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LAFD Hosts Arson Investigators Conference

on March 13, 2018 - 7:30am

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) officials at their conference in Los Alamos Feb. 28- March 2, from right, Los Alamos Fire Department Senior Life & Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi, IAAI Director Jim Kanavy and New Mexico IAAI President Clay Bailey. Rinaldi is also a board member of the New Mexico Chapter. Courtesy photo

IAAI conference members view the results of an explosion inside a small structure for demonstration purposes during IAAI conference activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49 area. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Fire Department

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District East Rowe Mesa Prescribed Burn To Resume

on March 13, 2018 - 7:20am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Due to conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to resume ignitions on the East Rowe Mesa prescribed burn area this week.  
The treatment is designed to improve wildlife habitat and promote forest health. As weather conditions permit, the East Rowe Mesa prescribed burn could continue into April.
Between March 7 and March 9 last week, fire crews met objectives by treating approximately 4,450 acres.

Scenes From Espanola Sun Devils State Championship Game Against Belen Eagles

on March 13, 2018 - 7:16am

The Espanola Sun Devils progressed all the way to the State Championship game for class 5A played at Dream Style Arena aka The Pit Saturday night to meet the Belen Eagles. From the opening tip-off the Eagles took control of the game and won each quarter. The Sun Devils made come back attempts but were unable to pull ahead and lost a heart breaker 73-65. Photo by John McHale/

Christain Fernandez powers in for a layup. He had 14 points for the game. Photo by John McHale/

JP Sena goes high to get a jump shot off to the basket over the Eagle defender in the second

State Auditor Wayne Johnson Designates Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities For Special Audit

on March 12, 2018 - 6:39pm

State Auditor Wayne Johnson

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Wayne Johnson today designated the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) for a special audit.

The designation comes after serious concerns about travel and entertainment reimbursements, including reimbursements for alcoholic beverages, baseball tickets, and first class flights using taxpayer money, possible double reimbursements and procurement issues.

The RCLC is a publicly-funded coalition of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos near the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National

New Mexico Wins America’s Best License Plate Award

on March 12, 2018 - 4:38pm

The ‘Chile Capital of the World’ License Plate wins first place in America. Courtesy image


SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez and the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA) announced that New Mexico’s “Chile Capital of the World” license plate is the winner of America’s Best License Plate Award for 2017.

This is the second time New Mexico has received the award. In 2011, the state won the award for the turquoise Centennial License Plate.

“I’m very proud to accept this award on behalf of the people of New Mexico,” Martinez said.

Heinrich Bipartisan Bill To Establish Tech-Transfer Program Clears Senate Energy Committee

on March 12, 2018 - 9:31am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s (D-N.M.) bipartisan Energy Technology Maturation Act was passed Thursday out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
The legislation, cosponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), would authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: New Historic Site Manager

on March 12, 2018 - 8:21am

Giustina Renzoni. Courtesy/Georgia O’Keeffe Museum


SANTA FE — The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has announced it has hired new Historic Site Manager Giustina Renzoni.

Renzoni will manage the tour schedule at the Museum’s Home and Studio, as well as operations of the O’Keeffe Welcome Center in Abiquiú.

“Giustina has extensive experience with cultural organizations, and her passion for southwestern art and history is certainly a strength,” said Ben Finberg, Senior Director of Operations at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

SFCC Closed For Spring Break March 19-25

on March 12, 2018 - 8:16am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will close the week of March 19-25 for Spring Break.
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. All campus facilities will be closed, including the college’s child care center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. The AARP’s Tax-Aide Santa Fe will not provide free tax preparation during this week. The campus will reopen Monday, March 26. The Santa Fe Higher Education Center, which partners with a variety of area colleges, will remain open.
Santa Fe Community

NM Supreme Court Upholds Water Sacrifice Zones

on March 12, 2018 - 8:14am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court issued a stunning and puzzling decision in its long-awaited review of the Copper Rule.
The case could set precedent for how the State of New Mexico protects water at all industrial sites.
"We are very disappointed with the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Martinez Administration's rule to weaken New Mexico's Water Quality Act" stated Allyson Siwik, Executive Director of Silver City-based Gila Resources Information Project.
"The Supreme Court has effectively sanctioned the idea of groundwater

Lujan Grisham Welcomes Sandia Pricing Preference She Championed For New Mexico Businesses

on March 12, 2018 - 7:57am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomes the announcement from Sandia Laboratories that they are implementing a 5 percent New Mexico small business pricing preference that she championed. 
The pricing preference will help New Mexico small businesses compete for Sandia subcontracts against out-of-state companies.
In a letter sent in March 2016 to then-Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Lujan Grisham encouraged DOE to preserve and expand Sandia’s economic footprint in the state, including implementing a

Consumer Protection Weeks FACTS: 'C' Is For Cars

on March 12, 2018 - 6:18am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas wants New Mexicans to get the FACTS when it comes to Cars. 
Purchasing a car is the largest purchase many New Mexicans undertake, so it’s crucial that consumers make informed decisions during their car shopping process.
“The most important tool for car shopping is to know what you can afford,” Balderas said. “Know your finance options and your overall family budget before you begin to shop.

BLM: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument To Change Hours

on March 12, 2018 - 6:14am
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on the Pajarito Plateau in north central New Mexico. Courtesy/BLM
BLM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The Bureau of Land Management and the Pueblo de Cochiti have announced a change in hours for the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in an effort to better manage the resources of the monument, protect its fragile formations, and ease staffing shortages. 
Entry into the monument will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the monument closing to visitors at 5 p.m.
During the summer months, the monument experiences increased visitation.

Udall On Resignation Of US Ambassador To Mexico

on March 12, 2018 - 6:02am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation:
“With the resignation of Ambassador Jacobson, the State Department is losing an exceptional public servant whose expertise and determination have been critical to sustaining a strong relationship with Mexico, one of our most vital allies.

U.S. Sen. Heinrich Questions Witnesses During Senate Intel Hearing On Security Clearance Reform

on March 12, 2018 - 5:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned witnesses during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on the security clearance process for both government and industry alike.
Heinrich raised concerns about the rules governing interim Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances, an issue that came to light following the departure of White House aide Rob Porter because of his record of domestic abuse against his former wives, and the downgrading of senior adviser Jared Kushner's

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Lays Out 2018 Priorities

on March 12, 2018 - 5:14am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján moved more than 1,500 Democrats statewide to action, rallying them Saturday during the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Pre-Primary Convention to take back Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

Luján focused on key issues for the Democratic Party such as veterans needs, healthcare, women’s rights and an economy that works for middle class families.  
He also highlighted the importance of the 2018 midterm elections. 

“2018 is a year of opportunity.

Udall, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Critical School Safety Legislation

on March 11, 2018 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, legislation that invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens — including providing key resources to strengthen school safety in Native communities. 
The STOP School Violence Act authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants to states and Tribal

New Mexico Democratic Party Pre-Primary Convention Results, Platform And Scenes

on March 11, 2018 - 1:24am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich who is running for reelection excoriates Republicans during his presentation at the Democratic Party of New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Photo by George Chandler

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan who is running for reelection does his mom, left, proud as he enunciates the theme of the convention: Take it Back’. Photo by George Chandler

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham who is running for governor starts her speech, a protestor interrupts and is removed by security, MLG reacts, resumes, calls for respect for opposing views.

St. Patrick's Day Dance Party: Celebrate With Jenny And The Mexicats At The National Hispanic Cultural Center

on March 11, 2018 - 1:23am
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a night of fun with Jenny and the Mexicats at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 in the Grand Ball Room, Pete V. Domenici Education Center.
Tickets are $25, and are available from the NHCC Box Office, at (505).724.4771, or at The event is presented in partnership with Pop FizzAMP Concerts, and Tricklock Company.
Jenny and the Mexicats have been described as a "revelation in true world music," as well as a band that "came together in an amazing way." Lead singer Jenny,

State Auditor Begins Statewide Training Sessions To Stop Corruption And Waste Of Taxpayer Funds

on March 11, 2018 - 1:21am
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
SILVER CITY  State Auditor Wayne Johnson hit the road today in his efforts to stop corruption and waste in government spending.
He kicked off a statewide tour to train local officials and CPAs who partner with Johnson’s office to conduct audits of government entities. This annual training teaches new regulations and processes to spot waste, fraud and abuses of public money, like the $12,000 in personal credit card charges recently found in Silver City municipal government.
“These trainings are an important step in our work to stop

SGR Presents Legislative Wrap-up To Rotary Club

on March 11, 2018 - 1:07am

Dist. 43 State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard recently presented a legislative wrap-up at a Rotary Club meeting, describing this year's session at the Roundhouse. Photo by Rob Metcalf

Film Office: Amazon Studios Television Series 'Too Old To Die Young' To Shoot Episode In Albuquerque

on March 11, 2018 - 1:05am
NMFO News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Thursday that the Amazon Studios television series, "Too Old to Die Young," began principal photography of an episode March 6 in Albuquerque.
Production on the episode, which will utilize both first and second unit crews, will continue through March before returning to Los Angeles. 

The production will employ 75-100 New Mexico crew members, 20 cast/stunt New Mexico actors and approximately 240 New Mexico background talent, including stand-ins. 

"Too Old to Die Young" explores the criminal underbelly of Los

Heinrich Presses National Intelligence Director On Russia Sanctions, Cyber Deterrence Strategy

on March 11, 2018 - 1:04am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday on Worldwide Threats.
During the hearing, Heinrich pressed DNI Coats on whether the Intelligence Community had been instructed to provide analysis to support the Treasury Department’s decision not to impose sanctions on Russia despite Congress voting nearly unanimously to pass

NM Environment & Health Bring 200 Free Water Tests To Santa Fe County’s Private Well Owners Saturday

on March 10, 2018 - 11:40am
NMED News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) are hosting a free Domestic Well Water Testing event in Eldorado at Santa Fe Saturday March 10 and Saturday March 17.
Well owners are encouraged to periodically test their drinking water even though such tests can cost as much as $150. The state’s free well water testing events help save consumers money while educating on safe drinking water.
“The Environment Department provides the advice and assistance that New Mexicans need to ensure that clean drinking water is

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Celebrate Latina Women During Women’s History Month

on March 10, 2018 - 10:40am



Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution to celebrate and recognize the heritage, culture and contributions of Latinas in New Mexico and throughout the United States during National Women’s History Month. 

"New Mexico's rich history has been written in large part by Latina women who defined our values, enriched our culture, and helped our state and nation thrive: activists, teachers, artists, professionals, leaders, thinkers, scientists, public officials," Udall said.

FBI Investigating Homicide Of Navajo Nation Man

on March 10, 2018 - 9:24am

FBI News:

Roger Johnson, 69, of Yah-Ta-Hey, New Mexico, has been positively identified as the victim of a homicide.

His body was discovered Feb. 27 on the Isleta Pueblo.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anybody with information is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300.