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Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care

on November 29, 2018 - 8:30am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
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/whitehouse.gov

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

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 28

on November 28, 2018 - 6:31am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The cold weather continues and more lakes will start to freeze. Several lakes do not allow ice fishing once they are frozen over. Fenton Lake State Park and Monastery Lake normally do not allow ice fishing. Both are still open.
 
It won’t be long before Fenton Lake freezes over as it is already 75-percent iced and even colder weather is forecast for later this week. The fishing in what open water remains is slow. Call 575.829.3630 for conditions.
 
Monastery Lake is on private land and does not allow ice fishing.

State Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In December

on November 28, 2018 - 5:51am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December.
 
NMSP are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

New Report And Public Briefing On Disposal Of Surplus Plutonium At WIPP Nov. 30

on November 28, 2018 - 5:49am
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad. Courtesy photo
 
NASEM News:
 
The U.S. government plans to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium under the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, signed by the U.S. and Russian Federation in 2000 and revised in 2010.
 
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has developed conceptual plans for disposing of the surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad.
 
Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to

Bipartisan State Canvassing Board Unanimously Certifies 2018 General Election Results

on November 28, 2018 - 5:48am
Sec. of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico’s State Canvassing Board met today in Santa Fe and unanimously certified the official results of the 2018 general election.
 
The Board also officially ordered automatic recounts in two electoral contests, with another recount scheduled to be ordered when the Board reconvenes on Friday of this week. The official, certified results for every 2018 general election contest except those with pending recounts can be viewed on the Secretary of State’s website.
 
“In an election year that included an influx of

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing 40th Anniversary Of Indian Child Welfare Act

on November 28, 2018 - 5:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, along with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), led 46 members of Congress Tuesday in introducing a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and recognizing its importance to promoting the stability and security of Tribal communities and families.
 
ICWA sets best-practice standards

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Launches Quantum Dot Greenhouse Film Product

on November 27, 2018 - 4:05pm

UbiQD launched its retrofit greenhouse film product called UbiGro on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Greenhouse Technology Engineer Damon Hebert checks on a tomato study grown under UbiGro films at the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) greenhouse in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • The company has garnered EPA approval to manufacture its first commercial product, a luminescent film called UbiGro that improves crop quality and yield

UbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has launched its first commercial quantum dot

FBI: Jury Convicts Navajo Man On Abuse Charges

on November 27, 2018 - 2:38pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A federal jury sitting in Albuquerque, returned a verdict today finding Brian Adrian Sloan guilty on aggravated child sexual abuse charges following a five-day trial.
 
The guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.
 
The FBI arrested Sloan, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Newcomb, August 2016, on an indictment filed Aug. 23, 2016, alleging child sexual abuse offenses.
 
The indictment was superseded Jan.

Elected Officials, Tribes, Activists Protest ‘Double Drilling’ During Oil Conservation Commission Hearing

on November 27, 2018 - 2:37pm
The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission. Courtesy photo

SIERRA CLUB News:
 
The Nov. 19 hearing before the State of New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Commission (NMOCC) drew more than 70 people to hear a decision on Hilcorp Energy’s (Case No. 16403) application request to double the number of wells in the Blanco-Mesaverde Gas Pool in San Juan and Rio Arriba counties in northwest New Mexico.
 
Hilcorp Energy—an infamously bad actor—was granted permission to avoid

Udall, Inhofe Introduce Legislation Designating Route 66 A National Historic Trail

on November 27, 2018 - 8:20am

The Route 66 National Historic Trail. Courtesy/googlemaps

 

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced S. 3609, The Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, which would amend the National Trails System Act to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service (NPS). In June of this year, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass the bipartisan legislation. 

 

Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, is more than 2,400 miles long, stretching from

The Food Depot Receives Top National Ranking

on November 27, 2018 - 6:51am
FOOD DEPOT News:
 
SANTA FE — The Food Depot has been named one of “The 40 Best Food Banks in America,” by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion website.
 
The Food Depot at 1222 Siler Road in Santa Fe, ranked 26 out of 40, with 24/7 Wall St. utilizing data from the charity-rating website, Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator evaluates nonprofits annually based on several factors including information on the organization’s website and their IRS 990 form.
 
“We are incredibly proud of this recognition,” Sherry Hooper, executive director of The Food Depot said.

Finance New Mexico: Even A Small Management Team Is Essential To Startup Success

on November 26, 2018 - 3:32pm
Business collaboration. Courtesy/rawpixel
 
By SANDY NELSON
Finance New Mexico

While it’s normal for the owner of a new business to go the do-it-yourself route, either for lack of money or sparse human resources, no one individual can perform every task associated with nurturing a startup and do all of them well.

The person who sets the idea in motion might not have a clue how to keep books and end up avoiding this essential skill in pursuit of more interesting or gratifying activities, such as networking and prototype creation.

For that reason, an aspiring entrepreneur should undertake

NMSP: 2018 Thanksgiving C.A.R.E Operation

on November 26, 2018 - 3:07pm

NMSP News:

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend, and, thus, reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety.

The NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts.

SFNF: Chaparral Prescribed Burn May Start Today

on November 26, 2018 - 7:11am

SFNF News:

To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today, Nov. 26 on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 59 acres of the Chaparral piles, and may conduct treatments anytime between Nov. 26 and March 15, 2019 as conditions allow.

The Chaparral piles area is located along Forest Service Road 539, two to five miles south of the Rancho del

NMSP: Barricaded Suspect Arrested On Interstate 25

on November 26, 2018 - 6:43am

Orlando Lopez

NMSP News:

BERNALILLO COUNTY – At around 6:31 p.m. Saturday, New Mexico State Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on a white Nissan pickup for a traffic violation. The traffic stop was on Tramway near Interstate 25.

 The driver, Orlando Lopez, 56, of Albuquerque refused to exit his vehicle. Lopez armed himself with a knife and barricaded himself inside his vehicle. State Police Crisis Negotiators and Tactical Team were called in to assist, and east and westbound lanes on Tramway and I-25 were closed.

After hours of negotiations, Lopez was arrested and taken into

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome New Pricing Preferences For Northern NM Businesses Contracting With LANL

on November 25, 2018 - 7:06am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján welcomed a new agreement for procurement opportunities for northern New Mexico businesses contracting with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Under LANL’s new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, that went into effect Nov.

New Mexico House Republicans Elect New Leadership

on November 25, 2018 - 7:04am

HOUSE GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE—The New Mexico House Republican Caucus has selected its leadership team for the 54th Legislature.

Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) will serve as the Floor Leader, Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) as House Republican Whip, and Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell) as the House Republican Caucus Chair.

Rep. Townsend was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2014. Before his service in the Legislature, Rep.

SFNF: Cattle Guard Installation On Jemez Ranger District Postponed Until Spring

on November 25, 2018 - 7:04am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest officials postponed the installation of cattle guards on Forest Road 105 (Sulfur Creek Road) and Forest Road 106 (Thompson Ridge Road) until spring. 

Installation was originally planned the week of Nov. 12, but is postponed until forest officials can ensure emergency access during construction.

The plan is to complete the project ahead of the next grazing season.

Public notification will be made as soon as new installation dates are determined. Once the project begins, the forest roads will be impassible from approximately 9:30 a.m.

Be Aware ... Share The Forest With Wild Animals

on November 25, 2018 - 7:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Winter is fast approaching, and hard times may be ahead for some forest animals.

Heavy snows and extended periods of bitter cold can take a toll on many forest creatures. Winter mortality is nothing to be concerned about since it has been occurring for ages.

What has not been occurring for quite as long; however, is the increased amount of human activity on the forest. Forest officials highly encourage visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, but to also be aware of the surroundings.

Cuba Ranger District La Jara Burn Planned Nov. 26

on November 25, 2018 - 7:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Nov. 26 through March 15, 2019.

A total of 79 acres may be treated in the area just east of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems.

Udall, Heinrich Celebrate Native American Heritage Month With Senate Resolution

on November 24, 2018 - 11:10am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the introduction of a bipartisan resolution to mark the month of November as Native American Heritage Month.

The resolution celebrates the immeasurable contributions that Native Americans have made to our nation through their diverse cultures, rich heritages, and unique traditions.

“During Native American Heritage Month, we recognize and celebrate the influence of Native Americans on the arts, languages, and cultures of New Mexico

2018 Winter Spanish Market In Albuquerque Dec. 1-2

on November 24, 2018 - 10:39am
Spanish Colonial Arts Society News:
 
SANTA FE The Spanish Colonial Arts Society’s Winter Spanish Market returns to Albuquerque for the sixth year Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
 
Up to 70 artists will welcome the public with the opportunity to purchase a piece of New Mexico tradition, learn how it was made, and be immersed in art, culture and folklore.
 
The juried artists use traditional images and techniques to create bultos, weavings, ironwork, jewelry, copper engravings, hide paintings, retablos, furniture, tinwork, straw appliqué, woodcarving and

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