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Today's News

  • New Mexico governor: Senator should 'do the right thing'

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday no one is above the law and that she and the rest of the state's residents believe elected officials should be held to a higher standard.

    She took the uncompromising stance during a news conference when asked whether state Sen. Richard Martinez's constituents would be better served if he resigned from office.

    Martinez, a Democrat from Espanola, was accused of drunken driving after crashing into another vehicle the night of June 28. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated DWI and reckless driving.

    The governor stopped short of directly calling for the longtime lawmaker's resignation, saying she hopes he thinks about his position as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as the message that the case sends to a community besieged by crime related to alcohol and drugs.

    "My hope is that he quickly continues to contemplate those issues and does the right thing," she said. "But he will be and shall be held to the highest possible standard. Let's see what he does, and let's see what this community demands."

    Martinez has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

  • Trait Biosciences in Los Alamos invents new CBD process for solid food, liquid

    Trait Biosciences, a spinoff of Pebble Labs, has invented a process that makes blending cannabidiol (CBD) into solid food, liquid and medicines easier.

    The company considers the new process, which transforms oil-based CBD cannabinoids into water-soluble ones, a breakthrough that will allow for more commercial development of products that use CBD for medicine, nutraceuticals, liquids and food.

    The innovation is just one exciting bit of news coming from the Pebble Labs group.

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to host a media event at the Pebble Lab facilities 2 p.m. today to share news about jobs and growth, and Pebble Labs will announce a major breakthough concerning food safety and disease control, according to a press release.

    While another cannabinoid, tretrahydrocannabinol, or THC, produces a “high” when smoked or digested, CBD’s effect is non psychoactive. It produces relaxation and calmness, according to some companies that use CBD in their products. CBD is now being blended into topical solutions, foods, and other products.

  • You have the right to send all of your money to Santa Fe 

    This Independence Day holiday, while many of us will celebrate with backyard barbecues and neighborhood fireworks, bureaucrats in Santa Fe will be busy updating their accounting codes to prepare for the influx of new tax revenue. It will be a happy time for fans of big government. 

    I can’t imagine that our country’s founding fathers envisioned the current governing reality in our state. The Revolutionary generation built our country on the principles of limited government and individual freedom. They enshrined our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the very document that declared our independence as a self-governing nation. 

    Unfortunately, over the last 243 years, these ideals sometimes have been used to provide cover for objectives that limit individual freedom rather than protect it.  Take the tax increases passed by partisans in Santa Fe earlier this year. 

    New Mexico’s booming oil and gas industry produced a $1.2 billion revenue surplus in Fiscal Year 2019, and it’s on track to generate an additional $1.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2020. These surpluses could grow once the final numbers are tallied. 

  • Victim identified in Saturday’s fatal accident on N.M. 502

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim Monday of a fatal accident that occurred Saturday on N.M. 502.

    Colleen O’Bannon, 29, of Dallas, Texas, was killed when the Honda Civic she was driving was struck by a semi tractor-trailer hauling a commercial trailer transporting hay, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman.

    Emma Garelick, 28, of Denton Texas, received minor injuries during the accident. She was a passenger in the Honda.

    According to Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Juan Rios, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene of an accident on “the Hill” section of N.M. 502 around 12:30 p.m.

    There, they found the semi tractor-trailer Freightliner resting on top of the Honda Civic sedan. The Honda was flipped over onto its roof, Rios said.

    The semi truck was driven by 67-year-old Robert Erickson, of Del Norte, Colorado. The sheriff’s office and the New Mexico State Police were on the scene investigating the accident until 9:30 p.m.

    According to the investigation, the semi tractor-trailer was traveling east down the Hill when Erickson veered into oncoming traffic. O'Bannon’s car, traveling in the westbound lane, crashed into the trailer’s frame where the trailer’s rear tires were.

  • At least one fatality in N.M. 502 traffic accident

    Santa Fe County Sheriff's deputies are still in the process of notifying the next of kin of the victims of a fatal car accident that happened on N.M. 502 Saturday. Investigators ended their investigation of the crash scene  Saturday night due to heavy rains, according to Santa Fe Sheriff's Office Spokesman Juan Rios.

     

    At 1:30 p.m. Saturday,  a sports utility vehicle traveling on N.M. 502 flipped over onto its roof after colliding with a semitractor-trailer that jackknifed near Anderson Overlook. 

     

    The driver of the SUV was killed and the passenger was transferred to the Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment. It is unknown at this time the passenger's medical condition.

     

    The driver of the semitractor-trailer was not injured.

     

    Rios said more details of the accident would be released Monday.

  • Singleton, New Mexico judge who ruled over major cases, dies

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sarah Singleton, a retired district court judge who presided over multiple landmark cases in New Mexico, has died at 70, officials said Friday.

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Singleton's death in an email, saying she was "incredibly saddened." A spokesman for the courts said Singleton died on Thursday. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported she died of metastatic endometrial cancer.

    "Judge Singleton was a dedicated jurist and highly respected member of the community," Lujan Grisham said.

    She was remembered by the governor as being the first New Mexico judge to rule in favor of gay marriage. In 2013,

    Singleton had sided with Alexander Hanna and Yon Hudson in deciding that a Santa Fe County clerk must grant the two men a marriage license or appear in court to explain why she should not.

    In 2017, Singleton invalidated 10 of Gov. Susana Martinez's vetoes because the former Republican governor had missed deadlines or failed to explain her reasons. That decision allowed piecemeal legislation on economic development, high school curricula and hemp production to take effect.

  • National lab to study water in San Juan Basin

    FARMINGTON (AP) — Federal land managers are partnering with researchers from Sandia National Laboratories to study how oil and gas development could affect water supplies in northwestern New Mexico's San Juan Basin.

    The Farmington Daily Times reports the study recently started and that similar work has been done in the Permian Basin in southeastern New Mexico.

    Thomas Lowry with Sandia Labs says researchers will monitor water wells in portions of the San Juan Basin that are likely to see increased oil and gas development near them.

    He says the team is also partnering with the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor two wells in Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

    Lowry says tests will help show the availability of water and how it's being used. He anticipates the results will be available in September 2020.
     

  • Singleton, New Mexico judge who ruled over major cases, dies

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says a retired judge who presided over multiple landmark cases in New Mexico has died.

    Lujan Grisham announced Judge Sarah Singleton's death in an email Friday. A spokesman for the courts confirmed she died on Thursday.

    The governor said she was "incredibly saddened by Singleton's passing," and called her a "dedicated jurist."

    Singleton had been a judge in New Mexico's First Judicial District, which handles cases from Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties.

    Singleton was remembered by the governor as being the first New Mexico judge to rule in favor of gay marriage in 2013.

    Last year, Singleton ruled that New Mexico was not meeting its constitutional obligations to provide an adequate education.
     

  • Jared Shipley named new youth minister at Church of Christ

    “Young people need a place where they can practice their faith, question it, and grow in it,” said Jared Shipley, new youth minister at the Los Alamos Church of Christ.

    “Church can’t be a social club. Christians have to go deeper than that,” Shipley continues.

    Shipley plans learning and service projects, in addition to teen social events.

    Shipley, 25, and his wife Sydnee moved to Los Alamos in late May to begin work with the church’s youth group. He had recently graduated from Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, West Virginia, with a degree in Biblical studies and an emphasis on preaching.

    He is currently focusing on getting to know the teens and their needs, getting acquainted with all the church members, and learning about Los Alamos.

    “We are thrilled to be here and loving the community,” Shipley says. “It was the smoothest transition that has ever happened to me in my life. The church is really taking care of us. It’s such a beautiful thing when God’s people act like God’s people.”

    He is also preaching once a month and doing some song leading for the church.

  • Tailored content is core of economic development course

    The economic development field is rapidly changing and increasing in complexity. The New Mexico Basic Economic Development Course is designed to help community leaders understand legacy economic development approaches and become current with new program initiatives and best practices.

    Held on the campus of Western New Mexico University in Silver City from July 21 to 25, the course is one of several offered by the New Mexico-based International Academy for Economic Development that prepares participants for professional certification by the International Economic Development Council.

    The five-day course covers the core components of economic development, including business retention and expansion, recruitment, workforce development, real estate, finance, marketing, and ethics.

    Karen Baehr attended the course in 2018 with a curiosity for how economic development intersects with education.

    “After a career in education and systems design, I knew that economic development and education were inextricably linked,” Baehr said. “The challenge I faced was trying to figure out how these two important community elements work together.”