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Assistant Speaker Luján And U.S. Sen. Warren Announce Plan To Reintroduce Accountable Capitalism Act

on October 4, 2019 - 11:37am

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

From the Office of U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and United States Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced they will reintroduce the Accountable Capitalism Act to help eliminate skewed market incentives and return to the era when the success of American corporations translated into success for American workers.

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

The legislation aims to reverse the harmful trends over the last 30 years that have led to record corporate profits,

FBI: Santa Fe Man Charged In Three Bank Robberies

on October 4, 2019 - 10:33am
FBI News:
 
Lester Padilla, 46, of Santa Fe, was arrested Oct. 2, 2019 on a federal criminal complaint charging him with three bank robberies committed last month.
 
The FBI with the assistance of the Española Police Department arrested Padilla in Santa Fe.
 
Padilla is charged with robbing Wells Fargo Bank Sept. 26, 2019 at 545 W. Cordova Road in Santa Fe; Wells Fargo Sept. 24, 2019 at 502 North Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe and Wells Fargo Sept. 9, 2019 at 645 N. Riverside Dr., in Española.
 
Padilla was expected to have an initial appearance Thursday in U.S.

Four Local Science & Tech Startups Receive Awards

on October 4, 2019 - 9:03am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Office of Science and Technology announced that four New Mexico companies, including Biodidact in Los Alamos, will receive Innovation Voucher Grants to help their businesses grow by covering eligible expenses at a state certified incubator, a business accelerator, or a state approved co-working space.
 
“These grants help small start-up companies at a critical stage of growth,” Deputy Cabinet Secretary Jon Clark said.

NWS: Today’s High Near 63; Tonight’s Low Around 47

on October 4, 2019 - 8:30am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 63 with showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 47. Courtesy/NWS

LAHS Teacher Stephanie Mitchell Finalist For Golden Apple Award Award For Excellence In Teaching

on October 3, 2019 - 6:31pm

LAHS Teacher Stephanie Mitchell

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School teacher Stephanie Mitchell is a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mitchell has been teaching biology at Los Alamos High School for more than 13 years. She was recently named the Outstanding Biology Teacher for New Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers.  

A total of seven award recipients will be selected over the next several weeks. This year, 88 teachers were nominated from 26 different New Mexico communities.

The award includes induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows, a

BLM Plans Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras

on October 3, 2019 - 7:15am
BLM News:
 
TAOS Beginning Oct. 8 and continuing for up to 30 days, the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting prescribed burns on approximately 1,735 acres in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument.
 
The burns are on the east side of Cerro Montoso, 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras and on the south side of Cerro del Aire (Wind Mountain), four miles northeast of Tres Pierdras. Smoke may be visible from highways US 285 and US 64.
 
The purpose of the project is to improve forest health in ponderosa pine and piñon/juniper woodlands, by reducing flammable accumulations of

FBI Offers $20,000 Reward In Tara Calico Case

on October 3, 2019 - 6:59am
Photo of Tara Calico circa 1987. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to the whereabouts of Tara Calico, who was last seen in 1988 near her home in Belen, as well as for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her disappearance.
 
Calico, who was 19 when she disappeared Sept. 20, 1988, had gone for a bicycle ride.
 
“Tara had her entire future ahead of her when she vanished,” said Special Agent in Charge James Langenberg of the Albuquerque FBI Division.

NWS: Today’s High Near 70; Tonight’s Low Around 50

on October 3, 2019 - 6:48am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 70 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 50 with an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9 p.m. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts the chances of precipitation today around the state. Courtesy/NWS

Los Alamos Athletic Directors Honored At Conference

on October 2, 2019 - 3:40pm

LAHS Athletic Director Ann Stewart and LAMS Athletic Director Daren Jones honored at NMAA/NMADA Conference. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools athletic directors attended the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) and the New Mexico Athletic Directors Association (NMADA) Fall Conference last weekend in Albuquerque and received three prestigious awards.

Los Alamos Middle School Athletic Director Daren Jones received NMADA’s award for the New Mexico Middle School Athletic Director of the Year;

Los Alamos High School received NMAA’s 2nd place award in Class 4A for the

FBI: Santa Fe County Man Faces Federal Charges Of Felon In Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

on October 2, 2019 - 3:20pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Rufino Jody Martinez, 40, of Santa Fe County, made an initial appearance in Federal Court Tuesday on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
            
The charges against Martinez are the result of an FBI-led multi-agency effort to reduce violent crime in northern New Mexico communities. U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge James C.

Officials On Results Of Domestic Violence Warrant Round Up; Maria Elena Aragon Memorium Trainings

on October 2, 2019 - 2:43pm

STATE News:
  • Phase 2 of Statewide Violent Fugitive Round Up 'Operation Steel Net' Nets 39 Arrests of Offenders Accused of Domestic Violence

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, in coordination with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence announced the results of phase two of Operation Steel Net.

This operation was a coordinated law enforcement effort between the Office of the Attorney General, the Albuquerque Police Department, the US Marshal Service Task Force, the Office of the Superintendent of

Two Dead In Plane Crash In Pecos Wilderness

on October 2, 2019 - 2:26pm
NMSP News:
 
MORA COUNTY New Mexico State Police was notified Sept. 26 of an airplane that went missing after taking off from the Santa Fe Airport in Santa Fe.

 

The airplane was a single engine fixed winged four seat aircraft out of Colorado. There were two occupants, a pilot and a passenger. They were last seen refueling and taking off from the Santa Fe Airport, when Santa Fe air traffic control lost contact with the airplane.  

 
A search and rescue was initiated by New Mexico State Police.

RCLC Issues Response To DOE-IG Report

on October 2, 2019 - 1:46pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FE – The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) issued the following response today to the Department of Energy Inspector General report:

The RCLC is pleased to see the Department of Energy Inspector General report issued and is working with the Department of Energy to provide them with the information they need to complete this process.

The RCLC looks forward to continuing to represent our local communities to the Washington leadership who control the lab.

There are benefits and challenges to hosting a DOE facility.

State Land Office Offers Domestic Violence Awareness Training During Lunch Hour Oct.15 And Oct. 30

on October 2, 2019 - 1:30pm

STATE News:

State Land Office employees gathered Tuesday to raise an “End Domestic Violence” flag, which features the purple ribbon recognizing survivors and victims of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Approximately 59 percent of incidents in New Mexico are never reported to law enforcement.

“The crisis of domestic violence needs attention, not just in October, but

NMDOH Reports First Five Flu Cases Of Season

on October 2, 2019 - 11:36am
NMDOH News: 

NMDOH Recommends Flu Vacines for People 6 Mos. & Older

 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the first laboratory confirmed cases of influenza (better known as flu) of the 2019-2020 season.
 
All five cases are adults; three cases reside in Sandoval County, one in Santa Fe County, and there has been one fatal case in Bernalillo County where the 90-year-old patient died.
 
“Flu can be fatal if left untreated or if a person – at any age – has a weakened immune system,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit To Protect Dunes Sagebrush Lizard In New Mexico And Texas

on October 2, 2019 - 9:48am
A dunes sagebrush lizard. Courtesy/wikipedia
 
Defenders of Wildlife News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court Tuesday challenging the Trump administration’s continued failure to protect severely imperiled dunes sagebrush lizards under the Endangered Species Act.
 
The groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) to list the species as threatened or endangered in May 2018. The agency had 90 days to determine whether the petition showed the lizard could warrant listing, and if so, initiate a status review.

DreamHouse Is Title Sponsor Of New Mexico Bowl

on October 2, 2019 - 9:16am
DHP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ESPN Events and DreamHouse announced Tuesday a multi-year title sponsorship that will begin with the 2019 DreamHouse New Mexico Bowl.
 
The entitlement of the DreamHouse New Mexico Bowl is part of a collegiate partnership reached by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and DreamHouse.
 
The fourteenth annual game will kickoff at noon MST (2 p.m. EST) Saturday, Dec. 21 at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque.
 
“This is a tremendous day for New Mexico and for our event, but also for the state’s thriving film industry and overall economy,” said Executive Director

State Rep. Christine Trujillo Moves Endorsement To Congressional Candidate Laura M. Montoya

on October 2, 2019 - 8:50am

Congressional Candidate Laura M. Montoya

POLITICAL News:

RIO RANCHO – State Rep. Christine Trujillo withdrew her endorsement of fellow state representative Joseph Sanchez and endorses Sandoval County Treasurer Laura M. Montoya.

“This decision came after discussions with Joseph regarding his position on women’s equal access to healthcare,” Rep. Trujillo said. “No matter what you believe or choose for your own family, elected officials must respect the fact that government should not be interfering with women’s healthcare decisions.

Unemployment Insurance Division Receives Two U.S. Department Of Labor Performance Excellence Awards

on October 2, 2019 - 8:46am
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division received two national awards from the United States Department of Labor for Performance Excellence in Benefit Payments and Program Integrity Excellence.
 
The awards were presented in Boston, MA during the 2019 National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Workforce Summit.
 
The awards criteria reflect an array of UI system and performance areas most critical to its success and allow for recognition to be given to the top-performing agencies from small,

New Standard Licenses Now Available At MVD

on October 2, 2019 - 8:42am
Example of the new New Mexico Standard Licence now being issued at New Mexico Motor Vehicles. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division this week began issuing its new Standard License, an alternative to the Real ID License and which is easier to obtain.
 
The Standard Driver's Licenses were created under legislation sponsored by Sens. Gerald Ortiz y Pino and Daniel Ivey-Soto, both of Albuquerque, and signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
 
"The Standard License provides New Mexicans a simple, fair option for obtaining a

New Mexico GOP Chairman Steve Pearce Issues Statement On Forest Service Suspensions

on October 1, 2019 - 7:55pm
GOP Chairman Steve Pearce
 
New Mexico GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the U.S. Forest Service lifting the suspension of sales of fuelwood permits:

“Today’s announcement lifting the suspension of fuelwood permits only addresses one of the four main problems created by the U.S. district court judge who made a ruling against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Forest Service Resumes Fuelwood Permit Sales At Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln, Santa Fe And Tonto

on October 1, 2019 - 7:33pm

FOREST SERVICE News:

ALBUQUERQUE  – The court-ordered injunction suspending all timber management activities on the five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona has been modified to allow the personal cutting and collection of fuelwood. 

The Forest Service will resume permit sales immediately.

"We are pleased with this modification, which highlights the fact that we all want to do right by the communities we serve and reduce unnecessary burdens on communities that depend on the national forests for their sustenance," Southwestern Regional Forester Cal Joyner

AG: Risk Advisory On Dangers Of E-cigarettes, Vaping

on October 1, 2019 - 8:37am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

ALBUQUERQUE –Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement and risk advisory to all New Mexicans in response to increased reporting about the rise of deaths and health risks related to e-cigarettes and the practice of vaping, and the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement that it will begin working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to investigate criminal activity related to the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes. 

“I am warning all New Mexicans of the health and safety risks associated with the use of

New Mexico Delegation Announces HHS Grant To Taos For Rural Maternity And Obstetrics Development

on October 1, 2019 - 8:14am
 
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.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $2,982,779 to Taos Health Systems, Inc. in New Mexico as part of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program.
 
A total of $9 million was awarded to address health disparities in rural communities

Gessing: Serious Questions On Free College Proposal

on October 1, 2019 - 5:51am

By PAUL J. GESSING

Rio Grande Foundation

 
Gov. Lujan Grisham has put forth a plan (set for debate and possible approval in the 2020 Legislature) for “free” college for New Mexico residents.
 
For many families this may seem like an unadulterated good thing. And, as the parent of three who is pondering (and already saving for) the college educations of his three children, I totally understand that reaction.
 
But, from the viewpoint of an economist or even someone who is simply concerned about New Mexico’s future, there are several serious problems with this proposal.
 
Currently, the

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