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Join March For Science At State Capitol April 22

on March 1, 2017 - 11:47am

MARCH FOR SCIENCE News:

The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress, and prosperity. They unite 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.

“The March for Science is a celebration of science, and of public engagement with science, but it’s not only about scientists,” says march organizer Daniel Larremore.

Republican Party Of New Mexico Responds To President Trump’s First Address To Joint Session Of Congress

on March 1, 2017 - 10:01am

POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of the United States Congress:

“Last night, President Donald Trump laid out to the American people and their representatives in Congress a thoughtful, bold legislative vision that should transcend partisanship," said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene.

“In his first 40 days, President Trump has already delivered on many of his biggest campaign promises, from bringing jobs back to our country, nominating a

Udall, Heinrich And Luján Statements On President Trump’s First Address To Joint Session of Congress

on March 1, 2017 - 9:53am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

POLITICAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján issued the following statements on President Donald Trump's Tuesday evening address to a joint session of Congress:

Sen. Udall: “Over the last few months, I’ve heard from an unprecedented number of New Mexicans. Overwhelmingly, they are telling me that they feel unsettled and fearful about the direction President Trump wants to take this country.

House Passes Oil & Gas Stabilization Reserve Bill

on March 1, 2017 - 9:14am

This chart, prepared by the Legislative Finance Committee, shows the oil and gas revenue that would have been saved under this plan going back to 1986 had this rainy day fund been in place. Courtesy image  

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal Tuesday night to establish a “rainy day” fund for surplus oil and gas revenue.

House Bill 191, sponsored by Rep.

Heinrich, Heller Introduce Legislation To Safeguard Jewish And Other Faith-Based Community Centers

on March 1, 2017 - 8:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-N.V.) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security provides state and local law enforcement with adequate resources to protect faith-based community centers across the United States.
 
The Senators have been deeply concerned with the significant number of bomb threats facing Jewish Community Centers (JCC). In three weeks alone, JCC's saw 63 bomb threats, forcing the evacuations of hundreds across the country and twice in Albuquerque. 
 
Last week, Sen.

CVNM: Community Solar Gardens Act Puts Community In Charge Of Energy Choices

on March 1, 2017 - 8:36am
CVNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUEThe Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 338, Roybal Caballero) passed in the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee in the New Mexico Legislature Tuesday on a 5-4 vote.
 
In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNMEF) program Juntos: Our Air, Our Water community leaders released the following statements:
 
“Where I live there are many people with asthma. Solar energy would help reduce air pollution and improve the health of families in my neighborhood,” said Victor Nevarez, Juntos Westgate youth leader.
 
“We need

House Committee Approves 'Right To Try' Legislation

on March 1, 2017 - 8:23am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved House Bill 228, known as the “Right to Try Act.” 
 
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra). It had been amended by a previous committee to include aspects of House Bill 263, a similar Right to Try bill sponsored by Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R-Sandoval).
 
The Right to Try Act would establish a process through which terminally ill patients could access new medications that have not yet been fully approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The bill sets eligibility

Committee Passes Increased Transparency Resolution

on March 1, 2017 - 8:15am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Rules and Order of Business Committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that would make committee amendments to bills available online and incorporated into the original bill text.
 
House Resolution 3, sponsored by Representative Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), states that upon adoption of a committee report recommending an amendment to a bill, memorial, or resolution, the chief clerk will post on the legislative website a document with the amendment incorporated into the text.

Heinrich Joined By UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah For Trump’s Joint Session Speech Tonight

on February 28, 2017 - 5:22pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, left, in his Washington, D.C. office meets with UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced that at President Trump's speech tonight to a Joint Session of Congress, he will bring as his guest the acting president of The University of New Mexico (UNM), Chaouki Abdallah.

Abdallah, who was named provost and executive vice president of academic affairs in 2011, also has served as head of the electrical engineering department and a member of the

NMDOT Announces Upcoming Roadway Reconstruction On NM 30 In Pueblo Of Santa Clara

on February 28, 2017 - 5:09pm

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announces upcoming roadway reconstruction on NM 30 from milepost 7.150 to milepost 7.610 in the Pueblo of Santa Clara. 

Vital Consulting Group, LLC of Albuquerque, New Mexico is the contractor for the project. The NMDOT District Five Espanola Project Office will provide construction management and oversight of the contractor.

The purpose of the project is to reconstruct a ½ mile section of NM 30 and the intersection at Dawn Road, which will include new pavement, curb & gutter, ADA compliant sidewalk, curb ramps and crosswalks,

NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Expand Research On Rare Genetic Disease Prevalent Among Hispanics

on February 28, 2017 - 4:22pm

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.
 
Due to limited research, there is no cure for CCM.

Air Force Research Lab New Mexico Hosts Student Robotics Competition Through March 3

on February 28, 2017 - 4:17pm

EDUCATION News:

KIRTLAND AFB -- Middle school students from around the state will be showing off their robotics skills at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Robotics Challenge Expo this week. Thirty student teams competed to earn a spot at the Expo taking place March 2 at Kirtland.

The students spent the last several months learning computer programming and robotics skills. Working in teams, they completed online assignments and quizzes, with the top scorers qualifying for the Expo.

Bandelier Featured In National Park Service ‘Getaways’

on February 28, 2017 - 3:30pm

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo and cliff homes along the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS

 

Visitors at reconstructed Ancestral Pueblo home along the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) website includes a section called National Park Getaways, in which a different NPS area is featured each month. 
 
Beginning Wednesday, March 1, Bandelier National Monument will be the highlighted park, with a writeup and lots of photos, all done by local rangers. The section can be found at https://www.nps.gov/

Lottery Scholarship Bill Clears Final Committee

on February 28, 2017 - 12:19pm

STATE News:
  • House Bill 250 now heads to the House floor

SANTA FE – A bill to improve New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program was unanimously passed by the House Business and Industry Committee Monday. House Bill 250 is sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Bernalillo), and it now heads to the House floor for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

House Bill 250 would amend the New Mexico Lottery Act to require that all unclaimed lottery prizes be directed to the lottery tuition fund used to pay for student scholarships.

Minimum Wage Bill Clears Judiciary Committee

on February 27, 2017 - 10:59pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Democrats’ bill to improve the lives of working families by raising the state minimum wage cleared the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 442 proposes to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, a $1.75 increase over the state’s current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour. The increase will put an extra $3,000 annually into the pockets of New Mexicans working full-time without burdening small businesses or rural municipalities.

“This an example of really good communication between all groups involved.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Offers Special Night Of Extended Hours

on February 27, 2017 - 5:29pm
NPS News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will be offering extended hours for winter recreation Saturday, March 11.
 
Normal operational hours, currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be extended until 9:30 pm with the entrance gate closing at 10 p.m.
 
The Valle Grande Entrance Station and a contact station positioned among historic cabins will be open and available for warming. The Valle Grande Bookstore, managed by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will be renting snowshoes and poles and selling gifts and books.

FBI: Two Plead Guilty To Armed Robbery Of Route 66 Casino Xpress In Laguna Pueblo

on February 27, 2017 - 4:54pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Lorenzo Chavez, 25, and co-defendant James Montano, Jr., 23, both of Albuquerque, entered guilty pleas Feb. 23 in federal court to violating the Hobbs Act by robbing the Route 66 Casino Xpress Dec. 13, 2015 in Laguna Pueblo.
 
Chavez additionally entered a guilty plea to drug trafficking, Hobbs Act and firearms charges in a separate case.
 
Chavez, Montano and co-defendant Sara Ruiz, 39, of Grants, were charged in a three-count indictment filed June 30, 2016, with conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act, violating the Hobbs Act by robbing the Route 66 Casino

Las Cruces Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing; Defrauding Department Of Veterans Affairs

on February 27, 2017 - 10:48am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Donah E. Davison, 54, of Las Cruces pled guilty Feb.15 in federal court to theft of government property and forgery charges arising out of a scheme to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
 
Davison was charged on Nov. 9, 2016, in a 36-count indictment. The first 27 counts of the indictment charged Davison with embezzling money belonging to the VA by depositing 27 “surviving-spouse” benefit checks to which she was not entitled into her own bank account.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In March

on February 27, 2017 - 8:45am

PUBLIC SAFETY News:

STATEWIDE -- State Police are conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during March.

We are bringing awareness to this, 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.

People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.

Hundreds of lives could

Espanola Police Rescue Taos Girl From Abductor

on February 26, 2017 - 9:38pm

Angelica Valdez has been found safe. Courtesy/TCSO

Staff Report

Espanola City Police have rescued 15-year-old Angelica Valdez and arrested her 21-year-old abductor Christian Orozoco.

The Taos County Sheriff’s Office reports that Saturday evening Orozco forced his way into a Penasco area home, held the girl's grandparents at gunpoint and threatened to kill them. Deputies say Orozco then abducted Valdez and took off in a brown-colored car.

Christian Orozoco is in custody. Courtesy/TCSO

The Taos County Sheriffs Office was notified at approximately 6:51 p.m., Saturday about the abduction

AMBER ALERT: Taos County Sheriff's Office

on February 26, 2017 - 9:30am
Taos County Sheriffs Office is searching for Angelica Valdez, 15, who was abducted Saturday evening in Taos. Courtesy/TCSO
 
AMBERT ALERT News:
 
The Taos County Sheriffs Office was contacted Saturday at approximately 6:51 p.m., in reference to a child being abducted.
 
Christian Orozoco is wanted by TCSO for abducting a 15-year-old child. Courtesy/TCSO
 
A man suspected of being the abductor is Christian Orozoco. He is described as a 21-year-old hispanic, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, wearing blue jeans and a dark colored hooded jacket.
 
Abducted is a

HB 261 - Additional Funding For Courts Becomes Law

on February 26, 2017 - 8:29am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that the following legislation has been signed into law:

Signed House Bill 261 – Additional Funding for Courts [MESSAGE]

“I spent most of my career in courtrooms as a prosecutor,” Martinez said. “I’ve seen firsthand just how important it is to fund our courts. I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made with this legislation. It’s always important – and even more so during a budget crisis – that every dollar of government spending be accounted for.”

House Bill 261 funds the courts to address

IRS Offers Tax Guides To Help With Common Issues

on February 26, 2017 - 8:17am

IRS News:
  • IRS Releases Tax Time Guide To Answer Tax Questions

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to take advantage of the online tools and resources available on IRS.gov. 

This is the first in a series of 10 IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. The guide is designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues as this year’s April 18 deadline approaches. There are a variety of easy-to-use, online tools on IRS.gov. Through these tools, taxpayers can check the status of their refund, prepare and file their taxes or get answers to tax questions around the clock.

Fort Union National Monument Receives Funding

on February 26, 2017 - 8:03am

Fort Union National Monument in Mora County. Courtesy/NPS

Fort Union National Monument in Mora County. Courtesy/NPS

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE News:

WATROUS -- Fort Union National Monument in Mora County, has received funding for new visitor center exhibits as part of a three-year project funded from the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) with a phase completed each year.

Fort Union National Monumen is a ruined adobe and brick fortification along with a seperate earthwork fortification. Originally begun as a post in 1851, it was established by Lt. Col.

Los Alamos County Judge Alan Kirk And Rep.Stephanie Garcia Richard Team Up To Pass Courts Bill

on February 26, 2017 - 7:22am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos speaks on the House floor last week in santa Fe as Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk looks on. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

House Bill 110, sponsored by Los Alamos legislator, Stephanie Garcia Richard, successfully passed the House floor in a unanimous vote last week.

A bill developed by the Association of Municipal Judges, HB 110, seeks to allow municipal bench warrants to be served in adjacent counties. Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, current president of the Association was the expert witness on the bill for Rep. Garcia Richard.

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