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America’s Largest Seed Fund In Albuquerque Aug. 14

on July 29, 2019 - 6:33am
By JUSTIN CROSSIE,
Regional Administrator, Region VI
 
The nation’s booming economy is buoyed by small business innovators who are looking to turn a big idea into an American success story. 
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National SBIR Road Tour is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 14 as part of a 16-stop tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to 11 federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.
 
Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation

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

on July 29, 2019 - 6:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4 p.m. and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon: Expanding Civil Legal Resources Is A Good Move For New Mexicans

on July 28, 2019 - 7:42am
By Justice Shannon Bacon
New Mexico Supreme Court
 
We all know that anybody accused of a crime has the right to legal representation and that if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
 
But being provided a lawyer is not a right, nor is a lawyer guaranteed in civil legal cases even though these types of cases can change the course of a person’s life and have severe life consequences.
 
Civil legal cases—anything that’s not criminal—can involve eviction, child custody and guardianship, veteran’s benefits, consumer debt, and restraining orders against an abusive

Santa Fe Opera Artistic Director Alexander Neef Will Be Next Director Of Paris National Opera

on July 28, 2019 - 7:38am
Santa Fe Opera Artistic Director Alexander Neef. Photo by Bo Huang
 
SFO News:
 
SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Opera is delighted to share news of the appointment of Artistic Director Alexander Neef as the next General Director of Paris National Opera commencing in late 2021.
 
Neef has served as the Santa Fe Opera’s Artistic Director Designate since Feb. 9, 2018 and Artistic Director since Oct. 1, 2018. 
 
The Santa Fe Opera’s leadership team, consisting of General Director Robert K.

Governor Appoints Steven M. Gluckstern To New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

on July 28, 2019 - 7:29am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Friday a new member to the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board.
 
The governor appointed Steven M. Gluckstern.
 
The position had been vacant since 2015. Former board member Bradley Day, appointed in 2011, asked not to be re-appointed after his term expired in 2015. Former Gov. Susana Martinez never filled the vacancy.
 
Steven M. Gluckstern has served as founder, core investor and as a senior executive at a series of companies in the fields of educational technology and neuroscience.

Fort Union Candlelight Tours Program Aug. 10

on July 28, 2019 - 7:27am
Scene from Fort Union National Monument annual Candlelight Tour. Courtesy/FUNM
 
NPS News:
 
Fort Union National Monument announces that its annual Candlelight Tours event will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.
 
During this evening event, visitors will be guided through the fort and through a series of skits performed by costumed interpreters. The tours and skits will be illuminated by lantern light. This is a free event, but reservations are required.
 
Tour times are 7:30 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:40 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and is limited to

RDC Announces Three Funds For Economic Growth

on July 28, 2019 - 7:18am
RDC News:
 
The RDC’s announces three new funds to help maintain and/or build businesses that drive economic growth in rural, Native American and urban communities:
  • Micro-Loan Fund;
  • Technology & Manufacturing Fund; and
  • Tribal Diversity Fund.
These funds fill a unique niche, allowing small businesses that lack collateral for debt financing to receive funding support without giving away any ownership of the company.
 
Awards are made on a competitive basis and are intended to provide infusions of capital that allow a business to diversify, sustain or grow revenue, leverage other

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

on July 28, 2019 - 7:12am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts a temperature matrix today for cities around the state. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico State Police And Lea County Sheriff’s Office Work Together To Stop Distracted Driving

on July 27, 2019 - 11:39am
NMSP News:
 
LEA COUNTY The New Mexico State Police has recently seen an increase in motor vehicle crashes occurring in southern Lea County.
 
In 2019, State Police has investigated seven fatality crashes in Lea County, which has claimed 13 lives. Most of these crashes were preventable, as driver inattention and excessive speed have been the main factors that resulted in these crashes.
 
The New Mexico State Police and Lea County Sheriff’s Office will immediately begin joint patrol impact operations looking for reckless and inattentive drivers.
 
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Governor Establishes Fitness And Wellness Initiative For More Than 17,000 State Employees

on July 27, 2019 - 11:36am
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Thursday signed an executive order providing for the establishment of fitness and wellness programs for state employees, a means of incentivizing healthy lifestyle practices and a genuine work-life balance for the more than 17,000 New Mexico government workers.
 
The governor directed the State Personnel Office to develop fitness and wellness guidance for state employees, including a policy template for agencies and departments to implement.

SFNF: Product Sales Resume At Las Vegas Dist. Office

on July 27, 2019 - 10:45am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Customers are once again able to purchase fuelwood permits, maps and interagency passes at the Las Vegas District Office of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), effective immediately.
 
The Las Vegas office at 1926 N. 7th St., has designated collection officers in place who are authorized to accept payment for all Forest Service products 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
 
“We want to thank members of the public for their patience while we got our new staffers up to speed,” District Ranger Steve Romero said.

State Files Preliminary Injunction Against Air Force To Compel It To Address PFAS Contamination

on July 27, 2019 - 10:38am
NMED News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Thursday, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a request in federal court for emergency relief from environmental contamination caused by per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
 
“I am extremely frustrated that the Air Force has not been responsive to protecting the health and safety of New Mexican families by addressing years of environmental pollution,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas.

NMPED Announces Statewide Mathematics And English Language Arts Assessment Results

on July 27, 2019 - 8:36am
Stakeholder Feedback and Vision for the Future of Assessment in New Mexico. Courtesy/NMPED
 
NMPED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Standards Based Transition Assessment of Math and English Language Arts (TAMELA) was administered this past spring in response to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s January executive order directing the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to begin transitioning away from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test.
 
The Spring 2019 Transition Assessment of Math and English Language Arts decreased time spent on

Game & Fish: Bear And Cougar Rule Changes Topic Of Four Public Meetings In August

on July 27, 2019 - 7:21am
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the bear and cougar rule.
 
To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:
  • Raton: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 215 York Canyon Road;
  • Albuquerque: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 7816 Alamo Road, NW;
  • Las Cruces: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive; and
  • Roswell: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1615 West College Boulevard.
 

MOIFA: Student Art & Design Competition Reception

on July 27, 2019 - 7:13am

John Francis Mustain. Bar Stool #1, 2017. Red oak. 21 inches x 21 inches x 40 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist

 

MIFA News:

 

SANTA FE — The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration will host a reception presenting the works of the Student Art and Design Competition, which will be on view Aug. 1-20 at the Museum of International Folk Art’s Joan and Clifford Vernick Auditorium.

 

The reception is 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.

 

The Student Art and Design Competition pays homage to Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), who in addition to being a premier fashion designer of the mid-1900s, was a beloved

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 27, 2019 - 7:01am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

American Red Cross Assisting Residents After Motel Explosion In Albuquerque Friday

on July 27, 2019 - 12:33am

American Red News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The American Red Cross Albuquerque Chapter has dispatched a Disaster Action Team (DAT) to assist approximately 16 residents following an explosion Friday at a month to month motel/ apartments, damaging approximately 16 units.

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers will assess the damages and provide emergency assistance for those residents displaced. The explosion occurred near the intersection of Central Ave NE. and Bryn Mawr Dr. NE.

The American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year and most are home fires.

DNCU Gives $4,500 To Española Nonprofits In Fun Way

on July 26, 2019 - 5:25pm
From left, Ambrose Barros with Hoy Recovery Program, Jessica Garcia with Tewa Women United, Rio Arriba County HHS Director Lauren Reichelt, Roger Montoya with New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness and DNCU Communications Specialist Diego Muno. Courtesy/DNCU
 
DNCU News:
 
SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative was a sponsor of the 2019 A New Normal Life Health Fest at Valdez Park in Española.
 
The event held Saturday, July 6, was an opportunity for Rio Arriba communities to come together to support the end of homelessness and drug abuse

Udall, Heinrich Announce $2 Million To New Mexico Small Businesses To Support Scientific Innovation

on July 26, 2019 - 5:14pm

Courtesy image

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that two New Mexico businesses were awarded $2,100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to support research and development and advance innovation.

Mesa Photonics LLC and Woodruff Scientific Inc., both based in Santa Fe, were awarded $1,100,000 and $1,000,000, respectively.

State Police Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico In August

on July 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

Statewide – New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of August 2019.

NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.

SFNF Monitoring Venado Mesa Fire In Jemez

on July 26, 2019 - 11:49am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring a lightning-caused fire on the east side of Venado Mesa west of Forest Road (FR) 376.

Although the fire is currently only half an acre, it is putting up smoke as it smolders and creeps in steep, rocky terrain.

The Venado Mesa Fire is burning in oak brush, mixed conifer and pinon/juniper. Today’s weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Governor Appoints Five To State Finance Authority

on July 26, 2019 - 10:44am

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed five new members today to the New Mexico Finance Authority.

The governor appointed Katherine Miller, Leslie Nathanson Juris, David Martinez, Martin Suazo and Andrew Burke. The governor appointed Miller as chairwoman.

Other members of the authority are the secretaries of Finance and Administration; Economic Development; Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources; Environment; the executive director of the Municipal League; and the executive director of the New Mexico Association of Counties.

Katherine

Haaland Introduces Bill To Bolster Efforts To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

on July 26, 2019 - 8:04am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) introduced a bill Thursday to bolster efforts to address the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis with bipartisan support from Paul Cook (R-Calif.), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.).
 
The Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act, H.R.

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 26, 2019 - 7:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

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APD, CYFD Announce 800 Personnel Trained On Streamlined CYFD Law Enforcement Portal

on July 25, 2019 - 9:35pm
CYFD News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Police Department and the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department announced Thursday that hundreds of APD officers and civilian employees have been trained to use a portal  that shows CYFD history and involvement with families.
 
The information can be helpful during law enforcement investigations.
 
This information was already av­­­ailable to officers by calling the CYFD Statewide Central Intake or working with case workers or other CYFD staff.
 
Thursday marked the completion of training for more than 800 officers and civilian

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