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House Passes Legislation To Raise Awareness On Link Between Animal Abuse And Intra-family Violence

on February 22, 2017 - 7:12am


SANTA FE – Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 6 sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo).

The memorial requests that the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) consider training their providers on the connection between animal abuse and intra-family violence.

Studies have identified a link between animal abuse and violence against family members.

Heinrich Rallies For Wind Power

on February 21, 2017 - 5:48pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined energy leaders to advocate for wind power and showcase New Mexico’s potential to be at the epicenter of America's clean energy economy.
The event, organized by the American Wind Energy Association, emphasized the economic power of wind. Last year, wind energy passed hydro as the nation’s leading source of renewable energy. Wind energy is also the nation's fourth-largest electricity generation source.
In his

AFT-NM Responds To House Bill 2

on February 21, 2017 - 3:01pm
AFT-NM News:
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement:

“It is no secret New Mexico is in an unprecedented budgetary crisis, and no part of State government has been held harmless during throughout the several rounds of deepening cuts. Public education funding in New Mexico has been hit particularly hard – from early education through higher education – with roughly $125 million dollars in lost funding since the New Mexico Legislature passed the budget for the 2017 fiscal year.
“House Bill 2, as it is drafted, adds

NNSA Elite Unit Marks 20 Year Anniversary

on February 21, 2017 - 12:25pm

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Counter, respond, and if necessary mitigate a nuclear or radiological incident quickly. This critical mission is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) JTOT (Joint Technical Operation Team) Program, which marks its 20th anniversary this month. 

JTOT is an agile, task-organized unit, ready to react at a moment’s notice to support nuclear and radiological weapons of mass destruction incidents.

House Advances Bill To Expand NM Broadband

on February 21, 2017 - 10:33am
SANTA FE Monday night, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) to establish a statewide broadband network in New Mexico and help create new job opportunities in communities across the state.
House Bill 113 would direct the State Chief Information Officer to work with state government and educational institutions to coordinate funding for the network and pool demand. The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo) who also has introduced a duplicate measure in the Senate.

Rescue Therapy Dogs, Animal Advocates To Assemble For Animal Protection Lobby Day At Roundhouse

on February 21, 2017 - 10:02am

Courtesy photo


Santa Fe – Animal Protection Voters (APV) will host Animal Protection Lobby Day, Wednesday, Feb. 22, joined by a troupe of registered therapy dogs offering cuddles and photo opportunities for lawmakers, Roundhouse staff and lobbyists alike.  

More than 150 animal advocates are expected to take part in Animal Lobby Day, calling for the passage of legislation to help animals and people including:

  • Cracking down on horrific animal cruelty and neglect;
  • Securing much-needed funding for low-income spay/neuter services; and
  • Banning senseless coyote killing contests.


House Passes Bill Removing Teacher Leave Penalty

on February 21, 2017 - 8:21am


SANTA FE – Monday evening, the House of Representatives approved House Bill 241, a bill sponsored by Reps. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Dennis Roch (R-Quay) to allow teachers to use their contractually-allotted sick leave without the fear they will be docked points in their evaluations.

House Bill 241, known as the “Teachers Are Human Too” bill, would allow teachers to use up to ten days of sick leave and all personal days without it negatively affecting their annual performance evaluations.

LAHS Heading To National Science Bowl ... Again!

on February 20, 2017 - 4:39pm