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Presidential Proclamation: Announcing Death Of George H.W. Bush ... Appoint Dec. 5 National Day Of Mourning

on December 3, 2018 - 4:30pm


It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018.  

President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation's greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country will greatly miss his inspiring example.   

On the day he turned 18, 6 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, George H.W. Bush volunteered for combat duty in the Second World War.

Supreme Court Suggests Sanctions For Deficient Legal Briefs In Appeals

on December 3, 2018 - 4:29pm
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court has advised state courts to impose appropriate sanctions on attorneys who submit deficient legal briefs in cases.
“No appellate court or district court should ever hesitate to return briefing or order rebriefing with a short deadline when briefing is unclear or lacks citations or is otherwise unprofessional,” the state’s highest court wrote in an opinion written by Justice Gary L. Clingman.
The court’s admonishment came in a unanimous ruling that affirmed a district court’s denial of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus by an

SFNF Offices Close For National Day Of Mourning To Honor President George H. W. Bush Wednesday, Dec. 5

on December 3, 2018 - 3:59pm

SFNF offices will close Wednesday for the National Day of Mourning in honor of President George H.W. Bush. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest (Forest) Offices and all Ranger District offices will close Wednesday, Dec. 5 for the National Day of Mourning in honor of President George H.W. Bush who passed away Friday.

All offices will resume regular business hours Thursday, Dec. 6.

If you plan to visit the forest, please follow “Leave No Trace” principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare;
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces;
  • Dispose of waste properly;
  • Leave what you find;

State GOP Expresses Happy Hanukkah Wishes

on December 3, 2018 - 3:26pm
ALBUQUERQUE – RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi made the following statement to mark the beginning of Hanukkah:

“We wish a joyous and blessed Hanukkah to all our friends who are celebrating. Hanukkah is a reminder to persevere through adversity with faith and courage. May this celebration be joyous for the Jewish community in New Mexico, across the country, throughout Israel, and around the world. I pray that it brings peace and hope.

SFCC Fitness Center Closing For Renovations

on December 3, 2018 - 12:06pm
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College’s William C. Witter Fitness Education Center’s recreation facilities will undergo major renovations beginning in December.
The gymnasium is scheduled to be closed today through Feb. 5, for floor repairs and refinishing. The entire facility is scheduled to be closed Saturday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.
SFCC holds it fall graduation Dec. 8 at the Fitness Education Center and will be closed to fitness patrons.
Improvements and repairs to the facility will include flooring, furniture, resistance-training equipment,

FBI: Drug Addict From Grant County Sentenced To Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearms And Ammo

on December 3, 2018 - 11:58am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Richard Dinwiddie, 58, of Cliff, has been sentenced in Federal Court in Las Cruces to 15 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for being a drug addict in possession of firearms and ammunition.
Dinwiddie pled guilty June 28. He admitted that federal and local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence Feb. 5 and found approximately six firearms, approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

NM Environmental Law Center Gives Toxic Turkey Award To Oil Conservation Division & OCC

on December 3, 2018 - 11:18am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environmental Law Center announced joint “winners” of this year’s annual Toxic Turkey Award as the Oil Conservation Division (OCD) and the Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) for their failure to adequately regulate the oil and gas industry.
The Law Center gives the Toxic Turkey Award to a person or group that has shown extraordinary disregard for New Mexico’s environment. The Law Center presented the award at its annual members-only Member Appreciation Party in Santa Fe Dec. 2, 2018.
The Law Center also gives several awards to organizations or

Udall Issues Statement On NAFTA Deal

on December 3, 2018 - 7:56am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the signing Friday of a replacement NAFTA agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada at the G20 summit:
“Today’s signing comes after two years of pointless uncertainty and reckless threats to NAFTA from the Trump administration, which raised roadblocks to investment and economic progress across New Mexico. This new deal — the full extent of which has not been released — will require approval in the next Congress.

FBI: Tesuque Pueblo Man Sentenced For Abuse

on December 3, 2018 - 7:52am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Agoyo Vigil, 42, an enrolled member and resident of Tesuque Pueblo, was sentenced Nov. 29 in Federal Court in Albuquerque to two years of probation for his conviction on a felony child abuse charge.

Vigil pled guilty Aug. 31 to information charging him with child abuse. In entering the guilty plea, Vigil admitted that Dec. 31, 2015, on the San Ildefonso Pueblo in Santa Fe County, he became involved in a family argument after consuming beer.

International Women’s Forum Hosts Annual Event

on December 2, 2018 - 7:24am

Attending the annual holiday gathering of the International Women’s Forum, members from left, Linda Deck - director of the Bradbury Science Museum; Ann Hillerman - author; Nancy Bartlit - Los Alamos Historian and Carol A. Clark - publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post (taking the picture). The event took place Saturday night on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. IWF is comprised of more than 6,800 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF is dedicated to building better leadership locally and globally.

Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Announces Additional Members To Health & Human Services Transition Teams

on December 2, 2018 - 6:48am

From the Office of Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced new members of her government transition teams. These teams will be responsible for providing the Governor-Elect with detailed reviews of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Children Youth and Families Department, Department of Health and Human Services Department as part of the gubernatorial transition process.

The transition teams will engage with key stakeholders and current government agency personnel and provide detailed strategic recommendations on improving state

Bipartisan State Canvassing Board Orders Automatic Recount In House Dist. 20, Sets Date For Certification

on December 1, 2018 - 5:40am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
SANTA FE New Mexico’s State Canvassing Board – comprised of Gov. Susana Martinez, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and Chief Justice Judith Nakamura – met in Santa Fe and officially ordered an automatic recount of the House District 20 general election results.
Following New Mexico law, automatic recounts in House Districts 20, 22, and 63 have been ordered by the State Canvassing Board because the vote margin between the top two candidates in each contest is less than one-percent (NMSA 1978 §1-14-24(A)).

DEA To Reimburse Student Field Trip Transportation Cost To ‘Drugs: Costs & Consequences Exhibition’

on December 1, 2018 - 5:40am
Upcoming exhibition at the NMMNHS. Courtesy/DEA Museum
ALBUQUERQUE  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Division (SAMHSA), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will reimburse transportation costs for student field trips to the upcoming exhibition, Drugs: Costs & Consequences: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS).
The money has been made available to New Mexico through an interagency agreement between SAMHSA and the U.S.

SFCC Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Dec. 8

on December 1, 2018 - 5:40am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College will host the 29th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in the college’s Main Hallway and Campus Center, 6401 Richards Ave. The event is free and there is plenty of free parking.
The popular community event features about 75 artists, who sell items ranging from fine art to regional handcrafted goods. The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair gives students and local artists an opportunity to sell their work directly to the public.
Area residents enjoy the festive fair along with the opportunity to support regional

BLM Christmas Tree Permits Now Available

on November 30, 2018 - 4:23pm
Christmas tree permits now available. Courtesy/
BLM News:
SANTA FE – The Bureau of Land Management offices in Albuquerque, Socorro, Taos, Farmington, Las Cruces and Santa Fe are now selling Christmas tree permits.
The permits cost $5 and will be sold until Dec. 23. For a list of BLM office locations and contact information, click here.
Maps can be obtained when purchasing the permit at a local BLM office, and will show tree hunters where lands open to tree cutting are located. Tree permits are for sale on many parcels of public lands in the State.

Heinrich Urges Increased Funding To Protect Places Of Worship, Community Centers

on November 30, 2018 - 3:20pm

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in pressing for robust community safety funding in any FY19 appropriations package.

Specifically, the Senators have called for a minimum of $50 million for the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and $10 million for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant program, which helps nonprofit organizations like religious institutions, schools and community centers make security improvements.

This follows the mass shooting last

Heinrich Fights To Improve Care For Military Families Covered By TRICARE

on November 30, 2018 - 9:40am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held Thursday to consider the nomination of Thomas McCaffery to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) pressed McCaffery on improving delivery of care for TRICARE West, which serves military retirees, service members, and military families – including 83,800 TRICARE beneficiaries in New Mexico.
During the hearing, Heinrich raised concerns over

BLM To Continue San Pedro Thinning Project

on November 30, 2018 - 9:34am
BLM News:
TAOS The Bureau of Land Management will continue thinning to reduce accumulated vegetation posing fire hazards in the San Pedro area through the end of December.
In addition to the presence of work crews, the public will be gathering wood in the area until Dec. 31. To ensure the safety of the work crews and the public, the area’s temporary closure to target shooting is extended until this time.

FBI: Navajo Man Faces Life In Prison On Abuse Charge

on November 30, 2018 - 9:32am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Wilfred Garcia, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, appeared in federal court Wednesday in Albuquerque on a criminal complaint charging him with aggravated sexual abuse. Trial has yet to be scheduled.
Agents from the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested Garcia Nov. 22 in Shiprock. According to the criminal complaint, Garcia pulled up to the victim while driving his truck.

Scenes From Recent Rotary Club Meetings

on November 29, 2018 - 8:54am

Recipients of Rotary Community Funding Requests, Fall 2018, gathered recently at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to receive awards of up to $500 for their nonprofit organizations. From left, Catherine Aguilar, Beverly Post and Steve Glick of the Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program; Chris Monteith and Shashi Charles of the Los Alamos Arts Council; Rotary Club President Vincent Chiravalle; LAMS student Nick of LAMS Computer Projects; David Sutton of Habitat for Humanity, Los Alamos and Española Valley; T.J.

Supreme Court To Hear Timbs v. Indiana, Groundbreaking Case Challenging Constitutionality Of Justice System Fines

on November 29, 2018 - 8:50am
NMSC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Supreme Court of the United States of America this week will hear Timbs v. Indiana, a case concerning the constitutionality of excessive fines and fees by local and state governments.
Juvenile Law Center led an amicus effort to educate the Court on how exorbitant fines and fees in the juvenile justice system affect youth and their families. Forty other youth advocacy organizations joined the Center’s amicus effort.
“Across the country, youth are pushed into the justice system and even into correctional settings because they can’t afford fines and

Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care

on November 29, 2018 - 8:30am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Angus King (I-Maine), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), introduced bipartisan legislation to help improve veterans’ health care by increasing collaboration among federal agencies and authorizing the Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, to develop technologies that solve complex data challenges.
“We need to do everything we can to improve health care for our veterans.

FBI: Navajo Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For First-Degree Murder And Witness Tampering

on November 29, 2018 - 8:18am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Brian Tony, 47, of Gallup was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday in Federal Court in Santa Fe following his previous conviction at trial for first-degree murder and witness tampering, announced U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Director Jesse Delmar of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety (NNDPS).
A jury found Tony, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, guilty of these offenses Sept.

Colleagues Elect U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Serve As Assistant Democratic Leader Of 116th Congress

on November 28, 2018 - 3:59pm

Colleagues today unanimously elect U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress. Photo by Lawrence Jackson/

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

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

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) was unanimously elected today by his colleagues to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress.

“I am honored to receive the trust of my colleagues to serve as a member of the Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Luján said.

Leadership New Mexico Accepting Nominations For 2019 Distinguished Leadership And Alumnus Awards

on November 28, 2018 - 11:21am

LNM News:

Leadership New Mexico is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Distinguished Leadership and Distinguished Alumnus Awards.

The Distinguished Leadership Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognize individuals who have used their leadership skills to improve the quality of life in New Mexico. Award recipients will be honored at the 2019 Annual Dinner Friday, May 10, 2019 at Sandia Resort & Casino. 

Established in 2003, the two awards seek to recognize individuals with demonstrated exceptional leadership that has resulted in a significant positive impact on the economy and