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NMDOT Prepared For Annual Pilgrimage To El Santuario De Chimayo

on April 13, 2017 - 9:05am

Pilgrims gather on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation has announced that the Department has prepared safe walking areas along various New Mexico highways for the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to the El Santuario de Chimayo (El Santuario).

NMDOT met with local emergency response personnel to prepare for this event and crews have been working over the past three weeks to prepare the various routes to El Santuario for pilgrims making the trek this year.


Op-ed: Vetoes Raise Concerns

on April 13, 2017 - 8:46am
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval & Rio Arriba

This week I had planned to provide my next installment of post legislative wrap up, however recent events have prompted a change in topic.

This past legislative session, amidst ever shrinking revenue forecasts and mounting needs in the state budget, legislators—House and Senate, Democrat and Republican—decided to take action by crafting a budget with no additional cuts and an accompanying revenue package that raised $350 million in new dollars for the state with such targeted, moderate revenue increases as: 

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To Prison For Robbing Two Fast-Food Restaurants And Brandishing A Firearm

on April 13, 2017 - 8:39am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Sheldon Harris, 28, of Albuquerque was sentenced in federal court to 114 months in prison for violating the Hobbs Act by robbing two Albuquerque-area fast food restaurants and brandishing a firearm during the robberies.
Harris will be on supervised release for two years following his prison sentence. Harris also was ordered to pay restitution to the fast food restaurants.
Harris was arrested April 20, 2016 on a 10-count indictment charging him with: robbing Albuquerque-area Subway restaurants on Aug. 22, 2015, Sept. 6, 2015, Sept. 8, 2016, Sept.

NMDOT: Roadway Reconstruction Kicks Off On NM 30 In Pueblo Of Santa Clara April 17

on April 13, 2017 - 8:29am


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

Starting week of April 17: the contactor will begin construction on the west side shoulder of NM 30. They will be working on earthwork and subgrade activities. Traffic impacts will be minimal during this time. Motorists are advised to watch for heavy truck traffic turning in and out of the work zone.

Starting week of May 1: the contractor will begin detour paving and setting wall barrier.

Letter To The Editor: Roundabout Misconception

on April 13, 2017 - 8:09am
Los Alamos

I would like to clarify a misconception in the letter from Mr. Dowden (link), and add a bit of history:

As the Los Alamos Daily Post editor pointed out in the earlier letter from Mr. Antos (link), it is indeed the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) that is building the roundabout (RDB) at the main entrance to Los Alamos, not Los Alamos County, because it involves an official New Mexico State highway.

The important point is that NMDOT was NEVER in favor of an RDB at that location (or anywhere on that highway), and proposed a simple signalized

FBI: Espanola Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Bank Robbery Charge

on April 12, 2017 - 1:09pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Troy Montoya, 24, of Espanola pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque to a bank robbery charge. The guilty plea was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, Sheriff Jerry L. Hogrefe of the Taos County Sheriff’s Department and Town Marshal David Smith of the Red River Marshal’s Office.


Montoya, and co-defendants Jennifer Marissa Miera, 23, of Questa and Shawn Michael Goodrum, Jr., 20, of Pima, Ariz., were arrested in October 2016, on a criminal complaint charging them with

Heinrich Seeks Permanent Reauthorization Of Land And Water Conservation Fund

on April 12, 2017 - 5:45am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. 
“The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of our most treasured

Top 10 DWI Absconder Captured

on April 11, 2017 - 9:58pm

Absconder Wilson Kinlechee


Santa Fe – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that one of the state’s top 10 DWI fugitives, Wilson Kinlechee, was recently captured by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

He is back behind bars on a probation violation and is facing a new aggravated DWI charge. Additionally, when officers arrested him, he did not have his driver’s license, vehicle registration or proof of insurance.

Kinlechee has been on the run since November 2015. This was the second time he fled supervision.

“This dangerous person is a great example

Have Coffee With New Los Alamos Game Warden

on April 11, 2017 - 10:29am
Cpl. Amos Smith is the new Los Alamos Game Warden. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Drop in to the Los Alamos Nature Center 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., April 15, to meet the new Los Alamos Game Warden.
Cpl. Amos Smith will be ready to chat and answer questions from community members about the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Enjoy a cup of coffee and talk with the local warden about wildlife questions ... discuss hunting, fishing, depredation, bear complaints, how to report poachers and anything else about Game and Fish. 

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Fully Restore Broadband Privacy Protections

on April 11, 2017 - 10:24am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to restore broadband privacy rules that will protect consumers from having their personal, sensitive information sold to the highest bidder without their consent. 
The legislation reinstates the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that require internet service providers to obtain consent before sharing their subscribers’ sensitive information and adopt reasonable data security protections.
“It’s outrageous that President Trump signed into law a bill to let your cable

Letter To The Editor: Exercising Eminent Domain

on April 11, 2017 - 10:23am
Los Alamos
Are you kidding me? Using eminent domain for a roundabout that the people of Los Alamos do not want or need is by far and away one of stupidest things our County Government will ever do!
I guess it's ok for a bunch of our spendthrift county councilors to do what they damn well please in spite of the total inconvenience it will cause the people of Los Alamos.
I personally believe that our council should put this kind of inconvenience up to a public vote that requires a 75 percent approval of citizenry of Los Alamos before they throw money at a problem

SFNF: Spring Prescribed Burns Planned

on April 11, 2017 - 8:32am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct prescribed burns during a window that opens April 17 and ends May 21.

That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.

Primary targets are a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa and 400 acres on the West Mesa treatment area a half mile north of Virgin Mesa off Forest Road 607.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

NMDOT Exercising Eminent Domain Over Knights of Columbus Property Paving Way For Roundabout

on April 10, 2017 - 6:51pm

Land at the Knights of Columbus Hall parking lot is among parcels being taken by NMDOT through eminent domain for the proposed highway roundabout project at Trinity Drive and DP Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A hearing on an eminent domain case involving the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and the Columbian Club of Los Alamos slated for Friday in District Court in Los Alamos has been was canceled.

IRS Extends Call Service Hours To Assist Taxpayers

on April 10, 2017 - 5:39pm
IRS News:
PHOENIX  To help meet the high demand to its toll-free call center that typically comes as the tax deadline nears, the Internal Revenue Service is extending its customer service hours.
The first two weeks of April are typically some of the busiest times of the year for IRS telephone assistors, as they field thousands of calls per hour. The IRS reminds taxpayers that most questions can be answered online by using the numerous tools available at
The IRS toll-free telephone lines will be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

AFTNM Respond To Budgetary Vetoes

on April 10, 2017 - 4:53pm
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“As expected, though unnecessary, Governor Martinez vetoed large swaths of the responsible, bi-partisan budget passed during the recent legislative session. Our union had hoped Governor Martinez would come to her senses and do what is best for New Mexicans, but her actions confirmed what many observers had long suspected – her line-item vetoes were less about ideology and more about settling petty scores with the Legislature.
“Governor Martinez’s vetoes

RTD Adds Bus To Chimayo Route On Good Friday

on April 10, 2017 - 4:37pm
RTD News:
In addition to its regular 150 Chimayo Route bus, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD “Blue Bus”) will be adding an additional bus along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 14.
Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the first bus begins at 8:00 and the second at 8:30) departing from the Española Transit Center on Oñate across from Cook’s Hardware.
The route then traverses NM Highway 76 with multiple

Previously Announced Prescribed Burn in Santa Fe Watershed Is A Go For Tuesday

on April 10, 2017 - 4:22pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – After careful consideration of current and forecasted conditions, including winds, weather and relative humidity, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of a favorable window to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed Tuesday, April 11.

Hand and aerial ignitions on the 340-acre treatment area, located approximately 3 miles east of the City of Santa Fe between the Nichols and McClure Reservoirs, should be completed by 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Fort Union National Monument Announces Junior Ranger Day April 16

on April 10, 2017 - 2:52pm
NPS News:
Watrous -- Fort Union National Monument announces its annual Junior Ranger Day celebration Sunday, April 16.
Come out for a family-friendly day of events that include a black powder demonstration and a scavenger hunt. The black powder artillery demonstration starts at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. families will be led on a scavenger hunt through the fort, looking for a variety of natural and man-made objects found in the park.
Throughout the day, 4th grade students can pick up an Every Kid in a Park Pass from the rangers, which gives them and their families a free annual pass to

Letter To The Editor: Council Meeting Thoughts

on April 10, 2017 - 2:26pm
Los Alamos
I attended the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night to support President Trump’s temporary immigration ban and to oppose the proposed resolution relating to immigration.
Here are a few of my takeaway thoughts from that meeting:
Councilor Antonio Maggiore stated that, because the Council went beyond their purview many times and have gotten away with it, they could continue doing so. That’s not my opinion. What that tells me is that we need to watch the Council more closely and prevent them from going beyond their purview in the first place.

Scam Alert: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans About ‘Can You Hear Me’ Scams

on April 10, 2017 - 1:05pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a Scam Alert regarding “Can you hear me” phone scams.
Scammers attempt to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account.
According to complaints the Office of the Attorney General and the FCC have received, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such

Heinrich Statement On Recusal Of Nunes From House Russia Investigation

on April 10, 2017 - 9:42am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the recusal of Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russian election meddling last year amid ethics accusations:
“Chairman Nunes’ bizarre behavior and inappropriate coordination with the White House compromised the integrity of the House investigation.

Letter To The Editor: Governor's Glowing Picture Of Education At Odds With Data

on April 9, 2017 - 4:27pm
Los Alamos

What a glowing picture of education in New Mexico as presented by Governor Martinez in her April 2 announcement of changes to the teacher evaluation system - what many teachers feel is a tiny step in the right direction to simply superficial. 

Reading on through her missive, what should I believe - the Governor’s rosy picture of public education in New Mexico, or various education review evaluations that appear annually? For instance, the one reported on by Kim Burgess, Jan. 4, 2017, Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer, Study: NM ranks 49th in quality of education

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Introduces Resolution Recognizing National Public Health Week

on April 9, 2017 - 6:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a resolution in Congress this week to in support of the goals and mission of National Public Health Week, April 3-9, as a part of the efforts to continue working towards a healthier America.

The theme for this year's National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Associateion (APHA), is “Healthiest Nation 2030”, emphasizing a goal of making America the healthiest nation in one generation. A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S.

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division Announces Creation Of ‘Chile Capital Of The World’ License Plate

on April 9, 2017 - 6:47am

New Mexico now has a ‘Chile Capital Of The World’ license plate. Courtesy/MVD


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) has announced the creation of the Chile License Plate.

The license plate declares New Mexico as the “Chile Capital of the World,” reflecting New Mexico’s status as the world leader in chile quality and production. 

“With the creation of this license plate, we are sending a strong message that New Mexico is the only chile capital of the world,” Gov. Susana Martinez said.

Governor Commended For Signing Bill To Provide Tourniquets To Law Enforcement Officers

on April 8, 2017 - 7:04am
SANTA FE ― “Today is a great day for our statewide law enforcement officers and New Mexico’s communities,” said Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), who sponsored the bill. “Law enforcement officials are the guardians of our community and this equipment and training will save lives across the state.