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Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics

on May 29, 2019 - 10:49am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will be running the torch to Jemez Springs to raise money and awareness for Special Olympic athletes in Los Alamos and New Mexico.

This is the 51st year of Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run that occurs each May.

LAPD will begin shorlty after 7 a.m. Thursday running the torch about 42 milesto Jemez Springs. There will be minor traffic delays at about 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on Trinity Drive and West Jemez Road as runners mke their way out of Los Alamos.

NMSP Launch Police Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In June

on May 29, 2019 - 10:39am
Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. File photo
 
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in every county across the state during the month of June.
 
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.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the

Albuquerque Isotopes Train With JacksonWink’s Incredible Adaptive MMA In New Partnership Today

on May 29, 2019 - 10:34am

MMA News:
 
The Albuquerque Isotopes will train 1-2 p.m. today at 301 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave. NE in Albuquerque with JacksonWink’s Incredible Adaptive MMA in a new partnership ahead of Friday’s MMA Night at Isotopes Park.
 
Coach Greg Jackson, Coach Mike Winklejohn and professional fighters will facilitate the training.
 
Visit https://www.incredablemma.org/ to learn more about Incredible Adaptive MMA.
 
 

Udall And Census Director Dillingham Tour Los Lunas

on May 29, 2019 - 7:09am
U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham joins U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in Los Lunas Tuesday to discuss challenges ahead in the 2020 Census. ‘Diversity is our greatest strength—and we need to make sure every New Mexican is counted. The stakes are high,’ Udall said. Courtesy/Sen.Udall's Office
 
U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, center left, and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, center right, in Los Lunas Tuesday to discuss challenges ahead in the 2020 Census. Courtesy/Sen.Udall's Office
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen.

Citing Methane Waste Concerns, Conservation Groups File Protest On New Mexico Lease Sale In Permian Basin

on May 29, 2019 - 6:47am
EDF News:
 
ROSWELL The Environmental Defense Fund and The Wilderness Society have filed a formal protest of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plans to lease parcels of public land in southeastern New Mexico’s booming Permian Basin for oil and gas development without adequate controls to limit methane waste.
 
BLM estimates this sale, and ones like it, over the next 20 years could add up to 6,000 new wells to the Carlsbad region.

Weekly Fishing Report: May 29

on May 29, 2019 - 6:33am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The crazy weather continues here in the Southwest. The temperature dipped  perilously close to freezing last week and some people complained about losing some tomato plants.

Fortunately, it didn’t appear to damage the fruit crop. It looks like a great year. Cherries should be the first fruit to appear at the Farmers Market.

The wind at times was terrible last week and makes for difficult fishing conditions. Mornings are usually calmer than afternoons and evenings.

The fishing is pretty good in the larger lakes and reservoirs.

DNCU Named Among Healthiest Credit Unions In US

on May 29, 2019 - 5:49am
DNCU News:
 
SANTA FE — DepositAccounts.com, a subsidiary of LendingTree, has released its list of the 2019 Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America.
 
Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, made the cut out of more than 5,000 credit unions nationwide.
 
“It is such an honor to have our credit union recognized among the top 200 healthiest in America.” DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti said. “Being part of this list shows our commitment to excellence and financial stability.”
 
DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of over 10,000 banks and credit

FBI: Tohatchi Man Gets 240 Months For Kidnapping

on May 29, 2019 - 5:43am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Ryan Thompson, 32, of Tohatchi, N.M. was sentenced in federal court to 240 months in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting his former girlfriend within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation.
 
Thompson previously entered a guilty plea to these charges Feb. 5, 2019. According to court documents, Thompson kidnapped the victim and her child Nov. 15, 2017 at a gas station in Gallup. Thompson then drove them to a remote location where he brutally beat and sexually assaulted the victim throughout the night.

Mid-Century Santa Fe Announces 2019 Student Art And Design Competition Winners

on May 29, 2019 - 5:41am
Nika Feldman. XXXL, 2017. Embroidery, recycled T-shirts, aluminum can tabs. 40 inches x 35 inches. Photograph courtesy of the artist.
 
Derayna DeClay (White Mountain Apache). Apache Dawn, 2019. Acrylic. 6 feet x 5 feet. Photograph courtesy of the artist.
 
MCSF News:
 
SANTA FE — The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration is proud to announce the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition award recipients.
 
The competition honors Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Alexander Girard, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s influence and contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape.

Homeland Security Course At NMHU June 3-July 26

on May 28, 2019 - 6:21pm
Robert Vasquez
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Highlands University is offering a new Introduction to Homeland Security course through a partnership with the Santa Fe Police Department.
 
Robert Vasquez, deputy chief of police of the Santa Fe Police Department and an expert in homeland security, will teach the course, which begins June 3 and continues through July 26.
 
The political science course will be a combination of a traditional classroom setting and online assignments. It will be taught at the Highlands Santa Fe Center at the Higher Education Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón Launches Special Audit Of $1.7 Million In Settlement Payments By GSA

on May 28, 2019 - 5:55pm

State Auditor Brian Colón  

 

STATE News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning State Auditor Brian Colón announced the launch of a special audit to conduct an investigative examination of $1.7 million in settlement payouts by the General Services Department.

 

The special audit was designated as a result of severe allegations regarding the process in which GSD handled the settlement payouts. Auditor Colón issued the following statement on the matter:

 

“These expenditures represent large sums of taxpayer money disbursed by the General Services Department.

Abandoned Campfires Down 64 Percent From 2018

on May 28, 2019 - 5:46pm

Courtesy/USDA

USDA News:

SANTA FE – Fire prevention staff on the Santa Fe National Forest found approximately 30 abandoned campfires over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

Still too many, Deputy Fire Staff Officer Terrance Gallegos said, but a big improvement over the 84 abandoned campfires found over the same weekend in 2018.

The 64 percent drop in abandoned campfires – the leading human cause of wildfire – may be attributable to a concerted effort by the forest’s fire prevention team to teach visitors how to properly extinguish a campfire.

SFNF staff hand out brochures and post

Prescribed Burn Near Penasco Begins Wednesday

on May 28, 2019 - 4:53pm

Prescribed burn begins Wednesday in the Copper Hill area west of Penasco. Courtesy photo

 

SFNF News:

 

SANTA FE – The Burn Team is working closely with the New Mexico Land Office and other partners to reduce hazardous fuels and restore forests and woodlands in the Copper Hill area west of Penasco.

 

Depending on weather and site conditions, the team will mobilize and begin burning May 29 through June 1.

 

Smoke may be visible from Picuris Pueblo, Penasco, Ojo Sarco, Dixon, Taos and surrounding areas.

Governor Appoints State Game Commission Members

on May 28, 2019 - 4:51pm
From the Office of the Governor:
 
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced the appointment of new members to the State Game Commission effective immediately.
 
Per state statute, five of the members shall represent different geographical areas of the state, and two other members shall be appointed at-large.
 
At least one member of the commission shall manage and operate a farm or ranch that contains at least two species of wildlife, and at least one member shall have a demonstrated history of involvement in wildlife and habitat protection issues and whose activities or

State Police 2019 Memorial Day Traffic Operation

on May 28, 2019 - 4:20pm

NMSP News:

During the Memorial Day holiday last weekend, New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state. 

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behavior of motorists during the holiday weekend, and, thus, reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety.

Because of the increased volume of traffic during the holiday, the NMSP conducted high intensity traffic operations state-wide on the busiest travel days of the

Former Obama Appointee Rob Apodaca Announces Run For Congress In New Mexico CD-03

on May 28, 2019 - 4:09pm

Rob Apodaca

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Lifelong resident of New Mexico and former Assistant Chief of the West for the USDA, Rob Apodaca formally announced today his campaign to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

In launching his campaign, Apodaca stressed the need to continue to develop economic opportunities in the district, expand access to quality healthcare while also protecting women’s rights to control their own health decisions, and to protect New Mexico lands and water for future generations.

“I have lived in New Mexico my entire life,”

NEA-NM: New Mexico Students, Parents And Educators Have A Great Deal To Celebrate

on May 28, 2019 - 6:07am
By NEA-New Mexico Executive Director Charles Bowyer
and Charles Goodmacher, Government Relations
 
New Mexico students, parents and educators have a great deal to celebrate! Stress levels are going down for students, their parents and their educators. 
 
It’s no coincidence to see this happening now, under the new administration of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and her Public Education Department.
 
“The Governor and many legislators were elected on the strength of commitments to deeply listen to the concerns and hopes of teachers, other education employees and our communities.

Scenes From 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony At Guaje Pines Cemetery In Los Alamos

on May 27, 2019 - 10:31pm
The fallen were honored this morning at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Guaje Pines ceremony hosted by
the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874. Anthony Puckett and David Puckett perform 'High Road to Gairlock' on bagpipes. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com
 
Members of the Knights of Columbus prepare to participate in the Flag Ceremony. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com
 
Preparing to lay a wreath on the grave of a veteran. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.com
 
Members of the Los Alamos High School Navy Junior ROTC salute the colors.

FBI: Man From Farmington Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison For Assault In Indian Country

on May 27, 2019 - 10:17pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Twaine M. Willie, 28, of Farmington was sentenced May 20 in federal court to 30 months in prison for assault causing serious bodily injury.     
 
Willie previously entered a guilty plea to this offense on May 8, 2018. In his plea agreement, Willie admitted assaulting the victim within the Jicarilla Apache Nation Jan. 3, 2018. Willie pushed and beat the victim causing serious bodily injury, including a compound fracture to the victim’s leg. The victim suffered extreme pain and needed surgery to repair his broken bones.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Statement On Memorial Day

on May 27, 2019 - 8:19am

 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

SANTA FE – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will join veterans, service members, and their families at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

At the ceremony, Udall will deliver remarks honoring the brave women and men from New Mexico and across the nation who sacrificed their lives to defend our values and protect our freedoms. Udall issued the following statement commemorating our fallen service members on Memorial Day:

“Today, we honor the service and sacrifices of the women and men in New Mexico and

New Mexicans To Raise Awareness And Funds To Fight Alzheimer’s On ‘The Longest Day’ June 21

on May 27, 2019 - 8:01am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE People around the world, including numerous teams in New Mexico, will participate Friday, June 21, in The Longest Day, the Alzheimer’s Association’s “do-it-yourself” creative fundraiser.
 
June 21 is the longest day on earth, the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On that day, thousands of participants across the world come together to raise funds to fight Alzheimer's through an activity of their choice. The theme in 2019 is: “Do something you love, for someone you love.”
 
The Longest Day symbolizes the challenging journey of those living

Udall And Five Leading Senators Call On FCC, DOJ To Reject T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

on May 27, 2019 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s statement indicating he will recommend approval of the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and five leading Democratic senators called on the FCC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reject the merger and to open a 30-day public comment period on the proposal.
 
“We are concerned that this four-to-three merger does not serve the public interest and would result in substantial anticompetitive effects, harming consumers, workers, and

RPNM Addresses Secret Lawsuit Settlements

on May 27, 2019 - 6:59am
From the Republican Party of New Mexico:
 
We are deeply troubled by the recent breaking news about secret payouts to state employees that appear to have violated state procedures, which are supposed to protect taxpayers from paying out frivolous claims.
 
We support the valiant efforts of leaders like Republican State Sen. Sander Rue who fight every day to make New Mexico’s state government transparent and accountable to the people.
 
In order to create and maintain transparency, we call upon our state government leaders, that include the Governor and Attorney General, to take action

Walmart Marks 6th Year Of Veterans Welcome Home Commitment; 1,821 Vets Hired In New Mexico

on May 27, 2019 - 5:59am
WALMART News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Walmart celebrated the 6th anniversary of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment with the announcement of more than 226,000 veteran hires since its launch in 2013, including 1,821 in New Mexico.
 
The Veterans Welcome Home Commitment guarantees a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran.
 
“Veterans bring their strong value systems and capable leadership to our business,” said Retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, senior director of military programs for Walmart.

Two Die In Head-On Motorcycle Crash In Taos County

on May 27, 2019 - 5:58am

NMSP News:

TAOS – The New Mexico State Police investigated a head-on motorcycle crash at approximately 6:06 p.m., Saturday on N.M. 38 around milepost 5 near Red River.

The initial investigation shows a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Lorenzo Cortez, 58, of Rancho’s De Taos was traveling west on N.M. 38 near milepost 5. Three Harley Davidson’s were traveling east on N.M. 38. For reasons that are unknown, Cortez crossed the center line into eastbound traffic and collided head-on with a 2017 Harley Davidson.

Cortez and his passenger, Jennifer Lynn Ashley, 43, of Colorado Springs,

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