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New Mexico Magazine Releases 2020 Calendars

on October 1, 2019 - 5:50am
 
NMM News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Magazine has released its 2020 calendars, which feature astounding work by some of New Mexico’s most talented artists and photographers.
 
New Mexico Magazine released the 2020 New Mexico Magazine Artist Calendar, which features vivid portrayals of New Mexico’s signature seasons, landscapes and lifestyles. Local artists Bonnie Binkert, Margaret Nes, Robb Rael and Krysteen Waszak were selected as featured artists for this calendar.
 
New Mexico Magazine’s second 2020 calendar, the 2020 Enchanting New Mexico Calendar, features astounding photography
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AG Balderas Files Brief In U.S. Supreme Court To Preserve DACA And Protect DREAMers

on September 30, 2019 - 9:37am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, joining a coalition of 16 attorneys general, announced today the filing of a brief in the United States Supreme Court in the coalition’s ongoing lawsuit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The lawsuit, originally filed in September 2017 and to be heard by the Supreme Court this fall, argues that the Trump Administration’s attempt to revoke DACA was based on a faulty legal analysis and harmed State residents, institutions, and economies.

NMDOT Supports Walk And Roll To School Day 2019

on September 30, 2019 - 9:11am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – Thousands of students, parents, teachers and community leaders across New Mexico will walk, bike, scoot, or skate to school Wednesday in celebration of the 23rd Annual National Walk to School Day.

This year, 38 elementary and middle schools in New Mexico have registered Walk to School Day events on walkbiketoschool.org. The total number of schools and events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout October, National Walk to School Month.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and local law enforcement encourage drivers, pedestrians and

BLM Personal-Use Fuelwood Permits Available

on September 29, 2019 - 8:18am
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE The Bureau of Land Management is selling fuelwood permits for personal use to the public.
 
Fuelwood permits cost $10-$12 per cord and are available in person at select locations or online.
 
Due to a recent court ruling, the US Forest Service is unable to sell fuelwood permits, so demand for fuel wood from BLM land has increased.
 
In almost all field offices, BLM fuelwood permits are valid for cutting only dead (down or standing) piñon and juniper (cedar). Cutting green trees or other trees not allowed by permit is strictly prohibited.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Leads Discussion With Interfaith Leaders On Democracy Reform Efforts

on September 29, 2019 - 7:55am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) convenes a Faithful Democracy Coalition 2020 discussion with interfaith leaders. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) convened a Faithful Democracy Coalition 2020 discussion with interfaith leaders to discuss democracy reform efforts like Udall’s For the People Act, and how such reforms affect issues important to faith communities like social and economic justice, climate change and immigration.
 
Udall was joined by Imam Talib Shareef, President and Imam of the historic Masjid Muhammad, Rabbi David Saperstein

New Mexico Delegation Announces $3 Million Grant For Youth Behavioral Health

on September 29, 2019 - 7:54am
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 Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $3,000,000 grant to New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department’s Behavioral Health Services (CYFD BHS).
 
The CYFD BHS will use this grant to expand the existing infrastructure and capacity of the statewide behavioral health service system for children and youth ages 0-21,

NWS: Today’s High Near 73; Tonight’s Low Around 51

on September 29, 2019 - 7:25am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 73 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 51. Courtesy/NWS

Udall Secures Strong Investments For New Mexico In Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

on September 28, 2019 - 12:03pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, advanced major funding Tursday for New Mexico’s public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
 
The billed passed the committee and will now head to the full Senate.
 
“This bipartisan bill – which makes key investments to benefit and strengthen New

Delegation Calls On Forest Service To Act Swiftly To Allow New Mexicans To Resume Use Of National Forests

on September 28, 2019 - 11:30am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, wrote to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen Friday pressing the agency to take immediate action to comply with the law and allow the resumption of traditional forest activities on national forests in New Mexico.
 
“We write regarding the reported impacts of the recent pause of several forest activities on national forests in New Mexico as a result of the District Court of Arizona’s decision that the U.S.

NMED Issues Citations And Penalties To City Of Santa Fe For Safety Violations Resulting In Employee Death

on September 28, 2019 - 10:59am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has cited the City of Santa Fe for seven safety violations following an investigation by the Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB) into an April 1, 2019, accident that resulted in the death of a city employee.
 
NMED also has proposed civil penalties of $183,375 for the violations.
 
“Our Occupational Health and Safety Bureau’s number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of workers in New Mexico,” NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney said. “When that does not happen and worker injuries or

Jemez Mountains Electric Co-op Building For Future

on September 28, 2019 - 10:45am

Construction underway at Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

Interim General Manager Andrew J. Chavez shows a rendering of the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. construction project. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

 

By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post
  • Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. broke ground in May on new building

Construction of a new home for the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (JMEC) is well underway.

JMEC was finally able to break ground in the spring after concluding a

State Legislators Ask Federal Court For Leave To File ‘Friends Of The Court’ Brief

on September 28, 2019 - 10:11am
NMELC News:
 
SANTA FE Three State Legislators, Sen. Mimi Stewart, Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Rep. Andrés Romero have asked the United States District Court for permission to file an Amici Curiae – “Friends of the Court” – Brief in a lawsuit involving toxic pollutants from two Air Force bases.
 
The Brief would support the legal action by the New Mexico Attorney General and the New Mexico Environment Department to compel the United States Air Force to conduct prompt investigation and cleanup of toxic pollutants at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, New Mexico, and Holloman Air

NMDOH: Alcohol-Related Deaths Rise In 2018

on September 28, 2019 - 9:33am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports an increase in alcohol-related deaths in New Mexico in 2018, when 1,544 New Mexicans died from alcohol-related causes.
 
That is up six percent from 2017, when there were 1,461 alcohol-related deaths. New Mexico has had the highest alcohol-related death rate of any state in the U.S. since 1997.
 
Alcohol-related deaths include all deaths from causes that are 100 percent alcohol-attributable (such as alcohol poisoning), and a fraction of deaths are due to causes that are partially alcohol-attributable (such as

BLM To Open San Pedro For Fuelwood Harvest

on September 28, 2019 - 9:18am
BLM News:
 
TAOS The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it will conduct a hazardous fuels reduction project in the San Pedro area in order to minimize heavy fuels that are optimal for fuelwood use.
 
To ensure public safety during removal of fuelwood, this area will be closed to shooting Oct. 18-31. Fuelwood permits will be available for fuelwood removal.  
 
The San Pedro fuels reduction project is located on BLM lands on the south side of NM Highway 344, approximately 1 mile east of the intersection of NM Highway 14 and NM Highway 344.  
 
The BLM conducted a

NMMSH: Free Lunar Viewing Event Oct. 4

on September 28, 2019 - 8:36am
A waxing gibbous moon was pictured above the Earth's limb as the International Space Station orbited over the southern Indian Ocean just southwest of the African continent. Courtesy/NASA
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO  Once a year, everyone on Earth is invited to join together and learn about our planet’s nearest neighbor, the Moon. 
 
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, in conjunction with NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night, will be hosting Moon Over the Museum Friday, Oct. 4. 
 
This free event starts at 6:30 p.m.

Burnside: Why I Recommend Morrie Pongratz

on September 28, 2019 - 8:31am
By MELINA BURNSIDE
New Mexico State University
 
I am honored to recommend Morrie Pongratz to be on the (Los Alamos) School Board.
 
I had the opportunity and privilege of working with Morrie for several years, and was constantly inspired by his enthusiasm to serve the community.
 
Although I likely met Morrie at Breakfast with Santa when I was a young child, I really began to get to know him when I became involved with Key Club and the United Way Youth Team while attending Los Alamos High School.

STEM Pathways For Girls Conference Oct. 5

on September 28, 2019 - 8:13am

STEM Santa Fe News:

STEM Santa Fe will hold its annual STEM Pathways for Girls conference, Saturday Oct. 5 at Santa Fe Community College, for Northern New Mexico girls in fifth through eighth grades.

This day-long event is designed to inspire and enhance the interest of 150 girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The conference is designed to give the impressionable young ladies a better appreciation of STEM and to demonstrate how they can use STEM to question, explore, challenge and change their world. 

The conference (formerly “Expanding Your Horizons”) kicks

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 50

on September 28, 2019 - 8:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 50. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Officials Issue Statements On Passing Of U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson

on September 27, 2019 - 7:08pm
U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson

STATE News:

Ambassador Joe Wilson, 69, of Santa Fe died today.

He was an American diplomat best known for his 2002 trip to Niger to investigate allegations that Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase yellowcake uranium; his New York Times op-ed piece, What I Didn't Find in Africaand the subsequent leaking by the Bush administration of information pertaining to the identity of his then wife Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.

Source: wikipedia

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on the passing of Ambassador Wilson: 

“Jill and I extend our

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New Mexico-U.S. Small Business Administration Ink Cooperation Agreement To Collaborate; Share Resources

on September 27, 2019 - 11:38am
SBA News:
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the New Mexico Economic Development Department signed a formal agreement today to better collaborate and share resources that will boost business growth and create jobs.
 
The Strategic Alliance Memorandum agreement was signed at the National Hispanic Culture Center Salon Ortega Building in Albuquerque.
 
The purpose of this Strategic Alliance Memorandum is to develop and foster mutual understanding and a working relationship between the SBA and New Mexico Economic Development Department in order to strengthen and expand small

Governor Orders Flags To Half Staff Immediately In Recognition Of Sen. Carlos Cisneros Lying In State

on September 27, 2019 - 10:51am

STATE News:

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered all flags in the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sen. Carlos Cisneros through sundown today, beginning immediately, in recognition of his lying in state.

Sen. Cisneros passed away Sept. 17. He is being remembered today for his life and honored for his service to the state at a memorial service in the State Capitol Building.

Details:

State Capitol Building.

  • Friday, Sept. 27
  • Noon – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sen. Cisneros to lie in state

State Capitol Rotunda

  • 1:30 p.m.
  • Memorial Service
  • Capitol Rotunda

Saturday, Sept. 28

  • 5 p.m.

Land Office Increases Collections 47 Percent Over 2018

on September 27, 2019 - 9:47am
New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
 
State Land Office News:
 
SANTA FE So far in 2019, the State Land Office has collected more than $1.5 million from royalty audits, a 47 percent increase from 2018.
 
These funds were collected by the Royalty Management Division team after audits were conducted on Land Office business with Chevron, DCP Midstream, Marbob Energy, Dugan Production and Energen Resources.
 
The additional $1.5 million from 2019 royalty audits will add to the corpus of the Land Grant Permanent Fund, which funds public schools, universities and

State Police Announce Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In October

on September 27, 2019 - 8:45am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of October 2019.
 
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.
 
These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and

NMDOH: Students To Celebrate Farm To School Programs For New Mexico Grown Week

on September 27, 2019 - 8:12am
 NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, as part of “New Mexico-Grown Week”, students across the state will participate in special events and activities that highlight a variety of fruits and vegetables cultivated from local farms, hoop houses and school gardens.
 
Participating schools may prepare special meals featuring local produce, invite farmers into the classroom to discuss the importance of local agriculture, or have students plant their own school gardens.
 
“New Mexico-Grown Week” is an opportunity to recognize school districts across the state that purchase produce

Ray: An Unfair Chase...

on September 27, 2019 - 7:43am
By MARY KATHERINE RAY
Rio Grande Chapter Sierra Club
 
It may still come as a surprise that today, in 2019, it is still actually legal in New Mexico to set a steel-jawed leg-hold trap or strangling wire snare in order to catch any one of 16 kinds of native wild animal that includes bobcats, foxes and badgers, for fun and profit.
 
Trapping is legal nearly statewide with the approval of the State Game Commission by purchasing a $20 license.
 
In recent years, dozens of hikers' dogs have been caught in traps hidden on land open to the public, including my own.

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