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Statewide Poll: Voters Overwhelmingly Support Campaign Finance And Ethics Reforms In 2015 Session

on February 4, 2015 - 9:50am

CCNM Executive Director Viki Harrison

CCNM News:

Research and Polling for Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) recently conducted a poll, which revealed voters want to see ethics and finance reforms in election campaigns.

A poll conducted Jan. 9-13 revealed registered voters are wary of lobbyists and anonymous contributors and support campaign finance and ethics reforms. Approximately 450 randomly selected voters – both Republicans and Democrats – responded to a telephone survey, which has a 4.5 percent margin of error.

“The results of this poll confirm what we’ve been saying for several years,

Heinrich Continues Work To Reduce Wildfire Risk

on February 4, 2015 - 8:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., cosponsored S. 326, the Stewardship End Result Contracting Improvement Act, to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

The bill would make it easier for federal land managers and businesses to partner on long-term, large-scale forest treatment.

"Stewardship contracting is one of the most versatile and powerful tools we have to achieve healthier and more fire resistant forests," Heinrich said. "And like many good tools, it needs to maintained and sharpened from time to time.

Headquarters Operations Incentive Bill Designed To Make New Mexico More Economically Competitive

on February 4, 2015 - 7:52am

Rep. Conrad James


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) and Rep. Conrad James recently introduced the Headquarters Operations Incentive bill. The bill is designed to make New Mexico more economically competitive by expanding a sales factor corporate income tax approach to headquarters operations.

Under the existing three-factor system, sales, payroll, and property are all used as criteria to determine corporate income tax level.

Candelaria Introduces New Mexico Family Act To Bring Paid Leave To State

on February 4, 2015 - 7:51am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria


SANTA FE – Sen. Jacob Candelaria is sponsoring a bill, which would provide paid family, maternity and sick leave to New Mexico.

The New Mexico Family Act would provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

“Currently, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act fails to cover 40 percent of U.S. workers. Even among those covered, few can afford to take unpaid leave,” Candelaria said.

2015 School Board Election Results Are In!

on February 3, 2015 - 8:22pm

Candidates gather with familly members and supporters in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building this evening to await election results. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Clerk Sharon Stover tapes the unofficial election results to a board this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The 2015 School Board Election has come to an end and with 768 votes cast, the unofficial results are in.

Voters have elected to the UNM-LA Advisory Board: 

  • Stephen Boerigter; and
  • Michael DiRosa.

Voters have elected to the Los Alamos Board of

Election Results Are Trickling In

on February 3, 2015 - 8:06pm

The live streaming system in Council Chambers is not working so anxious candidates and supporters are adding up early and absentee results. Check back for final results from today's election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Final Vote Cast in 2015 Election ... Results Soon

on February 3, 2015 - 7:18pm

Longtime Los Alamos resident Susan Krohn is the final voter to cast her ballot at 6:58 p.m. today for the 2015 School Board Election in the Vote Center at the Municipal Building. Check back with for results and reaction from the candidates as the votes are tallied within the next hour. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Poll workers complete their duties this evening as the 2015 School Board Election comes to an end at the Municipal Building.

Four Hours Left To Vote In Today's Election!

on February 3, 2015 - 3:01pm

Los Alamos voter Caroline Mason receives her ballot from student election clerk, Cullen Windle, today at White Rock Fire Station 3. Photo by Presiding Judge John Puckett


As of 1 p.m., today, 156 voters cast ballots at the Municipal Building in Los Alamos and 24 at White Rock Fire Station 3 - officially driving the total in this election to exceed the 421 votes cast in 2011.

Polls close at 7 p.m. today and live streaming of the results will begin no later than 8 p.m. on the clerk’s web page.

Letter to the Editor: Do The Research ... Then Let Legislators Know What You Really Think

on February 3, 2015 - 2:41pm
New Mexico Educator

A wise man once told me that people vote for politicians as they do in well-funded popularity contests. It is questionable that the current and impending actions of some policymakers represent the wider public’s interest, and it is difficult when some view election or re-election as unbridled support for their stance on important issues in our state.

There are many people in New Mexico who feel like they have no voice beyond the voting booth, myself included.

President's Budget Request For National Parks Includes $3 Billion For Conservation, Preservation, Recreation

on February 3, 2015 - 1:08pm


President Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 – the centennial year of the National Park Service (NPS) – includes $3 billion for the bureau’s critical conservation, preservation and recreation mission.

This provides a boost of $432.9 million toward the NPS’s essential programs and operations. The NPS was established in 1916 to administer America’s national parks, monuments, and related areas. In 2016, its 100-year anniversary, the system preserves 405 areas, 23 national scenic and national historic trails and 60 wild and scenic rivers.

The budget proposal would

Luján Statement On Black History Month

on February 3, 2015 - 12:23pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month, which is celebrated in February.

“This month we celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the enduring contributions of a community whose vibrant culture and rich traditions are an integral part of the fabric of our great nation.

Letter to the Editor: Why Right-To-Work Is Wrong For New Mexico

on February 3, 2015 - 11:48am
D-37-Dona Ana

SANTA FE – When I ran for public office, I made a commitment to make decisions based on facts, accurate information, and data and not on emotions, word-spin, and marketing.

The so-called “right-to-work” bills moving through the New Mexico Legislature are perfect examples of laws where spin and marketing are used to obfuscate, obscure, and confuse people about the real effects and purposes of the legislation.

The very name, “right-to-work,” was carefully chosen to affect public opinion when, in fact, the legislation has nothing to do with the

Legislation That Ends Failed Policy Of Social Promotion Passes Education Committee

on February 3, 2015 - 11:34am

Rep. Monica Youngblood


  • Bill Provides Intervention For Struggling Students To Help Catch Up To Peers

SANTA FE — Legislation that would end the failed policy of social promotion cleared the House Education Committee today. Social promotion passes kids onto the next grade even when they cannot read.

Among other things, the bill would help teachers identify struggling readers and provide them with the targeted instruction they need to catch up to their peers. The bill will now go to the House floor.

Rep. Nora Espinoza

“Improving our schools and helping struggling students

Heinrich, Flake Applaud Bipartisan Senate Gathering

on February 3, 2015 - 10:44am

U.S. Senators Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., left, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., checking out the border with Mexico. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., today issued the following statement applauding the announcement that Senate Republicans and Democrats would gather together Wednesday for a bipartisan lunch.

"We believe that regular bipartisan gatherings, such as the one scheduled for Wednesday, can help foster the productive relationships necessary for the Senate to be effective again.

Importance Of Earth Science Recognized In President’s Budget Proposal

on February 3, 2015 - 10:33am
American Geophysical Union
  • Cuts to Planetary Research Remain a Concern, says American Geophysical Union

WASHINGTON, D.C.— American Geophysical Union Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee has announced that the AGU is very pleased to see the President’s budget proposal recognize the transformative power of science to drive American prosperity and to protect our communities.

"After years of underfunding for non-defense discretionary science and the destructive impacts of sequestration, the President’s proposed budget would repair the damage done to our

Letter to the Editor: Please Support Nan And Jenny Today!

on February 3, 2015 - 8:31am
Los Alamos

I hope everyone will take some time today to vote in our school board elections.

I strongly support Jenny McCumber and Nan Holmes. I have worked with both on the Mountain PTA over the years. For as long as I have known Nan and Jenny, they have devoted the majority of their time serving the children in our district, not because of any political aspirations, but because they are committed to Los Alamos and want it to be a great place for not only their kids but all the children who are a part of our community.

Anyone who knows them knows how hard they both have

New Mexico House Unanimously Passes Legislation To Expand Amber Alert System

on February 3, 2015 - 8:28am

  • Bill Passes 64-0

SANTA FE – In a victory for New Mexico’s children, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that will require cell phone and pager companies to issue Amber Alerts to their customers. The bill, which passed 64-0, is sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes.

“When a child goes missing, we need to do everything we can to find them and bring them back home safely,” Maestas Barnes said. “The Amber Alert System saves lives – that is why it’s so critical that we expand the service to reach all New Mexicans who have a cell phone.”

The legislation will

Heinrich On President's 2016 Budget Proposal

on February 3, 2015 - 7:14am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal:

"Recognizing that our nation's deficit has been cut by two-thirds since 2009, the president's budget proposal acknowledges that it's time to propel our economic recovery forward by investing in our country again. To that end, I am very interested in his proposal to build a 21st century infrastructure to create jobs and improve our nation's competitiveness. 

"I'm pleased that the president prioritizes leveling the playing field for

School Board Candidates Encourage Community To Vote

on February 2, 2015 - 7:49pm

Los Alamos Board of Education candidates, from left, Jennifer McCumber, Andrea Cunningham, Sheryl Nichols, William Hargraves and NancyAnn Holmes gather together this afternoon in front of the Municipal Building wearing their 'I Voted' stickers to encourage community members to vote in Tuesday's election. Michael Fassbender was unable to attend. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


With only 273 votes cast so far in the 2015 School Board election, candidates gathered today in front of the Municipal Building in an effort to encourage the community to get out and vote Tuesday

Groundhog Day: Still Fighting The Food Tax!

on February 2, 2015 - 10:01am


It's Groundhog Day, and just like the movie where Bill Murray found himself living the same day over and over, we once again find ourselves fighting to prevent the reimposition of the food tax.

Last week, Senate Bill 274 was introduced to bring back the food tax.

Please take a moment to email your legislators and Gov. Martinez and urge them to oppose this attempt to reimpose New Mexico's regressive and anti-family food tax!

Two years ago, the food tax was slipped into a major tax bill just 12 hours before the session concluded, but we raised the alarm and thanks to a quick

Roch Files Legislation To Significantly Reduce Workers’ Comp When Employee Is Drunk Or High On Job

on February 2, 2015 - 8:34am

Rep. Dennis Roch


SANTA FE – In order to hold people accountable for their actions in the workplace, Rep. Dennis Roch has announced that he has filed legislation to significantly reduce workers’ compensation in cases when the employee’s death or injury is the result of being drunk or high on the job. 

"Being high or drunk on the job puts lives at risk," Roch said. “This legislation will help protect our workers and hold violators accountable for their actions."

Currently, when alcohol or drugs contributes to injury or death, the employee is eligible to receive 90 percent of his

Energy Department Announces Five Year Funding Renewal For First Energy Innovation Hub

on February 2, 2015 - 7:48am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors to Receive up to $121.5 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In support of the President’s call during his State of the Union Address to advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S.

Adkins Files ‘Small Business Saturday' Legislation

on February 2, 2015 - 6:37am
Rep. David Adkins
  • Bill Creates Tax Holiday Saturday After Thanksgiving
SANTA FE – Rep. David Adkins, R-Bernalillo, has filed legislation to encourage New Mexicans to shop at local small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The legislation eliminates gross receipt taxes for customers who shop at a small business or restaurant with an average revenue that's less than $1 million per year.
"Our mom and pop stores are the backbone of our economy, and we should try to help them anyway we can," Adkins said.

Watch Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni Of Los Alamos On Video Offering Nuclear Weapons To Venezuela

on February 1, 2015 - 2:55pm

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni meeting with 'Jimenez' in a hotel room. Screen shot/FBI video

FBI News:

In FBI undercover video and audio recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni of Los Alamos explains to undercover agent Jimenez that he had a "top of the top" clearance and that he held a security clearance from the Department of Defense and from the Department of Energy.

Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S.

Governor And Rep. Announce Targeted Tax Relief Proposal To Help Small Businesses Get Off The Ground

on February 1, 2015 - 10:47am

Gov. Susana Martinez


Proposal Helps Entrepreneurs Reinvest To Grow And Create New Jobs

ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez and Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes announced a proposal today for targeted tax relief to help small businesses as they are getting off the ground.

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes

The legislation would allow eligible small business owners to deduct up to 100 percent of their business income from personal income taxes.

“This targeted tax relief will help small business owners reduce their tax burden during the early stages, while they are hiring new employees and getting