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Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords Meets With Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Of Los Alamos On Gun Bill

on February 22, 2017 - 9:32am

Gathered together at the Roundhouse Tuesday to discuss House Bill 50 (gun bill), from left, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos and  New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos met Tuesday afternoon with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Gifford of Arizona and New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf at the state capitol in Santa Fe.

Garcia Richard and Gifford met to discuss House Bill 50, which seeks to require that all commercial firearm sales in gun shows and via the Internet

Senate Bill 140 Rewarding High Performing Public Schools Is Voted Down In Senate

on February 22, 2017 - 8:43am

GOP STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE Sen. John Sapien and fellow Democrats have voted against Senate Bill 140, which would have provided high-performing school districts the same additional flexibility provided to charter schools in New Mexico.

The legislation would have given school districts with grades of A or B for two consecutive years flexibility on several legal requirements of public schools in New Mexico, including the length of the school day, class load, and subject areas covered by the curriculum. These requirements are already waived for New Mexico charter schools.

When the legislation

Bipartisan Compromise To Fund New Mexico Courts Goes To Governor For Action

on February 22, 2017 - 8:34am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives concurred with a Senate-amended proposal to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s judiciary branch.

House Bill 261, as amended by the Senate, makes supplemental appropriations for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). It will provide $80,000 to the Supreme Court to help meet a projected $82,600 shortfall in its current year budget, and it gives $1.6 million to the AOC to pay for jury and witness fees as well as other operational needs. The bill is sponsored Reps.

Udall Celebrates Contributions Of African Americans

on February 22, 2017 - 7:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement last week in honor of Black History Month:
 
“This Black History Month, we celebrate the immense contributions that African Americans have made to our nation, and we honor the struggle for equality and civil rights that black people have made through the generations. New Mexico and America are indebted to the black soldiers, workers, scientists, artists, business people, and many others who have strengthened and enriched our communities, our culture, and our values.
 

Bill To Support NM Businesses Passes House

on February 22, 2017 - 7:35am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Last night the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo) and Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Bernalillo) to help New Mexico’s resident businesses contract with state agencies.
 
House Bill 25, or the Resident Business Set-Aside Act, would require state contracting agencies to set-aside thirty-three percent of their contracts for New Mexico’s resident businesses.

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

on February 22, 2017 - 7:12am

HOUSE REPUBLICAN COMMUNICATIONS News:

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
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
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

Letter To The Editor: Character Attack Requires Rejection

on February 21, 2017 - 5:46pm
A Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Mr. Antos,

I had intended to put the dispute incited by your letter to rest, but your last character attack requires rejection.

I think my reply to you stands on its own - it invites civil discourse and is not spineless. Unfortunately your reply to my anonymous letter reflects exactly the reason why I am not publishing my name. Unlike you, I do not have the privilege of being the descendant of an immigrant (I guess you are the better immigrant), I am an immigrant myself.

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
STATE News:
 
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

STATE News:

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.

APV

House Passes Bill Removing Teacher Leave Penalty

on February 21, 2017 - 8:21am

STATE News:

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.

Letter To The Editor: We Can Censor Tone While Not Censoring Ideas

on February 21, 2017 - 7:57am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I agree with Mr. Nebel (link). Censorship is a bad idea and drives ideas underground rather than testing and dispensing with them out in the open. But that's not what I was getting at in my letter.

There is a vast difference between attacking someone personally, i.e.,  ad hominem, and blasting their ideas out of the water when their ideas  are, to put it nicely, sitting ducks for rhetorical ammunition. Frankly,  I share some of Mr.

Bill Helping Firefighters With PTSD Passes House

on February 21, 2017 - 7:43am

STATE News:
  • HB 157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties


HB 157, legislation that establishes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, passed the New Mexico House of Representatives Monday.

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” bill sponsor Rep. Debbie Armstrong said. “We ask so much of them—from running into burning buildings to pulling victims out of mangled cars.

Letter To The Editor: Censoring People Won't Help

on February 20, 2017 - 3:40pm

By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos


While I agree with Mr. Spencer that the Post has the right to publish or not publish whatever it wants, I'm glad that it has published Mr. Antos's letters.

I don't agree with much of what Mr. Antos said, but I think he needs to be heard. The fact that a large segment of the population feels that they haven't been heard has a lot to do with the present acrimonious
situation in Washington. Censoring people isn't going to do anything to help that situation.

Listening is a better idea, even if it isn't reciprocated.

Letter To The Editor: Ok. Will You?

on February 20, 2017 - 8:00am
By JIM BOWIE
Los Alamos

Mr. Antos,

Just to clarify, rather than attempt to respond to what I said to you, you chose to attack me personally. My point, sir, was to show you that if you do not keep things civil, those who are smarter than you may choose to use their superior command of the English language to give you a taste of your own medicine.

Just because you lack whatever sense of self-preservation prevents people like me from writing outlandish, offensive, and inaccurate letters, does not mean that my words are somehow less poignant for withholding that my name.

Heinrich, Collins Introduce Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act To Address Poverty In America

on February 20, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduced the bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act to give states, local governments, and tribes more flexibility to create partnerships that invest in families living in poverty.
 
The bill aligns and links existing systems and funding streams to target both parents and children with support aimed at increasing economic security, educational success, social capital, and the health and wellbeing of whole families.
 
“This is the first major bipartisan bill in

Letter To The Editor: Why Should We Settle For Anything Less Than Excellence?

on February 20, 2017 - 7:22am
By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos

There has been quite a bit of back and forth on Mr. Antos letters in response to those with whom he disagrees. I suggest a simpler solution than ones offered by other letter writers: Screening.

Back when I first started writing letters to the editor in the late 1980's in Honolulu, these had to be printed out, signed, put in an envelope, and mailed. I suspect that weeded out a lot of bad copy.

Today Is Presidents’ Day

on February 20, 2017 - 7:10am

HOLIDAY News:

Today is Presidents’ Day, an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

Traditionally celebrated Feb. 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

Letter To The Editor: To All You Concerned Citizens

on February 19, 2017 - 9:55pm
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos

Everything you said may be all too true but its credibility comes into serious doubt because you fail oh so miserably to take ownership for your remarks (link, link).

So as far as I'm concerned they are just another pile of meadow muffins to be stepped in.

If you want to be taken seriously for your comments get a spine and take responsibility for your words! Put your name on your letters!

Letter To The Editor: Open Letter To Mr. Antos

on February 19, 2017 - 12:04pm
By A Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Mr. Antos (link), the beauty of this country is that we (still) have the right to free speech – so you were able to publish a letter without punishment, despite the fact the large parts of it uses language unacceptable to any respectful trade of differing ideas.
 
If I disregard these unacceptable parts of your letter, you expressed some concerns that are useful to consider in any discourse that a democracy needs, to find a compromise in organizing this country.

Scenes From Annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser

on February 19, 2017 - 11:58am

During the annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard briefs the crowd on the happenings underway at the 60-Day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd listens to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard during the annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Elia Vasquez, Eric Vasquez, Dave Schiferl and Michael Redondo listen as Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses bills under consideration at the New Mexico Legislature. Photo by Carol A.

Letter To The Editor: Free Speech Is For Everyone

on February 19, 2017 - 10:01am
By BRUCE WARREN
Los Alamos
 
It may be best to ignore Gerald M. Antos recent letter to the Post (link, link), rather than to stoke the fire, but I think some things need to be said.
 
Freedom of speech in America is a wonderful thing, and has been a keystone to much of the progress this country has made. But while it is wonderful, it isn't necessarily comfortable. Freedom of speech does, for example, allow someone like Mr. Antos in his recent letter to spew insults, lies (Mr.

Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Compromise To Fund New Mexico Courts

on February 19, 2017 - 9:41am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The Senate Finance Committee has approved a bipartisan proposal to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s judiciary branch.
 
The committee agreed to send Feb. 16 an amended version of House Bill 261 to the full Senate. The bill, sponsored Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Zachary Cook (R-Lincoln and Otero), makes supplemental appropriations for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
 
It will provide $80,000 to the Supreme Court to help meet a projected $82,600 shortfall in its current year budget, and it gives

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