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Officials Identify Man killed In Taos Ski Valley Avalanche

on January 18, 2019 - 10:31pm
Matthew Zonghetti in an undated high school photo provided by The Sun Chronicle in Massachusetts. Courtesy/The Sun Chronicle
 
By YVONNE PESQUERA

Officials have confirmed the identity of the skier killed Thursday in an inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley as Matthew Zonghetti, 26, of Mansfield, Mass.

The second skier caught in the avalanche remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at University of New Mexico Hospital, according to Alex Sanchez, public information officer for the facility. His name has not yet been confirmed by officials.

According to WHDH-7News

Chief Justice: NM Court System In Better Shape

on January 18, 2019 - 6:41pm
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura delivers her State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD
 
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura told a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday the state's justice system, which her predecessor described in 2017 as a patient on life support, is beginning to breathe on its own.
 
Nakamura said funding appropriated over the past two years means the judicial branch

FBI: Man Wearing LSU Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on January 18, 2019 - 6:34pm

Suspect wanted in bank robbery in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI

 

FBI News:

 

An unknown man wearing a purple LSU baseball cap this afternoon robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank.

 
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
 
The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, approximately 5'5" tall, with a slim build. He had brown hair and mild acne scaring. The suspect wore a purple LSU baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket, and wore multiple rings on his left hand.
 
At approximately

Christine Chandler Sworn In As House Dist. 43 Representative; Committee Assignments Announced

on January 18, 2019 - 10:36am

Christine Chandler of Los Alamos is sworn in Tuesday on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives as Dist. 43 Rep. for Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rep. Christine Chandler, center, celebrates her formal swearing in to office Tuesday with her husband George Chandler and Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard who previously held the Dist. 43 seat before her election in November to lead the New Mexico State Land Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

House of Representatives News:

SANTA FE –  In an

Udall Calls For Action On Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill ... To Reopen Federal Government

on January 18, 2019 - 9:45am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the 27th day of the longest government shutdown in American history, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to demand action on the bipartisan Interior appropriations bill passed by the House last week, H.R. 266 -- a move that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked.
 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Appointed As Ranking Member Of Strategic Forces Subcommittee

on January 18, 2019 - 9:24am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has been appointed as the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
 
The subcommittee’s responsibilities include budget and policy oversight of nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, space programs, environmental cleanup and disposal, and missile defense.
 
“I am honored to be the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee,” Heinrich said. “There are a number of high-profile issues currently pending before this subcommittee in

Unemployment Insurance Operations Center Closed Monday In Observance Of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

on January 18, 2019 - 9:02am

NMDWS News:

Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims Online System Available

ALBUQUERQUE – All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) offices, including the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Operations Center, will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System (www.jobs.state.nm.us) is available online 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when normal business hours

Professor Warns Legislators: Get Serious On Climate

on January 18, 2019 - 8:27am
By ANDREW OXFORD
Walk around the Capitol, and much of the talk is about an oil boom that is buoying the state's finances, providing more money for schools and whatever else.
 
But for an hour on Thursday, a climate scientist urged one committee of legislators to look past all of that.
 
"The world will be moving away from fossil fuel production," David Gutzler, a professor at the University of New Mexico and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told members of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
 
Gutzler went on

One Skier Dies, Second Critically Injured After Taos Ski Valley Avalanche … Resort Begins Investigation

on January 18, 2019 - 7:39am

Loved ones embrace Thursday as an avalanche victim is transported down the mountain behind them at Taos Ski Valley. Photo by Morgan Timms/The Taos News

By JOHN MILLER
jmiller@taosnews.com

Updated Jan. 17 at 10:14 p.m.

One man has died, and another remained hospitalized with critical injuries Thursday night after an avalanche near Kachina Peak in Taos Ski Valley.

Holy Cross Hospital CEO Bill Patten confirmed that one of the men who was treated at their facility in Taos had died just before 5 p.m. of his injuries.

Officials had not released the identity of either victim as of late Thursday

Luján Announces His Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Assignments For 116th Congress

on January 18, 2019 - 7:24am
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced his House Energy & Commerce subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress.
 
Luján will continue to serve on the Health, and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittees, and rejoin the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. He was first appointed to the Energy & Commerce Committee in 2012.
 
“Whether it’s addressing health disparities, unlocking clean energy innovation, strengthening consumers’ privacy protections, or bolstering broadband

NWS: Today's High Near 37; 80% Chance Of Snow

on January 18, 2019 - 7:09am
The National Weather Service forecasts a high today in Los Alamos of near 37 and an 80 percent chance of snow showers mainly before 11 a.m. with a total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight's low is predicted to reach around 16 degrees. Courtesy/NWS

Udall Shares Shutdown Fears Of A New Mexico Family Being Pushed To The Brink After Missing Paycheck

on January 17, 2019 - 4:12pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a speech from the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall shared the story and fears of a family from New Mexico that is concerned about its financial security after missing a paycheck due to the Trump shutdown.
 
Udall’s remarks came just before he joined with his Democratic colleagues on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to highlight the workers, families, and communities across the country who continue to feel the bite of the longest government shutdown in American history.
 
In his speech, Udall highlighted the story of the

Scene From Wednesday’s March For Life Event

on January 17, 2019 - 4:08pm

Scene from the March for Life event Wednesday in Santa Fe that began with a Mass at noon at the Basilica followed by a march to the Roundhouse. Photo by Maria Dinkel

Avalanche Buries Two People Near Taos Ski Valley’s Kachina Peak

on January 17, 2019 - 2:55pm

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Issues Remainder Of Committees And Chair Appointments

on January 17, 2019 - 10:54am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) announced the remainder of Committees and Chair appointments.
 
These are a total of seventeen standing and procedural committees in the New Mexico House of Representatives. The committees are as follows:
 
House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee
 
Honorable Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), Chair
Honorable Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), Vice Chair
Committee members – Rep. Anthony Allison (D-Fruitland), Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla), Rep. Raymundo “Ray” Lara (D-Chamberino), Rep.

LANB Announces Assistance For Furloughed Workers

on January 17, 2019 - 10:53am

Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) wants to help furloughed customers during the federal government shutdown. Although the impact on individuals should be temporary, borrowers affected by the shutdown may face difficulties making payments on debts such as mortgages, student loans, car loans, business loans or credit cards.

 In an effort to assist their communities, LANB will provide options for individuals directly impacted by the government shutdown, including a 60-day payment forbearance on all

Governor Outlines Priorities In State Of State Address

on January 17, 2019 - 10:34am

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers her first State of the State address to the joint session of the 54th Legislature Tuesday at the State Capitol. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is surrounded by a massive crowd Tuesday as she delivers her first State of the State address. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE — Gov.

LANLF: STEAM Day At Roundhouse Today

on January 17, 2019 - 10:32am
LANLF News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANLF) Foundation is convening a press conference this morning at the Roundhouse Rotunda, bringing together education leaders and advocates to speak in support of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) education and workforce development in New Mexico.
 
Confirmed speakers are:
  • Lieutenant Governor of the State of New Mexico Howie Morales,
  • Cabinet Secretary for Department of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley,
  • Senator Mimi Stewart,
  • NM Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard,
  • New Mexico State University Chancellor Dan Arvizu,
  • Air

‘Relationship Building’ On Menu For Legislators

on January 17, 2019 - 10:12am
By ANDREW OXFORD

Concho Resources really wants to get to know you. At least, if you’re on the Legislative Finance Committee.

The oil and gas company’s lobbyist reported spending $4,173 at the upscale Santa Fe restaurant La Casa Sena last month on “relationship building” with the influential committee.

Lobbyists had a deadline Tuesday night to report spending from the beginning of October to the end of December. This restaurant tab was the single biggest expense disclosed by any of the Capitol’s legion of professional wheelers and dealers.

The company's lobbyist,

Balderas Partners With Aztec Schools, Local Leaders To Bring Active Shooter Response Technology To AHS

on January 17, 2019 - 9:00am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office:

  • State-of-the-art technology will be used to respond and save lives in the event of an active shooter

AZTEC – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will unveil an active shooter response technology Wednesday, Jan. 23 that will be the first of its kind in the state.

The Rave Panic Button interoperable communications network will be unveiled and implemented at Aztec High School (AHS), the site of a tragic and deadly school shooting in December 2017.

Members of the community are invited to attend this

AFT-NM On Governor’s State Of State Address

on January 17, 2019 - 8:24am
AFT News:
 
SANTA FE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFT-NM) President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“Governor Lujan Grisham’s inaugural State of the State address was a welcome and much-needed change in tone and direction for our State’s public education system from early education to higher education.
 
“Educators across the state – urban and rural, beginning and veteran alike – are hopeful again for the future of our profession in New Mexico, and especially for the students and families we serve.

Governor Ends Fuss Over Morales Successor

on January 17, 2019 - 8:02am

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales enters the House chambers Tuesday for the State of the State address during the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Gabriel Ramos, a Silver City Democrat named by the governor to fill the Senate seat vacated by Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, poses Wednesday in the Senate chamber at the Capitol Wednesday. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican.
 
By ANDREW OXFORD
Getting elected governor of New Mexico by 14 percentage points doesn't mean you'll get everything you want in Silver

Health Security Act Being Introduced At Legislature Today To Ensure Coverage For All New Mexicans

on January 17, 2019 - 7:53am
HSNMC News:
 
Senators Carlos Cisneros, Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Bill Soules are set to introduce the Health Security Act today in the New Mexico State Senate.
 
The first phase of the Act will be a fiscal analysis to make certain that it is financially feasible.
 
According to Cisneros, vice-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, “Passage of the Health Security Act this year will initially result in a prudent fiscal analysis of the details of the plan. No other steps will be taken until we are certain that the finances will work and that it will be revenue neutral.”
 
Ortiz y Pino,

SFAS Helps Employees Impacted By Shutdown

on January 16, 2019 - 9:08am
SFAS News:
 
Federal employees who are going without a paycheck and have dogs or cats at home can pick up free food from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
 
“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors who are federal employees and have been impacted by this government shutdown,” said Murad Kirdar, the public relations officer for the shelter. “We see their dedication to our country, and we’re proud to not only help our community members but their pets as well.”
 
The privately owned shelter will offer free food to federal employees, who can pick up the food at the

Estancia Mayor Tests New Capitol Security Rules

on January 16, 2019 - 8:23am
Estancia Mayor Nathan Dial on Tuesday wore a pistol to the state Capitol, where he visited on the opening day of the 2019 legislative session to learn more about a new ban on weapons of any kind from joint sessions of the state House and Senate. Photo by Robert Nott/The New Mexican
 
By ROBERT NOTT
All Nathan Dial wanted was a piece of paper explaining the rules. The pistol he wore on his right hip might have delayed a response to his request.
 
Dial, 50, mayor of the small Southern New Mexico town of Estancia, went to the state Capitol Tuesday not only to hear

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