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Secretary Of State Dismisses Brenner Complaint Against Los Alamos Future PAC

on August 15, 2017 - 7:23pm

POLITICAL News:

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that her office has dismissed a complaint filed in May by Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner against the Los Alamos Future PAC.

The Secretary of State letter:

New Mexico Attorney General Opinion:

Udall Delivers Keynote Address At New Mexico WRRI’s Annual Water Conference: 'Federal Water Policy And New Mexico: Our Progress And The Challenges Ahead’

on August 15, 2017 - 4:05pm

Discusses his legislation to improve water policy for New Mexico communities, including the 2017 New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act. Courtesy photo

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

SOCORRO — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered the keynote address at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.

In his address, entitled "Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead," Udall discussed the current water challenges facing New Mexico, including climate change, innovative solutions and opportunities for making

FBI: Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Man Heads To Prison

on August 15, 2017 - 3:40pm

FBI News:
  • Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE – Peter Calvert-Cata, 21, a member and resident of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, was sentenced Monday in Federal Court in Albuquerque to 48 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for his conviction on a sexual assault charge. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

 

Calvert-Cata was arrested Nov. 18, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with aggravated sexual abuse.

Heinrich: Fifth Anniversary Of DACA Implementation

on August 15, 2017 - 9:26am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement to mark the 5th anniversary of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants, known as DREAMers, who arrived in the United States as children to apply for temporary protection from deportation: 
 
“In the five years since its implementation, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has changed the lives of some of our brightest students and veterans who have come out of the shadows to earn an education,

FBI: New Mexico State Police Capture Albuquerque Man Wanted For Bank Robbery

on August 15, 2017 - 9:09am
FBI News:
 
The New Mexico State Police located Dennis Saavedra during a traffic stop in Española on August 12, 2017 and turned him over to the FBI. Saavedra is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.
 
Previous news release, issued Wednesday:
 
The FBI is looking for Dennis Anthony Saavedra, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for bank robbery.
 
On Aug. 3, 2017, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, after Saavedra was charged with bank robbery.
 
Saavedra is

Governor Announces Flagship Food Group Expanding, Creating Nearly 200 New Jobs

on August 15, 2017 - 6:59am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Yesterday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Flagship Food Group will invest nearly $3 million to expand its manufacturing and distribution facilities in the Albuquerque area, creating 194 new manufacturing and distribution jobs and supporting over 100 construction jobs.
 
Flagship Foods originally expanded to New Mexico in 2014, citing the state’s enriched tax environment and improved business friendliness.
 
“Since day one, we’ve been fighting hard to make New Mexico more competitive with surrounding states through reforms like

Open House On Cuba Ranger District Wednesday

on August 14, 2017 - 4:06pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Anyone who has ever wondered what natural resource specialists are working on in the Santa Fe National Forest, what tools archaeologists or firefighters use and has a fourth grader starting school this month can receive a free interagency recreation pass that’s good for an entire year for their family? 

Everyone is invited to the Cuba Ranger District’s Open House 1-3:30 p.m., Wednesday.

Come learn what is happening with forest plan revision, timber management, recreation, wildlife, archaeology, and much more on your national forest!

Los Alamos Shows Strength At 2017 Western Zone Championship Swim Meet In Roseville, Calif.

on August 14, 2017 - 2:40pm

Ming Lo of Los Alamos shown doing breaststroke. Courtesy photo

 

Duncan Henderson of Los Alamos shown existing the pool after a final competition. Courtesy photo

 

SPORTS News:

 

Last week several Los Alamos athletes competed in the 2017 Western Zone Championship Swim Meet in Roseville, Calif. Andy Corliss, Duncan Henderson, Orion Henderson, Carson Hicks, Savannah Kimball, Ming Lo, Konstantine Nelson and Sophia Pieck were eight of the 57 swimmers representing the New Mexico Zone Team.

AG Seeks Potential Victims In Child Exploitation Case

on August 14, 2017 - 1:58pm

Anthony Groomas

From the Office Of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

TUCUMCARI – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a 29-year-old man was arrested this morning in Tucumcari by special agents  from the Office of the Attorney General for multiple sex offenses in connection to the criminal sexual penetration and solicitation of several girls ranging from 14 to 17 years old.

Anthony Groomas was booked into the Quay County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash only bond this morning.

“Protecting New Mexico’s children from sexual predators is our highest priority and I am urging the

Legislative Interim Committee Meetings Aug. 14-18

on August 14, 2017 - 10:48am

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of Aug. 14-18.
 
9 a.m. Aug. 14, 2017  Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee of the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee, Law Offices of the Public Defender Training Room, 17th Floor, 505 Marquette NW, Ste. 120, Albuquerque.
 
Agenda items: Welcoming Remarks; Subcommittee Itinerary and Goals – Why Is Criminal Justice Reform Needed?

Heinrich Hosts Tribal Broadband Listening Session

on August 14, 2017 - 10:07am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich hosts a listening session at the Santa Fe Indian School with tribal representatives to discuss broadband connectivity in Indian Country. August 9, 2017. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hosted a listening session at the Santa Fe Indian School with members of two Pueblo library consortiums representing the Pueblos of Cochiti, Jemez, Zia, Santa Ana, San Felipe, and Santo Domingo to discuss legislation he plans to introduce to improve broadband connectivity in Indian Country.
 
“Access to high-speed internet is

Broad Support For Ten Commandments Monument Reflected In Numerous Briefs At Supreme Court

on August 14, 2017 - 9:05am
Alliance Defending Freedom News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Supreme Court has received numerous friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a New Mexico city’s ability to allow citizens to display a Ten Commandments monument among other historical monuments on public property.
 
The briefs filed in City of Bloomfield v. Felix include support from the attorneys general or governors of 23 states, 24 members of Congress, and a variety of legal experts, religious groups, and others.

Last month, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico, asked the high

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Respond To Approval Of New Mexico ESSA Plan

on August 14, 2017 - 8:43am
President Stephanie Ly
 
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“The approval of New Mexico’s state educational plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act by US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is incredibly disheartening news for public educators across our state, and will impact our students on a deep level in their schools and communities.
 
“Instead of using new federal flexibility to enact positive changes within New Mexico’s public schools, Interim Secretary Christopher

AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans About Mortgage Modification Scam

on August 14, 2017 - 8:19am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding a new mortgage modification scam that seeks to steal money from struggling New Mexico homeowners.
 
The callers claim to be with Nationstar and ask for money to be sent to an attorney in Florida promising a loan modification on the victim’s mortgage. The calls come from Ymax or Magic Jack phone numbers and can appear to come from any area code. The scammers are asking New Mexicans to wire money upwards of $1200, money that they may never get back.
 
“Calls and

State Auditor Tim Keller To Release Statewide Report On Government Contracting

on August 14, 2017 - 8:12am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State Auditor Tim Keller will release a Statewide Procurement Report covering both state and local government contracting.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reviewed over 6,000 government contracts totaling over $6.5 billion to analyze trends in purchasing dollars flowing out of state. This is the first report that provides a snapshot to the public and policymakers of in-state and out-of-state purchasing by state agencies and over 400 municipalities, counties, and school districts.
 
Awarding more government contracts to

Udall To Keynote US Global Leadership Coalition Conference And NM Water Conference

on August 14, 2017 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be the keynote speaker at a forum on national security and economic prosperity with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and at the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.
 
He also will lead a roundtable discussion at Kirtland Air Force Base with leaders of the N.M.

FBI: Navajo Man From Churchrock Gets 18 Years

on August 14, 2017 - 7:13am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Patrick Begay, 43, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque, to 216 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on an abusive sexual contact charge. Begay will also be required to register as a sex offender.
 
Begay was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a four-count indictment charging him with sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 years from November 2013 through December 2015, and engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years Jan.

Zinke Supports Acceptance Of 3,595 Acres Of Wilderness For Sportsmen's Access To Sabinoso In New Mexico

on August 14, 2017 - 7:10am
Courtesy photo
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following a ​trip to New Mexico, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced he and the Department - through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - intend to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres (formerly known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch) that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness to be included as part of the wilderness​.
 
If approved, the donated land will provide public access to the 16,000-acre Sabinoso Wilderness, which is wholly surrounded by non-federal land.

Study: New Mexico 9th Worst State To Have A Baby

on August 14, 2017 - 6:44am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With August being one of the most popular months for newborn arrival and Americans paying the highest birthing costs in the world, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby.

To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Sentenced For Bank Robbery

on August 14, 2017 - 6:35am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Kenneth Columbus Burwell, 54, of Albuquerque, was sentenced this morning in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a bank robbery charge.
 
Burwell was arrested in November 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the US Bank branch located at 3000 Central Ave. SE in Albuquerque Oct. 14, 2015. Burwell subsequently was indicted Nov. 15, 2016, and charged with bank robbery.
 
March 7, 2017, Burwell pled guilty to the indictment, and admitted that Oct.

Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Voices Deep Concern Over RFP For Lab Management Contract

on August 13, 2017 - 10:19am

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler chats with Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales prior to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board meeting Friday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

From left, Jack Jekowski, RCLC board members, Taos County Commissioner Mark Gallegos, Taos Councilor Darien Fernandez and Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Draft Solicitation for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Site Management and Operating Contract as presently proposed has

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos Meets 6:30 pm Monday

on August 13, 2017 - 10:19am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

DEMOCRATIC PARTY News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 in Building 05 at UNM-LA.

The Guest Speaker at the meeting is State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.

NMED Releases ‘Boil Water Advisory’ For Vallecitos MDWCA Water System In Rio Arriba County

on August 13, 2017 - 9:53am

NMED News:
  • Vallecitos’ Customers Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau is announcing a “boil water advisory” for the Vallecitos Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (MDWCA).

Vallecitos MDWCA was required to issue the advisory Aug. 12, 2017 after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the Vallecitos MDWCA water distribution system. New Mexico Drinking Water Regulations require Vallecitos MDWCA to notify their water system consumers of this finding. 

Vallecitos

Martinez Announces Raytheon To Add 60 High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs In New Mexico

on August 13, 2017 - 7:28am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of Raytheon's Albuquerque manufacturing operations which will create 60 new high-tech manufacturing jobs.
 
This announcement comes on the heels of New Mexico being ranked the third-fastest growing economy in the nation by the U.S. Department of Commerce. New Mexico was also recently ranked seventh in the nation for private-sector job growth - creating nearly 19,000 new private-sector jobs over the last year.
 
"This is great news for New Mexico and another example of what's possible when

Heinrich, Tillis Lead Letter To U.S. International Trade Commission Opposing Tariffs Harming Solar Industry

on August 12, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with a bipartisan group of senators, are urging the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to not impose tariffs that would negatively affect the American solar industry.
 
In a letter to Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, the lawmakers—who both represent states that have a growing solar industry—expressed their deep concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The ITC will hold a public hearing on the

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