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Letter To The Editor: Facts About HB33

on January 12, 2016 - 8:40am
By MORRIE PONGRATZ
Former County Councilor/former School Board member

One of the frustrations during my years on the School Board was that all school district operational funds are allocated by the state on a per-pupil basis, regardless of local cost-of-living. Teachers are paid from the operational fund.

We cannot vote to increase the funding for teacher’s pay, but our community’s continuing support of the property tax referendum, HB33, means that major maintenance, activity buses, ADA compliance, athletic supplies and equipment, music instruments, and district computer hardware and

Seniors Rally Against TPP Trade Deal

on January 12, 2016 - 8:37am
ARA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Retirees and concerned citizens will join a rally at 6 p.m., today, Jan. 12, at the Federation of Labor in Albuquerque (2300 Buena Vista Dr SE #126) to demonstrate their opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. 
 
President Obama is expected to push for passage of the TPP during his State of the Union Address tonight. 
 
Nationally, seniors will hold more than 20 rallies today to draw attention to the fact that the TPP will lock in high prices for prescription drugs. 
 
“The TPP will be bad for jobs and bad for consumers who rely on prescription

DOE Releases ‘2015 Year In Review’ Of EM Los Alamos Field Office

on January 12, 2016 - 8:00am

Workers use a Spider Excavator to remove contaminated soil. Courtesy/EM

DOE EM News:

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) has published its 2015 Year in Review, highlighting last year’s key achievements at the Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and throughout the EM program.

“I was honored this year to be confirmed by the U.S.

NM Lawmakers Pre-File Compromise Bill To Stop Giving Driver’s Licenses To Illegal Immigrants

on January 11, 2016 - 11:37am

STATE News:

SANTA FE  New Mexico State Representatives Paul Pacheco and Andy Nunez pre-filed legislation that will end the practice of giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. 

The bill, HB 99, is a two-tier compromise that would provide REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses to New Mexico citizens and driving privilege cards to undocumented immigrants.

“The practice of giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants is dangerous,” Pacheco said. “New Mexicans are demanding that we must put an end to the policy. I hope the Senate will agree with us this session and start listening

NM Attorney General Supports Hillary Clinton At Iowa’s Black And Brown Forum

on January 11, 2016 - 11:00am

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

DES MOINES, Iowa – As momentum continues to grow for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Iowa, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will be supporting her candidacy at the Black and Brown Forum tonight at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. 

All three Democratic Presidential hopefuls, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, will participate in the forum.

“I’m proud to stand in support of Hillary Clinton as she fights for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

UNM Student Joins Heinrich At State Of Union Address

on January 11, 2016 - 8:24am

UNM student Carielle Bahe to attend State of the Union Address in D.C.. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

  • Heinrich Renews Push To Address College Affordability In Congress In 2016 Legislative Session 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., today announced that University of New Mexico (UNM) student Carielle Bahe from the Navajo Nation will be his special guest at President Obama's final State of the Union Address Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Bahe, a junior at UNM studying Secondary Education, grew up in Crownpoint, N.M., and graduated with honors from Crownpoint High School in May 2013.

“I am

Letter To The Editor: Please Join Us In The Renewal Of HB33 School Tax

on January 10, 2016 - 11:53am
By SUSAN AND TIM O'LEARY
Los Alamos

This week, Los Alamos voters received a mail-in ballot on the question of continuing a modest property tax levy to support our local public schools. The measure authorizes the continuation of a $3.25 tax on every $1,000 dollars of assessed real property valuation. Because of all the exemptions in our housing valuation system, a yes vote on this ballot would mean that a typical home with a market value of $300,000 would continue to pay a little over $300 a year, generating about $2.2 million per year for our local schools.

We’re writing to respectfully

Letter To The Editor: A Vote For HB33 Is A Vote For Our Community

on January 10, 2016 - 11:44am
By STEVEN GIRRENS
Los Alamos

The overall health of our community is closely tied to the health and vitality of our local public schools. It’s true. Would you move to a town where your children could not get a quality education? I didn’t.

A vote in favor of the Los Alamos Public Schools Referendum (House Bill 33) is a vote in favor of our community. The funding received as a result of this Referendum means that the children in our community are our priority.

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