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Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Statement On House Approval Of DWI Blood Test Bill

on February 12, 2018 - 8:04am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
SANTA FE — Thursday, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 71, legislation sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) to allow law enforcement officers obtain warrants for blood testing of suspected DWI violators in non-felony DWI cases.
The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque).  
Rep. Maestas Barnes made the following statement after House passage of the bill:
“This bill will make it easier for our law enforcement officers

Chamisa Students Meet Gov. Susana Martinez

on February 12, 2018 - 7:40am

Chamisa Elementary School 4th grade students meet Gov. Susana Martinez and pose for a photo during a visit Feb. 6 to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Trisha Sanchez

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaking with 4th grade students from Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock during a visit Feb. 6 to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.  Photo by Omar Sanchez

FBI: Man Wearing Cowboy Hat, Red Bandana Robs Albuquerque Bank

on February 12, 2018 - 7:25am
FBI News:
Wednesday, Feb. 7, a man wearing a black cowboy hat and a red bandana robbed a northwest Albuquerque credit union.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5'4” to 5'6” tall, with a slim to medium build and a brown beard.
He wore sunglasses, a black cowboy hat, a striped red bandana around his neck, a white short-sleeve T-shirt, and blue jeans tucked into dark cowboy boots.
The suspect walked into Mountain America Credit Union, 9200 Golf Course Road NW, at approximately 5:36 p.m.
He gave a teller a note demanding money.
The teller handed

Heinrich Statement On Bipartisan Budget Agreement

on February 12, 2018 - 7:23am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the passage of the bipartisan budget agreement:
“This two-year budget deal is the result of months of bipartisan negotiations and finally puts an end to the unacceptable series of short-term spending bills and fiscal crises that have held our nation’s priorities hostage to Washington’s gridlock and dysfunction.
“This bipartisan agreement is the right path forward for a long-term budget that strengthens our military and funds desperately needed programs such as

National Shift Toward Sustainability Drives Latest New Mexico True Story Featuring Taos Earthships

on February 12, 2018 - 6:49am
Taos is home to the Greater World Community, the world’s only subdivision of earthships open to visitors for tours and overnight stays. Courtesy/New Mexico True
New Mexico True News:
SANTA FE Earthships are best described as otherworldly, ethereal ... and while they may be stationary, they are powered through the elements by which they are surrounded.
These eco-friendly dwellings, made of discarded items such as automobile tires, bottles, beer cans and metal, might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of vacation.

Priority Bill To Expand Roswell Air Center Passes House

on February 12, 2018 - 6:28am
SANTA FE Thursday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell) and supported by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) to expand the Roswell International Air Center passed the House Floor with broad support.
HB 197 would support the air center, bringing economic growth and development to the area.
“I took a tour of this facility during our statewide jobs tour and it is far more than an airport. I was astounded by the potential, the resources, and the vision of this community.

Pearce Statement On Suspending Debt Limit

on February 12, 2018 - 6:13am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the amended continuing resolution and budget that also suspends the debt limit:
“Any piece of legislation that suspends the debt limit is simply an excuse for Congress and the government to spend at will, without regard for the consequences down the road. Just as businesses and families have a borrowing limit on their credit card, so does the federal government.

AGU: Research Uncovers Mysterious Lives Of Narwhals

on February 12, 2018 - 6:11am
A pod of narwhals in Melville Bay, Greenland. New research may shed a bit of light on these enigmatic marine mammals. Courtesy/Kristin Laidre
AGU News:
PORTLAND, Ore. — Narwhals are some of the most elusive creatures in the ocean, spending most of their lives in deep water far from shore.
But research being presented at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland Monday may shed a bit of light on these enigmatic marine mammals.
New research shows narwhals may prefer to congregate near unique glacier fjords with thick ice fronts and low to moderate calving activity, where