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Bill Signed to Invest $50 Million in Broadband Infrastructure for Public Schools

STATE News:

SANTA FE–Gov. Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 159 (SB159), sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Bernalillo and co-sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Bernalillo. The bill will allow the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC) to expend up to $10 million annually for the next five fiscal years, to correct deficiencies in broadband infrastructure in schools statewide.

“This is the single largest state investment in broadband access for public schools. Building our education technology infrastructure provides our kids the platform to succeed,” Candelaria said. “SB


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Democrats Nominated At Pre-Primary Convention

Political newcomer Alan Webber, candidate for governor, emerges in second place from Saturday’s Democratic Pre-Primary Convention. Courtesy photo

DPNM News:

More than 1,800 Democrats from across New Mexico came together for Saturday’s Pre-Primary Convention at the Route 66 Casino Hotel on Laguna Pueblo to introduce and nominate their 2014 Democratic statewide candidates.

Sen. Howie Morales at Saturday’s Pre-Primary Convention. Courtesy/DPNM

Sen. Howie Morales led in the race for governor with 29 percent of the vote, followed by Allan Webber at 21 percent,


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Rep. Garcia Richard’s End of Session Wrap-Up

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
 
By Rep. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
New Mexico House District 43

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “You may delay, but time will not.” These words ring true as I reflect on the 30-day legislative session and what we were able to accomplish as individuals and a body. While a 30-day session has its challenges, time mainly being the biggest hindrance, I am proud to report I was able to secure passage of three pieces of legislation and aide in the passage of key education reform legislation to shore up our lottery scholarship solvency crisis and increase funding to our


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Governor Acts on 11 Pieces of Legislation

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez signed House Bill 99 into law Sunday. House Bill 99, Adult Fall Risk and Awareness Program, provides $100,000 in recurring funds to the Department of Health (DOH) to establish a statewide program to promote adult fall risk awareness, education, training and prevention, as well as to track and analyze data for adult fall risk.

 

This legislation passed both the New Mexico Senate and House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support.

 

Martinez also acted on the following legislation:

  • Signed SB 81 –

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Students with Asthma and Allergic Reactions Can Be Treated in Emergency Situations

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation to allow school nurses to administer medication for asthma attacks and allergic reactions even if students do not have a prescription, a measure that could save lives.

 

“When a student suffers from an allergic reaction or an asthma attack, every second counts. The longer it takes to provide treatment, the greater the risk,” Martinez said. “By signing today’s bill, a school nurse will now be able to administer the medicine a student needs. This law can and will save lives.”

 

School nurses already provide medications


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Gov. Signs Legislation For Voluntary Statewide Community Health Worker Training …

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation to create a voluntary statewide community health worker training and certification program.

“Community health workers are an important piece of our health care workforce, particularly in rural and underserved areas of New Mexico,” Martinez said. “By establishing uniform professional standards, more New Mexicans who seek to further their careers as health care professionals will be able to serve our families and communities while continuing to deliver the high-quality care New Mexicans need and deserve.”

A community


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Historian Heather McClenahan Speaks March 13 at LAFRW Meeting

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at noon, March 13 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr. 

Heather McClenahan will inform the group about the Los Alamos History Class she offers as well as update them on the Manhatten Project National Park.  

All registered Republican women are invited to attend. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items for LA Cares and toiletries for the Women’s Shelter in Espanola.

Contact Donna MacDonald 505.662.4001 for information.


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Governor Signs Alternative Fuel Bill

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE–Gov. Susana Martinez signed House Bill 30 (HB 30) sponsored by Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales, D-Taos and Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo.

The legislation adjusts and equalizes tax rates among different fuel types, eliminates outdated obstacles to alternative fuel use and streamlines administrative processes. HB 30 has the endorsement of the Legislative Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee.

“I’m very pleased that this legislation was signed by the Governor,” Keller said. “These changes will clear the path for


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Ben Ray Luján Garners 98.43 Percent of Delegate Vote at Pre-Primary Convention

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Ben Ray Luján earned overwhelming support at Saturday’s Democratic Pre-Primary Convention in his bid for re-election to New Mexico’s Third Congressional District. Lujan earned a spot on the Democratic primary ticket by winning 98 percent of the delegate vote. He captured 566 of the 575 delegate votes cast. This marks the second consecutive pre-primary convention in which Luján has secured over 90 percent of the vote.

“I have been honored to serve the people of New Mexico and the only Congressional District I have called home. This


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Governor Acts on Nine Pieces of Legislation

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez signed House Bill 51 and Senate Bill 182 into law.

 

House Bill 51, Right to Farm Nuisance Changes, protects New Mexico farmers and ranchers from encroaching urban sprawl and unfair nuisance lawsuits by stipulating that agricultural operations that have been in existence at least one year shall not be considered a nuisance, unless operated negligently or illegally.

 

Senate Bill 182, Corrections Industry Division Product Sales, authorizes the Corrections Industries Division of the New Mexico Corrections


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Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Press Energy Secretary Moniz on Next Steps for WIPP

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met Thursday with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the agency’s ongoing response to the incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

The lawmakers together reiterated the message that it is critical for the DOE to be as open and responsive to the Carlsbad community, where residents understandably are concerned about health and safety in the wake of the accident. Additionally, they pressed


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Wildfire Funding Reform in President’s Budget

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applaud the news that President Obama incorporated into his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal a plan based on a bill they cosponsored to reform federal wildfire policy.

 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

The change, which still must be approved by Congress, would fund major wildfires the same as other natural disasters and free up funding to prevent future fires. 

“Wildfires are as devastating in New Mexico and the rest of the West as hurricanes are on the East and Gulf coasts, and our


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Estevan López Nominated To Lead Bureau of Reclamation

Estevan R. López, P.E.

 

STATE News:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that Estevan R. López has been nominated to serve as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. López, a native New Mexican and a graduate of New Mexico Tech, is being nominated replace outgoing Commissioner and Las Cruces native Michael Connor. Connor was recently confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

 

“Estevan López is highly qualified to lead the Bureau of Reclamation. With his experience in public service and the private sector, he brings a wealth of knowledge


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Heinrich: Senate Intelligence Committee Oversees The CIA, Not The Other Way Around

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today released the following statement on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its congressional oversight:

“The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around. Since I joined the Committee, the CIA has refused to engage in good faith on the Committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Instead, the CIA has consistently tried to cast doubt on the accuracy and quality of


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Udall: President’s Budget Proposal Good News For New Mexicans Overall

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement about the President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request:

“The president’s budget is a statement of the administration’s priorities for the year to come, and overall, it contains good news for New Mexicans. It continues to roll back the devastating sequestration cuts that risked jobs and threatened our state’s economy. Fiscally responsible investments in innovation and manufacturing, improving


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Letter to the Editor: Comment on Recent News Reports

Comment on Recent News Reports

By JIM HALL
President of LAPS Board

The following comments represent my opinion, as the president of the Los Alamos School Board, and are not an official statement of the Los Alamos Public School Board (the Board).

It is important to emphasize two important points in light of recent news reports. First, the LAPS Board does not vote nor does it take any action in executive session. All votes are in open session and on items on the agenda. There has not been any vote on Dr. Schmidt’s contract. Any reports of individual Board member support or opposition on ANY LAPS subject


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School Board Divided 3-2 To Retain Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board is divided 3-2 to retain Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. Board Vice President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Secretary Matthew Williams and member Kevin Honnell do not favor extending Schmidt’s contract for another year.

The School Board convened its fourth and final closed door session Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Chamisa Elementary conference room to discuss the evaluation of Schmidt. Monday, Schmidt announced his intent to resign effective June 30.

School Board President Jim Hall


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Letter to the Editor: Elections For All But Los Alamos

Elections For All But Los Alamos

By RICHARD “SKIP” DUNN
Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative

Ahhh!  Hints of spring are in the air. The Sandhill Cranes are flying north, the days are longer, and communities all over New Mexico are alive and vibrant with talk and debate surrounding the issues and candidates to be voted on in the municipal elections.

In New Mexico, most municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday in March (March 4 this year) including surrounding towns of Santa Fe, Espanola, Jemez Springs and Taos: and in all the farthest reaches


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Governor Signs Bill to Eliminate Aircraft Sales Tax, Encourage Growth in NM’s Aviation Industry

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • Legislation Could Create 125 New Jobs, Make NM More Competitive with Surrounding States

Roswell—Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law legislation that will eliminate the sales tax on the purchase of aircraft over 10,000 pounds, a move that can spur growth in New Mexico’s aviation industry and create up to 125 good-paying jobs in Roswell alone.

 

Because New Mexico currently taxes the sale of an aircraft, pilots simply fly to places like Texas — where buyers are not penalized — to complete the sale, saving up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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LAFRW Celebrates 60 Years

LAFRW News:

Save the date … The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a luncheon noon–1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1 at Fuller Lodge.

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez will be the guest speaker.  Everyone is invited to join in the celebration.

For more information, contact Kelly Benner at 505.672.1611.


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