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FBI: Man Wearing Glasses, Windbreaker Robs Albq. Bank

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who wore black-rimmed glasses and a dark windbreaker when he robbed a northwest Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, height approximately 5’6” to 5’7”.

He wore a two-tone baseball cap (gray on front, white on back), black-rimmed glasses, a dark windbreaker, and dark pants.

At approximately 1:07 p.m., the suspect entered U.S. Bank, 8251 Golf Course Road NW.

He walked up to a teller and presented a note that demanded money. The teller handed over an undisclosed


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Nominations: Governors Awards For Excellence In The Arts

Nicolas Otero, 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts recipient. Courtesy/Nicolas Otero

NMA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, are seeking nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts. Nominations may be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations


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Mountaineers Feature Greenland Adventure Feb. 25

Into the wilderness, Greenland style. Photo by Martin Staley

Greenland’s ‘Red Dot’ Trail: 100 times longer, 1,000 times more remote. Courtesy/Martin Staley, Tanja Pietrass

PEEC News:

At the Mountaineers meeting Tuesday Feb. 25, Martin Staley and Tanja Pietrass will tell the story of their July/August 2019 adventure to Iceland and Greenland, the main ingredient of which was a 10-day, 100-mile backpack on Greenland’s remote and beautiful Arctic Circle Trail, basically following the Arctic Circle westward from Kangerlussuaq, near the ice cap, to Sisimiut on the coast. 

Highlights


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New Mexico’s 54th Legislature Comes To A Close…

By JENS GOULD
The New Mexican

New Mexico’s 54th Legislature wrapped up Thursday amid congratulatory hugs and news conferences — a veneer of good cheer that masked a dose of sleep deprivation, early-morning procedural bickering, and finally, sighs of relief as key bills were passed just hours before the final gavel.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Democratic legislators touted the passage of a number of their priority proposals, including the creation of an early childhood trust fund, passing a high-profile firearms bill and shepherding through the state’s $7.6 billion budget for the 2021


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New Mexico House Approves Increase In Contributions To Public Employees Retirement Association

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN
The New Mexican

A plan that would increase contributions from public workers and the state to the Public Employees Retirement Association to get the pension system on a path to solvency is nearly on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk.

The House approved the legislation in a 40-28 vote Monday after hours of debate.

Senate Bill 72 calls for a rise in contributions and a temporary suspension of cost-of-living increases for some retirees in an effort to ensure PERA can continue pension payouts well into the future, supporters say. It also calls for reduced cost-of-living


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DEA Announces Launch Of Operation Crystal Shield

A seized bag of ice methamphetamine. Courtesy/DEA

Extremely pure crystal methamphetamine. Courtesy/DEA

DEA Clan Enforcement Team processing crystal methamphetamine Feb. 15 at a crime scene. Courtesy/DEA

DEA News:

  • Efforts Will focus on main U.S. methamphetamine trafficking transportation hubs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced that the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country.


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New Mexico State Budget Goes To Governor’s Desk

The 2020 Legislative Session concludes at noon today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By JENS GOULD
The New Mexican

The New Mexico House of Representatives descended into dysfunction as it tried to approve a budget early Thursday morning, finally sending the legislation to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk with just hours to spare in the session.

The House ultimately voted to accept the Senate’s amendments to House Bill 2 in the wee hours of the morning after the upper chamber had passed an amended version of the legislation in much more civil fashion Wednesday afternoon. 

“We have


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Governor Orders Flags Half Staff For Las Cruces Soldier

Courtesy photo

STATE News: 

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered all U.S. and state flags to fly at half staff Friday, Feb. 21 in honor of SFC Antonio Rey Rodriguez, the Las Cruces soldier who was killed in the line of duty in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

Rodriguez and SFC Javier Jaguar Gutierrez of San Antonio, Texas, were killed earlier this month in Afghanistan.

“Our entire state grieves the loss of this young New Mexican who, at age 28, had already distinguished himself as a soldier through 10 deployments in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan,”


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SFCC Hosts The Joy Of Math Friday

SSF News:

STEM Santa Fe, the 2020 Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF) is Friday, Feb. 21 at the Santa Fe Community College.

For four years, STEM Santa Fe has successfully sparked the imagination of students and teachers alike to the joy and beauty of mathematics.

This year about 180 students and eight teachers, plus about 50 volunteers will come together 10 a.m. to noon to learn, through puzzles, games, and activities not typically seen in the classroom, of the fun side of math. In addition, in the afternoon there will be tours and demos on the Santa Fe Community College campus.

Registration


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