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Municipal League Aims To Fix Food Tax For Good

on January 14, 2015 - 7:32am
By William F. Fulginiti,
Executive Director, New Mexico Municipal League

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Municipal League is backing efforts in the upcoming legislative session to reverse the painful consequences of a 2004 law that repealed taxes on retail food sales and medical services to reduce the tax burden of our state’s low-income residents.

The law did not help the disadvantaged, and it hurt the state by spurring a rush to increase other taxes meant to compensate cities and counties for the loss of revenue.

Art McHaffie Presents Free Lecture On Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor

on January 14, 2015 - 7:30am

Art McHaffie


Will This $45 Billion "Project Of The 21st Century" Diversify Europe’s Gas Supply Enough To Provide Desired Energy Security?

Art McHaffie will present a free public lecture about Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor titled “Project of the 21st Century”. The lecture is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Tipton Hall at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr.

During McHaffie’s tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Azerbaijan International Operating Company 1994-1997, and CIR Board President, he was involved in the delivery of


Weather Closes Frijoles Canyon Section Of Bandelier

on January 13, 2015 - 4:09pm


The Frijoles Canyon section of Bandelier, the area where the Visitor Center is, will be closed today due to weather.

Anyone planning to visit that section Wednesday should call ahead in case there is a delayed opening. The number to call for information is 505.572.3861 x 517.

Luján Applauds Law To Help Prevent Veteran Suicides

on January 13, 2015 - 9:04am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District applauded the unanimous passage of legislation in the House last night to help prevent suicide among our nation's veterans. 

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act expands access to mental health services and increases the capacity and efficiency of VA care to address the needs of veterans returning home from war.  The bill passed the House last Congress, but did not receive a final vote in the Senate before the end of last session.

Santa Fe National Forest Waives Fees For MLK Day

on January 13, 2015 - 8:37am

Martin Luther King, Jr.

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 19, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

“These fee-free days are our way of thanking our millions of visitors but also to encourage more people to visit these great public lands,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “These lands belong to all Americans, and we encourage everyone to open the door to the great outdoors.”

Since many recreation sites on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed for the

Former LANL Director Sig Hecker On North Korea Beyond 'The Interview' And Russia Beyond Crimea

on January 13, 2015 - 8:27am
Dr. Sig Hecker
Dr. Sig Hecker, the former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director and Co-Director of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, will speak on North Korea beyond “The Interview” and Russia beyond Crimea.
North Korea is building nuclear weapons at an ever accelerating pace. Russia is restoring its nuclear arsenal. Whereas U.S. – North Korean relations have never been good,  U.S. – Russia relations have moved from cooperation in the 1990s to confrontation.  Hecker will examine what the future may hold for both cases based

Santa Fe Joins Independent Redistricting Movement

on January 13, 2015 - 8:16am

CCNM News:

In March 2014, the voters in Santa Fe passed a ballot measure to create an Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission, and last month the Santa Fe City Council established procedures for the Commission per the City Charter.

“Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) was thrilled to see the independent redistricting measure pass in Santa Fe, and enjoyed working hand-in-hand with the League of Women’s’ Voters of Santa Fe County on the ballot measure and subsequent Council meetings to ensure the procedures are fair, transparent and independent,” CCNM Executive Director Viki Harrison said.