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Governor Seeks Gaming Control Board Applications

on January 10, 2020 - 4:28pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is accepting applications for a certified public accountant for the state Gaming Control Board.
 
The full-time, paid position has been vacant for some time.
 
The New Mexico Gaming Control Board is responsible for regulating legalized gaming at New Mexico’s licensed racetracks, veteran and fraternal organizations. In addition, the agency is responsible for investigating and enforcing violations of the laws and regulations that prohibit illegal gambling activities in the state, and monitoring New Mexico’s tribal gaming compacts.
 

State Police Begin Traffic Safety Operations On Interstate 25 And I-40 In Bernalillo County Monday

on January 10, 2020 - 4:26pm

New Mexico State Police reminds motorist to buckle up, drive safely, avoid distractions and never drink and drive. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- In response to the Albuquerque Police Department’s request for assistance with traffic enforcement on the interstate, the New Mexico State Police will start conducting targeted operations on Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 in Bernalillo County.

Monday, Jan. 13, officers will be visible on the highways during peak traffic hours and will take proactive measures to reduce crashes, aggressive driving and driver inattention.

Increased

Luján On House Passage Of PFAS Action Act

on January 10, 2020 - 4:03pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the House passage of the PFAS Action Act:
 
“Every person living in the United States has a right to clean and safe drinking water. I was proud to vote today for comprehensive legislation to address PFAS contamination and protect New Mexicans from these harmful chemicals.

NM Space History Museum Educators Evening Jan. 16

on January 10, 2020 - 9:06am

(Alien Autopsy) Students prepare to dissect the rare ‘spiny pickle worm’ as part of a class held by the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/NMMSH
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMORGORDO An Educator’s Evening is planned at the New Mexico Museum of Space History beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Tombaugh Education Building on the museum’s campus.
 
Activities for the evening are free to teachers and include a catered taco bar, door prizes, planetarium programs and demonstrations.
 
“We can never show our appreciation to teachers enough and this is one way we can reach out

Serenata Santa Fe Concert: Barriers 5:30 P.M. Today

on January 10, 2020 - 8:44am
Serenata Santa Fe Concert: Barriers at 5:30 p.m. today at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
 
Serenata Santa Fe News:
 
Listen to the music of Fred Rzewski and Eve Beglarian with world premieres by Leslie Wildman and Conrad Cummings at 5:30 p.m. today at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.
 
Feel your way through obstacles and impediments to movement with music inspired by Amelia Earhart (1995), the flinty, political and progressive works of Rzewski that offer a space to be angry and reflective, and humanist Beglarians idealistic rebellious

LFC Budget Includes Affordable Health Coverage Funds

on January 10, 2020 - 8:44am
NMTH News:
 
SANTA FE — The Legislative Finance Committee unveiled its FY 2021 budget proposal Tuesday, which included $500,000 critical to helping the Human Services Department “prepare to implement affordable health coverage options” for New Mexicans.
 
One of the main coverage options being considered is Medicaid Buy-in, an innovative policy that allows uninsured and under-insured New Mexicans to pay a monthly premium to receive trusted Medicaid coverage.
 
“This funding shows that the Legislature is serious about working with the administration to ensure that all New Mexicans have

Governor Kicks Off First Space Valley Summit

on January 10, 2020 - 8:12am

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks fastens a pin on the lapel of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday during the Space Valley Summit at NMSU in Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks facillitates the first Space Valley Summit. Courtesy photo

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off New Mexico’s first Space Valley Summit Wednesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

The event brought together federal and state leaders of New Mexico’s space industry.

Facilitated by Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan

NWS: Today’s High Near 32; Tonight’s Low Around 13

on January 10, 2020 - 5:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 32 with a 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11 a.m. and new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight’s low around 13. Courtesy/NWS

State Takes Enforcement Action Against Cannon Air Force Base For Discharging Without Permit

on January 9, 2020 - 3:48pm

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) today issued an administrative compliance order to the United States Air Force for ongoing violations of state law related to the protection of groundwater resources.

The administrative compliance order seeks immediate compliance with groundwater discharge permitting requirements and assesses a civil penalty of $1,699,872.60.

In 2018, the state began protecting groundwater resources from three per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, a group of manmade chemicals known to cause adverse health effects.

NMDOH Reports First Child Death Of Flu Season

on January 9, 2020 - 3:46pm

NMDOH News:
SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today reports the death of a one-year-old Roosevelt County resident from influenza-related illness, the boy is New Mexico’s first pediatric influenza (flu) death of the 2019-2020 season.
 
Since the start of the flu season in October, NMDOH has identified 52 pneumonia and influenza-related deaths.
 
Flu is still spreading in all regions of the state, and we have not yet reached peak activity.

Military Plane Conducts Training At Los Alamos Airport

on January 9, 2020 - 2:54pm

A HC 130J Combat King military plane begins its descent this morning onto the runway at Los Alamos County Airport. The plane, which flew from Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, conducted a training session at the local airport, County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said. He explained that Los Alamos Airport was selected for the training because of its high altitude and short runway. The plane conducted two landings and two takeoffs at the airport.

New Mexico Magazine Selects Edward Graves To Serve As CEO/Publisher

on January 9, 2020 - 8:40am
Edward Graves
 
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department and New Mexico Magazine have selected Edward Graves to assume the role of CEO/Publisher for New Mexico Magazine. Edward officially joined New Mexico Magazine Jan. 6.
 
Graves brings over 25 years of publishing experience to the role and has served at the senior-level in publishing roles in six states. Graves most recently served as Publisher for Lifestyles After50, the largest senior publication in Florida.

Centers For Disease Control And States Update Number Of Hospitalized E-Cigarette Or Vaping Cases And Deaths

on January 9, 2020 - 7:13am

Centers for Disease Control offers updates on EVALI cases. Courtesy image

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that as of Dec. 27, 2019 the number of hospitalized cases or deaths from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was 2,561 nationwide.

More specifically, there have been 55 deaths confirmed in 27 state and the District of Columbia.

These states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,

Gessing: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Budget Highlights Contrast Between New Mexico And Colorado

on January 9, 2020 - 6:51am
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
Gov. Lujan Grisham recently released her budget to be considered by the Legislature in the upcoming 30 day session. As expected, there is a lot of new spending thanks to the continued growth of oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.
 
After a 12 percent boost in General Fund spending last year, the Gov. is requesting yet another big increase. This year she’s asking for 8.4 percent.
 
According to news reports, the nearly $7.7 billion spending plan includes a proposed 4 percent salary increase for New Mexico teachers and more money for

NWS: Today’s High Near 38; Tonight’s Low Around 22

on January 9, 2020 - 6:45am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 with partly sunny skies and a 10 percent chance of snow showers after 5 p.m., and tonight’s low around 22 with a 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after 8 p.m. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Supreme Court Forms Committee To Consider Changes In Pretrial Detention Rules

on January 8, 2020 - 3:24pm

SUPREME COURT News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered the establishment of a 15-member committee to consider possible changes in procedures for the pretrial detention of criminal defendants.

 

“The work of the committee can help strengthen the reforms approved by voters in the 2016 constitutional amendment and provide additional guidance to judges making the difficult decisions about pretrial detention and release,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said in a statement.

 

Retired Justice Edward Chávez will chair the Ad Hoc Committee to Review Pretrial Release and

Commissioner SGR Signs Executive Order Providing Land Office Employees 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

on January 8, 2020 - 10:45am

NMSLO News:

 

SANTA FE – New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed her first Executive Order of 2020 Jan. 3 to provide a paid 12-week parental leave policy for employees of the State Land Office.

 

This order follows Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order signed Dec. 31, 2019 to provide eligible state employees who work at agencies under her oversight paid parental leave. The Governor urged other independent State agencies to also provide this important benefit.

 

“I’m extremely grateful to the Governor for taking this initiative and prompting this change of

Governor Announces Extreme-Risk Protection Order Legislation To Be In 2020 30-Day Session ‘Call’

on January 8, 2020 - 10:40am

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Initiative creates procedure to enhance public safety by empowering family members, public safety officers to act on early-warning signs, threats of violence

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today her support for a public safety proposal in the upcoming legislative session authorizing extreme-risk protection orders, an important, proven-effective and proactive step toward minimizing the risk of gun violence in New Mexico communities.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 8, 2020

on January 8, 2020 - 10:13am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

New in 2020, anglers can participate in the New Mexico Trout Challenge.

Participating anglers can earn awards and recognition by catching five trout of different species within New Mexico lakes and river during a calendar year.

The five species of trout are:

  • Rio Grande cutthroat trout;
  • Rainbow trout;
  • Brown trout;
  • Brook trout; and
  • Gila trout.

Rainbow trout will likely be the easiest trout to catch, as they are the species raised in the state fish hatcheries and stocked in water all across the state.

Speaker Brian Egolf Launches Jobs Listening Tour

on January 8, 2020 - 9:44am

STATE News:

  • Hosting leaders, Egolf discusses local needs to grow and develop economically for continued job growth and economic diversification

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) begins his travels today to Los Lunas, Socorro, Ruidoso, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Mescalero, Alamogordo and Portales to host a Jobs Listening Tour.

Focused on finding solutions to the challenges facing both urban and rural communities, the tour is part of an ongoing effort to meet with community, business and economic development leaders to get ideas for local and statewide economic

SFCC, SF Higher Education Center Closed Jan. 20

on January 8, 2020 - 7:41am
Santa Fe Community College campus. Courtesy/SFCC
 
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. Both campuses will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 21, which is the first day of classes for the spring semester for SFCC.
 
The college’s child care center, Kids Campus, and gym, the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, also will be closed. The fitness center will reopen at 6:30 a.m. Jan.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum Grows Permanent Collection By 258 Artworks In 2019

on January 8, 2020 - 7:33am
BFF Dream (2013), Valerie Roybal, mixed media and collage on Masonite. Estate of Valerie Roybal. Courtesy/NHCC
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE During 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum permanent collection grew by 258 artworks.
 
While some artworks were purchased with the help of the museum’s small acquisitions fund, the majority were generous donations from collectors and artists alike.
 
The mission of the NHCC Art Museum is to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret Hispanic works of art from throughout the world that range in origin, media,

NWS: Today’s High 40s; Tonight’s Low 15 To 25

on January 8, 2020 - 7:07am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos in the 40s with mostly sunny skies and lows tonight around 15 to 25. Courtesy/NWS

Longtime Albuquerque Meteorologist Mark Ronchetti Seeks Republican Nomination For U.S. Senate

on January 7, 2020 - 3:59pm

Mark Ronchetti

From the Mark Ronchetti U.S. Senate Campaign:

Longtime Albuquerque meteorologist Mark Ronchetti announced that he will run for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

Ronchetti, who has served as chief meteorologist at Albuquerque’s CBS-affiliated news station for 13 years, will seek the Republican nomination in the race.

“Like all New Mexicans, I want my kids to grow up in an America where opportunities are created right here in New Mexico – where the American dream is as strong today as it’s ever been.

Annual Military & Veterans Day At Legislature Jan. 25

on January 7, 2020 - 3:26pm

NMDVS News:

SANTA FE – Military & Veterans Day at the 2020 Legislature has been designated as Saturday, Jan. 25, at the State Capitol in downtown Santa Fe.

This is the annual day during the legislative session presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans.

Every year, a segment of the military also is highlighted at an 11 a.m. ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. This year, the spotlight is on former Prisoners of War (POW’s) and those still listed as Missing in Action (MIA).

The public is

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