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Paul Gessing Discusses NM Economy; Politics June 8

on May 27, 2019 - 5:57am
Courtesy/RGF
 
Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing
 
RGF News:
 
In the wake of a legislative session which saw the adoption of numerous "economically-damaging" policies, the Rio Grande Foundation is embarking on a speaking and engagement tour of New Mexico’s communities to bolster support for free market principles and engage in outreach across the state.
 

The community is invited to join the Foundation at an event entitled, “New Mexico: What’s Next for Our State’s Economy and Politics?”, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at Pasta Paradiso, 1315 Trinity Dr.

This afternoon

Interior Department Finalizes First Ever Categorical Exclusion As Part Of Improved Title Transfer Process

on May 27, 2019 - 5:55am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced Wedensday two actions that will expedite the transfer of eligible Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) facilities into local ownership and management:
 
  • A new Categorical Exclusion; and
  • An update of Reclamation’s operating manual procedures to streamline the title transfer process.
 
These actions make it easier for water users to take title – ownership – to simple and non-complicated Reclamation facilities by expediting the process following direction from President Trump and Congress.

NWS: Today’s High Near 64; Tonight’s Low Around 36

on May 27, 2019 - 5:51am
The National Weather Service forecasts today's high in Los Alamos near 64 with sunny skies and south winds 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Tonight's low around 36. Courtesy/NWS
 
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BeWellnm Chooses Vendor For Move From Federal Technology Platform To State-Based Marketplace

on May 26, 2019 - 7:33am
BWNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The beWellnm Board of Directors voted unanimously to award to hCentive, a healthcare technology and services company, the contract to transition the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange from a federal technology platform to a State-Based Marketplace.
 
“The move to a state-based marketplace will enable us to better serve the residents in New Mexico and allow us to collect data that’s necessary to better care for our patients and make sure that we are providing the right services that they need,” board chairman David Shaw said.
 
Jeffery Bustamante, Interim

Udall, Torres Small, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Enable All Military Women To Count Maternity Leave Toward Years Of Service

on May 26, 2019 - 7:17am

CONGRESSIONAL News:
  • Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act would ensure women serving in National Guard and Reserves receive pay and points toward retirement during time spent on maternity leave

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small introduced bipartisan legislation to support military mothers by ensuring that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. Their bill, the Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, would

Santa Fe National Forest Warns Visitors About Bad Road Conditions Across Cuba Ranger District

on May 26, 2019 - 7:11am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Unseasonal weather on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, including snow earlier in the week, has created treacherous road conditions across the Cuba Ranger District. 

The latest round of moisture on top of a wet winter and heavy spring runoff has left many Forest Service roads and trails waterlogged, muddy and, in many instances, underwater.

District staff are taking a look at conditions across the Cuba District and considering road closures under a seasonal closure order that protects public health and safety, natural resources and

NWS: Today’s High Near 72; Tonight’s Low Around 43

on May 26, 2019 - 7:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 72 with increasing clouds and wind gusts up to 35 mph. Tonight’s low around 43. Courtesy/NWS

Lensic Presents 2019-20 Season Performances

on May 25, 2019 - 7:00am
LENSIC News:
 
SANTA FE — The Lensic Performing Arts Center announces the schedule and on-sale dates for the 2019-20 season of Lensic Presents, its signature live performance series.
 
Lensic Presents 2019-20 Season
  • Lúnasa  | Sept. 12, 2019
  • The New Power Generation: Celebrating Prince  | Sept. 26, 2019
  • Littleglobe: ¡Presente!  | Oct. 5, 2019
  • Chick Corea Trilogy  | Oct. 8, 2019
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie  | Oct. 10, 2019
  • Mari Boine  | Oct. 15, 2019
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company & The Ahn Trio  | Nov. 16, 2019
  • Wise Fool New Mexico’s Circus Luminous  | Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019
  • Storm Large: Holiday Ordeal  | Dec.

NMEDD, Funding Agencies Call On Communities To Submit Economic Development Project Proposals

on May 25, 2019 - 6:15am
NMEDD News:
 
The New Mexico Economic Development Department will host the next FUNDIT meeting June 25 to help local leaders identify potential economic development projects.
 
New Mexico FUNDIT, is a streamlined approach to help communities identify funding opportunities in one centralized location by bringing local, state and federal agencies together to analyze and compare proposals for capital projects. The state is calling on communities to submit project proposals by June 17, for review during its upcoming meeting.
 
New Mexico FUNDIT is an informal group of agencies that meets

New Mexico Unemployment Insurance Operations Center Closed Monday In Observance Of Memorial Day

on May 25, 2019 - 6:05am

STATE News:
  • Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims Online System Available

ALBUQUERQUE – All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ offices, including the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center, will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System (www.jobs.state.nm.us) is available online 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when normal business hours resume at 8 a.m.

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LAHS Student Lillian Petersen Wins Intel ISEF Award

on May 25, 2019 - 5:33am
USAID News:
 
The U.S. Agency for International Development has presented the 2019 Science for Development Award to Lillian Petersen of Los Alamos, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
Petersen won second place ($3,000 prize) in USAID’s Digital For Development Category for her project, Novel Computational Tool to Inform Cost-Effective Nutrition Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa project. She is a past USAID Science for Development Award recipient.
 
This year Petersen teamed up with another high school student, Garyk Brixi of Potomac,

State Supreme Court Affirms Conviction Of Albuquerque Man For Fatal Shooting In Dispute Over $30 Drug Debt

on May 25, 2019 - 5:28am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of an Albuquerque man for a fatal shooting in a dispute over a $30 drug debt, but threw out a first-degree felony murder conviction for the same killing.
 
Jason Comitz was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 15 years for the murder and other crimes during the Feb. 1, 2015 shooting at the home of Paul Randy Rael. Rael died, and his son and stepson were wounded. Rael’s wife and a son’s 10-year-daughter were inside the home but unharmed.
 
In its unanimous ruling, the Court also

NWS: Today’s High Near 72; Tonight’s Low Around 48

on May 25, 2019 - 4:50am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 72 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 48. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Releases Statement On The Passing Of State Senator John Pinto

on May 24, 2019 - 8:21pm

Sen. John Pinto

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf released the following statement on the passing this morning of Sen. John Pinto:

“Today New Mexico lost a giant. Senator Pinto served our nation and our state with honor and distinction.

“Few, if any, have fought as hard as he did to improve the lives of the Navajo people. He never gave up, and never backed down when it came to helping anyone in need.

In life, we seldom have the pleasure of meeting and knowing a true hero.

Gallup State Veterans Cemetery Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony At 1 p.m. Memorial Day

on May 24, 2019 - 2:48pm
NMDVS News:
 
GALLUP — The New Mexico Department of Veterans Servcies (DVS) will formally open the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery with a Grand Opening Ceremony at 1 p.m., Memorial Day (May 27).
 
Veterans, families, and the public are invited to attend this special event at the cemetery at 333 National Cemetery Drive (across the street from the McKinley County Juvenile Detention Center).
 
This will be the second state veterans cemetery developed by DVS as part of a State Veterans Cemetery Initiative to build veterans cemeteries in rural areas of the state. The first cemetery, the Ft.
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Senator Heinrich Welcomes Passage Of ‘TRACED’ Act To Crack Down On Illegal Robocall Scams

on May 24, 2019 - 8:50am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) this morning welcomed the Senate passage of S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

Sen. Heinrich cosponsored this bill, which gives regulators more time to find scammers, increase civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promote call authentication and blocking adoption, and bring relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout laws.

The

SFCC-AAUP Reach Collective Bargaining Agreement

on May 24, 2019 - 8:14am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College and the faculty union, known as SFCC-AAUP (American Association of University Professors), have come to an agreement on collective bargaining.
 
SFCC-AAUP members ratified the contract in a mid-May vote and members of the SFCC Governing Board approved the agreement during a May 22 meeting.
 
“This is a positive outcome for the college and its labor relations negotiation process,” Linda Siegle, chair of the SFCC Governing Board said.

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich; Shelley Capito Introduce Simplifying Outdoor Access For Recreation Act ‘SOAR’

on May 24, 2019 - 7:56am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced S. 1665, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act Thursday to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access and enjoy our public lands.
 
"Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to camp under the stars, chase bugling elk or wet a fly in a mountain stream, and they fuel the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that directly sustains 7.6 million

International Jet Aviation Honors Make-A-Wish NM

on May 24, 2019 - 7:25am
International Jet Aviation is honoring Make-A-Wish New Mexico today in providing critically ill children scenic flights over Albuquerque in this specially designed eight passenger LearJet, in an effort to lift their spirits and brighten their day. Courtesy photo
 
International Jet Aviation's ‘Dream Chaser 5’, the eight passenger LearJet model 35 is parked today at Atlantic Aviation in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
 
IJA News:
 
International Jet Aviation is honoring Make-A-Wish New Mexico and its wish kids today with scenic flights over Albuquerque in its specially designed “Dream Chaser

NM Delegation Lauds Decision To Grant Request For Major Disaster Declaration For Navajo Nation

on May 24, 2019 - 7:21am
 
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. After historic snowstorms and flooding in local Navajo communities that occurred in February, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres-Small, lauded the decision to grant the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation.
 
This declaration will trigger the release of federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed to help weather-affected communities

NWS: Today’s High Near 66; Tonight’s Low Around 43

on May 24, 2019 - 7:07am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 66 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 43. Courtesy/NWS

LAHS Senior Karyssa Garcia Signs Letter Of Intent

on May 23, 2019 - 4:34pm

Karyssa Garcia signed a letter of intent to New Mexico State University and the New Mexico State Cheerleading Squad Thursday in the Lobby of Los Alamos High School. On hand to witness the signing from left, Cheerleading Coach April Maestas, mom Krystal Quintana Garcia, Karyssa Garcia, Dad Isaac Garcia and brother Jacob Garcia. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

State Police Efforts In Albuquerque Net Hundreds Of Arrests To Date In Violent Crime Initiative

on May 23, 2019 - 8:03am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday lauded the New Mexico State Police for their efforts to date in the multi-agency enterprise aimed at reducing violent crime in Albuquerque.
 
The roughly 50 state police officers temporarily assigned to targeted areas of Albuquerque as part of the multi-agency Violent Crime Initiative have generated, to date, more than 257 total arrests, including several dozen felony arrests and 13 DWI arrests.
 
State Police also have, as part of the initiative, seized meth, heroin, firearms, ammunition and stolen license plates, among

Santa Fe Opera Announces 42 Members Of The 2019 Season Apprentice Program For Singers

on May 23, 2019 - 7:41am
 
SFO News:
 
SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Opera announces the members of its 2019 Season Apprentice Program for Singers.
 
This season’s program is comprised of singers from across the United States, Canada and South Korea. The 42 singers, selected by Gayletha Nichols, Director of the Program, and Robert Tweten, Head of Music Staff, rose to the top from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants through a competitive pre-screening and audition process.
 
Established upon the Santa Fe Opera’s founding in 1957, the company’s Apprentice Program for Singers has since provided training, performance

SFNF Offices Close For Memorial Day Monday

on May 23, 2019 - 7:40am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday.
 
Last year, SFNF fire personnel found 84 abandoned campfires over the three-day Memorial Day weekend in spite of Stage 2 fire restrictions, which prohibited campfires and other activities.
 
This year, after a winter with above-average moisture and snowpack, conditions on the forest are much different, and there are currently no fire restrictions on the SFNF.

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