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New Mexico House Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Native American Students Succeed

on March 8, 2017 - 6:39am

Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo)

STATE News:

SANTA FE Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill to help Native American students succeed, unanimously passed Tuesday night a vote in the New Mexico House of Representatives. HB 484 would require a needs assessment to determine what services school districts need to provide Native American students to improve graduation rates and college readiness.

“We need to create a structure to help Native American students succeed,” Rep. Lente said.

Quality New Mexico Honors Bill Wadt Of Los Alamos With Don Chalmers Passion For Excellence Award

on March 7, 2017 - 5:24pm

Bill Wadt is recipient of Don Chalmers Passion for Excellence Award.

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico has announced Bill Wadt of Los Alamos is the recipient of the second Don Chalmers Passion for Excellence Award. Wadt is past president of the LANL Foundation Board of Directors. 

“We are proud to recognize Bill Wadt for his passion for excellence,” said Quality New Mexico Board Chair Anne Kain. “We congratulate him for his outstanding accomplishments and his continued commitment to excellence in New Mexico.”

LANL Foundation President/CEO Jenny Parks, stated, “Bill Wadt has

Rep. Jason Harper On Bill To Help Teachers

on March 7, 2017 - 3:48pm
Rep. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval). Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  This afternoon the Senate unanimously passed House Bill 241, a bill that will permit teachers to use their contractually-allotted sick and personal leave without it negatively impacting their annual teacher evaluations. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Susana Martinez for action.
 
After the Senate’s vote, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) said, “New Mexico’s teachers go above and beyond for children.

Chamisa's Jozlyn Martinez Wins New Mexico Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest

on March 7, 2017 - 8:19am

Chamisa Elementary School student Jozlyn Martinez wins state contest. Courtesy photo

CHAMISA News:

Chamisa Elementary School proudly announces that the State of New Mexico’s Elementary Winner for the Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest is Jozlyn Martinez.

The school celebrates the efforts of all of the creative problem solvers it has in its sixth grade class. They worked diligently to create a poster that exemplified the theme: “United Through Art.” 

Martinez won $100 in art supplies and the Chamisa art program will receive $300 in art supplies from the contest’s sponsor: Sargent Art.

Rep. Candie Sweetser's Tiny House Bill Passes 66-0

on March 7, 2017 - 7:59am
Rep. Candie Sweetser

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming) recognized the emergence of the tiny house industry, with her bill to define and allow assessors to review tiny homes. Monday night, her HB 512 passed unanimously by a vote of 66-0.

Tiny homes arrived on the scene in recent years as a creative way for people to live sustainably and own a home without the burden of unmanageable mortgage payments.

“I think this is the beginning of giving tiny homes an avenue to move forward in New Mexico,” Rep. Sweetser said.

Angel Fire Bike Park Opening And Demo Daze Details

on March 7, 2017 - 7:44am

House Approves Bill To Protect Children

on March 7, 2017 - 7:26am

HOUSE REPUBLICAN News:

SANTA FE – On a bipartisan 63 to 1 vote, the House of Representatives approved legislation Monday night sponsored by Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Valencia) to protect New Mexico’s children from receiving pornographic images from sexual predators.

House Bill 71 would clarify language in the current statute relating to criminal sexual communication with a child to include all pornographic images. Currently, individuals can only be charged with a crime if they send pornographic pictures of their bodies.

Committee Delays GRT For Non-profit National Labs

on March 6, 2017 - 8:55pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey address the New Mexico Legislature Friday as the House Taxation and Revenue Committee takes up HB 332. Courtesy/ScreenShot

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A bill designed to protect state and local governments from a potential multimillion dollar cut in gross receipts taxes hit a bump Friday afternoon, as it was temporarily tabled pending further discussions with the House Taxation and Revenue Committee.

House Bill 32 would amend a portion of New Mexico state law that currently exempts non-profit

LAPS Superintendent ​Thanks BSMA​ For​ STEM Education Outreach ​In Northern New Mexico

on March 6, 2017 - 2:57pm

BSMA President Andy Trottier, left, and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at Gadgets, the souvenir pop-up shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum Association. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSMA News:

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, right, visits Gadgets, the Bradbury Science Museum Association's (BSMA) souvenir pop-up shop, during the recent Chamisa Elementary Science Night at the museum.

The BSMA is the newly formed non-profit association with the sole mission of raising money to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach into Northern New

Wallin: Why New Mexico’s Legislature Should Advance A Women’s Policy Agenda

on March 6, 2017 - 2:39pm
Kids County Director Amber Wallin, MPA
 
By AMBER WALLIN
New Mexico Voices For Children
 
I’m a political scientist, an advocate, a sister, a wife, a daughter and a mother. I have a toddler boy and, come next month, I’ll add a little girl to the list of people that call me mama.
 
Like many parents, I believe that raising kind, honest, empathetic, and civic-minded kids is the most important thing I will ever do, and raising kids who believe that everyone—regardless of gender, color or ability—should have respect and opportunity is a very big part of that for me.

LAHS/LAMS State Speech & Debate Results

on March 6, 2017 - 8:12am

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers celebrate their performances at the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Championship with middle school coach, Sherri Bublitz and high school coach Margo Batha. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

This past weekend, 40 members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team and five members of the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers Speech and Debate team traveled to Manzano High School in Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico State Speech and Debate.

Both teams turned in many solid performances

Guest Column: Legislature Must Follow New Mexico Tradition Of Taking Care Of Families

on March 6, 2017 - 7:01am
By ADRIANN BARBOA
Field Director, Strong Families New Mexico

In New Mexico, we take care of each other. It’s just our way. For generations, my family has made it through tough times by supporting each other.

My Grandpa Barboa was a cattle rancher in Albuquerque’s South Valley. He used to tell me stories about the times when they would have a matanza so the community could get through a tough winter or poor summer harvest. I always love when we have our family matanzas. It is a time when we come together and celebrate each other.

Scenes And Results: LAHS Boys And Girls Track And Field Teams At Albuquerque Academy Chile Quad

on March 5, 2017 - 11:46pm

Freshman Jazmine Tuning won the high jump with a state qualifying jump of 5' 0". Photo by Blake Wood

Senior Liam Johnson vaulted more than 3 feet higher than any other athlete to win with a pole vault of 13' 9" - a mark which qualified him for the State Championship in May. Photo by Blake Wood

Sophomore Elijah Velesquez is cheered on by teammates as he wins the 300m hurdles in a time of 42.86 seconds. Photo by Blake Wood

SPORTS News:

In one of the most beautiful days for an opening track & field meet in memory, the Los Alamos High School Boys and Girls teams traveled to Albuquerque

2017’s Property Taxes By State―WalletHub Study

on March 5, 2017 - 10:11am
WALLETHUB News:
 
Each year, the average American household spends $2,149 on real-estate property taxes plus another $402 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes.
 
With such high costs, it’s no surprise that about $11.8 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association. 

In order to determine who pays the most relative to their state, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Property Taxes by State report, which compares home and vehicle taxes across the nation and features insights from a panel of

Coyote Killing Contests Bill Passes Key Committee

on March 5, 2017 - 9:19am

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Sen. Jeff Steinborn passed bipartisan legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee Saturday to end the practice of coyote killing contests in New Mexico.

“Today New Mexico is one step closer to banning inhumane coyote killing contests. This blood sport serves no purpose in the management of coyotes other than killing for the sake of killing. It’s time to make these contests a thing of the past,” Sen. Steinborn said.

This bill now goes to the senate floor for final passage and then, if passed, to the House for consideration in that body.

Udall Statement Opposing Effort To Roll Back Fair Pay And Workplace Protections

on March 5, 2017 - 8:56am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement against repealing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order through a little-used procedure made possible by the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
 
The Senate began debating the measure after a procedural motion was agreed to by a slim majority, 51-46. A final vote on the Republican-backed effort to overturn the worker protections implemented by the Obama administration is expected early next week.

USDA Workshop On How To Apply For Small Rural Businesses Development Grant Funding

on March 5, 2017 - 8:46am

Eric Vigil/Courtesy photo

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE  USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Eric Vigil has announced that the agency is holding a workshop to provide information on how to apply for Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) funding. Los Alamos is considered a rural community.

In making the announcement Vigil said, “Because of the state’s slow economic growth this is a good opportunity for any eligible entity that helps provide development opportunities for small rural business to apply for this program and get the needed financial support to help their community grow

Bill For Students To Continue Education Unanimously Passes New Mexico House

on March 5, 2017 - 8:37am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

STATE News:

HB 108 Creates Uniformity in Transfer Credits Among New Mexico Colleges

SANTA FE -- Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard’s (D-Los Alamos) bill to help students continue their education by creating uniformity in transfer credits among New Mexico colleges unanimously passed the New Mexico House. HB 108 sets up guidelines and provides clarity for transfer students so they will be able to complete their degrees on time and enter the workforce.

“Too many times, I’ve heard of students losing a chance at furthering their education due to inconsistent transfer

House Passes Bill To Create NM Chile License Plate

on March 4, 2017 - 11:07pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Tonight, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 393, legislation to create a specialty chile license plate. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Eddy) and it now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The specialty license plate would be available to New Mexicans for a fee of $35, with $25 of the fee directed to fund educational programs at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. The museum would also be tasked with designing the license plate with guidance provided by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department.

Noting that the

Letter To The Editor: About That Support For Background Checks...

on March 4, 2017 - 9:32pm
By GLENN MICHEL
Los Alamos
 
I'm sure Devon Lymon would have respected a background check law despite all the other laws he had broken up to that point. Yup, one more law would have made all the difference to poor Daniel Webster.

I can imagine Devon having a little mental conversation with himself when he obtained that gun, "Oh! wait a minute, I can't posses guns, I'm a felon!", and poof, another possible criminal activity is thwarted by yet another rock solid gun law. 
 
Yup, we ought to throw up five or six more unenforceable gun laws, they're working great.

Doctors are a lot more

New Mexico House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

on March 4, 2017 - 7:26am

House Speaker Brian Egolf

STATE News:

  • Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $9.25 an Hour Passes Along Mostly Party Lines

SANTA FE – House Bill 442 passed the House Friday night along mostly party lines in a 37-30 vote. HB 442, sponsored by Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Debbie Rodella (D-Española), Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), and Miguel P. Garcia (D-Albuquerque), would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, a sensible increase over the current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour.

The increase will put more than $3,000 a year in additional earnings

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge

on March 4, 2017 - 7:26am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Byron Harold Peshlakai, 25, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock pled guilty March 2 in federal court in Albuquerque to an involuntary manslaughter charge.
 
Peshlakai was arrested in October 2016, on an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter. According to the indictment, Peshlakai killed the victim with his vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol Oct. 25 on the Navajo Indian Reservation.
 
During today’s proceedings, Peshlakai pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.

Forest Service Seeks Comment On Restoration Projects

on March 4, 2017 - 7:22am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest is inviting members of the public to provide comments by March 16, 2017, on two proposed forest restoration projects in the mountains near Santa Fe. 
 
Both projects are part of a larger multi-agency collaborative, the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFFC), which takes a landscape-scale approach to improving forest resilience and mitigating wildfire risk near the City of Santa Fe.
  • The Hyde Park Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project is located in forests east of the community of Hyde Park Estates, near Hyde Park Memorial State

AG Balderas Issues Statement About Jeff Sessions

on March 4, 2017 - 7:15am
Attorney General Hector Balderas. Courtesy photo
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement Thursday regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
 
“As a chief law enforcement officer, I take testimony extremely seriously, whether it be in the courtroom or before the United States Senate. There were questions asked about conversations with Russia and that information was omitted by Attorney General Sessions during his testimony.
 
“Attorney General Sessions needs to promptly address the omission, and he needs to immediately

House Agrees Dads Can Change Diapers, Too

on March 4, 2017 - 7:12am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – House Bill 106, Baby Changing Facilities in Men’s Rooms, passed on a 44-22 vote Friday evening. Sponsored by Rep. Andrés Romero (D-Albuquerque), the bill would require that all new construction or major renovations of restrooms in public places include baby changing stations in both the women’s and men’s bathrooms.

“It’s about time we recognize the role that both parents play in raising children,” Romero said. “I’m glad we are one step closer for mothers and fathers to both have a safe, designated space to change their babies.”

House Bill 106 does not apply to

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