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Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Responds To Campaign Finance Fixes Being Signed Into Law

on April 5, 2019 - 8:32am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement after Senate Bill 3 was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:
 
“The revisions to the Campaign Reporting Act included in this law give the public a better understanding of who is trying to influence our elections by providing more transparency and accountability in campaign finance reporting.
 
I thank Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth for his diligence and vision in passing this legislation, and I thank Gov.

Chamber Business Breakfast: Rep. Chandler April 11

on April 5, 2019 - 8:30am

FBI: Navajo Man Gets 51 Months Imprisonment

on April 5, 2019 - 8:28am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A federal judge in Albuquerque has sentenced Thomas M. Navaho, 26 to 51 months of imprisonment based on his previously entered guilty plea to an assault charge.
 
Navaho, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was convicted of assaulting a Navajo man April 27, 2018, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County. Court documents reflect that Navaho punched, kicked, choked and threatened to kill the victim because he believed the victim called the police regarding a fight Navaho previously had with another person.
 
The victim

Santa Fe Animal Shelter: Take $50 Off Adoption Of All Animals Weighing 50 Pounds Or More During April

on April 5, 2019 - 8:23am
CourtesySFAS
 
SFAS News:
 
Santa Fe Animal Shelter is kicking off spring with its “Spring Into Love” promotion, by offering $50 off every adoption on all animals weighing 50 pounds or more, with hopes that the community will "spring into love" with a new best friend.
 
“We have a lot of great dogs, all sizes, breeds and ages, who are looking for their second chance in life,” said Murad Kirdar, spokesperson for the shelter. “We hope the Spring into Love promotion will bring the community out to meet one of these lovebugs and take them home.”
 
The $50 off adoption special includes all

Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn Postponed Again; May Be Rescheduled Sometime Next Week

on April 5, 2019 - 8:20am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will not conduct the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed today, April 5.
 
After reviewing conditions on the ground, including recent precipitation, and forecasted weather and winds, fire managers decided to postpone the burn. Ventilation is expected to be good during the day on Friday, but low winds overnight could cause smoke to settle over the area early Saturday.
 
Fire managers will look for a window next week to proceed with aerial and hand ignitions on up

SFCC: Consider Career In Respiratory Care April 12

on April 5, 2019 - 8:18am
SFCC News:
 
Anyone considering a career in respiratory care is encouraged to attend the Respiratory Care Program “Meet the Department” event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 12 in Room 433 in the Santa Fe Community College Health and Sciences Center, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
Get information, advising and assistance with an application.
 
Respiratory therapists who earn a degree find good jobs with excellent salaries in hospitals, emergency rooms and more. If possible, bring a copy of unofficial transcripts. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 1.
 
For more information, visit

NWS: Today’s High Near 60, Tonight’s Low Around 37

on April 5, 2019 - 7:50am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 60 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 37. Courtesy/NWS

NMSA Offers Full-Major Creative Writing & Literature

on April 4, 2019 - 1:08pm
Courtey/NMSA
 
NMSA News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) will now offer Creative Writing and Literature as a full Major, alongside current majors of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts, beginning fall 2019.
 
Applications for the inaugural cohort are open and 20 New Mexico 9th graders will be accepted into the program.
 
Applicants to NMSA are screened solely on measures of passion, promise and aptitude in the arts; formal arts training and academic background are not considered in the audition process.

‘Drive Like You Work Here’ National Work Zone Awareness Week April 8-12

on April 4, 2019 - 12:15pm

Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

Work zone fatalities have gone up. As spring construction season begins, the New Mexico Department of Transportation reminds drivers, slow down, pay attention and pack your patience.

We’re all trying to get somewhere and the smoother the ride, the better. NMDOT’s mission is to provide safe and efficient transportation systems for all travelers. To accomplish that, construction is necessary. 

Sadly, each year crashes, injuries and fatalities occur because drivers don’t use proper construction zone etiquette.

Motorists may not realize, they are more at risk of

New Mexico State Land Office Signs Special Use Permit With Continental Divide Trail Coalition

on April 4, 2019 - 12:01pm
Continental Divide Trail Coalition Executive Director Teresa Martinez, left, with Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed Special Use Permit No. 2019-001 giving the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) the ability to issue permits to Trail hikers and horseback riders that will allow them to lawfully access the portions of the Trail that are on State Trust Lands.
 
The Continental Divide Trail spans over 3,000 miles in North America, with 820 miles of trail in New Mexico. The boot heel

Chandler: New Mexico Legislature 2019 ‘The Most Productive Session In Years’

on April 4, 2019 - 9:31am
By REP. CHRISTINE CHANDLER
New Mexico House Dist. 43

Now that the 2019 legislative session has come to an end, I wanted first to thank District 43 for the honor of serving you. I was proud to represent our district alongside hardworking staff, legislators, and advocates for the betterment of New Mexico. With a new energetic governor, the state legislature had one of the most productive sessions in years, ushering in transformative policy towards a brighter future.

Together, we passed education reforms including allocating more monies for schools and higher teacher pay, expanding trade

AFT New Mexico Applauds Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signing Community School Legislation

on April 4, 2019 - 9:25am
AFT News:
 
SANTA FE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“With today’s signing of House Bill 589, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham moved our state forward towards the realization of a more robust structure of community schools and the wrap-around services our students, families, parents and communities need for healthy and stable neighborhoods.
 
“Making a transition to a fuller and systematic embrace of the community school model of education reinforces the belief that community schools aren’t just for education, but

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Extend Electric Vehicles Tax Credit

on April 4, 2019 - 8:43am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced the Electric Cars Act of 2019, bicameral legislation to fully extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years, and help deploy critical alternative fuel charging infrastructure.
 
"At a time when electric cars are making advances in scale of production and becoming more competitive in the marketplace, we need to continue encouraging the progress we've seen--not take our foot off the pedal," Heinrich said.

Weekly Fishing Report: April 4

on April 4, 2019 - 8:41am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The new license year began April 1 and you will need to purchase a 2019-2020 fishing license or fishing and game hunting license now. They are available from license vendors across the state, State Game and Fish Department offices and online.
 
Winter made a brief but strong return over the weekend, with the weather Sunday (3/31) being particularly nasty with strong winds, snow and cold temperatures. This coming week is supposed to be relatively warm and the fishing should improve as the water warms up.

NWS: Today’s High Near 57, Tonight’s Low Around 37

on April 4, 2019 - 8:37am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 57 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 37. Courtesy/NWS

LAPS Offers Assessment System Webinars Participation

on April 3, 2019 - 4:07pm

LAPS News:

As part of its “Re-envisioning New Mexico’s Statewide Assessment System” process, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) is gathering input on best practices for measuring student success within New Mexico’s statewide assessment system.

This covers all tests, including PARCC, SBA, NMASR, NMAPA, Istation, and ACCESS, as well as the frequency of testing and what educators and PED do with test scores.

There have been ten in-person meetings and now, in order to gather information from people who were not able to attend those in person meetings, PED Director of

Barricaded Suspect Arrested By State Police On Interstate 25 After Lighting Car On Fire

on April 3, 2019 - 3:53pm

Donald David Keehle

NMSP:

SIERRA COUNTY – At about 12:50 p.m., March 29, New Mexico State Police officers responded to a welfare check on a male subject who was placing trash and debris on Interstate 25 south, near mile post 84, north of T or C.

State Police officers encountered a parked maroon Chevy Impala parked off the right shoulder of I-25. A male identified as Donald David Keehle, 54, of Pueblo, Colo., was sitting in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle. Officer’s attempted to take Keehle into custody, however he refused to exit the vehicle.

Secretary Of State Priority Bills Making It Easier For Owners To Conduct Business In NM Signed Into Law

on April 3, 2019 - 10:38am

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement after a pair of her priority bills – Senate Bill 162 and 167 – that will improve how business owners interact with the Secretary of State’s Office were signed into law yesterday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

“I’m dedicated to improving the Business Services Division of my Office in every way we can and these bills help provide more convenience and clarity when businesses interact with us. I thank Sen.

Udall Opening Statement At Hearing To Examine EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

on April 3, 2019 - 8:59am

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to examine the EPA’s fiscal year 2020 budget request:

Administrator Wheeler, welcome to your first Appropriations hearing as EPA Administrator.

It sure is a different day from when we sat here one year ago with your predecessor.

House GOP Leader Townsend Resubmits Referendum Petition On Anti-2nd Amendment SB 8 To SOS

on April 3, 2019 - 7:39am

House Republican Leader Jim Townsend

HOUSE GOP News:

  • Townsend calls on Toulouse Oliver to let people decide.

SANTA FE—Tuesday afternoon, House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) renewed his effort to appeal for a public test of Senate Bill 8, legislation passed earlier this year that mandates citizen background checks on firearm sales in New Mexico.

Townsend resubmitted his proposed draft petition to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver for her office’s review and approval to distribute to voters.

Townsend delivered a preliminary draft petition March 11, 2019 to the Secretary

New Mexico Bans Coyote-Killing Contests

on April 3, 2019 - 7:07am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed bipartisan legislation Tuesday that prohibits organizing, sponsoring or participating in coyote-killing contests in the state.
 
Several conservation organizations praised the governor for signing the progressive, science-based legislation into law.
 
During these contests, participants compete to kill the greatest number, the largest or even the smallest coyotes for entertainment and prizes. At least 30 such contests are known to take place annually in New Mexico.
 
The bill, SB 76, was spearheaded by Sen.

New Mexico Joins National Census Day Of Action

on April 3, 2019 - 6:42am
CCP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the “National Census Day of Action”, the Center for Civic Policy launched a digital PSA campaign Monday to highlight the preparations happening for an accurate count in New Mexico.
 
The 2020 Census will determine how more than $800 billion in federal funding is allocated each year. The census is critical for figuring out what our communities need to be healthier, safer and more successful.
 
A series of nine different PSAs are currently live on Facebook. The PSAs focus on highlighting the importance of census participation and why an accurate count

District Attorney Marco Serna Announces Second Degree Murder Conviction Of Christopher Owens

on April 3, 2019 - 6:22am
Christopher Owens
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Tuesday, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced the conviction of Christopher Owens for the brutal murder of Timothy Baca in Santa Fe during the Summer of 2017.
 
A Santa Fe jury has found Owens guilty of 2nd Degree Murder with a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
 
“Combating violent crime in northern New Mexico remains our priority,” District Attorney Serna said. “This brazen, brutal crime shook the community and I will be asking the court to impose the maximum sentence.”
 
Owens faces a total of 19.5

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Introduces National Public Health Week Resolution April 1-7

on April 3, 2019 - 6:02am
 U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced a resolution in Congress to designate this week, April 1 through 7, as National Public Health Week, as a part of his efforts to continue working toward a healthier New Mexico and healthier America.
 
A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.).
 
“National Public Health Week is a time to reflect on the hard work we have done to create healthier communities and to recognize the invaluable work done by public health

20th Anniversary Celebration Highlights WIPP’s Vital Role In EM Cleanup

on April 3, 2019 - 6:01am
Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Todd Shrader, center right, and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) President and Project Manager Bruce Covert hold a proclamation from Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway, left of Covert, declaring March 26-April 26 as WIPP Appreciation Month in recognition of the project’s 20th anniversary. They are surrounded by Waste Isolation Pilot Plant team members from CBFO, NWP, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and North Wind Portage, Inc., the CBFO technical assistance contractor. Courtesy photo
 
A proclamation by Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway recognizing the Waste Isolation

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