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Gov. Susana Martinez Acts On Legislation

on April 7, 2017 - 10:52am

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez acted on the following legislation:
  • Signed House Bill 8 — Eliminate Cigarette Tax Distribution [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 9 — Law Enforcement Tourniquet Training [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 15 — Data Breach Notification Act [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 41 — Alternative Level 3-B Administrator License [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 80 — Insurance Broker Payments to Estates [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed House Bill 87 — Diabetes Committee [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 92 — Stricter Game & Fish Violation Penalties [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed House Bill 105 — Innovations

Luján Statement On U.S. Missile Strikes In Syria

on April 7, 2017 - 10:23am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued the following statement after Thursday night's U.S. missile strikes in Syria:

“Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians and children is a despicable and heinous act,” Luján said. “While this missile strike was clearly meant to deter their use, chemical weapons need to be dealt with by a global coalition.

Sen. Sanchez On Veto Of Bill To Raise Minimum Wage

on April 7, 2017 - 9:51am
Sen. Clemente Sanchez
Cibola, Socorro, McKinley and Valencia

In the late hours of the night, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Sen. Clemente Sanchez’s Senate Bill 386, which would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour. Throughout the legislative process, the bill received broad support from labor unions and business groups alike with representatives from AFSCME Council 18 and the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce standing in support.

“This session the business and labor communities came together to support a modest raise for families who too often

Legislative Review: A Post-Legislative Series – Part 1

on April 6, 2017 - 10:10am
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba

It always amazes me when I raise my head up for a breath of fresh air after a legislative session to see what varying impressions of the legislature there are in the constituency I represent.  

I had an opportunity to sit down with a man from White Rock at Pig and Fig last weekend for an informed chat about education and economic development.

CIR Statement On Proposed State Department Budget

on April 6, 2017 - 10:01am
President of the Board of Directors
Santa Fe Council on International Relations
Since its founding in 1965, the Council on International Relations (CIR), has hosted international visitors through the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). This venerable program has been a key element in citizen diplomacy between our country and other countries worldwide for the past 77 years, described by the State Department itself as its “premier professional exchange program.”
Approximately 5,000 emerging leaders visit the United States each year and more than

New Mexico International Auto Show April 21-23

on April 6, 2017 - 9:23am

WIPP: Preparations Continue For TRU Waste Shipments

on April 6, 2017 - 9:09am
Idaho State Trooper and commercial vehicle enforcement officer Tony Anderson speaks to attendees March 27 at the kick-off of the WIPP Road Show for the western corridor shipping route at Fort Hall, Idaho. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
In preparation for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) is supporting “road shows” sponsored by state and tribal authorities along the transportation routes to WIPP.
Shipments to WIPP were suspended in February

Heinrich Statement On Steve Bannon Removal From National Security Council

on April 5, 2017 - 3:49pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
  • ‘Mr. Bannon has rightly been demoted and removed from the National Security Council, but he never should have been there in the first place.’ –U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, released the following statement on news reports that Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief political strategist, has been removed from the National Security Council (NSC). In February, Senator Heinrich led a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis questioning the

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Fraud Scheme Alert

on April 5, 2017 - 9:55am
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE State Auditor Tim Keller has issued an alert to government agencies being targeted by a fraud scheme.
Agencies are being asked to change vendor payment information to divert funds to a different payee, bank or method of payment. The scam has already resulted in the loss of more than $200,000 from one public school.
“Unfortunately, we’re hearing about a scam that preys on government employees who are being tricked into diverting money to imposters posing as legitimate businesses,” Keller said.

Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15

on April 5, 2017 - 9:48am
During the week of April 9–15, the New Mexico State Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer.
April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Udall, Heinrich Fight For Equal Pay For Women

on April 4, 2017 - 3:44pm

  • Women in New Mexico make 85 cents compared to their male counterparts — and Hispanic women make just 56 cents compared to white men

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich marked Equal Pay Day and reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.

“It’s long past time that Congress passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women in New Mexico and across the country receive equal pay for equal work,”

Udall Opens Application Process For Military Service Academy Nominations

on April 4, 2017 - 12:04pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Service academy information sessions Begin April 13

Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2018. The first session will be held on April 13 in Santa Fe.

Four of the five service academies — the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S.

Op-Ed: When Native Students Succeed, NM Thrives

on April 4, 2017 - 10:56am
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos
Chairwoman of the House Education Committee
Rep. Derrick J. Lente, D-Sandia Pueblo


When Native American students succeed, the state of New Mexico thrives. This principle was the driving force behind House Bill 484. House Bill 484 would have provided a mechanism for New Mexico’s Native American students to obtain the culturally relevant support they need to achieve academic success, helping to close the achievement gap and instilling the importance of education after high school.


But last week, Gov.

March For Science Santa Fe April 22

on April 4, 2017 - 8:17am
MSSF News:
SANTA FE ― Join the March for Science - Santa Fe April 22 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress, and prosperity. Folks will unite April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.
“The March for Science is a celebration of science, and of public engagement with science, but it’s not only about

Study: Los Alamos A Top Retirement Spot

on April 4, 2017 - 8:15am
SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently released its third annual study on the Best Places to Retire.
The study rates cities by their tax friendliness, recreational and social opportunities for seniors, and availability of medical care. According to the study, Los Alamos ranks as one of the top spots in New Mexico.

For a detailed look at how Los Alamos compared to other top cities in New Mexico, check the table below:
Doctors' Offices per 1,000 People
Recreation Centers per 1,000 People
Retirement Centers per 1,000 people
% of Seniors

Courts Continue To Release Criminals As Crime Rises

on April 3, 2017 - 9:13pm
ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque is ranked #1 for stolen vehicles, but the criminals know if you get arrested here, you will be released the next day.
In the case of Yamilet Urias, she was arrested with 12 pounds of meth, has no relations in New Mexico, received a low-risk assessment, lied to the police and courts about where she was from, and was released from jail a day after she was arrested, on her own recognizance - no assurance she will ever come back to court. 
After doing a quick Facebook search for her, she is actually from Los Angeles, Calif., and was probably

NMDOT Encourages Safe Driving Through Work Zones

on April 3, 2017 - 9:05pm
SANTA FE  Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation released a video in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week to encourage motorists to be safe when driving through a work zone.
The video features Gov. Susana Martinez, NMDOT Secretary Tom Church, and Megan Rivera, who lost her husband in a work zone crash last year. It can be viewed here.
“Roadway workers put their lives on the line every single day and they do it to keep our families safe,” Martinez said.

Northern New Mexico College Financial Report Released By Office Of The State Auditor

on April 3, 2017 - 11:57am

Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey

NNMC News:

Española—Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey asked the College's auditors that this year’s annual audit of NNMC’s finances be as thorough as possible, because he wanted a road map of everything about the College’s business processes that could be improved upon.

The report is now available on the State Auditor’s website here.

President Bailey is happy to answer any questions from the community at 505.747.2140.

Updated Map For Motorized Travel On Santa Fe National Forest Now Available

on April 3, 2017 - 11:47am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Updated Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) that show all forest roads and trails open to motor vehicle travel on the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National Forest are now available in both electronic and hardcopy formats.

National forests are required to designate a system of roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use by class of vehicle and, when necessary, by time of year.  Public motor vehicle traffic is prohibited on all routes not shown on the MVUM.

Governor Announces Teacher Evaluation Changes

on April 2, 2017 - 5:36pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced changes to the teacher evaluation system that were created with support and input from teachers across the state.

Under the revised system, the number of grace days will double from three to six and the weight of student achievement growth will be set at 35 percent and observations will be increased. Teachers requested that these policy changes be kept for the next five years to continue to create stability.

“Our teachers have spoken, and we’ve listened,” the Governor said.

Local Police Officer Helps Pool Funding And Collaboration To Aid Crime Victims

on April 2, 2017 - 5:27pm

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele Girmendonk. File photo
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Adele Girmendonk has worked to pool funding and community collaboration for National Crime Victims’ Rights week - April 2-8.

“This project is supported by a National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice,” Girmendonk said.

The goal of the grant is

Southwest Jemez Mountains Forest Restoration Project Hosts Annual Public Meeting April 12-13

on April 2, 2017 - 7:55am

The Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project covers 210,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains, 110,000 of which are within Santa Fe National Forest boundaries. Courtesy/SWJM

SWJM News:

SANTA FE – Members of the public are invited to the 2017 “all hands” meeting for a comprehensive update on the largest landscape-scale forest restoration project in New Mexico April 12-13, 2017, at the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC).

The Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project is a long-term collaborative effort to restore

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman Endorses Michelle Lujan Grisham For Governor Of New Mexico

on April 2, 2017 - 6:23am

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingam


ALBUQUERQUE – Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman has announced his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham in her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor of New Mexico.

“In my 30 years in the United Stated Senate, I saw some excellent leadership,” Bingaman said. “It was clear who was in politics for personal gain and who was really there for their constituents. So I can tell you with certainty: Michelle Lujan Grisham is a true leader who fights tooth and nail for New Mexicans in Washington. That is why I proudly support her for Governor.

Grant County Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring Member Sentenced To Prison

on April 2, 2017 - 6:09am


ALBUQUERQUE – Crystal Medina Gomez, 50, of Silver City was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces to 30 months of imprisonment for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction. Gomez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.


Gomez was one of twelve defendants charged with methamphetamine trafficking offenses as the result of a multi-agency investigation targeting a drug trafficking organization led by Daniel Lee Jacquez, 35, of Silver City, that distributed methamphetamine in Grant County.

Happy April Fools Day From Los Alamos Daily Post!

on April 1, 2017 - 5:17pm