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UNM-LA Advisory Board Candidates Present Views At League Of Women Voters Forum

on January 15, 2015 - 4:28pm

League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef moderates Wednesday's forum with UNM-LA Advisory Board candidates, from left, Michael D. DiRosa, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, James Nealy Robinson and incumbent Stephen Boerigter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UNM-LA Advisory Board candidates field questions from the audience Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Editor's Note: This is part one in a two-part series on the League of Women Voters education forum.

New Mexico ACI, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Introduce Legislation For New Mexico Business

on January 15, 2015 - 2:32pm

Dr. Beverlee McClure

STATE News:

Today, The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) partnered with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard to introduce HB 130, a bill to strengthen the procurement process in New Mexico and modernize the state’s definition of small business.

ACI President and CEO Dr. Beverlee McClure praised Garcia Richard for working closely with ACI and ACI member businesses to develop this legislation. 

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard 

“Rep. Garcia Richard’s bill takes much-needed steps to strengthen our state’s procurement process,” said McClure.

Meet UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 3 Candidate James Robinson

on January 15, 2015 - 2:02pm
By JAMES ROBINSON, Candidate
UNM-LA Advisory Board, Position 3

It is hard to believe that we are only three weeks from another election. It seems just like yesterday that I was filling my candidacy forms and gearing up for the holidays.

With the holidays behind us, I would like to take some time to explain what I would like to do if I am elected to Position 3 of the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

I would first like to thank The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos for inviting me to talk to and meet their chapter last week. It was a great pleasure to meet the members, and enjoy a great lunch.

As I have

Hargraves: Middle Level Students

on January 15, 2015 - 1:52pm
By BILL HARGRAVES, Candidate
LAPS Board Aspen District  
 
My last column discussed education tracks and suggested areas to improve. In this column I want to suggest what approach might be taken to address the needs of the middle level or middle track students.
 
Middle level students struggle in various ways. Until recently and except for family there was very little assistance or support systems, no safety nets to help. Even now as we start to acknowledge the struggle of these students, our solutions are often ineffective and take too long to initiate.

Los Alamos High School's Deanna Gutierrez Selected For United States Senate Youth Program

on January 15, 2015 - 12:23pm

Deanna Gutierrez of Los Alamos High School

U.S. SENATE News:

Students Headed to Washington, D.C.; Receiving $5,000 Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) set for March 7-14 in Washington, D.C.

Deanna Gutierrez of Los Alamos and Jonathan Salazar of Albuquerque were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week.

Gutierrez attends

Study: Big Donors Dominate Competitive 2014 Congressional Races

on January 15, 2015 - 8:08am

NMPIRG News:

 ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Public Interest Group (NMPIRG) released a new study Wednesday, “The Money Chase: Moving from Big Money Dominance in the 2014 Midterms to a Small Donor Democracy.”

The study, which was written by NMPIRG and Demos, found that the top two vote-getters in the 25 most competitive districts in 2014, got 86 percent of their campaign dollars from individuals giving $200 or more.

Bjarke-McKenzie Withdraws From School Board Race

on January 14, 2015 - 1:17pm

Judy Bjarke-McKenzie

POLITICAL News:

Los Alamos School Board President Bjarke-McKenzie just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she is withdrawing from her bid for re-election.

"I regretfully have withdrawn due to personal and medical reasons and I don’t want people to vote for me and waste their vote," she said.

Early voting began this morning for the Feb. 3 election so it is too late to remove Bjarke-McKenzie's name from the ballot.

"The other candidate in my district, Jenny McCumber, is perfectly capable and a good choice for school board," Bjarke-McKenzie said.

Bjarke-McKenzie

Report: New Mexico 17th Highest In Unfair Tax System

on January 14, 2015 - 11:40am

Courtey/NMVC

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—A new study released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) ranks New Mexico 17th in the nation in terms of having an unfair state and local tax system.

This means that 33 states have tax systems that are considered more equitable than ours.

The study, Who Pays?, analyzes tax systems in all 50 states and factors in all major state and local taxes, including personal and corporate income taxes, property taxes, sales and other excise taxes.

Maestas Barnes To File Bill For Amber Alert System

on January 14, 2015 - 11:24am

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes

STATE News:

SANTA Fe – In an effort to protect New Mexico’s children, Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Bernalillo County, announced today that she plans to file legislation that will require all cell phone and pager companies to issue Amber Alerts. Under current New Mexico law, there is no requirement.

“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.”

James To File Legislation For Tougher Child Abuse Laws

on January 14, 2015 - 11:03am

Rep. Conrad James

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Rep. Conrad James, R-Bernallio County announced today that he plans to file legislation that will toughen penalties for convicted child abusers and those whose abuse contributes to the death of a child. 

“We should always fight to protect our children and hold those who harm them accountable for their heinous actions,” James said. “When we toughen child abuse laws, especially abuse that kills a child, we send a strong message that harming our children will not be tolerated.”

Currently, those who intentionally beat a child to death face life in prison

Los Alamos Republican Party Meets Jan. 15

on January 14, 2015 - 9:46am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15 at UNM-LA Room 610.

The public is welcome to attend a presentation by Mark Jones, Jody Benson and Iris Chung about a possible ban on single-use plastic bags in Los Alamos County. A business meeting will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Robert Gibson at 505.662.3159.

Harrison: Fixing The Broken Campaign System

on January 14, 2015 - 8:06am
By VIKI HARRISON, Executive Director
Common Cause New Mexico

For the past six months, Common Cause New Mexico and the Foundation for Open Government have been traveling the state, talking to folks from Las Cruces to Farmington about the heavy price New Mexicans pay due to the influence of money in politics.

I was in Los Alamos recently talking about our legislative agenda – which is aimed directly at the role money plays in both campaigns and policy making.

While many of the biggest contributions made by donors to PACS and candidates are hidden from view – the effects of them are plain:

Municipal League Aims To Fix Food Tax For Good

on January 14, 2015 - 7:32am
By William F. Fulginiti,
Executive Director, New Mexico Municipal League

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Municipal League is backing efforts in the upcoming legislative session to reverse the painful consequences of a 2004 law that repealed taxes on retail food sales and medical services to reduce the tax burden of our state’s low-income residents.

The law did not help the disadvantaged, and it hurt the state by spurring a rush to increase other taxes meant to compensate cities and counties for the loss of revenue.

Luján Applauds Law To Help Prevent Veteran Suicides

on January 13, 2015 - 9:04am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District applauded the unanimous passage of legislation in the House last night to help prevent suicide among our nation's veterans. 

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act expands access to mental health services and increases the capacity and efficiency of VA care to address the needs of veterans returning home from war.  The bill passed the House last Congress, but did not receive a final vote in the Senate before the end of last session.

Santa Fe Joins Independent Redistricting Movement

on January 13, 2015 - 8:16am

CCNM News:

In March 2014, the voters in Santa Fe passed a ballot measure to create an Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission, and last month the Santa Fe City Council established procedures for the Commission per the City Charter.

“Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) was thrilled to see the independent redistricting measure pass in Santa Fe, and enjoyed working hand-in-hand with the League of Women’s’ Voters of Santa Fe County on the ballot measure and subsequent Council meetings to ensure the procedures are fair, transparent and independent,” CCNM Executive Director Viki Harrison said.

Los Alamos High School Graduate Becomes First Woman President Of Croatia

on January 12, 2015 - 7:12pm

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos High School graduate has been elected the first woman president of Croatia.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, 46, graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1986. 

"This is a wonderful story of success by one of our alumni to realize this great achievement - it speaks to her character to take on this kind of challenge," LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt said. "Mrs.

Governor Introduces Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

on January 12, 2015 - 6:24pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

  • Budget Targets Funding Toward Initiatives That Would Create Jobs, Reform Education and Increase Student Achievement, and Improve Child Well-Being

LAS CRUCES — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced her Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal, which targets funding toward initiatives designed to grow the State’s economy and improve the education and general well-being of New Mexico children.

According to the latest meeting of the consensus revenue forecast committee, projected revenues exceed this year’s spending – by roughly $141 million, and due to proper spending

Heinrich Opposes Keystone XL Pipeline

on January 11, 2015 - 9:47am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich delivers statement to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Video Screen Shot

U.S SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted Thursday against advancing legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline during a markup in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Heinrich, who also is a member of the Climate Action Task Force, is a lead proponent of reversing the effects of climate change and an advocate for developing homegrown energy resources. He cited that according to the U.S.

ACI Approves 2015 Legislative Agenda

on January 11, 2015 - 7:35am

ACI News:
  • New Mexico Business Leaders Meet to Discuss Priorities, Goals

ALBUQUERQUE – More than 70 business leaders from throughout New Mexico convened Thursday at the semi-annual board and membership meeting of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), the statewide business advocate. 

The group discussed the upcoming legislative session and voted on a detailed policy agenda that ACI will support during the upcoming legislative session. ACI’s President and CEO, Dr. Beverlee McClure, said she and ACI’s advocacy staff are ready to get to work. 

“Businesses join ACI

2015 Legislative Preview Reveals Tough Challenges

on January 10, 2015 - 4:49pm
From left, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Jim Smith and Common Cause NM Executive Director Viki Harrison at Thursday's Legislative Preview at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses the upcoming legislative session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Looking at the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 20, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard described it as, “a brave new world for all of us.”

For the first time in 62 years, the Republican

School Board And UNM/LA Advisory Board Candidate Forum Wednesday At Fuller Lodge

on January 10, 2015 - 8:36am

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will hold a forum for Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board candidates in Fuller Lodge, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, (with refreshments at 6:30 p.m.). 

Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers debate team will assist at the event as timekeepers and microphone facilitators.

School Board Candidates:

  • District 3: Nancy Ann Holmes, William Hargraves, Sheryl Nichols;
  • District 4: Andrea Cunningham, Michael Fassbender; and
  • District 5: Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Jennifer McCumber.

All three LAPS districts are on the

Common Cause Official Discusses Campaign Financing, Ethics In Government At Thursday's Legislative Preview

on January 9, 2015 - 2:01pm

Common Cause New Mexico Executive Director Viki Harrison, right, discusses the issues at Thursday's Legislative Preview in Fuller Lodge. Listening from left, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Sen. Carlos Cisneros and Rep. Jim Smith. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members turn out for Thursday's Legislative Preview in Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STAFF REPORT

  • Editor's Note: Read the discussion by Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Jim Smith in Saturday's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Education funding, voting

Udall Named Lead Democrat On Appropriations Subcommittee On Interior & Environment

on January 9, 2015 - 12:25pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced he will assume the role of the lead Democrat (ranking member) on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

The U.S. Department of the Interior manages America's vast natural and cultural resources, and holds important jurisdiction in New Mexico through its leadership of the Bureaus of Land Management, Indian Affairs and Reclamation; the National Park Service; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

As ranking member, Udall will hold a key position to

Skandera Still Not Listening To Teachers Or Parents; Continues To Push Retention Despite Negative Effects

on January 8, 2015 - 2:01pm
By Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez
D-29-Bernalillo and Valencia Counties

SANTA FE – An op-ed by Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera in the Albuquerque Journal this week asks voters to support the Governor’s continued agenda to end social promotion in New Mexico schools.

Skandera tells us that social promotion is a “failed policy” and that when children cannot read at grade level, they should be held back.

Poll Workers Train For School Board Election

on January 8, 2015 - 11:17am

Elections Manager Gloria Maestas trains poll workers this morning on voting machines for the Feb. 3 School Board. Courtesy/LAC 

Poll workers from left, Fred Brueggeman, Bill McKerley, Erin Kennison and Collin Windle test the audio-visual ballot marking interface component on the ICE voting machine during today’s certification. Courtesy/LAC 

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County (LAC) Clerk’s Office conducted poll worker training today for the Feb. 3 School Board Election.

Poll workers are entrusted with the responsibility of carrying out state mandated election procedures such as opening

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