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Los Alamos Police Dispatcher Erica Rock Graduates New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy As Valedictorian For Public Safety Telecommunicator

From left, Los Alamos Consolidated Dispatch Center Supervisor Katherine Stoddard, Police Dispatcher Erica Rock and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. Dispatcher Rock graduated Feb. 21 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy as Valedictorian for Public Safety Telecommunicator Class 146. Her grade point average was a 99.07. ‘We are very proud of Erica and of all our Dispatchers. Dispatching can be a very difficult job and I applaud anyone who chooses such a challenging career,’ Chief Sgambellone said. Courtesy/LAPD


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Governor Names John Salazar IT Secretary

STATE News:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today named John Salazar secretary of the New Mexico Department of Information and Technology. He will begin work Monday, March 2.
With more than 25 years of experience in the information technology and management field, Salazar is a longtime chief information officer with specialized experience leading information technology organizations, including the information technology divisions of several New Mexico state government agencies.
In addition to serving as project manager at CSW Enterprises, a Santa Fe-based information technology

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Governor Orders Flags To Half Staff Monday In Honor Of The Late National Guard Specialist Walter Lewark

Flags will fly at half staff sundown to sundown March 1-2 to honor SPC Walter Lewark. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered all U.S. and state flags to fly at half staff Monday, March 2, in honor of SPC Walter Lewark, the Mountainair soldier who died serving his country in Djibouti.

SPC Lewark, 26, died Feb. 13 at Camp Lemonnier while deployed as a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard to the Horn of Africa. He was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 200th Infantry Regiment, 93rd Troop Command out of Rio Rancho.

As a guardsman, he earned the Army Service


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Bill Making State More Military Friendly Signed Into Law

NMDP News:

SANTA FE — A House Democratic bill making it easier for New Mexico’s active military service members, military families and veterans, to obtain the professional licenses they need to be successful was signed Wednesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham.

House Bill 30, the Expedited Licensure of Military Families Act, sponsored by Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Gallup), Rep. Debra Sarinana (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Harry Garcia (D-Grants) and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), waives fees and expedites the process associated with obtaining occupational and public school


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I-25 Mill & Overlay Project In Santa Fe Begins March 2

Traffic Alert:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation is informing the traveling public that a Mill and Overlay project will begin Monday, March 2 on Interstate 25 both northbound and southbound from La Bahada Hill to just south of Cerrillos Road.

To accommodate morning and evening commute times and eliminate potential slowdowns during peak travel times, two northbound lanes of Interstate 25 will be open daily 7-9 a.m. and two southbound lanes will be open daily 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This project is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 13. Visit www.nmroads.com for updates.


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NMEDD Awards 1st Round Of Science & Tech Start Up Grants

iBeam Founder/President Vlad Matais takes National Academy of Sciences Board on a tour of his facility in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMEDD

Petricor employee performs adjustments to the extruder on the X-BOT at the company facility in Clovis. Courtesy/NMEDD

NMEDD News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) has awarded its first round of Business Start-Up Grants to five science and technology companies, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today.

The purpose of the grants is to recognize and assist early stage companies developing a unique product or service,


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Governor Signs New Mexico Senior Dignity Fund Into Law

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed two pieces of legislation Wednesday establishing important protections for New Mexico seniors.

House Bill 225 establishes the Kiki Saavedra Senior Dignity Fund, a crucial investment in improving and delivering high-priority services for seniors all across New Mexico.

The Legislature, in House Bill 2, appropriated $7.3 million for the initiative, a priority of Gov. Lujan Grisham’s for the 2020 legislative session. 

The legislation is named in honor of the late state Rep. Kiki Saavedra; it was co-sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong,


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SFNF Recruiting Archaeology Site Stewards

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for site stewards to protect its wealth of archaeological sites rich with sherds, lithics and adobe pueblo remains.

The selected stewards will receive comprehensive training in a full-day session Saturday, March 21.

Because applicants must complete an application, which is then reviewed for eligibility, the Program must receive applications as early as possible.

The training covers the topics of safety, proper preparation, national forest regulations, historic preservation acts, sensitivity to the cultures, both prehistoric


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LANL Foundation And Pueblo Representatives Attend National Home Visiting Conference In Washington, D.C.


Scene from LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff and representatives of the Pueblo Outreach Advisory Committee at the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/LANLF

Scene from LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff and representatives of the Pueblo Outreach Advisory Committee at the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/LANLF

LANLF News:

SANTA FE — LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff and representatives of the Pueblo Outreach Advisory Committee recently participated in the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit.

The 2nd annual


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