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Meet Jesús Malverde Patron Saint Of Drug Lords

on February 12, 2019 - 5:35am
Statue of Jesús Malverde, the Patron Saint of Drug Lords. Photo by Mary Ann Hatchitt
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico is a state where many homes are adorned with Santos, retablos, depictions of patron saints, and other cultural icons based in Christianity, often crafted by local artisans.
Recently, a diverse group of New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science employees and citizens serving as an advisory committee to Drugs: Costs and Consequences, the new exhibition now open at the Museum, received an education about a specific patron saint with a dark side.

‘Only Yes Means Yes’ Bill Advances To House Floor

on February 12, 2019 - 5:29am
Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Thomson
SANTA FE The House Education Committee has passed a bill to add consent language to the state’s sexual education curriculum.
House Bill 133, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque), would require public schools and public post-secondary educational institutions to adopt policies and procedures addressing affirmative consent and prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
According to the 2017 New Mexico Youth Risk & Resilience Survey of New Mexico high school students, 8

NWS: Today’s High Near 43, Tonight’s Low Around 22

on February 12, 2019 - 4:57am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 43 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 22. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico State Senate Unanimously Confirms Jen Paul Schroer Cabinet Secretary For Tourism Department

on February 11, 2019 - 5:08pm

Jen Paul Schroer


Today the New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed Jen Paul Schroer as the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Tourism Department.

The Senate complimented Secretary Schroer on her dedication and expertise in growing tourism and regional economies in the state as well as commending her background in uniting tourism and hospitality industry partners, in both private and public sector, to position the Land of Enchantment as a top destination for venturesome travelers.

“We are going to take New Mexico True to the next level,” Secretary Schroer said, “Working

New Mexico State Senate Unanimously Confirms Human Services Department Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D.

on February 11, 2019 - 4:49pm

David R. Scrase, M.D.

SANTA FE  – The New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed David R. Scrase, M.D. today as Secretary of the Human Services Department.

“Dr. Scrase is an effective leader, and knows all facets of the Human Services Department, especially the Medicaid program and I am honored to carry his nomination,” Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino said during today’s Senate confirmation. “The Governor has made a terrific nomination in Dr. Scrase to head the Human Services Department.”

Gov.  Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Secretary Scrase Dec. 15, 2018.

“Secretary Scrase is showing

Gov. Lujan Grisham, Reps. Cadena And Salazar Announce Legislation Creating Centers Of Excellence

on February 11, 2019 - 4:31pm

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the introduction of legislation to create four Centers of Excellence at New Mexico higher education institutions.
House Bill 7, introduced by Reps. Tomás Salazar and Micaela Cadena, would support and drive innovation in growing economic sectors and build closer links between research and industry by designating each as a Center of Excellence in a particular field. 
“Centers of Excellence will put New Mexico on the map worldwide and show we’re serious about the growth of research and development in key industries,”

Heinrich On American Artificial Intelligence Initiative

on February 11, 2019 - 3:25pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Senate Intelligence committees, issued the following statement on the executive order to be signed today launching the American Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative:

“I welcome the administration’s announcement to invest more in the research and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and to build a workforce that is prepared to take on the enormous changes that will come as a result of this technology.

NMSP Ask Public’s Help Identifying Road Rage Victim

on February 11, 2019 - 3:19pm

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico State Police is asking for the public’s help identifying the victim of a road rage incident on I-40 eastbound near 98th and Unser Boulevard.

At approximately 8 a.m. today, a NMSP sergeant was parked in the median on Interstate 40 eastbound between Coors and Unser when approached by an unidentified female victim, who was driving a maroon Kia four door passenger vehicle with a turquoise New Mexico license plate.

The female driver told the sergeant that a male driver in a red Jeep pointed a firearm at her.

Databank Bill Will Track Children’s Welfare

on February 11, 2019 - 10:38am
New Mexico Roundhouse. Courtesy/SFNM
After years of hand-wringing over worst-in-the-nation poverty levels and education rankings, reports repeatedly declaring New Mexico "the worst place to raise a family," a persistent opioid epidemic and a rising prison population, policymakers are pushing legislation they say will finally lead to solutions.
Without the Child and Family Databank Act, one researcher said, the state won't ever be able to solve its woes, largely rooted in multigenerational poverty.
Jeffrey Mitchell, director of the University of New

New Mexico House Celebrates African American Day

on February 11, 2019 - 10:28am

The Roundhouse celebrates African American Day Friday with Congressional House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Rev. Donna Maria Davis, pastor of Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton. Courtesy photo


  • Joint Session  African American Community With Congressman James Clyburn

SANTA FE – The Roundhouse celebrated African American Day Friday with Congressional House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Rev. Donna Maria Davis, pastor of Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Gov.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Nearly $2.5 Million For Rail Runner Safety Upgrades

on February 11, 2019 - 9:17am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2,496,842 in federal funding to the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RTD) to make critical improvements to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express system’s Wi-Fi network that will support full implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, a federally mandated safety system designed to prevent train accidents and derailments.
The improved technology is essential to providing a reliable path

After Pushback, Sponsor Revamps State Lottery Bill

on February 11, 2019 - 8:49am
State Sen. Jacob Candelaria on Wednesday amended his controversial bill on the state lottery, adding a guarantee that at least $40 million a year from ticket sales would go for college scholarships.
His initial proposal would have eliminated a section of state law requiring that 30 percent of gross lottery revenues be turned over each month for scholarships.
That version of the bill came under fire. Funding for scholarships is the sole reason the New Mexico lottery exists.
In response to complaints by students at the University of New

Scenes From IWF-NM Legislative Luncheon

on February 11, 2019 - 8:24am

International Women’s Forum of New Mexico members from Los Alamos, Historian Nancy Bartlit, left, Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck and Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark (taking the photo) traveled Wednesday to the annual IWF-NM Legislative Luncheon at Hotel Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

IWF-NM Board President Diane Harrison Ogawa welcomes members and guests to the Legislative Luncheon Wednesday at Hotel Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Legislators from left, Sen.

Governor Names Five To Serve As UNM Regents

on February 11, 2019 - 8:13am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Saturday that she has named five people to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

Their appointments are subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

Her appointees are:

  • Kimberly Sanchez Rael for a six-year term. Rael’s background is in business, and she served on the New Mexico State Board of Finance from 2003 to 2009.
  • Sandra K. Begay for a four-year term.

Los Alamos Middle School Cheerleaders Win First Place At Demon Throw Down At Santa Fe High School

on February 11, 2019 - 7:39am
Los Alamos Middle School Hawks Cheerleaders win first place in the Demon Throw Down competition Saturday at Santa Fe High School. Courtesy photo

Autism Health Care Access Bill Passes House Committee

on February 11, 2019 - 7:39am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed legislation Thursday to remove age restrictions and ensure parity with treatment for other physical conditions on health insurance for treatment of autism.
House Bill 322, sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Karen Bash (D-Albuquerque) and Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque) expands access to health care coverage for New Mexicans with autism.
House Bill 322 will prevent discrimination against New Mexico adults living with autism and bring us into compliance with federal law.

NWS: Today’s High Near 36, Tonight’s Low Around 15

on February 11, 2019 - 7:29am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 36 with windy conditions and a 60 percent chance of about an inch of snow possible. Tonight’s low around 15. Courtesy/NWS

League Of Women Voters Spend Day At Legislature; Honor Former Rep. Jim Dines

on February 10, 2019 - 10:53am

LWV officers Dick Mason and Judith Williams present former Rep. Jim Dines with an award for his tireless efforts to create an Independent Ethics Commission in New Mexico. Photo by Rebecca Shankland

New Mexico State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard welcomes the League to the State Land Office. Photo by Rebecca Shankland

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver speaks to the League’s Legislative Reception. Photo by Rebecca Shankland


League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

A large contingent of members from the League of Women Voters of New Mexico,

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 10

on February 10, 2019 - 10:38am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamod Daily Post
The weather in February here in the Southwest can vary between periods of spring-like warmth with winter returning at times. The buds on the elm trees in the Espanola Valley are starting to swell and that’s one of the first signs that spring is around the corner.
There is usually a warm stretch of weather in February so it is best to call ahead to check on ice conditions. The good news is that several lakes still have good ice fishing conditions and another lake was just opened up for ice fishing.
Heron Lake near Tierra

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Measures To Enhance Safety In Remote Border Areas, Boost Trade At Ports Of Entry

on February 10, 2019 - 9:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have introduced three key proposals to address the needs in remote areas of the nation's southern border region and invest in our southern ports of entry to increase international trade and bolster economic development in border communities.
As congressional negotiators continue to work on a path forward for funding border security measures and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the fiscal year, Heinrich and Udall want to make smart

New Mexico Ethics Watch Releases Essential Resources For Establishment Of Independent Ethics Commission

on February 10, 2019 - 9:27am
NMEW News:
New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting ethics in governance and public life, Friday released its Essential Resources for the Establishment of an Independent Ethics Commission.
The document centralizes essential resources for policy discussions regarding the establishment of the ethics commission, on the heels of voters’ approval of the ethics commission constitutional amendment by a roughly 75 percent to 25 percent margin.
NMEW participated, in the recent interim, in the Ethics Commission Working Group, chaired by State Sen.

LAHS Advances To National Science Bowl ... Again!

on February 10, 2019 - 9:25am

Sponsors Kathy and Steve Boerigter with the Los Alamos High School team from left, Michael Chigaev, Elijah Pelofske, Conner Rittner, Steven Zhao (captain) and Do Vo. The team won the regional competition and is going to the National Science Bowl again. This is the ninth time in the last 10 years that the LAHS team has advanced to represent New Mexico at the national competition. Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that tests the knowledge of middle and high school students in all areas of science and mathematics. Courtesy photo

2019 Summer Physics Camp For Young Women

on February 10, 2019 - 9:00am
Scene from a previous Summer Physics Camp. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory, the New Mexico Consortium, Pojoaque Valley and Los Alamos Public Schools are organizing a two-week Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in Northern New Mexico.
The camp will focus on boosting your understanding of the physics of the Sun, Earth, and everything in between and also introduce you to how to write your resume, interview for a job, and how to make some tasks fun by learning the basics of computer programming.

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 10

on February 10, 2019 - 8:33am
By The New Mexican
Days left in the session: 34
Trapping debate: A House committee gave its backing Saturday to a bill that would ban trapping on public lands.
Supporters of the measure contend trapping is a hazard to hikers and others in the outdoors.
"All individuals are using these public lands, and they need to be safe for those individuals," Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos, told the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Moreover, advocates have argued that trapping is cruel, indiscriminate and ultimately ineffective at controlling predators.

NWS: Today’s High Near 44, Tonight’s Low Around 23

on February 10, 2019 - 8:29am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 44 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 23. Courtesy/NWS