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Early Voting For 2018 General Election Ends Nov. 3

on November 2, 2018 - 7:34am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
SECRETARY News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver reminds all eligible New Mexico voters that Saturday, Nov. 3, is the final day to participate in early voting for the 2018 general election.
 
A list of early voting locations by county is available at NMvote.org.
 
“Better voter participation leads to better representation in government and I’m proud to see so many of my fellow New Mexicans making their voices heard by voting early in this election,” Secretary Toulouse Oliver said.

Los Alamos Historical Society’s Sharon Snyder Named Volunteer Of The Year

on November 1, 2018 - 12:15pm
Los Alamos Historical Society Volunteer Sharon Snyder recently received recognition as New Mexico Association of Museums Volunteer of the Year. Courtesy photo
 
Sharon Snyder receiving her award as Volunteer of the Year during the New Mexico Association of Museums conference in Taos. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

For approximately 17 years, Los Alamos native Sharon Snyder has volunteered at the Los Alamos Historical Society. She serves as a board member and heads the society’s publications.

SFCC Announces Readings In Library: Fall 2018 Series

on November 1, 2018 - 12:14pm
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College’s Library and Creative Writing Program will host a series of readings in November.
 
The series begins Nov. 7 with Terry Wilson and her Creative Writing students, continues Nov. 12 with Emily Stern and her Memoir students and then wraps up with the Annual Holiday Reading by SFCC Faculty and Staff Members Nov. 29.
 
All readings are free to attend, and refreshments will be served.
 
When:
  • 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7. Terry Wilson and her Creative Writing class.
  • 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12. Emily Stern and her Memoir class.
  • 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov.

Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler's Experience And Commitment To Dist. 43 Earns My Vote

on November 1, 2018 - 11:56am
By KEN MILDER
Los Alamos County Assessor

Over the many years that I’ve known Christine Chandler, sometimes we’ve agreed on issues; sometimes we haven’t. Regardless of our viewpoint on any issue, she has always been willing to listen and actively seek other points of view.

Also, through her extensive public service, Christine has gained the skills and experience that are absolutely essential to serve in the legislature and be an excellent state representative for our district.

There are many attributes I look for in a leader.

Old Man Winter Pays Halloween Visit To Sipapu

on November 1, 2018 - 11:37am
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort

Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
 
SKI News:
 
It's no trick! Old Man Winter arrived Wednesday at Sipapu, dumping a foot of snow on the New Mexico resort.
 
Conditions are also favorable for snowmaking, so Sipapu's crews also are firing up the snow guns in preparation of opening day Saturday, Nov. 17.
 
Another treat for parents: Sipapu offers a free Power Kids Pass for all children ages 10 and younger - no tricks involved (and no purchase required).
 
Pick up a Power Kids Pass at the ticket office, the REI in Albuquerque Nov. 9-11 or register online.

Warning: Trapping Season Begins In New Mexico Today

on November 1, 2018 - 10:41am

Trap Free New Mexico News:

Warning: Trapping season begins today, Nov. 1 in New Mexico. 

This is a reminder to be careful when recreating on local public lands. Keep pets, kids and self safe as traps are not marked and can be nearly anywhere.

To watch a video to learn how to release a trap, visit http://trapfreenm.org/release-dog-leg-hold-trap/.

For more information or to support a ban on this archaic practice, visit www.trapfree.nm.org.

FBI: U.S. Attorney Designates District Election Officer

on November 1, 2018 - 10:29am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson announced Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Jeremy Peña will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the Nov. 6 General Election.
 
AUSA Peña has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the District of New Mexico and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.
 
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Texas Super-PAC Attacking New Mexico Land Commissioner Candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard

on November 1, 2018 - 9:31am

Pat Lyons

Staff Report

For the past two months, New Mexicans watching television have been inundated with Super PAC funded political ads attacking or supporting various candidates. One Texas-based PAC calling themselves “New Mexico Strong” has focused exclusively on the usually quiet race for New Mexico Land Commissioner, spending millions of dollars in attack ads against the Democratic candidate, State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos.

Stephanie Garcia Richard

This large influx of out of state spending in this historically obscure office has drawn the attention of many

Chandler: Let’s Work Together

on November 1, 2018 - 9:19am
By CHRIS CHANDLER
Democratic Candidate
House Dist. 43

It’s amazing what you learn about your neighbors after knocking on thousands of doors throughout Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Rio Arriba. You find that most families are more affected by local leaders’ decisions than what is happening nationally and are looking for solutions right here in New Mexico to end the vicious cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.  

Our state has continued to have among the highest unemployment rates and has participated little in the national recovery from the 2008 recession.

Nature On Tap: Turkeys In The Past At Bandelier Nov. 5

on November 1, 2018 - 8:28am
Turkey petroglyph. Courtesy photo
 
LACDC News:
 
Join the Los Alamos Creative District and staff from Bandelier National Monument at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5 during Nature On Tap at UnQuarked Wine Room to learn about the importance of turkeys to Ancestral Puebloans based on archeological and ethnographic information.
 
Attendees also will learn about the rock art of Frijoles Canyon.
 
These topics are particularly relevant today because 2018 is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed.

New Mexico Communities Hand-Deliver Protest Comments On Expanded Fracking In Greater Chaco

on November 1, 2018 - 8:05am
Scene from citizens protesting expanded fracking Wednesday in Greater Chaco at the Bureau of Land Management state office. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from citizens protesting expanded fracking Wednesday in Greater Chaco at the Bureau of Land Management state office. Courtesy photo
 
Sierra Club News:
 
SANTA FE Community groups and advocates hand-delivered more than 10,000 citizen protest comments to the Bureau of Land Management’s New Mexico state office in snowy Santa Fe Wednesday in opposition to an oil and gas lease sale scheduled for December that would auction off close to 100,000

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 1

on November 1, 2018 - 7:59am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
The weather forecast for Wednesday was for significant snowfall at higher elevations. This means places like the Canjilon Lakes, Hopewell Lake and the Trout Lakes may get snowfall.
 
The snow is predicted to be heaviest on the Eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristos. The drive to Eagle Nest Lake may be snow-packed over Palo Flechado Pass.
 
Lake Maloya near Raton may receive heavy snowfall and Interstate 25 between Pecos and Raton could see bad driving conditions. Las Vegas and Cimarron may also see accumulating snow.

SFNF: 150 Acres Completed On Borrego Mesa Burn

on November 1, 2018 - 7:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed 150 acres of a 200 acre broadcast burn Tuesday on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit.
 
The broadcast burn reduces the risk of high-severity wildfire. The treatment area consists of slash left behind from wood cutting.
 
The remaining 50 acres are expected to be completed sometime between early November and Dec. 31.
 
The area is approximately five miles East of Cordova, and five miles South of Truchas.

FBI: Former U.S. Air Force Airman Arrested On Federal Computer Fraud Charges In Alamogordo

on November 1, 2018 - 7:03am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Michael Weber, 22, of Alamogordo, made his initial appearance Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, on a criminal complaint charging him with a computer fraud offense.
 
Weber remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing.
 
FBI agents arrested Weber at a residence in Alamogordo. According to the criminal complaint, Weber allegedly placed a program, information, code, or command known as a “spam bot” onto a government-issued cellular phone assigned to Weber’s supervisor Jan. 16, 2018.  
 
The “spam bot”

Christine Chandler Receives Top Three Newspaper Endorsements For House District 43 Seat

on October 31, 2018 - 3:53pm

The Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican and Santa Fe Reporter join more than 20 other organizations endorsing Christine Chandler of Los Alamos for House Dist. 43. Courtesy/Christine4nmhouse

From the Christine4nmhouse Campaign:

  • Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican And Santa Fe Reporter endorse Christine Chandler for New Mexico House Dist. 43

Democrat Christine Chandler from Los Alamos has been endorsed by all three papers participating in legislative endorsements this election cycle for House District 43.

Along with more than 20 other organizations, the Albuquerque Journal, the

Film Office: ‘Daybreak’ Shooting In New Mexico

on October 31, 2018 - 9:03am
Courtesy image
 
NMFO News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis confirms that Netflix series “Daybreak” will begin principal photography at the end of November through the beginning of April 2019 in Albuquerque.

The production will employ 260 New Mexico crew members, three New Mexico actors and approximately 3,000 New Mexico background talent.
 
The television series is co-created by executive producers Brad Peyton (Frontier, Rampage, producing through ASAP Entertainment) and Aron Eli Coleite (Locke & Key, Star Trek: Discovery, Heroes), along with executive producer: Jeff

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument Closed Nov. 1

on October 31, 2018 - 8:38am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE In keeping with the administration’s priorities of being good neighbors and respecting the ties that native and traditional communities have to public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is announcing that the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will be closed Nov 1.
 
This closure allows for Pueblo de Cochiti cultural observances and routine BLM maintenance.
 
The BLM manages the monument in close cooperation with the Pueblo, which requested the closure. This closure is one of 12 scheduled throughout the year.
 
The scheduled closures are Jan.

SBA Focuses Attention, Resources On Veterans, Spouses During National Veterans Small Business Week

on October 31, 2018 - 8:36am
By JASON SIMMONS
Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Field Operations
 
Nov. 5-9, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is focusing attention and resources on a community that deserves it – our military veterans.  
 
During National Veterans Small Business Week, the SBA is hosting and participating in free events around the country to provide opportunities for veterans and their spouses to connect with local small business-building resources.
 
When their military service ends, SBA services to these heroes begin.

NM’s Health Insurance Exchange Shares Plan Selections And Outcomes From Last Year’s Open Enrollment

on October 31, 2018 - 8:35am
BEWELL NM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2018 Affordable Care Act health insurance Plan Selections and Outcomes of applications for 2018 Open Enrollment.
 
These reports indicate that 68,259 New Mexicans submitted an application,  and 49,792 selected a plan. The number of enrollees who purchased insurance with the help of the advance premium tax credit (APTC), a subsidy that helps pay for insurance premiums, stood at 43,226, or about 86.8 percent.
 
Year
Total Plan Selection
Eligible for Financial Assistance
Percentage of Enrollment with Premium

State Democrats Announce New Mexico For All Tour

on October 31, 2018 - 8:33am
NMDP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Democrats are embarking on a four-day, statewide tour to reach every corner of the Land of Enchantment.
 
Led by Martin Heinrich and Michelle Lujan Grisham, the candidates will hold rallies, meet & greets, canvass kickoffs, and other events to reach New Mexico voters and meet with New Mexico for All volunteers across the state.
 
This year, New Mexico Democratic campaigns up and down the ballot joined together into New Mexico for All and consolidated organizing capacity into a single team, with 30 organizers working out of 17 offices across the

Gubernatorial Candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham Releases Plan To Manage & Conserve Water

on October 31, 2018 - 8:16am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
From the Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor Campaign:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has released her plan to manage and conserve our water for future generations of New Mexicans.
 
The plan calls for a strategic 50-year water plan built on consensus and based in reality.
 
“Like many Western states, New Mexico is experiencing a drought with no end in sight as water from the mountains continue to decline,” Lujan Grisham said.

SFNF: Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on October 31, 2018 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Due to favorable conditions, fire managers on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began a broadcast burn on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit today.
 
Favorable conditions, such as acceptable fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, will allow up to 200 acres on the Borrego Mesa fuelwood unit to be treated anytime between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2.
 
Fire managers plan to target heavier slash left behind from wood cutting to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
The area is located approximately five miles East of

NMGF Fishing And Stocking Report

on October 31, 2018 - 7:19am
Julia Romero, age 10, caught her first fish at Monastery Lake Oct. 21. She caught a 13-inch rainbow trout using a fly with a bubble float. Courtesy photo
 
NMGF News:
 
This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
 
 
CATCHES OF THE WEEK:  
 
Conchas Lake: Kerry Guyette of Amarillo, Texas

Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Pearce Calls For Interagency Task Force To Fight Crime, Make NM Safer

on October 31, 2018 - 7:00am

From the Steve Pearce for Governor Campaign:

  • Former APD Det. Michelle Garcia Holmes to Lead Federal, State, Local Group

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce joined with leading police and law enforcement officials Tuesday to announce that as Governor he will immediately put in place an interagency task force to combat crime and make New Mexico’s communities safer.

“The time for talk is over. New Mexico communities have heard enough excuses.

FBI: Roswell Man Gets Five Years For Meth Trafficking

on October 30, 2018 - 2:52pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Eric J.D. Contreras, 33, of Roswell, was sentenced Monday in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 60 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.
 
Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force (CCMNTF) agents arrested Contreras in November 2017, after finding approximately 100.8 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, on Contreras and in his vehicle while executing a state search warrant.
 
Contreras subsequently was indicted April 18, 2018, and was charged with possession of

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