FBI: Albuquerque Man Gets 3.8 Years For Gun Possession

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Robert Alderete, 32, of Albuquerque, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque Feb. 18 to three years and eight months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to public court documents, Alderete was driving recklessly in Albuquerque Dec. 4, 2019, when a deputy stopped him. During the search of Alderete’s vehicle, the deputy discovered a semi-automatic rifle with a high-capacity magazine and anxiety pills.

Upon completion of his prison sentence, Alderete will be subject to three years of supervised release.

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NMBT Completes Acquisition Of FNB New Mexico

NMBT CEO and President Greg Leyendecker

NMBT News:

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Bank & Trust (NMBT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF), announced Monday that it completed its acquisition of FNB New Mexico at the close of business Friday, Feb. 19.

FNB New Mexico is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FirstBank & Trust, headquartered in Lubbock, Texas.

In connection with the closing, NMBT acquired six FNB New Mexico locations in New Mexico and assumed all deposits and liabilities of FNB New Mexico. They also acquired one branch from FirstBank & Trust


Mountain Elementary School Chooses Kindness

A heart and thoughtful words promoting kindness are spotted Monday on a fence behind Mountain Elementary School – lifting spirits around the community. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

A closer view of the ‘Choose Kindness’ fence Monday reveals a young deer nibbling leaves from a plant growing behind Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


Read The Latest Letters To The Editor

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Letter To The Editor: Appreciation For Superb County Government Folks That Sustain, Enhance Our Daily Lives

White Rock

I’d like to thank the superb folks in our county government. Dealing with municipal personnel at all levels, I could not be more satisfied with the service provided. They are indeed dedicated to supporting our community.

Having lived in nine U.S. states, and in six countries, I have a profound appreciation for those in local government that sustain, and indeed, enhance our daily lives. Though largely unseen, without them – our society would not be so extraordinary.


LANL: Explosives Chemist David Chavez Added To Editorial Advisory Board Of Journal Of American Chemical Society

Explosives Chemist David Chavez in his lab working on a possible TNT replacement, bis-oxadiazole. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • JACS Editor-in-Chief seeks to broaden diversity and inclusivity of the Journal’s peer review

David Chavez, deputy group leader of High Explosives Science and Technology (Q-5) group at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been added to a newly formed Editorial Advisory Board for the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) by the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Erick Carreira.

The new Editorial Advisory Board, “has been crafted to be inclusive.


Attorney General Balderas, Representatives Louis And Thomson Applaud House Passage Of Bill To Strengthen Protections For Victims And Survivors Of Human Trafficking

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas and Representatives Georgene Louis and Elizabeth Thomson applauded the New Mexico House of Representatives Monday for passing House Bill 56.

HB 56 is aimed at modernizing New Mexico’s anti-human trafficking laws to center and protect the rights of human trafficking victims and survivors, particularly children who are trafficked in the State.

The bill, which was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session, passed the House by


LANL Frontiers In Science Talk: COVID Solutions Feb. 24

At Wednesday talk, Nick Hengartner will set the stage for how disease modeling works. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The community is invited to join an online Frontiers In Science Talk at 6 p.m., Feb. 24 with three top Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) researchers exploring COVID solutions.

Click here to register. Email fis@lanl.gov to submit questions.

Nick Hengartner is an applied mathematician at LANL and former leader of the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group (T-6), one of the few research groups in the world devoted to mathematical biology and infectious disease modeling. 



Brought Back From Brink Of Death – New Mexico Tuition Assistance Bill Now Heads To Senate Finance Committee


A bill that would provide tuition assistance for thousands of New Mexico students pursuing degrees at two-year colleges was brought back from the brink of death Monday and is now headed to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.

Senate Bill 135 appropriates $26 million from the general fund for the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship. The amount includes $4 million for a pilot program for students in the state who don’t qualify for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. 

The Senate Education Committee voted 6-2 Monday to support SB 135.

Acting Higher Education