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Department Of Workforce Solutions Experiencing Issues With Unemployment Insurance ... Expects System Back In Service By 4 a.m. Sunday

on June 15, 2019 - 9:36am
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Department of Workforce Solutions experienced intermittent issues with the Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System Friday, June 14. 
 
The staff is working to resolve these issues and expects the system to return to service by 4 a.m. Sunday, June 16.
 
People may have tried to call the Operations Center to receive service Friday and were unable to reach the staff. Customers needing to certify their claims may go online starting at 4 a.m. Sunday, June 16 at www.jobs.state.nm.us or call the Operations Center beginning Monday morning at 1.877.664.6984.
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Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Urge USPS To Swiftly Improve Albuquerque Post Office Facilities

on June 15, 2019 - 9:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland wrote to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to implement recommendations made by a recent audit report issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding serious deficiencies at post office facilities in Albuquerque.
 
In their letter, the lawmakers called on USPS to address these troubling conditions and swiftly enact critical improvements, such as filling staff vacancies; maintaining safe and secure facilities; and ensuring the

AG Balderas Announces $2.7 Million In Debt Relief For 252 Former New Mexican ITT Tech Students

on June 15, 2019 - 8:56am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:

 

Mexico as part of a 43 state multistate settlement. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 22,000 former ITT students.

 

“As Attorney General, I am committed to protecting New Mexican families from out-of-state monetary predators,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on June 15, 2019 - 8:15am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with a 30 percent of scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly after 4 p.m. and tonight’s low around 52. Courtesy/NWS

Udall, Romney Introduce Smoke-Free Schools Act

on June 14, 2019 - 8:13am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Thursday introduced The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 to help school districts and local education agencies address the surge of e-cigarettes in schools.
 
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities and lays outs findings to support the conclusion that e-cigarette use in schools and among youth has reached the level of a public health epidemic.
 
“Across America, high schoolers are receiving their hard-earned diplomas – but we cannot stand by as

NMAA To Sanction Girls Wrestling Division

on June 14, 2019 - 8:01am
NMAA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposal to sanction a girls wrestling division that will end with a state championship event beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
 
Here are some key points regarding girls wrestling in New Mexico:
 
 *Note that the exact format for the State Championship is subject to changes:
 
  • The sport has grown from 79 participants in 2017 to 165 in 2019
  • An exhibition event has been held each of the last two years in conjunction with the boys’ state tournament
  • New Mexico is the 18th

NWS: Today’s High Near 83; Tonight’s Low Around 54

on June 14, 2019 - 6:57am
The National Weather Service forecasts today's high in Los Alamos near 83 and tonight's low around 54. Courtesy/NWS

LAPS Board Of Education Discusses Possible Renovation Of White Rock Schools

on June 13, 2019 - 7:25am

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus points to a poster describing how the Los Alamos Public Schools has kept its promises to the public in its use of past bond funding. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board discussed possible building projects for 2020 and beyond to be funded through a GO Bond election and state matching funds Tuesday at its Regular School Board Meeting.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus pointed out that time is relatively short, since the school district has decided to combine its

Festival Ballet Albuquerque & National Hispanic Cultural Center Present Sacred Journeys II Aug. 24-25

on June 13, 2019 - 7:15am
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Festival Ballet Albuquerque in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultiral Center (NHCC) presents Sacred Journeys II Aug. 24-25.
 
In this show, classical and contemporary dance combine with the eclectic music of two-time Grammy award-winning Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal in a reflection of New Mexican cultures through dance, music and spoken word.
 
Performances are 7 p.m., Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Tickets are $14, $20, $29, $39 and $48, with a $2 discount for seniors, children 10 and younger and NHCC members.

Tribal Infrastructure Fund Board Awards $14 Million To Critical Projects In New Mexico Tribal Communities

on June 13, 2019 - 6:59am
IAD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) Wednesday announced that more than $14 million in funding was awarded across 11 tribal communities by the Tribal Infrastructure Fund Board.
 
The Tribal Infrastructure Act, which created the Tribal Infrastructure Fund Board in 2005, recognizes that many of New Mexico’s tribal communities lack basic infrastructure, resulting in poor health, social and economic conditions. The nine-member board thoroughly evaluates and scores project proposals from tribal communities to ensure that critical need is established.

Dr. Helen Tingsley Reads Original Poetry July 7

on June 13, 2019 - 6:58am
Courtesy photo
 
Dr. Helen Tingsley
 
TEATRO PARAGUAS News:
 
Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Dr. Helen Tingsley at 6 p.m., Sunday July 7, Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.
 
Admission is free. For more information, see teatroparaguas.org.
 
Dr. Helen Tingsley will read from two of her recent books:
  • And the best goes on: poems, stories & snippets along the journey...
  • Me and My Grandma: A story for children about AIDS.
 
Based in New Jersey, Dr. Tingsley visits Santa Fe every year to see her daughter and family.

FBI: Man Charged With Assault By Strangulation

on June 13, 2019 - 6:10am

FBI News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE Dieter Douglas, 33, of Shiprock, appeared in Federal Ccourt June 4 on charges of assault by strangulation in Indian Country.

 

According to a criminal complaint, Douglas allegedly committed this offense in San Juan County May 14. Douglas became drunk, assaulted the victim, and threatened to kill her. He hit the victim in the head several times and bit her on the arm.

 

Douglas violently choked the victim three or four times causing her to lose consciousness. Douglas is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

 

Criminal complaints are merely accusations and

NWS: Today’s High Near 84; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on June 13, 2019 - 6:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 84 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWS

State Engineer Reminds Well Owners Of Deadline For Nambé-Pojoaque-Tesuque Metering Order

on June 12, 2019 - 4:15pm

From the Office of the State Engineer:

SANTA FE -- State Engineer John R. D’Antonio Jr., P.E., Tuesday announced Tuesday a reminder of the Oct. 3, 2019, deadline to comply with the Metering Order for all well owners within the Nambé-Pojoaque-Tesuque (NPT) Basin Water Master District.

This order includes wells on the Nambé, Pojoaque, Tesuque and San Ildefonso Pueblos. The original order required totalizing flow meters to be installed and operational by Oct. 3, 2018, for every groundwater well within the NPT Water Master District.

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New Mexico Press Association Hires Executive Director

on June 12, 2019 - 3:57pm

Sammy M. Lopez

NMPA News:

Sammy M. Lopez, a long time New Mexican media leader, has been appointed as executive director of the New Mexico Press Association.

“We are pleased to have retained the forward-looking services of this native New Mexican with a lifetime of experience in journalism and newspapers,” NMPA President Leota Brigida Harriman said. 

Lopez has served as a publisher for newspapers in Las Cruces, Farmington, Carlsbad, Ruidoso, Deming and Fort Sumner. All these newspapers are members of the New Mexico Press Association.

Lopez also served in executive capacities with World

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Udall, Lowenthal Call On President To Mobilize Federal Government To Deal With Plastic Pollution Crisis

on June 12, 2019 - 8:37am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D- Calif.) have called on President Trump to immediately mobilize the federal government to address the significant threat that mismanaged plastic waste poses to human health, public budgets, and to the sustainability of our waterways, oceans, and entire planet.
 
Pointing out the urgency of dealing with the crisis, the lawmakers write, “Approximately eight million tons of plastic makes its way into the oceans annually, and this number is expected to double by 2030.”
 
This

Weekly Fishing Report: June 12

on June 12, 2019 - 8:17am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
This year is turning out to be one for the record books. Streamflows remain very high and are not likely to come down very much for some time.
 
On the Rio Grande in Colorado, streamflows are so heavy that Mineral County and Rio Grande County in Southern Colorado have closed the Rio Grande to ALL water sports due to the dangerous conditions.
 
All that water is headed downstream to New Mexico. It would not be surprising if heavy streamflows continue into July this year.

Police Shooting Involving SF County Sheriff’s Office

on June 12, 2019 - 7:52am
Melisco Gallegos
 
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting May 27 involving the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department (SFCSO)
 
SFCSO deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 32 Quail Run Dr., south of Santa Fe. As Deputy Frederick Trujillo arrived at the residence, he observed a male identified as Melisco Gallegos, 25, of Santa Fe yelling at deputies who were on scene prior to his arrival.
 
Deputy Trujillo attempted to make contact with Gallegos, who fled the residence in a station wagon.

NWS: Today’s High Near 76; Tonight’s Low Around 53

on June 12, 2019 - 6:07am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

Scenes From Local 2019 JFK Dinner; Schultz Honored

on June 11, 2019 - 11:03am

Members and guests of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County and local and state elected officials gathered Sunday for the annual JFK Dinner at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The sold out crowd honored recently retired longtime and beloved local Party Chair Robyn Schultz pictured here with her husband Larry Schultz, for her Outstanding Leadership of the local Democratic Party. The annual JFK Dinner is the local Party’s largest fundraiser of the year, which helps pay for its 2020 campaign headquarters and ongoing expenses. Courtesy photo

A sold out crowd gathered Sunday for the Democratic

National Park Service: Tourism To Fort Union National Monument Creates $830,000 In Economic Benefits

on June 11, 2019 - 11:03am
NPS News:
 
WATROUS A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 10,860 visitors to Fort Union National Monument in 2018 spent $740,000 in communities near the park.
 
That spending supported 10 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $830,000.
 
“Fort Union National Monument is proud to be part of the northern New Mexico community,” Superintendent Lorenzo Vigil said. “We are pleased that our historical appeal is satisfying to visitors in a way that makes them spend more time in the area.

New Mexico Acknowledged For Measures Improving Foster Care; CYFD Calls For Task Force Applicants

on June 11, 2019 - 10:58am
CYFD News:
 
SANTA FE The state of New Mexico is among just 13 states acknowledged by a national foster care organization for passing new legislation or executive orders to improve foster-parenting policies.
 
Lawmakers and the Children, Youth & Families Department were identified last week by CHAMPS (Children Need Amazing Parents), a national campaign to improve foster care, as having passed HJM 10, Child Protective Services Task Force. The goal of this new task force is to improve recruitment and retention of foster resource families.
 
Groundwork for the task force is currently

Udall Calls For Prioritization Of Local News And Broadcasting, Raises Concerns Over Doctored Videos

on June 11, 2019 - 9:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. At a recent Senate Commerce Committee hearing to examine the state of the television and video marketplace, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) spoke about the need for broadcasters to prioritize local news and reporting of local interest, in the era of corporate media consolidation of broadcasters and video content.
 
“Support of local media means we need media in our communities reporting on local events and stories of local interest – not prepackaged stories that don’t reflect the community,” Udall said during the hearing.
 
“Now

Learn Spanish At BSLI’s Innovative Immersive Retreat At Northern New Mexico College July 14-19

on June 11, 2019 - 9:02am
NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA — The Bilingual Strategies Language Institute (BSLI) and Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) Continuing Education announce an innovative Spanish Immersion Retreat in the beautiful Española Valley in Northern New Mexico, July 14-19.
 
How many times have you thought about polishing your Spanish language skills?
 
Immerse yourself in this five (and one half) day, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., class, that uses a common sense, communicative approach to language instruction.
 
This ‘whole-language’ methodology — learning Spanish like we learned our first language, by listening and

GFNY Hosts Santa Fe Cycling Marathon June 23

on June 11, 2019 - 8:59am
GFNY racers. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

GFNY Santa Fe is the newest race in the global series of 20 cycling marathons on four continents, and only the second in the United States.

The race starts at 7 a.m. June 23 on the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, with a post-ride awards ceremony and party at the Scottish Rite Temple.

Join riders from around the world for a 75 mile/7,100 foot elevation gain race for the GFNY North American Championship, or for a timed non-competitive ride of 61 miles/3,500 foot elevation gain. Registration is $190.

There are great prizes in age catagories from 18 to

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