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Governor On Trump Administration Public Charge Rule

on August 14, 2019 - 1:12pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week sharply criticized the Trump administration’s adoption of a “public charge” rule that targets vulnerable immigrant families who use public benefits, potentially disqualifying them from obtaining or renewing a green card or visa.
The governor said her administration will explore mechanisms state agencies can employ to protect families, support enrollment of family members who are not impacted by the rule and conduct outreach and education to communities and local government agencies.

SFNF: Conejos Fire Met Objectives, Smoke Continues

on August 14, 2019 - 12:53pm
Firing operations on the Conejos Fire added low-intensity fire to the ground to consume needle litter and woody debris, leaving the ponderosa pine forest more resilient to wildfire, climate change, and insects and disease. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
SFNF News:
SANTA FE While the Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is still putting up some smoke, primarily from a 10-acre interior pocket of mixed conifer where it continues to smolder and creep, fire managers say they are pleased with the outcome on 800 acres that had not seen beneficial

Udall On 5th Circuit Upholding Indian Child Welfare Act

on August 14, 2019 - 12:49pm
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, has issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in its ruling in Brackeen v. Bernhardt and overturned a 2018 decision from the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas, which wrongly struck down key provisions of ICWA.
In January, Udall filed a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in support of the constitutionality of ICWA.
“I was proud to

LAFD Co-Sponsors Third Annual Resuscitation Academy

on August 14, 2019 - 12:15pm
LAFD News:
The Los Alamos Fire Department along with New Mexico Resuscitation Academy (RA) has announced that they are conducting two consecutive one-day Resuscitation Academies.
These full day RAs are Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
The Academy is a one-day academy, and people need only to register for Friday or Saturday. This course is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and working lunch.

Sean Dunagan Takes Helm At NWP/WIPP

on August 14, 2019 - 8:55am
Sean Dunagan
WIPP News:
CARLSBAD Sean Dunagan, a recognized nuclear expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the management and operation of deep geological repositories for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will replace Bruce Covert as president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the management and operating contractor at DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
“Bruce has done a tremendous job leading the return to transuranic waste operations at WIPP since his arrival in May 2017,”said Executive Vice President Mark Whitney of AECOM’s Nuclear and

PEEC: Haaland To Speak On Green New Deal Aug. 21

on August 14, 2019 - 8:42am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
PEEC News:
The community is invited to hear U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland discuss why she thinks the Green New Deal is a needed bold solution to protect the future of communities, the country and planet at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
This event will be held outside of the center and guests are encouraged to arrive early to get seats. The talk is free to attend and no advance registration is required. The Los Alamos Nature Center is at 2600 Canyon Road and is operated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Palace Of The Governors Offers Guided Tours During Final Stage Of Building Rehabilitation This Fall

on August 14, 2019 - 7:46am

Palace of the Governors Courtyard in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMHM


NMHM News:


SANTA FE Beginning this fall, the New Mexico History Museum will offer guided tours of the Palace of the Governors during breaks in construction activity.


The tours will allow a rare look at this historic building as it undergoes preservation treatment in support of its continued use as a public museum.


Beginning Aug. 30, information about tours will be available at the front desk of the New Mexico History Museum or by calling 505.476.5200.


Rehabilitation of the Palace of the Governors—a National

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 57

on August 14, 2019 - 7:22am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4 p.m. and tonight’s low around 57. Courtesy/NWS

Blue-Green Algae Closes Access To Abiquiu Lake

on August 13, 2019 - 7:54pm
Example of blue-green algae bloom. Courtesy/
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News:
ABIQUIU LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Cerrito Day-Use Recreation Area, including the boat ramp and the swim beach, are closed after tests showed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom in the reservoir.
The closure will last until levels no longer pose an increased threat to humans and animals.
Closure signs are posted at the lake’s public access points.
The lake is still open for camping but public lake

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks To Intervene In Second Census Challenge Lawsuit

on August 13, 2019 - 2:25pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News: 
ALBUQUERQUE Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a 26-member coalition from around the country — including 15 states, the District of Columbia, three counties, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — in opposing the State of Alabama’s attempt to refuse counting every individual in the 2020 decennial census.
While the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S.

Elected Officials Meet With Future Leaders At Young Democrats State Convention Over Weekend

on August 13, 2019 - 7:42am
NMDP News:
BELEN Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston and Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Marcus Porter met with future leaders of the Democratic Party last weekend at the annual Young Democrats of New Mexico State Convention. Rep. Ben Ray Luján also attended and participated in a Q&A.
As well as the in person speakers, several elected Democrats sent in videos or statements to address the convention, including Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Gov.

NWS: Today’s High Near 83; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on August 13, 2019 - 7:02am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

FBI: Operation Independence Day

on August 12, 2019 - 6:59pm
FBI News:
A month long FBI-led operation to identify and arrest sex traffickers and recover child victims has resulted in dozens of arrests across the country and the identification and recovery of more than 100 juveniles.
The initiative during the month of July, dubbed Operation Independence Day, relied on more than 400 law enforcement agencies working on FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces in each of the Bureau’s 56 field offices.
The sweep included undercover operations and has led to the opening of five dozen federal criminal

FBI Searching For Man Who Allegedly Absconded From Pre-Trial Release In Albuquerque Aug. 5

on August 12, 2019 - 6:54pm

Alleged absconder Jan Jay Moolenijzer

FBI News:

A man charged federally with aggravated sexual abuse is being sought for allegedly absconding from pre-trial release in Albuquerque.
Jan Jay Moolenijzer's last known location was Tucson, Ariz. The FBI arrested Moolenijzer Sept. 8, 2018 in Albuquerque, after a federal criminal complaint was filed. He was indicted March 27, 2019 on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
Moolenijzer, 68, was placed Sept. 18, 2018 on strict pre-trial conditions of release. He allegedly left an Albuquerque halfway house Aug. 5, 2019 without permission.

New Mexico Community Foundation Changes Name

on August 12, 2019 - 8:15am
NMF News:
The New Mexico Community Foundation has changed its name to New Mexico Foundation, which better defines its purpose and identity as the only community foundation serving the state of New Mexico.
New Mexico Foundation’s new building is more centrally located at 8 Calle Medico in Santa Fe. The larger building has space available for nonprofit community gatherings, workshops and meetings. 
To celebrate the new location and name, the public is invited to an open house 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 to meet board and staff and tour the new facilities.

Udall, Khanna: Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Improve Health Care Access For Native American Veterans

on August 12, 2019 - 8:14am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) have announced introduction of the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, a bill to improve health care access for Native American Veterans by providing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) coverage for care that Native American veterans receive at urban Indian health centers.
This legislation would help Native American veterans acquire culturally competent care, while at the same time helping relieve the

New Mexico Legislature Taking Steps To Webcast Additional Interim Committee Meetings

on August 12, 2019 - 8:11am
In an effort to improve transparency and promote greater access to legislative Interim Committee meetings for the public and media, the New Mexico Legislative Council Service is now taking steps to webcast and archive meetings held across the state.
Meetings taking place in the State Capitol building are already streamed live and archived.
The move to include offsite meetings as part of the Council’s webcasting service was championed by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D – Doña Ana), a long-time advocate for efforts to make legislative meetings available to the public online.

NWS: Today’s High Near 81; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on August 12, 2019 - 8:10am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 81 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWS

Vest Orthodontics Changes Name To Rio Grande Orthodontics

on August 11, 2019 - 10:50am

Center For New Mexico Archaeology To Open ‘Women In Archaeology’ Exhibit On International Archaeology Day

on August 11, 2019 - 8:59am
Archaeologists Florence Hawley Ellis and student Florence Hawley Ellis, director of University of New Mexico excavations at San Gabriel del Yunque in Northern New Mexico. Courtesy/Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, New Mexico History Museum
CNMA News:
SANTA FE In celebration of International Archaeology Day, Saturday, Oct. 19, the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA) will open its doors to the public, providing an opportunity to learn about New Mexico’s fascinating 12,000-year cultural heritage and the science of archaeology through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Kelly Trujillo Named New ARMAS Director At Highlands

on August 11, 2019 - 8:51am
Kelly Trujillo
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Kelly Trujillo is the new director for the Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center (ARMAS) at New Mexico Highlands University.
The nationally acclaimed ARMAS Center provides comprehensive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) support services to students.
“My whole career has been about mentoring, whether it’s in a laboratory setting or a classroom,” Trujillo said. “I see highly successful tiers of mentoring at ARMAS, which are always fantastic learning opportunities.

Governor Taps Katrina Hotrum-Lopez For Aging Agency

on August 11, 2019 - 8:14am
New Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday announced Katrina Hotrum-Lopez would succeed Alice Liu McCoy as secretary of the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department upon McCoy’s hiring as executive director of the state Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
The council board voted in late July to select McCoy as its new director. McCoy, an attorney with extensive and diverse experience in representing and advocating for individuals with disabilities, will remain a key piece of the Lujan Grisham administration,

NMDWS: Twenty Students Successfully Graduate PESCO Welding Apprenticeship Program

on August 11, 2019 - 7:33am
ALBUQUERQUE A two-phase earn-while-you-learn Welding Boot Camp and Apprenticeship Program in Farmington has been implemented with 20 individuals successfully completing the first five weeks.
This program was made possible in partnership between the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), San Juan College, Process Equipment & Service Company, Inc. (PESCO), and the New Mexico Workforce Connection.


The first phase of the program consisted of a five-week Welder Boot Camp, put on by PESCO and San Juan College, that teaches basic welding skills, safety

Santa Fe National Forest Releases Draft Forest Plan For Public Comment ... Meeting In Los Alamos Sept. 23

on August 11, 2019 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has published its draft revised land management plan and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) in the Federal Register, initiating the formal 90-day public comment period, which ends Nov. 7, 2019.
The revised land management plan will guide management of 1.6 million acres across six counties in northern New Mexico for the next 10 to 15 years.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces $6 Million To Combat State Opioid Crisis

on August 11, 2019 - 7:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $6 million in funding to New Mexico to combat the opioid epidemic in communities across the state.
The funding will go toward treatment, prevention, recovery, and research efforts throughout New Mexico.
A breakdown of the HRSA awards is below: 
  • $2,505,000 for 15