NWS: Today High 40s; Tonight Mid 20s To Lower 30s

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s temperature in the high 40s in Los Alamos with breezy conditions and gusts up to 35 mph in the afternoon. Caution advised on area lakes. Widespread rain and snow showers with snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Tonight’s low around in the mid 20s to lower 30s. Courtesy/NWS


Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor 78 Years Ago Today

U.S. Navy took this photo of the USS Arizona on fire following the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Courtesy/Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Pearl Harbor News:

President Franklin Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”.

On that day, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The bombing killed more than 2,300 Americans. It completely destroyed the American battleship U.S.S. Arizona and capsized the U.S.S. Oklahoma.

The attack sank or beached 12 ships, damaged nine others,


NEA-New Mexico President Mary Parr Sanchez Comments On PED Proposed 5 Percent Budget Increase

By Mary Parr Sanchez
NEA-New Mexico President
NEA-New Mexico President Mary Parr Sanchez issues the following comment on the New Mexico Public Education Department’s proposed budget increase of only 5 percent:
If the preliminary budget figures being discussed by legislative leaders and the PED are adopted, New Mexico’s educators will be extremely disappointed that once again our students next year will not be provided a sufficient education.
With anything less than another substantial increase in total compensation for teachers and other school employees,


New Mexico First Issues Data For Decision-Making

NMF News:
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico First, a nonpartisan organization committed to engaging New Mexicans in public policy and civic life, has released a report on Building a New Mexico Infrastructure for Data-Informed Decision-Making.
It is important to recognize there is not a “one-size-fits-all” strategy.
If data are to contribute meaningfully to decision-making in New Mexico’s diverse communities, they need to be responsive to a variety of contexts, concerns, methodologies and requirements. Interviews with eight New Mexican data centers, housed variously


SFNF Implements Joaquin Piles Prescribed Burn

SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of favorable conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind and weather forecasts, to burn piles of woody debris on the previously announced Joaquin project area this week.
Ignitions may continue over the weekend and into next week, depending on the weather.
The unit is approximately 648 acres, located about 7 miles north of the community of Gilman west of Forest Road (FR) 376 and south of FR 534. 
Prescribed fire


San Juan College Faculty Votes To Unionize

FARMINGTON On the heels of recent and decisive votes by full and part-time faculty at UNM, over two thirds (68 percent) of San Juan College (SJC) full-time faculty voted yes to win collective bargaining rights for faculty in a decisive victory in support of students and faculty. 
Votes were cast Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 resulting in 87 out of 128 faculty voting in favor of collective bargaining.
“I, along with my colleagues, are deeply committed to the mission of SJC and our student’s learning. We hope that SJC Administration will join us in realizing our vision


Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force Meets In Gallup Dec. 12

NMIA News:
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is holding its December meeting.
The meeting is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at the First United Methodist Church 7000 at 1800 Redrock Dr. in Gallup (across Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital).
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is a closed session for task force members only;
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. is a closed working lunch session; and
  • 1:30-3 p.m. the public is welcome to attend.
An agenda will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and will be posted on the Indian Affairs Department’s


NMSP: Mother And Son Arrested For Child Abuse

Heather J. Rooks
NMSP News:
CIBOLA COUNTY The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau responded Dec. 1 to Interstate 40 around mile post 114 in Cibola County, near the Town of Laguna for an unresponsive 12-year-old female child, whose condition was believed to be the result of child abuse. 
State Police Investigations Bureau agents learned that Heather J. Rooks, 39, of Pahrump, Nev., was traveling through New Mexico to Nevada with her 17-year-old-son Khachadourian Rooks and her 12-year-old-daughter in a van driven by Heather’s father. Heather and


NMSA Hosts Open House, Audition Workshop Today

The New Mexico School for the Arts. Courtesy/NMSA
The New Mexico School for the Arts. Courtesy/NMSA
NMSA News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico School for the Arts admissions office is hosting an open house for prospective students and their families 10 a.m., today, Dec. 7, immediately followed at noon by in-depth audition workshops.
The events are at the school’s railyard campus at 500 Montezuma Ave., in Santa Fe. Both the open house and audition workshop events are FREE and no RSVP is required. 
Admission to NMSA is based solely on a performance audition or portfolio


Free Alzheimer’s Presentation In Santa Fe Jan. 15, 2020

Alzheimer’s News:
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. The event is hosted by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Ave., in Santa Fe. The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is designed primarily as an introduction