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New Mexico State Police Arrest High School Teacher For Illegal Relations With Female Students

on August 18, 2018 - 8:56am
James Dee Coulter
 
NMSP News:
 
AZTEC New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted in June by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) to investigate evidence resulting from a licensure investigation, which indicated that an Aztec High School teacher had an illegal sexual relationship with at least one female high school student.
 
The evidence and statements turned over by PED indicated that high school math and philosophy teacher James Dee Coulter, 31, of Aztec had an illicit sexual relationship with at least one 17-year-old female student.
 
The New Mexico

Ag Dept. Proposes New Solutions To Protect Forests

on August 18, 2018 - 6:01am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced a new strategy for improving wildfire management across the nation’s forestlands Thursday.
 
Statement from Defenders of Wildlife’s Director of Federal Lands Pete Nelson:
 
“We are facing unprecedented challenges in wildfire management, and there are no silver bullets.

Upcoming Events At New Mexico Historic Sites

on August 18, 2018 - 5:50am
Front of Fort Stanton Hospital built in 1936. Courtesy photo
 
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Historic Sites offer a place to experience history where it happened. The following events are planned at the sites during the remainder of 2018.
 
Dig Giusewa 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through Oct. 6
Jemez Historic Site, 18160 N.M. 4, Jemez Springs
 
Explore the ruins of Giusewa Pueblo with archaeologists from New Mexico Historic Sites and Native American tribal members from Jemez Pueblo.

Man In Red Shirt; Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on August 18, 2018 - 5:47am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a red baseball cap and red shirt robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Aug. 15.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5'7” to 5'8” tall, with a thin build. He wore a red baseball cap turned backwards, sunglasses, a long-sleeve red shirt, dark pants and dark shoes. He carried a dark satchel with a strap over his shoulder.
 
At approximately 4:49 p.m., the suspect walked into U.S. Bank at 2015 Eubank Boulevard NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

Sen. Michael Padilla Urges Governor To Accelerate Completion Of Overdue CYFD Case Management System

on August 18, 2018 - 5:10am
State Sen. Michael Padilla
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico State Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Bernalillo) sent a letter to Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday alerting her that significant portions of a critical IT project meant to deliver a new case management system for CYFD is now overdue.
 
In his letter, Padilla urges the governor to see that the project gets prioritized and properly resourced for a swift and timely completion.
 
This comes just days after the governor’s office announced that Daryl Ackley, the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Secretary, will be departing

Federal Agencies Take Safety Steps As New Mexico Tests For Fungus Causing Bat Disease

on August 17, 2018 - 8:44am
Western long-eared myotis (Myotis evotis), one of many bat species found in New Mexico caves and abandoned mines. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2016
 
University of New Mexico research team member Eddie Strach takes a sample of bat guano in Carlsbad Cavern in March 2018. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
Research leader Diana Northup of the University of New Mexico enters a New Mexico cave in March 2018 to collect samples to test for P. destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
 
STATE News:
 
Federal agencies

Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival Aug. 24-26

on August 17, 2018 - 6:53am
Courtesy/NHCC
 
Courtesy/NHCC
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center is again partnering with Guanábana Productions on Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival 2018, an unforgettable weekend of instruction, workshops, lectures, films and dancing under the stars.
 
This year, the festival returns to its roots with the theme "Home Is Where the Art Is!," highlighting all that New Mexico has, all that it does, and all that it is.
 
Events at the Center are scheduled Aug. 24-26; for tickets to the main Saturday night concert Aug.

AG Balderas Brings Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo For Opening Thousands Of Fake Accounts

on August 17, 2018 - 6:51am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for illegal business practices in opening unauthorized accounts in the name of thousands of New Mexicans.
 
“As the fiscal agent for the State, and a provider of banking services to thousands of New Mexicans, Wells Fargo has failed to resolve their violations of law," Balderas said.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Defends Free Press

on August 16, 2018 - 10:35pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in response to recent attacks by President Trump on the media, which have included comments claiming the media is the “enemy of the people.” As well as in response to newspapers across the country, including the Albuquerque Journal, publishing editorials discussing the importance of the free press.

“The freedom of the press, enshrined in the constitution, is fundamental to our democracy.

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