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NWS: Today’s High Near 71; Tonight’s Low Around 49

on September 27, 2019 - 7:38am

Today’s high near 71 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 49. Courtesy/NWS

Court-Ordered Injunction Halts Fuelwood Permit Sales

on September 26, 2019 - 10:34am

A pair of Mexican spotted owls. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

Under a recent court-ordered injunction, the five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona have suspended all permit sales for collecting fuelwood.

The federal court's ruling is related to the recent court-ordered injunction in the case WildEarth Guardians vs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, et al, concerning the Mexican spotted owl.

In addition to fuelwood permits, the six national forests have also suspended all timber management activities, including stewardship contracts, timber sales, thinning and

Balderas Files Criminal Charges Against Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Deputy For Student Tasing Incident

on September 26, 2019 - 9:59am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that the Office of the Attorney General filed a criminal information against Rio Arriba Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Barnes for the May 2019 tasing of a special needs student at Española Valley High School.
 
Barnes faces felony charges for child abuse and false imprisonment, as well as charges of aggravated battery and violation of the Governmental Conduct Act.
 
“School should be a place where students feel safe and where law enforcement officials act to protect, not harm

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 26, 2019

on September 26, 2019 - 8:26am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Talk about a change in the weather.
 
Sunday morning was cold and the sky very clear. The temperature had dropped dramatically in parts of New Mexico with Angel Fire recording a temperature of 17 degrees!
 
Tuesday morning early the fog was thick down in the Espanola Valley thanks to the cold temperature and high humidity. The air likely reached the dew point where it is 100-percent saturated.
 
Later this week, a cold front is forecast to move into the Rocky Mountains bringing snow and cooler temperatures.

Udall, Collins Secure Federal Action To Address Lunch Shaming In Agriculture Funding Bill

on September 26, 2019 - 8:01am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have secured report language within the Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Agriculture funding bill directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to curb the practice of lunch shaming.
 
The language directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide additional guidance to program operators to address the ongoing issue of shaming school children for unpaid school lunch fees.
 
Under the provision, schools would be encouraged to identify approaches that protect children from

New Mexico Wildlife Center Introducing New Education Animals To The Public At Open House Oct. 5-6

on September 26, 2019 - 6:58am
New Animal Ambassador Mesquite the Coyote will meet the public 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 & 6 at the New Mexico Wildlife Center Open House.Courtesy photo
 
New Animal Ambassador Pepper the raccoon will meet the public 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 & 6 at the New Mexico Wildlife Center Open House.Courtesy photo
 
NMWC News:
 
ESPAÑOLA New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) will introduce two new Ambassador Animals and their brand new enclosures at this year’s annual Open House.
 
The two new animals, a raccoon and a coyote, add a new and diverse element

NWS: Today’s High Near 76; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on September 26, 2019 - 6:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 52. Courtesy/NWS

Governor Commits New Mexico To Bold Clean Car Standards At Climate Week Event In NYC

on September 25, 2019 - 5:00pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
NEW YORK, NY Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced that New Mexico will be proposing, adopting and implementing clean car standards, standing shoulder to shoulder with states demonstrating environmental leadership across the country.
 
The governor made the announcement at Climate Week in New York City, joining other U.S. governors on a panel to discuss states advancing ambitious climate action in the face of federal inaction.
 
While highlighting the bold and forward-thinking actions New Mexico is taking to address climate change

NMDOT District Five Crews Out In Full Force For Litter Event On U.S. 84/285 Corridor From Santa Fe To Pojoaque & I-25 Corridor From Santa Fe To La Bajada

on September 25, 2019 - 3:53pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that maintenance crews will be out in full force conducting litter pickup along U.S. 84/285 from just North of Santa Fe to Pojoaque and on I-25 from La Bajada to Old Pecos Trail Exit in Santa Fe.
 
Wednesday Sept. 25 – motorists are advised to watch for maintenance crews conducting litter pickup along the U.S. 84/285 corridor from Pojoaque to Santa Fe from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Thursday Sept.

RTD 255 Mountain Trail Fares Waived To Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 28

on September 25, 2019 - 3:24pm
RTD News:
 
In partnership with the Santa Fe National Forest and to celebrate National Public Lands Day, the North Central Regional Transit District will waive fares on its RTD Blue Bus 255 Mountain Trail route Saturday, Sept. 28.
 
On that day, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities. In cooperation with other federal agencies and under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, the forest service encourages "fee-free days" to create an opportunity for more Americans to connect with their public lands and participate in outdoor activities. 

Luján Statement On House Impeachment Inquiry

on September 25, 2019 - 1:40pm
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House impeachment inquiry:
 
“President Trump betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security, and betrayed the security of our elections. His attempt to manipulate our elections by pressing for foreign interference is unprecedented and wrong.
 
“I previously called for an impeachment inquiry because the president’s corruption is jeopardizing our national security, elections, and Democracy.

Santa Fe Council On International Relations 2019 Gala With Ambassador Christopher Hill At La Fonda Oct. 10

on September 25, 2019 - 8:47am
Ambassador Christopher Hill
 
SFCIR News:
 
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents its 2019 Annual Gala, Thursday, Oct. 10 at La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe. 
 
This evening begins at 5:15 p.m. with a VIP Reception, moving into a cash bar at 6 p.m. in the Lumpkins Ballroom. This will then be followed by an elegant meal and a talk by our distinguished guest speaker, Ambassador Christopher Hill, the chief advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver.
 
As last year, the

Updated Map ... NMDOT Roundabout Project Lane Shift Starts Monday

on September 25, 2019 - 8:46am

Updated map showing where N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the south side of N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) starting Monday for the section of roadway between Arroyo Lane and east of Tewa Loop. Courtesy/LAC

Traffic Alert With Updated Map:

Starting Monday, Sept. 30, N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the south side of N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) for the section of roadway between Arroyo Lane and east of Tewa Loop.

There will be one lane of travel in each direction.

Access to Tewa Loop from N.M.

SFNF Waives Fees For National Public Lands Day

on September 25, 2019 - 8:15am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities Saturday, Sept. 28, for National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
 
As the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, NPLD is a great opportunity for more Americans to get outdoors and connect with their public lands. 
 
Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds, non-reserve campgrounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 53

on September 25, 2019 - 7:59am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

Udall Fights For Quality Housing For Indian Country

on September 24, 2019 - 9:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has offered an amendment to provide housing certainty for Native Americans by reauthorizing the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) through fiscal year 2021.
 
Authorization for the program expired in 2013.
 
Udall offered the amendment during a markup of the fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Bill.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Discusses ‘Military Readiness In Age Of Artificial Intelligence’ At The Atlantic Festival

on September 24, 2019 - 9:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich during an interview today by The Atlantic contributor John Donvan as part of a series titled, ‘Military Readiness In Age Of AI’. ScreenShot/LAPD

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, was a featured speaker at The Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Heinrich was interviewed by The Atlantic contributor John Donvan as part of a series titled, “Military Readiness in the Age of AI.”

As co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence

DEA Proposes To Control Three Precursor Chemicals Used To Illicitly Manufacture Deadly Fentanyl

on September 24, 2019 - 9:33am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In an effort to reduce the availability of deadly illegal fentanyl in America, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has proposed to control three substances used by operators of clandestine laboratories to illicitly manufacture the deadly Schedule II controlled substance.
 
Two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking were published in the Federal Register recently. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, DEA proposed that benzylfentanyl and 4-anilinopiperidine be controlled as list I chemicals under the Controlled Substances Act.

Balderas Charges Roswell Couple Accused Of Stealing More Than $1 Million From Roswell Restaurant

on September 24, 2019 - 8:53am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that his office filed charges in Chaves County Magistrate Court, charging Brian Casaus (comptroller and office manager) and Tammy Casaus (payroll coordinator) with multiple felony crimes stemming from their theft from the Cattle Baron Restaurant in Roswell.
 
The two are charged with 28 and 24 felony counts, respectively, including for embezzlement, money laundering and tax fraud.
 
Brian Casaus worked as comptroller and office manager between 2012 and 2016 at the Cattle Baron

U.S. Senate Candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver Gains Endorsements From New Mexico House Representatives

on September 24, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Senate Candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
From Maggie Toulouse Oliver For Senate Campaign:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Distinctive members of the New Mexico legislature have endorsed U.S. Senate Candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver.
 
Representatives Patricia Roybal-Caballero, Day Hochman-Vigil, Debbie Sariñana, Natalie Figueroa, Joy Garratt, Joanne Ferrary, Angelica Rubio and Christine Trujillo have all personally endorsed present Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver in her candidacy to become New Mexico’s first female Senator. 
 
“I have had the privilege of working with Maggie Toulouse Oliver

NWS: Today’s High Near 74; Tonight’s Low Around 51

on September 24, 2019 - 6:41am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 74 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 51. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service high temperature outlook through Monday, Sept. 30. Courtesy/NWS

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges CFPB To Place Consumers’ Interests Over Debt Collectors’

on September 23, 2019 - 6:46pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Thursday announced he joined a bipartisan coalition of 28 attorneys general from around the nation in sending a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging the agency to revise its proposed debt collection rule and place the interests of consumers over those of debt collectors. 
 
"New Mexican families who already struggle to make ends meet must have the fullest protections from unfair debt collection practices that put profits over people," Balderas said.

Heinrich Demands Acting DNI Release Whistleblower Complaint To Congress, As Required By Law

on September 23, 2019 - 6:07pm

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire

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 Select Committee on Intelligence, today sent a letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire demanding that a whistleblower complaint detailing an issue of urgent concern be relayed to Congress, as required by law.

“U.S. intelligence professionals work on behalf of the American people and our national security, not to further the aims of any individual or political party,” Heinrich wrote.

PED Sets FAFSA Completion Goal To 80 Percent In Support Of New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship

on September 23, 2019 - 2:30pm
NMPED News:
 
SANTA FE Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart Thursday announced a new Public Education Department initiative to increase the annual statewide FAFSA completion rate to 80 percent. This goal is designed to support Governor Lujan Grisham’s recently announced New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.
 
The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship is Governor Lujan Grisham’s bold vision for increasing college access for New Mexico’s students.

Senate Committee Maintains Ban On Horse Slaughter

on September 23, 2019 - 9:21am
 AWA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee included a provision in the FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill to maintain the ban on slaughtering horses in the U.S., thanks to Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Susan Collins (R-ME), all longtime leaders on the issue.
 
The language bars the use of taxpayer dollars for horse slaughter inspections, which effectively prevents the plants from operating.

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