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School Zone Traffic Safety Reminders

on July 25, 2019 - 10:59am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE – As back-to-school season approaches, the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to take be safe in and around school zones.
 
Driver Safety Reminders:
  • Slow down! Speed limits in school zones tend to be 5-10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. 
  • Respect the crossing guard. Always stop for crossing guards holding a stop sign.
  • Use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians, no matter who has the right of way.
  • Be aware children can be unpredictable. Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Yield to

Country’s Oldest Museum Magazine Goes Digital

on July 25, 2019 - 10:26am

Courtesy/NMDCA

 

NMDCA News:

 

SANTA FE — El Palacio magazine, first published within a year of New Mexico’s statehood, became a digital publication in 2019.

 

The quarterly museum magazine’s new platform will provide readers with broader access and web-friendly, easily shareable content. El Palacio will continue publishing the print edition concurrently, maintaining its reach as it expands.

 

El Palacio became the country’s first museum magazine in November 1913. Its namesake, the Palace of the Governors, distributed the first iteration as a reference for works and artifacts curated

New Mexico Tourism Department: ‘Christmas In July’ Themed Night At Isotopes Park Home Game Friday

on July 25, 2019 - 9:55am
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Tourism Department announces the Albuquerque Isotopes home game at 6:35 p.m. Friday, July 26, will be themed “Christmas in July” to celebrate New Mexico’s contribution of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree for 2019.
 
“We’re very fortunate that New Mexico was selected to supply the Capitol Christmas Tree for 2019 because this provides the opportunity to showcase New Mexico’s forests, outdoor experiences, and state pride on a national level,” Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said.

NMHU: Graduate Student Katherine Ottmers Awarded Scholarship For Drone Wetlands Research

on July 25, 2019 - 9:51am
Katherine Ottmers
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Highlands University environmental science management graduate student Katherine Ottmers will be using drones to conduct innovative New Mexico wetlands research, thanks to a scholarship from the New Mexico Geographic Information Council.
 
This is the first known time that drones, unmanned aerial systems, will be used to monitor wetlands in New Mexico.
 
The New Mexico Environment Department invited Ottmers to submit a proposal to develop drone-based wetlands monitoring, with Playa Lakes in Southeast New Mexico one possible

NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on July 25, 2019 - 9:31am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Udall, Murphy Introduce Bill To Help Beginning Farmers Pay Student Loan Debt

on July 24, 2019 - 5:01pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As the U.S. Congress begins debate on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act, to create a loan forgiveness program for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as other groups such as women, veterans, and minority farmers.
 
Student loan debt is a major hurdle for beginning farmers and this legislation will serve as an incentive for farmers to enter—and stay—in the agricultural industry, and strengthen

New Mexico Governor Orders Flags To Half Staff To Honor Roswell Firefighter Jeff Stroble

on July 24, 2019 - 4:26pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered state flags to half staff Friday, July 26, in honor of the memory of Jeff Stroble, 46, the Roswell firefighter who died Sunday, July 21.
 
Stroble, a 17-year veteran of the department, sustained injuries in the line of duty stemming from an explosion June 5 that occurred while members of the Roswell Fire Department were preparing for the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display. 
 
“My heart is broken for Jeff Stroble's family and the people in Roswell who knew him well,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

DNCU Named #1 Financial Institution By Best Of Santa Fe 2019 ... For Fifth Consecutive Year

on July 24, 2019 - 2:31pm

Courtesy/DNCU

BUSINESS News:

  • This year, DNCU also is proclaimed #1 Lender, and #3 for Best Mortgage Lender and Best Place to Work

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative was just named #1 Financial Institution by the Santa Fe Reporter’s Readers’ Poll in 2019.

This is the fifth year in a row that DNCU ranks as #1 Financial Institution. The awards do not end there as DNCU is named #1 Lender in Santa Fe for 2019. In the categories for Best Mortgage Lender and Best Place to Work, Del Norte Credit Union came in third place.

“We love the Santa Fe

On The Job In Los Alamos: Chuck Hannaford Of The New Mexico Office Of Archaeological Studies

on July 24, 2019 - 1:53pm

On the job in Los Alamos is Research Associate Chuck Hannaford ,from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, teaching young students Tuesday at Ashley Pond Park about Native-American life in New Mexico, as part of the History Adventures children’s summer program presented by the Los Alamos History Museum. The program includes hands-on history activities that has kids moving, making, thinking, sharing and learning every Tuesday morning through July at Ashley Pond Park. History Adventures is free and no registration is required. For more information, click here.

Tickets On Sale For Angel Fire Wine & Wagyu Festival

on July 24, 2019 - 12:16pm
Courtesy/AFR

Scene from previous Angel Fire Wine & Wagyu Weekend. Courtesy/AFR
 
AFR News:
 
ANGEL FIRE Angel Fire Resort, Northern New Mexico’s premier year-round family vacation destination, announced tickets are now on sale for the third annual Angel Fire Wine & Wagyu Weekend.
 
The three-day western-themed food and wine event, sponsored by Texas-based A Bar N Ranch, Aug. 15-18. The festival offers guests the best in Wagyu beef, fine wines and western hospitality with food samplings, live music, country dancing and a deluxe Sunday Brunch.  
 
The weekend brings together

Senators Udall, Heinrich Lead Democratic Policy And Communications Committee Hearing On Mistreatment Of Children At The Border

on July 24, 2019 - 12:16pm
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In face of the Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a hearing on conditions at the southern border, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in leading a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) hearing Tuesday entitled “America Speaks Out: Stop Trump’s Cruel Treatment of Children at the Border.”
 
During the hearing, the senators heard testimony from a range of medical and legal experts on the Trump administration’s failed

National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum Hosts Farewell Party For Qué Chola Exhibition Aug. 4

on July 24, 2019 - 11:38am
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will host a Farewell Party Aug. 4 for its popular exhibition Qué Chola that has tripled attendance to the Art Museum since it opened March 8.
 
The Farewell Party, held on the first Sunday of the month, which allows free entrance to the Art Museum, will feature food, music, fashion, a car show, and a final chance to view Qué Chola.
 
The exhibition Qué Chola features cholas and homegirls in art and pop culture and celebrates her as a symbol of strength, power, and resilience in the face of racial, gender, and

CIR Ambassador Roundtable In Santa Fe Addresses State Of The State Department At Luncheon Aug. 9

on July 24, 2019 - 11:29am
SFCIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is hosting an event at 11:30 a.m., Aug. 9 at the Estancia Primera Clubhouse, 450 Avenida Primera South in Santa Fe.
The event includes lunch and a panel discussion to hear Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Ambassador Mark Asquino and Ambassador Pat Hawkins discuss the current status of the State Department under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
What comes next with Iran? With North Korea? With Venezuela? What are the effects of “foreign policy by tweet”? Has Secretary Pompeo restored morale at State?

Balderas Urges FDA To Partner With States To Protect New Mexican Consumers Of Cannabis-Derived Products

on July 24, 2019 - 11:13am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joins a coalition of 37 bipartisan State Attorneys General urging federal cooperation with the states to protect consumers from false advertising and harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD).
 
In a public comment filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AGs highlight the need for research into the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products to inform consumers and assist in state-level regulation.

Ahead Of Mueller Testimony, Udall Calls For Senate Action To Secure Elections

on July 24, 2019 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) Tuesda, lead Senate sponsor of the For The People Act, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to stop standing in the way of critical efforts to secure our elections and prevent foreign interference before the 2020 elections:
 
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found with the utmost certainty that Russia, a foreign adversary, meddled in our

Schedule Of Events Taking Place At Indian Market

on July 24, 2019 - 8:32am
Mountain Lion Pair by Russell Sanchez. Courtesy/King Galleries
 
MIAC News:
 
SANTA FE — Santa Fe comes alive with arts each summer, particularly Native arts during the month of August, celebrating internationally known Indian Market.
 
The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs offers a schedule of events from exhibitions on view and works from new artists to lectures and films celebrating many of the Pueblos and tribes across the state.
 
EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW
 
San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600-1930: Voices of the Clay
 
Aug.

Heinrich Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Protect Native American Seeds And Traditional Foods

on July 24, 2019 - 8:21am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), U.S. Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) announced Tuesday the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019.
 
The purpose of the Native American Seeds Protection Act is to clearly identify ways to protect Native American seeds and traditional food products, and assist tribes in

NWS: Today’s High Near 81; Tonight’s Low Around 58

on July 24, 2019 - 7:41am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 81 with a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Balderas Leads $600M Multi-State Settlement With Equifax In Largest Data Breach Settlement In History

on July 23, 2019 - 5:41pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
  • Settlement includes up to $425 million in consumer restitution following investigation into 2017 data breach

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of its massive 2017 data breach.

The Attorneys General investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of more than half of all American adults—the largest-ever breach of consumer data.

The

Multi-Agency Task Force Arrests Albuquerque Man On Federal Firearm, Drug Charges

on July 23, 2019 - 5:09pm
FBI News:
 
A multi-agency task force arrested an Albuquerque man today on federal firearm and drug charges.
 
Henry Felix, 49, is charged in a federal complaint with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
The FBI Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF), comprised of investigators from the FBI, New Mexico State Police, Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, arrested Felix after executing a search warrant of his residence in Albuquerque.
 

Women In Wildland Fire Boot Camp Application Opens

on July 23, 2019 - 3:29pm

Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News: 

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe and Carson National Forests are looking for career-focused women who want to protect and preserve America’s public lands by training to become on-call wildland firefighters for the 2020 fire season. 

These on-call positions will provide support to wildland fire operations during fire season and may lead to future employment with the Forest Service. 

Approximately 30 applicants will be selected to attend the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp in September, which will provide comprehensive firefighter training and orientation. 

Participants

BAER Team Assesses Post-Fire Effects Of Naranjo Fire

on July 23, 2019 - 3:10pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is assessing post-fire conditions for the Naranjo Fire near Regina on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).
 
Monsoonal weather patterns are expected to bring heavy rainfall and thunderstorms this week, increasing the threat of localized flash flooding.
 
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for northern and central New Mexico until midnight tonight.
 
As the BAER team continues its analysis, residents and visitors to the area around the Naranjo Fire should remain alert

LAPS Awarded School Safety And Security Funding

on July 23, 2019 - 2:51pm

Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools has been awarded a state match in the amount of $305,974 for school safety and security upgrades from the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC). LAPS will pay $478,572 for these improvements.

School security upgrades include improved access control, security cameras, and improved communication though additional handheld radios. The award encompasses improvements at all school sites.

The initial application was submitted in March following approval by the School Board at a work session.

Museum Of Indian Arts And Culture Opens San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600-1930: Voices Of The Clay

on July 23, 2019 - 10:39am
Terrace Jar, Russell Sanchez. Courtesy/King Galleries
 
MIAC News:
 
SANTA FE The San Ildefonso Tewa Women's Club will host the opening of San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600—1930: Voices of the Clay at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 11.
 
Events include a Pueblo feast, celebration, and performances exemplifying the exhibition’s narrative, presented from the Pueblo’s perspective for the first time in San Ildefonso’s history.

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Removed

on July 23, 2019 - 10:23am

From the Office of the Governor:
 
SANTA FE -- Secretary Karen Trujillo was removed Monday from her role at the Public Education Department.  

The Lujan Grisham administration has begun a nationwide search. Deputy Public Education Secretary Kara Bobroff will serve as interim secretary.

“I want to thank Karen for her work these recent months,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “Unfortunately my expectations were not met in a number of areas. It is absolutely imperative that we genuinely transform public education in this state.

“We must identify a vibrant and ambitious new leader for the Public

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