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Daily Postcard: Homer And Edna Share Leafy Salad

Daily Postcard: Beloved community geese Homer, top, and his feathery companion Edna share a salad beneath the afternoon sunshine Saturday at Ashley Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com Read More

Scenes From Santa Fe Veterans For Peace At Pond

About a dozen members of the Santa Fe Veterans for Peace and one or two from the Albuquerque chapter gathered this afternoon at Ashley Pond Park to celebrate the first anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from today’s gathering of the Santa Fe Veterans for Peace at Ashley Pond Park to celebrate the first anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force Jan. 22, 2021. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Scene from the gathering today of the Santa Fe Veterans for Peace at Ashley Pond Read More

FBI: Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty To Abusing A Minor

FBI News:

ALBUQERQUE — Bennick Yazzie, 32, of Shiprock and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty in federal court Jan. 14 to sexual abuse of a minor.

Yazzie will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According the plea agreement and other court records, between Oct. 26, 2019, and Oct. 25, 2020, Yazzie sexually assaulted Jane Doe, who was 13 years old, on the Navajo Nation Reservation.

By the terms of the plea agreement, Yazzie faces four years and nine months in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated Read More

Chart 577: Los Alamos COVID-19 Test Positivity Rate

This chart shows the test positivity rate versus date in Los Alamos. Since the start of the pandemic, 4.1 percent of nearly 50,000 COVID-19 tests in the County were positive. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created Eli Ben-Naim Read More

New Mexico House Energy, Environment And Natural Resources Committee Passes Renewable Energy Bills

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Several important environmental bills passed the House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee today, paving the way for increased generation and storage of renewable energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The three bills advanced by the committee would make renewable energy more accessible to working New Mexicans and businesses.

The Energy Storage System Tax Credit HB 11, sponsored by Representatives Debra Sariñana (D-Albuquerque,) Meredith A. Dixon (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), would help New Mexicans improve Read More

Scenes From Los Alamos Fire Academy 29 Graduation

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes addresses Academy 29 cadets during their graduation Friday morning at the LAFD training facility on DP Road. Family members did not attend the graduation ceremony due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, so each graduate will receive a video of the ceremony to share with their loved ones. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Chaplain Joe Dudziak delivers the invocation to the Academy 29 graduates during the ceremony Friday morning at the LAFD training facility on DP Road. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com 

LAFD Academy 29 graduates front row from left, Read More

New Mexico Science/Tech Companies Receive SBIR Grants

Alexander Ukhanov PhD of Actoprobe LLC of Albuquerque. Courtesy/EDD

Emerging Technology Ventures, Inc. of Alamogordo. Courtesy/EDD

EDD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Economic Development Department Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced that five New Mexico companies will receive New Mexico Small Business Innovation Research (NMSBIR) Matching Grants to help their businesses grow.

The NMSBIR Grant Program provides recipients additional resources to commercialize the technology developed using Federal SBIR funding. The NM SBIR Matching Grants are designed to support local science and Read More

NMSP: Double Fatal Crash North Of Hobbs

NMSP News:

LEA COUNTY — At around 7:44 a.m. Jan. 15, the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) responded to a single-vehicle rollover near the intersection of East Rose Road and North Johnson Road in Lea County, north of Hobbs.

The initial investigation indicated that a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Brooke L. Chandler, 26, of Hobbs was traveling east on East Rose Road.

For unknown reasons the Jeep left the roadway and rolled. Chandler and her passenger, Luis A. Sauceda, 32, of Hobbs were both ejected from the vehicle.

They both suffered fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased on scene Read More

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes Over $1 Million To Support Economic Development Initiatives Across State

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-N.M.) and Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) are welcoming more than $1 million in grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) across New Mexico.

These EDA planning investments support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for each of the awarded entities. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation Read More

Reps. Stansbury And Kim Lead Bill To Improve Wildfire Communications & Info Sharing Among First Responders

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) and Young Kim (Calif.-39), who both serve on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, introduced the bipartisan National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Wildland Fire Communications and Information Dissemination Act (H.R. 6410) to boost communications and information sharing efforts between first responders, fire management response officials and community members during wildfires.

As prolonged drought conditions worsen Read More

SF Playhouse & SWAIA Present Ria Thundercloud Feb. 11

Ria Thundercloud (Ho-Chunk Nation, Sandia Pueblo). Courtey/Santa Fe Playhouse

SANTA FE PLAYHOUSE News:

WHAT: Santa Fe Playhouse and Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) present a dance performance by Ria Thundercloud (Ho-Chunk Nation, Sandia Pueblo), telling stories of indigenous womanhood and survival through contemporary and traditional dance and movement.

WHEN: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11

WHERE: Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. De Vargas St. 

TICKETS: $20 general admission; $18 senior; $10 student santafeplayhouse.org, 505.988.4262

DETAILS: SWAIA Performances Read More

New Mexico House Bill 22 Would Require State Departments To Help Those Who Don’t Speak English

Sen. Antionette Sedillo Lopez

By ROBERT NOTT
Santa Fe New Mexican

Advocates for New Mexicans who know little to no English say a bill passed by a committee Friday is needed help such residents access medical aid, child welfare services and other resources.

Lawmakers on the House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs committee approved House Bill 22 on a 6-3 vote. It now heads to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

The legislation provides a one-time appropriation of $50,000 to the state Department of Finance and Administration. The money is aimed at helping state agencies Read More

New Mexico Museum Of Natural History & Science Presents ‘Dogs! A Science Tail’ Feb. 5-May 1

NMNHS presents ‘Dogs! A Science Tail’ exhibition, Feb. 5-May 1. Courtesy/California Science Center

NMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMNHS) announces the opening of “Dogs! A Science Tail”.

This is an ambitious, multi-media, hands-on science exhibition that highlights the dynamic nature of the bond between humans and dogs, and invites guests to experience the extraordinary way that dogs see, hear and smell the world. 

The exhibition will demonstrate how the ability to understand and communicate with each other lies at the heart of the unique Read More

Military Hospital Support To FEMA & DHHS Begins In Five States, Navajo Nation, Expands In New Mexico, Elsewhere

Lt. Gen. John R. Evans, Jr

FEMA News:

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 220 military medical personnel have deployed or will deploy in 10 new teams to eight states including New Mexico and the Navajo Nation to support civilian healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients.

“As our support to FEMA and the whole-of-government response to the pandemic expands due to a surge in hospitalizations, we are committed to working alongside our civilian medical partners to assist hard-hit Read More

Cannabis Control Division Calls For Additional Funding

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
The Santa Fe New Mexican

A lot is riding on the state’s new Cannabis Control Division.

Created when New Mexico legalized recreational marijuana for adults last year, the fledgling agency has been handed the responsibility of standing up a new industry elected officials sold as being a boon for the state, from creating jobs to raising revenue.

A question from the start — and one that has resurfaced at the Roundhouse — is whether the agency has enough money to carry out the work.

Competing budget proposals have thrust the issue Read More

New Mexico COVID-19 Update Jan. 21: 6,198 New Cases, Totaling 437,934 With 30 Deaths & 330,110 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced Friday 6,198 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reported 87 new cases today, bringing the total to 2,019 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 30 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 29.0 percent.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 1,492 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 6 new cases in Catron
Read More

Los Alamos Teen Center Closed Through Thursday Jan. 27

The Los Alamos Teen Center at 475 20th St., will be closed due to HVAC system issues Jan 22 – 27. Courtesy photo 

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Teen Center, operated by The Family YMCA will be closed due to HVAC system issues, starting today through Thursday, Jan. 27.

“We are sad that we will not be able to see and provide an in-person hang out spot for teens during the next week,” Teen Center Manager George Marsden said. “However, we hope that we see them virtually on the Discord Server.” Read More

Study Finds New Mexico Public Defenders Office Needs 67 Percent More Lawyers To Be ‘Effective’

Public Defender Commission Chairman Thomas J. Clear III

By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD
The Santa Fe New Mexican

The state agency that provides legal representation for indigent defendants is drastically understaffed, according to a recently released study, which says the Law Offices of the Public Defender needs 67 percent more lawyers that it has to provide “reasonably effective assistance of counsel” as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

That’s 602 more attorneys — more than double the 295 the agency currently has.

“It frightening,” Public Defender Commission Chairman Thomas J. Clear Read More

Historical Society Lecture: Los Alamos In Fiction, Feb. 8

The LAHS is hosting a lecture by British scholar Daniel Cordle Feb. 8 via Zoom. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) is hosting a lecture 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 via Zoom.

British scholar Daniel Cordle will be presenting live to Los Alamos (from across the ocean) his research on “Literary Los Alamos: The Manhattan Project in Fiction, Drama, Poetry, and on Screen.”

As well as being the subject of numerous histories, the development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos has also fascinated writers and filmmakers, featuring in thrillers, literary fiction, historical Read More

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Asks Members NOT To Travel To Santa Fe For Planned Rally

By WHITNEY HOLLAND 
President
AFT NM New Mexico

We are sincerely disappointed to be writing this email.

Considering the extreme and on-going COVID-19 infections throughout our communities, we have made the difficult decision to ask AFT New Mexico members to NOT travel to Santa Fe this Sunday for our planned rally in support of our campaign for the 3Rs: Respect, Recruit, and Retain.

When this rally was envisioned by our sibling educators at NEA-NM, we were excited to accept their invitation to join with them in solidarity, however, the current wave of Omicron-variant cases was expected to peak Read More

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