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Sen. Howie C. Morales: Costly Superintendent Buyouts Can And Should Be Eliminated

on September 7, 2015 - 11:14am
Jessica Martinez, veteran educator
And JESSICA S. MARTINEZ, veteran educator

A contract between public school boards and the superintendents is typically a term of three years nationwide.

Sen. Howie Morales

These contracts typically include a buyout provision should the district find it necessary to terminate the contract for reasons ranging from unsatisfactory performance to violations of the negotiated contract. These buyouts include the annual salary plus the salary of years remaining on the contract.

Environmental Research Reflected In Obama’s Trip To The Arctic

on September 6, 2015 - 9:26am
Cathy Wilson says, 'I am collecting shallow cores to quantify the depth of the peat layer in the soil. The peat thickness strongly controls the transfer of heat from the atmosphere into the deeper soil, which impacts how deep the soil thaws each year. We then use the hole in the ground to perform hydrologic measurements. Peat depth and hydraulic conductivity are two important parameters that go into our models that predict the rates of permafrost thaw.' Courtesy photo
Frozen Methane Bubbles in Alaska: When ice-rich permafrost thaws, former tundra and forest turns into a thermokarst lake

AFTNM Recognizes Labor Day

on September 6, 2015 - 8:39am


Sacrifices of Past Generations of American Workers Still Matter Today                                          

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The American worker has fought for, and is responsible for, the end of child labor, overtime pay, an 8-hour work week, and safer working conditions, among many other rights we currently enjoy in the modern workplace.


“It is only fitting we recognize this day, as a nation, in honor of the struggle of working men and women – a struggle which is far

Lunch With A Leader Features David Puddu

on September 6, 2015 - 8:07am
The League of Women Voters will have its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, at 11:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15 in Mesa Public Library. This month's leader is Monitor publisher David Puddu. 
Puddu has been a newspaper publisher for 28 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, he earned a Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been in Los Alamos for one year. Prior to his arrival; he spent 13 years as VP/COO of Number Nine Media, Inc. a subsidiary of the Albuquerque Journal.

Udall On Need To Extend LWCF At Valles Caldera

on September 5, 2015 - 11:56am

 Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge, left, is among a group that gathered Friday with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/Sen. Udall's Office

Sen. Tom Udall, second from right, and the group participate in a cookout. Courtesy/Sen. Udall's Office


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall hosted a roundtable discussion Friday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve on the urgent need to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at the Valles Caldera.

He participated in a group discussion about the need to reauthorize and fully fund

AFT Lawsuit Against NMPED Moves Forward

on September 5, 2015 - 11:22am


American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“Thursday’s ruling from Judge Thomson is an important acknowledgement in our lawsuit against the abusive policies of the New Mexico Department of Public Education under the leadership of Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera. Judge Thomson’s granting of a hearing for a preliminary injunction beginning on Sept. 16 is a huge win for our union and all educators across New Mexico.”

“We fundamentally disagree with

Udall Hosts Roundtable To Highlight Need To Extend LWCF At Valles Caldera National Preserve Friday

on September 3, 2015 - 2:30pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. om Udall will host a roundtable discussion Friday on the urgent need to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The LWCF conserves and promotes public access to the country’s national parks, forests and public lands, but it is set to expire at the end of the month without congressional action. New Mexico Wildlife Federation leaders and several other conservation partners will join the conversation.

While at the Valles Caldera, Udall also will receive an update on the management transition

House Speaker Creates Investigative Committee To Assess Charges Against Secretary Of State

on September 3, 2015 - 10:51am
House Speaker Don Tripp
New Mexico Speaker Don Tripp issued the following statement about creating a Special Committee to investigate charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran: 
Secretary of State Dianna Duran
Given the serious nature of the allegations made by the Attorney General against the Secretary of State, I believe the appropriate and responsible next step for the House of Representatives is to begin the process of determining whether these charges have merit and rise to the level of impeachment.