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Fire-Adapted Communities Focus Of Prescribed Burn

on March 1, 2019 - 9:28am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest are working with communities to reduce the risk of wildfire by conducting a prescribed burn at the Thompson Ridge slash pit this spring.
The half-acre slash pit, located at the end of Forest Road 106 just north of the community of Thompson Ridge and ten miles north of Jemez Springs, is a collaborative effort between the Jemez Ranger District and the surrounding area to promote fire-adapted communities in the wildland-urban interface (WUI).
WUI refers to the transition zone between

NMDOT Hosts Public Meeting On Roundabout March 13

on March 1, 2019 - 7:14am

Road Repairs On Diamond Drive Start Monday

on February 28, 2019 - 3:44pm


Weather Permitting, contract work will begin Monday to patch potholes on Diamond Drive.

Motorists should expect a moving single lane closure indicated by a digital arrow board.

Please slowdown in the work zone and follow all temporary construction signage.

It is anticipated work will be completed by Friday, March 8. Residents with questions are asked to call the County’s Traffic & Streets Division at 505.662.8113 or email


McQuiston: When Things Go (Really) Wrong, Your Umbrella Has You Covered

on February 28, 2019 - 1:39pm

The Jemez Agency

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the same discussion with two sets of friends about the importance of umbrella policies and what they actually cover.

Surprisingly, neither couple really understood the purpose of an umbrella policy nor what this type of policy was meant to cover. With that in mind, do you know what an umbrella policy covers? If not, keep reading; and even if you do, keep reading for a refresher.

During  my conversations, one of the couples mentioned that they didn’t take out as much property coverage on their homeowner policy because they

Rep. Bill Rehm Introduces Resolution Outlining Recall Process For Elected Officials

on February 28, 2019 - 11:59am

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


SANTA FE – Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) has introduced House Joint Memorial 11 (HJR 11), which outlines the process to recall a publically elected official in New Mexico.

HJR 11 would allow voters a recall by filing a petition which would cite specific acts or failures on the part of the office holder. Any petition would require the signatures of at least 25 percent of the voters who participated in the election for the office in question. If certified, there would be a special election held within 90 days.


House Bill Seeks Transparency For Ethics Probes

on February 28, 2019 - 7:49am
If New Mexico's proposed ethics commission decides to investigate allegations of misconduct by a public official or a lobbyist, the public would have a right to know about it under a bill approved Wednesday by a legislative committee.
The House Appropriations and Finance Committee voted to enshrine transparency provisions in the rules for a new panel that would serve as the state's government ethics watchdog.
Three out of four voters in last year's election backed a constitutional amendment creating a statewide ethics commission.

NMSP: Update On State Police Officer Involved Shooting That Rescues Child And Mother From Hostage Situation

on February 28, 2019 - 6:27am

James Kirkland

NMSP News:

LAS CRUCES – At about 8 a.m. Wednesday, the New Mexico State Police was called to assist Border Patrol and the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office with a vehicle that bypassed the Border Patrol checkpoint by driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-25.

Border Patrol initiated a pursuit on the vehicle and were quickly joined by Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Heinrich Questions Top Military Officials On Trump’s National Security Declaration

on February 27, 2019 - 5:04pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday on the Department of Defense budget, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Commander of United States Strategic Command General John Hyten and head of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command General Terrence O’Shaughnessy on President Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund his border wall.  
Earlier this month, President Trump declared a national emergency and said that he would take up to $3.6 billion dollars from

State Police Officer Involved In Shooting That Rescues Child From Hostage Situation

on February 27, 2019 - 1:47pm

NMSP News:

DONA ANA COUNTY -- At about 8 a.m. today, New Mexico State Police was called to assist Border Patrol and the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office with a vehicle that had failed to stop at the Border Patrol check point on I-25.

Border Patrol initiated a pursuit on the vehicle that came to an end on Interstate 25 around mile post 37.

The male driver armed himself with a firearm and barricaded inside the vehicle, holding a 7-year-old child hostage. During the standoff, a State Police officer fired their department issued weapon striking the suspect.

NMSP: State Checkpoints; Saturation Patrols In March

on February 27, 2019 - 1:42pm
NMSP sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints will be conducted in all New Mexico counties during March. Courtesy photo
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of March.
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 14 To Feb. 21, 2019

on February 27, 2019 - 12:54pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Feb. 14 at 3:11 a.m. / Police arrested Justin F. Vigil, 24, of Santa Fe at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding District Court warrant.





Feb. 14 at 3:50 a.m. / Police arrested Monica Martinez, 39, of Albuquerque at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle.




LAPD: Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding For 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

on February 27, 2019 - 8:05am

LAPD News:

The Incorporated County of Los Alamos, New Mexico, through the Los Alamos Police Department, has received federal funding to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the April 7-13 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The funding will be used to place victim resource directories, in the form of rack cards, on Atomic City Transit buses, and New Mexico Park and Ride buses, as part of a Community Awareness Project in Los Alamos County and surrounding communities.

Bills To Support New Mexico’s Firefighters Advance

on February 27, 2019 - 7:40am


SANTA FE – Two bills to provide support for New Mexico’s firefighters have passed the House Labor, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee.

House Bill 324, sponsored by Rep. Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque), would amend the Occupational Disease and Disablement Law to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that are presumed to be caused by a firefighter’s employment.

House Bill 512, sponsored by Rep. Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez (D-Bayard), Rep Anthony Allison (D-Fruitland), Rep.

Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burn Planned For Mid-March

on February 26, 2019 - 11:56am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, to initiate a prescribed burn in Pacheco Canyon on the Española Ranger District as early as Monday, March 18.  
Exact dates will be dependent on fuel conditions on site.
The 500-acre unit is adjacent to Forest Road (FR) 102, approximately six miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and three miles west of Ski Santa Fe.
Smoke will likely be visible from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Tesuque,

Finance NM: Setting Your Sights On Cybersecurity

on February 26, 2019 - 7:25am
Cyber Program Director Jennifer Kurtz
Finance New Mexico
Jennifer Kurtz quickly boils down the reasons small businesses should care about cybersecurity.
You want to keep your business, your reputation, your customers, your money and your people. You don't like getting sued. And you want to sleep well.
Pretty hard to argue with that.
Kurtz, the Cyber Program Director at Manufacturer's Edge, a Colorado-based nonprofit that works to boost the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers through that state's Manufacturing Extension Partnership, shared her

FBI: Two Men Rob Northeast Albuquerque Bank

on February 26, 2019 - 6:59am
FBI News:
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for two men who robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.
Bank of the West, 780 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, was robbed at approximately 10:12 a.m.
The robbers fled in a white pickup truck south on Juan Tabo Boulevard. The suspected getaway driver is described as a heavy-set Hispanic male in his late 20s to mid-30s, approximately 5'8” tall, with a small dark tattoo on the right side of his neck.
He wore a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, a dark baseball cap with a star on the front, and dark pants.

Section Of Arizona Street Closed Wednesday-Thursday

on February 26, 2019 - 6:55am

DPU News:

Weather permitting, Parker Construction, under contract with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will close a section of Arizona Street east of 45 Street at the unpaved water tank access road.

Crews will repair a waterline. The utility work will occur for two days, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 27 through Thursday, Feb. 28. Traffic control devices to close the section of road will be erected each at 8:30 a.m. and removed by 4 p.m. each day.

Access will be maintained to all homes. Properties west of the construction zone will be detoured to 45 St.

SB 458 Requiring Transparency In Land Deals To Be Heard In Senate Conservation Committee Tuesday

on February 25, 2019 - 4:15pm

  • Bill backed by Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard would require public notice on land exchanges and sales, proposals for large transmission lines and pipelines

SANTA FE – SB 458, introduced by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-15), will have its first hearing at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 26 in the Senate Conservation Committee. The bill requires public notice and input prior to the land office taking final action on proposed land sales, land exchanges and rights-of-way (ROW) permits for large-scale electrical transmission lines and oil/gas pipelines involving state trust lands.


FBI: $1,000 Reward For Info On Gallup Bank Robbery

on February 25, 2019 - 7:33am
Bank robbery suspect Richard Johns is on the lam. Courtesy/FBI
FBI News:
A federal arrest warrant charges Richard Johns Jr., 46, with bank robbery.
Johns is wanted for the Feb. 19, 2019, robbery of Washington Federal at 221 W. Aztec Ave., in Gallup.
Johns, who is Native American, has a large tattoo on his forehead that says "Dine," and another on the front of his neck with the "$" symbol.
Anyone with information on Johns' whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300 or Gallup Police Department at 505.722.2002.
The FBI and Gallup Police Department are

U.S. Marshals Launch Mobile Web-Based Tip App

on February 25, 2019 - 7:26am
USMS News:
The U.S. Marshals recently launched a new mobile and web-based app that allows the public to anonymously report information they believe will help authorities track down and arrest wanted fugitives.
"We value the information that we receive from the public, and wanted to ensure that people could provide that information to us with confidentiality using the USMS Tips app," said U.S. Marshals Criminal Intelligence Branch Chief Jennifer Armstrong. "All tip submissions are safe, secure, and discreet."
The Marshals also want the public to use the app to report non-compliant

Birth Pains Accompany Creation Of Ethics Commission

on February 24, 2019 - 7:56am
Lawmakers and open government proponents Friday raised questions about transparency and possible conflicts with other investigative agencies as New Mexico legislators try to flesh out details of the long-discussed creation of a state ethics commission.
House Bill 4 would create an independent state agency overseen by seven commissioners with power to investigate and enforce compliance with laws on governmental conduct, election campaigns, lobbyists, gifts and financial disclosures by state officers, employees and contractors, among others.

New Mexicans Paying High Costs For Poor Roads

on February 24, 2019 - 7:39am
Vehicles head south on Interstate 25 after merging onto the highway in Santa Fe. A new report by The Road Information Program says congested and poor-quality roads statewide cost New Mexico drivers an average of $769 each in lost time and wasted fuel. Among the unfunded but needed projects it cites is an expansion of I-25 between Santa Fe and Bernalillo. Photo by Olivia Harlow/The New Mexican
Cars travel under a bridge at the La Cienega exit of Interstate 25 on Wednesday.

NMSP Issues Missing Endangered Person Advisory

on February 23, 2019 - 1:40pm

NMSP News:

GALLUP - The following is information for the distribution of a Missing Endangered Person Advisory from the Gallup Police Department. Please refer all media inquiries to the Gallup Police Department at 505.722.2231.

The Gallup Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Kayla Bryce McCall, a Caucasian female, 30-years-old, 5’5”, 140 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes. She was last seen Feb. 22, 2019 at 400 Morgan Circle in Gallup.

It is unknown what she is wearing. She is driving a silver 2011 Jeep displaying a turquoise New Mexico license plate of

Bill To Increase Accountability, Remove Pensions From Elected Officials Convicted Of Corruption Advances

on February 23, 2019 - 9:07am

Rep. Matthew McQueen


SANTA FE – Today, a bill to add more accountability to those in publicly elected positions passed the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 169, sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo), would remove the pension of an elected official if they are convicted of abusing their position of power.

“Elected officials are in a position of trust and if that trust is abused, New Mexicans deserve to know that they will be held accountable,” Rep. Matthew McQueen.

Rep. Christine Chandler Champions Fair Wages Bill To Prevent Wage Theft ... Now Heads To House Floor

on February 23, 2019 - 8:34am

Rep. Christine Chandler


SANTA FE – The House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Christine Chandler’s (D-Los Alamos) bill Friday to champion fair wages and benefits for workers. House Bill 246, regarding the Prevailing Wage, protects workers adversely affected by wage theft.

House Bill 246 ensures that New Mexicans are paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work by closing loopholes, providing a complaint resolution process, and increases penalties for violations.