New Mexico Minimum Wage Increase Begins Jan. 1


Jan. 1, 2020, the New Mexico Minimum Wage will increase to $9 an hour. This increase is in accordance with an amendment to the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act signed into law April 1, 2019 by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020:

  • State minimum wage: $9 per hour; and
  • State tipped minimum wage: $2.35 per hour.

Attached you will find the updated Minimum Wage poster that employers are required to display in a place where employees can easily see it. 

Minimum wage is the lowest wage that an employer is legally required to pay to workers. NMDWS enforces the state and federal minimum


James Russ Elected President Of State Realtors Assoc.

James Russ II
NMAR News:
James Russ II, broker/owner of Sierra Blanca Realty in Ruidoso, has begun his term as 2020 President of the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR).
Russ has more than 20 years of professional real estate service and experience. In 2014 he served as president of the Ruidoso/Lincoln County Association of REALTORS and in 2013 he was named their REALTOR of the Year.
He has served in many capacities, including as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of NMAR. Russ will serve on the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) RPAC


Highlights From County Council Meeting Dec. 17

Los Alamos Daily Post

Dec. 17 was the final meeting for the Los Alamos County Council in 2019. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:


Public Voices Concern For LAMC OBGYN Services

During public comment, several individuals expressed concern that Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is at risk of losing its obstetrics and gynecology services.

Community Health Council Vice Chair and Chair of Baby Net Carie Fanning said she thought that after decades of continuous use, LAMC’s mother/baby unit is in jeopardy of closing. “Continuous local


NM Housing Market Continues On Pace For Good Year

NMAR News:
The addition of November sales to year-to-date figures brings the 2019 total over the year-end total reported in 2017.
This means 2019 will be the second best year for the housing market since the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) started keeping statistics in 2008. Only last year, 2018, which was an record-breaking year on all counts, saw more sales than those recorded to-date for 2019.

“1,921 sales were reported during November 2019. This number brings the 2019 year-to-date figure to 23,328, over 1,000 sales more than reported for all of 2017,” 2019 NMAR President


Virginia Tech Student Entrepreneurs Showcase Their Emerging Desktop Robotics Company At Autodesk Expo

From left, Kaelum Hasler, Bradley Turner and Martin Angst represented their emerging desktop robotics company at the Autodesk Expo in November. ‘Rendyr epitomizes the potential of Virginia Tech students to change the world through launching a new venture while pursuing their degree,’ said Sean Collins, director of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. Rendyr seeks to democratize access to prototyping tools and could be a game changer in multiple industries, Collns said, adding that Apex ‘is proud to support this amazing group of talented students as they bring their


National Newspaper Association Calls For Civility And Respect For Reporters On The Job

NNA News:
National Newspaper Association President Matthew Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget, issued a call for civility and respect for journalists as they do their jobs.
His call follows the release of a news report about a reporter in Chattooga County (Georgia) who was attacked while covering a local meeting.
Reporter Casie Bryant, with an internet publication called All of Georgia, was the victim of battery when the wife of a county commissioner ⁠— who was apparently upset at the publication’s news coverage ⁠— poured a soda over Bryant’s head


Los Alamos Native Brian Fishbine Helps To Shine A Light On His Home State In Words And Pictures

Brian Fishbine of Atomic City Lights Publishers visits the Los Alamos Daily Post to talk about his company’s latest offerings. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Brian Fishbine has always been a Renaissance man. He holds a PhD in plasma physics and was initially hired at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a writer/editor. He also worked in research and development. He was the main science writer of Los Alamos Research Quarterly magazine, where he worked with “great editors and first rate designers,”


NMDWS Offices; UI Operations Center Closed Jan. 1

ALBUQUERQUE All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) offices, including the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Operations Center, will be closed all day Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year holiday.
The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.
The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System ( will remain available. Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when normal business hours resume Jan. 2. The normal business hours of the Unemployment


DNCU Exemplifies Spirit Of Community Giving

DNCU staff from left, Priscila Marquez, Nicki Gallegos, Anne Kane, Cindy Martinez, Mandi George, Rita Zamora and Matthew Waldschmidt in front of DNCU at 1000 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
DNCU staff in front row, Member Service Specialist Priscila Marquez, left, and Member Service Consultant Nicki Gallegos. Back row from left, Vice President – Finance Anne Kane, Assistant Vice President of Service Delivery Matthew Waldschmidt, Assistant Branch Manager Cindy Martinez, Mortgage Loan Officer Mandi George and Automobile Representative Rita Zamora


Data Shows Higher Wages, Jobs For EDD Investments

Virgin Galactic announcement at the Roundhouse. Courtesy/EDD 

Secy Keyes at Virgin Galactic Announcement. Courtesy/EDD

EDD News:
SANTA FE During Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first year in office, the New Mexico Economic Development Department has helped create more than 1,700 jobs, boosted private investment in the state by $740 million, and awarded job-training grants for 2,100 new workers at 71 companies, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced.
Keyes held 37 public events or announcements in 18 counties since being named Cabinet Secretary in January.