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Governor Susana Martinez Announces DWI Superblitz Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

on March 16, 2018 - 2:34pm



  • Also Announces Decrease in DWI Fatalities

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement across the state will be out in full force this weekend to crack down on drunk driving during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The Governor also announced that last year DWI fatalities were down about 16 percent compared to 2016.

“If you drink and drive you’re putting every life you come across on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “Driving drunk is unacceptable and dangerous. It’s also 100 percent preventable.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle San Antonio

on March 16, 2018 - 9:16am
NPS News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn targeting up to 1,050 acres of meadow grassland in Valle San Antonio, located in the northwest portion of the preserve’s backcountry.
The burn operations are planned for late March or April, dependent upon suitable weather and fuel conditions, and should take one to three days to complete. The area is currently under a seasonal closure, so impacts to visitors will be minimal.
NPS officials hope to reintroduce fire into the meadow grasslands, which would result in a low to

Consumer Protection Week FACTS: Hundreds Of New Mexicans Helped & 'S' Is For Scams

on March 16, 2018 - 9:13am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  During the last week, the Office of Attorney General has helped more than 300 different people with problems involving scams, consumer complaints against businesses, and constituent problems with government agencies.
March 9, the last day of Consumer Protection Week, consumer advocates saw scores of people who came to the Attorney General’s offices in person to seek free advice and help on housing problems, charities fraud, internet scams, and many other problems.
“We hope that events like Consumer Protection Week will

Sheehey Discusses Candidacy For House Dist. 43

on March 15, 2018 - 11:31am

Pete Sheehey files his candidacy for District 43 State Representative Tuesday at the Secretary of States Office in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Councilor
Candidate House Dist. 43

Tuesday I filed my candidacy with nominating petitions signed by hundreds, to become a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43.  I’ve knocked on doors and listened to citizens throughout this diverse District, from La Cienega and western Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, to Jemez Springs and Cuba in Sandoval County, to Gallina

Chandler: Healthy Communities – Systemic Approach Needed

on March 15, 2018 - 8:48am
Dist. 43 Candidate

I am running for the New Mexico House of Representatives, Dist. 43 because I believe that state government can and should play a more effective role in improving citizens’ lives. 

One area that I will focus on is improving access to and availability of healthcare including behavioral and addictive treatment and prevention services.

Governor Martinez Announces Vitality Works Expanding, Creating Up To 80 New Jobs

on March 15, 2018 - 8:33am
ALBUQUERQUE  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that Vitality Works, an Albuquerque based manufacturer, will expand its operations, creating up to 80 new manufacturing jobs. Vitality Works' expansion will be supported by New Mexico's closing fund, LEDA, as well as the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP). 

"I will continue fighting for the bold reforms and critical tools that have made New Mexico a great place to do business," Martinez said.

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns For Washington Office

on March 15, 2018 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. 

For more information and to apply for an internship,  visit During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer internship sessions: May 29 to June 29 and July 2 to Aug.

State Auditor Issues Probe Notice To RCLC Officials

on March 14, 2018 - 5:23pm
Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson sent a letter Tuesday to officials with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communites (RCLC) advising them that his office is engaging in a special audit of the orgainzation.

Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne today confirmed receipt of the letter from the state auditor and addressed the upcoming special audit.

“As one of nine entities who belong to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, and as posted yesterday in local news

State Veterans Home To Hold 'Rapid Hire Event' To Fill Job Vacancies

on March 14, 2018 - 5:04pm
NMSV News:
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES ― The New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences will hold a “Rapid Hire Event” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 to fill immediate Nursing, Janitorial and Food Service job vacancies.
The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) manages the facility, which is the state’s only residential home for veterans.
DVS managers and division supervisors will conduct interviews and are prepared to make job offers to qualified applicants who bring résumés, a valid New Mexico Driver’s License or Photo ID, a Social Security Card, and a High School

Film Office Announces 'Running With The Devil' To Begin Production In New Mexico

on March 14, 2018 - 5:03pm
NMFO News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that "Running with the Devil," will begin production in New Mexico.
"Running with the Devil is produced by Michael Mendelsohn/Patriot Pictures ("Cut Throat City," "Hangman," "Zeroville," "USS Indianapolis," "I Am Wrath," "Lord of War," "Air Force One," "The Matrix," and "Reservoir Dogs") and Jim Steele, with Mike Nilon, Etchie Stroh, and Natalie Perrotta as Executive Producers. Carlos Osorio and Juan Diego Villegas are Co-Producers. Juan Pablo Solano is a Co-Producer and Line Producer.

Luján Notes Los Alamos County Again Named Healthiest County In New Mexico According To New Rankings

on March 14, 2018 - 12:25pm

View of Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Washington, D.C. – Los Alamos County ranks healthiest in New Mexico, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

This is the eighth consecutive year that Los Alamos County has been cited as New Mexico’s healthiest county. The full list of rankings is available at

“Los Alamos

NM Delegation Urges Against Tariffs On Newsprint

on March 14, 2018 - 8:57am
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grishamurged Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross not to approve additional tariffs on newsprint, which could devastate local papers across New Mexico. 
In January, the Commerce Department imposed import duties on Canadian groundwood paper, a kind of newsprint used by newspapers across the country, and are now considering additional tariffs.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands In Solidarity With Students Calling For Action On Gun Violence

on March 14, 2018 - 8:36am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this morning in support of students calling for action on gun violence:

“Like so many Americans, I have been deeply moved by the high school students and young people across the nation who have spoken out after losing classmates and friends to gun violence and are demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent future tragedies.

“It’s unacceptable that students and teachers are afraid to go to class each morning after the terrifying

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on March 14, 2018 - 8:18am

Governor: Boards And Commissions Appointments

on March 14, 2018 - 7:15am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced appointments to the Behavioral Health Planning Council, Children’s Trust Fund Board of Trustees, Crime Victims Reparation Commission, Dona Ana County Commission, Manufactured Housing Committee and Museum Board of Regents.
Sandtina Melendrez of Tyrone has been appointed to the Behavioral Health Planning Council. She has worked as a grant writer, behavioral health specialist, and social worker.

BLM Taos Field Office Plans Burn Near Tres Piedras

on March 14, 2018 - 7:09am
BLM News:
TAOS  The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a 1600-acre prescribed burn in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument on Cerro Montoso, 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras. 
The prescribed burn will be conducted for up to 30 days beginning as early as March 19 depending on weather conditions. Smoke may be visible from highways US 285 and US 64.
The purpose of the project is to improve forest health in ponderosa pine and piñon/juniper, by reducing flammable accumulations of vegetation and reintroducing fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem. 
For further

Heinrich On Gina Haspel Being Named To Lead CIA

on March 13, 2018 - 4:13pm

Gina Haspel nominated to lead CIA. Courtesy/CIA

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2018) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to nominate Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel to serve as CIA Director.

This decision comes after President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and announced he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State. 

“President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA is deeply

DPNM Addresses Resignation Of Richard Ellenberg

on March 13, 2018 - 3:57pm

Richard D. Ellenberg

DPNM News:

Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard D. Ellenberg resigned today after coming under criticism for his response to sexual misconduct allegations levied against state union leader Jon Hendry and former Dona Ana County Commissioner John Vasquez.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement:

“Our country and our state are in an incredible moment in which survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault feel empowered to come forward, and the Democratic Party of New Mexico has taken upon itself to be a leader on this issue.

Pete Sheehey Files For House Dist. 43

on March 13, 2018 - 3:56pm

Democrat Pete Sheehey files today for House Dist. 43 at the Secretary of States Office in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Christine Chandler Files For House Dist. 43

on March 13, 2018 - 1:54pm

Democrat Christine Chandler files this morning for House Dist. 43. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

National Wild Horse And Burro Advisory Board Meets In Salt Lake City, Utah

on March 13, 2018 - 11:24am
BLM News:
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet March 27-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss the pressing challenge of wild horse and burro management on public lands and the impacts a growing overpopulation is having on the environment. 
The meeting will be live-streamed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday and 8 a.m. to Noon Mountain Time Wednesday at http://www.blm.go v/live.
“Healthy wild horses and burros are an important part of our public lands, but without effective management,

Jemez Ranger District Cebollita Prescribed Burns

on March 13, 2018 - 11:12am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to conduct a broadcast prescribed burn sometime in March and/or April. 
Due to recent moisture, the potential prescribed burn start is currently delayed to the latter part of March. The prescribed burn in the Cebollita area is to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire and is not anticipated to continue past April 30. 
Up to 1,900 acres of hazardous fuels could

Heinrich Calls For Stronger Investment In Student Health And Safety

on March 13, 2018 - 10:53am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the face of the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities and gun violence that is endangering the health and wellbeing of America’s youth, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for stronger federal investments that enhance student health and safety.
Across the country and in New Mexico, schools are increasingly at the forefront in the response to these crises.
In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership, Heinrich joined over two-dozen Senators in requesting the highest possible

FBI: Man In Green T-Shirt Robs Albuquerque Credit Union, Flees In Silver Nissan

on March 13, 2018 - 10:52am
FBI News:
A man wearing a long-sleeve green T-shirt and blue jeans robbed a northeast Albuquerque credit union on Friday afternoon, March 9, 2018, and fled in a silver Nissan sedan.
The suspect was described as a white male about 40-50 years old, approximately 5'8” tall, with dark hair. He wore eyeglasses with dark metal frames, a long-sleeve green T-shirt, and blue jeans.
The suspect entered Nusenda Credit Union, 7517 Montgomery Boulevard, NE, and at approximately 2:27 p.m. presented a demand note to a teller.
The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the

LWV Lunch With A Leader Features Robert Gibson

on March 13, 2018 - 7:30am
Robert Gibson
LWV News:
This month’s League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader is at 11:45 a.m., March 20 at Mesa Public Library and features Robert Gibson. 
Gibson will briefly recap the most recent legislative session, but will focus on what he has learned about the legislative process beyond Civics 101 in an innovative manner as you might surmise from the title: Making Sausage: Observations of a Fly on the Wall at the Merry Roundhouse.
Gibson has served on the Los Alamos County Council, Board of Public Utilities, Transportation Board, the first Charter Review Committee,