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Local Members Attend International Women’s Forum

on August 4, 2019 - 12:17pm

International Women’s Forum (IWF) members from Los Alamos, Linda Deck, Nancy Bartlit and Carol A. Clark attended the organization’s 3rd quarterly meeting Saturday at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. CHRISTUS St. Vincent CEO Lillian Montoya is a member of IWF and hosted the 4-hour event, which included a program on women and aging. Dr. Trent Sensiba, Dr. Lily Love and Dr. James Green presented talks as part of the program. From foreground center, Montoya, Bartlit, Sandra Evenson visiting from Washington, and Deck, who serves as board secretary for IWF. Photo by Carol A.

Film Programs And Union Fair In Albuquerque Aug. 8

on August 4, 2019 - 7:30am
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE Interested students and professionals can network with film and media instructors from programs around New Mexico at an open house the day before the annual Film and Media Industry Conference in Albuquerque.
 
The event is set for 2-5 p.m., Aug. 8 at the Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras Ave. NW. It is free and open to the public.
 
Representatives from Santa Fe Community College, Dona Ana Community College, Central New Mexico Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, University of New Mexico, Taos Digital Media Arts, IATSE Local 480, SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters Local

Nuevo Mexico Profundo: Concert At Historic Church

on August 4, 2019 - 7:28am
San Rafael mission church in La Cueva. Courtesy/NMP
 
NMP News:
 
Lone Piñon, a leading band in New Mexican traditional music, is performing at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 17 at San Rafael mission church in La Cueva.
 
The concert is sponsored by Nuevo Mexico Profundo and the proceeds support the maintenance and restoration of San Rafael.
 
Tickets are available at www.nuevo-mexico-profundo.com.
 
The event is a unique opportunity to experience authentic northern New Mexican culture in a historic setting.

Excitement Is In The Air In Alamogordo In September

on August 4, 2019 - 7:25am
NMT News:
 
ALAMOGORDO This September, in addition to the wide array of attractions available year-round, Alamogordo will be buzzing with excitement as the 28th Annual Balloon Invitational and the Otero County Fair and Rodeo bring their unique offerings to locals and visitors of all ages.
 
The Annual Balloon Invitational takes place Saturday, Sept. 7 at Ed Brabson Balloon Park in Alamogordo and continues Sunday, Sept. 8 at White Sands National Monument. The Otero County Fair and Rodeo opens Wednesday, Sept. 18 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22.
 
“Alamogordo is known as a

Historic Santa Fe Foundation Announces Launch Of Mac Watson Register Fellowship Honoring Contributions

on August 4, 2019 - 7:09am
Alan ‘Mac’ Watson. Courtesy/HSFF
 
HSFF News:
 
Historic Santa Fe Foundation Board of Directors and staff launch the Mac Watson Register Fellowship in honor of the many contributions that Watson has made to the historical and architectural preservation of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.
 
Historic Santa Fe Foundation recognizes his dedication and service as a volunteer and on the Board of the Foundation and many other preservation efforts.
 
Alan ‘Mac’ Watson, a Santa Fe native, received an AB in English Literature from Dartmouth College and an MA and a PhD from the University of New

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections

on August 4, 2019 - 6:59am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined House and Senate Democrats in unveiling a resolution that would roll back the “1332 waiver” rule, which is another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans’ health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protections the administration is trying to eliminate. 
 
The Trump administration rule, if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans that don’t fully protect people with

NWS: Today’s High Near 77; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on August 4, 2019 - 6:52am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 77 with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly after noon and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

HSD Encourages Medicaid Presbyterian Health Plan Members To Report Any Suspicious Activity

on August 3, 2019 - 6:43am
HSD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) was notified Friday by Presbyterian that June 6, 2019, Presbyterian discovered anonymous, unauthorized access gained through a deceptive email to some of Presbyterian's workforce members around May 9, 2019.
 
HSD takes the privacy and security of client information seriously. As a steward of our Medicaid members’ information, we are working with leadership at Presbyterian Health Plan to protect any information that may have been compromised.

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 55 Acres

on August 3, 2019 - 6:38am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire crews were able to put some low-intensity fire on the ground late Thursday in spite of recent moisture.
 
Fire managers are planning to continue firing operations on the Conejos Fire as long as weather will allow. 
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: Estimated at 55 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

NWS: Today’s High Near 80; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 3, 2019 - 6:36am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of southwest and south central New Mexico this afternoon through evening. Slow storm motions may lead to locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Turn Around, Don't Drown! Courtesy/NWS

Governor Appoints Eighth Judicial District Attorney

on August 2, 2019 - 9:11am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday announced the appointment of Marcus Montoya to the position of Eighth Judicial District Attorney. 
 
The district includes Taos, Colfax and Union Counties.
 
Donald Gallegos announced last month that he was retiring effective July 31, 2019. 
 
Montoya will fulfill the remainder of Gallegos’ term, serving until obligated to run in the next general election. He is the senior trial attorney in the office of the Eighth Judicial District Attorney, where he has prosecuted a wide range of cases,

New Mexico DHSEM Launches Drone Program

on August 2, 2019 - 9:09am
NM DHSEM Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey signs the fuselage of the agency’s new drone representing the ceremonial start of its new drone program. Courtesy photo
 

NM DHSEM News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s (NM DHSEM) Executive Team signed the fuselage of its new drone Wednesday representing the ceremonial start of its drone program.  

DHSEM has acquired two unmanned aircraft systems that will be used throughout New Mexico to support all aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Management including risk emergency mitigation,

SFNF: Conejos Fire Grows To 45 Acres

on August 2, 2019 - 8:57am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE A thunderstorm that dropped significant moisture on the north end of the Conejos Fire Wednesday delayed operations planned for Thursday. Fire managers are monitoring conditions on the ground for a window to begin firing operations.
 
Start date: July 29, 2019
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Size: 45 acres
 
Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine
 
Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one

AG Hector Balderas Secures Early Dismissal Of Former Secretary Of State’s IPRA Lawsuit

on August 2, 2019 - 8:48am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday a recent District Court order entering summary judgment against former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, declaring that as a matter of law there was no basis for her Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General.
 
Herrerra alleged that the Office violated IPRA, and the Court found that she “failed to provide any reliable evidence” to support her allegations.
 
“Public agencies should absolutely comply with the rule of law and be

SFCC Announces Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos Is Associate Vice President For Student Success

on August 2, 2019 - 8:47am
Thomasinia Gallegos-Ortiz
 
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College announces Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos is the new associate vice president for Student Success. She has served in higher education in a variety of capacities for 22 years.
 
The majority of Ortiz-Gallegos’ experience has been at New Mexico Highlands University. Most recently, she served as NMHU’s registrar. For four years (2013-17), she was the director of NMHU’s program at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center. From 2007 to 2013, she was the Director of Academic Support.
 
Other positions she held at NMHU

15th Annual Gila River Festival—Our River, Our Future—Coming To Silver City Sept. 19-22

on August 2, 2019 - 8:46am
Photo by Gordon Headlee
 
GCC News:
 
SILVER CITY This September, the Gila Conservation Coalition will host the 15th annual Gila River Festival.
 
Running Sept. 19-22 in Silver City and along the Gila River, the festival allows visitors to explore the Gila River—New Mexico’s last wild river, which also was named America’s #1 Most Endangered River of 2019 by American Rivers.
 
Throughout the festival, visitors can learn about the future of the Gila River in relation to the changing climate, as well as our responsibility to act as earth stewards, with keynote speaker climate

Taos Fall Arts Festival Two-Day Symposium Sept. 27

on August 2, 2019 - 8:19am
ART News:
 
TAOS Taos Fall Arts Festival “Art & Words: Critical Thinking and Writing About Art,” a two-day, multi-venue symposium set for Sept. 27- 28.
 
The program is a collaboration of Taos Fall Arts Festival, The Magazine, The Harwood Museum of Art and SOMOS.
 
The symposium begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, with a keynote talk, “My Life in Art Criticism,” by Peter Plagens at Harwood Museum of Art.
 
Plagens is an American artist and art critic based in New York City. He is the former art critic for Newsweek and writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal.

Annual Pueblo Independence Day Celebration Aug. 11

on August 2, 2019 - 8:13am
Ruins of San Jose de Los Jemez Mission, Jemez Historic Site. Courtesy/New Mexico Historic Sites 
 
Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner. Courtesy/New Mexico Historic Sites 
 
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Historic Sites is hosting two major commemorative events in August.
 
The 16th annual Pueblo Independence Day celebration is Sunday, Aug. 11, in the village of Jemez Springs. The event commemorates the events of Aug. 10, 1680, when the Pueblo People of New Mexico and Arizona launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization.
 
Later in August, the Bosque Redondo

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on August 2, 2019 - 8:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms will be most prevalent this afternoon and evening in the north and west portions of the state. Slow and erratic movement will lead to locally heavy rain and potential flooding. Today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely after noon and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Workforce Solutions Department Funding Will Support Training For High-Demand Jobs At LANL And N3B

on August 1, 2019 - 9:52am

Officials and students gather Tuesday morning at NNMC for the announcement of a new program funded by Workforce Solutions that will train more than 50 area students for high-paying jobs at with LANL and N3B. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post

 

By ARIN MCKENNA
Valley Daily Post

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the Department of Higher Education, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B), Northern New Mexico College and University of New Mexico–Los Alamos held a joint press conference Tuesday at NNMC to announce a new program

Los Alamos Aquatomics Team Shines At Long Course State Championships 2019

on August 1, 2019 - 9:26am
 
Los Alamos Aquatomics 2nd place winners at New Mexico Swimming Long Course Championships 2019 held July 25-28 at the Aquatics Center in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
High point champions in individual events for their age group of 11-12, swimmers Sophia Pieck and Duncan Henderson with Coach Mark Scott. Courtesy photo
 
By Coach Mark Scott
Los Alamos Aquatomics
 
Normally, for a meet summary I would focus on a few swimmers that performed at high levels, and at one point I had more tha three pages of must mention individual swimmer highlights for the Aquatomics.
 
However, this

Highlands University And LANL Success Story

on August 1, 2019 - 8:47am

Monte Roybal. Courtesy/LANL

Highlands University News:

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Monte Roybal, a New Mexico Highlands computer science graduate student and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has landed a coveted permanent software developer position at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), calling it a dream come true.

Roybal is among six Highlands University graduates with a Master of Science in computer science whom LANL hired during early spring semester 2019.

“The most interesting thing about working at LANL is continually adding to my ‘bag of tricks’ in regard to computer science skills,” Roybal

Public Comment Sought On Draft Environmental Assessment For Clovis Shooting Range Construction

on August 1, 2019 - 7:49am
NMGF News:
 
CLOVIS The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for construction of the Clovis Wing-shooting Complex and Archery Range at Ned Houk Park.
 
The EA analyzes potential effects on physical, biological and cultural resources and socioeconomic conditions that may result from the implementation of the project. The EA also incorporates other federal, state and local environmental policies and regulations and is prepared in accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Environmental Policy Act

New Mexico Shares Critical Data With The National Missing And Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

on July 31, 2019 - 7:12pm
NMDPS News:
 
SANTA FE -- New Mexico joined seven other states, which passed legislation mandating the sharing of missing and unidentified persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).
 
“The scope of the Mark Daniel Aguilar Information Sharing Requirement law is simple,” said Mark R. Shea, secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
 
“Within 30 days of receipt of a missing person's report, the Department of Public Safety will share with NamUs all information in the missing persons information clearinghouse and all information the

SFNF: Conejos Fire In Jemez Grows To 24 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 5:33pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have determined that the lightning-caused Conejos Fire on the Jemez Ranger District is a good candidate to manage to improve forest conditions and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

The Conejos Fire was discovered Monday night on Conejos Peak adjacent to Forest Road 266, about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.

Size: 24 acres

Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, one Hotshot crew, one Type 2 initial attack crew, Santa Fe County Fire

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