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Governor Signs Emergency Funding For Courts

on February 23, 2017 - 5:05pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law House Bill 261 sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Rep. Zachary Cook (R-Lincoln and Otero), House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo).

The new law appropriates critical emergency funding for New Mexico’s judiciary system by providing $80,000 to the Supreme Court and $1.6 million to the Administrative Office of the Courts’ Jury and Witness fund to prevent anticipated FY 2017 budget shortfalls in those entities.

“Justice Charles Daniels alerted us to the grave funding

State Senate Unanimously Confirms Butch Tongate Secretary Of New Mexico Environment Department

on February 23, 2017 - 4:51pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — Secretary Designate Butch Tongate has been confirmed unanimously by the Senate as Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department.
 
Tongate, who has worked at the Environment Department since 1993, was appointed Deputy Secretary in 2011.
 
“I’m proud to have Butch lead this department, which is so important to present and future generations of New Mexicans,” Gov. Susana Martinez said.

Scam Alert: Calls Threatening IRS ‘Criminal Lawsuit’ Hit New Mexico

on February 23, 2017 - 4:48pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert Feb. 21, in response to a new scam hitting New Mexico that threatens a ‘criminal lawsuit’ by the IRS if the caller’s message is not returned.
 
The digitized voice in the recording claims to be Officer Edward Jonathon calling from the legal department of the Internal Revenue Service and leaves a call back number along with his threats. Scams of this nature are meant to intimidate and trick New Mexicans into giving up their personal and financial information to the scammers.

Bills To Attract, Retain Good Teachers Pass House

on February 23, 2017 - 4:43pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, two bills that aim to ensure New Mexico attracts and retains good teachers by improving teacher evaluations and recognizing teacher skill and competency passed the House.
 
Rep. Debra Sariñana’s (D-Albuquerque) bill, HB 163, makes teacher evaluations more fair by ensuring a teacher’s evaluation is not disproportionately affected by students who have too many absences. The second bill introduced by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s (D-Albuquerque), HB 124, provides a three-tier framework for teachers to advance to level II and level III licensure.
 
“HB

Common Cause Gerrymander Report Out As HJR 3 Redistricting Goes To Committee

on February 23, 2017 - 4:37pm
CCNM News:
 
A constitutional amendment to establish an independent redistricting commission will be heard in a House committee Thursday, just as Common Cause New Mexico releases Restoring Voter Choice: How Citizen-Led Redistricting Can End the Manipulation of Our Elections, a report about the 2016 election completed by Common Cause nationally.
 
New Mexico is cited as one of eight states where the outcome of the election—and the composition of the legislature—was already determined before any votes were cast.
 
Approximately 62% of legislative races in New Mexico were uncontested,

Los Alamos School Board Extends Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus' Contract Maximum Allowed By Law

on February 23, 2017 - 10:02am

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Board of Education unanimously renewed Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus’ contract for three more years, which is the maximum amount of time allowed by state law.

 

The decision to extend the contract occurred during the Feb. 14 regular school board meeting. In addition to extending his contract, the board offered Steinhaus a raise identical to the amount offered to all other staff.

NM House Passes Revenue And Budget Bills

on February 23, 2017 - 9:38am

STATE News:

SANTA Fe Wednesday evening, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed both a new revenue package and a budget for fiscal year 2018. Taken together, the two bills will allow New Mexico to have a balanced budget and raise cash reserves to a respectable 3.2 percent.
 

HB 202 comprised of a package of provisions to raise new money for the state to mitigate and avoid further devastating cuts to education, Medicaid, and other critical areas. Budget predictions from the nonpartisan Legislative Finance Committee project a $120 to $125 million hole for fiscal year 2018.

The new

NNSA: W88 ALT 370 Program Reaches Milestone

on February 23, 2017 - 9:10am

NNSA News:

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) officially authorized the start of the production engineering phase for the W88 Alteration (Alt) 370 program Feb. 22.

The alteration of the W88 nuclear warhead is part of NNSA’s multi-faceted strategy to ensure the American nuclear arsenal continues to be safe, secure, and effective. 

“Thanks to a team of talented scientists and engineers, we reached this important milestone in the W88 Alt 370 program on schedule,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G.

Letter To The Editor: Straight Scoop On HB50

on February 23, 2017 - 8:07am
By JOHN N. HORNE
Los Alamos

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos is up to those old tired political tricks again. In order to bolster support for HB50, Ms. Garcia Richard jumped at the opportunity to have her picture taken with a shooting victim and then imply her bill will solve all the world’s ills regarding gun violence.

The fact of the matter is there is nothing in HB50 that would’ve had any bearing on the (Former U.S. Rep. Gabby) Giffords' shooting.

Professor Emerita Denise Fort: How Can U.S. Retain Scientific Leadership In Environmental Protection?

on February 23, 2017 - 7:27am
By DENISE D. FORT
Professor Emerita UNM School of Law
Former director, NM Environmental Improvement Division
 
The upheaval in Washington, D.C. that is occurring now has one surprising objective - the discrediting of scientists. Science is under attack in numerous ways.
 
The assertion that climate change is a Chinese hoax was bad enough. Now the Administration has nominated a climate denier to head the EPA, taken down web pages that inform the public about agency work, and threatened to slash funding at EPA.
 
The threat comes from the Congress as well; 114 representatives have

Update On Pursuit Of USS Los Alamos

on February 22, 2017 - 11:00pm

James Nesmith testifying Dec. 15, 2015 to Los Alamos County Council. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

On Dec. 15, 2015, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed and adopted a resolution endorsing the naming of a United States Navy Submarine as the U.S.S. Los Alamos. 

That was the beginning of an intensive yearlong effort by the USS Los Alamos Commissioning Committee to gather documentation from across the state substantiating the wide spread support for our effort.

In that year, memorials were passed by both houses of the State legislature, and letters of support were obtained from

Councilor Rick Reiss At Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meeting In Washington, D.C.

on February 22, 2017 - 5:00pm

From left, Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives, Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss and Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya at today's Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Federal Legislative Agenda meetings in Washington, D.C.Courtesy photo

Udall On Trump's Plans For Mass Deportation

on February 22, 2017 - 2:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement in response to recently released memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security establishing new guidelines for carrying out President Trump’s immigration orders:
 
"President Trump’s guidelines amount to a plan to begin mass deportations. These plans are unrealistic, inhumane, bad for the economy, and an extremely inefficient use of already thin resources.

Sig Hecker To Address Nuclear North Korea, Moderated By Valerie Plame Thursday

on February 22, 2017 - 1:41pm
CIR News:
 
Sig Hecker, Stanford University Research Professor and Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus will offer his thoughts and opinions on the timely topic of “Nuclear North Korea and Lessons for the Iran Deal.” 
 
His talk is 5:50 p.m., Thursday at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez.
 
Dr. Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction and nuclear security.

‘No Border Wall’ Bill Passes House Committee

on February 22, 2017 - 1:23pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  House Bill 292, which would bar the federal government from using state lands to build a wall on New Mexico’s border with Mexico, has passed the House Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee (HGIVC) in a partisan 5-4 vote.
 
In an impassioned debate, the bill’s sponsors, Representatives Bill McCamley (D-Mesilla Park), Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), stated that a wall divides communities, destabilizes trade with Mexico, runs contrary to New Mexico’s core values, and hampers economic

Letter To The Editor: House Bill 50

on February 22, 2017 - 1:21pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos
 
House Bill 50: Relating To Crime; Requiring Criminal Background Checks On Gun Transfers Between Certain Persons; Providing Exceptions; Providing Penalties Khal Spencer’s excellent OpEd on House Bill 50—the proposed background check for all gun sales including online sales and at gun shows—offered statistics and arguments about why we should support a background check bill.
His bottom line? Support a background-check bill—but not this one.
 
I completely agree with his argument that people murdering other people with guns are part of a culture of violence that

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

Cheer On High Flyers At Invitational This Weekend!

on February 22, 2017 - 8:58am

Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics athletes compete this weekend in the 2nd annual High Flyers Dreamcatcher Gymnastics Invitational at Buffalo Thunder Resort. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

This weekend, area residents can experience an exciting, live gymnastics competition with Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics up close at Buffalo Thunder Resort. More than 500 athletes and 2,500 spectators are expected at the 2nd annual High Flyers Dreamcatcher Gymnastics Invitational.

Female athletes representing 21 teams from throughout New Mexico as well as Colorado Springs, Colo., Amarillo, Texas and El

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

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

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