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Land Office Hires Renewable Energy Director, Analyst

on September 19, 2019 - 10:39am

STATE LAND OFFICE News:

 

  • Commissioner Garcia Richard Awards 7,000 Acre Lease for La Joya Wind Farm Expansion 

 

SANTA FE – The State Land Office has hired two new staff within the first ever Office of Renewable Energy. Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard requested and received funding during the 2019 Legislative Session to create the Office of Renewable Energy in order to help the Land Office reach a goal of tripling the generation of renewable energy on state trust land.

 

There are currently 17 active renewable energy leases on state trust lands with over 30 pending applications

NMDWS: Zero Tolerance Stance For Underpayment Or Nonpayment Of Wages By New Mexico Employers

on September 19, 2019 - 10:31am
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), in conjunction with the City of Albuquerque and the Bernalillo County Second Judicial District Attorney’s office, will be filing a lawsuit against Hacienda Del Rio, associated entities and principals David Rosales and Andres Rosales for violations of the state Minimum Wage Act, the Wage Payment Act, and the City of Albuquerque Minimum Wage Ordinance.
 
Over the past two years, the NMDWS Labor Relations Division (LRD) has received as many as 47 wage complaints from employees of Hacienda Del Rio.

Aamodt Water Settlement Parties Gather For Signing Ceremony At Buffalo Thunder Resort Tuesday

on September 19, 2019 - 10:24am

Aamodt Settlement Parties gather Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for signing ceremony of Aamodt Settlement clause 611(a). Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

Aamodt Settlement Parties gather Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for signing ceremony of Aamodt Settlement clause 611(a). Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post

Pueblo of Pojoaque - The Aamodt Water Settlement parties took another step forward in the implementation of a settlement agreement Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder.

The parties held a signing ceremony that initiates

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

on September 19, 2019 - 8:19am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with a 20 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 52.

Governor Orders Flags To Half Staff For Sen. Cisneros

on September 18, 2019 - 8:32pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff to honor and recognize the memory of Sen. Carlos Cisneros, who died Tuesday.

State flags will be lowered immediately through sundown of Friday, Sept. 20, as part of a public period of mourning.

The governor previously issued a statement about the unexpected passing of the senator Tuesday; it is available here​.

U.S. Census Bureau Opens Public Comment Period For Proposed Request Of Administrative Records To Build Citizenship Database

on September 18, 2019 - 7:33pm
CCP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Center for Civic Policy (CCP) is urging community groups, community members, local and state government, to provide public comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s proposal to collect citizenship data through administrative records requests across the country.
 
March, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Department, Wilbur Ross, first sent a directive to the U.S. Census Bureau to collect citizenship information, as part of their 2020 Census work, to provide census block level citizenship voting age population for states as part of data provided by the bureau.

New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Issues Statement On Passing Of Sen. Carlos Cisneros

on September 18, 2019 - 6:44pm

Indian Affairs Department News:

Cabinet Secretary Lynn Trujillo, Indian Affairs Department issued the following statement today on the passing Tuesday of Sen. Carlos Cisneros:

“Today we mourn the passing of Senator, Carlos Cisneros. Senator Cisneros dedicated his life to advocating for Northern New Mexico communities, which include the eight northern pueblos (Nambé, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos, and Tesuque) in the New Mexico Senate. The Senator touched the lives of thousands of New Mexicans over the course of his 34-year career.

County Council Considers Property Tax Rates Tuesday

on September 18, 2019 - 4:46pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council will consider property tax rates at its Tuesday, Sept. 24 meeting, which are calculated by the State’s Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) pursuant to our local Assessor’s office annual valuation report.

In accordance with the Property Tax Code, property tax rates are calculated for all governmental units within the County that have imposed a tax on property. (The County, Public Schools and UNM-LA, as well as the state.)

State statutes require that the Council issue a written order imposing the tax at the rates calculated by DFA.

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard Issues Statement On Passing Of Sen. Carlos Cisneros

on September 18, 2019 - 4:20pm

From the Office of the State Land Commissioner:

New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard issued the following statement on the passing of Sen. Carlos Cisneros:

“New Mexico and Northern New Mexico have lost a champion. Carlos Cisneros has been my family’s State Senator since we moved to Los Alamos over a decade ago.

“He will be sorely missed at the Roundhouse for his commitment to helping our families, his expertise on the budgeting process, and for helping to mentor new legislators

“Eric and I send our thoughts and condolences to his family at this difficult time.”

Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund Puts Us On The Right Path

on September 18, 2019 - 2:52pm
By Dist 52 REP. DOREEN Y. GALLEGOS
Majority Whip
New Mexico House of Representatives
 
Last year when the Governor included universal PreK in her moonshot for education, I jumped for joy.
 
Finally, New Mexico has a Governor who has big ideas and is willing to invest in programs that we know work. PreK and other early childhood programs work, I have seen it firsthand throughout my 25 years as a social worker.
 
Research tells us that 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs before age five and importantly, families who have access to high-quality early childhood services are

Gov. Lujan Grisham Announces Plan To Make College Tuition-Free For New Mexico students

on September 18, 2019 - 10:18am

From the Office of the Governor:

The Opportunity Scholarship, to benefit an estimated 55,000 students for fall 2020, will make N.M. second state in U.S. to provide free four-year higher education

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, a new program that will, in conjunction with existing state and federal scholarship and grant infrastructure, provide for 100 percent of undergraduate tuition and fees at New Mexico institutions of higher education for eligible in-state resident students.

Speaking at the 2019 New Mexico Higher

NMG&F: Native Fish Restoration Activity Planned For Whitewater Creek

on September 18, 2019 - 9:19am
NMG&F News:
 
SANTA FE Native fish restoration efforts on Whitewater Creek are scheduled for Sept. 25 through Oct. 3.
 
As part of the Whitewater Creek Native Fish Restoration Project, the Department will remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek to allow restoration of Gila trout and other native fish to their native range.
 
This portion of the project starts at the intersection of the Gold Dust Trail (FS Trail #41) with Whitewater Creek and continues upstream to the headwaters. The closure does not affect the Catwalk National Recreation Area.
 
The Department will apply

Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 18, 2019 - 8:54am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement marking Hispanic Heritage Month:
 
“Hispanic Heritage Month is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans across the country. The crucial role that Hispanic Americans have made played throughout our history have helped move the needle on progress for labor protections, civil rights, and so much more. The diversity of our community is worth celebrating.
 
“And as we celebrate the

Indian Affairs Department Awards Over $540,000 To Special Projects And Tobacco Cessation And Prevention Programs In New Mexico Tribal Communities

on September 18, 2019 - 8:51am
NMIAD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) has announced $297,324 in Special Projects funding and $249,300 in Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (TCPP) funding that was awarded across several tribal communities or tribal serving organizations by the Special Project Grant Program.
 
During the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session, IAD received a General Fund Appropriation to support special projects in Fiscal Year 2020 that benefit NM tribal communities.

FBI: Man Tries To Rob Albuquerque Bank At Drive-Through Window

on September 18, 2019 - 8:38am
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who tried to rob a bank Tuesday, Sept. 17 by walking up to a drive-through window and demanding money.
 
The attempted robbery occurred at approximately 9:08 a.m. at Wells Fargo, 3801 4th Street, NW, in Albuquerque.
 
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6' tall and weighing about 160 pounds.
 
He wore a gray hat, glasses with a black frame, a black and red checkered shirt, black pants and white shoes.
 
The suspect walked up to a drive-through window and verbally demanded money, but did

State Police Investigate Homicide In Taos County

on September 18, 2019 - 7:11am
Gregg Steele charged with murder in the 2nd degree. Courtesy/NMSP
 
NMSP News:
 
TAOS COUNTY The New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau was called to investigate a homicide Aug. 28 in Taos.
 
During investigation, State Police agents learned that in the early morning hours Aug. 27, Patrick Larkin left his residence to tend to his livestock on his property when he was shot and killed.
 
Agents identified Gregg Steele as a person of interest in the homicide.

Heinrich Fights For Pathway To Affordable College

on September 18, 2019 - 7:06am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) reintroduced the Degrees Not Debt Act to ensure higher education is accessible and affordable to all New Mexicans.
 
The legislation is part of Senator Heinrich’s initiative to build a brighter economic future for students in New Mexico.
 
“There’s no doubt that a college education is still one of the surest ways to gain the skills needed to build a successful career, but we need to make sure New Mexicans have a fair shot at affording it without being crushed by debt,” Heinrich said.

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

on September 18, 2019 - 7:04am

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

New Mexico Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros Has Died

on September 17, 2019 - 6:08pm

Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros

STATE News:

Speaker Brian Egolf issued the following statement on the passing of Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Sen. Carlos Cisneros. He was a dedicated public servant, serving his community since 1985. His hard work in the Senate was exemplified through his commitment to the capital outlay process, which he always led with integrity.

Just last week I had the pleasure of being with Senator Cisneros in Taos for a community meeting, where he was open and receptive to the concerns of his constituents and eager to keep

President Trump Intends To Win New Mexico

on September 17, 2019 - 2:56pm
President Donald Trump shares his intention to win New Mexico in the 2020 election during his campaign rally Monday evening at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
A diverse crowd of all ages showed support for President Donald Trump at his campaign rally Monday evening in Rio Rancho. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

RIO RANCHO – Speaking to a crowd that onsite officials estimate at 15,000 Monday night, President Donald Trump made his case for coming to New Mexico

Secretary Bernhardt Announces Over $100 Million In Public-Private Funding For Wetland Conservation

on September 17, 2019 - 11:15am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, approved $28 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects.
 
Marking its 30th anniversary since enactment, the 2019 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be used to ensure waterfowl and other birds are protected throughout their life cycles. Of the funds issued, $23.9 million was allocated for the U.S.

Family Issues Statement On Passing Of Scott Udall

on September 17, 2019 - 10:10am

Scott Sterling Udall was born May 15, 1949 in Tucson. For the last 35 years, he made Flagstaff, Ariz. his home. Courtesy photo

From Tom Udall Press Office:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Udall family issued the following statement announcing the passing of their brother Scott Sterling Udall.

Scott Udall is survived by his siblings U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Lynn Udall, Lori Udall, Denis Udall and Jay Udall.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved brother, Scott Sterling Udall.

“In his youth, Scott was a mountain climber, outdoorsman, writer and storyteller.

Immigrant Youth Group Endorse Haaland For 2020

on September 17, 2019 - 9:39am
UWDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Immigrant youth of United We Dream Action have announced their first round of 2020 endorsements for 11 congressional champions including U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01).
 
These candidates have proven themselves to be true leaders in protecting immigrant youth and communities.

In 2018, immigrant youth and allies of United We Dream Action endorsed candidates, ran ads and knocked on doors to make the voices of the community heard and in the 2020 election cycle, these voices will be heard even louder.

First Members of the United We Dream Action 2020 Endorsement

Governor Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 17, 2019 - 9:17am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Monday issued the following statement in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Sunday and runs through Oct. 15: 
 
“Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate our culture, our history, our faith and our commitment to continued progress toward equity and equality. New Mexico is proud of its centuries of Hispanic heritage, one of the bedrocks of our collective state history and culture.
 
“It’s a diverse heritage, defined as much by the engineering marvels of our acequia

NWS: Today’s High Near 73; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on September 17, 2019 - 9:13am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 73 with a 20 percent chance of precipitation and tonight’s low around 52. Courtesy/NWS

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