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Balderas, Colón, Eichenberg: ‘Dream Bigger’ Summit To Focus On Issues Impacting People With Disabilities

on October 23, 2019 - 11:17am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas, with State Auditor Brian Colón and Treasurer Tim Eichenberg announced Tuesday that they will be holding the Dream Bigger Summit on disability rights and issues impacting people with disabilities.
 
Taking place Monday, Oct. 28 at Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, the full day summit will focus on creating a more inclusive New Mexico.

Udall, Bennet Introduce Major Resolution To Set National Conservation Goal: Conserve 30% Of U.S. Lands And Ocean By 2030

on October 23, 2019 - 9:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced a major Senate resolution to set a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean within the territory of the United States by 2030.
 
The Udall-Bennet Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature recognizes that nature – like climate change – has reached a tipping point. The resolution responds to a growing group of scientists, who say that conserving at least 30% of the ocean and land by 2030 is the minimum step necessary to

USDA To Celebrate First Responder Recognition Day

on October 23, 2019 - 7:57am
USDA News:
 
ALBUQERQUE USDA Rural Development State Director Arthur A. Garcia announced that the agency will honor all first responders with a recognition ceremony in Belen.
 
During the ceremony Garcia will announce the funding of 12 new police cars for the City of Belen Police Department. In addition, he will announce the funding of a new water filtration treatment system for the city of Belen. USDA Community Programs authorize the financing of these types of projects in rural communities across the United States.
 
Earlier this year, the U.S.

New Mexico State Police Officer Hit Head-On By Wrong-Way Driver In Albuquerque Causing Fatal Crash

on October 23, 2019 - 7:43am

NMSP News:

RIO RANCHO – At about 4 p.m. Oct. 22, a New Mexico State Police sergeant was traveling north on Unser near Mariposa in Albuquerque, when for reasons still under investigation, a southbound green SUV occupied by two males crossed the center line and drove head-on into the State Police sergeant’s SUV patrol unit.

The State Police sergeant was transported to an area hospital where he is listed in stable condition. The driver of green SUV was airlifted to an area hospital. His injuries and condition are not known.

NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 31

on October 23, 2019 - 7:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 31. Courtesy/NWS

UNM: ‘Your Skin In The High Desert’ Nov. 5

on October 22, 2019 - 8:36pm

NACo Reappoints Sandoval County Treasurer Laura M. Montoya To National Leadership Position On FPIGA

on October 22, 2019 - 5:00pm
NACo News:
 
WASHINGTON/BERNAILLO National Association of Counties (NACo) President Mary Ann Borgeson reappointed Sandoval County Treasurer Laura M. Montoya to a seventh term as Vice Chair of NACo’s Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs (FPIGA) Steering Committee.
 
Borgeson, a Douglas County, Neb. commissioner, made her leadership appointments shortly after being sworn in as NACo’s president, the final day of NACo’s 84th Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas/Clark County, Nev.
 
“I am thrilled to continue the work we have been doing on NACo’s Finance, Pensions and

Smoke In The Jemez Expected To Last Several Days

on October 22, 2019 - 4:45pm
Scene today near the mailbox turnout in Sulfur Canyon on N.M. 4 in The Jemez. Photo by Keith Kihara/Jemez Springs
 
NMFI News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Fire managers began prescribed burn operations Thursday within Valles Caldera National Preserve.
 
Smoke from the burn is visible today and with burn operations expected to last a few days, officials say that smoke may be visible through next week.
 
The prescribed burns will target approximately 700 acres in the Banco Bonito and Cerro Seco areas in the western portion of the preserve.

NM Ranks 6th In Nation For Employment Growth

on October 22, 2019 - 4:24pm
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Employment data recently posted by the U.S. Department of Labor and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) shows that New Mexico has outpaced the national job growth rate once again.
 
Over the year, New Mexico’s total nonagricultural employment increased by 20,100 jobs, or 2.4 percent. The nation’s job growth rate was 1.4 percent.
 
Most of the gains came from the private sector (17,700 jobs, or 2.4 percent), which had New Mexico ranked 6th (jointly with Alabama, Arizona, and Texas) in the nation for over the year not seasonally adjusted

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Introduces Growth Act To Generate Workforce Opportunities

on October 22, 2019 - 2:46pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to introduce S. 2620, the Generating Real Opportunities for Workforce Training and Hiring (GROWTH) Act.
 
This bipartisan legislation will support career and technical education opportunities, consistent communication between career and technical education institutions regarding curriculum, and the importance for elementary and secondary education institutions to highlight enrollment in these professions as desirable high-skill, high wage

NMSP Investigate Plane Crash In Pecos Wilderness

on October 22, 2019 - 10:20am

NMSP News:

MORA COUNTY The Office of Medical Investigator (OMI) has identified the pilot in the plane crash in the Pecos Wilderness in Mora County as Nicholas Peterson, 29, of Littleton, Colo. OMI is still investigating to identify the passenger. 

New Mexico State Police was notified Sept. 26 of an airplane that went missing after taking off from the Santa Fe Airport in Santa Fe. 

The airplane was a single engine fixed winged four seat aircraft out of Colorado. There were two occupants, Peterson and a passenger.

Deputy State Auditor Natalie Cordova Recognized For Exemplary Contributions To Government Accounting

on October 22, 2019 - 8:34am

Deputy State Auditor, Natalie Cordova, CPA

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – Deputy State Auditor, Natalie Cordova, CPA, was honored for her extensive experience and professional contributions in accounting to the State of New Mexico.

The New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants and the New Mexico Society of CPA’s have awarded Deputy State Auditor Cordova as its 2019 recipient of the Financial Manager of the Year and Outstanding Member in Government, respectively.

“It is my deepest honor to work alongside Natalie, she is a brilliant accountant whose

New Statewide Shelter Survey Shows Urgent Need For Program To Tackle Dog, Cat Overpopulation

on October 22, 2019 - 7:00am
 
APNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Animal Protection of New Mexico just released the results of its newest, statewide animal shelter survey 2018, which contains comprehensive data compiled from 40 New Mexico animal shelter facilities covering 2017.
 
It explores New Mexico’s continuing dog and cat overpopulation crisis and points to the urgent need for expanded, sustainable spay/neuter efforts statewide. Survey results are available on Animal Protection of New Mexico’s website: http://apnm.org/NMAnimalShelterSurvey/
 
Animal Protection of New Mexico’s survey results include:
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NWS: Today’s High Near 56; Tonight’s Low Around 36

on October 22, 2019 - 6:28am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 56 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 36. Courtesy/NWS

Over $30K In Wages Collected For Public Works Project Employees From NMDWS Audit

on October 21, 2019 - 6:42pm
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) Labor Relations Division received several wage claims from workers who were not paid their total wages for hours worked by Blue Mountain Contractors.
 
The Albuquerque based company was hired by Fort Sumner Schools to construct a new concessions building in 2018 under a public works project. The audit of certified payrolls revealed $30,309.93 in wages and fringe owed to six employees, as well as $1,742.34 for the Apprenticeship and Training Fund.
 
The public works project took place from May 28, 2018

‘Basics Of Alzheimer’s Disease’ In Taos Nov. 20

on October 21, 2019 - 8:50am
Alzheimer’s News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Taos, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is an educational program designed as a general overview for those families who may be facing Alzheimer’s disease, or anyone else interested in learning more about the subject. 
 
This free, one-hour program explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, examines what happens in a brain affected by the disease, details the various

SFCC Opens HS Equivalency/GED Prep Classes

on October 21, 2019 - 8:23am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE The registration period for SFCC HSE/GED preparation classes is open for new students through Oct. 25.
 
Classes begin Nov. 4 in Spanish and English. Returning students may register until Nov. 1. For more information, call 505.428.1356 or go to https://www.sfcc.edu/new-student-registration-hse-ged/.
 
Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Classes conducted in Spanish are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. Classes prepare students for the state-approved HSE tests – the GED and HiSet.
 
New students are required to attend the

Balderas: Heinous Cold Case To Proceed To Trial

on October 21, 2019 - 8:04am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that San Juan County Magistrate Court Judge Rena Scott found probable cause to believe Bennie Earl Wabbington committed four first-degree felonies in 2008 and 2009 by sexually penetrating his then-girlfriend’s daughter.
 
The young woman who is still a minor courageously testified at the preliminary hearing in Farmington Wednesday against the man charged with molesting her when she was a young child.
 
"Protecting our children from violent, sexual predators is absolutely the top

Prescribed Fire For Little Coyote Creek Postponed

on October 21, 2019 - 7:40am
FSG News:
 
AMGEL FIRE The Forest Stewards Guild (FSG), working closely with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), New Mexico State Forestry, Moreno Valley Fire Department, and Angel Fire Fire Department have postponed the prescribed burn for the area around Little Coyote Creek adjacent to Black Lake.
 
The burn has yet to be rescheduled but partners are looking for favorable conditions in either late fall 2019 or spring 2020.
 
The burn area was identified as a critical area in the Enchanted Circle Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and remains a top fuels reduction

Taos Architectural Treasure: The Fechin House

on October 21, 2019 - 7:39am
The Fechin House. Courtesy/TCHS
 
TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society announces its free, public program The Fechin House: A Taos Architectural Treasure by Cindy Atkins at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom,118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos.
 
The Fechin House is one of Taos' true historical treasures. Atkins will provide a look into the factors of Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955) life that culminated in the creation of this masterpiece and offer a virtual “tour” of the home and its architectural details.

Atkins' career includes decades of

BLM Economic Contributions Increase In FY-2018

on October 21, 2019 - 7:38am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced Friday an increase in the number of jobs supported through BLM activities in fiscal year 2018 as well as the total output for the American economy.
 
Socioeconomic figures in a newly-released report highlight a 9 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2017.
 
The report, entitled “The BLM: A Sound Investment for America 2019,” was released today and can be found here. It indicates that in 2018, BLM activities on public lands supported approximately 471,000 full- and part-time jobs, up from 468,000 jobs in 2017. 
 

NWS: Today’s High Near 54; Tonight’s Low Around 30

on October 21, 2019 - 7:17am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 54 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

USDA Announces Infrastructure Projects Across Nation Including Belen And San Ysidro In New Mexico

on October 20, 2019 - 4:14pm
USDA State Director Arthur A. Garcia 
 
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states.
   
“Modern, reliable and accessible infrastructure is critical to economic development and quality of life,” LaVoy said.

Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart Announces SAT As New Mexico’s Official High School Assessment

on October 20, 2019 - 3:19pm
NMPED Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart
 
NMPED News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Public Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart announced Friday that the SAT has been adopted as the official New Mexico high school assessment.
 
New Mexico stakeholders and the New Mexico Public Education Department’s assessment taskforce readily identified the need to provide an assessment that had meaning beyond high school; the SAT fulfills that need. In spring 2020, all New Mexico high school juniors will have the opportunity to participate in the SAT.
 
The SAT is closely aligned with New Mexico

NMDHSEM Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey Appointed To FEMA National Advisory Committee

on October 20, 2019 - 2:52pm
NMDHSEM Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey
 
NMDHSEM News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey has been appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Committee (NAC), the state emergency preparedness agency announced Friday.
 
The NAC is an advisory committee established by federal law to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal emergency management activities. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator through recommendations on all aspects of emergency management.

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