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Alert: FBI Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Bank Robber

Robbery Suspect Jay Patrick Mount. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is looking for Jay Patrick Mount, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for the Feb. 25 robbery of U.S. Bank, 1418 Carlisle Blvd NE, in Albuquerque.

Anyone with information on Mount’s whereabouts is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Anyone spotting Mount in Los Alamos may also call local police at 662-8222.

Mount is described as a white male, approximately 5’10” tall with a medium build. He has brown eyes and Read More

Luján Statement on Failure to Prevent Sequester

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after Congress failed to pass legislation to prevent the sequester’s budget cuts that are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

“Today is a disappointing day, when partisanship and ideology stood in the way of compromise and the best interests of the American people. The arbitrary cuts from the sequester will impact education, public safety, health care, and more – leading to job losses and harming an economic Read More

Valles Caldera Trust Welcomes New Trustee

Catherine Allen

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Catherine Allen was officially appointed as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Trust, Board of Trustees Thursday.

She is the fifth trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and joins Kent Salazar and Karyn Stockdale, who were also appointed by the Obama administration.

“The Valles Caldera is a national treasure and must be respected as such,” said Allen, who served on President Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committee during the
first Administration. “I am honored and excited to become a part of the effort to ensure
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Bandelier Tourism Creates $9 Million in New Mexico Economic Benefit

Bandelier. Courtesy/BNM

BNM News:

  • New report shows visitor spending supports 252,000 jobs nationwide

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 193,914 visitors in 2011 spent $9,218,000 in Bandelier National Monument and in communities near the park.

That spending supported 139 jobs in the local area.

“Bandelier National Monument is a wonderful place to relax, get exercise and learn about America’s story,” park superintendent Jason Lott said. “And the people in our nearby communities are invested in the park. Whether they visit the park, own or work at a business that serves local
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Northern New Mexico Leaders Highlight Dangers of Sequestration for New Mexico’s Economy

RCLC News:

 

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today the endorsement and unanimous support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard’s House Memorial 71 that recognizes the critical importance of New Mexico’s National Laboratories and DOE facilities to the state’s economic welfare and the dramatic negative effects that sequestration will have on New Mexico’s economy.

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory alone has close to a $3 billion impact on the state’s economy each year and supports more than 24,000 jobs in Northern New Mexico. Read More

Column: Finishing the Job of PRC Reform

Finishing the Job of PRC Reform
Column by FRED NATHAN

The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) touches the lives of every New Mexican who pays a gas, electric, or landline telephone bill, or buys home, auto, or health insurance, among many other things.

Unfortunately, the PRC has had a troubled history ever since it was created about 16 years ago.

In late 2011, Think New Mexico published a policy report entitled “Rethinking the PRC,” which proposed a strategy for reforming the agency.

Our report concluded that the PRC’s poor performance was due, in part, to a fundamental structural problem: it Read More

State House Highlights: Feb. 23-27

STATE News:

On the Floor

  • House Judiciary Committee Substitute for House Bills 349, 479 and 31 (Comprehensive DWI Prevention Package), a bipartisan effort on behalf of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Bernalillo-24), Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Rio Arriba & Santa Fe-43) and Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Sandoval-60), has passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 63-0. The House Judiciary Committee substitute for HBs 349,479 and 31 aims to help end New Mexico’s reputation as the worst drunk-driving state in the nation. HB 31 sponsored
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Comprehensive DWI Prevention Bill Passes House

STATE News:

  • HB 349, 479 and 31 merge into One

SANTA FE The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a comprehensive DWI Package that will help New Mexico clean up its reputation for being the worst drunk-driving state in the nation.

The vote was 63-0. In a bipartisan move, Democratic Representatives Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Bernalillo-24) and Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, & Santa Fe-43) worked with Republican Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Sandoval-60) and the House Judiciary Committee to consolidate their three separate bills into one comprehensive Read More

Luján Hosts Briefing Highlighting Latino Support to Combat Climate Change and Carbon Pollution Solution

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico hosted a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday designed to offer solutions to climate change that featured a proposal by the Natural Resources Defense Council, and discussed a new poll showing that Latinos strongly support taking action against climate change.

Luján convened the briefing for Members of Congress, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, policy staffers, and Latino organizations concerned about climate change.

From extreme storms to drought, wildfires and floods, climate change is increasingly Read More

Udall Gives Sepich Family Signed ‘Katie’s Law’ Legislation

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in his Washington, D.C. office Tuesday with the family of murdered NMSU student Katie Sepich. Courtesy/Tom Udall’s Office
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Sepich family to his Washington office Tuesday to present them with signed copies of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, the federal legislation President Obama recently signed into law.
 
Udall met with Jayann and Dave Sepich and their two children to give them copies of the legislation and praise their efforts to expand “Katie’s
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