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Brett Mills To Lead Community Banking Group

on August 7, 2019 - 11:33am
ICBA/NM Chair Brett Mills
FARMINGTON – Brett Mills, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of First American Bank in Las Cruces has been elected Chairman of the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico (ICBA/NM).
Mills was elected during the group’s 35th Annual Meeting at the Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque and will serve until Aug. 1, 2020.
Mills began his career in banking in 1987 and has been at First American Bank since February 2010. He is a 1988 graduate of New Mexico State University where he earned his degree in Business

Santa Fe Holds 3rd Annual Overdose Memorial Aug. 28

on August 7, 2019 - 9:45am

SFOM News:


Recovery Santa Fe, the Friendship Club, Santa Fe Prevention Alliance, Berardinelli Family Funeral Service and Santa Fe Recovery Center will host the third annual memorial commemorating the 26 people who died from accidental drug overdoses during 2018.


The memorial is 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Old Church Courtyard, 417 Agua Fria St. at the corner of Guadalupe and Agua Fria in Santa Fe.

The purpose of this memorial is to provide a space and time to gather and publicly acknowledge loss.

“Even one person lost to drug overdose is too many,”

Free Science Saturday: Make A Rain Cloud In A Bottle

on August 7, 2019 - 9:23am
ALAMOGORDO Did you know you could make a rain cloud in a bottle?
Join Museum of Space History Education Director Dave Dooling Saturday, Aug. 10 for Science Saturday. He’ll be offering free hands-on demonstrations that show how weather and air conditioning work by putting the squeeze on gases – or by letting them relax.
Science Saturday is 10 a.m. to noon in the front classroom of the museum’s New Horizons Dome Theater.
Science Saturday is free to the public and happens every second Saturday of the month.

NWS: Today’s High Near 84; Tonight’s Low Around 57

on August 7, 2019 - 9:02am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 84 with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon and tonight’s low around 57. Courtesy/NWS

Alamo Fire In Bandelier Grows To 40 Acres

on August 6, 2019 - 7:56pm

A lightning-caused fire reported Sunday has consumed approximately 40 acres in the Bandelier Wilderness. Courtesy/BNM


BNM News:

A lightning-caused fire was reported Sunday afternoon in the Bandelier Wilderness.

The fire has been low, slowly creeping in the grass and occasionally torching individual juniper trees. Rain was received at the fire site Sunday evening and again early this morning.

Weather forecasts predict that afternoon thunderstorms will continue in the area throughout the week

Due to the remoteness of the area and the rugged terrain, park managers will be

Conejos Fire Grows To 225 Acres

on August 6, 2019 - 7:16pm

Firing operations add low-intensity flames to the Conejos Fire to reduce dead and down fuels and improve forest health. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – A drier-than-expected Monday gave fire crews the opportunity to resume firing operations and complete an additional 40 acres on the east side of the Conejos Fire.

The plan for today, Aug. 6, is to take advantage of a break in the weather to continue firing operations today and Wednesday as conditions allow to remove heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the Conejos Fire perimeter.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Governor Announces Intent To Pursue PRC Reform

on August 6, 2019 - 6:59pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

ALBUQUERQUE – Speaking at an energy summit hosted by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich in Albuquerque, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced she will include measures to reform the Public Regulation Commission on the agenda for next year’s legislative session scheduled to begin in January.

In the months leading up to the legislative session, the governor will work with legislators, members of the business and conservation communities and other stakeholders on this legislation.

“It’s clear that reform is urgently needed to help

Heinrich, Keller Conclude Electrifying 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future

on August 6, 2019 - 6:28pm


ALBUQUERQUE – With nearly 200 local officials and participants from across New Mexico, U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-N.M.) and City of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, along with the State of New Mexico, Bernalillo County, Rocky Mountain Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded the 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future.

This year’s Energy Summit brought local, state, tribal, and federal officials together with non-profit organizations to spark discussions on policy recommendations, and

SFNF Monitors Another Lightning-Sparked Fire On Pecos/Las Vegas District

on August 6, 2019 - 5:37pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring the lightning-caused Alamitos Fire near Forest Road (FR) 375, 2 miles north of the community of La Cueva within a previously treated fuel break.

While the monsoonal weather patterns are bringing a fair amount of moisture to the area, fire managers are considering strategically adding low-intensity fire to the ground to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including community protection, reduced risk of wildfire and improved forest health.

Depending on weather

Sierra Club Statement On Gun Violence And White Supremacist Attack In Dayton And El Paso

on August 6, 2019 - 4:36pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. This weekend, at least 29 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
While details are still emerging, the shooting in El Paso was reportedly fueled by anti-immigrant hatred and the toll of wounded may be higher there because some victims may be avoiding hospitals or family reunification centers due to concern over being persecuted because of their immigration status. These shootings are reportedly the 249th and 250th mass shootings in the United States this year.
In response, Sierra

Senators Udall, Paul, Khanna, Gaetz Lead Call For Inclusion Of Bipartisan Iran Amendment In Final NDAA

on August 6, 2019 - 9:20am



Bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers call for final defense bill to include amendment prohibiting unauthorized and unconstitutional war with Iran


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers in calling on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


Many of the signers of

New Mexico: Opportunity Zones Are Knocking

on August 6, 2019 - 8:20am
NMED News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) has unveiled a new website so local governments, investors, businesses and property owners can take advantage and connect with Opportunity Zone resources.
The state, along with NMEDD, designated 63 Opportunity Zones in 22 counties as part of the U.S. Government’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The purpose of the tax law is to attract capital investment into economically distressed areas in exchange for a reduced tax obligation.
“The Opportunity Zone program has the potential to transform parts of New

Indian Affairs Dept. Back To School Supply Drive Aug. 6

on August 6, 2019 - 8:20am

Child Support Awareness Month: Office Hours Extended

on August 6, 2019 - 8:19am
HSD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department announced it will extend office hours for eight Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) offices across the state until 7 p.m. for two days: Aug. 7 and Aug. 28, in honor of Child Support Awareness Month.
“The extended hours are an effort to help parents who can’t make it to our offices during 8-to-5 business hours,” Acting CSED Director Jeremy Toulouse said. “We will use these two days to gauge the interest, turnout and determine the need – for planning purposes in the future.”
The eight CSED offices open until 7 p.m.

NCRTD Launches Angel Fire To Taos Route Aug. 12

on August 6, 2019 - 8:14am
Beginning Monday, Aug. 12, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) will start a contracted bus transit service between the Village of Angel Fire in Colfax County and the Town of Taos.
The new service will be financed by the Village of Angel Fire with financial support from Colfax County and federal grants.
Fare-free service on the route will begin with three round-trips per day Monday through Friday and shortly after will include weekends and all holidays.

FBI Diversity Agent Recruiting In Albuquerque Aug. 20

on August 6, 2019 - 8:13am
FBI News:
The Albuquerque FBI Division will hold a recruiting event to encourage members of underrepresented communities—especially women and minorities—to consider becoming special agents.
The Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) event is 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Albuquerque.
“The FBI is stronger when it better represents the communities it serves,” said James Langenberg, special agent in charge of the FBI in New Mexico.

NWS: Today’s High Near 85; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on August 6, 2019 - 7:24am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 85 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon and tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWS

Conejos Fire Grows To 185 Acres

on August 5, 2019 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Scattered thunderstorms in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend put a fair amount of moisture on the Conejos Fire, but not enough to extinguish it.

Fire managers released some of the resources assigned to the fire over the weekend.

The plan is to wait out the monsoonal weather patterns over the area now and, if the moisture is followed by a drying trend, resume firing operations later in the week to complete an 800-acre block.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4

FBI: Up To $1,000 Reward For Info On Bank Robber

on August 5, 2019 - 6:22pm

Suspect wanted in bank robbery Friday in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank branch Friday afternoon in Santa Fe.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 30s, approximately 5'10" tall, with a short beard and possibly short, dark blonde hair.

Suspect wanted in bank robbery Friday in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

He wore a gray hat, a gray T-shirt with stains around the abdomen, dark jeans and brown sunglasses. He carried a small bag that hung from his shoulder.

The suspect entered Wells Fargo

Governor: New Mexico Domestic Terrorism Summit

on August 5, 2019 - 5:23pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that she will convene key legislators of both parties and public safety stakeholders within her administration to analyze and discuss proactive measures that will decrease the risk of domestic terrorist acts in the wake of the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which law enforcement authorities are investigating as a hate crime.

The domestic terrorism summit – scheduled for Aug.

EPA Appoints Ken McQueen Region 6 Administrator

on August 5, 2019 - 4:34pm

Ken McQueen

EPA News:

DALLAS, Texas -–– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today the appointment of Ken McQueen of New Mexico to become regional administrator for Region 6.

McQueen will oversee environmental protection efforts in the states of New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas and in 66 Tribal Nations. He has extensive experience in public service and industry working in the south central region of the United States on water, natural resource and energy issues.

McQueen will join the agency having most recently worked as New Mexico

‘Army Of The Dead’ Films In New Mexico

on August 5, 2019 - 3:51pm
Courtesy image
NMFO News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the Netflix-produced feature film “Army of the Dead,” has started principal photography at Albuquerque Studios and will continue through October.
The production will employ 501 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico actors and 2,163 New Mexico background talent.
The feature is directed and produced by Zack Snyder (“Watchmen,” “Man of Steel,” “300”) alongside producers Deborah Snyder (“Watchmen,” “Man of Steel,” “300”) and Wesley Coller (“Watchmen,” “Man of Steel,”

NM Public Education Dept. Seeks Teacher Mentors For Governor’s 2019-20 STEM Challenge & Showcase

on August 5, 2019 - 3:23pm


SANTA FE – As New Mexico schools are preparing for the 2019-20 academic year, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is reaching out to high school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators to encourage participation in the first-ever Governor’s STEM Challenge and Showcase.

Over the course of the 2019 summer break, the PED contacted principals and superintendents in all 89 school districts and charter school directors across the state to share information about this exciting opportunity for New Mexico’s students.

Schools wishing to register a student

Udall Statement On El Paso; Dayton Shootings

on August 5, 2019 - 7:18am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Sunday on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio:

 “In the span of less than 24 hours, two communities have been ravaged by the scourge of gun violence. It has never been clearer that Congress needs to take urgent action to end this preventable epidemic.

“In New Mexico, El Paso is like a sibling — a community where many New Mexicans have family, friends, loved ones.

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on August 5, 2019 - 7:03am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS