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FBI Seeks Public's Help In Finding Driver Involved In Fatal Accident In Shiprock

on June 23, 2014 - 11:33am

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a man near Shiprock Sunday night.

The man’s body was discovered at approximately 9:26 p.m. on Mesa Farm Road, about six miles west of Shiprock, on the Navajo Indian Reservation. The location is known locally as the “second wash before the old end of the pavement.”

No vehicle was found at the scene.

The man’s name is being withheld until positive identification can be made.

Investigators would like to talk to anyone who may have been in the area

Tessa Snyder of Los Alamos Receives $25,000 Scholarship

on June 22, 2014 - 10:12am

Tessa Snyder. File photo                   

UNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Leadership Institute will present 29 college-bound students with $25,000 scholarships during a banquet June 28 to celebrate the completion of a year-long leadership program.

The banquet will be on the campus of UNM, in the Student Union Building, Ballroom A. Senior members of the faculty and administration will be in attendance for the graduation. 

The New Mexico Leadership Institute is an innovative five-year program targeting New Mexico high school juniors who have demonstrated a particular aptitude for

President Urged to End Bulk Collection of Phone Records

on June 22, 2014 - 8:01am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged President Obama to take immediate steps, while Congress works to pass true surveillance reform, to end the ongoing bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

The senators, who all serve on the U.S.

Los Alamos Democrats Attend Unity Breakfast in Santa Fe

on June 21, 2014 - 10:50am

Five Los Alamos members of the State Central Committee attending a Democratic Unity Breakfast in Santa Fe this morning took the opportunity to pose for a photo with Attorney General Gary King, the Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico. From left, Mike Wheeler, Michael Redondo, Robyn Schultz, King, Phil Gursky and Cathy Chapman. Courtesy photo

Sen. Jacob Candelaria to Join FCC Chairman and Youth at Net Neutrality, Tech Policy Roundtable

on June 21, 2014 - 8:03am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria


Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Bernalillo will join Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and local youth for a roundtable discussion on net neutrality, the recent telecommunications mergers and other related technology issues affecting New Mexicans. The panel is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque.

The event titled, “Nuestras Voces/Our Voices: A Youth Dialogue with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler,” is hosted by the Media Literacy Project and Digital Justice Coalition of New

U.S. 84/284 Bridge Work Continues June 21-27

on June 20, 2014 - 10:00am

NMDT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will continue bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6.  

6 a.m. Saturday, June 21: The North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) will be CLOSED, and the U.S. 84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane and be detoured through the off ramps and on ramps at this interchange. The cross-road at the North Tesuque Interchange will be closed during this time. There will be an 18’ width restriction.

Heinrich Votes to Advance New Mexico FERC Nominations

on June 20, 2014 - 8:07am

U.S. Sen. Martin Henrich


Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. voted Wednesday in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to advance Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner nominees Norman C. Bay and Estevan López for membership on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Both nominees are New Mexico natives.

President Obama has indicated his intention to designate Bay as chairman of the FERC once he is confirmed. Bay and López’s nominations will move forward for a final Senate confirmation vote at a later date.

During their nomination hearings in May, Heinrich

Los Alamos Police Partner With ICAC Special Agents to Apprehend Man Suspected of Crimes Against Children

on June 19, 2014 - 3:39pm

Christopher W. Davis. Courtesy/LAPD


Los Alamos police officers assisted special agents from the Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) Task Force Tuesday after New Mexico special agents were alerted to a suspect in Los Alamos County who had been sending lewd photographs to a 14-year-old girl in Anoka County in Minnesota.

ICAC Special Agents and Los Alamos Police executed a search warrant Tuesday at a White Rock residence where the suspect, Christopher W. Davis, 21, of Los Alamos was residing.

Join Old Santa Fe Trail Building Celebration July 1

on June 19, 2014 - 9:28am

Old Santa Fe Trail Building courtyard and pond. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

SANTA FE – 75 years ago this summer, in the depths of the Great Depression, hundreds of young Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers completed the largest adobe office building in the United States, in the heart of  old Santa Fe.

Tuesday, July 1 the National Park Service (NPS), caretaker and original occupant of the Old Santa Fe Trail Building, marks this milestone with an open house.

The celebration begins at 3 p.m.

PMI Breaks Ground in Española; Expansion Will Create 50 New Jobs

on June 19, 2014 - 7:39am

From left, Española Mayor Alice Lucero, NMEDD Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela, Gov. Susana Martinez and Celina and Eric Quintana Break Ground at PMI’s New Site. Courtesy photo


ESPANOLA – Eric Quintana, founder of Performance Maintenance, Inc. (PMI), is putting down roots for his growing business with a new expansion in Española. Since launching PMI with his wife Celina from their home in 1994, the company now boasts more than 80 employees in two states.


Los Alamos Police, Fire, Schools to Receive $85,962 in PILT Funding

on June 18, 2014 - 10:50am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced counties in New Mexico are set to receive approximately $37 million as part of the 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, an over 8 percent increase from 2013.

Los Alamos County police, fire and schools will receive $85,962.
PILT is administered through the Department of the Interior and provides funding for mostly rural counties that have a limited ability to levy taxes due to the amount of federal property in their jurisdiction, including Bureau of Land

Udall Secures Critical Funding for Labs, WIPP

on June 18, 2014 - 7:25am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:      

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding for New Mexico’s national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and other Department of Energy (DOE) and water-related programs important to the state.

The full committee will vote on the bill as early as this week.

As a member of the subcommittee, Udall was instrumental in securing full funding for key DOE programs at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs and WIPP

Los Alamos Post Office Listed in State Register of Cultural Properties

on June 17, 2014 - 10:39am


State and National Register Coordinator Steven Moffson of the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division has announced that the Los Alamos Post Office was listed June 13 in the State Register of Cultural Properties by the Cultural Properties Review Committee (CPRC).

The Los Alamos Post Office opened in its present location at 199 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos in November 1948, on the site of the Ranch School Trading Post. The CPRC also will recommend that it be forwarded for consideration to the National Register.

The CPRC was created by the Cultural Properties

NMDOT Commission Meets in Cimarron June 19

on June 17, 2014 - 9:52am

NMDT News:

The policy making board of the New Mexico Department of Transportation will hold its monthly public meeting in Cimarron on Thursday, June 19. 

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at The Hardesty Casa Central, located at 39 Sombra Dr.

Action items on the agenda include:

  • FY 2015 Annual Office of Inspector General Audit Plan
  • FY 2014-2017 STIP Amendment 5
  • Debt Management Policy

State Transportation Commission meetings provide residents of local communities the opportunity to discusstransportation needs and projects with Transportation Commissioners and officials from The New Mexico


Two Los Alamos Eateries Make Top 50 Breakfast Burritos List

on June 17, 2014 - 8:45am

State News:

Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway's Top 50 burritos that earned a spot on the map.

Two Los Alamos restuarants earned a place on the list: Violas and Chile Works, both located on Trinity Drive.

"New Mexico's delicious, unique, authentic cuisine is one of the many things that draw visitors to our state," Martinez said. "The New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway is a fun and exciting way to highlight our incredible cuisine, promote tourism and help bring even more dollars to New Mexico restaurants."

For a restaurant's breakfast

Governor's Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion and False Statement Charges

on June 17, 2014 - 7:51am

Jamie Estrada

FBI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jamie Estrada, 41, of Los Lunas pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to the unlawful interception of electronic communications and false statement charges arising out of the unlawful interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and members of her staff.

In announcing Estrada’s guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Damon P.

Governor Announces Critical Reforms to Support Teacher Preparation in New Mexico

on June 16, 2014 - 9:10am

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Report Cards for Teacher Prep Programs Part of Reforms Supported By Higher Education Leaders

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Susana Martinez joined education leaders from several colleges and universities Tuesday to announce key reforms aimed at supporting teacher and principal preparation programs. 

Every year, six schools of education from around the state graduate about 1,000 students who become teachers in New Mexico classrooms.

Reminder: Event With Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez Cancelled Due to His Death

on June 14, 2014 - 8:32am

Chester Nez and Judith Avila. Courtesy/JSPL

JSPL News:

The Jemez Springs Public Library reminds the public that the Chester Nez event scheduled for today has been cancelled due to Nez’s recent death.

Author Judith Avila and Nez’s grandson Latham will be coming to Jemez Springs at some point to talk about the book she co-wrote with Chester about his experiences as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II,  but this is still an intense period of mourning for the Nez family scheduling is still uncertain.

Annual Massing of the Colors Ceremony in Santa Fe Saturday

on June 11, 2014 - 7:36am


Honoring Old Glory and those who have served to protect her will be the focus of the 19th annual Massing of the Colors ceremony at 9 a.m., June 14 at the Santa Fe Veterans’ Memorial, on the northwest corner of the Bataan Memorial Building at the intersection of Galisteo and Montezuma streets in Santa Fe.

The public is invited to attend this free ceremony.

Veterans, Military and Civic groups also are invited to bring flags representing their organizations and take part in the ceremony, which begins with a Musical Prelude performed by the Santa Fe Concert Band.

The host is once

Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award Winners Announced!

on June 10, 2014 - 12:06pm

LAPS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) announced today the teachers selected to receive the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for their state.

Allen Andraski, a teacher at Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, was selected as one of two state winners.

“This award means a lot to me as an affirmation of all the hours I have spent working with students in the National History Day program,” Andraski said. “I have been the High School sponsor of NHD for the past 10 years. This year I have the largest group of participants ever in my NHD Club.

State Gives 'All Clear' for Brewpub's Open Air Dining

on June 10, 2014 - 11:48am

Pajarito Brewpub and Grill co-owner Patrick Mockler-Wood stands beneath the new air curtain installed between the restaurant's kitchen and dining room to satisfy state inspectors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Just in time for nice weather, the state has granted approval to the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill to once again offer open air dining to its patrons.

Level 1 Fire Restrictions Begin at Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve June 12

on June 10, 2014 - 9:09am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve remain in very high fire danger, despite recent rains.

Grasses and other small fuels have dried out enough to carry fire; larger fuels, such as logs, are exceptionally dry and able to burn. The extended weather forecast calls for continued dry and windy conditions. All of these factors raise the potential for both human and lightning-caused fires.

To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to forest resources, Level 1 Fire Restrictions will be implemented on all National Forest

Heinrich Statement On Release Of Internal VA Nationwide Audit Report

on June 9, 2014 - 4:25pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its internal nationwide audit report:

"The internal audit revealed that far too many New Mexicans have waited far too long for care. VA doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and others play a critical role in providing the best care to our veterans, but our nation must provide them with the resources and staff they need to meet the needs of our veterans.

"Last month, I visited the regional VA facility

Monsoon Awareness Week In New Mexico June 8-13

on June 9, 2014 - 9:09am

Courtesy photo


Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed June 8-13 as “Monsoon Awareness Week” in New Mexico. The National Weather Service (NWS) and New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) will mark Monsoon Awareness Week in New Mexico with a series of informational projects to promote awareness.

New Mexico joins the annual campaign to promote awareness of the life-threatening weather hazards that affect New Mexico during the Summer Monsoon. The keys to avoiding serious injury or death during the Summer Monsoon include:

  • knowing the safety rules

New Mexico State Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting in Espanola

on June 9, 2014 - 7:38am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) report that at about 10 a.m. Sunday, two Espanola police officers responded to the area of Riverside Drive and Corlett Road in Espanola to the report of a suspicious person.

They made contact with the person and the person and during the contact the person produced a weapon and pointed it at the officers. One officer fired his weapon, striking the person.

The person was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead. He is identified as Victor Villalpando, 16, of Espanola.

The incident is under investigation.