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NWS: Today’s High Near 29, Tonight’s Low Around 12

on February 7, 2019 - 7:31am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 29 with sunny skies and wind chill values as low as -1 and tonight’s low around 12. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecast of wind chill values across the state. Courtesy/NWS

Gov. Lujan Grisham, Congressional Delegation Release Joint Statement On Air Force Base Contamination

on February 6, 2019 - 7:31pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE -- Following a call this afternoon between Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the New Mexico congressional delegation, and U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson regarding contamination at Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases, in which the group expressed their concerns to Secretary Wilson, the governor and members of the delegation issued the following joint statement:

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

“We firmly expect the Air Force to show much more urgency in responding to the contamination around Holloman and

New Mexico Senate & House Starting Day With Ancient Hindu Prayers Feb. 7

on February 6, 2019 - 5:09pm
Rajan Zed
 
STATE News:
 
Both New Mexico Senate and House of Representatives in Santa Fe will open their February seven sessions with Hindu mantras, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
 
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Senate and House. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.
 
Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from

More Action Needed To Move Roxy's Law Forward

on February 6, 2019 - 4:43pm

Courtesy/TrapFree New Mexico

TrapFree New Mexico News:

The bill to ban traps and poisons on New Mexico public lands has a critical hearing this Thursday. TrapFree New Mexico is asking for help to get over this first hurdle.

Call and email Rep. Debra Sariñana and Rep. Nathan Small. Tell them that you're a New Mexican. Tell them that you want dangerous and cruel traps and poisons OFF public lands in the Land of Enchantment. Tell them that you want them to support House Bill 366. Be courteous and thank them. You may have to leave a message.

Rep. Sariñana: 505.986.4227,

Lawmaker Aims To Ease Burden For Independents To Run For Office

on February 6, 2019 - 8:55am
By ANDREW OXFORD
If you wanted to run for governor as an independent last year, you would have needed to get more than 15,000 registered voters to sign a petition to get your name on the ballot.
 
It was a nearly impossible goal.
 
New Mexico law sets a high bar for independent candidates to even qualify for an election.
 
A new state legislator wants to make it easier for independents to run for office by drastically slashing the number of signatures they need to file with election officials.
 
While the Legislature has consistently shot down past

NM House Of Representatives Recognizes Threat Or Harm To Companion Animals As Domestic Abuse

on February 6, 2019 - 8:16am
APV News:
 
New Mexico is combatting the state’s serious domestic violence problem from an important angle: adding to the defintion of "domestic abuse" the act of threatening or harming companion animals, thereby empowering domestic abuse survivors to secure a protection order when the abuser threatens to—or carries out—harm to the survivor’s companion animal(s).
 
Studies show up to 65% of domestic violence survivors delay leaving abusive relationships because they fear possible harm to their animals if they are left behind.
 
Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved, by

FBI: Santa Fe Man Charged Federally With Threats Via Interstate Communications

on February 6, 2019 - 8:02am
FBI News:
 
The FBI has taken Jose Rael, 44, of Santa Fe, into custody on a federal complaint charging him with threats via interstate communications.
 
The Santa Fe Police Department arrested Rael Wednesday, Jan. 9, and FBI special agents took custody of him.
 
Rael had an initial appearance Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque.
 
No further comment will be made.
 

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 6

on February 6, 2019 - 8:02am
Jeremías Martinez, left, of Truchas and David Garcia of Española play music in the Rotunda of the state Capitol on Tuesday, designated as Acequia Day at the Legislature. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
SFNM News:
 
Days left in session: 38
 
Keeping doctors: State senators voted 32-0 Tuesday for a bill that would generate more private money to recruit and retain osteopathic physicians.
 
The measure, Senate Bill 21, would supplement existing funding in a medical school loan repayment program for osteopaths providing primary care.
 
Proceeds from a $100 increase in the

Scenes From Advocacy Day At New Mexico Legislature

on February 6, 2019 - 7:41am

Stephanie Nakhleh, left, and Amy Storey, second from left, of Los Alamos joined scores of volunteers Tuesday for Advocacy Day at the Roundhouse to fight for commonsense gun laws like HB8 and SB8, requiring background checks for all gun sales. They were joined by Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Albuquerque Police Chief Mike Geier, and Albuquerque Deputy Chief of Police Harold Medina—all of whom support universal background checks, as do the majority of New Mexicans.

Governor Orders Withdrawal Of Guard Troops At Border

on February 6, 2019 - 7:26am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
By DANIEL J. CHACON
 
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the withdrawal Tuesday of most National Guard troops who have been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, reversing a decision by her Republican predecessor.
 
The Democratic governor, who directed other states to pull their Guard troops out, too, announced her decision just before Republican President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address in which he continued to push for the construction of a wall along the border -- one of his signature campaign promises.
 
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NWS: Today’s High Near 40, Tonight’s Low Around 13

on February 6, 2019 - 7:20am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 40 in Los Alamos, wind up to 25 miles per hour and an 80 percent chance of snow showers, with an accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 13 with isolated snow showers and wind chill values as low as zero. Courtesy/NWS

Local YMCA Participates In Y Day At Legislature

on February 5, 2019 - 6:29pm

Gov. Michellle Lujan Grisham, center, with YMCA Youth In Government representatives today at the State Capitol including elected Youth Governor Lucas Gatterman behind her right shoulder during Y Day at the legislature. Representatives from The Family YMCA in Los Alamos Attended the special event at which governor read a proclamation naming Feb 5, 2019 ‘Y Day’ at the Legislature. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

CEO Rob Wilkinson, left, of The Family YMCA in Los Alamos with Operations Director Marc Lewis of the YMCA of Central NM and Y Government Relations Representative Judy Barrett Miller

LAPS Students Participate In American Indian Day

on February 5, 2019 - 2:35pm

LAPS News:

Seven students from the Native American Club at Los Alamos High School traveled to the New Mexico State Capitol, otherwise known as the “Roundhouse” Friday for celebration of American Indian Day.

“We had a very successful field trip to the Roundhouse for American Indian Day on Friday,” said former San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain and current Native American Parent Advisory Council Chairman.

LAPS students included Nichelle Aguilar (LAPS 11th grade), Daniel Gonzales (TFA 9th grade), Janessa Gonzales (LAHS 12th grade), Maddox Martinez (TFA 9th grade), Leah Mountain (LAHS

Senate Unanimously Confirms Bill McCamley Cabinet Secretary Of NM Department Of Workforce Solutions

on February 5, 2019 - 2:06pm

WFS Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed Bill McCamley as the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Monday with a vote of 35-0.

The Senate commended the new Cabinet Secretary on his enthusiasm and commitment to tackling many of the workforce issues and developing real pragmatic solutions to the state’s workforce needs.

“He’s clear about protecting workers and about making sure that wage theft and related issues get addressed in a robust fashion,” Gov.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez To Join Udall As Honored Guest At State Of The Union Tonight

on February 5, 2019 - 10:16am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation, will be Udall’s guest tonight at the 2019 State of the Union Address.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 

“As the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and as a senator from New Mexico – home to 23 Tribes and Pueblos – one of my top priorities in Congress is making sure our government lives up to its trust and treaty obligations.

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 5

on February 5, 2019 - 10:08am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
STATE News:
 
Days left in session: 39
 
Looking for tips: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham doubled down Monday on her commitment to raising the state's minimum wage of $7.50 an hour.
 
But she also acknowledged that the restaurant industry is fighting hard against a provision in House Bill 31 that would eliminate the lower $2.13 minimum wage for tipped workers, such as servers.
 
"It's an important discussion and debate to have.

Armstrong Bill To Keep Guns From Domestic Violence Offenders Heads To Full House For Vote

on February 5, 2019 - 9:39am
STATE News:
 
Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders, HB 87, is headed to a vote by the full House of Representatives after it passed the House Judiciary Committee Monday, 9-4.
 
“When a gun is present in a situation of domestic violence, it is five times more likely that a woman will be killed,” Armstrong said. “HB 87 is a common-sense way to reduce gun violence in New Mexico.”
 
Armstrong’s bill will make it a misdemeanor for anyone convicted of domestic violence, or under a restraining order, to possess a firearm.

SFNF: La Jara Prescribed Burn Planned Today

on February 5, 2019 - 8:44am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District today through March 15 as conditions allow.

A total of 79 acres may be treated in the area just east of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems.

Bill Would Freeze Fracking Permits During Study

on February 5, 2019 - 6:45am
Drilling rig. Courtesy/wikipedia.com
 
By REBECCA MOSS
When you're driving at night through Counselor, N.M. on U.S. 550, the horizon takes on a dusky illumination, almost like daylight, Samuel Sage said during a Monday news conference in Santa Fe.
 
Bright light flares from natural gas being burned off as part of oil and gas production has become increasingly common in that area of Northwestern New Mexico, particularly since 2013, said Sage, a member of the Navajo Nation's Counselor Chapter House.
 
Sage was among several environmental advocates who gathered at

This Week On NMPBS: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

on February 5, 2019 - 6:35am
Report From Santa Fe host Lorene Mills, left, with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo
 
NMPBS News:
 
In one of her first in-depth interviews since taking office as New Mexico Governor, this week's guest on Report From Santa Fe is Lujan Grisham , discussing her administration's approach to education, health care, immigration and family separation on the border and other hot topics.

Lujan Grisham is New Mexico's 32nd governor and the first Latina Democratic governor in the country. She is a 12th generation New Mexican.

State Police Officers Recover Following Crash

on February 5, 2019 - 5:53am
NMSP News:
 
LAS CRUCES Around 7 p.m., Saturday, New Mexico State Police officers were investigating a crash involving a Jeep and semi-tractor trailer on U.S. 70 and Wisner.
 
Officers were diverting traffic onto the frontage road from U.S. 70.
 
During the course of the investigation, Susan Ware, 70, of Cloudcroft was traveling west on U.S. 70 and failed to see the crash ahead and attempted to pass the stopped traffic. In doing so, she collided with a stopped state police patrol unit. NMSP Ofc. Jesus Rodriguez was inside the patrol unit and Ofc.

10th Annual Folk Art Flea On The Move

on February 5, 2019 - 5:40am
Table of paintings; flat art. Courtesy photo
 
Blusas. Courtesy photo
 
MOIFA News:
 
SANTA FE The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) is celebrating the 10th year of its innovative Folk Art Flea, and it is on the move. Normally held in May, this year’s Flea is jumping to June—Saturday, June 8.
 
The Flea also is moving outdoors. Look for the big tent on Milner Plaza on Museum Hill where this year’s Flea treasures will be waiting for new homes. The large tent will be easy to spot and will provide a roomy and shaded location for shoppers to peruse this year’s folk art finds.
 

Backers Of ‘Ban The Box’ Legislation Try Again

on February 5, 2019 - 5:39am
By ANDREW OXFORD
The toughest question on a job application can be pretty short. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
 
For job seekers with criminal records, checking that box can make all the difference in landing an interview with a prospective employer.
 
Now, lawmakers are reviving a years-long effort to "ban the box" by prohibiting employers from asking about criminal convictions on an initial job application.
 
Even as crime has become a flash point between Republicans and Democrats, Senate Bill 96 is one idea that has rallied bipartisan support.

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 28

on February 5, 2019 - 5:23am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 46 in Los Alamos with a 20 percent chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers, and tonight’s low around 28 with a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers, mainly after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.

Governor Signs Series Of Bills Martinez Had Vetoed

on February 4, 2019 - 5:54pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signs 42 bills into law. Courtesy photo
 
By ANDREW OXFORD
 
Lobbyists usually have to report when they spend money on legislators and other government officials. But because of a loophole in New Mexico law, lobbyists do not have to report any expenses under $100.
 
Take a lawmaker to lunch and as long as the bill is $99.99 or less, you don't have to tell a soul. That will change thanks to a new law. Sort of.
 
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