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Cuba Ranger District Plans La Jara & Chaparral Piles Prescribed Burns

on January 17, 2018 - 6:59am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on the La Jara piles and Chaparral piles sometime between Jan. 22 and March 30 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles and up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. 
 
The La Jara piles area is located east of the community of La Jara.

Supreme Court Issues Rulings Providing Guidance On Motions For Pretrial Detention Of Criminal Defendants

on January 17, 2018 - 6:56am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Supreme Court issued two unanimous opinions Thursday addressing the evidence required for the pretrial detention of criminal defendants.
 
A constitutional amendment adopted by voters in 2016 gave judges the authority to order the pretrial detention of a defendant if a prosecutor files a written motion with the court and proves by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant should be held in jail to assure public safety.
 
The opinions by the court provide guidance to judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys on evidence at hearings to

Dementia Caregiving Course Offered To Families

on January 17, 2018 - 6:55am
Alzheimer's Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, education course in Pojoaque offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Skills for Dementia Caregiving 101” (aka The Savvy Caregiver Program) is a FREE seven-session program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter.
 
The course will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. once a week, Tuesdays, from Feb.

NM KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows Some Improvement, Some Decline In Child Well-Being

on January 17, 2018 - 6:50am
VFC News:
 
SANTA FE — Several indicators of child well-being are showing improvement in New Mexico, but a persistently high rate of children living in poverty continues to cast a pall over the state.
 
That is the overall conclusion in the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, released this week by New Mexico Voices for Children at 10 a.m. at the Roundhouse to coincide with the start of the legislative session.
 
The theme of this year’s report is “At a Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Child Well-being in New Mexico” to reflect unprecedented changes at the federal level as well as the
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McKinley County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charge

on January 17, 2018 - 6:49am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Jothonnie Yazzie, 29, of Rocksprings, pleaded guilty Monday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to an indictment charging him possessing child pornography. 
 
Yazzie entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement recommending a sentence within the range of 37 to 63 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.
 
The FBI and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office arrested Yazzie Dec. 20, 2016, on the indictment, which was filed Dec.

Governor Honors Ofc. Simpson Whose Badge Saved His Life When A Criminal Fired A Gun At His Chest

on January 16, 2018 - 6:36pm

Gov. Susana Martinez honors State Police Officer Dwayne Simpson today at the opening of the 30-Day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. She held up his damaged badge and explained that during an August traffic stop, Ofc. Simpson encountered William Wilson, a criminal who had been in and out of prison 16 times for various offenses: aggravated burglary, committing a crime with a firearm, resisting arrest, parole violations and drug charges.

SGR At Opening Day Of Legislative Session

on January 16, 2018 - 6:19pm
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos met with various officials today at the 2018 opening of the 30-Day Legislative Session at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Garcia Richard is a native New Mexican and lifelong educator who has worked both abroad and in Northern New Mexico. She is a curriculum coordinator for Pojoaque schools and has served for six years in the Legislature and chairs the House Education Committee. She is running for State Land Commissioner. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen/ladailypost.com
 
Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon, Rep.

Governor Delivers 2017 State Of The State Address

on January 16, 2018 - 2:09pm

Gov. Susana Martinez delivers the State of the State Address today at the opening of the 2018 Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen/ladailypost.com

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Susana Martinez today from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives:

Senate President Pro Tempore; House Speaker; Democratic and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature; honorable members of the Judiciary; former New Mexico governors; tribal governors; distinguished guests;

Attorney General Hector Balderas Sues To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

on January 16, 2018 - 1:56pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General

SANTA FE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

“Today we are taking aggressive legal action to stop the illegal rollback of net neutrality protections because New Mexico already struggles to

Los Alamos School Of Gymnastics Meet Results

on January 16, 2018 - 1:05pm
Sara Gardner, left, and Colette Bibeault, second from left, at the meet. Courtesy photo
 
LAAT News:
 
Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers opened their competitive season this past weekend in Rio Rancho. More than 400 gymnasts from 15 New Mexico teams competed.
 
In the Xcel competition, Los Alamos’ Diamond team won the team competition. Chantel Bibeault took the all-around gold with a 36.15. She also took silver in all four individual events with, 9.00 on vault, 8.95 on bars, 9.05 on beam, and 9.15 on floor. Team mate Hannah Gram took gold on bars and beam with 9.05 and 9.10 respectively.

Governor Susana Martinez Proclaims Jan. 21-27 ‘New Mexico School Choice Week’

on January 16, 2018 - 8:04am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  An official proclamation from Gov. Martinez, has named next week School Choice Week in New Mexico. Dozens of other governors and hundreds of city and county leaders nationwide have issued similar proclamations.
 
New Mexicans have planned 253 events and activities to celebrate school choice and raise awareness of the variety of educational options available in the state. They’re part of the more than 32,000 rallies, roundtable discussions, coffeehouse meet-ups, festivals, school fairs, etc. that have been planned across the country.
 

State Transportation Commission To Meet Wednesday

on January 16, 2018 - 7:19am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The State Transportation Commission will hold a meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the NMDOT General Office Training Rooms 1120 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87504.  
 
The six member governor-appointed commission determines policy for the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Community members are invited to attend and time will be allotted for public comment. 
 
The agenda is available on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s website http://dot.state.nm.us/content/nmdot/en/TC_Publications.html or by calling (505).827.5258.

Española Humane Celebrates Animal Lovers With Los Lobos Concert Feb. 9

on January 16, 2018 - 5:42am
Los Lobos. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
Come dance and celebrate the month of love with the legendary music of Los Angeles-based band Los Lobos.
 
This benefit concert for Española Humane kicks off the 2018 concert season 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. 201 Marcy St., Santa Fe. Tickets are $35 in advance and on sale now at https://tickets.holdmyticket.com or by calling 505.886.1251. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of show. VIP meet-and-greet tickets are $149. For 21 and over: Beer and wine is available with valid ID. Limited seating and

FBI: Acoma Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Voluntary Manslaughter And Firearms Charges

on January 16, 2018 - 5:41am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Darius L. James, 40, an enrolled member of Acoma Pueblo, pled guilty Thursday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to voluntary manslaughter and firearms charges. 
 
James was arrested Aug. 24, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing an Acoma Pueblo man by shooting him three times on the Acoma Pueblo Indian Reservation in Cibola County. According to the complaint, James encountered the victim hidden in a bedroom closet in James’ residence. As the victim fled the scene, James followed him into a nearby field and fired several shots, killing the victim.

Webber: Honoring Teachings Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 15, 2018 - 11:48am
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/Alan Webber
 
By ALAN WEBBER
Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate

In 1963 when I was 15 years old, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to preach at my family’s synagogue, Temple Israel in St. Louis, Missouri. (See the story here.) There were 3,000 people there that day. But I can remember exactly where I sat and what Dr. King talked about in his sermon. He talked about the love that connects and unites people of all faiths, all races, all cultures, and all creeds. Just to be in the presence of a man of Dr.

Coalition Honors Departing Mayors

on January 15, 2018 - 11:26am

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members and staff honored Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero at the conclusion of their last meeting Friday as board members.

UC Rep Faces Tough Questions From Coalition Chair

on January 15, 2018 - 11:23am

UC Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil speaks to RCLC Board members Friday at Okway Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

University of California Vice President for National Laboratories Kim Budil told Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board members during its meeting Friday at Ohkay Owingeh Casino Resort Hotel that circumstances on the ground are much better at Los Alamos National Laboratory since the incident in 2014 that caused the closure of the Waste Isolation

Study Names Los Alamos County A Top Place To Get Mortgages In New Mexico

on January 15, 2018 - 11:01am
SMART ASSEST News:
 
SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently released its fourth annual study on the Best Places to Get a Mortgage.
 
The study determines top markets by comparing the likelihood of mortgage approval by county, in addition to mortgage rates, average five-year borrowing costs and property taxes. According to the study’s Best Mortgage Markets Index, Los Alamos County ranks among the top locations in New Mexico.
 
Check out the table below to see how Los Alamos County compares to the other leaders in New Mexico:
 
Rank
County
Loan Funding Rate
5 Year Borrowing

Luján And Schakowsky Push Data Analytics Company For Answers Following Significant Data Breach

on January 15, 2018 - 8:00am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) last week sent a letter to the computer software and data analytics company Alteryx after it was disclosed in December that the company failed to properly secure sensitive consumer data and accidentally exposed personal information affecting 123 million American households.
 
The data breach by Alteryx comes after a series of high profile data breaches including the disclosure of consumer data by the credit reporting agency Equifax and the ride-share

Los Alamos Residents Chris Luchini And Helen Milenski Tapped To Lead Libertarian Party Of New Mexico

on January 14, 2018 - 8:09am
Libertarian Party of New Mexico Chair Chris Luchini and Vice Chair Helen Milenski visit the Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday to talk about their new leadership positions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Earlier this week, Los Alamos residents Chris Luchini and Helen Milenski became the new leaders of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico.

Luchini assumed the position of chair Monday following the resignation of Elizabeth Hanes.

Pearce: As Sovereign Entities, Tribes Must Be Respected

on January 14, 2018 - 6:20am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010, which included the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017 and legislation to allow the Pueblo of Santa Clara and the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo to lease all of their lands:
 
“When the National Labor Relations Board reversed their longstanding status of recognizing the sovereignty of tribal governments, they did so without warning and

FBI: Man In Under Armour Jacket Or Sweatshirt Robs Albuquerque Bank Thursday

on January 13, 2018 - 8:18am
Anyone with information about this man should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a black Under Armour jacket or sweatshirt robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday Jan. 11, and fled in a dark sport utility vehicle.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, approximately 6' tall, with a heavy build. He wore sunglasses, a black Under Armour jacket or sweatshirt, a black beanie, and dark pants and shoes.
 
At approximately 1:55 p.m., the suspect walked into Los Alamos National Bank, at 7445 Pan American Fwy NE.

New Mexico Film Office Announces 'Better Call Saul' To Film Its Fourth Season In New Mexico

on January 13, 2018 - 8:11am
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Thursday that the television series "Better Call Saul", produced by Sony Pictures Television and starring Golden Globe Nominee and SAG Nominee Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad," "The Post"), will begin principal photography in Albuquerque.
 
"We're proud to welcome this incredible production team back for a fourth season of 'Better Call Saul,'" New Mexico Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis said.

SFNF: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Closure Jan. 15

on January 13, 2018 - 8:10am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 16.
 
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy, the Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 15. Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the National Recreation Reservation System
 
Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest

Nephesh: Nonprofits Are Not Loopholes

on January 12, 2018 - 9:47am
By Tsiporah Nephesh
Executive Director, New Mexico Thrives
 
Nonprofits are a crucial part of the fabric that strengthens our communities. Many provide vital services, while others add to the quality of life. But nonprofits will have a diminished role in New Mexico if Governor Martinez gets her way. She would like to end the tax exemption for nonprofits as part of a plan to close tax loopholes. But nonprofit tax exemptions are not loopholes.
 
Governor Martinez is talking about restructuring the tax system in such a way that it could have devastating impacts on how nonprofits operate.

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