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NMDOT: Los Alamos Roadway Reconstruction Project ... NM 502 (Trinity Drive) Road Closure – Friday July 26

on July 23, 2019 - 9:40am

Courtesy/NMDOT

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Transportation and Star Paving Company continue roadway reconstruction on N.M. 502 from mile post 1.257 to mile post 2.053 in Los Alamos. 

The contractor will begin installation of a 14” waterline across N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) between Central Avenue and Canyon Road.

On Friday July 26 - N.M. 502 will be CLOSED 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Central Avenue and Canyon Road. The closure is required to safely install a 14” waterline across N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive). Traffic will be detoured during this time.

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SOS Maggie Toulouse Oliver Announces Completion Of Legislatively-Mandated, One-Time District Realignment For Elected Offices

on July 23, 2019 - 9:28am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and her staff completed the legislatively-mandated, one-time realignment of certain elected office districts throughout New Mexico in a public meeting that took place in the state capitol building in Santa Fe and was live-streamed on the Legislature’s website.
 
“The process we used to complete the legislatively-mandated realignment of districts today was transparent and fair and we made sure it affected the smallest number of districts and terms possible,” Secretary

New Mexico History Museum Launches Apollo Exhibit With Moon Rocks And Schmitt Flight Suit

on July 23, 2019 - 8:53am

On display at the NMHM is the Mercury Space Capsule 12B, created as a backup for the Mercury missions and on loan from the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Courtesy/NASA

Mercury Space Capsule 12B. Courtesy/NASA

NMHM  News:

SANTA FE – Northern New Mexico residents have a rare opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing with a temporary exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) in Santa Fe through Oct. 20.

NMHM hosts “A Walk on the Moon: The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing” as part of the worldwide celebration of our

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Appoints Shannon Pinto To Late Grandfather’s New Mexico Senate Seat

on July 23, 2019 - 5:57am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Shannon Pinto to the Senate seat left vacant after the May death of her grandfather, Navajo Code Talker and New Mexico icon Sen. John Pinto.
 
Sen. Pinto will serve the remainder of her grandfather’s term in Senate District 3. She was nominated to fill the vacancy by the San Juan County Commission.
 
Pinto, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is an educator, having worked as both a middle school and high school math teacher in Tohatchi, N.M.

NWS: Today’s High Near 78; Tonight’s Low Around 57

on July 23, 2019 - 5:39am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 78 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 57. Courtesy/NWS

Gutierrez Named New Mexico MainStreet Director

on July 22, 2019 - 3:11pm

New Mexico MainStreet Daniel J. Gutierrez

NMEDD News:

SANTA FE – Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes has named Daniel J. Gutierrez, a cultural anthropologist who has been working in economic development for over a decade, as director of the New Mexico MainStreet program.

Gutierrez has been involved in New Mexico MainStreet since 2014 and worked closely with Rich Williams, the former program director who retired in April. Gutierrez now assumes the responsibilities permanently.

“Daniel brings a passion for community building to the MainStreet program,” said Cabinet

Congress Moves To Permanently Protect Two National Treasures From Uranium, Oil, Gas Development

on July 22, 2019 - 2:53pm
NWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress has taken an important step toward permanently protecting two national treasures in the American West.
 
The House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 1373, the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which will withdraw a million acres from future mining of uranium and minerals around the Grand Canyon.
 
It also passed H.R. 2181, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, which protects Chaco Canyon from oil and gas development.
 
“These bills will protect wildlife in two of the country’s most cherished landscapes.

Following House Passage, Heinrich And Rounds Urge Swift Senate Action To Permanently Repeal Cadillac Tax

on July 22, 2019 - 12:57pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), the bipartisan leads of Senate legislation to permanently repeal the ‘Cadillac Tax,’ applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the measure.
 
They also called on the Senate to quickly take up their bill so it can be signed into law.
 
“Eliminating this onerous tax on employees' health coverage will protect important benefits for workers and ensure that businesses and families get a fair deal,” Heinrich said.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Science Camp Empowers New Mexican Young Women

on July 22, 2019 - 11:45am

Laboratory researcher Adrianna Reyes-Newell, right, shows students how laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy works. The ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover uses this technology to investigate the composition of Martian rocks. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Two-week program from Los Alamos National Laboratory aims to inspire and increase diversity in STEM fields

The third annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women recently concluded in Pojoaque, giving the 22 students from Northern New Mexico communities a grounding in science, technology, engineering and

New Mexico Unemployment Rate 4.9 Percent In June

on July 22, 2019 - 8:40am
NMDWS News:
 
New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in June 2019, down from 5.0 percent in May 2019 and up from 4.8 percent in the previous year.
 
The national unemployment rate in June was 3.7 percent, up from 3.6 percent in May 2019 and down from 4.0 percent in June 2018.
 
Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 15,200 jobs, or 1.8 percent, between June 2018 and June 2019. Most aggregate gains came from the private sector, which was up 13,900 jobs, or 2.1 percent. The public sector was up 1,300 jobs, or 0.7 percent.

Legislatively-Mandated, One-Time District Realignment For Elected Offices Happening Today, July 22

on July 22, 2019 - 8:33am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and her staff will conduct the legislatively-mandated, one-time realignment of certain elected office districts at 10 a.m. today.
 
The process is open to the public and media and will take place at the State Capitol in Santa Fe in addition to being live-streamed on the Legislature’s website.
 
This process, mandated by the passage of House Bill 407 during the 2019 Legislative Session, will consist of the Secretary of State’s Office conducting a one-time renumbering of

2019 Santa Fe Children’s Museum Gala Sept. 14

on July 22, 2019 - 8:07am

NWS: Today’s High Near 79; Tonight’s Low Around 57

on July 22, 2019 - 7:38am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 79 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 57. Courtesy/NWS

Governor Comments After Ernestine Romero Funeral

on July 21, 2019 - 9:53am
From the Office of the Governor:
 
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Saturday attended the funeral of Ernestine Romero, also known as Ernestine Saucedo, the Public Education Department employee and popular local vocalist who was tragically killed July 11 outside the Jerry Apodaca Building in Santa Fe.
 
The governor issued the following statement after the service:
 
“The outpouring of love in the wake of this tragedy has been remarkable,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “In their grief, those who knew Ernestine have honored her memory beautifully.

Teens Launch 3rd ‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ Drive

on July 21, 2019 - 8:43am
Sarah Crotzer, left, and Madelyn Crotzer, sisters and co-founders of Youth Helping Refugee Youth, place a green collection bin at 1950 Camino Durasnilla for donations of school-related items to benefit refugee students recently-resettled in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
 
Members of the 2019 Youth Helping Refugee Youth Advisory Board met recently to discuss the kick-off of this year’s drive. Clockwise from lower left, Kezia Tripp, Hannah Mullen, Talia Ben-Naim, Ashley Lestone, Madelyn Crotzer, Sarah Crotzer, Natalie Aulwes, Amaya Coblentz, Alyssa Parker and Mei Eutsler. Courtesy photo
 

NWS: Today’s High Near 86; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 21, 2019 - 7:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 86 with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Corrections Officers Hurt In Inmate Attack

on July 20, 2019 - 11:16am
NMSP News:
 
LAS CRUCES At around 9 p.m. Tuesday, the New Mexico State Police was contacted to investigate an aggravated assault on a peace officer at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces.
 
Investigators learned that at around 7:30 p.m., a prison nurse, escorted by a sergeant and officer, entered a pod at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility to deliver medicine to inmates. During this time, an inmate got into a verbal argument with a control center officer. 
 
The nurse finished passing out medication and left the pod.

FBI: Investigators Identify Body Found In Trunk Of Burning Car Monday Near Church Rock

on July 20, 2019 - 11:08am
The Dodge Avenger SXT discovered on fire off Pipeline Road. Courtesy/FBI
 
Nastacio Keith Travis
 
FBI News:
 
The FBI has identified the body that was found Monday in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock.
 
The body of Nastacio Keith Travis, 51, of Zuni was in the trunk of a light-colored Dodge Avenger SXT discovered on fire off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock on the Navajo Nation. 
 
The cause of Travis' death is pending autopsy results. 
 
Anybody who had contact with Travis recently or who recalls seeing anything suspicious in the area Monday

First Woman On The Moon From New Mexico

on July 20, 2019 - 10:32am
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/NMMSH
 
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry. Courtesy/NMMSH
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene of Alamogordo and Kason Henry of Las Cruces inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
 
Greene and Henry communicated with fellow cadets who acted as mission control inside

NMSP: Grant County Man Dead After Long Standoff

on July 20, 2019 - 10:31am
NMSP News:
 
HURLEY The Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence Friday in Hurley in Grant County in reference to a shots fired call.
 
As the deputy was en route to the residence, he was informed by dispatch that two neighbors were fighting in the street. Sometime during the argument, a shot was fired by a male suspect. The male suspect, who was identified as Timmy Vick, 56, returned to his residence at 59 Hurley Road after the altercation.
 
The deputy arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with Vick who refused to exit the residence.
 
New Mexico State

Alert: Department Of Health Cautions People To Take Precautions To Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

on July 20, 2019 - 6:24am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE With temperatures rising to the high 90s in most parts of the state, triple digits in many areas, and with temperatures predicted to remain high over the weekend, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) cautions New Mexicans and visitors to be aware of weather conditions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
 
“It is very important to take precautions to avoid going to the hospital for heat-related illness,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Appoints Seven New Interstate Stream Commission Members

on July 20, 2019 - 6:04am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday appointed seven new members to the Interstate Stream Commission and re-appointed an eighth.
 
“Our water is our most precious natural resource,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “These individuals are tasked with upholding the people’s trust and providing for a sustainable future of that resource. My expectation is their diverse knowledge and expertise will serve New Mexicans well.”
 
Per state statute, the governor’s appointees must be representative of diverse major irrigation districts or sections

NWS: Today’s High Near 90; Tonight’s Low Around 60

on July 20, 2019 - 6:00am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 90 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS

EB&T Hosts Albuquerque Business First CEO Event

on July 19, 2019 - 9:51am

Enterprise Bank & Trust (EB&T) sponsored an Albuquerque Business First ‘Meet The New CEOs’ event Thursday evening at the bank’s 7445 Pan American Fwy NE location in Albuquerque. Seven new CEOs gathered at the event with EB&T President Scott Goodman including, from left, Benjamin Gardner of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Albuquerque Region President Stan Sluder of EB&T, Goodman, Rodney Prunty of United Way of Central New Mexico, Susan Wilson of New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare, Tony Hernandez of Western Sky Community Care and Jonathan David Lewis of McKee Wallwork + Co.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Advances Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on July 19, 2019 - 9:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2019) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has advanced legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed energy technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact.

Senator Heinrich introduced the Energy Technology Maturation Program Act of 2019 (S. 1286) earlier this year, and on Tuesday, the bill was reported by a voice vote during a markup in the U.S.

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