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FBI: Bearded Man In Black T-Shirt Robs Albq. Bank

on October 14, 2017 - 4:16pm

Suspect wanted for robbing bank this afternoon in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

A man with a beard and wearing a black T-shirt robbed a bank this afternoon, Oct. 14 in northeast Albuquerque. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 6' tall, with a medium build. He had a short beard. He wore a black T-shirt, a dark baseball cap with an unknown logo, and dark pants. 

At approximately 12:47 p.m., the suspect entered US Bank at 3620 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. He presented a demand note to a teller and also made verbal demands for money.

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Address Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Native American Women

on October 14, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in introducing legislation led by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and cosponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls. 
 
Native women are murdered at ten times the national average, and 84 percent of Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. The bill, Savanna’s Act, is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was tragically killed in August. 
 
“All people,

Education Secretary Praises Local Schools, Fields Questions On Science Standards During Recent Visit

on October 14, 2017 - 6:11am
New Mexico Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski with Public Education Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster of Los Alamos, left, and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Tuesday's reception. Ruskowski was in town to celebrate the six A grades earned by Los Alamos Schools in PED evaluations. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Straight A Express rolled into Los Alamos Tuesday.

New Mexico Delegation Announces New Funding To Combat Opioid & Substance Abuse Crisis In NM

on October 14, 2017 - 6:08am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,173,835 in grants to New Mexico for efforts to combat opioid and substance abuse in the state.
 
The grants include $580,247 for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to expand and improve identification of and support for individuals who survive drug overdoses; $298,594 for the city of Santa Fe to implement the Santa Fe Opioid Overdose Outreach

EDD Announces New Regional Representatives

on October 14, 2017 - 6:04am
NMT News:
 
Susan (Susie) Russell was hired in September as a Regional Representative in southeastern New Mexico and based in Roswell.
 
She comes to the Economic Development Department after five years at the International Law Enforcement Training Academy (ILEA). Susie was a strong component of the original team at ILEA and worked with students from around the world.

Registration Opens For 11th Elementary Mile Run

on October 13, 2017 - 3:51pm

By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

rjmontano@ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos High School boys and girls cross country teams are now accepting registrations for the 11th Annual Elementary Mile Run, which is 4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. This free event will take place between the girls and boy’s varsity cross country meets at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

“We started it just to provide a means for younger kids to see and participate in the great sport of cross country.

FBI: David A. Hickman Pleads Guilty To Using Fire Or Explosives To Damage Or Destroy Buildings

on October 13, 2017 - 9:33am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  David A. Hickman, 28, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty in Federal Court to five counts of damaging and destroying buildings used in interstate commerce by fire or explosive. 
 
Although Hickman pled guilty to five arson counts, in his plea agreement, Hickman acknowledged igniting arson fires that damaged or destroyed nine businesses engaged in interstate commerce in Albuquerque between Nov. 16, 2016 and Nov. 26, 2106. The plea agreement includes a recommendation that Hickman be sentenced to a term of imprisonment within the range of five to 20 years. 
 

Los Alamos Commerce And Development Corporation Comments On Proposed State Science Standards

on October 13, 2017 - 8:09am

LACDC News: 

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) Board of Directors commented about the proposed new State Science Standards.

The LACDC is concerned that if adopted as proposed, the standards will have a negative effect on the Los Alamos economy, as well as the state economy. For additional comments, contact LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan at Patrick@losalamos.org or 505.661.4854.

The LACDC Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the Los Alamos community and functions to direct the company in its initiative to promote sustainable economic

NMDOT Is Ready For Winter Weather

on October 13, 2017 - 8:08am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Department of Transportation crews are prepared to clear the roads and highways as the state begins to experience the winter weather season. Last year, NMDOT crews removed snow and ice from over a million pass miles.
 
“Our crews across the state are ready to respond to winter weather so we can keep the traveling public safe,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “If you must get behind the wheel during winter weather conditions please take the necessary precautions and give our crews plenty of room to do their job.

Luján Bill To Help Small Startup Businesses Passes House

on October 13, 2017 - 7:56am
U.S. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) designed to assist small startup businesses secure funding for early-stage innovation and development was approved Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives. Luján introduced the bill, H.R.2789 - the Support Startup Businesses Act, earlier this summer along with U.S. Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL).
 
The bill makes a number of improvements to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs,

Governor Announces Court Appointments

on October 12, 2017 - 8:44am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced appointments to Division II of the First Judicial Court, and Division II of the Eleventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
 
Gregory Shaffer of Santa Fe has been appointed to Division II of the First Judicial District Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sarah Singleton.
 
Shaffer most recently served as county attorney for Santa Fe County where he built on his more than 20 years of legal experience.

Luján Calls On FCC To Reject Threat To Revoke NBC’s Broadcast License

on October 12, 2017 - 8:30am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after President Trump suggested in a tweet that the government should “challenge” the broadcast licenses for NBC and other network outlets:
 
“I am both shocked and disappointed that President Trump today suggested the revocation of a major network’s broadcast license because he doesn’t like the negative light in which he has been portrayed in their newscasts.

SGR Re-Election Campaign Kickoff Oct. 28

on October 12, 2017 - 8:16am

NMDOT Launches 'NM Bike Plan' Website And Interactive Map For Public Comment

on October 12, 2017 - 8:11am
Courtesy/NMDOT
 
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the launch of a project website and interactive map for the Prioritized Statewide Bicycle Network Plan (NM Bike Plan).
 
The website provides a platform for bicyclists and others to share their valuable input in the bicycle planning and route prioritization process.
 
Through an interactive map New Mexicans can identify currently used or potential bike routes and complete a questionnaire on user preferences.

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller Leads Nation In Shining Light On Unspent Government Funds

on October 12, 2017 - 8:06am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller announced that New Mexico is leading the nation in shining light on unspent funds throughout government.
 
The New Jersey Legislature passed legislation requiring its State Auditor to annually report on state account balances, modeled after the annual Fund Balance Report that the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has produced for the last three years.
  
The OSA’s Fund Balance Report compiles data from annual financial audits to shine a light on millions of dollars of state resources that are tied

FBI Offers $1,000 For Information On Suspicious Death On Navajo Nation

on October 12, 2017 - 7:56am
Alan Jim died of suspicious causes. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information regarding the suspicious death of Alan Jim of the Navajo Nation.
 
Feb. 7, 2017, Jim’s body was found in the southbound lane of County Road 7900, approximately 6.3 miles south of Highway 550 in the Chaco Canyon area of New Mexico.
 
Autopsy results indicate Jim died of blunt force trauma to his head and upper body. Anyone with information regarding this death is asked to contact the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office at 505.889.1300.
 
The Navajo Nation Division of

Facebook Scam Alert: AG Warns New Mexicans Of New Financial Scams

on October 12, 2017 - 7:53am
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a Scam Alert to warn unsuspecting New Mexicans to beware sharing private personal or financial information over Facebook because a variety of scams are victimizing New Mexicans. As with all scams, prevention is the key to protecting your finances and personal information.
 
“Even though people can appear friendly on Facebook,” Balderas warned, “getting to ‘know’ someone on Facebook is rarely safe.

AG Balderas Announces Resignation Of APS School Board Member Analee Maestas

on October 12, 2017 - 7:38am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that Analee Maestas resigned from her position with the Albuquerque Public School Board, effective immediately.
 
“Sept. 28, 2017, I served a legal demand, asking Board Member Maestas to resign from her position in light of ongoing investigations related to fiscal mismanagement and because all public officials in the State of New Mexico have the duty to treat their position as a public trust,” Balderas said.

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' Issued By Mora Inn And RV Park Water System

on October 12, 2017 - 7:35am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming a required "boil water advisory" for the Mora Inn and RV Park Water System in Mora County.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System was required to issue the advisory Monday after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system. Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is required to notify their water system users of this finding.
 
Mora Inn and RV Park Water System is a non-transient non-community public

Los Alamos 4-H Registers 2017-2018 Participants

on October 12, 2017 - 7:13am

Los Alamos 4-H volunteer chief rifle instructor Sha-Marie Arnaudville registers Caleb and Rebecca Moss for 4-H shooting sports Wednesday evening at Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club as their mother, Angela Moss looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Extension Agent Carlos Valdez, left, and Michael O'Neill, youth activities coordinator for Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club and 4-H archery and shotgun coach were on hand Wednesday to explain 4-H opportunities at the open house. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Maria Smith and Jolene Vigil sat down to chat after they each

Conservation Voters New Mexico Statement On Rollback Of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

on October 12, 2017 - 7:10am
NMCV News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a proposed rule to revoke the Clean Power Plan.
 
In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:
 
“It is critical that we take action to address climate change and the Clean Power Plan is a very positive step in the right direction. Administrator Pruitt’s efforts to revoke the Clean Power Plan will harm New Mexicans.
 
“The Clean Power Plan positively impacts clean air for communities across New Mexico.

Regional Coalition Board Meets Friday

on October 12, 2017 - 6:52am
RCLC News:
 
The Regional Coalition Of LANL COmmunities Board Meets 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, in the City Council Chambers at 405 North Paseo de Oñate in Española.
 
Agenda:
 
A. Call to Order – Chair Javier Gonzales
 
B. Confirmation of Quorum – Chair Javier Gonzales
 
C. Approval of Agenda – Chair
 
D. Approval of Meeting Minutes - Chair
 
E. Discussion/Action Items (2 hrs 55 min)
  • Briefing from NM Congressional Delegation (5 min)
  • Executive Director Update (10 min)
  • Community and Economic Development
  • LANL Workforce and University Collaboration, Kathy Keith,

State Auditor Tim Keller On Resignation Of Albuquerque Public School Board Member Analee Maestas

on October 11, 2017 - 1:04pm
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
N.M. LEGISLATIVE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, State Auditor Tim Keller responded to the resignation of Albuquerque School Board Member Analee Maestas stating:
 
“After these unfortunate events, Maestas’ resignation helps brings some accountability,” Keller said. “By resigning, she is at least providing the district a chance to be represented by someone who is not connected to the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been going to our kids’ education.

Spooky Science! Laser Shows & Fun On Halloween

on October 11, 2017 - 1:03pm
Courtesy/NMMNHS
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Make this a Halloween to remember for more than just candy and costumes! Spend Halloween afternoon at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and indulge in a little Spooky Science!
 
This is an activity for the entire family.  From noon-4:30 p.m., there will be lots of spooky nature science activities in the Museum atrium. Build an alien landscape, observe snakes, spiders and creepy critters and distinguish fact from fantasy. 
 
Throughout the afternoon, at 3, 4 & 5 p.m., settle in for a fun, Halloween-themed laser in the

Pearce Supports EPA Decision On Clean Power Plan

on October 11, 2017 - 12:20pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). 
 
“In New Mexico, and across the country, we’ve seen businesses close up shop and coal miners put out of work due to the crippling regulatory costs of this rule.

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