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Heinrich Calls For McConnell To Protect American Democracy, Act On Election Security Legislation

on July 31, 2019 - 8:22am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Tuesday to call out the legislative graveyard that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created, including blocking legislation to protect American elections from foreign interference.
“We can act now in advance of the 2020 elections.

Udall And Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United V. FEC

on July 31, 2019 - 7:57am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing Tuesday the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people.
 
The full text of the amendment is available HERE. A background summary is available HERE, and a section-by-section with FAQs is available HERE

SFNF: Conejos Fire On Jemez Ranger District 3-5 Acres

on July 31, 2019 - 7:33am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) discovered a lightning-caused ignition Monday night on Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 and about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa.
 
Estimated at 3-5 acres, the Conejos Fire is creeping and slowly backing in primarily ponderosa pine forest.
 
Given current conditions, including forecasted weather, and the location of the fire, fire managers are considering using the Conejos Fire to bring positive benefits to the landscape, including

Business Owner Shoots At Burglars In Velarde

on July 31, 2019 - 6:36am
NMSP News:
 
The New Mexico State Police investigated a shooting Tuesday involving a business owner in Velarde in Rio Arriba County.
 
Initial investigation shows at about 5:30 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress at Mike’s Mini-Mart Gas Station in Velarde.
 
When officers arrived on scene, they encountered the owner of the gas station. Officers learned the business owner, who lives on the property, heard his alarm sounding from his gas station and went to investigate. When the owner arrived at his business, he encountered a male suspect inside the gas station.
 
The

NWS: Today’s High Near 84; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on July 31, 2019 - 6:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 84 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Health Commons Opens In Los Alamos Thursday

on July 30, 2019 - 7:17pm

COUNTY News:

The Health Commons will open for business Thursday, Aug. 1.

The Health Commons is designed to serve the community's health needs, under contract with Las Clinicas del Norte and the State Public Health Office.

The Health Commons offers a multitude of services for all ages and schedules at 1183 Diamond Dr., Suite D in Los Alamos (across the street from Los Alamos High school, southwestern end of the building).

 For more information, visit the Los Alamos County Social Services Website: https://www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/community_services/socialservices

Los Alamos And White Rock Senior Centers Host Public Hearing On Funding Priorities For Next Four Years

on July 30, 2019 - 6:20pm

LARSO News:

The Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers will host a Public Hearing on funding priorities for the next four years, 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Mesa Public Library.

The discussion, in meeting rooms 2 and 3, will attempt to gather feedback for senior center services and what community members would like to see added over the next four years.

Comments and suggestions are welcome for expanding current services or planning ahead for the future.

The request comes from the Governor's Office, as priorities for the next fiscal year will be discussed at the next legislative

NMED Seeks Input On Regional Haze Planning

on July 30, 2019 - 6:41am
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is seeking input on the development of its Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision, which is due to EPA July 31, 2021.
 
Air Quality Bureau (AQB) staff have been involved in regional work in preparation for this planning effort and will begin a program of public outreach to gather comments and suggestions on Regional Haze efforts. To be effective, this outreach must be as comprehensive as possible.
 
A new website is now available on visibility and regional haze in New Mexico at the following link: 

New Mexico Public Education Department Announces Recipients Of The Teacher Residency Pilot RFA

on July 30, 2019 - 6:35am
NMPED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Public Education Department announced funding recipients for new educator preparation programs in New Mexico, helping four teacher education programs support new educators through residency models addressing diversity and quality, while prioritizing the needs of districts with large English-language-learner and Native American populations. 
 
The four programs receiving the funds, which were appropriated through House Bill 2:
  • Northern New Mexico College;
  • Western New Mexico University;
  • Central New Mexico Community College; and
  • San Juan College.
In

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tapped For National Governors Association Executive Committee

on July 30, 2019 - 6:15am

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday was named as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.
 
“I am honored to join this dynamic group of governors,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We have a unique opportunity to show the nation that bipartisanship and pragmatism are alive and well at the state level, despite what we hear from Washington. I look forward to working with Chairman Hogan on his infrastructure initiative and advancing other New Mexico priorities at the national level.”
 

Road Work Notice: CR 72A (Big Tesuque Canyon Road) Bridge Replacement Project Underway

on July 30, 2019 - 6:09am
Santa Fe County News:
 
SANTA FE A contractor for the Santa Fe County Public Works Department will begin excavation and construction on CR 72A (Big Tesuque Canyon Road).
 
The project consists of roadway improvements and bridge replacement on CR 72A. The project began Monday, July 29 and is scheduled to be completed Fall 2019.
 
In order to accommodate the construction in a safe manner, it will be necessary to reduce the work zone down to one lane during and after construction. Flaggers will be controlling traffic in the work zone during working hours, please use caution.

NWS: Today’s High Near 83; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on July 30, 2019 - 5:37am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Udall, Lofgren, Matsui Introduce Bill To Give Americans Opportunity To Invest In Clean Energy Future

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm
U.S. Senators Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to give all Americans the opportunity to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds and empower regular people to do their part in building our country’s clean energy future.
 
Modeled after the highly successful victory bonds sold during World War I and World War II, which raised billions of dollars to finance the costs of war, Clean Energy Victory Bonds would help communities across

Reception For Rep. Christine Chandler Sunday Aug. 11

on July 29, 2019 - 2:55pm

Albuquerque Actor Films Spec Pilot: Deeply Superficial

on July 29, 2019 - 2:13pm
SUNNY505 News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Local small Business Owner and Actor, Keith Allen West, is shooting his Albuquerque based Spec Pilot called Deeply Superficial in September.  
 
Deeply Superficial is a half-hour filmed comedy series that chronicles a gay entrepreneur, played by West, who is deep in the turmoil of his midlife crisis.  Loved & supported by his diverse and wildly inappropriate friends and family, Keith finds his search for a healthy, productive life an hysterical team sport. 
 
With throwback comedic timing to Seinfeld and Friends, mixed with the contemporary shooting style

Balderas Charges Albuquerque Nurse Practitioner Alleged To Have Caused Deaths Of Three Patients

on July 29, 2019 - 1:54pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas filed charges last week against Andrei V. Marchenko on nine felony charges including Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Death, Involuntary Manslaughter, Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Physical Harm and Medicaid Fraud in Excess of $2,500.
 
The Defendant allegedly defrauded the State's Medicaid program and overprescribed opioids to his patients, which ultimately led to three deaths and two overdoses.
 
“The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our communities and devastate New Mexican families,” Balderas

State Land Office Signs Land Use Restriction

on July 29, 2019 - 1:08pm

Assistant Commissioner Craig Johnson and Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy/NMLO

LAND OFFICE News:

  • Restriction Aims to Protect Military Readiness

SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed a Land Use Restriction or Condition (LURC) with the Compatible Lands Foundation in partnership with the Department of Defense.

 

The LURC places a buffer zone around Fort Bliss Army Base to address incompatible planning and development in the vicinity of important military training operations.

RTD To Launch Summer TSV Green Route Friday

on July 29, 2019 - 11:40am

RTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD Blue Buses will begin a summer pilot program this Friday to provide Friday, Saturday and Sunday service between the Town of Taos and Taos Ski Valley.

RTD 341 TSV Green will run through Sunday, Sept. 29. Service will be provided on three roundtrips Friday through Sunday and provide stops along Paseo del Pueblo beginning at Chamisa Road and run though the Town, the Plaza and El Prado before turning onto N.M. 150 through Arroyo Seco, Valdez and to Taos Ski Valley.

Christof Brownell, Mayor of the Village of Taos Ski Valley and NCRTD

USDA RD In New Mexico Promotes Longtime Employee Ray Melton To Rural Business Program Director

on July 29, 2019 - 10:40am

Ray Melton

USDA Rural Development News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Arthur A. Garcia has promoted longtime USDA RD employee Ray Melton as the agency’s rural business program director.

Melton oversees 13 business programs administered by USDA Rural Development. All of the programs were created to expand economic opportunities in rural communities of less than 50,000 residents.

“I have committed my life in the lending industry and at USDA Rural Development to provide the rural residents of New Mexico the best possible financing opportunities to expand their rural

Los Alamos High School Biology Teacher Stephanie Mitchell Earns National Award

on July 29, 2019 - 10:11am

Stephanie Mitchell

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School biology teacher Stephanie Mitchell has been named Outstanding Biology Teacher for New Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

“I am really honored that I was nominated for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award and thrilled that I received it,” Mitchell said.

NABT Awards recognize teachers for their expertise in science, for contributions to the profession and service to life science teaching or leadership in learning communities.

“Stephanie is a teacher who is continually, quietly pursuing excellence in her

DPNM Chair Elliston And Vice Chair Porter Meet With Regional Democrats At Weekend Gathering In Roy

on July 29, 2019 - 9:58am

DPNM Chair Marg Elliston and Vice Chair Marcus Porter with Democratic leaders from Colfax, Curry, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties gathere this weekend at a regional meeting in Roy. Courtesy/DPNM

DPNM News:

  • State and county leaders discussed rural health care, education, infrastructure, and economic development

ROY – Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Chair Marg Elliston and Vice Chair Marcus Porter spoke with Democratic leaders in Colfax, Curry, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties over the weekend at a regional meeting of eastern and northeastern Democratic party

Forbes And Statista Name Del Norte Credit Union Best-In-State Credit Union For Second Year In A Row

on July 29, 2019 - 9:33am

DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti

DNCU News:

  • The best banks and credit unions in every state were chosen based on an independent survey from 25,000 U.S. citizens

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative has received national recognition for outstanding services for a second year by the Best-In-State independent survey conducted by Forbes and Statista.

The banks and credit unions with the highest scores in the following five categories were recognized:

  • Trust;
  • Terms and conditions;
  • Branch services;
  • Digital services; and
  • Financial advice.

These are

Governor: Mortgage Finance Authority Appointments

on July 29, 2019 - 7:02am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday appointed new members to the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority.
 
The governor appointed:
  • Rosalyn Nguyen Chafey;
  • Derek Valdo; and
  • Rebecca Wurzburger.
The governor also re-appointed Angel Reyes, whom she made chairman.
 
Rosalyn Nguyen Chafey is an Albuquerque attorney with extensive legal experience in finance and contracts. She is a staff attorney for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Fair Elections Now Act

on July 29, 2019 - 6:39am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 23 Senate colleagues, have introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way U.S. Senate elections are financed.
 
Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and corporate special interests.
 
The Fair Elections Now Act would help reduce the influence of wealthy donors and big-money

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