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State, Nation & World

Optimism Marks Opening Of 2020 Legislative Session

Members of the New Mexico National Guard present the colors as the 2020 Legislative Session gets underway Tuesday in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard and Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler, both of Los Alamos gather for a photo at the opening of the legislative session Tuesday at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE – The 30-Day Session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature got underway Tuesday at the Roundhouse.


U.S. Supreme Court Action On Abortion Could Prompt Special Session Of New Mexico Legislature

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The New Mexican

Democrats in the state Senate say they still don’t have enough votes to repeal an old, unenforceable abortion ban that remains in New Mexico law.

They believe a failed effort in the 2019 legislative session — when a handful of conservative Democrats joined Republicans to block it — could see the same results in this year’s 30-day session.

But with the U.S. Supreme Court poised to hear a Louisiana case that is expected to test the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, Senate Democrats and


Legislative Roundup: Days Remaining In Session 29

Legislative Roundup

New Mexican

Days remaining in session: 29

Bring out the guillotines: Climate activists rallied outside the Roundhouse prior to the governor’s address Tuesday, demanding action on global warming and an end to fracking. Amid a crowd of around 100 people, there was drumming, and one protester, Bobbe Besold of Santa Fe, danced while holding a giant skeleton and a sign that read “Extraction is Extinction.”

At one point, activists placed three young people’s heads in three fake guillotines, with angled blades held up by ropes attached to blocks of


SFNF: Public Comment On Proposed Recreation Fees

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is looking for public input on proposed changes to the management of the developed recreation program.

These changes will impact campgrounds and day-use sites on all five national forests in New Mexico – the Carson, Gila, Lincoln and Santa Fe National Forests and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

Several different management options are being considered, including raising fees at some recreation sites, charging new fees at other sites, eliminating or repurposing some developed recreation sites, and collaborating


House Speaker Brian Egolf Shares Priorities For 2020 Legislative Session In Opening Remarks Tuesday

Speaker of the House Brian Egolf opens the 30-Day Session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature Tuesday at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMDP News:

SANTA FE — Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) opened the 30-Day Session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature Tuesday with remarks asserting House priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session.

Focused on passing a responsible budget that continues investing and uplifting a generation from poverty through education, House Democrats are also committed to securing a better future through economic diversification


Governor Issues Second State Of State Address

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham enters the House Chamber this afternoon at the Roundhouse to deliver her State of the State Address. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers her State of the State Address this afternoon before a joint session of the House and Senate at the State Capitol. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued her second annual State of the State address today at the Roundhouse.

The governor launched the second session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature with a speech


New Mexico Counties Push For Jail, Sheriff Funding


New Mexican

An organization that represents New Mexico county governments is pushing the state Legislature to increase reimbursements to counties for the rising costs of transporting state prisoners and providing behavioral health care to state inmates housed in county jails and youth centers.

The Santa Fe-based nonprofit New Mexico Counties is seeking a more than $6 million increase to the County Detention Facility Reimbursement Fund, which now stands at $2.3 million a year.

State law allows county sheriff’s offices to charge the state per diem and mileage expenses


Governor, Staff Gear Up For State Of State Address

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


New Mexican

On the roughly eight-hour flight from Chicago to Dublin, Ireland, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s speechwriter and top communications staffer started a draft of what will be her second annual address to the Legislature.

Six hours and 6,000 words later, Tripp Stelnicki closed his laptop and braced himself to meet his sister’s fiancé in Ireland.

Since then, Stelnicki said, the document has run the gantlet, viewed and honed by the governor’s chief of staff, John Bingaman, senior adviser Dominic Gabello and the governor


54th Annual Legislative Session Begins Noon Today

Legislative Roundup:

The New Mexican

Days remaining in session: 30

In the beginning: The 54th annual legislative session begins at noon today at the state Capitol on the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to give her State of the State address outlining her initiatives on the floor of the House of Representatives, though that event generally occurs later in the afternoon.

Musical political chairs: The Senate’s Committee on Committees meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Room 326 to discuss assignments. Members will choose a successor for Sen.


AGU: Air Pollution From Oil And Gas Production Sites Visible From Space

OMI NO2 map and NOx emission estimates.(a) Absolute changes in OMI tropospheric NO2VCDs between 2007 and 2018 for the continental U.S. Green boxes denote major U.S. oil and gas production regions. The insets show the NO2 VCD change between 2007 and 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, over the Permian basin. (b) 2015 FOG NOx emission estimates for the areas outlined in (a) ©2019 American Geophysical Union. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

Oil and gas production has doubled in some parts of the United States in the last two years, and scientists can use satellites to see impacts of that trend: a significant