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House Passes Ban On Conversion Therapy

on March 16, 2017 - 7:41am

STATE News:

SANTA FE The New Mexico House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 121 Wednesday evening, a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for individuals under 18 years of age.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Andrés Romero (D-Albuquerque). Conversion therapy, aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity, has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.

“This discredited practice is not based on medical science. It’s based on dangerous misinformation,” Rep.

Ethics Commission Proposal Advances To Senate

on March 16, 2017 - 7:14am
Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo). Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE ― March 9 the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 8, a proposal to establish an independent ethics commission in New Mexico. HJR 8 is sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo).
 
HJR 8 would amend the New Mexico Constitution to create a seven-member independent commission, no more than three of which may belong to the same political party, to investigate and adjudicate ethics complaints against state officers and employees in the legislative and executive branches of government.

Freedom Of The Press ... Sunshine Week Editorial

on March 16, 2017 - 6:35am
By CHRIS WOOD, President
New Mexico Press Association

Recognizing that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, the intent of the legislature in enacting the Inspection of Public Records Act is to ensure, and it is declared to be the public policy of this state, that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of public officers and employees.

State Police Request Assistance Identifying Suspects

on March 15, 2017 - 5:06pm

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of these subjects is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at 575.382.2500. Courtesy/NMSP 

NMSP News:

A First Financial Credit Union debit card was stolen from Fort Bayard Medical Center in Bayard, N.M.

This debit card was used throughout New Mexico including the following cities:
  • Santa Fe;
  • Silver City;
  • Clayton;
  • Las Vegas;
  • Truth or Consequences;
  • Williamsburg;
  • Deming;
  • Roswell; and
  • Las Cruces. 

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of these subjects is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at 575.382.2500.

Bill Promoting Use Of Local Inspectors Gets Concurrence And Awaits Governor’s Signature

on March 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  March 14, the House of Representatives unanimously concurred with the Senate on House Bill 305. HB 305 Sponsored by Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), a strong advocate for agriculture, would ensure that our local farms are inspected by local inspectors from the New Mexico department of agriculture (NMDA), rather than federal inspectors from the FDA.
 
This increase in certified inspectors not only allows agribusinesses to grow, but it increases opportunities for them to expand into value-added enterprises that require additional inspectors.
 
“I am thrilled that

Egolf Hails Passage Of Sweeping Ethics Reform

on March 15, 2017 - 1:56pm
HOUSE DEMOCRATS  News:
 
SANTA FE  After extensive work on both sides of the aisle, the New Mexico House passed a bipartisan resolution that would bring sweeping ethics reform to New Mexico government.
 
HJR 8, which gives voters the opportunity to decide on the creation of an independent State Ethics Commission, passed unanimously 66-0.
 
“The people of New Mexico have asked year after year for transparency and accountability, and the New Mexico House answered their call tonight,” said New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) “I was pleased to work with the sponsor on needed

Udall, Heinrich Invite Energy Secretary Rick Perry To Visit New Mexico National Laboratories

on March 15, 2017 - 10:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry inviting him to visit Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.

“The work at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories is critical to meeting DOE’s mission of assuring national security through stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security,” wrote the senators.

Bill To Help Workers Care For Sick, Elderly Relatives Heads To Senate Floor

on March 15, 2017 - 9:18am

STATE News:
  • Caregiver Leave Act Allows Employees to Use Already-Provided Sick Leave for Caregiving

Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s Caregiver Leave Act, HB 86, is headed to the Senate floor for a final vote after it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, moving the widely supported bill, which would allow workers to also use sick leave that is already provided by their employers to cover absences for caregiving, one step closer to the governor’s desk.

“Too many New Mexicans are in the Sandwich Generation,” Armstrong said. “My kids are grown, but my 88-year-old mother lives with me.

Letter To The Editor: Proposal For Workable Firearms Transfer Background Check Law

on March 15, 2017 - 9:06am

By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

A couple of us have thought of a background check proposal that might accomplish most or all of what we really want but with far less acrimony. So here is an idea if this is to be revisited again and assuming for the moment that the present bills are not resurrected. I’ve stolen some ideas from a colleague (with thanks) but modified them with my own additions, so any rotten fruit should be thrown at me alone. Here would be the basis of the law.

1. It is of material and social benefit to society to verify that a person unknown to you is not a prohibited person

Heinrich: GOP Healthcare Plan Disastrous As Expected

on March 15, 2017 - 8:29am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the GOP healthcare plan.
 
According to CBO estimates, 14 million would be uninsured by 2018 and 26 million by 2026.
 
“The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the Republican healthcare bill will be as disastrous as we expected.

Udall Celebrates Sunshine Week By Advocating Open Government, Defending Free Press

on March 15, 2017 - 8:09am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, will today mark Sunshine Week — a national initiative to educate the public on the importance of an open and transparent government — by advocating for transparency in our government, defending the critical role of the free press, and calling for campaign finance reform to shine a light on dark money in politics.

Starting at 10 a.m.

New Teacher Evaluation System Passes Senate

on March 14, 2017 - 5:40pm

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – On a strongly bipartisan basis, the New Mexico Senate today passed legislation to develop a new system for evaluating teachers and principals that relies less heavily on students’ scores on controversial standardized tests. By a vote of 30-7, with both Democratic and Republican support, SB 34 was passed by the Senate. 

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City, also was amended to include language offered by Republican Sen. Craig Brandt from the historic Senate override earlier in the day of the Governor’s veto of teacher sick days legislation.

Bill To Allow Pharmacists To Dispense Interchangeable Biosimilar Medicines Passes Senate

on March 14, 2017 - 3:07pm
NM SENATE News:
 
The New Mexico Senate on Monday unanimously passed Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill, HB 260, which will allow pharmacists in the state, when filling a prescription for a biologic medicine, to dispense less-expensive biosimilar medicines once the Federal Drug Administration has determined that the medicine is interchangeable with an existing biologic treatment.
 
“With biological products becoming increasingly important in treating medical conditions from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis, and with the FDA currently considering several biosimilar products for ‘interchangeable’

Los Alamos Daily Post Surpasses 7,000 FB Likes!

on March 14, 2017 - 2:59pm

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post extends its heartfelt appreciation to the local community and readers around the world for helping the Post’s Facebook page hit 7,000 “likes” this week!

Along with this latest milestone, Publisher Carol A. Clark and her team have had a lot to celebrate so far this year. On Feb. 7, they celebrated the fifth anniversary of the online newspaper and the Post becoming the official newspaper of record in Los Alamos County.

Reaching 7,000 Facebook likes is another sign that readers in the area are enjoying the instant availability of local news and certainly

District Attorney's Office Issues Scam Alert

on March 14, 2017 - 1:58pm

SCAM ALERT:

There is a phone scam going around in which a person claiming to be a police officer or an investigator with the New Mexico District Attorney’s Office will call and tell people that there is an active warrant for their arrest and they need to pay to avoid being arrested.

The most recent number that the calls are coming from is 505.312.5386.

The District Attorney’s Office will never ask for money over the phone. 

Bills Limiting School Testing And Restricting Use Of Restraint And Seclusion Head To Governor

on March 14, 2017 - 8:38am

STATE News:
  • Bills Aim to Improve the Quality of Student Life at New Mexico Schools

SANTA FE – Monday night, the House concurred with two bills to improve the quality of student life at New Mexico schools.

House Bills 185 and 75 will now head to the Governor’s desk. House Bill 185 sets limits on the amount of time that students spend taking standardized tests.

“This bill puts teaching ahead of testing, and makes sure students aren't missing out on valuable classroom time,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), one of the bill’s sponsors.

NMDOT Public Information Meeting March 23

on March 14, 2017 - 8:19am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is hosting a Public Information open house at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Santa Claren Hotel, 460 N. Riverside in Espanola.

Meeting Purpose:  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is sponsoring this meeting to discuss the roadway reconstruction of NM 30 Phase 1 from mile post 7.150 to mile post 7.610 in Pueblo of Santa Clara.  The public is encouraged to attend this public meeting and provide comments and questions.

Meeting Overview:Vital Consulting Group, LLC; Bohannon Huston, and NMDOT representatives will

Senate Sends School Restraint Bill To Governor

on March 13, 2017 - 8:36pm

Rep. Jim Smith

SENATE News:

SANTA FE – This afternoon, the Senate approved House Bill 75, a bill to limit the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in schools. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe), passed on a bipartisan 30 to 4 vote.

House Bill 75 specifies conditions when restraining and seclusion techniques may be permitted in schools, and it requires New Mexico’s public schools to adopt policies and procedures for the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in their school safety plans.

McMillan To Testify At House Armed Services Panel

on March 13, 2017 - 8:03pm

LANL Director Charlie McMillan

Staff Report

The public will get a first glimpse under the hood of the next era of American nuclear weapons this week, when key officials in the complex stand for questions during a hearing of a House Armed Services subcommittee scheduled for Thursday.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan is set to be among those appearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The meeting at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

FBI: Navajo Police Officer Dies In Shooting

on March 13, 2017 - 7:42pm

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation are investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a Navajo Police Officer. He was Houston James Largo, 27, a decorated officer with five years of service.

The officer was shot while responding to a domestic violence call near Prewitt, N.M., on the Navajo Nation, early Sunday morning.

A suspect is in custody.

The officer was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

The New Mexico State Police and McKinley County Sheriff's Office are assisting with the investigation.

More information will be released when it is available.

Anti-Hazing Bill Advances Past House

on March 13, 2017 - 6:26pm

Rep. Monica Youngblood

STATE  News:

SANTA FE – This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 427, a bill sponsored by Rep. Monica Youngblood (R-Bernalillo) to prevent hazing in New Mexico’s schools. The House approved the bill by a 56 to 2 vote.

Youngblood’s bill would require every New Mexico educational institution to adopt, post, and enforce a hazing prevention policy. The bill defines what actions are considered hazing and lists the areas that hazing policies need to address to ensure the policies are consistent statewide.

According to recent statistics, forty-eight

Hilltoppers Lose North Star Trophy To Taos Ice Tigers

on March 13, 2017 - 3:43pm
Jacob Dunwoody battles for the puck in front of the Taos goal in the 1st period. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Emily Moulton picks up a loose puck in front of the Taos goal in the 2nd period. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 

Brett Ireland takes a shot at the goal in the Taos end of the ice. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
SPORTS News:
 
The Hilltoppers and the Taos Ice Tigers hockey teams squared off at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center last Friday to see which team would be taking home the coveted North Star Trophy, a traveling trophy, which the Hilltoppers won

Update On Bealls Shoplifting Case

on March 13, 2017 - 3:32pm

Staff Report

A statewide warrant has been issued for 23-year-old Ashley Alexanda Garcia of Hernandez, on charges of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with an incident Thursday, March 9 at Bealls Department Store at 610 Trinity Dr.

LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and Cpl. Ben Henrichs responded to Bealls after two women reportedly fled the area in a silver four-door Volvo after striking a pedestrian with their vehicle to leave the area.

Det.

Udall Celebrates Women's History Month

on March 13, 2017 - 3:09pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement today in honor of Women's History Month:
 
"This Women's History Month, we celebrate the resiliency and strength of generations of women in New Mexico and nationwide, who have marched, organized and rallied for equality in the face of great opposition.

NMDOT: Work Zone Memorial Coming To New Mexico

on March 13, 2017 - 3:08pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  March 9, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s National Work Zone Memorial will be on display at locations throughout New Mexico through March 16.
 
The national memorial honors highway workers who have been tragically killed in a work zone and will include David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, two NMDOT employees who were killed in a work zone last March.
 
“I urge every New Mexican to please slow down and take every precaution when driving through a work zone,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said.

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