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New Mexico Supreme Court Affirms Albuquerque Man's Convictions For Murder, Kidnapping

on March 23, 2019 - 9:59am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court Friday upheld the convictions of an Albuquerque man for the kidnapping and murder of a Bernalillo County man in 2014.
 
Trinidad Gallegos was sentenced to life in prison plus 19 years for the shooting death of Sergio Bickham, whose body was found in a tunnel underneath Interstate 40 near a casino west of Albuquerque.
 
In a unanimous decision, the state’s highest court rejected arguments by Gallegos that he failed to receive a fair trial because of what he claimed were mistakes by the trial court and his defense attorney.
 
Gallegos

New Mexico Delegation Announces Nearly $3 Million In HHS Funding To Fight Opioid Crisis

on March 23, 2019 - 9:49am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced Friday nearly $3 million in Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to fight the opioid crisis in New Mexico. The $2,770,397 in funding comes from grants released to states through the State Opioid Response Grant Program.
 
“Substance abuse knows no boundaries, and the opioid epidemic has left its tragic mark on all communities across New Mexico, including urban, rural, and Tribal areas,” Sen. Tom Udall said. “Federal funding is an important step in bolstering prevention efforts but in order to truly tackle

Luján Statement On Special Counsel Report

on March 23, 2019 - 9:19am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
NAMBE U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Attorney General William Barr:
 
“The Special Counsel report must be immediately submitted to Congress. A declassified version of the report must also be made available to the public without delay.”

New Mexico Unemployment Rate At 5.1 Percent

on March 23, 2019 - 8:24am
NMDWS News:
 
New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in February 2019, unchanged from the rates in January 2019 and February 2018. The national unemployment rate in February 2019 was 3.8 percent, down from 4.0 percent in January and down from 4.1 percent in February 2018.
 
Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 7,400 jobs, or 0.9 percent, between February 2018 and February 2019. All aggregate gains came from the private sector, which was up 8,200 jobs, or 1.3 percent. The public sector was down 800 jobs, or 0.4 percent.

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 33

on March 23, 2019 - 8:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Governor Signs Landmark Energy Legislation

on March 22, 2019 - 4:27pm

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signs the Energy Transition Act, landmark legislation that sets bold statewide renewable energy standards and establishes a pathway for a low-carbon energy transition away from coal while providing workforce training and transition assistance to affected communities. Courtesy photo

Surrounded by dozens of advocates and statewide leaders, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed Senate Bill 489. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

  • SB489 establishes New Mexico as a national leader in renewable transition efforts

SANTA FE – Surrounded by dozens of advocates and

Fatal Rollover Crash On I-25 In Santa Fe County

on March 22, 2019 - 4:08pm
NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE At about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on Interstate 25 around mile post 277, near Santa Fe.
 
The initial investigation indicated that a Ford Expedition occupied by five individuals was traveling north on Interstate 25 towing a Dodge Pickup on a flatbed trailer.
 
For reasons still under investigation the Expedition appears to have lost control, overcorrected and then rolled.
 
A middle row passenger in the Expedition, Zenaida Lopez, 68, of Kansas City, Kan., was ejected and suffered fatal injuries, she

Change In Grading Schools Dies In Legislature

on March 22, 2019 - 8:42am
Kevin Mccullough, a dual-language fifth-grade teacher at Sweeney Elementary School, gives a lesson March 13 about state finances. Students discussed how they'd spend an expected $1.1 billion budget surplus. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
By DILLON MULLAN
Two bills that would have created new guidelines for grading New Mexico's teachers stalled during the just-completed legislative session, but the state Public Education Department will continue to transition away from the evaluation system implemented by the administration of former Gov.

Weekly Fishing Report: March 22

on March 22, 2019 - 7:52am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Spring officially began March 20 and the weather has turned warmer recently. Temperatures in Northern New Mexico are in the 50’s and 60’s.
 
There are still some lakes that are closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions, but it shouldn’t be long before most of the lakes are free of ice and open to fishing. Some of the higher small lakes above 9,000 feet will remain frozen until April and even into May.
 
The cold winter we just had has delayed the blooming of fruit trees here in the Espanola Valley.

Labor Stories: From East To West April 6

on March 22, 2019 - 7:44am
TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society announces its April 6 free public program “Labor Stories From East to West”.
 
The program features Robbin Legere Henderson and David Maes with presentations on Matilda Rabinowitz, a socialist labor organizer from the east and the Silver City Mining strike in New Mexico.
 
The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Kit Carson Electric Boardroom at 118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos.
 
Maes is a Board member of the Taos County Historical Society and chair of the Folklore and Oral History Committee.

NM Could Join States That Renamed Columbus Day

on March 22, 2019 - 6:25am
By ANDREW OXFORD
Goodbye, Christopher Columbus.
 
New Mexico may observe Indigenous Peoples' Day instead.
 
The Senate voted 22-15 Friday, March 15 to send Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham a bill that would rename the holiday commemorating the Italian explorer.
 
The legislation comes as the holiday that took off in the late 19th century as a celebration of Italian-American heritage has in recent decades spurred debate over the real legacy of a man who represents the beginning of European colonialism in the Americas and how best to tell a fuller story of the

NMHU Alumna To Speak At Commencement

on March 22, 2019 - 6:18am
Felicia Ortiz
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM Felicia Ortiz, a New Mexico Highlands alumna and successful businesswoman who serves on the Nevada State Board of Education, will speak at the Highlands University main campus commencement ceremony May 11.
 
Ortiz is a Las Vegas, Nev., entrepreneur who earned her B.A in business administration and accounting cum laudefrom Highlands in 2001. She completed her MBA in 2006 at the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on March 22, 2019 - 6:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with a 60 percent chance of rain and snow showers likely before noon, then scattered snow showers and some thunder possible. Tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Balderas Urges CFPB To Protect New Mexico Consumers From Payday Lenders

on March 21, 2019 - 3:11pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas Tuesday urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take immediate action to protect consumers from abuses in payday lending, vehicle title lending, and other types of high-cost exploitative consumer lending, after a rule aimed at protecting borrowers from abusive lenders was delayed a second time.
 
“President Trump’s Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is failing to deliver on its promise to protect New Mexican consumers,” Balderas said.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bicameral MAR-A-LAGO Act To Require Disclosure Of Visitor Logs At White House, Trump Properties Where President Conducts Official Business

on March 21, 2019 - 2:01pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bicameral bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties that he frequents.
 
“No one should have greater access to or influence over the president or the administration just because they are wealthy, well-connected, or a regular at one of the

NM State Police Officer Arrested In Chaves County

on March 21, 2019 - 1:42pm
NMSP News:
 
CHAVES COUNTY New Mexico State Police Ofc. Ricky Romero, 24, of Roswell was arrested Wednesday by the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department and charged with violating various state laws.
 
In early March 2019, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department opened a criminal investigation into Romero. NMSP has fully cooperated with the Chaves County investigation.
 
Immediately after learning of the investigation, NMSP launched an internal affairs investigation and Romero was placed on administrative leave.

NMVC: New Mexico Should Invest In Public Infrastructure To Build A Strong Economy

on March 21, 2019 - 12:55pm
NMVC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE In New Mexico, as in most states across the nation, investment in public infrastructure remains at lower levels than it did in 2002, even as the economy has rebounded after the recession. That’s according to a new report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).
 
Lawmakers can fix this by prioritizing new and increased investments in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure in order to build a strong economy now and in the future.
 
“This report makes it clear that while the

Justice Department Awards $5.7 Million To Support Native American Crime Victims In Seven States

on March 21, 2019 - 12:53pm
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime today awarded more than $5.7 million to support crime victims in Native American communities in seven states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Washington and Wisconsin.
 
The group of 10 awards is the second in a series of grants being made by OVC to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. OVC has now awarded more than $9 million of up to $100 million to support tribal victim service programs.
 
The awards—17 in total so far—will fund critical crime victim services, such

Study: Property Taxes In Los Alamos County Offer Big ‘Bang for Buck’

on March 21, 2019 - 11:53am

SmartAsset News:

SmartAsset recently released its fifth annual study on property taxes, and Los Alamos ranked among the New Mexico counties getting the most ‘bang for their buck.’ The study analyzed metrics including quality of local schools and local crime rates compared to property taxes to find where people were seeing the most value for their tax dollars.

For a look at how the leaders in New Mexico performed, check out the table below:

The full study results, methodology, and interactive map can be found here: https://smartasset.com/taxes/new-mexico-property-tax-calculator#map

 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich To Introduce Legislation To Establish Bandelier National Park And Preserve

on March 21, 2019 - 10:42am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Bandelier National Monument his intent to introduce legislation to establish the Bandelier National Park and Preserve. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, left, and Council Chair Sara Scott with Sen. Martin Heinrich Wednesday at the Bandelier press conference to express the Los Alamos community's endorsement of the proposed legislation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Tribal leaders, wildlife advocates, and northern New Mexico

2019 National Senior Games June 14-25 In Albuquerque On Track To Beat Record For Athlete Participation

on March 21, 2019 - 10:10am
NSG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The 2019 National Senior Games, June 14-25 in Albuquerque, is on track to beat all previous participation records.
 
The games are open to athletes age 50 and higher that have qualified in the games last year. However, there are three open categories, where any athlete can compete: the 1,500 meter power walk, the 5K power walk, and the triathlon relay team. Registration for this year’s games closes April 2.
 
The previous participation records were set at the National Senior Games in Louisville, KY in 2007 and in Orlando, FL in 1999. In those two games,

Military Working Dog Boris To Retire March 26

on March 21, 2019 - 9:12am
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE Military Working Dog Boris, a 9-year old German Shepherd, retires from the military at 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 on Hardin Field on Kirtland AFB.
 
Born June 3, 2009 in the Netherlands, Boris completed the Department of Defense’s Military Working Dog Program and Narcotics Detection Training at Lackland AFB. After graduating in 2011, Boris was reassigned to Kirtland AFB.
 
Boris has served at the base for eight years as a patrol and narcotics detection dog.
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FBI: Marysol Pena Wanted For Alleged Involvement In Drug Trafficking Organization

on March 21, 2019 - 8:20am
Marysol Pena should be considered armed and dangerous. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
The FBI is looking for Marysol Pena, who is wanted for her alleged involvement in a drug trafficking organization that operated in New Mexico as well as other states.
 
Pena, 28, faces federal charges of conspiracy, distribution of 50 grams and more of methamphetamine, aiding and abetting, distribution of 40 grams and more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Fentanyl, and aiding and abetting.
 
A federal arrest warrant was issued Feb.

Con Alma Invites Nonprofits Improving Health To Apply For Grants Through April 24

on March 21, 2019 - 7:28am
CAHF News:
 
SANTA FE Con Alma Health Foundation invites nonprofits that improve health in New Mexico to apply for grants that support their work toward sustainable solutions to their communities’ health challenges.
 
Con Alma, the state’s largest private foundation dedicated solely to health, opened its annual grant cycle today.
 
Nonprofits can apply for grants starting March 20 until 5 p.m. April 24. Last year Con Alma awarded $665,000 to nonprofits working toward a healthier New Mexico.
 
Nonprofits can apply for grants online at www.conalma.org. This year applicants need to select from a

NWS: Today’s High Near 49, Tonight’s Low Around 36

on March 21, 2019 - 7:19am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 49 with a 70 percent chance of showers likely and tonight’s low around 36. Courtesy/NWS

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