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Sheehey Joins March For Women In Santa Fe

on January 22, 2018 - 5:51am
Los Alamos County Councilor and candidate for House Dist. 43 Pete Sheehey, left, and Los Alamos poet David Mutschlecner show their support for women Sunday at the Women’s March in Santa Fe. Photo by Naishing Key

SFCC Visual Arts Gallery Presents La Familias Barela y Salazar Opening Reception Feb. 8

on January 22, 2018 - 5:31am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents Las Familias Barela y Salazar: Traditions in Taos Woodcarving, a group exhibition of work by descendants and artistic heirs of notable Taos woodcarver Patrociño Barela.
 
Carlos Barela, brother Luis, his son Daniel, daughters Antonia and Jessica, Pat Barela Rael and husband Dan all carve and continue in the family tradition.
 
Also included are works from the family of Leo G. Salazar, another well-known Taos carver who knew and was inspired by Patrociño’s carvings.

Heinrich-Led Directed Energy Weapons Program Gains Support From Key Pentagon Nominee Michael Griffin

on January 21, 2018 - 7:47am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) received a commitment from Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering nominee Dr. Michael Griffin to implement and advance the directed energy weapons program.
 
The $100 million program was established by Heinrich and Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) under Section 215 of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and is focused on getting directed energy weapons like high-energy-lasers and high-powered-microwaves out of the

Most Of Bandelier Closed During Government Shutdown

on January 20, 2018 - 7:35am

Most of Bandelier National Monument is closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

As of today, Saturday, Jan. 20, most of Bandelier National Monument will be closed to visitor use due to the current situation with the budget of the federal government.

The closure is necessary for visitor safety and preservation of the fragile archeological and natural resources. The closure will last until the budget situation allows for park staff to return to duty.

Luján Statement Opposes Short-Term Spending Bill

on January 20, 2018 - 5:37am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Thursday issued the following statement on the Republican short-term spending bill offered in the House:
 
“Republican leaders, who control both Houses of Congress and the Executive Branch, have needlessly wasted months instead of passing a bill to fund basic government services – everything from providing Social Security payments and veterans’ benefits to disaster assistance and defense spending.
 
Democrats have been working in a bipartisan way to reach an agreement and meet our fiscal

New Mexico Women In Film PSA Screening With Tewa Women United Today

on January 20, 2018 - 5:27am
 
NNMC News:
 
Northern New Mexico College will host New Mexico Women in Film (NMWIF) as they screen their 2017 Public Service Announcement on behalf of Tewa Women United from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Center for the Arts.
 
Every year NMWIF works with a non-profit organization to produce a PSA, and in 2017 the group worked with Tewa Women United on a film that explores the “correlation between violence against women and violence against mother Earth,” as was the vision of NMWIF board member Leslie Fleming-Mitchell.
 
The event will feature the premiere screening of the NMWIF

Valles Caldera Opens 2018 Livestock Program Application Period

on January 20, 2018 - 4:48am
Valles Caldera National Preserve opens application period for its 2018 livestock grazing program. Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

  • Applications Due by Feb. 20

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve has opened the application period for its 2018 livestock grazing program. Livestock grazing on the preserve is authorized by Congress for the purposes of scientific research and/or interpretation of the ranching history of the preserve.

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking permit applications to graze livestock on the preserve for a four-month grazing season (June 1, 2018 through Sept.

Governor Signs Bipartisan Legislation To Keep New Mexico In Interstate Nursing Compact

on January 19, 2018 - 9:41am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez was joined by legislative leaders from both parties and the bill’s sponsors as she signed bipartisan legislation to ensure that nurses certified in other states can continue to work in New Mexico.
 
“The efficient passage of this bill shows what is possible when the Legislature has the desire to move forward,” Martinez said.

Popular Folk Art Flea Returns To MNMF May 5

on January 19, 2018 - 8:47am
MNMF News:
 
SANTA FE  One of Santa Fe’s favorite community events, the Folk Art Flea, is Saturday, May 5 at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill.
 
From toys to textiles and jewelry to masks from all over the world, The Flea features an impressive array of well-priced folk art treasures. The treasured “Collectors’ Corner” returns with especially rare and unique items. The event is presented by the Museum Foundation of New Mexico’s Folk Art Committee in support of the Museum of International Folk Art Museum (MoIFA).
 
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NM Health Insurance Exchange 2018 Vendor Contracts

on January 19, 2018 - 7:52am
NMHIE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange recently awarded a new contract for Outreach & Education Services to the Waite Company, LLC in the amount of $3,277,110.00.
 
The award was voted on, approved, and announced during the December 15, 2017, Board of Director’s meeting. The Waite Company, a woman-owned, Albuquerque-based business, won the competitive bid for outreach and education services.

New Mexico Legislature Adopts Comprehensive, Updated Harassment Policy

on January 19, 2018 - 7:48am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, the bipartisan effort to update the New Mexico Legislature’s harassment policy was adopted unanimously by the Legislative Council.
 
The policy ensures that training is regularly provided to legislators and staff, that individuals who have experienced harassment have a clear process to follow for reporting of harassment without fear of personal or political retribution, and that every complaint brought forward is addressed swiftly and fairly.
 
An initial draft of the policy was presented at the Legislative Council meeting in December 2017. The public

FBI Offers Reward For Belen Bank Robber

on January 19, 2018 - 7:48am
Bank robbery suspect. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man who covered his face with a black bandana that had a skull pattern on it robbed a bank in Belen Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 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 US Bank, 620 W.

As Solar Tariff Decision Looms, Heinrich Says Trump Has Opportunity To Stand Up For American Workers

on January 19, 2018 - 7:47am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
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 ahead of President Trump's decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar panels and modules that would negatively impact the growing solar industry in New Mexico and the American solar industry as a whole. 
 
“President Trump has an opportunity to actually stand up for American workers.

NMSP Stop Driver For DWI With Three Children In Car

on January 19, 2018 - 7:30am
NMSP News:
 
FARMINGTON New Mexico State Police dispatchers received several calls at approximately 8 p.m. Jan. 11, reporting a possible drunk driver in Farmington driving a grey Chevy passenger car.
 
One of the callers was following the suspect vehicle with their flashers on relaying to dispatch that the vehicle was swerving in and out of the lanes. Two New Mexico State Police officers spotted the vehicle on San Juan Blvd in Farmington. The officers turned on their lights and sirens but the driver refused to stop.
 
The driver slowed to about five miles an hour but still refused

DOE And NMED Hold Joint Meeting On Legacy Waste Clean-Up

on January 18, 2018 - 1:51pm

Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze, right, and New Mexico Environment Department Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief John Kieling take notes as NNSA representative Arturo Duran answers questions from the audience during Tuesday evening's meeting hosted by DOE and NMED at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Duran earlier outlined milestones and targets for FY 2018 legacy waste clean-up. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from the New Mexico Environment Department public information meeting on FY2018 Appendix B milestones and targets Tuesday evening

New Mexico State Police Respond To Fatal Helicopter Crash Of Five People East Of Raton

on January 18, 2018 - 12:55pm

NMSP News:
RATON Around 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in Raton, New Mexico Police Department (RPD) dispatch contacted New Mexico State Police regarding a call of a downed helicopter.
 
RPD received a 911 call from a victim in the crash who reported the incident. The victim informed dispatch there were six people aboard the helicopter when it crashed. The caller reported three were injured and the other three unaccounted for. The exact location of the crash was uncertain.
 
Area law enforcement, including New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and Colfax County Sheriff's

AFT New Mexico On State Of The State Address

on January 18, 2018 - 10:40am
AFT News:
 
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“The Governor’s farewell ‘State of the State’ address was an attempt to issue a parting shot at public educators – and their unions – for rejecting her so-called reforms which would have weakened the profession of education, hurt students, and erode hard-earned rights in their places of work.
 
“By doubling down on discredited reform policies – which other states are already moving away from, she does a disservice to not only our students, public educators, but

Pearce On DOJ And DHS New Security Report

on January 18, 2018 - 10:30am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security issued a new report showing an overview of how many convicted terrorists entered the United States through the nation’s flawed homeland security policies:
 
“We can all agree that our policies to keep the border and our homeland secure has significant flaws. It doesn’t reflect life in the 21st Century and Congress has a job to change it.

Nate Gentry On 2018 State Of The State Address

on January 18, 2018 - 10:19am
Rep. Nate Gentry
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Statement from House Republican Leader Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), following the 2018 State of the State Address delivered Tuesday at the State Capitol by Gov. Susana Martinez: 
 
“New Mexicans are expecting results from their state leaders. With a projected additional $330 million in new revenue, we have a chance during these 30 days to pass laws that will make New Mexico a better place to live and raise a family. 
 
“We must do more to protect the safety of New Mexicans, improve student achievement, and create more job opportunities.

Closing Briefs Filed In Landmark Education Lawsuit Against State Of New Mexico

on January 18, 2018 - 6:55am
NMCLP News:
 
SANTA FE  Attorneys from MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (the Center) have filed closing briefs for their consolidated lawsuit (Martinez v. State of New Mexico and Yazzie v. State of New Mexico) against the State of New Mexico for its failure to provide all public school students a sufficient education as mandated by the New Mexico Constitution.
 
The consolidated lawsuits claim the state’s arbitrary and inadequate funding of public schools, and lack of necessary monitoring and oversight deprives

NM Representatives Break Stalemate On Fisher House

on January 18, 2018 - 6:54am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE  Last week, officials from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Fisher House Foundation, and other stakeholders agreed on final plans to build a Fisher House on the campus of the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.
 
The agreement provides the framework for construction to proceed on the proposed facility that will house the families of military personnel and veterans while their loved ones are receiving medical care. 
 
The agencies and the foundation reached the agreement at the urging of the

NMED’s Technical & Regulatory Review Of Kirtland AFB’s RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Nears Completion

on January 18, 2018 - 6:52am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  Officials at the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced that their technical and regulatory review of a pivotal site characterization document (entitled the “RFI Report”) addressing the Kirtland Air Force Base’s underground jet fuel leak is nearing completion. 
 
“Under the state’s groundwater regulations and the federal Resource and Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), the New Mexico Environment Department is providing the environmental oversight for cleanup of affected groundwater in Albuquerque,” said Chief Scientist Dennis McQuillan, who recently

Governor Announces $250,000 To Help NM Small Businesses Grow

on January 18, 2018 - 6:51am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Last week, Gov. Susana Martinez announced another tool to help New Mexico small businesses grow and thrive. The Small Business Innovation Research matching grant will help New Mexico companies commercialize their research and innovation as marketable products and services.
 
“Helping our small businesses grow and thrive – particularly those centered around science and technology – is a top priority in growing and diversifying our economy,” Martinez said.

New Mexico Film Office Announces HBO's New Drama Series 'Succession' To Film In New Mexico

on January 18, 2018 - 6:50am
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Thursday that the new HBO Drama series "Succession" will begin principal photography in New Mexico after shooting previous episodes in New York.
 
Production on the episode being filmed in New Mexico will begin in mid-January and run through the end of January.
 
"'Succession' starts off 2018 in what we are confident will be another booming year of production for our film industry in New Mexico," New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said.

FBI Seeks Public Aid Regarding Sticky Finger Bandit

on January 17, 2018 - 5:28pm
FBI News:

The Wheat Ridge and Arvada Police Departments, and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force are investigating a series of bank robberies in Colorado.

The suspect, who may have traveled to New Mexico, has been dubbed the “Sticky Finger Bandit.” In each robbery, he presented a threatening demand note and fled on foot. The suspect has not yet displayed a weapon in his robberies. In one instance the suspect wore a wig, and in another instance he wrapped adhesive bandages around his fingertips.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 25 years of age, approximately 5’6” –

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