Politics

Environmental Activist/Actress Jane Fonda Joins Re-election Event For New Mexico Land Commissioner Garcia Richard

Gathered at a campaign fundraiser for Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard Thursday in Santa Fe, from left, Garcia Richard with supporters Maggie Charsley, Ellen Mills, Karyl Ann Armbruster, environmental activist/actress Jane Fonda and supporter Andrea Determan. Fonda said she was so impressed by Garcia Richard’s accomplishments in her first four years as land commissioner that she wanted to be an active participant in her re-election and success. As the first woman, Latino and educator elected to serve as land commissioner, Garcia Richard oversees 9 million surface acres and Read More

Stansbury Votes To Strengthen School Behavioral Health Resources For New Mexico With Mental Health Matters Act

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury

STATE News:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) has voted to pass the Mental Health Matters Act out of the U.S. House of Representatives to address the ongoing behavioral health crisis facing students, families and educators in New Mexico.

The Mental Health Matters Act (H.R.7780) supports the behavioral health needs of New Mexico’s students and educators, strengthens school-based behavioral health care, and removes barriers for workers and families to access substance use disorder treatment.

“The pandemic has taken a huge toll on New Mexico’s Read More

New Mexico Higher Education Dept., UNM To Announce Efforts To Address College Food, Housing Security

NMHED News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) in partnership with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Basic Needs Project will host an event 10 a.m. to noon today, Sept. 30, to announce a new statewide initiative to research the food and housing needs of students at public colleges and universities in New Mexico and highlight funds awarded to food security projects at higher education institutions. 

The event will feature remarks from Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, state and higher education leaders, faculty, and students involved in efforts to address food and housing

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Heinrich, Risch Build Momentum For Legislation To Remove Hurdles For Good Samaritans To Clean Up Abandon Hardrock Mines

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, the bipartisan Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act introduced by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) received a hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW).

This legislation makes it easier for “Good Samaritans” such as state agencies, local governments, nonprofits and other groups, to clean up and improve water quality in and around abandoned hardrock mines.

Senators Heinrich and Risch delivered remarks today before the hearing.

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P&Z Oks Special Use Permit For Mari Mac Plaza Project

Columbus Capital representatives Greg Gonzales and Jeffrey Branch share their plans for the Mari Mac Plaza Wednesday evening to the Planning and Zoning Commission in Council Chambers. Post screenshot

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a special use permit for Columbus Capital, moving it one step closer to enacting plans for a storage facility in the Mari Mac Plaza.

A few modifications were made to the criteria for the special use permit. The first was criteria five, which addresses Read More

Op/Ed: Tech Reform Needed, Protect Democracy, Too

By CEO ORIANA SANDOVAL, Center for Civic Policy

Executive Director ALISSA BARNES, Progress Now New Mexico

Big Tech reform is needed. From privacy protections to anti-trust measures, the U.S. Senate is absolutely right to take action to protect U.S. consumers.

And, perhaps even more importantly, New Mexico Sen. Ben Ray Lujan is absolutely right to insist that the scramble to take on Big Tech doesn’t compromise online safety or our democracy.

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act, S 2992, the leading tech reform bill in the U.S. Senate, includes many needed reforms. But it also includes Read More

Judge Elizabeth Allen: Why I’m Running For Re-Election

By Judge Elizabeth Allen
Los Alamos Municipal Court

Fourteen years ago, I passed the bar exam and embarked on a meaningful career as a lawyer. I have worked as a prosecutor, a defense attorney, and a sole practitioner. I represented children in child protection court, lifers in prison on their post-conviction appeals, and families seeking special education services. My favorite job, though, has been serving as the Municipal Judge in Los Alamos, and that is why I am running for re-election.

As a new judge in 2019, I was excited to learn the position and to improve the court process. Not only did my Read More

Governor On Passage Of $2.5 Billion In Federal Funding To Support New Mexico Residents, Business Owners Impacted By the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fires

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From The Office Of The Governor:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham applauded today the passage of $2.5 billion in federal funding to support New Mexico residents and business owners impacted by this year’s Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon fires by the United States Senate.
The funding is included in a Continuing Resolution that will continue the funding of the federal government.
The governor issued the following statement:
“This critical funding is the result of our relentless efforts to hold the federal government accountable and ensure that New Mexicans impacted
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