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State, Nation & World

Legislative Roundup: 24 Days Remaining In Session 

Legislative Session
The Santa Fe New Mexican

Police pay: Lawmakers say one way to address rising crime rates in the state is to ensure it has enough law enforcement officers on the job. Members of the House Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee on Monday voted unanimously to move forward House Bill 86, which would provide 5 percent pay raises every five years for New Mexico police officers.

The raises, aimed at retaining officers, would come at the five-, 10-, 15- and 20-year marks. Rep. Ryan Lane, R-Aztec, one of the sponsors of the bill, said the retention pay proves “we value Read More

Law Enforcement Retention Bill Passes Committee With Strong Bipartisan Support … Bill Would Provide Bonuses For Experienced Officers To Stay On Force

Bill Co-sponsor Rep. Meredith Dixon

New Mexico Legislature News:

SANTA FE – HB 86, which would help improve public safety across New Mexico by ensuring the state can retain experienced law enforcement officers, passed the House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee today with a unanimous 9-0 vote, with all six Democrats and three Republicans voting in favor.

HB 86 would create the Law Enforcement Retention Fund to help New Mexico retain police officers by offering them bonuses of 5 percent of their annual salary every five years they remain in law enforcement. This would encourage Read More

New Mexico County Insurance Authority Membership Conducts Board Elections


SANTA FE – At its annual meeting Jan. 18, the New Mexico County Insurance Authority (NMCIA) membership conducted elections for three population category directors and ratified the appointment of six Class A County directors.

The NMCIA pool members ratified the Class A commission appointments to the board of directors:

  • Lisa Sedillo-White, Bernalillo Deputy County Manager for General Services;
  • Shirley Ragin, Bernalillo Deputy County Manager for Finance;
  • Shannon Reynolds, Doña Ana County Commissioner;
  • Cynthia Singleton, San Juan County Claims Manager;
  • Michael Meek, Sandoval
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FBI: Mexican National In Court To Face Carjacking Charge

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Jesus Manuel Castaneda-Villa, 31, of Mexico, made an initial appearance in federal court today, facing charges of carjacking and carrying, using, or possessing a firearm during, in relation to or in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Castaneda-Villa remains in custody pending a preliminary and detention hearing scheduled for Jan. 26.

According to a criminal complaint, the victim allegedly met with Castaneda-Villa, her ex-boyfriend, in a hotel in Las Cruces. After the two began to argue, Castaneda-Villa allegedly threatened the victim and threw a toolbox at her. Read More

DVS: ‘Boots To Business: Reboot’ Two-Day Online Seminar For Veterans, Others Feb. 1 & 2

DVS News: 

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)—the veterans business development division of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and San Juan College are hosting a two-day online Boots to Business: Reboot” seminar Feb. 1 & 2 for anyone interested in starting or growing a small business.

Though the VBOC typically presents these seminars just for veterans and transitioning active-duty personnel, an invitation is extended to any entrepreneurial-minded person for this two-day seminar—which will run four hours each day, from 8 a.m.-noon. Read More

NSCW: With National School Choice Week Underway, American Families Eye Future Of K-12 Education

NSCW News:

Programs and policies offering school choice opportunities expanded in 19 states in 2021, and parents are exploring these options, with 52 percent of parents saying they have considered a new or different school in the last year.

Millions of teachers, students, and community leaders across the nation are sharing their hopes and needs for the future of K-12 education as the twelfth annual National School Choice Week (Jan. 23-29) kicks off. 

Before the Week’s official kick-off, parents in 10 states explored their area’s education options at multi-school fairs School Fair Saturday Read More

Topper Swimmers Roll To Team Titles At Griffin Invite; Girls Undefeated This Season

Seniors Orion Henderson and Kelly Wetteland have combined for four school records this season. Both were named to the 2020-21 High School All-America team and are under consideration for the 2021-22 team. Courtesy/Stu Corliss

The Topper girls team, sporting tutus crafted by sophomore standout Anna Wetteland, are undefeated in the 2021-22 season. The team is captained by seniors Kamaya Ronning, front left and Sylvia Holesinger, front right. Courtesy/Stu Corliss

LAHS Swimming Coach

The Los Alamos Hilltoppers won both the boys and the girls team competition at the Griffin Read More

More Than 2,000 Teachers Earn National Board Certification; 130,000 Now Teach To Profession’s Highest Standards

NBCT president & CEO Peggy Brookins

NBCT News:

Despite the unprecedented impact of a pandemic, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 2,073 teachers became National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in the 2020-2021 school year.

Showing their deep commitment to student learning and the teaching profession, these teachers represent 49 states plus the District of Columbia. 

With the 5,304 teachers who renewed or maintained their certificate this year, there is now a total of 130,630 teachers from all 50 states who teach to the highest standards in Read More

Heinrich, Luján Welcome Almost $5 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding To Support Tribal Housing Projects


WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) are welcoming almost $5 million in Indian Community Development Block Grants (ICDBG) to support Tribal housing projects in New Mexico.

The funding, made possible by the American Rescue Plan, will be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Safe and affordable housing is absolutely essential to self-determination and Tribal sovereignty,” Heinrich said. “I’m proud that the American Rescue Plan continues to support Tribal housing projects in communities where families Read More

Valles Caldera National Preserve Latest Access Guidelines

Bobcat walking through a valle at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) is as follows:

The park landscape remains open to vehicles along N.M. 4 and pedestrian/bicycle access along trails, as designated.

There are some areas of the park that Read More