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Internet Crimes Against Children Fund Bill Passes Senate Public Affairs Committee

on March 11, 2015 - 8:03am

New Mexico Attorney General's Office Special Agent Jay Ratfliff, left, testifies Tuesday night in support of SB 380 with Sen. Jacob Candelaria before the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Attorney General's Office Special Agent Jay Ratfliff, left, testifies Tuesday night in support of SB 380 before in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Courtesy photo


  • SB 380 Will Help Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Protect New Mexico Kids

SANTA FE Tonight, the Senate Public Affairs Committee passed SB 380. Previously, New Mexico Attorney General Hector

IRS: What You Should Know About Data Breaches

on March 10, 2015 - 9:42pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX — A data breach is the intentional or unintentional release or theft of secure information.

It can be the improper disposal of personally identifiable information in the trash or a sophisticated cyber-attack on corporate computers by criminals. It can affect companies large or small.

The one common link is the victim, the person whose identity, financial or personal information has been compromised.

Here’s what you should know about data breaches:

  • Not every data breach results in identity theft, and not every identity theft is tax-related identity theft. 
  • Tax-related identity

Community Members Gather At This Morning's 'Coffee With Stephanie' To Discuss Legislative Issues

on March 10, 2015 - 1:05pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, second from left, discusses legislative issues at this morning's 'Coffee with Stephanie' community event at the Rosebud Cafe in White Rock. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, discusses legislative issues this morning with community members in White Rock. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos's State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard held a town hall "Coffee with Stephanie" event this morning at the Rosebud Cafe in White Rock.

Garcia Richard briefed community members on the current legislative session and talked with individuals about their

Senate Re-Confirms Secretary Gregg Marcantel

on March 9, 2015 - 10:23pm

Secretary Gregg Marcantel


Secretary Gregg Marcantel has been re-confirmed as the New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary by the New Mexico Senate.

“I am humbled and honored to continue to serve the people of New Mexico and under the leadership of the Governor,” Marcantel said.

Secretary Marcantel touted several accomplishments during the past three years, but specifically highlighted his handling of the early release issues that plagued the department in years past.

“We simply didn’t have a good system to check and make sure inmates were really supposed to be released

Rep. Garcia Richard Adds Clean Water Act Provision To Stream Bed Bill

on March 9, 2015 - 9:30pm

Rep. Garcia Richard


SANTA FE - The New Mexico House of Representatives met Saturday to consider House Bill 235, a bill that sought to clarify the jurisdiction of stream beds on private land.

Responding to concerns that the bill could leave unclear the determination of waterways and stream beds for purposes of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), Rep. Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba, moved an amendment to ensure compliance between HB 235 and the federal CWA, which seeks to protect waterways from pollutants.

The amendment was adopted by a unanimous

House Passes Legislation To Limit Lobbying By Government Officials

on March 9, 2015 - 9:04pm

Rep. Jim Dines


SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation today that would bar state officials from becoming lobbyists immediately after leaving their government post.

The bill (HB 241), which passed by a 57-10 vote, would require elected officials and some government workers to wait two years after leaving their post to become a paid lobbyist.

“This bill will bring more integrity to government, and we owe that to the people,” said Rep. Jim Dines, R-Bernalillo, the bill’s sponsor.

Team NM U14 Hockey Heading To Nationals

on March 9, 2015 - 7:56am

Front row from left, Zack Brown, John Charles, Sam Fisher and Carson Schramm. Middle row from left, Goalie Coach Tom Terrel, Ishmael Valle, Zachary Ganshaw, Jared Carnes, Markus Trujillo, Alex Furste, Saunders Jones and Head Coach Joey Carroll. Back row from left, Steven Bitzer, Lachlan Henderson, Gabe Valle, Damian Styrc, Dane Whittet, Alex Peters and Cade Schiefelbien. Courtesy photo
From left, Sam Fisher, Jared Carnes, Carson Schramm, John Charles, Zack Brown and Coach Joey Carroll. Courtesy photo

Team NM Hockey, U14, will be traveling at the end of March to Salt Lake

Udall Recruiting Summer Session Interns For Washington, D.C. Office

on March 9, 2015 - 7:49am

Sen.Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. 

For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 26 – June 26 and June 29 – July 31. There is limited availability for full summer internship placements from May 26 - July 31.

Have Coffee With Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard At Rosebud Cafe 8-9 A.M. Tuesday

on March 8, 2015 - 10:09pm
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard invites the community to meet her from 8-9 a.m., Tuesday at the Rosebud Cafe, 35 Rover, Suite G, in White Rock for "Coffee with Stephanie".
Garcia Richard will talk about what's happening in the legislative session and would like community members to share their thoughts about the issues with her.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján Visits Selma To Commemorate 50th Anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday'

on March 8, 2015 - 11:28am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján visits the Edmund Pettus Bridge Friday in Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday.' Courtesy/BRL Office


SELMA, Ala.—U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement Friday during his visit to Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday."

A water tower with flags waving Friday in Selma, Ala. Courtesy/BRL Office

"On March 7, 1965, a brave group of civil rights marchers, including my colleague Rep.

House Unanimously Passes Bill Closing New Mexico’s Child Pornography Loophole

on March 8, 2015 - 11:09am
Rep. Randal Crowder, Rep. Javier Martinez, New Mexico Attorney General's Office Special Prosecutions Director Clara Moran and Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes following Friday's House passage of HB 440. Courtesy/Rep. Maestas Barnes


SANTA FE—Friday night, the New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 440 on a vote of 64-0. This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response:

"This bipartisan legislation is key to shutting down the black-market child pornography industry in New Mexico that destroys children and families’ lives,”

New Mexico Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation To Make Health Care Prices And Quality Transparent

on March 8, 2015 - 10:46am
By FRED NATHAN, Executive Director
Think New Mexico

The New Mexico Senate unanimously (26-0) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Substitute Thursday for Senate Bills 323 and 474. The bill will make hospital prices and quality transparent on a public website no later than Jan. 1, 2018.

The bill amends the existing Health Information System Act to allow the release of hospital-specific quality and cost information.

Free File Service Makes Free Tax Software Available

on March 8, 2015 - 9:47am

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds the millions of taxpayers who have yet to file their taxes that the Free File service remains available.

The Free File service, available at, makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers for free.

This is the second in a series of 10 daily IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. These tips are designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues as the April 15 deadline approaches. 

Taxpayers have the option to prepare their return at any time and schedule a tax payment as late

Luján Voices Concerns With New Mexico’s Behavioral Health System In Hearing With HHS Secretary

on March 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

  • Luján Secures Commitment from Secretary to Work Together on Critical Issue Facing New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District participated in an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) budget for Fiscal Year 2016. 

During the hearing, he voiced his concerns with the quality of and access to behavioral health care services in New Mexico. Below is a transcript of Luján’s exchange with HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Luján: I appreciate that Madam Secretary.

Application Period Open For FBI Special Agent Jobs

on March 7, 2015 - 11:12am

FBI News:

A position as an FBI Special Agent is not just a job, it’s a calling, and ultimately a life-changing experience.

The FBI started taking applications for the position of Special Agent March 2, 2015, and will continue through March 16, 2015. For details on the Special Agent application, visit:

All FBI employees must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete FBI background investigation, drug test and polygraph. The FBI is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity and inclusion.

"The FBI needs talented and motivated Special Agents who are

NMDOT Awards NCRTD Section 5311 Transit System Of The Year

on March 7, 2015 - 9:36am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has awarded the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) as the (Fiscal Year) 2014 Section 5311 Transit System of the Year.

“Over the last 10 years, the NCRTD has progressed exponentially and proved to be exemplary in its compliance of State and Federal transit requirements, as well as for having an ongoing record of safe, efficient and growing public transit service,” said David C. Harris, Transit Bureau Chief at NMDOT.

Section 5311 is the Federal Transit Administration’s Rural Transit Assistance Program to meet the


Los Alamos Public Servants Among 44 Awarded Professional Training Certificates Across New Mexico

on March 6, 2015 - 4:45pm

From left, Los Alamos County Engineering Project Manager Bryan Aragon, NMAC Vice President Sharon Stover and Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – A graduating class of 44 public servants received certification in their fields in January through an education program administered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

Through the years,10 Los Alamos County employees or elected officials have graduated with certifications from this program including recent graduates, County Councilor Rick Reiss who earned his Certified

MOD Filters Replaced At WIPP

on March 6, 2015 - 11:25am

WIPP News:

Replacement of the moderate efficiency (MOD) pre-filters that are part of the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration system for the WIPP underground ventilation system was successfully completed Wednesday.

Filter changes are anticipated and necessary when MOD filters begin to show signs of reduced airflow, due primarily to salt dust buildup.

State Police Launch Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico

on March 5, 2015 - 12:51pm

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in all New Mexico counties during March.

Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had

U.S. Rep. Luján Addresses Women’s History Month

on March 5, 2015 - 12:11pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on Women’s History Month, which is celebrated during the month of March.

“Women’s History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions and achievements that women have made in every aspect of our society. As we celebrate the progress that has been made, we must continue to push for greater equality, not only for women today, but also for the next generations of women.

“We must continue to fight for fairness in the

VIDEO: Heinrich Advocates For Laboratory Directed Research And Development Program

on March 5, 2015 - 11:19am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


  • Funding for LDRD helps advance security missions at LANL and SNL

WASHINGTON, D.C - During a Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., discussed the importance of funding for the U.S. Department of Energy's Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program. A list of Wednesday's witnesses can be found here.

Heinrich is advocating to increase LDRD funding up to a level of 10 percent.

Rare Photo Of Legendary New Mexicans Comes To History Museum

on March 5, 2015 - 9:27am

A rare carte de visite depicting Ceran St. Vrain, Dick Wootton and José Maria Valdez. Courtesy/NMHM

NMHM News:

A carte de visite from the dawn of photography

SANTA FE—The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives has acquired a rare carte de visite depicting Ceran St. Vrain, Dick Wootton and José Maria Valdez.

Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek obtained the ca. 1865 image from Cliff Mills, a photographer, collector and dealer who has sold his own and historical images on the Santa Fe Plaza for 20 years.

“I come from an old Taos family,” Mills said. “I’m pretty sure Valdez was a relative.

SBDC Hosts Tax Webcast March 19

on March 5, 2015 - 7:59am

SBDC News:

The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department presents a free new business tax webcast 9 a.m. to noon, March 19 in Wallace Hall at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. 

The Los Alamos Small Business Development Corporation is hosting the webcast, which will focus on several issues including gross receipts and compensating tax programs.

Call 505.662.0377 or go to to register.

Improvised Explosive Device Recovered In Taos

on March 4, 2015 - 10:18am

NMSP News:

TAOS COUNTY - The New Mexico State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team assisted the Taos Police Department regarding a call involving an improvised explosive device at around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The EOD Team recovered a destructive device at the Dream Tree Transitional Living Shelter and rendered it safe. All materials found were taken into evidence and an investigation is underway. The possibility of filing any charges is pending the outcome of that investigation. 

Direct questions relating to the investigation of this case to the Taos Police Department at 575.758.2216.

Legislators Honor Search And Rescue Volunteers

on March 4, 2015 - 9:32am


SANTA FE—New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers and their services were recognized recently at the Roundhouse.

Legislators honored Search and Rescue volunteers Feb. 27, for the invaluable service they provide to the state, its citizens and visitors alike.

In 1978, New Mexico became the first state to organize search and rescue volunteers on the state level. When a person is reported lost or missing, New Mexico Search and Rescue volunteers respond to the area to assist in the search.

New Mexico Search and Rescue is composed of all-volunteer search and