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Man Carrying Portfolio Robs Albuquerque Bank

on April 25, 2017 - 1:50pm
FBI News:
 
A man carrying a brown portfolio robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday, April 12.
 
The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic or black male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5'6” to 5'7” tall, weighing about 130 pounds, with a slender build. He wore glasses, a red baseball cap turned backwards, a black long-sleeve shirt, khaki pants, and black athletic shoes. He carried a brown portfolio. He entered Bank of the West, 2101 Eubank Blvd. NE, at approximately 4:03 p.m.
 
The suspect verbally demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of

Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Team Supports ICBM Test Launch

on April 25, 2017 - 1:48pm
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AFB  A team of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center experts supported the recent launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile to verify its accuracy and reliability, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
 
An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III missile equipped with three test reentry vehicles was launched Feb. 8 during an operational test flight. The Minuteman III reentry vehicles contained test instrumentation and traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
 
The flight tests

Bill Provides First In Nation Funding Mechanism

on April 25, 2017 - 8:22am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE  House Bill 536 was chaptered into law last week, creating a first-in-the-nation mechanism to allow New Mexicans to donate a portion of their tax returns to pay for the testing of sexual assault evidence kits in the state.
 
According to the Office of the State Auditor, as of November 2016, there is an estimated backlog of 5,400 untested rape kits throughout the state of New Mexico. Testing each kit costs as much as $1,000, money which the state and some municipal governments do not have enough of to address their backlog.
 
“We have a big problem when

GOP Senatorial Candidate Mick Rich Discusses Race

on April 25, 2017 - 7:53am
Mick Rich, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate speaks at Friday's Patriot's Day Dinner at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Mick Rich, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich criticized Heinrich Friday evening for not voting for the confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy.

“We’re up here on the hill and this guy can’t even vote for the confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry.

Colorado Man Arrested For 11th DWI, Child Abuse

on April 24, 2017 - 7:12am
NMSP News:
 
PECOS ― Around 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, New Mexico State Police uniformed officers were dispatched to the Pecos area due to numerous 911 calls about an erratic driver, possibly drinking with a child in the vehicle.
 
The officers witnessed the vehicle in motion and initiated contact with the driver, who was later identified as Terry Huff, 56, of Greeley, Colo.
 
As the officer approached the vehicle he noticed a small child standing in the seat looking out the vehicle's window.

FBI: Man Wearing Green Shirt, Black Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on April 24, 2017 - 6:50am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a green long-sleeve shirt and black baseball cap robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Tuesday, April 18.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to late 30s, approximately 5'9" tall, with a medium build. He had a black cloth mask over part of his face and also wore black gloves and black cargo pants.
 
The suspect entered My Bank, 6000  Montgomery Blvd. NE, at approximately 4:25 p.m. He threatened and demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect left the bank with the cash.
 

WIPP’s Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

on April 23, 2017 - 8:05am
Members of the WIPP Red Team prepare to begin the field portion of the mine rescue competition recently in Carlsbad.  Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue teams (Red and Blue) recently competed in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Association Competition in Carlsbad.
 
The WIPP Red Team came away with top honors, being named the Overall Contest Champion and taking first in the field competition, and WIPP Blue Team members (Heath Fowler and Nico Dominguez) won the team technician category.
 
“We have, arguably, the two best mine rescue teams

Earth Day Statement From The Nature Conservancy

on April 23, 2017 - 12:54am
By Justin Adams
Global Managing Director, Lands
 
We’re absolutely thrilled to see so much public support out on the streets for science and scientists. My field of environmental science has probably never been more important as today - and yet it has never felt more insecure. It is environmental science that tells us that natural climate solutions – planting trees and using less fertilizer, for example - are as important as solar panels and electric cars in the fight against climate change. 

The Earth Day Network’s mission to plant a tree for every person by 2020 is a good example and could

Scenes From March For Science - Santa Fe Today

on April 22, 2017 - 3:26pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan with PEC Board Member Karyl Ann Armbuster at today's March For Science in downtown Santa Fe. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall ad Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales also spoke at today's event and a letter sent by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich was read to the crowd. Courtesy photo

Thousands of people participate in today's March for Science in Santa Fe. There are many booths on science with topics such as Chaco Canyon with the danger of fracking and science in the schools, experiments, solar and some hands on science for kids and adults set up all around the Roundhouse. Courtesy photo

Bandelier: It's Time To Get Outdoors!

on April 22, 2017 - 10:54am

Bandelier National Monument: It’s the weekend and time to get outdoors! ‘The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.’ –Ralph Waldo Emerson. Courtesy/ NPS

NMMNHS Features Owls In Land of Enchantment

on April 22, 2017 - 8:45am

One of the owl chicks looks nervously out of the nest. Photo by Dennis Dusenbery

NMMNHS News:

Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey.

For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition April 15 through Sept. 25.

A male Great Horned Owl looks casually at the photographer. Photo by Dennis Dusenbery

Images featured in Owls in the Land of

Ahead Of March For Science, Udall Urges President To Fill Key Science Posts Throughout Administration

on April 21, 2017 - 5:47pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in advance of the March for Science, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, joined a group of senators in urging President Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science posts at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and throughout the federal government.

Nearly 100 days into his presidency, President Trump still has not appointed a science advisor, director for the White House OSTP, or a chief technology officer.

SFNF: Cuba Ranger District Plans To Conduct Moya Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:11pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Moya prescribed burn over two days next week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and north of Lindrith. The plan is to begin ignitions Tuesday, April 25, and complete the burn Wednesday. 

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

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Commends Los Alamos Police For Success Of Operation Spring Cleaning

on April 21, 2017 - 11:34am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials commended Los Alamos Police Department personnel Friday for the success of Operation Spring Cleaning, the March 20 drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of seven people on trafficking charges.

“An impressive amount of investigation and preparation was dedicated to this operation,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sean Waite. “The results of this operation are a testament to the efforts of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Report: National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $132.4 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 21, 2017 - 9:58am
NPS News:
 
DENVER  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,872,045 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2016 spent $108.4 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,685 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $132.4 million. It also represents an 11.1 percent increase in spending and a 9.1 percent rise in visitation over 2015.
 
“From Aztec Ruins to White Sands, the 14 national park units of New Mexico attract visitors from within the state, across the country and around the world,” NPS
Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica said.

AG: Record $54.251 Million Tobacco Settlement

on April 21, 2017 - 7:47am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

  • Payment in excess of $54 million is the largest ever for New Mexico

SANTA FEAttorney General Hector Balderas announced that Thursday New Mexico received the largest tobacco settlement payment to date, a total payment of $54,251,491.01.

In late March, the Balderas Administration announced there would be a record payment, in excess of $50 million, because the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) secured an additional $14.5 million after a judge agreed with the OAG that New Mexico was being shortchanged by Big Tobacco.

SFNF Fire Crews Meet Objectives On Watershed Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:42am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said that the prescribed burn implemented one week ago in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed successfully met objectives, removing heavy fuels to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and restore the landscape to historic conditions.
 
Although aerial and hand ignitions were completed April 11, the 340-acre treatment area still has a few interior pockets of fuel that are smoldering, which may create visible smoke in the Santa Fe metro area.

AFTNM On Student Well-Being PISA Results

on April 21, 2017 - 5:40am
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2015 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) student well-being results released today:
 
“Today’s PISA report highlights another troubling statistic for the United States: our students are stressed out, with nearly 68 percent reporting anxiety related to testing, a full 13 percent higher than other international peers.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Faces 25 Years To Life On Federal Bank Robbery Charges Under ‘Worst Of The Worst’ Initiative

on April 21, 2017 - 5:22am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A U.S. Magistrate Judge in Albuquerque April 19 found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Isaac Joseph Dodge, 41, of Albuquerque, with armed bank robbery offenses.
 
During the proceedings, Dodge waived his right to a detention hearing and was ordered to remain in custody pending trial.
 
Dodge was arrested April 13, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with committing two armed bank robberies in Bernalillo County. The complaint alleges that Dodge robbed the BBVA Compass Bank March 7, 2017 at 1201 San Pedro Drive NE in Albuquerque.

Gilman Tunnels Closing Temporarily To Mitigate Rockfall Hazards

on April 20, 2017 - 9:36am

Gilman Tunnels closing temporaritly to mitigate rockfall hazards. Courtesy/Buggs Photography

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has announced that a half-mile segment of the road that passes through the Gilman Tunnels on the Jemez Ranger District will be closed to traffic to allow crews to remove loose rock and stabilize the rock cliffs around the tunnels.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by our work on the Gilman Tunnels.

National Grant To New Mexico’s Homewise Will Provide $10,500 In Down Payment Assistance To 300 Residents

on April 20, 2017 - 8:03am
NMH News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico’s Homewise, Inc. has received a multi-million dollar grant to provide $10,500 mortgage down payment assistance to 300 low- to moderate-income homeowners throughout Los Alamos, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Valencia, Torrance, Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel and Taos counties.
                            
Homewise received the Project Reinvest: Homeownership grant through a competitive, nationwide process and will begin administering the grants this month.
 
Project Reinvest: Homeownership grantees were selected from eligible Community

Rally For Science In Santa Fe ... But Not Los Alamos

on April 19, 2017 - 9:30pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

Los Alamos isn’t hosting a Rally or a March for Science. Santa Fe is, though. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Earth Day, at the Roundhouse. Get out there with your dedication and brilliance. Remember, there is no planet B, and scientists can prove it. 

The organizers of the March state: “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter.

Emily Cox Shines In Gymnastics Championship

on April 19, 2017 - 8:53pm
Emily Cox. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
Emily Cox, a 7th grader at Los Alamos Middle School that attends Zia Gymnastics in Santa Fe was selected to compete in the Regional Championship that includes the best gymnast from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.
 
The event was April 15 in Albuquerque.
 
Cox's performance amazed the audience and judges alike as she scored a 9.375 on Floor, 9.4 on Vault, 9.4 on Bars and a 9.375 on Beam. Her 37.55 all around placed her in a three way tie for 4th place!
 
Results: 

Luján Introduces Series Of Bills To Help States Improve Behavioral Health Systems; Address Inequities

on April 19, 2017 - 8:52pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has introduced a series of three bills that will help states to address health care inequities, improve services for patients seeking behavioral health treatment and deal with critical shortages in the behavioral health care workforce.
 
The New Mexico lawmaker noted that today, due to lack of services, those who battle mental health and substance abuse issues often cycle between emergency rooms, jails, and homeless shelters.

Gessing: Governor Was Right To Wield Veto Pen

on April 19, 2017 - 3:22pm
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
There has been a lot of criticism of Gov. Martinez in the wake of her use of the veto pen in the wake of the 2017 legislative session. Tough economic times are not fun and New Mexico (unlike most other states in the union) remains in the midst of tough times.
 
Democrats in the Legislature recently spoke out saying “enough is enough” referring to budget cuts and there have been increasing calls for the Legislature to override certain vetoes.
 
On can argue the merits or demerits of many of the dozens of vetoes, but the big ones on the budget

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