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Increased Wait Times At Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument During Balloon Fiesta Week

on October 8, 2019 - 8:20am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is experiencing longer than normal wait times during Balloon Fiesta Week (Oct. 5-14). 
 
As balloonists and spectators make plans to visit the Monument, please plan excursions accordingly, as long wait times at the entrance are reaching from 90-120 minutes due to limited parking.  

The BLM and Pueblo de Cochiti are asking that visitors be patient during this time or consider visiting other popular areas in the ear vicinity.
 
New Mexico is home to spacious scenic destinations such as El Malpais National Conservation

2019 SW Veterans Business Conference Nov. 4-5

on October 8, 2019 - 7:09am
DVS News:
 

Registration is now open for the 2019 Southwest Veterans Business Conference, which is Nov. 4-5 at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

 
Though the conference is free, pre-registration is required and can be done online at www.nmvboc.org. For more information about the conference, contact VBOC Director Rich Coffel at richardl.coffel@state.nm.us or 505.383.2401.
 
The Albuquerque Marriott Hotel is offering a special discounted room rate for attendees. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 505.881.6800.
 
The New Mexico

Keep Fall Season Wildfire Safety In Mind

on October 8, 2019 - 6:44am
NM Fire Information News:
 
SANTA FE As the fall season begins, land managers would like to remind the public to practice wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors.
 
Federal and state wildfire cooperators in New Mexico urge caution for those participating in hunting and other outdoor activities to go prepared to avoid sparking a fire. Just one small spark or heat from an unattended fire, gunfire ricochet, or a vehicle’s exhaust system can ignite dry grass.
 

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help not only hunters but to all outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen trying to

NWS: Today’s High Near 68; Tonight’s Low Around 45

on October 8, 2019 - 6:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 68 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 45. Courtesy/NWS

Football Coach Arrested For Burglary In Gallup

on October 7, 2019 - 10:01pm
John D. Roanhaus
 
NMSP News:
 
MCKINLEY COUNTY New Mexico State Police was notified Oct. 2 of a burglary at Miyamura High School in Gallup.
 
During the investigation, State Police uniform officers viewed video evidence that showed a male subject, enter the locker room at Miyamura High School and take money from a football player’s wallet.
 
Officers identified the male subject as John D. Roanhoaus, 42, of Clovis who is the head football coach at Miyamura High School.
 
An arrest warrant was issued Friday, Oct. 4 for Roanhaus and he was arrested Saturday, Oct.

New Mexico State Land Office Responds To ‘Shell Company’ Cypress Inc. Contest Of Lease Cancellation

on October 7, 2019 - 1:06pm

STATE LAND OFFICE News:

 

 

SANTA FE State Land Office General Counsel, Ari Biernoff, released the following statement regarding Cypress Inc.’s contest of the Land Office’s cancellation of two agricultural grazing leases:

“Commissioner Garcia Richard stands by the decision to terminate the business relationship with Epstein and his enterprises. The leases that she inherited with Cypress, a shell company, should have never been awarded in the first place.

“The State Attorney General also determined these leases were improper and should be cancelled.

“After everything that’s occurred,

New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

on October 7, 2019 - 12:11pm
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas.
 
Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams with the

NMEDD Announces New Members Of Technology Research Collaborative Board

on October 7, 2019 - 11:48am
 
NMEDD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department's (NMEDD) Science and Technology Division has named new board members for the Technology Research Collaborative (TRC).
 
The TRC was formalized in 2003, with the goal of promoting technology commercialization in New Mexico, increasing high-paying jobs and diversifying the economy.
 
In Fiscal Year 2020, the TRC will serve as mentors to science & technology businesses in New Mexico. The board's short-term goals include leveraging its expertise to assist businesses applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Senate Committee Funds Cattlemen’s Mass Mustang Roundup & Incarceration To Tune Of $35 Million

on October 7, 2019 - 11:28am
AWA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill Thursday that includes a $35 million in funding to implement a potentially catastrophic mass mustang roundup proposal.
 
The proposal is promoted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the so-called “American Mustang Foundation” and other agribusiness lobbying groups and, shockingly, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ASPCA, and Return to Freedom, a sanctuary.
 
The proposal, misleadingly dubbed a “Path Forward for Wild

RPNM New Communications Director Delanie Crist

on October 7, 2019 - 11:05am
RPNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Delanie Crist is the newest staff hire for the Republican Party of New Mexico as communications director.
 
Crist will assist the party with a broad range of communications, outreach and event support.
 
“I met Miss Crist when she interned on Capitol Hill, she is driven, hard-working and ready to help,” RPNM Chairman Steve Pearce said. “We are excited for her to be back in New Mexico and working for the people.”
 
Crist is a New Mexico native born in Las Cruces. Her family later moved to eastern New Mexico where she grew up in Texico.

Auditor Colón Elected Chair Of Commission Of Public Records Joining State Records & Archives Administrator And Key State Officials In New Leadership Roles

on October 7, 2019 - 8:57am
State Auditor Brian S. Colón
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE State Auditor Brian S. Colón was recently elected as Chair for the Commission of Public Records. New to the Commission, he joins State Records Administrator, Dr. Rick Hendricks, in leading the independent agency to ensure public records are held in trust for all New Mexicans.
 
“I’m deeply honored to lead the Commission in supporting good and open government by preserving our State’s history,” Auditor Colón said.

Northern New Mexico College Community Day Oct. 18

on October 7, 2019 - 8:51am

Albuquerque Casino Takes Top Honors At Enough Good People Awards At American Indian Tourism Conference

on October 7, 2019 - 8:46am
AIANTA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Isleta Resort and Casino in Albuquerque was among the top honorees recognized as the best in Native American Tourism at the annual Enough Good People Awards Gala and Silent Auction.
 
The awards were first established by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) in 2012, and this year’s winners were announced during the association’s 21st annual American Indian Tourism Conference in Tulsa, Okla. last week.
 
A highlight of the annual conference, the Enough Good People Industry Awards recognize the top tribal tourism professionals

NPS Awards Historic Preservation Grants To American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiian Groups

on October 7, 2019 - 8:27am
Documenting Klukwan's Woolen Weaving Traditions -- An Oral History and Documenting Cultural Traditions Project Lani Hotch - Chilkat Indian Village. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service Sept. 13 announced $524,000 in grants for 12 projects from across the country to support the protection of America’s native cultures. 
 
Congress appropriates funding for the Tribal Heritage Grant Program through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of

Udall Secures Protections For Chaco Canyon Area In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

on October 7, 2019 - 8:26am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), has lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes language for the preservation and safekeeping of the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
 
The bill, which passed committee unanimously, and now heads to the full Senate, includes report language directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to refrain from

Albuquerque Attorney Jennie D. Behles Disbarred For Misappropriating Client Funds And Other Misconduct

on October 7, 2019 - 8:25am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court has disbarred Albuquerque attorney Jennie Deden Behles and ordered her to pay restitution of $19,239 to a client for ethical misconduct, including misappropriating the client’s funds.
 
“Behles’s misconduct is an affront to the legal profession,” the Court said in an opinion written by Justice Barbara J. Vigil. “She repeatedly engaged in professional practices riddled with deceit to the detriment of her client, as well as the reputation of all lawyers in this state.

NWS: Today’s High Near 65; Tonight’s Low Around 44

on October 7, 2019 - 7:35am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 65 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 44. Courtesy/NWS

Former U.S. Army Major Named DVS Deputy Secretary

on October 6, 2019 - 10:52am
Newly appointed DVS Deputy Secretary Bryan Osterhage
 
NMDVS News:
 
SANTA FE Former U.S. Army Major Bryan Osterhage has been named Deputy Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS).
 
The native of Belleville, Ill., earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Truman State University in 2004, and a law degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law. He enlisted in the Army in 2010 as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps before completing his active-duty service earlier this year.
 
During his military service, Deputy Secretary
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New Mexico History Museum: ‘Working On The Railroad’ In Mezzanine Gallery In Santa Fe Oct. 18

on October 6, 2019 - 9:28am
Track laying preparation to drive last spike on Santa Fe Central Railway, 1903. Photo by C.G. Kaadt. Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archive (NMHM/DCA), neg. no. 014193
 
Unidentified group of railroad workers, New Mexico, ca. 1900. Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archive (NMHM/DCA), neg. no. 144580
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE They came from all over, and through back-breaking manual labor, railroad workers transformed the United States and impacted millions of lives.
 
When the railroad came to New Mexico in 1879, it brought thousands of job opportunities

Serenata Concert: ‘Vanishing Wake’ Oct. 27

on October 6, 2019 - 8:04am
SSF News:
 
Serenata Santa Fe presents the concert “Vanishing Wake” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave. in Santa Fe
 
The concert includes the music of Hovhaness, Ravel and Thomas Ades.
 
Performers include:
  • David Felberg and Ruxandra Marquardt, violin
  • Alice Norris, viola 
  • Sally Guenther, cello
  • Pamela Epple, oboe
 
Reserve tickets here.

NWS: Today’s High Near 68; Tonight’s Low Around 39

on October 6, 2019 - 7:55am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 68 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 39. Courtesy/NWS

NMDOH, State Immunization Program Provides Families Access To Their Immunization Records

on October 5, 2019 - 8:08am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), in partnership with the New Mexico Immunization Program announce the launch of VaxViewNM, a new public portal for the New Mexico Statewide Immunization Information System (NMSIIS).
 
For the first time, parents and guardians will have access to official immunization records.
 
The website, www.VaxViewNM.org allows families to see, save and print their child’s immunization records without a doctor’s office visit; and eliminates the need to carry multiple or outdated documents.

RTD Indigenous Peoples' Day Holiday Closure Oct. 14

on October 5, 2019 - 8:05am
RTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD Blue Buses will not be in service Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
 
The exception will be the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to the Santa Fe National Forest and the 800 Angel Fire, route which will be operating its normal schedule.

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján Introduces Legislation To Bridge Digital Divide; Promote Training

on October 5, 2019 - 7:29am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. This week, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined colleagues to introduce the Digital Equity Act of 2019 to bridge the digital divide.
 
The legislation, introduced by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Congresswomen Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), and Lucy McBath (D-GA), would close gaps in broadband adoption and promote digital skills training and digital literacy.
 
The Digital Equity Act would establish two grant programs that would be administered by the

NWS: Today’s High Near 69; Tonight’s Low Around 46

on October 5, 2019 - 7:19am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 69 with patchy fog before 10 a.m., otherwise, sunny and tonight’s low around 46. Courtesy/NWS

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