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Governor Seeks Applicants For Gambling Council

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling for applications to fill the statutory Compulsive Gambling Council.

All 15 members of the Compulsive Gambling Council are appointed by the governor and serve at her pleasure.

The positions that need to be filled include:

  • ​A member of a fraternal organization that sponsors gambling;
  • Two persons with expertise in the field of compulsive gambling;
  • Two Native American representatives from a tribe or pueblo with gaming operations;
  • Two representatives of the non-Native American gaming industry;
  • Two representatives

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Drug Policy Alliance On NM Bill To Legalize Cannabis

DPA News:

Below is a statement from New Mexico State Director Emily Kaltenbach for the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to the cannabis legalization legislation (NM SB115) introduced Friday:

“Having worked towards cannabis legalization in New Mexico for the better part of the last decade, we are excited by the possibility for New Mexico to become the 12th state in the country to legalize and regulate cannabis.

“Sen. Ortiz y Pino and Rep. Martinez’s legislation puts local communities and New Mexican families first. Many of the bill provisions reflect DPA’s priorities, including creating


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SFNF Waives Fees In Honor Of Martin Luther King Day

Scene from Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/Kyle Maxwell

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

All SFNF offices will be closed Jan. 20 for the federal holiday, resuming regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Fees will be waived at SFNF sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the recreation.gov system. Since many recreation sites on the SFNF are closed for the winter, visitors are encouraged


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Northern Host Community Celebration Honoring MLK

NNMC News:

Española — The community is invited to a celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 in the Center for the Arts at Northern New Mexico College.

This event is free and open to the public, family friendly, and will include exhibitors for community resources, entertainment by Moving Arts Española and a talk about Black history in New Mexico.


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NWS: High Near 39; Tonight’s Low Around 17

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 39 with patchy freezing fog before 9 a.m. and a 40 percent chance of snow showers, possibly mixing with rain after noon, then gradually ending. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight mostly  clear with a low around 17. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts additional snowfall around the state today. Courtesy/NWS


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HSD Promotes Kari Armijo To Deputy Cabinet Secretary

Kari Armijo

HSD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. announces the promotion of Kari Armijo as a new Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the department.

Armijo replaces Russell Toal who left the department to become the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance. 

“We are pleased to welcome Kari into the deputy cabinet secretary role. In her 19 ½ years with HSD she has made innumerable contributions to our Medicaid program and to the people of New Mexico,” Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. said. “In the past 12 months she successfully served


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NWS: Today’s High Near 35; Tonight’s Low Around 18

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 35 with a 90 percent chance of snow before 2 p.m., then rain and snow. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 18 with a 20 percent chance of snow showers between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Courtesy/NWS
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s probability of precipitation around the state. Courtesy/NWS

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Governor Announces Call For 2020 Legislative Session

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Priorities are education, economy, public safety, health and the environment

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today her agenda for the second session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature. 

The governor’s call for the 30-day legislative session scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 21, encompasses the priority areas of education, the economy, public safety, health and the environment.

“Year One was a tremendous start, and I’m incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunity to keep building on that foundation over the


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AG Balderas Supports Effort To Reject Education Department Rule That Fails To Protect Students

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of states in supporting Congressional efforts to reject a final rule by the U.S. Department of Education that fails to protect students and taxpayers from the misconduct of unscrupulous schools.

In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general supported efforts to reject the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Borrower Defense Rule pursuant to a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.

“New Mexican students trying to make a better life for themselves and their


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