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FBI: Taos Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Carjacking

on April 19, 2017 - 3:15pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Richard Howieson, 56, of Costilla pled guilty in court in Albuquerque to a federal carjacking charge.
 
The plea agreement recommends that Howieson be sentenced to a term of imprisonment within the range of 12 to 36 months followed by a period of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Howieson was arrested Oct. 11, 2016, on a three-count indictment charging him with carjacking, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment was superseded Feb.

Legislature Honors UNM-LA Student Kaylen Pocaterra

on April 19, 2017 - 12:24pm

From left, UNM-LA Academic Student Success Manager Elizabeth Rademacher, UNM-LA student honoree Kaylen Pocaterra, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney at the New Mexico Legislature. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News: 

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) student Kaylen Pocaterra was recognized Feb. 27 by the New Mexico Legislature as a member of the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa New Mexico All-State Community College Academic Team. Along with 34 other team members, Pocaterra was applauded for her academic achievements and outstanding academic success.

The students were introduced to both the

Letter To The Editor: This Could Happen To You...

on April 19, 2017 - 8:44am
By DIANA NORWOOD
Los Alamos
 
As everyone's voicing their opinions on "current immigration policies"... here's what's actually happening. My mother is "at this very moment", being fingerprinted, and back ground checked at a facility in Santa Fe. My mother, Lilly, is a "legal immigrant" with a permanent green card for almost 60 years. She's the wife of a retired U.S. Army Major. My father is a veteran of Korea and Viet Nam. My mother has a social security card, a U.S. military ID card, and a New Mexico drivers license ... and has been a New Mexico resident for well over 30 years.

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 19, 2017 - 7:11am
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects should conditions allow through May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of NM 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. Burn days may not necessarily be consecutive as they will depend on weather and fuel conditions.
 

Fort Union National Monument Is Hiring

on April 18, 2017 - 4:22pm
NPS News:
 
Fort Union National Monument is hiring for summer ruins preservation help this summer!​ Applications are being accepted online through Wednesday, April 19.
 
Applicants should be very detailed in what trade and laborer skills they possess, and read the announcement completely. This is an opportunity to work with a very dedicated crew of National Park Service employees to preserve the adobe ruins of Fort Union and provide upkeep of trails, grounds and landscapes. 
 
This position is a summer seasonal laborer at the government grade of WG3 and an hourly rate of $12 to $14 per

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Stand Strong Against Anti-Science Forces

on April 18, 2017 - 7:07am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

This Saturday, April 22, people from all over northern New Mexico will gather in Santa Fe in support of science. As the event organizers put it, “The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress and prosperity. We unite on April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”

In Los Alamos, we benefit especially from federally-funded science,

Governor Discusses Possible DMV Cuts During Today's Los Alamos Visit

on April 17, 2017 - 4:42pm
Gov. Susana Martinez visits the Los Alamos Department of Motor Vehicles this afternoon and highlights possible cuts in hours that may be necessary at the agency if the state budget cannot otherwise be balanced. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
CEO Linda Daly, left, of The Family YMCA in Los Alamos questions Gov. Susana Martinez this afternoon at the DMV about the proposal that nonprofits be charged gross receipts tax. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Gov.

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 17, 2017 - 4:29pm
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects that may begin should conditions allow over the next two months of April and May.
 
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve.

SFNF: Abandoned Campfires Raise Fire Danger

on April 17, 2017 - 12:32pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A rash of unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest over Easter weekend put visitors, fire crews and the forest at unnecessary risk.

Fortunately, none of the six to seven identified campfires at the Redondo Campground and along Forest Road 376 sparked or spread before they were discovered and extinguished. But as the New Mexico fire season nears, it’s important to remember that unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire.

Visitors to national forests are asked to follow campfire safety procedures

NCRTD Honored For Excellence In Financial Reporting

on April 17, 2017 - 7:07am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Fiscal Year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.
 
Acknowledged in the Certificate of Achievement was the NCRTD Finance Department including Finance Director Troy Bingham, Financial Analyst Pat Lopez and Finance Specialist Shannon Sandoval.
 
In announcing the award, NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro stated, “This is the

Governor Signs Bills For Students In State's Care

on April 17, 2017 - 6:57am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has signed two bills that will improve support for students in the state’s care. The legislation was developed in collaboration with young people who have had foster care or juvenile justice experience and their insights were critical to ensuring this legislation would provide meaningful help for system-involved students.
 
The Governor’s action places New Mexico at the forefront of a growing movement to improve educational outcomes for children in foster care, homeless students, and those involved in the

Los Alamos School Of Gymnastics Wins State!

on April 16, 2017 - 9:21am
Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers Gold Platinum Team. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics on North Mesa brought home gold from the March 19 New Mexico State Championships at G-Force Gymnastics in West Albuquerque. 
 
They won first place team in both the Gold and Platinum divisions of competition, against many much larger teams. (To calculate team scores, the top three gymnasts in each event count.) They also won eight all around medals and 34 individual event medals. 
 
They qualified 10 Platinum and Gold gymnasts to go on to the

New Mexico School For The Arts Chamber Strings Win State Championship In Orchestra Competition

on April 16, 2017 - 7:34am
NMSA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) Chamber String Ensemble won the State Championship in the String Category at the NMAA State Orchestra Competition.
 
The competition, which took place March 31-April 1, featured 16 orchestras from throughout New Mexico and was sponsored by the New Mexico Activities Association.
 
NMSA Conductor Carla Lehmeier says, “The orchestra is thrilled by the announcement. Our students and faculty worked extremely hard to prepare for the competition.

WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

on April 16, 2017 - 7:24am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
 
The shipment from Idaho is an important milestone for WIPP and for DOE host communities that have had to store TRU waste since WIPP suspended operations in February 2014 when a truck fire and unrelated radiological event temporarily closed the facility.
 
“To see shipments arriving again at WIPP is celebrated not only by the WIPP workforce and the Carlsbad community but also by our DOE host communities that support the

Heinrich Statement On March Jobs Report

on April 16, 2017 - 7:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the March jobs report.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 98,000 jobs in March.
 
“Today’s jobs numbers show there are still challenges ahead that this administration must address. President Trump and Republicans should focus on job creation and raising wages.

National Park Week At Bandelier And Throughout System April 15-23

on April 15, 2017 - 10:42am
Entrance sign at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
All across the country, National Park Service units are celebrating National Park Week April 15-23. For parks that charge entrance fees, including Bandelier National Monument, both weekends, April 15-16 and April 22-23, will be fee free days, with no entry fees being charged.
 
During both weekends, everything in the bookstore in the Bandelier Visitor Center will be discounted 15 percent, and select items in the Gift Shop and Snack Bar will be on sale.
 
At 1 p.m.

Inert Nuclear Gravity Bomb Passes First F-16 Flight Test

on April 15, 2017 - 10:37am

Air Force F-16 aircraft. Courtesy/Kirtland AFB

KIRTLAND AFB News:

The non-nuclear bomb assembly used for the flight test was designed and manufactured by LANL and SNL

An Air Force F-16 aircraft released an inert B61 nuclear bomb in a test recently, demonstrating the aircrafts capability to deliver the weapon and testing the functioning of the weapon's non-nuclear components, including the arming and fire control system, radar altimeter, spin rocket motors and weapons control computer.

The F-16 from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, released the weapon over

Udall On Trump Refusal To Release Visitor Logs

on April 15, 2017 - 10:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Friday on the Trump administration’s decision that it will not release White House visitor logs, breaking with the pro-transparency precedent set by the Obama administration.

“This stunning decision from the Trump White House raises an obvious question: what is President Trump trying to hide? Once again, this administration is stonewalling information that Congress and the American people have a right to see.

First Native Home Loan Intermediary Approved

on April 15, 2017 - 6:36am
Eric Vigil
 
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Eric Vigil announced, Native Community Finance (NCF) has been approved to become the agency’s newest “intermediary” or packager.
 
This certification is crucial since it is the first one given to a Native entity in the nation. This means NCF will help Native residents living in New Mexico apply for home loans utilizing USDA Rural Development’s Direct Home Loan Program on Tribal trust lands.
 
In making the announcement Vigil said, “The agency strongly believes by establishing a vast network of

Governor Signs HB 58 - Rulemaking Requirements

on April 15, 2017 - 6:32am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has acted on the following legislation:
 
Signed House Bill 58 — Rulemaking Requirements [MESSAGE]

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument Closed April 16-17

on April 15, 2017 - 6:05am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management is announcing that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near White Rock is closing Easter Sunday, April 16 and Monday, April 17.
 
These closures will allow members of the Cochiti Pueblo exclusive access to the monument for traditional cultural and religious activities. The Monument will reopen to the public Tuesday, April 18 during its regular hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the entrance gate closing at 6 p.m.
 
For more information, contact Rio Puerco Field Office Manager John Brenna at 505.761.8700.

RTD Mountain Trail Route Goes Year Round

on April 14, 2017 - 7:37am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that its 255 RTD Mountain Trail route, which began Sept. 26, 2015 as a pilot public transit service has now been established as a year-round route.
 
The RTD Mountain Trail route provides bus transit from South Capitol Rail Runner Station to stops throughout Downtown, Fort Marcy Park and then up Hyde Park Rd. to recreational areas and businesses along NM 475 concluding at Ski Santa Fe.
 
“The NCRTD would like to thank all of the public, private and community supporters that came together to help make this

What's Open And Closed At NM Museums For Easter

on April 13, 2017 - 10:23pm
NMDCA News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs announces that the its museums and historic sites will be closed for Easter Sunday, April 16 except for the Jemez Historic Site, the Museum of Space History and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. 
 
The Jemez Historic Site will be open 7-10 a.m. for an All Faiths Service with the Jemez Valley Baptist Church, Jemez Mountain Baptist Church, Jemez Springs Community Presbyterian Church, and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church participating.

Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Completed

on April 13, 2017 - 10:16pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire crews completed the 340-acre prescribed fire Tuesday afternoon in the Santa Fe Watershed.
 
Transport winds from the south are expected to continue into the evening, pushing the smoke north of Santa Fe. Moisture, including higher humidity and the possibility of scattered showers, is moving into the area and is expected to further mitigate the smoke with minimal impact on the Santa Fe metro area.
 
The prescribed burn in the Watershed was designed to protect the City of Santa Fe and its water supply by mitigating the risk of high-intensity wildfire in the

Police Have Suspect Stephanie Garcia In Custody

on April 13, 2017 - 3:17pm

Stephanie Garcia

 

By MAIRE O'NeILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A second suspect involved in a March 9 shoplifting incident that ended with a local man being struck by a vehicle outside Bealls Department Store in Mari Mac Shopping Center is now in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew confirmed this morning that Stephanie Garcia, 31, of Espanola, was picked up Tuesday night in Santa Fe. LAPD Det.

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