131, 6401 Richards Avenue.

Historic Route 66 Featured At Special Collections Library Sept. 16

on August 30, 2017 - 7:51am
RGB News:
You are all invited. There will be a talk about and book signing for the new book – Historic Route 66: A New Mexican Crossroads.
Essays on the Hispanic Heritage of Old Highway 66, by Joseph P. Sanchez and Angelica Sanchez Clark – from 10:30 – Noon, Saturday Sept. 16, 2017, at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library, Botts Hall auditorium at 423 Central NE Albuquerque, right on dear old Central Avenue - Route 66!
The history of Historic Route 66 is much more than a line on a map; it is about the heritage of a people who lived along it.

New Mexico MainStreet Partners Receive Town Program Funding From National Endowment For Arts

on August 30, 2017 - 7:20am
SANTA FE  Aug. 23, New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS), a program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, announced that more than $300,000 has been awarded to MainStreet partners to support the arts in New Mexico.
The City of Albuquerque, the City of Gallup and Creative Startups partnering with Zuni Pueblo have received funding to support their work as centers of arts and innovation and build on their cultural assets to activate their downtown economies.
"This funding will support place making and arts programming in New Mexico Arts & Cultural Districts and

Tragic Trails Debuts In Los Lunas Sept. 16

on August 30, 2017 - 7:06am
RGB News:
You are all invited. There will be a talk about and book signing for the new book by John Taylor and Richard Melzer – Tragic Trails & Enchanted Journeys from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Teofilo's Restaurante in Los Lunas. It is located at 144 Main St NW, Los Lunas, NM 87031. It is open to the public.
In this, the third anthology of stories from the Rio Abajo, Richard Melzer and John Taylor have collected another twenty-four tales of people, places, and events that have shaped New Mexico history.

Archbishop Wester: Deepest Condolences To Victims And Families Of Clovis-Carver Public Library Shooting

on August 30, 2017 - 6:52am

Archbishop John C. Wester


ALBUQUERQUE – Archbishop John C. Wester has issued the following statement regarding the recent tragic shooting that took place in Clovis.

“On behalf of all the faithful in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, I wish to express our sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones and those who were injured in the Clovis-Carver Public Library Shooting.

Our prayers and support also go out to the community of Clovis and all those affected by this senseless act of violence. I would also like to express our appreciation for the pastoral presence of Fr.

Attorney General Announces Former MDC Guard Enock Arvizo Convicted Of Assaulting Female Inmate

on August 30, 2017 - 6:35am
Enock Arvizo
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) guard Enock Arvizo was found guilty on two counts of assault against a female inmate in March of 2015.
The Office of the Attorney General presented evidence against Arvizo proving he took a female inmate in his custody and control to an unoccupied floor in the Bernalillo County District Court and attempted to kiss her twice while she was handcuffed and shackled.

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Labor Day

on August 29, 2017 - 10:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The SFNF expects a large number of visitors for the final holiday weekend of the summer season. If you plan to visit the forest, please follow “Leave No Trace” principles:
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors.   

Luján Statement On Shooting In Clovis

on August 29, 2017 - 7:31am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has released the following statement following reports of a shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library this evening:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of the tragic shooting at the Clovis – Carver Public Library in Clovis tonight.

While the details are still coming in, we grieve for the innocent victims shot in a senseless act of violence; lives disrupted and futures cut short; and a community reeling. We must come together to heal, but this trend must not continue.”

Governor: 2,000+ Jobs Created Through JTIP

on August 28, 2017 - 4:12pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
  • Nearly 10,000 Jobs Created Through JTIP Since 2011
Albuquerque -- Gov. Susana Martinez joined local business leaders to announce that JTIP created more than 2,000 jobs in 2017.
This brings the total amount of JTIP jobs created over the last seven years to nearly 10,000. The program also saw its second-highest average rural wage at more than $21 an hour.
"When we work to grow and diversify our economy in New Mexico it means more jobs for hardworking New Mexicans," Martinez said.

FBI: Felon Prosecuted Under Federal ‘Worst Of The Worst’ Anti-Violence Initiative Gets 100 Months

on August 28, 2017 - 3:54pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Jason M. Lutz, 39, of Albuquerque pled guilty today in federal court to violating the federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Lutz will be sentenced to 100 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. 

Lutz, whose prior criminal history includes convictions for conspiracy to commit kidnapping, distribution of methamphetamine and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, is being prosecuted under a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Announces New Visitor Center In Abiquiú

on August 28, 2017 - 2:14pm
Georgia O’Keeffe Hitching a Ride to Abiquiu with Maurice Grosser, 1944. Photo by Maria Chabot. Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation. ©Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
ART News:
ABIQUIU — The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum announced that it will occupy an enhanced visitor center at Abiquiú Inn in Abiquiú.
The new center will be at the site where the Museum’s tour office presently operates.
“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Robert A. Kret, director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

SFCC And Santa Fe Higher Education Center To Close Labor Day, Sept. 4

on August 28, 2017 - 2:05pm
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close in observance of Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4.
All campus facilities at both locations will be closed. No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center, Kids Campus, and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.
The SFCC main campus, 6401 Richards Ave., and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Late-starting Fall 2017 Credit and Continuing Education

Talk With Santa Fe Artist Paul Pletka Oct. 7

on August 28, 2017 - 8:02am
Paul Pletka
NMHM News:
SANTA FE  A few days after his new book comes out, Santa Fe artist Paul Pletka will give a lecture 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the New Mexico History Museum auditorium. 
The lecture entitled Converging Rituals of Faith in the New World will be followed by a discussion with curator Andrew Connors of the Albuquerque Museum. Following the discussion, Pletka will sign copies of his book, Paul Pletka: Imagined Wests by Amy Scott (Author) James K. Ballinger (Foreword), Paul Pletka (Contributor).
Born in San Diego in 1946 and raised in the American Southwest,

NNMC Welcomes Fall Semester; New Faculty & Staff

on August 28, 2017 - 7:57am
NNMC News:
Northern New Mexico College started its fall semester last Monday by welcoming several new faculty and staff members to the Northern family, in addition to the incoming freshmen students.
Northern believes that its biggest assets are its people, which is why the College invites the campus and wider community to give a very warm welcome to the College’s new faculty and staff.
Sushmita Nandy, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology
Dr. Sushmita Nandy is a stem cell and cancer biologist by training.