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Local Law Enforcement Rape Kit Backlog Cleared

on December 14, 2018 - 10:40am

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • State Crime Lab To Test Albuquerque Crime Lab Kits 

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the State Crime Lab has cleared a backlog of 1,388 sexual assault evidence kits (SAEK) for New Mexico law enforcement agencies.

The Governor also announced that the agency will soon begin to process SAEKs for the Albuquerque crime lab to help tackle their backlog.

“Since day one, this project has been focused on bringing justice to victims of sexual assault,” Martinez said.

Final Farm Bill Includes Luján’s Priorities For Land Grants And Acequias

on December 14, 2018 - 8:52am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced that the Conference Report for H.R. 2, the final Farm Bill that will be voted on in the House, includes several of his priorities.
“I am pleased that, in addition to rejecting the House GOP’s cuts to SNAP, this final Farm Bill includes several provisions that will help New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers maintain their quality of life.
“Specifically, the final Farm Bill includes language I authored that will enable acequias to access essential federal funds.

Farm Bill Agreement Includes Boost For Access And Habitat Programs

on December 14, 2018 - 7:22am
TRCP News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on provisions to be included in the 2018 Farm Bill, setting lawmakers up to pass legislation that makes significant investments in land and water conservation and boosts support for hunting and fishing access.
This is welcome news to farmers, ranchers, landowners, and sportsmen and women, who depend on farm bill programs to restore and improve wildlife habitat, enhance water quality, and make private acres available for hunting and fishing.  
“We’re relieved to see a Farm Bill move forward before

Heinrich Urges Reauthorization And Expansion Of Violence Against Women Act

on December 14, 2018 - 6:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a press teleconference Thursday with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native American Women, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called for the reauthorization and expansion of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Nationwide, the number of domestic violence incidents has been cut in half since the enactment of VAWA, and in New Mexico that number has dropped by 35 percent since 2005. One in three women still face domestic violence in New Mexico.
Full audio of the teleconference is available to download

Health Security For New Mexicans Campaign Director Pitches Its Plan To Los Alamos Business People

on December 13, 2018 - 9:59am
Dr. Mary Ray Cate, left, and Mary Feldblum, executive director of the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign explain the benefits of the Health Security Plan at the Chamber Business Breakfast Tuesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Established in 1992, the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign is nothing new, but political changes have brought it more support for its proposal, the Health Security Plan.

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $35 Million To Improve Rural Water Infrastructure In New Mexico

on December 13, 2018 - 9:54am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced $35.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to build and improve rural water and wastewater systems in New Mexico.
The awards were funded through the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, and will help ensure clean water for Tribal lands, colonias, and rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents in New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham Releases Inaugural Schedule Of Events

on December 13, 2018 - 9:48am

Governor-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo

From the Office of Governor-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – Governor-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the full schedule of events to commemorate her Tuesday, Jan. 1, inauguration as Governor of New Mexico.

The inaugural theme, “Imagine a Thriving New Mexico,” highlights Lujan Grisham’s top priority as governor to jumpstart the economy for working families and build a stronger education system for New Mexico’s children.

“New Mexico has far greater opportunity than it has challenges.

Head2Head: The Reagan-Bush Years

on December 13, 2018 - 8:31am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Okay, I fibbed about finishing up with history this time. I’m writing extra columns this month to get past that log-jam. A lot happened in the 1980s, once I started thinking about it.

The Nixon’s fall in the wake of Watergate led to disillusionment with politics and Washington on all sides.

A mild-mannered former Democratic governor of Georgia seemed like the antidote.