State, Nation & World

Former Corrections Officer Sentenced To Federal Prison For Scheme To Smuggle Drugs Into Otero County Prison

FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Luis Delgadillo, 39, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to 40 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his participation in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin into the Otero County Prison Facility (OCPF) in Chaparral. 
Delgadillo was employed as a corrections officer at the OCPF when he committed the crime for which he was sentenced. Delgadillo was one of six individuals charged in April 2014, in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to violate the federal
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Maestas Barnes Pre-Files Appropriations Requests To Address Rape Kit Back-log

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
SANTA FE  Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Bernalillo pre-filed two appropriations requests to help bring rapists to justice and provide services to victims of sexual assault. 
Maestas Barnes has requested a $1.2 million appropriation, HB 130, to allow the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to hire additional full-time staff to work on the back-log of untested rape kits in New Mexico. 
According to DPS, there are more than 5,000 rape-kits in New Mexico that have not been processed. Some of these
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Clahchischilliage Pre-Files Legislation To Protect Children From Dangerous Predators

SANTA FE  Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-San Juan, pre-filed legislation to protect children from sexual predators who use their position of authority to prey on their victims. 
Under current law, acts of criminal sexual penetration committed by certain persons of authority, such as school employees or school volunteers, on children between the ages of 13 and 18 could be considered fourth-degree felonies. 
The bill, HB 121, would set the minimum penalty at a third-degree felony for all individuals who use their position of authority
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SFNF Waives Fees For Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 18, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System
Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed for the winter, visitors are encouraged to contact the appropriate Ranger District Office to determine which
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Annual 8th Grade Spring Break D.C. Trip Available

Los Alamos 8th grade students during the 2015 trip to Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
There’s still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school 8th grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip. 
Visit here to sign up for the trip using trip ID Number 116072 or call 1.800.468.5899 using the same ID Number.
The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. Highlights of the trip include
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Udall, Heinrich Urge Executive Action To Limit Anonymous Campaign Contributions

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 27 other senators to urge the president to limit anonymous political spending in elections by requiring new transparency for previously secret campaign contributions.
The senators are pushing the administration to require federal contractors to disclose political spending before submitting bids for government work. The administration released a draft plan to do so five years ago, but has not finalized it.
The senators made
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FBI: Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Murder

FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Dusty Lee Chavez, 23, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico pled guilty Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque, to a second degree murder charge. 
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Chavez will be sentenced within the range of 228 to 276 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
Chavez and his co-defendant Douglas Burt, 19, also a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, were arrested in November 2014, on a criminal complaint charging them with murdering a man Oct. 28,
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Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest Jemez And Cuba Ranger Districts Jan. 15 – March 31

SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct three pile burns on the Jemez and Cuba Ranger Districts sometime between Jan. 15 and March 31. 
That window is dependent on the amount of snowfall on the ground as well as other favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.  
Once ignitions begin, they are expected to last two to three days.
The planned prescribed burns will treat:
  • 480 acres in Joaquin Canyon eight miles west of Jemez Springs;
  • 35 acres
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Los Alamos Among Recipients Of Revitalization Projects Funding In MainStreet Communities

Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) announced that New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS) will award Los Alamo, Artesia, Clovis, Grants, Mora, Truth or Consequences and Tucumcari a combined $500,000 in MainStreet capital outlay funds for economic revitalization projects.

Street lamps along Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

“Our MainStreet program has a proven track record of creating jobs, revitalizing New Mexico’s historic areas of commerce, bringing Read More

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker: ‘Doomed To Cooperate’ Jan. 23

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, Stanford University

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will present a Los Alamos public lecture about how American and Russian Nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post-Cold War Dangers.

The free lecture is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will discuss how nuclear risks changed dramatically when the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991. Suddenly the world was threatened more by Russia’s weakness than its strength.

Never before had a

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