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RSF Urges China To Release Journalist Reporting On Political Prisoners

Chinese citizen-journalist Ma Xiao arrested for ‘picking quarrels and stirring up trouble’ in China. Courtesy/RSF
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of Ma Xiao, a Chinese citizen-journalist who published a series of political prisoners’ interviews and has been detained for a month.
 
Beijing-based citizen-journalist Xie Qiang, known under the pen name of Ma Xiao, was arrested on April 27 for “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” a deliberately vague charge used by the Chinese regime to silence critics. Ma is a contributor to US-based

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

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 affirmed

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Senator Heinrich Welcomes Passage Of ‘TRACED’ Act To Crack Down On Illegal Robocall Scams

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


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SUWA: BLM Opens Scenic Factory Butte Area In Utah To Off-Road Vehicle Destruction

Left, a spring wildflower bloom enhances Factory Butte’s unique photographic appeal in Utah. Right, Extensive ruts left by ORVs near Factory Butte remain visible even after torrential rainfall. Courtesy/Ray Bloxham/SUWA
 
SUWA News:
 
MOAB, Utah The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) reports that without prior notice or opportunity for public input, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Richfield Field Office announced Wednesday that it is opening 5,400 acres of public lands surrounding Utah’s iconic Factory Butte to unfettered cross-country off-road vehicle

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

 
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

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Traffic Alert: Two Vehicle Crash At Trinity Drive & Central Avenue Along Construction Zone

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos Police report a two-vehicle crash with unknown injuries has occurred in the construction zone near the Trinity Drive and Central Avenue area.

Eastbound traffic on Trinity Drive is down to one lane. There is no westbound traffic on Trinity Drive at this time … ALL westbound traffic is being diverted onto Central Avenue.

Motorists are urged to proceed with extreme caution and if at all possible to avoid the area altogether and seek alternate routes. 

 


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Longview Drive Work Expected To Begin Wednesday

CONSTRUCTION News:

Cable Com Permitting will be doing construction located at and along the area of 124 Longview Dr. from the northeast corner of Longview Drive before Village Place.

Work is expected to start Wednesday, May 29 and finish Friday, May 31.

During the span of two to three days, Bonnie View is closed to through traffic and will be re-routed through N.M. 4 to Sherwood or N.M. 4 to Rover Boulevard. West Longview Drive is closed to through traffic and will be re-routed to Rover Boulevard. An asphalt cut will be made across the street at 124 Longview by Little Saigon Restaurant. Crews will


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

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

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 15 To May 19, 2019

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

TERRANCE H. STECK

May 15 at 8:33 p.m. / Police arrested Terrance H. Steck, 33, of Los Alamos at 505 Oppenheimer Dr. and charged him with one count of aggravated battery against a household member: great bodily harm and one count of aggravated battery against a household member.

 

 

BLAIR MICHAEL ART

May 16 at 5:54 p.m. / Police arrested Blair Michael Art, 50, of Los Alamos at


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SFNF Offices Close For Memorial Day Monday

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. But fire managers are asking

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