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NMHU: New Geologic Research Instrument Opens Up Exciting New Research Opportunities

on February 1, 2019 - 8:51am

Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis installs a new instrument in the university’s Paleomagnetic Laboratory. Courtesy/HU
New Mexico Highlands University

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – A new geologic research instrument at New Mexico Highlands University will open up opportunities for student research that will advance knowledge across the science disciplines of geology, chemistry and physics.

Thanks to a $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Highlands has added a superconducting rock magnetometer to its state-of-the-art Paleomagnetic – Rock Magnetic

‘Rocket Docket’ Bills Pass New Mexico House

on February 1, 2019 - 8:31am

House Speaker Rep. Brian Egolf


SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed the Senate “Rocket Docket” bills this morning that will now head to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk for signing.

Each of the bills received bipartisan support over the last two legislative sessions and received less than five votes in opposition.

“I am very proud of the bipartisan work the House of Representatives has done to get these important, common-sense bills to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham,” House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) said.

LANL: RFP Issued For New Supercomputer ‘Crossroads’

on February 1, 2019 - 7:58am
Los Alamos National Laboratory. CourtesyLANL
LANL News:
The next big supercomputer is out for bid. A Request For Proposal (RFP) was released Thursday for Crossroads, a high-performance computer that will support the nation’s Stockpile Stewardship Program.
The RFP is a joint effort of the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES), a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories.
“Los Alamos National Laboratory is proud to serve as the home of Crossroads,” LANL Director Thom Mason said.

UNM-LA Participates In UNM Day At Legislature

on February 1, 2019 - 7:29am
UNM-LA Instructor Art Nichols promotes the IT Cybersecurity Program at UNM Day at the State Legislature with a display on Encrypted Steganography and Watermarking. Photo by Kateri Morris/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) participated Thursday in UNM Day at the State Legislature.
The event provided opportunities for UNM Main and Branch Campuses to highlight campus organizations, specific degree programs and alumni through posters, printed media and personal interactions.
Visitors to the event included State Legislators and other government officials, UNM President Garnett

Attorney General Hector Balderas Secures Multiple Felony Convictions Against Criminal Fraudster

on February 1, 2019 - 7:19am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday the successful prosecution of Edward Boysel who fraudulently operated a concealed firearms training business while failing to report his income and unlawfully receiving state benefits.
“For many, Medicaid and state benefits mean the difference between life and death," Balderas said. “My office aggressively prosecutes offenders who harm our most vulnerable New Mexicans by taking advantage of the system.”
Boysel pleaded guilty to five felony counts including:
  • Money

NWS: Today’s High Near 47, Tonight’s Low Around 27

on February 1, 2019 - 6:56am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 47 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 27. Courtesy/NWS

Udall, Carper Respond To EPA Withdrawing Proposal To Scrap Worker Protection Rules

on January 31, 2019 - 5:07pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, responded to news that the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn—for now—its proposal to scrap two critical worker protections, the updated Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and Certification of Pesticide Applicators (CPA) Rule.
Carper previously secured a commitment from EPA

Bill Lets Parties Choose: Open Primaries Or Pay For Them

on January 31, 2019 - 4:21pm
The Roundhouse. Courtesy photo
One lawmaker wants to give political parties a choice of whether to let independent voters participate in primary elections.
The option is: Let independents vote or pay for the election yourselves.
Backers hope Senate Bill 418 will win over legislators wary of letting just any voter help pick their party's nominees.
If it does, the bill could also end for now a long-running debate over the role of independent voters, who are a growing segment of the electorate in New Mexico.

CVNM: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Keynotes Annual Legislative Reception

on January 31, 2019 - 4:14pm
CVNM News:
SANTA FE — Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) will present State Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (HD 13, Bernalillo) with the 2019 Luminaria Award at CVNM’s 13th annual Legislative Reception Feb. 6. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will serve as keynote speaker.
CVNM’s annual Legislative Reception is a dynamic gathering of policymakers, business leaders and community members. The program will showcase CVNM’s 2019 legislative priorities.

Commissioner Garcia Richard Appoints Four Key Staff

on January 31, 2019 - 3:54pm

Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From the Office of the Land Commisioner:

SANTA FE – Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has appointed four key staff to assist in executing a bold agenda for the land office.

The new hires include General Counsel and three Assistant Commissioners for Mineral Resources, Commercial Resources, and Communications.

On the job for just a month, Commissioner Garcia Richard has begun to implement her key initiatives, including issuing an Executive Order to ban killing contests on state trust land, requesting land

Heinrich, Kennedy, Cassidy, Carper, And Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Restore Wetlands And Migratory Bird Habitat

on January 31, 2019 - 9:38am
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the 30th anniversary of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-La.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize NAWCA through 2024.
The legislation would also increase authorized annual funding for the program to $60 million.
NAWCA was originally enacted in 1989 to provide

National Weather Service Announces Major Upgrade To Cannon Air Force Base Doppler (KFDX) Radar

on January 31, 2019 - 9:30am
NOAA News:
The Cannon Air Force Base WSR-88D Doppler Radar near Clovis will undergo a major hardware upgrade beginning Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The radar will be shut down for approximately three weeks while technicians replace the pedestal, as well as the stand that rotates and positions the antenna.
Once the antenna is disassembled, the protective radar dome and pedestal will be removed by a crane. A new pedestal will then be installed, the protective dome replaced, and the antenna reassembled.
Once the estimated three-week project commences, the radar cannot and will not be

Stewart Bill Overhauls Teacher Evaluation To Support Professional Development

on January 31, 2019 - 8:58am
Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to overhaul the state’s teacher evaluation system by focusing on professional development passed the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.
“As a retired educator, I know that professional development—not punishment—is what teachers need to succeed,” Stewart said. “And when teachers succeed, our kids succeed.”
SB 247 calls on the Public Education Department to develop--in consultation with educators and other stakeholders--by July 1, 2019, a new evaluation system based on instructional quality (which will be 50 percent of the evaluation);

Rep. Christine Chandler Champions Fair Wages And Benefits For Workers Through House Bill 246

on January 31, 2019 - 8:51am
Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos) is championing fair wages and benefits for workers by preparing House Bill 246, regarding the Prevailing Wage, for its first committee hearing.
House Bill 246, ensures that New Mexicans are paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work by closing loop holes, providing a complaint resolution process, and increases penalties for violations. Addressing these issues in the Prevailing Wage law will keep local jobs local, workplaces safe, and ensure quality workmanship in public projects.

Bill To Ensure Sustainability Of New Mexico’s Health Care System Advances

on January 31, 2019 - 8:30am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Wednesday, a bill to create the Health Care Value and Access Commission advanced in the House Health and Human Services Committee.
House Bill 88, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), would provide oversight and implement recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the health care system in New Mexico through the Commission.
The Health Care Value and Access Commission would collect and report on state health data and make policy recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of

Lensic Presents ‘THE CHOIR OF MAN’ Feb. 20

on January 31, 2019 - 8:22am
Scene from THE CHOIR OF MAN. Courtesy/Chris Cann Photography
SANTA FE — The Lensic presents THE CHOIR OF MAN Wednesday, Feb. 20. This worldwide smash, a runaway hit at numerous international music festivals, is bringing audiences to their feet on its first North American tour.
Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It’s a party. It’s a concert.

Udall, Tester, Hoeven, Isakson Fight To Curb Veteran Homelessness In Indian Country

on January 31, 2019 - 8:19am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), reintroduced bipartisan legislation to better serve homeless or at-risk Native American veterans.
The senators' Tribal HUD-VASH Act will formally codify a joint tribal housing initiative between the U.S.

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 24

on January 31, 2019 - 8:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 24. Courtesy/NWS

Legislative Roundup: Jan. 30

on January 30, 2019 - 5:56pm
The New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
By The New Mexican:
Legislative Roundup: Jan. 30, 2019
Days remaining in session: 45
Open primaries: When legislative leaders assign a bill to three different committees, it's usually a sign they are not eager for it to pass.
That's what happened to a bill that would allow independent voters to cast ballots in primary elections.
But House Bill 93 is on its way after getting the backing of a sharply divided House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday.
The measure would somewhat open New Mexico's closed

60+ Mile Run Aims At Drawing Attention To SB 135, Licensing Naturopathic Doctors In New Mexico

on January 30, 2019 - 3:23pm
JEMEZ SPRINGS — A legislative bill which would allow Naturopathic doctors to be licensed and regulated in New Mexico is the catalyst behind a 60+ mile run, led by the New Mexico Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NMANP) who want to draw attention for the need to license Naturopathic doctors.
“The Run” takes place Feb. 10-12 beginning in Albuquerque with the Sweetheart Run - consists of a 5K, 10K and kid’s 1K run - and continuing from Bernalillo to Jemez Springs, then finishing at the State Capitol steps in Santa Fe.
Currently, Naturopathic doctors are licensed

EMERGE Graduates Honored Including Land Commissioner SGR And Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler

on January 30, 2019 - 9:14am
New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard is honored as an EMERGE graduate Tuesday at Casa España in Santa Fe along with House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler and 16 other state legislators. EMERGE is an organization with branches across the nation that recruits and trains Democratic women to hone their skills to win elections. EMERGE who won their races in 2018 include Rep. Deb Haaland, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Los Alamos County Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen and Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott. Courtesy photo

Good Samaritan Fatally Struck In Dona Ana County

on January 30, 2019 - 8:19am
NMSP News:
DONA ANA COUNTY At about 4:45 p.m. Monday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a crash on Interstate 10 around mile post 159, where a pedestrian had been fatally struck by a vehicle.
The initial investigation indicates a 2001 Volkswagen driven by Garcia Talamantes, 18, of Mexico stalled out in the middle of westbound lanes on Interstate 10. A Good Samaritan, Byron Wade Cross, 46, of Sunland Park stopped to assist the driver of the Volkswagen, when it was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet pick-up.
Immediately after the first collision, a 2002 Lincoln approached driven

NWS: Today’s High Near 43, Tonight’s Low Around 19

on January 30, 2019 - 7:11am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 43 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 19. Courtesy/NWS

Air Force Thunderbird To Visit Kirtland Air Force Base In Preparation For Air And Space Fiesta May 18

on January 29, 2019 - 4:37pm
Thunderbird No. 8 two-seater F-16D. Courtesy/KAFB image
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE U.S. Air Force Thunderbird No. 8 was scheduled to perform a site survey today at Kirtland Air Force Base in preparation for the 2019 Air Show.
Thunderbird No. 8, a two-seater F-16D, will perform survey maneuvers over the airfield. The purpose is to visually check the show site to ensure there are no obstructions that would be a hazard to an air demonstration.
Kirtland’s 2019 Air and Space Fiesta featuring the Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team is scheduled for May 18.

Rabid Fox Bites Homeowner In Las Vegas, N.M.

on January 29, 2019 - 4:36pm

Fox. Courtesy image

NMG&F News:

LAS VEGAS, NM – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reports that Saturday, Conservation Ofc. Justin Hepler responded to a call from a Las Vegas homeowner who was bitten by a fox she believed was starving when she attempted to feed it.

After meeting with the bite victim at a local hospital, the officer learned the fox had jumped into a parked vehicle and began eating insulation on the door and chewing on a hammer handle.