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New Mexico State Police Conducting Sobriety Checkpoints; Saturation Patrols Across State In April

on March 26, 2019 - 9:13am

NMSP News:

STATEWIDE – New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints during the month of April in all counties across the state.

NMSP is 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 right decision not to drink and

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Comments On Udall Announcement To Not Seek Re-election

on March 26, 2019 - 8:49am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on Sen. Tom Udall's announcement not to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2020:
 
“It is an honor and a pleasure to work alongside my colleague and friend, Sen. Tom Udall. Over his decades-long career working for the people of New Mexico, Sen. Udall has shown what it means to be a true public servant. His principled leadership has been a guiding light for me.
 
“Over the next two years, we have an incredible opportunity to stand up for New Mexico

Meet The Scientists! The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition Is Hosting An interactive Workshop April 3

on March 26, 2019 - 8:41am

The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition is hosting a workshop 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Courtesy photo

SFFC News:

SANTA FE ― The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition is hosting a workshop based on the recent report “A Statement of Common Ground Regarding the Role of Wildfire in Forested Landscapes of the Western United States.”

The workshop is 3-6 p.m.

NWS: Today’s High Near 61, Tonight’s Low Around 42

on March 26, 2019 - 7:48am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 42 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly before midnight. Courtesy/NWS

Udall Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election

on March 25, 2019 - 10:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

 

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • “I see these next two years as an incredible opportunity … to help reverse the damage done to our planet, end the scourge of war, and to stop this president’s assault on our democracy and our communities.”

 

SANTA FE — Today, in a message to New Mexicans, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that he will not seek re-election to a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2020. 

 

“I’m confident that we could run a strong campaign next year to earn a third term, because of all the work you and I have done together, along

NWS: Today’s High Near 59, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on March 25, 2019 - 7:47am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 59 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 34. Courtesy/NWS

NMDOT Discusses NM 502 Project At Public Meeting

on March 24, 2019 - 9:04am
Members of the public attend the NMDOT meeting on the N.M. 502 roadway reconstruction project Wednesday in Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Souder, Miller & Assoc. and Star Paving Consultant Designer for NMDOT Matthew Nighbert discusses the project. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Drivers, get ready.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Presents Recovered Vietnam Service Medals To State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon

on March 24, 2019 - 7:48am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich presents service medals Thursday to Vietnam veteran and New Mexico State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon of Milan. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
FARMINGTON U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) presented service medals Thursday to Vietnam veteran and New Mexico State Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon of Milan.
 
“It is my honor to recognize a great New Mexican for his military and public service,” Heinrich said. “Representative Alcon spent over a year on the battlefield working to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Presentation Of Mortgage-Free Home To Wounded Army Veteran

on March 24, 2019 - 7:42am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
RIO RANCHO U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) spoke Wednesday during the presentation of a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home to injured veteran Army Spc. Jason Thompson.
 
He was joined by Erin Dominguez, U.S. Bank District Manager; Len McMorrow, Senior Vice President REO & Special Asset Servicing at U.S. Bank; Chiquita Martin, Assistant Vice President Customer Analytics (U.S. Army Veteran) at U.S. Bank; and Tom Kilgannon, President of Freedom Alliance.
 
The home – the second of its kind in New Mexico – is part of a

NOAA Spring Outlook: Historic, Widespread Flooding To Continue Through May

on March 24, 2019 - 7:06am
NOAA News:
 
Nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states face an elevated risk for flooding through May, with the potential for major or moderate flooding in 25 states, according to NOAA’s U.S. Spring Outlook issued today.
 
The majority of the country is favored to experience above-average precipitation this spring, increasing the flood risk.
 
Portions of the United States – especially in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins including Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa – have already experienced record flooding this year.

New Mexico Highlands Media Arts Technology Students Programming App For Los Alamos Trails

on March 24, 2019 - 7:05am

Courtesy/NMHU

 

NMHU News:

 

New Mexico Highlands Media Arts and Technology Department students are programming 19 new scenic trails into a popular mobile app that features trails in the Los Alamos area.

 

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is making the free app available for hikers and mountain bikers via iOS or Android phones. http://www.nmhu.edu/students-in-media-arts-program-app-for-los-alamos-trails/

New Mexico Environment Department Seeks To Withdraw From 2015 Waters Of The U.S. Rule Lawsuit

on March 24, 2019 - 7:03am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) filed a motion Thursday in Federal Court in North Dakota to withdraw from litigation challenging the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule.
 
NMED believes the positions taken in the 2015 lawsuit are inconsistent with its current position on the proposed rule issued by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in February, in which the EPA seeks to revise the definition of a “Water of the United States.”
 
“New Mexicans understand the value of water as a natural and cultural resource,” said Environment Department

New U.S. Department Of The Interior Order Supports Recreational Access To Public Lands

on March 24, 2019 - 6:58am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has directed the BLM to prioritize public access in decisions regarding the disposal and exchange of BLM public lands.
 
Bernhardt signed Secretarial Order 3373, Evaluating Public Access in Bureau of Land Management Land Disposals and Exchanges, to help ensure that BLM public lands, no matter how small, remain in public hands if they are highly valued for outdoor recreation access.
 
“Sportsmen and women across the West will benefit from this Interior Department action to sustain and enhance recreational access to

NWS: Today’s High Near 56, Tonight’s Low Around 32

on March 24, 2019 - 6:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 56 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 32. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Supreme Court Affirms Albuquerque Man's Convictions For Murder, Kidnapping

on March 23, 2019 - 9:59am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court Friday upheld the convictions of an Albuquerque man for the kidnapping and murder of a Bernalillo County man in 2014.
 
Trinidad Gallegos was sentenced to life in prison plus 19 years for the shooting death of Sergio Bickham, whose body was found in a tunnel underneath Interstate 40 near a casino west of Albuquerque.
 
In a unanimous decision, the state’s highest court rejected arguments by Gallegos that he failed to receive a fair trial because of what he claimed were mistakes by the trial court and his defense attorney.
 
Gallegos

New Mexico Delegation Announces Nearly $3 Million In HHS Funding To Fight Opioid Crisis

on March 23, 2019 - 9:49am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced Friday nearly $3 million in Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to fight the opioid crisis in New Mexico. The $2,770,397 in funding comes from grants released to states through the State Opioid Response Grant Program.
 
“Substance abuse knows no boundaries, and the opioid epidemic has left its tragic mark on all communities across New Mexico, including urban, rural, and Tribal areas,” Sen. Tom Udall said. “Federal funding is an important step in bolstering prevention efforts but in order to truly tackle

Luján Statement On Special Counsel Report

on March 23, 2019 - 9:19am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
NAMBE U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Attorney General William Barr:
 
“The Special Counsel report must be immediately submitted to Congress. A declassified version of the report must also be made available to the public without delay.”

New Mexico Unemployment Rate At 5.1 Percent

on March 23, 2019 - 8:24am
NMDWS News:
 
New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in February 2019, unchanged from the rates in January 2019 and February 2018. The national unemployment rate in February 2019 was 3.8 percent, down from 4.0 percent in January and down from 4.1 percent in February 2018.
 
Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 7,400 jobs, or 0.9 percent, between February 2018 and February 2019. All aggregate gains came from the private sector, which was up 8,200 jobs, or 1.3 percent. The public sector was down 800 jobs, or 0.4 percent.

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 33

on March 23, 2019 - 8:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Governor Signs Landmark Energy Legislation

on March 22, 2019 - 4:27pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signs the Energy Transition Act, landmark legislation that sets bold statewide renewable energy standards and establishes a pathway for a low-carbon energy transition away from coal while providing workforce training and transition assistance to affected communities. Courtesy photo

Surrounded by dozens of advocates and statewide leaders, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed Senate Bill 489. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

  • SB489 establishes New Mexico as a national leader in renewable transition efforts

SANTA FE – Surrounded by dozens of advocates and

Fatal Rollover Crash On I-25 In Santa Fe County

on March 22, 2019 - 4:08pm
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE At about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on Interstate 25 around mile post 277, near Santa Fe.
 
The initial investigation indicated that a Ford Expedition occupied by five individuals was traveling north on Interstate 25 towing a Dodge Pickup on a flatbed trailer.
 
For reasons still under investigation the Expedition appears to have lost control, overcorrected and then rolled.
 
A middle row passenger in the Expedition, Zenaida Lopez, 68, of Kansas City, Kan., was ejected and suffered fatal injuries, she

Change In Grading Schools Dies In Legislature

on March 22, 2019 - 8:42am
Kevin Mccullough, a dual-language fifth-grade teacher at Sweeney Elementary School, gives a lesson March 13 about state finances. Students discussed how they'd spend an expected $1.1 billion budget surplus. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
By DILLON MULLAN
Two bills that would have created new guidelines for grading New Mexico's teachers stalled during the just-completed legislative session, but the state Public Education Department will continue to transition away from the evaluation system implemented by the administration of former Gov.

Weekly Fishing Report: March 22

on March 22, 2019 - 7:52am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Spring officially began March 20 and the weather has turned warmer recently. Temperatures in Northern New Mexico are in the 50’s and 60’s.
 
There are still some lakes that are closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions, but it shouldn’t be long before most of the lakes are free of ice and open to fishing. Some of the higher small lakes above 9,000 feet will remain frozen until April and even into May.
 
The cold winter we just had has delayed the blooming of fruit trees here in the Espanola Valley.

Labor Stories: From East To West April 6

on March 22, 2019 - 7:44am
TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society announces its April 6 free public program “Labor Stories From East to West”.
 
The program features Robbin Legere Henderson and David Maes with presentations on Matilda Rabinowitz, a socialist labor organizer from the east and the Silver City Mining strike in New Mexico.
 
The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Kit Carson Electric Boardroom at 118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos.
 
Maes is a Board member of the Taos County Historical Society and chair of the Folklore and Oral History Committee.

NM Could Join States That Renamed Columbus Day

on March 22, 2019 - 6:25am
By ANDREW OXFORD
Goodbye, Christopher Columbus.
 
New Mexico may observe Indigenous Peoples' Day instead.
 
The Senate voted 22-15 Friday, March 15 to send Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham a bill that would rename the holiday commemorating the Italian explorer.
 
The legislation comes as the holiday that took off in the late 19th century as a celebration of Italian-American heritage has in recent decades spurred debate over the real legacy of a man who represents the beginning of European colonialism in the Americas and how best to tell a fuller story of the

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