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NM Delegation: Reimburse Border Communities Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

on May 15, 2019 - 7:25am
WASHINGTON, D.C. After reports that U.S. Border Patrol has in recent weeks released more than 4,000 migrants applying for asylum in the United States in Las Cruces, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) Tuesday sent a letter with U.S.

Scenes From 15th Annual Japanese Cultural Festival

on May 15, 2019 - 6:33am
Santa Fe Japanese Intercultural Network President Casey Janes at the 15th annual Japanese Cultural Festival May 11 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The event included food and wares, entertainment and kid’s activities. Coordinated by Janes, the theme for this year was Japanese Folktales and the cultural values passed down through the ages in both oral and written traditions. Photo by Tammy Jimines
Japanese Cultural Festival Family. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Dragon Green. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Dragon White. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Dragon Red. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Valles Caldera National Preserve Delays Start Of Summer Hours; Opening Of Backcountry Vehicle Route

on May 14, 2019 - 6:57pm

Daylight shines through where the spring runoff washed out a culvert. Nathan Plants/NPS

A section of the main route through the center of the preserve has been marked as unsafe to travel across. Photo by Nathan Plants/NPS

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Due to seasonal staff hiring delays and road damage from spring runoff, Valles Caldera National Preserve will delay the start of its extended summer hours and will offer a reduced vehicle route.

A backlog in government background clearances has delayed the arrival of seasonal National Park Service staff needed to operate the extended hours

District Attorney Marco Serna: Mesa Vista High School Teacher Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

on May 14, 2019 - 12:23pm
Miguel G. Garcia
NMSP News:
TIERRA AMARILLA Monday, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced that Miguel G. Garcia, a former teacher at Mesa Vista High School, was sentenced to 18 years for raping a student between 2012-213.
A Rio Arriba jury found Garcia guilty in March on two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor in the 4th degree and five counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor in the 4th Degree. The Office of District Attorney Marco Serna asked for the maximum sentence.
“Sexual violence against our children will never be tolerated, and now

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Speaks Out Against Raid Of Another $1.5 Billion In DOD National Security Funds

on May 14, 2019 - 10:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, along with every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, slammed the White House and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan for their plan for an additional unauthorized transfer of $1.5 billion in important national security funds in order to build part of President Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border.
The newly announced raid of $1.5 billion in

Topper Tennis Finishes Season At State

on May 14, 2019 - 10:36am

The Topper girls double team of Mackenzie Cook, foreground, and Alina Bulthuis win their first round match against a doubles team from Academy 6-3 / 6-4, but were eliminated in the second round. The girls team lost 5-2 to Mesilla Valley in the first round. In Topper boys tennis, Thomas Chadwick was the top finisher with a 3rd place finish. The boys team lost in the semifinal to Academy after beating St. Michaels. Photo by John McHale/

Scenes from the girls double team of Alina Bulthuis, foreground, and Mackenzie Cook. Photo by John McHale/

The boys double team

Udall, Heinrich Announce Census Director Visiting New Mexico Later This Month At Their Urging

on May 14, 2019 - 10:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. At the urging of U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will visit New Mexico later this month to discuss ensuring accurate counts for the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census.
In February, Udall and Heinrich sent a letter inviting Director Dillingham to visit the state to share how the Bureau is taking adequate steps to count underrepresented communities and address the unique data collection challenges in New Mexico.
More details about Director Dillingham’s visit will be

NWS: Today’s High Near 71; Tonight’s Low Around 48

on May 14, 2019 - 8:15am

The National Weather Service forecasts today's high in Los Alamos near 71 with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms after 1 p.m. and tonight's low around 48. Courtesy/NWS