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  • New Mexico crafts new rules for crisis triage centers

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico health officials have crafted a new set of regulations and licensing requirements for behavioral health crisis triage centers.

    The state Health Department says this new type of facility will focus on people who voluntarily admit themselves.

    Officials say the triage centers will provide emergency behavioral health evaluations, as well as outpatient and short-term residential services under a new framework aimed at closing the gap between the needs of patients with outpatient and acute care needs.

    Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher says the centers will be part of a safety net for crisis intervention.

    The regulations fulfill legislation that approved earlier this year.
     

  • Looking ahead, Democrats jockey to be Pelosi's heir apparent

    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Nancy Pelosi moves closer to securing the votes to become House speaker, the stage is being set down-ballot for the next generation of leaders jockeying to be the Democrats' heirs apparent.

    Pelosi's return to the speaker's office is not a lock. One more newly-elected Democrat, Gil Cisneros of California, announced Monday he was adding his name to those vowing to vote for new leadership.

    Yet even as Pelosi faces persistent opposition, her opponents have suffered a string of setbacks. Pelosi turned one would-be challenger into a supporter by doling out a subcommittee gavel and flipped other opponents to the yes column with commitments to address their legislative priorities. With Cisneros, the group now has 16 names on a letter seeking new leadership, almost as many as when it started after the midterm election.

    Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., an organizer of the effort against Pelosi, said Monday he never intended to target just her, but wants a clean sweep of the top three Democratic leaders. In a statement, Moulton said he is seeking "a serious conversation about promoting leaders who reflect the future." He and Pelosi have not yet talked.

  • Sex harassment case against New Mexico lawmaker dismissed

    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press

    SANTA FE (AP) — Sexual harassment charges based on allegations by a female former political lobbyist against New Mexico state Rep. Carl Trujillo have been dismissed after the woman decided not to testify to a House ethics subcommittee, according to an order published Wednesday.

    Trujillo has vigorously denied accusations by former lobbyist Laura Bonar that he inappropriately touched and propositioned her as the two worked together on legislation in 2013 and 2014.

    The three-term legislator lost his re-election bid in the June Democratic primary shortly after Bonar posted her accusations online and urged Trujillo to resign. No Republican ran in the general election in which Democratic nominee Andrea Romero beat out a write-in challenger.

    Bonar and her attorney could not be reached immediately for comment. She has repeatedly declined interview requests through an attorney.

    Trujillo said in a brief statement that he was thankful for the preliminary order that dismisses charges and is awaiting publication of a more detailed final order before commenting further.

    He previously described the harassment allegations against him as a politically motivated effort to aid his primary election opponent.

  • Pentagon identifies 3 servicemen killed in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has released the names of three U.S. servicemen killed Tuesday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

    They are Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, age 29, of Lexington, Virginia; Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, age 39, of Brush Prairie, Washington; and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, age 25, of Hookstown, Pennsylvania.

    They were killed in Ghazni province, an area where the Taliban is resurgent. It was the deadliest attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year.

    Ross and Emond were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

    Elchin was assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, based at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.
     

  • Community Calendar 11-28-2018

    TODAY
    Today-Dec. 12: Forest Explorers Hike and Play from 1-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Get outside by exploring with PEEC! Kids ages 5 to 8 can still sign up for the remaining two sessions, which meets every other Wednesday. Cost is $45 for non-members, $37.50 for PEEC members.

    Shop on the Corner Christmas Sale from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Affordable gifts, Christmas decorations, clothing, jewelry, toys, books, kitchen items and more at thrift store prices. All proceeds go to help those in need.

    Derby Dames fund raiser party at 5:30 p.m. at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, 163 Central Park Square.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walk at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Inside the Sun at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our local star with Dr. Joyce Ann Guzik. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Dance Arts Los Alamos will present “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King at 7 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at CB Fox and Bliss.

  • WR resident recovers from accident

    Many years ago, Ezra Maes, was a young boy in White Rock. He attended Chamisa Elementary, was a member of Cub Scout Pack 20 and played at the White Rock Youth Activity Center.

    Recently, Maes shared memories of Chamisa and his scouting days. When asked to share a memory, it was all about summer camp. “My favorite Cub Scouts was the summer camp we did that was space themed,” said Maes. “We made, ‘light sabers,’ and had an all-out brawl against the opposing team.”

    Maes eventually moved to Santa Fe with his family and graduated from Santa Fe High School, with the Class of 2016.

    He joined the United States Army and left for boot camp in August. He decided on the Army for the chance to serve his country and planned to continue his education using the GI bill.

    “What I like best about the Army is the camaraderie, said Maes. “You meet and befriend people from all walks of life.

    The bonds you make in the Army are quite unlike anything I had experienced to that point.”

    Those bonds with Army friends are more evident than ever before for Maes. Events during the last few months has taken friendship to a new level. While stationed in Poland and on a training mission in September, he was involved in a tank accident with two crew mates.

  • Assets in Action: Make lasting memories this holiday

    Now that the holidays have arrived, let’s talk memories instead of gifts.

    What is your greatest memory from your childhood regarding the holidays? Is there something your family did that you can re-create, even if it is only once? Is there a tradition you can start that doesn’t take an act of Congress?

    Now in a perfect world, I could re-create for my sons, the joy of being the kid of a Disney employee. My dad worked for Disney World and they would close the park down for an employee Christmas party. We were never rich, so it was dream to walk the uncrowded park, with no lines, small prices and Disney artists willing to sketch something for free. I still have a Winnie-the-Pooh hidden away safe until the day I am smart enough to frame it.

    I think there are so many little things that you can do that doesn’t cost much, if any money at all.

    Of course, one of my favorite ideas is baking cookies. Nothing makes me happier than to know what is your favorite cookie? I even have a special cookie I like to make, nothing spectacular, but memorable for sure.

  • Even a small management team is essential to startup success

    BY SANDY NELSON
    Finance New Mexico

    While it’s normal for the owner of a new business to go the do-it-yourself route, either for lack of money or sparse human resources, no one individual can perform every task associated with nurturing a startup and do all of them well.

    The person who sets the idea in motion might not have a clue how to keep books and end up avoiding this essential skill in pursuit of more interesting or gratifying activities, such as networking and prototype creation.

    For that reason, an aspiring entrepreneur should undertake a rigorous self-evaluation when assembling a team to launch and manage a new business. The founder should not just dwell on her strengths but also acknowledge her weaknesses and skill gaps, as this exercise in realistic reflection can direct the search for people with complementary skill sets and temperaments.

    Every business needs a management team – even a small one – to ensure that all the bases are covered and the business has the expertise it needs in sales and marketing, finance, production and procurement to survive to maturity.

    When building the team, the owner should consider:

  • Remember who really counts the votes

    The books are almost closed on the recent election.

    I hope we all have learned this truth: Nobody promised you final results on Election Night. Or for several days after, for that matter.

    Please get that straight. If the votes don’t all get counted within the first few hours, that does not mean anything went wrong.

    We’re spoiled because the TV networks have very accurate analytical methods to project results. Usually the projections are right, but not always.

    If CNN or CBS News or Channel 7 announces a winner, that announcement has no constitutional or legal standing.

    None whatsoever. Those announcements are estimates by private news organizations.  

    What’s real is votes counted by county clerks, watched by observers of both (or maybe more than two) parties. If that takes a few days, it just means something happened to make it take longer. For races above county level, the results are not final until they are certified by the Secretary of State several days later.

    In-person votes are the easiest to count. Those ballots, both from early voting and Election Day, go through machines that record and tally them. The totals are added as precinct officials close up and take their materials to the county clerk.

  • Decision results in shake-up on New Mexico oil and gas panel

    ALBUQUERQUE — A decision by New Mexico oil and gas regulators to ease restrictions on well locations for a Texas-based company operating in one of the nation’s oldest producing basins has resulted in a shake-up on the regulatory panel and more questions from elected officials about the approval process.

    New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn removed his agency’s appointee to the state Oil Conservation Commission after that staffer voted in favor of the request by Hilcorp Energy Co. during a Nov. 19 hearing.

    Dunn told The Associated Press he’s concerned about Hilcorp’s plans to redevelop thousands of existing wells in the San Juan Basin as the company looks to target a formation known as the Blanco-Mesaverde gas pool.

    Density limits that had been in place for years prevented the company from tapping more of the pool without first seeking exceptions for individual wells. In the last year, the three-member commission granted dozens of exceptions for Hilcorp.

    The commission is expected in December to finalize its recent decision to allow for potentially double the density of wells in some parts of the basin.