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One More Reason To Shop Local On Small Business Saturday: Tax-Free Holiday!

on November 18, 2019 - 2:26pm



The 2018 New Mexico Legislature passed a law authorizing a one-day tax holiday that will remove state gross receipts taxes from a variety of retail products the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 30, also known as Small Business Saturday.


The tax-free shopping on this day applied to both 2018 and 2019.


"The 24-hour consumer tax relief measure applies to small businesses of 10 or fewer employees only; franchises, no matter how small, are exempted.

NMDOT: Plan Ahead For Sporting Events

on November 18, 2019 - 1:47pm
Map for alternate routes. Courtesy/NMDOT
BERNALILLO The New Mexico Department of Transportation is working with the New Mexico Athletic Association to mitigate the effects of expected traffic delays for students and parents traveling to upcoming high school athletic events in Bernalillo and Rio Rancho.
A new phase of a U.S. 550 project began Oct. 28, and the Department of Transportation asks motorists traveling to sporting events to plan accordingly.

NMDOH: Discover, Prevent, Manage Diabetes

on November 18, 2019 - 1:44pm

NMDOH urges New Mexicans to take action against diabetes. Courtesy image


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) urges residents learn the risk factors of diabetes, how to prevent it, and, if diagnosed, how to manage it.

“Of the approximately two million people in New Mexico, more than 567,000 of them have prediabetes,” DOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said. “Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, yet over 50 percent of type 2 cases are preventable. Prevention begins with awareness.”

Prediabetes means a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet

Eight New Mexico Schools To Undergo Transformation

on November 18, 2019 - 7:54am
SANTA FE New Mexico Public Education Department Deputy Secretary of Identity, Equity and Transformation Kara Bobroff has announced that eight schools in four districts will receive a total of $800,000 in grant funds as part of the Indian Education Initiative.
Funded schools for the Indigenous Education Initiative:
  • Cuba Elementary School, Cuba Middle School and Cuba High School in Cuba Independent School District ($250,000);
  • Amy Biehl Community School and Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Public Schools ($200,000);
  • Santo Domingo Elementary and Middle Schools in Bernalillo

Topper Girls Volleyball Ends Season At State Playoffs

on November 18, 2019 - 7:41am

Topper Volleyball ends season at the State Championship Playoffs. The number 7 seed Toppers won the opening round match against the number 10 seed Pojoaque Elkettes 3-12. The second match was against the number 2 seed Roswell Lady Rockets, which the Toppers lost 0-3. The third game was against the number 8 seed Silver Lady Colts and the Toppers lost 3-0 ,which closed out their season. The Topper Volleyball had a great season finishing 15-9 over all and sweeping district play 9-0. Here Natalie Gallegos spikes the ball in the Pojoaque match. She was the team leader for spikes with an incredible

Acoma Ceremonial Shield Making Its Way Home

on November 18, 2019 - 7:15am

Pueblo of Acoma News:

ACOMA – The Pueblo of Acoma is pleased to announce that the Acoma Shield is making its way home. The sheild has arrived in New Mexico and will be returned to Acoma shortly.

Traditional Pueblo leaders visited with the Shield while it remains in the custody of the United States Department of Justice pending dismissal of the pending action in federal court. Governor Brian D. Vallo expressed great appreciation for the action and cooperation of many parties:

“Acoma has looked forward to this day for the last four years, steadfastly working with many people for this result,”

Yokai: Ghosts And Demons From Japan Opens Dec. 8

on November 18, 2019 - 7:13am
TERAI Ichiyu (Kyoto, Japan). ‘White Hannya’ Nōh Mask, 2017. Cypress wood, natural paints (shell, mercury, carbon, ocher, gold), cotton cord. Museum of International Folk Art, IFAF Collection, (FA.2018.33.1). Photo by Addison Doty
SANTA FE The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) presents Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan, opening Dec. 8, and running until Jan. 10, 2021.
The Museum of International Folk Art will be one of the first museums to present a large-scale yokai-centered exhibition in the United States.

NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 33

on November 18, 2019 - 6:45am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Luminarias de Abo Event In Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Near Mountainair 5:30 P.M. Dec. 7

on November 17, 2019 - 5:36am

Scene from Luminaria de Abo in the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Photo by Richard Estrada/Edgewood Picture Company

Scene from Luminaria de Abo in the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Photo by Richard Estrada/Edgewood Picture Company 


Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument News:


MOUNTAINAIR – The community is invited to a special night at Luminaria de Abo in the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.


The majestic contours of the beautiful Abo mission will glow with more than 1,000 luminarias, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.


Against clear New

New Mexico Delegation: $12.5 Million Grant To Improve Safety On Permian Basin Transportation Corridor

on November 17, 2019 - 5:36am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) a $12,500,000 grant.
NMDOT will use the funds to repair and add safety enhancements along a section of US Highway 285 between Loving and the Texas border.

Udall Amendment In NASA Bill Combats Space Junk

on November 17, 2019 - 5:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has announced the passage of two Udall-authored amendments and two additional Udall-cosponsored amendments to the NASA Reauthorization Act of 2019.
The Committee accepted all four amendments on a unanimous voice vote and voted to advance the NASA reauthorization bill to the Senate floor.
“Outer space is both a strategic national security priority and an economic engine for communities in New Mexico and across the

Posts From The Road: San Francisco de Asis Church

on November 17, 2019 - 5:03am
Front Exterior: The front of the church is adorned with three crosses, one above the entry and one on each bell tower. A large buttress below each bell tower support the front of the structure. The shadow of a cross in the foreground is from the entrance archway to the church grounds. Photo by Gary Warren/
Light, Shadow and Form: The sculpted shapes of the church create interesting light and shadow forms all times of the day. A walk around the building reveals many unique design features. Photo by Gary Warren/
Window and Vigas: The window and vigas create

State’s Newest Historic Site Hosts Holiday Event

on November 17, 2019 - 5:01am
Luminarias at Illuminarte event in 2018. Courtesy/NMDCA
NMHS News:
ALCALDE Experience the magic of northern New Mexico this Holiday season at the Lights of Los Luceros, 4-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Los Luceros Historic Site. 
This unique nighttime event allows visitors to stroll the picturesque roads of Los Luceros lit by thousands of glowing farolitos. Entertainment includes Los Matachines de Alcalde and an Indigenous dance group who will perform throughout the evening around aromatic bonfires of piñon.

NWS: Today’s High Near 55; Tonight’s Low Around 31

on November 17, 2019 - 4:59am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 55 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 31. Courtesy/NWS

Game & Fish Partners In Mexican Wolf Recovery

on November 16, 2019 - 10:10am
NMGF News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish is officially on board as a lead agency in Mexican wolf recovery efforts.
At a signing ceremony Wednesday, Chair Joanna Prukop of the New Mexico State Game Commission and Director Mike Sloane of the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The MOU establishes a framework for collaboration that enables the signatory agencies to implement a long-term, scientifically based program to reintroduce and manage Mexican wolves (Canis lupus

SFNF Forest Road 102 Closing For Winter

on November 16, 2019 - 6:57am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is closing Forest Road (FR) 102 through Pacheco Canyon for the winter season.
Gates are already locked at the junction of FR 102, also known as Pacheco Canyon Road, and N.M. 475, the road to the Santa Fe ski basin, and at the junction of FR 102 and FR 412.
The public can access the western end of FR 102 from Santa Fe County Road 76 to reach the Aspen Ranch Trailhead this weekend, but that gate will be locked for the winter on Monday morning.
The seasonal closure of FR 102 is to protect

NWS: Today’s High Near 60; Tonight’s Low Around 30

on November 16, 2019 - 6:41am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 60 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Topper Volleyball Wins 1st Round In State Tournament

on November 15, 2019 - 7:34am

The Hilltoppers Girls Volleyball Team celebrates its first round victory in the state tournament Thursday morning at the Santa Anna Star Center in Rio Rancho. The Toppers beat the Pojoaque Elkettes 3-1. Next up is the Godard Rockets at 4:45 p.m. today at the Star Center. Photo by John McHale/

Marco Serna Releases Health Care Position Paper

on November 15, 2019 - 7:30am
Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna
SANTA FE Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna has released his position statement on Health Care.
While highlighting the fact that the country has come a long way since 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt first proposed the idea of national health insurance, and in 2010 Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act, Serna said, “I believe everyone can agree that much still has to be done to ensure health care is provided to all Americans”.
“If for no other reason, we have allowed our country to be put at an

First National 1870 Hires Another High-Profile, Longtime Banker In New Mexico

on November 15, 2019 - 6:42am
Pat Sanchez
FN1870 News:
ALBUQUERQUE First National 1870 has announced that Pat Sanchez, a New Mexico banking leader with more than 40 years of experience, has joined the bank as senior vice president.
The Bank continues to add top level banking talent to its team with Sanchez being the most recent hire. As credit development manager for First National 1870 in its Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque markets, Sanchez has primary responsibility for credit review and approval of commercial lending services.
In addition, he will work closely with the Bank’s local teams to

Santa Fe Ski Team Invites Public To Participate In Annual Ski Swap And Alpine Race Camp Dec. 6-8

on November 15, 2019 - 6:07am
 SKI News:
SANTA FE — It’s time to gear up for another season on the slopes! 
The Santa Fe Ski Team is hosting their annual Ski Swap Fundraiser Nov. 15-16 at the Genoveva Chavez  Community Center (GCCC) in Santa Fe.


The Santa Fe Ski team invites the public to participate in the event by dropping off ski-related items to sell at the swap between 12-4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15.

“Our annual ski swap is a great chance for us to participate in the community.

NWS: Today’s High Near 53; Tonight’s Low Around 35

on November 15, 2019 - 5:51am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 53 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 35. Courtesy/NWS

DPNM Hosts Pre-Primary Training For Candidates

on November 14, 2019 - 1:02pm
DPNM News:
SANTA FE The Democratic Party of New Mexico hosted a training Wednesday for Congressional and Statewide Candidates focused on ward, county and state-level pre-primary conventions that will help determine which candidates are on the ballot for New Mexico’s June 2 Primary Election.
The training covered topics such as how delegates are selected and candidates’ roles with regard to the conventions. The day was focused on ensuring that candidates understand the convention process and have access to resources to help them run the most successful campaign.
“We want to make

NMDOH: New Mexico Is Fourth State To Allow Gender-Neutral Sex Designation On Birth Certificates

on November 14, 2019 - 12:34pm


As of Oct. 29, New Mexicans can take advantage of a new law, which allows people who identify as transgender, nonbinary, intersex and other gender-expansive identities to confirm their correct gender on their birth certificate.

The New Mexico Department of Health promulgated the rules implementing the Vital Records Modernization Act, as signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham earlier this year.

The new legislation and subsequent rule updates the process for correction of sex designation on New Mexico birth certificates, affirming contemporary healthcare standards and

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Senate Democrats Introduce Violence Against Women Act

on November 14, 2019 - 7:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and all Democratic senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.
The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law. 
"All people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background should have the same