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Interior Provides Over $291 Million In Conservation Funding For States And Tribes To Clean Up And Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

on March 20, 2019 - 3:22pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the availability of the Fiscal Year 2019 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).
 
This year’s grants will provide more than $291.2 million [1] for states and tribes to reclaim and repurpose abandoned coal lands.
 
“These grants are a great example of Interior partnering with states, Tribes, and local governments to provide resources for conservation efforts and infrastructure and public safety improvements,

Letter To The Editor: Disappointed In HB 51 Vote

on March 20, 2019 - 1:00pm
By Barbara Calef, co-president, LWVLA
By Rebecca Shankland, co-president, LWVLA

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico has written the following news release, which we wish to share with the community.

The League of Women Voters is deeply disappointed that the New Mexico Senate voted against HB 51, which would have repealed the outdated law making abortion a crime. New Mexico women deserve to know that a full range of healthcare will remain available to them even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

The League believes that in a pluralistic society such as ours the individual’s right to make

New Mexico Land Office: March Lease Sales Generate Nearly $5 Million … State Lands Are Open For Business

on March 20, 2019 - 10:28am

STATE LAND OFFICE News:

SANTA FE – The State Land Office held its monthly online oil and gas lease sales, raising $4.9 million for New Mexico schools, hospitals and colleges.

Twenty-four tracts of land were offered, 22 of which were closed for bid. Closed bids included 4,285 acres in Chaves, Lea and Eddy counties. The aggregate bid amounted to an average per-acre price of $1,444.56.

“With each monthly lease sale since I took office, we continue to uphold our constitutional obligation to fund our schools, hospitals, and colleges.

Los Alamos Public Information Meeting & Open House On NM 502 Roadway Reconstruction Tonight

on March 20, 2019 - 10:14am

Map of the N.M. 502 Roadway Reconstruction project. Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is hosting a public information meeting and open house on the N.M. 502 Roadway Reconstruction at 5 p.m. today in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge at 2132 Central Ave.

Public Meeting Purpose: NMDOT is sponsoring this meeting to discuss the roadway reconstruction improvements to CN 5100650R3 on N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) MP 1.257 to MP 2.053 in Los Alamos County.

Meeting Overview: NMDOT representatives, Souder, Miller & Assoc.

Lawmakers Back Secret Lottery

on March 20, 2019 - 9:48am
By MILAN SIMONICH
One of the worst decisions states ever made was to take over gambling businesses.
 
Mobsters used to run the numbers games. In big cities, heads of crime syndicates called this form of gambling "the policy racket."
 
And they were the policy kings. Organized crime made millions off the masses that gambled nickels and dimes on the slender chance of winning a jackpot.
 
We still have plenty of criminals, organized or not. But state governments long ago took over the numbers games.

Youth Across New Mexico Join National Day Of Action Advocating Tobacco-Free Schools

on March 20, 2019 - 8:32am

NMDOH News:

ALBUQUERQUE Today, youth leaders at 15 schools across New Mexico are hosting “Kick Butts Day” events to raise awareness about their schools’ tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies.

Increased awareness of tobacco-free school policies helps students, staff, and visitors comply with these standards and ensures that schools are truly tobacco-free environments. The youth leaders are part of Evolvement, a youth movement promoting a tobacco-free New Mexico.

"It feels great being a part of such an important day that joins youth all over the country in the fight against tobacco," said

AmeriCorps Issues Request For Program Applications

on March 20, 2019 - 8:28am
NMCCV News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism (NMCCV) has released its Request for Applications (RFA) to support new and recompeting New Mexico AmeriCorps programs to start in the fall of 2019 for a 12-month program cycle.
 
AmeriCorps funding is intended for recruiting, placing, and supporting AmeriCorps members serving communities throughout New Mexico.
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Los Alamos Middle School Teacher Sherri Bublitz Earns Prestigious Speech And Debate Diamond Award

on March 20, 2019 - 8:26am
NSDA News:
 
DES MOINES, Iowa The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce Sherri Bublitz of Los Alamos Middle School as a winner of the Diamond Award, recognizing a professional career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate education. This is her first Diamond Award.
 
The National Speech & Debate Association has been recognizing student and coach achievements in speech and debate since 1925. Coaches earn points in the national honorary through team participation, student achievement, public service, and leadership work.

NWS: Today’s High Near 51, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on March 20, 2019 - 7:49am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 51 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 34 with a 30 percent chance of scattered rain and snow showers after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Wins 2019 SXSW Pitch Competition, Hyper-Connected Communities Category

on March 19, 2019 - 5:53pm

Andrew Hyde, host of the SXSW Startup Pitch® Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, hands the microphone to UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel, center, who accepts a check following his successful presentation. Second from left is Dan Houck who visited Los Alamos for the past four months as a 'Chemical Engineering Intern' at UbiQD but recently returned to UT Austin to finish his PhD (in ChemE). Courtesy photo

Dr. Hunter McDaniel, CEO at UbiQD at the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) 11th Annual SXSW Pitch® competition in Austin, Texas. Courtesy photo

SXSW News:

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New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón And Team OSA Launch 2019 Audit Rule Roadshow

on March 19, 2019 - 5:01pm

New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón

STATE News:

New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón and members of Team OSA will hit the road beginning Wednesday, March 19 for its annual, statewide Audit Rule Roadshow.

Each year the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) embarks on a statewide tour to provide training to governmental agency employees and independent public accountant (IPA) firm representatives to provide training on significant and critical updates to the Audit Rule. This year, Auditor Colón and Team OSA will visit six cities across the state: Las Vegas, Las Cruces, Portales, Farmington,

NMPED Releases Four-Year Graduation Rates

on March 19, 2019 - 10:19am

Public Education Secretary Dr. Karen Trujillo

NMPED News:

Public Education Secretary Dr. Karen Trujillo announced today that New Mexico’s official 2017-2018 four-year graduation rate was 73.9 percent, an all-time high.

This figure is nearly three percentage points higher than the 71.1 percent four-year rate in the 2016-2017 school year. Graduation rates increased across all student subgroups, including Hispanic and American Indian students, students with disabilities, and English learners.

“Let’s give credit where credit is due,” Secretary Trujillo said.

N.M. Delegation Urges Department Of Defense To Consider New Mexico For Space Development Agency

on March 19, 2019 - 8:48am

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small urged Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan to consider New Mexico as a host for co-locating the Space Development Agency headquarters and to fully utilize the state’s existing core research and development space assets.

Shanahan recently noted that the DoD must make changes to its research, development, and acquisition processes to protect U.S. vital interests in space.

Ringside Seat: Cigar Shop Fired Up By Lower Tax Rate

on March 19, 2019 - 7:13am
By MILAN SIMONICH
 
What a reversal of fortune.
 
Just three months ago, the owners of Primo Cigar Shop faced the possibility of a 76 percent state tobacco tax on their products. They now pay a tax of 25 percent upfront, an amount they say makes it impossible to compete with cigar retailers on the internet.
 
Tripling the state tax would have turned off Primo's lights and closed its doors, said Jack Sweeney, who 10 years ago founded the business.
 
But bizarre turnabouts can occur in the blur of New Mexico's 60-day legislative session.
 
One of the more

Pinon Elementary School Student Ariela Rittner Named National Geographic GeoBee Semifinalist

on March 19, 2019 - 6:47am

National Geographic GeoBee semifinalist Ariela Rittner with her parents Christian and Stephanie Rittner. Courtesy photo

National Geographic GeoBee News:

Pinon Elementary School 5th grade student Ariela Rittner has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee New Mexico State Competition. The contest is Friday, March 29 at NDI in Albuquerque.

Ariela Rittner is the daughter of Christian and Stephanie Rittner.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now

Land Commissioner SGR To Speak At NNMPW

on March 19, 2019 - 5:51am

New Lensic Community Council Gathers Perspectives, Ideas From Local Leaders

on March 19, 2019 - 5:34am
LENSIC News:
 
SANTA FE — The Lensic has established a new Community Council to guide the nonprofit performing arts center as it develops new and better ways to serve Santa Feans.
 
Council participants—community leaders with varied perspectives as well as Lensic staff and supporters—will share ideas, provide feedback, and discuss ways The Lensic can serve as a resource for as many Santa Feans and Northern New Mexicans as possible. It will meet four times a year and submit its recommendations to Lensic leadership.
 
“Providing meaningful, accessible, and affordable performing arts

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act

on March 19, 2019 - 5:31am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, along with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, led a group of Senate and House Democrats in re-introducing the Native American Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation that would provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans and Alaska Natives have equal access to the electoral process.  
 
Udall led the introduction of the Native American Voting Rights Act last Congress.
 

Museum Joins Collaboration With NM State Parks & CNM To Map One Of Largest Dinosaur Tracksites In US

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
Dinosaur tracksite at Clayton Lake State Park. Photo by Spencer Lucas, Ph.D.
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  This spring the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and the New Mexico State Parks Department are undertaking a project to document, map, and model one of the largest dinosaur tracksites in the United States.
 
Hundreds of tracks, from at least four different species of dinosaurs, are exposed at the Clayton Lake State Park in northeastern New Mexico.

NMMNHS: 2019 Workshops For Adults And Families

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story and the exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Drugs: Costs and Consequences the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting a series of workshops for adults and families. Associated programming also includes the Curator’s Coffees, and Lecture series.
 
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to

SFNF: Seeks Volunteers For Trail Hike/Clean-Up

on March 19, 2019 - 5:11am
Courtesy/SFNF
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is looking for volunteers to hike to scenic Window Rock Sunday, March 31, and help clean up the trail by picking up trash.
 
Part of a health initiative called Forest Your Health in partnership with El Centro Family Health Clinics, the Window Rock hike is an 8-mile roundtrip trek to one of New Mexico’s largest rock spans, a “window” weathered out of an igneous rock wall.
 
The hike will begin at 10 a.m.

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Robert Wilkie Regarding Help For Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits...

on March 19, 2019 - 5:07am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall met with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss the urgent need to enact bipartisan legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and other issues critical to health and wellbeing of veterans in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Udall has long worked to ensure that New Mexico veterans receive better access to the medical treatment they need.

NWS: Today’s High Near 51, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on March 19, 2019 - 5:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 51 with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Los Alamos Fundraiser Held For Rep. Ben Ray Luján

on March 18, 2019 - 10:25pm
Nearly 100 supporters of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján gathered this evening at a local residence for a fundraiser, including elected Democrats front row from left, New Mexico Secretary of Education Karen Trujillo, Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott, Lujan, Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Public Education Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster. Back row from left, Los Alamos County Councilors David Izraelevitz and Randy Ryti. Courtesy photo
 

NMSP: Four Missing Endangered Runaway Juveniles Arrested For Armed Robbery In Guadalupe County

on March 18, 2019 - 6:10pm

NMSP News:

Guadalupe County – New Mexico State Police responded at about 5:09 p.m., Friday, March 15, to an armed robbery at the Milagro Gas Station off Interstate 40, near mile post 243, west of Santa Rosa.

The initial investigation determined two individuals armed with a firearm, later determined to be a BB gun, entered the gas station, robbed the business and left with an undisclosed amount of money. The individuals fled eastbound onto I-40 in a grey passenger car after the robbery.

At about 5:50 p.m., State Police officers located the suspect vehicle traveling east on I-40 near mile

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