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Governor Comments After Ernestine Romero Funeral

on July 21, 2019 - 9:53am
From the Office of the Governor:
 
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Saturday attended the funeral of Ernestine Romero, also known as Ernestine Saucedo, the Public Education Department employee and popular local vocalist who was tragically killed July 11 outside the Jerry Apodaca Building in Santa Fe.
 
The governor issued the following statement after the service:
 
“The outpouring of love in the wake of this tragedy has been remarkable,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “In their grief, those who knew Ernestine have honored her memory beautifully.

Teens Launch 3rd ‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ Drive

on July 21, 2019 - 8:43am
Sarah Crotzer, left, and Madelyn Crotzer, sisters and co-founders of Youth Helping Refugee Youth, place a green collection bin at 1950 Camino Durasnilla for donations of school-related items to benefit refugee students recently-resettled in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
 
Members of the 2019 Youth Helping Refugee Youth Advisory Board met recently to discuss the kick-off of this year’s drive. Clockwise from lower left, Kezia Tripp, Hannah Mullen, Talia Ben-Naim, Ashley Lestone, Madelyn Crotzer, Sarah Crotzer, Natalie Aulwes, Amaya Coblentz, Alyssa Parker and Mei Eutsler. Courtesy photo
 

NWS: Today’s High Near 86; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 21, 2019 - 7:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 86 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Corrections Officers Hurt In Inmate Attack

on July 20, 2019 - 11:16am
NMSP News:
 
LAS CRUCES At around 9 p.m. Tuesday, the New Mexico State Police was contacted to investigate an aggravated assault on a peace officer at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces.
 
Investigators learned that at around 7:30 p.m., a prison nurse, escorted by a sergeant and officer, entered a pod at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility to deliver medicine to inmates. During this time, an inmate got into a verbal argument with a control center officer. 
 
The nurse finished passing out medication and left the pod.

FBI: Investigators Identify Body Found In Trunk Of Burning Car Monday Near Church Rock

on July 20, 2019 - 11:08am
The Dodge Avenger SXT discovered on fire off Pipeline Road. Courtesy/FBI
 
Nastacio Keith Travis
 
FBI News:
 
The FBI has identified the body that was found Monday in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock.
 
The body of Nastacio Keith Travis, 51, of Zuni was in the trunk of a light-colored Dodge Avenger SXT discovered on fire off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock on the Navajo Nation. 
 
The cause of Travis' death is pending autopsy results. 
 
Anybody who had contact with Travis recently or who recalls seeing anything suspicious in the area Monday

First Woman On The Moon From New Mexico

on July 20, 2019 - 10:32am
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/NMMSH
 
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry. Courtesy/NMMSH
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene of Alamogordo and Kason Henry of Las Cruces inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
 
Greene and Henry communicated with fellow cadets who acted as mission control inside

NMSP: Grant County Man Dead After Long Standoff

on July 20, 2019 - 10:31am
NMSP News:
 
HURLEY The Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence Friday in Hurley in Grant County in reference to a shots fired call.
 
As the deputy was en route to the residence, he was informed by dispatch that two neighbors were fighting in the street. Sometime during the argument, a shot was fired by a male suspect. The male suspect, who was identified as Timmy Vick, 56, returned to his residence at 59 Hurley Road after the altercation.
 
The deputy arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with Vick who refused to exit the residence.
 
New Mexico State

Alert: Department Of Health Cautions People To Take Precautions To Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

on July 20, 2019 - 6:24am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE With temperatures rising to the high 90s in most parts of the state, triple digits in many areas, and with temperatures predicted to remain high over the weekend, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) cautions New Mexicans and visitors to be aware of weather conditions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
 
“It is very important to take precautions to avoid going to the hospital for heat-related illness,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Appoints Seven New Interstate Stream Commission Members

on July 20, 2019 - 6:04am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday appointed seven new members to the Interstate Stream Commission and re-appointed an eighth.
 
“Our water is our most precious natural resource,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “These individuals are tasked with upholding the people’s trust and providing for a sustainable future of that resource. My expectation is their diverse knowledge and expertise will serve New Mexicans well.”
 
Per state statute, the governor’s appointees must be representative of diverse major irrigation districts or sections

NWS: Today’s High Near 90; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 20, 2019 - 6:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 90 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

EB&T Hosts Albuquerque Business First CEO Event

on July 19, 2019 - 9:51am

Enterprise Bank & Trust (EB&T) sponsored an Albuquerque Business First ‘Meet The New CEOs’ event Thursday evening at the bank’s 7445 Pan American Fwy NE location in Albuquerque. Seven new CEOs gathered at the event with EB&T President Scott Goodman including, from left, Benjamin Gardner of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Albuquerque Region President Stan Sluder of EB&T, Goodman, Rodney Prunty of United Way of Central New Mexico, Susan Wilson of New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare, Tony Hernandez of Western Sky Community Care and Jonathan David Lewis of McKee Wallwork + Co.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Advances Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on July 19, 2019 - 9:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2019) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has advanced legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed energy technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact.

Senator Heinrich introduced the Energy Technology Maturation Program Act of 2019 (S. 1286) earlier this year, and on Tuesday, the bill was reported by a voice vote during a markup in the U.S.

Members Of Congress, Senators Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral STOP Act To Safeguard Tribal Items

on July 19, 2019 - 8:20am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Don Young (R-Alaska), and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) reintroduced the bipartisan Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act, a bill to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony.
 
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), the lead author of the legislation, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.
 
“I am proud to

Rescue Horses Compete At Adoption Event July 19-20

on July 19, 2019 - 7:57am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
Horse Shelters News:
 
The Horse Shelters 6th Annual “Gimme Shelter – Trainers Rally for Rescues” event is July 19-20 at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds.
 
Seven trainers will be competing on their rescue horses after having had the horses in training for 100 days or less.
 
Doors open at 10 a.m., find the full schedule here.
 
The event is FREE to the public and food and merchandise vendors will be on site.
 
The trainers offered their skills pro bono and had 100 days to train their horse.

Salsa Swindler Found Guilty Of Securities Fraud

on July 19, 2019 - 6:53am

NMR&LD News:

LAS CRUCES – New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Thursday that Eduardo Triste of Las Cruces was found guilty on by a jury of defrauding a 70-year-old Orange County, Calif. woman who he persuaded to invest in his fictitious salsa company.

Triste was convicted of Fraud over $20,000 and Securities Fraud.

“We will continue to protect the citizens of New Mexico from the nefarious actions of wrongdoers who prey on trusting individuals,” Salazar said.

Triste struck up an acquaintance with the woman after she randomly contacted

NMG&F: Apply For Sandhill Crane & Pheasant Hunts

on July 19, 2019 - 6:52am
Sandhill crane. Courtesy/wikipedia.com
 
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is now accepting applications for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits.
 
Applications can be made online at the department’s website or over the telephone with the department’s information center, 1.888.248.6866. The application deadline for special sandhill crane and pheasant permits is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21.
 
Information about pheasant and sandhill crane draw hunts is available in the department’s 2019-20 Small Game Hunting Rules and Information Booklet.
 

NWS: Today’s High Near 90; Tonight’s Low Around 61

on July 19, 2019 - 5:37am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 90 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 61. Courtesy/NWS

PEC Hears Pitch For Local Polaris Charter School

on July 18, 2019 - 9:13pm
LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus gives his presentation on the concerns about the proposed charter school at Tuesday’s School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Polaris team answers questions posed by the Public Education Commission at the Community Input Meeting Tuesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

A proposed new charter school for Los Alamos, Polaris Charter School, was the subject of a Community Input Meeting conducted by the New Mexico Public Education

Small Frijoles Fire Continues To Smolder In Bandelier

on July 18, 2019 - 9:01pm

BANDELIER News:

A single-tree, lightning-caused fire in upper Frijoles Canyon was reported Monday evening in Bandelier National Monument.

The fire, the Frijoles Fire, is about five miles southwest of Los Alamos, creeping low and smoldering with flame lengths of less than 1 foot.

The area received some rain the same evening it was reported and weather forecasts predict thundershowers by early next week.

Low intensity, naturally caused wildfires burned the forested areas of the Jemez Mountains every seven to 15 years historically.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Recognize LANL Contributions To State Economy, Employment

on July 18, 2019 - 10:37am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

 

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) commended findings from an independent economic-impact analysis released Tuesday, which found that Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for creating 24,169 jobs in New Mexico.

 

The Economic Impact report, developed by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), found that the Los Alamos National Laboratory contributes $3.1 billion to the states’

NM Judiciary Streamlines Operations With Admin. Consolidation Of Magistrate And District Courts

on July 18, 2019 - 10:31am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE To improve court efficiencies across New Mexico, the Judiciary has combined the administration of magistrate and district courts within the state’s judicial districts.
 
“Streamlining our court system advances judicial excellence in New Mexico,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said. “An administrative consolidation allows our magistrate and district courts to share resources such as jury pools.

No Sales At SFNF Las Vegas District Office July 22-30

on July 18, 2019 - 9:11am

SFNF News:

 

SANTA FE There will be no sales at the Las Vegas District Office of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) July 22-30, due to a brief staffing shortage.

 

The Las Vegas office at 1926 N. 7th St., will still be open to answer questions and assist visitors with other issues.

 

Only designated collection officers are authorized to accept payment for fuelwood permits, maps, America the Beautiful interagency passes and other Forest Service products. In May, the SFNF announced that the Las Vegas office would not be able to sell products on Tuesdays until further notice. 

 

“We

Analysis: Los Alamos National Laboratory Supports 24,000 Jobs; High Pay Of Workers Generates Wealth

on July 18, 2019 - 8:21am

From New Mexico Economic Development Department:
SANTA FE – Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for more than 24,000 jobs in New Mexico and generates $3.1 billion in economic output across the state, according to a new analysis by UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
 
From federal fiscal years 2016 to 2018, LANL directly supported the employment of 14,754 workers and contractors. But LANL spending for procurement and by employees and families generated another 9,415 jobs.
 
The June, 2019 study indicates there are LANL employees in 27 of New Mexico’s 33 counties with

NWS: Today’s High Near 89; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 18, 2019 - 7:33am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 89 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

AFT Joins National Campaign To Tax Rich

on July 17, 2019 - 6:08pm
From the Albuquerque Teachers Federation:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Teachers Federation released today the following message:

We owe billions to students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities.

For more than 40 years, Title 1 and IDEA have been underfunded. In just the last decade, they have been underfunded by more than $580 billion. It’s time to pay our debt! It’s time to Fund our Future! It’s time the rich paid their fair share.

As part of The American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) campaign to Fund our Future, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) is

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