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Beauties For Big Brothers Big Sisters

on February 24, 2015 - 10:22am

Miss Northern New Mexico Rose Lea of Los Alamos. Photo by Try'N'Fly Photography of Los Alamos

BBBS News:

Los Alamos’ own Miss Northern New Mexico 2015 will be bringing “Beauties for Big Brothers Big Sisters” to this year’s Fire and Ice Festival in Jemez Springs.

Come out to Fitzgerald Park 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and purchase your chance to toss a pie at Miss Northern New Mexico, as well as other delegates of the Miss United States Organization. If you’re really feeling ferocious, you can even get the opportunity to plant a pie right in a beauty queen’s face.

Speaker Tripp Releases Statement On Passing Of Former House Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez

on February 24, 2015 - 8:28am


SANTA FE – House Speaker Don Tripp released the following statement on the passing of former Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez:

“Gilbert Lopez dedicated his life to serving the people of New Mexico. Including his tenure as the sergeant-at-arms, Lopez served in the State Capitol for 23 years before retiring in 2014. He is a man of great honor. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Memorial honoring House Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez at his retirement following the 2014 legislative session:

WHEREAS, after twenty-three years of working at the state capitol, Gilbert Lopez,

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest's Cuba Ranger District

on February 24, 2015 - 7:41am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District this week.

The La Jara prescribed pile burns, a remaining total of 56 acres, may continue through March 30, only if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Legislation To Expand State’s Voyeurism Law Passes House Floor With Unanimous Vote

on February 24, 2015 - 7:33am

Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage


SANTA FE – Legislation that would crack down on sexual predators attempting to secretly view or record a person’s intimate areas has passed the House floor by a bipartisan vote of 59-5.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-San Juan County, will now go the State Senate. 

“We have the right to our privacy and must make sure these rights are protected,” said Clahchischilliage, of Kirtland, the bill’s sponsor. “This legislation will help protect New Mexico’s families from predators. I look forward to a vote by the Senate.”

New Mexico Senate Unanimously Confirms Higher Education Department Secretary Barbara Damron

on February 23, 2015 - 9:09pm

Barbara Damron


SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed Higher Education Department (HED) Cabinet Secretary Barbara Damron.

Damron received numerous praises from both sides of the aisle throughout the proceedings.

“I am both honored and privileged to be given this tremendous responsibility by Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Senate” Damron said. “All education stakeholders must work together to guide students down a successful academic path.”

Damron has more than 30 years of experience as an executive, health care provider, scientist,

Think New Mexico Again Recognized Among Top Think Tanks

on February 23, 2015 - 7:07pm
TNM News:
For the third year in a row, Think New Mexico has been recognized as one of the top think tanks in the world by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program.
The recognition came in TTCSP’s eighth annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report,” which TTCSP describes as “the gold standard for think tanks around the world.”
Think New Mexico increased its ranking to 56th in the world (up from 57th in 2013 and 70th in 2012) in the Special Achievement category of “Best Advocacy Campaign.” It was the

Letter To The Editor: Death By Democracy At The Roundhouse

on February 23, 2015 - 6:57pm
Santa Fe

This is a tale of two hearings at the Roundhouse: House Bill 44, which required background checks for all purchasers of firearms at gun shows; and HB 189, which loosens requirements for gun safety for concealed weapons permits.

The hearings I attended were a microcosm of the dangers our democracy faces. They demonstrated what paralyzes politics in New Mexico and the nation because of Republican partisan gridlock and the ownership of representatives by Big Money. The NRA is at the top of the list in terms of the reach of their power and dollars.

‘Culture Day’ At Roundhouse Offers Best Of State Museums And Historic Sites

on February 23, 2015 - 4:04pm
State News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host “Culture Day” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda.
Interactive exhibits featuring New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites, as well as arts, historic preservation, archaeology and library programs will be offered to legislators and visitors to the Capitol throughout the day:
  • New Mexico Arts will provide “Oculus Rift Glasses” offering the wearer a cutting edge virtual “Pull of the Moon Experience.”
  • The NM State Library will display the new “Brainfuse” online tutorial offering

Jack R. Fox Unanimously Confirmed As Secretary Of New Mexico Department Of Veterans’ Services

on February 23, 2015 - 3:45pm

Jack R. Fox

STATE News:  

SANTA FE—Retired New Mexico Army National Guard Brigadier General Jack R. Fox was unanimously confirmed today by the New Mexico Senate as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services.

The vote by the full Senate followed Secretary Fox’s confirmation hearing at 8:30 a.m., before the Senate Rules Committee.

Gov. Susana Martinez appointed him to the position following the resignation of Timothy L. Hale in November 2014.

“As a native New Mexican, I am honored and humbled to be given this chance to serve my state’s veterans and their families,” Fox

NMAA Foundation Awards $28K In Scholarships

on February 23, 2015 - 11:12am
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) has announced the recipients of the 2014-2015 NMAA Foundation Scholarships.  
The NMAA Foundation will recognize the 17 students receiving these scholarships during the U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships, which will be held March 10-14. More than 200 students applied for the scholarships, with nine students receiving $1,000, six receiving $1,500 and two receiving $5,000. There were seven different scholarship categories for which students could submit applications.
The following list details those students