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New Mexico Public Safety Forensic Laboratory Secures Coveted International Endorsement

on March 30, 2019 - 1:05pm
NMDPS News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Forensic Laboratory system has been acknowledged for its technical competence and accredited in the disciplines of biology (DNA-nuclear and body fluid identification), drug chemistry, firearms, toolmarks and serial number restorations, latent print processing, comparisons and impression evidence (footwear and tires) by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
 
“The accreditation process provides an essential, external, independent review of forensic services DPS provides.

New Mexico Announces Funding For Conservation Innovation Grants

on March 30, 2019 - 12:58pm
Graduate student Vesh Thapa and NMSU-ASC farm staff Landon O’Rear collecting soil samples for soil health testing. Courtesy/NMSU
 
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Mexico is accepting applications for Conservation Innovations Grants (CIG) to fund innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies.
 
NRCS uses CIG to accelerate the transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches that address some of the state’s most pressing natural resource concerns.

Udall Presses FDA Commissioner For Strong Protections To Address Epidemic Of Youth E-Cigarette Use

on March 30, 2019 - 11:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), questioned U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on the alarming national increase of high school students using e-cigarettes and pressed the commissioner to take meaningful action to address the epidemic.
 
“I am pleased that this budget gives additional funding to help evaluate e-cigarettes – but I remain deeply concerned about the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes by our nation’s youth.

SFNF: Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed

on March 30, 2019 - 11:31am
Fire managers may conduct a prescribed burn as early as Tuesday near the Nichols Reservoir on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy photo 
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to proceed with the previously announced prescribed burn near Nichols Reservoir in the lower Santa Fe Municipal Watershed as early as April 2, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, remain favorable.
 
Up to 500 acres, including 50 acres of piles, will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions.

Protect Communities, Protect Climate: No New Leases

on March 30, 2019 - 11:18am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
SANTA FE Crowds gathered today for a climate strike in front of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state office in Santa Fe to protest the lease sale of 11,000 acres of public and ancestral tribal lands in Greater Chaco and Greater Carlsbad regions.
 
The BLM is moving forward with this controversial lease sale despite having received over 33,000 protest comments from tribal leaders, environmental groups, and members of the public expressing concerns that the sale would have negative impacts on cultural resources, public health, and the climate.
 
“How many more of these

Game & Fish: Expect Roadblocks Statewide During Hunting And Fishing Seasons

on March 30, 2019 - 10:46am
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.
 
The 2019-2020 hunting and fishing season begins April 1. All hunters and anglers are required to purchase a new license before hunting and fishing. Anglers can expect roadblocks throughout the summer. Guides and outfitters are also reminded that new registration is required.
 
Youth turkey season begins April 12 and the general season begins April 15. For more information, please consult

Balderas On US Senate Seat: I’m Staying Home

on March 30, 2019 - 9:45am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas appeared on the Erica Viking Show, along with his daughter Arianna Balderas, and announced that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Udall.

Click here to view the video message from AG Balderas and his daughter.

Governor Recommits State To Film And TV Industry, Signs Legislation Aimed At Steadier Growth, Expansion

on March 30, 2019 - 9:42am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaking Friday at Albuquerque Studios. Courtesy photo
 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 2 Friday at Albuquerque Studios. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 2 Friday at Albuquerque Studios, delivering on a promise to boost the state’s film, television and media industry and provide for steady growth in an economic sector that keeps New Mexicans employed and offers young adults the opportunity to build a sustainable career.
 
Senate Bill 2 more than doubles the annual “cap” on rebate payments to

NWS: Today’s High Near 48, Tonight’s Low Around 27

on March 30, 2019 - 8:27am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 48 with increasingly cloudy skies and tonight’s low around 27 with a 30 percent chance of scattered snow showers after 7 p.m. … new snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s peak wind gusts around the state. Courtesy/NWS

AG Tells US Dept. of Health New Draft Drug Report Is Dangerous, Potentially Deadly For New Mexico

on March 29, 2019 - 3:31pm

AG News: 

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to the United States Department of Health and Human Services sharing concerns about the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report.

 

AG Balderas, and 35 additional Attorneys General believe that the draft report, sent to the chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, weakens guidelines published by the CDC, believes reports should be aimed at decreasing the risk of opioid misuse in the United States.

 

“The opioid crisis has been devastating on our

Balderas On Filing Lawsuit Against Las Vegas Mayor

on March 29, 2019 - 8:37am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued the following statement after the filing of a private lawsuit against Las Vegas, N.M. Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron:
 
“These new allegations of public abuse are concerning, especially when my office is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation of Ms. Gurule-Giron.”
 
The Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that it is conducting a criminal investigation into Gurule-Giron.

Michael Blackwell Named To Barron’s ‘America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2019 State-By-State’

on March 29, 2019 - 7:06am
Michael Blackwell
 
MORGAN STANLEY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Morgan Stanley announced Thursday that Michael Blackwell, an executive director, financial advisor in the firm’s Albuquerque Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2019 State-by-State.”
 
The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.
 
Michael Blackwell was ranked

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Focus On Safety And Cleanup

on March 29, 2019 - 6:26am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) asked U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty about their commitment to safety and environmental cleanup at Department of Energy (DOE) sites and facilities.
 
 
Heinrich

Sen. Martin Heinrich Honors César Chávez Legacy

on March 28, 2019 - 5:10pm

César Chávez

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of César Chávez Day, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored a resolution to honor the legacy and accomplishments of civil rights leader César E. Chávez.

“César Chávez was a visionary and fearless leader who fought tirelessly for better working conditions and fair wages for farmers and other underrepresented communities,” Heinrich said. “He inspired a generation of workers and community leaders across the country to stand up for equal justice, economic opportunity, and civil rights.

As NM Prepares For Wildfire Season, Udall, Heinrich & Colleagues Urge Trump Administration To Reverse Proposed Cuts To Prevention, Firefighting Budget

on March 28, 2019 - 4:11pm

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Senators: Send us amended budget request that “more appropriately matches the science-based restoration needs of our shared federal forests”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Sen.

Water Safe After Recent Gold King Mine Release

on March 28, 2019 - 9:39am
U.S. Geological Survey staff from the New Mexico Water Science Center sampled water in the Animas and San Juan rivers March 16-20 to analyze for the concentration of metals. Courtesy/USGS
 
NMED News:
 
SAN JUAN COUNTY — Water in the San Juan and Animas rivers is safe following the mid-March failure of the wastewater treatment facility in Gladstone, Colo., which treats drainage from Gold King Mine.
 
A power outage at the facility, which removes heavy metals and other contaminants from the wastewater, caused untreated wastewater from the mine to bypass the facility and enter Cement

Two LANL Researchers Win Women In Tech Awards

on March 28, 2019 - 9:18am

New Mexico Technology Council 2019 Women in Technology Award recipients Laura Monroe, left, and Janette Frigo. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Electrical engineer and mathematician recognized as outstanding contributors to STEM fields

Two researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory were recognized with 2019 Women in Technology Awards by the New Mexico Technology Council.

Janette Frigo, an electrical engineer with the Laboratory’s Intelligence and Space Research division, and Laura Monroe, a mathematician with the Laboratory’s High-Performance Computing division, were recognized for their

Heinrich Joins Special Committee On Climate Crisis

on March 28, 2019 - 9:12am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following Senate Republicans' refusal to take action on climate change and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) refusal to allow a vote on a resolution to establish a bipartisan select committee on the climate crisis, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is joining in establishing a new Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis.
 
"It's long past time for Congress--both the House and the Senate--to finally implement real solutions to eliminate carbon pollution, mitigate the devastating effects of climate

SOS Maggie Toulouse Oliver Responds To Same-Day And Automated Voter Registration Bill Becoming Law

on March 28, 2019 - 8:31am
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement Wednesday after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 672 into law:
 
“Same-day voter registration and automated voter registration have long been priorities of mine and it’s a game-changer for New Mexico’s voting and elections for them to now become law. States with same-day voter registration see voter turnout increase by an average of 5 percent.

SFCC: EPA Environmental Job Training Program April 9

on March 28, 2019 - 8:07am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College will present two information sessions on the New Mexico Environmental Job Training Program at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9 in the Administration Building/Eagle Café area on the Northern New Mexico College campus, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate in Española.
 
The free five-week intensive training will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 20 through June 21, at NNMC in Española.
 
An Environmental Protection Agency grant will cover the training costs for unemployed, underemployed or low-income applicants who are

NWS: Today’s High Near 66, Tonight’s Low Around 38

on March 28, 2019 - 7:50am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 66 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 38. Courtesy/NWS

FBI: California Man Charged With Assaulting Laguna Pueblo Police Officers

on March 27, 2019 - 7:35pm

FBI News:

 

Ivan Allen, 38, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., has been charged in a federal complaint with assault on a federal officer for allegedly fighting with two Laguna Police Officers in New Mexico.

 
The incident occurred Tuesday, after the officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Laguna Pueblo. Allen allegedly exited the vehicle and fought with the officers for several minutes before he was taken into custody.
 
The officers are federal officers by virtue of their Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Law Enforcement Commission.
 
Allen had an initial appearance today in U.S.

Homeland Security Secretary Jackie White Visits Border To Meet With Key Stakeholders, Evaluate Needs

on March 27, 2019 - 7:27pm

DHSEM Secretary Jackie White visited a nonprofit shelter Tuesday in Las Cruces where migrants are temporarily placed after being processed. Courtesy photo

DHSEM Secretary Jackie White visited today wth key stakeholders involved in the humanitarian crisis on the border. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA TERESA — Secretary Jackie White of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management visited key stakeholders involved in the current humanitarian crisis on the border as part of an ongoing evaluation of security and humanitarian needs.

White visited a

State GOP Chairman Steve Pearce On Retirement Announcement By U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

on March 27, 2019 - 6:58pm
State GOP Chairman Steve Pearce
 
NMRP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce Monday issued the following statement on the announcement by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) that he will retire at the end of his term:
 
“I would like to offer my congratulations and best wishes to Senator Udall on his upcoming retirement. Tom was my colleague in the Congress and also a worthy opponent when I challenged him for the Senate seat he won in 2008. He’s been a devoted public servant and advocate for his constituents in New Mexico and I am proud to call Tom my friend.
 

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