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FBI: Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Trafficking

on January 25, 2018 - 6:40am

FBI News:


ALBUQUERQUE – Gilberto Garcia, 42, of Las Cruces, pled guilty this morning in federal court to a methamphetamine trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 


Garcia was arrested in Oct. 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. According to the complaint, law enforcement officers seized approximately 128 gross grams of methamphetamine from Garcia’s vehicle following a routine traffic stop May 10, 2017, in Dona Ana County, N.M.


During today’s proceedings, Garcia pled guilty to a felony

Flamenco: From Spain To New Mexico Travels State​

on January 25, 2018 - 6:33am
Program for Carmen Amaya performance, ca. 1950s. Courtesy of Vivian Alarid Cuadra and Pedro Cuadra. Photo by Blair Clark., ca. 1950s. Courtesy of Vivian Alarid Cuadra and Pedro Cuadra. Photo by Blair Clark
MIFA News:
SANTA FE  The sensual dance of flamenco has traveled the world, yet within the United States only in New Mexico is it integral to the state’s culture.
In November of 2015 the Museum of International Folk Art opened the most comprehensive exhibition on flamenco, celebrating this living tradition as an art form.
This stunning exhibition is now traveling to

Los Alamos County Receives Audit Accountability Award

on January 24, 2018 - 4:15pm

County Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio, center, NMAC President/Otero County Commissioner Susan Flores, left of Perraglio, and State Auditor Wayne Johnson, right of Perraglio. Courtesy/LAC


The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) and State Auditor Wayne Johnson have selected Los Alamos County as the recipient of one of its annual Audit Accountability Awards. County Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio was there to accept the award last week at NMAC’s Legislative Conference.

The awards are given in recognition to large, mid-size, and small counties that have done

Heinrich Slams Solar Tariff Decision

on January 24, 2018 - 8:03am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement after President Trump announced his decision to impose up to 30 percent tariffs on imported solar panels and modules that will jeopardize tens of thousands of American solar jobs:
“Imposing these tariffs isn't going to create a single manufacturing job and instead harms hundreds of locally-owned companies, jeopardizes tens of thousands of workers, and stifles billions of dollars in

USDA Provides Funding To Increase Access To Educational And Health Care Services In Rural Areas

on January 24, 2018 - 7:42am
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett Friday announced that USDA is awarding grants for broadband projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural areas in 35 states.
“Broadband technology helps provide career opportunities and deliver critical medical services to rural residents,” Hazlett said. “It allows rural hospitals to better diagnose and treat patients. It helps treat people who are struggling with opioid and other substance use disorders. It also helps bring jobs to rural areas.”

FBI Offers Reward For Belen Bank Robber

on January 24, 2018 - 7:36am
FBI News:
A man who covered his face with a black bandana that had a skull pattern on it robbed a bank in Belen Jan. 16 and fled in a white four-door sedan.
The suspect was described as approximately 5'8" to 5'10" tall, with a slim build. He wore sunglasses, dark gloves, a black hooded sweatshirt with a dark blue jacket over it, dark pants, and dark shoes. He wore a hood over his head and concealed his face with a black bandana with a white skull pattern.
The suspect entered U.S. Bank, 620 W. Reinken Ave., in Belen, at approximately 9:26 a.m.

Redistricting Reform, Registration Of All Qualified Voters Are Among Common Cause New Mexico’s 2018 Legislative Priorities

on January 24, 2018 - 7:23am
CCNM News:
Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) has announced its priorities for the short 2018 legislative session.
“We’re focusing on both state and federal constitutional amendments to make voter choices more meaningful through redistricting reform and to address the increasingly heavy influence of political spending,” CCNM Legislative Director Heather Ferguson said.
Among the measures supported by the good-government group: 
1. A Constitutional Amendment for a State Redistricting Commission, House Joint Resolution 4, sponsored by Reps.

Public Education Dept., Arts Education Community Join Forces To Adopt National Core Standards

on January 23, 2018 - 3:11pm

Public Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski


SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced the adoption of statewide New Mexico Core Arts Standards. The new standards are expected to enrich the state’s educational communities with tradition, innovation and creativity – and make New Mexico’s students more globally competitive.

“A 21st century multi-medium arts education is an essential component of preparing our children for their futures—especially in a state with some of the greatest artistic talent in the world.

Pearce Addresses Three-Day Government Shutdown

on January 23, 2018 - 2:54pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the three-day government shutdown ended Monday and federal operations resumed:
“What the Democrats did, playing politics with paychecks for service members and risking access to health care for rural, low-income children, to get their way on full amnesty for illegal immigrants is astounding and down-right irresponsible.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Files Lawsuits Against Non-Compliant Charities

on January 23, 2018 - 2:53pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General filed the first of his lawsuits against charities across the state who have failed to come into compliance in their registration and reporting as required by the Charitable Solicitations Act.

Today’s six lawsuits are the next step in the Charities Compliance Sweep, which began in December of 2017.

“New Mexicans who open their hearts and wallets deserve to know how their hard-earned money is being spent by a

House & Senate Education Committee Hearings Feb. 3

on January 23, 2018 - 2:52pm
NEA Executive Committee member George Sheridan
Saturday, Feb. 3, the New Mexico House and Senate Education Committees will hold an open joint hearing just so they can listen directly to what educators across New Mexico are experiencing due to the chronic under-resourcing of our public schools.
The formal hearing time is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is tentatively scheduled for the chambers of the House of Representatives, but legislative business may take precedence, so a different room may be assigned that day.
"The budgets proposed both by the Democratic legislature and the

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek Applicants To Fill Two Upcoming Vacancies On US District Court

on January 23, 2018 - 2:26pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 30, 2017, the Honorable Robert C. Brack announced his intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Brack’s announcement, effective July 25, 2018, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
On Dec. 26, 2017, the Honorable Christina Armijo announced her intention to assume senior status after 16 years of distinguished service on the federal bench, including more than five years as Chief Judge for the District.

Heinrich: Bold Action Needed To Better Support New Mexico Families, Invest In Early Childhood Education

on January 23, 2018 - 6:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following the release of the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) expressed serious concern about the findings and called for bold action to create economic opportunities and address the needs of both vulnerable children and their parents in New Mexico.
He urged the state to invest a portion of its Land Grant Permanent Fund in the most effective early childhood programs.

SFCC Give Kids A Smile Dental Day Feb. 1

on January 23, 2018 - 6:22am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) Dental Day, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at SFCC, Room 454, 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.
Free dental screenings and referrals, food, goodies and dental education. Open to the public; all ages welcome. First come first served. Free event. Sponsored by American Dental Association (ADA) and SFCC Dental Department. 
Call 505.428.1258, for information.

FBI: Jemez Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

on January 23, 2018 - 6:21am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Raymond Gachupin, 23, an enrolled member and resident of Jemez Pueblo, pled guilty Friday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to a voluntary manslaughter charge. 
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Gachupin will be sentenced within the range of 18 to 78 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
The FBI and Jemez Pueblo Tribal Police Department arrested Gachupin in July 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Jemez Pueblo man by suffocating him July 1, 2016, in Jemez Pueblo in Sandoval

House Republicans Introduce Bill To Increase Sentences For Crimes Committed While Awaiting Trial

on January 23, 2018 - 6:08am
SANTA FE — State Representatives Greg Nibert (R-Roswell), Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque), and Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) have introduced legislation to enhance sentences for offenders who commit a crime while awaiting trial, serving parole or probation. 
House Bill 91 would increase sentences up to an additional five years for defendants convicted of a felony if the person committed the felony while awaiting trial or while serving probation or parole.

FBI: Man In Sweatshirt Robs Albuquerque Credit Union

on January 23, 2018 - 6:07am
FBI News:
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a northeast Albuquerque credit union Friday Jan. 19.
The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s, approximately 5'8" tall, with a thin build and short black hair. He wore a red or orange hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black ski mask. At approximately 4:54 p.m., the suspect entered Santa Fe Federal Credit Union, 7101 Jefferson St. NE.
He demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect.

Heinrich Secures Commitment From Air Force Nominee To Prioritize Fuel Spill Cleanup At Kirtland AFB

on January 23, 2018 - 6:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy nominee John Henderson to prioritize the fuel spill cleanup at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) and improve communication between regulatory agencies and stakeholders in the community.
Heinrich expressed concern about a recent loss of

Heinrich Statement On Government Reopening

on January 22, 2018 - 6:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on the Senate vote to reopen the government and the path forward:

“Today I voted to reopen the government, paired with a commitment from Republicans to address a host of long-neglected priorities.

NewMexicoKidsCAN Begins Education Advocacy

on January 22, 2018 - 10:22am
NMKC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Founder and Executive Director Amanda Aragon has announced the launch of NewMexicoKidsCAN: The New Mexico Campaign for Achievement Now, a locally led grassroots education advocacy nonprofit organization that will advocate for an equitable, high-quality education for all New Mexico students. 

NewMexicoKidsCAN will focus on policy-making in support of its mission to provide every child with access to a quality education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Pearce: Facts Concerning Government Shutdown

on January 22, 2018 - 10:10am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement:

Here are the facts about the government shutdown: I voted to keep it open. DACA has nothing to do with funding our government, yet Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Lujan Grisham have shut down the government regardless.

I'm asking the Democrats to put aside their political games and join me to reopen our government.

New National Board Certified Teachers: 5,470

on January 22, 2018 - 9:21am
LAPS National Board Certified Teacher Allison Washburn
NBCT News:
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 5,470 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 3,957 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification.
These teachers join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 118,000 strong across all 50 states.

BLM Facilities Closed During Government Shutdown

on January 22, 2018 - 9:20am

BLM News:

Access to Majority of Bureau of Land Management Public Lands to Remain Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, the majority of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

BLM roads, trails, campgrounds, boat ramps and recreation sites will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

All BLM facilities on public lands, however, will be closed. Also note that

Celebration Of Arts Education At NMMA Tuesday

on January 22, 2018 - 8:21am

Governor Appoints Chris Ortega Of White Rock To Northern New Mexico College Board Of Regents

on January 22, 2018 - 7:23am

Chris Ortega of White Rock during a public meeting at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Gov. Susan Martinez has appointed Chris Ortega of White Rock to the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents.

Ortega retired as utilities manager for the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities and serves on The Family YMCA Board of Directors in Los Alamos.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.