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House Education Committee Passes Teacher Raises

on February 14, 2018 - 12:34pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, a bill to raise pay for New Mexico teachers passed the House Education Committee and now heads to the House Floor.

SB 119, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), would increase minimum salaries for all teacher levels.

“We have seen other bills come up around increasing teacher pay that don’t incorporate the proposed raise into the state budget, which makes it really hard to move the legislation forward.

Vote To Put Patients First Makes History

on February 14, 2018 - 11:57am
House Democrats News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, a bipartisan bill to ensure patients get the right medication at the right time made history, and passed the House Floor.
 
Senate Bill 11, sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque) and Senators Elizabeth Stefanics (D-Cerrillos) and Gay G. Kernan (R-Hobbs), would improve “step therapy”, the practice used by insurance companies to cut costs by requiring patients to try more affordable treatment options before more expensive ones.
 
SB 11 would allow doctors to skip treatments that have

Lab Stabilization Bill Heads To Governor’s Office!

on February 14, 2018 - 10:28am

STATE News:

Senate Bill 17, the Lab Stabilization Bill, passed the House overnight 48-19 and is headed to Gov. Susana Martinez to sign into law.

SB 17 is a bill to stabilize gross receipts tax revenues received from prime contractors at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

Prime contractors have been paying tax since 1979 at Sandia and 2006 at LANL. In Fiscal Year 2016, the State received some $162 million paid through the two Lab contracts through GRT.

SB17 is sponsored by Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Sen. Richard C. Martinez and Sen. Carlos R.

BCBSNM Awards Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grant To PEEC And New Mexico Wildlife Center

on February 14, 2018 - 7:55am
Smiles are abundant at Nature Playtimes programs. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) have received a Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico Healthy Kids Health Families (HKHF) grant for the popular, free Nature Playtimes program.
 
The grant will ensure that PEEC can continue to provide this program to the community every Monday morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.
 
The grant also provides funds for the NMWC to begin a pilot program of Nature Playtimes at its facility in

United States Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Combatting Violence Against Native Women

on February 14, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, cohosted a listening session on combatting violence against Native women.
 
In the listening session, Udall sought input from Tribes on implementing and improving the landmark legislation that amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to restore Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on Tribal lands.
 
"Thank you for your work and advocacy on these important issues.

Purgatory Resort Gets 15 Inches – It's A Powder Day!

on February 14, 2018 - 7:47am
Scene Tuesday at Purgatory Resort. Photo by Scott Smith
 
SKI News:

Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo., received 15 inches of snow over the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the past three days and 95 percent of its trails are now open as a result of all this fresh powder.

Another 14 inches is in the forecast for today and Thursday.

Purgatory has great activities planned for Valentine's Day, including a special prix fixe dinner at Purgy's, and an Alpenglow Snowshoe Tour.

Cebollita Prescribed Burn Starts In March

on February 14, 2018 - 7:40am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin a broadcast prescribed burn in March in the Cebollita area to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
As weather conditions permit, the Cebollita prescribed burn could take place anytime between March 1 and March 17.
 
Up to 1,900 acres of hazardous fuels could be treated in the Cebollita area by hand and aerial ignitions.

BLM: Revision To Methane Waste Prevention Rule

on February 14, 2018 - 7:19am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As part of President Trump’s Executive Order 13783 promoting energy independence [Section 7 (6)(iv)] from March 28, 2017, to review and modify federal regulations that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and energy development, the Bureau of Land Management today announced a proposal to revise the 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the venting and flaring rule).  
 
The proposed rule would eliminate duplicative regulatory requirements and re-establish long-standing requirements that the 2016 final rule sought to replace.

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