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Udall, Heinrich Call On EPA To Set Federal Drinking Water Standards For PFOA And PFOS

on February 7, 2019 - 8:55am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to develop federal drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as part of the agency’s national management plan for this class of chemicals.
In a bipartisan letter to Wheeler, the Senators also request that the EPA provide briefings on the agency’s efforts on this issue, as well as regular updates on the progress of those efforts.

House Votes To Repeal Criminal Law On Abortion In New Mexico

on February 7, 2019 - 8:10am
Following three hours of impassioned testimony and debate, the state House of Representatives late Wednesday voted 40-29 to repeal a 50-year-old law that made it a fourth-degree felony to perform an abortion in New Mexico.
Although a 1973 U.S.

Gov. Lujan Grisham, Congressional Delegation Release Joint Statement On Air Force Base Contamination

on February 6, 2019 - 7:31pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE -- Following a call this afternoon between Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the New Mexico congressional delegation, and U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson regarding contamination at Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases, in which the group expressed their concerns to Secretary Wilson, the governor and members of the delegation issued the following joint statement:

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

“We firmly expect the Air Force to show much more urgency in responding to the contamination around Holloman and

More Action Needed To Move Roxy's Law Forward

on February 6, 2019 - 4:43pm

Courtesy/TrapFree New Mexico

TrapFree New Mexico News:

The bill to ban traps and poisons on New Mexico public lands has a critical hearing this Thursday. TrapFree New Mexico is asking for help to get over this first hurdle.

Call and email Rep. Debra Sariñana and Rep. Nathan Small. Tell them that you're a New Mexican. Tell them that you want dangerous and cruel traps and poisons OFF public lands in the Land of Enchantment. Tell them that you want them to support House Bill 366. Be courteous and thank them. You may have to leave a message.

Rep. Sariñana: 505.986.4227,

FBI: Santa Fe Man Charged Federally With Threats Via Interstate Communications

on February 6, 2019 - 8:02am
FBI News:
The FBI has taken Jose Rael, 44, of Santa Fe, into custody on a federal complaint charging him with threats via interstate communications.
The Santa Fe Police Department arrested Rael Wednesday, Jan. 9, and FBI special agents took custody of him.
Rael had an initial appearance Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque.
No further comment will be made.

Scenes From Advocacy Day At New Mexico Legislature

on February 6, 2019 - 7:41am

Stephanie Nakhleh, left, and Amy Storey, second from left, of Los Alamos joined scores of volunteers Tuesday for Advocacy Day at the Roundhouse to fight for commonsense gun laws like HB8 and SB8, requiring background checks for all gun sales. They were joined by Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Albuquerque Police Chief Mike Geier, and Albuquerque Deputy Chief of Police Harold Medina—all of whom support universal background checks, as do the majority of New Mexicans.

Governor Orders Withdrawal Of Guard Troops At Border

on February 6, 2019 - 7:26am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the withdrawal Tuesday of most National Guard troops who have been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, reversing a decision by her Republican predecessor.
The Democratic governor, who directed other states to pull their Guard troops out, too, announced her decision just before Republican President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address in which he continued to push for the construction of a wall along the border -- one of his signature campaign promises.

Los Alamos Police Respond To Late Morning Reports Of Intoxicated And Despondent Man In White Rock

on February 5, 2019 - 12:16pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police officers responded late this morning in White Rock to reports of an intoxicated and despondent man who may have had access to firearms.

Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post that police have located the man and he has been transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center where he is undergoing evaluation.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools were placed on lockdown as a safety precaution during the incident, Cmdr. Ballew said.

‘Empty Trash Bag’ Orbiting Earth In Strange Way

on February 5, 2019 - 9:43am
Lots of space debris is orbiting Earth, including non-functional satellites. Courtesy/NASA
A bizarre object orbiting Earth is reminding astronomers of an empty trash bag.
The unusual satellite is trekking around the planet in an almost absurd ellipse, dipping as close as 372.8 miles (600 kilometers) from the surface and then swinging out to a distance of 334,460 miles (538,261 km), or 1.4 times the average distance of the Earth to the moon.
According to Northolt Branch Observatories in London, the object is a light piece of material left over from a rocket

Armstrong Bill To Keep Guns From Domestic Violence Offenders Heads To Full House For Vote

on February 5, 2019 - 9:39am
Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders, HB 87, is headed to a vote by the full House of Representatives after it passed the House Judiciary Committee Monday, 9-4.
“When a gun is present in a situation of domestic violence, it is five times more likely that a woman will be killed,” Armstrong said. “HB 87 is a common-sense way to reduce gun violence in New Mexico.”
Armstrong’s bill will make it a misdemeanor for anyone convicted of domestic violence, or under a restraining order, to possess a firearm.

SFNF: La Jara Prescribed Burn Planned Today

on February 5, 2019 - 8:44am

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, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District today through March 15 as conditions allow.

A total of 79 acres may be treated in the area just east of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems.

Bill Would Freeze Fracking Permits During Study

on February 5, 2019 - 6:45am
Drilling rig. Courtesy/
When you're driving at night through Counselor, N.M. on U.S. 550, the horizon takes on a dusky illumination, almost like daylight, Samuel Sage said during a Monday news conference in Santa Fe.
Bright light flares from natural gas being burned off as part of oil and gas production has become increasingly common in that area of Northwestern New Mexico, particularly since 2013, said Sage, a member of the Navajo Nation's Counselor Chapter House.
Sage was among several environmental advocates who gathered at

State Police Officers Recover Following Crash

on February 5, 2019 - 5:53am
NMSP News:
LAS CRUCES Around 7 p.m., Saturday, New Mexico State Police officers were investigating a crash involving a Jeep and semi-tractor trailer on U.S. 70 and Wisner.
Officers were diverting traffic onto the frontage road from U.S. 70.
During the course of the investigation, Susan Ware, 70, of Cloudcroft was traveling west on U.S. 70 and failed to see the crash ahead and attempted to pass the stopped traffic. In doing so, she collided with a stopped state police patrol unit. NMSP Ofc. Jesus Rodriguez was inside the patrol unit and Ofc.

Cable Work Begins North Side Of Trinity Wednesday

on February 4, 2019 - 6:21pm


Beginning Wednesday, Kelly Cable of New Mexico will be working in the shoulder and sidewalk area on the north side of Trinity Drive.

The sidewalk will be closed between 7th Street and 20th Street. All drive lanes are to remain open.

Work should be completed by Friday.

Governor Signs Series Of Bills Martinez Had Vetoed

on February 4, 2019 - 5:54pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signs 42 bills into law. Courtesy photo
Lobbyists usually have to report when they spend money on legislators and other government officials. But because of a loophole in New Mexico law, lobbyists do not have to report any expenses under $100.
Take a lawmaker to lunch and as long as the bill is $99.99 or less, you don't have to tell a soul. That will change thanks to a new law. Sort of.

Police Shooting Involving Bosque Farms PD

on February 4, 2019 - 4:14pm
Samuel Jose Orona
NMSP News:
VALENCIA COUNTY Bosque Farms Police Department received a call Jan. 31 from a stolen vehicle victim.
The victim advised officers she was in the Peralta area traveling behind her stolen vehicle, which was a silver Kia Optima. As the victim followed her stolen vehicle, a suspect from within the stolen vehicle allegedly fired shots toward her.
Bosque Farms PD located the silver Kia Optima in Peralta, NM and a pursuit was initiated.

RSF: Prosecution Over Shortwave Broadcasts To China

on February 4, 2019 - 8:59am
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Thai authorities to drop all proceedings against Yung-hsin Chiang, a Taiwanese businessman based in Thailand who is facing a possible five-year jail sentence in a connection with a short-wave radio station that targeted listeners in China.
Chiang, who is due to appear in court Feb. 12, was arrested at his office in Bangkok Nov. 23 on a charge of violating Thailand’s broadcasting laws and was held for two days before being released on bail.
His crime is to have helped rent premises in the northern city of Chiang Mai that had

Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Applauds Passage Of Lobbyist Disclosure Bill By State Legislature

on February 4, 2019 - 8:46am
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
SANTA FE Wednesday, an important bill supported by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver passed the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 191 will close a loophole in current lobbyist reporting by requiring lobbyists to report expenses under $100. SB 191 unanimously passed the Senate last week and passed the House today by a 68-1 vote. It now goes to Governor Lujan Grisham’s desk for her signature.
“I’m committed to providing more openness and accountability to the public and Senate Bill 191 is a simple but

Stewart Bill To Create Wildlife Corridors To Protect Animals, People Passes Committee

on February 4, 2019 - 8:43am
Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to create wildlife corridors to protect animals and people on New Mexico roads Thursday passed the Senate Conservation Committee.
“Without carefully planned wildlife corridors, New Mexico roads are incredibly dangerous for animals and people alike,” Stewart said. “By using overpasses and underpasses, among other tools, we can keep animals off our roads and ensure drivers and their passengers get where they’re going safely.”
SB 228 authorizes the Department of Game and Fish and the Department of Transportation to work together to create a

Adrian Nieto Fails To Return To Reintegration Center

on February 4, 2019 - 8:36am

Adrian Nieto is on the lam

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center at 4000 Edith Blvd. to investigate Adrian Nieto.

Nieto, 17, of Albuquerque was on family visitation at his grandmother’s house, cut off his GPS ankle monitor and failed to return to the Reintegration Center.

Nieto is described as a Hispanic male, 5’7”, 132 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen leaving the area of the 200 block of 53rd St.

Unquarked Vandalized Friday Night Or Early Saturday

on February 4, 2019 - 12:54am

Unquarked was vandalized, late Friday night or early Saturday morning at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. There is a police investigation open and anyone with information regarding the incident or the two people seen in a silver Prius on surveillance video, should contact the police at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/Facebook

Recognize this silver Prius? Call police at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/Facebook

Recognize this silver Prius? Call police at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/Facebook

Rep. Joseph Sanchez Bill To Help Families Of Missing Persons Passes House Floor Unanimously

on February 3, 2019 - 4:33pm
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Thursday, Rep. Joseph Sanchez’s (D-Alcalde) bill to help families of missing persons passed the House of Representatives unanimously.
House Bill 16 would require the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to share pertinent missing persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, created by the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.
The “Mark Daniel Aguilar Information Sharing Requirement” would ensure a more thorough and connected process in helping to find missing persons.

SVC Applauds Heinrich And Udall Bill To Protect Border Communities, Wildlife, Environment

on February 3, 2019 - 3:29pm
SVC News:
The Southwest Environmental Center applauds New Mexico U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich for introducing legislation to protect our border communities, wildlife and environment from harmful border wall construction.
Statement from Executive Director Kevin Bixby:
We strongly support legislation introduced today by Senators Udall and Heinrich to protect our border communities, wildlife, public lands and environment from Trump’s harmful border wall.
The bill to rescind the outdated authority granted by Congress to the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2005 to

NM State Police Release DWI Public Service Video For Super Bowl Weekend ... Don’t Drink And Drive

on February 2, 2019 - 12:41pm
NMSP News:
As you prepare to celebrate the Big Game this weekend with friends and families, the New Mexico State Police would like to remind drivers not to drink and drive.
Click here to view the New Mexico State Police DWI Public Service Announcement.
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the

Marvin Mueller Leaves Lasting Gift In Community

on February 2, 2019 - 12:15pm
Police Chief Dino Sgambellone
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos resident Marvin Mueller bestowed many significant gifts to the local community. During the Jan. 29 regular Los Alamos County Council meeting, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone reported that one of these gifts is the Marvin Martin Mueller Endowed Memorial Scholarship, which was established for the Los Alamos Police Department employees and their families.

The memorial scholarship, which totals $1,000, also is open to other applicants with a financial need and a desire to support