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FBI: Prior Sex Offender From Albuquerque Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

on June 30, 2017 - 7:44am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  David Abrisz, 55, of Albuquerque pleaded guilty in federal court to child pornography charges.
 
The guilty plea was entered under a plea agreement that recommends that Abrisz be sentenced to a 25-year term of imprisonment followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release. Abrisz, a previously convicted child sex offender, will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.
 
Abrisz was arrested Aug.

Governor Touts NM True Adventures Over July 4th

on June 30, 2017 - 7:39am
Eagle Nest Lake State Park. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  In honor of Independence Day, Gov. Susana Martinez touted several New Mexico True adventures for New Mexicans and visitors alike to enjoy over the Fourth of July holiday.
 
“There are so many incredible New Mexico True adventures that are just waiting for you and your family to enjoy,” Martinez said.

RTD Holiday Closure July 4

on June 30, 2017 - 7:28am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” RTD Chile Line and the RTD Mountain Trail buses will not be in service  Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
 
Regular service will resume Wednesday, July 5.
 
The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; the Cities of Santa Fe and Española and the Towns of

They’re Back! Tent Caterpillars Munching Aspens Again

on June 29, 2017 - 3:09pm

Photo by Tom W. Coleman, Ph.D.,/USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection

Photo by Tom W. Coleman, Ph.D.,/USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – If you drive up New Mexico State Highway 475 (the road to the Santa Fe Ski Basin) anytime soon, you will probably notice something going on in the aspen groves that create one of the most popular vistas on the Santa Fe National Forest.

To the casual observer, the aspens may appear to be dying.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico React To New Mexico ESSA Plan

on June 29, 2017 - 1:59pm
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement regarding the ESSA education plan: 

"New Mexico educators know the analysis of a for-profit group of so-called reform minded consultants, executives, and coaches cannot be taken at face value when they claim our state's ESSA education plan was rated 'best in the nation' of the 17 plans submitted so far to the federal government.
 
Honesty and transparency would reveal the plan basically rewrites Hanna Skandera’s previous plan, and is largely based on what's currently

State Police Launch Checkpoint Patrols Saturday

on June 29, 2017 - 12:14pm
NMSP News:
 
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of July 2017.
 
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

DOE Renews Grant To NMED

on June 29, 2017 - 12:11pm
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD, NM  The Department of Energy ‘s Carlsbad Field Office yesterday renewed a grant with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) by extending the project period five years to June 30, 2022. The five-year renewal cost is estimated at $2 million.
 
Through the grant, the DOE provides funding to NMED to conduct non-regulatory environmental oversight and monitoring to evaluate activities conducted at DOE’s facilities.

NMED will evaluate the adequacy of DOE facility activities related to Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s environmental monitoring.
 
WIPP is the nation’s only

Udall: EPA's Budget Proposes ‘Offensive’ Widespread Cuts Threatening Public Health, Clean Air, Clean Water

on June 29, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 27, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanded that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explain the administration’s dangerous and “offensive” proposal to slash funding for programs essential to the EPA’s core mission of protecting clean air, clean water, and public health.
 
 
During a hearing on the EPA's

Attorney General Hector Balderas Endorses Lujan Grisham For Governor

on June 28, 2017 - 3:05pm
POLITICAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for governor of New Mexico.
 
The endorsement is the first made by a sitting statewide elected official in New Mexico’s 2018 gubernatorial race.
 
“As Attorney General, I am committed to building on the progress we’ve made to make New Mexico safer for children and families, protect seniors from fraud and abuse, and ensure big corporations do not take advantage of consumers,” Balderas said.

New Mexico Book Co-op Fact-Finding Lunch With UNM Interim Provost About UNM Press

on June 28, 2017 - 7:51am
NMBC News:
 
As a result of the administrative reorganization taking place at UNM Press, the New Mexico Book Co-op will be having a fact-finding lunch with the Interim Provost of UNM Dr. Craig White and Dean Dr. Richard Clement of UNM Libraries who is scheduled to take over as administrative contact for UNM Press this summer.
 
NM Book Co-op has requested that the new Director of UNM Press also be present since the last day for the current Director of UNM Press, John Byram, is July 25. It is unknown who the new Director of UNM Press will be.

Pearce On Proposed Rule Rolling Back WOTUS

on June 28, 2017 - 6:32am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to rollback the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule:
 
“This is great news for stronger job growth throughout New Mexico. Under the WOTUS Rule, Washington bureaucrats were given complete authority to regulate small streams along with natural and manmade ditches on lands owned by farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.

Weekly Fishing Report: June 27

on June 27, 2017 - 8:52pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The State Game and Fish Department has been liberally stocking lakes and streams in Northern New Mexico with good-sized rainbow trout averaging over 16 inches in size. Anglers looking to catch a big, hatchery-raised rainbows should have a great time this summer.

The news this week is the opening date for fishing the Shuree Ponds on the Valle Vidal. The opening date for fishing these ponds is Saturday (July 1). Fishing at Shuree is limited to artificial flies and lures with a single, barbless hook.

SFNF Reminder: No Off-Road Vehicles Allowed In Designated Wilderness

on June 27, 2017 - 12:27pm

All-terrain vehicle. Courtesy/articcat.com

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Call them what you will – four-wheelers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or utility vehicles (UTVs) – but remember that off-road vehicles of any kind are always prohibited within congressionally designated wilderness areas.

This past weekend, ATV tracks were observed within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).   San Pedro Parks is one of the original wilderness areas created by the Wilderness Act of 1964, which set aside “primeval” federal land to be managed as “an

Domingos En Arte: Summer Music And Dance Series

on June 27, 2017 - 12:01pm
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Domingos en Arte, a summer music and dance series presented by Melaza Music, AMP Concerts, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the NHCC's Fountain Courtyard, continues its second season in July.
 
Musicians from the local community and outside have been invited for lively community get-togethers right next to the Rio Grande Bosque. Spend Sunday evenings enjoying live music, drinks, and delicious Latin cuisine with family and friends in this enchanting courtyard setting. 

July 2, Grammy-winning conjunto band Los Texmaniacs is joined by

State Police Officer Involved Shooting In Rowe

on June 27, 2017 - 11:58am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting, which occurred around 1:15 Monday in Rowe, N.M. 
 
This incident stemmed from a 911 call that originated around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Pecos, N.M. The call reported a male subject near Griego's Market stated he was armed and homicidal.
 
New Mexico State Police officers responded to the call in Pecos. However, responding officers did not locate the alleged suspect near Griego's Marget. Officers remained in the area and a short time later heard gun shots being fired close by.

Pearce Voices Priorities Of New Mexico Resources

on June 27, 2017 - 11:51am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. voiced New Mexico land and resource priorities Monday at the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
 
“New Mexico is rich with natural wonders and abundant resources. From natural resource production, to the management and maintenance of federal lands, New Mexican’s are greatly affected by decisions that come out of the Department of the Interior.

FBI: Jason Loera Sentenced To 97 Months For Child Porn Conviction

on June 27, 2017 - 11:42am

FBI News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division have announced that Jason Loera was sentenced this afternoon in federal court for his conviction on a child pornography charge.

 

Loera, 48, a former political consultant and resident of Albuquerque who recently resided in Los Angeles, Calif., until his remand into federal custody in Oct. 2016, was sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Closing Costs In Los Alamos County Among Lowest

on June 27, 2017 - 9:56am

Closing costs in Los Alamos are among the lowest in the state. Courtesy/©iStock/manley099

SmartAsset News:

Closing Costs are a crucial aspect of buying a home, and in its third annual study, financial technology company SmartAsset shows where they are lowest.

The study measures closing costs as a percentage of median home value at the county level and Los Alamos County was among those with the lowest closing costs in New Mexico.

Additional information on the study, including the full methodology, results, and interactive map can be found here:

Keller: New Mexico Higher Education Department Audit Contains 18 Findings Related To Financial Oversight

on June 27, 2017 - 8:36am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • 18 findings exacerbated by state’s budget woes, hiring freeze

SANTA FE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s (HED) financial audit for fiscal year 2016.

The audit was conducted in partnership with an independent accounting firm and contains 18 findings. The issues identified relate to a range of problems with financial oversight.

“The Higher Education Department’s audit demonstrates the impact spending cuts can have on safeguards aimed at protecting taxpayers’ money,” Keller said.

New Mexico Communities Receive $38.5 Million In PILT

on June 27, 2017 - 7:42am
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Monday that 32 local governments in New Mexico are receiving a total of $38.5 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017.
 
The payments are New Mexico’s share of the record $464.6 million distributed to 1,900 local governments around the country this year -- the largest amount ever allocated in the PILT program’s 40-year history. This continues to underscore the Trump Administration’s commitment to rural communities. A full list of funding by state and county is available at 

NNSA To Issue Public Notice For Intent To Compete Management And Operating Contract For LANL

on June 26, 2017 - 10:23pm

News Alert:

The Los Alamos Daily Post has obtained a copy of an email issued this afternoon by the director of NNSA's Office of Governmental Affairs. The email states that DOE/NNSA will issue a public notice Tuesday alerting potential offerors of its intent to conduct a competition for the management and operating (M&O) follow-on contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The public notice will be available on various websites for which links will go live by close of business Tuesday.

The projected budget for the LANL M&O contract is approximately $2.5 billion per year or $25

Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff In Honor And Mourning Of Nara Visa Firefighter John Cammack

on June 26, 2017 - 9:22pm
Nara Visa Firefighter John Cammack succumbed to his injuries after trying to escape a wildfire. Courtesy/Nara Visa Fire Department
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in honor and mourning of Nara Visa firefighter John Cammack.
 
Cammack, 76, died from wounds inflicted while fighting the Griffith Fire, which threatened his community.
 
The full text of the executive order is below:
 
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-013
FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF

Luján: Safety Of LANL Workers And Los Alamos Community Must Be Paramount

on June 26, 2017 - 9:21pm

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued the following statement after press reports that Los Alamos National Laboratory is under investigation for violating nuclear shipping regulations:

“The alleged violations of nuclear material shipping regulations at LANL, if true, are deeply concerning. The safety of the workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and in the Los Alamos community must be paramount.

“LANL has rigorous protocols that govern the shipping of nuclear material, and if something in this process failed or

Martin Arellano To Run For Sandoval County Sheriff

on June 26, 2017 - 4:52pm

Santa Fe Sheriff's Deputy Martin Arellano has announced his candidacy for the Office of Sandoval County Sheriff. Courtesy photo
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos
 

Retired U. S. Army command sergeant major and current Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy Martin Arellano has announced his candidacy for Sandoval County Sheriff. Current Sheriff Douglas Wood is in his second four-year term and will not be eligible for reelection in June 2018.

A resident of Rio Rancho, Arellano says since his childhood he has had two ambitions in life.

“The first was to serve in the military as my father did in World War

Luján Bill To Help Enroll More Kids In Health Insurance

on June 26, 2017 - 8:53am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced legislation June 22 that will help states enroll more children in healthcare coverage by expanding the outreach and enrollment grant program.
 
Luján’s bill also allows for the inclusion of parent mentors in the grants program. Outreach and enrollment grants help to identify and enroll children who are eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 
Luján noted that Medicaid and CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible

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