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NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 53

on August 11, 2019 - 6:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly after noon, some of which may produce heavy rain, and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

Call In Option During ‘Governor’s Cabinet In Your Community’ Constituent Services Outreach Event Today

on August 10, 2019 - 8:56am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The Lujan Grisham administration is hosting the first  Governor’s Cabinet in Your Community event today, Aug. 10, in Albuquerque.
 
High-level representatives from departments and agencies across state government, including the Governor’s Office, will be on hand to field walk-in constituents. Constituents from farther afield are encouraged to call in.
 
State agencies will field all manner of constituent needs, including child care assistance, food assistance program enrollment, employment assistance, immunizations, well-water tests, local business consultation, driver

TCHS: Public Lecture On White Sisters Legacy

on August 10, 2019 - 8:33am
Elizabeth White. Courtesy/TCHS photo
 
TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society announces its 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 public lecture “The Legacy of El Delirio: The White Sisters' Remarkable Legacy” presented by Nancy Owen Lewis, Scholar in Residence at School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.
 
The lecture is sponsored, in part, by the Historical Society of New Mexico and its Speaker's Bureau. The program takes place in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos. The talk is free and open to the public.
 
In the mid 1920's, Elizabeth

SFNF Update: Conejos Fire Grows To 500 Acres

on August 10, 2019 - 8:25am
USDA News:
 
SANTA FE Favorable conditions Thursday gave fire crews the opportunity to complete an additional 150 acres of firing operations.
 
Through the weekend, as weather conditions allow, fire crews will continue to look for opportunities to burn heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the planned 800-acre Conejos Fire perimeter.
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa
 
Size: 500

Special Kids & Family Day At NM Wildlife Center

on August 10, 2019 - 8:18am
CourtesyNMWC
 

Courtesy/NMWC
 
NMWC News:
 
ESPANOLA Bring the family to play and explore the wild world 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at New Mexico Wildlife Center.
 
Admission is free for the entire family.
 
The event begins with live family-friendly music by award-winning children’s musician Andy Mason (andymasonmusic.org). Offering songs in English and Spanish, Andy will have kids and adults dancing and singing along while learning something, too.
 
The day continues with ongoing, fun and wild hands-on activities involving feathers, bird beaks, animal tracks, and

Governor’s Key Advisor Gabello Issues Statement On Call For Special Session Following El Paso Violence

on August 10, 2019 - 8:06am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s senior advisor for policy and strategy issued the following statement Thursday regarding recent speculation about a special session:
 
“There is great apprehension and fear across New Mexico and farther afield in the wake of last weekend’s horrific, hate-fueled mass violence in El Paso,” Dominic Gabello said. “This state and country are facing real threats from within; proactive measures must be taken.

High School Students From Across New Mexico Attend Joint Science And Technology Institute

on August 9, 2019 - 2:23pm
ORISE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Lexi Alcala and Thilo Roelofs of Los Alamos, were two of 31 high school students attending the Joint Science and Technology Institute, an educational opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience in science, technology, engineering and math.
 
Alcala, daughter of Lisa and Jermain Bracy, and Roelofs, son of Nina and Andreas Roelofs, are students at The Academy for Technology and the Classics in Los Alamos.
 
Alcala and Roelofs collaborated with mentors and conducted research activities on the University of New Mexico campus.

SFNF Update: Cueva Fire Grows To 5 Acres

on August 9, 2019 - 2:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Cueva Fire on the Coyote Ranger District will be managed to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

Today and through the weekend fire crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions to implement firing operations to bring positive benefits to the landscape.

Start date: August 6, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: French Mesa, located on the north end of the Coyote Ranger District, adjacent to Forest Road 8

Size:  5

Portion Of Santa Fe Rail Trail Closed Until November

on August 9, 2019 - 9:28am
SFC News:
 
SANTA FE A portion of the Santa Fe Rail Trail is now closed until November 2019 to improve a 1.5 mile section of the trail.
 
The portion of trail that will be closed is between Avenida Eldorado (mile post 4.86) and Spur Ranch Road (mile post 3.5).
 
The closure is part of the fourth phase of the trail improvements, which includes trail surface and drainage improvements within the railroad right of way of the Santa Fe Southern Railroad. Trail users should plan to use an alternate route during the trail construction and closure.
 
Phase four of the project will cost

State Police Investigate Threats Against Santa Fe PD

on August 9, 2019 - 9:14am
Joseph Moises Ortiz Jr. III
 
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE At around 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, the New Mexico State Police received a call from the Santa Fe Police Department about threats being made via telephone by two male individuals toward the Santa Fe Police Department. 
 
Joseph Moises Ortiz Jr. III, 50, and his nephew, Isaiah Noah Vigil, 16, both of Santa Fe, threatened to attack the Santa Fe Police Department headquarters at 2515 Camino Entrada with firearms and explosive devices. 
 
The two males cited the reason for the attack was because of their dissatisfaction in a case that

AG & DA Task Force Secure Indictment Of Former Miss New Mexico Executive Director For Fraud, Tax Evasion, Embezzlement & Racketeering

on August 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Andrea Reeb today announced that a Roosevelt County Grand Jury indicted former Miss New Mexico Executive Director Greg Smith on charges that he stole money from the organization, funds which were designated for participant scholarships.
 
The Grand Jury indicted Smith on 18 felony charges of embezzlement, fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and issuing worthless checks.
 
“New Mexican women who seek leadership opportunities should not see those opportunities taken by

Forest Road 376 Closed At MM 5.3 For Public Safety

on August 9, 2019 - 8:30am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has closed Forest Road (FR) 376 to through traffic due to a blocked culvert at mile marker 5.3, approximately 4 miles north of the Gilman Tunnels and 3 miles south of Porters Landing.
 
The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris have made it an immediate public safety issue. SFNF personnel have placed temporary barricades on both sides of the blocked area, and visitors are advised to avoid using FR 376.
 
The work to replace the

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on August 9, 2019 - 7:03am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWS

Expect Roadblocks Statewide During Hunting Seasons

on August 8, 2019 - 8:45pm
NMGF News:
 
SANTA FE Hunting seasons are underway and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.
 
Conservation officers may be assisted by other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.
 
At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act.

State Standing Up Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Taskforce

on August 8, 2019 - 10:56am
Destinee Alexis Atencio
 
By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tesuque Pueblo Tribal Police continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of Destinee Alexis Atencio whose body was found June 22 near the Camel Rock formation in Tesuque.

Atencio, 21, was last seen by a relative sometime in May in Santa Fe. Authorities believe she may have been dead for at least a couple of weeks before her body was found. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

She is described as a Native American female,

New Mexico State Police Participate In Governor’s Cabinet In Your Community Aug. 10

on August 8, 2019 - 10:48am
NMSP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Police will participate in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first Governor’s Cabinet in Your Community event Saturday, Aug. 10, in Albuquerque.
 
New Mexico State Police Chief Staff will be on hand to field walk-in constituents. Constituents unable to attend who have concerns are encouraged to call in.
 
New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson is and will continue to provide a professional, high-quality service to the constituents in New Mexico. Chief Johnson holds his officers to the highest standards.

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal Release New Details Of Expanded DHS Watchdog Probe Of CBP Surveillance Of Journalists, Activists And Lawyers

on August 8, 2019 - 9:06am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

In May, senators demanded answers from DHS about CBP compiling lists and monitoring journalists, lawyers and other individuals providing assistance to migrants at the border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (OIG) detailing its investigation into the alleged compiling of lists and targeted government surveillance of journalists,

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies Conducts Analysis On Missing Man Aerials In Organ Mountains

on August 8, 2019 - 8:24am
Silent Falcon UAS Technologies was established to bring state-of-the-art technologies to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Courtesy/ Silent Falcon UAS Technologies
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The manufacturer of two New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) fixed-wing drones, Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, will critically analyze aerial video and electro-optical images for any trace of Steven Carey, the California man missing in the Organ Mountains, east of Las Cruces.
 
DHSEM’s drones are still in production and were not in the weekend search.

Weekly Fishing Report: Aug. 8

on August 8, 2019 - 8:03am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
There’s some really good news coming from the Chama-Tierra Amarilla area. Water levels at Heron Lake are the highest they’ve been in many years and the marina at Willow Creek is now open again.
 
In years past, Heron was a popular destination for sailboats and boaters from all over the state could moor their boats at the Willow Creek Marina. Low water levels forced the closure of the marina and low water levels made the launching of sail boats difficult.
 
The heavy snowpack this past winter and subsequent heavy spring runoff

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 8, 2019 - 7:11am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS
 
Courtesy/NWS

Fall & Winter Events At New Mexico Historic Sites

on August 7, 2019 - 10:12pm
Wagon in the Snow at Fort Selden. Courtesy/NMDCA
 
Luminarias at Jemez Historic Site. Courtesy/NMDCA

 

Virgin de Guadalupe carving, part of J. Paul Taylor collection. Courtesy/NMDCA

 
 
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico’s Historic Sites have a host of upcoming events planned this fall and winter:
 
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fiesta of Cultures.
Coronado Historic Site
485 Kuaua, Bernalillo, NM 87004
Come celebrate New Mexico’s diverse and unique cultures!

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Closed Due To Impassable Road From Thunderstorms Tuesday

on August 7, 2019 - 2:16pm

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is closed due to impassable road. Courtesy/BLM

BLM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Due to thunderstorms Tuesday, the road to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is impassable.

The Monument is closed starting and updates will be posted to www.blm.gov/visit/kktr.

For more information, contact the BLM Rio Puerco Field Office at 505.761.8700.

About BLM

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

GSD Contracting For Security Planning Measures To Be Identified For State Office Buildings In Santa Fe

on August 7, 2019 - 1:33pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – State General Services Secretary Ken Ortiz announced his department will soon enter into a contract with a private firm to develop a security master plan for executive office buildings in Santa Fe.

“State employees deserve to feel safe and secure at their workplace,” Ortiz said.
 
GSD’s Facilities Management Division, which is responsible for operation and maintenance of executive office buildings in Santa Fe, will select from three firms that were awarded statewide price agreements for security master planning.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival First Presentation Of All 10 Of Beethoven’s Sonatas For Violin & Piano

on August 7, 2019 - 1:21pm
SFCMF News:
 
SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival—which runs Sunday, July 14, through Monday, Aug. 19—brings its 2019 season to a close with Weeks 5 & 6, beginning Sunday, Aug. 11, and ending with the season-finale concert Monday, Aug. 19.
 
Highlights of the Festival’s final weeks include several artist debuts and the return of Festival-audience favorites; beloved classics by Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert; charming, lesser-known works by Britten and Janáček; and the Festival’s first-ever presentation of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s groundbreaking Sonatas for Violin & Piano.
 
All

Santa Fe County Names New Fire Chief

on August 7, 2019 - 12:27pm

Erik Litzenberg

Santa Fe County News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller announced the hiring of Erik Litzenberg as the new County Fire Chief. Litzenberg, current City of Santa Fe Manager, brings more than 23 years of public service to the County.

“Erik’s passion for and proven leadership in the field of firefighting and emergency medical services is a welcome asset to the County,” Miller said. “We feel lucky to have him join our team in this capacity.”

Litzenberg recently announced he was stepping down as City Manager of the City of Santa Fe.

“Firefighting and emergency

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