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SM81 Would Establish Albuquerque Brewery District

on February 11, 2014 - 8:42am


SANTA FE–State Sen. Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo and Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Bernalillo co-sponsored Senate Memorial 81 (SM81), which officially calls to establish a Brewery District in Albuquerque. Breweries named in the memorial are Nexus, La Cumbre and Il Vicino because of their close proximity to one another.

According to the New Mexico Brewers Guild (NMBG), there are more than two dozen established microbreweries across the state.

Sanchez: Give Credit Where Credit is Due on Education Reform

on February 11, 2014 - 6:51am
Give Credit Where Credit is Due on Education Reform
By Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Bernalillo & Valencia

Last year, high school graduation rates in New Mexico improved 10 percent over recent historic rates, from the low 60 percent range up to 70 percent.
For the second year in a row, Hispanic New Mexican students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes have the highest completion and graduation rates of all AP students in the country.

These are fantastic developments that are justly lauded, and which the current governor is rightly touting – for which she is incorrectly taking credit.

Los Alamos County Assessor's Office Officials Speak at Feb. 18 'Lunch with a Leader'

on February 10, 2014 - 9:29am

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez brief County Council members during a meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LWV News:

County Assessor JoAnn Johnson and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez are the speakers at the League of Women Voters' monthly Lunch with a Leader.

The talk is 11:40 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Mesa Public Library and the public is invited to attend.

Johnson has lived in Los Alamos for 50 years. She was a stay at home mom until her children graduated from high school.

Omaree’s Law Introduced to Protect Children

on February 10, 2014 - 7:56am

The State Capitol in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Bill Requires CYFD to Take Custody of Children Showing Specific Injuries of Abuse

SANTA FE–House Bill 333, sponsored by Speaker W. Ken Martinez, D-Bernalillo, Cibola McKinley, Socorro, San Juan, Valencia and co-sponsored by Rep. Emily Kane, D-Bernalillo, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba and Rep.

'Take Back Our Public Schools' March & Rally Feb. 15

on February 9, 2014 - 8:15am


The entire New Mexico community is urged to stand with teachers and other education employees and students by participating in: Take Back Our Public Schools: NEA-NM & AFT NM Rally at the Round House.

The march and rally begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes at the Rotunda in the Capitol. It’s time for all voices to be heard. If you’re not marching, meet at the Roundhouse about 2 p.m. Direct lobbying with legislators after the rally is encouraged. Register for the event so the coordinators can prepare appropriately - click here.

All are

House Budget Stalls on 34 to 34 Tie

on February 8, 2014 - 9:31am


SANTA FE – After a lively three-and-a-half hour debate on the House floor, the substitute for House Appropriations and Finance Committee House Bills 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 did not pass.

The substitute appropriations bill totaling $6.174 billion, prioritizes education with $2.7 billion for public education a spending increase of $150 million or 5.8 percent; and an increase in higher education up to $42 million, or 5.3 percent.

An amendment was proposed by Minority Leader Don Bratton that also failed on a 34-34 vote.

The bill was placed back on the Speaker’s table for future

Resolution Filed Requiring Advanced Education for County Treasurers

on February 8, 2014 - 8:23am


SANTA FE–State Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Bernalillo, has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 19, requiring that county treasurers in New Mexico have increased educational qualifications, as well as continuing to receive related education throughout their tenure.

“The reality is that the job of county treasurers has gotten more complicated since 1912 when New Mexico became a state–they manage hundreds of millions of dollars by investing public dollars, in sometimes complex investment instruments,” Candelaria said.

This comes on the heels of a decision that the recall election of the

Los Alamos AP Students and Staff Honored at State Capitol

on February 6, 2014 - 6:08pm

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff honored Tuesday on the floor of the Senate at the State Capitol. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff honored Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Gov. Susana Martinez congratulates Los Alamos students for their hard work in the classroom. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

By Dr. Gene Schmidt, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff were honored at the State Capitol Rotunda and on the floor of the State Senate Tuesday, Feb.

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Seeks Fifth Term

on February 6, 2014 - 3:25pm

Judge Alan Kirk. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Alan S. Kirk told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he will seek a fifth term as Municipal Judge of Los Alamos County.

"I want to continue providing services to the community through the professional staff of the court that we have developed," Kirk said. "This includes community service programs, probation programs and our extremely successful teen court program."

Kirk moved to Los Alamos in 1958 and graduated from Los Alamos High School and Eastern New Mexico University.

Udall Submits 7,515 Petition Signatures for Re-election

on February 6, 2014 - 7:53am
Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall officially filed for re-election Wednesday, submitting 7,515 petition signatures collected by volunteers from across New Mexico, in order to appear on the ballot in November. Udall gathered signatures from every county in New Mexico, demonstrating broad-based support.

“We’ve seen an outpouring of support from people across our state, and in every county. They know there’s a lot at stake in this election and that we’re focused on what matters - fighting in the U.S.

Vincent Chiravalle Enters House Dist. 43 Race

on February 5, 2014 - 1:34pm

Vincent P. Chiravalle

Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent P. Chiravalle told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has entered the race for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 43.

"As a state representative I would apply a common-sense conservative approach that reflects core Republican principles and puts state government on the side of our citizens," Chiravalle said. "I would work to create a more efficient state government, one that promotes private enterprise, supports our public schools, and protects life."

He is a native of New


Rep. Garcia Richard Focuses on Education

on February 5, 2014 - 11:48am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, at podium, honors Los Alamos AP teachers and students Tuesday at the Roundhouse. Sen. Richard Martinez, fourth from left, and LAPS Board of Education President Jim Hall, far right, participated in the event. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos AP teachers and students, shown here with education officials and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, were honored Tuesday at the Roundhouse. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE - Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba, is a well-known advocate for schools, students and teachers.

Sen. Linda Lopez Introduces Bill to Halt Implementation of Common Core State Standard

on February 5, 2014 - 8:54am


Lack of Public Participation, Inadequate Fiscal Impact and For-Profit Educational Industrial Complex Pressures Cited

SANTA FE – Sen. Linda M. Lopez, D-Bernalillo introduced Senate Bill 296 that, if enacted, would halt the state’s implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) until an in-depth fiscal analysis and broad public outreach is accomplished.

The bill also withdraws New Mexico from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) testing consortium.

Appointed Councilor David Izraelevitz Will Seek Election

on February 5, 2014 - 8:10am
Councilor David Izraelevitz discusses his candidacy this morning on KRSN. Photo by Nancy Coombs
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz announced this morning on KRSN that he will seek election to the council seat he was appointed to three years ago after Gov. Susanna Martinez appointed Jim Hall to fill a vacancy in House Dist. 43. That seat was held by Rep. Jeannette Wallace who died from an illness.

"It has been an honor to represent the people of Los Alamos County for the last three years," Izraelevitz said.

Sheriff Marco Lucero Announces Intent for Re-Election

on February 4, 2014 - 11:21am

Sheriff Marco Lucero riding his Tennessee Walker 'Cavalier' in the 2013 County Rodeo. Photo by Larry Lamsa


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he is running for a second four-year term.

"The reasons I choose to run for re-election are similar to the reasons that I ran initially," Lucero said.

Breaking News: Los Alamos Council Chair Geoff Rodgers Announces Candidacy for House District 43

on February 3, 2014 - 9:56am
House Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers today announced his candidacy for New Mexico’s House of Representatives District 43.

"I'm a pragmatic, problem solving elected official with a proven track record of reaching across the aisle," Rodgers said during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Rodgers, 52, is in his second term on the Los Alamos County Council. He served 2001 to 2004, was elected again in November 2010 and last month his peers elected him to a second consecutive term as chair.

Heinrich Statement on House Republicans' Immigration Reform Principles

on February 3, 2014 - 5:35am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement on the new set of principles on immigration reform put forward by House Republican leaders:

"The lack of consensus among House Republicans on immigration reform has been disappointing, so I'm encouraged by the recent progress made toward finding common ground and common sense solutions. I'm especially pleased that there's consensus that we need to provide a special pathway to citizenship to DREAMers.

"But the reality is, passing immigration reform is long overdue.

New Mexico Man Nominated to Lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

on February 2, 2014 - 8:11am

Norman C. Bay


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney, has been nominated to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC.)

Bay is currently the director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC, a position he has held since 2009. 

"Norman is an outstanding example of excellence in public service. I look forward to working with him on the energy challenges facing New Mexico and the nation.

House Highlights For Week Ending Jan. 31

on February 1, 2014 - 9:09am


House Highlights for the week ending Jan. 31:

In Committee

House Bill 13 School Equalization Guarantee “Local Revenue,” sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Bernalillo-19) received a Do Pass without recommendation. HB 13 proposes revisions to the definition of “local revenue” for calculating a school district’s state equalization guarantee distribution under NMSA 1978, Section 22-8-25. HB 13’s inclusion of  new language clarifies the calculation by explicitly requiring any local taxes, whether authorized or not, to be incorporated into the SEG distribution.

Udall, Heinrich Welcome PILT Extension in Farm Bill

on January 31, 2014 - 7:59am

U.S. SENATE News: 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Wednesday that the Farm Bill conference report, made public last night, includes one year of funding for the critical Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program. The news provides relief for rural counties in New Mexico, which face major budget cuts if PILT is not extended.

The senators were among a bipartisan coalition who wrote to Farm Bill negotiators to request an extension of the program, which expired at the end of last year with no plan for renewal.

Bill to Fully Staff CYFD Gains Bipartisan Support

on January 31, 2014 - 7:29am

Sen. Michael Padilla

N.M. Senate News:

Santa Fe, NM — Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, has introduced bipartisan legislation to fully staff the Children, Youth and Families’ (CYFD) Protective Services Division. The Social Worker Loan for Service Act will provide a pipeline of certified social workers to meet the caseloads for children in protective services.

“This legislation will dramatically reduce caseloads for social workers at CYFD,” Padilla said.

The plan calls for CYFD to select individuals to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work programs at New Mexico higher

CYFD Officials Snub Senate Rules Committee

on January 30, 2014 - 7:23am

Sen. Linda Lopez


SANTA FE—Representatives from the state Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) chose not to attend a Monday morning Senate Rules Committee hearing, which they were invited to, on a high-profile Senate Memorial regarding foster families, child abuse and children’s protective services.

“One of Gov.

N.M. House Seeks Federal Holiday Designation for Native Americans

on January 30, 2014 - 7:12am

Rep. Roberto Gonzales


SANTA FE–By a vote of 70-0, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved a measure, which would seek the designation of the national “Native American Heritage Day” as a federal public holiday. 

House Memorial 4 sponsored by Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales, D-Taos) encourages the state’s congressional delegation to advocate for the legal public holiday in honor of Native American people. 

This memorial recognizes Native Americans’ historic and contemporary experiences and their substantial contributions to the United States’ cultural, artistic,

Udall Urges Support for Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Recommendations

on January 30, 2014 - 6:39am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON – Wednesday U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged support for the recommendations of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, issued as part of a report on the constitutionality of the NSA’s spying program.

Among other findings, the board, which was created by Congress, concluded that the NSA’s bulk telephone surveillance program is illegal and ineffective.

 In June, Udall led a bipartisan call for an independent review by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on the impact of the NSA’s spying program on Americans’ constitutional

Udall Statement on State of the Union Address

on January 29, 2014 - 10:04am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall




WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after attending President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday evening:


“Like many New Mexicans, I’m frustrated by the tough economic recovery. People in our state are still working to pull themselves out of the recession. Now is a time for bold but practical ideas that will support middle class families and ensure they can afford to buy a house and educate their kids.