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New Mexico Delegation Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland Introduce Legislation To Protect Chaco Canyon Area

on April 13, 2019 - 11:49am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, the U.S House Assistant Speaker, and Deb Haaland have introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from further mineral development.
 
The bill, alongside anticipated actions from State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, would help ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park by preventing any future leasing or

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler Post-Legislative Coffee Conversation Underway At Pig + Fig Until Noon Today!

on April 13, 2019 - 10:37am

The community is invited to a post-legislative coffee with Dist 43 Rep. Christine Chandler until noon today at Pig + Fig at the corner of Sherwood Boulvard and N.M. 4 in White Rock. Courtesy image

Lunch With A Leader: Lt. Gov. Howie Morales April 16

on April 11, 2019 - 9:50pm
Lt. Gov. Howie Morales
 
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Mesa Public Library. 
 
This months Lunch with a Leader guest speaker is Lt. Gov. Howie Morales.
 
Lt. Gov. Morales was raised in Silver City and has spent his entire life working to improve the lives of people in his community and across the state. Since 2008, he has been an aggressive leader for children and classrooms in the State Senate, fighting to make every corner of New Mexico a better place to live.
 
 
Lt. Gov.

Heinrich Questions Top Air Force Leadership About Artificial Intelligence Workforce Needs

on April 11, 2019 - 4:02pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Armed Services April 5, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David L. Goldfein about how the Air Force, and the Department of Defense as a whole, is working to address the growing workforce needs as the military implements Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiatives.
 
Heinrich is focused on helping the military recruit more computer scientists and establishing digital engineering

Holocaust Memorial Museum Statement On 25th Anniversary Of The Genocide In Rwanda

on April 11, 2019 - 7:59am
USHMM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Twenty-five years ago, the world watched in horror as within 100 days, as many as one million Rwandans, predominantly Tutsi, were murdered. In the months leading up to the killings, individuals, institutions, and governments failed to heed the mounting warning signs of genocide.
 
This included the Jan. 11, 1994, ‘genocide fax’ sent by the Hon. Lt. Gen.

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Federal Legislation Prohibiting School ‘Lunch Shaming’

on April 10, 2019 - 3:33pm

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) signed onto legislation from Rep. Deb Haaland and other New Mexico delegation members including Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, to prohibit school “lunch shaming” – the practice of discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don’t have enough money to pay for meals at school.

The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would ban schools from singling out children — such as by requiring them to wear hand stamps or do

NM Delegation Reintroduces Bill For Bataan Veterans

on April 10, 2019 - 1:44pm
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have reintroduced the Bataan Congressional Gold Medal Act, a bill to honor the heroic veterans who defendedBataan and Corregidor, and suffered through the Bataan Death March—which began 77 years ago today—with the Congressional Gold Medal.
 
Dec. 8, 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese bombers attacked U.S. military stations in the Philippines.

Letter To The Editor: Destruction Of America

on April 10, 2019 - 8:00am
By LUCILLE BONNER
Los Alamos
 
America has already been corrupted by legalization of murder of babies in the womb and has ignored the sanctity of marriage by legalization of any kind of sexual behavior. Now our Congress is considering House Resolution, HR-5, to make indecency legal in the name of equality. It proposes to make it a crime to forbid men from entering women's restrooms or showers.
 
If we are wise, we will realize that we cannot change God's laws not to murder (Exodus 20:13), to honor marriage as He planned it (Genesis 2:24), and to behave decently (Mark 7:21-23).
 

Business Breakfast With Christine Chandler April 11

on April 10, 2019 - 7:56am

U.S. Rep. Luján: 2019 Congressional Art Competition

on April 10, 2019 - 7:55am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced Tuesday details for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.
 
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in young people.
 
The winning entry from New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District will be displayed as part of an exhibit in the United States Capitol for one year. In honor of Earth Day, the theme of this year’s Art Competition is Mother Earth.
 
“I look forward

Public Hearing On Proposed Jim Billen Trail April 25

on April 10, 2019 - 7:50am
Map with highlighted section in yellow shown on the existing Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail to denote the proposed segment of the trail to be re-named Jim Billen Trail. Courtesy/LAC
 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County is considering a citizen petition to re-name a segment of the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail as the “Jim Billen Trail.” Billen passed away April 14, 2018.
 
Under County Code, a public hearing must be held prior to naming or re-naming any County facility – or in this case, a trail – after a deceased individual, and such a request can only be considered six months or more after the

Governor Signs Bill To Grow Teacher Pipeline

on April 8, 2019 - 7:17am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE A bill to create incentives for current educational assistants to obtain teacher certification was signed Thursday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
 
House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Raymundo Lara (D-Chaparral), creates a “grow your own teachers fund” in the state treasury and establishes a scholarship program for educational assistants (EAs) in New Mexico to become certified educators.
 
“Our state is in desperate need of teachers,” Rep.

Luján Joins Immigrant Youth And Advocates As They Call For Swift Passage Of Dream And Promise Act

on April 8, 2019 - 6:53am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (NM-3) held a tele-press call with DACA recipients and allies to discuss H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act, new legislation that would provide permanent protections for undocumented immigrant youth and those under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
 
The Dream and Promise Act recognizes the urgent need to provide permanent protections without using immigrants as bargaining chips to win a host of anti-immigrant provisions.
 
Rep. Ben Ray Luján - Sponsor

Bill Guaranteeing Basic Wage Protections For Home Care And Domestic Workers Signed Into Law

on April 8, 2019 - 6:41am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law that ensures home care and domestic workers—the people who clean homes and deliver care for others—are protected by New Mexico’s minimum wage standards and other wage protections.
 
Senate Bill 85, Domestic Service in Minimum Wage Act, is sponsored by Sen. Liz Stefanics and Rep. Christine Trujillo.
 
“This is a historic win for domestic and home care workers,” said Carlota Muñoz, a member of El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos.

Udall Urges Action To Improve Indian Roads

on April 8, 2019 - 6:21am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing on “Tribal Transportation: Enhancing Tribal Self-Governance and Safety of Indian Roads.”  
 
The committee heard from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Lands Highway Administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Division of Transportation, Ohkay Owingeh Head Councilman Joe Garcia, and Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis.
 
“As Congress begins its work on reauthorizing the

Governor Signs $7 Billion State Operating Budget

on April 7, 2019 - 9:16am

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed the $7.086 billion New Mexico state budget for Fiscal Year 2020, delivering transformational investments in public education; essential funding increases for early childhood education and intervention; substantial and creative boosts to the state’s economic development and workforce initiatives; four hundred million for roadway infrastructure across the state; and across-the-board pay increases for state employees and judges.

 
General fund reserves will rise to 20 percent.
 
“Our budget is

Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver On Intimate Partner Violence Survivor Suffrage Act Signed Into Law

on April 7, 2019 - 9:05am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement Thursday after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law Senate Bill 190, the Intimate Partner Violence Survivor Suffrage Act:
 
“Survivors of domestic violence and stalking should never be intimidated out of voting because they fear their personal information will become available for their abusers to find.

Second Chance Measure Signed Into Law

on April 6, 2019 - 7:11am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Criminal Record Expungement Act into law. House Bill 370, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), would allow certain individuals to petition the court to remove their criminal record from public view.
 
This will allow people, years removed from their last arrest, the opportunity to get a job or a better job.
 
Under House Bill 370, expungement will not be granted to a person who was convicted of homicide, an offense against a child, an offense that caused great bodily harm, a sex offense, a DWI,

Scenes From Commissioner SGR And Former CIA Agent Valerie Plame Presentation To LAHS iVOTE Club

on April 5, 2019 - 9:47am

New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, and former CIA agent Valerie Plame talk politics with students from the newly formed non-partisan iVOTE Club Thursday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School. The women commented on how astute the students were with their questions during the q&A portion of the presentation. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, and former CIA agent Valerie Plame speak with students from the newly formed non-partisan iVOTE Club Thursday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High

AFT New Mexico Reacts To Signing Of Legislation To Empower Hourly And Licensed Classified Educators

on April 5, 2019 - 9:34am
AFT New Mexico News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez and NM Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-13) released the following statements:
 
“The signing of House Bill 47 is welcome news for thousands of educational employees in New Mexico’s public schools.
 
“By respecting the work performed by educational assistants, transportation workers, custodial and maintenance staff, cafeteria staff, clerical workers, and other critical educational employees, New Mexico is sending a meaningful message that job security matters and all

Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Key Education Bills

on April 5, 2019 - 8:40am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday signed key public education legislation into law, providing significant funding increases for evidence-based programs like K-5+ and extended learning time, raising educator salary levels in the state’s three-tier licensure system and establishing a framework for community schools across New Mexico that will provide crucial wraparound health and wellbeing services to children and families in need, among other critical reforms.
 
Surrounded by students, educators, advocates, legislative sponsors

Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Responds To Campaign Finance Fixes Being Signed Into Law

on April 5, 2019 - 8:32am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement after Senate Bill 3 was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:
 
“The revisions to the Campaign Reporting Act included in this law give the public a better understanding of who is trying to influence our elections by providing more transparency and accountability in campaign finance reporting.
 
I thank Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth for his diligence and vision in passing this legislation, and I thank Gov.

Chamber Business Breakfast: Rep. Chandler April 11

on April 5, 2019 - 8:30am

County Approaches Budget Hearings With Optimism

on April 4, 2019 - 1:16pm
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After passing a flat budget in FY2019 and preparing to do the same for FY2020, Los Alamos County received a pleasant surprise: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed SB 11, which states prime contractors operating a laboratory facility in New Mexico are indeed subject to gross receipt taxes (GRT).

This means Triad, which operates Los Alamos National Laboratory, will pay GRT to Los Alamos County.

New Mexico State Land Office Signs Special Use Permit With Continental Divide Trail Coalition

on April 4, 2019 - 12:01pm
Continental Divide Trail Coalition Executive Director Teresa Martinez, left, with Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed Special Use Permit No. 2019-001 giving the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) the ability to issue permits to Trail hikers and horseback riders that will allow them to lawfully access the portions of the Trail that are on State Trust Lands.
 
The Continental Divide Trail spans over 3,000 miles in North America, with 820 miles of trail in New Mexico. The boot heel

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