State, Nation & World

State, Nation & World

Governor Seeks Applicants For Gambling Council

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling for applications to fill the statutory Compulsive Gambling Council.

All 15 members of the Compulsive Gambling Council are appointed by the governor and serve at her pleasure.

The positions that need to be filled include:

  • ​A member of a fraternal organization that sponsors gambling;
  • Two persons with expertise in the field of compulsive gambling;
  • Two Native American representatives from a tribe or pueblo with gaming operations;
  • Two representatives of the non-Native American gaming industry;
  • Two representatives

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Reporters Without Borders USA Calls On Senate To Reverse Unprecedented Restrictions On The Press

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, right, during a recent press conference in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/RSF

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) strongly condemns the restrictions the Senate Sergeant At Arms and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration are imposing on Capitol Hill reporters during the impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.

RSF calls on the Senate Majority Leader to reverse these rules immediately.

Members of the press covering the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, which began Jan. 16, are facing new “security measures” in the form


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Drug Policy Alliance On NM Bill To Legalize Cannabis

DPA News:

Below is a statement from New Mexico State Director Emily Kaltenbach for the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to the cannabis legalization legislation (NM SB115) introduced Friday:

“Having worked towards cannabis legalization in New Mexico for the better part of the last decade, we are excited by the possibility for New Mexico to become the 12th state in the country to legalize and regulate cannabis.

“Sen. Ortiz y Pino and Rep. Martinez’s legislation puts local communities and New Mexican families first. Many of the bill provisions reflect DPA’s priorities, including creating


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DOJ Awards $145 Million To Advance Forensic Science

DOJ News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs Thursday awarded grants totaling more than $145 million to fund crime laboratories, decrease DNA backlogs, support basic and applied forensic research, and help law enforcement identify missing persons.

“The Department is committed to improving and investing in forensic science because it plays a vital role in providing indisputable and scientifically based information that protects our communities,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “We will continue to


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SFNF Waives Fees In Honor Of Martin Luther King Day

Scene from Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/Kyle Maxwell

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

All SFNF offices will be closed Jan. 20 for the federal holiday, resuming regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Fees will be waived at SFNF sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the recreation.gov system. Since many recreation sites on the SFNF are closed for the winter, visitors are encouraged


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Northern Host Community Celebration Honoring MLK

NNMC News:

Española — The community is invited to a celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 in the Center for the Arts at Northern New Mexico College.

This event is free and open to the public, family friendly, and will include exhibitors for community resources, entertainment by Moving Arts Española and a talk about Black history in New Mexico.


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NWS: High Near 39; Tonight’s Low Around 17

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 39 with patchy freezing fog before 9 a.m. and a 40 percent chance of snow showers, possibly mixing with rain after noon, then gradually ending. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight mostly  clear with a low around 17. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts additional snowfall around the state today. Courtesy/NWS


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RTD MLK Holiday Schedule And Closures

RTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (RTD) “Blue Buses”, will not be in service Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.

The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route to Ski Santa Fe, the 341 TSV Green Route to Taos Ski Valley and the 800 Angel Fire route will be operating Monday.


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HSD Promotes Kari Armijo To Deputy Cabinet Secretary

Kari Armijo

HSD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. announces the promotion of Kari Armijo as a new Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the department.

Armijo replaces Russell Toal who left the department to become the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance. 

“We are pleased to welcome Kari into the deputy cabinet secretary role. In her 19 ½ years with HSD she has made innumerable contributions to our Medicaid program and to the people of New Mexico,” Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. said. “In the past 12 months she successfully served


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NWS: Today’s High Near 35; Tonight’s Low Around 18

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 35 with a 90 percent chance of snow before 2 p.m., then rain and snow. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 18 with a 20 percent chance of snow showers between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Courtesy/NWS
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s probability of precipitation around the state. Courtesy/NWS

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