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BLM Launches Wild Horse And Burro ‘Online Corral’ To Connect Americans With Adoptable Animals

on May 20, 2018 - 2:57pm

Courtesy/BLM

BLM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management has announced the launch of the Wild Horse and Burro “Online Corral” -- a new website focused on connecting the American public with wild horses and burros available for adoption or purchase.

The BLM also announced the 2018 wild horse and burro event schedule, featuring nearly 70 events nationwide that focus on placing wild horses and burros in good homes. To access the 2018 schedule visit the BLM wild horse and burro adoption events page at: https://on.doi.gov/2wVItz0; the Online Corral can be accessed at:

Hutchinson-Bass: Grades Strengthen Accountability In Education Preparation Programs

on May 20, 2018 - 2:44pm
By Jill Hutchinson-Bass
Santa Fe Teacher
 
I am a proud Aggie and Lobo! I graduated from New Mexico State University in 1991, the same university my paternal grandparents graduated from as teachers in the 1920’s. After I got my BA in education, I earned a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Mexico. Still, I struggled as a new teacher, starting out with so little time in the field.
 
There were things I wished I knew how to do better, such as valuing the cultural context of English Language Learners and building better relationships with students and

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Needs Christine Chandler’s Brains, Talent, Commitment Representing Us

on May 20, 2018 - 2:21pm
By Janie O'Rourke
Los Alamos

I am writing in support of Christine Chandler for Seat 43 in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Christine has all the important attributes to make her an outstanding representative for Los Alamos. She is hard working, smart as a tack, perseveres when the going gets tough, and she is completely capable of holding her own against the prevailing wind. But in addition, Christine also is capable of listening to all sides, and open to new ideas and new solutions that make sense.

Christine brings years of important experience in both the professional, as well

Shin: No Need For Financial Pain To Expand Pre-K

on May 20, 2018 - 1:31pm
By LISA SHIN
GOP Candidate
NM House Dist. 43
 
Expanding pre-K access is a positive step forward for New Mexico's children. Research shows the benefits of early education, especially for "high risk" kids living with poverty, abuse, and neglect. Chris Chandler says that “there may be financial pain” (link) involved with raiding our Land Grant Permanent Fund or raising taxes to fund more public pre-K.  In the 2019 legislative session, there will undoubtedly be another push for a constitutional amendment to do just that, with the end goal of a “universal pre-K” pipe dream.

There's a better

Udall Urges Support For NM’s Air Force Bases

on May 20, 2018 - 7:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

 
WASHINGTON — Thursday, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the FY2019 budget for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to support funding and resources for projects critical to the operations and competitiveness of Holloman, Cannon, and Kirtland Air Force bases.
 
Udall pressed Wilson and Chief of Staff of the U.S.

Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Group Of Senators Urging Trump Administration To Combat Anti-Semitism

on May 20, 2018 - 7:04am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of 41 U.S. senators urging President Donald Trump to appoint a Special Envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism, a position at the U.S. Department of State that has now remained vacant for more than 15 months.
 
In a letter to President Trump, the senators emphasized the importance of the United States leading with action to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad.
 
“There has been an acute global increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the last year, often

Notice Of Possible Quorum: LAPS Board Monday

on May 20, 2018 - 6:53am

State Police Mourn Loss of Sgt. Thomas Vitale

on May 20, 2018 - 6:53am

Sgt. Thomas Vitale

NMSP News:

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of New Mexico State Police Sgt. Thomas Vitale. Sgt. Vitale suffered an unexpected medical incident while on duty Saturday and did not survive.

Sgt. Vitale was a dedicated and hard-working member of the New Mexico State Police family, and he will be sorely missed.

Sgt. Vitale served with the New Mexico State Police for 18 years and was assigned to District 12 in Deming. He also is a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife and three children.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete

Balderas: Convicted Offender Going Back To Jail For Visiting Elementary School

on May 19, 2018 - 5:05pm
Timothy O’Hara
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that convicted sex offender and habitual probation violator Timothy O’Hara is going back to jail.
 
O’Hara was convicted of six counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Distribution in 2009, was found guilty of probation violations in 2015, and after he was released from prison in late 2017 Attorney General Balderas charged him with violating his probation yet again for visiting an elementary school, among other violations.
 
Second Judicial District Judge Jewell agreed with the Office of the Attorney

Letter To The Editor: Support Pete Sheehey For State Legislature

on May 19, 2018 - 4:54pm
By LEWIS AGNEW
Los Alamos

As a resident of Los Alamos for many years, I would like to express my support for Pete Sheehey's candidacy for District 43, New Mexico House of Representatives.

Pete is strongly committed to fully serve in the best interests of our District and State. He is currently a member of the Los Alamos County Council, he is a recent vice chair of the Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission, and he is president of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.
 
Pete has the experience, skills, judgment, leadership qualities and personality to be

Comcast, Attorney General, Albuquerque Mayor, Teeniors, And Adelante Join Forces

on May 19, 2018 - 11:17am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Wednesday, David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas; and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced a new Internet Essentials partnership to educate seniors, parents, and children across New Mexico about some of the most serious challenges they may face online.  
 
This innovative, multi-dimensional effort will combine public service announcements, free in-person training programs, and free educational resources including videos, brochures, and booklets that will

Lujan Grisham Discusses Discharge Petition And Immigration On CNN

on May 19, 2018 - 6:47am

CHC Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham discusses discharge petition and immigration with CNN’s Brianna Keilar

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Washington, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined CNN’s Brianna Keilar May 17 to discuss the bipartisan discharge petition that would force a long-overdue vote on the House Floor to protect America’s Dreamers and President Trump’s recent comments on immigrants and immigration.

Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:

Click here to watch a video of her

State Museums & Historic Sites Offer Free Admission To Active Duty Military & Their Families This Summer

on May 19, 2018 - 5:56am
NMDCA News:
 
SANTA FE  Eight state-run museums and Historic Sites under the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) are joining the 2018 launch of Blue Star Museums, the ninth annual collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018.
 
A list of participating museums nationwide is available atarts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

‘Know Before You Go’ Into Wilderness Areas

on May 19, 2018 - 5:54am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) officials urge the public to be prepared and operate safely in wilderness areas.

“Almost every year there are people that require rescue because they weren’t prepared before entering into wilderness areas,” said Diane Prather, Santa Fe National Forest staff officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator. “Individuals were rescued Saturday in a wilderness area because they were lost.  Proper preparation can help hikers avoid the situation and not put rescuers at risk.”

Wilderness areas are managed by the USDA Forest Service to provide

Rep. Lujan Grisham On VA MISSION Act Of 2018

on May 18, 2018 - 4:24pm
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5674, the VA MISSION Act, by a vote of 347-70:
 
“This legislation, while imperfect, will improve timely, quality health care for veterans. It expands the family caregiver program to aging and disabled veterans injured before Sept.

FBI Albuquerque Special Agent In Charge Terry Wade Tapped For Assistant Director Of Inspection Division In Washington, D.C.

on May 18, 2018 - 3:57pm
FBI Albuquerque Division Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade speaks with Citizens Academy participants during a recent session in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI
 
Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade chats with Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Maire O'Neill during an interview Tuesday morning in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

FBI Albuquerque Division Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade is headed to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as Assistant Director for the Inspection Division.

Wade, a native of Chattanooga, Okla., said when he

State Economic Development Department: $250,000 To Assist Small Science & Technology Companies

on May 18, 2018 - 9:57am
EDD Secretary Matt Geisel
 
EDD News:
 
SANTA FE Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel announced Thursday that three New Mexico companies will receive New Mexico Small Business Innovation Research (NMSBIR) Matching Grants to help their businesses grow.
 
The NMSBIR program is designed to support science and technology companies by assisting them in business development, technology commercialization and entry to market.  
 
"Since 2011, we've cut taxes and created a business-friendly environment in New Mexico to help our homegrown companies thrive," Secretary Geisel said.

Albuquerque Journal Endorses Christine Chandler For House Of Representatives, Dist. 43 Democratic Primary

on May 18, 2018 - 9:15am

Christine Chandler

POLITICAL News:

Citing her experience, intelligence and independent voice, the Albuquerque Journal today endorsed Christine Chandler of Los Alamos for the New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43 Democratic primary:

“Chandler, a long-time attorney at the lab who transitioned into private practice, gets the nod here in part because she already has behind-the-scenes experience at the Roundhouse, where she’s worked as a legislative analyst for the Senate Judiciary Committee for four legislative session.

Lecture: ADLaM Alphabet

on May 18, 2018 - 8:53am
Fulani Student in Conakry, Guinea studies the ADLaM alphabet. Courtesy photo
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Historic Museum and the Santa Fe Book Art group jointly host a lecture in June by Santa Fe resident and professional calligrapher Randall Hasson.
 
Hasson will recount the fascinating story of the creation of a new alphabet, of bringing the script into the digital world, and its spread at an astounding rate.

FBI: Rio Rancho Man Sentenced For Conviction On Federal Marijuana Trafficking Charge

on May 18, 2018 - 8:35am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Antonio Ruelas, 32, of Rio Rancho, was sentenced late May 3 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 30 months of imprisonment based on his previously entered guilty plea to a marijuana trafficking conspiracy charge. Ruelas will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Ruelas is one of ten defendants charged as the result of a two-year investigation by the FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation into a drug trafficking organization led by Enrique Cavazos, 32, of Tijeras, that distributed high-grade marijuana throughout New Mexico and

Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler Will Be A Champion For Strong Progressive Values

on May 18, 2018 - 7:59am

By CATHERINE OZMENT
Los Alamos

I am writing to voice my strong support for Christine Chandler to represent State House District 43.   

As our representative, Christine will be a champion for strong progressive values.

Letter To The Editor: Sheehey Is Approachable, Hard Working, Cares About Issues

on May 18, 2018 - 7:30am
By BILL CABRAL
Los Alamos

Some of you know me as the guy that owned Radio Shack. I have been in Los Alamos for the last 40 years. I came here from Lawrence Berkeley Lab. I left the lab and went into business back in 1987. I have been a businessman in Los Alamos ever since.

But enough about me. I want to tell you about my friend Pete Sheehey and what type of person he is. I have known Pete for many years now and had many conversations with him about the problems small businesses have in our town. I have found him to be concerned and interested in what I had to say.

Opioid Companies Try Dirty Trick; AG Battles Back

on May 18, 2018 - 7:15am
Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

The opioid companies are trying to remove New Mexico’s lawsuit from Santa Fe to a federal court causing unnecessary delays

SANTA FE ― Attorney General Hector Balderas issued an update Tuesday on his ongoing litigation against more than two dozen opioid manufacturers and distributors.

The lawsuit seeks reimbursement of state funds that have been spent as a result of the opioid epidemic, as well as civil penalties for violations of state law, money needed to treat citizens suffering from addiction, punitive damages, and permanent changes to the way these

Former Mora And Pecos Schools Coach Arrested

on May 18, 2018 - 7:11am
Apoloino Leroy Blea
 
NMSP News:
 
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate a former Mora and Pecos Schools coach for criminal sexual penetration of a 14-year-old student enrolled at Mora High School.
 
New Mexico State Police Agents were able to determine that over the course of four months, between November 2016 and February 2018, Apoloino Leroy Blea, 21, of Mora had ongoing contact with a 14-year-old student.

Bill From Reps. Luján, Fleischmann And Sens. Coons, Risch Supports Small Business Innovation

on May 18, 2018 - 6:44am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) and U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and James Risch (R-ID) Wednesday introduced the Promoting Small Business Innovation through Partnerships with National Labs Act, which allows small businesses to gain access to premier facilities at the national labs, spurring innovation and stimulating the culture of private-public collaboration.
 
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy.

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