House Democrats: Bill To Add Protection For Pregnancy And Related Conditions Passes First Committee


SANTA FE – Today, House Bill 25, which amends the Human Rights Act to add protection for pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions unanimously passed the House Labor, Veterans’ and Military Affairs Committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics (D-Albuquerque), House Bill 25 expands the protections afforded to pregnant workers under the Human Rights Act, ensuring pregnant employees can earn a living and help uplift our state’s economy.

“It’s time to end these discriminatory practices and show the country that New

Book Signing: The Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexican Recipes At Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday

Front cover of The Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexican Recipes by Liddie Martinez. Courtesy/Pajarito Press


Los Alamos Daily Post is hosting a book signing 2-4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 1 for its food columnist Liddie Martinez and her recently released cookbook, The Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexican Recipes, published by Pajarito Press LLC.

The community is invited to enjoy refreshments, ask Martinez questions, acquire a book, and have her sign it at Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters, 1247 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos.  

In her cookbook, Martinez shares her

On The Job In Los Alamos: Professor Kevin Bankens Earns Shotokan Karate 5th Degree Black Belt

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday is Professor Kevin Bankens who received his master’s degree in Shotokan Karate 5th degree black belt. Gathered with Bankens Tuesday, front from left, Sensei Nickolas Wilson and Sensei Raymond Mott and back row from left, Evelyn Bankens, Kevin ‘Conan’ Bankens, O’Sensei Rod Prejean, Master Rhuel Luttrell, Jeff Corwon and Frances Anchondo. Bankens began his lifelong journey in martial arts at 8 years old in 1978. He studied at Lake Charles Karate School under O’sensei Rod Prejean in the art of Shotokan karate. Bankens rose through the ranks and began to fight in

Governor Authorizes ‘Licensing For All’ Bill SB 137

NMDT News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham sent a message Friday to Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen authorizing Senate Bill 137 to move forward during the 30-day session.

The bill expands access to professional and occupational licensing to ALL New Mexicans, no matter immigration status. SB 137 is sponsored by Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Rep. Javier Martinez.

The NM Dream Team has put together a fact sheet to provide more details on its campaign for SB 137. 

NMDT Campaign Manager Felipe Rodriguez said:

“SB 137 will play an important role in the transformative decade that Gov.


Checker Vangie Mondragon Retires After 38 Years!

Vangie Mondragon celebrates her last day on the job Friday as a checker at Smith’s Marketplace. She worked 38 years in the grocery business, beginning her career with Safeway, which was purchased by Furrs and then Smith’s Food and Drug. At Friday’s celebration, Mondragon was honored for her service with flowers, cake and a brand new watch. She will now embark on her new career as grandmother to her first grandchild, a boy born Thursday. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

McQuiston: When Life Brings Storms, A Personal Umbrella Policy Protects You

The Jemez Agency

Many personal insurance policies provide liability coverage to protect you if you are sued as a result of an injury for which you are responsible, whether it is bodily injury or personal injury.

We all know that lawsuits can stem from just about anything. But what happens when the liability on your auto or home insurance policy is not enough to fulfill a judgment against you?

If you carry a Personal Umbrella policy, you potentially have coverage for the amount of the judgment above your normal limits that would otherwise come out of your own pocket.

A Personal Umbrella

Scenes From Ortega’s Weaving Shop In Chimayó

Ortega’s Weaving Shop in Chimayó offers authentic Chimayó weaving, a tradition with roots deep in old Spanish Colonial New Mexico. Seen here during a visit Saturday, Ortega’s Weaving Shop opened its doors in 1900 in a small house in the back of this relatively new shop built in the 1980s at CR 98 at NM 76 in Chimayó. is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. For more information, call the shop at 505.351.4215 or visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Owner Robert Ortega has been a part of Ortega’s Weaving Shop since he was born 66 years ago.

Rotary President Phil Dabney Discusses Career Path

Rotary President Phil Dabney discusses career path into law at Tuesday Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Linda Hull


During the weekly meeting, Tuesday Jan. 21, Rotary Club President Phil Dabney described his career path into law beginning with his studies at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) where he was a journalism student. 

After interviewing Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun for a student newspaper feature, Dabney, who also had become friends with the University’s Dean of the College of Law, decided to go into the legal field.

He began practicing in 1986, first

CDD Director Discusses Building Permitting Process

Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus

Los Alamos Daily Post

The process a commercial property owner needs to maneuver through to receive a building permit and ultimately a certificate of occupancy isn’t always easy.

The ability to be open for business may involve additional expenses, hiring contractors and architects and sharing design plans and work scopes with building officials.

The process can feel aggravating and lengthy but one piece of advice Community Development Department (CDD) Director Paul Andrus offers for any


On The Job In Los Alamos: Renting Car At Enterprise


On the job in Los Alamos Monday at Enterprise is customer Nataliia Makedonska, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working through car rental details with Management Trainee Aaron Fisher. Enterprise is at 1040 Airport Road and open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/