1. ABQ Journal - "New Mexican picked for FERC"
Norman Bay, former U.S. Attorney in New Mexico and UNM School of Law professor, chosen to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

           
Story featured in numerous publications

2. ABQ Journal - "Protecting lottery scholarship a top goal for dept."
The article focuses on the New Mexico Higher Education Department goals in the current legislative session, which includes enacting health care initiatives to expand the UNMH workforce.

3. ABQ Journal - "Amendment introduced on regent appointments"
Also on the docket for the current Legislature, a constitutional amendment giving New Mexico voters a say in appointing university regents.

4. Mellon College of Science - "Chemistry Graduate Student Taylor Canady Receives Carnegie Science Award"
Former UNM student Taylor Canady, now a doctoral student in Carnegie Mellon's Department of Chemistry, volunteers time to share his passion for science with students from kindergarten to high school.

5. The Manchester Journal - "Life examined at First Wednesdays"
Susanne Claxton, currently working on her doctorate at UNM, says that happiness is an inside job, philosophically speaking.

6. ABQ Journal - "UNM North golf course closing for renovations"
Renovations are about to begin on UNM North Golf Course, now part of Bernalillo County’s Open Space program.

7. Media monitoring from Thursday, Jan. 30

2 KASA 9:00 PM

POLICE SAY JACOB WILLIAMS CROSSED THE CENTER LINE OF HIGHWAY 109 NEAR JARALES ON SUNDAY AND SLAMMED INTO A MOTORCYCLE. 51 YEAR OLD DANIEL SANCHEZ WAS KILLED. HIS 11 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER MAGEN BROKE HER LEG. POLICE SAY WILLIAMS BREATH ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS MORE THAN POINT-16, TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT. ON HIS WAY INTO COURT TODAY WILLIAMS DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TO SAY. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO THE FAMILIES? SORRY. WILLIAMS WAS SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ANOTHER DEADLY CRASH BACK IN 2006. QUIN SANCHEZ WAS KILLED AND HIS PASSENGER MARY ANN MADRID WAS PARALYZED. TODAY SANCHEZ' FAMILY WAS IN COURT. "WE THOUGHT THIS WOULD END FIRST TIME WE THOUGHT LAWS TAKE CARE OF THIS WE ARE SORRY FOR DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE AGAIN AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED HE'S A SERIAL JUDGE SET HIS BOND AT 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH. SANCHEZ WAS NOT ONLY A FATHER, HUSBAND AND BROTHER - HE WAS ALSO AN AVID BASKETBALL PLAYER. EVERY THURSDAY HE PLAYED WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS AT UNM. TODAY - THEY GOT TOGETHER PLAYING ONE MAN DOWN, TO REMEMBER HIM. HERE'S NEWS 13'S COLE MILLER. TODAY'S GAMES WENT A LITTLE SLOWER ACCORDING TO THOSE GUYS. WITHOUT DANIEL - THEY SAY IT'S HARDER TO SCORE. IT'S ALSO HARD KNOWING THEY'LL NEVER PLAY WITH HIM AGAIN. ... THIS WAS AN ALTERNATE FAMILY FOR DANIEL, I MEAN HE WAS TOTALLY DEVOTED TO HIS OWN FAMILY, BUT HE RARELY MISSED A GAME. AND HE RARELY MISSED THE BASKET. ...NATS SWISH ... HE JUST SHOT LIGHTS OUT, AWESOME. DANIEL SANCHEZ KNEW THE GAME. ... HE WAS THE BEST PURE SHOOTER OUT HERE. TODAY - THAT SHOT AND PRESENCE WASN'T ON THE COURT. ... YOU CANT REALLY BELIEVE ITS SOMEBODY THAT YOU SPEND 90 MIN A WEEK WITH TWICE A WEEK IS NOT GOING TO SHOW UP THE NEXT TIME. EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY - SANCHEZ, A FATHER OF THREE AND AN ELECTRICIAN AT UNM - MET UP WITH SOME CO- WORKERS AT THE JOHNSON CENTER TO PLAY BALL. ... HE WAS VERY COMPETITIVE AND RAISED EVERYBODYS GAME UP. THOSE GAMES HAVE A DIFFERENT FEELING NOW. ... I'VE PLAYED WITH DANIEL FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THERE JUST IS A HOLLOWNESS. ... HE WAS JUST A FANTASTIC BASKETBALL PLAYER AND A GREAT GUY AND A LOT OF FUN TO BE AROUND. THESE GUYS SAY WHEN SANCHEZ HE WASN'T PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS - HE WAS TELLING THEM ALL ABOUT LIFE BACK HOME. ... AND THEN TALKING ABOUT HIS FAMILY, HE TALKED ABOUT HIS KIDS A LOT. ... 'THESE GUYS KNOW THAT SANCHEZ WILL NEVER BE ON OUT, THEY'LL BE WEARING THESE BLACK WRISTBANDS TO HONOR DANIEL. AND IT'S THROUGH THOSE WRISTBANDS ALONG WITH A MIX OF TEARS AND LAUGHTER. THAT THESE FRIENDS SAY WILL HELP THEM HEAL. ... WE JUST WANNA KEEP PLAYING AND THINKING ABOUT HIM. ... KEEP HIM IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS THATS ALL WE CAN DO. ... WE'LL MISS HIM SO MUCH. BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME - THE GUYS GATHERED IN A CIRCLE, SPOKE OUT AND SHARED MEMORIES OF DANIEL. MANY PLAN ON ATTENDING HIS FUNERAL THIS WEEKEND. COLE MILLER KRQE NEWS 13. DANIEL SANCHEZ'S BASKETBALL BUDDIES HAVE BEEN IN THE NEWS BEFORE. IN 2010... WE TALKED TO THEM AFTER ONE OF THEIR FRIENDS WHO PLAYED ON THE SAME TEAM WAS MURDERED. HECTOR TORRES -- A UNM ENGLISH PROFESSOR -- HAD PLAYED WITH THE TEAM AT JOHNSON CENTER TWICE A WEEK FOR 20 YEARS. TORRES AND HIS GIRLFRIEND -- STAFANIA GRAY -- WERE KILLED IN MARCH OF 2010. GRAY'S EX-BOYFRIEND, RALPH MONTOYA, LATER CONFESSED TO STALKING AND MURDERING THE COUPLE. HE'S SERVING 25 YEARS IN PRISON.

4 KOB 12:00 PM, 12:52 PM,

STATE LEGISLATORS ARE HEARING RECOMMENDATION S OF CHANGES TO THE STATE'S LOTTERY-FINANCED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN REPORTS THAT A HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S TASK FORCE PRESENTED OPTIONS TO THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE. THEY INCLUDE RAISING THE MINIMUM GRADE PONT AVERAGE AND GIVING PRIORITY TO STUDENTS FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. THEY ALSO RECOMMENDED CUTTING COVERED TUITION BY ONE SEMESTER.

4 KOB 10:00 PM

NEW MEXICO LAWMAKERS ARE LOOKING AT A RANGE OF OPTIONS AS THEY TACKLE THE CASH- STRAPPED LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP. WE'VE TOLD YOU THE SCHOLARSHIP COULD RUN OUT OF MONEY THIS SPRING. OUR PARTNERS AT THE SANTE FE NEW MEXICAN REPORT LAWMAKERS ARE GETTING HELP FROM THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THE DEPARTMENT IS PROVIDING THE LEGISLATURE WITH AN ANALYSIS OF HOW STUDENTS WILL BE IMPACTED BY SPECIFIC CHANGES. THAT INCLUDES CHANGING STUDENT ELIGIBILITY.

7 KOAT 5:00 AM

ACCORDING TO THE COUNTY MANAGER, BERNALILLO COUNTY WILL RUN OUT OF CASH BY THE END OF THE SUMMER. ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER LAURA THOREN FINDS OUT HOW THIS HAPPENED AND, IF ANYTHING CAN BE DONE RIGHT NOW, TO PREVENT A FINANCIAL DISASTER. TIME IS TICKING - NATS OF "CLOCK TICKING" AND SOON ... BERNALILLO COUNTY'S MANAGER SAYS THE COUNTY BANK ACCOUNT, WILL BE EMPTY. "WE'LL BE OUT OF CASH IN AUGUST UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING," TOM ZDUNEK TOLD OUR PARTNERS AT THE JOURNAL. FINGERS ARE POINTING AT TREASURER MANNY ORTIZ. HE'S ACCUSED OF TYING UP COUNTY FUNDS IN LONG TERM INVESTMENTS. IN NOVEMBER, ORTIZ TOLD ACTION 7 NEWS HE DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS A PROBLEM. NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AT THIS POINT, UNLESS SOMETHING FALLS OUT OF THE SKY THAT I'M NOT AWARE OF RIGHT NOW, EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND FINANCIAL ADVISORS STRONGLY DISAGREE. WE ASKED THE DEAN OF UNM'S BUSINESS SCHOOL, AND FORMER STATE TREASURER, DOUG BROWN ABOUT THE COUNTY'S PREDICAMENT; HE SAYS THE PROBLEM, IS BIGGER THAN WE THINK. THERE'S A PAPER LOSS I UNDERSTAND OF 18 MILLION DOLLARS TODAY. HE SAYS THE COUNTY HAS TWO OPTIONS IF IT WANTS TO HAVE ANY CASH IN AUGUST - 1) EITHER BORROW MONEY AND PAY INTEREST. OR 2) SELL THE LONG-TERM BONDS, AT A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LOSS. HE TELLS US ORTIZ CONTINUING TO DENY ANY PROBLEMS- IS A LITTLE BIT LIKE SOMEBODY JUMPING OFF A 20 STORY BUILDING AND AS THEY PASS BY THE 12TH FLOOR SAYING 'SO FAR SO GOOD'. THE NEXT TIME THE COUNTY'S CASH PROBLEM WILL BE DISCUSSED, IS ON FEBRUARY 11TH. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

7 KOAT 6:00 PM

SOME MAJOR TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS ARE COMING TO THE ALBUQUERQUE CONVENTION CENTER, WITH AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF ATHLETES. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY. TWO OF THE LARGER EVENTS COMING UP, INCLUDE THE U-S-A TRACK AND FIELD INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND THE N-C-A-A DIVISION 1 INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, HOSTED BY UNM. THESE EVENTS WILL FEATURE STUDENT ATHLETES FROM OHIO STATE, NORTH CAROLINA, OREGON, STANFORD AND U-S-C. 53 IT'S A MAJOR COMPETITION, ONE OF THE 3 BEST MEETS IN THE WORLD. ALBUQUERQUE HOSTING 2 OF THE 3 BEST EVENTS IN THE WORLD. SO IT'S JUST A HUGE DAY FOR TRACK AND FIELD IN ALBUQUERQUE. THE EVENTS WILL BRING MORE THAN 47-HUNDRED ATHLETES AND ONE-POINT-9 MILLION DOLLARS IN DIRECT SPENDING TO ALBUQUERQUE.

13 KRQE 4:00 PM

AS THE CONVICTED DRUNK DRIVER ACCUSED OF KILLING AGAIN, FACES A JUDGE, THE VICTIM'S FRIENDS FACE A TOUGH DAY WITHOUT HIM. JACOB WILLIAMS FACED A JUDGE FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY SINCE ALLEGEDLY GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL DRUNK AND SLAMMING INTO A MOTORCYCLE, KILLING 51 YEAR OLD DANIEL SANCHEZ AND SERIOUSLY INJURING HIS 11 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER MAGEN. ON HIS WAY INTO COURT TODAY WILLIAMS DIDN'T SAY MUCH. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO THE FAMILIES? SORRY. WILLIAMS IS FACING A CHARGE OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, ONE COUNT OF GREAT BODILY INJURY BY VEHICLE AND ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED D.W.I, BREATH TESTS SHOW HIS BREATH ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS MORE THAN POINT 16, TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT ON SUNDAY POLICE SAY WILLIAMS CROSSED THE CENTER LINE OF HIGHWAY 109 NEAR JARALES HITTING SANCHEZ AND HIS DAUGHTER. TODAY IN COURT THE JUDGE SET WILLIAMS BOND AT 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH ONLY. THE FAMILY OF WILLIAMS FIRST VICTIM ..QUIN SANCHEZ KILLED BY WILLIAMS BACK IN 2006 WERE THERE. FELICA NIETO 1:17 WE ARE SO SORRY THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS AT THIS POINT, WE THOUGHT THIS WOULD END FIRST TIME WE THOUGH LAWS TAKE CARE OF THIS WE ARE SORRY FOR THAT :28 AT THIS POINT WE WILL DO WHATEVER WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT SO IT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE AGAIN :35 AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED HE'S A SERIAL KILLER:39. WILLIAMS WAS SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THAT DEADLY CRASH IN 2006. NOT ONLY WAS QUIN SANCHEZ KILLED, HIS PASSENGER MARY ANN MADRID WAS PARALYZED. AS FOR THE SURVIVING VICTIM OF THIS CRASH 11 YEAR OLD MAGEN, SHE SUFFERED A BROKEN LEG. COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE SET UP AN ACCOUNT FOR HER BENEFIT AT STATE EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION. SANCHEZ WAS NOT ONLY A FATHER, HUSBAND AND BROTHER - HE WAS AN AVID BASKETBALL PLAYER. EVERY THURSDAY HE PLAYED WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS AT UNM. TODAY - HIS BUDDIES PLAYED ONE MAN DOWN - REMEMBERING THEIR FRIEND. NEWS 13'S COLE MILLER IS LIVE IN THE NEWSPLEX WITH MORE. KIM - TODAY'S GAMES WENT A LITTLE SLOWER ACCORDING TO THOSE GUYS. WITHOUT DANIEL - THEY SAY IT'S HARDER TO SCORE. IT'S ALSO HARD KNOWING THEY'LL NEVER PLAY WITH HIM AGAIN. THIS WAS AN ALTERNATE MISSED A GAME. AND HE RARELY MISSED THE BASKET. ...NATS SWISH HE JUST SHOT LIGHTS OUT, AWESOME. DANIEL SANCHEZ KNEW THE GAME. ... HE WAS THE BEST PURE SHOOTER OUT HERE. TODAY - THAT SHOT AND PRESENCE WASN'T ON THE COURT. YOU CANT REALLY BELIEVE ITS SOMEBODY THAT YOU SPEND 90 MIN A WEEK WITH TWICE A WEEK IS NOT GOING TO SHOW UP THE NEXT TIME. EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY - SANCHEZ, A FATHER OF THREE AND AN ELECTRICIAN AT UNM - MET UP WITH SOME CO- WORKERS AT THE JOHNSON CENTER TO PLAY BALL. ... HE WAS VERY COMPETITIVE AND RAISED EVERYBODYS GAME UP. THOSE GAMES HAVE A DIFFERENT FEELING NOW. ... I'VE PLAYED WITH DANIEL FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THERE JUST IS A HOLLOWNESS. ... HE WAS JUST A FANTASTIC BASKETBALL PLAYER AND A GREAT GUY AND A LOT OF FUN TO BE AROUND. THESE GUYS SAY WHEN SANCHEZ HE WASN'T PUTTING UP BIG NUMBERS - HE WAS TELLING THEM ALL ABOUT LIFE BACK HOME. ... AND THEN TALKING ABOUT HIS FAMILY, HE TALKED ABOUT HIS KIDS A LOT. ... 'THESE GUYS KNOW THAT SANCHEZ WILL NEVER BE ON OUT, THEY'LL BE WEARING THESE BLACK WRISTBANDS TO HONOR DANIEL. AND IT'S THROUGH THOSE WRISTBANDS ALONG WITH A MIX OF TEARS AND LAUGHTER. THAT THESE FRIENDS SAY WILL HELP THEM HEAL. ... WE JUST WANNA KEEP PLAYING AND THINKING ABOUT HIM. ... KEEP HIM IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS THATS ALL WE CAN DO. ... WE'LL MISS HIM SO MUCH. BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME - THE GUYS GATHERED IN A CIRCLE, SPOKE OUT AND SHARED MEMORIES OF DANIEL. MANY PLAN ON ATTENDING HIS FUNERAL THIS WEEKEND. DANIEL SANCHEZ'S BASKETBALL BUDDIES HAVE BEEN IN THE NEWS BEFORE. BACK IN 2010... WE TALKED TO THEM AFTER ONE OF THEIR FRIENDS WHO PLAYED ON THE SAME TEAM WAS MURDERED. HECTOR TORRES, A UNM ENGLISH PROFESSOR, HAD PLAYED WITH THE TEAM AT JOHNSON CENTER TWICE A WEEK FOR 20 YEARS. TORRES AND HIS GIRLFRIEND, STAFANIA GRAY, WERE KILLED EARLY MARCH 2010. RALPH MONTOYA LATER CONFESSED TO THE MURDERS AND IS SERVING 25 YEARS BEHIND BARS. HE WAS GRAY'S EX- BOYFRIEND AND HAD BEEN STALKING THE COUPLE.

16:34:30, 5:30 PM

MORE IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO SAVE THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP... THE QUESTION IS, WILL ANY OF THEM GET THE GREEN LIGHT. LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAVE THE PROGRAM WHICH WILL BECOME INSOLVENT IN JUST MONTHS. YESTERDAY A HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TASK FORCE PRESENTED 32 POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS.. THEY INCLUDE RAISING THE REQUIRED GPA FROM 2.5 TO 2.75, REDUCING THE COVERAGE FROM 8 SEMESTERS TO 7, GIVING LOW INCOME STUDENTS PREFERENCE, AND LIMITING UNIVERSITIES FROM RAISING TUITION FOR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS. MANY ON THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE ARE ASKING THAT THE RECOMMENDA TIONS BE NARROWED DOWN BEFORE A DECISION IS MADE. BECAUSE LAWMAKERS CAN'T SEEM TO AGREE ON A FIX, THE GOVERNOR HAS TALKED ABOUT SUPPLEMENTING THE FUND WITH PERMANENT FUNDS, UNTIL A SOLUTION IS FOUND.

13 KRQE 10:00 PM

THE GREEN CHILE SPAT BETWEEN NEW MEXICO AND COLORADO HAS NOW BECOME A VERY PUBLIC SHOWDOWN. WHILE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY HAS IT EYES SET ON SUPER BOWL 48 BETWEEN THE BRONCOS AND SEAHAWKS ... A LOT OF NEW MEXICANS ARE FIRED UP ABOUT WHAT'S SHAPING UP TO BE ANOTHER SHOWDOWN. NEW MEXICO'S GOVERNOR IS NOW TALKING TRASH ABOUT THE SUPER BOWL BET BY DENVER'S MAYOR - AND THE CLAIM THAT COLORADO IS FAMOUS FOR ITS GREEN CHILE. TONIGHT COLORADO'S CHILE INDUSTRY IS TALKING SOME TRASH OF ITS OWN AND THROWING DOWN A CHALLENGE. HERE'S NEWS 13'S GABRIELLE BURKHART. THE BET HAS NEW MEXICANS HOWLING THAT GREEN CHILE IS OUR THING... NOW THE COLORADO CHILE INDUSTRY IS FIRING BACK WITH THIS EMAIL.... TELLING NEW MEXICANS TO BRING IT ON.. "...NATS CHILE ROASTING..." HOME ROASTED... HOME GROWN... GREEN CHILE IS A MAJOR SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR NEW MEXICO. SO WHEN DENVER MAYOR MICHAEL HANCOCK BET HIS FINEST GREEN CHILE ON THE SUPER BOWL - NEW MEXICANS REACTED. ... I'VE NEVER HEARD OF CHILES GROWING IN COLORADO. THOSE WORDS HEARD IN PUEBLO, COLORADO - SPARKED A CHALLENGE. "... WE JUST WANTED TO LET HAVE A LITTLE FRIENDLY COMPETITION..." PUEBLO'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAID TODAY - WHILE COLORADO GROWS CHILE SIMILAR TO THE HATCH VALLEY... THEIRS IS QUOTE "MEATIER, AND ROASTS BETTER" ADDING COLORADO CHILE IS "MORE FLAVORFUL AND DESIRABLE." IT'S SOMETHING NEW MEXICAN'S ARE TAKING PERSONALLY. "... TAKE AWAY A PORSCHE FROM GERMANS, AND YOU WILL FIND THAT THE GERMANS WILL NOT BE TOO HAPPY ABOUT THAT..." ASSISTANT UNM PROFESSOR MANUEL MONTOYA SAYS CHILE PRIDE RUNS DEEP HERE, WITH HISTORICAL, ECONOMIC AND EMOTIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR NEW MEXICANS. HE SAYS THE CHILE CHALLENGE THREATENS NEW MEXICANS. . 03:01 IT REPRESENTS AND SYMBOLIZES A CERTAIN WAY OF LIVING IN NEW MEXICO 03:04 AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF WHO WE ARE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BEING NEW MEXICAN 03:07 EVEN THE GOVERNOR CHIMED IN. "... NOW WE MAY NOT HAVE AN GREEN CHILE YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR..." BUT THE MAN BEHIND THE CHALLENGE SAYS ITS ALL IN GOOD FUN... "... THE GOVERNORS WORDS WERE HEY WE DONT' HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE CHILE FESTIVAL, WE'LL HAVE A COMPETITION ANYTIME THEY'RE READY..." SOME PEOPLE ARE ACCUSING THE DENVER MAYOR OF BACKTRACKING NOW. HE POSTED ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE THAT HE'S ACTUALLY WAGERING DENVER'S FAMOUS GREEN CHILE STEW. BACK TO YOU. OKAY GABRIELLE. WE REACHED OUT TO DENVER'S MAYOR TO ASK HIM ABOUT THIS CONTROVERSY HE'S STARTED. WE GOT A STATEMENT THAT SAYS COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO SHARE A LOVE FOR THE BRONCOS ... AND A LOVE FOR GREEN CHILE.