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NCRTD Announces Memorial Day Closures

on May 22, 2019 - 8:41am
RTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
 
The exception will be the 255 RTD Mountain Trail to the Santa Fe National Forest which will be in operation that day.
 
The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos.

SFCC And HEC To Close For Memorial Day

on May 22, 2019 - 8:02am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Monday, May 27, in honor of Memorial Day.
 
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. The college’s early childhood development center, Kids Campus, and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.
 
SFCC and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will reopen Tuesday, May 28. SFCC’s William C. Witter Fitness Education Center will reopen at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Los Alamos Hillstrummers Attend Las Cruces Ukefest

on May 22, 2019 - 8:02am

Last weekend Los Alamos sent 17 members of the Los Alamos Hillstrummers Ukulele Group to attend the Las Cruces Ukefest. Seen here are just some of the members, standing from left, Irene Powell, Elise Lee, Ruth Lier, Darlene Potter, Greg Rand, Yvonne Trujillo, Annette Hiteman, Sabine Shurter, Patricia Rathbone, Chris Rand and Director Dan Gerth. Kneeling are Diane Little and Doris Ford. Courtesy photo

All Hands All Lands Burn Team Mobilizing May 23-30

on May 22, 2019 - 8:01am
USDA News:
 
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild have worked together since September 2018 using prescribed fire across over 4,700 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
 
These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions.

NWS: Today’s High Near 60; Tonight’s Low Around 43

on May 22, 2019 - 7:57am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 60 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 43. Courtesy/NWS

Luján On 100th Anniversary Of House Passage Of 19th Amendment Guaranteeing Women Right To Vote

on May 21, 2019 - 5:26pm

Suffragettes led the way a century ago for the women’s right to vote. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

POLITICAL News:

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th Amendment:

“A century ago, the United States took a critical step forward in women’s equality with the House passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

Luján On Improving Health Care For American Families

on May 21, 2019 - 1:51pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act:
 
“Health care is a right, and yet too many Americans are struggling between providing for their families and affording life-saving prescription drugs. This is fundamentally wrong. This legislation sends a strong message to the American people that we won’t waver in the Trump administration’s efforts to steal health care away from millions of families.

LAMS Students Participate In National MathCounts

on May 21, 2019 - 10:00am
The New Mexico team including members from Los Alamos Middle School competed May 11-13 at the National MathCounts in Orlando, Fla. Team members from left, Grant Stanton and Harmony Guan from Desert Ridge Middle School in Albuquerque, Coach Phuong Nguyen, Assistant Coach Do Vo and LAMS team members Alex Livescu and Charles Cai. The 224 final Mathletes from 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories, State Department schools and Department of Defense schools and their coaches were treated to a National Competition experience like no other.

NMDOT: Public Invited To Comment On Projects

on May 21, 2019 - 9:44am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE NMDOT strives to keep the public informed and cares about their opinions. The department’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is amended quarterly and always open for viewing on the NMDOT website.
 
The public is welcome to review the list of current and proposed road and bridge projects then post comments.
 
Kindly note, a 7th Amendment to the 2018-2023 STIP has been made and is now posted at https://estip.dot.state.nm.us. Click on the eSTIP Amendment tab to post a public comment until June 16, 2019. The NMDOT STIP Personnel will receive the

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Celebrates Five Years Of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

on May 21, 2019 - 9:30am

The Organ Mountains to the east of Las Cruces. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

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

  • Hails recent enactment of landmark public lands package, including new wilderness within OMDP that Udall fought for

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans Monday in celebrating the five-year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument – the culmination of years of work from the local community.

In 2014, President Obama established the Organ

Balderas: Convicted Teacher Gets 108 Years In Prison

on May 21, 2019 - 9:04am
Former teacher Gary Gregor
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Gary Gregor, the teacher who sexually assaulted multiple students in Rio Arriba County was sentenced to more than a century in prison.
 
In December, AG Balderas successfully secured multiple convictions against Gregor, for sexually assaulting 4th grade students during the 2007-2008 school year at Fairview Elementary School.
 
“Dangerous criminals who harm children deserve to be behind bars,” Balderas said. “We will always fight to give a voice to sexual abuse survivors.”
 

High Rio Grande Flows Anticipated For Several Weeks

on May 21, 2019 - 8:12am
MRGCD News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (District) is issuing notice to all local governments and the general public that well above average snow pack in the high mountain watersheds is expected to produce a large volume of runoff.
 
The 2019 spring runoff is anticipated to be the highest the region has experienced since 2005. There will be high river flows on both the main stem of Rio Grande, and the Rio Chama, for a sustained period of time.

Chamber Breakfast Features NM Tourism Department

on May 21, 2019 - 7:41am

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosts officials from the New Mexico Tourism Department at its monthly Business Breakfast Thursday in Building 2 at UNM-LA. The topic of discussion focused around how the state tourism department can help owners promote their businesses. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Chamber Business Breakfast Thursday at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Gary King Endorses Marco Serna For Congress

on May 21, 2019 - 7:16am
Attorney General Gary King
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Gary King announced Monday his endorsement of First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna for the Third Congressional District.
 
King, a former two-term attorney general, state representative and Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee, released the following statement:
 
“Northern New Mexico has so much at stake in this election from protecting and expanding funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory, to building our green energy economy, to combating the Opioid epidemic Marco Serna is the candidate who will get

NWS: Today’s High Near 51; Tonight’s Low Around 37

on May 21, 2019 - 7:11am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 51 and a 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers with wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight’s low around 37. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts afternoon wind gusts today across the state. Courtesy/NWS

‘Click It Or Ticket’ Enforcement Begins Today

on May 20, 2019 - 5:59pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE Nearly 27.5 million Americans don't buckle up, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That is almost the entire population of Texas.
 
In New Mexico, from 2013-2017, there were 2,284 unbelted people hurt or killed in crashes and in 2017, there were more than 10,000 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the U.S., according to the NHTSA.
 
The New Mexico Department of Transportation and its partners want to stress to all New Mexicans: Seat belt safety is imperative.
 
"Seat belts save lives, and everyone, front

Scenes From T&F Varsity State Championship

on May 20, 2019 - 5:47pm

Holly Sanchez anchors the girls 4x100 meter relay team that took second place overall in the 2019 NMAA 4A State Track and Field Championship held May 17-18 at the University of New Mexico Dreamstyle Stadium. Sanchez also anchored the winning 4x200 meter relay. The championship held amazing performances by the Los Alamos High School Boys and Girls Track and Field teams, which resulted in 2nd place overall finishes for both teams.

NMDOH Confirms First Measles Case In State

on May 20, 2019 - 5:23pm
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced Friday that it has confirmed a case of measles in a one-year-old child from Sierra County. This is the first measles case in New Mexico since December 2014.
 
Measles is highly contagious and is easily transmitted person-to-person via droplets or through the air. Early symptoms of measles include: fever, red eyes, runny nose, and cough. Within a few days following the cough and runny nose, a rash will typically begin on the face and spread down the body.

New Mexico Unemployment Rate 5 Percent In April

on May 20, 2019 - 8:09am
NMDWS News:
 
New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in April 2019, down from 5.1 percent in March 2019 and up from 4.9 percent in the previous year.
 
The national unemployment rate in April was 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 percent in March 2019 and 3.9 percent in April 2018.
 
Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 13,000 jobs, or 1.5 percent, between April 2018 and April 2019. All aggregate gains came from the private sector, which was up 13,800 jobs, or 2.1 percent. The public sector was down 800 jobs, or 0.4 percent.

NMDOH Probes Suspected Case Of Wound Botulism

on May 20, 2019 - 7:25am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a case of apparent wound botulism.
 
A 30-year-old male resident of Santa Fe County is hospitalized with suspected wound botulism. This is the first case of wound botulism that NMDOH has been notified of this year.
 
The last in-state case of wound botulism occurred in 2018 in Doña Ana County. The suspected source of infection is contaminated black tar heroin.
 
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

Fort Union Star Party May 25

on May 20, 2019 - 7:16am
FUNM News:
 
WATROUS The solitude, remoteness and arid landscape of Fort Union National Monument make it an ideal place for observing a natural dark sky.
 
After sunset, the sky over the high prairie gives way to the glow of celestial bodies unaffected by the artificial light of distant communities. Immerse yourself in the culture and science of a natural night sky as rangers guide you through the remains of the old fort, and help you to identify distant stars and galaxies with the naked eye and telescope.
 
The program, weather permitting, is 8:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25 near

NWS: Today’s High Near 55, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on May 20, 2019 - 5:57am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 55 with mostly cloudy skies, a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and breezy conditions with gusts up tp 35 mph. Tonight’s low around 34 with a 70 percent chance of rain and snow. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts the chances for precipitation and windy conditions today around the state. Courtesy/NWS

Job Seekers And Unemployment Insurance Claimants Must Create New Account To Access Online Services

on May 19, 2019 - 7:05am
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) began May 15 requiring individuals to set up a new single sign on account to access online services for job exploration and/or to apply or certify for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
 
The department has been working towards simplifying the log in process to alleviate individuals from having to remember multiple usernames and passwords to access both the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System and the New Mexico Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims system.
 
Whether an individual is a new or a

Senate Intel Committee Passes 2020 Intelligence Authorization Act

on May 19, 2019 - 6:50am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. This week, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to advance the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
 
This legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, authorizes funding for key intelligence priorities, including programs to address threats emanating from Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran, and enhances congressional oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
 
Sen.

Scenes From Thunderbird Show At Kirtland AFB

on May 19, 2019 - 6:47am

This F-35 Lighting II is part of the Kirtland Air and Space Fiesta that brought military and civilians together for an air show Saturday featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration squadron at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. The daylong event gave the community the opportunity to see aircraft up close, meet members of the Air Force and view demonstrations in the sky. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

V-22 Osprey. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com

Thunderbirds in the sky Saturday over Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com
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